Washington: A day for thanks

It’s Thanksgiving, and for most of us this holiday conjures up memories or anticipation of such traditions as the huge Thanksgiving dinner with dressing, cranberry sauce, famous pumpkin pie and someone carving the turkey. It’s a time we travel “over the river and through the hollows” to celebrate with family and friends.

What a precious gift it is to have a day set aside to offer thanks, to turn our thoughts away from our work, financial concerns and national hot topics, and toward the people and things that bring joy into our lives.

We should be grateful for the little things that make each day worthwhile. Remember to count your blessings, however great or small, for they’re the silver lining whenever storm clouds come your way.

As Joseph B. Wirthlin once said: “Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming.”

The holiday season brings with it a spirit of giving, and local businesses, churches, foundations, farms and individuals embrace the spirit of giving as their mantra, especially during the holiday season.

Many generous folks use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to help the less fortunate. Some people volunteer to serve food at homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day and others donate to shelters or participate in canned food drives.

The Rappahannock Food Pantry is among the beneficiaries of this county’s generosity. The Pantry feeds upward of 200 families, more than 600 individuals, including children, adults and senior citizens — people in need of sustenance, assistance and help in times of trouble.

Rappahannock Food Pantry received a donation check from Union Bank & Trust, to pay for Thanksgiving dinners for people in need. This is the sixth year the bank has sponsored the dinners.

Last Saturday, Food Pantry volunteers assembled boxes and filled them with food for families in need for Thanksgiving Day.
Last Saturday, Food Pantry volunteers assembled boxes and filled them with food for families in need for Thanksgiving Day. Jan Clatterbuck

On Saturday (Nov. 21), volunteers were at the Pantry putting together the boxes and filling them for their Thanksgiving giveaway. According to manager Mimi Forbes, the Pantry expects to give 200 boxed dinners this year. I stopped by on Saturday and everyone was busy as a bee.

Mike Leake, president of Union Bank & Trust, and his lovely wife, Pamela, daughter, Caite, were right in there helping out. To see all those volunteers working, it was a moving experience, a humble and gratifying opportunity to give and help the Food Pantry.

To handle the special Thanksgiving distribution, Mimi set up a drive-through line and had recipients sign up for time slots on Monday and Tuesday of this week. As they drive up, volunteers load boxes containing the turkey and the all the trimmings.

Thank you Mimi Forbes, Union Bank & Trust, local businesses, churches, farms, foundations and all the volunteers for making this Thanksgiving a special one for families in need.

Let’s keep in mind that Thanksgiving is not all about eating, it’s about our family and friends, remembering those in need. and a day that prompts us to reflect on God’s goodness and to respond with thankful hearts.

What a way to bring in the holiday spirit — by helping people in need.

Thanksgiving was always a happy time for me. My family got together to enjoy the turkey and all the trimmings, along with good fellowship.

Although the holiday can be a happy time for some and a sad time for others.

Over the years, I have taken things for granted and thought that my mom would always be there to prepare the Thanksgiving meal for us.

My mom passed away on Dec. 3, 1992 and the family members have gone their separate way for their own family traditions.

So I look forward to having my own Thanksgiving tradition for my children and grandkids. Thinking of my mom, while I am preparing the feast. Seeing the smiles on their faces as they sit down to eat, is breathtaking.

Mom, I will miss you around the table on Thanksgiving Day, but will always keep you close in my heart.

This Thanksgiving when you are planning a meal and having the family over, remember that you never know when someone you love will be taken from you and you will never get the chance to go back and make things right so take this time to tell those you love how much they mean to you and be thankful for the time you spend together.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving, let’s be reminded as a nation and as individual persons to give thanks for all the blessings God has given to us.

I wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

For those who enjoy going to a Thanksgiving service, there will be a annual Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church (Sperryville) on Thursday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. Seven area churches will participate in this special worship service at which Father Tuck Grinnell will deliver the sermon. There will be a coffee hour with light refreshments after the service. For more information, call 540-987-9101. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A fairytale photo shoot

Cinderella’s arrival at the Inn's photo shoot party.
Cinderella’s arrival at the Inn’s photo shoot party. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

The Inn at Little Washington had a photo shoot last Tuesday (Nov. 17) for an upcoming book project with Relais & Chateaux, the prestigious international hotel organization of which The Inn is a part. Inn proprietor Patrick O’Connell is president of the North American branch of Relais & Chateaux, which is creating a book to be published by Rizzoli next year, showcasing 18 properties across the country hosting all kinds of celebrations from a New Year’s Eve bash at Blantyre to a summer picnic at Dos Brisas in Texas. The Inn was fortunate have Halloween as their inspiration. The horses and carriage were part of the fairytale theme, and the scene shot outside The Inn was Cinderella’s arrival at the party. Cinderella was played by The Inn’s own Lauren Castle;  one of the footmen was her brother, Brad, and Inn valet Liam Morgan was out in front with the horses helping to keep them still.

Those gorgeous white Percheron horses and carriage are owned by Levi (who was driving the coach) at Shenandoah Carriage. “They were so sweet, gentle and enormous,” said Inn spokesperson Rachel Hayden.


Belated birthday wishes go out to a dear, special lady, Ruth Baumgardner of Washington. She celebrated her special day on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Town Christmas party: Dec. 13

In last week edition, the wrong date and time for the Town of Washington’s Christmas party was given wrong. The correct date is Dec. 13 and the time is 5:30 p.m.