Upcoming 07-20-23

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.

Coffeehouse music

Brad and Joanie Perry of Alabaster Grace will be featured from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Front Porch Coffeehouse, 139 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Stop by to hear them perform original Christian music offering God’s hope and encouragement.

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. Tuesday, July 25, at Irvington Baptist Church (IBC), 53 King Carter Drive, Irvington. 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.

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.

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 on the Half Shell Stage

The Music on the Half Shell Stage concert series will continue from 7-9:30 p.m. August 17 at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The Mullins Sisters will perform country classics, hits and original music.

Admission is by season pass or individual show tickets, $10 each. Tickets will be sold at kilmarnockva.ticketleap.com and at the door.

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.

Crab feast

The Northumberland County Community Center Organization (NCCCO) will hold a crab feast from 2-6 p.m. September 2 at the NCCCO building, 679 Browns Store Road, Heathsville. The menu will include all you can eat crabs, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, homemade soups and salad. Beer and wine will be available for an additional fee.

Crab feast tickets are $45 each and may be purchased from any NCCCO member; James Long, 724-3240, or Stacey Evans, 436-5898.