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Westmoreland County, and the Northern Neck as a whole, is utterly steeped in history.  One of its most famous sites is Stratford Hall, the birthplace and residence of the Lee family. Now a colossal historic site and tourist attraction, people come to Stratford Hall year-round from all over. …

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Both children and adults are invited to do their Christmas shopping at “Golden Village Christmas” in Heathsville on Saturday, Dec. 4th. This annual celebration of Christmastide, will take place from 10 am to 2 pm at Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern, and also include caroling, free hot mulled…

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As November fades away in the rear view mirror and 2021 approaches, the town of Montross is preparing for its last great celebration of the year.  Taking place over the entire weekend, the town’s Spirit Festival is in many ways something akin to both its First Fridays in summer and the Fall …

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Colonial Beach residents have another outdoor activity to enjoy—a nine-hole putt-putt golf course on Washington Ave.

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WarsawFest 2021 was held on Saturday, October 9th, much to the delight of town residents.

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Last year, concerns over COVID-19 did what the flooding waters of 2017 could not: shut down the Montross Fall Festival. This year, it was all about making up for lost time.

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2020 did the one thing that nobody thought was possible: get the Montross Fall Festival cancelled that year, something that not even the rains of 2017 doing their best to turn Route 3 into a river could do. Fortunately, now that more is known about the virus and vaccines have become widespre…

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More than 280 attendees enjoyed the 10th Annual Irvington Crab Festival on a beautiful September evening. Six and eight-foot tables were spaced in the big top on Irvington Commons to mitigate COVID concerns.

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The 2021 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship Show was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia on July 28th through August 1, 2021. 4-H’ers have to qualify at the state level in order to participate in the Regional Championship Show.

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As August comes to a close, and September rolls around, the final First Friday for the year looms on the horizon. After being cancelled last year due to there being a plethora of unknowns about the Coronavirus at the time, First Fridays came back in a big way this year, even if the schedule …

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Members of the Northern Neck Corvette Club and the Northern Neck Chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America cruised into the Heathsville Farmers Market on August 21st. They were joined by many other locals, who came by to show off their vehicles.

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There are always lots of reasons to visit Heathsville, but Saturday, August 21st is one of the best days to “Make It a Heathsville Saturday.” The entire community is coming together to offer a variety of fun shopping and things to do in conjunction with the Heathsville Farmers Market.

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Westmoreland County Sheriff’s office held their annual Sheriff’s National Night Out on August 3, 2021. Helping to make a difference were the Washington & Lee High School’s Virginia Defense Force (VDF) Cadets who worked at the event. The cadets, under the leadership of Major Jim Stanley, …

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Naked Neck Adventures welcomed The DC Wheels skateboarding charity to Colonial Beach Friday night for the official launch of a new Northern Neck recreation app.

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Warsaw received the first half of the $1.5 million in funding allotted for the town from the American Rescue Plan, and town manager Joseph Quesenberry drafted a proposed budget that invests most of the money into infrastructure projects.

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In July 2021, ten students will begin studying junior string repertory to form the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth (SONNY). They have completed elementary lessons with the Strings Crewe, a program to teach violin, viola and cello to 6-12 year old students.

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The next program in the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s Zooming In On Local History Virtual Speaker Series will be “The James Wharton Films: An Enduring Record of Northern Neck Life in the 1930s.” The program will be presented by Ms. Joni Carter on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 3 p.m. …

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The mess that was 2020 took quite a lot of things from us, ranging from going out and about to being able to send the kids to school. Both Montross First Fridays and the Fall Festival were unfortunate casualties, too; the latter of which was especially surprising given the fact that it went …

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The 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration Fair will be held on the Pavilion grounds at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern on Saturday, June 19, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Interracial Conversations NNK, MACorps, Inc., and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the fair will feature a his…

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Picking up right where they left off, in July the Players will present Opal’s Million Dollar Duck, the production they had to cancel in March, 2020.

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Last year, two of the many casualties in the wake of the panic that resulted from the pandemic were the Town of Montross’s First Fridays and Fall Festival. Started several years back as an art walk, this event took on a life of its own and became a celebration of art, music, food and libatio…

Santa is hoping more children will write him letters this year, so he can have the pleasure of writing them back.

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Both children and adults are invited to do their Christmas shopping at “Golden Village Christmas” in Heathsville on Saturday, December 5. This annual celebration of Christmastide, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, will also include caroling, free hot mull…

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Did you get out over the weekend or one evening and do any fishing? Last Tuesday I got out for some lunchtime fun and managed to land 3 nice bass on soft plastics, one being really nice. Friday I got out for a quick morning trip with my brother Bill before it got too hot. We had an awesome t…

Driving along sandy roadsides and fields of the coastal plain in summer, it is always a delight to find our native Purple Passionflower, a deciduous vine with dark green, three-lobed leaves and exquisite, showy flowers and edible fruit. This vigorous vine is native to the southeastern US fro…

The endless record setting heat has kept many local anglers fishing the early morning post dawn hours. Some have braved the late evening option for fishing, hoping the heat of the day has subsided and any thunderstorm chances have diminished. While these narrow windows of angling options hav…

American Red Cross Blood Drives February 4, Shiloh Baptist Church “Help” Center, Noon – 6 p.m., 16042 Northumberland Hwy, Burgess Northumberland Public Library events, 7204 Northumberland Hwy., Heathsville. More information: 580-5051 or northumberlandpubliclibrary.org Northumberland Public L…

Brides and grooms once felt compelled to conform to the trappings of traditional weddings. From uber-romantic vows to pastel colors to the penultimate white tiered cake, various wedding components were long considered must-haves. But modern couples are increasingly expressing their individua…

Colonial Beach citizens, in conjunction with the town, are working hard on an application to HGTV’s new short series, “Hometown Takeover.” Ben and Erin Napier will be taking over, and making over, a small town somewhere in the United States.

American Red Cross Blood Drives January 23, Northern Neck YMCA, 10-3 p.m., 39 William B Graham Ct., Kilmarnock. January 27, Montross Community, 1-6 p.m., Montross Rescue Squad, 72 Lyells Street, Montross. February 4, Shiloh Baptist Church “Help” Center, Noon – 6 p.m., 16042 Northumberland Hw…

Did you get the opportunity to get out one afternoon or over the weekend to do any fishing? I got out with my brother Bill this past Monday to do a little fishing over at Gardy’s Mill Pond. We only had a couple hours that afternoon and Bill managed to find the first bass of the day, a nice 5…

Renowned Colonial Beach artist Ebbie Hynson will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday, January 26, 4-6 p.m., at the JarrettThor Gallery. In addition to the usual birthday cake and live music, Ebbie will be treated to a special entertainment that has been promised by successive mayors since…

Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham events January 16 – Community Cops and Coffee with Northumberland Law Enforcement, 9:30 a.m. at Callao Coffee Café. American Red Cross Blood Drives January 16, Warsaw Community, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Warsaw Baptist Church, 226 Main Street, Warsaw. January 23…

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American Red Cross Blood Drives January 9, Colonial Beach Community, 1-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach. January 14, Cooper Branch Library, 3-7 p.m., 20 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach; Essex Community, 1-7 p.m., Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept., 62…

Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham events January 8 – Seniors Breakfast at Rappahannock Church of Christ Wednesday January 8 at 9:00 a.m.; Caregivers Support Group at 3:30 p.m. at the Essex Public Library. January 9 – Networking Brunch at 10 a.m. and Caregivers Support Group at 12;30 p.m.…

Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham events January 8 – Seniors Breakfast at Rappahannock Church of Christ Wednesday January 8 at 9:00 a.m.; Caregivers Support Group at 3:30 p.m. at the Essex Public Library. January 9 – Networking Brunch at 10 a.m.  and Caregivers Support Group at 12;30 p.m…

Sher Lee may have dressed up as a naughty child for the Colonial Beach Kids’ Christmas party but with all the work she does for the children of Colonial Beach she would never be on Santa’s naughty list. For 110 children Colonial Beach Kids is bringing them Christmas cheer. The group works fo…

Northumberland Public Library events, 7204 Northumberland Hwy., Heathsville. More information: 580-5051 or northumberlandpubliclibrary.org “Game Day,” Friday, December 27 – 1 – 4 p.m. Play our games or bring your favorite. Bring a friend or find one here. This is a free event for ages 3 and …

Second Annual Meal Pack It is more than a meal. It’s a tangible way to share Jesus’ love. This food provides a nutritious meal for hungry children in Le Mer Frappee, Haiti. Our goal is 45,000 meals.  All ages and abilities are welcome. We challenge you to bring your church families, youth gr…

Northumberland Public Library events, 7204 Northumberland Hwy., Heathsville. More information: 580-5051 or northumberlandpubliclibrary.org “Game Day,” Friday, December 27 – 1 – 4 p.m. Play our games or bring your favorite. Bring a friend or find one here. This is a free event for ages 3 and …

The Northern Neck is steeped in history, from James Monroe and George Washington’s birthplace to Stratford Hall. Every December, Stratford Hall holds their Christmastide event, and this year, it happened to be this previous Saturday, December 14. When a place like this has been running this …

Over the weekend, Warsaw’s Tractor Supply Company made sure to spread the Holiday cheer by hosting a Pet Photos with Santa event. On Saturday, December 14, locals dropped by the supply store with their four-legged family members to snap photos with Santa, while also being able to check out l…

Heathsville’s Golden Village Christmas was a resounding success Saturday. Early morning winds had subsided by the time the event started and “We just had a great time,” Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Executive Director Corrine Becker said afterward. While the tavern’s green was ringed with v…

While last year’s weather stopped most normal participants from entering, this year’s Lighted Boat Parade on the Potomac sponsored by Colonial Yacht Club had more entrants for the event. The temperatures were cold, but the wind was low and waves were tiny, a perfect night for the wonderful e…

This year’s Grand Marshals for the annual Warsaw Christmas parade are the members of the 2019 state finalist Rappahannock Raiders Ladies’ Tennis team.  This season the team had a record of 20-1, with the lone loss coming at the state finals. In addition to the team’s runner-up status, Laura …