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Update 06/26: Due to inclement weather, the Skate Jam event on Saturday and Sunday has been cancelled.
This weekend offers plenty of opportunities to do something fun in the Historic Triangle area, including a new exhibit at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, a Skate Jam skateboard and BMX competition, and a job fair for older job-seekers looking to break back into the workforce. Make sure you don’t miss your chance to get out and try something new.
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The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is giving a concert at Bruton Parish on Thursday, at which they will perform all-American music from varied genres. Directed by Anne Tomlinson, this organization is well-known throughout the country and has giving concerts at notable venues from coast to coast. The concert is free and will kick off at 8 p.m.
Linda Miller will be hosting a plant-sketching workshop at Williamsburg Botanical Garden this Saturday. Wannabe artists are encouraged to bring a sketchpad and come out to learn about botany drawing, and then spend some time in the garden after the workshop is completed to practice. Admission is free but a $5 donation is encouraged to support the maintanence of the garden. The class begins at 10 a.m.
A new exhibit is debuting at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg this Saturday, titled “Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo.” To accompany the exhibit’s opening, guest curator Roddy Moore will be giving a lecture about the history of Santo Domingo jewelry and what sparked his interest in collecting it. Admission is $12.99 for adults, $6.49 for children, and the lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m.
If you’re interested in colonial fashion, come out to “A Stitch in Time,” a 17th century fashion show featuring reproduction period garments. This event is the culmination of the month-long colonial fashion exhibit and each style modeled will be based on one of the images on display in the gallery. There will be 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. shows on both Saturday and Sunday at Jamestown Settlement. Admission is free with proof of residency in James City County, York County, or the City of Williamsburg.
Ever wanted to learn more about bluebirds? Come out to New Quarter Park on Saturday to learn about this colorful and interesting bird species as well as bluebird trail monitoring from a couple of Virginia Master Naturalists. Participants will have a good opportunity during this walk-and-talk to peek into some of the many nest boxes set up along the trail. Admission is free and the event begins at 10 a.m.
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.
Get your skate on at the Skate Jam competition Saturday and Sunday at the James City County Parks and Recreation Center. Saturday will be all about skateboarding and Sunday will focus on BMX, with warm-ups and registration beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Both days there will also be food and live music, as well as prizes for the competition winners. Registration to compete is ten dollars each day and spectators get in free.
Expand Your Horizons
When the economy crashed, older workers were among those hit the hardest. The Peninsula Agency on Aging recognized this fact and created the annual Older Worker’s Job Fair in response, which is returning this Thursday for its sixth year. Open to workers seeking employment age 45 and older, as well as workers with disabilities of all ages, the fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Historic Triangle Messmer Community Services Center. No registration is required.
Readers interested in learning a different take on contemporary issues will want to stop by Capt. Edward Brittingham’s signing of his new book, “Beyond 0’Dark 30” at the College Bookstore. Brittingham, a retired Naval officer, provides his conservative take on healthcare, the national debt, foreign policy and more. The signing will take place on Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
The Sons of the American Revolution will be hosting a memorial wreath laying service to honor the fallen soldiers who died at the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary this Saturday. That date will mark the 234th anniversary of the battle, and the ceremony will be immediately followed by a presentation about the battle. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at Freedom Park at 10 a.m.
Are you interested in knowing more about amateur radio? This Saturday the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club is having its annual field day to practice communications in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The public is invited to this free event to come see what this club is all about and enjoy a few demonstrations. The event will take place at 2 p.m. at Little Creek Reservoir Park in Toano.