Month: July 2016

NEW PREACHER IN TOWN

Trinity Episcopal in Washington Virginia has a new pastor. He is H. Miller Hunter, who has served as a parish priest at various posts in the South, most recently as vicar at Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reverend Hunter takes up his new post here in Rappahannock on August 1st. He and his wife Carol have three grown children.  Carol is a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and thus lives with the certainty that God is a Tarheel, or why else is the sky Carolina blue? According to the Trinity Episcopal Church website, “Reverend H Miller...

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THE JOYS OF BEING A LOONIE

[Loonie … an affectionate term for a bird watcher] Hermanos y hermanas, I must share the great gift from nature I received today on a walk in the woods of the Shenandoah National Park with Gwen, our son and his wife and our grandson. I kept hearing a bird call that I couldn’t identify. I heard it in many places and coming from, it seemed, different parts of the woods. When it became clear enough, I realized that I might be able to mimic the sound/whistle-like so I started responding. Much to my delight and astonishment, as I stood...

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MOVIE NIGHT IN SPERRYVILLE — 1930

In June 1930, the Lyric Theater in Sperryville Shows a Popular Movie By Don Audette  It was fair weather and around 80 degrees in Sperryville on Saturday evening, June 21, 1930, when people gathered at the Lyric Theater to see “The Greene Murder Case.”  The Lyric Theater was in the old Masonic Hall built in 1906.  It was located in about the middle of the southern side of Sperryville’s Main Street.  A house with a picket fence currently occupies the site. The movie “The Greene Murder Case” was quite popular at the time.  It starred William Powell and Jean...

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SEVENTY-SIX FARM HOMES

A Song For A Rappahannock Fourth of July By Rick Kohler, with apologies to Meredith Willson (76 Trombones)   Seventy-six farm homes catch the morning light With one hundred and ten hillsides right behind All protected by strident NOs to developers and so We still gaze across the open lands. Seventy-six hay fields shine with morning dew One hundred and ten clear streams tumble through It’s a gentle place, filled with harmony and grace And alive with Nature’s bounty, too. There are sunny days and big storms in the mountains blue, Thundering, thundering, all along the chain Mountain cabins...

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