Washington column for May 12

Relay for Life Walkathon

Let’s not forget our annual Relay for Life walkathon this coming weekend (May 14-15) at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Starting Saturday at 3 p.m. with Survivor Registration, there’s a Survivor Reception at 4 p.m. with music by Richard Brady’s Band. At 5 p.m.is the Opening Ceremony, followed by the Survivor Lap and (many) other laps. Bobby G and his band will be playing from 8 to 9 p.m.; there’s a Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 p.m. and other special laps and activities. The Relay ends at 7 a.m. Sunday. Hope to see you there for all the fun! And remember, cancer never sleeps.

Mother’s Day

Mothers could not have asked for a more beautiful Mother’s Day last Sunday. Sunny, with a light breeze blowing, it was a beautiful day all around. I hope all the mothers had a wonderful day, and hopefully did not have to do any cooking.

Tula’s: Open Wednesdays

Dontez Harris provides the music for Tula's first Pot Pie Wednesday on May 18.
Dontez Harris provides the music for Tula’s first Pot Pie Wednesday on May 18.

Starting next Wednesday (May 18), Tula’s Restaurant & Bar in Little Washington will be open six days a week instead of the current five. To coincide with the new six-day schedule, Tula’s will feature a Wednesday night dinner special, henceforth called “Pot Pie Wednesday,” featuring chef Zach Allman’s widely popular Whiffletree Chicken Pot Pie — brimming with peas, carrots, potatoes, and onions in a pate sucree crust, all at a reduced price of $15. While dining on steaming chicken pot pie, enjoy the sounds, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the patio, of Dontez Harris and his fellow bandmates. Co-owner John McCaslin looks forward to seeing you at Tula’s for Pot Pie Wednesday!

‘Southern Belle’ charm

If anyone noticed several ladies wearing their wide-brimmed hats, fancy dresses, white gloves and high heels, roaming the streets Saturday afternoon around The Inn, then you saw signs of a Kentucky Derby-themed birthday party, according to the Inn’s public relations director, Rachel Hayden.

The Kentucky Derby is more than a horse race, it’s also a chance for the ladies who go to express their inner “Southern Belle” charm. I have to say, those ladies were really dressed to the nines Saturday, with smiles on their faces, waving as cars passed by. What an excellent theme for a party!

WVFR breakfast May 21

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, so let’s start the day off on Saturday, May 21 with an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue station. Come out from 7 to 11 a.m. for scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash browns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice, all prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. Cost is $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). For more information, call 540-675-3615. All proceeds help to fund daily operations.

Trinity’s news

Trinity Episcopal Church is having an Open House and Blessing of their newly renovated rectory (423 Mount Salem Ave.) on Saturday, June 11. This will be open to the community. There will be live music and refreshments and tours of the home, which dates to 1937. Also, Trinity is excited that renovations have also begun this week on their parish hall. The plans include a new kitchen, better handicapped access and accessible restrooms, which will be made available for town events.

Trinity Vacation Bible School is the week of July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon. The theme this year is “Pilgrimage” and the fellowship hall will be decorated in medieval style. Several churches will come together to host this fun week and it will be held at Washington Baptist Church. Kids of all ages are welcome. Teenagers can be volunteer helpers. There will be a medieval carnival for all on the Friday. Call 540-675-3716 or email contactus@trinwash.org for more information.

CCLC’s eggs-citing development

CCLC children check out the eggs, successfully incubated now into peepers.
CCLC children check out the eggs, successfully incubated now into peepers.

According to Lisa Pendleton, program director of the Child Care Learning Center, the latest news from the school is that the chicken eggs the school has incubated this spring have hatched and the chicks are being cared for by the children. This eggerrific project was sponsored by the local Rappahannock 4-H. Thanks so much, Jenny Kapsa! The children have learned much about the stages of development in the 21 days it takes to incubate chicken eggs, and now how to care for the little peepers.

Update on Hair Gallery

Kim Nelson, owner and stylist of the Hair Gallery LLC, says the new place is very near completion and will be open in Sperryville soon. Darlene Moore, owner and stylist of Washington’s Beauty Box salon, has been their angel, Kim says, letting the salon continue to provide hair services for their clients in her salon, while waiting for the new Hair Gallery to finish renovations.

Also, Kim says, the apartment above the new salon is ready for renters. Please contact Jan Makela of Better Homes and Gardens/Real Estate III at 540-675-1373.

Have a wonderful week.