Rainy forecast cancels Arts Festival

Published 4:50 pm Friday, May 17, 2024

Smithfield and Isle of Wight County Tourism announced on its Facebook page just after 4:30 p.m. on May 17 that the Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 18, has been canceled due to forecasted inclement weather.

“Court Day,” a reenactment of a historic court case at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse on Main Street, will still take place as scheduled. Performances of “Widow Rand Seeks Justice” are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at https://1750courthouse.com.

An 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. appearance by local authors at Christ Episcopal Church is also still on for May 18. The following authors are scheduled to participate:

  • Bestselling romance novelists Nancy Nagle, Nan O’Berry and Allie Marie
  • Charles Qualls, minister and Christian author of nine books
  • Mary Batten, award-winning children’s science writer
  • Ellen Butler, bestselling author of the Karina Cardinal mystery series
  • Alice K. Quinn, local history and memoir writer
  • Prolific mystery writers Sheryl Jordan and Teresa Inge

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The church is located at 111 South Church St. Q&A sessions are scheduled throughout the day. A light lunch will be available for purchase to support the church preservation fund.

May 19’s Sundays at Four concert featuring Ricky Goodwyn Junior at 4 p.m. is also still on.

According to the National Weather Service’s Wakefield station, a slow moving system will potentially bring heavy rain and localized flooding Friday night through Saturday morning. There’s a 70% chance of additional showers and isolated storms Saturday that may also bring heavy rain, with a quarter to half inch of precipitation possible.

Chance of precipitation remains at 60% into Saturday night with new rainfall amounts between tenth  and quarter inch possible.