Washington column for Dec. 4

’Tis the season for shoppers

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With that behind us and Christmas right around the corner, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and forget to give thanks for all the gifts with which each of us has been blessed.

With most of us now shifting our focus to Christmas — some earlier than others — it’s a good time to shop locally. In Washington, nice gift selections for that special person are available at R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home, or The Inn at Little Washington’s gift shop, Geneva Welch Gallery or The Shops @ Ginger Hill Antiques on U.S. 211, among other local businesses.

Holiday festivities in Little Washington

William Griffis of Washington installs one of a whole set of new street signs in town last week, a job both he and Jerry Goebel, the town’s treasurer, took on. The wooden  signs were made by Scott Schlosser’s students at Rappahannock County High School.
William Griffis of Washington installs one of a whole set of new street signs in town last week, a job both he and Jerry Goebel, the town’s treasurer, took on. The wooden signs were made by Scott Schlosser’s students at Rappahannock County High School. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News

The Christmas holiday season officially begins in Washington this Sunday (Dec. 7) with Christmas in Little Washington from 10 to 4, highlighted by the parade at 1. Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue (WVFR) will have its booth on Gay Street again this year to sell hot dogs, fries, hot and cold drinks and baked goods, with all proceeds benefiting the fire department.

Also in keeping with the spirit of the season, Stonyman Gourmet Farmer will host a Community Open House from noon to 4. Revelers will be welcomed with complimentary coffee, cookies and candy canes. Stonyman will be open throughout the day to offer its selection of farmstead cheeses and seasonal farm-to-table menu. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Pantry and the scholarship fund of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization for women of achievement in the culinary professions. On hand to host the open house will be Les Dames’ president Drew Faulkner and Dame Katherine Smith, national and international president emeritus, joining Dame Susan James, Green Tables Farm chair and Stonyman co-owner.  

“Community involvement in Christmas in Little Washington has been impressive,” Susan says. “This marks the sixth year that Les Dames d’Escoffier has participated in the celebration, and, as always, we are thrilled to have their support!

After the parade, at 2:30, Rose Hill Veterinary will hold its 12th annual open house (21 Christmas Tree Lane, off U.S. 211 across from Rock Mills Road). Bring the family (two- and four-legged) for photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, call 540-987-9300.

Holiday festivities continue the next Saturday (Dec. 13), when Gid Brown Bible Church invites all to its annual Christmas banquet at 5 p.m. at the Washington fire hall, with Pastor Albert Payne as the guest speaker. For more information, call 540-937-4944.

Later that evening, the Rappahannock United Methodist Church hosts its 36th annual Living Nativity from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the little red shed beside the Rappahannock County Library. The Living Nativity is a recreation of the beloved nativity scene. As the church says, “This is the way of sharing with the community the reality that Christ was born on this earth to the Virgin Mary in the humblest of circumstances and that he is the savior of the world.” To take part, contact Judi Burke at 540-631-6103 or jnorthburke@gmail.com.

The following weekend, you can show your holiday spirit while burning off calories we all tend to take in during this time of year by participating in the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk through Little Washington, on Saturday (Dec. 20). Proceeds for the run, sponsored by Rappahannock 4-H, benefit the sheriff’s office’s “Shop with a Deputy” program. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the old Washington school (567 Mt. Salem Ave.); the walk starts at 8:45, the run at 9. Preregister on Active.com or by filling out a hardcopy form; registration is $25 for the run ($30 on race day) or $20 for the walk (includes jingle bells, shirts, awards, goodies and fun). For the registration form or more information, call Amy Burnett at 540-675-3873.

Boys and girls, Santa is making a last-minute stop at the Washington fire hall to get your list before his big night. There WVFR will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday (Dec. 20) from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.. All your favorites will be prepared by WVFR’s fire and rescue personnel, and bring your cameras to get those last-minute photos with Santa for Christmas. Adults and kids 11 and older pay $8, ages 10 and younger eat free. For more information, call 540-675-3615 and speak with one of  the volunteers.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Carrol Beard, who celebrated her special day on Monday (Dec. 1).


Sympathy goes out to Beverly Atkins Conners and Lawrence S. Conners of Woodville on the death of their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Conners-Dawson, 39, of Sperryville. A funeral service was held at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels of Culpeper with pastors Joel Cress and Jon Heddleston officiating. Interment was followed at the Woodville Cemetery (St. Paul’s Episcopal).

Relay for Life meeting

Rappahannock Relay for Life, who will be marching in the Christmas parade in Washington this Sunday (Dec. 7), invites anyone interested to join them to fight against cancer, please call Phyllis Grogg at 540-364-2740. Their next meeting is next Tuesday (Dec.9) at the Washington Baptist church at 6 p.m.

Have a wonderful week!