Northumberland Public Library, Ye Old Book Shoppe and the shop’s Philosophical Society will host a poetry reading contest, “Ars Poetica II” or “The Art of Poetry” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the shop, 7072 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. All forms of poetry offered by all ages are welcome. Readings can include original poems, classical poems, song lyrics and whimsical poems.
Contributions to the book store are solicited from contestants, with the suggestion of $.50 for recitations by memory and $1 for those who read. Contestants may enter more than once.
The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation will present 13th annual Preakness Party from 3 to 7 p.m. May 20, at “Millmont,” the home of Marilyn and David South at 987 Mill Wharf Road, Wake. The lawn party will include food, wine, auctions and viewing of the races.
Admission is $100 per person. For reservations, call Sharon Drotleff at 333-6707, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Neck Bay Tones Barbershop Chorus will present “The Ladies of Barbershop” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.
Tickets are $15 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Animal Welfare League Thrift Shop, Bank of Lancaster-Main Branch, Chesapeake Bank-Main Branch, Yours Truly Photography, White Stone Pharmacy, Essex Bank-Burgess, Union First Market Bank and from Bay Tones members.
Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library’s History Alive program series will continue on Monday, April 24, with “Revolutionary Women,” an original dramatic performance by professional storyteller and historical character interpreter Darci Tucker.
The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested to benefit the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library. Organizers also ask for reservations to 462-7280, or email@example.com, to help with a seating count.
The Morattico Waterfront Museum, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico, will celebrate opening day for the 2017 season from noon to 4 p.m. April 29, with “Changing Currents: Black History in Morattico.” The exhibit will remain on display throughout the season, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Activities will include a retired black waterman recalling his experiences, storytellers, transcribed and video interviews with residents, samples of oyster chowder and crab dip and corn hole games on the grounds. A lunch of hot dog, chips and a soda will be available for $5.
Cheryl and Friends will present Songs with Diverse Instruments at 7 p.m. April 29 at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.
The recital will benefit the Northern Neck Orchestra. Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at northernneckorchestra.org, or at the door. Students have free admission with online reservations.
Blessing of the Fleet
The 47th annual Blessing of the Fleet will be held May 7 at the Old Morris-Fisher Factory Tall Stack site, Omega Protein, 610 Menhaden Road, Reedville.
A boat parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. from Fleeton Point. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Sponsors include St. Mary’s Episcopal Church-Fleeton, Omega Protein and Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.
The Northern Neck Master Gardeners Shoreline Evaluation Program will present “Shoreline Landscaping: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Transportation Building, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.
The theme of the free program will be the changing nature of gardening aesthetics, moving away from purely decorative considerations.
Jazz & swing
The Rappahannock Concert Association will present The Stephanie Nakasian/Hod O’Brien Combo at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Performing Arts Theater at Northumberland High School, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville. A University of Virginia and William and Mary jazz vocal professor, Nakasian will give a master class to selected Northern Neck choral students.
Tickets to the jazz and swing concert are $25 for adults and free for students. Group rates are available, call 866-217-8149.
Chesapeake Bay Garden Club will host Karen Duhring of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. The public is invited.
Duhring will describe the best practices for resilient gardens, protecting water quality, and providing habitat. She will also discuss how to use native plants that have adapted to local conditions and ways to reduce the use of chemicals and fertilizers.
Exhibitions from the 16th annual Northern Neck History Fair are on display through April 26 at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Projects represent the work of fourth-grade students at Lancaster Middle and Northumberland Elementary schools and third-grade students at Chesapeake Academy. An awards ceremony for all participants, family members and teachers will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.
Abingdon Episcopal Church, 4645 George Washington Highway, White Marsh, will host Red Priest at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the fourth concert this season in the Arts at Abingdon Series. A free-will offering will be accepted.
The Dog and Oyster Winery will conduct a wine tasting on the lawn from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. There will be a nominal fee for the wine tasting.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. The blood drive will take place in front of the Training Center behind the hospital, 101 Harris Road, Kilmarnock.
Donors are encouraged to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water ahead of time. Visit redcross.org, to schedule a donation time.
Arts on Main will sponsor RiverJam from 4 to 8 p.m. April 29, at Little England Plantation, 8066 Little England Road, Hayes. The fundraiser to benefit Arts on Main will feature Mercy Creek and the Tom Euler Trio. Catering will be provided for purchase by food trucks offering a variety of cuisine, with beer and wine available.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for lawn tickets (bring your own chairs), and $50 in advance for seated dining, with a wine glass and gourmet basket. For tickets, call 824-9464, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.