National Federation of Republican Women and ‘Rosie’ in Caroline County

While the official photographer’s pictures are not back yet, I wanted to extend a huge thank you to the lovely, talented and dedicated members of the National Federation of Republican Women. When we decided to resurrect our annual Red Barn View Brunswick Stew and Game Dinner In The Woods this year, we had no idea the National Federation of Republican Women would roll up in our driveway.

Planned since May, in honor of Ed Gillespie and our Republican ticket, we asked a long list of Virginia representatives to sign on to the event early. Our guests included 1st District Congressman Rob Wittman, Senators Ryan McDougle and Bryce Reeves as well as Delegates Bobby Orrock, Margaret Ransone, and Buddy Fowler.

Also headlining and speaking for Attorney General Candidate John Adams was Delegate Nick Freitas from Culpepper who is exploring a run for U.S. Senate next year. Veteran’s activist and journalist Daniel Cortez did the us the honor of singing the National Anthem (more pictures coming later).

Activists Martha Boneta from Fauquier and Denver Riggleman of Silverback Distillery also agreed to support our event and were listed on the over 500 invitations sent September 1st. With just under six months of planning to open our home and property to hundreds of people, we got a call from Carrie Almond who is the President this year of the National Federation of Republican Women, and who hails all the way from Missouri. Carrie told us they were coming and bringing the famous “Rosie,” their 40-foot RV.

Rosie has been traveling the state with Carrie and a number of members of the NFRW to bring the message to Virginia women how critical their participation and their vote is in electing a conservative governor. Maneuvering a 40-foot vehicle into the event took some planning, so a few large limbs in our driveway the day before were cut down, and we were ready for Rosie. Linda Barlett, past president of the organization also came from Northern Virginia, demonstrating how serious these ladies are about getting the message out.

“Rosie” was able to park next to our Virginia Wine tent with enough room for guests to participate in the tradition of signing their names on Rosie. I’ll have more about the event later, but I wanted to extend a huge thank you to Carrie and these extraordinary women who helped to make our event such a success.

The GOP gal pictured below signing her name is Caroline’s very own lady supervisor, the Honorable Nancy Long from the Port Royal District who in 2015, along with our Clerk of Court, Susan Minarchi (also present) were the very first Republican women ever elected locally in Caroline.

The Honorable Nancy Long

Delegate Nick Freitas (30th District), Senator Bryce Reeves, Supervisor Jeff Sili, Delegates Buddy Fowler (55th), Bobby Orrock (54th), and Margaret Ransone (99th)

Julie and Dave Billingsley, Steven and Heather Steele, NFRW president Carrie Almond

Delegate Nick Freitas (30th District), his wife Tina, and Mr. Daniel Cortez

Sassafrass Shade Winery located here in the county served up Chambourcin, a Red French American hybrid with a rich color and herbaceous aroma which was perfect with the Godiva chocolate bar in the dining room and the fruits and cheeses in the tent.  They also brought Old Fashioned Apple made from the juice of four heirloom apples and Granny Smith Apple, a crisp wine with a subtle apple flavor.  The favorite selection of the night was Sassafras’s own Caroline Red.

Attendees included the Honorables Susan Minarchi, Clerk of the Caroline Court; Mark Bissoon, Caroline Commissioner of the Revenue; John Mahoney, Caroline Commonwealth Attorney; Caroline Board of Supervisors chairman and vice chairman, Jeff Black and Nancy Long, as well as their fellow supervisor member from Madison District, Clay Forehand.

Also present were Russ Wright, Hanover County GOP Chairman; Alan Ayler, Westmoreland County GOP Chairman; 1st District Chairman Bob Watson, and Supervisor Ruby Brabo from King George, and Carol Dawson, SCC member from the 99th District.

Delegates Margaret Ransone, Bobby Orrock, Buddy Fowler, and Nick Freitas were also there to support the ticket with 1st District Congressman, Rob Wittman, and State Senator Ryan McDougle.


Standing in line for Brunswick stew.

Russ Role of Russ Roles and his sharp dressed band sings the blues.

Delegate Bobby Orrock talks to attendees Gene and Kathi Self.

King George Supervisor Ruby Brabo, VFRW President Carrie Almond, and host, Jeff Sili.

Mr. Shaun Kenney of The Republican Standard arrives with his wife, Melissa.

Mrs. Carrie Almond, President of the National Federation of Republican Women, stands by the host committee sign.

Daniel Cortez and Jeff Sili

Mr. Daniel Cortez sings the National Anthem while attendees stood with hands over hearts.

Senator Ryan McDougle speaking for Lt Governor candidate Jill Vogel.

Denver Riggleman of Silverback Distillery was also a special guest.

Martha Boneta speaking to the crowd.