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There’s something for everyone this Memorial Day weekend. Take a break from the family — or bring them along — to local farmers markets, classic plays or live musical performances from local bands. We’ve also got the scoop on an exhibit featuring the history of canoes at Jamestown Settlement.
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Arts and Culture
Theater lovers should come out Thursday to the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square for a production of Miss in Her Teens, a 1747 play by English playwright David Garrick. The farcical play traces the activities of Miss Biddy — a young, single woman with a large fortune — and her encounters with a trio of suitors. Tickets are $18 for those 13 and over, $9 for children between 6 and 12. Children under 6 get in free. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kimball Theatre.
William Shakespeare’s timeless classic “The Tempest” tells the story of an exiled duke shipwrecked on a desert island in the south Atlantic fighting off the forces of a wild sorcerer. Come out to a non-traditional production of the Bard’s masterpiece Friday and Saturday at the Watermans Museum in Yorktown. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Watermens Museum members and $10 for children.
Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble Small Groups for a night of chamber music at the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Looking for laughs? The Poquoson Island Players are staging “The Amorous Ambassador,” a British-style farce this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Hampton Campus. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for adults. Tickets for students, members of the military and seniors are $15.
Learn a Thing or Two
Step back in time 400 years and learn about the history of the dugout canoe Thursday at Jamestown Settlement. Objects from the Mariners’ Museum collection will be on display, tracing the canoe’s Powhatan origins. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 6-12.
Dive into adventure at the Mariners’ Museum with Dolphins and Whales 3D, presented by renowned oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau. This documentary film travels from the coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Showtimes vary daily, please visit MarinersMuseum.org for showtimes and pricing.
Looking to step outside with other active adults? Happy Hikers is sponsoring a 1.5 mile hike at Freedom Park for adults age 50 and older. The self-guided hikes could introduce you to new trails and meet other outdoors-loving locals. The hike is free and begins at 9 a.m.
Calling all young adults: Thursday Adventure Nights are back in Williamsburg, featuring fun activities like Car Hide and Seek, Outback to the Future – a cookout and outdoor movie – the ground is lava and Makeshift Minigolf. The event is free and open to locals age 18-35. The event begins at 6 p.m. Email Scott Percic at email@example.com for more information.
Explore stars and constellations up close and personal at New Quarter Park on Saturday night. Astronomy Club members from NASA and Langley Exchange are setting up their telescopes in the park for a celestial viewing. Attendees should arrive by 8:30 p.m. to talk to astronomers, with viewing commencing at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
See some of the biggest movies of 2013 and 2014 in the open air at Movies Under the Stars. The family-friendly event features hit films and outdoor fun. This week’s film is Monsters University. The event is free and open to the public. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
Play It Again
Music lovers rejoice as PowerDaze brings their high energy rock and roll to the Williamsburg Pottery this Sunday. Featuring Terry Lucy’s vocals, Rick Daniel on bass, Billy Harrell on guitar and John Cain on the drums, PowerDaze is sure to dazzle. The performance begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Berret’s Taphouse Grill is hosting live music acts all weekend. Stop by Thursday to hear the dulcet tones of Nathan Lienard. Dikon & Vallet take the stage Friday, and Haze & Dacey will close out Saturday. The performances will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Is the sailor’s life for you? Come learn the songs and shanties of the seventeenth and eighteenth century seamen who sailed the Atlantic at a presentation by Dr. Gregg Kimball and Mary Smith Friday at the Arts Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg at 326 W. Francis St. Admission is $12.99 for adults and $6.49 for children.
Tide Radio is turning 10, and it’s celebrating with a concert for the community. Native son Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will get the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater rocking and rolling Thursday night. Celebrate the evening and Tide Radio’s birthday with your pictures and tweets with the hashtag #TideTurns10. Click here to learn more about how Tide Radio came to Williamsburg.
Enjoy shopping in the open air Saturday at the Yorktown Market Days festival. Local merchants will have fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, art and much more available for purchase. The event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Art in the ‘Burg is a new arts and cultural event featuring works by local artisans and craftsmen in the heart of the Williamsburg Arts District. Come out Saturday and admire artworks or take one home with you. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Colonial Folk Art & Studio at 110 Bacon Ave. in Williamsburg. Free parking is available at the Williamsburg Shopping Center.
Fresh foods and activities are aplenty at the Williamsburg Farmers Market. The event features seasonal produce, meats, seafood, herbs, flowers and baked goods for sale. While you shop, take in a demonstration by a professional chef or a live musical performance. The farmers market begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in Merchants Square.
Come out to scenic James City County for the Toano Farmers Market, held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the pavilion near the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department located at 3135 Forge Rd. The market features a variety of local produce, prepared foods and other products, including Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Grown and many more.
The Deltaville Seafood Festival is back for its second year Saturday at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Experience a wide variety of mouthwatering food and family attractions in the village or on the waterfront in Deltaville, or take a stroll to pristine Mill Creek. Parking is available near the seafood festival village for a $5 donation. The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.