Community Happenings

Published 9:46 pm Friday, October 12, 2018

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Saturday, Oct. 13

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.

Amateur radio course: The Western Tidewater Radio Association is sponsoring a “Get Your Amateur Radio License” course today and Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. The class will be in the conference room of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Station, 80 E. Windsor Blvd. The course and the material are free, courtesy of the Fred Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Twilight Cemetery Tours: St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600s. Enjoy the stories of local saints and sinners on a 30-minute, family-friendly or adults-only, guided tour around our ancient cemetery. Tickets for the family-friendly Twilight Cemetery Tours on Oct. 12 and 13 are $10 per person and include complimentary light refreshments. The first 30-minute tour begins at 6:30 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 9 p.m. Tickets are only available through advance, online sales by visiting For more information, email


Sunday, Oct. 14

Isle of Wight County Historical Society: The group will meet 2 p.m. in the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club,, 17011 Courthouse Highway, for a presentation by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Guest speaker will be Marc C. Wagner, senior architectural historian with the VDHR Eastern Region Preservation Office. He will present information on historic registers, surveys, rehabilitation tax credits, historic easements and other programs available to assist local preservation efforts. For details, call 334-9705 or 613-6183 or visit


Wednesday, Oct. 17

Windsor AARP: Chapter No. 5309 will meet at 10 a.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Clubhouse, 14 Community Drive. The guest will be Donna Harrington, Title IV ADA specialist with Clear Captions. She will speak on hearing loss devices and services. For more information, contact Yolanda Byrd Blount, chapter president, at 818-1211 or


Thursday, Oct. 18

Woman’s Club of Windsor: The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Club Building, 14 Community Drive. Visitors are always welcomed. The members encourage you to “Fall in Love with The Woman’s Club of Windsor.”


Friday, Oct. 19

Twilight Cemetery Tours: St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600s. Enjoy the stories of local saints and sinners on a 30-minute, family-friendly or adults-only, guided tour around our ancient cemetery. Tickets for the adults-only Twilight Cemetery Tours on Oct.19 are $20 per adult, which includes a hard cider tasting featuring Sly Clyde Ciderworks and a complimentary tasting glass with logo, followed by a 30-minute guided tour of the ancient cemetery. The first hour-long tasting and tour experience begins at 6 p.m. and the last begins at 9 p.m. Must be 21 years old, with valid photo ID, in order to gain admittance to this event. Tickets are only available through advance, online sales by visiting For more information, email


Saturday, Oct. 20

Walking Tour of Nike Park: At 2 p.m., visit one of the Cold War’s few surviving Army Air-Defense Posts. Local historian Albert Burckard hosts a short presentation and a walking tour of this site which contains the original barracks, mess hall, administration and recreation building, officer/non-commissioned officer family housing, fueling area and underground missile magazines. Meet in the Senior Center at Nike Park, 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton. For details, call 356-1223 or visit


Monday, Oct. 22

Jack & Jill of America: To determine if there’s interest in starting a chapter in Western Tidewater, a meeting will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Morgan Memorial Library, Suffolk. RSVP at


Friday Oct. 26

Bethlehem Ruritan Jam: From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Luke Willette and The Show Me Band will perform in the Bethlehem Ruritan Club House, 140 Manning Road, Suffolk. There is no admission charge, but donations go to the tip jar for the band, so please give generously. Soft drinks, BBQ, hot dogs, snacks, and desserts will be available for purchase. For details, call George Fowler at 617-5955.


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 All tickets can be purchased at the door.


Saturday, Nov. 3

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. This is a postponement from Oct. 13. A time for the event has not yet been announced.

Christmas Craft Fair: The Woman’s Club of Windsor will host this annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway. A bake sale, raffle, homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese will be offered. Numerous vendors such as LuLa Roe, Pampered Chef, Scentsy and Tupperware will be present. This will the first event in the facility, which will also be dedicated that day.

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, 18001 Southampton Parkway, corner of Highway 58 and Main Street. Reservations are required for free vendor space. Free admission. Free parking. For further information, email or call 434 658-4454.


Saturday, Nov. 10

Ham & Fried Chicken Dinner: The Windsor Ruritan Club will serve meals from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Windsor Ruritan Community House on Community Drive. Cost is $10 per dinner, which can be eaten in or taken out. For ticket and information, contact R.A. Howell at 242-6094.