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Posted on: June 4, 2018

What Will You Do This Weekend?

June 8

  • The annual Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens is in full swing! Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world's most beautiful theme park every weekend through Sunday, July 1. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New kiosks this year include Cuba, Japan, Brazil and South Korea.
  • Take the family to a Movie Night at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center on Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket/pillow and join James City County Parks & Recreation for a free family friendly movie night held inside the multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. An adult must accompany children under 12. The scheduled feature is The Incredibles, rated PG for all ages.
  • Learn to paint like Monet during a workshop at Artfully Yours Studio on Friday, June 8 from 6-8 p.m. Class instructor, Tori Sprankle, will walk participants through step-by-step instructions to create their own impressionistic Monet-inspired waterlily masterpiece. Cost is $30 per person or $50 for a pair. You may bring your own beverages of choice and snacks.
  • Enjoy a free public lecture, “Sufficiently Appareled” at Jamestown Settlement on Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. Historical clothing experts Jane Malcolm-Davies and Ninya Mikhaila of The Tudor Tailor will lead the lecture along with JMD & Co., a live interpretation consultancy. It will explore a poor man’s guide to cutting a dash in Elizabethan England. The program will explore how diverse imported goods, including fabrics and fashions of the period, would provide its period craftsmen and traders with a range of cutting-edge merchandise and, in turn, a customer’s fitting of clothing at the tailor shop. Tailor inventories, customs records and working people’s wills will offer inspiration for this unique look into the production process of personal clothing in Elizabethan England. The lecture is part of a three-day “Tailored to a New World” historical clothing conference at Jamestown Settlement. Admission to the lecture is free; ticket to Jamestown Settlement is required. The lecture will take place in the Robins Foundation Theater at Jamestown Settlement.
  • Institute for Dance, Inc. (iDance), will hold its annual June Showcase, For the Love of Dance, at Crosswalk Church on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 each (plus a $2 convenience fee). Tickets are on sale online. For more information, please contact iDance at 757-229-1717.
  • Join the Williamsburg Bird Club for a leisurely bird walk on the Powhatan Creek Trail on Saturday June 9 at 8 a.m. Entrance to the trail is behind Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. After you turn into the school, continue around to the back where there is parking for the trail and the trail entrance. The group will look and listen as we walk through the forest trail to eventually land on the long bridge over Powhatan Swamp. Bring bug spray, binoculars and camera for a leisurely meander. The walk should be done around 10 a.m.
  • The Flying Needles is hosting their second annual World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine, bring your own chair and knit, crochet, weave or spin! The Flying Needles will be launching their second Handmade for the Homeless Project and there will be a special yarn trunk show. Free gifts for the first 30 people to show up and free beverages while they last. There will also be giveaways every hour! For questions about the event, call The Flying Needles at 757-345-3655.
  • Enjoy an exclusive Pool Season Passholder Splash Party on Saturday, June 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Chickahominy Riverfront Pool. This exclusive event is for our outdoor pool season passholders. Games, prizes and popcorn for each passholder. This party is hosted by James City County Parks & Recreation.
  • Come celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek. This event is free.
  • Jamestown 4-H Educational Center presents Food Truck Rally on the River on Sunday, June 10 from 4-8 p.m. At this new event, enjoy food trucks, beer and music! There will even be treats for your pups! Join Jamestown 4-H Educational Center for a night of fun on the river!

Live Music

  • Flute Frenzy’s Prelude, High School, and Fantasia Flute Choirs will be presenting a spring concert on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church located at 7479 Richmond Road. The program will be a mixture of familiar classics ranging from Handel’s Water Music to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Thom Recktenwald, Mary Nussear and Olivia Lawson will direct the ensembles featuring piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes. The concert is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
  • Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic-guitarist/instrumentalist Louis C. Vangieri aka The LCV Project on Saturday, June 9 from 9:30-11 a.m. at The Coffeehouse in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center.
  • Virginia-native Jason Mraz will be performing at Uncorked & Unplugged at the Williamsburg Winery on Saturday, June 9. This concert is sold out.
  • Check out Scott McCreery on Saturday, June 9 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the Royal Palace Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. McCreery’s deep voice and irresistible sound create a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional country. The former “American Idol” winner is the youngest artist of any musical genre and first country music artist ever to debut his first album at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart on the heels of his No. 1 song, Five More Minutes. Concerts are included with park admission. Complimentary general seating wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on concert days at Guest Relations before guests enter the park. Ticket distribution begins when the park opens at 10 a.m. and will be available until all seats are filled. Only one ticket per guest will be provided. Park admission is required to attend the concert. Reserved seating products can be purchased online.
  • Brewed Awakening at Billsburg Brewery is on Sunday, June 10 beginning at noon with music, beers and brunch. This week’s artist is Paul Todd, who will be performing at Jamestown Jams later this month. The Hungry Pug will be on deck with brunch.
  • The next concert of the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra will be on Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at Saint Bede’s Kaplan Parish Hall at 3686 Ironbound Road. The orchestra will perform with the “Belles Voix” of the Appomattox Governor’s School along with guest violin soloists Moises Cunha and Elizabeth Crute. Works will include the Vivaldi “Gloria” and Elgar “The Snow” and more. All are welcome to this free concert. For more information, call 757-229-3631.

York River State Park

  • Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening at York River State Park looking at the night sky on Friday, June  8 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. For an added touch, you will enjoy it from a canoe. Whether you are an expert on the stars and planets or a novice, you will still enjoy this peaceful trip on the creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Reservations required by calling 757-566-3036. Canoes $13/person or $8/person (family 4+). Prepayment required with reservation.
  • Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with York River State Park during Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. until noon. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures. Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river. And don't worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we'll teach you ways to protect them. Call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person.  Prepayment required with reservation.
  • 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, attend Dabble in Discovery on Saturday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m. with our onsite naturalist.
  • Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here 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 York River State Park in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach during the Fossil Frenzy on Saturday, June 9 from 4-6 p.m. No Cost. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.
  • Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery on Saturday, June 9 from 8:30-11:45 p.m. 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.
  • What roams the woods after dark? Take a ranger-guided tour with us to experience the sights and sounds after sundown during As Far as the Stars Night Hike on Saturday, June 9 from 8:30-10 p.m. Enjoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls, and other creatures. After the hike, enjoy stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club. Please call the office at 757-566-3036 for reservations.
  • Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Experience River Seining on Sunday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. Park rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.
  • Can you tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake? Do you know what fish osprey feed on? Have you ever observed where great blue heron nest? The Roaming Ranger will be around to point out these and other points of interest in the park on Sunday, June 10 from 4-5 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 on Sunday, June 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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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