Savor the Seasons of the Northern Neck, a collection of recipes, blessings and fun things to do, will be fresh off the press and available for purchase at the Wicomico Parish Church Market Day. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon October 7 on the church grounds, 5191 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.
The book idea began about a year-and-a-half ago when Nancy Kiser mentioned to Tina Powell how much fun her family and guests had making zip lock bag omelets. Soon the two, who are both Wicomico Parish Church members, saw the chance to celebrate the Northern Neck’s bounty with a book that is much more than a book of recipes, reported parishioner Kara Johnson.
The entire congregation contributed recipes and ideas for entertaining, sight-seeing, hunting and fishing, picking crabs, roasting oysters and much, much more. Organized by season, the book also features numerous illustrations by Betty Johannessen.
“I was always trying to come up with ideas on how to entertain guests and grandchildren. In the end we discovered how many local activities there are and how blessed we are to live on the Northern Neck,” said Powell.
“This book is really a salute to the Northern Neck’s bounty of land and sea and it will make an excellent gift,” said Kiser.
Wicomico Church Parish Market Day, now in its 10th year, also features fresh baked goods, homemade gourmet foods, local artisans, used books, toys, tools, boat equipment, lawn items and great finds in linen, furniture and holiday decorations. A silent auction often includes art, vacation rentals, boats and trailers. The church will be open for Church guided tours. Established in 1647, the church has been an important piece of Virginia’s colonial heritage and by 1771 was the largest in the Commonwealth.
Wicomico Parish Church Market Day benefits the community in two ways. First, it makes that dollar stretch with bargains galore on every imaginable household item as well as on hand and machine tools plus boating equipment, said Johnson. Second, 100% of the proceeds are given to Northern Neck charitable organizations.