There are tons of events happening - from live music to film showings to outdoor activities and much more - as we continue to settle into spring and celebrate Earth Day this week.
Some highlights include Pedal the Parkway on the Colonial Parkway this weekend, a new (and free!) special Outdoor Enthusiast Event at Newport News Park, the Brill Music Festival on the lawn of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum, Pirates Invade Yorktown at the Yorktown Waterfront and the 2nd Annual Plant-a-Tree Celebration at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum.
As always, if you have an event you'd like to submit for consideration, please hit "reply" to this email to tell me about it.
Pedal the Parkway 2022 🚲- Colonial Parkway. The NPS will close the Colonial Parkway to vehicle access beginning at 7:00 am Friday, April 22 and ending 6:00 pm Sunday, April 24 to encourage visitors and community members to walk, bike or stroll seven miles of the parkway. Visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce Covid-19 transmission. Free parking is available. See website for additional details.
Pirates Invade Yorktown Weekend 🏴☠️- Yorktown Waterfront. Enjoy live blacksmith demonstrations, explore a pirate encampment, sing to sea shanties, watch cannon demonstrations and participate in a townwide treasure hunt during this fun event. See website for the full schedule of events and a link to the treasure map. April 23 & 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Spring Native Plant Sale🌷- Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Choose from a variety of beautiful and unusual native plants, many of which attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. Member preview sale: April 21, 4:00-6:00 pm. Public sale: April 22-24, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Online sale: April 25-28, closes at 5:00 pm. Admission to the event is free.
Plants with a Purpose Honor Box Plant Sale🌷- Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum in Williamsburg. This event begins on April 23 and ends on May 31. From 7:00 am until sunset, find plants that are beneficial to the local ecosystem and attract pollinators and local wildlife. Pay with cash in the locked drop box on the sale rack or pay online here after the sale begins. Prices are marked on the plants. Sign up for email updates on ongoing plant sales here.
COLORS Exhibit 🖌️- Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This collaborative show features two longtime friends, photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers, who will share their love of color saturation in their art forms. The artists will be at the exhibit on Sunday, April 24 from 10:00 - 5:00 pm to coincide with the "Art on the Square" event. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays from 9:00 to 5:00 pm through May 27.
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist 🖌️- Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cheek, Graves & Burns Galleries in Williamsburg. This exhibition includes works by Degas, including drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, a sculpture and a letter, all from one private collection. The collection is meant to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas and showcase his artistic genius. This exhibit runs through May 29, 2022. Admission is free for Muscarelle Museum of Art members; $10 for non-members. Open 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Tuesday - Friday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Members' hours are 5:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday.
Ranger Talk💡- Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. Join a park ranger for a brief story about the people, places or events in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Guests will meet the ranger at the Regimental Flags in front of the park Visitor Center and then travel to a specific location. This event is held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April. 1:30 - 1:50 pm. Included with admission.
Yorktown Battlefield Walk💡- Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. A park ranger will lead guests on a short walk across the battlefield to offer insights into the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Visitors should be prepared to walk for a half-mile and stand throughout much of the presentation. Included with admission. This activity is held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April. Two times are available daily: 10:00 -10:45 am and 3:00 - 3:45 pm.
The Photographer's Guild Exhibit 📷- Williamsburg Library. The Photographer's Guild will be displaying photographs from its members in the Williamsburg Library Gallery. The display will also pay tribute to Norman Rictor, one of the Guild's founders, who passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic. April 4 - May 9.
CW Lights🌷- Colonial Williamsburg (Governor's Palace). April 7-30. The Governor's Palace Gardens will be illuminated in a magical glow during this family-friendly evening experience. You'll enjoy the sounds of the finest 18th-century entertainment as you stroll through the bloom-filled gardens. Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. 8:00 - 9:00 pm.
Intersections🎭- Colonial Williamsburg (in front of Raleigh Tavern). Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of April. This street theatre experience explores the daily lives of ordinary people in the extraordinary times of the 18th century. Free and open to the public. 11:00 - 11:35 am.
Busch Gardens Kids Weekends 🌷- Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is offering new activities for kids, Fridays through Sundays from April 1-24. The activities will take place in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and feature dance parties, games, story time, crafts, a colorful flower maze and more. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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 (Newport News). Kids grades K-5 are invited to create art inspired by Salvador Dali at this free event. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.
DOG St. Running Club 🏃🏽♀️- Merchant Square (Williamsburg). Open to all, this casual, family and dog-friendly running club is for walkers and runners of all ages. Meet up at 5:45 at Merchant Square in front of DoG Street Pub. Free.
Cinema @ Scotland Street: "The French Dispatch" 🎥 - Williamsburg Library Theater (Williamsburg). This series focuses on indie, foreign, art house and documentary films. This week's featured film is The French Dispatch (2021), a comedy about journalists working for an American magazine in a small 20th-century city in France. Rated R. - 6:00 pm
Community Yoga 🧘🏽- Watermen's Museum (Yorktown). 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. 6:00 - 6:50 pm
Pop-In Hiring Event ✔️- James City County Recreation Services Office (Williamsburg). JCC Parks & Recreation is hiring for a number of positions, including Assistant Recreation Supervisors, Recreation Leaders and Therapeutic Recreation Leaders and instructors. Interested applicants can stop by and apply. See website for additional details. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Facebook I ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News) - At this one-hour, one-session workshop, students will create a Facebook account and learn the basics of using this social media platform. Attendees will need to have an email account.
Word II: Templates, Fonts & Graphics ✔️- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Students will be introduced to the world of templates, fonts, page layouts and graphics in Microsoft Word. Registration is required. 10:15 am.
Art House Cafe' Film Series: Off the Rails 🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). In this British comedy/drama, three fifty-something women recreate their post-graduation trip across Europe in memory of their friend. The adventure involves plenty of drama, from lost passports to train strikes to romance. Rated R. 2:00 - 3:35 pm.
Augmented Reality Conservation Mural Reveal Party🖌️- Swem Library (Williamsburg). The public is invited to celebrate the reveal of an immersive, augmented reality mural on Swem Library. The mural is designed to show nature from a new perspective and inspire meaningful conservation action. This event will also feature conservation activities and opportunities to learn more about getting involved in conservation efforts in Williamsburg. Ice-cream will also be served. 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Elementary Creation Station: Session 1🖌️- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids grades K-5 are invited to this creative craft hour on the third and fourth Tuesday of every month. (Both sessions offer the same crafts, so attendees should register for only one session). This month's theme is all about books. Registration is required; see website for details. 5:00 pm.
Write Now! with YCPL & the Muse Writers Center 🖊️- Tabb Library or Virtual (Yorktown). Need some inspiration and motivation to write? Check out Write Now, a program for adults 18+ available both in-person at Tabb Library OR via Zoom. A talented muse teacher will lead participants through this fun and creative workshop featuring writing prompts and creative sharing. This event meets every third Tuesday. Registration is recommended; see website for details. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Turning Pages: A Contemporary Book Club 📖- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This group explores classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction from around the world, including critically acclaimed titles. Attendees can participate either in person or virtually. This week's featured book is Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. See website for Zoom link information. 6:45 pm.
Soft Plastic Recycling ♻️– James City Lions Club (Williamsburg). Recycle your soft plastic at Colonial Towne Plaza Shopping Center, 6925 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg. They will also accept food donations for FISH and used eyeglasses/hearing aids. See the list of acceptable plastics here. 9:00 – 10:00 am
Spring 2022 Sustaina-bites: Advocacy and Citizenship💡- Virtual, hosted by William & Mary. This event focuses on how global sustainability challenges are influenced by policies, corporations and community involvement. Learn about how you can help play a significant role in the future by being an involved community member and active citizen. This seminar is led by Melody Porter, W&M's Director of the Office of Community Engagement, and Elizabeth Miller '11, W&M's Associate Director of the Office of Community Engagement. 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Memory Cafe' ✔️- Tabb Library (Yorktown). This social gathering is geared toward anyone personally affected by memory loss as well as their care partners. Guests will be given the opportunity for unstructured conversation, refreshments and getting to know others with memory changes. Care partners and/or spouses must also attend. Free. 1:30 - 3:00 pm.
Lego Builders!💡- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-11 are invited to build a mini-masterpiece at this lego event. Registration is required. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Learning @ the Library Enrichment💡- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Recommended for elementary and middle school students, this program explores a new topic every first and third Wednesday of the month. The topic for the April activity is "Make Your First Podcast with StoryCorps." 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Colonial Williamsburg Hiring Event ✔️- Franklin Street Offices (427 Franklin St. in Williamsburg) - Wednesday, April 20. This event will feature on-the-spot hiring, refreshments and a weekly raffle. Limited time hiring bonuses are available for certain positions. 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Video Editing in Premiere Pro ✔️- Main Street Library (Newport News). This two-hour workshop introduces students to the basics of editing video footage. Students should have basic computer knowledge or previously completed Newport News Public Library's Computer Basics I & II. For ages 12 & up. Registration is required. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Tween Game Day🎮- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Tweens ages 9-12 can drop in for board games, Minecraft, puzzles and more. 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
Yoga @ Grissom 🧘🏽- Grissom Library (Newport News) and Virtual. Instructor Emily Coyner teaches introductory yoga classes every Wednesday evening, no experience required. Spots are limited; all participants must register for either the in-person or virtual classes. 6:00 pm.
Google Basics ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Students will be given a hands-on overview of Google Basics during this one-hour, one-session workshop. Basic computer and internet knowledge or completion of Newport News Public Library's Computer Basics II and Internet I are required. 6:30 pm.
Persnickety Reads Book Club 📖- Persnickety Crane Cafe (Yorktown). Join the York County Public Library Bookclubz page, read the featured book and then join the discussion at Persnickety Crane Cafe. This book club meets every third Thursday at 10:00 am.
Real People Real Stories 📖- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This book club focuses on the best titles in nonfiction history, biography, science, nature and the arts. This month's featured book is Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. 2:00 pm.
Throwback Thursday Film Series: Local Hero (1983) 🎥- Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). In this Scottish comedy, an epic culture clash ensues when a Texas power company executive arrives on a tiny seaside village in Scotland to purchase local rights for oil exploration. Rated PG. 2:00 - 3:55 pm.
Intermediate Excel ✔️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Looking to get the most out of Excel? This class will teach you to input formulas and more helpful skills. 3:00 pm.
Poetry Meetup 📖- Main Street Library (Newport News). Students ages 10-17 are invited to attend this poetry meetup to share their favorite poems. This event will be held every Thursday in April for National Poetry Month. 4:00 pm.
Lions Bridge Dam Improvement Project Update 💡- Mariners' Museum (Newport News). The Mariners' Museum and Park invites area residents to attend a community meeting with the City of Newport News to learn more about the Lions Bridge Dam Improvement Project. The project is set to being in February or March of 2023 and may take up to a year to complete. 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
Evening Yoga🧘🏽- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Bring your own yoga mat and take part in evening yoga and breathing exercises with a certified yoga instructor. Classes are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays every month. For ages 18+ and all skill levels. 6:30 pm.
Naturally Speaking Series: By Sea, Air and Space 🎤- Virtual and in-person at the Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Dr. Brendan Reilley, Co-Chief scientist of the Cascadia H.O.P.S expedition, will discuss the International Ocean Discovery Program, which has archived long sedimentary records of Earth's climate and geomagnetic histories for international scientific study. 6:30 - 7:00 pm.
Animanga Club 🎮- Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to watch anime, talk about Japanese culture, play games and have fun at this event on the third Thursday of every month. 6:30 - 7:45 pm.
Chamber Music Concert 🎵- Bruton Parish (Williamsburg). This candlelight concert will feature Gallery Players from The College of William & Mary, directed by Susan Via. Free and open to the public. 8:00 pm.
Civil War Lecture: Siege of Fort Pulaski🎤- Virtual and in-person, hosted by Mariners' Museum (Newport News). Presenter John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will lead this talk about the 36-hour bombardment of Fort Pulaski, which led to the Confederates' surrender in April 1862. Registration is required whether attending in-person or virtually. 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
Junior Makers: Bird Feeder Craft🖌️- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-11 are invited to celebrate Earth Day by making bird feeders. Registration is required. 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Karaoke at Brass Cannon Brewing 🎵- Grab a drink and sing your heart out with Karaoke Karla at Brass Cannon Brewing. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Dewey Decibel Concerts: Chris Norman & Robin Bullock 🎵- Williamsburg Library Theatre. Chris Norman and Robin Bullock have been well-known musicians in the Celtic and traditional folk genre since the 1990s when they released a CD, Man with the Wooden Flute, which became a Billboard chart hit. Tickets: $5 (Friends of WRL $4). Chris and Robin will also lead separate 90-minute workshops on Celtic repertoire and style from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. If interested, register online here and plan to bring an instrument. 7:30 pm.
Bennie & The Jets: The Premier Elton John Tribute🎵- Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). See Bennie & The Jets - a popular Elton John Tribute band - live in this vibrant theatrical experience. Tickets: $18-$48. 8:00 pm.
Yorktown Market Days: Pirate Invasion Market 🏴☠️- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Shop for seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, handmade soaps, honey and more while exploring the nearby pirate-themed festival and treasure hunt. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Pop-Up Library @ Yorktown Market Days 📖- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Stop by York County Public Library's table at this week's pirate-themed Yorktown Market Day to register for a library card, get some freebies, check out a special story time and more. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Brill Music Festival 🎵- Lawn of the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). This music festival will feature a packed day of events, starting with Yoga and Bubbles led by Katy Henderson (8:00 - 9:00 am) and a "Drum the World" community drum circle featuring Daniel Scruggs, who will share musical instruments and culture to inspire and unite (10:00 am - 11:00 am). Live music starts at 3:00 pm and runs until 10:00 pm (gates open at 2:00 pm) and will feature Little Birdie with Cook County (Bluegrass; 3:00-4:30 pm), Adwela and the Uprising (Reggae; 5:00-6:30 pm) and English Channel (British Invasion; 7:00 - 10:00 pm). Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no outside alcohol or coolers permitted. This event is FREE and no ticket is required. 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.
Williamsburg Farmers Market 🚜- Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (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 meats, 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 (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.
Outdoor Enthusiast Event🌷- Newport News Park (Newport News). Celebrate the great outdoors at this inaugural event featuring a rowing regatta, parkour station, sand volleyball, rock wall, inflatable obstacle courses, gear demonstrations, environmental education activities, nature walks, food and beverage vendors, live entertainment and paddle boat, kayak and canoe rides and more. Free admission and free parking. See website for additional details including show and event schedules and a list of food vendors. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Earth Day Shoreline Clean-Up 🌷 - York River State Park (Williamsburg). Honor Earth Day by helping park staff clean up trash, crab pots, fishing line and plastic/balloons that threaten local wildlife. The cleanup will take place at the shoreline and boating area near the 360ft pier at Croaker landing. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
22nd Annual British and European Car Show 🚗- 1430 High St. (Williamsburg). This car show - a local nonprofit fundraising event for The Arc of Greater Williamsburg- will include Queen Elizabeth II as the featured Marquee. All registered cars will be placed in a class for judging and awards. There will also be door prizes and a raffle. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
2nd Annual Plant-a-Tree Celebration🌳- Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum (Williamsburg). Two new trees will be planted in the newly accredited Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day. One American Chestnut will be planted in the garden and one will be planted in the Free Black Settlement to unify both as part of the new Arboretum. Attendees will receive a free Buttonbush sapling to plant at home to support pollinators in their own gardens. 10:30 am.
Fireside Talk: Pirates of Yorktown 🏴☠️- Mobjack Bay Coffee House (Yorktown). Guests will gather in Mobjack's backyard by the fire pit for the Pirates Invasion tour, featuring stories about the pirates of Chesapeake, Yorktown's maritime past and the search for sunken treasures. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Open Art Studio🖌️- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to come to this Open Art Studio activity to paint, draw, create and explore. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Puppet Storytime 📖 - James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets and enjoy activities, books and flannel board stories. 11:00 am.
Paddling Practice🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Interested in canoeing or kayaking but not sure where to start? Beginners can learn the basics in the sheltered waters of Taskinas Creeks. Call for pricing and reservations. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Medicare Made Clear✔️- Stryker Center. Learn about your Medicare choices with this informational session taught by Gina Bundy, formerly of UnitedHealthCare. You'll also receive information about tools and resources, including a free educational guide, to help you understand the right coverage for you. This seminar will focus especially on upcoming changes to Medicare to ensure you stay in the know. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
Dabble in Discovery🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Meet with the park's naturalist and ranger who will help you discover the aquatic, mammal, insect and plant life in the ecosystem of this 2,000+ acre park. Included with park admission. 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
"Othello" Movie Screening 🎥- Pearl Bailey Library. This month's movie screening will feature the film "Othello," in honor of the Bard's birthday. Refreshments will be offered. For adults 18+. 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
Poetry for Emotional Healing 🖊️- Main Street Library (Newport News). Learn how to find health and power through creativity at this poetry workshop taught by Jenifer Graham. Graham will discuss how journaling can promote growth, learning and healing in your day-to-day life. Registration required. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Pop-in Saturdays: DIA Children's Day/Book Day 📖- Grissom Library (Newport News). Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day with this drop-in event featuring a llama yarn craft, multicultural book display and a StoryWalk of Book Fiesta. For ages 3-11. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Paws to Read 📖- Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids aged 6-11 are invited to practice their reading skills alongside adorable therapy dogs. This event takes place on the fourth Saturday or every month. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Glowforge Pin Craft🖌️- Williamsburg Library. Join this activity to learn how to use the glow forge by drawing a design and having the library's laser cutter etch it in a pin. This event is for ages 13 through adult. Register by calling (757) 741-3300 and select option 2. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Joe's Day Off Live 🎵- Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). Join Joe's Day Off at Virginia Beer Co. (401 2nd St) for a fun start to your Saturday night. Hangry's food truck will be present and a live fundraiser for the American Parkinson's Disease Association will take place. 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Youth Choir Concert🎵- Bruton Parish (Williamsburg). This candlelight concert will feature City Singers from Richmond, Virginia, directed by Leslie Dripps. 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
Movie in the Park: Wall-E 🎥- New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). This month's featured showing for the 2022 Movies in the Park series is Wall-E (2008), rated G. The movie starts 15 minutes after sunset (approx. 8:05 pm.) Free. Concessions are available; attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. 8:05 pm.
Art on the Square 🖌️- Merchants Square (10:00 am - 5:00 pm). This event features more than 150 artists and will take place rain or shine. Proceeds from artist booth fees will benefit visual and performing arts organizations throughout Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Free and open to the public. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Live Acoustical Guitar Performance 🎵- Gallery at York Hall, 301 Main St. (Yorktown). Featuring local resident Lou Vangieri. Free and open to the public. 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
Spring Festival🌷- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Celebrate spring with this fun, educational festival for all ages. This event will feature adorable animals, live music and crafts. Local organizations will also discuss gardening and the importance of pollinators. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Paws to Read 📖- Tabb Library (Yorktown) - Kids between the grades of first and fifth grade can work on improving their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog at this event. Children can bring their own book or choose one from the library books available. 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Registration is required.
Paws to Read with K-9 Connection 📖- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Beginning readers can practice reading aloud with a trained therapy dog at this drop-in event. No registration is required. 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
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