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Whether you’re looking for a little bit of culture or just a rip-roaring good time, there’s something for everyone to do this weekend. From concerts to block parties to museum interactive exhibits, there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the unofficial first weekend of summer.
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Live Music at Berret’s Taphouse Grill is a downtown Williamsburg warm-weather staple. This week the line-up includes Dearhearts on Thursday, Sean Peterson Experiment on Friday, and The Reef on Saturday. All acts will go on from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors on Thursday will have the added bonus of participating in Berret’s weekly Steal the Pint Night, where they will have the opportunity to meet with a brewer from Highland Brewing Co., based out of Asheville, North Carolina.
Fourum, a popular English folk group, will be making a stop in Williamsburg this Thursday to perform both a cappella and accompanied renditions of songs drawn from a variety of different genres. Selections will range from English music hall favorites to Broadway hits, and will encompass both classic and modern music styles. Join the group for its seventh concert given at the Williamsburg Regional Library, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
Be transported back in time by The Governor’s Musick as they bring 18th-century music back to life this Friday at The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg’s “Music Then and Now” series. This half hour performance, admission to which is included with museum admission, will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon and feature period and reproduction instruments in order to capture a truly authentic 18th-century sound.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Flute Frenzy is hosting popular flute choir composer Jonathan Cohen for a lecture workshop and concert. Cohen, who also works as an engineer, will be speaking about the overlap between his two professions as well as giving a composition workshop. Tickets for the lecture and workshop are $10 and are available to both flutists and observers. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception.
Come out Sunday for an Acoustic Lunch on Sunday with local guitarist Louis Vangieri, Drawing on such influences as The Beatles, and James Taylor, Vangieri will be performing an eclectic blend of acoustic covers and original works at the Barnes and Noble on Duke of Gloucester Street. The performance will begin at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Winners of the annual Williamsburg Music Club “Grants in Aid Competition” will perform and speak about the value of the study of music in Sunday’s Youth to Youth Concert at St. Bede’s Catholic Church. Performers will highlight the effect music has had on their academic, artistic and social development in order to inspire local families to consider the potential benefits of music in their children’s lives. This event will begin at 1 p.m. and tickets are free.
Farmers’ Market Fun
More than 35 vendors offer the best of seasonal produce at the Williamsburg Farmers’ Market in addition to meats, seafood, baked goods, cheeses, herbs, flowers and more. The largest farmers’ market in the area, which is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, also offers live music, chef demonstrations, and educational programs. Admission is free and vendors accept cash, credit cards, SNAP and William and Mary Express.
A bounty of fresh food and quality goods will be available at Yorktown Market Days this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come on out and take your pick among local produce, meats, seafood, and baked goods, or browse the selection of art and specialty cut flowers. Even if you aren’t in a shopping mood, the fresh air and free entertainment are sure to create a festive atmosphere.
Fans of great farmers’ markets are probably already aware of the Toano Farmers’ Market that pops up every Saturday year round from 8 a.m. to noon, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Fresh produce as well as prepared foods from vendors such as Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, and Heidi’s Homegrown will be available. This market can be found at the corner of Forge and Richmond Roads in Toano.
Theater and Culture
Musical theater fans won’t want to miss the opening weekend of the Williamsburg Players’ production of the Broadway classic “Guys and Dolls.” The show, which runs every Thursday through Saturday from May 28 through June 13, is a zany and hilarious romantic comedy that has set the standard for the genre since it premiered on Broadway in 1950. Grab your best “guy” or “doll” and catch the show Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., or opt for the 2 p.m. matinee Saturday only.
If you’ve got a budding marine scientist in your house you won’t want to miss VIMS annual Marine Science Day, an open house that offers fun for the whole family. Younger ocean enthusiasts will enjoy exhibits and children’s activities along the York River, while older attendees can partake in lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini lectures and more. This event is free and will be held rain or shine.
The Williamsburg Player’s Rainbow Puppet Productions will be putting on “The Wright Brothers,” a high-flying take on man’s first powered flight. Experience the thrill of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s experiment at Kitty Hawk in a format that is kid-tested and kid-approved. This story also provides a powerful lesson: the importance of innovation and believing in your own abilities to achieve the impossible. The show will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. and tickets are $7.
Local author Wilford Kale will be signing copies of his book “Hark Upon the Gale”, one of the most popular and complete histories of the College of William and Mary. Whether you are an alumnus of the College or just a local history buff pick up a copy and chat with the author this Saturday on Duke of Gloucester Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Looking for a fun time this weekend? Then look no further than the Grove Neighborhood Block Party, which is taking place Friday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This event will include awesome food, arts and crafts, dance music, inflatables, fitness demonstrations, big trucks from the James City County Fire and Police departments, prizes and more. This free event promises to be a great time for the entire family.
Come celebrate the conclusion of another successful school year at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School with their annual Spring Carnival this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but an Unlimited Play Wristband ($12 in advance, $15 at the door) will get you access to the many carnival games and inflatables present, as well as the petting zoo, book walk, dunk tank, and James City County Police Department Monster Truck. There will also be live music provided by local musical sibling duo In Layman Terms and a cash food court.