The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNVNPS) will meet at 12:30 p.m. today, May 18, at Shiloh School on Shiloh School Road, Kilmarnock, to tour a Native Plant Demonstration Garden. A brown bag lunch will begin at noon.
Jack Moore will give a presentation on the history of the school and his work on the garden. Paula Boundy will address the garden design and Betsy Washington will discuss the butterflies and pollinators that flock to this garden.
“Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney continues at the Westmoreland Players, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao, through Sunday, May 21. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 19; and 3 p.m. May 20 and 21.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, except May 19 tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, visit www.westmorelandplayers.org.
The Friends of Northumberland Public Library (NPL) will host a Books Alive event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at NPL, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
The event will feature author Arthur Newman, who will discuss his newest novel, Doing Business as Kevin Templeton, in addition to previous titles.
Music on the Half Shell will feature Soul Expressions on May 26 at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is by season subscription, or $10.
Purchase tickets at https://kilmarnockva.ticketleap.com or the gate. Children younger than age 5 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Northern Neck Land Conservancy will hold an open house event from noon-3 p.m. May 26 at their waterfront ambassador landscape property, Bayview, 726 Ball Lane, Kilmarnock.
Registration is required and only available to supporting members of Northern Neck Land Conservancy—those who have made a gift this year of $35 or greater to the organization. Register at nnconserve.org. If membership support creates a financial barrier to participating, the organization invites interested people to contact Lisa Biever at email@example.com or 250-2334 for scholarship information.
Military service museum exhibit
The Mathews Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Mathews, will team with the Retired Officers of Mathews County Association (ROMCA) to present a memorabilia display May 27-30. Exhibit hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Monday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
The display will include a variety of personalized items reflecting ROMCA members’ military service during the past 75 years. A ROMCA member will be present to answer questions.
The Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department on June 3 will present 2023 Pig Pickn’ on the Point at Buzzards Point Marina, 468 Buzzard Point Road, Reedville. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for ages 8-12, free for those younger than 8.
Gates will open at 1 p.m. A boat docking contest will begin at 2 p.m. Food will be served beginning at 4 p.m. En’Novation will play from 5:30-9:30 p.m. For tickets, call 453-4100, email info@Fairfieldsfire.com or message us on Facebook.
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 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.