Washington column for Dec. 11

Christmas parade warms winter souls

Despite the chilly temperatures and the wind on Sunday (Dec. 7), the Christmas parade was a success, with the Knights of Columbus Council Color Guard, the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Rappahannock News 2014 Citizen of the Year, Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, among the many participants. Hobson, as grand marshal, led the parade (or at least his photo did, since he was doing double-duty as another important figure in the parade), accompanied by 2013 Citizens of the Year Doug Baumgardner and Lillian Aylor, who did not get their chance to march last year because of bad weather.

Other colorful marchers and floats, horses, llamas and dogs also joined in the parade, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There were pony rides, the artisan markets, a magic show and much more for everyone at this year’s Christmas in Little Washington. The cafes were open, and local vendors also set up along the street to sell hot cocoa, coffee and food for anyone who got hungry or cold. It was a great day all around for everyone.

Several of the tourists I spoke with, repeat visitors all, said they really enjoyed coming to our beautiful town to see our lovely decorations and to shop at our local businesses, with everyone being so friendly. They were already planning to come back next year!

Thanks to the community for pulling together to make this year’s Christmas celebration such a hit for our town. (See the photos on pages A1 and B1 in today’s paper.)

Seasonal shopping at CFC

December arrived in style this year, with some bracingly cold temperatures, and at the Rappahannock CFC Farm and Home store, the holiday season is being greeted with style, with the employees in full swing for Christmas. As you walk into the store, you’ll find a tree decorated with everything from dog treats and small bird feeders to Carhartt socks.

CFC also is offering several gift-basket suggestions for the handyman, horse lover, farmer, cook or homemaker on your list. For kids, they have a nice selection of Melissa and Doug wooden toys. They even brought back one of my favorites, the Corinthian Wind Chimes. Also available is a assortment of affordable, American-made pet treats that make great stocking stuffers for your four-legged family members.

CFC also stocks a great variety of bird seed, suet and other treats as well as birdhouses and feeders. Other seasonal items include snow shovels, sleds and ice-melting products, including a pet-safe ice melt.

The smiling staff at our local farmer’s cooperative is looking forward to seeing you and helping with your shopping.

Story time and coat collections

Rappahannock County Library’s Christmas Story Time is 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 17), when kids can enjoy stories, make Christmas crafts and visit with Santa. Parents, bring your cameras!

Girl Scout troop 890, for their Bronze Award project, is doing a winter coat drive, collecting coats, jackets, sweaters and snow pants for infants, children, women and men. Items can be new or used (but clean, please). Coats were collected during the parade and there are drop-off boxes at Union First Market Bank (Washington, Warrenton and Culpeper branches), Gold’s Gym in Culpeper, Mayhugh’s, Rappahannock Elementary (in the cafeteria), Trinity Church, Reynolds Church, Living Sky and the Boston General Store. The drive runs through Dec. 30. Let’s help make someone happy and warm for the winter.

Christmas at local churches

A reminder that Gid Brown Bible Church invites all to its annual Christmas banquet at 5 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 13) at the Washington fire hall. Pastor Albert Payne, of Washington, is the guest speaker. For more information, call 540-937-4944.

The schedule of services for Christmas at Trinity Episcopal Church starts Sunday, Dec. 21, 8 a.m. with rite/communion, 10 a.m. with a Christmas pageant and prayers. Seasonal services continue on Christmas Eve (Wednesday, Dec. 24), from 5 to 11 p.m. with Festal Candlelight Communion services. On Christmas Day the service begins with the rite/communion at 10 a.m. Christmas observances continue on Sunday morning, Dec. 28, with with rite/communion at 8, morning prayer at 9:15 and lessons and carols at 11.


Condolences to Wade and Eddie Frazier and Mae Smoot (all from Washington) and Margaret Jean Cornwell (from Manassas) on the death of their mother, Irene Frazier, 96, of Sperryville. Irene passed away on Dec. 5 at Montvue Nursing Home in Luray. The service was held Dec. 10 at Found and Sons in Culpeper, with Pastor Joe Cress officiating. Interment followed in the Sperryville Cemetery.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a special person, my dad, Pastor John K. Burke. He will celebrate his day on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). Dad looks forward to getting two gifts from us kids, so we have to make sure we don’t include his birthday gift with his Christmas gift. Happy birthday, Dad.

Birthday wishes also go to Mary Ann Kuhn, who will be celebrating her special day after Christmas (Dec. 26), and to Mae Racer, whose birthday is Wednesday, Dec. 31. Happy birthday, ladies.

Have a wonderful week.