Washington column for May 23

Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend: It’s a day of remembering the men and women who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials for their love ones who died during military service. Many people place American flags on the graves.

On this Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) let’s take time out our daily routine and remember all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Monday also marks the beginning of summer. For some of us, we are waiting for the hot weather and the next big holiday to come in with a bang – July 4 will be here soon, with fireworks. While they can’t be held in the town of Washington due to new fireworks codes, they will be orchestrated in a big way thanks to the efforts of Richie Burke, Mike Leake and Gary Settle. Bill Fletcher’s acreage on Route 231 will again provide a large arena for this year’s display.

Be safe and have a happy Memorial Day, everyone.

Buckle up!

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force this weekend. Keep those seat belts buckled! The “Click-It-Or-Ticket” program will be strictly enforced.

Washington VBS

Washington Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 3-7. For more information, call the church at 540-675-3336.

Gid Brown homecoming

Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church in Washington is having its homecoming on Sunday, June 2, starting at 10 a.m. with Brady Rochester and family singing. For the 11 a.m. service, Rochester, from Blacksburg, S.C., will be preaching. Lunch will be served following the morning service. The afternoon service begins at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Now open every day

Washington’s newest restaurant, Tula’s Off Main, located in the Kramer Building at 311 Gay St., will be open on Wednesdays starting May 29 – making it officially “open daily.” Make sure you check out that dessert case!

Virginia Chutney’s grand opening

Clare, Nevill and Oliver Turner are delighted to announce the Virginia Chutney Company’s grand opening party for their new cannery, office and warehouse is from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 23 at the factory (113 Aileen Road, Flint Hill). Activities include forklift lessons for children and an “I Love Lucy”-style assembly line demonstration. Come out and meet the Turners, who have been growing the business while trying to be reasonably civil with each other since 2004.

You can also use this time to discover why their Spicy Plum Chutney was just nominated for a sofi Award for “Outstanding Condiment” by the Specialty Food Association. To open the cannery officially, in keeping with the Turners’ British roots, the ribbon cutting will be at tea-time (4 p.m.).

Their chutneys are sold nationally in cheese shops like Cowgirl Creamery and Feast, as well as specialty supermarkets like Whole Foods and The Fresh Market, and can be found online at virginiachutney.com.

For more information, contact Oliver Turner at 540-675-1984 or oliver@viginiachutney.com


Morgan Flournoy graduated from George Mason University on May 17, with a degree in criminology. Her parents, Debbie and Bobby, along with her brother, Greg Flournoy, and Harris Hollow resident Diane Moore, attended the ceremony.

Congratulations, Morgan! And congratulations to all the county’s seniors (see pages 8-9)! We wish you the best of luck. You are our pride!

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Pat Grigsby. She celebrated her special day last Sunday (May 19).