Upcoming 9-7-17

Code Blue concert tonight

The 2017 Music on the Half Shell Stage concert series will continue today at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Code Blue will present a high energy bluegrass concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Country show coming

Country music singer/songwriter Philip Gibbs will be featured Friday, September 8, at NN Burger, 62 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock and Friday, September 15, at NN Burger, 303 Queen Street, Tappahannock. Both shows will begin at 6 p.m.

Lodge to serve breakfast

Lancaster Union Lodge #88 A.F & A.M., 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will hold an “all you can eat” country breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. on second Saturdays.

The next breakfast will be September 9. The fee will be $10. Ages 5 and younger, uniformed military and law enforcement eat free.

Crab feast on Saturday

The Morattico Waterfront Museum, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico, will host a crab feast from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 9. All-you-can-eat crabs will be served beginning at 3 p.m. Hot dogs cooked on-site and homemade salads will be available for non-crab lovers.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for ages 6-10 and free for ages 5 and younger. To purchase tickets, contact Connie Conley, 761-6213, or moratticowaterfrontmuseum@yahoo.com.

Next Town Down televised

Tre’Von Water and rhythm and blues/pop boy band Next Town Down recently opened The Jacksons tribute for the Black Music Honors Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The show will be aired nationally at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, September 9, on television station WTVR-CBS.

Labor Day Show continues

The Rappahannock Art League will host the annual “Labor Day Art Show Winners” through Saturday, September 9 at the RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

A First Friday Art Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 1 will showcase the exhibit. The public is invited to visit the gallery, view the award-winning art, meet exhibiting artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Emancipation commemoration

The Commemoration of Robert Carter III’s Deed of Emancipation and The Lives of Those Set Free will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, at First Baptist Church, 3585 Courthouse Road, Heathsville. Donations are suggested to benefit the sponsors, Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, Historic Christ Church & Museum and First Baptist Church of Heathsville.

Storyteller and living history interpreter Sheila Arnold Jones will present “Freedom! Or Not? Sarah’s Story.” Following the program, First Baptist will offer plate lunches for $12 with a choice of chicken, ribs or fish, with a drink, sides and dessert. People are invited to stay and socialize over lunch, or they can order meals to go. Reservations are requested to help with food preparations, 493-1862, 580-8327, or nnvhs@live.com.

Native plant sale      

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will host its annual sale of native plants from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 9, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.

There will be a 10% discount on plants for any new members joining the Virginia Native Plant Society on plant sale day.

Chorus practice

Community Chorus practice starts up again at 7 p.m. Monday, September 11, at the Tappahannock Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Earl Street, Tappahannock.

The chorus is preparing for prepare for its annual Christmas concert. All singers welcome, no audition necessary.

Fried chicken dinner

American Legion Post 117, 39 American Legion Way, Reedville, will serve a chicken dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 11. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 11 and younger.

The menu will include fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, baked beans, salad, rolls, soft drinks, iced tea and desserts.

Chorale rehearsals

The Chesapeake Chorale will begin rehearsals Monday, September 11, for its annual Christmas concerts. All singers are invited to Kilmarnock UMC at 7 p.m., each Monday through November.

Concerts will be held at 8 p.m. December 1 at Northumberland High School in Claraville, 8 p.m. December 2 at Lancaster Middle School in Kilmarnock and 3 p.m. December 3 at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill.

Abstract art show

“Abstract Show” will open Tuesday, September 12, and continue through October 14 at the Rappahannock Art League’s RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The show will feature a variety of abstract works by RAL members.

Lancaster County Woman’s Club

The Lancaster County Woman’s Club, will meet at noon Wednesday, September 13, at the LCWC Clubhouse, 16 Mary Ball Place, Lancaster. The group will enjoy the annual fall luncheon and make plans for the upcoming year.

The club sponsors several community outreach projects and with the exception of January meets monthly from September through June. Guests and perspective members who would like to know more about the group are welcome to attend.

Lancaster County Woman’s Club

The Lancaster County Woman’s Club, will meet at noon Wednesday, September 13, at the LCWC Clubhouse, 16 Mary Ball Place, Lancaster. The group will enjoy the annual fall luncheon and make plans for the upcoming year.

The club sponsors several community outreach projects and with the exception of January meets monthly from September through June. Guests and perspective members who would like to know more about the group are welcome to attend.

Crab art paint night set

An adult paint night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. September 15 at the Rappahannock Art League’s RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The topic will be Crabs with Renate Bumgarner.

Snacks will be provided and folks may bring their favorite beverages. For fees and registration, visit the center, or call 436-9309.

Fashions, lunch and games

The Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Parish will hold a fashion show, luncheon and game day at 11 a.m. September 15 at the Parish Hall, 56 Christchurch Lane, Christchurch.

Lunch will be served immediately following the fashion show and then tables cleared for bridge, canasta and mahjong. The fee is $25 per person. To reserve tables of four, contact Grace Parker, parkergrace2010@verizon.net, or 758-3640.

“Historic House Party”

The Richmond County Museum will conduct its seventh annual “Historic House Party” from 2 to 5 p.m. September 16 at Sugar Hill Farm, 7066 Newland Road, Warsaw, the home of David and Diane Bostic. Participants may enjoy house tours, barbecue, craft demonstrations, exhibits and historic re-enactments.

Advance tickets are $30 and tickets at the gate are $35. Advance tickets are on sale at the Richmond County Museum, 5874 Richmond Road, Warsaw, 333-3607.

“A Celebration of Song”

Local musicians Bill and Pam Gurley will present “A Celebration of Song” at 7 p.m. September 16 at White Stone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 366 James Wharf Road, White Stone. They will be joined by Clinton Midgett and Jimmy Masters.

There will be a cash bar and CDs will be available.

Floral exhibit

“Flora of Virginia,” a special traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, is on display at Historic Christ Church & Museum through September 16.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in the Bayne Center at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

Red Cross celebration

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Red Cross in Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster and Middlesex counties, the Northumberland County Chapter will host a Community Volunteer Recognition “Past and Present” from 3 to 5 p.m. September 30 at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Volunteers are invited to share their Red Cross stories, pictures and memorabilia. RSVP to 580-4933, by September 22.

Concerts by the Bay

Concerts by the Bay recently announced its 2017-18 season. Five concerts are slated at 3 p.m. on select Sundays at Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews. Concerts will include Rock n’ Roll Jubilee, September 24, Two on Tap, October 22, Good Shot Judy, March 18; Ocean Celtic Quartet, April 15; O Sole Trio, May 6.

Season tickets start at $75 for five concerts; tickets at the door are $25. Children and students through high school may attend at no charge. Ticket forms are available at concertsbythebay.org, or 725-9776.

Author to visit September 26

 Kathleen Grissom, author of  The Kitchen House, will be guest speaker at the Fall Author Event sponsored by Rappahannock Community College Friends of the Library. The event will be held September 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao. Lunch will be served prior to the author’s talk.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for others. The reservation deadline is noon September 19. For tickets, call 333-1232, or email friendsofthelibraryrcc@gmail.com.

‘Twilight Baroque’

The Wren Masters, a classical quartet from Williamsburg, will perform “Twilight Baroque” from 4 to 6 p.m. September 30 inside Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at christchurch1735.ticketleap.com, or at the church. The event includes an intermission with libations available for purchase.

On Stage subscriptions

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts 2017-18 On Stage season will open October 7 with Brass Transit at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.The season will continue with Robin and Linda Williams, November 18; John Brown Little Big Band, ‘Holiday in Swing’ Concert, December 16; MozART, March 9; and Sons of Serendip, April 14.

Season subscriptions are $165 for all five concerts. Single tickets for individual performances are $39, if available. To purchase tickets, call 438-5555, or visit rappahannockfoundation.org.

“Burn the Mortgage”

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville will hold a “Burn the Mortgage” celebration and barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. October 7.

Tickets are $25, if purchased in advance; $30 at the door, which will include barbecue, sides, desserts and soft drinks. Beer and wine will be sold separately. Advance tickets are available at the Tavern Gift Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, or rhhtfoundationinc.org.

Oyster roast

Chesapeake Academy’s 16th annual Community Oyster Roast will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. October 14 on the Rowe Campus, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. The menu will include roasted and fried oysters, clam chowder, French-fried sweet potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, dessert, beer, wine and soft drinks. There will be dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. to the music of the Phun Doctors.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $60 at the door if available. Purchase tickets at 438-5575, cemry@chesapeakeacademy.org, chesapeakeacademy.org at or Specials Wine Seller, Kilmarnock.

Northern Neck Orchestra

The Northern Neck Orchestra will present a concert celebrating symphonic masterworks at 7:30 p.m. October 14 at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. Admission is by season subscription, $75, or individual performance, $30. Tickets can be purchased at northernneckorchestra.org/tickets.

The season will continue with an all-Mozart concert March 23 and 24 and dances and fantasies May 4.

Benefit bash

The Lancaster Band Boosters will hold a “Buses to the Bowl Benefit Bash,” featuring Tangent and Justin Burke, from 6 to 9 p.m. October 14 at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Tickets will be $5 per person.

Proceeds from the concert will help with the band’s trip to the 2017 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at the end of December. The bash previously was scheduled for September 16.

Pipers wanted

The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band is looking for a few new members who are interested in learning to play the bagpipes or drums. Classes for beginners will organize shortly.

The band practices from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Campbell Presbyterian Church in Weems. Those interested in learning to play or joining the band are urged to contact Swann at choirman1945@yahoo.com, or 453-3465.