Washington column for Dec. 8

Little Washington parade warms winter souls

Thornton’s Gap Regular Baptist Church's float, “Glory To God,” featured a group singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" for Sunday's Christmas parade in Washington.
Thornton’s Gap Regular Baptist Church’s float, “Glory To God,” featured a group singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” for Sunday’s Christmas parade in Washington. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News

The Christmas parade brings out the best in the community. Despite overcast skies and cold temperatures on Sunday, the Christmas in Little Washington parade was a success, with beautiful, colorfully dressed people, horses, llamas, dogs, the Rappahannock County High School Marching Band, and floats from Little Washington Wellness & Spa and several area churches, including Thornton’s Gap Regular Baptist Church’s float, “Glory To God” — which featured the Wise Men attending Jesus’ birth and the star hovering over the stable where He was born. The angels were singing, “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant . . .”

It was a great day all around. The line up down at Avon Hall was abuzz with activity as Fred Catlin, Ray Gooch and Tony Lavato were busy getting everyone in order. Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue was selling hot dogs, french fries, coffee, hot chocolate and more in front of the Medical Clinic before, during and after the parade. The Inn at Little Washington hosted their first winter market at the center of the town. Seems like the tourists were checking it out. I really enjoyed the market in the summer.

Etlan’s Little Country Store had food, along with other vendors. Santa’s line was too long for me, so I decided to put it off for another time.

Thank you, Keir Whitson and all the volunteers for making this year’s parade so memorable a day. If it wasn’t for all the volunteers who gave their time and long hours, we would not have a parade to enjoy. And in my eyes, every entry deserved a ribbon, they all were very creative.

For some reason or other after the town has its parade, I begin to get in the mood for Christmas, playing and singing Christmas carols.

For those who have not finished their shopping, check out R. H. Ballard, the Inn at Little Washington Gift Shop, Geneva Welch Gallery, Rare Finds and even take a stroll out to The Shops at Ginger Hill Antiques. I am sure you would be able to find something for that special person on your list.

Trinity news

Christmas services at Trinity Episcopal Church: Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8 a.m., HE II; 10 a.m., Christmas Pageant and HE II; on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., Christmas Eve HE II, 11 p.m.; on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day, Hymns & HE II. Everyone is welcome.

Meanwhile, the completion of Trinity’s Parish Hall is within sight. The hardwood floors are done. Painting is done except touchup. Linoleum tiles have been installed in halls and bathrooms. Sunday school classrooms have been painted and floors tiled with linoleum. Stonework at the new rear entrance and front steps is finished. Cabinet and countertops are being installed now. Elevator is in and operating. The rug from the Bromfield Room will be installed in the choir practice room. The small classroom behind the vestment closet will become the Archive Room for safekeeping of our valuable pieces, records, books and other documents.

Fruit pickup

A reminder that fruit ordered from the RCHS Band Boosters can be picked up at the Rappahannock CFC Farm & Home Center from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 9) and 8:30 a.m to 11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10).

Anniversary wishes

Belated anniversary wishes go out to Jeff and Becky Burke of Washington for their wedding anniversary, which was on Dec. 7.

Christmas at town hall

The Town of Washington holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the town hall on Gay Street. The party is for town businesses, residents, their family: Come and bring your favorite dish or dessert. Refreshments and ice will be provided. Please RSVP to Laura at 540-675-3128 or email washingtonva@earthlink.net to let her know what you will bring.

Christmas storytime

Rappahannock County Library holds their  Christmas Storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. There will be stories, crafts and a special visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call 540-675-3780.

By the way, the library’s Book Barn has put out their supply of Christmas books and tapes. Books make a great gift and small ones can help fill a stocking.

Stay warm and have a wonderful week!