Upcoming 11-04-21

Oyster Festival

The 64th Urbanna Oyster Festival will be held November 5 and 6. Friday hours are 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will offer food, music, crafts, water-related activities, collector car show, wine tasting ($15) and craft beer tasting ($10).

Highlights will include the Fireman’s Parade at 7 p.m. Friday, the Fireman’s Dance featuring the Janitors from 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, the Virginia Oyster Shucking Contest at 11 a.m. Saturday and the Oyster Festival Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. Festival parking will be $20. Streets will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

The Rainier Trio

The Rainier Trio will present A Night at the Movies at 7:30 p.m. November 6 at the Northumberland School Complex Theater, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville. The concert is sponsored by the Rappahannock Concert Association (RCA).

Adult concert tickets are $25 each. Group rates are available. For $60, an adult can purchase a ticket for three of this season’s remaining four concerts. Students are admitted free. Purchase tickets at www.rappahannockconcerts.org, 888-210-8006 or the door.

Country House Conference

Stratford hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host the 2021 Country House Conference Saturday, November 6, with a variety of speakers from Mount Vernon, Monticello, Menokin, Maymont and Gari Melcher’s Belmont.

Tickets are $75. By using the code ‘Lightfoot’ at registration, receive a 15% discount. Entrance ticket also includes a tour of Stratford Hall and lunch. For an additional $26, tour Belmont, Menokin, Kenmore and Fall Hill on November 5 and 7. Registration closes at 8 p.m. Friday, November 5, at stratfordhall.org.

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.

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. Monday, 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, 804-438-5555. 

Soup sale and raffle

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) recently announced its Fall Soup-to-Go and 50-50 Raffle fundraisers. The Soup is $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. Navy bean/ham, vegetable bean and Lancaster stew are available; chicken noodle is sold out.

 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.

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.

Miniature fall

The Rivah Miniaturists recently set up a fall display in the showcase at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

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 by calling Heather at 436-7466 and from any Auxiliary members.

Wreath sale

The Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate program recently launched its annual Christmas wreath sale. The Fraser fir wreaths are 22 inches in diameter and are $26 each.

Wreaths can be ordered at 804-462-0881, sending a check payable to CASA in the amount of $26 per wreath, or visiting CASA on Facebook and purchasing via PayPal. For checks, the address is P.O. Box 695, Lancaster, VA 22503.

Oyster dinner

Chesapeake Academy will host a Shuck-It Bucket drive-through dinner from 4-6 p.m. November 20 on the Rowe Campus, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. The bucket is a steamer pot filled with shelled and raw oysters, shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and a spice kit for grill, stove or fire.

The bucket for two is $75. Purchase tickets at www.chesapeakeacademy.org or by mail with payment to Chesapeake Academy, P.O. Box 8, Irvington, VA  22480.

Benefit sale

Historyland Community Workshop will hold its annual sale from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. November 20 at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock.

There will be homemade jams, pickles, relishes, ornaments, runners, microwave bowl holders, plaques, door decorations, knit items, gifts, sharp white Wisconsin cheddar cheese, pies, tea breads, cookie platters, cakes and dog treats.

Donations welcome

Donations of new and gently-used gifts are needed by Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern for the Golden Village Christmas event December 4 at the Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Donations may be brought from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays or call 804-580-3377.

The Tavern offers a children’s shopping area. Children ages 4-12 shop without their parents, paying $1 per gift for family members. Tavern “elves” wrap and tag the presents so that everyone is truly surprised on Christmas morning.

Oysters & 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.


Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, will hold an open house Christmastide celebration from 5-8 p.m. December 11.

The mansion will be decorated in holiday spirit. Listen to colonial music and step into the kitchen to see colonial food cooking on the original 1738 hearth.