The Rappahannock News is entering a new year with both anticipation and anxiety — in our new building located at 309 Jett St. We are setting our sights on new goals, and commit ourselves to positive actions for a new year. As we head into a new year, let’s remember to take time out and be thankful for each new day.
Willis Chapel and Sperryville’s United Methodist churches sponsored one of the county’s many season offerings — the annual Living Nativity at the red shed next to the county library. It was viewed by passersby in cars and on foot at the barn.
Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue sponsors the town of Washington’s second annual Christmas Tree Bonfire tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 10), postponed a week due to last Friday’s heavy winds and freezing temperatures. This one starts at 6 p.m. but folks (kids, dogs, etc.) are welcome, with or without your tree, at 5 p.m. on the county-office side of the Avon Hall pond. WVFR volunteers will be serving hot dogs, hot chocolate and other refreshments. Call WVFR (at 540-675-3615) for more information. Let’s hope the weather will be in our favor this time.
Trinity Episcopal Church (379 Gay St.) invites all members of our community to join them on the third Wednesday of each month for a half-hour healing service beginning at noon. The service includes readings from the Old and New Testaments, a psalm, brief sermon and an offering of Holy Communion. Attendees also can choose to receive a symbolic anointing of oil on the forehead and a laying of hands — which are traditional symbols for healing, both physical and emotional.
According to Ruthie Windsor-Mann, people who have attended in the past report that the service is beautiful, spiritual and a lovely time to reflect and be quiet in the middle of the week. (There is a date change this month, and the service will be held on Jan. 22.)
Longtime Washington resident Fawn Evenson has opened a new store in the Sperryville Schoolhouse called Antics & Antiques, specializing in fine antiques, gifts and home decor items and showcasing local artists — including, so far, Nancy Keyser, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Benita Gordon, Joan Herrema and Becky Parrish, familiar names to people living in Rappahannock. The store hours are Thursdays by appointment and 11 to 5 Fridays through Sundays. The shop phone number is 540-987-8700. Fawn looks forward to seeing all the regular customers of Monkey Business Unlimited, which previously occupied her new space.
Birthday wishes go out to Michelle Dodson, who celebrated her special day on Jan. 2, and to Nancy Reeve, who celebrated her day on Jan. 4.
If you’re looking to broaden your horizons in 2014, Wendy Aichele, co-owner and innkeeper of the Gay Street Inn, is now offering piano lessons for beginner and intermediate students. Wendy is the acting minister of music next door at Washington Baptist Church — which is where the lessons will take place. For more information, call Wendy at 540-316-9220.
Keep warm and have a wonderful week!