Lisa Welsted, circuit court deputy clerk, and her husband, Vernon, recently took a trip to Italy from Oct. 3 through Oct. 12. They visited Florence, Naples and Rome. “Although there are always more things to see and do,” said Lisa, they were thrilled that they were able to see all of the places that they had on their short list, which included tours of the Uffizi and Academia in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a boat ride along the Italian Riviera where they were able to see the five cities included in Cinque Terra. While in Naples, they visited Pompeii and the Archaeological Museum, which houses many of the ruins from Pompeii and Herculaneum. And while in Rome, they were able to see the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, Palatine Hills and the Forum. The weather was great, the food was wonderful and the people were friendly. Both recommend Italy and are certain they will go back in the near future.
The town was busy as a bee this past weekend. It was autumn in Washington, and the colorful leaves and cool temperatures made it a beautiful weekend for the 58th annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale. The tour was sponsored by the women of Trinity Episcopal Church, who had dried flower arrangements for sale in the parish hall.
The sale and tour could not happen if it were not for the dedicated women who spend months planning, planting, growing, drying, preparing, writing, selling, touring, cooking and designing what everyone comes to see, buy, hear and eat. According to Ruthie Windsor-Mann, everyone at Trinity Episcopal Church pitches in to help the weekend to be such a success.
This year Evensong was added to the mix, and Ronald Stolk, the noted organist, led a group of singers from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. Evensong was a beautiful ending to a delightful weekend, and the reception held afterwards enabled everyone to rehash the fun that was had.
I stopped in the office on Sunday and had the pleasure of chatting with one of the visitors to town, who said the arrangements offered many choices in terms of size and color combinations. She has been coming to the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale for years and was already making plans to attend next year.
Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church will be hosting Brent Rochester and family from Blacksburg, N.C. on Sunday, Nov. 2. Brent will be the guest speaker for the morning and afternoon service. Lunch will follow the morning service, and the afternoon service will be at 2. Singing will be included in both services. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 540-937-4944.
As you probably have already noticed, the mornings are getting chillier. Stop in this Saturday (Oct. 25) for a nice hot meal at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s annual fall all-you-can-eat ham-and-oyster benefit dinner. It’s 4 to 8 p.m. at the station and admission is $25 ($10 ages 10 and younger). All proceeds fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.
Do you wonder where you can go on Halloween? If so, you are in luck, as Trinity Episcopal Church has the most spectacular and spooky event in Rappahannock County. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at 379 Gay Street in Washington, where Trinity will be serving hot dogs, drinks, candy and other delightful concoctions. The Parish Hall will be frightfully designed by Trinity’s dynamic threesome of Amo Merritt, Kathleen Hutcheson and Trish Bartholomew. Trinity and the town of Washington, where so many folks decorate and prepare to make it a treat for costumed youngsters, are the place to be on Halloween evening.
Belated birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Troy Singleton, who celebrated his day on Saturday, Oct. 25. Birthday wishes go out to my son-in-law, Matt Ralls, He will be celebrating his special day on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Happy birthday, Matt!
Happy Boo-rthday goes out to Steven Alther, who will be celebrating his day on Halloween. Hope your day is filled with spooky fun and laughter.
Let’s remember Richard Webb in our daily prayers. He has been under the weather for some time.
Enjoy the beautiful fall days and have a wonderful week!