There’s something for everyone this weekend.

The Isle of Wight County Museum presents “A Taste for War,” Saturday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. Tomorrow! Civil War food came in many shapes and sizes. After marching or drilling all day, soldiers were exhausted and still had to prepare their rations to fortify themselves for the coming days. This informative lecture will offer guests a chance to sample a few (tasty?) original recipes. 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.356.1223


Josiah Parker
Colonel Josiah Parker

The Isle of Wight County Museum presents a living history tour this Saturday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. Meet Col. Josiah Parker and stand at the very site of “Mackie’s Mill Engagement,” the 1781 skirmish between local militia and Benedict Arnold’s forces. This Saturday, the 235th anniversary of the event, local historian Rob Friar will present special guest Col. Parker, U.S. House of Representatives member from 1789 to 1801, who will review the history leading up to the engagement and the details surrounding local militia’s clash with Gen. Benedict Arnold’s forces at the site. Tour begins at the museum. Guests will follow from the museum in their own vehicles to nearby Mackie’s Mill. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Carpooling is encouraged. Suggested donation: $2 for adults. 103 Main Street, downtown Smithfield, (757) 356-1223


Sundays at Four Concert Series presents a Solo Youth Recital by 17-year-old Smithfield pianist, Bryce Cuthriell, Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. A former performer in the Sundays at Four Terrific Teen Concert, Bryce will perform a solo piano recital with works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky. Bryce, a high school senior, is a student of Dr. Maria Yefimova at the College of William and Mary. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert. 111 S. Church Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.375-9140


The Arts Center @ 319 presents “Food Glorious Food,” running January 10 – February 28, images of yummy foods and warm times gathered to share sustenance. The Opening Reception for the show will be held on Sunday, January 31 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and will feature an open-mic poetry reading, book signings by members of the Isle of Wight Writers Group, and a tribute to former Isle of Wight resident and jazz legend Ed Bland. 319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.357.7707

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