Washington column for Nov. 6

Trick-or-treat a treat

The cool weather did not stop the town of Washington’s annual Halloween celebration last Friday night. This was one of Rappahannock County’s most enjoyable, family-friendly events. Some of the grownups had a chance to relive their childhood, and the kids to live theirs. Trick-or-treaters of all ages strolled around town and visited both homes and businesses, many of which were also decorated, for goodies and treats. Trinity Episcopal Church opened its doors, as usual, at 6 p.m., for parents seeking coffee and a chair, and for kids looking for something more substantial than candy (hot dogs and such).

I was strolling around the town, checking out the costumes on the kids, and behold, my eyes caught a clown with big red shoes giving out candy. Wonder who that was — I will never tell, but I will say this person works in the town.

The streets were busy with moms, dads and kids having a good time. It is so nice to have the community come together to have a fun event for the children.

U.S. Marine Corps’ 239th

At 6 p.m. (1800 hours sharp) this Monday (Nov. 10), there’s a cake-cutting ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall to celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Open to all. For more information, call Mike Del Grosso at 540-987-9226.

Bland Music Contest

Applications to participate in the 2015 Bland Music Contest for Rappahannock’s own rising musical talents will be available Friday, Nov. 14. The Bland Music Contest itself returns at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, to the Theatre at Washington. Last February, some 13 young talents took the stage in this popular music competition sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club.

Email Spots Williams at lionspotswilliams@gmail.com to get an emailed copy of the application, or call 540-636-4100. The application deadline is Dec. 12. The contest is open to all Rappahannock County K-12 students. Participants must live in the county or be enrolled in schools located in Rappahannock. There are instrumental and vocal categories for both high school and elementary-middle school. Winners receive cash prizes for first, second or third place or honorable mention and a chance to move into state competition.

Texas Hold’em poker tournament

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Texas Hold ’em poker tournament is 4 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 8) at 4 p.m. (check-in at 3) at the station. First prize is a Remington 783 30-06 with scope; second is a Remington 870 12GA; third is a Remington 597 22LR with scope. The cost is $50 per player (18 and older; includes dinner). For more information, call 540-270-3203 or 540-675-3615.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s next all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is 7 to 11 Saturday, Nov. 15: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, hashbrowns, fried apples, orange juice and coffee, prepared by your local volunteer fire and rescue personnel. It’s $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). All proceeds help fund the department’s daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Holiday greenery for sale

The Rappahannock County Garden Club is selling beautiful, handmade holiday greenery through Nov. 24. The proceeds help send county students to nature camp and colleges. Quantities are limited on some items. For more information or to order, call Karen Crow at 540-675-9917; to order online, visit rappgardenclub.org/holiday-greens. Also, see the story on page B1.

Veterans Day lunch and concert

All are welcome to join the students and faculty of Rappahannock County schools to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families at the Annual Veterans Day Luncheon and Concert. It’s 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11) at Rappahannock County High School’s gym. Refreshments will be served to veterans and their families in attendance, and the RCHS Concert Band will perform. Guest Speaker: Col. John Lesinski, USMC (Retired). Call RCHS’ Jason Guira for more information at 540-227-0745.


Sympathy goes out to Betty Grigsby and her family on the death of her father, Willie McFarland, 93, of Washington. McFarland passed away on Oct. 28 at the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center. Our prayers are with you, Betty, and your family.

Retired teachers meet

The Rappahannock County Retired Teachers meet 10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11) at Washington Baptist Church. All dues are due, and gloves will be collected. President Linda Brosgol will present a program about sailing on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.

Have a wonderful week!