Cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON - JAN CLATTERBUC­K [email protected]­news.com; 675-3338

Agrad­u­a­tion party is a spe­cial time, a day you be­gin your life’s jour­ney, and fam­ily and friends help us cel­e­brate the spe­cial day.

Al­though Satur­day af­ter­noon was gloomy for the oc­ca­sion of John Michael Lane Fox’s grad­u­a­tion party, peo­ple still made it a happy, en­joy­able time.

Christie Estep was in charge of giv­ing the party at her home in Wash­ing­ton. Fam­ily and friends came to take part in the spe­cial oc­ca­sion. Christie and her daugh­ter, Al­lie, did a fan­tas­tic job dec­o­rat­ing and preparing food for the party.

Al­though it was gloomy, the rain held off, and out­side was a corn hole game go­ing on. Ev­ery­one seemed like they were hav­ing so much fun toss­ing the corn bags.

Jonathan Clatterbuc­k had hot­dogs and ham­burg­ers flop­ping on the grill, and there was baked mac­a­roni and cheese, green beans, potato salad, mac­a­roni salad, fruit, dif­fer­ent kinds of cheeses, along with other side dishes. Ev­ery­one was hun­gry and ready to dig in.

Af­ter the food and fel­low­ship, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated cup­cakes were pre­sented by John Michael’s mom in the theme of the 2018 grad­u­a­tion.

A wall was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated with a col­lage of pho­tos of John Michael. Seems like he was just born yes­ter­day. Wow, does time fly fast. Here he is, my grand­son, now ready to walk across the stage for his high school di­ploma, and off to col­lege in the fall.

Job well done, Christie and Al­lie! It was the per­fect way to say we wish to share this time with you, John Michael, to laugh, to smile, and to cry, be­cause, be­fore we re­al­ize pre­cious years will go by.

John Michael would like to thank ev­ery­one who came to his cel­e­bra­tion, for the gifts, and most of all for shar­ing this mem­o­rable time with him.

John Michael grad­u­ated on Sun­day, June 3, from Mt. Carmel Chris­tian Academy in Lu­ray. He will be at­tend­ing Lord Fair­fax this fall.

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams John Michael. Fol­low your heart, be pre­pared to work hard and sac­ri­fice some along the way. Above all, don’t let any­body try to limit your dream. Fol­low your dream and your heart, you will suc­ceed in life.

As Walt Dis­ney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Good Luck John Michael on your jour­ney ahead.

JOIN­ING FORCES

The Mid­dle Street Gallery in Wash­ing­ton will host an in­no­va­tive exhibition of col­lab­o­ra­tive art from May 25 through the month of July. There will be an open­ing re­cep­tion for the show, kuh-lab-uhreyt , on Satur­day., June 9, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive process in­volves pass­ing partly com­pleted paint­ings from per­son to per­son, each tak­ing turns with a paint brush.

“As we work on each other’s art we look for threads of com­mon­al­ity to build upon,” Ann Cur­rie ex­plains. “It gives us op­por­tu­ni­ties to see things dif­fer­ently and be in­tro­duced to new medi­ums, ma­te­ri­als and for­mats.”

“It is an op­por­tu­nity to be ded­i­cated to a process

As Walt Dis­ney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

rather than a prod­uct,” Jim Ram­sey says. “It is a great ex­er­cise in try­ing to create uni­fied work while still re­tain­ing our own style to a large de­gree.”

“In our dis­cus­sions of the work in progress we learn from each other, and what we learn stim­u­lates new vis­ual ex­pres­sions,” Pam Pit­tinger says. “At times we re­spond in un­ex­pected ways that sur­prise us all.”

Pre­pare to be sur­prised at the gallery in the com­ing weeks. Hours are Fri­daySun­day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 540-675-1313 or go to www. mid­dlestreet­gallery.org.

I am feel­ing for you and your fam­ily. May God’s grace give you strength dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

NEW OLD ROOF

Old as­phalt shin­gles that were meant to re­sem­ble wood are be­ing re­moved from the his­toric “Mayor’s House” on Main Street in the town of Wash­ing­ton and re­placed by Peter Post Restora­tion of Richmond with heavy hand split West­ern red cedar shake shin­gles. The Mayor’s House is owned by the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton.

CON­DO­LENCES

My con­do­lences go out to An­nita Jor­dan from Wash­ing­ton, on the death of her daugh­ter, Tasha Hard­ing, who was sweep away by the fast rush­ing water down at the Graves Moun­tain Fes­ti­val. Words fall short of ex­press­ing the sor­row I am feel­ing for you and your fam­ily. May God’s grace give you strength dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

WISHES

Be­lated birth­day wishes go out to Des­tiny Compton, who turned the big 40 on Tues­day, June 5. May you have many more birth­days to come. Des­tiny, a lit­tle birdie told me.

BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

A new more his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate roof for the his­toric Mayor's House in Wash­ing­ton.

COURTESY PHOTO

Artists Ann Cur­rie, Pam Pit­tinger and Jim Ram­sey col­lab­o­rate at the Mid­dle Street Gallery.

BY CHRISTIE ESTEP

John Michael Lane Fox

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