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Climate, algae and coral reefs

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at noon Thursday, September 19, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.

Dr. Judy Lang will present “Algae & Reef Corals In A Time Of Abrupt Climate Change.” The public is welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; some snacks and beverages will be available.

Autumn strokes

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host an adult paint workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, September 20. The topic will be autumn. The instructor will be Marilyn Sprouse.

The fee is $30 for members and $35 for others, including materials. Participants may bring their choice of beverage. To register, call 436-9309.

Wine and oysters

The 2019 Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 21-22 at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. General event and day-of tickets are $30 per day for tasting tickets, $20 for non-tasting tickets.

Tasting tickets include a wine glass and are for wine tasting only. They do not include oysters or beer tasting. Tickets are $5 for ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and younger. Purchase tickets online through Thursday, September 19, at

Chicken dinner

The MidCounty Volunteer Rescue Squad will sponsor a chicken dinner to benefit squad member Melvin Cockrell.

The dinner will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at the squad building, 7990 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. The fee will be $15.


The Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 21, at the Essex Public Library, 117 North Church Lane, Tappahannock.

Genealogy series

Sharon B. Hodges will present “Researching Your Family History: Genealogy Lecture Series,” from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, and 22, at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Each session can be attended as a stand-alone. The fee is $20 for Lancaster Virginia Historical Society members and $25 for others per session. Pre-registration is required. Contact or 462-7280.

Yard sale

Marine Corps League Detachment 1062 will hold a charity yard sale and 50/50 raffle from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. September 28 in the Banes Northern Neck Upholstery parking lot, 129 Northumberland Highway, Callao.

Sale items may include furniture, collectibles and art. Proceeds help local people and organizations. To donate goods (no clothes or old TVs) drop them off at the site by 8:30 a.m. on sale day.

Holly Ball exhibit

Holly crowns from the 1960s and related memorabilia, including the gown of history-making 2017 queen Trinity Bea are on display at the Kilmarnock Museum, 76 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Bea was the first African-American crowned queen of the Holly Ball.

The Kilmarnock Museum is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

Wren Masters

The Wren Masters, a classical quartet from Williamsburg, will perform “Jamestown 1619: Music from the New World and the Old” from 4-6 p.m. September 28 at Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

Tickets are $35 and include libations at intermission. Tickets may be purchased at, at the HCC&M office or at the door.

Chorale rehearsals

Chesapeake Chorale rehearsals will continue at 7 p.m. Mondays through December 2 at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, 89 East Church Street, Kilmarnock.

All who are interested in a season of fun, music and friendships are welcome. Christmas concerts will be presented December 6, 7 and 8.


The Friends of Dragon Run will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, at the Gloucester County Library, 6920 Main Street, Gloucester.

Virginia Living Museum education associate Bo Baker will present a program on mammals in the Dragon Run watershed.


The Northern Neck Rotary Club will present the 29th annual CAPINNE fundraiser—the “Great Northern Neck Race,” November 2. The race, with a grand prize of $5,000, will start at noon at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.

Each four-person team/vehicle must raise a minimum of $400 to participate. Teams will be given a set of clues and tasks to complete, with points for each completed task. To enter, complete the application form at Applications also will be available at Lancaster by the Bay Chamber, 16-A Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

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