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History program

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) and the Nickens Family on Saturday, February 24, will host, “A Family’s Journey into the Life and Legacy of the Honorable Armistead S. Nickens,” presented by a panel of descendants.

The program will be held at 1 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock. For Zoom registration, visit or call 462-7280.

Conservation easements

Northern Neck Land Conservancy will hold a Preservation of Farmlands, Woodlands and Wetlands information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Board members and staff will explain the conservation easement process, often used to protect woodlands, marshes, farmland or other natural habitats or land. Local easement donors will share their experience with conservation easements and answer questions.

Remembering Leedstown

Stratford Hall will offer a virtual program via Zoom, Remembering Leedstown: A Dialogue, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 27. Stratford Hall director of research Dr. Gordon Blaine Steffey and Marquette University professor Dr. J. Patrick Mullins will discuss the backdrop, circumstances and legacy of the 1766 Leedstown Resolves, a momentous act of colonial dissent against the 1765 Stamp Act.

Advance registration is required. Register at

Thoughtful gardening

The Garden Club of the Northern Neck will host Leslie Harris of Into the Garden with Leslie at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 29, at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock.

Harris will present “Thoughtful gardening: how to combine sustainability with beauty in the garden.” The program is free and open to the public.


“The Play That Goes Wrong” will open at 8 p.m. March 1 at The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. Evening performances continue March 2, 7-9, 15-16, and matinees at 3 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17.

Tickets are $30. Purchase tickets at, or call 435-3776. The Playhouse will open an hour before curtain for a social hour with cash bar.

Oyster roast

The 29th Smith Point Sea Rescue Oyster Roast will be held from 2-5 p.m. March 2 at Cowart Seafood Corp., 755 Lake Landing Drive, Lottsburg. The menu will include raw and steamed oysters, clam chowder, hot dogs, soft drinks and coffee.

Tickets are $45 per person, advance sales only. Ages 10 and younger will be admitted at no charge. Beer will be an additional $4 per serving and wine, $5 per serving. Oyster roast tickets are available at Lilian Lumber Home Center, Jett’s Hardware, R.W.’s Sport Shop and from Smith Point Sea Rescue members.

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.

RCA concert

The Rappahannock Concert Association (RCA) 2024 Spring season will continue March 16 with the Tamburitzans, a multicultural song and dance company. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Northumberland County School Complex, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville.

Admission is by season subscription, or $25. Purchase tickets at

On Stage

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts 2023-24 season will continue March 16 with a Celtic Celebration by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Elementary School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Admission is by season subscription, or $45. For tickets, visit, or call 438-5555.

Author talk

Mystery writer S.A. Cosby will be featured at an author talk at 3 p.m. March 23 at the Essex High School Auditorium, 833 High School Circle, Tappahannock. Essex Public Library will sponsor the presentation by Cosby. He will speak about his life and work, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

The event will be free. Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the book signing.

Gardening seminar

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) Association will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar (GNN) on April 13. The seminar will be held at Lancaster Elementary School, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

The theme will be “Creating Outdoor Spaces—Defining Your Lifestyle.” The seminar fee is $50. Lunches will be available for an additional fee. Registration forms are available at

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