Washington column: Reflections of the past, present and future


Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society
“Gamans” were made by Japanese-American internees during World War II. The Rappahannock Historical Society is presenting a program next week featuring the son of the commandant of an internment camp where actor George Takei and his family were detained. Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society

The Rappahannock News first edition for this year came out last Thursday, and the paper really looked great! And this week’s going to be even better for our readers.

I want our readers to think of this newspaper as a positive force in our community. I want the readers never to forget that this newspaper is the living mirror of our times, and the only printed memory of the day-to-day events from which our county history will be written.

Always remember that the Rappahannock News’ door is always open from 8:30 to 5 weekdays, if anyone would like to stop in with new ideas for the paper, feel free. We would like to hear from our readers.

Speaking of history…

News from the Rappahannock Historical Society:

During World War II, a Japanese artist picked up a piece of wood from the ground inside Rohwer, an Arkansas relocation center for Japanese-Americans. He and 120,000 other people of Japanese descent had been uprooted from their West Coast homes and sent to live in such centers, even though they were American citizens. The artist transformed that piece of wood into the form of a bird, and it became a symbol of ‘gaman,’ a Japanese term meaning ‘enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.’ The term is of Zen Buddhist origin and is also translated as perseverance, patience, tolerance, and self-denial. Residents in all the relocation centers made gamans from any materials they could find. Painted birds — several fashioned into pins — were left behind by their creators to be found by descendants many years later. It was one such pin that has led to a book and a traveling exhibit of gaman creations.

The Rappahannock Historical Society is presenting a program with speaker Craig Rains, the son of the commandant of Rohwer internment camp, where George Takei (“Star Trek”’s Mr. Sulu) and his family were detained during the war. Craig will speak about his memories and images of life in the camp, as well as his recent reconnection with Takei at the latter’s New York musical that provides the internees’ perspective on those experiences.

The program will take place on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Washington Town Hall. Cost is $10.

Birthday celebration

Jan Clatterbuck
Olivia Grace Clatterbuck celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Jan Clatterbuck

Olivia Grace Clatterbuck celebrated her second birthday Sunday afternoon at the home of her grandparents, Steve and Jan Clatterbuck, along with family and friends. Her birthday theme was Minions and Minnie Mouse.

Children were running everywhere, having fun, and they would’ve kept on running but the time came to eat the finger food. Everything was delicious.

After the meal, delicious cupcakes (with Minions and Minnie Mouse) made by dad and mom were passed to adults and children, and the guest of honor got her own Minnie Mouse cake to dig into.

After everyone enjoyed the cupcakes, Olivia opened her gifts. She received many nice gifts.

It was the perfect way to end the day and to say happy birthday to a sweet little girl, who everyone loves and adores so much.

Inn discounts dinner prices

The Inn at Little Washington is offering the “Friends and Neighbors” discount again this year.

One can enjoy Patrick O’Connell’s Five Star, 7-course tasting menu, normally $178 per person, for $128 per person (plus beverage, tax and gratuity). Available to residents of Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren Counties. Proof of residency will be required.

It will run from now through March 31, Sunday-Thursday (except Feb. 14-15). The Inn will also have a select number of guest rooms, usually $575 and up, available starting at $298 a night.

To make a reservation, visit The Inn’s website (www.theinnatlittlewashington.com) or call 540-675-3800. Please let them know when making your reservation that you wish to take part in the “Friends and Neighbors” program.      

What a deal!  

Yummy cookies

It’s the time of the year to buy those yummy Girl Scouts cookies. The sale started Jan. 1 and will go through March 30. They have no new cookies this year but still have all of the favorites, like Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread and Thin Mints. Plus Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Lemonades. Seven troops are selling cookies this year, ranging from Daisy to Junior level. They plan to have booths at 211 Quickie Mart, Co-Op, Mayhugh’s, Hackley’s and the Old School House, as in the past. If there is anyone who would like to order cookies and can’t find a troop they are welcome to contact Tracy Abdullah at 703-283-3233 and she will connect them with a troop to place their orders. According to Tracy, “the girls are looking forward to a wonderful cookie sale this year!”

When you’re out and about, if you see the Girl Scouts booths selling cookies, be sure stop and buy several boxes.

WVFR breakfast canceled

In my column last week, I mentioned that the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be having a free all-you-can-eat breakfast this Saturday, Jan. 16. Unfortunately, the breakfast has been canceled. A new date has not been decided yet. Make sure you read the paper each week do find out when the next breakfast will be.

Books on sale

The Book Barn next to the Rappahannock Library has novels, hardbacks and soft covers, big and small, on sale at half price for the next six weeks. Also on sale at half price are all travel and science books.  Remember that all the profits from the Book Barn go to the Rappahannock County Library, all work is done by volunteers and all books are donated. The Book Barn is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Have a wonderful week!