Thursday, August 17, 2017  

HAPPENINGS: Summer Sampler


Tides Classic Car Show
July 22-24
The Tides Inn
480 King Carter Drive, Irvington

The Tides Inn Classic Car Show weekend begins with a Friday evening oyster roast and movie. The fun continues on Saturday with The Northern Neck Road Tour. The classic car show on Sunday will feature cars from every decade. The show will have an authentic 50’s vibe — rocking and rolling with live entertainment, a 50’s costume contest, kids’ activities and more. A barbecue lunch and refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is required for the Northern Neck Road Tour and for classic car exhibitors. Guests of the Tides can participate in additional activities. Overnight accommodations are available. Please call (866)988-5389 for more information or to register, or visit www.tidesinn.com.

Summer Sizzling FairJuly 23 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Freeshade Community Center
1544 Regent Road, Syringa
Tomato Contest and Salsa Challenge, 11 a.m.
Awards, 12:30 p.m.
Contest entry fees are $10.00

Come enjoy a day at the fair, sponsored by a partnership of Middlesex County and the Virginia Cooperative Extension/4-H. Attractions include Little Wonder Horse Farm’s miniature horses, farm animals, music, arts and crafts, and face painting. Also at the fair are treats to eat: fresh, local fruits and vegetables, Kiwanis snow cones and popcorn at throw-back five-cent prices and other fair-style goodies. Enter the third annual Tomato Contest and compete for prizes in categories like biggest, weirdest, best plate of three, and best-tasting. The Salsa Challenge offers prizes for recipes using locally grown ingredients. Salsas are judged on taste, aroma, consistency, freshness, color and creativity of recipe. For more information, vendor applications or contest registration, contact Michelle Brown at (804)654-1363, m.brown@co.middlesex.va.us; or Rachael Miller (804)758-4120, 

Annual Kilmarnock Fireman’s Carnival
July 28-30, August 1-6, 7 - 10 p.m.
Carnival Grounds
Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock
Admission is free.

The Kilmarnock Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival may be the oldest summer carnival in Virginia. Now in its eighty-first year, this annual festival is the major funding event for the all-volunteer Kilmarnock fire company. Set on its own special grounds, the carnival brings together generations of families and guests to enjoy amusement rides, games of chance and tasty grilled burgers, hotdogs, and famous homemade French fries. Ride “Big Eli” the Ferris wheel or the restored vintage carousel. Play bingo and other carnival games. It’s hometown charm at its finest — nine fun-filled nights capped off with a car or truck raffle. For more information, visit:
www.virginia.org/listings/Events/KilmarnockFiremansCarnival, or call (804)436-2002.

Donk’s Theater, 
Home of Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry
Mathews High School’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium
9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews
Shows start at 8 p.m., 
doors open at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (65+); 
$5 Children (12 and under)

July 30
Country Beach Music/Salute to Jimmy Buffett
Celebrate summer with fun, country beach music, and songs of the great Jimmy Buffett for the Parrot Head in us all!

August 13
Lynda and Richard Smith and 7th Street
Donk’s most popular brother/sister duo has grown up on the Donk’s stage and they know how to put on a show — high energy and very entertaining. Combine that with the dance band 7th Street and you have a night of dance music sure to please. Call (804)725-7760 for more information or advance ticket reservations.

Donk’s Theater, home of Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry, opened its doors in 1975 to provide family-friendly entertainment at affordable prices. Last year, the theater celebrated 40 years in the entertainment business. Although the original theater was lost to a collapsed roof, organizers decided “the show must go on.” The owner of Donk’s has said that she plans to rebuild. In the meantime, thanks to the generosity of the Mathews County School System, Donk’s shows in 2016 will be relocated to the Harry M. Ward Auditorium at Mathews High School. Visit www.donkstheater.com for more information.

Wine on the Water
August 5
Garrett’s Marina
339 Catchpenny Lane, Bowler’s Wharf
September 2
June Parker Marina
531 N. Church Lane, Tappahannock
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$10 per person, which includes a drink (souvenir glass) and light snack
WOW is a series of wine tasting events to benefit the Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic (formerly the Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic) in its efforts to provide free health care to the less fortunate. WOW gatherings feature a variety of musical performances and include wine selections from around the world, craft beer, food and fun on the Rappahannock River. The August event will feature lively musical performances by The Fox Sisters and the September event will present the talented Andrew Magruder and Friends. For more information call (804)443-9590, visit www.ledwithlewisfreeclinic.org, or look for Ledwith Lewis Free Clinic on Facebook.

Fifth Annual Irvington Crab Festival
An Event to Benefit the Steamboat Era Museum
August 13
Irvington Town Commons, King Carter Drive and Tavern Road, Irvington
Gates open at 4 p.m., Crabs served at 5 p.m.
Admission is $45 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under
(Prices are subject to change due to availability of crabs.)
No tickets will be sold at the door.
This fundraising festival features steamed crabs, barbecue, hot dogs, soft drinks and adult beverages. Jumbo Lump Daddy & the Backfin Boys will be entertaining the crowd with their special blend of original songs, Americana folk/rock and electro-acoustic music. It’s the perfect summer celebration (with an estimated 750 guests and more than 70 bushels of crabs each year). Hurry to get your tickets as the event has sold out quickly in the past. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Steamboat Era Museum at (804)438-6888, or visit www.steamboateramuseum.org.

Movies, Martinis and Moonlight
Sponsored by Friends of the Daw and The Cooke Foundation
August 27 and September 17
Hosted by The Essex Inn, 203 Duke Street, Tappahannock
Times to be announced. $25 per ticket. All three shows for $60
This classic movie festival features vintage 16 mm films and includes a double-feature on August 27 of The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born, followed by a single showing on September 17 of Citizen Kane. Jack Cleveland, a film professor from Washington, D.C., will be on hand to narrate and answer questions. The cover charge will include martinis, movies and good company in a pleasant setting in The Essex Inn courtyard. All proceeds will go toward the renovation of Tappahannock’s Daw Theater.
The mission of The Cooke Foundation for the Arts is to raise funds and facilitate the full renovation and restoration of the historic Daw Theater, located at 154 Prince Street in Tappahannock, Virginia. The renovation is intended to reconfigure the existing building to support live theatrical performances. In addition, the renovated theater will serve as a venue for community, educational and regional events. After the DAW renovation is complete, the primary mission of The Cooke Foundation for the Arts will transition to supporting performing and visual arts within Tappahannock and the surrounding Tidewater region. For more information, call The Essex Inn at (804)443-9900, or visit