The Wicomico Community fireworks display will be presented at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Northumberland High School, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The rain date is July 7.
Author Expo 2018 will be held from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock. The keynote speaker will be John DeDakis.
The event will feature over 30 artists, book signings, children’s story times, a variety of one-hour workshops and panel discussions. For a schedule of workshops, go to http://writersguildva.com, or contact event coordinator David Cariens at 435-7065.
The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society-Mary Ball Washington Museum, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, will hold special Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7, July 28 and August 4, for the public to view the exhibit “Lancaster in World War I: Home Front to Battle Front.”
The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through August 17. A $5 donation is requested for admission.
The Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will hold Threshing Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7.
There will be a threshing machine demonstration, with antique combines and binding machines. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Reedville Festival Chorale will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. The performance will include rousing patriotic songs and memorable selections by several American composers.
Admission is by donation to benefit the continuing restoration of Festival Halle and the Healthy Harvest Food Bank. Bring both cash and canned food donations. A reception will follow the concert.
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 served July 14.
The fee is $10. Ages 5 and younger, uniformed military and law enforcement eat free.
Tickets are on sale for the Irvington Crab Festival August 18 at the Irvington Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Grounds will open at 4 p.m. and crabs will be served at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $45 each through July 16, or $50. Buy 20 tickets at one time and a table will be reserved for the group. To purchase tickets, visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or go to SteamboatEraMuseum.org.
Historyland Community Workshop will meet at 10 a.m. first and third Mondays at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Center Drive, Kilmarnock. Bring a drink or treat.
The goal is to meet, create items for an annual benefit sale and distribute the proceeds for scholarships to Lancaster and Northumberland High School graduates.
The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will offer “Boot Camp” for ages 10 and older from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, July 21 and August 11. Participants will learn about watermen and oystering, and will paint their own miniature waterman’s boots, just like the large boots seen around the area.
The fee is $15, including materials. For camp reservations, call 438-6888.
Music by the River
Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will feature Bill Gurley & Friends on July 14 and Wayne Henderson and Helen White on July 21. The July 21 concert is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
The 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.
Tickets are on sale for the Kilmarnock Irvington White Stone Rotary’s 28th annual Bay Seafood Festival October 20 at YMCA/APYC Camp Kekoka, 1083 Boys Camp Road, Kilmarnock. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Food service will begin at 4:30 p.m.
EN’NOVATIONS will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat feast are $50 each. Tickets may be purchased from any KIWS Rotarian or kiwsrotary.com.
World War I era concert
The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society-Mary Ball Washington Museum, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, will host Ampersand String Band at 2 p.m. July 29. The concert will offer traditional, folk and blues music from the World War I era, 1914-19.
The performance will be held at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, and is open to the public. The fee is $10. Reservations are recommended; call 462-7280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle of Cricket Hill
On Friday, July 6, the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line and the Maryland 14th Regiment of foot, Royal Marines from HMS Otter, and the Queen’s own loyal regiment, will set camp on the field surrounding the Gwynn’s Island Civic Center, 1996 Old Ferry Road, Gwynn.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, there will be a reenactment of the Battle of Cricket Hill followed by commemoration activities. The activity is part of a series of events planned to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Cricket Hill which took place on Gwynn’s Island, July 9-10, 1776.
CAPINNÉ, an annual upscale social event sponsored by the Northern Neck Rotary Club, will be held July 21 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock.
“Entrée Act” will stage and lead participants in a mystery dinner theater event. Tickets will be $90. For reservations, call 435-4169.
Season subscriptions are on sale for the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts 25th anniversary On Stage season. The series includes the Richmond Symphony Pops, September 30; Seldom Scene, November 10; Voiceplay, December 15; The Julian Bliss Septet, March 2; and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, April 13; plus Judy Collins, May 12. All shows will be staged at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.
Subscriptions are $165. Single ticket sales, if seats are available, will go on sale online or through the RFA office on August 10 at $39 for any of the first five concerts and on October 1 at $50 each for “An Afternoon with Judy Collins.” For a brochure, contact the RFA office, 438-5555; or www.rappahannockfoundation.org.