“Second Saturday” – June 9 on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail

“Second Saturday” – June 9 on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail

All across the Trail, our sites are featuring a diverse collection of special events, artist classes, delicious tours and tastings, exclusive open studio experiences, culinary highlights, wonderful wines and more!


Click each featured site’s link below for more information on activities and to navigate via the online location map.

Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, June 9:

(The featured trail sites below are listed in alphabetical order. Click the linked name to learn more about each member, their Google map location and the activities, artists, and specialties they are featuring.)


Stratford Hall  — Trail Site #120 (483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558)

Geo Series: Stratford under our Feet with Dr. Robert Weems

Search for fossils and shark’s teeth while exploring the cliffs of Stratford Hall.

Most of the visitors who stroll the Stratford beach looking for the occasional shark’s tooth or bone fragment do not realize that they have just found a small clue about a very distant time. The cliffs at Stratford Hall record millions of years of earth’s history, and more importantly, divulge evidence of vast earth climate changes as well as continental movements. Dr. Robert Weems, retired United States Geological Survey paleontologist and internationally renowned expert on the Miocene epoch will be presenting a rare opportunity to learn more about these Earth transformations as they are recorded in the cliffs at Stratford Hall. After a short discussion and slide presentation in the duPont Library, registrants will proceed to the beach to begin their trek into time. Visitors will be allowed special access to restricted beach areas. The Stratford Hall Paleo Patrol will assist in the identification of specimens.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 8 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Jon Bachman atjbachman@stratfordhall.org or call 804-493-1972 for more information and/or registration.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: $55 per person for ages 13 and older.


Sewlovelee, Lee Taylor Trail Site #30 (85 First St, White Stone, VA 22578)

Ruler Tips and Tricks

Modern quilting is anything but square. Use specialty rulers to create quilts with different angles. Lee will show you how to use the specialty rulers more quickly and effectively for a practically perfect finished product!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00am – 12:00pm

Cost:   Free


Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar  (Trail Site #129) 117 Washington Ave, Colonial Beach, VA 22443

NNK 2nd Saturday Open Door

Very excited to offer “Authentic and Fresh” Chesapeake Bay Fare. Enjoy a “sampling” of the best that the Chesapeake has to offer! A Medley of Rockfish, Crab Balls, Sugar Toads, and Oysters (2 Each)

Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $16.99


Historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern — Trail Site #39 (73 Monument Place, Heathsville, VA 22473)

World-wide Knit in Public Day

Knit on the Tavern’s porch at the largest knitter-run event in the world.

With a mission of “Better living through stitching together,” World Wide Knit in Public Day is now annually celebrated in over 50 countries.

Please bring your project to work on or use our supplies to work on some squares for afghans that will be given to charity. You may also choose to knit sweaters for trees, sign posts, and other fixed objects near the Tavern. This is your chance to meet knitters, learn to knit, knit a row, and chat about knitting. Men, women and children are all invited.

Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern will be festooned in knitted “wisteria,” and the “Heritage Arts Center” Gift Shoppe and Tavern Café will be open. The Gift Shoppe sells locally-made handcrafted artisan wares, included hand-spun yarn, knitted shawls, hand-woven baby blankets, and much more. Over 75 artisans have items for sale.

The Tavern Café offers an ever-changing menu of light luncheon fare and sweet treats, all homemade by the volunteers of the Tavern’s Culinary Guild.

The Tavern is home to four artisan guilds. Meet the Blacksmiths in the Forge, the Woodworkers in the Carriage House, the Quilters in their studio on the first floor of the Tavern, and the Spinners & Weavers in their studio on the second floor.

Date:   Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cost:   Free

For more detail, refer to the Calendar of Events.

Click here to plan your visit using our online Artisan Trail Map

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SAVE THE DATE! The next Second Saturday on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail is July 14, 2018.


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