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Several concerts and festivals are planned for the weekend, including a choral performance, a strings show, a spring festival and an international carnival. That means plenty of good food to eat, especially if you stop by one of three farmers markets set for Saturday.
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Concerts and Music
The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus will host its 50th anniversary concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. The concert will include two pieces commissioned for the event. Music includes selections composed by former chorus director Phyllis Varner and a piano and flute duet with Christine Niehaus and Deby Kidney. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
The Runaway String Band will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. The band features four Williamsburg-area musicians playing bluegrass, old time and swing music. Their selections range from classic songs from the 1920s through present day. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for those under 17 and $13 for friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library and students.
The Tidewater chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present an organ and trumpet concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Bede Catholic Church on Ironbound Road. Rob Keene will play the organ and will be joined by Adam Gandolfo on the trumpet. Everybody is welcome to attend. A donation of $10 is suggested for adults and $5 for children.
Festivals and Gatherings
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church will host its second annual international carnival through the weekend. Attendees will find music, games, rides, food, beer, wine and merchandise sales. Admission to the event is free. The carnival starts Thursday
from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Friday it runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; on Saturday it runs from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday it runs from 1 to 8 p.m.
Literacy for Life will host open houses Thursday and Friday to showcase the organization. Those interested in learning how to be a tutor or who just want to know more about what the group does can drop by the College of William & Mary School of Education from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday or 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The event is free and open to the public.
St. Olaf Catholic Church in Norge will host its annual spring festival from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The event features food, music and merchandise sales in a family-friendly environment. Coffee and donuts will be sold on Saturday morning, with burgers, hot dogs and cold drinks available later in the day.
James City County will host its annual Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The festival features fun for all ages, including laser tag, live music from local groups, contests, inflatable rides and a petting zoo. Food will also be available. Admission is $5 per vehicle.
Come out for some delicious pork, sweet potatoes, candied string beans and more at the Norge Depot Caboose Dinner. The dinner, which costs $12 for adults and $5 for children, runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Norge Hall. Baked goods will also be on sale, and there will be a history talk delivered during the dinner.
The Toano Farmers Market will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the corner of Forge and Richmond roads. The market features Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Gorwn and several other produce vendors.
The Williamsburg Farmers Market will showcase more than 35 vendors from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Merchandise available to buy includes produce, meats, seafood, herbs, potted plants, baked goods, honey, cheese and cut flowers. Chefs will be on site to demonstrate cooking and there will also be live music. The market is located at 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St.
Yorktown Market Day will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Attendees can buy produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, coffee, cut flowers and art. There will be more than 30 farmers, watermen and bakers in attendance. Live music and chefs demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the morning.
This and That
Toddlers between two and four are in luck Saturday, when York River State Park will host its tyke hike. A park ranger will lead parents and kids on a 1-mile trail through the forest, across a stream, along a pond and to the York River. The hike is free, but a $4 fee applies for anyone who needs to use the park’s parking lot. The hike starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Do you need to dispose of sensitive documents? Walsingham Academy will host its ninth annual Community Shred-A-Thon from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the school. The shredding truck is capable of destroying paper, CDs, DVDs, paper clips, staples, binders, large clips and videotapes. The first bag of materials to be shredded is free, and each subsequent bag costs $5. Proceeds benefit the school’s fund for tuition assistance, fine arts, technology and other student resources.
Put on a pirate costume and come check out some dogs at Retro Daddio in Williamsburg on Saturday when the Heritage Humane Society is hosting its Pirates and Pitbulls fundraiser. The free event features snacks, door prizes, activities for kids and a chance to meet adoptable dogs. The fundraiser runs from 1 to 4 p.m.