Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

April 23, 2015


Hello, everybody! This week’s report comes to you live from the battle lines of Pollen Central, Any Back Yard. This soldier definitely took a beating from the battle this past weekend. Spider and I started a lovely tradition of spending a good part of every Sunday on a leisurely bike ride around town, but about 10 minutes into our last ride, a cloud of the yellow goop got into my eyes and practically knocked me off my trusty aluminum steed and into a neighbor’s pond.

Couple that watery-eyed, sneezing fit, flying blind experience with the sighting of an inchworm on my upper arm (horrors!), and I kid you not that I was more than ready to call the ride a wash real quick. In an email later that day, I told a girlfriend in Michigan about the triple threat of wind, pollen, and inchworms and she laughingly said it reminded her of the Wizard of Oz’s “lions, tigers, and bears – oh my!”

Happy hometown birthday wishes go out this week to Chris Block, sporting that snazzy paper party hat April 28, Diane Burgess, enjoying a birthday bouquet April 30, and John Carroll, enjoying a slice of cake May 1.

“Family-friendly fun to the nth degree” – that’s what’s in store for you when you join the Rockville Ruritans this Friday, April 24, for their free Community Spaghetti Dinner at the Rockville Center on Pouncey Tract Road. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. and features spaghetti, salad, Texas toast or garlic bread, and beverages.

You read right, the dinner is absolutely free and the Ruritans’ gift to the community. However, if you’d like to make a donation (benefiting either the Wounded Warriors Project or the Fisher House at McGuire VA Medical Center), it will be graciously accepted. Call Lynn Dyer for more information at (804) 640-1329.

Don’t miss the Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fund’s big Spring/Summer Craft and Vendor Show Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church, corner of Pouncey Tract and Ashland roads There will be loads of craft and direct sale vendors, plus a bake sale, hot food and a 50/50 raffle, too. Get all your spring shopping needs done (Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, any excuse for new stuff!) and support this great cause at the same time. For more info, call Alisa Pearce at (804) 437-8435.

Spring gardening plans on your agenda? Don’t miss the Hanover Herb Guild’s upcoming plant and herb sale at Sycamore Tavern, near the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education on Route 33, Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In case of rain, the event moves to Saturday, May 9. Call (804) 883-5863 for details.

Horse enthusiasts, take note: the Virginia Equine Welfare Society hosts a “FUN-draiser” called Ponies on the Patio at the Short Pump Bar Louie’s Friday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gift cards and a 50/50 raffle will be featured at the event. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds help raise money for feed, hay, farrier and vet fees. Support this great cause and help save one horse at a time!

Got news to share? Rockville wants to hear it! Send your news and events to or call (804) 749-3401. Enjoy your week!