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Community Happenings

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.

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.

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 Hobson.com or search for one of his YouTube videos.

 

Sunday, Sept. 9

Yoga at Windsor Castle Park: This is an all-level yoga class to benefit the “Warriors at Ease” charity from 9 to 10 a.m., the cost is $10 per person. Bring your own mat. For more information, email roamingyogava@gmail.com.

 

Monday, Sept. 10

IOW Citizens’ Association: The meeting begins at 7 p.m in the community room of Sentara St. Luke’s, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton. Del. Emily Brewer (R-64) , will give a legislative update and respond to questions. For details, call 613-6183.

 

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.

 

Thursday, Sept. 13

Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Pigs. Free. Isle of Wight County Museum, 103 Main St., Smithfield. www.historicisleofwight.com. 356-1223.

IW Comprehensive Plan: Isle of Wight County will hold a third set of public hearings on its proposed comprehensive plan, “Envisioning the Isle.” One will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and another will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., both at the Windsor Ruritan Clubhouse, 14 Community Drive, Windsor. For more information on Public Forum 3, and to take the latest comprehensive plan survey, visit http://www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/plan/public-forum-3/.

 

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 jhallman@isleofwightus.net.

Bethlehem Ruritan Jam: The program will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethlehem Ruritan Club House, 140 Manning Road, Suffolk. The featured performer will be Fay Holloway Jr. and The Route 17 Band. There is no admission charge, but a tip jar for the band, so give generously. There will be food, soft drinks and desserts available for purchase. For more information, call George Fowler at 617-5955.

Firehouse Bluegrass: The Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department will host its monthly benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. in Fire Station-10, 15020 Carrollton Blvd. A donation of $5 for admission is requested for the featured entertainment, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys. Hot dogs and soft drinks are available during the concert. Please bring your own chair. For details, call 613-6183 or visit www.carrolltonfiredept.org.

 

Saturday, Sept. 15

BBQ: Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8545 are sponsoring th is fundraiser. Pick up a BBQ Pork Butt prepared using Carter’s secret process and sauce, or a fish and chips meal in the True Value parking lot from 10 a.m. until all is gone. A whole pork butt costs $25, and will feed the whole family with plenty of leftovers. Fish (four pieces) and fries with a soft drink or water costs $8; just fish or fries for $4. All funds will be dedicated to sustaining their efforts in supporting the local community.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18

IW Comprehensive Plan: Isle of Wight County will have a third set of public hearings on its proposed comprehensive plan, “Envisioning the Isle.” One will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and another will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., both at the Carrsville Ruritan Clubhouse, 5336 Carrsville Highway, Carrsville. For more information on Public Forum 3, and to take the latest comprehensive plan survey, visit http://www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/plan/public-forum-3/.

 

Thursday, Sept. 20

Business After Hours: The Bank of Southside Virginia, 115 Main St., downtown Smithfield, will host the next Isle of Wight Chamber business networking event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to members and prospective members of the Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

 

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 pqwallace@pqwic.com. 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 vpsa.org or call Michael H. Jones at 371-3335.

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.

 

Friday, Sept. 28

Bethlehem Ruritan Jam: The program will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethlehem Ruritan Club House, 140 Manning Road, Suffolk. The featured performer will be Mike Evans and The Band-it Band. There is no admission charge, but a tip jar for the band, so give generously. There will be food, soft drinks and desserts available for purchase. For more information, call George Fowler at 617-5955.

 

Saturday, Sept. 29

Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Sign up to learn how to properly clean headstones and monuments. This will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Virginia’s oldest open cemetery. Volunteer spots available to the first 25 registrants. St. Lukes’ Education Coordinator Rachel Popp will lead volunteers about learning about and applying authorized headstone and monument cleaning techniques in the Ancient Cemetery. If you are interested and available in volunteering your talents, RSVP via email at rpopp@historicstlukes.org.

 

Saturday, Oct. 6

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 gallery1606@gmail.com or call 434 658-4454.

 

Thursday, Oct. 11

  • Tell Me a Story. 10 a.m. This program, geared for children ages 3 to 5, introduces youngsters to the symbols of Isle of Wight and features books, songs and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Theme: Pumpkins. Free. Isle of Wight County Museum, 103 Main St., Smithfield. www.historicisleofwight.com. 356-1223.

 

Saturday, Oct. 13

Windsor Town Center grand opening: The Town of Windsor will celebrate the grand opening of its new Windsor Town Center, adjacent to Georgie D. Tyler Middle School. A time for the event has not yet been announced.

 

Sunday, Oct. 28

Sundays at Four: The concert series presents “The John Bullard Quartet — banjo, violin, cello and piano” in Christ Episcopal Church, 111 S. Church St., downtown Smithfield. John Bullard has gained international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five string banjo. He is joined by pianist Markus Compton, violinist Francoise Moquin and cellist Schuyler Slack. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 675-5777 or visit www.sundaysatfourva.org. All tickets can be purchased at the door.