Upcoming 02-09-23

Love poems

Marty Glenn Taylor will read a selection of love poems penned by Thomas Lomax Hunter III, at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 9, at the Essex History Museum, 218 Water Lane, Tappahannock.

The poems written by Taylor to his wife are published in I, EVER YOURS, AND YOU, FOREVER MINE! Forty-Five Years of Love. Books will be available for purchase.

Native plant society to meet

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at noon Thursday, February 9, at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Former president Paula Boundy will present “Mown Area=Lawn?” Chapter members and the public are invited to meet at noon for a social brown bag lunch before the program to meet, greet and talk with fellow native plant enthusiasts about plants and gardens.

Pig feet dinner

The Northumberland County Community Center, 679 Browns Store Road, Heathsville, will serve a pig feet or chicken dinner from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, February 10. The menu will include green beans, potato salad, roll, dessert and beverage.

The fee is $15. Meals may be picked up or delivered. To place an order, call James Long, 580-2477 or 724-3240.

Rivah quilters

The Rivah Quilt Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, February 10, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 435 East Church Street, Kilmarnock. Dawn Brotherton of Williamsburg will share her love of books, how she develops her ideas, the writing and publishing process.

The program will be preceded by a short business meeting, a quilt show-and-tell in which guests may participate, plus a snack.

Student musical

The Christchurch School Visual & Performing Arts and Co-Curricular Departments will present “Rappahannock Reflection!” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 10-11, in the David & Wendy Charlton Fine and Performing Arts Center, Marston Hall, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch.

 Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for school-aged children. To reserve seats, contact Jennifer Tietjen at 758-2306 ext. 581 or tickets@christchurchschool.org. 

Lee artifact

Preservation Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula will host an illustrated talk on the restoration of an 18th century Lee family waistcoat at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at Wellford Hall, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5987 Richmond Road, Warsaw.

Stratford Hall curator of exhibits and design Amy Connolly will speak on the conservation of a circa 1790 silk waistcoat owned by Thomas Lee Shippen (1765-1798).

Artifacts and stories

The Steamboat Era Museum is planning a new exhibit for the 2023 season. It will spotlight children growing up during the height of the Steamboat Era—the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum is interested in any artifacts and stories readers may recall about family members or friends who were children around 1880-1920. Contact exhibit designer Barbara Brecher at bbrecher@steamboateramuseum.org or 703-867-7125.

Lincoln scholar

Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christchurch Road, Weems, will open its 2023 program series at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 16, with “Lincoln, the Founding and an America Worth Saving,” by Dr. Lucas Morel.

Tickets are $25 for the presentation and wine and cheese reception following Morel’s talk or $45 for the presentation, reception and a copy of Morel’s book, Lincoln and the American Founding. Tickets may be purchased at ChristChurch1735.org, at the office or at the door.

Writers series

The Virginia Writers Series, sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle State Park, will continue on Wednesday, February 15. Larry D. Giles will present Father Tree Water: Collected Poems and Photographs of the Rappahannock Mind Body Spirit at the Visitor Center at Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. The fee is $10 and includes parking, light refreshments, coffee and tea. Reservations are required, call 462-5030.

Sundays at Two

The Lancaster Community Library (LCL) Sundays at Two winter lecture series will continue February 26 with Ed Burton, who will present a review of the Virginia economy, post pandemic.

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. at LCL, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Oyster roast

Smith Point Sea Rescue’s 27th Oyster Roast will be held from 2-5 p.m. March 4 at Cowart Seafood Corp., 755 Lake Landing Drive, Lottsburg. The menu includes steamed and raw local oysters, clam chowder, hot dogs, soft drinks and water.

Tickets ($40) are available from Lilian Lumber Home Center, Jett’s Hardware, R.W. Sport Shop, all Sea Rescue members and at the door. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Chicken dinners

Chicken dinners will be available from 5-6:30 p.m. on first Mondays at American Legion Post #117, 39 School Street, Reedville.

Meals include fried chicken, mashed potatoes, choice of vegetables, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Dinners are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger, at the door.

Concerts by the Bay

The Concerts by the Bay series will continue with Jeff Little on March 12 and Judy Carmichael on April 23. Both shows will begin at 3 p.m. at the Harry M. Ward Auditorium, Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews.

Little performs old time, country, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues on the piano. Carmichael performs stride and swing on the piano. Tickets are $25 at the door, per person for each show. Students are admitted free. For tickets, visit http://www.concertsbythebay.org/.

Gardening seminar

The Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar, “In Your Own Backyard,” will be held March 25 at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone. Speakers will be Heather Holm, Barbara Pleasant and Edward Olsen.

The fee is $50. Lunches will be available for an additional fee. Registration forms available at www.nnmg.org.

RCA concerts

Rappahannock Concert Association will present pianist Maria Yefimova at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Northumberland County School complex, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, go to rapphannockconcerts.org.

Tickets are $60 for the three remaining shows, including Yefimova, the Brass Roots Trio on  April 15 and the Quebe Sisters, May 6.

Brews & BBQ

The Stratford Hall Brews & BBQ Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 6 at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. The event will offer barbecue, craft beer, musical entertainment, historic demonstrations, a vendor market and access to the 1800-acre property.

Early bird tickets are $20 through May 4, or $30 at the gate. All alcohol and food purchases—tastings, glasses and bottles—will be made directly to the brewery, distillery, winery or food truck. For tickets, or a vendor application visit stratfordhall.org.

Sunday yoga

The Yeocomico Club at The Slips Marina, 285 Kinsale Road, Kinsale, will offer one-hour yoga classes for all experience levels at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.  The fee is $20 for adults and free for ages 12-17.

Classes will meet on the roof deck or indoors, depending on the weather. Bring a mat or blanket. Light refreshments will be provided after the class.