To celebrate mothers on their special day this year, the Inn at Little Washington hosted an essay contest in which contestants could describe why their mothers deserved the pampering and fabulous food at The Inn on Mother’s Day – for a chance to win her just that. Out of what Inn spokesperson Rachel Hayden described as “numerous, heartwarming entries,” a story from 9-year-old Maddy Fangio and her 11-year-old brother, Matt, was chosen as the winner.
The two children described their mother Lee-Ann’s two-time battle with cancer, and how after four months of recovery she finally has her appetite back. She and husband Dan had visited The Inn in the past, just before surgery, and loved the food.
“Choosing a winner for this contest was an impossible assignment – even for a panel of mothers,” said Inn chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell. “The sentiments ran the gamut from reverential to humorous and were extremely touching in their own way. Clearly the subject of mothers generates strong emotions and food always seems to play an important role in everyone’s memories and associations.”
The Fangios, who live in Severna Park, Md., received a congratulatory call from O’Connell, and the Inn treated them to dinner for two on Mother’s Day.
Pat Davis was visited on Mother’s Day Sunday by her son, Kirk, who said he was taking her to lunch. What she didn’t know was that he had made reservations for two at the the Homestead, the Hot Springs, Va., luxury resort, where they were greeted at the resort and escorted to the Crystal Room for a sitting at 12:30 p.m. After a monumental dining experience, Kirk escorted his mom through the exquisitely appointed hotel and then out onto the grounds, where everything was in bloom. Taking the U.S. 220 scenic route back along the Allegheny Mountains, they discovered Falling Springs Waterfall, which Pat says was magnificent. She says she will remember and cherish the day forever, and would like to thank you, Kirk; she loves you so much.
Food Pantry Day, with events that began with a pet parade and ended with a dinner and wine auction at the Sullivan home on Saturday, was a big success. Food Pantry board chair Bette Mahoney said by phone Tuesday that the events brought about $30,000 to the independent, nonprofit Pantry.
Some of the community efforts for Pantry Day were quite amazing: The fourth-graders who won a Rappahannock Girl Scouts-sponsored food drive contest at the elementary school collected 708 items (the drive yielded 1,442 items, or 1,783 pounds of food). St. Peter’s Catholic Mission organized a bake sale – which brought in $1,125 for the Pantry.
The town was saddened to learn that resident Alice King passed away on Tuesday (May 15). On my walks around town, I would often see her getting in her car in the morning on her way to morning mass at St. Peter’s, and we would chat for a few minutes. With a smile on her face she would always say how happy she was to be able to go for her morning mass. She was a friend to many.
She had made a special trip into the office after reading the Washington column of March 29 to tell me that the poem I included in memory of Howie Swaim was so touching.
I would like to dedicate this poem to Alice King, a true friend of mine:
God looked around his garden, and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed your eyelids, and whispered peace in thine.
It broke our hearts to lose you, Alice, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you. But if we listen with our hearts, we can hear all of your love around us, soft and clear. We know that your spirit will always be with us.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Alice’s family. We are going to miss our dear wonderful friend.
Sympathy goes out to Geneva Welch on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Elsie Modelle Harrison Capps, on May 8. A funeral service was held at the Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge last Friday. She was a retired operating room technician for the Chesapeake and Ohio Hospital, former PTA who was instrumental in the construction of the new Sharon Elementary School. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Clifton Forge (which Geneva attended during her youth).
The annual Relay for Life walkathon takes place this Saturday and Sunday (May 19-20) at the Rappahannock County High School track, part of a nationwide effort to raise funds for cancer research. The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, and participants can walk all night long until the closing ceremony at about 7 a.m. Sunday morning. Hope to see you there.
Pastor Phil Bailey and his wife, Karyl, will be serving as the Homecoming speaker for his second pastorate at the Claybrook Baptist Church in Weems, Va., which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Please remember Rev. Bailey and his wife as they travel to Weems. Dr. Walt Childress will be filling in at the pulpit at the Washington Baptist Church while they are away.
Have a wonderful week.