Washington column for Feb. 21

A send-off for Shepardson

Nina Shepardson, our longtime and much-beloved friend at the Washington post office, will be retiring next Thursday, Feb. 28. Mayor John Fox Sullivan and Rappahannock’s own Jim Miller, former (and recently renominated) chairman of the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors, are hosting a goodbye and thank you event for Nina next Tuesday (Feb. 26) from noon to 1 at the post office. Refreshments will be served. Please stop by and wish Nina the very best and many thanks for her wonderful service to our community.

Trinity Festival

Trinity Episcopal Church is getting ready for its Trinity Festival April 20-21 (the weekend of the annual Fodderstack 10K race). Not only will members be sharing the visual arts as in the last two years, but this year’s weekend includes food, music and books.

Planned events include a Cowboy Barbeque on Saturday; displays and sales by artists, artisans and authors both days; an auction and raffle Saturday evening; a brunch at noon Sunday; outdoor and indoor music Sunday; and an Evensong on Sunday evening. The raffle prize Saturday evening features dinner for two at the Inn at Little Washington. For more information, call Trinity at 540-675-3716, email trinityfestivalwashva@gmail.com or check out the festival Facebook page (facebook.com/TrinityFestival) and website (trinityfestival.webs.com).

Relay for Life meeting

The second meeting of the Rappahannock County Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team captains is 6 p.m. March 12 at the Washington Baptist Church. Anyone thinking about participating as a team captain in the Relay is welcome. Plans and preparations for the spring relay will be discussed, and team packages and information to help your team get started will be available. Team captains who register before March 5 receive a frosted tumbler. The last meeting will be on May 14.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to my brother-in-law, Bud Clatterbuck, who celebrated his special day yesterday (Feb. 20), and to a dear friend of mine, Betty Grigsby, whose special day is a week from today (Feb. 28).


Congratulations go out to Rappahannock’s Junior Panther boys basketball team for its history-making season. They not only went undefeated in the Valley Middle School Conference, but also won the conference tournament. The boys suffered only one loss all year (to Warren County). They defeated Warren in a rematch and even downed perennial public-school rival Madison County.

Healing services

Trinity continues to offer a monthly healing service at noon on the third Wednesday of the month for all in our community who desire to seek God’s grace for themselves or their friends in need of healing. The beautiful 30-minute service includes lessons, a homily on the forgiveness of sin, laying on of hands for healing and the Holy Eucharist.

Antiques appraisal

The Rappahannock Historical Society holds its fifth annual antiques appraisal and bakery boutique from 10 to 2 p.m. March 16. Join the fun and have your antique treasures appraised while you appraise some very special baked goods for sale. Fees are $10 per item (three for $25). The event takes place at Copper Fox Antiques, 7 River Lane, Sperryville. Contact the Rappahannock Historical Society for more information at 540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net.

Fourth Friday meeting

As a reminder to everyone, the Rappahannock News is having its monthly Fourth Friday meeting Feb. 22. We’ll be at Tula’s Off Main, on Gay Street in Washington, for our usual Fourth Friday get-together, where we’ll be looking forward to hearing your ideas, complaints or suggestions from 9 until 10 a.m. Did we mention the free coffee? See you there!

Have a wonderful week!