Washington column for Oct. 15

October a busy month

Fall is in the air, bringing with it crisp, cool mornings, the beautiful changing of the leaves, camouflage on the hunters who are out tracking deer and bear, pumpkin-spice everything, and yes, the stink bug. Boy, do those things smell! But it also brings with it special events in Rappahannock County.

Members of Washington Baptist Church along with former pastor Phil Bailey (far right) and his lovely wife, Karyl (fourth from the right) get ready to enjoy breakfast at the Country Cafe on Monday (Oct. 12).
Members of Washington Baptist Church along with former pastor Phil Bailey (far right) and his lovely wife, Karyl (fourth from the right) get ready to enjoy breakfast at the Country Cafe on Monday (Oct. 12).

October is always a busy month, and this past weekend, the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue held its annual oyster and ham dinner, with a turnout of about 130 people. Although I did not attend, my daughter did, and said the food was wonderful and the people who came enjoyed themselves thoroughly. I spoke to one of the WVFR members who said some who came she recognized, but even some new faces were there for a great dinner.

Also, this past Sunday, Washington Baptist Church held its homecoming celebration, and the guest speaker was the former pastor of the church, Phil Bailey, accompanied by his wife Karyl. I had the chance on Monday morning to say hi to the Baileys at the Country Cafe and tell them that we miss them very much. In my opinion (and I’m sure many others), he has touched so many lives with his words and kindness. He is a man of God who holds to his values. Pastor Phil, please come and visit us more often.


This Friday (Oct. 16) the Country Cafe on Main Street will be celebrating its 26th anniversary. David and his staff are preparing a meal of thanks for their customers that day. The special dinner will be turkey with all the trimmings, with a free piece of pumpkin pie. David and his wonderful staff have been serving the community for a long time and would love to see everybody there.

The House Tour

Many will be welcomed to our county this weekend (Oct. 17-18) for the big Trinity Floral Art Sale and House Tour, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of Trinity Parish. The events are from 11 to 5 Saturday and 12 to 4 Sunday. At 5 p.m. Sunday, there will be an Evensong service and concert (which is open to all) at the church hall on Gay Street in Washington, with a reception that will follow. Tickets are $30 for all three houses on the tour ($15 for a single house) and will be available for purchase at the houses or the church. Proceeds from the event will go toward local, national and international charities.

According to the weather station, this weekend is supposed to be extremely beautiful weather for the house tour, so try and get out and enjoy the weekend with family and friends.

Flu vaccinations

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District will be offering free flu vaccinations at Rappahannock County Elementary School on Monday (Oct. 19) from 4 to 7 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season generally runs November through March.. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated as the flu season approaches.

More information about flu and vaccinations is available online at www.flu.gov and the Virginia Department of Health website at www.vdh.virginia.gov.

Free Clinic

Rappahannock Free Clinic is open at the Rappahannock County Health Department on Main Street in Washington next Wednesday (Oct. 21). Registration is 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.


Birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Troy Jackson Singleton, from Hickory N.C. He will celebrate his special day on Saturday (Oct. 18). Happy birthday, Troy!

Enjoy the crisp weather and have a great weekend.