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There will be plenty to do around town this weekend to celebrate the first official weekend of summer.
Get outside and take in some live music or a show, or beat the heat and attend a fancy dinner or interesting new art class. Whether you’ll be slathering on sunscreen or blasting the air-conditioning, there’s something interesting for you to do in the Historic Triangle.
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Expand Your Knowledge
Need help adjusting your eating habits to avoid health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and arthritis? Thursday’s Healthy Eating and Living cooking demonstration will address this issue, and is being offered at the Community Café WMBG at no charge. The class runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and will conclude with a tasting of the foods prepared.
This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, at which Napoleon and his forces were finally defeated. In honor of the occasion, come out the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy a presentation of songs that capture the experience of the Napoleonic Era at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $12.99 for adults, $6.49 for children.
Want to learn how to grow tasty herbs and vegetables, but you’re short on space to plant them? Barrels and Bins, a class offered through the Williamsburg Botanical Garden at Freedom Park, will show you how to create your own environmentally friendly plant receptacles and tend to the specific needs of potted plants. The class will take place 9 a.m. Saturday, and admission is free but a $5 donation is encouraged.
Fans of historical fiction thrillers will not want to miss their chance to get a copy of “Treasure of the Battersea Bluffs” signed by author Sarah Norkus this Saturday at the College Bookstore. This tale of intrigue and time travel, set along the Appomattox River, is sure to please young adult readers. The signing will take place from 2 to 6 p.m.
Get In Touch With Your Creative Side
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is putting on an ArtVentures Summer Kick-Off Party this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This family-oriented event will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, games, food and even a live sketch artist. Admission is free.
The Williamsburg Regional Library is opening a new student art show and exhibit this weekend, featuring oil paint and pastel art from students of local artist Anne Kushnick. Some of the pieces on display will be available for sale. This exhibit will run from Friday through July 17 during library operating hours and is free.
Want to get in touch with your artistic side this weekend? An Introduction to Zentangle class is being offered at the This Century Art Gallery Art Education Center at 9 a.m. Saturday. Zentangle is a simple and relaxing drawing technique based on drawing simple structures and patterns. Even the least artistically inclined can find a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction through Zentangle. The class is $40 per person, or $35 for members.
Become A Weekend Foodie
Come out for a night of food, drink and music at the Jamestown settlement pier this Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Wine, Dine & Jazz on the James event will feature live music from Forte Jazz Band as well as a wide selection of fine wine and craft beers available for tasting. Tasting tickets are $30 ahead of time and $35 the day of. Non-tasting tickets are $15 ahead of time and $20 the day of.
Head over to the Toano Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Several vendors will be on site, including Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, and Heidi’s Home Grown. Fresh produce will also be available for sale. This market takes place at the corner of Forge and Richmond Road.
The Williamsburg Farmers’ Market is setting up once again in Merchants Square from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. As always, there will be a wide variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers and home goods available for purchase. Vendors accept cash, credit, SNAP and William and Mary Express cards.
Yorktown Market Days continue this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Water Street. Shoppers can pick from vendors’ extensive selection of fruits, vegetables, breads, fish, flowers and art.
Free USDA Food Distribution is taking place this Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at New Zion Church on Longhill Road. This outreach initiative from the Virginia Peninsula Foodback offers confidential access to needed food items for income eligible individuals and families. Pre-registration is required and can be obtained by calling 757-229-9332.
Craft beer fans should come out to New Town’s third annual Summerfest this weekend to enjoy up to 24 selections from 12 different craft breweries. Local rock-and-roll band the Hark will be playing, and food from several New Town based restaurants will be available for purchase. This event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person.
Do Something with the Kids
Those wishing to spend some time honoring a deceased loved one this Thursday can stop by the Williamsburg Baptist Church’s third annual Memorial Butterfly Release. This symbolic gesture is reflective of the Christian belief in the transformation and rebirth of the human spirit. The memorial event will take place at 2 p.m. and the cost is $8 per butterfly.
Pack up some lawn chairs and pile the kids in the car to come out and enjoy The Lego Movie under the stars on Friday night. This free showing will take place at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park and will be held at 8:30, weather permitting. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Get your glow on at the REV3 Glow Run in New Town on Friday night. The run kicks off at sun down, and participants have their choice of running in the 1-mile of 5K race. Don your shiniest and brightest clothes and show up early for the dance party to get pumped before the race. Tickets range from $30 to $45, depending on when you register and which race you want to participate in.
The whole family is sure to be entertained at Saturday’s Freedom Stories at Freedom Park, presentation by the Virginia Black Storytellers. In addition to inspiring tales of freedom, there will also be arts and crafts, live music and food available for purchase. The presentation will take place from noon to 3 p.m. and admission is free.