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Posted on: July 24, 2018

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July 27

  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER Come and enjoy free live music at the Jamestown Jams concert on Friday, July 27. The concert theme is Country Night, featuring Harley Boone. Entrance will open for each Jamestown Jams concert at 5:30 p.m. Concerts will take place on a grassy field within Jamestown Beach Event Park. Parking will be behind the old Jamestown Campground building at 2205 Jamestown Road adjacent to Jamestown Settlement. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event or the Explore JCCVA website.
  • Summer has kicked off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with Summer Nights. Each weekend there will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m.  This weekend, there will be performances by Light Balance, who appears on America’s Got Talent. Performances will be in the Abbey Stone Theatre at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Reserved seating is available. There is also a new show in the Royal Palace Theatre and special food throughout the park.
  • There will be special programming on Saturday, July 28; enjoy special programming for the First Assembly Day Commemoration at Historic Jamestowne. Calling all burgesses! Join Governor Sir George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory for the first meeting of the General Assembly to discuss and debate the laws affecting the colony. This interactive program will take place a short distance from the Memorial Church, which was constructed in the early 20th century to protect and memorialize the location of the original church where the first Assembly was convened 399 years ago. This program will occur at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.
  • Come celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek. This event is free.
  • On Sunday, July 29, a special 45-minute program will be conducted at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., inside the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center Theater. Participants will meet three people from Jamestown’s past sharing their stories about Virginia and its government during the colony’s earliest years: John Rolfe, a member of Governor Yeardley’s Council and an assembly counselor; John Pory, counselor and speaker of the first General Assembly; and a female resident of the colony providing her perspective of the 1619 assembly. Following each program, participants can ask questions of the settlers. Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.
  • Did you know that July is Ice Cream Month? There are numerous places to get ice cream in James City County, including our favorite tip – Duck Donuts has donut ice cream sundaes. Check out our list for all of our suggestions!
  • Brewed Awakening at Billsburg Brewery is on Sunday, July 29 beginning at noon with music, beers and brunch. This week’s artist is Tony Bob Merritt. A local food truck will be serving a brunch menu from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and there will be fresh, locally roasted coffee from Mandela Coffee.
  • Want to take a spin on the Virginia Capital Trail, but don’t have a bicycle? The James City County Marina at 2054 Jamestown Road has bikes for rent – choose a two-hour, a half-day or a full-day rental. If you’re not familiar with the area, Marina staff can suggest routes for your ride. For information on pricing and bicycle models, call 757-565-3699 or visit the website. The Marina has kayaks and canoes for rent too!

York River State Park

  • Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with York River State Park during Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, July 28 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, July 28 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, July 28 from 4-6 p.m. No Cost. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.
  • There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek during the Mysterious Moonlight Canoe on Saturday, July 28 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Canoes are $13/person or $8/person (family 4+). Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

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