Washington column for Dec. 3

Shopping at CFC

With Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas holiday right around the corner, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and forget to give thanks for all the gifts each of us has been blessed with. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

December arrived raining, damp and cold on the first day of the month. At the Rappahannock CFC Farm and Home store, December has been greeted with style! The employees are in full swing for Christmas. As you walk into the store there are decorations everywhere that celebrate the season as well as feature many of the items available for sale. The store is currently featuring many great Christmas gifts featuring ideas for the handyman, horse lover, farmer, toys for the kids, as well for the cook and homemaker. A small assortment of Carhartt, sloggers boots and garden shoes and other winter accessories are also available for purchase. New this year is scarves for the ladies. American-made pet treats that make great stocking stuffers for your four-legged family members.

And don’t forget your feathered friends. CFC stocks a great variety of bird seed, suet and other treats as well as a great selection of bird houses and feeders, including beautiful cedar houses crafted by the Amish. Finally, the Rappahannock CFC Farm and Home also has a great selection of snow shovels, sleds and ice melting products, including a pet safe ice melt. Stop in and take a look at all the wonderful holiday and winter items now available at your local CFC Farm and Home store. The staff is looking forward to seeing you and helping with your shopping.

This includes the shops of Washington — all of which have nice selections of gifts for that special person. Stop by R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home, or the Inn at Little Washington’s gift shop, Geneva Welch Gallery or Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques on U.S. 211.

Remember to shop local.

Hanukkah comes early

Did you know that Hanukkah comes early this year? This holiday known as the Festival of Lights begins at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 6, and ends on Monday, Dec. 14.

The ancient holiday celebrates the victory of Israelites over the Syrian Greek army. The miracle of Hanukkah is that one vial of oil, meant for one day, lasted for eight full days. Families celebrate Hanukkah at home by lighting the menorah (a sacred candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple in Jerusalem), playing special games and eating symbolic foods. There are also songs and gift exchanges. Some of the symbolic foods eaten are deep fried which symbolizes the oil used to light the Menorah in the Temple.

Christmas in Little Washington

According to Judy De Sarno, Christmas in Little Washington is days away — this Sunday (Dec. 6) and though it’s produced in Washington it features the entire county. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the opening of three Artisan Market sites: The Town Hall, RAAC Theatre and the Old Bank Building with a wide variety of Virginia designed and produced products — everything from felted objects to forged metal works to jewelry to bird houses and more. The Markets remain open until 4 p.m. Last year’s parade was deemed “the best yet” and this year’s lineup may outdo it.

Carolers begin strolling the streets at 12:30 to get us in the spirit and the parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. featuring the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp leading the way for Grand Marshall John McCarthy. The Rappahannock Hunt is making another appearance, and the miniature horses have returned along with other favorites, including the RAAC float carrying the orphans from “Annie.”

This year, Miss Virginia USA 2016 is gracing the parade. Of course, Santa will be there and following the parade will hear the wishes of each child and present a gift. There will also be free pony rides and a free barrel train will be chugging up and down Gay Street.

Prizes will be awarded to the best float, best costume and best decorated animal. Winners will be announced in next week’s Rappahannock News. Food choices will be plentiful, in addition to the Tula’s and the Country Café, the TLCS Barbeque Truck is back along with the WVFD hot dogs. Griffin Tavern is back and Pen Druid Brewery is setting up a beer garden. Look for your favorite nonprofits, both in the Artisan Markets and on the street for coffee and hot chocolate and cider. No one should go hungry.

Christmas in Little Washington is a benefit for the Rappahannock Food Pantry with generous sponsors listed in the program. Be sure and stop by their table by John McCarthy’s office and have a cup of hot cider and consider making a donation to help feed our neighbors.

Christmas is a time of giving — join your neighbors and celebrate the spirit on Sunday. The Lions Club will again be directing parking at the fire hall; streets close at 1 p.m. Although the prediction is no precipitation of any kind and the temperature supposed to be in the 50s on Sunday, just in case mother nature change her mind for us, you can call 540-675-3128 there will be a recording on the phone 12 hours ahead.

Hope to see you all there.

Christmas banquet

Gid Brown Bible Church, Washington, invites all to its annual Christmas banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Washington fire hall, with Pastor Russell Biber, from Oak Park Baptist Church, Madison, as the guest speaker. For more information, call 540-937-4944.

WVFR breakfast

Guess what! Santa is coming to town

You better watch out,

You better not cry,

You better not pout,

I’m telling you why:

Santa Claus is coming to Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue for their breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Come out and fill your tummy with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Hash Browns, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Fried Apples, Juice, and Coffee. Adults and kids 11 and older $8, kids 10 and under eat FREE! Moms be sure to bring your camera for those last minute pictures with Santa. For more information, call 540-675-3615 and speak with to one of their members.

Jingle Bell 5K

Come out and enjoy the holiday season with the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk through Little Washington on Dec. 19. Registration for the 5K, which is sponsored by the Rappahannock 4-H and benefits the sheriff’s office’s “Shop with a Deputy” program. Registration starts begins at 7:45 a.m at the Old Washington School (567 Mt. Salem Ave.); the walk starts at 8:45, chip-timed run at 9. Preregister online at active.com for $25 (it’s $30 on race day), or walk for $20 includes jingle bells, shirts, awards, goodies and fun. There will also be door prizes and holiday music. For more information, contact Amy Burnett 540-675-3873

Trinity news

Peggy Ralph and Ewen Wilson were among the 115 who sang and hammed it up at the sixth annual pre-Thanksgiving Sing-a-Long on Nov 20.
Peggy Ralph and Ewen Wilson were among the 115 who sang and hammed it up at the sixth annual pre-Thanksgiving Sing-a-Long on Nov 20. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Some 115 people enjoyed singing and hamming it up at the sixth annual pre-Thanksgiving Sing-a-Long on Nov 20. Hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church, whose congregants provide food and beverages, the event’s purpose is to provide some old-fashioned fun for the community, and to raise some money for the Food Pantry. Nearly $3,000 was donated, and Trinity is grateful to Griffin Tavern, Rosa Crocker’s Out of Hand, and Jesse Rogers of the Gold Top County Ramblers for their help with the event.

Hal Hunter, master at the piano, managed, for the most part, to keep the crowd singing in tune, and his wife Bev infused her customary energy while leading her favorite songs.

Following the traditional opening of “God Bless America,” a moving tribute was paid to the people of France. The Rev. Bill Queen, interim rector of Trinity, spoke to the crowd in fluent French, and with the Tricoleur behind him, and along with other Francophiles, led the crowd in the singing of “La Marseillaise.”

Other highlights were:

Olivia Devening singing “Tomorrow,” which she will be singing in her star role as Annie in the upcoming RAAC musical; the Rev. Bill Queen, Father Tuck Grinnell and Pastor Russ Savage and local children leading the crowd in an action rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World”; and Berni Olson energizing the crowd with “YMCA.”

After all the hilarity, the evening concluded with the poignant, “Let There be Peace on Earth.”


Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Carrol Beard, who celebrated her special day Tuesday, (Dec. 1).

Have a wonderful week!