Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host a Lee Family Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 18. The free event will include music by Colonial Faire in the Great Hall, a scavenger hunt for children, the “Civil War Civilians of Spotsylvania Historical Interpreters,” and opportunities to explore the Great House and Stratford grounds through self-guided tours.
In keeping with tradition, guests are welcome to enjoy a slice of birthday cake in celebration.
Shrimp & oysters
The Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department will hold an “all-you-can-eat” shrimp and oyster dinner January 25 at the Lively Firehouse, 5170 Mary Ball Road, Lively. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m.
The fee is $40. Hot dogs, bean soup and soft drinks are included. Beer and wine are extra. Purchase tickets by Sunday, January 19, at Chesapeake Bank and Corner Bar and Grill in Lively, Noblett in Kilmarnock, Sonabank in Burgess, or the Lively Firehouse on Saturday, January 18.
Broadway in Richmond raffle
Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation is raffling tickets to three “Broadway in Richmond” plays. The plays are Cats, Fiddler on the Roof and The Band’s Visit. The winner of each raffle receives four, sixth row, orchestra tickets, plus $100 in cash.
Tickets are $10 each, three for $20 or 15 for $100. Tickets are available at Country Cottage in White Stone, Kilmarnock Antique Gallery in Kilmarnock and Objects in Irvington; from board members and at 438-6604.
The Kilmarnock and District Pipe Band will hold their 21st annual Burns Night event January 25 at Masonic Lodge #100, 1434 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each and are available until Saturday, January 18, at The Local in Irvington, Chesapeake Bank in Kilmarnock and Virginia Commonwealth Bank branches in Kilmarnock, White Stone and Burgess; or call 580-1747.
The Lancaster Community Library’s 25th annual lecture and entertainment series will continue at 2 p.m. February 2, at the library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock. Glenn Birch & Friends will present stories and songs.
The series will continue February 9, with “The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Arts for Virginia,” by Alex Nyerges; February 23, with “The R/V Virginia: A Nod to the Past—An Eye to the Future,” by Stewart Lamerdin; March 1, with “Focus on Growth: Virginia and the Northern Neck, 2020,” by Sonya Waddell; and March 8, with “My Work Experience in Afghanistan,” by Rich Magnani.
Northumberland Public Library’s Ye Olde Book Shoppe, 7072 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, in partnership with Commonwealth Senior Living, will host “A New Year, a New You,” a free series of luncheon talks on senior living.
“Caring for the Caregiver” will be offered at 11 a.m. February 5. To reserve a seat, call the library 580-5051, or sign up at the front desk of the library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
Corned beef and cabbage
The Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad (ULVRS) will prepare a take out corned beef and cabbage dinner March 17. The menu will consist of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and corn bread. The fee is by donation.
Place orders—including name, phone number and quantity—with payment to P.O. Box 176, Lively, VA 22507. Orders must be received by March 13 and meals may be picked up from 4-7 p.m. March 17 at the ULVRS building, 123 Norris Road, Lively.
The 27th annual Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar, hosted by the Northern Neck Master Gardeners, will be held March 21 at White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone.
The theme will be “Spring Fever! Adventures in Gardening.” Registration will open February 1. The fee is $50. Registration forms will be available at www.nnmg.org.
Middlesex Mardi Gras
The Middlesex Mardi Gras will be held from 6-11 p.m. February 29 at Bethpage Camp-Resort, 679 Browns Lane, Urbanna. The event benefits the Middlesex Kiwanis Club and the Middlesex Family YMCA.
Reservations are now being accepted. Table sponsorships are available; call the Middlesex YMCA, 316-9191.