What You’ll Do: June 11-14

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WYD1Whether you’re looking to curl up with a good book or get your body moving this weekend, you’re going to want to check out some of these cool events happening around our community.

You can learn a thing or two about how to do qigong (the Chinese art of movement), paint like Georgia O’Keefe or recognize the characteristics of a great Burgundy wine.

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Books, Books, Books

Tony Williams will give a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg about the Virginia Declaration of Rights, an important document that laid the groundwork for the Declaration of Independence. Admission to the lecture is covered by the purchase of a museum ticket.

Several authors will be at the College of William & Mary Bookstore on Friday and Saturday to sign books:

  • Feather Foster will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday to sign her new book “The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower, An Intimate Portrait of the Women Who Shaped America.” The book explores the roles of 26 first ladies and how they helped craft the United States.
  • Mac Laird will sign copies of “Christanna” on from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday. The book is a sequel to “Dangerous Differences.” It examines the tension between Native Americans and the European settlers in North Carolina and Virginia as they try to coexist during the colonial era.
  • Barbara McLennan will sign her book “Signing Wealth of Jamestown” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The novel chronicles settlers at Jamestown in the 1690s and the events that took place during that decade.
  • Rodney Walker will be at the bookstore from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to sign his book “Destiny’s Spear.” The novel tells the story of a fictional race between Adolf Hitler and U.S. General George S. Patton to recover a Roman artifact used in the crucifixion of Jesus.
  • Kenneth Davis will sign copies of “The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales From Yorktown to Fallujah” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The book examines six important battles from throughout America’s history, with a special focus on little-known stories from those fights.

Arts and Music

Shagging on the Riverwalk is back at Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing. The free concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and features the Original Rhondels. The band is known for party and dance music with a Southeastern flair. This concert is the first of several Shagging on the Riverwalk shows, which all take place on Thursdays through July 30. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Williamsburg Regional Library will host the Jimmy Masters Quartet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Masters will be joined by pianist Alan Blackman, saxophonist Alan Kuhl and drummer Jae Sinnett. Adults can get in for $16, while students and friends of the library pay $14 and those 17 and under pay $8.

Get Moving

The Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery is hosting free classes from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring yoga and qigong, a Chinese movement technique. A massage therapist will also be on site to give free 10-minute massages, and a local artist will be there selling bead necklaces. All donations gathered at the event will go to the Heritage Humane Society.

Park rangers at York River State Park will lead a hike from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday to a beach full of fossils from 6,000 or more years ago. Traces of whales, sharks, porpoises, clams, scallops and snails may be observed. The hike is free, but it will cost $4 to park. Call 566-3036 to sign up for the hike.

Later that night, a ranger will lead a tour through the park to explore its sights after sundown. Check out the sounds of raccoons and owls and then get a chance to do some stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club. Parking is $4 per vehicle, but the event is free. Call 566-3036 to sign up for the hike.

Children ages 5 through 12 can come learn about deer at Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The class, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, is free and open to the public. It will explore what deer do from day to day. Registration is required and can be made by emailing sherrypat2@yahoo.com. A donation of $5 to support the Williamsburg Botanical Garden is appreciated.

Food and Wine

Looking for fresh food? The Williamsburg Farmers Market has more than 35 vendors on site with meats, seafood, baked goods, cheeses, herbs and flowers. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in Merchants Square. It is the largest farmer’s market in the area. Vendors accept cash, credit card, SNAP and William & Mary Express.

You can find more fresh food and artisanal goods by visiting Yorktown Market Days, which runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Yorktown Freight Shed. The market features meat, produce, baked goods, coffee and specialty cut flowers.

Those further away from Yorktown can check out the Toano Farmers Market. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Richmond and Forge roads. You’ll find fresh food from vendors including Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Homegrown.’

Other Fun Around Town

The Virginia Living Museum is hosting Star Party and Laser Nights from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The event features telescopes available for attendees to observe the universe. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the cosmos. There will also be several laser music shows throughout the evening, however they cost $6 each. The stargazing is free.

2nd Sundays will fill Prince George and Boundary streets in Williamsburg from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with artists, authors and artisans. No ticket is required. Come check out their work, enjoy live music and have a good time. There are free activities for the kids courtesy of Artfully Yours, including face painting and crafts.