Washington column for June 30

A busy weekend in town

Pretty al fresco settings will be displayed this summer under the newly restored arbor at R.H. Ballard on Main Street.
Pretty al fresco settings will be displayed this summer under the newly restored arbor at R.H. Ballard on Main Street. Joanie Ballard

July 4 weekend is going to be hopping in Little Washington. R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery celebrates Sunday and Monday with sweets, treats, drinks and nibbles for customers, in front of the shop. Inside this summer are unique gifts and tabletop items, perfect for outdoor gatherings and celebrations. Across Main Street, their Artifacts-on-Main is expanding with new outdoor industrial iron sculptures from several artists in addition to Nol Putnam’s new Red Poppies. (See The Rapp Column for more details about the sculptures.)

The Inn’s inaugural farmer’s market is this Sunday (July 3) from 10 to 2 in the Parsonage Garden. Each week a rotating roster of local vendors and artisans will be offering meat, cheese, soup, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more. In addition, the Inn’s kitchen will provide a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles as well as North Carolina-style pulled pork barbeque. The Inn’s will have a selection of bouquets and floral arrangements for sale. There will be live bluegrass music by the Plank Stompers. Look forward to shopping there!

Trinity’s annual Blessing of the Animals takes place in the Quiet Place next to Trinity House at 3 p.m. Sunday (July 3). Bring one, bring all of your four-legged, feathered, finned or even reptilian friends and join Trinity for special prayers and blessings. If your pet can’t come in person, bring a photo. Please remember to have animals either leashed or contained for the safety of all.

At Washington Baptist . . .

Washington Baptist Church’s pastor Walt Childress will be will be away for three Sundays. Gary Aichele will be preaching and providing special music for the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 3. His sermon will be entitled, “Mocking God? Bad Ideal!”, and his text will be from Galatians 6:1-10 — an appropriate focus for a Fourth of July Sunday. Members of the congregation will fill in each of the following two Sundays, July 10 and 17. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kudos to Kevin H. Adams

A Shenandoah National Park scene by artist Kevin H. Adams was selected for a July show at New York's Salmagundi Club.
A Shenandoah National Park scene by artist Kevin H. Adams was selected for a July show at New York’s Salmagundi Club.

Kevin H. Adams learned that one of his paintings of Shenandoah National Park has been juried into an exhibition in New York in July at the Salmagundi Club. Founded in 1871, the club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States whose members have included such luminaries as Childe Hassam, George Inness, William Merrit Chase, N.C. Wyeth and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Until it leaves for New York in early July, you can see the painting at Kevin’s studio at 337 Gay St., Washington.

Birthday wishes

Happy belated birthday goes out to Caroline Parrish, who celebrated her day on Saturday, (June 25); Richie Burke, who celebrated his birthday Monday (June 27); Helen Smoot, known as the best looking “Georgia Peach,” who celebrated her day on Tuesday (June 28); Mary Gochenour, whose special day is today (Thursday, June 30). Birthday wishes also go out to my brother, John Wayne Burke, who celebrates his special day Monday (July 5), and to my neighbor, Ginger Miller, whose special day is July 13. (Roger, make sure you take your wife out for a nice steak dinner and don’t forget the flowers.)

Belated wedding anniversary wishes to Doug and Beverly Exline, who celebrated their special day on Friday (June 24).


Condolences go out to Dorothy Hawkins of Washington and Mary Anna Hitt of Woodville, two special friends. Dorothy Hawkins’ son, Ronald Davidson Hawkins, 69, of Strasburg, passed away on Friday, June 24 at Winchester Medical Center. Mary Anna Hitt’s husband, Campbell Turner Hitt, 85, died Sunday, June 26, at home.

Ronald was a graduate of Rappahannock County High School. He worked for the CIA and served in Vietnam while in the U.S. Army. He also served as a sheriff’s deputy with Warren and Rappahannock counties. He also worked for Prince William County School System security for many years. Ronald life’s was dedicated to police, fire and rescue work. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. this Saturday (July 2) at Washington Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Jennings Hobson officiating.

Campbell Turner Hitt was a member of the U.S. Army and was a true patriot who loved NASCAR and golf. A genuine people person, he could talk for hours to anyone, anywhere at anytime. His funeral service was Wednesday at Found and Sons in Culpeper, with Rev. Sandy Martin officiating, followed by interment at Woodville Cemetery.

Dorothy and Mary Anne, remember that God’s garden is beautiful, he always takes the best. God saw that the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb at times for you both, so he closed your love one’s weary eyelids, and whispered peace be thine. I know that it broke your hearts, but remember that they didn’t go alone, for part of you both went with them. And they will be in your hearts always. You both are in my prayers.

Thank you

Let’s not forget to thank Richie Burke, Gary Settle, Mike Leake and Greg Williams and the other organizers of Rappahannock County’s July 4th Celebration on Monday (see The Rapp on the front page for details) for their long hours of work. And thanks should also go to Bill Fletcher for the use of his Thornton Hill Hounds course. Our county is really lucky to have people like this who work together to provide such enjoyable times for the rest of us.

I wish all our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July.