What You’ll Do: July 30-Aug. 2

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Jamestown Settlement is celebrating "Tools of the Trade" month with hands-on activities like scraping out a canoe with an oyster shell.
Jamestown Settlement is celebrating “Tools of the Trade” month with hands-on activities like scraping out a canoe with an oyster shell. (Submitted)

The beginning of August means summer is officially winding down, but there is still plenty of fun to be had in the Historic Triangle.

Residents can check out some cool offerings from our local libraries, head down to Yorktown for the last “Shagging on the Riverwalk” event of the season or kick off National Farmers Market month at one of the many area markets.

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Arts and Culture

The James City County Library will be hosting Mark Lohr this Thursday for his “Hooked on Books” program. The show uses props, vaudeville theater techniques and audience participation to drive home the importance of reading and the thrills that books have to offer. “Hooked on Books” will begin at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Readers in grades K-5 are encouraged to attend!

The Williamsburg Regional Library’s weekly film screening series continues this Thursday with “The Grapes of Wrath,” the classic 1940 drama based on John Steinbeck’s famous novel. The movie follows the migration of the Joad family as they flee Dust Bowl-stricken Oklahoma to start a new life in California. This free show begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Art lovers should check out Williamsburg Contemporary Art Centers new exhibit, “The Memory of Light“, which opens this weekend. On Friday evening a reception will be held at which Brian Kelley will talk about his inspiration behind the pieces on display and how he developed the idea for the series. All of the paintings offer a unique take on how light and memory interact with one another to create a distinctive and evocative end result. This event is free and open to the public.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is hosting a free day for families this Saturday. Guests can check out the latest exhibit “American Scenery: Different Scenes from the Hudson River School Painting” and explore all the museum has to offer. The doors open at 10 a.m.

Dive Into History

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is presenting “Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery and the Law” this Friday at 3:30 p.m. This program will explore how free Blacks and slaves in Williamsburg used various houses and properties to hide fugitives and smuggle them to freedom up North. Admission to “Secret Keepers” is included in the price of museum admission.

Jamestown Settlement is kicking of its “Tools of the Trade” theme month with a special event, “On the Riverfront” this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Guests can scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe with an oyster shell, listen to stirring sea chanteys and participate in hands-on activities, crafts and games throughout the day. Curated tours of “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibit will also be offered. James City County, York County and City of Williamsburg get in free with proof of residency.

To The Market!

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.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market has all your summertime picnic needs covered, so don’t forget to stop by between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. Vendors will be fully stocked with fresh corn, fruits, baked goods, flowers and more. The market accepts cash, major credit cards, William & Mary Express and SNAP.

Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, peruse the variety of items available at Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Home Grown. The market will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around noon.

Everything Else

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly Business Connections After Hours networking event at Yorktown’s Uno Pizzeria and Grill on Thursday evening. From 5 to 7 p.m. the public is invited to attend this fun and casual meeting of business leaders to help build professional relationships in a relaxed setting. The event is free but registration is required and can be completed here.

The 2015 season of Shagging on the Riverwalk is closing out with a bang on Thursday with a performance by The Holiday Band. The band has been performing for nearly 21 years and has played in 11 different states and hundreds of notable locations, including the Lincoln Center in New York City. This is your last chance to come on out and learn how to shag, so be at the Riverwalk at 6:30 p.m. and come ready to dance the night away.