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39th annual Mathews Market Days set for Sept. 6-7

Richard Smith and Bad Ace will perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the Saturday Night Live Street Dance as part of Mathews Market Days.

The public is invited to visit the Courthouse Green in the heart of Mathews County on Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for the 39th annual Mathews Market Days

Also, on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. the public is invited to the annual Street Dance on the corner of Brickbat Road and Court Street. Admission and parking are free.

On Saturday only, shuttle bus transportation will be available at no cost from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The bus will pick up at Lee Jackson/Thomas Hunter Middle School (Church Street/Route 611) and at Mathews High School (Buckley Hall Road/Route 198) and stop at the corner of Court Street and Church Street. This is also a designated area for handicap loading and unloading. 

Street closures have been approved in the courthouse area, which include but not limited to the following: Route 1003, Route 1002 Court Street and Route 1001 Brickbat Road from September 5 at 12:01 a.m. through September 8 at 5 p.m. 

Youth Corner
Activities kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday with bounce houses, pony rides, shooting range, hair wraps and more! A favorite on Brickbat Stage from 1 to 4 p.m. will be karaoke with interactive games, dancing, prizes and awards.

New this year is the free Home Depot hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. All kids will get to keep their craft and will also receive a workshop apron. The workshops are on Friday, September 6, from 1-5 p.m., and on Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday Night
After enjoying your day at Market Days on Friday, enjoy, free of charge, a concert at Mathews High School with the Courthouse Chamber Orchestra at 7 p.m.; or take advantage of the endless entertainment and join the “Party at the Wharf” with “Groove Tide” at Williams Wharf from 5-9 p.m. located close to the courthouse and has one of Mathews most breath-taking views of the East River. The cost is $5 at the gate and beer/wine cash bar and food will be available.

Saturday morning starts with breakfast from the food vendors and having a seat to attend the Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. on the Brickbat Stage with Market Days chair Mark Smith awarding checks to grant recipients, introducing Delegate Keith Hodges and this year’s Honorary Mayor, Barbara Bass. Bass will assist Smith with the unveiling of the 2013 Market Days Poster and introducing the winner, Robin Marshall.

Pet Parade
The pet parade will be held on Saturday, September 7, in front of the main stage at 10 a.m. Register pets at the Animal Care Society (across from the library) on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or late registration will be on Saturday until 9:30 a.m.

You can dress pets up, or not. All pets must be on a leash or in cages. Water will be provided. There will be certificates, ribbons and prizes. Please take your pets home after the pet parade.

5K Crab Race
The race is on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and begins and ends at the YMCA parking lot, 10746 Buckley Hall Road (next to Best Value). Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. The fee before August 30 is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. The fee increases by $5 after August 30. 

Car Show
The Classic Cruisers Car Club will sponsor the Show and Shine Car Show on Saturday at the Lee-Jackson/Thomas Hunter School Complex on Church Street, only a short distance from the Courthouse Green. More than 50 vehicles will be on display. New this year, come watch a pinstriping demonstration by Emily Miles, a local from Middlesex. Around 3 p.m. the cars will be escorted exiting the show grounds down Church Street, turning left onto Main Street and then turning left onto Route 198 (Buckley Hall Road). 

Spelling Bee
Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula Inc. sponsors the fundraising event Spelling for Literacy, two spelling bees on Saturday in the Old Courthouse building. The student spelling bee is held at 10 a.m. and is open to all students in grades 3-8. For those students who register before the day of the bee, a word list will be provided. Students may register until the morning of the bee. The registration fee is $15; however, no child will be turned away because of registration fee. The winner of this bee has the option of continuing on to the Tidewater Regional Spelling Bee. The winner of that bee goes on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

At 3 p.m. the adult-team competition will be held with the winner of that bee taking possession of the Traveling Trophy for the year. The teams are made up of 1-3 adults who pay $125 to participate. The teams have options in order to remain in the bee when a word is misspelled. The audience can support their favorite team by providing funds to purchase “a buyback,” a “pass” or when the team doesn’t want to spell the given word, the audience can buy “an easy word.”

Inside Entertainment
Westville Christian Church on Main Street will host the Variety Music Hall on Saturday: noon-12:30 p.m., Bay Bell Ringers; 12:30-1 p.m., Courthouse Players (Broadway Music); 1:15-2 p.m., MGM Choir (gospel music); 2-2:15 p.m., Maggie Ulmer (vocalist); 2:15-3 p.m., Kathryn Diggs (sing along).

Outside Entertainment
Six musical groups will provide music from Brickbat Stage beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The lineup consists of Ebenezer Men’s Choir, The Meadow Street Band, Mike and Carolyn August, Bill Miles, Sons of the 7th and Mike McDivett. 

Crafts/Home Products
The Craft Fair will consist of handcrafted items including needle work of all kinds, dolls, woodworking, leather, basketry, ceramics and artwork. 
The Home Products Fair will consist of jams, jellies, preserves, pickles and wine. For more information, email or call Barbara Bass at 725-4026.

Street Dance
Bring the children and come to the corner of Brickbat Road and Court Street. Some food vendors will be open. The Saturday Night Live Street Dance is from 8-11 p.m. “Bad Ace” will be the featured band.

Visit for more details on Mathews Market Days.

posted 09.04.2013

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