Upcoming 03-23-23

Author event

The Friends of the Library of Rappahannock Community College will host a Spring Author Event and Book Signing from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at RCC, 52 Campus Drive, Warsaw.

Pam Sandbridge will speak about the cookbook, Driftwood. She will tell the history of the Driftwood Restaurant at Coles Point, the seafood restaurant run by her mother, Ruth, and her stepfather, Joe McCoy.

Online auction

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society “Attic Treasures and Great Garage Finds” virtual estate sale will be held through Wednesday, March 29, at bigredauctions.hibid.com and anyone can bid.

Books Alive

The Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will host a Books Alive event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 24. Leaving a Legacy in Written Words will feature authors Gail Wilson Kenna, Illona Duncan and Susan Moore, who will discuss their books which explore three different historical periods.

Light appetizers and wine will be served. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Northumberland Public Library.

Lee ladies

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host Commemorating the Lives: Women’s History Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, featuring the self-guided audio tour, Leading Ladies: The Lee Women of Stratford Hall.

Tickets are $5. To reserve tickets, visit https://stratfordhall.simpletix.com/. Visitors are reminded to see the new Visitor Center exhibit, Stratford at the Crossroads: Atlantic Cultures & the Creation of America displaying portraits of Lee women, cameos of enslaved African women, and objects belonging to these women.

Gardening seminar

The Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar, “In Your Own Backyard,” will be held Saturday, 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.

Colonial crafts

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host an 18th century carpentry demonstration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Apprentice carpenter Harold Caldwell of Colonial Williamsburg will lead the demonstration in Stratford Hall’s 1738 workshop.

Tickets are $5. To reserve tickets, visit https://stratfordhall.simpletix.com/.

Spring training

Historic Christ Church & Museum (HCC&M) will host its annual spring training for new and returning volunteers March 28-30. HCC&M invites anyone interested in volunteering or who wants to learn about Christ Church to attend.

The program will begin each morning with coffee and refreshments at 8:30 a.m. followed by training sessions from 9 a.m.-noon. Speakers will address ongoing projects, architectural literacy, indigenous populations and Christ Church history.

Tribute concert

Blood, Sweat & Years, a Blood Sweat and Tears tribute concert, will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. Purchase tickets at the Boys & Girls Club, www.bgcnn.org, or from Tom Jones at 761-7547. Beer, wine, sodas, water and food sold separately.

HCW crafting

The Historyland Community Workshop currently meets at 10 a.m. first and third Mondays at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

The group works on individual and group crafts and enjoys the fellowship of each other in preparation for an annual sale. Proceeds from the sale support scholarships for Lancaster and Northumberland students and local libraries. New members are welcome.

DNA 101

DNA 101: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy will be the subject of a talk by Bessida Cauthorne White at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Sponsored by the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society, the talk will take place at the Middlesex County Historic Courthouse, 877 General Puller Highway, Saluda.

The public is invited to attend this free event. A DNA resource handout will be distributed.

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.


Commonwealth Senior Living at Kilmarnock will host “Coping Techniques for Caregivers” from 5:30-7 p.m. April 13 at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Caring for an aging family member can be stressful. This seminar will offer tips and tools for coping with caregiving stress. Register at Kilmarnock@commonwealthsl.com.

Art & Coffee

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville, will host a Coffee-time Sip & Paint class from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 14. The theme will be “Roadmap to Art.” Registration forms are available at www.RHHTFoundationInc.org.

Students will have a choice of making a bead necklace using map scraps, or embellishing small boxes, wreaths and other decorative objects. The fee is $35. All equipment will be provided but a small material fee of $5 will be payable directly to instructor Celeste Johnston. 

Spring Fling

The Northern Neck Sail and Power Squadron will hold its Spring Fling Boat Show and Flea Market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 at Chesapeake Commons, Kilmarnock.

The event will showcase new boats from local dealers. The event also will include used, antique and race boats, custom cars, craft vendors, raffle prizes, bake sale, safety program for kids and food trucks.

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.

Computer classes

Free computer classes are held at 3 p.m. Mondays excluding holidays at Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.

No sign up is required and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring a laptop, iPad or phone or use a library laptop.

Strawberry Festival

The St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 27 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.

The event will feature craft vendors, plant sales, bake sales, music, kids activities, face painting, a raffle, St. Stephens Thrift Shop bargains, fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry shortcakes and food trucks.