Annual Events

2018 schedule of Kinsale community events, co-hosted by Kinsale Foundation & Cople VFD Everyone is cordially invited to attend!  Vendors welcome (contact info in events below).  $10/booth. 

Please come and bring your family and friends to visit. The Museum is YOUR Museum, and we value your insights, as well as the way you share your treasures with others.  We promise to entertain you and welcome you. Visit the Museum gift shop for a great variety of books and for other items that are just perfect as hostess gifts or to brighten your own home.


Easter is a very special time for my family. I always bring my grandchildren to participate in the fun and ride on the fire-truck. The next day we attend the Sunrise Service at the Great House. Lois Spencer, Chairman

Easter Saturday Easter Egg Hunt: March 31, 2018, 2 p.m.:  Parents, grandparents, friends: bring candy OR plastic Easter Eggs stuffed w/ candy (no peanuts or peanut butter in candy PLEASE!) to Firehouse on Sat., March 24 (the prior week) to be READY for March 31 with plenty for the kids to find!  On Mar. 31: egg hunters, arrive by 1:45; kids burst out of Firehouse at 2 p.m. SHARP in search of Easter bounty!


Mother's Day - Strawberry Festival

Mothers and Strawberries, a perfect combination of fun, food, and love!  Lynn Norris, Museum Director

Kinsale’s 7th-annual Strawberry Festival, May 12, 2018.  Mother's Day Saturday, 10-3.  Vendors, food, pony rides, BERRIES galore..  fun for all. Music. Call Ann Lewis, 472-2344, if you’ll bake one or more of 30 Kinsale pound cakes to be served with strawberries & whipped cream. Vendors, artists, crafters: contact Charlie & Anne Speeckaert, 472-9563,  $10 for 1 table


  • Avery Jackson loved her spoonful of strawberry shortcake
  • Lily Lucas up on Big Boy of Milford Meadows Farms
  • Damsel in Defense and Kimberly Parrish help empower women
  • dollhouse donated by Drapers for Kinsale Museum auction
  • dollhouse hutch exemplifies detail of Drapers' donated dollhouse for Museum auction
  • Brittany Davis offers ways to create your own look Origami Owl
  • Scentsy Elizabeth Jones provides a pleasant atmosphere wherever you are
  • Avery Jackon what are those RED things
  • Swimming downstream from Alaska, this pair of chinook salmon showed up at Gray Barn Antiques
  • Nora Grace Smith sported strawberry shorts, red bow
  • muddy boots filled the village with music
  • Aquatic multimedia by Daihara Gonzalez of Rustic Reconstructions
  • Kinsale never had a train station but we do now thanks to James Beninghove's trains at Gray Barn Antiques
  • Ann Lewis and Jan Pekarek
  • Berry Ladies, Francie Dameron Thompson, Beth Harris and Millie English
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  • Alexandra Rickman's smile enhances her strawberry face
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by Kinsale Museum Director Lynn E. Norris

We were so delighted to see so friends from so many walks of life at the Strawberry Festival on Saturday!

Miniature horses and their fullsize cohorts trumpeted their friendly neighs in time with the music that filled the park, courtesy of the  Muddy Boots Band.  Larry McKenney, Kenny Beauchamp, Nancy Moss, Kenny Taylor and Doug Norris rocked the day with rhythm.

Folks came from as far off as Florida (the Hornbys on their way to their home stomping grounds in New York).

There were strawberries redolent of the promise of spring and 36 pound cakes -- enough to have a few left over for the Firemen’s Memorial Day Friday carry-out chicken dinner fundraiser at the substation.

Tiny smiling sleepy babies were strolled in style by proud mamas.

You could not have asked for cuter grandkids on hand to have their faces painted in strawberry hues and enjoy story-telling and coloring, to find the Scavenger Hunt scenes and strawberry eggs.

There were NO CRABS to be had, hence no crabcakes or soft crabs.  But the BBQ and burgers were delicious.

More than 40 visitors signed in at the Museum.

We met the Napiers, enthusiastic new residents of Murphys Mill  Lane.  And Peggy Evans Garland introduced her daughter’s inlaws, who are building on Brook Avenue on lot #7 (which is between where the Bodeens and the Luthys used to live).

In closing, thanks so much to the folks who brought in auction items to swell the ranks of the Museum’s summer fund-raiser.

Pat and Dick Draper donated a large birch PlanToys dollhouse with a HUGE amount of furniture and accessories – to be enjoyed by the accompanying dolls.  Wrenn Gladwell and Kara Padgett helped put things in order.

And I might as well admit it:  I have already been over to look inside the little cupboards and set a few more things on the little kitchen table and make pretend with the dolls TWICE after hours.




Kinsale fireworks.  Sat., July 7, 2018, 5-10 p.m.

In case of weather doubts:

The fireworks will move to Sunday night if Saturday is very windy or if there is any chance of rain Saturday.  This will be announced at Cople District Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, as well as on WRAR.  More info: Asst. Fire Chief Todd Padgett: 804-450-6221.

Vendors welcome!

Contact Lynn King 804-214-0955,

 Excitement starts at 5 p.m. in the Park.

Kids’ bike processional line-up at 5:15 beside Up the Creek sign on Kinsale Road (old Moss Chevrolet)

Pony rides, games for kids, great food.

Masons will operate Child ID booth

Kinsale Museum open.

SILENT AUCTION ongoing until Sept. 15 in old Ice Cream Parlor beside Museum.

Live music 5:30 onward: The 11-21 Club and Sharon Mann.

View fireworks from bridge 9:15 p.m.


Summer Dance & Auction Fundraiser

Summer Fundraiser. mid-August.  This event is evolving.  We need auction items by June 1! Info: Lynn Norris at 804-472-2013


Kinsale Day

 Kinsale Day's Rubber Duckie Derby provides fun and entertainment for the whole family!  Walter Norris, Secretary

Kinsale Day. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.   This is our Foundation’s 41st anniversary.  Neighbors and friends from all over are invited to savor the Kinsale experience.  Vendors needed!  Contact Charlie & Anne Speeckaert, 472-9563,  or Lynn Norris, 472-2013  From 10 a.m. on: enjoy artists, crafters, great food in the Park & silent auction in the old Ice Cream Parlor. All are welcome to the annual meeting of Kinsale Foundation at 11. Noon: lunch by Cople District VFD and live music by Sharon Mann. Rubber Duckie Derby may start as early as 1 p.m. Info 472-2013.

Christmas in Kinsale   

Christmas in Kinsale.  Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event is geared to help raise money for needy neighbors during the holiday season.  Vendors, artists, crafters: contact Charlie & Anne Speeckaert, 472-9563, Vendor fee $10 for 1 table plus silent auction item(s).  Starting at 10 a.m.: Christmas Bazaar in Firehouse and Park and silent auction in the Museum.  Startiong at noon: Cookies galore for sale in the old Ice Cream Parlor.  Contact Ann Lewis at 472-2344 to promise your 3-dozen plus cookies for this fund-raiser.  Live music from the 11-21 Club and Sharon Mann. Free horsedrawn carriages rides 1-3.  Santa at the Gray Barn 1:30-3:15.  Parade at 3:30.  Memorial Tree lighting at 4:00.  Bring gifts of food, towels, blankets, toiletries,  new warm clothing, pretty things, for less-fortunate area seniors.  List Kinsale-linked Christmas angels (who have died since Thanksgiving 2017) with Lynn Norris, 804-472-2013 or

Please come and bring your family and friends to visit. The Museum is YOUR Museum, and we value your insights, as well as the way you share your treasures with others.  We promise to entertain you and welcome you. Visit the Museum gift shop for a great variety of books and for other items that are just perfect as hostess gifts or to brighten your own home. YES we have Old Dominion Soap.