Mathews May Faire to salute the military

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4, yellow ribbons will festoon the town as Mathews hosts the third annual spring festival, May Faire. The theme is “A Salute to Our Military,” honoring Mathews’ veterans and active service members.

The event is sponsored by the Mathews Historical Museum, reported Alexandra Warhol.

Patriotic music will fill the air and historical and musical vignettes from each of the nation’s conflicts all will be featured. An aerial salute is scheduled for 10:04 a.m.

A collection of 600 photographs of military men and women who have served, or are serving, will be the museum’s first official display, when it will open to the public on a one-time basis for this event, said Warhol. Preliminary viewing of the “Wall of Remembrance” collection may be arranged upon special request.

At 11 a.m. in the old Court House, a historic assembly of six Mathews County World War II veterans will take place. More have been invited and may possibly participate, said Warhol. These members of the “greatest generation” will share their stories.

Meanwhile, at the Museum there will be a display of the USS Mathews and from 2-4 p.m. a Mathews man who served on the ship prior to its going to Vietnam will share his memories, she said.

Musical military tributes throughout the day will help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion and Mathews VFW Post 83, said Warhol.

A farmers market will be open all day and a pound cake contest winner will be announced at noon. An arts and crafts festival will feature quilting, jams, preserves, woodworking and photography.

To enter a pound cake or the arts and crafts competitions, visit