Upcoming 10-21-21

Feels like fall

RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host a paint night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 21. Participants will paint a dazzling fall sky and a forest filled with colorful leaves.

Artist and instructor Juli Schuszler will lead the class. Bring a favorite beverage and snack. Masks are required. To register, call 436-9309.

Stratford’s Spirits

Stratford Hall will offer a virtual program, Stratford’s Spirits: Witch Marks and Conjure during the Lee Era, at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 21. Zoom registration is required; go to stratfordhall.org/events-programs.

Director of collections and visitor engagement Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, and curator Amy Connolly, will look into colonial beliefs about witches and spirits and showcase the evidence found carved into the walls of Stratford Hall. The fee is $10 per person; free for Friends of Stratford members.


Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts will host The Second City Touring Company’s “The Best of Second City” show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 22, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. 

Admission is by season subscription or $40. To get on a waiting list for tickets, call 438-5555.

War of 1812 daughters lunch

The Rappahannock Chapter, U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, invite members and guests to attend a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 25, at Ditchley Cider Works, 1571 Ditchley Road, Kilmarnock. A quarterly meeting will follow at 1 p.m. 

Reservations must be made by October 21. Guests are welcome to attend. To make a reservation, call Dinah Balderson, 761-2794.

Rotary Club

The Northern Neck Rotary Club has a new home, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays.

On October 27, Sharon Phillips will talk about economic development for the Kilmarnock area.

Quilt raffle

Adams Post 86 American Legion in Kilmarnock is raffling a quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. A drawing will be held December 4.

Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. October 15, 16, 29 and 30 at Tri-Star Supermarket in Kilmarnock, by calling Heather at 436-7466 and from any Auxiliary members.


The Town of Kilmarnock will conduct town-wide trick-or-treating on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, only. 

Per the town’s ordinances, only children ages 12 and younger are permitted to engage in trick-or-treating activities. However, this does not prohibit any parent or guardian from accompanying their children. All trick-or-treating activities are to be concluded by 9 p.m.

Trick or Art

Allure Art Center, 419 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone, will host Trick or Art through Halloween, October 31. The gallery will be decorated and feature fall art items.

The gallery and grounds will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and from 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. After 7 p.m., the building windows will come alive. On October 31, Halloween night, the haunted trail also will be open for trick or treating.

Genealogy series

Genealogy Research Topics, Tools and Tips, sponsored by the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society, will continue with Using Newspapers and Directories in Genealogical Research from 1-3:30 p.m. November 4 at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

 The program fee is $20 for LVHS members and $25 for others. Advance registration and payment is required by 4 p.m. November 3 at LancasterVaHistory.org or 462-7280.

Oyster roast

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will hold an oyster roast November 14. It had been scheduled in January 2021 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

This oyster roast is a fundraiser for Spirit of America scholarships for selected high school juniors in Middlesex, Lancaster and Northumberland counties.

Oyster & Oldies

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold Oysters & Oldies from 12:30-3:30 p.m. December 4 at Roanoke Farm, 6108 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Tickets are $35; ages 12 and younger are free.

Tickets are available at ststephensheathsville.org/oyster-roast, or St. Stephen’s Thrift Shop adjacent to the church in Heathsville.

Centennial event

The Cobbs Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Event at 10 a.m. November 8 at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone. Sentinel Lonny LeGrand Jr. will speak.

Register at micheledtucker@gmail.com. There is no charge for the event, only a desire for Cobbs Hall Chapter to know how many to accommodate.


Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts will host The Hot Club of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. November 13 at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Admission is by subscription or $40. For tickets, call the RFA office, 438-5555

Orchestra tickets

Tickets are on sale for the Northern Neck Orchestra’s 2021-22 season. Concerts are slated for November 6, March 5 and May 13 at Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock; and May 14 at the Northumberland High School Theater, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

Season tickets for three concerts are $90. Tickets for individual performances are $36. Students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or www.northernneckorchestra.org.

Concerts by the Bay

Concerts By The Bay 2021-22 season will continue November 21 with Jim Curry’s Tribute to the Music of John Denver. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the Mathews High School Harry M. Ward Auditorium, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews.

For season subscriptions, visit www.concertsbythebay.org, email concertsbythebay@cox.net or call 757-871-7070. Single performance tickets are $25 at the door. Students are admitted free.

Country breakfast

Lancaster Union Lodge #88 A.F. & A.M. will serve an all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7-10 a.m. on second Saturdays, at the Lodge, 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The fee is $10. Ages 8 and younger eat free.

The menu will include fluffy scrambled eggs (fried eggs on request), pancakes (blueberry and plain), biscuits, sausage gravy, sausage links, bacon, cheesy grits, home-fried potatoes, fried apples, warm syrup, fruit cocktail, coffee, tea, juice and milk. Orders to go available also.

Soup sale and raffle

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) recently announced its Fall Soup Sale and 50-50 Raffle fundraisers are underway. The Soup Sale features four choices of soups for $13 per quart by pre-order only with pickup from noon-2 p.m. November 13 at the museum parking lot, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster.

 Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20, with a chance to win a cash prize of $500 to $1,000. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. November 13. To purchase soup or raffle tickets, visit lancastervahistory.org, call 462-7280 or contact any LVHS board member.

Pipes and drums

The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band is looking for a few new members. The band practices from 7:15-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3712 Weems Road, Weems. Interested visitors are welcome to sit in.

Those interested in learning the pipes or the drums may contact Walt Mallorie at wmallorie200@yahoo.com, 580-1747; or David Hershiser at davidhershiser@gmail.com, 453-7062.

Best bale

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF) Women’s Leadership Committee welcomes individuals and organizations to take part in its annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest. The application process will continue through November 1.

Guidelines and an entry form are available at bit.ly/3icRJqx. Participants are required to include a photograph of the decorated hay bale display with an application.