Washington column for Dec. 6

Grigsby turns 50

It was a big evening for Kerry Lynn Grigsby of Culpeper who celebrated his 50th birthday Saturday (Dec. 1). The Washington fire hall was abuzz with activity as everyone worked to get everything ready for the surprise party thrown by his mom, Betty Grigsby, of Washington.

Around 75 guests were there for the party, including Floyd Grigsby, Anthony and JoAnn Metro from Nutley, N.J., his sister, Sandra King from Virginia Beach, Dr. and Mrs. Larry Manwaring from Warrenton, some of his cousins, family and friends from the area, and some of his drag racing buddies.

Kerry Grigsby and his wife (inset) and a shot of Grigsby at the wheel of his signature Ford Fairmont race car. Courtesy photos.
Kerry Grigsby and his wife (inset) and a shot of Grigsby at the wheel of his signature Ford Fairmont race car. Courtesy photos.

What a surprise it was for Kerry!

Everyone enjoyed the buffet dinner prepared by Betty, who made sure no one left hungry. Mildred Atkins made a delicious cake, while Judy Brown made a beautiful decorated vegetable tray that everyone enjoyed. Chester Gap resident Mike Ray Williams provided the music.

Kerry has been in the racing business approximately 15 years, said his mom, who supports him in every race he performs. Two years ago, Kerry was a guest on “Pass Time,” a drag racing game show on the Speed network where contestants try to predict how quickly a given car can finish a quarter-mile race (also known as the car’s “pass” time).

No matter where the road leads Kerry and his Ford Fairmont, his mom is never too far behind, with food for them to eat.

The memorable stories of our lives and of others in our family take on special importance because they are true. These tales are family heirlooms held in the heart not the hand. They are a gift to each generation that preserves them by remembering them and passing them on.

For Kerry, this party was certainly a gift to remember and preserve for years to come. Happy belated birthday, Kerry!

Birthday wishes

Other birthday wishes go out to Doug Baumgardner, who celebrated his day on Monday (Dec. 3); to Rick Kohler, who celebrated his day on Tuesday (Dec. 4); and to Rick’s wife, Kaye, who celebrates her special day on Monday (Dec. 10).

Decorating in Little Washington

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in town, as most of the shops were decorated shortly after Thanksgiving, in time for last Sunday’s parade. Walking by Tula’s Off Main, I noticed the window in front features giant ornaments hanging from ribbons. Be sure to stop in and check out the inside. The beautiful white lights on the ceiling are so homey, they just make you want to sit down and stay awhile.

Town’s Christmas party

Calling all residents, business owners and employees who work in the town of Washington – don’t forget the town’s Christmas potluck party is 5:30 p.m. this Sunday (Dec. 9) at the town hall. RSVP to town clerk Laura Dodd at 540-675-3128 to let her know what you will bring.

Adopt a senior angel

The Rappahannock Senior Angel Tree – located at the Union First Market Bank this year – still has more senior angels awaiting adoption for the holiday season! Stop by the bank and find a special senior to share your holiday love with this year. For more information, call 540-987-3638.

Christmas services

The Rappahannock County Library holds a Christmas story time for children at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 12). Please join them for stories, a visit from Santa and holiday crafts. It’s free. For more information, call 540-675-3780.

The Washington Baptist Church holds its Christmas Eve candlelight service on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa is stopping off at the Washington fire hall from 7 to 11 Saturday, Dec. 15, for an all-you-can-eat-breakfast and visits with children. So bring your cameras and take some snapshots of the kids with Santa.

Living Nativity Dec. 15

The annual Living Nativity takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the “Red Shed” beside the Rappahannock Library. Experience the joy of Christ’s birth with the Christmas story and live animals. The scene can also be viewed from U.S. 211. The Living Nativity is sponsored by the United Methodist churches of Rappahannock.