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What to do in Williamsburg VA this week Aug 4-10th , 2014

August 4 –10 2014

Arms & Artillery Theme Month Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Aug 1-31, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (until 6 p.m. through August 15)
Explore weapons and tactics of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during Arms & Artillery theme month, 

The Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug 6, 7- 8:30 pm

The annual Summer Breeze concerts in Merchants Square return to Duke of Gloucester Street for the 23rd season. Our popular military bands from the USAF and the US Army will return each Wednesday in August. Concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair.

Williamsburg Premium Outlets Student/Educator Appreciation Month
Aug 1 –31,Mon – Sat 10am-9pm | Sun 10am-7pm
Students and Educators are invited to show their school identification card at the Information Booth located in the Food Court to receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book valued at $5.00

Star Party/Planetarium Laser Shows
Aug 9, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10 & 11:30 p.m.

Free sky observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. All shows $6, or $10 for two. Choose among six science or music-and-laser shows in the planetarium.

2nd Sunday Festival
Aug 10,11:00am – 5:00pm
Featuring over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro. Be sure to check out all of the artists coming to Prince George Street for 2nd Sundays.

Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps performs at Berkeley Plantation
Aug 7, 10:30 am
Berkeley Plantation is proud to host the performance of the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps. The corps is made up of 40 50 students ranging from ages 12-18.

General George McClellans 1862 Civil War Headquarters at Harrisons Landing
Aug 5, 9 – 11 am
This special Civil War Tour takes you through the life and times of the union soldier at Berkeley Plantation, General McClellans headquarters and supply base during July and August 1862. Refreshments served. Reservations required.

The Gallery at York Hall Art Exhibit
Aug 1– 31, Tues – Sat 10 am – 4 pm | Sunday 1-4 pm
A welcome center for visitors and gathering place for residents, The Gallery features artwork for show and sell year-round. In addition, limited engagement shows are presented, displaying themed exhibits. Featured in August: Pine Needle Basket Exhibit, featuring Joseph Jennings.

Photography Walk at York River State Park
Aug 9, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leave only footprints, take only photographs during this ranger/photographer guided hike. Capture images of interesting wildlife and inspiring landscapes. Shutterbugs of all levels and all types of cameras are welcome.

Dinos Live! evening hours at Virginia Living Museum
Aug 9,  6-8 pm
The Dinos Live! exhibit and outdoor Fossil Find will be open at the Virginia Living Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. This year, for the first time, the VLM is featuring the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North Americas leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs

Aug 7, 7:00 p.m.
Music Under the Stars at Magnolia Park is presented by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band and features various configurations of that ensemble. The concerts take at Magnolia Park at Fort Eustis

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown 96th Anniversary Band Concert
Aug 6, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorates its 96th birthday celebration with a concert by the United States Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk, VA. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Riverwalk Landing.

The Traveling Players Ensemble presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Kimball Theatre
Aug 5, 7:30 pm
Traveling Players Ensemble performs Twelfth Night, Shakespeares topsy-turvy comedy of mismatched love, mistaken identity and mischief. Suffering from love, self-love or love of drink, nearly everyone behaves foolishly (except the Fool), until an improbable love restores and reconnects them all.

Only Lovers Left Alive Kimball Theatre
Aug 6– 17, 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
This movie is set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, vampire Adam (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his enigmatic lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton).


Prince George Movie Nights
Aug 10, Starts at dusk
Enjoy FREE movies each summer Sunday evening outdoors on Prince George Street. This week playing the movie North by Northwest. Brought to you by Blue Talon Bistro.

Magic of Harmony Show Chorus at Grace Episcopal Churchyard
Aug 10, 6:00- 7:00 pm
A favorite local singing group performing traditional barbershop melodies and contemporary pop and musical theater songs. Bring a chair or blanket and pack a picnic supper.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg during the Civil War
Aug 7, 11:30 am 12:30 am
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburgs history.

Tasting Tomatoes by A Chefs Garden Tour & Tasting
Aug 8– 9, 10:00 am noon
Explore the different methods of cooking and preparing Virginia tomatoes in this Chefs Garden Tour and Tasting. Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank will share his passion for this gift from the garden with inspired recipes and unexpected pairings.




Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing starts August 6th 2014

York County is excited to partner with the USAF Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in presenting the Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The shows take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River. The series will be held from August 6 through 26, 2014. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. The series kicks off on Wednesday, August 6, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 96th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The concert series continues on Tuesday, August 12, with Full Spectrum, a high energy band featuring a horn section, which has the unique ability to play a “full spectrum” of music ranging from Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, R & B, Latin, and Classic Rock.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC Jazz Combo on Tuesday, August 19. This group will entertain all audiences with the Classics, Ballads, Blues, Soul, and contemporary tunes.

The concert series culminates with The Blue Aces on Tuesday, August 26. This group takes great pride in its specialized, high-energy performances that feature a wide variety of American popular music styles. The group performs annually for thousands of military and civilian audience members in settings ranging from small official dinners to large festivals.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

What’s happening in Williamsburg VA July 4th week…

July 1 – 6

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Fourth of July (Colonial Williamsburg)

Jul 4 10 am 10 pm

Celebrate the anniversary of the nations birth in the Revolutionary City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, the firing of muskets and cannon.

Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown

Jul 4 8 am – 10 pm

Red, white, blue and you! You dont want to miss Independence Day in Yorktown where our independence was won and patriotism abounds. Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront! Festivities.

Busch Gardens presents Lee Greenwood

Jul 4 at 7:00 pm

Lee Greenwood rocks the stage at Busch Gardens on July 4. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

New Town Music Fest

 Jul 5, 2014 at 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday weekend with some local music talent and a National Act! 5:30pm-6:30pm Johnny St. Clair 7:00pm 10:00pm Highway 101 Gates open at 5:00 pm in Sullivan Square. Concert is rain or shine. Children under 12 are FREE.

Liberty Celebration Yorktown Victory Center

Jul 4 – Jul 6,at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Military and tactical drills, and role-playing demonstrations salute the anniversary of Americas independence. Visitors can see in museum galleries a rare broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776.

Busch Gardens Live presents The Romantics

Jul 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Romantics rock the stage at Busch Gardens on July 5. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

July 4th Danielle Bradbery Concert College of William and Mary

Jul 4, Gates open 5pm | Show  6:30pm

Danielle Bradbery, 2013

Winner NBCs The Voice. With special guest Bria Kelley. Concert held at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at William & Mary.

In the Trenches Tour

Jul 1, 10:00 am

Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.

Independence Day Concert: USAF Heritage of America Band

Jul 2, 7:00 pm 8:15 pm

Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.

July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Jul 3Jul 6, 9am – 9pm; Sun 10am – 8pm

Dont miss the annual July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Enjoy extended hours and extra savings on top of our every day savings of 25% to 65%.

The Summer Breeze Concert Series

Jul 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Summer Breeze Concert Series will kick off with the fan favorite Independence Day Concert on July 2, and run each Wednesday through August 27. More of what you love in the heart of downtown Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Farmers Market

Jul 5,  8 am -12 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, herbal and goats milk soap, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs.

Fireworks in the Planetarium

Jul 4, – at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Raining outside? Cant stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? Come enjoy the most amazing Fourth of July laser displays in the Virginia Living Museums nice cool planetarium! Spirit of America is a laser show full of great patriotic music.

Berkeley Plantation Wreath Laying


Jul 4, 11:00 AM

Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.

July 4th events in Williamsburg VA 2014

imageThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area in Williamsburg celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

Independence Day Celebration

Light up Your Independence Day at America’s Birthplace

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Independence Day in “The Revolutionary City”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the evening Independence Day Celebration, including a lively picnic in the Palace Garden and performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

July 4th, 2014 Event Schedule, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

During “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

More info here

Event Schedule

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse. Commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our nation with this special militia muster that salutes the 13 original states. The Fifes and Drums play, flags of each state are displayed, and muskets and cannon celebrate the significance of this historic day. Come, cheer, and be part of this celebration

A Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse. Gather with the citizens of Williamsburg–on July 25, 1776–to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Only a few weeks ago, Virginia’s representatives adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.

4–7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration: Food,
Fanfare & Fireworks

Casual come-and-go evening at the Williamsburg Lodge
Reservations required

5:30–7 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform on Market Square. Celebrate the holiday with the distinctive sounds of the Fifes and Drums in this exciting, patriotic performance.

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8–9:30 p.m.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor’s Palace
 Colonial Williamsburg again welcomes the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led by Jo Ann Falletta, to our Independence Day Celebration on Palace Green. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has enriched the cultural life of the Hampton Roads community for more than eight decades

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Gather on Market Square or Palace Green to celebrate our nation’s birthday with an exciting fireworks display. Afterward, enjoy the pageantry of a torchlit Fifes and Drums march from Palace Green, down Duke of Gloucester Street, ending on Botetourt Street.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use the FREE shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops



July 4th celebration in Williamsburg VA to feature stars from "The Voice"

imageRAM and USO present the 2014 Military Concert Series, “An Independence Day Celebration,” featuring NBC’s “The Voice” stars Danielle Bradbery and Smithfield’s own Bria Kelly at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) July 4 at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater on the campus of the College of William & Mary.

Post show, fans can continue the celebration at Market Square or Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg to honor our nation’s birthday with a fireworks display at 9:20 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. General admission tickets start at $25. Military discounts available.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Military Concert Series website.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces remaining concert lineup

May 12,2014-Busch Gardens Williamsburg today announced the remaining artists performing in the Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola®.  With a lineup featuring rock, country and Christian music, there’s something for everyone this summer.





July 4

Lee Greenwood

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 5

The Romantics

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 20

Lynard Skynyrd

Busch Gardens LIVE

July 26

LeAnn Rimes

Busch Gardens LIVE

August 3

Steven Curtis Chapman

Glory at the Gardens

imageBusch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are held at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The theater’s gates open approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performance.  All Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary concert tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one-per-person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages.
For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va



What to do in Williamsburg VA April 7-13, 2014

Vote for Williamsburg!
Williamsburg is a contender for the "Best Historic City" in America in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards by USA Today and 10Best! Be sure to cast your vote today (and tomorrow) through April 28! Click here for more info.

April 7 – 13

BUSCH GARDENS Opens for Spring Break
Through Apr 21
Ditch the scarves and mittens and celebrate the return of spring at Busch Gardens. The park has an action-packed line-up of events scheduled for spring break.  See website for info.

Jack Hanna visits Busch Gardens
Apr 12 – 13

Experience the naturally fun wild side of Busch Gardens when animal expert Jack Hanna brings his animal menagerie to the park on April 12 and 13.

Spring Fling Week at Yankee Candle Village
Apr 5 – 13, check website for special event times
Enjoy daily activities, Easter Bunny photos, our NEW Exotic Escape candles, and summer home dcor ideas and much more.

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014
Apr 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

9 regional chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef competition.  Enjoy the excitement and thrill of the rivalry.  Feat. chefs from Williamsburg, Richmond & VA Beach.

Opera in Williamsburg, Don Pasquale
Apr 9 & 11, 7:30 pm

DON PASQUALE by Gaetano Donizetti.  Fully staged, with chamber accompaniment.  In Italian, with English supertitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Celebrating our Second MAD Birthday with free samples of Birthday Brownie cake
Apr 8 – 12

Celebrating its opening in April 2012.  See website for details.

Wine, Wit & Wisdom Searching for the Perfect Pinot
Apr 12, 2 pm

Celebrate the travels of Pinot Noir, Burgundys most celebrated grape. Wine lovers will enjoy this unrehearsed presentation of great information. Open to Public.

Second Sundays Art & Music Festival
Apr 13, 11 am – 5 pm

Fun, eclectic gathering of diverse, unique talented artists & musicians on 2 stages on Prince George Street in Williamsburg,VA. Monthly Street Festival in Downtown Williamsburg with 2 stages of live music!

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Clybourne Park caps off William & Marys 2013-2014 Season
Apr 10 – 13, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm
Completing its season of award winning plays, William & Mary Theatre will present Bruce Norris Tony  Award, Olivier Award, and Pulitzer Prize-winning.

Boathouse opens for season at the Mariners Museum
Apr 12 – Aug 31

The boathouse is now open! Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Boats are  available for rental.

Revolutionary War Lecture: The Tyranny of the People: A Loyalist Perspective of the American Revolution
Apr 10, 7 pm

Featuring Holger Hoock. At the Yorktown Victory Center.

VIP Shopper Club Exclusive Event at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Apr 12 – 13

VIP Shopper Club members are invited to attend a VIP Shopper Club Exclusive Event. Enjoy special savings and free gifts at participating stores!

Mars Madness Star Party & Laser Light Shows
Apr 12

The VLMs Star Party for April features An Evening of Mars Madness. NASA is coming with free exhibits, activities and giveaways about Mars. See website.

Yorktown Kite Demo & Gathering
Apr 12, 1 – 5 pm

Join us at the Yorktown beach front for kite demonstrations and an afternoon of kite flying. Bring your kite or borrow one of ours. Free.  For more info, call Patriot Tours and Provisions at 757. 969.5400

Rough Crossing Williamsburg Players
Through Apr 12

Tom Stoppards hilarious play has been freely adapted from Ferenc Molnars classic farce. See website for tickets and a complete schedule.

Spring Break in the Planetarium
Apr 5 – 20
The Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium is open daily with four shows during spring break.  See website for complete schedule info.  

Birds !! Childrens Program at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Apr 12, 10 am

Are your children interested in the birds in your backyard, those you see in the sky or by the side of the road while you are driving?  We will look at bird shapes and listen to their songs and calls.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Pat ODonnell with Ed McGonagle
Apr 11 – 12, 7:30 pm

Patrick ODonnell has been seen on Comedy Central, A&Es Comedy On The Road and was a $10,000 winner on ABCs Americas Funniest People. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg.

Canoe & Kayak Kick Off/Burning of the Socks
Apr 12, 10 am – 12 pm

Celebrate the 2014 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition.  Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers.  Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

Girls Volleyball Tournament hosted by Williamsburg Parks & Recreation Department
Apr 12 – 13

Old Dominion Regional Volleyball Association girls tournament hosted by City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation at Quarterpath Recreation Center.

John Quarstein Speaking Engagement
Apr 7, 7 pm

Join us as we hear John Quarstein speak about Camp Patrick Henry from World War II. The meeting is sponsored by the York County Historical society.

Pinhole Camera Workshop at Mariners Museum
Apr 12, 2014 at 9 am – 3 pm

Families will enjoy learning about the basics of photography from start to finish during this fun family workshop. 

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Apr 12, 8 am – 12 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs. See website.


Smokin Hot BBQ in Williamsburg VA April 26, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will hold our 4th annual Smokin’ Hot Barbecue Fest on the lawn of Walsingham Academy from 3- 7 p.m. In case of rain, the Fest will be held in the McCauley Auditorium in the Walsingham Upper School. A donation of $10 is requested for admission. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. I have attached the flyer with the details. Please forward the flyer to your friends and family. Tickets are available in advance at www.williamsburgkiwanis.org or at the door.

Thanks to the generosity of Patriot Buick, music will be provided by the Smith Wade Band and Herbie D and the Dangermen. Attendees also can test out their skills at cornhole boards. Food and drink are for sale. Whisky Hill BBQ will provide an enhanced a la carte menu this year including pork and chicken BBQ, beef brisket, hot dogs and French fries. 16-ounce Legend Lager or Bud Light will be sold for $4 or two for $7. Williamsburg Winery wines will be available for purchase, as will popcorn, peanuts and a variety of other soft drinks.

A raffle with multiple prizes will raise money for local charities as well as the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE project, while also giving attendees a chance to win donated prizes from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit Avalon, Bacon Street, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Come join us for a good time and help us raise funds for local charities!


Concert in Memory of Austin "Gus" Deeds

Austin This Sunday Aril 6th at 4pm The Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert is hosted in honor of the music Gus loved.

The William & Mary Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert, hosted to honor the music Gus loved, will feature the Runaway String Band, Friends of Appalachian Music, and the W&M Appalachian Music Ensemble. The special guest artist will be recent W&M alumna Elizabeth LaPrelle, who has given concerts throughout the US, Ireland, and Uzbekistan. This concert is free and open to the public.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the small theater in the W&M Campus Center at 6:00pm.

Sunday, April 6th 2014

Lake Mataoka Amphitheater at W&M , Ukrop Way and Jamestown Road


For more information, please contact Dr. Jamie Bartlett at jcbart@wm.edu.

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014 Saturday, April 12, 2014

iron chef williamsburg vaIn February of 2009, WARA hosted their first ever Iron Chef Competition. The success of that event prompted them to make it an annual event.with a goal to showcase local talent and gain recognition for the Association.

This year the event will be held  on  On Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Nine regional Virginia chefs battle it out  in an Iron Chef competition similar to what is seen on many of the top-rated cooking shows on television

Also included in your admission price is the opportunity to taste over 75 wines from around the world sure to tantalize your palette.

The Wine and Food Expo portion of the evening will showcase an extensive selection of wines as well as a handful of specialty dishes from local WARA restaurants.

Competing chefs will be from:

Williamsburg (2nd Street Bistro, Berret’s, Colonial Williamsburg)

Richmond (The Blue Goat, The Country Club of VA, The Savory Grain)

Virginia Beach (Catch 31, Steinhilber’s, Hot Tuna).

Colonial Williamsburg, The Cheese Shop – Merchants Square, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Blue Talon & Opus 9 Steakhouse will serve their greatest cuisine, with heavy hors d’oeuvre.

Over 75 wines from around the world, will be on hand to tantalize your palette, this is included in the admission price.

April 12, 2014

6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Williamsburg Lodge

$60 pp/$110 couple at the door

$40 non drinking

Save the Date

Contact Info:
(757) 221-6835

Buy tickets here



Tribefest for the Cure 2014

This year, the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary will host the Third Annual TribeFest for the Cure, a music festival benefitting the Tidewater affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Over our first two years, TribeFest has raised over $12,000 for breast cancer research, education, and advocacy – all while keeping the funds in the local area.


It is truly an event for the whole community, as attendees included students from the College’s graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as members of the Williamsburg community both young and old.  There is something for everyone at TribeFest: face painting and moon bounces for kids, educational materials for the curious, a silent auction and a wine raffle for the philanthropically inclined, live local bands for audiophiles, beverages for adults and the older college students, as well as local food for everyone.

If you want to get involved, you can do so in several ways.   First and foremost, you can – and should – come.  You can become a sponsor by donating a monetary amount or food and beverages. You can also donate wine for our wine raffle or other items for our silent auction, including gift certificates and prize packages.  There is no maximum limit on donations – feel free to give as much as you or your company are able.  You will be supporting a great cause and will be able to see the immediate impact you have on your community.

TribeFest for the Cure will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2:00-8:00pm in the courtyard of Miller Hall at the College of William & Mary

More info here

Come out and enjoy the Spring weather at the beautiful campus of William and Mary. This spring festival, hosted by The MBA Association at the Mason School of Business, will feature live music, great food from local favorites,wine auctions, vendor booths, games for the family, and much more. For more information click here!

Ticket Types are as follows:

$10.00 PRE-SALE DEAL ($20.00 Value)
Entrance, 1 meal ticket and 1 Beverage Cup

$15.00 Festival Experience ($20.00 Value)
Entrance, 1 meal ticket and 1 Beverage Cup

$40.00 Family Pack ($50.00 Value)
2 adult tickets (adults 13+)
2 Beverage Cups
4 Meal tickets

Children: Free ( 12 and under)

You will need to bring your confirmation page to the will call table at the event in order to pick up your tickets.

William J. Fields Courtyard, Miller Hall
101 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185

If you’d like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.


Williamsburg named # 3 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014

Smithsonian magazine has named  Williamsburg, Virginia best known for its namesake lake and summer-long institution, No. 3 on its latest list of the best small towns in America to visit.

For the third year in a row, Smithsonian Magazine put together its list of the 20 best small towns across America worth visiting. It enlisted the help of geographic information company Esri to search for towns with populations less than 15,000 with a strong cultural bent, i.e. high numbers of museums, art galleries, theaters, and historic sites and the like. (Last year’s list looked for towns with populations under 25,000.)


Chautauqua NY beat out Williamsburg, Va.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sedona, Ariz. and other popular destinations for top honors in the magazine’s third annual list, which emphasized places that offer “enrichment” to travelers.

Here are the 10 best small towns with populations under 15,000, according to the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Small Towns To Visit
1). Chautauqua, NY
2). Healdsburg, CA
3). Williamsburg, VA
4). Steamboat Springs, CO
5). Woods Hole, MA
6). Marietta, OH
7). Beaufort, SC
8). Sedona, AZ
9). Nebraska City, NE
10). Lanesboro, MN

Merchants Square in Williamsburg announces 2014 Calendar

Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square announces its complete 2014 calendar of events. The calendar includes many of the events that Williamsburg area residents and visitors have come to love plus a few additions that will round out a full year of good memories in the Square. This year the Square will host the Williamsburg Farmers Markets, road races, art and food events as well as concerts, car shows and the much-anticipated return of the “Merchants Square Birthday Bash.” There is no better place to enjoy music, art and other cultural events, coupled with great shopping and superb dining. A detailed calendar is maintained at www.merchantssquare.org/calendar.

Highlights of the 2014 season include:
  • Williamsburg Farmers Market launches an expanded new schedule with a March 8 season opening. A perennial favorite, the Williamsburg Farmers Market returns to Duke of Gloucester Street with 30 producers and vendors. Weekly Saturday continue through November, with one additional Holiday Market.
  • The Summer Breeze Concert Series will kick off with the fan favorite Independence Day Concert on July 2, and run each Wednesday through August 27. The July concerts will feature the following “not-to-be-missed” party bands from 7 to 9 p.m.:

July 9      – RareMixx

July 16    – Kings of Swing

July 23    – Karnival

July 30    – Slapnation

The USAF Air Force bands and TRADOC Army bands will entertain audiences each
Wednesday in             August, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. All concerts are free, and concertgoers are advised to bring a lawn chair.

  • Car Shows in the beautiful setting of Merchants Square have become a crowd pleaser. Along with the 6th Annual Williamsburg Invitational Car Show on Sunday, June 8, sponsored by the Colony Auto Enthusiasts, Merchants Square will add a second show on November 2 with the inaugural Williamsburg Jaguar Gathering.
  • Merchants Square is excited to announce the return of the overwhelmingly popular “Birthday Bash” on October 3. The concert will again feature the renowned party band “Right On” and include the great food of the Merchants Square Restaurants. Rain date is Friday, October 10.
  • Other favorites returning in 2014 include:
    • Prince George Movie Nights, Sundays beginning June 15, at dusk. The popular outdoor movies on Prince George Street will return throughout the summer, ending on September 7.
    • An Occasion for The Arts, October 4-5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The 46th annual downtown Williamsburg arts event features more than 160 juried artists.
    • Constitution Day Concert, September 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
    • Holiday Entertainment each weekend in December, and daily beginning December 8. Merchants Square will again host festive holiday entertainment, including strolling musicians, Santa Claus and Father Christmas, and the family favorite “A Christmas Carol” in 30 minutes performed by the VA Theatre Machine.

For the most up to date listing of the current calendar of events, additional detail and contact information for individual events please refer to the calendar section of the Merchants Square website at www.merchantssquare.org/calendar

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Happenings in Williamsburg VA March 10-16

March 10 – 16

Re-enactors spanning the centuries fall in line for Jamestown Settlement's "Military Through the Ages," March 15-15, 2014.

Military Through the Ages at Jamestown Settlement
Mar 15 – 16

Hundreds of re-enactors join with the Virginia Army National Guard to present centuries of military history in one weekend.

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Busch Gardens Opens March 16
Mar 16

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a European-themed adventure park with world-class roller coaster, natural beauty and shared family fun. See website.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg presents Shamrock the Burg
Mar 15, 6 – 9:30 pm

Sponsored by ESGI featuring Irish music by Glasgow Kiss and Irish stew. Enjoy a social with friends throughout Williamsburg while benefiting local charities. Get your Irish up! And do it for a cause!

Lyric Opera La Vie de Boheme
Mar 14, 8 pm

Puccinis classic La Boheme remains one of operas most popular delightsa beautiful love story set to a romantic and passionate score. Explore the joys, frustrations, dreams, and realities of four young artists living in the French Quarter of Paris. Kimball Theatre.

Marshmallow Chicks Event at Yankee Candle!
March 15, 10 am – 1 pm
The Peepsmobile and PEEPS Chick will be visiting Yankee Candle Village! First ever Village Peep Art. Preview party.  And more!  See website.

Pints & Pairings & Poisoned Dwarf
Mar 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Join Pints & Pairings as we celebrate traditional Celtic music by Poisoned Dwarf, Irish food with a southern twist, and craft beer from Heavy Seas Beer. At the Williamsburg Lodge.

Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper
Mar 15 – Apr 27

The whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) return to the Virginia Living Museum. See website.

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile at Jamestown Settlement
Mar 15 – 16

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is coming to Jamestown Settlement during the museums annual Military Through the Ages event. See website for times.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Mar 15, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs.

Homeschooler Weekend: Colonial Williamsburg
Mar 15 –16, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Colonial Williamsburg welcomes homeschool families March 1516 with a variety of special, hands-on experiences throughout the Revolutionary City. 

Family Fun Night
Mar 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Break out of the winter blahs! Join us for a night of family entertainment-enjoy structured games in the gym, create various craft projects together, splash in the pool, play racquetball, enjoy an old-fashioned board game, and much more!

China of the Most Fashionable Sort Exhibition
Mar 15 – Dec 31

China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America will open March 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. 

To Have Butterflies, Make Butterflies Learn and Grow Educational Series, Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Mar 15, 10 – 11:30 am

Helen Hamilton will provide handouts and colorful slides of birds and butterflies enjoying the fruits of local gardens.

Pope Benedict XVI Chamber Music Series
Mar 15, 7 pm

Inspired by Pope Benedict XVIs promotion of music and the arts, a group of concert artists have joined together to form the St. Bede Chamber Musicians for concerts.

March Sale at Retro Daddio!
March 13, 11 am – 7 pm
We are having a Midweek Madness Magnet sale! Located in New Town. Our goal is to bring you fun, funky and functional stuff that will bring a smile to your face!

Boxwood Traditional Music
Mar 14, 7:30 pm

Traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America performed by Chris Norman on traditional flutes and Scottish small-pipes, and David Greenberg on Cape Breton violin and Baroque violin.

VLM Young Professionals: Networking Superstars
Mar 12, 6 pm

Be a networking superstar! Join Young Professionals @ the VLM for stargazing (weather permitting), and a planetarium show that promises to be out of this world.


Chincoteague named second-best island, ahead of Key West, Hilton Head

Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern SHore ranks second in a list of top 10 island destinations in the U.S. compiled by the website TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor.com, which uses reviews from travelers and interactive forums to provide information to consumers. Chincoteague was ranked just ahead of Marco Island , Fla. San Juan Island, Wash., and Maui, Hawaii, round out the top five.

image“Wild horses can actually drag you away…to Chincoteague Island,” the website says. “Here, ponies run wild, you can catch or dig up your own seafood, and the beaches bring literal breaths of fresh air.”

The website notes that the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a unspoiled spot for bird watching, horseback riding, swimming and biking.

Plus there is the Pony Swim. Every summer since 1925, all of the feral ponies on Assateague are rounded up for a swim across the channel to Chincoteague.

Chincoteague also is in the running now for the title of “happiest seaside town” by Coastal Living magazine, one of 10 communities so honored.

The designation appears in the March 2014 issue of the magazine, which hit newsstands Friday, Feb. 14. It is the magazine’s third annual listing of happiest coastal communities.

Last year a travel website named Assateague one of the “best beaches on Earth.” In 2010, Chincoteague was named America’s Best Beach Town by the AOL Travel website.

The islands on the TripAdvisor list this year are:

1. Marco Island, Fla.
2. Chincoteague Island VA
3. Anna Maria Island, Fla.
4. San Juan Island, Wash.
5. Maui, Hawaii
6. Kauai, Hawaii
7. Island of Hawaii
8. Nantucket, Mass.
9. Hilton Head Island, S.C.
10.  Key West, Fla.


Fundraiser Concert for local musician Paul Popadak 2/23

Reprinted from the VA Gazette

I’m a member of Rich Whiskey, a Williamsburg born band that has become a very busy band working 4-6 nights a week. One of our members, Paul Popadak, has been fighting an incredible battle with cancer, and we are putting on a benefit on Sunday at the Moose Lodge to help him recuperate financially. Our amazing guys in the band have been paying him his normal pay while he’s been unable to work, but Paul needs more help. The pre-existing conditions clause really hit him. He was paying for insurance, but received only $2,000 of aid toward his $100,000 bill for treatment. Now with ObamaCare, he is getting some help, which is great, because he’s in the final stretch of daily chemo and radiation. But the help he is getting plus the couple hundred bucks a week that the band gets is not making a dent in his debt. So we want to raise some good money for him.

Paul has been a great example and a motivation to a lot of people in the world of fighting cancer. He has written pages of public forums on Facebook about his fight and how he’s felt throughout the whole treatment

He’s like another dad to me. I grew up in the entertainment world, and he has lived in it and has continued my education in it, as well helped me when I needed it. It’s time to give back.

Seven musical groups (Brent Shepard, The Blue Pills, Bobby Blackhat & Friends, Blue Ribbon, The Hark, The Lef Dovers, Rich Whiskey, and DJ Kudlz), the Moose Lodge, Coldwell Realty, Two Drummers Smokehouse, Sysco Food Service, Performance Food Group, Riverside Paper Supply and many more are helping to sponsor the event. I’m hoping that our generous community of greater Williamsburg will come enjoy the food, live music, auctions, and raffles, and help to raise a ton of relief funds for Paul.

Please join us 2-9 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Moose Lodge, 5429 Richmond Road, to help in our fundraiser, “Kick Cancer to the Curb.”

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Gauthier Vineyard opens in New Kent

New Kent Virginia can now claim ownership to Virginia’s 248th winery. ( Who knew) with the recent opening of Gauthier Vineyard’s Winery.  

Gauthier Vineyard  is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the Lafayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown. The owners, Mo and Sandi Gauthier, both retired Navy Captains, purchased the 110 acre “Fair Winds” farm in 2010. Like most ground in the county, the farm is rich in history. Local relic hunters have validated its service as a Civil War encampment for both Union and Confederate forces during the lengthy Peninsula Campaign.

Also on the farm is another family operation – Hensley Show Horses – a world class equestrian center complete with a barn full of champions.

 Gauthier Vineyard  is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the Lafayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown.

The Gauthier’s built their state-of-the art equestrian center in 2011. The equestrian center offers boarding, training, lessons, clinics and competitive events.

The Gauthier’s original 3200 Norton and Viognier vines were planted by friends and family in the Spring of 2011, followed by construction of the tasting room and wine making facility in 2012-2013. In addition to their estate grapes, the Gauthier’s purchase Virginia grapes and lease vines in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in partnership with Randy and Karen Phillips, founder-owners of Cave Ridge Vineyard. Randy, an award winning vintner, oversees the wine making operations for Gauthier Vineyard.

Mo and Sandi’s daughter, Aimee Stevenson, is Director of Sales and Marketing and manages tasting room operations. Aimee has many years of experience in the service industry, and we are thrilled to have her on the team.

With the opening of Gauthier Vineyard New Kent now has three wineries including

Virginia is well on its way to full ownership of the title Napa of the East Coast. The  Old Dominion is the fifth largest wine grape producer in the country, and has a long history dating back to winning Gold at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889. Where once it was law for every well-bodied male to plant vines and grow grapes, winemaking has become the passion of a commonwealth of lovers.

More info here Gauthier Vineyard

Iimagef you are seeking other wineries nearby explore the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail which features four of Virginia’s best wineries all within a one hour drive of Williamsburg VA.  No matter where you start or finish your wine trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food and lots of fun along the way. Take the scenic drive along I-64 sampling wines from the Williamsburg Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, New Kent Winery and James River Cellars, all within a day’s adventure.

Celebrate New Years Eve at First Night Williamsburg

imageLooking for an alcohol free way to celebrate New Years Eve in Williamsburg VA ?

Williamsburg’s First Night event celebrates its 21st anniversary on Dec. 31, and there are festivities planned from 3 to 11:45 p.m., concluding with a grand finale of fireworks.

The children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. at Matthew Whaley School with special performances, food, games and a special children’s version of fireworks done in time for the little ones to head to bed.

Performances on the main stages — located at  historic venues in Williamsburg — begin at 6 p.m., with most continuing through 11:45 p.m.Enjoy the area’s finest professional entertainers including singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, bands, a Big Band orchestra and more! A variety of music is featured, including classical, shag, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, blue grass, folk and patriotic.  All performances take place indoors.

At midnight, the New Year is welcomed with a large fireworks display at Zable Stadium at the College of William & Mary. The best viewing seats for the fireworks are at the stadium. Pachanga will serve as the Finale musical act.

Admission to all performances is included when you purchase a First Night button for $15. Children under 5 years old are free. Bus shuttles between event locations are free with a button.

Make sure to bring a flashlight to help with outdoor navigation between events. Plan your stops ahead of time using the maps and schedule available on the First Night website — firstnightwilliamsburg.org. Plan several alternative events to attend as crowds are large and events fill up early.

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2013 First Night Performers include:

Bobby Blackhat Blues Band
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Kimball Theatre
Blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter Bobby ‘BlackHat’ Walters brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hips shakin’ all night long.

Buffalo Bill
Wild West
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 6:30 – 7:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
The family friendly program is a thoroughly interactive storytelling session presented by Buffalo Bill himself! The kids get to take part in reenactments of Buffalo Bill’s True Tall Tales, the Wild West Show, and a Snake Oil Show. There is even an Old Fashioned Melodrama with kids starring in the roles of villain, hero, and other westerners!

7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
Celtica is a six-piece ensemble featuring classic Celtic music ~ those timeless tunes you”ve always loved, and always true to the original … with perhaps one or two little changes! The best of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and others are brought to you with fire and verve. Celtic music to fire up the soul and reminisce about past memories and future dreams.

Children’s Fireworks
7:15 – 7:30
Location: Matthew Whaley School

Clan MacCool
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
Clan MacCool is a high energy, interactive,entertainment of traditional Irish,Scottish and Maritime songs and tunes with a definite Piratical twist! Clan MacCool has a fun style that encourages singing along and audience participation. Their repertoire spans several centuries of songs and tunes, and they put on a great show.

Ronny Cox (New Performer)
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
In Hollywood, they say it takes smart actors to play stupid characters, and nice guys to play nasty villains. Cox is the poster-boy for the latter point. He played slithery corporate snakes in "RoboCop" and "Total Recall;" but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems.

C. Shells
Children’s music and games
4:00 – 4:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 5:30 – 6:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
C. Shells is a children’s musical duo comprised of Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter. Together Cindy and Shelly have over 45 years of musical experience. Shelly, a Hampton Roads native, has been a featured solo performer at many local clubs and blues festivals. An accomplished guitarist and teacher, Shelly performs a diverse variety of music from blues to bluegrass. A native of Lancaster, PA, Cindy has performed folk and Celtic music at colleges and pubs in Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She also teaches beginner mandolin at a local music shop. With a delightful mix of songs and musical styles, "C. Shells" will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their feet. From rock ‘n’ roll to Cajun, waltzes to ragtime, blues to bluegrass, Cindy and Shelly want everyone to have fun at their concerts, so check your repertoire of dog barks and duck quacks and bring them to the show!

Ron Fetner
Acoustic / Country/Folk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
A nationally awarded songwriter, Ron Fetner’s music has been labeled a ‘unique blend of New England Folk and the soul of the South.’ Incorporating elements of folk, southern Appalachian, rock and jazz, Ron has found a voice in our American music.

First Baptist Sanctuary Choir
7:00 – 7:30 / 8:00 – 8:30
Location: First Baptist Church
Members of all the choirs of this 225-year-old church will combine to present a varied program of religious vocal music including hymns, anthems, spirituals and gospel songs.

Grand Finale and Fireworks!
11:45 – 12:30
Location: Zable Stadium – Grand Finale
Join us for the annual Finale of Fireworks at midnight.

Hilton Brass (New Performer)
7:15 – 8:00 / 8:15 – 9:00
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
The Hilton Brass is the Peninsula’s preeminent, professional, chamber brass ensemble. The quintet, which is composed of local musicians, has delighted area audiences since 1983 with its exciting and diverse musical offerings. Comfortable with all styles of music, the Hilton Brass can make your special event truly unforgettable.

Jae Sinnett Trio
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Drummer, composer and jazz producer/announcer on Norfolk public radio, Sinnett is joined by pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist Terry Burrell in a program of performance and discussion of jazz music.

Kim Kalman
7:45 – 8:45 / 9:45 – 10:45
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Although fully in command of her acoustic guitar, Kim’s voice is the true instrument. Her song selection and interpretation echoes her spirituality as she alternately lifts you, rocks you, soothes and seduces.

Kenya Safari Acrobats
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A fast-paced Kenya Safari Acrobats – a troupe generally consisting of six to eight highly-trained athletes – take the stage for jaw-dropping acts and antics. Though thousands of miles from their African homeland, the Kalamas incorporate much of their native culture into their high-energy shows. The Kalamas and company bring to the stage, a unique mix of education and family entertainment. The stage acts include fire ring jumping, a human pyramid, magic, feats of strength and Krystina Kalama as a contortionist.

7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
Smart comedy, flawless musical impressions… and lot”s of heart.

Kolonial Klowns
Clown Troupe/ Facepainting
3:45 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
Williamsburg’s local clown troupe will entertain children of all ages with face painting and balloon sculptures. Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg operates as a nonprofit, educational organization and features awarding-winning clowns among its members.

Little Windows (New Performer)
Irish and Appalachian Songs and Tunes
9:30 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:15
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
Little Windows creates a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound.

Tim Nolan
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Gymnasium
Tim Nolan is a professional juggler and basketball trick shooter from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, who now lives in Norfolk, Virginia. He has performed at the White House, Busch Gardens, the Guinness Museum in London, the Super Bowl, and the World’s Fair.

Pachanga (New Performer)
Classic Rock
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A collaboration of two groups one originating in 1984 and the other in 2013 featuring hits from the 60s through the 90s all in the area of Rock. These guys have all played together in various settings including Classic, Christian and Modern Rock all coming together in a musical celebration for the season.

Poisoned Dwarf
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Poisoned Dwarf plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic instruments only, this band from Williamsburg, Virginia has entertained audiences in many different settings for years. The Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish Small-Pipes, banjo, a variety of percussion instruments (including bones and bodhran), accordion, and of course fiddle are all brought to the dance for Poisoned Dwarf performances.

Puckett & Person
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:30 / 9:00 – 9:30 / 11:00 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Music for recording artists Lana Puckett and Kim Person has been a lifelong passion since early childhood. Each artist brings a uniquely different musical and vocal style to the duo as well as both being multi-instrumentalists. "Straight From The Heart" is what you get from the performance team of Lana Puckett and Kim Person. Passionate vocals, precision harmonies and impeccable guitar playing will draw you in like a magnet. Both artists are polished musicians and warm entertaining singer/songwriters.

Rockin’ in the New Year
Rock and Roll
7:00 – 11:00
Location: Community Building
Featuring Local Bands.

Runaway String Band
Bluegrass, Old-Time & Swing
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Includes four long-time Williamsburg-area musicians playing a wonderful variety of bluegrass, old time, and swing music. With lush vocal harmonies and hot instrumentals, the band combines the sound of early string bands with a strong New Acoustic edge.

Timothy Seaman
Dulcimer and flute
7:15 – 8:00 / 9:15 – 10:00
Location: Christopher Wren Building
Timothy Seaman’s music genre is a vibrant self-styled blend of Appalachian, Classical, Celtic, and contemporary approaches. Folk music is done quite differently than it’s usually heard; and many of Timothy’s best pieces are his new compositions encompassing many different styles and moods. Audience comments after concerts often express joy, awe, and gratitude for a thrilling experience.

Acoustic Harmonies
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
This a’cappella men’s group features a variety of musical presentations. The ensemble has performed in professional concerts, historic theatres, music festivals, the Richmond Pops Band, and Barbershop Harmony Society Shows.

Seth Stainback and the Roosterfoot (New Performer)
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Kimball Theatre
A blend of blues, country, folk, old gospel and rock n roll, Stainback has laid the foundation needed to pursue his sound even further with his newly formed group Roosterfoot. What started out as a father/son duo with Keith Stainback has turned into a soulful powerhouse after adding former Wet Willie guitarist Larry Berwald , fellow shipyard worker Steven Yewcic on bass and Jason Bruner on drums. In their short time together they have already shared the stage with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anders Osborne, ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Lindell, Robert Earl Keen, Kip Moore, & Bob Segar to name a few. Armed with a tough work ethic, these boys are on a big road with a long haul.

The Rick Strickland Band (New Performer)
Classic Rock
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
The Rick Strickland Band features the awarding winning music of singer/songwriters Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson, along with the stellar musicianship of Art Benton, Debbie Anderson and Don Hamrick. The band boasts an impressive collective resume having performed with international recording acts including Billy Joe Royal, The Clovers, Joe South, The Shirelles and Ray Stevens, and have performed at some of the nation’s most legendary venues. RSB’s musicianship and vocals are stunning, the music & lyrics touch the soul and are fun to sing and dance to, and the energy and professionalism are always over the top when the Rick Strickland Band takes the stage!

The LCV Project
Acoustic Guitar
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic guitarist/instrumentalist Louis Vangieri. He is a relentlessly creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter and performer and has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970s. He performs a blend of folk, country swing, pop-rocker, traditional, soft jazz, peaceful new age, classical, nostalgia and well written original works.

The Main Event Band
R&B, Soul, Beach, Country, Funk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
This is the ultimate party band featuring R&B, Soul, Beach, Country & Funk. Shag the night away or sit and listen. The Main Event Band delivers top-notch vocals, a tight rhythm section, and one of the best set of horns.

Thirst ‘n Howl
Children’s Music
3:45 – 4:30 / 5:30 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
Entertainment and education in interactive musical shows for all ages.

Three Jolly Coachmen
Kingston Trio
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Relive and fall in love all over again with the lively, infectious music of the Kingston Trio. If songs like ‘The MTA,’ ‘Tijuana Jail’ and ‘Tom Dooley’ bring the memories flooding back, you don’t want to miss this. We dare you not to sing along!

Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra
Classic Swing
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
A 16-piece authentic big band that plays all the best music from the height of the swing era, 1930’s and 1940’s, as well as some popular swing hits of today. Hear the original arrangements from many of the bands that played and recorded those all time favorites.

Petanque anyone ?

Petanque/bocce courts are now available at Mid County Park in James City County. JCC Parks and Recreation provided court space and construction materials and the Mid County Park Petanque Group members built the courts and will maintain them.

Petanque can be played by two teams of one to four players. Metal balls, known as boules, are thrown with the goal of placing them closest to the target.

The courts are open during park hours and players should bring their own boules and equipment. If you prefer to play with the Group, games are held every Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For those wanting to try out the game, there will be instruction and extra boules available.


Find out more about outdoor activities on Williamsburg Outside.com

54th Annual Williamsburg VA Christmas Homes Tour Saturday, December 7, 2013

The 54th Annual Williamsburg Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club Inc., features houses decorated with holiday floral arrangements. All are located in and around The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Revolutionary City.

imageVisit six private residences in and around Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, open to the public for the Green Spring Garden Club’s Christmas Homes Tour, several for the first time. Each will be beautifully decorated with holiday floral arrangements.

The houses include three charming residences on the Duke of Gloucester Street near Merchants Square: the Bryan House, the Catherine Blaikley House and the Blaikley Kitchen. Also on the Duke of Gloucester Street, but near the Capitol, is the Edinburgh Castle Tavern, home of Bill Barker who portrays Thomas Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg. Featured will be Mr. Barker’s extensive collection of Jefferson memorabilia along with Jefferson’s favorite wines. Nearby on Waller Street, the Elizabeth Carlos House contains the current residents’ collection of English antiques and treasures. One additional home, located on North Henry Street close to Merchants Square, dates to the early 1900s. It is the recently-renovated Newell home showcasing period architectural features and furniture.

Tickets will be sold at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the Williamsburg Lodge on December 6 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and on December 7 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. During Tour hours tickets will also be sold at each of the Houses.

Ticket Prices: $30 for a Full Tour ticket and $10 for a Single House admission. Parking at the Visitor Center is free; a ticket enables you to ride the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation buses on tour day.

Time:10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Date:December 7, 2013

Christmas Town Opens This Friday at Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Nov. 19, 2013—All throughout Busch Gardens®, hundreds of “elves” are scurrying to prepare the park for Christmas Town™, which opens Friday, Nov. 22.  They may not have pointy ears and jingle bells on their feet like the elves recently featured in the #sELFies hashtag on the park’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, but their work is equally as important.


In late October, Busch Gardens wrapped up its annual Howl-O-Scream event and now the park has taken on a stunning new look for the holidays. Teams of fast-paced “elves” began illuminating the park’s 300 acres of holiday fun. Down came the spider webs and pumpkins and in their place, park employees  began assembling  more than six million lights, hundreds of wreathes, garlands and lighted trees, including O Tannenbaum, a fifty-foot tree whose  many twinkling lights dance in time to music.  From big changes to tiny details, it takes help from all park teams to get Busch Gardens into the holiday spirit.

clip_image004[4]Shops full of toys for good girls and boys start to sparkle with a little “magic” from the Merchandising team, including Assistant Visual Merchandiser Allison Duncan. Duncan, who recently moved to Virginia from North Carolina, is directing a team who is in charge of store decorations in the England, Italy, Scotland and New France areas of the park.


“It’s my first time at Christmas Town so I don’t know what to expect,” said Duncan, “but I think our team’s done a good job executing the designs we’ve developed .”


Some stores, like the Emporium shop will be getting yuletide makeovers. “This year it’s going to be very Victorian and just gorgeous,” said Duncan, hinting that the store is likely to be her favorite and a hit with guests as well.


In the bakery, the culinary teams are preparing to bake cookies for Santa as well as park guests who will visit Christmas Town.


“We’re doing a whole lot of cake and baked goods testing,” said Durell Council, a supervisor at the bakery. “We have newclip_image006[4] menus in our restaurants and Christmas Town breads and cakes to prepare.”


Along with gingerbread cookies, snowman cupcakes and red velvet cake, guests visiting Christmas Town will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with a new Black Forest cake dripping with chocolate ganache and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry.


For Maria Rubino, an entertainment technician from New York working on the installation of Christmas Town, a day’s work may require hanging wreaths and stringing garland or checking light bulbs on Big Ben.


“During Christmas Town I also maintain the lights by walking through the park troubleshooting and repairing decorations,” said Rubino, “so I get to see Christmas Town from a guest perspective too.”


clip_image008[4]Rubino said she is most looking forward to guest’s reactions to the holiday celebration, “because as fun as it is putting up all these decorations, I love the reactions from people when they see everything, especially the kids.”


“I’m so happy to be here now working with this team,” said Rubino, “because we really do feel like little elves.”


Allison Duncan, Durell Council and Maria Rubino represent the hundreds of the team members involved in transforming the scares of Howl-O-Scream into the winter wonderland of Christmas Town.  The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days through Dec 31. 


Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to the holiday celebration with a Christmas Town Fun Card.  For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.


12 Stars Announced for The Fifth Annual Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars Fundraiser

The fifth installment of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars is shaping up to be bigger, brighter and more vivacious than ever. The dynamic lineup of local stars includes a distinguished doctor and devoted personal trainer, a sassy retail manager and  beloved home builder. Twelve brave business people in total have all accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges come March 1st.

The star lineup isn’t the only thing expected to shake up the program. Anticipate refreshingly entertaining, quirky and even "holy" commentary from three judges sure to light up the night. Plus, group numbers and several secret performances are in the works for this show that now boasts nearly 50 star alumni! Production is already underway to showcase some of the sexiest salsas, fantastic foxtrots and more, all for a great cause. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center.

The evening of fun and entertainment is Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

“After five years we’re amazed at the continued momentum of this event. There’s still so much anticipation and interest, last year alone we raised nearly $90,000 and almost sold out a 700 seat theater. As long as our community wants us to bring it back and we earn money for the organizations – we’ll work hard to turn out a finer show each year" said Ken Johnston, event co-chair. “We’re very grateful to our committee, star and pro volunteers and look forward to another sensational evening in March.”

Tickets go on sale in January and can be purchased at the Phi Beta Kappa box office on Jamestown Road or by phone at (757) 221-2674, or online at www.wm.tix.com.


Meet our “stars”

·       Sinan Aritamur, Belk

·       Kristin Baum, Guernsey Tingle Architects

·       Juan Carillo, Juan’s Cantina & LaTolteca

·       Bridgit Charlton, B-Defined

·       Dr. Steve Cummings, Sentara Urgent Care

·       Jeremy L. Findlay, J. Lloyd Builder, Inc.

·  Cecilia Firstenberg, Firstenberg Consulting, LLC

·  Bob Pinto, Pinto Chiropractic

·  Brian Skinner, TowneBank

·  Vickie Skutans, Capital Carpet

·  Nan Strader, Virginia Ventures

·  Bonny Young, Tide Radio/WYDaily.com


Professional dancers are from 7 Cities Ballroom and WISC in Williamsburg, ArtInspired Studios and Country Bootleggers, both in Yorktown, A Step Above in Virginia Beach and Amy’s Dance Studio in Newport News.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Virginia Peninsula helps youngsters in grades K-8 achieve their highest potential during their formative years by providing positive, caring mentor relationships. www.bbbsgw.org. Literacy for Life teaches adults the literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health and meaningful participation in society. www.literacyforlife.org


For additional information contact Ayanna King, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at (757) 253-0676 or Joan Peterson, Literacy for Life, at (757) 221-3325. (www.facebook.com/williamsburgstars)



Pictured L-R, Front Row Vickie Skutans, Bonny Young, Kristin Baum, Nan Strader. Back Row, Dr. Steve Cummings, Sinan Aritamur, Jeremy L. Findlay, Bridgit Charlton.



For the same price as a one-day admission, holiday visitors can purchase a 2013 Christmas Town™ Fun Card and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with unlimited visits to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town through Dec. 31.

imageCelebrating its fifth season, Christmas Town features more than six million glittering lights, breathtaking shows, unique shopping experiences and traditional culinary delights. With unlimited visits, families can slow down and create their own holiday traditions all season long. Guests can take a step into the not-so-distant-past at Holiday Hills™, visit Santa at his North Pole workshop or just stroll through the park and let the warmth of the season take over while they sip a mug of Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate.

The 2013 Christmas Town Fun Card costs the same as a single-day admission to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town and provides unlimited visits to the park during the holiday event. For more information, including the operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

The Christmas Town Pass is the best deal available for active Annual Pass members. The Christmas Town Pass combines unlimited admission to Christmas Town with pass member benefits like free parking, in-park discounts and discounts on single-day Christmas Town tickets for friends and family. Annual Pass members can add a Christmas Town Pass to their membership for the price of a single-day ticket to Christmas Town. Complete details on the 2013 Christmas Town Pass are available at www.bgwpass.com.

The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days until Dec. 31. Visit www.christmastown.com/va for complete details.

Williamsburg Weekend Happenings Nov 1-3, 2013

November 1 – 3

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
Nov 3, 12 – 4 pm
Celebrate the 1619 landing of the original colonists at Berkeley Plantation!  House tours: 9 am – 4:30 pm.  See website.

Meet the Artists of Opera in Williamsburg’s IL TROVATORE
Nov 1, 8:30 pm
At New Town Art Gallery.  Refreshments served.  See website or call 757-229-5140 for info.

The Indigenous Chesapeake: Past & Present

American Indian Heritage Day
Nov 2, 10 am- 4 pm
Special programs highlight life and culture in the indigenous Chesapeake through demonstrations and living history presentations.

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William & Mary Football
Nov 2, 1:30 pm
Come out and see W&M take on New Hampshire!  For tickets, visit the website or call 757-221-3340. 

Santas Photos at Yankee Candle
Nov 2 to Dec 24
More information coming soon!  Check website.

Wellspring United Methodist Church Fall Festival
Nov 2, 9 am – 3 pm
Live music and a fall cafe & more!

Christmas in Yorktown Exhibit at The Gallery at York Hall
Come and enjoy the Christmas in Yorktown Exhibit by the best of our artist, featuring the Senior Center of York, at The Gallery at York Hall. 

Oktoberfest Scramble in Support of the Wounded Warrior Project
Nov 1
Fee includes golf, cart, range, Oktoberfest lunch & prizes.  Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

L.B. Taylor presents Ghost of Virginia
Nov 2, 7 – 9 pm
All ages welcome.  At the Williamsburg Library.  See website for details.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Nov 2, 11 am
Presented by the Virginia Opera — a special treat for the whole family!

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg – Landry with Beatty Barnes
Nov 1 –  2, 8 – 9:30 pm
At the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg.   For more info and ticket purchase visit the website or call 757-286-9448. 

Wild Gifts for the Holidays
Nov 1 – Dec 23
A collection of unusual & affordable nature-related items for all ages, including  clothing, plush toys & stationery. Virginia Living Museum.

Animal Alphabet Opening at Prince George Art & Frame
November 1 – 2
Featuring artist Mary Montague Sikes.  See website for complete information. 

Colonial Williamsburgs Cry Witch
Through Nov 19, 2013 
Located at the Capitol General Court in Colonial Williamsburg.  See website for more information.

Festival Williamsburg announces lineup for 2014 Season

On Memorial Day Weekend 2014, the Virginia Arts Festival brings a special series of performances to the historic city of Williamsburg and James City County. On Friday, May 23, Britain’s “amazing, explosive, exhilarating” (The New York Times) Richard Alston Dance Company joins Festival Williamsburg for the first time. Saturday, Festival favorite, virtuoso banjo player Béla Fleck will perform—joined by his wife, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, who has her own legion of admirers. On Sunday, audiences will do some dancing of their own as the swinging big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its signature dance-driving music, including hits like “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three” and “Go Daddy O.”  And for classical music lovers, a pair of chamber music concerts is planned on May 22 and 23, featuring André-Michel Schub and the Miami String Quartet.

More info here


Lots to do this weekend in Williamsburg VA

October 1 -  6

Arts Month:


An Occasion for the Arts
Oct 5 – 6, 2013, 10 am – 5 pm
2-day event in its 45th year will again showcase superlative regional, national and international visual and performing artists.

Yorktown Wine Festival
Oct 5, 12 – 6 pm
Come & sample wines from premiere wineries. Art and food vendors, plus entertainment, are also scheduled. Rain or shine. Riverwalk Landing. Admission is required. See website.

3rd Annual Gallery Crawl
Oct 3, 5 – 10 pm
An evening of art & wine tasting!  Meet new friends & see old friends as you visit various locations in the area. Shuttle service.

Merchants Square  85th Birthday Bash!
Oct 4, 6 – 9 pm
Merchants Square invites the community to celebrate with a blowout birthday bash on Duke of Gloucester Street. Free concert features the Right On Band.

Williamsburg Symphonia Masterworks Concerts #1 and #2
Oct 1, 8 pm
Williamsburg Symphonia Masterworks Concert # 1 will welcome guest violinist, Stefan Jackie.  See website or call  757-229-9857 for info. 

An Occasion for Taste
Oct 5 -6, 11 am – 4 pm
An Occasion for Taste: Beer, Wine & Spirit Tasting with the experts.  Your ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat buffet of great street grub by Chef David Everett.

Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg Season Opening Concert
Oct 1, 8 pm
Please join us for the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburgs opening concert of its 2013-14 season: The Shanghai String Quartet

Virginia Chorale presents Signature Chorale
Oct 4, 8 pm
The 30th anniversary season of the Virginia Chorale opens w/ a celebration of choral masterpieces, folk songs, and motets.

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Art Inspires Fashion for You & Your Home –
Through Oct 6
Artful Sweater Styling, Basket Making and Artful Tablescapes.  Williamsburg Premium Outlets.

Animals, Birds, Reptiles Exhibit at This Century Art Gallery
Oct 1 Nov 8
Paintings by Brian Kreydatus W&M Art Department Faculty. Member art on the theme Animals, Birds, Reptiles.

Yorktown Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Come and enjoy Yorktown Exhibit by local artist at The Gallery at York Hall.  See website for info.

Meet Visiting Artist, Stephanie Burgess, at Quirks of Art
Oct 3
Quirks of Art invites you to join them for the Gallery Crawl and meet visiting artist Stephanie Burgess

William R. Bee Showcase at Kingsmill Resort
Oct 5 – 31
This October , Kingsmill Resort  will be hosting an exhibit of the original oil paintings of local artist, William R. Beebe.

Quirks of Art Celebrates National American Craft Week
Oct 3 – 5
Artist Stephanie Burgess will be on location at Quirks of Art in Williamsburg signing pieces and showcasing a large selection of her original artwork.

Riverwalk Restaurants Wine Festival Dinner – SOLD OUT
Oct 5, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Come celebrate Yorktown Wine Festival at Riverwalk Restaurants Wine Dinner. Tickets are available online or call 757.877.2933.


Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series
October 4, 6:30 pm
This week:  Tail Gate Down!  We’ve stepped things up this year! Bring lawns chairs/blankets for seating.  Free.  At Riverwalk Landing.

Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
October 1, 3 & 5
See website for a complete line-up pf events.  Located on Duke of Gloucester Street. 

The Woman in Black
Oct 4 – 5, 7:30 p.m.
This play is a spine tingling thriller about a woman whose specter haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. 

Art House on City Square  Celebrates W&M Film Festival Weekend
Through October 13

Featuring multi-media installations. Located at the Stryker Building. Call 757-675-6627 for info. 


Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert
Oct 2-4, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
This master of glass instruments makes magical music!  At the Kimball Theatre.  800-HISTORY

Williamsburg Premium Outlets Pink Event
During the month of October, visit the on-site Info Center to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores.

In the Trenches Tour
Oct 1, 10 am
Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort.  
Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates. 

Revolutionary War Lecture Series at the Yorktown Victory Center
Oct 5, 7 p.m.
In the Yorktown Victory Center’s Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Theater. See website. Free, reservations required.

Incredible Owls
Oct 1, 6 – 7:30 pm
Owls have amazing adaptations that almost seem magical. Special adult lecture at the Virginia Living Museum.  See website for details.

Meet Captain Don Molina: English Captive, Spanish Spy
Oct 5, 1:30 & 3 pm
Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611.
Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

Colonial Williamsburgs Cry Witch
Through Nov 19, 2013 
Located at the Capitol General Court in Colonial Williamsburg.

October 7 – 13

Arts Month (LAST WEEK!):

Williamsburg Jazz and Wine Festival

Oct 11 – 13

Kick-Off Friday evening with All Jazzed Up fashion show from 7:00 10:00 Friday at Art House on City Square.

Art House on City Square Closes

Oct 12 – 13

Final opportunity to see works by the souths important contemporary painters including Art Rosenbaum, Brian Kelley, Kent Knowles. 

A Taste of Fall Fall Fashion Show Luncheon

Oct 12, 12 pm

Join Us For A Taste of Fall To Celebrate Paisleys 6th Anniversary! Come Spend and Afternoon at Opus 9

Sophisticate Ready-to-Wear, Evening Wear, Couture, Avante Garde

Oct 12

Doors Open at 6pm Shows Start at 7pm Special Musical Guest Designers will be present.  See website.

Day of Designers Part I

Oct 12

Doors Open at 2pm Shows Start at 2:30pm Catwalk Competition, Fashions for all ages, Casual to Couture.  See website.

A Touch of Earth presents Meet Your Maker

Oct 11 – 12

A Touch of Earth presents Meet Your Maker  weekends at the Gallery.  All Month meet visiting artisans. 

The Woman in Black

Oct 12 – 13, 7:30 p.m.

This play is a spine tingling thriller about a woman whose specter haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. 

Wine, Wit & Wisdom: A Tour of Italy

Oct 12, 2 – 4 pm

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. At the Williamsburg Lodge.  See website for details.

Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
October 8, 10, 12 & 13
See website for a complete line-up pf events.  Located on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Fashion as Art

Oct 13

Art Inspired Fashion Show and designer competition as the closing event for Art House on City Square.

Reading Between the Wines

Oct 9, 6 – 8:30 pm

Join us for scrumptious food, delicious wine, exciting live and silent auctions, and a presentation by a local author!

The 11th Annual Italian Festival

Oct 12 – 13, 11 am – 6 pm

Enjoy great Italian food, wine tasting, continuous musical entertainment, antique cars, 40+ arts/crafts and more!

Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration

Oct 12, 8 am – 3 pm

Hayrides, a pumpkin patch and Childrens Hay Maze, Face Painting, and Childrens Activities. Riverwalk Landing.

Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale

Oct 11 – 14

Dont miss the annual Columbus Day Sale. Enjoy extra savings on top of our everyday savings of 25% to 65%.  See website.

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October Fest Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off

Oct 12 – 13

Please join in celebrating fall with the Williamsburg Potterys October Fest Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off! 

Yankee Candle Village Fall Festival

Oct 12 – 20

The Yankee Candle Village Fall Festival features a special appearance by chainsaw wood artists, Hedgehog Woodworks.  MUCH MORE!

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William & Mary Football

Oct 12, 3:30 pm

Come out and see W&M take on Penn!  For tickets, visit the website or call 757-221-3340.

1st Thurs: Ghosts of Mariners Past

Oct 8, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

First Thursdays is a free social event featuring live music, a 50/50 raffle and food & adult beverages for purchase.

Archaeology Day

Oct 12, 10 am-4 pm

In commemoration of Virginia Archaeology Month, guests meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about the discoveries made at the James Fort site.  Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

Lecture Series: Chet Van Duzers Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Oct 10, 7 pm

From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures. 

Watermens Museum Shrimp Boil presented by Carrot Tree Kitchens

Oct 11,  5 – 8 PM

Dive in every Friday evening at the Watermens Museum with all you can eat Shrimp Boil presented by the Carrot Tree Kitchens.

Star Party/Laser Light Shows

Oct 12

Celebrate International Observe the Moon night with free exhibits by NASA, plus free observing that begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum.

Curators Artifact Tour

Oct 9,  3 pm

During the Curators Artifact Tour, senior curator Bly Straube provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look.  Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

Black Settlement Presentation/Book Signing

Oct 12,  2 – 4 pm

Join Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, for a presentation and book signing. 

Reenactment of the York Town, Virginia Tea Party of 1774

Oct 13,12:30 – 5 pm

Re-enactment play of the York Town, Virginia Tea Party of 1774. Performances by the York Town Tea Players and The Fifes and Drums of York Town. Riverwalk Landing.  


October 14 – 20

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Yorktown Victory Celebration

Oct 19 – 20, 9 am – 5 pm

Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 232nd anniversary of Americas momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.Yorktown Victory Center.

Yorktown Day
October 19, 9 am – 5 pm
Patriotic ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums and more commemorate this 232nd anniversary!  In Historic Yorktown.  See website or call 757-890-3500.

Yorktown Victory Weekend

Oct 19

Special programs and tours help mark the 232nd anniversary of the American and French victory at Yorktown. Yorktown Battlefield.   Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

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Puttin on the Dog: A Fashion Show and Luncheon

Oct 17, 11 am

The Heritage Humane Society Auxiliary cordially invites you to the 14th annual Puttin On The Dog Fashion Show & Luncheon.


Night of the Living Museum

Oct 19, 5 – 8 pm

This family Halloween celebration at the Virginia Living Museum returns for the 14th year.  See website for complete information. 

Yankee Candle Village Fall Festival

Oct 12 – 20

The Yankee Candle Village Fall Festival features a special appearance by chainsaw wood artists, Hedgehog Woodworks.  MUCH MORE!

Pirate Run: 10K on the Noland Trail & 5K in the Park

Oct 19, 8 am – 12 pm

Arrr Matey! Join The Mariners Museum for the 2013 Pirate Run- our annual 10K on the Noland Trail and 5K in the Park.  See website.

Williamsburg Music Club October Program

Oct 16, 11 am

The WMC presents Pianist Jacqueline Schwab performing her solo arrangements from a varied repertoire.

York River Maritime Heritage Festival

Oct 19, 10 am – 4 pm

Activities include re-enactors, sea chantey singers, nautical music and displays. Food and beverages available for purchase. Watermens Museum. Free. (757) 887.2641

Fright Night Laser Show

Oct 19 – 26

Its a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium with Fright Light, a frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes!  5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. VLM members $3, non-members $6.

A Day of Exploration: Homeschool Day

Oct 18,  9:30 am – 3 pm

Exploration did not just occur during what has become known as the Age of Exploration.  At the Mariners’ Museum.  Call 757-591-7745 for details.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden Program

Oct 19, 10 – 11:30 am

In Freedom Park Interpretive Center or Williamsburg Botanical Garden 3rd Saturday of every month through November.

Book Signing by Authors Alan Hoffman and Lydia Kinsey at the Gallery at York Hall

Oct 19, 12 – 4 pm

Come and meet author, Alan Hoffman and Lydia Kinsey.  Book signing and browse through his series of historical books.  

In the Trenches Tour

Oct 15, 2013 at 10 am

Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history.  Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

Hampton Roads Digital Photo Club at The Gallery at York Hall

Oct 20, 1 – 4 pm

Stroll through the photographs of several artist from Hampton Roads Digital Photo Club.

Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
October 15, 17 & 19
See website for a complete line-up pf events.  Located on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Constitutional Conversations

Oct 17, 6:30 – 8 pm

Constitutional Conversations, the award-winning seven-month long examination of our nations founding document, resumes at the Williamsburg Library.  See website.


October 21 – 27


Oktoberfest 2013 at Busch Gardens

Oct 24, 6 – 9 pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event so make sure that you set aside the date and plan to attend one of the most anticipated affairs of the year!

Pumpkin Smash Dodgeball Tournament

Oct 26, 6 pm

Ready for some smashing and splatting?! Get your spookiest team together and join us for our 1st annual Pumpkin Smash Dodgeball Tournament. Ages 18+

William & Mary Football

Oct 26, 3:30 pm

Its Homecoming weekend!  Come see W&M take on James Madison University!  For tickets, visit the website or call 757-221-3340.

Wagon Ride Through History

Oct 26, 1 – 3 pm

Come and explore the ruins of 17th and 18th century plantation sites near the banks of the York River. At York River State Park.

Curators Artifact Tour

Oct 23,  3 pm

During the Curators Artifact Tour, senior curator Bly Straube provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look.
Note: At the time of this release, this location is CLOSED. Check website for updates.

Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
October 22, 24 & 26
See website for a complete line-up pf events.  Located on Duke of Gloucester Street.

October 28 – 31

Halloween Trick-or-Treat at Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Oct 31, 5 – 7 pm

Costumed children 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in a fun, family-friendly environment. See website.

Night at the Army Transportation Museum Halloween Event

Oct 28, 2013 at 5 – 8 pm

Come trick-or-treat and see the exhibits come alive! All children ages 12 and under (in costume) will receive a goody bag.

Candlelight Concert at Bruton Parish Church Harp Recital

Oct 29,  8:00 pm

International Harp Ensemble from Surrey, England, Luisa-Maria Cordell, Director.

Candlelight Concert at Bruton Parish Church Organ Recital of Toccatas

Oct 31,  8:00 pm

Rebecca Davy & Carina Sturdy, Organists.


Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast this Saturday

Saturday, Sep 14 2013 – Shrimp Feast 2013

imageThe Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg’s signature late summer family event. Over the past 33 years, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.  Saturday, September 14 2013, 4-7PM (Rain or Shine)

All you can eat and drink charity fundraiser! Hot and fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw. Soft drinks and beer. Williamsburg Winery wines available for purchase. Live music by The Hark

Proceeds will benefit local non-profits: Avalon, Bacon Street, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula

Adult tickets $30 from September 1-13; $35 at the door. The online "PayPal Payment" option accepts your PayPal account or a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).

This year’s Shrimp Feast raffle grand prize will provide the winner a "howling" good time: A $500 gift package from Great Wolf Lodge, including two beach towels, goggles, a stuffed wolf, a tote bag, a one-night stay in a family suite, breakfast for four and, of course, use of the water park!

Where: Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road , Jamestown 4H Center 4H Club Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Date: Saturday, September 14 2013

Time: 04:00PM -  07:00PM

More info here

VA Craft Beer Festival This Sunday in Williamsburg

This Sunday (8/11/2013) from noon to five DoG Street Pub will host the first Virginia Craft Beer Festival .  August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and what better place to celebrate than on the streets of Merchants Square?

imageChef Everett is setting up a giant tent, inviting all the players in Virginia Craft Beer and grilling savory Summer treats rain or shine.

All proceeds from the festival will go to the charities that help Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital.  There will be a raffle of beer & pet related goods in addition to other gifts from local businesses (so bring a little extra cash for raffle tickets).

There will be live music from the Hark and local artist merchants.  There’s too many details to cover here so follow their Facebook page as they leak more news.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include beer tastings, unlimited food & a special tasting glass for the first 500 guests.

Tickets are available at www.dogstreetpub.com. There is a limited number of tickets to avoid overcrowding. The $25 ticket price include UNLIMITED food, a tasting glass, twenty 4 ounce tastes (enough to try each beer once). Full pints will be available for $5. They’ll be tapping a pin on the hour at 1, 2 & 3pm. There will be a raffle to benefit canine charities (because it’s "DoG" Street). Raffle tickets will be $1 each and there ridiculously cool beer & pet related prizes along with gift cards to local businesses. Tickets are starting to sell quickly and so far the weather looks great. Doesn’t matter if the weather is jinxed because the event will be  under a giant tent anyway.


Sunday August 11th, 2013   noon-5pm
on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square, Williamsburg
Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at the door
Ticket includes beer tastings and unlimited food
Ten participating breweries
Live music from the Hark
Raffle to benefit Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital and supporting canine charities

Williamsburg Weekends August 5-11, 2013

dog street beer festival

Virginia Craft Beer Festival
August 11, 12 – 5 pm
Over ten participating breweries.  Tickets include beer tastings and unlimited food.  Live music by The Hark!  At the DoG Street Pub.  See website.

Yankee Candle Fan Appreciation Day
August 10, 12 – 5 pm
Be our guests as we celebrate and thank YOU! Special activities and giveaways planned.  See website for details.

Busch Gardens IllumiNights

Through August 11
It’s the last week to catch this spectacular nightly event at Busch Gardens!  Music, fireworks and more!  See website.

Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K
August 10, beginning at 5 pm
Benefits Child Development Resources.  At the Vineyards of Williamsburg Clubhouse.  See website or call 757-566-3300 for info.

Yorktown’s 95th Anniversary Band Concert
August 7, 6:30 pm
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown celebrates 95 years w/ a concert by the US Fleet Forces Band. Riverwalk Landing.

The Peanut Shop Celebrates 40 Years!
August 10
Special children’s activities, prizes, discounts, samples, a Fife and Drum performance and more!  Located on Prince George Street, adjacent to Merchants Square.

The Magic of Harmony Show Chorus
August 11, 6 – 7:30 pm
A favorite local singing group will perform traditional barbershop melodies and contemporary pop at the Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown.

Star Party/Laser Night
August 10, 5:30 – Midnight
Enjoy live music, a visit to the Bodies Revealed exhibit and more on this special Star Party/Laser Night event!  At the Virginia Living Museum.  

Mark Riccadonna

The Comedy Club
August 8 – 10, 9 pm
This week, see Mark Riccadonna with Jason Salmon!  Located at the DoubleTree.  See website or call 757-286-9448 for details.

2nd Sundays Arts Festival
August 11, 2 – 6 pm
Featuring over 60 artisans from fine to funky styles, local authors, free children’s activities, live music and more!  Located on Prince George Street.  See website for more info.

Tour General McClellan’s 1862 Civil War Headquarters at Harrison’s Landing
August 6, 9 am
This tour takes you through the life and times of a soldier.  At Berkeley Plantation in Charles City.  See website.

"Eye the Spy: A Jamestown Adventure"
Through Labor Day
New onsite game to enhance and expand a family visit to Jamestowne Island!  Runs daily from 10 am – 3 pm.  See website for details.

Tuesday Evening Seminar
August 6, 6 – 7:30 pm
This month — Horseshoe Crabs: Ancient Mariners, Modern Healer.  At the Virginia Living Museum.  Adults only.  Call 757-595-9135 for info.

Photography Scavenger Hunt
August 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Bring your camera and family or group for a fun day in the Mariners’ Museum Park!  See website for complete event information.

Thursdays by the Lake Concert Series
August 8, 6 – 10 pm
At the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News.  Bring a blanket and enjoy live music!  Free. This week:  Slapwater!

Summer Breeze Concert Series
August 7, 7 pm
Open-air concerts feature a variety of music from pop or party.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!  On Merchants Square. This week: TRADOC Rock! 

Outdoor Summer Movies on Prince George Street
August 11, Dusk
Enjoy a free outdoor  movie on Prince George Street (adjacent to Merchants Square)! This week: The Avengers.

Bodies Revealed Evening Hours
August 10, 6 – 8 pm
Special evening hours are offered for this fascinating exhibit.  At the Virginia Living Museum.  Don’t miss out — this is the last month to see it!

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 am – 12 pm
Spring produce and plants, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more.  On Merchants Square.  See website for a complete list of vendors. 

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays, 8 am – 12 pm
Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, flowers, art, entertainment & more.    At Riverwalk Landing.

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Redskins head to Richmond VA for training camp

Want to see the Redksins in action at training camp ? Don’t be surprised if you hear a lot of people talking about going to Richmond in the next few weeks.

Starting this week , July 25th, 2013 the Washington Redskins will hold training camp in Richmond, VA for the first time this summer, at a new facility that’s expected to draw 100,000 fans — 60 percent of whom will be tourists .A chance to watch Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo and the rest of the defending NFC East champions practice (free of charge) is a great reason to make the drive down Interstate 64



Redskins 2013 Training Camp Schedule



The practices listed below are open to the public free of charge. Practice dates are subject to change without notice (especially in the event of inclement weather). Gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp for up-to-the-minute information.




Thursday, July 25 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Friday, July 26 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Saturday, July 27 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Sunday, July 28 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, July 29 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, July 30 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, July 31 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Thursday, Aug. 1 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 2 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 3

Fan Appreciation Day–Noon  
Sunday, Aug. 4 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, Aug. 5 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 6 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, Aug. 7 No practice, team travel  
Thursday, Aug. 8 No practice, game day  
Friday, Aug. 9 No practice, player travel  
Saturday, Aug. 10 1 p.m. Practice  
Sunday, Aug. 11 No practice, players’ day off  
Monday, Aug. 12 10 a.m. Walkthrough 3:20 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 13   12:40 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, Aug. 14   12:40 p.m. Practice
Thursday, Aug. 15   12:40 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 16 9:45 a.m. Practice  


  • Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during practice, overlooking the practice fields. No bleachers are available on-site. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center visitors can walk around designated areas outside the practice fields to watch their favorite players.
  • For security purposes, all visitors and bags entering the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center grounds are subject to search by team security.
  • The City of Richmond will offer a variety of parking options for Redskins fans during training camp. With the exception of City Stadium, which will cost $7 and includes a shuttle, all parking facilities will be $5. A list of available parking lots provided by the City of Richmond can be found at www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.

  • Camp Breaks on Friday, Aug. 16. All practices from this date on will be closed to the public.