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Posted on: May 15, 2017

What's Happening This Weekend?

May 19

The Kingsmill Championship will once again host some of the top players of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) on the renowned River Course at Kingsmill Resort on May 15-21, 2017. Tickets are on sale now and all children/teens under 17 receive complimentary admission with an adult ticket. As part of the tournament, there will once again be an LPGA Junior Clinic presented by James City County for children on Saturday, May 20. Pre-registration is required to participate, but there is no cost to participate. Don’t forget about the Family Fun Zone and new this year is the inaugural Kingsmill Championship Craft Beer Trail.

Enjoy a paddle yoga class on Gordon’s Creek on Friday, May 19 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. The first five minutes of this 75-minute class is dedicated to teaching participants how to properly use the paddleboard and paddle. You’ll be guided through a 60-minute yoga sequence to challenge your core strength, balance, skills and help center your focus. Enjoy Savasana under the sun, listening to nature while floating on the water. Ability to swim required. Info: 757-259-4176. Cost is $30 or $25 for local residents. Register online at or call 757-259-4200.

On Saturday, May 20, attend the High Fiber Festival in Toano from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Weavers, spinners, quilters, artisans, fiber animals, children’s entertainment, food vendors and other textile related people will converge on the campus of historic Hickory Neck Church to celebrate and share the appreciation of the many fiber animals and plants and their farmers and fiber artisans of the community and surrounding region. Products will all be 75% natural, which is where the festival name comes from. This event is not for knitters and quilters only. Lamb, alpaca, bunny and other animal personalities, children’s fiber related activities, good food and good entertainment will appeal to all who desire to stroll on the beautiful historic Hickory Neck campus.

Attend Gardens with No Flowers on Saturday, May 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Freedom Park. Retired high school biology teacher, Master Gardener and John Clayton Native Plant Society member Helen Hamilton will suggest some plants that deer and rabbits won’t eat – ferns for a shade garden and mosses on pathways and in little gardens. In sunny areas, ornamental grasses add interesting shapes and colors to traditional perennial beds, and the shorter sedges can be placed in front of taller blooming plants. Most nurseries and garden centers offer many varieties of these alternative plants that add much interest to home landscapes. Info: email Helen at A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Kidsiderate concerts are back at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On May 20 and 21, Teen Stars Live perform. Concerts are included with park admission, but require complimentary tickets to be picked up. For guests’ convenience, complimentary tickets will be distributed on concert performance days only at Guest Relations (rear entrance) located outside the park. Ticket distribution will begin when the park opens and continue until there is no inventory.

Take the family to Family Fun Fest on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! ‘Touch-a-Truck’ is back for all ages! Stop by the ‘Good for You Zone’ and see why being healthy can lead to loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to participate in the Fun Run! Grab some lunch provided by our food vendors and visit all of our local craft and business vendors! Offered in partnership with Colonial Roadrunners. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules. Cost is $5/car (cash or check only).

Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales immersing you in the past on Sunday, May 21 beginning at noon for Pedal the Past: Freedom Park. Helmets, water and snack included.

  • Guide: Brianna Mayer, JCC outdoor instructor.
  • Cost is $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents.
  • Registration required. Class code is 805721-B for registration. Class meets at the Interpretive Center.

Head to MillFarm Christmas Tree & Berry Farm for some strawberry or blueberry picking! Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates before you go. Picking berries is a fun activity for the whole family! (Note: Please be prepared to pay by cash or check only.)

Community Events

Do you love jazz? Go to Jazz on the James on Friday, May 19 from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets include live jazz from the little big band Good Shot Judy; two complimentary drink tickets featuring craft beers from Virginia Beer Company and Alewerks and fine wines from Williamsburg Winery; and access to food trucks, all against the stunning vista of the James River at Jamestown Settlement.  All proceeds benefit ongoing museum education programs at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Valid photo ID is required to purchase and consume alcohol. Chairs and blankets welcome but no tents, canopies, coolers, outside food or drink permitted. The event is rain or shine.

Celebrate the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be food, fun, raffles, and so much more! Come out for a fun day for the entire family. Cost is $12 per child, 20% of proceeds go to our non-profit My Brother Rocks the Spectrum.

Celebrate Life is Good’s 1st birthday at their store in New Town. On Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. there will be refreshments, kids games, cornhole, a prize wheel, raffles and deals! There might even be a surprise or two.

On Saturday, May 20, join The Friends of Norge Depot for their annual "Pork and Sweet Potato" dinner with proceeds benefitting the rehabilitation of the 1925 Georgia caboose. The dinner is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 7402 Richmond Road. Cost is $12 for adults and children 10 and under are $5.

The annual Bridles & Bow Ties fundraiser by Dream Catchers is on Saturday, May 20 from 5-9 p.m. This annual fundraising event which is presented by Riverside Health System includes tours of the facilities, student spotlights, cocktails, oysters, an elegant seated buffet dinner and a live auction sponsored by TowneBank.

Attend the Healthy Kids and Families (age 16+) seminar on Sunday, May 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the James City County Recreation Center. Learn about helping children stay healthy naturally, protecting them from harmful toxins and petrochemicals which can challenge their immune systems. Come learn how to use plants to boost and protect your family. Registration code: 305636-A

York River State Park

National Kids to Parks Day is Saturday, May 20. York River State Park is offering a variety of programs as we celebrate National Kids to Parks Day. Go on a self-guided adventure with a park pack, available at the park office or join a ranger for a guided program. Contact the park office for more information and reservations.

Is your toddler ready to explore the woods and get in touch with the natural world?  Attend a Tyke Hike on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until noon. Here is a hike for two to four year olds to make friends with the outdoors.  A friendly ranger will lead them and parents on a one mile trail through hardwoods and pines, across a stream, and along a pond and the river.  In February, we will be on the lookout for our feathered friends in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.  April’s Hike will end with making a bird feeder to celebrate Earth Day.  We will have a "quick craft" for the young hikers for National Kids to Parks Day in May.  Please call 757-566-3036 for more information and reservations.

Explore a new way to find treasure on Saturday, May 20 from 1-3 p.m. with GPS Pirates.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery. Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.

Learn about River Seining on Sunday, May 21 from 1-3 p.m. Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.

Dabble in Discovery on Sunday, May 21 from 4-5 p.m. Which came first, the gray fox or the red?  Does a crab keep its shell forever?  Can box turtles swim?  For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with our on site naturalist.

Attend a Sunset Paddle on Sunday, May 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. As the colors of sunset fall on the marsh, a variety of sounds can be heard from birds and other creatures.  Enjoy the beauty of this special time on the water with a guided paddling trip.  Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16/person, and tandem kayaks are $11/person.  Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.  Prepayment required with reservation.

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