Food, art and more at Trinity’s Fodderstack-weekend festival

Trinity Episcopal Church wants to share food, crafts, music, art, and books with the Rappahannock community this Fodderstack weekend – Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 – and its members have been busy adding new events and talent to this year’s Trinity Festival.

Festival schedule

Saturday, April 20: 10 to 5, art sale/exhibition; 11 to 2, Cowboy Barbecue; 5:30, auction

Sunday, April 21: noon, brunch; noon to 4:30, art sale/exhibition; 1 to 5, music; 6 p.m., Evensong

The festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday with exhibition and sales of visual arts. Also on Saturday is a Cowboy Barbecue from 11 to 2. An auction and raffle drawing – led by Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan – begins at 5:30. 

On Sunday, Trinity hosts brunch from noon to 2; all are welcome, and while there can browse arts exhibits that will be open until 4:30. Also, there will be musical performances in the sanctuary and garth from 1 to 5 on Sunday. A much-anticipated event is Evensong, at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Trinity sanctuary, a fitting way to calm down and contemplate the end of a busy weekend, to which all are welcome.

The Evensong will be led by church musician Ronald Stolk, a laureate in organ performance who hails from The Netherlands. He has vast experience teaching and leading liturgy in Anglican and a variety of other traditions. The tradition of prayer at set hours, he notes, goes back to the earliest Christians, who followed Jewish tradition, and is known today among Anglicans as the Daily Office and among Roman Catholics as the Liturgy of the Hours. Evening Prayer features a hymn, a selection from the Psalms, scripture reading, the Magnificat (a choral anthem), and prayers. All are invited to sing along with Trinity’s regular singers and a few guests. Stolk lives in Huntly, and is director of music at St. Patrick Catholic Church and lecturer in organ at the Catholic University of America, both in Washington, D.C.

Organ scholar Ronald Stolk of Huntly leads Trinity’s festival-concluding Evensong program at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Courtesy photo.
Organ scholar Ronald Stolk of Huntly leads Trinity’s festival-concluding Evensong program at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Courtesy photo.

Artists and artisans participating in the weekend are Philip Strange, Merrill Strange, Ruth Anna Stolk, Anna Metcalfe, Bob Metcalfe, Laura Massie, Nancy Keyser, Charlotte Laing, Rosa Crocker and Out of Hand and friends, Paula Endo, Jan Barbano, Russ Nunberg, Kathleen Hutcheson, Ashleigh Dowell, Bill Pumphrey, Susan Laing, Sarah Walton, Noel Laing, Ruthie Windsor-Mann and Chris Russell.

Participating in the Sunday afternoon music programs are Lorraine Duisit, Judy Reidinger, Judy Segaar, Evan Espinola, Main Hutcheson with Howie Weingarten and Martha Hughes, and Main Hutcheson with Miguel Day.

Authors featured, along with their books, are Shaunti Feldhahn, Bob Metcalfe, Chris Johns, Jane and Jim Kane, and Windsor Mann.

Trinity Festival is offering a chance to win dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington. Call the church office at 540-675-3716 (or email to purchase a raffle ticket ($20). Proceeds from the festival go to help Trinity support the Rappahannock community.

For more about the Trinity Festival, visit or The church is at 379 Gay St. in Washington.

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