Washington column for Dec. 10

Christmas Spirit

Mimi Forbes, manager of the Food Pantry, is an holiday angel in last Sunday's Christmas parade, flying around along with her volunteers, making sure families have food.
Mimi Forbes, manager of the Food Pantry, is an holiday angel in last Sunday’s Christmas parade, flying around along with her volunteers, making sure families have food. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Ev’rywhere you go;

Take a look through the town

With Christmas trees aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

Garlands string everywhere

But the prettiest sight to see is the garlands that will be

On your own front door.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Ev’rywhere you go;

Trees decorated in the businesses

Even a tree in center of the town, at the Inn decorated as well,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

In Little Washington

One could not ask for a more perfect day for the parade last Sunday (Dec. 6). The weather was great, not cold at all. Tourists in town, with their dogs, walking the streets, dad pulling their child in a wagon, The parade was a success with dozens of colorful parade entries and floats, lots of horses, llamas, dogs and chickens, even ducks. It was a great day all around for everyone. The Avon Hall grounds were abuzz with activity as the parade coordinator, Thom Pellikaan, lined everyone up in their position. Christmas Parade brings out the best in the community. The only thing we didn’t have was the snow, but I am sure we will get some.

Bland Music Contest reminder

Deadline alert: The deadline for local music students to apply to the Bland Music Contest is Friday, Dec. 18. This crowd-pleasing music competition, sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club, features Rappahannock’s young, home-grown musical talents performing at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 at The Theatre, 291 Gay Street.Applications are available by contacting Lion Spots Williams at 540-636-4100 or Spotswood47@gmail.com. Don’t delay!

Remember that participants must live in the county and/or be enrolled in schools located in Rappahannock. There are instrumental and vocal categories for both high school and elementary-middle school. Winners receive first, second, third place and honorable mention cash prizes and chance to move up into state competition.

Living Nativity

Don’t forget the Living Nativity will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the “Red Shed” beside the Rappahannock Library. Experience the Joy of Christ’s Birth with the Christmas story and live animals.The scene can be viewed from Route 211. The Living Nativity is sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of Rappahannock. Make a new family tradition by volunteering to be a part of the original Rappahannock Living Nativity Scene. Each 25-minute shift is in need of people of all ages to be Mary, Joseph, Three Kings, Shepherds and Angels. The costumes and animals are provided. Please contact Judi Burke at 540-631-6103 or jnorthburke@gmail.com to sign up for a 25 minute shift if you would like to participate in this special event.

Christmas Storytime

Rappahannock County Library, Washington, having its Christmas Storytime for kids on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. There will be stories, Santa Claus and Christmas crafts in the Library’s Jamieson Room. For more information, call the library at 540-675-3780.

Children’s Christmas Musical

A children’s Christmas Musical program will be presented on Sunday morning, Dec. 20, during Washington Baptist Church’s regular worship service and will be under the direction of Jan McKinney with musical assistance from the Washington Baptist Church.

Pick up fruit

A reminder that Rappahannock County High School Fruit Fundraiser fruit will be available for pick up on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10-11, from 3:30-5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Co-op on Route 211, at the large loading dock on the far right of the Co-op building. For more information, call RCHS at 540-227-0745.

The Forge Film Program

I had the opportunity to take my grandson, John-Michael Fox to a filmmaking process, past Saturday, (Dec. 5) to watch a Sci Fi short filmmaking, “The Mark.” The best part was we did not have to go to Hollywood to see it. Hollywood came to us, Little Washington.

It was the first time experience for both of us to see a filmmaking. It was AWESOME! We hoping that we can go back and watch them to film other.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful weather.