Washington column for April 2

Easter traditions . . .

The Easter holiday is upon us. Amissville United Methodist Church members have already placed their well-known silhouettes along U.S. 211 in Amissville to illustrate the events leading up to to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

An Easter gathering is something that almost every family looks forward to, a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Most families will get up early on Easter Sunday and get all dressed up for Easter service at their church, and the children will be so excited about their special new clothes for the family lunch or dinner that follows. The Easter gathering is to celebrate their special bonds as well as the resurrection of Christ.

. . . and egg hunts, and sunrise services

Children with their Easter baskets are a tradition that has been passed down for many years. Small children will bring their baskets for a special Easter egg hunt (and there’s just such an Easter egg hunt at the Washington fire hall this Saturday morning, April 4; see below). Some families include the small children in coloring the eggs. The older people then hide the eggs outside while the children wait patiently. They try to hide them in great places so the children will find them with much excitement. Most children want to find the prettiest eggs, and they usually want to find more eggs than the other children for their baskets. It does not matter what you do to spend your time on Easter Sunday, as long as you are with your family and your friends, you will have a wonderful time.

Several churches in Rappahannock County will hold sunrise services on Easter Sunday this weekend.

Trinity Episcopal Church’s service is at 6:1 on Massie’s Mountain (from Washington, take Harris Hollow Road, Route 654, to a left on Route 652). Refreshments will follow.

Flint Hill United Methodist Church will hold its sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the church, followed by a breakfast at the Flint Hill fire hall at 7:30 a.m.

A 6:15 a.m. service on Red Oak Mountain is sponsored by Woodville Baptist Church.. Look for signs as you enter Woodville (coming south from Sperryville on U.S. 522, turn left on Red Oak Mountain Road).

Washington Baptist services

Washington Baptist Church (180 Gay Street, Washington) holds a 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service tonight (Thursday, April 2) that will focus on Jesus’ last night with his disciples in the Upper Room. The service will include special music and the sacrament of Holy Communion. On Good Friday (April 3), Tenebrae Service will be at 7 p.m., recounting the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. A service of scripture readings and hymns, this dramatic portrayal of the betrayal and desertion begins in light and ends in darkness.

For the Easter service on Sunday (April 5), the church will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord at the 11 a.m. morning worship service. In additional to familiar Easter hymns, the service will include special music for organ and piano, as well as a choral fanfare and anthem. For more information, call 540-675-3336. All are welcome.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue holds its all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet — with special guest the Easter Bunny —- from 7 to 11 this Saturday (April 4) at the fire hall. (All proceeds help fund daily operations.) Hop on over and enjoy a full menu for $8 (ages 12 and younger eat free). In addition to pictures with the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt (for ages 12 and younger) kicks off after breakfast (every child gets a helmet full of candy). Slips for stuffed-animal prizes will be found in eggs. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

After breakfast, moms can hop on out to 211 Quickie Mart on Saturday for an Easter bake sale starting at 8:30 a.m. Carolyn’s Live, Laugh & Love Relay for Life team will have a display of delicious homemade baked goods for sale, so remember you are buying for a good cause.

Circle the date in red

Are you kidding me? You haven’t yet marked your calendar for the annual Fodderstack 10K race on  Saturday, April 25? Get out your pen and circle that date in red on your calendar. This is one of Rappahannock County’s most hallowed traditions each year, so you better do it now before you even finish reading this column.


Don’t forget on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 there’s a Mental Health First Aid Training class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library. Two-day training is designed to help community members identify mental health challenges and develop the skills to respond to those situations. To register, contact Sallie Morgan (mhafc1@gmail.com or 540-341-8732).


Birthday wishes go out to two dear friends of mine, Pat Davis and Ellen Mustoe. Pat will celebrate her special day on Saturday, April 11 and Ellen Mustoe will celebrate her day on Thursday, April 9. Happy birthday, ladies!

Spring on the way

As I was taking my walk around the town on Tuesday morning, I noticed that The Inn at Little Washington was beautiful decorated with flowers at the front entrance. Just in time for the Easter weekend.

Two things I can always tell that spring is around the corner: when the Coop has their flowers in the front for sale and The Inn has their spring flowers at the entrance.

Happy Easter, everyone!