Washington column for Oct. 4

Festive fall weekend in Washington

Pastor Bruce Beeler, of the Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, Washington, presented Pastor John K. Burke Jr. an award along with a card for his dedication of being a pastor of the Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church for 45 and a half years on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Rappahannock County Park in Washington. By Debbie Keyser

Fall found its way into Rappahannock this past weekend. It is my favorite season. To me, it means Dunkin’ Donuts will be making their pumpkin lattes and pumpkin donuts. Mmmm, so good.

Beautiful fall weather brought people into the town of Washington, including visitors who were here for the annual Farm Tour and for the Inn’s weekly Village Market. There was also a nice gathering Saturday afternoon for the Gid Brown Bible Baptist picnic at Rappahannock County Park. Some came from other churches for the food and fellowship.

Hamburgers and hot dogs were provided by the church. Grilling was done by Joshua Alther. The ladies brought covered dishes along with delicious desserts. Seems like everyone enjoyed the different desserts. Barbara Payne from Maranatha Baptist Church brought a lemon cake made from scratch. I can tell you that it was out of this world. It had that lemon zest twain taste that would knock your socks off your feet, if you were wearing any. I know she did not have any to take back home with her. I really enjoyed what little slice I had. Barbara, please remember me when you bake another one — hint, hint.

After everyone had finished eating, the Pastor Bruce Beeler, of the Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, presented Pastor John Burke Jr., with an award and card for all the years of dedication to the church. Pastor Burke has been the pastor for Gid Brown Bible Baptist for 45-plus years. He has retired as a pastor, but is still in the ministry for the Lord. There were other pastors who came to say words of appreciation to Pastor Burke.

When fall arrives, it’s hard not to regret the passing of all the summer blooms, but never fear, fall mums are near. Williams Tree Service & Landscaping has beautiful mums for sale. The Co-op also has fall flowers for sale. Be sure to stop and browse around. It’s always great fun when that first nip is in the air.

Soapstone carvings

Rappahannock-based sculptor Bob Bouquet will offer his alabaster and soapstone carvings from Sept. 28 through Oct. 28 at the Middle Street Gallery in Washington. A public reception will be held at the gallery from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Bouquet will show stone renderings of human and animal shapes as well as “abstract pieces emphasizing organic forms.”

Rappahannock -based sculptor Bob Bouquet will offer his alabaster and soapstone carvings from Sept. 28 through Oct. 28 at the Middle Street Gallery in Washington. Courtesy photo

Bouquet is a self-taught sculptor working in the “taille-directe,” or direct, carving method. He uses some power tools for rough cutting the stone blocks, but mostly uses hammer and chisel and other hand tools for fine shaping and finishing.

Middle Street Gallery is pleased to also spotlight four new members of the artists’ cooperative — Anita Zymolka Amrhein, Philip Ward, Linda Croxson, and Rebecca Graham.

The German-born Zymolka Amrhein, of nearby Boston, works in watercolors depicting “motives of nature.” Graham, from Markham, paints “large-scale portraits about capturing the fleeting moments in life.” Abstract painters Croxson and Ward have painted in Rappahannock County for more than 10 years at Hatbrim House Studio in Slate Mills since 2016.

The gallery is located at 325a Middle Street, next to the Inn at Little Washington. Hours are Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington has a new elf

Caroline Anstey is stepping into the Little Washington Christmas Parade leadership. For those who wish to be in the parade please send Caroline an email at cdanstey@gmail.com or call 540-692-5155.

The much-anticipated parade, a favorite holiday pastime for county residents, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2. This year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.”

Special days

Birthday wishes go out to Skip Giles, Bill Scoggin and Mike Massie of Washington; they all will celebrate their special day today, Thursday, (Oct. 4). Also, happy birthday to my brother, Ray Burke, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and to Chris Keyser on Oct. 11, Jonathan Moore on Oct. 15 and to Mayor John Sullivan, whose special day is Friday, Oct. 19. Birthday wishes also to Ruthie Windsor-Mann and John Clark (Oct. 24).

Congratulations to Rick and Kaye Kohler, who will celebrate their anniversary on Oct. 15; to Kim and Bruce Nelson, whose anniversary is Oct. 18; and to a couple very dear to me, Doug and Margaret Baumgardner, who will celebrate on Oct. 29.

Ham and oysters

It’s time to take a break from mowing the yard, painting the fence, or working in the garden. Head down to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., for its Ham and Oyster dinner.

They are having a spread that you won’t believe. The menu consists of fried oysters and oyster stew, baked ham and country ham, casseroles, side dishes, vegetables, and for that person with the sweet tooth t lots of desserts. $30 for adults, $15 children 4 through 10, 3 and under free.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful weather.