Washington column for March 22

Pantry Day

Both Rappahannock County and the town of Washington have officially designated May 12 as Food Pantry Day in Rappahannock County. The community is invited to attend an open house at the pantry from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to celebrate Pantry Day through food drives, volunteer efforts, financial donations and other activities. A fundraiser will be held that evening at the home of Beverly and John Fox Sullivan, starting at 6 p.m. The party features a whole roasted pig, lamb and curried goat with all the fixings, plus the top Virginia wines. There will be live music, a wine auction and other entertainment. Tickets are $85. To reserve, send an email to pantryday@rappahannockpantry.org or call 540-937-4038 (or send a check to the Rappahannock Food Pantry, 603 Mt. Salem Ave, Washington, VA 22747). Include a phone number so your reservation can be confirmed.

Birthday celebration

BIRTHDAY CAKE: Aubrey Burke admires her Little Mermaid birthday cake.
Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
BIRTHDAY CAKE: Aubrey Burke admires her Little Mermaid birthday cake.

Aubrey Burke celebrated her fourth birthday Sunday afternoon (March 17) at the Washington fire hall with family and friends.

Children were running everywhere, having fun, and would’ve kept on running but time came to eat. The table was spread with chicken, ham and biscuits and other side dishes.

After the meal, birthday cake and ice cream were served. No one left hungry. Aubrey received many nice gifts. At the end of the day, there was one tired little girl.

Breakfast crowd

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had a busy morning last Saturday, when 80 hungry people showed up for its breakfast fundraiser. The WVF&R wants to thank everybody who came. All proceeds from the breakfast are used to support the company’s operations.

The next fundraiser is Saturday, April 7, an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 – with the Easter Bunny, who will be available for last-minute photo memories before the big day. The cost is $8, ($4 ages 4 to 12, younger kids eat free). WVF&R will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt right after breakfast. Each child will receive a prize for participating. For more information, call 540-675-3615. Mark your calendar for this special event.

Bake sale

Rappahannock’s 4-H Livestock Club will be holding a bake sale this Saturday (March 24) from 9 to 1 at the Rapphannock CFC. (the Coop). Stop by and check out the sweets. All proceeds benefit the club’s activities.


Nothing planned for Sunday, April 29? Plan to be at Jim Lillard’s “Mountain Memories” presentation from 3 to 5 at the Washington Town Hall. The talk will be about families who lived in the local mountains before the area became part of the Shenandoah National Park and will include original family photos as well as photos from the Library of Congress, showing the mountain farms, the means of living and the quality of life experienced by these mountain folk. Lillard, a lifelong Madison County resident, retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation as a bridge safety engineer. The event is sponsored by the Rappahannock Historical Society.

Refreshments will follow. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the historical society at 540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net.

Birthday wishes

Diane Moore would like to wish her sister, Debbie Flournoy, a happy 50th birthday. Debbie will celebrate her special day on Tuesday (March 27).


Sympathy goes out to the the family of John Mann, Sr., of Woodville. Mr. Mann died at age 82 on Saturday (March 17) at his residence. His face was a familiar one at the Rappahannock Food Pantry in Washington, where he’d served as a volunteer since the pantry opened.