Dogs are welcome at May Heathsville farmers market

The Heathsville Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. The theme will be “going to the dogs!”

All canines in the Northern Neck are invited to bring their well-behaved humans, said manager Corinne Becker.

The Northern Neck Kennel Club will hold an expo on the grounds behind the Tavern. Local dogs will be put through their paces in a fascinating demonstration of agility and obedience. Other activities will include “meet the breed” and an obedience demonstration, she said.

The Northumberland Animal Shelter will bring a variety of dogs for adoption and “Canines for Independence” will showcase their latest “dog in training.”

Shoppers will find produce, meat, goat cheese, bread, baked goods, oysters in the shell, peanuts, flowers, nursery plants, jams, jellies, jewelry, handmade soap and handcrafts. A number of vendors specializing in doggie treats and paraphernalia will also participate. There are new vendors every month, said Becker.

The Heritage Arts Center gift shoppe will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as Tuesdays through Saturdays. Quilting, spinning and weaving, woodworking and blacksmithing guilds will participate.

The Tavern Café is open for lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The volunteers of the Tavern Culinary Guild will offer homemade soups, fresh-baked bread, sandwich kits, quiche and sweet treats, she added.