John Redding


In last week’s column regarding locations offering plants, seeds and gardening supplies, I forgot to mention a most valuable resource to such activity – your local Extension Office. They are available for advice and usually have some plants to sell.

Upcoming events in our community follow. Some will of course be subject to modifications pending changes in pandemic related restrictions.

Harvey Family Stew – To benefit the Appomattox Railroad Festival and celebrate the memory of Dr. Paul Harvey, stew will be sold at Courtland Festival Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 20. Pre-orders can be made by calling 434-315-4325.

Thursday Open Mic Night – This impromptu evening resumed at Baine’s Books and Coffee last week. There was a good crowd, and the musicians performed to their usual high standards. Most in attendance wore masks.

Appomattox Vintage Artisan Spring Market – The spring version of this market opens at 243 Court Street (Sears Building) on April 2 and is open Thursday - Saturday until April 24.

Wolfbane’s Murder on the Orient Express – Shows run Thursday-Sunday, April 8 - May 2 with special dinner shows on two nights. To learn more and get your tickets, visit:

Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival — This year the festival has moved to DeVault Family Vineyards and is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2021 (rain date Sunday the 18th). Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets —

Blue Ridge Rock Festival Drive-in Concert – Steel Panther - Heavy Metal Rules Tour (Black Stone Cherry as their opening act) is performing on Friday, April 23, at Devault Family Vineyards from 7 until 10 p.m. Go to for tickets and more information.

Evergreen Lavender Festival – Just like many other events that had to take a break during the pandemic, the festival will be back this year on June 19 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visit the Lavender Farm website ( for more information.

Smith Strong Gold Fundraiser – This charity event is scheduled to be held at Falling River Country Club on July 30-31.  There will be four mini-tournaments during the two days — 22 four-man captain’s choice teams will compete in separate a.m. and p.m. rounds on each of the two days. Entry fee is $250 per four-man team which includes golf, lunch, a #SmithStrong towel, and bracelet. Multiple hole prizes will be offered.  Sponsorship opportunities exist ranging from $100 to $2,000. For mor information, visit Appomattox Raiders Football on Facebook or contact Faber Jamerson, Jay Wingfield or Cheryl Ellis. Please step up to compete or fund a sponsorship to assist our treasured Coach Doug Smith.

Bike Night — The chamber has tentatively booked all parties to hold its annual Bike Night at Courtland Festival Park for Saturday, Aug. 7. “Out of Spite” will provide the music and The Fishin’ Pig will offer food selections. The chamber will of course sell beverages, and Harley-Davidson of Lynchburg will be there to add to the festivities.

Appomattox Railroad Festival — The annual festival will return this year on Oct. 9 & 10. Get involved and help make it even more successful. See their website for more information:

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