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Upcoming 6-21-18

Art & wine

The Tappahannock Artists’ Guild will host art teacher Joyce Crown-Wilkins at a wine and art event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, June 21, at the TAG Gallery, 200 Prince Street, Tappahannock.

Adult coloring pages are all the rage…come be exposed to a technique called “Zentangling” while unwinding with friends. Absolutely no drawing experience needed. All materials will be provided and even the most novice artist or those with more experience can “do their own thing.”

Native plants

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at noon today, Thursday, June 21, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church. President Kevin Howe will present “Virginia’s Amazing Carnivorous Plants.” 

Bring a brown bag lunch. Some snacks and beverages will be available.

Yard sale

Detachment 1062 of the Marine Corps League will hold its 17th annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, next to Banes Upholstery Shop in Callao. There also will be a 50/50 raffle.

Proceeds will support a host of organizations and assist less fortunate persons in the community. Sale items will include, furniture, electronics, boating articles, art and collectibles. To donate items, bring them to the site by 8 a.m. on sale day.

Park historian

Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter UDC and Lancaster County Chapter UDC will host national park historian Patrick Schroeder at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Olivia’s in the Village, 6597 Main Street, Gloucester.

Schroeder will present “Myths about Lee’s Surrender.” A no-host dinner will start at 5 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 453-9156 or 695-2669.

Art lecture

The American Impressionists slide lecture series will continue from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Tappahannock Art Gallery, 200 Prince Street, Tappahannock. Aaron Bowles will present the works of Childe Hassam.

Admission is $6. Light refreshments will be served. To enroll in one or more of the series, continuing bi-weekly through June, call Frank Rixey at 445-5131.

Guest speaker

 Chesapeake Bay reporter, book author and filmmaker Tom Horton on June 29 will present “The Once and Future Chesapeake: A Reporter’s Five-Decade Glimpse” at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock. The event will begin with a cash-bar reception at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

 The dinner and presentation is open to ICYCC members and others. Club members can make their reservations directly at 435-1340. Nonmembers should contact Bud Ward for reservation details at [email protected] or  703-307-0150. The $35 per person fee covers the full buffet dinner, taxes, gratuities and includes a $5 speaker honorarium.

Benefit concert

The fifth annual Veterans Benefit Concert will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. June 30 at Yankee Point Marina, 1303 Oak Hill Road, Lancaster. Four bands are donating their time to play for veterans and fans. Admission is $10. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will benefit Camp4Heroes, which provides respite care for wounded veterans, police, firemen and their caregivers at their facility in North Carolina.

Children’s tours

The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will offer children’s tours for ages 4 and older from 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays through August 10. Children also may make a steamboat.

The fee will be $5 per child. Tours are free for accompanying adults. For reservations, call 438-6888.

Music by the River

Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will feature Bill Gurley & Friends on July 14 and Wayne Henderson and Helen White on July 21. The July 21 concert is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

The 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.

Hometown Parade

The Town of Irvington will host its annual Hometown Independence Day Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4 along King Carter Drive. The parade will be followed by an antique car show on the Irvington Commons, 98 King Carter Drive, Irvington.

Beer fest

Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, will hold its fifth annual Raise the Roof Craft Beer Fest from 1 to 6 p.m. July 14. The event will feature Good Shot Judy and the Bobby “Blackhat” Walters blues band, a dozen Virginia craft beers and ciders, wine, barbecue, vegetarian fare and homemade ice cream.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for those younger than age 21. To purchase tickets visit

Boot camp

The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will offer “Boot Camp” for ages 10 and older from 10 a.m. to noon June 30, July 21 and August 11. Participants will learn about watermen and oystering, and will paint their own miniature waterman’s boots, just like the large boots seen around the area.

A scavenger hunt for all visiting children is available with a prize at the end. The fee is $15, including materials. For camp reservations, call 438-6888.

Country breakfast

Lancaster Union Lodge #88 A.F. & A.M. will serve an all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. July 14. at the Lodge, 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

The fee is $10. Ages 5 and younger, uniformed military and law enforcement eat free.

Bluegrass festival

The 2018 Mount Airy Bluegrass Festival will be held June 30 at Mount Airy Farm, 361 Millpond Road, Warsaw. The event, beginning at 3 p.m., will feature Josh Grigsby & County Line, The Trailblazers with Ivy Phillips, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, and The Seldom Scene.

Adult general admission tickets are $45 each, youth general admission tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets are $65 each. The VIP tickets include reserved seating closer to the stage and VIP parking. Tickets are available at, or 313-0815.

Special hours

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society-Mary Ball Washington Museum, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster, will hold special Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7, July 28 and August 4, for the public to view the exhibit “Lancaster in World War I: Home Front to Battle Front.” 

The exhibit also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through August 17.  A $5 donation is requested for admission.

Battle of Cricket Hill

On July 6 the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line and the Maryland 14th Regiment of foot, Royal Marines from HMS Otter, and the Queen’s own loyal regiment, will set camp on the field surrounding the Gwynn’s Island Civic Center, 1996 Old Ferry Road, Gwynn.

On July 7 and 8 there will be a reenactment of the Battle of Cricket Hill followed by commemoration activities. The activity is part of a series of events planned to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Cricket Hill which took place on Gwynn’s Island, July 9-10, 1776.

Historical musical

“Crickets on A Hill,” a historical musical by the late Judy Ward, will be presented at 7 p.m. June 30 and 3 p.m. July 1 at Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews.

The presentation is part of a series of events planned to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Cricket Hill which took place on Gwynn’s Island, July 9-10, 1776.

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