Crush Friday: Take a Fall Break in Smithfield, Virginia

So you may not be able to take another entire week off but you still have lots of vacation days left. We know you do. Americans gave up around 206 million paid vacation days in 2017. Why not take some of that well-earned time off and spend a relaxing weekend in Smithfield & Isle of Wight before the cold weather kicks in.

Wine tastings, a car show, yoga in the park, a living history event at Historic St. Luke’s (including a beer tasting – tix go fast – order yours today!) and more. Finish on Sunday with a good old-fashioned pie contest. Here are all the details on what’s happening this upcoming weekend!

IMG_4357First Friday Wine Tasting at Pagan River Wine Merchants
​Friday, Sept. 7, 7:15 p.m., 
409 South Church Street​ in downtown Smithfield
Each monthly wine tasting will have a special guest speaker who will discuss six or more wines. Wine glasses are provided but feel free to bring your own. A cheese and fruit tray will be provided. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 757.357.5375.

Lions 2Smithfield Lions Club Cruz-In Car Show
Friday, Sept. 7, 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sentara St. Lukes, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton
Held the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month through October, the car show’s gate donation of $2 benefits Lions Charities. Spectators are free. Featuring food (BBQ), music (DJ) and a 50/50 raffle each night.

farmers market facebook cucumbers and peachesSmithfield Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. – noon, 115 Main St., downtown Smithfield

Named one of the top 101 Farmers Markets in the US by the, the market runs each Saturday through the end of October with Specialty Markets in November and December. Offering locally grown produce, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, plants, herbs, baked goods, coffee, barbecue, ham sandwiches, handcrafted items, plus live music each week! 757.759.4118.

pickers marketDowntown Smithfield Pickers Market
Saturday, Sept. 8,  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Joyner Field (next door to the Visitor Center) 319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield

Our bi-annual Vintage Markets are so popular, we’ve decided to add a monthly market. Held the second Saturday of each month beginning in April and running through October. the market will be a bit smaller but will still be a great place to treasure hunt. 757.375.3031.

watercolor.jpgWatercolor Pure and Simple at the Arts Center @ 319
Saturday, Sept. 8 & 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day, 319 Main St., Smithfield
Instructor Ken Hobson will present “Watercolor Pure and Simple” (or “Knowing when to put your brush down”) for intermediate and advanced artists, ages 16 and up. This will be a fun & relaxed opportunity to paint, offering a lot of information on a variety of subjects from loose florals to realistic landscapes, family pets to birds. Students are welcome to bring their own references too. Fee is $200 for Isle of Wight Arts League Members/ $220 for non-members. Register by September 1st to reserve your space, maximum 12 students. For further information or to register call 757.357.7707 or email

ivy-hill-nov-2016-2.jpgFREE Guided Tour of Ivy Hill Cemetery
Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m., 451 North Church Street, Smithfield
Ivy Hill Cemetery is a historic rural cemetery and national historic district located at Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. It was established in 1886, and is a privately owned cemetery. Grave markers within the cemetery date from the mid-19th century to the present day. Join local historian Kathy Mountjoy for a free guided walking tour of this historic Smithfield treasure. Offered the second Saturday of each month from April through November (weather permitting). Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the entrance of the cemetery. 757.408.1935.

mercedes-isrow-enjoying-nature.jpgYoga at Windsor Castle Park​
Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 301 Jericho Rd. (at the Kayak Launch), Smithfield
This is an all level group yoga class to benefit “Warriors at Ease” Charity. Held the second Saturday of each month from April through September, the cost is $10 per person. Please bring your own mat.

Living History Event at Historic St. Luke’s Church

17th Century Isle of Wight County: A Living History Event at St. Luke’s Church
Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield

Event Activities include a presentation on early 17th-century clothing and adornment, period vendors selling their wares, reenactors/living historians demonstrating sword play and more, a concert by the Locrian Consort introducing instruments such as the sackbut, a beer tasting featuring St. George Brewing Co., and much much more. Admittance to this event can be purchased at the door and is the price of General Admission ($8). The Beer Tasting Fundraisers and Benefit Concert by the Locrian Consort are ticketed events. Tickets can be purchased online at
For further information email

Deerskin and Doublets: Clothing in Early 17th Century Virginia, 1607-1624 at Historic St. Luke’s Church
Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield
This lecture is by Samantha Bullat, the tailor for the  Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where she researches, designs, and constructs garments from the early 17th and late 18th centuries. Discover the types of clothing and adornment worn by early 17th-century English and Powhatan people in Virginia during this lecture by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation tailor Samantha Bullat. Examples of recreated early 17th century clothing from English and Powhatan cultures will be available to examine after the lecture, along with the tools used for making these garments. The lecture  is included in Historic St. Luke’s 17th century event. The price of admittance to the event is general admission ($8). ​

Beer Tasting Fundraiser featuring St. George Brewing Company at Historic St. Luke’s Church
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2:00 or 3:00 p.m., 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield
St. George Brewing Company has tapped inspiration from the many legends surrounding St. George to create award winning ales and lagers that proudly bear his cross. This event is part of Historic St. Luke’s 17th century event. The beer tasting requires a ticket purchase of $15 per person and can be purchased online via Space is limited. These tickets include complimentary General Admission for the rest of the day’s events (excluding the Benefit Concert by the Locrian Consort), light refreshments, a tasting glass, and pours of 4 different beers. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Guests will only be allowed to participate in 1 tasting.

Benefit Concert Featuring 17th Century Music by the Locrian Consort at Historic St. Luke’s Church
Saturday, Sept. 8, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield
The Locrian Consort will introduce multiple instruments that are no longer popular in mainstream music. Examples of these instruments include the gemshorn, sackbut, and krumhorn. This event requires a ticket purchase and is one part of a larger event at Historic St. Luke’s, “17th Century Isle of Wight County: A Living History Event”. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased online via Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged as spots are limited. These tickets include complimentary General Admission for the rest of the day’s events (excluding the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Beer Tasting Fundraisers) and admittance to a concert by the Locrian Consort.

2018 King Arthur Flour Pie Contest​
Sunday, Sept. 9, 315 Main Street, downtown Smithfield 
Judging begins at 3:30 p.m and the winner will be announced at 4 p.m.
Do you make the best pies in your neighborhood? Put on your favorite apron and bright red lipstick and show off your pies in the 2018 Vintage Pie Contest on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9th in downtown Smithfield. Win bragging rights and prizes from King Arthur Flour and local businesses. King Arthur Flour will award prizes to the best pies in the categories of Sweet, Healthy and Savory. There is no cost to enter, but King Arthur Flour must be used. Bakers must turn in their pies between 2:30 to 3 p.m. on the day of the contest. They will be judged by local community members at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. During the event, Main Street merchants will be open for shopping, and some will offer free snacks and sidewalk sales.
Email for an entry form and rules or visit Finley’s General Store at 327 Main Street in dowtown Smithfield.
Contest forms must be submitted by Saturday, Sept. 1.

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