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April Trimmer, a first-time puller and winner of two Antique Tractor classes

A tractor pull for all ages

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Finally saying good-bye to the long winter, enthusiasts gathered at Turner Field on Saturday and Sunday for the Callao Ruritan Club annual spring lawn mower and antique tractor pull. Numerous children registered to pull their lawn mowers on Saturday; four youngsters walked away with the trophies from the three youth classes. On Sunday, among the winners of the antique tractor classes was April Trimmer, a first-time puller who won the

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  • Jazzing the day away

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Of the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra: John D’Earth on trumpet, Jeff Decker on alto sax, Robert Jospe on drums and Peter Spaar on bass.

      The Rappahannock Concert Association hit another one out of the park when it filled Northumberland High School’s auditorium with an audience that stood to cheer the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra when it finished its concert Saturday afternoon. The orchestra, led by trumpeter John D’Earth had the crowds’ feet tapping as it offered pieces from jazz greats such as Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington. Featured singer Stephanie Nakashian nearly

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  • Dance helps in restoring a local landmark

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The “Ides of March” Dance in Reedville was sold out with 100 attendees aiding the restoration of the historic Festival Halle with their dancing feet.

    As a beautiful Saturday in Reedville faded to dusk, the Festival Halle came alive with the sounds of upbeat music and 100 attendees laughing, eating and dancing the night away. The proceeds from last week’s Ides of March Dance, hosted by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, helped benefit the Festival Halle’s restoration.  Since they acquired the building in 2009, RFM’s Carol Towne said they had put in at least 180 volunteer

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  • Getting away with laughter and applause

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Sitting (from left) are Christina Thompson and Katherine Ballentine Shepherd; standing (from left) are Frank Connelly, Sean Thompson, Marcia Peters, Dan Peters and Michael Bruner.

    The Westmoreland Players current production, “Getting Away with Murder” isn’t so much a “whodunit” as a “Howcome he dunit” because the killer is pretty well established by the end of the first act. That makes the play more interesting than the usual search for the butler in a room full of suspects. Joy Evans, who co-directed the show with her husband, Glenn, called the play the Players’ “murder and mayhem

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  • Audubon bird walk March 22

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    On Saturday, Frank Schaff of the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk near Urbanna at the home of Maggie Eubank Gerdts.  The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. This is a prime time for bird watching as it is the end of the winter season and the beginning of migration.  Among the recent sightings in Gerdts’ yard and near by have been hooded mergansers, loons, buffleheads, ruddy

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  • “Arts Alive” around the corner

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Sukey Starkey uses stained glass, river pebbles, tiles and other baubles to create colorful mosaics. Her artist studio in Ophelia will be open to the public as part of this year’s Arts Alive Artist Studio Tour, which benefits the Northumberland Public Library in Heathsville.

    “Arts Alive,” the Northumberland Public Library’s fifth annual Artist Studio Tour, will take place Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6, 2014. More than 20 talented artists from the lower Northern Neck have teamed up for this self-drive tour. Additional artist groups will display their works at three guild sites at Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. Ticket-holders to this premier event on the Northern Neck will be able

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  • Musical talents of youth to be showcased at winter concert

    Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Rachel Bradley

    Part of the mission of the Northern Neck Orchestra is to encourage the development of talented music students through mentoring and performance opportunities. On Feb. 23, in a concert celebrating “Youthful Gifts,” the spotlight will be on three young performers and on the works of great composers whose musical gifts were also apparent in their youth. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Northumberland High School. The program will

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