Washington column for Oct. 18

Last roller coaster ride

Come out for a roller coaster of fun and festivities this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. for the annual Trinity Episcopal Church House Tour.

Cost of the tour is $30 for all three houses or $15 for one house. There are three fantastic Rappahannock houses on the tour: Mount Prospect in Washington, a Jefferson inspired brick home on Fodderstack Road, and a newly completed home with dramatic vistas in Castleton. Don’t miss the 62nd annual — and final — house tour sponsored by the Episcopal Church.

It will be a wonderful visit and joy to learn about their histories, their decor, and their places in the scheme of things in Rappahannock County. Enjoy a final tea at the rectory in Washington, from 2 p.m to 4 p.m both days, with delicacies provided by the Inn.

Nest Impressions, the 2018 Italian-made scarf designed by Liz Oliver using images of Ruthie Windsor-Mann’s nest paintings, will be for sale at the tea from 2 to 4 p.m. on each day and in the Parish Hall. Proceeds benefit charities mainly in Rappahannock County. Avoid that last minute Christmas panic while helping others!

The Harvest Festival Service will be on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend. A celebration follows in the Parish Hall.

WVFR fundraiser

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had a busy evening this past Saturday when 110 hungry people showed up for its ham and oyster dinner fundraiser. I was told that Debbie Knick made her Cold Pound Cake, Shirley Franey made a Carrot Cake and they both were auctioned off for a good chunk of cash. The WVFR wants to thank everybody who supported the dinner. All proceeds will be used to support the company’s operations.

The department’s next fundraiser is the charity card tournament on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament begins with check-in at 3, and the tournament will begin promptly at 4. Buy in is a $50 donation and it includes your meal. First prize is a Savage Axis II w/Bushnell Banner Scope 6.5 Creedmore Bolt Action, second prize is a Remington 597 22LR w/Nikko Sterling Scope Heavy BBL Semi-Auto, third prize is a Savage MKII 22LR w/Weaver Scope Bolt Action 10 Round Mag.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Limited to 60 players who must be 18 or older. Donation is non-refundable. Contact Bobby Smoot or Danny Huff at 540-675-3615 or 540-270-2507.

News from CCLC

Christina and her family have planned a year-long trip that will immerse them in the incredible diversity of this country with a focus on the National Park system. CCLC will be tracking their adventures and learning along with them as they explore our country. Photo by Lisa Pendleton

Christina Loock, who has led the Children-in-Nature program at The Child Care and Learning Center from its infancy in 2015, will be taking a step back for 14 months to set off on an epic family adventure. Christina and her family have planned a year-long trip with a focus on the National Park system. CCLC will be tracking their adventures and learning along with them as they explore our country. How we all wish we could be with them every mile of the way, but their home on wheels only fits four, so we’ll just have to be satisfied with being connected via the web!

This bittersweet goodbye leads CCLC into its next big chapter in Children-in-Nature with Sue Garvin, a UPenn BA in Biology graduate, as the new Children-in-Nature Coordinator. Christina has passed the “nature” baton to Sue who brings years of experience in providing high quality nature education for children.

In Sue’s last position as the Education Specialist for The Clifton Institute, she developed and implemented new nature-based programs for a wide variety of age/grade levels which more than doubled the youth program. Sue has an extensive volunteer and work history in working with children in a variety of programs. As an avid naturalist, she is passionate about inspiring curiosity and confidence in children during the outdoor exploration for the Children-in-Nature program.

Birthday Celebration

Seventeen family members and friends attended a celebration Sunday night for William L (Red) Payne’s 90th birthday, hosted by his loving wife Mary L. Payne. Red is well known for his years of carrying U.S. mail on the Amissville route, as well as farming Locust Shade on Richmond Road for close to 70 years.

William L. (Red) Payne and wife, Mary enjoying a Sunday Fall afternoon on their front porch for William birthday celebration. Photo by Sally Haynes

His wife is well-known in the county for her long tenure at Rappahannock National Bank, where she worked 40 years. She retired in 1991 from her responsibilities managing operations of the bank. For 21 years, she was on the board of directors, including during the time of transition from Rappahannock National to Union Bank. The community is blessed to have such wonderful people like these two.

Hike date change

The hike scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 has been changed to Saturday, Nov. 3. Meet at Panorama at 10 a.m. to hike to the John Henry Waters cemetery down in Thornton Hollow. Bring your own snacks and drink and wear weather appropriate clothing. Wayne Baldwin has more information at 540-574-3722.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Mae Smoot of Washington, and to my grandson, Troy Jackson Singleton, from Hickory NC. They will celebrate on Thursday, Oct. 18. And Ben Jackson turned 76 on Oct. 13.

Enjoy the crisp October weather!