The Knights’ Coats for Kids
Fall is in the air (it couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend for last weekend’s house tour). And soon enough, Old Man Winter will be just around the corner. The short days and long nights will get really brrrrrr — cold.
Did you know many children across the country go without a coat each winter? Many low-income families use their scarce resources to meet the most basic essentials and they need help to provide this vital winter necessity. That’s why the Knights of Columbus developed the Coats for Kids program, which allows its councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities at no cost to the families.
Since 2009, more than 306,000 coats have been distributed.
Two boxes of Coats for Kids arrived in Rappahannock County recently and were delivered by Knights of Columbus members John Hagarty and Bill Jarrett on Oct. 11 to Sharon Pyne at the Department of Social Services.
Porcelain artist at The Inn
Anna Weatherley, internationally acclaimed porcelain artist, will make a guest appearance at The Inn at Little Washington’s Tavern Shops (309 Middle St.) on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. Weatherley will feature her collection of one-of-a-kind, hand-painted porcelain pieces and custom jewelry during a rare opportunity where guests can meet the artist and have her sign their selections. Champagne cocktails will be served during the reception.
As an international designer, Weatherley’s career has included designing and manufacturing couture fashion, jewelry, home furnishings, and printed textiles. Her career includes a commissioned design of cachepots as a gift for Princess Diana when she visited Washington, D.C., and in 2009, First Lady Laura Bush sought out Weatherley to create a hand-painted presidential dinner service for the White House. In 2011, the Prince of Wales commissioned a collection of dinner plates for Buckingham Palace. Weatherley’s porcelain is also used at Blair House, the White House’s guest quarters for visiting heads of state.
Holiday greens for local scholarships
As usual, the Rappahannock County Garden Club is preparing to have its workshop in time for everything to be ready right after Thanksgiving, to help you get ready for the holidays. The Garden Club has handmade, made-to-order plain wreaths, decorated wreaths, swags, mantelpiece toppers and garlands for sale, and made-to-order estate wreaths available in two sizes. All profits go to sending county children to nature camps or providing scholarships. (Gary Jenkins Jr. was a recent recipient of one of the club’s scholarships.)
They will be available at the Washington fire hall on Nov. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 9 to noon for pickup. All orders must be placed before Nov. 21.
Order early to be sure to get your desired items. Visit rappgardenclub.org after Oct. 22 to see the full brochure of offerings, and to order online — or call Karen Crow at 540-675-9917.
Relay for Life Kick-Off
Relay for Life Kick-Off is this Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Washington Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and door prizes. No charge for the dinner; donations graciously accepted. The streets will be lighted with luminaria starting at 4 p.m. There will be children’s activities and prizes. All the proceeds support the Rappahannock Relay for Life. For more information, call 540-364-2640.
New co-op hours
CFC Farm and Home Center, Washington, has new hours for the fall and winter months: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Washington Baptist news
Washington Baptist Church holds its open house during the town trick-or-treat event Oct. 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Members of the church’s youth group and some adults in medieval dress will have treat bags and prizes, and the fellowship hall will be decorated like a castle.
The church also has a youth drama club that meets after school on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday School at 9:30 each week. They also do youth outings every four to six weeks, the next one to see “Narnia” at the Riverside Theater in Fredericksburg Dec. 3.
Sunday School classes are studying world religions, and the class will be taking a field trip to the Buddhist retreat in Stanley this Sunday (Oct. 23) and will meet with Father Tuck at St. Peter Catholic Church later this month. They hope to visit a synagogue and mosque later on in the winter.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The leaves are beginning to turn, we have so much to be thankful for in Rappahannock County.