Washington column for Oct. 26

The town was busy as ever this past Saturday and Sunday, a beautiful autumn weekend for the annual House Tour sponsored by the women of Trinity Episcopal Church. Everyone at Trinity pitches in to help the weekend be a success.

In addition, a service to celebrate agriculture, to honor Rappahannock’s farmers, and to give thanks to the Almighty for the harvest, was held last Sunday at Trinity.

Trinity Episcopal Church was decked out with pumpkins, apples, grapes and other local agricultural wares. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Known across the pond as “Harvest Festivals,” these services are held throughout the Anglican Community. As might be expected in an event that celebrates the harvest, the hymns are robust and earthy, and the prayers and scripture readings reflect our gratitude for the produce from our farms.

Internationally renowned organist Ronald Stolk played a short prelude to begin the service, and he was accompanied by a small choir of professional singers.

Youth from Rappahannock’s 4-H club, led by Katie Sharp, took up baskets of symbolic harvest offerings to be blessed, and Rappahannock farmers served as lectors to read from the scriptures.

The sanctuary was filled with pumpkins, apples, and grapes.

What a beautiful way to end a beautiful fall weekend.

Costello book

The Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community awarded CCLC the Claudia Mitchell Grant for music and author visits again this year, and they are so grateful for this grant that allows them to provide deeper learning for their youngsters.

Last Thursday, David Hyde Costello visited from Amherst, Mass., to perform his latest book, “Little Pig Saves the Ship.” It is the second in what may be a series of adventures of the main character “Little Pig” from the David’s book, “Little Pig Joins the Band.” The RAAC grant has provided CCLC with all of David’s performances and author small group sessions for about five years now.

David Hyde Costello came from his home in Amherst, Mass., for a performance based on his latest book, “Little Pig Saves the Ship,” at Child Care Learning Center. Photo by Lisa Pendleton

His first book, “Here They Come!” is a Halloween favorite. “I Can Help” is a sweet story about kindness, and “A Crow of His Own,” written by Megan Dowd Lambert and beautifully illustrated by David, is about a young rooster that steps up to his new job to replace the prized rooster that everyone loved.

All of David’s illustrations are one-of-a-kind masterpieces that capture the true essence of his muse in animal form. The stories are relatable to children young and old alike, and what is special about David’s visits is that he retells secret details of the characters in his stories. One can tell that he has many more wonderful stories in his head to share.

Great Cookbook

Bread & Butter has been asking America’s best chefs a personal question: What do you cook for the people you love? And they’ve answered in “America, The Great Cookbook,” the ultimate celebration of our country’s diverse food scene.

On sale beginning October 31 (in time for the holidays!), America, The Great Cookbook (Weldon Owen, $40) offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of over 100 top food personalities, featuring well-loved recipes and heartwarming stories, including Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington.

Edited and curated by Joe Yonan, the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food & Dining editor of The Washington Post, the cookbook spans five regions of America: the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and the West Coast.

Patrick’s recipe from the cookbook is Roasted Lamb Chops with Green Lentils and Minted Bearnaise.

“America, The Great Cookbook” also fights childhood hunger by helping No Kid Hungry, which has provided kids with at least 200,000 meals.


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 on Tuesday, 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 one of Rappahannock’s most enjoyable and family friendly events!

The Inn at Little Washington will have four staff members dressed up and handing out candy at the front door.

Washington Baptist Church holds its Open House starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be decorations, as well as treats and activities for the kids. Trinity will open its doors at 6 p.m. to welcome trick-or-treaters of all ages. In the Parish Hall they will be serving free hotdogs, lemonade, chips and coffee to all. There will be plenty of candy for the children! Note that there are also bathroom facilities available and the church is now handicap accessible.

Hunt Harris is also organizing a community bonfire, scheduled to start at dusk on the field behind Courthouse Row. All are welcome.

Hunt Harris is organizing a community bonfire, scheduled at dusk on the field behind the Courthouse Row on Halloween night, Oct. 31. By John McCaslin

Let’s hope for good weather! Happy Halloween and be safe!