Can you believe we're already heading into the last full week of March?
With the spring-like weather setting in, there are a wide variety of events, programs and activities happening locally this week. Many are free or low-cost.
Some highlights include W&M's Lemon Project Symposium, a free virtual Women's History Month lecture hosted by Mariners Museum, candlelight organ concerts at Bruton Parish and a campfire social at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. If you're interested in getting involved in a weekend-long volunteer project, check out the Hampton Roads Great American Cleanup.
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William & Mary 12th Annual Lemon Project Symposium 🎤- W&M School of Education (in-person and virtual). March 25 & 26. This year's symposium will focus on the lives of Black men. The event will include two keynote addresses, a spoken word event and multiple panel discussions. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. People can also attend virtually but must register individually for each session here.
Hampton Roads Great American Cleanup 🌳- March 25 & 26. This event is part of Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest community improvement campaign, which takes place annually in 20,000 communities nationwide. Each year, about 1,000 volunteers participate to help clean up Hampton Roads in this regional, two-day event. Want to help? Register here.
"The Wedding Singer:" Presented by Warhill High School's Lion's Roar Theater Company 🎭- Warhill High School in Williamsburg. March 24 and 25 at 7:00 pm, March 26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
Women's History Month at Colonial Williamsburg💡 - CW is offering a mix of dramatizations, short plays, interpretations and online live-streamed special events all throughout March in honor of Women's History Month. Many of the events are included with Art Museum Admission or the Good Neighbor Pass for locals. See CW's website for a full listing of events.
Women's History Month at Virginia Living Museum💡- March 26 & 27. The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating Women's History Month throughout all of March. Each weekend, the museum will offer different activities to celebrate the achievements of amazing women. During the weekend of March 26-27, the focus will be on Jessica Watkins, who is set to become the first Black woman to live and work on the International Space Station for an extended mission.
Busch Gardens St. Patrick's Day Celebration 🎭- Fridays through Sundays, March 4-27 (including St. Patrick's Day). Features family-friendly fun and authentic live entertainment, including performances by local dance schools. See website for times and additional details.
VITA Free Tax Preparation Service ✔️- Colonial Williamsburg Kids Club (Building 17). Free tax preparation and electronic filing services are available to the public through the Greater Williamsburg Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm through April 16. Covid-19 precautions will be followed and masks are required.
Afterschool Crafts 🖌️- James City County Library. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm; Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm. This drop-in event features new crafts every week.
Art! 🖌️- Grissom Library in Newport News. Kids grades K-5 can create art inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.
Community Yoga 🧘🏽- Watermen's Museum in Yorktown. 6:00 - 6:50 pm. Bring your yoga mat and meet at the carriage house to participate in a rejuvenating, beginner-friendly yoga session. $10. Proceeds benefit the Watermen's Museum.
Cinema @ Scotland Street: "Tina" 🎥 - Williamsburg Library. This HBO documentary, nominated for three 2021 Emmy awards, focuses on the life of Tina Turner. Rating: TV-MA. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Art House Cafe' Film Series: Summer of Soul 🎥 - Williamsburg Library. This music documentary focuses on the six-week Harlem Culture Festival in the summer of 1969. PG-13. 2:00 pm.
Strategy & Strength: Commemorating the 1622 Powhatan Offensive 🎤- Jamestown Settlement (in-person and virtual). This panel discussion will feature members of Virginia's tribal communities and historical communities who will explore the events of March 22, 1622, when Powhattan warriors organized an attack on expanding English settlements. The turning point in the fight against the English presence will be examined. Free and open to the public; advance online registration is required and can be completed here. 5:00 pm.
Dungeons & Dragons Session Zero 🎮 - Virtual, hosted by Tabb Library in Yorktown. The library is launching a new monthly D&D event and they're looking for opinions from those considering attending. Session Zero will be held on Zoom. For new and experienced players ages 18+. See website for details, registration form and Zoom link. 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
Lecture: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 🎤- Ferguson Center in Newport News. Bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly will discuss her bestselling book, Hidden Figures. Guests who arrive with copies of the book can have them signed by the author. Advanced registration is required. Free and open to the public. 7:30 pm.
Drew Gasparini's "New Voices" with Ximone Rose 🎵 - Virtual, hosted by Ferguson Center for the Arts. Check out "New Voices," a series of virtual concerts featuring music by exciting, up-and-coming artists and composers, curated by Broadway composer Drew Gasparini. Guest artist Ximone Rose is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans. You can find her on Instagram at @simonewithanx. 7:30 pm.
Busch Gardens Spring Job Fair ✔️- Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Learn about positions currently available at Busch Gardens. Positions are currently available in the areas of photography, food service, merchandise, guest services and more. All who apply online and attend the job fair will receive one free single-day ticket. 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Intro to Yoga 🧘🏽- James City County Recreation Center. Learn the basics of yoga in this four-week workshop, where you can feel free to ask as many questions as you need. 6:00-7:30 pm. Ages 14+. $15
Director's Series: Dr. Joanne B. Freeman 🎤 - Jamestown Settlement (in-person and virtual). Dr. Freeman's will explore all things Alexander Hamilton, fact and fiction. Freeman is a tenured professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and is regarded as a leading expert on the life of Hamilton. 7:00 - 9:00 pm. $10.
Women's History Month Lecture: Fierce and Feminine 🎤- Virtual, hosted by Mariners Museum in Newport News. Hear the fascinating stories behind some of history's prominent and lesser-known pirate queens who ruled the seas. Free. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Kitchen Gardens and Scientific Knowledge in Early America 🎤- Stryker Center in Williamsburg. Holly Gruntner, PhD candidate in history at William & Mary, will discuss early American gardening. Learn how the knowledge of early Americans drove expanded botanical exchange networks, discourse and publication. 2:00 pm.
Throwback Thursday Film Series 🎥 - Williamsburg Library. Mary, Queen of Scots. This 1971 historical film tells of the tragic rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. PG-13. 2:00 pm.
Teen Game Night 🎮- Stryker Center. Guest DM Allison will run a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot adventure. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Writer's Workshop 🖊️- Grissom Library in Newport News. This event is held every fourth Thursday of the month at Grissom Library. Instructors Howard Manly and Angie Taliferro lead the group in focusing on various writing elements and common writing problems. A new topic will be featured every month. For adults 18+. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Oscar Best Picture Movie Marathon 🎥- Williamsburg Library. This event will feature back-to-back showings of Academy Award-winning films. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Make a Spring Tulle Wreath 🖌️ - Peal Bailey Library in Newport News. Make a colorful, spring tulle wreath at this event. Free; all supplies will be provided. Registration is required. 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Candlelight Organ Recital 🎵- Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Features the music of J.S Bach in celebration of his birthday. Performance by Rebecca Davy, Music Director and Organist. Free and open to the public; donations/offerings accepted. 8:00 pm.
Live Music: Friday Nights with Karaoke Karla 🎵- Brass Cannon Brewing in Williamsburg. 5:00 - 9:00 pm.
Forest Explorers Friday: Walk & Talk 🌳- Freedom Park in Williamsburg. This nature program and guided walk will focus on the topic of "Decomposers" - how trees that fall in the woods contribute to the life of the forest. All ages. Free. 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Child Abuse Prevention Event 💡- James City County Recreation Center. Featuring special guest Elijah Lee. This event will include prevention and safety information as well as games, giveaways, snacks, music, community resources and a pinwheel garden activity. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Williamsburg Farmers Market 🚜- Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 Parking lot in Williamsburg. The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meets, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 9:00 am - noon.
Toano Open Air Market 🚜- 7891 Richmond Rd in Toano. Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended in order to ensure product availability. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
28th Annual Queens Lake 5K Run🏃 - New Quarter Park in York County. Benefits the Colonial Road Runners Scholarship Fund. 1 mile fun run ($10) begins at 8:30 am; Queens Lake 5K Run/Walk ($35) begins at 9:00 am.
Those Silly Squirrels 🌳- Newport News Park. Squirrels are one of the most commonly seen wild animals. At this event in the park, you'll learn more about these amazing and energetic animals. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm.
Acrylic Painting with Art Unplugged 🖌️- James City County Library. Express yourself in color and paint in this class led by Charleen Widener, owner and instructor of Art Unplugged. No art experience is necessary. For ages 13 through adult. Register in advance for one of two time slots (10 a.m or 2 p.m) by calling 757-741-3300 and selecting option 2. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Gait Analysis🚶🏾 - James City County Recreation Center. Local sports chiropractor Dr. Daniel Shaye will be performing free gait analysis at this event. You might learn why your knee, back or hip hurts or prevent potential injuries before they happen. Ages 10+. Call 757-259-4176 to reserve your slot; see website for details. 10:00 am - noon.
Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club🚶🏾- Powhatan Creek Trail. A walking coach will guide you through the trails of James City County. Free. 10:00 - 11:00 am.
River Raptors Watch 🌳- York River State Park. Discover marvelous seasonal birds of prey on this hike, where you'll be able to view the habitats of bald eagles, hawks, owls and vultures with the guidance of a ranger. Included in park admission. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Osprey Watch 🌳 - York River State Park. Discover the majestic osprey behind the Visitor Center and learn about their role in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Bring binoculars or other viewing equipment. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Campfire Social 🌳- Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Celebrate the season with an old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Features s'mores, activities, storytelling around the campfire and more. All ages. Free. 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
NASA Skywatchers 🔭- New Quarter Park in York County. View the planets and stars of the night sky alongside the Skywatchers club. Register by March 23. 8:00 pm.
Frogs of Spring 🌳- Newport News Park. Head on over to the Discovery Center to explore some of the Park's waters and learn more about the frogs of spring. 7:30 pm.
Candlelight Organ Recital 🎵- Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Performance by CNU junior organ major Ben Vogan. Free and open to the public; donations/offerings accepted. 8:00 pm.
Paint in the Park 🖌️ - York River State Park. Express yourself through watercolor painting at this Women's History Month-themed event. On March 27, the park honors the NASA "hidden figure," Katherine Johnson. Ages 5+. Call to reserve a spot. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
Jewish Film Festival: "Shared Legacies"🎥 - Williamsburg Library. This film focuses on the oft-forgotten friendship and coalition between Jewish and African American communities during the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s. Williamsburg Library. 2:00 pm.
The Harlem Quartet 🎵- Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The Harlem Quartet, a noted international musical group, will be performing for free at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church on Richmond Road on Sunday, March 27. This event is a part of the Open Door Concert Series. (Organizers note that the Harlem Quartet will be performing at the Kennedy Center in DC the following week. Tickets there will start at $45, so this is a rare opportunity to see this talented quartet live at no charge.) 4:00 pm.
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