Hurricane Joaquin in Reedville

Parking lot of the Crazy Crab Restaurant

The tide did not rise above about 1 1/2 to 2′ in the my area, however in Reedville it was almost over the dock and was into the parking lot on the high tide.

For my guests at Fleeton Fields, it was thankfully only a rainy weekend with gusts of wind, thank goodness the storm missed us. I do not even have any large limbs down.

My prayers go out for all the areas on the east coast that were hit, with evacuations, water damage, and power failures.


Oktoberfest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Fleeton

St. Mary’s ”Oktoberfest”

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On October 10th, St. Mary’s is holding its 5th annual“Oktoberfest.”  Come and celebrate a traditional Bavarian festival featuring authentic German food, Bratwurst, Knockwurst, hotdogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels, beer, cider, and sodas, with oysters this year, served roasted or raw on the half shell.

Fun for the whole family, with German music, decorations, and folk attire.  A kids corner with games, a Moon Bounce, and Corn Hole.  A Bake Sale with homemade desserts, breads, preserves and pickles, and a Raffle with great prizes including a garden cart, and dinners at local restaurants.

 Please come and support this event it is actually St. Mary’s largest fund raiser for the year, providing funds for outreach and local ministries.

Saturday, October 10th, 12 noon – 3 pm, RAIN or SHINE.  Take RT. 360 to Reedville, bear left on Rt. 657 – Fleeton Road, go 3 miles to St. Mary’s.

At Fleeton Fields B&B:

Come stay and enjoy this festive day. I have had so much fun decorating this event for 5 years, where friends, family, neighbors, and visitors gather. Breakfast can still be relaxed as I decorate a few days before.

Events in the Reedville Area

New to Blogging, I wrote about the “Blessing of the Fleet,” marked it to post on a certain day, and then didn’t hit the publish button:)  So, though just published, I hope you will enjoy the information.

  This is a wonderful, unique event, for an area tied t0 the             history of watermen, the fishing industry, and the joy of sailing and power boating.

There are still Father’s who teach their son’s about crabbing, pound nets, and gill nets. Information almost lost to the world  outside of small fishing communities like this. And, if you retired here you might never be privy to this small world of  people.   Only if interested, can you seek to observe and learn.

We are so lucky to have the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum to remember, promote, and display this wonderful heritage.

When you come to Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast, I love to tell the story of Reedville, and hope to help the history come alive for you.

45th Annual “Blessing of the Fleet”

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The community is invited to the 45th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, on Sunday May 3, 2015, at 4:00pm.  It marks the opening of the menhaden fishing season on the Chesapeake Bay. Following an ancient tradition celebrated each spring all over the world, Reedville hosts its own ceremony for local watermen and all who enjoy and work on the water.

The parade of boats will start at 3:30pm and proceed up Cockrell’s Creek to the old Morris-Fisher factory tall stack property where the ceremony will begin at 4:00pm. Leading the parade are Captain Linwood Bowis on the Chesapeake Breeze, the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum’s deckboat the “Elva C,” and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission patrol boat.  Omega Protein will be represented by the F/V [to be announced].   The ceremony will begin at 4:00pm, on the grounds of the Omega Protein plant, 610 Menhaden Road, Reedville, Virginia.

Reedville is a town founded on the Menhaden Fishery, with ties to the community for all local watermen and pleasure boat owners.  All boats are invited for this annual blessing, to follow in the parade up Cockrell’s Creek, and to anchor off the property to view the ceremony.

Though organized and hosted by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Fleeton, this truly becomes a community event for the fishermen to begin a new fishing season, with local ministers participating, a combined choir, and inviting a guest speaker.

The keynote speaker this year is Mr. Bret D. Scholtes, President and Chief Executive Officer for Omega Protein, traveling from the corporate office in Houston, Texas.

Come stay at Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast and join this community event on May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., help to bless this 165 year old industry for fair weather, safe fishing, and a good catch.

Come early or bring a lawn chair as there is limited seating provided.

Catching Spy John Walker – RFM Lecture Series

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John Anthony Walker, Jr. (July 28, 1937 – August 28, 2014) was a United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer and communications specialist convicted of spying for the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1985. Only through his former wife, Barbara Crowley Walker, tipping him off to the FBI, was he convicted of spying for the Soviet Union over a 17 year period in what The New York Times described as the “most damaging Soviet spy ring in history.

Come stay in May at Fleeton Fields Bed & Breakfast and hear this extraordinary lecture promoted by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.  There are many fabulous things to do in the area, wine tasting, kayaking, visiting historical sites, or taking the Tangier Island Cruise.

Featured image“CATCHING SPY JOHN WALKER” presented by speaker Joseph R.  Wolfinger – May 4, 2015 at Festival Hall in Reedville, Virginia, 7:00p.m.

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Mr. Wolfinger retired after a thirty year career as an FBI agent. He has experience in a wide range of criminal investigations particularly in the fields of white collar crime, fraud and counterterrorism.  He supervised the successful investigation of the John Walker Espionage Ring as leader of the counterintelligence squad in Norfolk, Virginia, for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in the field of counterintelligence. He led the development of the FBI’s first on-line computer system that provided investigative and analytical support to field investigators.

At the time of his retirement, he was Assistant Director of the FBI in Charge of the Training Division. In this capacity he headed the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, which developed and oversaw theInternational Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2012, he co-authored Rico – How Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Mob Destroyed One of the FBI’s finest Special Agents.

He currently resides in Tappahannock, Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Westmoreland County

As an active member of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck for 27 years, I have always enjoyed Historic Garden Week as each of the four counties in the Northern Neck is opened in rotation.  My favorite year, of course, was when Reedville was open, only 2.7 miles from Fleeton Fields.   What a fabulous opportunity to see beautiful homes and gardens, as well as stunning flower arrangements.  Even if it rains, just dress to accommodate the weather, this tour makes a wonderful day and is not to be missed.

On April 22, 2015, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, this year The Garden Club of the Northern Neck opens homes in Westmoreland County.  The theme is “Explore the Treasure of Kinsale.” It is the oldest municipal area in the Northern Neck region.  Kinsale is a quaint village created in 1709 by the House of Burgesses.  It has a museum, marina, wharf, a restored early 1900s ice cream parlor, and a gazebo on The Green.  The area is supported by watermen and farmers.  Five private properties are open to reflect life in the town, on a plantation, and by the water, spanning 230 years of history.

Located 12 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, the tour area is near Ingleside Vineyards, Westmoreland State Park and Virginia’s Northern Neck wine trail. Stratford Hall, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, is also nearby.

Advance Tickets: $25  By mail until April 15, checks payable to The Garden Club of the Northern Neck.   Include a stamped, self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to:  Lois Spencer, P.O. Box 268, Sandy Point, VA  22577.  Available locally at Art of Coffee in Montross, Colonial Collectibles in Warsaw and The Dandelion in Irvington.  On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at each property.  Credit card purchases at Tour Headquarters only.

Quoting from Garden Club of Virginia website:

House & Garden Tours
Offered Statewide, April 18-25, 2015

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Lecture Series at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum

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Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. known as “Bud,” is giving a lecture for the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum on the “Civil War” at Festival Hall in Reedville, April 6, 2015, at 7:00pm.  Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity.

Personal Background taken from Virginia Tech website: 

One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson was Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson in marking the war’s 100th anniversary.  Today his Civil War Era course at Virginia Tech, which attracts 300 students per semester, is the largest of its kind in the nation.

The Danville, Va., native is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film.

The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.

He holds the Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. He is presently an Alumni Distinguished Professor, one of  ten such honorees among Virginia Tech’s 2,200 faculty. He is also Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, created by the University in 1999.

Robertson is also a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s  Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.