It must be close to spring, because there are lots of outdoor events going on this weekend that will help you shake off your wintertime blues! Grab the family or a few buddies and head out to some of the fun events around town – you can figure out which ones to go to by looking below at our suggestions on the best bets for weekend fun right here in W.Y.D, which stands for What You’ll Do.
We pull these ideas off our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of WYDaily.com. Submitting to the calendar is free and easy, so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.
This weekend there’s lots of stuff going on, including a nighttime stargazing opportunity, the ever-popular Chocolate Affair, Military Through the Ages at Jamestown Settlement and lots more. Read on for the whole list.
This weekend is Military Through the Ages at Jamestown Settlement, a super fun event for all ages. Hundreds of re-enactors join with the Virginia Army National Guard to present centuries of military history over the course of the weekend. Highlights include a comparative artillery demonstration at noon Saturday and Sunday, a children’s parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, and military pass-in-review at 3 p.m. Sunday. The calendar has all the details, including the cost for admission.
Books and Talks
The Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the William and Mary Law School, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Williamsburg Regional Library have been presenting the discussion series Constitutional Conversations, which continues on Thursday night. William and Mary law students will lead age-appropriate discussions on constitutional topics for adults and middle and high school students. The topic for students is “The First Amendment: What Can I Say, and How Can I Say It?” The adult session is “The Social and Political Context of the Constitution.” Check out the calendar link for details.
Wilford Kale will be signing his book “Hark Upon the Gale,” a history of William and Mary, on Friday. The book was published earlier, but is now updated. The signing will take place at the College Bookstore in merchant’s Square. The calendar has more information on the event.
Events for Kids (and Families)
Kids’ Art Day is an event going on Saturday morning that is sponsored by This Century Art Gallery. Kids will have a fun-filled time of hands-on art activities including drawing and design, printmaking, sculpting, jewelry making, art projects, collages and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Women’s Club of Williamsburg funded the prizes for the winners of the Kids’ Art Day Poster Contest, which is the registration fee for a Summer Art Camp for Kids.
Join the NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers at New Quarter Park on Saturday night when they set up their telescopes at the park and invite the public for viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Club members will be observing the Moon, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula. Early arrivals are welcome, beginning at 7:30 p.m., to talk to the astronomers as they set up their equipment. Bring high-quality binoculars since the Moon can also be viewed well through them. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.
Walsingham Academy is hosting an egg hunt on Saturday morning, with the Easter Bunny scheduled to appear. There will be face painting, juggling and activities for kids ages 7 and younger. The rain date is Sunday. Check out the calendar to get all the details.
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting town for a game at Lafayette High School benefitting Greenwood Christian Academy on Sunday evening. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships and tuition assistance to students and offer some more technology funding for the school. The calendar has details on this fundraiser.
The Chocolate Affair, now in its 10th year, is going on Saturday night at the Williamsburg Hellenic Center. This year will feature lots of local vendors and music by The Hark and proceeds will benefit the new Eco Discovery Park being built at the Jamestown marina. Here’s the calendar link with ticket information and more.
This Saturday night, New Town United Methodist Church is hosting the 6th Annual A Night at the Museum fundraiser. There will be food, live and silent auctions and a display of art by children. All proceeds will benefit the church’s preschool program. Visit the calendar to get more information.
King of Glory Lutheran Church is hosting a spring choral concert featuring “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure, plus soloists and instrumental music. That’s happening Saturday evening, so look on the calendar for details.
The College of William & Mary Bookstore in Merchant’s Square is hosting guitarist Louis Vangieri on Sunday afternoon performance. Drawing influence from such diverse artists as The Beatles, James Taylor and Pat Metheny, Vangieri performs an eclectic blend of acoustic covers and original works. If you want to get more information, click on this link to the calendar.
Odds and Ends
This Saturday, the William & Mary Alumni Association is hosting the first-ever Retirement Expo, presented by Riverside Health System. Learn about different types of retirement living, health and wellness, estate planning, financial advice, life in Williamsburg and more. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a sampling of wines from Williamsburg Winery. The calendar is where to look to find out when and where the event will take place.