DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUCK

Dec. 16, 1998

Mary Ann Kuhn re­cently re­ceived the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try’s pres­ti­gious AAA Four Di­a­mond Award for 1999 for her Mid­dle­ton Inn on Main Street in the Town of Wash­ing­ton. This is re­mark­able, es­pe­cially since she re­ceived it less than three years since she opened the bed and break­fast inn.

Kuhn ac­knowl­edged be­ing a per­fec­tion­ist who is con­stantly try­ing to im­prove her inn, but said peo­ple are what she likes best about innkeep­ing.

“My guests ask me how I know how to run an inn. Did I take a course? I didn’t. Ac­tu­ally, my jour­nal­ism back­ground helps me be­cause innkeep­ing is so much like pro­duc­ing a show or an event, what with the daily deadlines, the at­ten­tion to de­tail, and all the prepa­ra­tion be­hind the scenes,” Kuhn said, adding she could never get it off the ground with­out the help of her house­keeper, Laura Smoot and her break­fast chef, Char­ity Sny­der.

And when the cur­tain goes up at 3 p.m. when the guests start to ar­rive, the stage is set; the inn is sparkling, af­ter­noon tea is set out, clas­si­cal mu­sic is in the back­ground, the fire­places are glow­ing with fires. “As the guests ar­rive, our fo­cus is on mak­ing sure that he or she has a mem­o­rable time,” she said.

If you see green bags hang­ing from your door or your neigh­bor’s, you know the Rap­pa­han­nock “Green Pages” has been de­liv­ered.

3rd Level has be­gun de­liv­er­ing the Sec­ond An­nual Edi­tion of the Rap­pa­han­nock County Re­source Guide and Busi­ness Direc­tory. Chris Salmon of 3rd Level es­ti­mates it will take two ad­di­tional weeks to de­liver to the en­tire county.

Pro­vided free to res­i­dents by the busi­nesses and govern­ment of Rap­pa­han­nock County, “The Green Pages” is 72 pages of over 235 busi­nesses, of­fices, pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions and county in­for­ma­tion. The busi­nesses are listed al­pha­bet­i­cally for easy ref­er­ence, as well as un­der the busi­ness cat­e­gories that best de­scribe their ser­vices.

June 17, 1976

Dick Pier­son of Amissville con­sid­ers him­self one of the last prac­ti­tion­ers of a dy­ing art, a mas­ter of a craft that is no longer be­ing prop­erly taught. He is a cal­lig­ra­pher of the old school, in­structed in that dis­ci­pline at the Zane­r­ian Col­lege of Pen­man­ship.

Dick’s in­ter­est in cal­lig­ra­phy be­gan when he was young. “As a kid, I never liked any­thing around me ex­cept my grand­par­ents. They lived two miles away and I wore a path to their door, go­ing back and forth,” he said. Un­der their in­flu­ence, Dick started col­lect­ing “old things” and in a book found an ex­am­ple of old fash­ioned cal­lig­ra­phy that par­tic­u­larly im­pressed him. “I can do that,” he told him­self. Self sat­is­fac­tion was his rea­son.

“I live in the 1890s. I should have come from an­other time, I be­long in an­other time . . . a time when life was slower and the qual­ity of crafts­man­ship was higher.”

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