Fish fry to support restoration of historic Holley Graded School

The Holley Graded School Museum & Art Gallery will host their annual fish fry event beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7.

Board member and “Fish Master” Bruce Carter will cook the trout in an outside kitchen at the historic four-room schoolhouse at 2439 Northumberland Highway, in Lottsburg. The rain date is July 14.

Carter’s cooking style is well known throughout the Northern Neck and he is always happy to share recipes with folks who ask, said Karen  Kagey. Contact Carter at 301-266-6064.

The dinners are for eat-in or take out. Proceeds will go toward the cost of making the restorations needed to retain the architectural style and repair the structural integrity of the building, said Kagey.

The fee has not yet been determined, according to Kagey.

The board of directors and trustees of Holley are striving toward creating a much needed community center for adult and youth programs, she said. Community support is needed to help make Holley Graded School and Museum a vital center for the Northern Neck. Two future planned events include a crab feast in late summer and an oyster roast in November.

Tours of the museum and the Visions Art Center will be available. Original art works by award winning artists, Jackie Leavitt and Kagey, are for sale in the Visions Art Center.

Kagey will raffle one of her eclectic painted “Adirondike Rocking” chairs for the event. Raffle tickets are $10.

Holley’s gift and thrift shop will be open as well. Holley Graded School is listed on the Virginia Registry of Historic Landmarks and the National Registry of Historic Places.