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Get outside this weekend and enjoy festivals around the Historic Triangle, including New Town’s Chalk and Family Fest. You can also get all the plants you need to make your garden beautiful by shopping at various clubs and organizations’ annual fundraisers.
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The Holly Hills Garden Club is hosting its annual spring fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 237 Sir Thomas Lunsford Drive. The club will be selling blooming annuals and locally grown perennials as well as home baked goods and Attic Treasure. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward local beautification programs.
If you’re in Newport News this Saturday or Sunday, head over to the Virginia Living Museum for the horticulture staff’s annual fundraiser. You’ll find native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The horticulture staff will also be available to answer questions regarding native plants.
Develop your artistic skills with local artist and Virginia Master Naturalist Linda Miller, who is holding a class on how to paint a dogwood bloom with watercolors. Miller will teach participants three primary watercolor techniques during the workshop, which is held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The class costs $40 and is being held at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
Experience what food that comes straight from Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens taste like during the chef’s garden tour and tasting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Attendees will spend 45 minutes walking through the Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens and then sample dishes made with ingredients from the gardens. Colonial Williamsburg Executive Chef Rhys Lewis will be providing information on historical and modern grain dishes. The cost of the tour and tasting is $33.50.
Festivals and Fairs
The newly combined Chalk Fest and Family Fest is happening this Saturday in New Town. Featuring Hampton native Gerome Meminger, an impressionist music fusion painter, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. After paying $10, attendees will get an assortment of colored chalk and a 3-foot by 3-foot square on which to design their artworks. Starting at 4 p.m., the chalk squares will be judged, and cash prizes will be award.
The James River Association is once again hosting the James RiverFest this Saturday at Eco Discovery Park. The free festival will include water activities, fun and educational activities for children, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music and kayaking and goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fourth annual festival is held to showcase the James River and build awareness and support for the James River Association, which works to promote conservation of the river and responsible stewardship of it natural resources.
Riverwalk Landing will be taken over by pirates this weekend at Yorktown’s second annual Pirates Invade Yorktown event. Events include a pirate trail, pirate training, a cannon firing demonstration and naval gun battle and living history demonstrations and begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The free festival ends Sunday night at 6 p.m.
If you’re still looking for a place to send your child for summer camp, James City County has got you covered. You can find information on more than 40 summer camps offered by the county on Friday and Saturday at the James City County Recreation Center. You can learn about the various camps, including dance, arts, sports, foreign language and adventure camps, and sign up at the fair, which is being held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg and the Rotary Club are teaming up to hold the second annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival this weekend in the city. The festival will feature more than 20 craft beers from at least 10 breweries, and food will be provided by Paul’s Deli and Restaurant and the College Delly. The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in City Square next to the Williamsburg Regional library at 515 Scotland St. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits.
Walsingham Academy is holding its inaugural fine arts festival this Friday. The free festival starts at 4 p.m. with a preview of students’ art work, followed by a musical performance by various student groups, a picnic on the Green with live group and solo performances and a concert in McAuley Hall featuring the middle school glee club, the middle school musical theater and the U.S. Choirs and Madrigals.
The Williamsburg Symphonia and the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra are teaming up for a side-by-side concert this Sunday at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts. Professionals from the Williamsburg Symphonia have been working with the student musicians for six months, helping them master their instruments and rehearsing the pieces they’ll be playing at the concert, which begins at 4 p.m.
Nationally renowned folk musician John McCutcheon will perform at the Williamsburg Regional Library this Sunday. McCutcheon has mastered 12 instruments, which he uses to create original and traditional songs that incorporate storytelling, humor and the audience. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library and students and $10 for children under 17.
See the green monster come to life with music and dance at Berkeley Middle School Friday and Saturday as Centerstage Academy presents Shrek: The Musical. Tickets are $15 in advance for adults and $10 for children. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children at the door.