Washington column for Oct. 16

Adams and Brown marriage

Kevin Adams and Jay Brown were married in Little Washington last Sunday (Oct. 12). Partners for almost 16 years, they say they deliberately waited to marry until they could do so here in their home community. And when the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in Virginia on Oct. 6, they suddenly did not have to wait any longer.

Kevin Adams (right) and Jay Brown, partners for the last 16 years, tied the knot last Sunday (Oct. 12).
Kevin Adams (right) and Jay Brown, partners for the last 16 years, tied the knot last Sunday (Oct. 12). Courtesy photo

They obtained their license from the circuit court clerk that same day — the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in Rappahannock County. The civil ceremony was performed by their close friend Joseph Gale of Flint Hill, a judge of the U.S. Tax Court, and witnessed by a small group of neighbors and friends. The wedding party celebrated with dinner at The Inn at Little Washington.

Monday morning, it was back to the normal routine for the happy couple: Jay is a lawyer who keeps an office in the town, and Kevin is an artist who currently keeps his studio in Sperryville. “The fact of legal marriage is important for all sorts of practical reasons,” Jay said, “but what surprised us is that, even after all these years together, getting married absolutely overwhelmed us emotionally.”

Congratulations to you both!

Trinity’s 58th house tour

Trinity Episcopal Church has a huge weekend coming up this weekend, as the 58th annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale begins at 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 18). The weekend culminates in the much-anticipated Evensong led by Ronald Stolk, a resident of Huntly and the organist for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

The feedback from Evensong in 2013 was outstanding and many are eagerly awaiting an encore performance. If you ever want to know about events at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, visit trinwash.org. The church’s newsletter, the Trinity Times, can be accessed at the site and has more information concerning the Evensong and the house tour. Let’s hope for a beautiful weekend.

Civil War books sale

Starting Saturday (Oct 18), history books — on the Civil War, the country’s early history and national histories — are on sale at the Book Barn, on Library Lane beside the library. All of them are half-price; hardbacks are $1.50, and paperbacks are only 50 cents. Specially priced books will be half price as well. Come find some winter reading, and help the library too. Remember that all the books are donated, and all the work is done by volunteers.

Bland Music Contest

Rappahannock’s own rising musical talents shine once more when the Bland Music Contest returns early next year — at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Theatre on Gay Street. In 2014, some 13 young talents took the stage in this popular music competition sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club. Applications will be available by Nov. 14 for the contest, which is open to all Rappahannock County students (kindergarten through 12th grade; application deadline is Dec. 12). Participants must live in the county and/or be enrolled in schools located in Rappahannock.

There are instrumental and vocal categories for both high school and elementary/middle school students. Winners receive first, second, third place and honorable mention cash prizes, as well as a chance to advance to state competition. For more information, contact Lion Spots Williams at 540-636-4100 or Spotswood47@gmail.com.

Garden Club greenery

The holidays will soon be upon us, that means the Rappahannock County Garden Club, continuing a proud tradition, is selling beautiful, handmade holiday greenery. The proceeds greens will help send Rappahannock County students to nature camp and college, just as they have for the last 60 years.

This year, greens can be ordered online (at rappgardenclub.org/holiday-greens); quantities are limited on certain items, so early ordering is advisable (deadline is Nov. 24). For more information (or to order by phone), call Karen Crow at 540-675-9917.


Condolences go out to the family of Margaret Jenkins, who passed away Oct. 5 at her home in Flint Hill. I got to know her while I was working at the Aileen plant. She was a true friend, always had a smile on her face and would do anything for you. Margaret loved her church, and loved to talk to you about the Lord.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Mike Massie, who celebrated on Oct. 4. Happy birthday also to Susan Parrish, who celebrates today (Thursday, Oct. 16); to Mae Smoot, who celebrates Saturday (Oct. 18); and to Mayor John Sullivan, whose special day is Sunday (Oct. 19). Happy birthday also to a special friend of mine, Ruthie Windsor-Mann (Oct. 24), who contributes to my column often. Last, but certainly not least, happy birthday to a dear lady, Mitzie Young, who celebrates on Oct. 29.

Belated anniversary wishes go out to Rick and Kaye Kohler, and to Ernest and Ellen Fletcher, both of whom celebrated their special days on Wednesday (Oct. 15); and to Kim and Bruce Nelson, whose anniversary is Saturday (Oct. 18). Anniversary wishes also go out to a couple very dear to me — Doug and Margaret Baumgardner, who celebrate on Oct. 29.

Memorial service

There is a memorial service for Jane Hobkirk Batchelder at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct.  26, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington. The “celebration of life” is led by Rev. Jenks Hobson III, with Jane and Roger’s favorite foods served afterwards.

Spooky story time

The Rappahannock County Library is having a Halloween story time at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29. Children can wear costumes for the storytime, which also features songs and spooky crafts. For more information, call the library at 540-675-3780.

Have a great week!