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Upcoming 04-13-23


Commonwealth Senior Living at Kilmarnock will host “Coping Techniques for Caregivers” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, 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


The Cobbs Hall Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is planning a celebration to honor Vietnam War veterans from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Lee’s Restaurant in Kilmarnock.

The chapter will hand out lapel pins, brochures and American flags. Commonwealth Senior Living will offer a free slice of pie and cup of coffee to Vietnam War veterans.

Movie night

The Mathews Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Mathews, will host movie night on Friday, April 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

“Blue Gold,” is a 2008 movie that addresses the environmental and political implications of the planet’s diminishing water supply, suggesting that future wars will be fought over the issue of water availability. The film was directed, co-produced and co-written by Sam Bozzo, based upon the book, Blue Gold: the Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water, by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

Tickets are on sale at for the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from noon-6 p.m. May 6 at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. Tickets are $35 through April 15 and $40 at the door, if tickets are still available.

Visitors can sample dozens of craft beers and wines, dig into some amazing barbecue, available for purchase, and hear the HM Johnson Band at 12:30 p.m. and The Jason Cale Band at 3:30 p.m.

Art & flowers

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will partner with garden clubs and florists to highlight the work of floral designers who have been inspired by art in the gallery.

The floral arrangements will be on display Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 with a special reception from 5-7 p.m. April 14.

American Impressions

The Rappahannock Concert Association will present the Brass Roots Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Northumberland County School Complex, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville. The “American Impressions” program captures many cultures of America and includes compositions by Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin.

Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets at, or the door. Students are free.

Bluff Point potluck

The Bluff Point Community League, 2595 Bluff Point Road, Kilmarnock, will host a potluck dinner on Monday, April 17. Social time will begin at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share. All are welcome.

David Baron will give a drone demonstration around 6:15 p.m. After dinner, he will talk about modern uses of drones.

Garden tour

The Garden Club of the Northern Neck will host a Historic Garden Week Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

Tour headquarters will be at Rappahannock Community College, 52 Campus Drive, Warsaw. Featured sites will include Chinn House, Jones House, Sabine Hall and Belle Ville. Advance tickets are $40 per person. Tickets may be purchased at

English Tea

The Friends of Northumberland Public Library will host an English Tea from 3-5 p.m. April 23 at Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.

Tea service will include homemade scones, sandwiches and sweets. Tickets are $20 each. All proceeds benefit the purchase of a new mobile library. Purchase tickets at the library, or call 580-5051.

Shoreline basics

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners’ Shoreline Evaluation Program will offer “Shoreline Basics: 10 Essentials Every Waterfront Homeowner Needs to Know” at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

To register, call the Virginia Cooperative Extension Lancaster County Office at 462-5780.

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, visit

Student art show

The Lancaster County Public Schools 33rd Art Show will be held from 9 a.m. to noon April 22 at Lancaster High School, 8815 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster.

Student artwork will be on display from Lancaster Primary School, Lancaster Middle School and LHS. The artwork is juried and awarded by Rappahannock Art League artist-judges.

Movie night

Light of Christ Anglican Church, 9500 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will host dinner and a movie at 5:30 p.m. April 28.

The movie is “I Am Potential,” a heartwarming story of a father’s journey to help his blind and wheelchair-bound son overcome impossible odds and allow the world to see his God-given potential. RSVP at


Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville, will offer Mosaics Made Easy from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28. Students will learn to make a mosaic frame suitable for a mirror or photo

The fee is $45, plus a $5 materials fee. Registration forms are available at

Diamonds & Denim

The Healthy Harvest Food Bank will host the Diamonds & Denim Gala & Auction from 6-9 p.m. April 29 at 55 Commerce Parkway, Warsaw. Mix jeans and bling to create a “glimmer of hope” for future generations. Enjoy local fare and spirits, live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $60 per person. For ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit, or call 250-2277.

May Day

The Mathews Historical Museum will host the Spring Heritage Festival – May Faire 2023 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 on the Court House Green and in the Mathews Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Mathews. The theme is “Celebrating Teachers, Schools & Community: Over a Hundred Years of Public Education in Mathews County.”

Exhibits will include historic school photos and memorabilia, conversations with teachers, a traditional May pole dance, musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths, a children’s corner and a traditional pound cake contest.

NNO concert

The Northern Neck Orchestra will perform three masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah” May 20 at the Northumberland School Complex, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a pre-concert talk with music director Michael Repper at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the door or Students are admitted free.

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.

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.

Computer classes

Free computer classes are held from 3-5 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.


The Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will offer “Genealogy One on One by Appointment.”

Thirty-minute sessions can be scheduled on first and third Thursdays; or from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays. Call 580-5051 to schedule an appointment or email

Story Time

The Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville will hold Story Time at the Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

This free in-person program is for ages 3 and older and includes stories, a craft and songs. No sign up is required.

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.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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