There will, of course, be a fourth Friday in November — but since it falls on the day after Thanksgiving, our usual Fourth (Estate) Friday open staff meeting won’t be happening this month, as most of the staff will be in line at Journalism-Mart for their Black Friday deals on notebooks, visor caps and those T-shirts that say, “Nobody move — I have a newspaper subscription and I’m not afraid to use it.”
We’ll be back at a local eatery-to-be-determined in December, most likely the week before Christmas, ready to buy your coffee and listen to whatever is on your mind.
You might like a chance to win dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington, or an overnight stay at Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn — or you might just want to help out the Rappahannock Free Clinic, which offers medical care to county residents who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
Your $10 raffle ticket for those prizes — or three tickets for $25 — can be purchased at Coterie Shop and Knit Wit Yarn Shop in Sperryville, the county administrator and commissioner of the revenue offices or Rappahannock Real Estate Resources in Washington, Hackley’s or Mayhugh’s stores in Amissville, or in Flint Hill at the Public House or Horse N Hound.
The Rappahannock Free Clinic, a service of the Fauquier Free Clinic, is held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the county health department on Main Street in Washington.
‘Grandmother’ Bywaters’ statewide honors
Mary Frances Bywaters, pastry chef and chief pie- and cake-maker at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill — where she’s also known as the Tavern’s “grandmother” — was named the Restaurant Employee of the Year earlier this month by the Virginia Hospital and Travel Association.
“This is my second home, really,” Bywaters told the Rappahannock News last May, when the restaurant was celebrating its 10th anniversary. A lifelong Flint Hill resident, the 73-year-old Bywaters recalled that she started working for Griffin owners Jim and Debbie Donehey “the same day I lost my job” at the old Flint Hill Grocery, which was closing the day Debbie Donehey visited and hired her on the spot.
“I am so very happy for her,” said Debbie Donehey this week, after Bywaters received her award at the VHTA’s annual awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Reston before a crowd of 450.
Also among the VHTA honors that night was the association’s Golden Pineapple Award, a recognition of long-term engagement by a VHTA member, which went to Luray Caverns sales and marketing director John Shaffer, who’s worked for the company for almost 40 years.