What You’ll Do: Aug. 20-23

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York River State Park will celebrate Estuaries Day this Saturday. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)
York River State Park will celebrate Estuaries Day this Saturday. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)

There are only a few weekends left before the kids are back in school, so take advantage of the many opportunities for family fun around the Historic Triangle this weekend.

Celebrate Estuaries Day at York River State Park, attend a play reading at Raleigh Tavern or sign up for fall dance classes at the Virginia Regional Ballet Academy.

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Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Come celebrate Estuaries Day at the York River State Park on Saturday. Estuaries, otherwise known as where the river meets the ocean, are a unique natural habitat, and the entire family can enjoy ranger-guided activities that include fossil hunting, hiking and paddling. Admission to the park is $4 and activities begin at 9 a.m.

New Quarter Park’s “Walk and Talk” this week will be all about edible plants. This guided hike will leads participants to the “pawpaw patch” where they can pick this lesser-known wild fruit to take back to the park’s picnic shelter and mash into yogurt smoothies. This program is free and begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Local musicians Lana Puckett and Kim Person will be performing contemporary and country songs at Grace Episcopal Churchyard at 6 p.m. Sunday. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to enjoy this free concert.

Movies, Plays and Lectures

The Williamsburg Regional Library will be showing The Donner Party, the 2003 movie that tells the story of a pioneer group who encountered disaster in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the winter of 1846. This free show will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will be presenting “Princes Without A Palace: Tracing African Princes and Captives in Williamsburg” at 3:30 p.m. Friday. This hourlong show will take a look the story of enslaved African princes who negotiated their return to their homeland. The narrative of these princes will be placed in the larger context of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Admission to the show is included with museum admission.

Local author Tony Williams will be giving a talk at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg about his book “Hurricane of Independence.” The book tells the dramatic tale of a hurricane that hit North America in 1775 and how the storm affected the war for independence. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, and admission is included with the purchase of a museum ticket.

Theater lovers can come out to the Raleigh Tavern on Sunday night to see a staged reading of the “The Recruiting Officer,” by 18th-century English playwright George Farquhar. The audience will also play a role in deciding whether this play is worthy of receiving a full production later in the year. The reading begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $18 ages 13 and up, $9 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.

All About Farmers Markets

Yorktown Market Days continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Water Street. Shoppers can pick from vendors’ extensive selection of fruits, vegetables, breads, fish, flowers and art.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market will be fully stocked with fresh corn, fruits, baked goods, flowers and more this weekend. Shoppers can also enjoy live music from Eliza Greer and an exhibit from the Master Gardeners on trees and shrubs. The market accepts cash, major credit cards, William & Mary Express and SNAP.

Everything Else

The Virginia Regional Ballet Academy is opening registration for fall classes on Thursday. The academy offers classes in ballet, pointe, character, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop to students of all ages. Price varies by class. A complete schedule and registration forms can be found here. www.dancevrb.com

The East Coast Healthy Lifestyle Expo is taking place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center. This conference will include presentations and demonstrations all based around the concept of total wellness, which includes promoting healthy bodies, minds, families, finances and society. A weekend ticket is $15, and interested parties can register by contacting www.ECHLExpo.com

The 10th annual Williamsburg Community Blood Drive will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Fort Magruder Hotel starting. The Red Cross is in urgent need of all blood types, and all donors will receive a free ticket to King’s Dominion. Walk-ins are welcome but interested parties can also schedule an appointment by calling 757-287-9870.