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Upcoming 6-28-18

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 Friday, 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.

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 Saturdays, 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.

The fee is $15, including materials. For camp reservations, call 438-6888.

Historical musical

“Crickets on A Hill,” a historical musical by the late Judy Ward, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and 3 p.m. Sunday, 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.


The Callao Summerfest Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Callao Ruritan Lot, 185 Ruritan Lane, Callao.

The celebration, sponsored by the Callao Volunteer Fire Department, will feature an auto show, monster truck display, craft bazaar, flea market, farmers market, food vendors, fun zone and music and dancing under the stars to The Janitors.

Declaration of Independence

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church and the Cobbs Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invite the community to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

The free event will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration with patriotic songs, a brief history and a public reading.


The Wicomico Community fireworks display will be presented at 9:30 p.m. July 6 at Northumberland High School, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The rain date is July 7.

Lewisetta Parade

The Lewisetta Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at The Pond.

Author Expo

Author Expo 2018 will be held from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock. The keynote speaker will be John DeDakis.

The event will feature over 30 artists, book signings, children’s story times, a variety of one-hour workshops and panel discussions. For a schedule of workshops, go to, or contact event coordinator David Cariens at 435-7065.

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.

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.


Historyland Community Workshop will meet at 10 a.m. first and third Mondays at Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Center Drive, Kilmarnock. Bring a drink or treat.

The goal is to meet, create items for an annual benefit sale and distribute the proceeds for scholarships to Lancaster and Northumberland High School graduates.

On Stage

Season subscriptions are on sale for the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts 25th anniversary On Stage season. The series includes the Richmond Symphony Pops, 3:30 p.m., September 30; Seldom Scene, 7:30 p.m., November 10; Voiceplay, 7:30 p.m. December 15; The Julian Bliss Septet, 7:30 p.m. March 2; and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, 7:30 p.m. April 13; plus Judy Collins, 3:30 p.m., May 12. All shows will be staged at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Subscriptions are $155 until July 1, or $165. Single ticket sales, if seats are available, will go on sale online or through the RFA office on August 10 at $39 for any of the first five concerts and on October 1 at $50 each for “An Afternoon with Judy Collins.” For a brochure, contact the RFA office, 438-5555; or

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

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.

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