Upcoming 10-12-23

Black Cat Murphy

The Music on the Half Shell Stage, Black Cat Murphy concert, twice postponed, is now scheduled from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

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

Quilt guild

The Rivah Quilt Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, October 13, at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 435 East Church Street, Kilmarnock. Quilters of all levels are invited to attend this meeting and program. Visitors are also invited to participate in a quilt show and tell.

Erin Grogan, pattern designer and founder of Love Sew Modern will present a lecture and trunk show on “Finding Your Quilty Identity.”


The Lancaster Players will host “Starlet Knight’s Cabaret Starring Anthony Dowd” at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at The Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. The theater will open at 2 p.m. for a social hour and cash bar.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at www.thelancasterplayers.org or 435-3776. Groups of 15 receive a 20% discount.

Bluff Point

Bluff Point Community League, 2595 Bluff Point Road, Kilmarnock, will hold a potluck dinner Monday, October 16. Social time will begin at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome; bring a dish to share.

Lancaster Community Library director Alice Cooper will speak about programs the library offers for all ages.

It Takes All Types

The Bay Center will offer It Takes All Types, a Wednesday workshop series on psychological type and temperament. Topics include Relating to Children, October 18; In the Classroom, October 25; Partners and Friends, November 1; and Career, November 8.

Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at River Counties Community Foundation, 834 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone. For fees and registration, visit thebaycenter.org.

Caregiver support

A caregiver support session will be held from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock. Cate Hawks will present Risk Factors of Dementia and Strategies for Reducing Risk.

The session is free but advance registration is requested. To register, visit thebaycenter.org.

Farm festival

The Northern Neck Farm Museum/Luther Welch Agricultural Center, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Horse Head, will hold a Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 21. A corn maze, corn wagon, sawmill, crafts, hayrides and pumpkins will be available for all to enjoy. Master Gardeners will be in the community garden.

The museum board has planned a threshing demonstration and a chainsaw exhibit. Antique cars will be displayed onsite and FFA members will bring friendly farm animals. Concessions will be available. Admission is $10, including the corn maze.

Oyster roast

Morattico Waterfront Museum, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico, will host its 14th annual Oyster Roast from 3-5 p.m. October 21. Roasted oysters, sides and desserts included. Bring your own oyster knife. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $50 for adults, $10 for children and free for ages 5 and younger. Purchase tickets from board members, or Connie Conley at mwmva03@gmail.com, or 761-6213.

Oyster Wars

Historian and author Kate Livie will be featured at the 2023 John H. Hunt II Chesapeake History Forum from 4-7 p.m. October 21 at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Livie will share stories of money, mayhem and murder from the Oyster Wars.

The event features fresh oysters, handcrafted cocktails and a light supper. Tickets are $60. Purchase tickets at christchurch1735.org, or call 438-6855.

Writers weekend

The Friends of Belle Isle State Park recently announced the Virginia Writers Series will continue with two writers, October 21 and 22, at the Visitor Center at Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. On Saturday, Rev. Dr. Lonnie H. Lee will discuss, A Brief History of Belle Isle Plantation, Lancaster County, Virginia, 1650-1782, and his most recent book, The Huguenot Anglican Refuge in Virginia: Empire, Land, and Religion in the Rappahannock Region. On Sunday, Dean King will discuss several books, including his most recent Guardians of the Valley.

Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. The lectures will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by time with the author. The program fee is $10 per person and includes coffee, tea, light refreshments, parking and visitor Center displays. Contact the park office for reservations and payment, 462-5030 or BelleIsle@dcr.virginia.gov.

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.

Family fun

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford will hold Fall Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. November 4. The event will offer Colonial games, wagon rides, face painting, children’s crafts, tours of the Great House with the new children’s audio: Who Lived at Stratford Junior, nature trails or strolling along the beach of the Potomac River.

The fee is $5 for ages 6 and older, free for ages 5 and younger as well as Friends of Stratford members.


CASA is taking orders for 22-inch Fraser fir wreaths. To order, send a check payable to NNCASA in the amount of $27 per wreath to P.O. Box 695, Lancaster, VA 22503. The deadline is October 25.

Wreaths will be distributed at Jeff’s Packaging in Kilmarnock from 4-6 p.m. November 30 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. December 1 and 2; at Primis Bank in Burgess from 10 a.m.-noon December 2; and at the Saddlery in Warsaw from noon-2 p.m. December 2. Indicate choice of pickup location on the check.

Chamber series

The Northern Neck Orchestra (NNO) 2023-24 Chamber Music Series will feature Piano Quartets by Schumann and Brahms at 2 p.m. November 5 at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

Admission is by season subscription, or $35. Tickets may be purchased at www.northernneckorchestra.org or at the check-in desk. Students are admitted free.


The Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department will sell fresh homemade pit cooked pork barbecue starting at 11 a.m. November 11 at the Lively Firehouse, 5170 Mary Ball Road, Lively. The fee is $15 per pound. Call 761-8119, or 445-3202.

Book discussion

The Historic Christ Church & Museum Readers will meet at 9:30 a.m. November 14, in the Bayne Conference Room, Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, and by Zoom. The discussion book will be The Grimkes – The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family, by Kerri K. Greenidge.

To join the discussion, e-mail Debbie Byram at dbyram@christchurch1735.org. Put Readers in the subject line and include a phone number and preferred e-mail address.

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.