Washington column for April 24

Harris Hollow Easter gathering

Spring is finally here and the best indication that it has finally arrived was the Easter weekend — a time for family and fellowship, where children play games and hide eggs; a time of sunrise services and enjoying the feeling of spring in the air.

An Easter gathering is something that every family looks forward to. For Steve and Judy Alther, that meant a gathering of around 15 people for their Easter dinner on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the special bond among the family. There was more food than everyone could eat and desserts that were out of this world. Those turtle brownies were an especially big hit. Everyone had a wonderful time and was not in a hurry to leave.

Sunrise service

Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrate a sunrise service Easter morning (April 20) on Massie Mountain.
Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrate a sunrise service Easter morning (April 20) on Massie Mountain. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

The sunrise on Easter morning was lovely, but not the overwhelming blockbuster it can sometimes be for the Easter sunrise service. Still, 73 people managed to make it up Massie Mountain to celebrate the Eucharist with Trinity Episcopal Church. Afterwards many of the worshipers meandered back to Trinity’s parish hall to have hot cross buns and coffee.

The day continued in high celebratory mode with bunnies, bunny prints and bunny ears for the family-oriented 9:15 service with the traditional Easter egg hunt afterwards. Four Easter services were held at Trinity, with each receiving flowers for the wooden cross placed outside the red doors. A re-established tradition of the flowering of the cross is now again set for Easter at Trinity Episcopal Church.

A successful hunt

For more than 25 years, it’s been a tradition for the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue to organize and host an Easter egg hunt open, free of charge, to all county children the Saturday before Easter. And so it was again this year!

One could not ask for a more beautiful day; the weather was just right for the hunt at 11 a.m. The horn sounded and 125 kids, armed with baskets and bags, rushed out into the field to hunt for brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candy.

Some eggs even contained a slip to claim a stuffed animal toy prize. All the kids also received a firefighter plastic helmet with candies. That same morning, WVFR also cooked an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The Easter Bunny himself made a special appearance, and was a big draw for the kids.

Can you guess who the big bunny was? I’ll never tell!

Spring feasts

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer offered a dedicated Easter weekend to benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier’s scholarship fund. Dame Drew Faulkner, president, and Dame Susan James, Green Tables Farm chair, prepared a select number of catered celebratory dinners featuring local, seasonal fare, including prime lamb and beef, freshly harvested and nicely aged.

Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization for women of achievement in the culinary profession, awards scholarships nationally and internationally to young women who demonstrate exceptional talent in the culinary arts and show commitment to the profession. Susan observed: “Drew and I had a fabulous time doing what we love to do all for a worthwhile result. What better setting than Washington, Va.!”

Pantry (and Relay) Day

This year Pantry Day is May 10. Once again there will be a number of food drives and activities throughout the day, beginning with a Pet Parade, co-sponsored by RAWL, outside the Washington Schoolhouse, across from the Pantry. The entry fee is a donation of pet food and all pets usually win a certificate for some unique characteristic.

There will also be a cut flower sale (in time for Mother’s Day), canned and box food collections and other activities which are still in the planning stage. The day ends with a big Italian Feast at Jessamine Hill, the home of John Anderson, off Tiger Valley Road in Washington. Food and wine for the event will be donated by locals — farmers, restaurants and wineries.

Tickets are $85; all proceeds benefit the Pantry. For reservations, visit rappahannockpantry.org, call Bette Mahoney at 540-675-3446 or mail a check to the Pantry (at 603 Mt. Salem Ave., Washington, VA 22747). Get that check in!

The Rappahannock Relay for Life begins later that same day at 2 p.m. at Rappahannock County High School. The opening ceremony celebrates survivors and caregivers and recognizes them for their personal fight against a disease that has taken too much. Survivors’ and caregivers’ laps open the event and serve as a testament to the fight against cancer and the hope for a cure. For more information, contact Carolyn Leake at 540-635-2073.

Wedding bells

Chuck and Diane Moore would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Adrianne Moore, to Liam Garland on April 19 at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. Local family members attending were Debbie, Bobby, Morgan and Greg Flournoy, as well as Jimmie, Beth, Van, Robb, Serena and William DeBergh. Chuck’s brother, Dr. David Moore, was the officiant. Also the father of the bride, Chuck will celebrate his birthday this Sunday (April 27).

Trinity celebrates St. Marc’s

This Sunday (April 27), Trinity Church honors St. Mark’s Day and their three-year relationship with his namesake — St. Marc’s Church and School in Trouin, Haiti. Special Haitian touches will be added to the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services, and a forum to discuss their relationship with Haiti will be held at 3 p.m. at the church hall. Everyone is invited to the services and forum.

Remember in prayer

Let’s remember Sarah Latham from Amissville in our daily prayers. She fell on her sidewalk and fractured her pelvis in two places. She spent three days in Fauquier Hospital and then went to Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia (Aldie, Va.) for about 10 days. She’s home now and will continue her recovery, including physical therapy. Sarah was the editor of the Rappahannock News for about 25 years and wore more hats than you could possibly count.

Memorial service

A memorial service will be held for Dale Evelyn Hunter Burke at 1 p.m. this Sunday (April 27) at the Washington Volunteer Fire Department. Dale passed away on Feb. 28 at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray. For more information on the service, call Becky at 540-675-3066.

Lemonade social

There will be a lemonade and tea social for Frances Foster, the county’s treasurer of 52 years who is retiring effective May 1, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 29) on the courthouse lawn. Rain or shine, come and share in appreciation of Frances’ half-century of service to the county.

Enjoy the weather and have a wonderful week!