The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, May 3 and 6, will offer walks for members and the public to see orchids and other spring-blooming wildflowers in Chilton Woods, a Virginia State Forest on Field Trial Road in Lancaster County.
The walk will be about a mile on a dirt trail. Participants may bring sturdy shoes or boots, bug repellent, water and camera.
The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host a First Friday Art Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 to showcase the current exhibit, All About the Waterman.
The public is invited to visit the center, meet exhibiting artists and enjoy light refreshments.
The Northern Neck Orchestra and Chesapeake Chorale will present “Song, Dance, and Fantasies” at Friday, May 4, at Lancaster Middle School, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the concert will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30. Students are admitted free with an online reservation. Tickets may be purchased at www.northernneckorchestra.org, or at the door.
Chesapeake Academy’s 41st annual auction and dinner, A Roaring 20’s Grand Affair, is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the Rowe Campus, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. The event will include a silent auction with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a live auction
Event tickets are $100 per person and include everything except auction purchases. To purchase event tickets, contact 438-5575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Fun fair
The Northumberland County Department of Social Services will host a free Family Fun Fair with numerous local organizations providing information on their services and fun activities for children.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Callao Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1348 Northumberland Highway, Callao.
Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern will host its 13th “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby party from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the Tavern Green, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. In addition to the race broadcast, there will be music by the Honeywind Bluegrass Boys, food, open bar, silent auction, hat and boot contests.
Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple in advance (580-3377); or $45 and $80 at the gate.
Farm museum to open Saturday
The Northern Neck Farm Museum, 2705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will open for the season at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5.
Planting demonstrations will take place at various times during the day. Burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be for sale. Exhibits will include a John Deere sign donated by the O.R. Withers family, a Huber 20-36 tractor and IHC Titan donated by John Jenkins and a John Deere sulky plow.
The Westmoreland Players will present Foxfire May 5 through 20 at the Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. The play will open with a gala Saturday, May 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Gala tickets are $30 for adults or $15 for students.
The play will continue at 3 p.m. May 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20; and 7:30 p.m. May 11, 17 and 18. Tickets for remaining shows are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations, call 529-9345, or visit www.westmorelandplayers.org.
Queens on parade
Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, Ms VA Senior America 2017, and Rebecca Tebbs Nunn, Ms VA Senior America 2016, on Saturday, May 5, will ride on the queens’ float in the Apple Blossom Parade in Winchester.
They will be accompanied by seven past Ms VA Senior America queens. They will be in white gowns and will wear their VA Senior America sashes and their crowns.
Celebration of the Arts
The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Christchurch School and department chairman Mark Parsons recently announced a Celebration of the Arts Sunday, May 6, on the school campus, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch. The public is invited.
A Senior Art Opening will begin at 2 p.m. in the David and Wendy Charlton Fine & Performing Arts Center in Marston Hall. A Concert of Choral and Instrumental Musical Expression will begin at 3 p.m. in the upper level, featuring the Instrumental Music Class Ensemble, St. Peter’s Chapel Choir and Cantorion.
The Woman’s Club of Lancaster County (WCLC) will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the WCLC Clubhouse, 16 Mary Ball Place, Lancaster. Lunch will be served following the program. Guests and perspective members are welcome.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck will hold Casino Night on the Rivah from 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 12 at the BGCNN Activity Center, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Activities will include a silent auction, door prizes, raffles, horse racing games, black jack, craps, roulette, Texas hold’em and poker tables. Complimentary hor d’oeuvres and cash bar provided.
Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.bgcnn.com, or call 435-9696.
Lancaster Union Lodge #88 A.F. & A.M. will serve an all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. on second Saturdays at the Lodge, 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The next breakfast will be May 12.
The fee is $10. Ages 5 and younger, uniformed military and law enforcement eat free.
Carolyn Quinn will speak at Viewpoints at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. For reservations, call 438-4000. A complimentary lunch will follow the presentation.
Making a complete about-face, Quinn went from living on Capitol Hill and working for the Department of Homeland Security to living on Dug In Farms in White Stone and running a produce and farm market at the end of her driveway.
The Cantori Choral Ensemble will present “Songs of the People, Folk Songs from North America and the British Isles” at 5 p.m. May 13 at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock. An offering will be received in support of Cantori.
The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) will hold a membership luncheon beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Stratford Hall’s Council House, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Guest speaker Dennis “Monroe” Bigelow will portray President James Monroe.
The luncheon will be catered by Angelo’s Restaurant, $30 per person. Meal reservations and payment may be sent to NNVHS, P.O. Box 716, Montross, VA 22520. Reservations are due by Friday, May 4.
Music by the River
Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will include Out on a Limb May 12 and Wildflower Honey on May 19.
Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. in the picnic area at the park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. A $4 parking fee is payable at the front gate. Picnics are encouraged.
The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation recently announced the 14th annual Preakness Party will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Ben Lomond, 269 Ben Lomond Road, Dunnsville.
The all-inclusive ticket is $100 per person and 50% of the cost is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call 333-6707 or visit www.rappahannock.edu/foundation.
The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum 2018 Winter/Spring lecture series will conclude Monday, May 7, with a presentation by Wendy Mittman Clarke. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville.
Clarke will discuss her recent book, Still Water Bending: Distilling a Lifetime of Writing On the Chesapeake. The museum requests a $5 donation. Light refreshments will be served.
Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham, 511 Cedar Grove Road, Farnham, hosts a Veterans’ Breakfast at 9 a.m. on second Tuesdays. Participants are urged to RSVP at 394-2102.
Indoor yard sale
An indoor yard sale to benefit the Northumberland County Animal Shelter is held regularly at the Northumberland School Administration Building, 2172 Northumberland Highway, Lottsburg.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.