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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

Thursday, October 2
  • Listening Lambs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Story hour for ages almost 3-5. Topic: Firefighters. 580-5051.
  • Burger Benefit, 3-10 p.m. Northern Neck Burger Co. 62 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock. Supports the Northumberland middle/high school choir.
  • Fall Pumpkin–Specialty Stained Glass, noon-5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, October 3
  • Wine on the Water Sunset Cruise, 5-8 p.m. 1140 Tappahannock Blvd., aboard the Captain Thomas. Live music and fun on the Rappahannock River. $45 per person includes everything.
  • First Friday Program, 7 p.m. Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580 Main Street, Gloucester. Featured will be singer/musician Paige Melton, Asian Art Exhibit. Shari’s paninis and cash bar. No cover charge. 824-9464.
  • Blessing Of The Pets, 3 p.m. Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington.
  • Drawing Fundamentals, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. October 3. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Fried Fish & Baked Potato Dinner, 4-6 p.m. Knights of Columbus Council 11667, St. Francis de Sales hall, East Church Street, Kilmarnock. Take-out, $9 per ticket, Advance tickets required, 456-2211.
  • First Friday Reception, 5 - 7 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Showcasing abstract exhibit featuring works by Rappahannock Art League member/artists. View the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
  • First Friday Artwalk, 5-9 p.m. Downtown Montross. Galleries, shops, dinner, music.

October 3-4
  • Turkey Shoot Regatta, sailboat regatta on the Rappahannock River. Host site, Rappahannock River Yacht Club and Rappahannock Yachts, Irvington, with support from Yankee Point Yacht Club. Designs must be at least 25 years old. 438-6650.
  • Montross Fall Festival, Friday evening: Free Skate Night at Stan’s Skateland, sponsored by People’s Bank. Little Miss and Mr. Montross contest, Washington & Lee High School. Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Contest judging, Westmoreland County Museum (493-1206). Saturday morning: Annual Chandler 3-miler, children’s activities. Annual parade, 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 4
  • RiverRide, Riders may choose from 100-mile, 60-mile, 35-mile and 13-mile routes. Sponsored by Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce. Host site, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. For schedule, registration, fees, call Anne Paparella at 435-6092.
  • Field Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Tug of war, crafts, parachute games. 462-5030.
  • Distinctive Bazaar, 8 a.m.-3p.m.  Irvington UMC, 26 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Art, crafts, gift baskets, holiday decorations, gift items, baked goods, homemade vegetable soup. 
  • Rappahannock River Railroaders open house, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. club headquarters, Ball Park Road, Deltaville. Several gauges of model trains on display. Light refreshments. Free.
  • Henderson Day, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Henderson UMC, 72 Henderson Drive, Callao. Family activities. Community yard sale, children’s activities, cornhole tournament (10 a.m.), breakfast and lunch. 529-6690.
  • Yorktown Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. Riverwalk Landing. Art, food, entertainment, and wines from across Virginia. Tickets $25 in advance; $30 at gate. 757-877-2933.
  • Native Plants Festival, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Special Guest: Dick Cheatham portraying colonial botanist John Clayton. Additional speaker and vendors. Topics: Proper planting techniques, alien and invasive plants, decorating with native plants, Native Americans’ use of native plants, gardening with children. Festival/grounds $10 for adults, ages 9 and younger free. Great House tours, $12 adults, $7 children.
  • Corn Maze, noon-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5. 761-5952.
  • GOP Oyster Roast, 2-5 p.m. Cowart Seafood, 755 Lake Landing Drive, Lottsburg. $35 adults, $5 ages 7-12, free ages 6 and younger. Raw and steamed oysters, seafood chowder, hot dogs, drinks, adult beverages (extra). Music by The Honeywind Bluegrass Boys. Advance tickets, 529-6484, or 580-5179. Tickets also at the door.
  • Vauter’s Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vauter’s Church Parish House, 3661 Tidewater Trail, Champlain, Essex County. 443-2454.
  • Northern Neck Anglers Club, 7 p.m. Lancaster Community Library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock. Club secretary Mark Roy and Capt. Dave Compton will discuss various techniques for catching rockfish. The meeting is open to non-members. Annual dues are $30 and all tournaments are free to members. To join, visit northernneckanglersclub.wordpress.com; or call Roy at 540-550-7108.

Sunday, October 5
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5.  761-5952.
  • Wool Rugbraiding, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Continues on Sundays through November 9. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Northumberland County Historical Society, 2:30 p.m. Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 85 Back Street, Heathsville. Speaker: Dr. Billy L. Wayson. Topic: Mother of Democracy: The story of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson.
  • World Famous Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. American Legion Post 83, Route 198, Hudgins. $8 donation. 725-9133.

Monday, October 6
  • Zoar Baptist Church Dinner/Fashion Show, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. $20. 776-8427 or .

Tuesday, October 7
  • Mahjong Luncheon, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Wine, lunch, spirited play. Tables of four, $80. By reservation, 438-6888.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 5-9 p.m., Green Hand Farm Park, 4750 Nursery Lane, Gloucester. Corn maze. Free admission.

Wednesday, October 8
  • Basket Making, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trinity Church, 8484 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. Instructor: Karen Eide. Course: Encaustic Painting. Register at the Studio Gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Wine & Design, 7-9 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration is required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

Thursday, October 9
  • Broadway Tail, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 9th Annual Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS) Mutt Strut on the Catwalk Fashion Show & Luncheon, Abingdon Ruritan Center in Bena. $50. 693-5520.
  • Rotary Pork Roast, 5:30-8:30 p.m. firehouse, Airport Road, Tappahannock.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, October 10
  • Beach Night, 8-9:30 p.m. Waterman’s Hall lobby, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point. Free. 684-7846.
  • Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Downtown Colonial Beach. 224-8145.
  • Campfire, 8 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour and Planting Demonstration, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester. Free, but register to attend by calling 693-3966.

October 10-12
  • Colonial Beach Bike Fest, Activities/vendors at various sites throughout Colonial Beach. Friday: battle of the bands, poker run, blessing of the bikes, kickoff event, Harley Davidson demo fleet (10 a.m.), Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and other impersonators (11 a.m.), Kick Off party (5-10 p.m.), Hula & Fire Dancers show (7:30 p.m.) Yoko Says No (9 p.m.). Saturday: poker run, Sam Grow Band, Bike & Golf Cart Show (9 a.m.), demo fleet (10 a.m.), impersonators (11 a.m.), cornhole tournament (noon), awards ceremony (2 p.m.), Molly Hatchett with Swamp Da Wamp (3 p.m.), International Bikini Team Swimsuit Contest (8 p.m.), Kashmir (9 p.m.). Sunday: bike fest show (noon). 224-8145.
  • Northern Neck Anglers Club, Oktoberfest Tournament. Sponsor: Marine Electronics of Hartfield. Target species: Rockfish, bluefish and speckled trout. Annual dues are $30 and all tournaments are free to members. To join, visit northernneckanglersclub.wordpress.com; or call Roy at 540-550-7108.

Saturday, October 11
  • Main Street Blues and Brews, 11:30-a.m.-7 p.m. Historic Gloucester Village, 6596 Main Street (Tabb House Lawn). Six bands, food, 20 different handcrafted microbrews. Tickets are $20 in advance online and at Kelsick Specialty Market. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the gate. 695-0700.
  • 11th Annual Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, 287 Jackson Creek Road on Mill Creek in Deltaville. Numerous artists and variety of seafood. 776-7200.
  • John Barber Reception, 4-7 p.m. Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Mill Creek, Deltaville. Last chance to see 58 original oil maritime paintings by Barber. Steamship round beef dinner in the Events Pavilion. 776-7200.
  • Wicomico Parish Market Day, 8 a.m.-noon. Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church. Yard sale, gourmet pantry, soups, baked goods, books, “High Value Item” sale, produce, plants, honey, mushrooms, bison and Cora’s crab cakes and cinnamon buns. Church tours.
  • 6th Annual Yorktown Fall Festival, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. River Walk Landing. Farmers’ market, pumpkin patch, hayrides, hay maze, face painting and children’s games. Free. 757-890-3500.
  • Run For Your Life/Trick Or Trot Monster Mile, 8 a.m. check-in. Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. 5K race, 9 a.m. Mile fun walk, 10 a.m. Free shuttle service will be available from the White Stone UMC parking lot, 118 Methodist Church Road,
  • White Stone. Fees: 5k, $25 for adults, $10 ages 6 to 18, free for children younger than age 5; fun walk, $15, $5 and free, respectively.  Register at 438-4000.
  • Fairfields Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fairfields UMC, 14741 Northumberland Highway, Burgess. Crafts, health screenings, children’s activities, “White Elephant Sale,” silent auction, North Carolina-style pork barbecue, apple butter, bake sale, soups, music.
  • WarsawFest, Warsaw. 8 a.m.-noon, car and truck show; 8:45 a.m., opening ceremonies; 9-11 a.m., baby and beauty pageant; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. arts/crafts, vendors, food; 11:15 a.m., Richmond County Youth Football League cheerleaders; noon-3 p.m., entertainment; 3 p.m.
  • Richmond County Firemens’ Parade from Times Square Shopping Center to center of town.
  • Walk For Water/Save Lives, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Grace Church 303 South Main Street, Kilmarnock. Walk-a-thon and awareness event to support Water Missions International. 438-6677.
  • Owl-adaptations, 10-11 a.m. Visitor Center, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Quilted Striped Table Runner, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Annual Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library at Trinity Episcopal Church, 8484 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. Coffee, meeting presentation. Speaker: Jim Wooton. Topic: “A Great lady, Jessie Ball duPont.” Non-members are urged to make a donation. New members may join for $35 annual dues. Reservations requested by October 7, 462-7280.
  • Oktoberfest Celebration, noon-4 p.m. St. Mary’s Fleeton Episcopal, 3020 Fleeton Road, Fleeton. German fare, beer, music, children’s activities, bake sale, 50/50 raffle, cornhole games. Meal prices vary.
  • Corn Maze, noon-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5.  761-5952.
  • Water Ways Kayak Trip, 1-2 p.m. Camp Store, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about wetland habitat on Mulberry Creek. Ages 8 and older. $6 per person. 462-5030.
  • Ham & Oyster Dinner, 5-7 p.m. Pavilion, Trinity Episcopal Church, 8484 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. $15 adults, $5 for ages 2-12, free others.
  • CBVFD Ladies Auxiliary Dinner, 5-7 p.m. Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 312 Colonial Avenue, Colonial Beach. 224-7255.
  • Fall Dance & Italian Night, 6:30-10 p.m. Festival Halle, 117 Main Street, Reedville. $20, dinner included. DJ Russ. Pasta buffet. BYOB. For tickets, call 453-6529.
  • Costume Contest, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Northumberland County Community Center Organization Building, 679 Browns Store Road, Browns Store. Sponsored by Divas and Dukes Social Club. Best dressed 1970s costume contests. Purchase tickets at 480-0369, 724-4114, 577-3414 or 202-329-4376.

Sunday, October 12
  • Owl-adaptations, 10-11 a.m. Visitor Center, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Reenactment of Play Yorktown, Virginia Tea Party of 1774, 12:30 p.m. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. Performances by Yorktown Tea Players and The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown. Free. 757-898-1936.
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5. 761-5952.
  • Freedom Fund Banquet, 2 p.m. Beacon Supper Room, Pilot House Restaurant, 2737 Greys Point Road, Topping. Sponsor: Lancaster Branch, NAACP. $25. Purchase tickets at 438-6713.

Monday, October 13
  • Beginning Crochet, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Jacquie Colligan.  Course: Interesting Techniques using Yupo. Continues October 14 and 15. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.

Tuesday, October 14
  • Wood Cutting Board, 9 a.m.-noon. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Continues October 15. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

Wednesday, October 15
  • Evening Hike, 5 p.m. Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. Free, but registration required by October 13. 758-2107.

Thursday, October 16
  • Listening Lambs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Story hour for ages almost 3-5. Topic: Witches, ghosts and goblins. 580-5051.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, October 17
  • Oktoberfest Celebration, 6-9 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1717 Hampton Hall Road, Callao. German fare, beer, wine, pretzels. Music by Low ’n’ Brows. $40. Tickets/reservations, 472-3550, or 472-3235.
  • VIMS Public Tour, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Waterman’s Hall, 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point. Tour will include a visit to VIMS’ Visitors Center and Aquarium, a research laboratory, and the Teaching Marsh or Fisheries Collection. Free, but register by calling 684-7846.
  • Campfire, 7 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.

Saturday, October 18
  • Rappahannock River Run/Walk 5K, 7:30 a.m. St. Margaret’s School, Tappahannock. $30. http://www.sms.org/run, 443-3357, ext. 3086.
  • Gloucester Wine Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs and Chesapeake Bank, Gloucester. Twenty wineries, 50 vendors, artists, two bands, food. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at door. http://www.gloucesterwinefestival.com. 695-0700.
  • Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association Workshop, 8:30 a.m. registration and vendors, 9:30 a.m. programs. Women’s Club of Northumberland County, 2890 Northumberland Highway, Lottsburg. 
  • The Van Over Octoberfest, 5-7 p.m., Church of Francis de Sales, 176 Lovers Lane, Mathews. Sit-down ($20) and take-out ($15) dinners of German food and wine. No tickets sold at door. For tickets, call 363-2013 or 725-1537. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11210.
  • Under The Magnolia Tree Yard Sale, Westmoreland County Museum, 43 Polk Street, Montross. 493-8440.
  • Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sharon Baptist Church, 1413 Lumberlost Road, Weems. Vendors, parade. 438-6072.
  • Bird Olympics, 10-11 a.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Kingston Parish Fall Fair, 9 a.m.-2 .m., Main Street, Mathews. Free admission 725-2175.
  • Dog Gone Dog Show, 10:30 a.m. registration, 11-3 p.m. show. Irvington Commons, King Carter Drive, Irvington. Sponsor: Animal Welfare League. Fun show with lots of categories. All dogs.
  • 35th Harvest Celebration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ingleside Plantation Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove. 224-8687.
  • Corn Maze, noon-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5.  761-5952.
  • Pumpkin Decorating, 10 a.m., Smith Shelter at Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. For all ages. $5. 693-2107.
  • It’s Shrinking, 10-11 a.m. Picnic Area, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about erosion. 462-5030.
  • Oyster Roast, 5-9 p.m. Chesapeake Academy, 107 Steamboat Road, Irvington. Music by The Phun Doctors. $45, ages 21 and older. Purchase tickets at the school, or 438-5575.
  • Farm To Fork Seafood Boil, 5-9 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Music by Josh Grigsby & County Line Band. $50. Purchase tickets at 450-8182.
  • Fall Fish Fry & Barbecue Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. American Legion Post 83, Hudgins, Mathews County. $10 donation.

October 18-19
  • York River Maritime Heritage Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Waterman’s Museum. Re-enactors, sea chantey singers, nautical music and displays. Free. 757-887-2641.

Sunday, October 19
  • Irvington Golf Invitational, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Tides Inn/Golden Eagle Golf Club, 364 Clubhouse Road, Irvington. The Tides Inn offers complimentary greens fees for the first 20 teams, provided each team includes at least one member with an Irvington address–Irvington includes Hills Quarters. 438-5000.
  • Yorktown Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Yorktown Battlefield. Patriotic ceremonies, parade, fifes and drums performances, tactical demonstrations and special programs to commemorate the 233rd anniversary of America’s Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Free. 757-898-2410.
  • Corn Maze, 1-4 p.m. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, $5. 761-5952.

Tuesday, October 21
  • Photography Exhibit Opens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Variety of photographs by Rappahannock Art League members. Continues Tuesdays through Saturdays, through November 15. 436-9309.
  • Community Leader Recognition Banquet, 6:30 p.m. Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock. Sponsor: American Red Cross, River Counties Chapter. Recognizing Norton Hurd of Middlesex County, Sheriff Doug Bryant of Richmond County and Jimmie Carter of Lancaster County. Social period, dinner, wine and comments. $55. Purchase tickets at 435-7669.

Wednesday, October 22
  • Discovery Lab: Mad Lab, 6-8 p.m. Catlett-Burruss Research and Education Lab, VIMS, Gloucester Point. All ages invited to this hands-on Halloween-themed event. Free. 684-7846.
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Sukey Starkey. Course: Outdoor Mosaics. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.

Thursday, October 23
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.
  • Books Alive, 7 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Author: Del Staecker. 580-5051.

Friday, October 24
  • Book & Author Dinner, 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner followed by program. Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock. Guest authors: Dean King, Jon Sealy and Doris Buffett. Sponsor: Friends of the Rappahannock Community College/Richmond County Public Library. $40 members, $45 others. Purchase tickets at 472-2719.
  • Beaverdam Haunted Trail, Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. 693-2355.
  • Campfire, 7 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Drilled Bases for Coiled Basketry, 6-9 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

October 24-26
  • Race for Independence, Sailboat regatta on the Rappahannock River. Host site, Yankee Point Marina, 1303 Oak Hill Road, Lancaster. Proceeds benefit the Independence Fund. Registration, fees, event information, call event chairman Karen Knull at 462-7018, or principal race officer John McCarthy at 757-850-4225.

Saturday, October 25
  • Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest, 10-10:30 a.m., judging at 12:30 p.m. Middlesex Extension Office, 44 Oakes Landing Rd., Saluda. $10. Ages 6-13. 758-4120.
  • Pine Needle Coiled Basketry, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Using base made in October 24 class. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Historical Haunts, 5:30-9 p.m. Stratford Hall Plantation, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. 493-8038.
  • Turkey Shoot, Big John’s Convenience Store, Route 17, Church View. Sponsored by Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department. 758-4816.
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Sukey Starkey. Course: Outdoor Mosaics. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Confederate Monument Rededication Ceremony, 10 a.m. Old Northumberland Courthouse, 72 Monument Place, Heathsville. Reception follows next door at Hughlett Tavern. Sponsor: United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 1406. Concludes restoration project.
  • Halloween Golf Cart Parade, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Colonial Beach Town Hill, Colonial & Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach. 224-8145.
  • Water Ways Canoe Trip, 1-2 p.m. Camp Store, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Learn about wetland habitat on Mulberry Creek. Ages 8 and older. $6 per person. 462-5030.
  • Trick or Treat on Main Street, 3 p.m. Wear costumes and goodies will be provided. Parade begins at Mathews County Visitor and Information Center.
  • Lee-Jackson Fall Fair, 2-4 p.m., behind Lee Jackson Elementary School, Mathews.
  • Confederate Monument Rededication Ceremony, 1:30 p.m. Court House Green, Mary Ball Washington Museum, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. Reception follows next door at the Lancaster Women’s Club. Sponsor: United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 1406. Concludes restoration project.
  • Oyster Roast, 2:30-5 p.m. Morattico Waterfront Museum, 6585 Morattico Road, Morattico.
  • Chickin’ & Pickin,’ 5-7:30 p.m. Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad Building, 7990 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Fried chicken dinner. Music by Janie Withers and the Sierra Band. Sponsor: Mid-County Rescue Squad Auxiliary. $15 adults, $7 ages 9 and younger. Carry-out meals available.

October 25-26
  • Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday/10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Northern Neck Farm Museum, 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Corn maze with hayride to pumpkin patch-$5; music, 40 vendors, lunch, funnel cakes, kettle corn; apple/pumpkin bake-off contest; silent auction. 761-5952.
  • All Hallows Eve Celebration, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday with masquerade ball from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday with masquerade ball from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Colonial Court Circle, Gloucester Court House. 693-2355.

Monday, October 27
  • Advanced Crochet, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Art Forum, 1 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Speaker: Amanda Dalla Villa Adams. Topic: Japanese aesthetics.

Tuesday, October 28
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Ed Ramsey.  Course: Ceramic Box Making. Continues October 29. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Beginner Stained Glass, noon- 5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Art Workshop, 6:30-9 p.m. At the instructor’s home studio. Instructor: Jan Dobrowolski. Course: Silver Metal Clay. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Books Alive, 7 p.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Author: Del Staecker.

Thursday, October 30
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Nana Gail Lauer. Course: Draw & Sculpt the Skull. Basic drawing skills required. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, October 31
  • Main Street Trick or Treat, 5:30-8 p.m., Main Street, Gloucester. 693-2355.
  • Scary Halloween, 5:30 p.m., Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville. Free. 776-7200.
  • Crawl-O-Ween, after dark, costumed adults crawl to their favorite haunts in Urbanna. Prizes for best costumes. Sponsored by the Urbanna Business Association. 758-4444.
  • Stewardship Virginia/Fall Project, 9 a.m.-noon, Discovery Center, Westmoreland State Park, 145 Cliff Road, Montross. Help clear brush, trim shrubs, weed gardens. Bring gloves. 493-8821.
  • Campfire, 7 p.m. Amphitheater, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. 462-5030.
  • Kilmarnock Kandy For Kids, 4-6 p.m. Steptoe’s District, Kilmarnock. Trick or Treat among participating merchants, related activities. 435-6092.
  • Halloween Costume Contest, 6 p.m. Irvington Commons, King Carter Drive, Irvington. Sponsor: Village Improvement Association.

October 31-November 1
  • Colonial Revival At The Crossroads, Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Cultural landscape symposium. Landscape evaluation, interpretation, management. Fees, details and registration, 493-1972.

Saturday, November 1
  • Big Rockfish Tournament, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Garrett’s Marina, Tappahannock. Cash prizes for largest rockfish. To benefit Aylett Country Day School.
  • Virginia Half Shell Oyster Tasting, 1-4 p.m., Kelsick Specialty Market, 6632 Main St., Gloucester Court House. Tickets $30. Mail checks to TOGA, P.O. Box 2463, Gloucester VA 23061. http://www.oystergardener.org.
  • Art Gala, 5:30 p.m., Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580 B Main Street, Gloucester. Art, comedy and musical acts, silent auction, food. 824-9464.
  • Fall Oyster and Ham Buffet, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Firehouse, Water View. All-you-can eat. Adult tickets $22; Children 10 and under $5. Take-outs available. tickets at the door. 832-1714.

Sunday, November 2
  • World Famous Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., American Legion Post 83, Route 198, Hudgins. $8 donation. 725-9133.

November 1-11
  • Veteran’s Day-McGuire Veteran’s Center Drive, Visitor Center, Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. Project to gather items for patients of McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Call for list, 462-5030.

Tuesday, November 4
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Kathleen Noffisinger. Course: Energize Your Paintings with Color. Continues November 5. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Beginner Stained Glass, noon- 5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

Thursday, November 6
  • Listening Lambs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Story hour for ages almost 3-5. Topic: Autumn is here. 580-5051.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.

Friday, November 7
  • Urbanna Oyster Festival, 9 a.m.-midnight, downtown Urbanna. Live music all day, food, crafts, exhibits, waterfront activities, historic boats, demonstrations, children’s activities, Rumpus the mechanical bull all day at firehouse. Crowning of Oyster Festival Queen (4 p.m. at firehouse),
  • Fireman’s Parade (7 p.m.), dance (8 p.m.-midnight) at firehouse featuring Stuck on a Name reggae band. 758-0368.
  • Beginner Weaving, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Continues November 8 and 9. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • First Friday Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Showcasing current exhibit featuring works by Rappahannock Art League member/artists. View the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
  • First Fridays Artwalk, 5-9 p.m. Downtown Montross. Galleries, shops, dinner, music.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.

November 7-9
  • 20th Annual Rockfish Tournament, Colonial Beach Pier. Colonial Beach. Sponsored by Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar. 224-8145.
  • Painting Workshop, JarrettThor Fine Arts, 100 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach. Lecture, instruction, oils or pastels. Register at 224-7200.

Saturday, November 8
  • Urbanna Oyster Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Urbanna. Live music all day, food, crafts, exhibits, waterfront activities, historic boats, demonstrations, children’s activities, Virginia Oyster Shucking Contest (11 a.m.) at firehouse, parade (2 p.m.), Rumpus the mechanical bull all day at firehouse. 758-0368.
  • Harvest Home Tour of Essex County, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The sites will be Wheatland, Elmwood, and Kinloch, all in Essex County, and Rose Hill in Caroline County. Vauter’s Church also will be open. Tickets bought after October 8 will be $35 for all five buildings. They are $30 if pre-ordered before October 8, and $20 for a single house. Lunches are available for $10. For advance tickets please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and send ticket orders to: House Tour, ℅ S.P. Derieux, P.O. Box 2181, Tappahannock, VA 22560, or call Julie Strock at 443-2454. Tickets may be purchased at Vauter’s Church on the day of the event.
  • SOS: Simple Outdoor Survival, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Learn to use a compass, build a shelter, start a fire, cook. Equipment provided. Ages 8-13. $15 per child. Parents and grandparents free. Pre-register at 493-1972. Box lunches available $15-$18.
  • Winter Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Festival Halle, 117 Main Street, Reedville. Artists, vendors.
  • Oyster Roast, 2-5 p.m. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Sold out. Get on waiting list, 453-6529.
  • Richmond Ballet, 3 p.m. Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. $35 adults, $12 students or by season subscription. An On Stage performance presented by the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts. Advance tickets at 438-5555.
  • Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7 p.m. Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison Street, Colonial Beach. 224-7750.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 6:30 p.m. gala, 8 p.m. curtain. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $25 adults, $17 students, includes opening night gala. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.

Sunday, November 9
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 3 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.

Monday, November 10
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At the instructor’s home studio. Instructor: Sue Broadway. Course: Wirework & Beading. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.

Tuesday, November 11
  • Veterans Day Project, 1-3 p.m. Visitor Center, Westmoreland State Park, 145 Cliff Road, Montross. Write thank-you letters to troops overseas. Bring non-perishable items for care packages to send with the letters. 493-8821.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.-noon, Courthouse Green, Cross Street, Tappahannock.

Wednesday, November 12
  • Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. $35. Register at 493-1972.
  • Former Virginia Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Forondo, 11:30 a.m. Woman’s Club of White Stone, WCWS Clubhouse, 560 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone.
  • Wine & Design, 7-9 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

Thursday, November 13
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • Steak and Burger Night, Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Call 435-9696.

November 13-15

Friday, November 14
  • Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Downtown Colonial Beach. 224-8145.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 8 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.

Saturday, November 15
  • Daughter Of The Lost Cause, 10 a.m.-noon. Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Speaker: Heath Lee. Topic: “Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Confederacy and Last Casualty of the Lost Cause.”  $15. Pre-registration required, 493-1972. Box lunches available $15-$18.
  • Get Off the Couch 5K, 10 a.m. Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. For all ages. $3 per person; $10 per family. 694-2355.
  • Fall Barrel Tasting, 1-4 p.m. Ingleside Plantation Vineyard, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove. 224-8687.
  • Shuckin’ & Jivin’ Oyster Roast, 2-5 p.m. Mary Ball Washington Museum, 8346 Mary Ball Road, Lancaster. $35. Oysters, soups, hot dogs, adult beverages. Music by Tom Swan. Advance tickets, 462-7280.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 3 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.
  • CBVFD Ladies Auxiliary Dinner, 5-7 p.m. Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 312 Colonial Avenue, Colonial Beach. 224-7255.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.

Sunday, November 16
  • “A Christmas Carol,” 3 p.m. Mathews High School. A Court House Players production. http://www.courthouseplayers.org. 815-6265.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 2 p.m. social hour, 3 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 3 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.

Monday, November 17
  • Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Instructor: Mary Jo Beswick. Course: The Value of Design. Continues November 18 and 19. Register at the gallery, or 436-9309.
  • Art Forum, 1 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Video: “Craft in America: Family-Is Talent Inherited?”

Wednesday, November 19
  • Evening Hike, 5 p.m. Beaverdam Park, Gloucester. Free, but registration required by October 17. 758-2107.

Thursday, November 20
  • Listening Lambs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Story hour for ages almost 3-5. Topic: Indian powwow. 580-5051.
  • Christmas Angel-Specialty Stained Glass, 1-5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 8 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, November 21
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 8 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.

Saturday, November 22
  • Taste By The Bay, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Sponsored: Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce. Samplings from area wineries and Virginia craft beers, tastings from local restaurants, maritime displays, music, artisans. $30 advance/$35 at the door. Purchase tickets at 435-6092.
  • Pierwalk Promenade, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Deltaville Maritime Museum, 287 Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville. Farmers’ market, free creek cruises, exhibits, hayrides. 776-7200.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 3 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.
  • Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Distinction Catering and Events Hall, 4888 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes. Free.
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 7 p.m. social hour, 8 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.

Sunday, November 23
  • “Martini: A Musical Celebration Of The Cocktail,” 2 p.m. social hour, 3 p.m. curtain. The Lancaster Players, 361 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone. $20. Reserve seats at 435-3776.
  • “Don’t Dress For Dinner,” 3 p.m. Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao. $20 adults, $12 students. Purchase tickets at 529-9345.

Tuesday, November 25
  • Tree Lighting & Steptoe’s Illumination, 5:30 p.m. Kilmarnock Town Hall, 1 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

Thursday, November 27
  • Turkey Trot, 9 a.m.-noon Irvington Commons, King Carter Drive, Irvington. $20 before November 16, or $25. Fun Run, two mile, five mile and 100-yard tot trot. Register at active.com; townofirvingtonva.com; Irvington Town Hall, 235 Steamboat Road, Irvington; or 438-6230.
  • Turkey Trot, 8:30 a.m.,four-mile run/walk from Mathews High School to Williams Wharf, Mathews. Proceeds benefit Hands Across Mathews. 725-9685.
  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner, noon-6 p.m. Stratford Hall Plantation, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. By reservation, 493-8038.

November 27-30
  • Made in Mathews Studio Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. http:madeinmathews.net.

Friday, November 28
  • Model Train Exhibit Opens, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Continues during museum hours Saturdays, Sundays and some Fridays through holiday season. 453-7159.

November 28-29

Saturday, November 29
  • Northern Neck Anglers Club Bonus Rockfish Tournament, Continues through December 7. Annual dues are $30 and all tournaments are free to members. To join, visit northernneckanglersclub.wordpress.com; or call Roy at 540-550-7108.

Thursday, December 4
  • Listening Lambs, 10-11 a.m. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Story hour for ages almost 3-5. Topic: Elf on the Shelf. 580-5051.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, December 5
  • The Annual Urbanna Hometown Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. downtown Urbanna. Activities begin at the Urbanna Firehouse at 4:30 p.m., live music, food, parade at 7 p.m., and visits with Santa at the firehouse follow the parade.
  • Luncheon and Fashion Show, Historic Rosegill Plantation. $40 per person which includes admission to the Historic Urbanna Christmas House Tour on December 6. 758-1606.
  • First Friday Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Showcasing current exhibit featuring works by Rappahannock Art League member/artists. View the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments.
  • First Friday Artwalk, 5-9 p.m. Downtown Montross. Galleries, shops, dinner, music.

Saturday, December 6
  • Historic Urbanna Christmas House Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour Rosegill Plantation, Atherston Hall Bed & Breakfast, Montague House, Old Thrift House, Ashton on Eruim Hill, and the historic James Mills Scottish Factor Store. $25. 758-1606.
  • Santa’s Wonderland & Winter Festival, all day. Town Hill, 30 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach. 224-8145.
  • Gloucester Christmas/Holiday Parade, 2 p.m. Main Street, Gloucester Court House. 693-2355.
  • Distinctive Bazaar, 8 a.m.-3p.m. Irvington UMC, 26 King Carter Drive, Irvington. Art, crafts, gift baskets, holiday decorations, gift items, baked goods, homemade chili. 
  • CBVRS Holiday Vendor Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison Street, Colonial Beach. 761-5115.
  • Golden Village Christmas, 10a.m.-2 p.m.  Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Gifts, baked goods, artisan gifts, music, food, photos with Santa, walking tours.
  • Christmas In Kinsale, noon-5 p.m. Kinsale. Vendors, homemade cookie sales, memorial tree lighting, Santa, music, parade.
  • Oysters & Oldies, Roanoke Farm, 12:30-3:30 p.m.  Roanoke Farm, Heathsville. Roasted oysters, chili, hot dogs. Oldies music, 40s-80s.
  • Home Town Christmas Carols & Carts Parade, 5:30 p.m. Irvington. Sponsors: Lights on the Creek, The Tides Inn, Town of Irvington. 438-6230.

December 6-7
  • Holiday Open House, noon-5 p.m. Ingleside Plantation Vineyard, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove. Continues December 13-14. 224-8687.

Sunday, December 7
  • Christmas Parade & Jingle Jog, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Warsaw.

Tuesday, December 9
  • Beginner Stained Glass, noon- 5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.

Thursday, December 11
  • Snowflakes-Specialty Stained Glass, 1-5 p.m. Heritage Arts Class, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville. Pre-registration required. Fees and registration, 580-3377.
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Friday, December 12
  • Jackson Creek Christmas Cruise, 4:30-9 p.m. Deltaville. Hayrides to public dock where cruises aboard Tortuga depart every hour to see the lights and decorations on the homes and boats of Jackson Creek. Refreshments at Deltaville Community Center. $5. 776-9211.
  • Visits With Santa, 4-7 p.m. Mathews Visitor and Information Center. Bring your camera.
  • Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. Downtown Colonial Beach. 224-8145.
  • 36th Annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. pre-parade activities, 7 p.m. parade. Main Street Kilmarnock. Approximately 100 units. Pre-parade activities include Santa and entertainment.

Saturday, December 13
  • Mathews Christmas Parade, 1 p.m. downtown Mathews.
  • Santa, 9 a.m. Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Santa arrives aboard the Elva C, the Museum’s historic buyboat, followed by refreshments for the children at the adjacent Bethany UMC. 453-7159.
  • 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide, all day. Stratford Hall Plantation, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. 493-8038.
  • Christmas House Tour, 5:30-8 p.m. Colonial Beach Historical Society. 224-3379.

December 13-14
  • Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.  Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Home tour with free boat shuttle, museum tours, model railroad display, holiday tablescapes, Santa’s Workshop. House tour, museum admission, exhibits, $25 in advance, $30 on tour day. 453-7159.

Thursday, December 18
  • Shaggin, 6 p.m. free lessons, 7 p.m. dancing. KC’s Crabs and Cues, 10428 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Kilmarnock. Shag, line dancing. 435-7665.

Saturday, December 20
  • Santa Visits, 10 a.m. Story and pictures with Santa. Treat bag for kids. Bring your own camera. Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. 580-5051.

Wednesday, December 24
  • Christmas Eve With Santa Claus, 6 p.m. Town Christmas Tree, Irvington. Caroling with Santa and his helpers.
  • Christmas Eve Row, 8:30-10 a.m., Williams Wharf Landing, Route 614, Mathews.

Sunday, December 28
  • A Washington Family Christmas, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Popes Creek Road, colonial holiday celebration.

Wednesday, December 31
  • New Years Eve Dinner & Dance, 6 p.m. Stratford Hall Plantation, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. 493-8038.
  • New Year’s Eve Gala, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. location to be announced. Sponsored by the Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic.

posted 06.30.2014

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