Washington column for Oct. 2

Stonyman’s gourmet cheese course

Washington’s Stonyman Gourmet Farmer was tapped to provide a classic cheese course on Sept. 21 — a farm-to-fork dinner to support Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture). Held at Mosaic District in Fairfax’s newly opened Gypsy Soul, local Virginia chefs — each contributing a course for the sumptuous dinner — served as hosts to the sold-out crowd.

Alan James (center) provided a classic cheese course (along with other chefs) at Mosaic District in Fairfax.
Alan James (center) provided a classic cheese course (along with other chefs) at Mosaic District in Fairfax. Debbie Moser

The chefs included James Beard award-winning R.J. Cooper, with Fairfax’s Giane Cavaliere; Richmond’s Lee Gregory; Staunton’s Ian Boden; Baltimore’s Spike Gjerde; and Washington, D.C.’s Katsuya Fukushima and John Mooney.

Future Harvest CASA is a nonprofit network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake watershed, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The organization promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities in our region.

“This was an elegant, enjoyable, delicious way to support agriculture by encouraging the rural farm economy, farmer base and fine gastronomy that our county in particular is known for!” observed Stonyman’s Alan James.

Beahm cemetery hike

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Battaglia cousins from Sykesville, Md. (and anyone else who might be interested), will be going to the Beahm cemetery on Pignut Mountain. Expect to do some clearing of brush, so bring some small hand tools and gloves, and wear weather-appropriate clothing.

The hike is around a quarter-mile. The group meets at 10 a.m. at the parking area at Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church in Old Hollow, Sperryville. Lunch will be served after at the church. For more information, call Wayne Baldwin at 540-987-8945.

Ham/oyster dinner

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue company’s annual all-you-can-eat ham and oyster dinner is 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the station. The menu features fried and raw oysters, oyster stew, country ham, Virginia baked ham, numerous sides and desserts — all prepared by local fire and rescue volunteers. Adults are $25 ($10 ages 10 and younger). For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Washington Baptist homecoming

Washington Baptist Church celebrates its homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 12, with a traditional worship service followed by lunch. This year’s featured speaker is Rev. Lanny Horton, director of missions for the Shiloh Baptist Association. Special music is provided by 4 The Lord Gospel Trio. Everyone is welcome to attend.

French conservation

Parlez-vous Francais? Why not join Rappahannock County’s French conversation group? They welcome other French speakers of all levels to join them, whatever their French connection. The group meets every Friday at 1 p.m. at Stonyman Gourmet, for a little light lunch and casual conversation. The next meeting is tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 3).

Trinity Evensong

Trinity Episcopal Church offers its Episcopal devotion (and accompanying Evensong) starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church.

This tradition — of prayer at set hours — dates back to the earliest Christians, who followed Jewish tradition. It’s known among Anglicans as the Daily Office and among Roman Catholics as the Liturgy of the Hours. Evening prayer features a hymn, a selection from the psalms, a scripture reading, the Magnificat prayers and an anthem. Everyone is welcome.

This year, Ronald Stolk leads the music and plays the organ. Stolk, a Rappahannock resident, hails from the Netherlands, studied in The Hague and Paris, and is a laureate of several competitions in Europe and the U.S. He is the director of music at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., and teaches organ lessons at the Catholic University of America and George Mason University.

Senior bake sale

The Rappahannock Seniors are having a bake sale featuring homemade treats from 9 a.m. to noon next Saturday (Oct. 11) at the Quicke Mart on U.S. 211. Come early to get your pick of goodies! For more information, call 540-987-3638.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Skip Giles and Bill Scoggin of Washington, both of whom celebrate their special day on Saturday (Oct. 4). Also, happy birthday to my brother, Ray Burke (Oct. 9), and to Chris Keyser (Oct. 11)!

Have a great week!