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Artist open house

Linda Tarry, a for­mer print­maker and stained glass artist, has lived in Rap­pa­han­nock County since 1985 and be­gan mak­ing mosaics in 2004. Most of her work is three-di­men­sional, al­though in the past year she has been mak­ing smaller wall pieces that still re­tain a three-di­men­sional qual­ity. “I love to use found ob­jects in my work,” she says. “It’s fun to take a pile of dis­carded bits and pieces and see what new thing I can make.” She es­pe­cially loves to use bro­ken ce­ram­ics in her mosaics due to the wide range of col­ors and tex­tures.

Tarry is a for­mer mem­ber of Six Pack Gallery and Mid­dle Street Gallery. Her mo­saic stu­dio – lo­cated two miles south of Wash­ing­ton, off Tiger Val­ley Road at 60 Strother Lane – has been on the RAAC Stu­dio Tour for the past five years and is host­ing an Art Stu­dio Open House from 11 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Stop in the gift shop for Linda’s whim­si­cal mosaics, col­or­ful hand­made bead jew­elry by Pam Pit­tinger, gor­geous hand dec­o­rated pa­per by Ann Ge­or­gia McCaf­fray and small paint­ings by Ja­cob Stil­ley. Hot cider and cook­ies are avail­able at the open house.

Both Pit­tinger and McCaf­fray are also for­mer Six Pack Gallery mem­bers. Pit­tinger is an ab­stract pain­ter who lives in Amissville. She makes her own glass beads for her jew­elry, which is col­or­ful, whim­si­cal and very wear­able. McCaf­fray is an artist in Sper­ryville. Her sheets of hand­dec­o­rated pa­per are made through a painstak­ing process that pro­duces in­tense col­ors and vi­brant de­signs. She then uses this pa­per to make small one-of-akind books.

Tarry also has some small land­scapes of the Tiger Val­ley area painted by her son Ja­cob Stil­ley this past sum­mer. A na­tive of Rap­pa­han­nock, Ja­cob com­pleted his mas­ter’s in fine art this year and is cur­rently liv­ing and paint­ing in New York City.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the open house, call 540-675-1930.

Christ­mas bless­ings at

the se­nior cen­ter

The Se­nior An­gel Tree project is un­der­way. Pa­per an­gels now adorn the struc­tural col­umns at the Union First Mar­ket Bank in Wash­ing­ton, and each rep­re­sents a se­nior “an­gel” in our community, list­ing the age, gen­der and wish list for one of our county’s older res­i­dents. These pre­cious folks are par­tic­i­pants in the Rap­pa­han­nock Se­nior Cen­ter and home-de­liv­ered meals pro­gram as well as those re­ferred by the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and other area se­niors rec­om­mended by the community. Our older gen­er­a­tion is one of our great­est as­sets and this is a small way to honor and bless these won­der­ful peo­ple!

So, get your hol­i­days off to a good start – stop by Union First Mar­ket Bank and pick an an­gel or two. You can drop off your an­gel’s wrapped gifts, bagged or bun­dled to­gether, along with the at­tached an­gel, at the bank no later than Thurs­day, Dec. 13, to en­sure de­liv­ery be­fore Christ­mas. For de­tails or to rec­om­mend some­one for the Se­nior An­gel Tree, call Rap­pa­han­nock Se­nior Cen­ter co­or­di­na­tor Darcy Can­ton at 540-987-3638.

Cause for Paws raf­fle win­ners

Steve and Lu­cia Ef­fros of Clifton, Va., are the win­ners of Rap­pCats’ Cause for Paws raf­fle draw­ing held Nov. 11. The cou­ple, who won an overnight stay at Mid­dle­ton Inn and din­ner at the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton, were here for the an­nual Artists of Rap­pa­han­nock Stu­dio and Gallery Tour the week­end be­fore. They said they saw a man stand­ing in the bit­ter cold on Main Street across from R.H. Bal­lard’s sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for Rap­pCats’ Spay and Neuter Fund; they felt sorry for him be­cause he looked so cold, and bought one ticket. That man was Bob Kramer of Sper­ryville, a mem­ber of the Rap­pCats board; his wife, Pat Sny­der, is Rap­pCats’ pres­i­dent. It turns out the Ef­froses have two res­cue cats. Rap­pCats is an al­lvol­un­teer cat res­cue group in the county.

Thanks­giv­ing bless­ings

It’s Thanks­giv­ing, a fa­vorite time we al­ways en­joyed so well.

Weeks be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, my heart warms with an­tic­i­pa­tion as I look for­ward to the fam­ily and grand­chil­dren that will squeeze around the ta­ble, chairs and so­fas in my home, jok­ing, laugh­ing and eat­ing to­gether on Thanks­giv­ing Day. Af­ter the tur­key and dress­ing, the fam­ily scat­ters: Some be­gin a football game, oth­ers go shop­ping and some play games with the chil­dren. All gather later in the day to grab a sand­wich and em­brace as they say their good­byes. Let’s all take a few min­utes in this com­ing days to think about what’s im­por­tant in life.

What a pre­cious gift it is to have a day set aside to of­fer thanks, to turn our thoughts away from work, fi­nan­cial con­cerns and na­tional hot top­ics, and to­ward the peo­ple and things that bring joy into our lives.

My mother re­ally took great de­light in pre­par­ing the tur­key. The aroma on Thanks­giv­ing Day was heav­enly as it wafted throughout the house. My mother baked pies and side dishes, and set a very fancy ta­ble. Af­ter the meal, when it was time to say good­bye, mom would al­ways give us food to take back home.

My mother passed away on Dec. 3, 1992 and Thanks­giv­ing has not been the same since. Life for me con­tin­ues on with­out her, though not ev­ery­thing is as sim­ple as it was be­fore. When my tur­key is brown­ing in the oven, I will be think­ing of her.

Mom, thank you so much for each mem­ory you have given me. Each thought of you does give me cheer. You gave your love to ev­ery­one here on earth. To­day, I would love to whis­per in your ear: I love and miss you, mom. Happy Thanks­giv­ing Day in Heaven.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing to all!

Photo by Kathy Eg­gers

Food Pantry di­rec­tor Mimi Forbes, cen­ter, ac­cepts a $500 con­tri­bu­tion from Rap­pa­han­nock Lions Club mem­bers R.C. Gar­cia (in hat) and Jim Blubaugh (right) to help buy tur­keys for the Food Pantry's an­nual Thanks­giv­ing drive. "Our re­cent fund-rais­ing...

Cour­tesy photo

Print­maker and stained glass artist Linda Tarry hosts an art stu­dio open house at her home off Tiger Val­ley Road.

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