Washington column for Dec. 1

Giving Thanks

On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), some travel “over the river, and through the hollows” to celebrate with family and friends at the home of Anna Clatterbuck, daughter Mae Racer.

The gathering consists of about 50 people at their residence on Maple Hill Road. The weather was beautiful and a better day couldn’t have been had, considering it was the last of November.

Anne Clatterbuck and daughter Mae Racer had a family tradition meal at their home on Thanksgiving Day with about 50 people attending the feast.
Anne Clatterbuck and daughter Mae Racer had a family tradition meal at their home on Thanksgiving Day with about 50 people attending the feast. By Hope Huff

Every family brought several dishes along with a dessert. Mary Gochenour and Mae Racer were running around getting everything ready to be served. Guess what happen! Mom (Anna Clatterbuck) came in and was pointing her finger to her daughters, Mary and Mae, letting them know that some of the things weren’t right. Everyone got a laugh out of that.

Some of the ladies stayed out of the kitchen, out of the way, no way was the men folks coming inside just yet. They stayed out on the porch shooting the breeze and watching for the deer.

Finally when everything was in place and everything was agreeable with mom, Melvin Gochenour asked the blessing on the food. His blessing was so inspiring that it made you think that we should be grateful for the little things that make each day worthwhile. Remember to count your blessings, however great or small.

There was so much food that hardly no one wanted desserts. Everyone ended up taking food home with them.

Sandra Stoots, Anna’s daughter traveled the furthest for the holiday. She came up all the way from Marion, Virginia. Always great to see her. She left on Sunday, everyone hated to see her leave. She going to try to come back for Christmas.

Cindy Glascock was the star of the day, she kept busy washing all the dishes. What a trooper she was!

Family gatherings are an important part of the Clatterbuck’s family life. They help everyone to preserve the rich fond memories down the road.

The Clatterbuck’s motto: The stone after it is thrown, the word after it is said, and most importantly, time after it’s passed. Always remember one thing, people are not on this earth forever, and could be gone tomorrow, so if you have a chance to spend time with family, take it.

Everyone had an enjoyable time with families.

Thank you Anna and Mae for opening your door for the all the families on Thanksgiving Day. We love you both.

’Tis the season

With Thanksgiving behind us, the Christmas holiday right around the corner, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Little Washington as folks prepare for the Christmas in Little Washington festivities and parade this Sunday (Dec. 4).

This year's the Ballards' holiday theme is a nature-inspired winter wonderland, and their tree topper is a flying Snowy Owl.
This year’s the Ballards’ holiday theme is a nature-inspired winter wonderland, and their tree topper is a flying Snowy Owl. By Joanie Ballard

Some people have already focused on the Christmas holiday — some earlier than others. My daughter’s tree is already up, as well as one of mine. Out the window of the Rappahannock News office, I notice that R. H. Ballard’s shop windows are also beautifully decorated for the holidays. This year their holiday theme is a nature-inspired winter wonderland, and their tree topper is a flying Snowy Owl. According to Joanie, they have some unique ornaments of glittery moose, polar bears, foxes, birds, flying owls, partridges and pigs. But also traditional ornaments and holiday decor such as big dressed-up St. Nick, white pine cone trees, large mercury garlands, hanging paper snowflakes, and sparkly votive holders. Be sure to stop in and check them out. The Inn’s in the process of decorating too.

Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday for the parade and festivities throughout the town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artisan Market begins at 11a.m. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. If you get here early, take a stroll through the town of Washington and check out the beautiful decorations.

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be selling hot dogs, french fries, coffee, hot chocolate, baked goods and cold drinks in front of the Clinic before, during and after the parade. All proceeds to benefit the firehouse.

Watch out for Santa Claus at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue for their breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Come out and fill your tummy with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Hash Browns, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Fried Apples, Juice, and Coffee. Adults and kids 11 and older $8, kids 10 and under eat FREE! Moms be sure to bring your camera for those last minute pictures with Santa. Santa will have a gift for all the children. I wonder if that includes me as well. I am still a kid at heart. For more information, call 540-675-3615 and speak with to one of their members.

Gid Brown Christmas Banquet

Gid Brown Bible Church, Washington, invites all to its annual Christmas banquet 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10) at the Washington fire hall, with Pastor Lee Brown, from First Century Baptist Church, Culpeper, as the guest speaker. For more information, call 540-937-4944. Everyone is welcome!

Living Nativity

Don’t forget the Living Nativity will take place on Friday, Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the “Red Shed” beside the Rappahannock Library. Come out and experience the Joy of Christ’s Birth with the Christmas story and live animals.The scene can be viewed from Route 211. The Living Nativity is sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of Rappahannock. Need of participants, make a new family tradition by volunteering to be a part of the original Rappahannock Living Nativity Scene. Please contact Judi Burke at 540-631-6103 or jnorthburke@gmail.com to sign up for a 25 minute shift if you would like to participate in this special event.

Bland Music Contest reminder

Deadline alert: The deadline for local music students to apply to the Bland Music Contest is Friday, Dec. 16. This crowd-pleasing music competition, sponsored by the Rappahannock Lions Club, features Rappahannock’s young, homegrown musical talents performing at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at the Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St. Applications are available by contacting Lion Spots Williams at 540-636-4100 or Spotswood47@gmail.com. Don’t delay!

Remember that participants must live in the county and/or be enrolled in schools located in Rappahannock. There are instrumental and vocal categories for both high school and elementary-middle school. Winners receive first, second, third place and honorable mention cash prizes and chance to move up into state competition. For more on applications, contact Lions Spots Williams (lionspotswilliams@gmail.com) or visit facebook.com/RappahannockLionsClubBlandMusicContest.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a wonderful friend of mine, Carol Beard. She celebrating her special day today (Dec. 1), wishes also go out to a dear friend, Doug Baumgardner, who will celebrate his special day on Saturday (Dec. 3).

Have a wonderful week and hope to see y’all at the parade on Sunday!