Washington column for Jan. 8

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee invites the community to the 24th annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in Rappahannock County at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Theatre at Washington. The speaker will be retired U.S. ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, who has served under three presidential administrations, completing tours of duty in Belgium, the Bahamas and South Africa. She has won numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award and three State Department Honor Awards. Ambassador Bridgewater hails from Fredericksburg, Va., and now lives in Kentucky. Music will be provided by Divine Life Ministries Men’s Chorus of Culpeper and Pastor James G. Mack. There is no admission fee; free-will offering and donations accepted during the event or by mail. All donations are tax deductible.

Students in the MLK Essay Competition will read their essays and awards will be presented. For more information, contact Lillian F. Aylor, chair, Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee at 540-987-8064, or Nan Butler Roberts, program chair, MLK Celebration, at 540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com.

Hope to see you there!

Second Friday at the Library

At 8 p.m. this Friday (Jan. 9) Second Friday at the Library presents three local fiction writers talking about their work and their writing lives. Authors Pete Pazmino, Penny Pennington, and Sheila Lamb will take us inside the writer’s studio, and Edward Dolnick, who is also a Rappahannock writer, will moderate this dive into the world of storytelling. The program is free and open to all.

Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets to benefit the Rappahannock Free Clinic (prizes are certificates for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington and a free weeknight stay at Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn) are now available at the Public House, Horse N Hound, Hackley’s Store, Mayhugh’s Store, Coterie Shop, Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Rappahannock Real Estate Resources and offices of the county administrator and commissioner of the revenue. Tickets are $10 (or three for $25); the big drawing is set for next Wednesday (Jan. 14) at The Inn. For more information, call Brion Patterson at 540-987-8933.

Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner

This year’s Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner is 6 p.m. at the Washington Schoolhouse auditorium. Luau dinners will be served by Rappahannock County “celebrities” and tips are encouraged in addition to the $60 charge for the dinner. If you have not been invited to the dinner by one of the waiters but would like to attend, please email Bette Mahoney at bsmah@stoneledge.net.

Retired teachers meeting

The Rappahannock Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13) at the Washington Baptist Church. Mimi Forbes of the Rappahannock Food Pantry will be the speaker, and donations for that charity will be accepted. For more information, call 540-675-3524.


Sympathy goes out to Ronald Parker on the death of his mother, Nina Virginia Parker, 83, of Amissville, who passed away on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Fauquier Health, Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Warrenton. A funeral service was held Tuesday (Jan. 6) at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel in Culpeper, by Pastor John Burke and David Clanagan. Interment followed at Washington Masonic Cemetery.


Belated birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Trent Singleton of Crown Point, Ind. Trent celebrated his special day on Dec. 29

On a sad note, Carol Grimes, a clerk at the Washington Post Office, will be leaving on Friday, Jan. 9. She is going to work in Remington, closer to her home. A lady that always had a smile on her face and was willing to help anyone who came in. Good luck on your new job, Carol!

Stay warm and have a wonderful week.