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Upcoming 09-07-23

Quilt guild

The Rivah Quilt Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, September 8, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 435 East Church Street, Kilmarnock. Amy Sinibaldi of Williamsburg will discuss her career as a fabric designer, author and pattern designer.

Movie night

The Mathews Historical Society, 198 Main Street, Mathews, will host family movie night Friday, September 8. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the free movie, “A Voyage of Discovery,” will begin at 7 p.m.

Steamed crabs

The Morattico Waterfront Museum, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico, will host the 12th annual crab feast from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, September 9. The menu will include all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, potato salad, pea salad, hot dogs, sodas and water. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Bring your own crab picking tools. Advance ticket only, $50 for adults, $10 for children and free for ages 5 and younger. For tickets, contact Connie Conley,, or 761-6213.

ULVFD open house

The Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department will hold a 75th anniversary open house from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, September 9 at the Lively Firehouse, 5170 Mary Ball Road, Lively.

There will be hot dogs and sodas; fun and games for the kids, a bounce house, firetruck rides, firehouse tours, a 9/11 tribute and a roll call of deceased members. Fifteen 75th anniversary t-shirts will be given away every hour from noon through 4 p.m.


Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host the Pitt, Peale & the Patriots Symposium from 1-7:30 p.m.Saturday, September 9. Speakers will focus on the historical context and significance of the Pitt portrait and commission, its political and art historical contents, and the art and value of its reproduction for Stratford Hall.

A reception and viewing of the William Pitt portrait will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Inn at Montross, 21 Polk Street, Montross. Tickets are $30 general admission, $20, members, and $10, students. Register in advance at

Chamber series

The Northern Neck Orchestra 2023-24 Chamber Music Series will open with Clarinet Trios, at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 10, at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

Admission is by season subscription or $35, except February 3 and 4, $30 each. Tickets may be purchased at or at the check-in desk. Students are admitted free.

Corn maze

The Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will host a corn maze from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through October 29, weather permitting.

The fee is $5 per person, $20 maximum per family; ages 3 and younger enter free. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Chorale season

Chesapeake Chorale rehearsals for 2023 Christmas concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, September 11, at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone. From September 18 and each Monday until mid-November, rehearsals will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

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.

Women’s club

The Women’s Club of Northumberland County will gather at noon Tuesday, September 12, at the WCNC Clubhouse, 2829 Northumberland Highway, Lottsburg.

The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. Beverages and dessert are provided.

Crab festival

The Steamboat Era Museum will host the 12th annual Irvington Crab Festival from 4-8 p.m. September 16, at the Irvington Town Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington. The $75 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.

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

Native plants

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNVNPS) will hold a Native Plant Sale September 16-23 at Dug In Farms, 155 Fleets Bay Road, White Stone.

From 9 a.m.-noon on both Saturdays, chapter members will answer questions and assist with picking the right plant for the right place. The chapter also will have the free 2022 third edition of “Native Plants of the Northern Neck” and other educational materials available for the public.

Wine & oysters

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host the annual Wine & Oyster Festival September 16 and 17. The festival will feature Virginia wineries, distilleries, oysters, food trucks, beer, artisan booths, music and car shows.

Early bird tasting tickets are $30 through September 14. Day of tickets will be $40. A non-tasting ticket is $20; ages 6-13, $10; and children younger than age 5, free. A two-day combo ticket is $50. Purchase early bird tickets at

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 Put Readers in the subject line and include a phone number and preferred e-mail address. At this time, they plan to host this meeting in person in the Bayne conference room as well as via Zoom.

Master Gardeners

The Northern Neck Master Gardeners 2024 Extension Master Gardener training will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, February 13-April 11 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville.

If interested in the training class, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Northumberland County Office, 580-5694. The fee is $180. Registration and payment are due by September 29.

Music on the Half Shell Stage

The Music on the Half Shell Stage concert series will continue from 7-9:30 p.m. September 22, at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Black Cat Murphy will cover rock and country hits.

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

Black Tie & Boots gala

The State Fair of Virginia will host the Black Tie & Boots gala at 6 p.m. September 22 at The Meadow Event Park’s Meadow Hall and lawn in Caroline County. Proceeds benefit scholarships. Admission to Black Tie & Boots is by advance purchase only.

Gala tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $150 per person through September 14.

State Fair

The 2023 State Fair of Virginia will be held September 22 through October 1 at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell. For a calendar of events, fees and tickets, visit

Raise the Roof

Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, invites the community to its eighth annual “Raise the Roof” fall festival from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, September 23. The event will feature two bands, Virginia craft beer, wine, barbecue (or vegetarian fare) and homemade ice cream.

Tickets are $60 for adults, $20 for ages 20 and younger and free for ages 5 and younger. Additional beverage and meal tickets will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets visit

VWA crab feast

The Virginia Waterman’s Association (VWA) will hold an all-you-can-eat Crab Feast fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. September 23, at Buzzards Point Marina, 468 Buzzards Point Road, Reedville.

Tickets are $40. For tickets, call 540-907-9036 or 337-251-5821. Proceeds go to the VWA.

Family reunion

Looking for relatives of the Rogers and Neal families from the Hacks Neck/Ophelia area, specifically related to Freddie Ray Rogers Sr. and Dorothy Neal Rogers.

A family reunion will be held from 1-5 p.m. September 30 in Ophelia. Contact Dottie Robertson Longest, 370-0603.

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