Washington column for Jan. 16

‘Members & Friends’ . . . and dogs

Ruth Anna Stolk’s rescued hound Chester is featured in her paintings at Middle Street’s Members & Friends Show.
Ruth Anna Stolk’s rescued hound Chester is featured in her paintings at Middle Street’s Members & Friends Show. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Trish Bartholomew, of Rappahannock Real Estate Resources in Washington, rescued a dog in Luray in 2007.

Chester, as he’s now known, had a distended belly and was covered with flies, though it’s difficult to believe that when seeing him today.

Now Chester is featured in the paintings of his owner Ruth Anna Stolk, whose new paintings, “Personal Inventory” I and II, are on display at Middle Street Gallery in the Members and Friends exhibit through March 2, with an artists’ reception scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. next Saturday (Jan. 25).

A Trinity book club for women . . .

Every second and fourth Saturday, the Women’s Fellowship of Trinity Episcopal Church meets for breakfast, a book discussion and fellowship. Presently the book discussion is Barbara Brown Taylor’s “Bread of Angels.” The women alternate the cooking responsibilities and are sometimes treated to food worthy of a true connoisseur. That’s usually the case when Nancy Weitz takes over the kitchen duties, as she likes to experiment — something Trinity’s women are more than happy to participate in!

. . . and for men

Nancy Weitz prepares individual bowls of fruit for the women of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Nancy Weitz prepares individual bowls of fruit for the women of Trinity Episcopal Church. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

The Men’s Book Club is also affiliated with Trinity, but is open to all men in the community. The club meets every five to six weeks for 90 minutes in Trinity House to discuss non-fiction books. The group doesn’t focus on a single book, instead splitting its time between four or five books that members recommend and have read. A wide variety of books has been selected for discussion and the meetings provide both fellowship and increased knowledge in a variety of areas. For more information, write to donclay1@me.com.

‘Mostly Bach and Mendelssohn’

In a long-awaited program, pianist Lambert Orkis and cellist David Hardy bring “Mostly Bach and Mendelssohn” to the Theatre at Washington at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Sunday afternoon performance are $25 ($10 ages 18 and younger). For more information or to make a reservation (recommended), call 540-675-1253 or email TheatreVA@aol.com.

Christmas Tree Bonfire

The bonfire at Avon Hall pond has been rescheduled due to weather (for the second time) and is now set for 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 17) at the Avon Hall pond, though everyone is welcome to show up (with or without a Christmas tree) at 5 p.m. The Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be serving hot chocolate and hot dogs. Let’s hope the third time’s the charm and the weather is on our side this time.

Estate planning workshop

Are you thinking about the future of your working farm or forest? How about the rural community where you live? Careful planning can help ensure that what you value about your property will be passed on to the next generation. Join Julie King and Rebecca McCoy from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Ln.) as they provide a comprehensive overview of available legal and financial mechanisms for transferring rural land between generations. The cost is $10 per family for dinner. To reserve a spot, contact Maggi MacQuilliam at 540-347-2334 (ext. 24) or mmacquilliam@pecva.org.

Health care mini-series

The next Second Wednesday mini-series — this one featuring a panel of local experts on Alzheimers, home health care options, senior care related issues, nursing homes, Medicaid and medicare and more — is 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb 12 at the library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP, call Sharon Pyne at 540-675-3313 (ext. 2221).

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Beverly Exline, who celebrated her special day last Sunday (Jan. 12). Happy birthday also to Danny Huff, who celebrates his day on Saturday (Jan. 18). And very happy wishes go out to one special, amazing mother-in-law, Anna Clatterbuck, who celebrates her special day on Sunday (Jan. 19).

WVFR breakfast

The WVFR offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday (Jan. 18) at the fire hall. In honor of the continued support, adults and children eat free. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Have a wonderful week!