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Summer is heating up, and with it comes lots of outdoor and nature-oriented summer events.
This weekend local organizations will be observing National Oceans Day, National Trails Day, and the kickoff for several summer concert series, so get outside and have some fun.
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You’ve probably read some of our coverage this week on the arrival of the Hermione, a replica of a French ship that played an important role in the American Revolution. Yorktown is the Hermione’s first port of call on its voyage up and down the East Coast, and there will be festivities all weekend in Yorktown to celebrate its arrival. Catch the sail into port around 8 a.m. Friday, and check out our events guide to get the details on all the other concerts, picnics and activities going on throughout the weekend.
If you’re curious about old-school clothing, armor and accessories, check out the “Fashion in Colonial Virginia” exhibit new this month at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. This event features a variety of interpretive programs that cover such diverse topics as dye-making, working with different fabrics of the period, and even learning how to stitch simple apparel for yourself. Additionally, all types of garments, from delicate petticoats to battle-ready breastplates, will be on display. This exhibit runs every day in the month of June and free admission is offered to residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.
Become One With Nature
Celebrate National Trails Day this Saturday by exploring one of the eight trails that are open in Freedom Park this summer. The Heritage Humane Society is hosting this kickoff event, so bring a pet to accompany you on your self-guided adventure.
Monday is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the many ways that oceans connect us all. The Mariners’ Museum will be observing World Oceans Day all day long this Saturday with ocean themed family activities, film screenings, guest speakers and more. Admission to the special events is included in the price of a museum ticket.
The Virginia Living Museum is getting in on the World Oceans Day fun on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a variety of family activities that will raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation. See displays of ocean specimens, attend talks by aquarium staff and even learn about wise seafood choices through the Seafood Watch program. Admission is included with museum ticket.
Learn Something New
Calling all chocolate lovers: This is your chance to learn how to make chocolate bark and hand-rolled chocolate truffles under the careful direction of skilled pastry chefs. Taste Studio is hosting a Hands On with American Heritage Chocolate workshop this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants can enjoy discovering the sophisticated, slightly spicy, decadent and rich flavors the founders savored.
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Community Day is sure to be a fun time for the whole family. Explore the “Original Art” exhibit, and then create your own illustrations and crafts. Local children’s book illustrators will be doing meet and greets followed by a reception for new artworks from Walt Taylor and Bob Morehead. Admission is free and art projects are $2 for non-members.
A representative from Starr Hill Brewery, located in Crozet, Virginia, will be at Berret’s weekly Steal the Pint Night this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Patrons can come out to meet the brewer, enjoy the beer and hear live music. Best of all, you get to keep your glass.
Fans of the mystery genre may want to check out Henrietta Ford’s “The Grave House Guest”, that story of a woman who leaves an abusive relationship and returns to her childhood home to heal. Ms. Ford will be signing copies of her book on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble on Duke of Gloucester Street.
Sing and Dance the Night Away
Bring a blanket or favorite chair and enjoy live music by some of the area’s hottest bands at the Mariners’ Museum’s Thursdays by the Lake Summer Concert Series. Set on the banks of scenic Lake Maury, the series will take place every Thursday night in June through August and is free and open to the public.
Join Bonfire Magazine as they celebrate summer with the local watermen community at the Bonfire on the River Summer Music Series. Starting Thursday, come out and enjoy local food trucks, vendors, artisans and live entertainment between 6 and 9 p.m. on the first Thursdays of the month through September. Visitors can also partake in a free tour of the Watermen’s Museum to learn about all of their summer programs. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Come hear the best blues band in town at the coolest store in town. Retro Daddio’s is hosting the Blues Empacts on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. The cover charge is $10 and tickets will be available at the door.
Markets, Markets and Market
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.
If you’re passionate about making arts and crafts, baked goods, household items or anything else, why not participate in the Chickahominy Community Improvement Organization’s upcoming fundraiser? This monthly event debuts this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Toano. Event planners say this is sure to be a great way to work together and give back to the community.