15 October 2010
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

Laura Hiatt summed it up nicely:

“The English people sure know how to hold a grudge,” she said.

Hiatt spoke this week from her Waynesboro porch, next to a scarecrow fashioned in the likeness of Guy Fawkes, a 1600s English Catholic with a vendetta against his own government.

Perched atop a chair with a satisfying view of Hiatt’s front yard, Fawkes seemed oblivious to his fate.

“I thought, you know, why don’t I do a Guy Fawkes night,” Hiatt said cheerily.

Tonight, in conjunction with their autumn festival, a group of English-born Valley residents plan to toss the paper-filled effigy into a roaring bonfire, all the while chanting the infamous childhood rhyme they remember:

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”


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