Upcoming 5-30-19

History lecture

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, on Saturday, June 1, will host Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry and Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee: A Complicated Dance Lecture by Dr. John Ragosia.

The presentation will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and the fee is $10 per person. Registration is required. To register, contact Jon Bachman at 493-1972, or jbachman@stratfordhall.org.


Round Table

A Songwriters Round Table will be held from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at YMCA/APYC Camp Kekoka, 1083 Boys Camp Road, Kilmarnock. Artists will include Mary & the Janes, Christine Whitaker Wiggins, Jackie & Resa of MSG and Carolyn August.

The fee is $25 and proceeds will help fund camper scholarships for children who have lived with cancer. For tickets, visit www.ymcacampkekoka.org, or call 435-3616.

Music by the River

Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will include Faron Hamblin on June 8 and Billy Joe Trio on June 15.

Concerts will begin at 6 p.m. in the picnic area at the park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. A $5 parking fee is payable at the front gate. Picnics are encouraged.

The Great Art Heist

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host The Great Art Heist exhibit June 4-29. The exhibit will feature art associated with The Great Art Heist gala at 4 p.m. June 29. Gala tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Ticket holders will receive a work of art.

A First Friday reception from 5-7 p.m. June 7 will showcase the exhibit. The public is invited to meet some of the exhibiting artists. The Great Art Heist tickets will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

Verville gala

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society on June 7 will host “An Evening at Verville” near Merry Point. The event will feature tours of the historic house, drinks, appetizers, a three-course dinner on the lawn and auctions.

Tickets are $100 per person. Advance purchase is required. Purchase tickets at 462-7280 or www.mkt.com/maryball.

Museum barbecue

Morattico Waterfront Museum will host June 8 “Swine, Wine and Beer” at 5 p.m. June 8 at the museum pavilion, 6584 Morattico Road, Morattico. Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will offer pork and chicken barbecue, appetizers, sides, desserts, a cash bar, locally made craft beer and Deejay Brian Cracik.

Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger. To reserve tickets call 480-9015 or email moratticowaterfrontmuseum@yahoo.com. Tickets will not be sold on the day of the event.

Crab festival

The Irvington Crab Festival will be held August 10 at the Irvington Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Grounds will open at 4 p.m., crabs will be served at 5 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase; a silent auction and museum tours will be held.

Tickets are $45, or $10 for ages 12 and younger. Tickets will be available Saturday, June 1, at steamboateramuseum.org and after June 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at the museum.

Spell it

Lancaster Community Library will host “For the Spell of It” at 2 p.m. June 23 at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. The spelling bee, for ages 17 and older, will help raise funds for the children and teen programs at the library. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place.

Teams of four adults can register at www.lancasterlibrary.org or pick up a registration form at the library. The minimum donation per team is $100. The spectator fee will be $10 or free for ages 11 and younger.

Barn Dance

The Kilmarnock Museum has scheduled a “Do You Remember” bus trip to the Old Dominion Barn Dance November 9 at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell.

The fee is $95 including bus fare, refreshments on the bus and admission to the show. To reserve seats, call Mary Brent at Adventure Travel, 436-9200, or Carroll Lee Ashburn, 296-0930. The deadline for reservations is Saturday, June 1.


Familiar faces are set to return to Main Street in Gloucester this summer, according to the Gloucester Arts Festival committee. As part of the annual summer arts event, iconic Seward Johnson life-size works of art will arrive on Main Street prior to an unveiling celebration at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

The 10 bronze-cast statues by Johnson will be part of a summer-long public art exhibit. The unveiling will start at the Gloucester Brewing Company and continue up Main Street, ending at Court Circle.

Beach party

On the Beach Dance Party will be held June 29 at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and Steve Owens & Summertime will take the stage at 6 p.m.

Greg Howell, The Shaggin’ DJ, will spin the best beach music before the concert. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at kilmarnockva.ticketleap.com, or the gate. Food vendors will be on site and adult beverages will be on sale.

Indoor yard sale

An indoor yard sale to benefit the Northumberland County Animal Shelter is held regularly at the Northumberland School Administration Building, 2172 Northumberland Highway, Lottsburg.

Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.

Historic home tour

The Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society will conduct a tour of Southern Sighs Inn, 35 Wares Bridge Road, Church View, from 1-5 p.m. June 30.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the house and grounds and to enjoy light refreshments. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at middlesexmuseum.com, or by mailing a check payable to Middlesex Museum to P.O. Box 121, Saluda, VA 23149. Tickets also may be purchased at Southern Sighs on tour day.

Bluegrass festival

The 2019 Mount Airy Bluegrass Festival will be held June 28-29 at Mount Airy Farm, 361 Millpond Road, Warsaw. Carolina Blue and Josh Grigsby & County Line will be featured June 28.

Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will be featured June 29. For times, fees and tickets, visit www.mountairy.farm or call 313-0815.