Washington column for July 26

Louise van Dort celebration

Friends of Louise van Dort celebrated her birthday last Thursday (July 19) at Jackson House, the assisted living home in Boston, where Louise is recuperating from a stroke suffered in December. Hodge Miller made his Thai shrimp curry that is one of Louise’s favorite dishes; his wife, Kay, brought accompaniments and dessert; and friends Jennings Hobson, Mary Ann Kuhn and Ray Gooch brought gifts, cards and champagne for a festive evening. Louise, owner of BlueRidgeMac in Woodville, hopes to be able to go home soon. If you would like to visit or send Louise a card, the address is Jackson House Assisted Living, 8 Jackson La., Boston, VA 22713. Happy belated birthday, Louise! We miss you!

Free talk and demonstration

For those who may have wondered where to find former Ice House Gallery artist and proprietor  Linda Lawler: This Saturday (July 28), she gives a free talk and demonstration on the process of creating a pet portrait in charcoal or pastels, at the Studio Frame Shop in Warrenton. From 11 to 3, Linda will answer your questions about charcoal portraits and getting a likeness while creating several portraits of her pets, while you watch. Studio Frame Shop is on Alexandria Pike in Warrenton, above The Paint Store, just a block from the courthouse. All are welcome, pet owners, artists and art students alike. Call 540-341-1933 to reserve a seat.

Breakfast chef

The new face at the Middleton Inn? It’s Margaret Dunn of Sperryville the inn’s new breakfast chef. She has worked at Blue Rock Inn and as a culinary teacher for Hearthstone School for 14 years, and was a cook at Four and Twenty Blackbirds for 20 years. Dunn also worked at the Inn at Little Washington in the 1980s. Middleton proprietor Mary Ann Kuhn says she is pleased to have her on board.

Congrats and welcomes

Belated birthday wishes to Betty Crawford, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday (July 21).

And congratulations to Willie and Lois McFarland of Washington, who have been married for 72 years and celebrated their wedding anniversary on July 15. May you have many more years together.

The town would like to welcome Frederic and Alice Catlin to their new home on Mount Salem Avenue.

Cooler temperatures this past weekend was a welcome reprieve, at least for some of us. For this week, a warmer and drier air mass moved back in, bringing temperatures back into the 90s – so keep those fluids going in and try to stay cool.