Washington column for March 5

Waiting for spring

Looks like the month of March is coming in like a lion. Let’s hope that by the month’s end, it will go out like a lamb. Here I thought spring was just around the corner for us, warm temperatures and the days getting some length to them. I am ready to start my walking routine around the town every day.

Anyone would like to join me in the morning and afternoon, meet me at the Rappahannock News at 8  each morning and 4:30 in the afternoon. We will walk the streets. Let’s get in shape before the hot weather catches up with us.

The community is sorry to hear that Charles Jenkins and John Henry Woodward have been under the weather. Hope that they will be up and about soon.

Antique Appraisal

The Rappahannock Historical Society’s having its seventh annual Antique Appraisal and Bakery Boutique on Saturday, March 14 from 10 to 2 at Copper Fox Antiques (7 River Lane, Sperryville). Let’s clear our attics, garages and trunks to find that priceless item and head out to Copper Fox Antiques for our appraisers to identify and evaluate. For more information, contact RHS at 540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net.

Caregiver training

The annual family caregiver training, sponsored by Aging Together, is 1 to 5 p.m. April 16 (meet and greet starts at 12:30) at the Washington fire hall. The workshop provides tips, resources and hands-on training by Rappahannock professionals to help caregivers of ill, elderly or disabled family members and others interested in caregiving. Topics include hands-on care; tips from physical therapy; Occupational Therapy, Nursing, counseling, and others. For more information, contact Sharon Pyne at 540-675-3313 (ext. 2221).

Clocks forward

Time to spring forward with Daylight Savings Time. Moving clocks an hour forward will give everyone time to enjoy more of those sunny spring and summer evenings. Be certain to set clocks forward one hour this Saturday night (March 7).

Retired teachers meeting

The Rappahannock Retired Teachers Association meet at 10 a.m. next Tuesday (March 10) at the Washington Baptist Church. There will be a presentation from the “Farm to Table” program. Please  bring seeds, potting soil, gloves, fertilizer, garden tools or anything that might be helpful to them.

Special wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Sam Snead, who will celebrate his day on Friday, March 13.

Also wishes for the month of March go out to my grandson, Jackson Brady Carter Clatterbuck, who will celebrate his special day on Sunday, March 22; to Barbara Hudson, who will celebrate her day on Monday, March 23; Ivy Racer and Charmaine Lee, on March 24; and Frances Foster, who will celebrate her special day on March 28.

Also wishes go out to my daughter, Christie Kay Estep, who will celebrate her special day on Monday, March 30.

Tula’s welcomes spring

Tula’s off Main would like to welcome s Bill and Aleta Gadino of Gadino Cellars for their Spring Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. The menu includes butter-poached lobster in cucumber cups with balsamic glaze, traditional Italian wedding soup with pork and beef meatballs, pan-seared sage and rosemary-crusted duck breast with cherry glaze, snow peas and duchess potatoes. For dessert, there’s decadent devil’s food cake topped with chocolate ganache and shaved coconut, along with their 2011 Finale red dessert wine. The cost is $75 per person. For more information, call 540-675-2223.

Ham and oyster dinner

Mark your calendars and make your plans now! Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue has its annual spring all-you-can-eat ham and oyster dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the fire hall. Fried and raw oysters, oyster stew, country ham, Virginia baked ham, numerous sides and desserts all prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. Admission is $25 ($10 for ages 10 and younger). For more information, call 540-675-3615. All proceeds go toward funding the squad’s daily operations.

Gideons Sunday

Mr. George Pasquet of Gideons International will join Washington Baptist church on Sunday, April 12, at 9:45 a.m. for a presentation of Gideons Ministry Men’s Brotherhood through film and speech. Everyone is welcome.

Keep happy thoughts of spring on its way.