Washington column for Aug. 7

A new community destination

The news on the street is that Tula’s off Main has really been popping lately. On Fridays, after the businesses and the county jobs close from a long week of work, some of the workers head over to Tula’s to let their hair down, hang out and socialize with friends.

“Tula’s restaurant, which is already attracting folks from around the county for its fine food, is now the hot spot Friday afternoons for the end-of-the-week thirsty crowd,” reported Mayor John Sullivan. The new bar serves free delicious nibbles and a great array of specialty drinks and wines.

“It’s becoming a Rappahannock community destination place for folks who just want to hang out with good friends and make new ones as well,” Sullivan continued. “It’s just one more Ken Thompson and Tom Nash success story.”

Sullivan isn’t alone, as R.H. Ballard owners Robert and Joanie Ballard also really love Tula’s. “We are excited to have a restaurant and bar in town to take family, friends and clients to. The food and service is great. We love taking a lunch break at Tula’s and also hanging out with friends and neighbors after work. Tula’s has a warm and inviting atmosphere,” said Joanie.

“One of the things I love about Tula’s is being able to walk there,” said Mary Ann Kuhn, proprietor of the Middleton Inn, a couple blocks away. “You meet so many friends. The new bar is becoming a fun gathering place.”

On Friday night, Mary Ann said she and fellow RappCats’ volunteer Katherine Leggett were responding to a call from Susan James, owner of Stonyman Gourmet Farmer, who said there were two kittens abandoned in a dumpster between Stonyman and Tula’s. Though they brought along carriers and a rescue kit, the ladies were unable to find the kittens after searching the area.

As they were about to leave, they both had the same thought: Let’s stop in at Tula’s and see who’s there. The crowd that night included Col. John Bourgeois and Joanie Ballard presiding over the new bar. Soon Mimi Forbes of the Food Pantry joined them while waiting for a group coming in for a birthday celebration, as did Daphne Hutchinson, Carolyn Thornton, and Tula’s new owners Ken and Mary Thompson.

Bridal shower

Kathy Jenkins of Sperryville was honored with a surprise bridal shower at the home of Christie Ralls on Friday (Aug. 1). Co-hosted by Katie Baldwin of Sperryville, the shower was attended by Kathy’s Old Hollow Store coworkers Malinda Fisher and Renee Jenkins, as well as myself.

Different games were played and prizes were given to the winners; a wide variety of foods were eaten and nice gifts were given. Everyone had a great time.

Kathy will be marrying Austin Settle on Aug. 30 and they will be making their home in Sperryville. Congratulations and best wishes to you both!


Condolences go out to Bobby Brown of Washington on the death of his mother, Evelyn Marie Brown, 84, of Martinsburg, W.Va., who passed away on July 28. Marie was born and raised in Sperryville and moved to Martinsburg in 2010. She had a passion for the outdoors, where she loved to plant and pick flowers and watch the butterflies and birds. A lady who enjoyed cooking, cleaning and caring for others, above all she loved and cherished her children tremendously.

Funeral services were held Friday (Aug. 1) at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, with Chaplain Doug Knupp officiating. Interment followed in Sperryville Cemetery.

Memorial service

Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for Herbert Wayne Jenkins last Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.
Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for Herbert Wayne Jenkins last Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery. Courtesy photo

Four years have passed since Herbert Wayne Jenkins was called home, and his family and friends still miss him dearly. Every year the family tries do something different and special in his memory; this year, a memorial in his honor was held Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery. Those gathered wore T-shirts with his photo on the front.

Although his smiling face will be missed each day by his family and friends, they know he is in a better place and wait for the day they all can meet again.

Revival services

Revival services at Gid Brown Bible Church in Washington begin at 7:30 p.m. each night from Aug. 24-29 (Sunday service begins at 6:30). Evangelist David Sommerdorf is the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend. Special singing and a nursery are provided.

Food for funds

Don’t forget: Rappahannock County High School’s football fundraising dinner is this Saturday (see The Rapp column on page 1 for details). And then next Saturday, Aug. 16, Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the station. Adults are $8 (ages 10 and younger free). All proceeds fund their daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Laying down the law

Kudos to the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, as they’ve been watching out for speeding cars on Main Street. I have looked out the window several times from the Rappahannock News’ office and seen a deputy about to pull a speeder over. Keep up the good work, guys!

Have a great week!