Thank you, Rap­pa­han­nock County

Rappahannock News - - NEWS - JUDY DESARNO Christ­mas in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton Co­or­di­na­tor

Ial­ways say that it takes a county to put on Christ­mas in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton. The day ben­e­fits the Rap­pa­han­nock Food Pantry and first in line for thanks are the won­der­ful folks who spon­sored the event: John and Bev­erly Sul­li­van, Cliff and Chris­tine Mumm, Bill and Sarah Wal­ton, John and Traci Jac­quemin, Butch Zin­del (Rap­pa­han­nock Real Es­tate), Kevin Adams and Jay Brown, Denise Chan­dler (Coun­try Places Re­alty), Tula’s, Judy DeSarno and the Rap­pa­han­nock News.

The day takes months of plan­ning with a last minute dash to the fin­ish (and a great deal of weather watch­ing). The ab­so­lute key play­ers I thank from the bot­tom of my heart: Caro­line An­stey (Pa­rade Di­rec­tor), Kim Nel­son (Ar­ti­san Mar­ket Co­or­di­na­tor), Al­ice An­der­son (a/k/a our an­gel, dec­o­ra­tor, sig­nage and a bit of ev­ery­thing), and Den­nis Brack.

The worker bees are nu­mer­ous and we couldn’t do it with­out them: The Lions Club, Wash­ing­ton Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, Fred Catlin, Danny Wil­son & Bill Dant, Henry Gor­fein, Ross O’Donoghue, Dot & Rick Lessard, David Al­bee (and the marvelous an­tique cars), Jon­eve Mur­phy, Tony La­vato, Larry Grove and the Sper­ryville Fire De­part­ment (who pro­vided all the tents), Gary Aichele and the car­ol­ers. A real shout out to Michelle Arnold and the Old Do­min­ion Hounds Pony Club for the free pony rides. Nancy Raines gen­er­ously al­lowed use of the Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton The­atre. Rap­pa­han­nock Sher­iff Con­nie Comp­ton and her deputies made sure the day went safely. And fi­nally, to our judges: Ross O’Donoghue, Kath­leen Grove and Gar­rey Curry (a very dif­fi­cult job as it was a FAB­U­LOUS pa­rade). And, of course, to Santa who made room in his busy sched­ule for us. A hun­dred mov­ing pieces and it all makes a mag­i­cal day.

HAPPY HOL­I­DAYS, one and all,

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