Boulder Crest Ride - Motorcycle Riders


Boulder Crest Ride—Motorcycle Riders

Aug 24th
1:00am - 1:00pm

This event benefits the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Vets in Bluemont. All Trinity vets are welcome.

We have over 350 riders registered so we need lots of cookies. Please bring them to Cox Hall clearly marked “Boulder Crest”. If you have any questions please contact Dorothy Gow 540-592-9559

Hunt Country Stable Tour 2019 Pictures

We are thrilled to share this wonderful collection of photos from the 60th Anniversary Stable Tour! Thanks to our many volunteers, and a special thanks to our very own Kat Gemmer, the Chair of this years 60th Stable Tour. Over $53,000 raised for Outreach projects! Photos courtesy of Stephanie & Schuyler Knapp, Melissa Neal, and The Rev. Ed Miller.

Hunt Country Stable Tour Updates

Greetings from the Hunt Country Stable Tour Committee!

We are so excited to be near the 60th Anniversary of this event. Did you know that back in 1959 the first Stable Tour included four farms and a sneak preview of our current church sanctuary which was not in use until 1960?

Here we are as a congregation 60 years later and this wonderful community tradition is still a part of our fundraising effort for our Outreach work here at Trinity.

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This year promises to be one of the best tours to date. We have ten outstanding farms who promise beauty and excitement for our tour goers this May. How can you help you ask? Well, you can give to our patron campaign, it’s the seed money that allows us to advertise and plan for the weekend, and more importantly, the net proceeds generated by your initial contribution are 100% of our Outreach Budget. Just go visit https://trinityupperville.org/stable-tour-donate, or get a patron card from our church. It’s as simple as that.

Mark your calendar for May 25 and 26. Join a volunteer team at one of our farms! It is such a fun experience and you will form friendships with church members and other volunteers as you serve the Lord in a completely unique experience. Farms are beginning to fill so reserve your farm early.

Just visit https://trinityupperville.org/become-a-volunteer or contact Jim Gemmer at jimdgem@gmail.com. The church will also have sign up sheets in Cox Hall the Sunday after Easter.

Help with advertisement! Do you know a business that would buy a small ad in our booklet or sponsor our maps? Contact Kat Gemmer at gemmerkathryn@gmail.com or pick up advertising brochures and forms in the church office.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

In Christ,

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S.O.M.E. Updates for April

We had a most successful visit to SOME in March and are already looking ahead to our May 17, 2019 trip to DC. We will cook the day before, Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Participants are reminded to please contact Ann MacLeod if you wish to join us in any capacity at 540-592-3313. We have 8 spots for cooks and 10 seats on the van for servers.


The Outreach Committee and the SOME team are ever grateful for all of your support.. We are switching tactics a bit and invite the congregation to participate in another way. Our guests appreciate consistency, therefore we will attempt to stick with a single dessert of chocolate cake and whipped cream and a corn bread side dish, all secured from our food service provider. We intend to stick with our popular meal, voted the best by SOME staff, battered fish with tartar sauce, rice casserole, green beans, coleslaw, milk and the aforementioned cake and corn bread.

We welcome your contributions and encourage you to donate pre-packaged, take-away treats, such as fruit snacks, “Little Debbie” pastries, protein bars, breakfast bars, individual bags of nut mix - anything that comes apportioned and ready to hand out.

As you are probably aware, SOME serves 365 breakfast and lunches daily, however there is no dinner, which is why we like to give something to our guests to take with them to tide them over until their next meal. We will be providing small baggies and intend to wrap up any bulk items individually. This being said, if someone wants to donate 300 apples, we will get them into DC and have them ready for carry out. Rest assured, your food will be served and will be adored. We receive so many, many compliments at every visit.

Thank you again for all your efforts and prayers.


Hunt Country Stable Tour Updates


Mark your Calendars!

This year, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of our treasured annual tradition - the Trinity Episcopal Church Hunt Country Stable Tour. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th and May 26th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

As always, all proceeds go directly to the Outreach program here at Trinity, supporting various missions including S.O.M.E., Helping Haitian Angels, and Piedmont Child Care Center, to name a few.

This is an amazing congregation-wide event, with everyone in the parish participating. So mark your calendars and when the signup sheets go up in Cox Hall, pick out your favorite farm and spend a wonderful day visiting with guests and teaching them about the farm and Trinity Church. If you want to be part of this momentous event call Kat Gemmer at 540-338-7130 or email gemmerkathryn@gmail.com.

Join our celebration with your early commitment to support this historic Memorial Day tradition.

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Stable Tour Updates!

Another reminder that we all need to keep in the back of our minds that the 60th Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour will be held the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. May 25 and May 26, 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm both days. The committee is meeting monthly and we would love your input and ideas. This is an amazing congregation-wide event, with everyone in the parish participating.

The entire proceeds from the Stable Tour are given away as our Outreach budget, so it’s such any important part of the life of this parish. So mark your calendars and when the signup sheets go up in Cox Hall, pick out your favorite farm and spend a wonderful day visiting with guests and teaching them about the farm and Trinity Church.

If you want to be part of this momentous event call Kat Gemmer at 540-338-7130 or email gemmerkathryn@gmail.com

S.O.M.E. Updates

Undeterred by a messy weather forecast, and in the midst of a partial government shutdown, a full load of volunteers with a delicious and hearty lunch meal for So Others Might Eat (SOME) coasted into Washington, DC in January in the Trinity van to begin our 32nd year of service.

Our fish lunch, with rice, green beans, coleslaw, and featuring an abundance of desserts and bread donated by parishioners, was well received by about 300 guests and staff.

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Notable on this visit were a table of children, accompanied by their grandmother. The grandmother has ten daughters of her own and 30 grandchildren, 10 boys and 20 girls. There are two sets of twins and one set of triplets among her brood. We lavished treats on the young ones in attendance who were enjoying an early dismissal from District schools. The kids were curious and polite, and content in their grandmother’s care.

It often goes without mention that much of the success of our visits to SOME lies with the long time dining room manager, Lynette Moore. Lynette has the biggest smile and is full of grace, leading our chorus welcoming the guests in the door. Lynette is supervising a new service at SOME, a soup course mid-morning. About 80 guests partook prior to our arrival.

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The handy Bob Appenzeller is taking on an important task at SOME, the repair of one of the industrial can openers. A master at green bean making, ranking alongside the skills of Florida bound Len Shapiro, Bob made the right call deducing that two quality can openers are better than one. He donated the one good one on a previous visit.

Ably joining Bob were Ken Knapp, Jim Gemmer, Ann MacLeod, Gina Hammond, Josefina Hooker, LeighO and Liza Wood, Becky Hoecker, Carol Miller, Sheryl Mazzatenta, and Robin Keys. All of these folks are so handy and fell into rhythm at the ovens, on the sink and along the serving line.

We are ever grateful to our congregation who rallied and provided a wide away of mouth-watering desserts and breads. We especially appreciate the individually packaged items and encourage others to donate a box of Little Debbies brand snacks, or mini packs of potato chips, raisins, etc. The guests appreciate something portable and non-perishable that they can take away with them. Lunch is the last meal served at SOME and it is a long time until breakfast rolls around the next morning.

As the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King was about to be observed, we were advised that members of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. family would be at SOME volunteering and serving the soup course on his day of remembrance. The MLK Day of Service honors a man who espoused, “What are you doing for others?”

Our experience serving at SOME was supported by a wealth of experienced cooks who assembled the rice casserole in the Cox Hall kitchen the previous day.

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Among those in attendance: Carol Miller, Richard Taylor, Ellen Hall, Holly Bimba, Jolly de Give, Robin Keys, Ann MacLeod, Joan Eliot, Harriett Condon, Mark Thompson. The vegetable chopping was dispatched with in near record time.

Lord willing, we will gather to cook again on Thursday, March 14 and return to SOME on Friday, March 15 to prepare and serve lunch. Please make every effort to join us, either with prayer, or in the Upperville and/or DC kitchens, on the serving line, or by donating baked or individually wrapped goods. We appreciate your continuing support.

So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) Report

A little slush on the roads and heavy traffic could not deter our ardent group from getting to DC on time to prepare and serve a hearty fish meal for over 360 guests at SOME in November.

Among the highlights was a visit from the Grand Poobah himself, Father John Adams, the co-founder and President of SOME. Father Adams, Father Horace McKenna and an interfaith group of priests, ministers and lay persons began SOME in 1970 to help feed the city of Washington’s destitute citizens. Father Adams recognized our distinguished group as a long-serving, Provide-a-Meal (PAM) volunteer organization. We were honored that he took time in his busy schedule to stop in the dining room and share his mission.

As we approach 2019, we will mark our 32nd year of service. And right there from the very beginning, when we carted our food into DC in a horse trailer in the wee hours of the morning for breakfast service, was the indomitable Ann MacLeod, our fearless leader. The mere presence of Ann is always among our highlights as she hands out plates and warmly greets the guests.

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Another major attraction was the beautiful assortment of turkey cookies lovingly, professionally and patiently prepared by Gina Hammond. They were a real hit among the guests as was the pumpkin pie and whipped cream topping, along with Mary MacDonnell”s homemade pumpkin bread.

Learning of a major bridge closure in Washington and in haste, we set out on our journey a few minutes early, leaving two of our valuable participants behind, Paul Edmonson and Josephina Hooker. However, they thankfully decided to make the drive themselves and joined us in the dining hall. We were grateful for their determination and will make a better effort to take the anxiety level down a notch when the going gets tough.

Yet another highlight was the loyalty demonstrated by our Thursday cooks, who showed up in the Cox Hall kitchen in the middle of a raging ice storm. We dispensed with the chopping in record time and everyone thankfully made it safely home.

Among the DC crew: Ann MacLeod, Bob Appenzeller, Ken Knapp, Jim Gemmer, Bob and Mary MacDonnell, Margaret New, Carol Miller, Josephina Hooker, Paul Edmondson and Robin Keys. Laurie Volk unfortunately could not get out of her icy driveway.

Our team of rice casserole cooks included: Ann MacLeod, Bob and Joan Eliot, Ellen Hall, Tommy Breeden (who also loaded the van singled handedly), Holly Bimba, Stephanie Knapp, Robin Keys

Our proposed dates for 2019 are as follows:

January 17/18 March 14/15 May 16/17 July 18/19 September 19/20 November 14/15

We invite everyone to join us either in the kitchen or in DC for this important ministry. Your support and donations of baked goods is appreciated.

As the year winds down, we also would like to take the opportunity to thank Father Banse, our Vestry, church Administration and congregation for all their prayerful support over the years. We also want to give thanks for our service provider, Schenck Foods Co. in Winchester, VA as they celebrate their 90th year of quality wholesale distribution. Keeping our costs down is a hallmark of the SOME program and Schenck Foods strives to always give us the best possible price.

A letter from Jenny, a recipient of our outreach.

A letter from Jenny, a recipient of our outreach.

Trinity Heroines Special Tribute

The Outreach Committee invites you to celebrate the tremendous volunteer efforts of four great Trinity Heroines. Please join us for a dinner honoring these great women in Cox Hall on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m., so we can personally thank them for their many hours of dedication to Trinity outreach programs.

This year's Trinity Heroines are:

Robin Keys
Janie Banse
Ann MacLeod
LeighO Wood

Please mark your calendars for this special tribute and look for additional information over the next few weeks.

Outreach News

The Trinity Outreach Committee would like to thank Kat Gemmer and her amazing team of volunteers for creating an outstanding and highly successful 2018 Stable Tour!  Because of their hard work and the generosity of those attending, the Outreach Committee will be dispersing $50,000 this year!  The committee will meet in September to review funding requests submitted in 2018 and will decide how best to utilize the funds.  (The list of non-profits and suggested funding amounts will be submitted to the Vestry for final approval.)  

The Outreach Committee carefully reviews every submitted proposal; interviews (when possible) the executive directors and leaders of the non-profits; and, in many cases, volunteers directly with the organizations.  These organizations not only benefit from needed funding – they also benefit from the love, compassion, skills and expertise of many Trinity volunteers.    

Should you know of an organization in need of funding that you feel would benefit from Trinity’s Outreach program and would like to serve as the organization’s sponsor, please contact Debra Principi at 703-919-0182 or email debraprincipi@aol.com.  Or, you may suggest the organization complete the PDF application here:  https://trinityupperville.org/outreach/

S.O.M.E. in May

A steady rainfall did not deter our guests from gathering for their fish at our SOME outreach service in May. About 400 were served and for one of the first times in recent memory, we actually ran out of rice casserole. It was a popular item, along with all of our homemade goodies. Fortunately, we had an abundance of fish.  

The van was full and included among the dining room volunteers: Ken Knapp, our oven master; Jim Gemmer, the jack of all trades, John MacDonnell, the casserole prep man; Bob Appenzeller; the green bean chief and primary seasoner; newcomer Paul Edmundson who assisted on the serving line as well as in the kitchen. Also on the line and directing the baked goods department were: Gina Hammond, Mary MacDonnell, Ann MacLeod, Maggie New and another first-timer, Wendy Glorioso. Robin Keys served as the driver to and from D.C.  

We had an early crowd of prep workers in the Cox Hall kitchen the previous day to include our Rector Rob Banse, Harriet Condon, Joan Eliot, Ellen Hall, Richard Taylor, Ann MacLeod and Robin Keys.  

Our July SOME mission will be held Thursday, July 19, when we cook, and Friday, July 20, when we serve. Our summer efforts present a great opportunity for youth involvement. Participants must be at least 16-years old and are reminded to wear closed toe shoes and a hat. Please contact Ann MacLeod for further information. 

Mammography Van Visit Update

Saturday May 19 was a rainy day, but the weather did not dampen the success of the visit of the Novant/UVA mammography van to Trinity Church.  

The purpose of the van’s visit was to provide early breast cancer screening to ladies over 40 regardless of their ability to pay. The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, based in Middleburg, helped to make the van visit possible.  Trinity Church’s Outreach mission efforts have long supported the Cherry Blossom Foundation’s objectives which include early detection and education about breast cancer.

Pictured above: Cherry Blossom Board members Carol Miller, Liz Washington, Cindy Zeni, Barbara Augenblick 

Pictured above: Cherry Blossom Board members Carol Miller, Liz Washington, Cindy Zeni, Barbara Augenblick 

The ladies from Novant/UVA who staffed the van screened patients every 20 minutes from 9 AM - 4 PM.  They worked through their lunch hour, and stayed after the 4 PM  closing time to serve as many women as possible.  

Many thanks to Betsy Crenshaw who ensured that the appointment scheduling went smoothly, and to the many members of Trinity Church who also serve on the Board of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, and who gave of their time to welcome the ladies to the Mammography Van.

Mammography Van to Visit Trinity Church

On Saturday, May 19, from 9 AM – 4 PM, the Novant Health / UVA mammography van will be located in the parking lot across from Trinity.   This visit is the coordinated effort of the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation and Trinity’s Outreach mission. The purpose of the visit is to offer early detection of breast cancer by providing 2-D mammography screening.    

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Ladies over age 40 may come for a mammogram whether they have insurance or not. Historically, the van’s primary mission has been to reach the uninsured, underserved community.  More recently, to maximize the utilization of the van’s visit, the mission has been expanded to also include ladies with insurance.  

1. If you have insurance, including Medicare:
. You must have a doctor, and be able to provide doctor’s name and location of practice.   . Your doctor must have seen you within the last 24 months.
. You must not be breast feeding.
. You must not have any history of breast cancer.
. You must not have had a mammogram within the past 12 months.
. You must provide your insurance information when you register, and bring your insurance card to the appointment.

2. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for a grant:
. In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, you will be asked to provide the following information: Name Race Ethnicity Family size Estimated annual gross income (This information will not be verified. It is required by the organization funding the grants. The goal is to provide as much grant funding as possible to those in need of assistance.)    

The sign-up / registration process has two steps:

1. Sign Up – call Betsy Crenshaw in the church office (592-3343) to reserve an appointment time. Please also provide your best telephone contact information.  
2. Registration – after Betsy has given you an appointment time, please call Novant (703) 369-8073 to provide registration information. This will ensure that your visit to the Mammography Van is quick and efficient.    

A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be on site during the van’s visit.  Please help spread the word to ladies you know and love about this important opportunity.  If even one life can be saved through early detection, the van’s visit will be well worth the effort.

S.O.M.E. News May 2018

Our March SOME servers, pictured from left to right: Josephina Hooker, Gina Hammond, Len Shapiro, Ann MacLeod, Mary MacDonnel, Jim Gemmer, John Macdonnel and Ken Knapp.

Our March SOME servers, pictured from left to right: Josephina Hooker, Gina Hammond, Len Shapiro, Ann MacLeod, Mary MacDonnel, Jim Gemmer, John Macdonnel and Ken Knapp.

It was a full dining room two times over as Trinity Church fed a bevy of hungry diners at SOME in Washington, DC, in March. Short on staff and the usual bounty of local college-age volunteers, we hustled to keep the paper plates flowing. Without a volunteer to man the automatic dishwasher, the standard hard plastic serving ware was removed. Only one side of the serving station was manned. Jim Gemmer however stepped up to handle the heavy duty washing of pots and pans in the kitchen.  

Most of the remaining kitchen duties including but not limited to fish, green bean and rice casserole preparation, were handled ably by Ken Knapp and John MacDonnell joined by Len Shapiro, with a small assist from Robin Keys. Portioning the vast array of desserts and bread were newcomer Josefina Hooker, whom we welcomed with open arms, Mary MacDonnell, Gina Hammond and Ann MacLeod. Gina baked a generous portion of green cookies honoring Saint Patrick, the “Apostle of Ireland.” Josefina donated a large number of Girl Scout cookies and Mary made some mouth watering Irish soda bread for the occasion. Service was halted briefly when one of the guests had a medical emergency outside the entrance. An ambulance was quickly dispatched and soon we were back in business. It was believed that the guest possibly overdosed on “Spice” or K2 synthetic marijuana. A member of the SOME security team reported that the use of this drug in the metropolitan area has skyrocketed and that unfortunately medical intervention is often required.  

We were mindful during our service of the significant impact former Outreach leader the late Debbie Gale had on our program. She was right there in the kitchen with us for many, many years as well as on the van to DC. We will forever miss her warm spirit and welcoming nature. Debbie embodied what the SOME program is all about serving everyone with dignity and respect. We will return to DC to serve on May 18, with cooking scheduled the previous day May 17 in Cox Hall. Please consider joining us. A sign-up sheet is available in Cox Hall or you are encouraged to contact Ann MacLeod to confirm your participation.  

Stable Tour Update 2018


The Hunt Country Stable Tour of 2018 is well underway and we are excited to announce our farm list as well as kick off our donor campaign! For those of you wondering about the fabulous farms on tour this year they are (in alphabetical order): Atoka Farm, Belle Grey Farm, Foxmount Farm, Fox Chase Farm, Fox View farm, Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Oak Spring farm, Middleburg Equestrian Center, the M.A.R.E. Center, Salamander Equestrian Center and Trappe Hill. The Sporting Library and Banbury Polo Club will also be free to ticket holders! What a wonderful line up, and even as March rolls in, we are busy planning events and organizing the tour!

Our donor campaign begins March 1st. We encourage everyone to contribute. Remember. All donations go directly to Outreach and all donations are 100% tax deductible. It is because of your generosity that our Stable Tour has been successful through this, the 59th year! Please look for your donation card in the mail, or go to https://trinityupperville.org/stable-tour-donate/ to donate directly online.

Finally. one of our goals this year is to continue to increase our online presence. We presently have over 2600 followers and our goal is 3000 to begin our season. We want everyone to go to Facebook and like our page! Encourage others, and don't forget to share our posts. That is Facebook page Hunt Country Stable Tour.

Our next Stable Tour meeting is Thursday, March 8 from 6-7pm in the Stable Tour Office. Please come and join our team! We would love to have you saddle up!

S.O.M.E. News Jan 2018

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January SOME Cooks
Kit Hemion, Ann MacLeod, Ellen Hall, Bob Eliot, Richard Taylor, Jolly deGive, Stephanie Knapp, Edie Smart, Nicky Perry 

January SOME Serves
Robin Keys, Lenny Schapiro, Jolly deGive, Gina Hammond, Ken Knapp, Margaret New 

An experienced crew of SOME cooks made the trip to Washington DC in January under mild weather conditions, successfully preparing lunch for about 350 guests at 71 O Street, NW. 

We entered a darkened facility fearing that the electricity was not operating only to learn that a new television system had just been installed in the din-ing room for viewing special programming. A movie was being previewed for some of the remaining breakfast patrons. The system will be put to the test on cold and hot days when venturing out on the street and into the elements poses a challenge, allowing diners to linger. 

Ken Knapp again manned the ovens and cooked eight cases of breaded Pol-lock to a delectable finish. Len Shapiro was at the bean stand. Ann MacLeod not only helped hand out plates but she assisted in preparing the rice casse-role for the ovens too. Jolly de Give, Gina Hammond and Margaret New worked along the serving line to place each sweet and savory item in a serv-ing cup. Robin Keys also assisted with the efforts. 

This was our first outreach effort of our 31st year of this ministry at SOME and as Ann commented, most of the long time staff and diners are well fa-miliar with our bountiful, well executed meal. They also recognize our faces if not our names and have gener-ally learned where Upperville, VA is located. Ann’s hat emblazoned with the words, “Upperville Mall” gener-ates much interest. 

Harriet Condon prepared a large tray of outstanding cornbread and many other parishioners contributed brownies, cookies, pastries and cakes. We are grateful for the generous support of our congrega-tion. 

Cooking in Cox Hall the previous day were: Ann MacLeod, Kit Hemi-on, Bob Eliot,, Ellen Hall, Richard Taylor, Jolly deGive, Stephanie Knapp, Edie Smart and Nicky Per-ry. We finished early thanks to Bob’s crack of dawn appearance. 

In March, we will be cooking in Cox Hall on Thursday, the 15th at 7:30am and serving on Friday, March 16, departing at 8:30am. Please consider joining us. Contact Ann MacLeod for more information at 592-3313 or use the sign-up sheet on the Cox Hall bulletin board to assure your spot.