The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet Thursday, April 20, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church. Pat Lust will present an in-depth program on propagating plants.
The program is open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch at noon; the program will follow at 12:30 p.m. After the presentation, Lust will lead a propagation workshop. Sign up for the workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Northumberland Public Library will host an English Tea from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, 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.
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.
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 hhfb.org, or call 250-2277.
Brews & BBQ Festival
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 stratfordhall.org.
The Mathews Historical Museum will host the 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.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Tickets are on sale at www.villageevents.org for the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival from noon-6 p.m. May 6 at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. Tickets are $40 at the door, if 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.
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 www.northerneckorchestra.org. Students are admitted free.
Box office opens
The Lancaster Players box office is now open for ticket sales for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” opening June 2 at The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. Performances are 8 p.m. on June 2-3, 8-10 and 16-17; and 3 p.m. on June 4, 11 and 18.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at lancasterplayers.org, or 435-3776. The theater will open an hour before show times with complimentary snack plates and a cash bar.
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.
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.