Upcoming 10-17-19

Reach for the Stars

The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck’s Reach for the Stars will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, October 17, at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock.

The community is invited to a “Night at the Theater,” an evening of music, dance and drama featuring Maureen Henighan Booker as keynote speaker. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased at bgcnn.org or tmccray@bgcnn.org.

Climate talk

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will meet at noon Thursday, October 17, at 5191 Jesse Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.

Dr. Pam Grothe will present “A Christmas Tale of Corals and Climate.” regarding research she conducted on Christmas Island, reported president Kevin Howe. Bring a brown bag lunch; some snacks and beverages will be available.

Trick or Art

Allure Art Center, 419 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone, will host Trick or Art from 5-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with lights, spirits and things that go bump in the night.

On Halloween, October 31, all trick-or-treaters are welcome. Take a selfie at the haunted sign or other decorations and tag Allure on social media @allureart for a treat.

Adult paint

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host an adult paint workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, October 18. The topic will be gourds. Instructor Marilyn Sprouse will facilitate the workshop.

The fee is $30 for members and $35 for others, including materials. Participants may bring their choice of beverage. To register, call 436-9309.

After dark

Stratford Hall, 483 Great Hall Road, Stratford, will host Stratford After Dark from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, October 19, with trick-or-treating, seasonal crafts, fortune telling, hayrides, bonfire and ghost tours of the Great House (by advance reservation).

Pre-register for tours at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c45afaa23a0f58-stratford. Ghost tours will begin at 6 p.m. and are included in the admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and younger. To register for Stratford After Dark, contact event coordinator Alex Withers at 493-1979, or awithers@stratfordhall.org.

Fall festival

The Farm Bureau Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at Willville Farm, the home of Billy and Jamie Barrack, 166 Alfonso Road, Lancaster.

Sponsored by the Northumberland/Lancaster Farm Bureau Ladies Committee, the fall festival will include hay rides, pumpkin painting, sack races, a photo booth, hourly costume contest judging and virtual goggles. Hot dogs, chips, popcorn and drinks will be served. Donations welcome.

Chamber trio

A trio of stellar musicians from the Northern Neck Orchestra will present chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock. The concert will be performed by violinist Mei-Li Beane, cellist Steve Custer and pianist Arline Hinkson.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or www.northernneckorchestra.org.

Heritage exploration

Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. October 19, at the Essex Public Library, 117 North Church Lane, Tappahannock.

The meeting will explore excerpts of “They Are We,” a film that documents how African ancestral heritage from Sierra Leone was unknowingly maintained through song, dance and other cultural practices of the Igangá culture in Cuba.

Student presentation

Students at Christchurch School will present a free Visual and Performing Arts Celebration from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, October 20, in the David and Wendy Charlton Visual and Performing Arts Center at Marston Hall on the Christchurch School campus, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch. 

Wreath orders

Northern Neck CASA is taking orders for 22-inch Fraser fir Christmas wreaths. They will be available for pickup beginning December 5 at Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center, Kilmarnock; Sonabank, Burgess; and the Budweiser facility, Warsaw.

Wreaths are $25 each. Place orders at 462-0881 or send a check payable to NNCASA in the amount of $25 per wreath to PO Box 695, Lancaster, VA 22503. Include name, phone number and choice of pick up location. The deadline is November 15.

Community league

Ramona Darden, owner of Bodyfit Wellness Studio in White Stone, will be the after-dinner speaker at the Monday, October 21, Bluff Point Community League potluck meeting. She will talk about providing a motivational setting for individuals to be successful in their pursuit of overall health and well-being.

The Bluff Point Community League meets at 2595 Bluff Point Road. Social time begins at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Guests and new members are welcome. Bring a dish to share.


The White Stone Business Association and the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department will hold Oktoberfest 2019 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. October 26 on the festival grounds behind BodyFit, 578 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone.

Activities will include a 2-mile beach run/walk, car show, music, food, drink, art and crafts. Registration for the run/walk is $15 before October 26, or $20 on race day. Register in advance at BodyFit, 436-2214.

Genealogy lectures

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s “Researching Your Family History: Genealogy Lecture Series” will continue from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, with “A Focus on Virginia Records and Research,” at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

The instructor is Sharon Hodges. For reservations call 462-7280 or history@lancastervahistory.org. Walk-ins may register at the door starting at 12:30 p.m. The fee is $20 for members and $25 for others.

n Lafayette to visit

The Northumberland County Historical Society will host its fall program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20, at the Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street, Heathsville.

Charles Wissinger will perform “A Conversation with Lafayette,” enabling all to become better acquainted with the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution. Refreshments will be served.