Washington column for May 26

Celebrating 50 years of sisterhood

The sisters of Chi Omega sorority visiting The Inn are (from left) Dianne Smith, Cindy McClain, Lynn Zera, Mary Burkhart, Laura Overstreet, Marilyn Hammond, Keathe Hanley, Kim Gibbs and Frances MarkerCourtesy photo
The sisters of Chi Omega sorority visiting The Inn are (from left) Dianne Smith, Cindy McClain, Lynn Zera, Mary Burkhart, Laura Overstreet, Marilyn Hammond, Keathe Hanley, Kim Gibbs and Frances Marker

Eight sisters of Chi Omega sorority joined Laura Overstreet at her home in Washington May 11-17 for a reunion celebrating 50 years since their pledge days together at Florida State University. The women enjoyed a tour of The Inn at Little Washington and a wine tasting at Gadino Cellars and explored the countryside, shops and galleries throughout Rappahannock County. Sylvie Rowand of Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery prepared delicious meals in the French tradition, with locally sourced food from Rappahannock farms, during their stay.

A little Library news

A small, hand-built wooden library on a post is now located near the front porch at the Library.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
A small, hand-built wooden library on a post is now located near the front porch at the Library.

From our correspondent Kathy Christie:

Little Free Library now provides a “round-the clock” book exchange at Rappahannock County Library.

The new “little free library” will allow folks to take a book and donate one they own to take its place. This innovative “book sharing” library was the brainchild of Anne Nenninger, a Friends of Library Book Barn member, and her husband Bill, who along with Harry Van Every, planned, constructed and installed it. The charming wood structure, financed at-cost by the Library Book Barn Board, was installed in the garden immediately to the left of the main Library’s entrance to encourage widespread use.

“We are excited about adding an innovative new capability for offering books free to library patrons and local citizens alike, everyday and at all hours,” said Kathleen Robertson, chair of the Book Barn Friends Committee.

A stroll down Memory Lane

From a 1958 Rappahannock News.
From a 1958 Rappahannock News.

May has always been my favorite month. Warm weather, flowers blooming, the smell of fresh-cut grass and longer days — and so many good memories. As a child, going to the Sperryville School, I remember every May, Mrs. Mary Quaintance, school principal, and Mrs. Lucy Kilby, seventh-grade teacher, were very busy with the May Day Health Festival each year. Before you could take part in the Festival, the students had to have dental check-ups and corrections had to be made to qualify.

This day was set aside for the whole school to enjoy, and it was a day that I always looked forward to. The school would put on a skit, and the actors were costumed. Families, friends and students filled the auditorium. The best part was seeing the king and queen and the court of honor walk down the aisle of the auditorium to take their seats in front of the stage.

I almost couldn’t wait till I reached the seventh grade, and I hoped that I would be chosen for the court of honor. Several years went by and finally the day came on May 9, 1968, when my wish came true and I can remember as if it were yesterday.

Because I could not remember everyone’s married names, I’m using maiden names here. Beverly Atkins reigned supreme as Queen, King was Steve Leake. The court of honor was: Margie Weaver, Maid of Honor; Dickie Jenkins, Prince; Lisa Dodson, Train Bearer; Steve Willis, Crown Bearer; and Anita Brown and Cathy Jenkins, Flower Girls. Attendants were Wendy Brown, Linda Clatterbuck, Alice Thomas, Janet Burke (that’s me), Debbie Jenkins, Linda Ralls, Charla Sisk and Lorraine Jenkins.

Eddie Craft was Master of Ceremonies for the program and Kenneth Craft and David Thornhill were Red Caps. Ushers were Jackie Baldwin and Bill Stokes, travelers were Jean Payne and Eddie Williams. I can remember the program was about two travelers who went “Across the U.S.A. with Us Today,” visiting in many places and enjoying activities of various areas. They were sweet memories of 48 years ago, and I ask myself over and over, “Where have the years gone?”

A day to remember

As summer approaches, Memorial Day often provides a day off when families can get together for a picnic. But this day has been set aside for a very special reason. It is to honor those who have given their lives for this country or who are now serving to protect our freedoms.

Let’s take time on May 30 and raise the flag high and pause in prayer to say “thank you” for free life we’re living. We should feel proud every day for our beautiful flag and for the great fortune we have to be Americans. I hope everyone has a safe and “Happy Memorial Day” weekend!

Speaking of safe . . .

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force ticketing all motorists that are violating traffic laws in Virginia this weekend. Make sure when you get in your vehicle, buckle up before driving off, watch the speed limit. The happy outcome will be, we won’t have to pay up!

Best wishes and congrats

Congratulations go out to Alvin and Pat Grigsby on their 37 years of marriage. They celebrated their special day May 19. May you both have many more years to come.

Belated birthday wishes go out to my grandson, John-Michael Fox. He celebrated his special day yesterday (May 25).

Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016. As you enter a new chapter of your life, may each one of you continue to strive for the best. Keep in mind that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Have a wonderful week!