Washington column for March 6

In like a lion, out like . . . ?

We’ve all heard the saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” After this most recent snowstorm Monday morning, it sure seems like an appropriate comparison. But where did it originate from?

The sunrise over a horse farm on Tiger Valley Road on the morning of March 4, the day after Monday’s (March 3) most recent snowstorm.
The sunrise over a horse farm on Tiger Valley Road on the morning of March 4, the day after Monday’s (March 3) most recent snowstorm. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

According to the Farmers Almanac — the Bible for many farmers and ranchers — while many sayings are based on careful observations and turn out to be accurate, others are merely rhymes or beliefs of people who thought bad spirits could adversely affect the weather. Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in harshly (or like a lion), it should end calmly (hence, “out like a lamb”).

March is considered a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms. However, this saying seems be to more of a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor. Will March really go out like a lamb or is this weather here to stay for awhile longer? We’ll just have to wait and see.


Condolences to John MacPherson of Washington on the death of his father, Thomas G. MacPherson, 80, who passed away Feb. 20 at his home in Tewksbury, Mass. A private Coast Guard Memorial Service was to be conducted at sea, and a dance to celebrate his life will be held April 11 at the Tewksbury Senior Center.

Sympathy also goes out to Jeff Burke on the death of his mother, 68-year-old Dale Evelyn Hunter Burke, who passed away on Feb. 28 at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray. Her life was all about God, her son and her grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Remember the sick

Let’s continue to remember Harry Smoot, Eugene Burke and Clarissa Leggett in our prayers each day. They have all been under the weather.

Relay for Life meeting

Be sure to attend the Rappahannock Relay for Life meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 11) at the Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay St.). For more information, contact Karen Williams (540 635-4673), Ellen Timbers (540-937-8402) or Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640).

Lenten services

The ecumenical Lenten Services occur at area churches every Wednesday throughout Lent; the first service is 7 p.m. March 12 (potluck dinner at 6) at Washington Baptist (music provided by Reynolds Baptist Church). This year’s theme is “Symbols of Sacrifice,” and begins with guest speaker Rev. Sara Keeling. Throughout Lent, the services will rotate through the following churches: Washington Baptist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Reynolds Baptist, United Methodists and Trinity Episcopal. For more information, call 540-987-8137.

March birthdays

Birthday wishes go out to Sam Snead, who celebrates his day March 13; Stacy Clark, whose special day is March 19; and to a very special little girl, Aubrey Taylor Burke, who celebrates her day on March 18. Other wishes for the month of March go out to Barbara Hudson (March 23) and Ivy Racer (March 24).

Spring forward

Don’t forget daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday (March 9). It’s almost time to “spring forward” an hour. I’m looking forward to those longer days!

Erin Go Dontez

Regardless of your heritage, you might celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 by sporting your best bright green shirt and meeting up with friends at your favorite Irish pub. But there’s a lot more to the holiday than simply wearing green and knocking back a pint of Guinness. On March 15 at Gadino Cellars (92 Schoolhouse Rd.), Sperryville’s own Dontez Harris will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with his eclectic mix of jazz, funk, blues and reggae from 1:30 to 5. No charge (though tasting fees apply). For more information: call 540-987-9292 or visit gadinocellars.com/events.

New hours

Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center has new hours starting this week. The co-op will now be open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Garden Club meeting

Sam Quinn, Sunnyside Farm’s staff biologist, presents “Creating a Breeding Place for Toads and Frogs” at 2 p.m. March 19 at the Washington fire hall for the Rappahannock County Garden Club’s next meeting (refreshments and club business begin at 1). For more information, contact club president Sylvia Garcia at 540-987-3121.

Ham and oyster dinner

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s next all-you-can-eat ham and oyster dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. is March 15 at the station. Tickets are $25 ($10 ages 4-10; 3 and younger eat free). All proceeds fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Keep in your mind that warmer days are coming soon!