Upcoming 07-13-23

Distinguished guests

Ukrainian-Russian author Marina T. Oberlander and her artist grandson, Konstantin F. Weber-Chubays, on Friday, July 14, will visit the Heritage Arts Center Gift Shoppe at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.

They will chat about their works from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On Saturday, July 15, they will participate in the Heathsville Farmer Market.

Movie night

Gloucester resident Mary Bush Shipko, aviatrix and violinist, will speak at Mathews Historical Museum Movie Night, Friday, July 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. at the museum, 200 Main Street, Mathews.

Shipko’s remarks will precede a showing of “Taking Flight—Stories of Modern Virginia Aviation, 1941 to Present Day,” Part II, produced by Dave Miller of Miller Productions of Virginia.

Calling quilters

Quilters and sewists are urged to make quilt tops and placemats for community residents at Community Sew-cials from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, July 18 and 25, at Irvington Baptist Church (IBC), 53 King Carter Drive, Irvington.

On July 18, participants will make quilt tops for Sewlovelee’s quilt drive for children served by The Haven. On July 25, participants will make placemats for Meals on Wheels.

Registration is required and a fee of $10 is collected to compensate IBC for the use of the parish hall. Register at www.sewlovelee.com/module/class/405496/community-sew-cial or at Sewlovelee, 4504 Irvington Road, Irvington, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

History discussion

The Historic Christ Church & Museum (HCC&M) Readers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the Chase conference room on the HCC&M Campus, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

Discussion will focus on The Summer of 1787 by David O. Stewart. To join the discussion, register by e-mailing Debbie Byram at dbyram@christchurch1735.org. Put Readers in the subject line and include a phone number and preferred e-mail address.


The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society and Lancaster Community Library (LCL) will host a presentation by Pixie E. Curry, “Telling the Stories of the Northern Neck,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at LCL, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

NPL trustees

The Northumberland Public Library board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.

To join electronically, visit nplibraryva.org or call 580-5051.

History day

Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, will hold Hands-On History Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. Children ages 6-12 are invited to explore the history of Christ Church and colonial Virginia through a variety of activities. A pizza lunch is included.

This free event is offered through the Foundation for Historic Christ Church’s education programs. All participants must pre-register. To register, contact Debbie Byram at dbyram@christchurch1735.org or 438-2441.

First African Day

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 22, will host First African Day, commemorating the enslaved Africans and African Americans who built and sustained Stratford Hall, and the Lee family, for generations.

This will be a free, full day of remembering and honoring those enslaved at Stratford Hall and their descendants, through music, storytelling, special tours and lectures.

Summer Saturdays

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will offer special programming from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on third Saturdays in July and August. Learn about various facets of the 18th century from museum staff through paleontology, archaeology, collections and preservation demonstrations.

General admission is $15 for adults, $9 for ages 6-13, and free for ages 5 and younger. Through Labor Day, Stratford Hall offers free admission to active military personnel, National Guard and Reserve, and up to five family members.

Music by the River

The Music by the River concert series will continue July 29 with Black Cat Murphy. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. at Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster.

Picnics are welcome. A limited number of picnic tables will be available. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The show is free; however, there is a $5 parking fee payable at the park entrance.

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.