Upcoming 08-03-23

Richmond County Fair

The 34th Richmond County Fair will be held from 6-11 p.m. August 8 through 12 at the Richmond County Fairgrounds, 315 Community Park Drive, Warsaw. Grand opening ceremonies are slated August 8 as well as “gospel night” featuring Juanita Cox from 6-6:45 p.m.; opening ceremonies, 7-7:30 p.m.; and Waters Edge, 7:15-10 p.m. The fair offers rides, food, craft and agricultural exhibits.

Nightly music includes August 9, Faron Hamblin, 6-7 p.m.; Cameron Ashton, 7:15-10 p.m.; August 10, Nathan France, 6-7 p.m.; RiverSons, 7:30-10 p.m.; August 11, Sean Harris, 6-7 p.m.; Julius Pittman and the Revival, 7:30-10 p.m.; and August 12, Cameron Ashton, 6-7 p.m.; En’Novation Band, 7:30-10 p.m. For a full schedule of events and fees, visit richmondcountyfair.com.

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.

Oyster reef ball build

The Coastal Conservation Association of Virginia and its local partners will conduct an oyster reef ball build from 8:30-11:30 a.m. August 9-10 at Tackle Cove Outfitters, Refuel, 73 Seafood Lane, Irvington.

Movie night

The Mathews Historical Society, 198 Main Street, Mathews, will host family movie night August 11. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the free movie will begin at 7 p.m. The movie will be “Horatio’s Drive.”

Music by the River

The Music by the River concert series will continue August 12, with Faron Hamblin, and August 19 with the Southern Grace-Reunion Tour. The concerts 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.

Crab festival

The Steamboat Era Museum will hold the 12th annual Irvington Crab Festival from 4-8 p.m. September 16 on the Irvington Town Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington. The $60 early crab discounted admission includes all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, barbecue, hot dogs and soft drinks. Crabs will be served starting at 5 p.m. All other food and beverages will be available at 4 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase for $5. Admission increases to $75 on August 17.

Admissions are nonrefundable and will not be sold at the door. Admissions may be purchased at SteamboatEraMuseum.org; at the museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington; or 438-6888.

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.

Bingo for Quilts

The Tavern Quilt Guild will hold Bingo for Quilts at 1:30 p.m. August 19 at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.

Players may buy packets of 15 bingo sheets plus four special games for $25, and enjoy the excitement of an old-fashioned game of bingo. All prizes are quilted items made by guild members.

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.

State Fair

The State Fair of Virginia seeks entries for 2023 competitions. There are numerous categories for adults and youth.

Competition guides with entry deadlines, registration and category descriptions for culinary and creative arts and horticulture entries are online at StateFairVA.org. The 2023 State Fair of Virginia will be held September 22 through October 1 at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell.

Wine & Whiskers

Wine & Whiskers, a gala event to benefit Garfield’s Rescue, Inc., will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. September 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church Pavilion, 8484 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. Patrons will enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.garfieldsrescue.org, WOWD in Kilmarnock, Bayside Animal Hospital in White Stone or FNCAS Thrift Shop in Burgess.

Dolley Madison

The Historic Christ Church & Museum Readers group will continue its study and discussion of America’s First Ladies at 9:30 a.m. September 19, in the Bayne Conference Room, Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, and by Zoom. The discussion book will be A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, by Catherine Allgor.

To join the Readers 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. At this time, we plan to host this meeting in person in the Bayne conference room as well as via Zoom.