Washington column for March 27

Small town recognition

This set of corbels (the brackets holding up the shelf) is still for sale at Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques.
This set of corbels (the brackets holding up the shelf) is still for sale at Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques. Bernardine Olson

When the TV show “American Pickers” was looking online for repurposed corbels — a kind of bracket jutting from a wall — to use on the show, they discovered Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques’ website and found a set for sale. A photo of the store’s corbels will be featured on the April 9 episode, focusing on corbels and how to use them.

By the way, that now-famous corbel shelf (seen here) is still for sale at Ginger Hill. Stop in and browse around; they have many nice things.

Trinity news

On March 16, Trinity Episcopal Church introduced new members to an event presenting the history of Bromfield Parish and Trinity Episcopal Church. The event also functioned as a way for the parish to gather material for its new rector search — which begins next May after the retirement of Rev. Jennings Hobson III. Afterwards, the audience moved to the parish hall for a reception.

Doug Baumgardner said that while Rappahannock County had four Episcopal churches at one time, Trinity is the only one remaining. After the history lesson, Hobson presented his much ballyhooed Liturgical striptease. The new members watched with many seasoned members as the rector removed his clerical attire piece by piece — eventually stripping down to sandals, shorts and Jesus — while explaining the purpose of each garment.

The Ecumenical Lenten Service continues at Washington Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 2) with a potluck dinner (service at 7). The dinner and set up will be hosted by the United Methodists, the music will be provided by choir members from St. Peter Catholic Church and Reynolds Baptist’s Rev. Jon Heddleston is the speaker. For more information, call 540-987-8137.

Revival services

Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church holds six evenings (April 6-11) of revival services at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Evangelist Bobby Barnes from South Carolina. There will be special singing and nursery provided each night. For more information, call 540-937-4944.

Happy retirement

Delapane’s Doug Hume, who has delivered the mail to Markham, Hume and Flint Hill for over 30 years, is retiring on March 31. Congratulations can be sent to any of three post offices in his care. He will be missed by so many. Enjoy your retirement, Doug!


Ah, spring! It officially arrived last Thursday (March 20), and not a moment too soon. This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna; be sure and show your appreciation for it by taking time out to enjoy Rappahannock County’s rich natural beauty.

Some people may wonder why the seasons change. The four seasons are determined by shifting sunlight (not heat), which is determined by how our planet orbits the sun and the tilt of its axis.

On the first day of spring — the vernal equinox — day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. Meanwhile, the sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

Enjoy the beauty of spring and have a wonderful week!