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Upcoming 07-23-20

On the river

Music by the River will continue with three shows in August. The family-friendly outdoor concerts are staged from 6-8 p.m. in the waterfront picnic area at Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Faron Hamlin will be featured August 1; WildFlower Honey, August 8; and The Honeywind Bluegrass Boys, August 15.

The shows are free; however, there is a $5 parking fee payable at the park entrance. Picnics are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 462-5030, to confirm show.

LCL hours

The Lancaster Community Library is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Attic Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visit the library on Facebook,, or contact the library at 435-1729 ext 18.

Wearing a mask will be required per state requirement, with exceptions for those with medical or other conditions or children under the age of 10. Additional protocols will be followed.

Paint night

RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host an Adult Paint Night from 6:15-9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 30.  The project will be “Lighthouse Pen and Ink with Watercolor Wash.” The instructor will be Doug Mock.

The fee is $30 for members and $35 for others and includes all materials. Participants may bring a beverage, snack and mask. For reservations, call 436-9309.

Visit NPL

The Northumberland Public Library (NPL), 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays thorugh Thursdays,  9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Curbside service is available to anyone who does not want to come into the building.  NPL offers all regular services since returning to normal hours. The meeting room is open on a limited basis. Call 580-5051.

Scavenger Hunt

The Northern Neck Tourism Commission and 18 area museums and historic sites are conducting a Northern Neck Heritage Area Scavenger Hunt through August 31. To enter either contest, visit for a full description of the rules. An on-the-road trip version asks participants to photograph a specific view or item at each site. Photos must be posted to the museum’s social media with the hashtag, #nnkroadtrip.

An online version invites participants to find answers to specific trivia questions posed by each site. Participants will search the organizations’ websites to find the answers to complete the questionnaire and post it at

Piano jazz bar

The Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will offer a piano bar Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day, from 6-8 p.m. in the Chesapeake Restaurant and 8-10 p.m. in the View Room.

Sip on an after-dinner cappuccino, a decadent cordial or a favorite cocktail while listening to jazz piano performances by resident musician Eric Lyttle. The piano bar is complimentary for resort and restaurant guests.

On the creek

Enjoy music at Fish Hawk Oyster Bar at Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, performed by local artists from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through September, weather permitting.

Zen Mojo will be featured July 29 and The Meltones, August 5.


Tickets are on sale for the ninth annual Irvington Crab Festival, Grab-a-Crab event. Advance tickets are $35. Patrons will drive through Chesapeake Bank, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington, from 4-7 p.m. August 8. Volunteers will deliver a dozen steamed crabs plus a “grab bag” with a 2020 collector beer cup, crab mallet and paper towels.

Tickets may be purchased at; or by check, mailed to the museum at PO Box 132, Irvington, VA 22480.

On the cliffs

The Friends of Westmoreland State Park will host Music on the Cliffs from 6-8 p.m. on third Saturdays through September at Westmoreland State Park, 145 Cliff Road, Montross.

Upcoming shows include Stumble Foot on August 15 and Hard to Tell on September 19.

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