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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 08, 2017

Heritage Day pie prize, demos, appraisals, barbecue

Washington Historical Society’s fourth open house has been “promoted” to the First Annual Heritage Day with expanded hours and added activities. This Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a host of activities at Razorville Hall, 364 Razorville Road, the society’s museum. Activities include demonstrations by a blacksmith and a stonemason, lessons on making hand-hewn beams using crosscut and bucksaws, a rug-hooking and -braiding presentation, and an antique tractor display. The annual Best Tasting Pie contest has added a $50 prize for the winner, so bake that pie and get it to Razorville Hall by 11 a.m. Judges will determine a winner and slices will be sold. Auctioneer and antique dealer Larry Trueman will be on hand to make appraisals of visitors' items for a $5 donation to WHS.

The Farrar-Ross VFW Post will open its nearby building at 10 a.m. for visitors to peruse memorabilia and speak with VFW members about the organization and the re-establishment of a VFW Auxiliary here. The post is offering a free barbecue lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers or cheeseburgers, baked beans, salads, and desserts beginning at 11 a.m. The meal is free, but the VFW Post will be happy to receive donations. There will be something for everyone at Heritage Day and lots of photo-ops. Everyone is invited to join in some or all of the fun.

Unique maps and calendars at WHS

The brand new 2018 Washington Calendars will be on sale at Heritage Day (Sept. 9) and in local venues starting this weekend. This year’s calendar is an engaging collection of photos of local people and places as they were generations ago. The calendar was compiled by Liz Grinnell and Hazel Kopishke, who selected the photos and wrote the descriptions. The calendar layout is by Cheryl McKeary. The calendar sells for $10 and is a delightful keepsake, gift and, of course, a useful and attractive timekeeper.

Also available to the public for the first time are art-grade prints of the 1857 Town of Washington Map. It’s a color reproduction created from an antique map that shows the location of many landmarks and family residences. We’ve found out that it can hold attention for quite some time. It, too, is a keepsake and eye-catching conversation piece and historical document.

Grange supper rounds out day

Roast turkey with all the fixings, baked beans, casseroles, salads, beverages and the incomparable “Grange ladies’ desserts” will be offered at Evening Star Grange Saturday, Sept. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. They’ll give you $1 off if you bring a nonperishable item for the Washington Food Bank.

Washington Walkers

Every Monday morning starting Sept. 11, the Washington Walkers get together at Gibbs Library at 9 a.m. to take an approximately 3-mile trek. Their route goes from Gibbs along Bill Luce Road to McDowell Road and back. The walk is for fun and companionship and everyone is welcome – you just have to show up. Names are taken for safety reasons – to make sure everyone who goes, comes back. (This is true of most outings.)

Public roast turkey supper

Saturday, Sept. 16, Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will present a roast turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls and dessert, coffee, tea and punch. Adults $10 and children $5. A free hotdog and chips are available for kids who don’t want turkey and stuffing. Mt. Olivet Lodge is located a quarter-mile north of Washington Village on Route 220.

Friendly perennial plants

We know the perennials for sale at Gibbs Library Sept. 16 are friendly because they come from gardens right here in town, grown by people we may even know. The plants are dug and donated to Gibbs to raise money for its projects, and are good, strong plants with character and determination. There will be a nice variety of plants and bulbs to choose from. Some donors need a volunteer to help dig up the plants, so if you can help with that, call Peg Hobbs at 845-2900 to offer your services. The sale is Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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