Washington column for Oct. 27

WVFD dinner a success

In spite of the windy and cool temperatures, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department ham and oyster dinner turned out to be a huge success according to a little birdie. Around 200 plus people feasting on oysters, ham, with side dishes and desserts.

Danny and Hope Huff was cooking the oysters, while Doug Exline was on the line serving the side dishes and Ann Spieker was dipping the oyster stew, along with other volunteers who was helping. I was told that they had 31 gallons of oysters on hand for the dinner. That’s a lot of oysters. Wonder if anyone found a pearl in theirs.

Debbie Knick took care of the delicious desserts table, Bobby Smoot and Shawn Knick took care the raften tickets. The winners were James Jenkins, Peggy Stanley. Lucy Foster, and a friend of Ken Carter.

Thomas Becket play

Washington Baptist Church, had a play on Sunday, Oct. 16 and it was about 40 minutes long — the performance took place during the 11 o’clock worship service.

By Jan McKinney

The play was titled “Thomas Becket.” It is an original work that Jan McKinney wrote for the drama club. This was their first official performance. The play tells the story of Thomas Becket from just before he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury until his death in 1170.

The play was written to expand on lessons that were covered during their joint Vacation Bible School this summer. The kids met throughout the summer beginning in June and continued to meet on Tuesdays after school since August. The club is open to the community. The only requirement is that participants be able to read and are interested in dramatic productions. Each meeting consists of a brief lesson (related to the play or characters in the play) which is usually tied to scripture. They have a snack and then work on the script. Jan can be reached at wbc.dramaclub@gmail.com for those with questions or interest in participating.

CCLC Fall Festival/Open House

The Child Care and Learning Center’s Open House is this Saturday (Oct. 29) from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a mini petting zoo, raffles, games, free pumpkins and more. Come and see their nature-based learning center and find out about our programs for children. Entrance tickets on sale at CCLC are $5 per family. Their big raffle is the Wishing Well crafted by the Goodwin alumni family who thoughtfully salvaged the wood from the train the Dietel family donated over 20 years ago. Their new, anonymously donated train is an exact replica and is slated to be dedicated by the children soon! Come out and spend the morning at CCLC with your children.

Youth Nature Day

Kids are invited to join Piedmont Environmental Council and Friends of the Rappahannock after school for a day of nature exploration. On Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Park. The kids will spend time on land learning to identify trees, and in the Rush River with nets collecting aquatic organisms. Boots available. More information and registration atpecva.org/events. Registration required.


Condolences to Charla Sisk Cordle of Charles City, Charles Albert Sisk of Sperryville and James Ashby Sisk of Butler, Pa., on the death of their mother, Lorraine Richards Sisk of Sperryville. She passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Fauquier Hospital.

I got to know Lorraine from working at the Aileen Plant in Flint Hill. I can not find the words to described this lady. In my eyes, she was one amazing lady in so many ways. A good friend indeed. Her daughter, Charla and I graduated together, as the old saying goes, many moons ago.

The saying “All good things must come to an end.” It’s a simple saying, but a true one. Things we enjoy, people we love, eventually at some point have to come to an end. So it is with time. Good times, though we want them to last a lifetime for us. I know a time like this leaves a heartache no one can heal, just remember that love leaves a memory that no one can steal. Cherish her memories and her love and hold them close to your hearts at all times.

Charla, Charles and James: May God give you comfort during this time of sorrow.

No reunion for 2016

I have got telephone calls in regards to the Aileen reunion. So I gave Joyce Pullen a call last week, and she has informed me that the Aileen reunion will not take place this year. This is the first time since the plant been closed that Aileen did not have a reunion. She is working on one for the spring of 2017. I have to say that Joyce has been really great over the years getting it together for us. Give her a call and let her know how you appreciated her for the hard work she has done. Her number is 540-987-8091.


Halloween is the time for the young (and not so young) to hit the streets and visit your doorstep for trick-or-treat, so best be ready with candy — and if you’re driving, be on the lookout for those little princesses, witches and goblins.

Little Washington’s annual Halloween festivities begin at 5:30 Monday, (Oct. 31) — and last until 8:30, well after the sun has gone down. Trick-or-treaters of all ages can stroll around the town and visit homes and businesses, many of which will also be decorated, for goodies and treats. Be sure to wear your costumes and join in on one of Rappahannock’s most enjoyable and family friendly events!

Washington Baptist Church holds its Open House starting at 5:30 p.m. They will have members of the church’s youth group and some adults in Medieval costumes. The fellowship hall will be decorated like a castle and they will have treat bags and prizes for the trick or treaters who come by.

Trinity Episcopal Church’s Community Halloween Celebration starts at 6 p.m. Since the parish hall is under renovation, the Halloween party will be under tents in the grassy area next to Trinity House (across Gay Street from the church) They will be serving hotdogs and chips and lemonade, and there will be lots of candy. All free for the community. Ghosts and ghouls of all ages are welcome.

Tula’s usual Halloween patio will be decked out, plus there will be scary movies and lots of candy to give away!

There will also be a Halloween bonfire on Monday, Oct. 31 in town, beside the pond at Avon Hall. Lighting will be at dusk. All trick-or-treaters in the town of Washington and the greater Rappahannock community and friends are encouraged to attend. Let’s hope for good weather!

Happy Halloween and be safe!