Community Happenings

Published 3:32 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Saturday, April 14

Golf tournament: The Seventh Annual Child Abuse Prevention Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club and Southampton Social Services, will be at Cypress Cove Country Club, 20333 Country Club Road, Franklin. This is a postponement from the original date of April 7, which was announced on Thursday morning. The cost is $75 per person ($300 for foursomes; $50 per high school student that plays,) which includes carts, green fees, range balls, prizes and a barbecue dinner by Jerry’s Roadside Grill & Catering. Hole sponsorships are $100 each. Registration and purchase of mulligans begin at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Proceeds go back to the county community via programs that support the prevention of child abuse. For details, contact Jerry Stivers at 630-8604; or Michelle Stivers at 556-2623 (mobile) or 653-3122 (work.)

Down Home Day: This year’s event at the Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Courtland has been expanded an hour to give people more time to see the demonstrations and exhibits, as well as enjoying food and fellowship. Jimmy Ricks and his Shiloh Grass bluegrass band will perform. The gristmill will be running, providing fresh cornmeal. Bill Vick will have a display of hand shellers for corn. The model trains will also be running, including one that children can operate. For more information, call 654-6785.

Clothing Giveaway: Weather permitting, the Franklin Cooperative Ministry will have a clothing giveaway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at 511 N. Main St., Franklin. Please bring photo ID. Open to residents of Franklin, Southampton County and southern Isle of Wight. For details, call 516-6322.


Wednesday, April 18

Windsor AARP: Windsor chapter No. 5309 will have its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Clubhouse at 14 Community Drive, Windsor. The guest speaker will be Kristen Brinkley, RN, BS, public health nurse, Franklin City Health Department, who will speak on chronic disease and diabetes. For more information, contact Yolanda Byrd Blount, chapter president, at 818-1211 or


Friday, April 20

Environmental Education Camp: This event will be from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Airfield 4-H Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield. For more information, visit


Saturday, April 21

Nat Turner Tour: Rick Francis will lead a bus tour along Nat Turner’s Insurrection route leaving at 11 a.m. sharp from Courthouse parking lot, Courtland, returning about 3 p.m. Cost $45/pp or $80/two (lunch and resource material included.) E-mail for more information.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Dress: This is a Relay For Life fundraiser by Team WES Soaring for the Cure. The event starts at 9 a.m. in Westside Elementary School, 800 W. Main St., Smithfield. Over 100 gowns and dresses appropriate for proms, weddings, social events will be available and each costs $20. Accessories and shoes also available. Cash or checks accepted.

Wakefield Ruritan Club Bash/BBQ and Shad Homecoming: Join us from 3 to 8 p.m. for fun, food and entertainment. This year’s event will host various children’s activities, display with the history of the Wakefield Ruritans and Shad Planking, cornhole tournament, a live band, BBQ and Shad, raffle with with four prizes and a beer truck.

Spring BBQ: The Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual fundraiser. Reduced cost advance meal tickets are now available at selected business locations in Carrollton and Smithfield. Look for the signs identifying participating merchants to obtain $8 tickets. For more information, call613-6183 or visit


Monday, April 23

VT coaches dinner with Bud Foster: The Western Tidewater Hokie Club will be sponsoring its 20th Orange and Maroon Coaches Tour in the Smithfield Center. Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster and Christian Webster, the new assistant basketball coach, will be the guests. Dinner will be catered by the Virginia Diner with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased by calling Bentley Richardson at 242-6606, or mailing a check to Hazel Spady, P.O. Box 57, Battery Park, VA 23304 (357-3260.)


Wednesday, April 25

The Franklin area Parkinson’s Support Group: The group will meet in the Village at Wood’s Edge in the Great Room at 6:30 p.m. for a session led by Village staff on nutrition and medicine. This is a very important topic for Parkinson’s patients. Please note, this not our usual night, time or place for our monthly meeting. For questions or more information, call Doug Boyce at 562-4432.

Book sale: The Friends of the Smithfield Library are having a public book sale from 3 to 8 p.m. The sale continues Thursday through Saturday during library hours. Check out all the bargains and support your library. The library is located at 255 James Street. While you attend, sign up for the Friends group. For more information on how you can help, call 357-2264 or 357-4612.


Friday, April 27

Bethlehem Jam: The Ocean Breeze Band perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethlehem Ruritan Club House, 140 Manning Rd. Suffolk. No admission charge, but donations to the tip jar go to the band so please give generously. Soft drinks, BBQ, hot dogs, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. For more information, call 617-5955.


Saturday, April 28

World-Famous ChickAQue: Meal features one-half pound of barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and roll for $9 per plate. Desserts sold separately. This will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Benn’s UMC, 14571 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield. Get your tickets early as this usually sells out quickly. Call 357-3373.


Saturday, May 5

Spring Craft Fair: The Woman’s Club of Windsor is sponsoring its sixth annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Windsor Community House, 14 Community Drive. Vendors will include Tupperware, cemetery flower arrangements, Perfectly Post, crochet hems, handmade jewelry, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Lilla Rose, bottle art, home décor, Lula Roe, glass art, embroidery, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry. For lunch, homemade chicken sale and pimento cheese will be sold as sandwiches and in bulk. A bake sale and raffles will also be featured. Admission is free.

Western Tidewater Master Gardeners Second Annual Plant Sale: This will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carrollton Library, 14362 New Towne Haven Lane. Plants available, but not limited to, will include natives, annuals, herbs, host, shrubs, trees, perennials, nectar/pollinator and vegetables. Sunday, May 6 will be the rain date. For details, call 238-2641.

Flower and art show: The Historic Wakefield Foundation presents its 31st annual Flower and Art Show on through Friday, May 18. This year’s show will feature the work of more than 70 artist,s each artwork accompanied by a floral arrangement designed to produce a unified, harmonious display. The Gala Opening Reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission will be $10 per person. The reception will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres and live musical entertainment by pianist Nan Seeley. The exhibit will be open on Sunday, May 6. Admission to this day will be by donation and the exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit and building will be open on the following times and days afterward: Monday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday by appointment. For further information on this event contact George Williams at or check our web site
Wednesday, May 9

Pig Picking Festival: The 42nd annual event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Foster’s Pond, four miles south of Windsor on Route 610. For tickets and details, call R.A. Howell at 647-5384.


Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Lunch: Airfield 4-H Conference Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield, will have a Mother’s Day Lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $17 for adults, $13 for children (8-12), $10 for children (4-7) and $5 for children 3 and under (prices include tax.). Reservations are required. For information or to make your reservations, call 899-4901.


Saturday, May 19

Fort Huger Walking Tour: This is a special free program presented by the Isle of Wight County Museum, and begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the fort: 15080 Talcott Terrace in the county.


Saturday, May 26

Family Fun Day: The Airfield 4-H Conference Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield, will have Open House Family Fun Day with crafts, games and more. For more information, call 899-4901.


June 2

Ladies Shooting Clinic: The Airfield 4-H Conference Center, 15189 Airfield Road, Wakefield, will have a Ladies Only Shooting Clinic. The registration fee is $50. To register or for more information, call 899-4901.