Washington column for May 1

Harris Hollow party

Pat Davis was all smiles while celebrating her 64th birthday on April 11 (with her son Kirk by her side).
Pat Davis was all smiles while celebrating her 64th birthday on April 11 (with her son Kirk by her side). Lisa Welsted

A party and dinner was held on April 11 for Pat Davis’s 64th birthday. Those attending were Donna Foster, Joan Platt, Lynn Tomasiello, Lisa Welsted and Kirk Davis. Since Pat had to endure chemo on the morning of her birthday, they decided to bring the celebration to her house that evening. Pat’s favorite chef, Marvin Swaner from the Public House, prepared a dinner and birthday cake fit for a queen. That night Pat was the queen of Harris Hollow. The celebration was low key, but the birthday girl enjoyed herself immensely.

Preserve your home food

Spring is here and it will not be long before the gardens start producing. You can learn how to preserve your bounty for the winter months by attending the Home Food Preservation Class sponsored by the Rappahannock County Extension Office. The class — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 at the Extension Office (311-J Gay St., Washington) — covers how to can fruits and vegetables using a pressure canner and water bath canner, along with how to make jams and jellies. The cost is $20; must register by June 10 (class limited to 10). For more information or to register, contact Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 (ext. 344).

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is hosting another all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. May 17 at their station. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits, hashbrowns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $8 (ages 10 and younger free). All proceeds help fund their daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Flower and bake sale

Remember that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 — not too far away! You can stop by Carolyn’s Live, Laugh & Love Relay for Life Team Mother’s Day flower and bake sale from  2 to 4 p.m. at the 211 Quicke Mart on Friday, May 9, for a cake and some beautiful flowers. There will also be a raffle for a hand-crocheted afghan and corn hold boards. For more information, call Karen Williams at 540-635-4673.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a special young man, my son, Jonathan Clatterbuck, who shares his special day with Mother’s Day (May 11); and to Pat Grigsby, who celebrates on May 19. Special wishes also go out to my grandson, John Michael Fox, who celebrates his special day on May 25.