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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.

October

Friday, October 4
  • Middlesex Rotary Golf Tournament, Piankatank River Golf Club, Hartfield. 776-0409.
  • Merchants Participation Day, all day, Montross. Part of Montross Fall Festival. Best chocolate cake contest. Little Mr. and Little Miss Montross contests at 6 p.m. at Washington & Lee High School.
  • Black & White Art, 6 p.m., First Fridays at Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester. Food, cash bar, music by Bryan Forest. 824-9464.

October 4-5
  • Crab Carnival, downtown West Point, begins 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Carnival rides, music, food, artists and craftspeople, firemen’s parade, fireworks. http://www.crabcarnival.com. 843-4620.
  • Harvest Festival, all day, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach. 224-7750.
  • Family Night, 6-7 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. All stories presented in Spanish by storyteller Isabel Garcia. 580-5051.

Saturday, October 5
  • Montross Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Montross. 5K run at 7 a.m., Paws Pet Show 11 a.m., parade 2 p.m. Music throughout the day. Awards ceremony 3:30 p.m.
  • Oktoberfest, noon-10 p.m., Warsaw Town Park, 171 Main Street. Sponsored by the Warsaw Rotary Club. Traditional Oktoberfest craft beer and food, games, contest, silent auction and music by the The Lost Vagabonds and Honkytonk Heroes Band. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Discount for children 12 and under. An all-ages event. Purchase tickets at http://www.warsawrotaryclub.com.
  • Food Foraging for Fall, 1-3 p.m. Belle Isle State Park. Hike to find wild foods, taste natural remedies for winter ailments and learn how to make tinctures. Bring a small jar and baggies for collection. $5 materials fee. Reservations required. 462-5030.
  • 100th Anniversary of Gloucester Woman’s Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Edge Hill, Gloucester. Costumed actors, early 20th-century demonstrations, country store, refreshments. 693-6201.
  • Stratford Under Our Feet: the Geology and Paleontology of Stratford Hall, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Stratford Hall. Speaker paleontologist Robert Weems. $10 per person; $5 each in groups of three or more. 493-8038.
  • Autumn Dance, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Festival Halle, Reedville. Sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. $20 per person. For reservations call 453-6529.
  • 15th Annual Distinctive Bazaar, 8 a.m. Irvington United Methodist Church. Specialty tables, fall and holiday crafts, bakery booth and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Northern Neck Food Bank, Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck and college scholarship funds.
  • Talent Show, 7-9 p.m., Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield. $2 plus bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank.
  • Yard Sale, 7 a.m.-noon, The Earth Store, Kilmarnock. To benefit the River Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross.
  • Haunted House, all day, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach. Part of the squad’s annual Harvest Festival.
  • Corn Maze, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • GOP Oyster Roast, 2-5 p.m. Cowart Seafood, Lottsburg. All-you-can-eat oysters, raw or steamed. Seafood chowder, hot dogs, drinks. Adult beverages additional charge. Tickets $30, $5 children 7-12 years old, children under 7 free. Silent auction, raffle, music. 580-8313.
  • Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Living Water Lutheran Church, 83 Bluff Point Road, Kilmarnock. Crafts, flea market, music, games, snacks, children’s crafts.
  • Solar Home Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Three Gloucester homes and two Mathews homes that use solar and wind power are stops on the tour. Call 693-6381 for more information.
  • Yorktown Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m.Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. Advance tickets $25 and available at http://www.villageevents.org. 757-890-3500.

Sunday, October 6
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Northumberland County Historical Society, 2 p.m., 86 Back Street, Heathsville. Katie Barney Moose will speak on “Early American Food and Herbs from Colonial Times to the War of 1812.”
  • World Famous Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., American Legion Post 83, Route 198, Hudgins, Mathews County. $8 donation. 725-9133.

Thursday, October 10
  • Mutt Strut on the Catwalk Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11 a.m., Abingdon Ruritan Center, Bena. Sponsored by Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. $50. 694-0772.
  • Rotary Pork Roast, 5-8 p.m., firehouse on Airport Road, Tappahannock.
  • William & Mary Alumni Oyster Roast, 5-8 p.m., Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock. 438-5739.
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.

Friday, October 11
  • Historical Marker Dedication, 11 a.m., Route 333 at old Payne’s Store, Hartfield. Marker honors Lt. John Taylor Wood’s ambush of the Union gunboat General Putnam at Wilton Creek and is titled “Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River.” After the ceremony, the public is invited to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Rd., to tour the current exhibit about Wood and to view a replica of one of Wood’s boarding cutters. 776-7200. http://www.deltavillemuseum.com
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.
  • Second Friday Art Walk, 6-8 p.m. downtown Colonial Beach.
  • Oktoberfest, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Callao, 6 to 9 p.m., traditional German buffet-style dinner and beverages, including German beer, a live band and dancing. $35 in advance only. 472-3235.
  • Artist Wine & Cheese Preview Night, 5-8 p.m., Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek road, Deltaville. Part of the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival. 776-7200.
  • Ratlines Book Discussion, 3-4:30 p.m., aboard the Francis Smith at the Deltaville Maritime Museum, “Mr. Midshipman Hornblower” will be discussed, refreshments. Free. 758-5717.

October 11-13
  • Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, Rappahannock Yachts, Irvington. Classic sailboat race on the Rappahannock River. Shoreside events, including welcome happy hour, captain’s meeting, barbecue banquet and breakfasts. Registration forms at latellsails.com or call 776-6151.

Saturday, October 12
  • Warsawfest, 9 a.m., Rappa-hannock Community College grounds, Warsaw. Arts and craft vendors, children’s games, food. Parade at 3 p.m.
  • Main Street Blues & Brews, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Tabb House Lawn, Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Music by five blues bands, 20 different microbrews. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Sponsored by the Gloucester Main Street Association. 695-0700.
  • Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville. Over 70 original artists, pirates, model trains, car show, creek cruises, seafood. Free. 776-7200.
  • 18th Annual Fall Festival, all day, Fairfields United Methodist Church, Burgess. Children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, bake sale, food, silent auction, music, hayride, pumpkin painting.
  • October Fun Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Taber Park, Urbanna. Activities for all ages and an “Art Walk” through town.
  • Octoberfest, 4-7 p.m., Frances de Sale Church, Mathews. German food, beer and wine. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Sit-down dinner $18; $8 for children under 10. Take-out dinners $15. No tickets sold at door. Call 776-7427 or 725-5093 for tickets.
  • Fall Hayride, 2 p.m. Belle Isle State Park. Take a hayride around the park to learn about the park’s history and wildlife. Hot cider and campfire to follow. $3 per person. Reservations recommended. 462-5030.
  • Run For Your Life! 5K and Trick & Trot Monster Mile, 9 a.m. Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Irvington. The 5K is an all-terrain course for runners and walkers only. Wear costumes along the Monster Mile. Children encouraged to trick-or-treat while walking the one-mile course. For all ages. No pets please. Entry fees and registration required. 438-4024.
  • Third Annual Walk for Water, 9 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock. Benefit for Living Water Sustainable Treatment Systems for developing countries and disaster victims. 438-6677.
  • Haunted House, all day, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach.
  • Corn Maze, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Home School/Artifact ID Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Kilmarnock Museum, 76 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Field trip for homeschoolers. Public invited to bring artifacts for identification by Williamsburg archeologists. Free.
  • Expressions, an exhibit featuring art created by Commonwealth Assisted Living residents from nine Virginia communities, at the Studio Gallery in Kilmarnock until October 26.
  • Firearms Auction, 7 p.m., Middlesex Sportsmen’s Hunt Club, 1860 Twiggs Ferry Rd., Hartfield. Proceeds benefit Firearm Safety Education Program. maceywhite@gmail.com.
  • Bulb Basics Workshop, 1 p.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester. Free. Pre-register at 693-3966.

Sunday, October 13
  • James Madison Re-enactment, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Middlesex Woman’s Club, 210 Virginia Street, Urbanna. Refreshments will follow the performances at Historic Lansdowne on Virginia Street in Urbanna. Sponsored by the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society. $40. 776-6983.
  • Go Wild!, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rappa-hannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge, Hutchinson Tract, 19180 Tidewater Trail, Tappahannock. The Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge Friends Group annual celebration. Bird walk 9 a.m., kayak/canoe tour 10 a.m.-noon, music by Ben Eberline noon-3 p.m. Throughout the day, bird hunt, trail hike, archery, arts/crafts, birdhouse building, free food and free raffles. Silent auction. 366-6851.
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m., Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Urbanna. All-you-can-eat or carry-out.

Thursday, October 17
  • Listening Lambs Story Hour, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville. For almost 3’s and 3-5 year olds. Theme: Monster Fun. 580-5051.

Friday, October 18
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.

Saturday, October 19
  • Dog Gone Dog Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Irvington town commons. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck. Categories include best lap dog, best tail wagger, best kisser. Free admission. Register at the show. No cats please.
  • Show Your Colors for Fall, 1 p.m. Belle Isle State Park. Picnic area. Learn about fall leaves and animal migration. Paint a t-shirt with collected leaves. $3. Reservations recommended. 462-5030.
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.
  • Bluegrass and BBQ, 1-4 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove. Celebrate the end of the harvest. Bluegrass music, barbecue. Includes tour, tasting and wine glass. Food for sale or bring a picnic.
  • Kingston Parish Fall Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., parish house, Main Street, Mathews. Free. 725-2175.
  • Haunted House, all day, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach.
  • 12th Annual Community Oyster Roast, 5-9 p.m. 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. $45. Advance tickets at chesapeakeacademy.org or at the school. Music by the Phun Doctors.
  • Corn Maze, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Farm to Fork Dinner, Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. Reservations required. 761-5952.
  • Art Speaks On The Bay, 4-7 p.m., Bay School, Main Street, Mathews. Juried art show open to all Virginia artists.
  • Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sharon Baptist Church, Weems. Parade 11 a.m. Tiny Tot contest, music, food.
  • Rappahannock River Run/Walk, 8 a.m., 44 Water Lane, St. Margaret’s School, Tappahannock. Register at http://www.sms.org/run.
  • Garden Walk, 10:30 a.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester. Free. Pre-register at 693-3966.

October 19-20
  • Battle of the Hook, Inn at Warner Hall, Gloucester. Re-enactment of Revolutionary War battle with over 1,000 participants. http://www.battleofthehook.org.
  • Fish Fry & Barbecue Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m., American Legion Post 83, Mathews. $10 for adults; 45 for children. Eat in or take out. 725-7755.

Sunday, October 20
  • Family Fall Festival, noon-2 p.m., Lower United Methodist Church, Route 33, Hartfield. Free. Sponsored by the church and Middlesex YMCA. 758-8846.
  • 5th Annual Irvington Golf Invitational, Golden Eagle Golf Course, Irvington. For Irvingtonians and their guests. Complimentary entry fee and refreshments by The Tides Inn. All teams must include one player with an Irvington address. 438-4460.
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Harvest Home Rally, 11 a.m. Sharon Baptist Church, Weems. Fish fry at 1 p.m. ($8 donation).
  • Waterways cleanup, Jones Creek Landing in Richmond County, 1 to 3 p.m., Register at 333-3525 extension 102.

Tuesday, October 22
  • Inspiring New Trends in Floral Design, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club near Kilmarnock. The fall fundraiser for the Garden Club of the Northern Neck. $40. 472-4206.

Wednesday, October 23
  • Commemoration of Gen. Wistar’s Raid Into Mathews, 7 p.m., Kingston Parish, Mathews. Sponsored by Mathews Historical Society.

Thursday, October 24
  • VIMS Lecture, “Ocean Plastics: Big and Small,” 7 p.m., Watermen’s Hall, VIMS, Gloucester Point. Free. Pre-register at 684-7846.

Friday, October 25
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.
  • Family Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, Heathsville. Spooky Tales. Guest storytellers and treats. Limited space. Registration required. 580-5051 or stop by the library.
  • Zumbathon, 7 p.m., Middlesex YMCA, Route 33, Hartfield. 776-8846.

Saturday, October 26
  • A “Spook-tacular” Stratford Hall Halloween, 5:30-9 p.m. Stratford Hall. Lecture by L.B. Taylor, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Family event for all ages. Ghost tours of the Great House. Halloween crafts and refreshments. Lecture $15 adults/$13 children. Regular haunts event $5 adults/$3 children. 493-8038.
  • Gloucester Wine Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester. Ten wineries will present tastings and seminars. Music, vendors, food. http://www.gloucesterwinefestival.com.
  • Becky’s New Car, 8 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.
  • The Russians are Coming, 7:30 p.m. Lancaster Middle School, Kilmarnock. Presented by the Northern Neck Orchestra. Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and much more.
  • Haunted House, all day, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach.
  • Halloween Golf Cart Parade, 4-5 p.m. Colonial Beach Town Hill. Join the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and Custom Cartz as they parade on Town Hill in their ghoulish carts. Information, contact Custom Cartz or the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce. 224-8145.
  • Halloween Pub Crawl, for adults, costumes encouraged. Sponsored by the Urbanna Business Association.
  • Corn Maze, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Oktoberfest, all day, White Stone. Chili cook-off contest, parade, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food, music.
  • Zombie Run, Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. http://www.gloucesterparks.org. 693-2355.
  • Spaghetti Dinner, 4-5 p.m. takeouts, 5-7 p.m. eat in. Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, Route 3, Hartfield.

Sunday, October 27
  • Becky’s New Car, 3 p.m. The Lancaster Playhouse, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. All seats $20. For reservations, call 435-3776 or visit http://www.lancasterplayers.org.
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m., Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead. $5.
  • Harvest Festival, 1-4 p.m., Northern Neck Farm Museum, Route 360, Horsehead.

Thursday, October 31
  • Scary Halloween in the Park, 6-8 p.m., Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville. For all ages. 776-7200.
  • Trick or Treat, 5:30-8 p.m., Main Street, Gloucester Court House. Sponsored by Gloucester Main Street Association. 695-0700.
  • Kandy for Kids, 4-6 p.m., Kilmarnock. Trick-or-treat along Main Street and ride the trolley to business.

November

Friday, November 1
  • Impressionistic Art, 6 p.m., First Fridays at Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester. Skip Hollingsworth will be the featured artist. Food, cash bar, music by Matt Thomas. 824-9464.
  • Decorative Needlepoint Class, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.

November 1-11
  • Care Package Collection, Belle Isle State Park. Help create care packages for patients at McGuire Veterans Affair Medical Center in Richmond. All items should be new. Call to find out what is needed. Items can be be delivered to camp store or visitor center. 462-5030.

November 1-2
  • 57th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival, activities from 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Music, food, arts and crafts, dance at firehouse, oyster shucking contest, wine tastings, beer gardens, two parades, children’s rides, waterfront displays, historic workboats, car show. http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com.

Saturday, November 2
  • The Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, Irvington. Hosted by the Hope and Glory Inn. Ten Virginia chefs and 15 Virginia winemakers. Wine tasting, oyster pairings, oyster bars, craft beers, fall foods and beverages, boutique shopping, music by Lewis McGehee. Ticket and tailgate information, http://www.virginiawineandoysterclassic.com or 438-6053 or 497-8228.
  • 15th Annual Distinctive Bazaar, 8 a.m. Irvington United Methodist Church. Specialty tables, fall and holiday crafts, bakery booth and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Northern Neck Food Bank, Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck and college scholarship funds.
  • Middlesex NAACP Queen Contest/Banquet, 5 p.m., The Beacon, Topping. Advance tickets for adults is $30, and $20 for ages 11 and under. Tickets at the door will be $35 and $25, respectively. 776-0238.
  • Wool Applique Quilting Class, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.
  • Braided Rugmaking Class, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.
  • Virginia Oyster Shucking Contest, 11 a.m., Urbanna Firehouse. Part of the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

Sunday, November 3
  • World Famous Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., American Legion Post 83, Route 198, Hudgins, Mathews County. $8 donation. 725-9133.

November 8-10
  • 19th Annual Rockfish Tournament, 5 p.m. November 8 through 6 p.m. November 10, Colonial Beach. The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department along with the Dockside Restaurant and Blue Heron Pub present the tournament. 224-8145.

November 9-24
  • A Shot in the Dark, Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. A comedy by Harry Kurntz. Tickets at http://www.westmorelandplayers.org, or 529-9345.

Saturday, November 9
  • Big Rockfish Tournament, Garrett’s Marina, Route 17, Essex County. Sponsored by Aylett Country Day School.
  • SOS: Simple Outdoor Survival, 8:45 a.m.-noon, Stratford Hall. Come enjoy the woodlands and practice survival skills. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. $12 per person. 493-8038.
  • Oyster Roast, 2-5 p.m. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Main Street, Reedville. Purchase tickets at the museum, 453-6529 or http://www.rfmuseum.org.
  • Winter Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m, Festival Halle, Reedville. 453-6529.
  • Braided Rugmaking Class, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rices’ Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.
  • Holiday Crafters Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester.Sponsored by Gloucester Chamber of Commerce. Free. 693-3966.
  • Annual Fall Oyster & Ham Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Water View. Eat in or take out. Tickets at the door.

Sunday, November 10
  • Aromatherapy Crafts Class, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.

Thursday, November 14
  • Steak and Burger Dinner, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, Kilmarnock, 6 p.m. Second annual fund-raiser. Julien Patterson to speak, club members to be honored as well as Capt. William Knull Jr., the club’s first president. $100. 435-9696 or .
  • Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Class, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.

Saturday, November 16
  • Ware Academy Silent Auction/Gala, 6 p.m.-midnight, Ware Academy, Gloucester. Live music by Slapnation, $100. 693-3825.
  • Braided Rugmaking Class, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.
  • Highway Marker Dedication, 2 p.m., Kilmarnock, South Main Street. State marker dedicated in memory of Dr. Morgan E. Norris. Guest speakers, dedication, reception.
  • Garden Walk, 10:30 a.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester. Free. Pre-register at 693-3966.

Saturday, November 23
  • Braided Rugmaking Class, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rices’ Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377.

Thursday, November 21
  • Turkey Trot, 8-11 a.m., 4-mile walk/run/bike ride from Mathews High School to Williams Wharf Landing. Bring canned good item for Hands Across Mathews. 725-9685.

November 22-24
  • Open Studio Tour, 1-5 p.m. each day, Gwynn’s Island Museum. Free. 725-7949.

Saturday, November 23
  • Christmas Village, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, route 3, Hartfield. Visit from Santa, craft vendors, and food.

Thursday, November 28
  • Thanksgiving Dinner, noon-6 p.m., Stratford Hall. 493-8038.
  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kingston Parish, 320 Main Street, Mathews. 725-2175.

November 29-30
  • Bay School Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, 279 Main Street, Mathews. 725-1278.

Saturday, November 30
  • Braided Rugmaking Class, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rices’ Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. 580-3377. 

December

Sunday, December 1
  • Warsaw Christmas Parade, 3 p.m. Richmond Road, Warsaw. Santa visits following the parade on the grounds of Rappahannock Community College. To register an entry, http://www.wrcmsp.com.
  • Love Lights Ceremony, 4-6 p.m., Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Deltaville. Tree lighting, singing, refreshments, visit from Santa. 776-7160.
  • Tree of Love Lighting, 5 p.m., Richmond County Museum, Courthouse Square, Warsaw. Music by Cobham Park Baptist Church choir.
  • Deck The Halls, 2-4 p.m., Mathews Memorial Library, 725-5747.

    Tuesday, December 3
    • WRAR Christmas Wishes, Tappahannock.

    Wednesday, Dec. 4
    • Mary Young Tracy Holiday Decorative Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Stratford Hall. Learn now to make a Christmas door wreath and table arrangements. $50 for one or $85 for both. $10 box lunch option. 493-8038.
    • Winter Wonderland, evening, White Stone. Tree lighting. Visit from Santa.

    Friday, December 6
    • Urbanna Christmas Parade, 7 p.m., Virginia Street. Live music, caroling, food, visits with Santa at the Urbanna Firehouse. Activites begin at 4:30 p.m. at the firehouse. 758-2613.
    • First Fridays, 6 p.m., Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester. Bob Leek and Jeff Helm will be the featured artists. Food, cash bar, music by Matt Thomas. 824-9464.

    Saturday, December 7
    • Urbanna Christmas House Tour, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Four homes and two historic buildings will be open for tours. http://www.urbanna.com. 758-1606.
    • Gloucester Christmas & Holiday Parade, 2-4 p.m., Main Street, Gloucester Court House. 693-2364.
    • 15th Annual Distinctive Bazaar, 8 a.m., Irvington United Methodist Church. Specialty tables, fall and holiday crafts, bakery booth and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Northern Neck Food Bank, Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck and college scholarship funds.
    • Golden Village Christmas, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rice’s Inn/Hughlett’s Tavern, Heathsville. In the Transportation Museum Building. Gift shop, bake shop, vendor sales. $1 shopping area for children. Photos with Santa. Music, food. Historical walking tours of Heathsville Town Square. 580-3377.
    • Carts and Carols, 5:30 p.m., Irvington. A decorated golf cart parade. Tree lighting. Carol singing.
    • Christmas Craft Show, all day, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Colonial Beach.
    • Santa’s Wonderland and Winter Festival, all day, Colonial Beach, town hill. Parade and lighted boat parade.
    • Community Tree Lighting, Mathews Visitor and Information Center, Main Street, Mathews Court House.

    Sunday, December 8
    • Holiday Open House and Santa Dash, Main Street, Gloucester. Sponsored by Gloucester Main Street Association. 695-0700.

    Friday, December 13
    • 35th Annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade, 7 p.m., Main Street Kilmarnock, Christmas By the Bay is this year’s theme.
    • Photos With Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mathews Visitor and Information Center, Main Street, Mathews Court House.
    • Jackson Creek Christmas Cruise, 4-8 p.m., Hayrides from Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building to public dock boats will be loaded. Hayride back to DCA building. Rain date December 8. $5 adults; ages 12 and under free (no children under 50 lbs.). 815-3102.

    Saturday, December 14
    • Essex Christmas Parade, Tappahannock. Sponsored by the Essex Department of Parks and Recreation.
    • Mathews Christmas Parade, Mathews Court House.
    • 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Stratford Hall. Experience the Great House and grounds as the Lees host holiday festivities. $10 adults/$5 children. Christmas candlelight dinner by reservation only. 493-8038.
    • 18th Annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Reedville. Sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For advance tickets, visit the museum or call 453-6529.

    Sunday, December 15
    • 18th Annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Reedville. Sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. For advance tickets, visit the museum or call 453-6529.

    Tuesday, December 24
    • Christmas Eve Row, 8-10 a.m., Williams Wharf Landing, Route 614, Mathews.

    Sunday, December 29
    • A Washington Family Christmas, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 1732 Pope’s Creek Road, Colonial Beach. Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, which begins Christmas Day and ends on January 5. The Memorial House will be decorated. Colonial Christmas music. Demonstrations and activities with costumed interpreters. The park will be illuminated at dusk with candles. 224-1732.

    Tuesday, December 31
    • New Year’s Eve Dance, 9 p.m.- until, Festival Halle, Reedville. 453-6529.

    posted 08.29.2013

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