Spring weather for cousins’ get-together

By Doug Exline
All the cousins had a blast on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the cousins get together at the home of Danny and Hope Huff in Washington. Back, from left: Hope, Beverly, Sheila, Jonathan, Emily, Chuck. Front: Jennifer and Cindy. By Doug Exline

The weather this past month has certainly felt like a roller coaster ride. We’ve had really warm days, blustery cold days, and even some with a few flurries. The end of this month went out beautifully, with temperatures reaching into the 60s, and I’m hoping it stays that way until spring. But as the saying goes, if  “March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a roaring lion.” Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it stays a lamb. I can promise you one thing, spring is coming.

The spring-like weather this past weekend was wonderful for the cousins’ get-together. All the first cousins born to the children of Anna Clatterbuck and the late C.B. Clatterbuck come together once a month to have dinner, reminisce about old times and talk about their own children and grandchildren. When I first heard about this, I thought it was a great idea.

It started in December at Emily and Cliff Dodson’s home in Front Royal, and the turnout was so great, they decided to make it a monthly event. In January it was held at Jennifer and Jeff Grim’s home, also in Front Royal. This past Saturday, Feb. 27, it was held at Hope and Danny Huff’s home in Washington. Every person has a turn to host the get-together at their own home, and every month has a different theme. Saturday’s theme was Italian, so everybody brought with them a different dish for that theme. There was home cooked lasagna, chicken alfredo, stuffed meatballs, salad and Beverly’s husband, Doug Exline, even made cheesecake for the occasion.

Next month’s cousins’ get-together is still in the works, but I’m sure it will be a fun filled occasion with great food and great people.

For all of you cousins out there, keep the light burning and keep this tradition going for years to come.

March: The month to fly kites

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . a kite! March is traditionally the month for kite-flying. Let’s get ready to fly them high. A wind that’s too strong or too light is difficult for flying kites. A flag or windsock is handy to help you gauge the wind. The strong and gusting wind we had last Saturday was not the right kind of wind, for sure.

A wind between five and 25 mph (when leaves and bushes start to move, but before it really starts to blow) is best for most kites. At those speeds, flying a kite is most fun, as you can make your kite dance across the sky by pulling in or letting out the line.

Make sure you are in an area that is open and free of trees, buildings and, of course, automobile traffic. Stand with your back to the wind and hold the kite with one hand and the reel of string with the other. Let the wind lift the kite and, as it does, feed out the line to the height you want it. Make sure you walk in the direction of the wind as you feed out the line. If the kite won’t climb, you can reduce the bridle angle. To land the kite, walk toward it winding the line on the reel as you walk.

I am looking forward flying my kite this year with my grandkids. Kite flying is great fun and it’s easy, so grab your kite and join in the fun with me. The sky is big enough for everyone.

Forbes 5 Star Awards for The Inn

Forbes Travel Guide announced 2016 Star Rating Awards and The Inn at Little Washington has once again received two — one for the hotel and one for the restaurant, said Inn Director of Public Relations Rachel Hayden.   

“All of us here were once again thrilled and honored to be one of only 154 hotels worldwide to be awarded the Forbes Five Star designation. In addition, it is especially gratifying to be the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in America. We congratulate our dedicated and hardworking team for their continued efforts in the ongoing evolution of The Inn. Thank you to our loyal and appreciative guests for their continued support and patronage through the years,” said chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell.

Congratulations, Patrick! A job well done.

Clocks forward, later

Setting our clocks forward this year is a little later than usual. Moving clocks an hour forward will give everyone time to enjoy more of those sunny spring and summer evenings. Be certain to set clocks forward one hour next Saturday night (March 13).

Hours change

Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center will change their hours starting April 1from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Easter Bunny

EXTRA EXTRA!!!! The Easter Bunny wanted us to announce Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be having an All You Can Eat Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt to follow on Saturday, March 26. Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and continue till 11 a.m., so bring your cameras and take those last minute pictures with our extra special guest, The Easter Bunny. The menu will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash browns, pancakes, fried apples, orange juice and coffee. The cost for adults and children 11 and older is $8; kids 10 and under eat free. An Easter egg hunt will follow with each child receiving a helmet with candy courtesy of the Fire and Rescue Department. Questions? Please call 540-675-3615 and speak with one of their members.

Rapp at Home meeting

Rapp at Home board meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each  month at 1 p.m., in the extension office conference room above Tula’s, 311 Gay St., Washington. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, email info@rappathome.org or call 540-937-HOME (4663).

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Sam Snead, who will celebrate his day on Friday, March 13.

Also wishes for the month of March go out to my grandson, Jackson Brady Carter Clatterbuck, who will celebrate his special day on Tuesday, March 22; Ivy Racer and Charmaine Lee, on March 24; and Frances Foster, who will celebrate her special day on March 28.

Also wishes go out to my daughter, Christie Kay Estep, who will celebrate her special day on Wednesday, March 30.


Sympathy goes out to Richard Melvin Dwyer, Sr’s., family.  Richard passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, at Inova Fairfax Hospital, with his family by his side.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bradley Funeral Home, Luray. Burial was in the Sperryville Cemetery.

Have a wonderful week!