Northern Neck, Full of Summer Surprises
Self-described as “the road less traveled,” Virginia’s Northern Neck is a premier destination for art and culture experiences outside all of the hustle and bustle of the District. Make a day or a weekend trip out of heading down to the Northern Neck to see what summer 2013 has to offer.
Summer Beach Bash at Ingleside Winery Take a trip out to Oak Grove, Va., on June 22 for a summer kickoff. There will be live beach music in the courtyard, wine tasting and an optional dinner. You can reserve a dinner reservation or bring your own picnic to the party. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (music only). Dinner costs $15 (advance reservations). Ingleside Winery, 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, Va. 22443
Wine Tasting and Water Exploration at Cat Point Creek Have a swimming time and taste some wine on June 29 at Cat Point Creek in Richmond County, Va. Paddle your way down the creek to take part in a wine tasting at Belle Mount Vineyards. Make a reservation by June 25 to wine, dine, and explore one of Northern Neck’s vital habitats. The cost of this waterside adventure is $40 per person with reservation only. Northern Neck Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 125 Lancaster, Va. 22503 804-462-0979
Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department 77th Annual Carnival Pick one or a few nights between July 25 and August 3 to join all the fun in Kilamarnock for this nine-day carnival extravaganza. Help support the Kilamarnock Volunteer Fire Department while taking part in old-fashioned games, riding carnival rides and eating great food. Admission to the carnival is free, but tickets are required for games and food. Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock, Va.
Irvington Crab Festival Grab a hammer and get ready to start pickin’ the best on July 27 at the Second Annual Irvington Crab Festival. Groove to live music from Jumbo Lumb Daddy while enjoying all-you-can-eat steamed jumbo crabs, and listen to Backfin Boys while enjoying barbecue. Proceeds form the Irvington Crab Festival were benefit the Steamboat Era Museum. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door day of. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $5. Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, Va. 22480
Music by the River at Belle Isle State Park Bring your picnic blanket and jive your way to Rappahannock Crossing’s Belle Isle State Park to take in the nature and bluegrass musicians from the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula. It is a family-friendly setting, and it is encouraged and accepted to play games with family and kids during the concerts. The event will take place most Saturdays, starting July 13. Visit www.NortherNeck.org for a full list of dates and performances for Music By The River. Admission for all is free. Belle Isle State Park 1562 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, Va. 22503