Community Happenings

Published 6:19 pm Friday, August 24, 2018

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Saturday, Aug. 25

Old-Fashioned County Breakfast: The Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 will host the meal from 7 to 10 a.m. in the post at 223 Washington St., across from the library and YMCA. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, corn bread, fried salt spot and mixed fruit will be featured. Coffee and juice are included with a $7 donation. An omelet to order is an additional $2. Children age 6-12 are $4 and children under 6 eat free. All proceeds go to support the many activities and programs of the post.

Yoga at Windsor Castle Park: This is an all-level yoga class to benefit the “Warriors at Ease” charity. Held the second Saturday of each month through September from 9 to 10 a.m., the cost is $10 per person. Bring your own mat. For more information, email

Lecture, book-signing: The Isle of Wight County Museum will host the authors of “Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses” for a free lecture beginning at 10 a.m. Karla Smith, Phyllis Speidell, John Sheally II and Larry Saint published this book, which combines archival plans and photos, original art and photography, stories pulled from lightkeepers’ logs and journals and contemporary interviews with the people still connected to the lights. Books, signed by the authors, will be available for purchase. For details, contact the museum, located at 103 Main St., Smithfield., at 356-1223 or visit

IW Arts League Members Show: The exhibition will be on display daily through Aug. 25. Peoples’ choice award voting will take place by paper ballot in the gallery throughout the month of July. For more information, call the Arts Center at 357-7707 or visit The Arts Center is located at 319 Main St., downtown Smithfield.

Smithfield Little Theatre: Season tickets are now on sale for the Smithfield Little Theatre’s 2018-2019 season. The lineup includes “Legally Blonde – the Musical,” “Play On” and “Big Fish.” For more information, visit


Saturday, Sept. 1

First Saturdays Artisan Market: Local artisans with unique specialties in stained glass creations, forged metal art, handmade brooms, handcrafted and repurposed furniture, silver jewelry, wearable art, herbal soaps, local writers and books, oil paintings, handcrafted pens, knit and crochet, quilts, folk art, pottery, carved and turned wood, handcrafted knives, Native American crafts, locally grown produce, craft demonstrations and more. The Nottoway Tribe of Virginia History Interpretive Exhibit is also available for view. This takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gallery 1606, corner of Highway 58 and Main Street, 18001 Southampton Parkway. Reservations are required for free vendor space. Free admission. Free parking. For further information, email or call 434 658-4454.


Saturday, Sept. 8

Heritage Day: Heritage Day will be at Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Heritage Lane, Courtland, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The cost for adults is $5, school-age children $2, pre-schoolers are free. There will be running heritage equipment: saw mill, grist mill, printing press, large model train displays, plus hands-on trains for kids, a scavenger hunt, craft vendors, old cars, tractors, engines and music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call Anne Bryant at 562-5783.

Watercolor Pure and Simple: This class is for intermediate and advanced artists ages 16 and up, and will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9. Ken Hobson is the instructor. This will be a fun & relaxed opportunity to paint, offering a lot of information on a variety of subjects from loose florals to realistic landscapes, family pets to birds. Students are welcome to bring their own references too. Fee is $200 for Isle of Wight Arts League Members/ $220 for non-members. Register by Saturday, Sept. 1 to reserve your space, maximum 10 students. Call the Arts Center @ 319 in Smithfield at 357-7707 to register. View his work at Ken or search for one of his YouTube videos.


Tuesday, Sept. 11

Bingo night: The Walters Ruritan Club will have bingo night at 7 o’clock in the Walters Community Center. There will be food, drinks and instant bingos available for purchase. Doors open at 6 o’clock. For more information, call Mike Perry at 642-0833.


Friday, Sept. 14

IW Fair chair recognition: The Isle of Wight County Fair is celebrating 25 years. This year, the fair will hold a recognition ceremony for all past Fair Committee chairs at 6:30 p.m. on the Duke Automotive Stage. Contact Jenilee Hallman if you are a past Fair Committee chairperson and would like to participate in the celebration, and for your free admission ticket to join us on stage for the ceremony. She can be reached at 357-5959 or by email at


Friday, Sept. 21

Meet local legislators: A meet-and-greet of representatives who vote on senior issues takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. in AmeriCare Plus, 13478 Carrolton Blvd. This program is free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Wallace at 232-4678 or Western Tidewater Task Force on Aging is the sponsor.

Book signing: As a kickoff to their Legacy of Writers activities on Saturday, the Isle of Wight Writers’ Group will host a meet and greet book signing with Smithfield historical fiction author Doris Gwaltney from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mansion on Main Bed and Breakfast, 36 Main St., downtown Smith­field.This event and the Legacy of Writers event are both free and open to the public. For details, search for “Isle of Wight Writers Group Smithfield” and “Doris Gwaltney” on Facebook.


Saturday, Sept. 22

Fall craft show, bazaar: The auxiliary of the Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson USMC VFW Post 4411 will host the fourth annual event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a lot of different crafts and tons of vendors. Brunswick stew sale going on, too. Door prizes and more. Come hungry and ready to shop. The post is located at 3385 Beaverdam Road, Franklin.

Virginia Big Game Contest: The 79th annual Bear, Deer and Turkey Contest will be on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 on the Southampton County Fairgrounds, 25374 New Market Road, Courtland. Contest will feature Eastern/Western Regional and State Finals. A historical category is included. Game will be scored using the VA Scoring System and will be entered into the Official Virginia Record Book. Entries will be accepted on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doors open on Sunday at 10 a.m., awards at 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by Virginia Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For more information, visit our website at or call Michael H. Jones at 371-3335.