Area Events

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Alzheimer’s detection

The Alzheimer’s Association will conduct a workshop, Dementia: The Basics, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 18 at Abilities Abound, 765 Northumberland Highway, Callao. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. Call 695-9382, or email

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors as well as stages of the disease.This program is free and open to the public.

Paint like Johnny
Artist Johnny Hayes, a Rappahannock Art League exhibitor and instructor, will lead Paint Like the Master—Johnny! from 6:30 to 8 p.m. August 19 at the Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Patrons may bring a favorite libation. The fee is $30 for RAL members and $35 for others. To register, visit the gallery, or call 436-9309.

Summer concert
The White Stone Business Association will present Summer Cheers with the Big 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at Allure Art Center, 419 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone.

The concert will feature Pretty Heavy, Stuck on a Name and Beer Money. Admission is $10 per person. There will beer and wine for purchase. Byrd’s Seafood and Shorty’s Food Truck also will participate.

Bingo for Quilts
The Tavern Quilt Guild of Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville, will hold its Bingo for Quilts event at 1:30 p.m. August 20, at the Transportation Museum.

Players may buy packets of 20 bingo sheets for $20. Prizes are quilted items made by guild members.

Computer groups
The Tablet Special Interest Group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 20, at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. The discussion topic will be news and podcast apps.

A Northern Neck Computer Users Group session will follow at 10 a.m. Linda Boyatzies and BJ McMillan will lead discussion on moving/showing photos among phones/tablets, computers and TVs. The program will cover both Android and Apple devices.

Emancipation commemoration
The 250th Anniversary Commemoration of Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Emancipation & The Lives of Those Set Free will be held at 11 a.m. August 20 at First Baptist Church, 3585 Courthouse Road, Heathsville.

Highlights will include conversations with historical characters Robert Carter III and black Baptist preacher Gowan Pamphlet; remarks by Thomas Duckenfield III, Esq., a descendant of the Thompson and Newman families manumitted by Robert Carter III; and music by the First Baptist Church choir.

Spaghetti dinner
Mila and Wicomico United Methodist churches will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. August 20, at Wicomico UMC, 5060 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Black Tie & Boots
The State Fair of Virginia’s opening-night benefit gala, Black Tie & Boots will be held September 22 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres in and around The Meadow Event Park’s Meadow Hall. There will be music by Harley Boone and auctions.

Admission is by advance purchase only. Tickets are $85 per person through August 29, or $100, August 30 through September 14. Tickets are available at For group tickets, contact Stuart Sanders at 994-2743, or

Rain barrel workshop
The Northern Neck Master Gardeners will conduct a rain barrel workshop from 10 a.m. to noon August 27 at Menokin, 4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw. Master Gardeners will assist participants in outfitting recycled, 50-gallon barrels to collect rain from roofs. Tools and supplies will be provided.

To register, call the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, 580-5694. The $50 fee for each completed rain barrel will be collected on the day of the workshop. Ready–made rain barrels will be available for $60 while supplies last.

Caregiver support
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on first Mondays at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington; and from 10:30 a.m. to noon on fourth Thursdays at Commonwealth Assisted Living, 460 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

The groups provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck office at 695-9382.

Crab feast
The Northumberland County Community Center Organization, 679 Browns Store Road, Browns Store, will host an “all-you-can-eat” crab feast at 3 p.m. September 3.

The menu will include crabs, hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks, beer and wine. For tickets, call 480-0369, 577-3414, 724-3240, or 580-1014.

Emancipation exhibition
Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Emancipation recently opened at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. The new exhibition explores Carter’s “Deed of Emancipation,” which ultimately freed more than 500 enslaved African Americans.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. A related reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. August 19. Reservations are requested by August 12, 438-6855.

On Stage
Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts On Stage season subscriptions are now available. Season subscriptions for the five-concert series are $150 per person. Tickets for individual concerts are $35 for adults and $10 for students, as seats are available. Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased at, or 438-5555.

Shows for 2016-17 will include Capitol Steps, October 1; Steep Canyon Rangers, November 6; Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass Ensemble, December 17; Danu, March 15; and Shadows of the 60s, April 15.

Seafood festival
The 26th annual Bay Seafood Festival will be held September 9 at Camp Kekoka, 1083 Boys Camp Road, Kilmarnock. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. for the all-you-can-eat feast, silent auction, raffle and dancing. Liquid Pleasure will play from 7 to 10 p.m.

Admission is by advance ticket sales only. Tickets are $50. For tickets, visit, or call 800-777-9717.

Fair entries due
Registration is under way for the 2016 State Fair of Virginia competitions. The fair will extend from September 23 through October 2 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

Deadlines coming in September vary depending upon the competition category. To register or download an entry form, visit

Bee celebration
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester, will host the Colonial Beekeepers Association from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 20, to celebrate National Honey Bee Day.

Beekeepers will give hive demonstrations, answer questions and share information. Bee products will be available for purchase. There also will be activities for kids.

Benefit concert
The Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic Summer Concert Series will feature Bill and Pam Gurley August 27 at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Bring a chair.

Tickets are $25 each, ages 11 and younger, free. Beer, wine and food will be sold. Purchase tickets at, the clinic, or Brent and Becky’s.

Beer fest
The third annual Raise the Roof Craft Beer Fest will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. September 3 at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. There will be beer, cider and wine tastings, barbecue, ice cream and music by the Charles Wheal Band.

Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets for ages 12 and younger are $10. Tickets may be purchased at, the foundation office, 438-6855, and at the door.

Men at Work
The Men at Work exhibition continues through August 27 at the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The exhibit features pottery by Ed Ramsey, oil painting by David Zuck, acrylics by Johnny Hayes, sculpture by Ron Taylor, photography by Hank Roden and watercolors by Ralph Higgins.

Barbecue dinner
American Legion Adams Post 86 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host their fourth annual old-fashioned barbecue dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. August 27 at the Post, 882 Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 11 and younger. Music will be provided by The Horsehead Boys.

Patrons can dine at the Post, or carry out. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Lester’s Barber Shop, or Heather at 435-6217. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Bake sale
A bake sale to benefit the Middlesex Xcel Gymnastics Team will be held Saturday, August 20, beginning at 8 a.m. in front of Lee’s Restaurant, 30 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

The team is raising funds for a trip to the ESPN gymnastics competition.

Veterans’ breakfast
Commonwealth Assisted Living at Farnham, 511 Cedar Grove Road, Farnham, hosts a veterans’ breakfast at 9 a.m. on second Tuesdays. RSVP, 394-2102.