The Wine Loves Chocolate Boutique (formerly Goodine’s Designs at 353 Main St.) is set to open with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. this Monday (Nov. 11).
The grand opening of Little Washington Winery’s in-town boutique includes a tasting of the two wines that took top prizes in this year’s Best of Virginia awards hosted by Virginia Wine Lovers magazine. The shop will also showcase hard-to-find higher-end reserve wines that folks seldom have an opportunity to try. Different wines will be featured, creating a fresh new adventure every time guests visit the shop. You can also enjoy chocolate pairings from the delectable chocolate shop that is a permanent feature of the new boutique.
Wine Loves Chocolate is owned by Carl and Donna Henrickson and supported by a host of talented staff and extended family. The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days. The new tasting shop will host a full schedule of educational wine and food seminars that explore wines of the world, food and wine pairing and the art of blending a masterpiece wine. For a schedule of activities and seminars, visit wineloveschocolate.com.
Congratulations are in order for The Inn at Little Washington. TripAdvisor announced its Travelers’ Choice Restaurants awards on Oct. 30, which recognize travelers’ favorite fine dining establishments worldwide, based on the millions of reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travelers, and the Inn is No. 7 in the U.S. Way to go, Patrick O’Connell!
According by RappCats president Pat Snyder, half of the 500 available “Cause for Paws” raffle tickets were sold over the weekend by RappCats volunteers — two of whom, Mary Katherine Ishee and Alexia Morrison, sold 79 between them in just three hours.
Snyder said this year’s raffle is a real community effort: Mary Ann Kuhn donated an overnight stay at the Middleton Inn, Patrick O’Connell donated dinner for two at The Inn, Gary and Michelle Schwartz sponsored the raffle, and Debbie Donehey of Griffin Tavern has agreed to sell raffle tickets on RappCats’ behalf. The drawing will be held after the Christmas parade on Sunday Dec. 8. They are $5 each or five for $20.
The Cause for Paws raffle was created in 2006 by the Schwartzes, formerly of the Heritage House B&B, in memory of Toby, their rescued cat and a guest favorite who was killed by a motorist on Main Street. For the third year in a row, the raffle benefits RappCats, a nonprofit organization working to help the stray, abused, abandoned and unwanted cats of Rappahannock County.
The raffle’s proceeds are used solely for the costs of spaying and neutering cats — about 50 each year. Working together as a community and with the active support of Rose Hill and Blue Mountain veterinary clinics, the raffle prevents the birth of at least unwanted 200 unwanted kittens every single year (assuming that each pair of cats neutered would have produced eight kittens per year) — not to mention the generations that would have come after them.
Belated birthday wishes go out to a very special friend of mine, Sheila Haun of Washington. She celebrated her special day on Monday (Nov. 4).
The holidays are quickly approaching and the Rappahannock County Department of Social Services is sponsoring “Cherub Trees” again this year. The trees will be in place at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Rappahannock Library by Nov. 18. If you adopt a cherub to provide Christmas gifts, the gifts must be brought to the DSS office in Washington by Dec. 9. If you have a child, up to 18, who needs Christmas gifts, contact DSS at 540-675-3313; all gift requests for gifts must be in by Nov. 22.
Sympathy goes out to Randolph R. Thornhill of St. Mary’s County, Md., on the passing of his aunt, Mary Ellen Jenkins. Mary, 99, died on Saturday (Nov. 2) at the Blue Ridge Christian Home in Bealeton. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 8) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.
Mary was a lifelong resident of Washington, a member of the Washington Baptist Church and taught first grade. She was my first grade teacher and I can well remember her — and her ruler, which she would use to get your attention focused on your school work. I often looked out the door and saw Mary taking her daily walks from her home to the post office. Mary touched the lives of many people in Rappahannock County and will be missed by so many.