Washington column for Nov. 19

Shopping in full swing

Christmas shopping is in full swing and Christmas decorations are going up all through the towns. This past weekend was a gorgeous weekend to start the season.

A reminder for everyone to support your local businesses on Saturday, Nov. 28. Here is a little history of Small Business Saturday. This special shopping day was started as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which features large retail and internet stores. Instead, Small Business Saturday promotes holiday shopping to support small brick and mortar businesses.

Please see our Small Business Saturday ads in next week’s edition and help support our local shops.

Designed signs

The Nature Trail and Garden, located along Leggett Lane, now have beautifully designed signs, thanks to the Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.
The Nature Trail and Garden, located along Leggett Lane, now have beautifully designed signs, thanks to the Old Rag Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. Gail Swift

According to Gail Swift, the town’s Nature Trail and Garden on Leggett Lane now have professionally designed signs created and installed by the Old Rag chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. Visitors can not only enjoy the beauty and serenity of the trail and gardens; they can also learn about the plantings and, if they have a smartphone, can scan the OCR code on the signs for more information. One of the goals of the town and ORMN is to be able to host educational events at the site; this installation brings them one step closer to that goal. Take a stroll, pack a picnic (there is a table!), and see yet one more thing that our town has to offer.

Community Sing-Along

Come and sing your heart out at an old-fashioned 6th annual Sing-Along on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Featuring one and only Hal Hunter, pianist. I have heard through the grapevine that he can make that piano ring. There will be a freewill offering to benefit the Food Pantry, wine, and hors d’oeuvre. It will be sponsored by Trinity Church. Bring your friends and family for an evening of melody in your hearts. For more information, email KayMWilson@gmail.com or call 540-987-9229.

Bake sale

Rappahannock Carolyn’s Live, Laugh & Love Relay For Life Team is having a bake sale at the 211 Quicke Mart on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. So mom, stop by and purchase some goodies for dinner on Sunday.

Pastor Celebration

The Promise Land Baptist Church, 242 Gid Brown Hollow Road, Washington, will be celebrating the 14th Anniversary of their pastor, Rev. Herbert Johnson on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p. m. The guest preacher will be Rev. Gillison Wanser of the First Springs Baptist Church, Warrenton. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 540-987-8064.

Holiday Greenery for sale

The Rappahannock County Garden Club is selling beautiful, handmade holiday greenery through Nov. 23. The proceeds help send county students to nature camp and colleges. Let’s get in gear and get our holiday greenery order.

Greens may be ordered online at rappgardenclub.org, or contact Karen Crow at 540-675-9917 or crowk262@gmail.com. Early ordering is advised as quantities are limited. After ordering, greens may be picked up at the Washington fire hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, or between 9 a.m. and noon Thursday, Dec. 3.

Town party

The Town of Washington will be holding its annual potluck Christmas Party on Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Residents, people who work in town, and friends and their families are welcome. Please RSVP to Laura at 540-675-3128 and let her know what dish or dessert you will bring. The Town will be providing drinks.

Master gardener volunteer training

Master gardener volunteer training starts Jan. 7, runs for 15 weeks at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton, and continues each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register, call 540-341-7950 ext. 31

The tuition is $165 ($185 after December 10th) The price covers the cost of study materials and instructor fees. There may be scholarships available. Please make payment to VCE Fauquier when you register. Plan on attending an orientation- Thursday Nov. 19 or Thursday Dec. 10 at the VCE-Fauquier Office, 24 Pelham Street Warrenton or Thursday Dec. 3 at VCE- Rappahannock Office- 311 J Gay Street Washington, at 10 a.m.

Book Barn books

Christmas and Holiday books of all kinds are for sale at the Book Barn: children’s stories, recipes, decorative suggestions, novels with a holiday theme, you name it, the Book Barn has it. Books of paintings in the National Gallery, old fashioned celebration books, jokes – all are available. Please come and visit us from 9 AM until 3 PM on Saturdays.

There are also many travel books, and local interest books. Remember that the Book Barn is staffed with volunteers, and all the money collected goes to the Library.

The Book Barn will be closed on December 26, and will reopen on January 2, 2016.

Shop with a Cop

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring their 19th annual “Shop with a Cop” program this Christmas season for some of the county’s needy children. The date for this year’s program will be Dec. 5. with the holiday season upon us, let’s remember those children that are less fortunate and let’s set a goal to make this Christmas very special for them. I know that “Shop with a Cop” has been a success over the years, I have been to one of them in the past at Kmart. To see the children face when they shop with a deputy, is so priceless and rewarding. For anyone that would like to help with “Shop with a Cop” mail contributions to:

Shop with a Cop, ATTN: SRO/ Deputy Robert Fincham, Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 487, Washington, VA 22747.

Let’s pitch in and help so this program can stay alive.

Welcome back

It was nice to see my friend, Pat Davis, smiling face back to work on Monday morning at the courthouse. Pat had been off from work for several weeks because of surgery which she had on Oct. 26 at Georgetown Medstar. To see her, you would not believe that she had surgery. She is back to her old self, keeping everyone in line there.

Welcome back Pat!


The Rappahannock News also has early deadlines for the Thursday, Nov. 26 edition. (Newspapers normally delivered by mail on Thursday will be delivered Wednesday, Nov. 25). If anyone has any information for my column be sure to submitted it no later than 5 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 20).

Have a wonderful week!