Local authors, antique cars and a 4H livestock show…so much to do this weekend in Smithfield!

Here’s what’s happening this beautiful fall weekend in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County…


“Jose E. Hernandez: Marks on the Wall, Prehistoric to Present” Exhibit
The exhibit through Friday, October 19 at the Arts Center @ 319, 319 Main Street in downtown Smithfield. 757.357.7707


Letter Dices Concept: Author2nd Annual Isle of Wight Legacy of Writers Day
This free and family-friendly event is being held to commemorate the more than 50 published authors from our county since the mid-19th Century until the present. Sponsored by the Isle of Wight Writers Group. 757.357.0006.

FRIDAY: Kick-Off Meet & Greet Book Signing
5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Mansion on Main B&B, 36 Main Street in downtown Smithfield
In honor of much beloved Doris Gwaltney’s (continuing) faithful years of contributions to the Isle of Wight Writers Group and area writing communities, the Writers Group is hosting a Meet & Greet Book Signing.

SATURDAY: Presentations by Local authors
10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Blackwater Regional Library – Smithfield Branch, 255 James Street in downtown Smithfield
This free event will pay homage to the 50+ published authors from Isle of Wight County from the 19th Century until today with special events. Featuring presentations by Jeffrey Blount and children’s book author, Kim Norman at 10:00 a.m., and W. Michael (Mike) Farmer at 11:00 a.m.

SATURDAY: Curator’s Talk, Exhibit and book signing
2:30 until 4:00 p.m. at the Isle of Wight Museum, 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield
Tracey Neikirk, Isle of Wight Museum Curator, will speak on premier authors who have chronicled the history of our town and county. Her exhibit will feature Helen Haverty King, Segar Cofer Dashiell, as well as other selected influential historians and notable local cultural preservationists.


“Open Mic Night” at Christ Episcopal Church
7:00 p.m., 111 S. Church Street in downtown Smithfield
The public is invited! 757.357.2826.

Smithfield Lions Club Cruz-In Car Show
6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sentara St. Lukes, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton


Smithfield Farmers Market
9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, Bank of Southside VA Parking lot, 115 Main Street in downtown Smithfield

Free Guided Walking Tour of Historic Fort Huger
10:00 a.m., 15080 Talcott Terrace, Isle of Wight County, 757.356.1223.

Free Guided Battle of Smithfield Walking Tour
2:00 p.m. Tour begins at the Isle of Wight County Museum, 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.356.1223.

Red Grill (Banner)17th Annual Smithfield Ruritan Club Car Show
9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. along the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Smithfield
This Car, Truck, and Bike Show is open to all vehicles with Top 20 Awards plus “Best Of” Awards. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Judging is from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Awards will be at given at 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration by September 17 is $10.00 for bikes and $15.00 for cars. Day of show is $15.00 for bikes and $20.00 for cars. Proceeds will benefit local charities. 757.357.7431.


4-H Livestock Show
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Joel C Bradshaw Fairgrounds, Windsor

Lecture: “Armageddon on our Doorstep: How Warwick County & Isle of Wight County Prevented an Atomic Bomb Attack”
2:00 p.m. at the Isle of Wight Museum, 103 Main Street in downtown Smithfield, 757.356.1223
Learn the details of local defenses used to combat the Cold War during the Communist Red Scare of the 1950s when every schoolchild learned to “duck and cover.” Isle of Wight County manned missile batteries at Site N-75L/C – now Nike Park – while Warwick County, our sister just across the James River, was safeguarded by the Camp Patrick Henry (BOMARC) Nike anti-aircraft missile site N-85L/C.

Joseph VazSundays at Four Concert Series presents “Pianist Joseph Vaz”
4:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 South Church Street in downtown Smithfield. 757. 675-5777
Joseph calls Smithfield his second home. Grandson of Doris and Atwill Gwaltney, Joseph is a senior at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Herman B. Wells Scholar. He was the pianist on the Sundays at Four 2011 Terrific Teen Talent Recital. In Cincinnati he took full advantage of the environment around the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music playing piano and double bass and winning many competitions on both. Joseph was a Crystal Award Winner at the famous Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and spent this past semester studying in Vienna. Joseph’s last number will include a composition by the late Jazz Artist, Ed Bland. Tickets at the door: Adults $20 / Students $5. 2018-19 Season Tickets (4 performances): Adults $65 / Students $20. All tickets can be purchased at the door.

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