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Rivah Events Calendar

To avoid disappointment, call the numbers where indicated to verify dates and times of events. All area codes are 804 unless otherwise listed.

July

Tuesday, July 1
  • Read To The Dogs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Bring a book and read aloud for 10 minutes to a trained dog. 580-5051.
  • The Spoon Man, 5:30 p.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Interactive comedy/music program using two spoons. 435-1729.

Wednesday, July 2
  • Storytime, 10-11 a.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, KIlmarnock. Topic: Night creatures. Ages 2 and older. Crafts and snacks. 435-1729.

Thursday, July 3
  • Animal Art, 2-3 p.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about bald eagles through games and crafts, $2. 462-5030.

Friday, July 4
  • Mathews Fireworks Celebration, Mathews High School. Food vendors, shuttle bus service from Thomas Hunter Middle School beginning at 7 p.m., fireworks at dusk. 725-1488.
  • Yorktown 4th of July Celebration, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Yorktown waterfront. Parade at 9 a.m., followed by variety of activities, live entertainment, and fireworks display over the York River at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks are vividly visible from the Gloucester Point Beach on the other side of the river.
  • Gloucester Point Beach July 4th Celebration, all day, a free day of family fun, entertainment, swimming, fishing and boating. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. over the York River.
  • Open Art Studio, 9 a.m.-noon., Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Bring your art supplies and paint with others every Friday morning. 824-9464.
  • Night Fishing, 5-11:45 p.m., Beaverdam Park, Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. Held first Friday of each month through October. 693-2107.
  • Commemoration Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Burnt House Field Cemetery, Hague. Living-history interpretation at gravesite of Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, followed by service at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, 1233 Old Yeocomico Road. 
  • Lees & Independence Family Fun Festival, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Stratford Hall Plantation, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Scavenger hunt with prizes, free Great House tours, food, colonial games, Gristmill tours. 493-8038.
  • Irvington 4th of July Hometown Parade, 10 a.m., King Carter Drive, Irvington.
  • First Friday Reception, 5-7 p.m., Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Hosted by Rappahannock Art League. Meet current exhibiting artists. 436-9309.
  • First Friday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m., Montross. Self-guided tour of galleries and shops.
  • Pirates, Privateers and Patriots Kayak Trip, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Fireworks, 9 p.m., Municipal Pier, Colonial Beach.
  • Fireworks, 9 p.m. Kinsale.

Saturday, July 5
  • Reedville Independence Day Celebration, 6:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Main Street Reedville. Firecracker 5K, 6:45 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start, Festival Halle; Artist’s Arena/Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bethany Church; Kid’s Events, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Reedville Fishermen’s Museum; Food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Boat Display, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Reedville Fishermen’s Museum pier; Parade, 3 p.m., Main Street; Fairfields
  • Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks Cruise, 7-10 p.m., Fireworks Extravaganza, 9 p.m. visible over Cockrells Creek.
  • Fireworks, Essex Little League Fields, Airport Road.
  • Urbanna Independence Day Celebration, 5 p.m., Urbanna Town Marina. Food, music, games, boat parade at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Watch from the marina or anchor boat in Urbanna Creek. 758-2613.
  • Deltaville 5K & Fun Run, 8 a.m., Route 33, in front of Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building. Kids Run at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:30 a.m. Register online at DVLRace.com. Walk-up registration is at 6:30 a.m. at DCA building on race day.
  • Independence Born to Run 5K, 10 a.m., Beaverdam Park, Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. Red, white and blue theme. $3 per person or $10 per family. 693-2107.
  • Book Signing, Captain Alexander “Sandy” G. Monroe, will sign his new book, “In Service to Their Country, Christchurch School and the American Uniformed Services,” at the Middlesex Museum.
  • Semipro Baseball, 5 p.m., Deltaville Ballpark, Deltaville Deltas vs. York Cannons.
  • Montross Market Day, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Courthouse Square, Montross.  703-598-2112.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.

Sunday, July 6
  • World Famous Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., American Legion Post 83, Route 198, Hudgins. $8. 725-9133.
  • Happy Hiker Club Hike, 9-10 a.m., Beaverdam Park, Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. Held first Sunday of each month. $3. 693-2107.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 493-8821.

Monday, July 7
  • Geocaching 101, 10-11:30 a.m., Meet at Camp Store, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Hand-held GPS instruction, in-the-park treasure hunt. $6 per unit, includes additional two hours usage. Reservations suggested, 462-5030.
  • Babygarten Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, KIlmarnock. Songs and rhymes. Ages 3 months to 2 years. 435-1729.
  • Special Reading Event, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Northumberland Family YMCA, 6348 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Topic: A Steamboat Adventure Tale, with children’s author Barbara Deitz. Sponsors: YMCA and Northumberland Public Library.580-5051.

Tuesday, July 8
  • VIMS Sharks In The Park, 10-11:30 a.m., Beaverdam Park, Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. Hands-on program on sharks hosted by York River State Park. For ages 8 and up. Free. 693-2107.
  • Art From The Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House. De-stress by creating art and drinking wine. Everything is supplied. Held second Tuesday of each month. $35. 824-9464.
  • Read To The Dogs, 2-3 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Bring a book and read aloud for 10 minutes to a trained dog. 580-5051.

July 8-10
  • Junior Rangers-Rappahannock Antics, 9 -11:45 a.m., Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Rappahannock River wildlife, history, culture, ecology and stewardship. Seining, crafts, games. Ages 6-9. $5 per day, no charge for accompanying adults. Registration required, 462-5030.
  • Grandparent-Grandchild Summer Camp. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. $360 per person. For brochures and registration, call 493-8038, ext. 1026.

Wednesday, July 9
  • Storytime, 10-11 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Topic: Great big cats. Ages 2 and older. Crafts and snacks. 435-1729.

Thursday, July 10
  • Chris Campbell’s Music For Kids Show, 10-11 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Folk and pop music. 435-1729.
  • Chasing the Illusive Image: The Origins, Identification and Care of Antique Photographs, 6 p.m. Menokin Visitor’s Center, 4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw. Speaker: Jeffrey Allison. $10.
  • Tactical Tea, 2-5 p.m., Bethany Inn at Leafwood, Saluda. A stop on the Tactical Tea Historic Bed and Breakfast Tour. 501-286-2157.

Friday, July 11
  • VIMS Public Tour, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point. A guided walking tour of VIMS indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • Wine on the Water/Art in the Park, 5-8 p.m., Minor Farm, 371 Island Farm Road, Tappahannock. Live music, art, wine, craft beers, food. $10. Proceeds benefit Tappahannock Regional Free Health Clinic and Tappahannock Artists Guild.
  • Open Art Studio, 9 a.m.-noon., Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Bring your art supplies and paint with others every Friday morning. 824-9464.
  • Animal Adventures, 10-11:30 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. 4-H activity. Ages 6-10. 462-5780.
  • Night Owls & Coyote Howls Campfire, 8-9 p.m., Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Nocturnal wildlife facts and folklore. 462-5030.
  • Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., Colonial Beach. 224-7181.
  • Pirates, Privateers and Patriots Kayak Trip, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.

Saturday, July 12
  • Garden Walk, 10:30 a.m., Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester. Free, but registration required. 693-3966.
  • “Blackbeard the Pirate,” 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lighthouse Worship Center, Route 17, Gloucester. A children’s play presented by The Court House Players and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door, $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-18, and free under age 4. 757-592-7632.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Second Saturday Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Colonial games, arts, crafts, ice cream. 438-6855.
  • Stock Car Racing, 7:30 p.m., Virginia Motor Speedway, Route 17, Jamaica in Middlesex County. 758-1VMS.
  • Wetlands Canoe Trip, 9-11 a.m. Meet at Camp Store, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about the wetlands. Guided tour, including canoe rental, life jacket and brief instruction. Ages 6 and older. $5. Reservations suggested.  462-5030.
  • Dragons & Minnows, 2-3:30 a.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Catch butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, invertebrate and small fish. Equipment provided. $2. 462-5030.

Sunday, July 13
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 493-8821.
  • Cruise-In, 4 p.m., Hosted by Memory Lane Car Club at the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. All types of vehicles are welcome. 435-6171.

Monday, July 14
  • Babygarten Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, KIimarnock. Songs and rhymes. Ages 3 months to 2 years. 435-1729.
  • Special Reading Event, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Northumberland Family YMCA, 6348 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Topic: Pawfect Pitch, with singer and storyteller Ginger Inabinet. Sponsors: YMCA and Northumberland Public Library. 580-5051.

July 14-19
  • Family Boatbuilding Week/Fish Fry, Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville. Public invited to watch as Wright skiffs are built. On July 19, boat races begin at 10:30 a.m. and fish fry begins at 11:30 a.m. 776-7200.

Tuesday, July 15
  • VIMS Discovery Lab-Turtles, 7-9 p.m., Catlett-Burress Research Lab, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point. Free.
  • Read To The Dogs, 2-3 p.m., Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Bring a book and read aloud for 10 minutes to a trained dog. 580-5051.

Wednesday, July 16
  • Storytime, 10-11 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Topic: Funny & Furry Tails. Ages 2 and older. Crafts and snacks. 435-1729.
  • Petting Zoo, 10-noon., Northumberland Family YMCA, 6348 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
  • Chamber Carnival Night, 4:30-7 p.m., Summer Nights Market, Carriage Court Lawn, Gloucester Court House. Carnival games, live entertainment by Something Different, farmers’ market. 695-0700.

Thursday, July17
  • Get Frozen Camp, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. 4-H activity. Crafts, snacks, experiments inspired by the movie, “Frozen.”Ages 5-8. $5 Pre-registration required. 462-5780.
  • Unique Mime & Magic Illusion, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. 435-1729.
  • Camp Rescue, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Deltaville, for ages 9-13. Campers will be introduced to basic safety and first aid topics. Free admission, snacks, lunch, t-shirt, and other goodies. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 776-6606.
  • Animal Art, 2-3 p.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about deer through games and crafts, $2. 462-5030.

Friday, July 18
  • Hands-On History Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Explore history of early Virginia through archaeology, 18th-century brickmaking, grave rubbings. Pizza party. Ages 6-12. Pre-registration required. 438-6855.
  • Jacob’s Ladder Golf Classic, Golden Eagle Golf Course at the Tides Inn in Irvington. Activities begin at 11 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. $150 per player. Four-player teams, preferred drive, two best scores format. 1-800-368-2870 or 758-0712.
  • Open Art Studio, 9 a.m.-noon, Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Bring your art supplies and paint with others every Friday morning. 824-9464.
  • VIMS Public Tour, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point. A guided walking tour of VIMS indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • Lego-Mania, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Bring your own Legos. Ages 6 and older. 435-1729.
  • Pirates, Privateers and Patriots Kayak Trip, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Keeping The Home Fires Burning, 8-9 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about the Civil War’s impact on the Northern Neck. 462-5030.

Saturday, July 19
  • “Robin Hood,” 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., St. Clare Walker Middle School, Route 33, Locust Hill. A children’s play presented by The Court House Players and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door, $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-18, and free under age 4. 757-592-7632.
  • Semipro Baseball, 7:30 p.m., Deltaville Ballpark, Deltaville Deltas vs. Peninsula Pirates.
  • Safe Paddling Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Meet at Camp Store, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. U.S. Coast Guard 3-10 will present a Paddlesports America safety course for the novice and experienced paddler. 3-hour classroom instruction, followed by canoe and kayak lessons. $10. Ages 12 and older. Registration required, 462-5030.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Teen Talk with Ms. Tonya, noon-1 p.m., Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Ages 16 and older. A permission slip and pre-registration is required. Visit the library, or call 435-1729.
  • Craft Beer Festival, 4-8 p.m., Historic Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. 12 craft beers, music by James Justin & Co. $30, souvenir glass and four tasting tickets, barbecue by Savannah Joe’s, tours of Christ Church and museum gallery. Purchase tickets at Christ Church, or 438-6855.
  • CAPINNÉ Dinner, 6 p.m., Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock. Northern Neck Rotary Club Gala fundraiser. Portrayal of 1800 presidential debate between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. $100 per person, or a variety of table options. Reservations required, 435-4169.

Sunday, July 20
  • Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Smith Shelter, Beaverdam Park, Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. Registration deadline is July 14. For ages 13 and older. 693-2107.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 493-8821.
  • Digital Story Telling with a Camera, Menokin Visitor’s Center, 4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw. Speaker: Stacey Evbans. Enroll at 758-6755.

Monday, July 21
  • Barefoot Puppets “Little Bread Hen,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. 435-1729.
  • Special Reading Event, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Northumberland Family YMCA, 6348 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Topic:  Drawing Creatures with Paws, with artist David Aiken. Sponsors: YMCA and Northumberland Public Library.580-5051.

July 21-22
  • Mad Science Camp, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. 4-H activity.  Ages 9-13. $10 Pre-registration required. 462-5780.

Tuesday, July 22
  • Read To The Dogs, 2-3 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Bring a book and read aloud for 10 minutes to a trained dog. 580-5051.

Wednesday, July 23
  • Storytime, 10-11 a.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, KIlmarnock. Topic: Beary good books. Ages 2 and older. Crafts and snacks. 435-1729.

July 23-25
  • 4-H Canoe Trips, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Totuskey Creek, Richmond County, July 23.  Glebe and Ames Creeks, Westmoreland County, July 24. Rosier Creek, Westmoreland County July 25. Register at Westmoreland Extension office, 493-8924.

Thursday, July 24

    American Girl Tea Party, 6-7 p.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Ages 6 and older with doll. Must be a Lancaster Community Library summer reader. Pre-registration required. 435-1729.

July 24-August 3

    Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department Fireman’s Festival, 7-10 p.m. nightly, except July 27. Kilmarnock Carnival Grounds, Waverly Avenue. Rides, games, food, raffles.

Friday, July 25
  • Solo Art Show and Reception, 6-8 p.m., Tappahannock Art Gallery.
  • Open Art Studio, 9 a.m.-noon, Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Bring your art supplies and paint with others every Friday morning. 824-9464.
  • Pirates, Privateers and Patriots Kayak Trip, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Night Owls & Coyote Howls Campfire, 8-9 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Nocturnal wildlife facts and folklore. 462-5030.

Saturday, July 26
  • Semipro Baseball, 7:30 p.m., Deltaville Ballpark, Deltaville Deltas vs. VBA 61’s.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m. Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Stock Car Racing, 7:30 p.m., Virginia Motor Speedway, Route 17, Jamaica in Middlesex County. 758-1VMS.
  • Make A Crab Pot, 10-11 a.m., Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Make your own crab pot. $30. Registration requested, 462-5030.
  • Dragons & Minnows, 2-3:30 a.m., Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Catch butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, invertebrate and small fish. $2. 462-5030.

Sunday, July 27
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 9-11 a.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. For fees and reservations, call 1-800-933-7275.
  • Fossils & Fun Kayak Trip, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Westmoreland State Park. Equipment, guide and instruction included. Reservations recommended. 493-8821.

Monday, July 28
  • Special Reading Event, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Northumberland Family YMCA, 6348 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Topic: Pawty Picnic and Free Swim. Sponsors: YMCA and Northumberland Public Library. 580-5051.

July 28-August 1
  • Summer Slam Camp, Dream Fields, 1693 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock. Ages 7-12. $150 full day, $100 half-day. Softball or baseball.Register at Northern Neck Family YMCA, or call 814-327-6609.

July 29-31
  • Junior Rangers-Survival Through The Ages, 9 -11:45 a.m., Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn techniques used by Virginia Indians and outdoorsmen. Ages 10-older. $5 per day, no charge for accompanying adults. Registration required, 462-5030.
  • Pizza Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., A.T. Johnson Building, Montross. 4-H day camp focusing on agriculture, food safety, healthy living, pizza making. Ages 9-13.  $12 per participant. Register at Westmoreland County Extension Office, 493-8924.

Wednesday, July 30
  • Magic Show By Wes Iseli, noon. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Summer reading awards ceremony. 435-1729.

July 30-31
  • Hitting/Pitching Clinic, 5-7 p.m., Dream Fields, 1693 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock. Ages 13-17. Baseball. Staff includes Virginia Commonwealth University coaches. $30 both days. Register at 814-327-6609.

posted 06.30.2014

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