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Posted on: April 9, 2018

How Will You Enjoy the Weekend?

April 13

  • Did you know that April is Vineyards Month? There are eight different types of grapes being grown on 40 acres at the Williamsburg Winery. Visit, enjoy the vineyard views and a glass of wine.
  • C is for celebration! Join Cookie Monster and his furry friends for a fun-filled weekend of activities on April 13-15. Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Enjoy exclusive activities each weekend including dance parties, scavenger hunts and story time throughout this family-friendly celebration. The event will take place at the park’s Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ with a featured Sesame Street character every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Have you ever done an ultra marathon? The Singletrack Maniac 50K will be held at Freedom Park on Saturday, April 14 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The generous 10-hour time limit (19 minute mile pace) for the 31-mile ultra race is great for beginners, but the single track trails are technical and challenging with constant roots and elevation changes. This event takes place rain or shine. The course is over 75% rooty, twisty, challenging singletrack mountain bike trails with approximately 1,500 feet of elevation gain and loss in the park.
  • For those who have served or are currently serving our nation, the Friends of York River State Park (FYRSP) and the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA) want to thank you with the Veterans Appreciation Bike Ride on Saturday, April 14 from 9-11 a.m. at York River State Park. Bring your bike and explore our multi-purpose and trails created by the EVMA for a great two-wheel adventure. The FYRSP will have a lunch for the participants at noon.
  • Exercise and drink for a cause during Poses and Pints on Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. on the deck at Billsburg Brewery. For $10, attendees will get an hour yoga class, a beer and a charitable donation. Half of the proceeds from this event will be given to the National Military Family Association. Just bring your mat, wear something that you can move freely in and be prepared for a great time! Bottoms up and Namaste!
  • Learn at the Fossil Frenzy on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until noon at York River State Park. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam at York River State Park in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No Cost. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.
  • “Digging in at Jamestown: Archaeology Season Opening Day” kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at Historic Jamestowne when Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists officially start the 24th field season. Visitors can share in moments of new discoveries, meet members of the archaeology team and learn about excavation plans for the 2018 season. Activities will include special children’s programs, tours of the dig site and 17th century historic trades demonstrations by skilled costumed tradesmen. Ongoing living history presentations will offer perspectives of everyday life for Chesapeake Native Peoples as well as the English colonists who made Jamestown their home. Activities are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and are free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. Read our interview with a Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologist in honor of Archaeology Opening Day on our website.
  • Enjoy the annual spring sidewalk sale at Life is Good Williamsburg on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be some great deals.
  • Explore the outdoors during A “Heronious” Point of View on Saturday, April 14 from 1-3 p.m. at York River State Park. A breeding colony of great blue herons is not a rookery, it is a herony. Experience the sights and sounds of these iconic birds as they build nests and tend to their young along a terrific view of Woodstock Pond and the York River. A friendly ranger will have a spotting scope, binoculars, and field guide information handy as you enjoy a day of hiking or biking.
  • Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery on Saturday, April 14 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. at York River State Park. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets, and other features in the night sky. There is no fee for this program.
  • Enjoy Sunday Brunch in James City County! Our suggestions for this week are the Baker's Crust, Five Forks Café (they offer gluten-free pancakes) and the brunch buffet at Opus 9 Steakhouse.
  • Enjoy a Sunday morning group ride with the Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club. Ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Ride registration begins each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate. All Cycling Club participants will receive a 15% discount at the Gabriel Archer Tavern following the completion of the ride. The discount is only valid the day of the ride. The Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club offers three different group cycling options:
  • Option 1: 40 miles with an average pace of 18-19 mph (Jolly Pond Loop)
  • Option 2: 40 miles with an average pace of 16-17 mph (Freedom Park Loop)
  • Option 3: 25 miles with an average page of 14-15 mph
  • Come and learn during the annual shearing of nearly 90 alpacas at Fox Wire Farm in Toano by taking a shearing tour on Sunday, April 15. This annual event helps prepare the alpacas for the summer months by shedding their wool. Fun fact: alpaca wool is 10 times warmer than sheep's wool. Can you imagine having that on during the summer months? The shearers will be coming in from New Zealand to help with this event again. You must RSVP to attend this event by calling 757-707-5052. Cost is $5 per person (all ages). Tours will occur every half hour from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. All tours begin and end at the Fox Wire Farm Boutique which is located at 8105 Richmond Road, Suite 201, Toano, VA 23168.
  • Are you planning a wedding? Go to CoVa’s Wine and Wedding Celebration at the Williamsburg Winery on Sunday, April 15 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and includes wine tastings, food samples and numerous vendors.

Community Events

  • Support Jamestown High School by attending their production of Big Fish: A New Broadway Musical based on the movie and novel by the same name. It tells the story of Edward Bloom and his son. Bloom is a dreamer and his son, Will, is a realist. We see Bloom’s fanciful tales of circus performers, a giant, a witch, a mermaid, a werewolf, and more all come to life. Will has to decide if his father’s stories mean something more! The show features more than 60 performers and crew members. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Performances are on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and there is a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 14. For more information, contact Harvey Stone at 757-259-3644.
  • Never be left out again at any wedding, party or gathering after you attend Party Dances 101 at Iron-bound Gym on Friday, April 13 from 7-9 p.m. Learn dances like the Cupid Shuffle, the Cha Cha Slide, the Wobble and more. Come in the fitness room with no experience needed. Cost is $15.
  • The 40th Annual Countywide Spring Cleanup is on Saturday, April 14. Local volunteers have removed over 7 million pounds of trash from County roadsides and illegal dump sites during the annual Spring Cleanup over the last four decades. Each year volunteers give their time and energy to collect trash in areas where it would have otherwise polluted the environment. To participate, please register online. Litter collected as part of the 40th Annual Countywide Spring Cleanup may be disposed of for free at the Jolly Pond Transfer Station located at 1204 Jolly Pond Road between 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 14, 2018.
  • Drop off household chemicals and computers during the Household Chemical Collections and Computer Recycling on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. until noon at Warhill High School. Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) provides environmentally safe disposal of computers, household cleaners, pesticides, fluorescent lights and other potentially hazardous materials. Available to residents of Williamsburg and James City County five times annually.
  • Enjoy Family Fun Night at the James City County Recreation Center on Saturday, April 14 from 7-9:30 p.m. There will be family entertainment including crafts, board games, racquetball, dancing and more. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you want to use the pool! Cost is $5 per person, age 12 and younger is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended but not required - call 757-259-4200. If you have an online account with Parks & Recreation you can register online.
  • Support the James River Association by attending A Taste of the James on Sunday, April 15 from 2-7 p.m. at Two Rivers Country Club. A Taste of the James, presented by Old Point National Bank, in partnership with the Two Rivers Yacht Club and the Kingsmill Yacht Club, is a benefit for the James River Association. Guests will enjoy excellent food, including delicious seafood, as well cocktails and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $120 per person and are available for purchase online.

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