Washington column for June 26

Tula’s deep-woods mural

Linda Heimstra poses with the mural she is painting at Tula’s.
Linda Heimstra poses with the mural she is painting at Tula’s. Courtesy photo

Walking through the doors of Tula’s last week, I was so inspired by the deep woods painting on both sides of the hallway leading to the restrooms that I ask a lady in the restaurant who was the artist. She pointed me to Linda Heimstra, who was painting the bathroom door. I introduced myself to her and told her, how I was inspired by her painting. She told me it was mural painting, which is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface.

Heimstra's Tula's mural underway.
Heimstra’s Tula’s mural underway. Courtesy photo

“The idea was to create a sense of anticipation as you walk down the hall, out of the woods, and into the restaurant. And from a practical standpoint, the mural disguises some otherwise unattractive bathroom doors. It’s a work in progress.” said Mark Allen, co-owner of Tula’s.

A longtime artist, located at the foot of Old Rag Mountain, although some might say Nethers, Heimstra started her painting in 1980. She had work behind the scenes, for RAAC’s productions in the church which is the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s theatrical on Gay Street.

Over the years, Heimstra have done murals, wood graining and faux finishing in home and businesses in Rappahannock as well in Washington, D. C., in the Watergate Building and the residence of the ambassador of Saudi Arabia.

I could tell this was her pride and joy and that her heart is in her painting.

After completion of the mural is done, there will be a celebration of the deep woods mural in July on the patio along with her band, Nethers Hot Club. Come join singer, Linda Heimstra on her guitar along with her band on the patio. Featuring Rannie Winn on clarinet, sax, and vocals; Bob Williams on guitar; Joe Pipik on bass; and Ralph Getsinger on congas, according to Heimstra there will be plenty of jazz and blues for everybody! Come out and enjoy great spirits, and music and the good food. So keep reading the paper each week for updates for the event.

Blessings for a Habitat project

People gathered to read the verses of the blessing for the new Habitat for Humanity project in Huntly on Wednesday, June 1.
People gathered to read the verses of the blessing for the new Habitat for Humanity project in Huntly on Wednesday, June 1. Russ Collins

“Gracious God, bless this land and all who come within its boundaries. We rejoice for the family that will make this land their address . . . Lord, you have begun here a good work and we pray in confidence that you will complete it. . . .”

“All these phrases were included in prayers at the site blessing led by Reverend Amanda Knouse of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane, last week to begin construction of a Habitat for Humanity house in Huntly for a Rappahannock family,” said Russ Collins. Reverend Knouse was assisted by three local pastors: Reverend Bill Queen of Trinity, Reverend Russ Savage of the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge, and Reverend Sara Keeling of the Rappahannock Methodist Charge.

The Blessing was attended by a number of members of their congregations to demonstrate their commitment to the project. It is hoped that volunteer labor and financial support from numerous organizations in our community will come forth over the coming months to assist a Rappahannock family obtain a new home. The future home site is located along Zachary Taylor Highway in Huntly, just short of Chester Gap.

Kid’s Konnection Sunday, June 12

“Kid’s Konnection” at Washington Baptist Church. WBC has supported this ministry in Southeast Washington, D.C. for years, and on Sunday, these children will provide special music during morning worship. Their Director, Ms. Terri Mullen, will bring the message, “Why Children?” and a special love offering will be received to help underwrite the cost of summer camp for several of these amazing kids. Worship is at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Gay Street Inn excellence

Kudos to Gray and Wendy Aichele for receiving a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the Gay Street Inn for 2016. Keep up the good work! Gary and Wendy had a visitor last week (a black snake) looking for a room at the Inn. The Aicheles turned the visitor away, so the large black snake decided to sun itself on the brick walk right outside their kitchen door until a room is available.

Clatterbuck’s party

On Sunday, June 5, Jonathan, Amber and Olivia Clatterbuck, of Washington, celebrated Izabella Sofia’s first birthday at Bethel Community Center in Front Royal. Her mother is the mother of Jonathan’s boys Jackson, Kain and Lukas Clatterbuck. They had beautiful decorations, a gorgeous cake, and delicious food. Entertainment included a magic show, face painting, and moon bounces. Fun was definitely had by everyone.

Prayer wishes

Remember in your daily prayers Clyde Pullen, and my dad (Pastor John Burke). Clyde is recuperating from back surgery and dad is from knee surgery. Ben Jones fell and broke his hip June 1 and had hip surgery on June 3. He still in the hospital recuperating. Ben, our prayers and best wishes go out to you and hope that you will soon be feeling much better soon. Mae Racer has been under the weather with her cousin (sciatic nerve). She has been in lot of pain. I am sure that they all will be back to their old selves soon.

All you can eat breakfast

Mom’s school is out, load up the kids on Saturday, June 18, and drive to the Washington Volunteer Fire House and enjoy All You Can Eat Breakfast from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash browns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice and fellowship. Adults and children 11 and older $8, kids 10 and under eat free. The breakfast is prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. Yum! Yum! Good to the tummy! Before you say no in your mind, remember that all proceeds will be used to fund their daily operations. This is one of their fundraiser. So come out and support your Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 540­-675­-3615 and speak to one of their members.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful week!