Upcoming 6-27-19

Sip and Dip

The Tappahannock Artist’s Guild (TAG) will hold its “Sip and Dip” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the TAG Gallery, 200 Prince Street, Tappahannock. Joyce Crown-Wilkins will guide adult participants through an art exercise with a puzzling “jellyfish” theme.

Any skill level can have fun and leave with an artwork of their own. Bring a favorite beverage. Preregistration is recommended, call 925-1011 or text Wilkins at 761-8082.

Beach party

On the Beach Dance Party will be held Saturday, 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.

RCA concert

The Rappahannock Concert Association will host The Four Freshmen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Northumberland High School Performing Arts Theater, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville.

Adult tickets are $25 each. Students will be admitted at no charge. Purchase tickets at www.rappahannockconcerts.org, 888-210-8006, or the door.

The Great Art Heist

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock will host The Great Art Heist reception at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. As tickets are drawn during the event, each ticket holder gets their choice from a gallery of donated art.

The event also offers hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and silent auction. To purchase tickets, visit the RAL Art Center, or call 436-9309.

On Stage

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts recently announced its 2019-20 On Stage season. Subscriptions are $155 until Monday, July 1, and $165 thereafter. New subscribers’ seats will be assigned after July 1. Call the box office, 438-5555.

Concerts will include The Steep Canyon Rangers on September 22; The Philadelphia String Quartet, November 23; The Barefoot Movement, December 21; Leahy, March 14; and Fact 2 Face, April 18. All concerts take place at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Declaration of Independence

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church with the Cobbs Hall Chapter, DAR, and Richard Henry Lee Chapter, SAR, will host a public reading of the Declaration of Independence from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Historic Christ Church and Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

The event will celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the declaration with patriotic songs, a brief history of the document and a public reading performed by various members of the community.

Community celebration

The Lewisetta Independence Parade will be held Thursday, July 4. Parade line-up will begin at 9 a.m. at The Pond. The parade will start at 10 a.m.

Following the parade, the celebration will continue with hot dogs at Lewisetta Marina. For directions, contact Wendy Newsome 450-7963.


RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host an adult paint workshop from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The project will be “Fireworks.” The instructor will be Marilyn Sprouse.

The $35 fee includes all materials; members pay $30. Participants may bring a beverage of their choice. To register, call 436-9309.

Lees and Independence

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host a free Lees and Independence Family Fun Festival from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

A range of family-friendly activities will be offered, plus food trucks, tours of the Great House and music.

Irvington July 4 Hometown Parade

The 20th annual Irvington July 4 Hometown Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. Floats and other participants can mobilize at the end of King Carter Drive, beginning at 9 a.m. Kids can decorate their bicycles starting at 9:30 a.m. near the entrance of The Tides Inn.

The parade will be dedicated to former town administrator and parade coordinator Robert A. “Bob” Hardesty.

Raise the Roof

Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, invites the community to its sixth annual “Raise the Roof” Craft Beer Fest from 1-6 p.m. July 13. The event will feature a dozen Virginia craft beers, wine, barbecue, vegetarian fare, homemade ice cream and music by Good Shot Judy and the Bobby “BlackHat” Band.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $20 for ages 20 and younger, and free for age 5 and younger. To purchase tickets visit christchurch1735.ticketleap.com.

Piano lounge

David Graham will be featured on the piano from 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Hope and Glory Inn, 65 Tavern Road, Irvington.

Independence celebration

The Reedville independence celebration will open July 6 with the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk from Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. Registration will open at 6:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

Family activities and boat cruises continue from 10 a.m.-noon at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville. DJ Russ will entertain from 1-3 p.m. at the community gazebo. At 3 p.m., a parade will take place along Main Street. Fireworks will follow at 9:15 p.m. over Cockrell Creek.

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. Sunday, 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.

Music by the River

Upcoming Music by the River concerts at Belle Isle State Park will continue July 13 with The NewOldz and July 20 with Rappahannock Crossing.

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.

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 may be purchased at steamboateramuseum.org, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at the museum.

Chorale concert

The Reedville Chorale will present a patriotic concert at 3 p.m. July 7 at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville.