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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


Friendly Fire
imageUrbanna, Va.— Every year in November close to Veterans Day and the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marines, there is a celebration at Christ Church to honor Lt. General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller who is buried in the churchyard. It’s a not-to-miss event.


Fun at the Fest
In spite of cold weather and wind off the Rappahannock River that drove to the bone, my two days of short stints manning the Sentinel table at the Oyster Festival was lots of fun. Readers came from far and wide to say hello. Many locals also stopped by to check in. It was delightful to hear remarks that this column has generated throughout the years.


Say Eckhard’s and smile
imageMiddlesex County has a number of outstanding businesses and Eckhard’s Restaurant in Topping is one of them. This dining establishment rates five stars in my book.


Happy Oyster Fest to All
Sometimes I think each year at this time as the leaves turn from green into glorious shades of red and gold . . . Good heavens! Is it time again already for the Urbanna Oyster Festival? And there you go again, the usual occurrence as one ages, life happening so fast that one can barely keep up with it.


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