NPL open house
Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26, to honor director Alice Cooper, who will become the director of the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock.
Free hot dogs
Asbury and Bluff Point United Methodist churches will give away free hot dogs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at The Big Red Flea, 11460 Courthouse Road, Lancaster, in honor of family, friends, veterans and neighbors who have passed on.
V. Ross Johnson will present a Lyme disease awareness talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Morattico Waterfront Museum Pavilion, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico.
Johnson is a Lyme disease warrior of 20 years and wishes to share what she has learned with the community. “I hope to provide essential information on avoiding ticks, what to do if you find a tick on you, diagnosis and various treatment plans,” said Johnson.
The annual St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
There will be 150 vendors, music, food trucks, strawberry shortcakes and a bake sale.
A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The Patron’s Gala Art Show will be featured. Guests may meet some of the exhibiting artists and enjoy light refreshments.
Tickets for the June 25 Patron’s Gala are $100 each. Every ticket holder will take part in a drawing and will have the opportunity to choose a valuable work of art from the show to take home with them. Patrons may purchase as many tickets as they like. Tickets may be purchased at the gallery.
The Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) will present “Shoreline Landscaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.
Attendees will receive handouts, including plant lists and there will be live plant specimens on display. Members of the NNMG shoreline evaluation team will respond to individual questions after the program.
Author Selden Richardson will speak at 11 a.m. June 5 in the Chesapeake Center Auditorium at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RWC), 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. He will discuss his latest book, Tri-State Gang in Richmond: Murder and Robbery in the Great Depression.
For reservations, call RWC at 438-4000. Attendees are invited to a complimentary luncheon afterwards.
The Chesapeake Bay Garden club will present “Festivities of the Northern Neck” from 1 to 3 p.m. June 9 at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Transportation Building, Heathsville. There is no charge for this standard flower show.
The Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library will hold “An Evening at Westlawn” fundraising gala from 5 to 9 p.m. June 9.
The gala will feature a four-course dinner on the Westlawn grounds, a silent and live auction and tours of the house. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at mkt.com/maryball, at the MBW Museum in Lancaster, or 462-7280. The deadline for tickets is Wednesday, May 31.
Doug Dorsey, broker/owner of Select Properties of Virginia, is the featured artist during May at the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Gallery Hall, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington.
Meanwhile, photographs by Lancaster High School visual arts students are featured in the RWC Life Enrichment Center. Residents and community members are invited to view the exhibits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The May art exhibit at the Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, features some 20 pictures by Faith Gaillot done with color pen and water colors.
The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts recently announced its 2017-18 On Stage season. Concerts will include Brass Transit, October 7; Robin and Linda Williams, November 18; John Brown Little Big Band, ‘Holiday in Swing’ Concert, December 16; MozART, March 9; and Sons of Serendip, April 14. Shows will be presented at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.
Season subscriptions $155 for all five concerts, if purchased before July 1; or $165. Prime seats are first made available to subscribers. Single tickets for individual performances can be purchased for $39 beginning in August. For those not on the mailing list, call 438-5555 for a brochure and/or tickets, or visit rappahannockfoundation.org.
Music by the River
Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will include Beer Money on June 10 and the U.S. Navy’s Country Current on June 17.
Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. in the picnic area at the park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. A $4 parking fee is payable at the front gate. Picnics are encouraged.
The 82nd annual Kilmarnock Firemen’s Festival will be held July 27 through August 5 at the KVFD Carnival Grounds, 200 Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock. The raffle grand prize is a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, four-wheel drive pickup truck. Tickets are $10.
Tickets may be purchased from KVFD members, at upcoming community events and the carnival as supplies last. Tickets also may be purchased at Noblett Appliances & Propane, 17 South Main Street, Kilmarnock, where the truck may be inspected. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the carnival on August 5.
“Buffalo Soldiers, from Slaves to Heroic Soldiers” will be the topic of a talk by Daisy Douglas at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Urbanna Branch of the Middlesex County Library, 150 Grace Street, Urbanna.
She will explain former slaves triumphed over slavery to fight bravely in every war since the Civil War to free their country of the scourge of slavery and fight the genocide of Adolf Hitler during World War II.