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Thought there is just one weekend left before the kids go back to school, there is still plenty of summer fun left to be had.
Attend a crab race, see a movie under the stars or enjoy some jazz in the garden. Push off your pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and cool weather activities for just one more weekend with the help of this week’s What You’ll Do.
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It’s your last chance to catch the Bonfire on the River Summer Music Series. Every Thursday throughout the summer, Bonfire Magazine has been celebrating with live music, food trucks, vendors, artists and free tours of the Watermen’s Museum on the riverfront. This free, family-friendly event is coming to a conclusion Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. in Yorktown.
Take 757 will be performing at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. This remarkable group of four area high school students will be playing jazz standards in the ambiance of the garden. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Wine will be available and admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged to maintain the garden.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be playing at Riverwalk Landing at 6 p.m. Saturday. Preceded by a special performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town, the orchestra will be performing a free open-air concert as part of the kick-off for Williamsburg Fall Arts. Guests should bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic suppers; there will even be a contest best picnic set-up. This event is open to the public.
Soundworks: Men Who Sing will be performing on Duke of Gloucester Street from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Bringing pop, barbershop, blue, rock, jazz and more to life, this ensemble took home the gold at the 2012 a capella sing off at Busch Gardens. Presented by the Rotary Club of James City County, the concert is $18 per person and promises to be a fun time for the whole family.
Fun at the Park
Pile the family in the car and head over to Movies Under the Stars at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Friday night. This week’s kid-friendly feature is Dolphin Tale 2. Bring some lawn chairs, picnic blankets and snacks and enjoy some time with the family watching a movie outdoors on a summer night. This event is free.
Take a wagon ride through the remains of Taskinas Plantation on Saturday. Archaeologists have discovered forts, slave quarters, workshops and artifacts at this historic site in York River Park. It’s $3 per person, $8 for a family of four and $25 for a group of 10, and interested parties should call 757-566-3036 for reservations.
Grab your fishing pole and head over to Woodstock Pond at the York River Park for the monthly Kid’s Fishing Fanatic Tournament. Children 15 and under can catch bass, bluegill and crappie. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest catch in each category. Admission is free and parking is $4. Reserve your spot by calling 757-566-3036.
Catch A Show
Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday afternoon film this week is a story of crime, danger and justice. “Thunder on the Hill” is the 1951 tale of Valerie Carns, a convicted murderess who encounters Nurse Sister Mary en route to her execution. When the nun becomes convicted of Carns’ innocence she sets out to find the real killer. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s friendship was pivotal to the formation of America, and author Tony Williams will be pulling back the curtain on this crucial alliance in his lecture Friday afternoon at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Williams will explore the two men’s roles in creating the Constitution and establishing the new nation in this hourlong program, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday and is free with museum admission.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is presenting a Labor Day weekend concert celebrating workers. “Hard Times: Songs of the Working Life” will feature members of Henley Fork, longtime Williamsburg musicians known for combining songs and storytelling. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and is included with museum admission.
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 from 8 to noon on Duke of Gloucester Street. 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.
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.
Survivors of brain injuries are invited to “What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries,” a special presentation at the next meeting of the Williamsburg Brain Injury Survivors Support Group. This lecture, led by author and brain injury survivor Sara Lewis, will cover the basics of living with the effects of brain injuries and will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital. This event is free and open to the public.
William & Mary field hockey is playing their home opener Friday against Ohio. The team is 1-1 so far this season and hoping for a good turnout. Sports fans should head over to Busch Field to cheer on the Tribe. The game begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The monthly Chickahominy Community Improvement Organization Yard Sale and Bazaar will take place this Saturday starting at 7 a.m. Interested parties can reserve a table to sell arts and crafts, baked goods, household items and more for $15. Call Linda Wallace at 757-561-8125 to secure your space, or turn out to 2885 Chickahominy Road to peruse the wares for sale on Saturday.
In honor of Labor Day Weekend, Peninsula Fine Arts Center is offering free admission all day this Saturday and Sunday. Starting when the center opens at 10 a.m., families can get in free and take in the “American Scenery: Hudson River School Painting” exhibit. At 2 p.m. Sunday, guests can even enjoy a guided tour of the exhibit. Reservations for the tour can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come get your crab on: Sunday is Berret’s 25th annual Crab Race to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Bring your own crab or buy one on site – there will be prizes for fastest crab, cutest crab and best crab name. It’s $10 for individuals, $25 for families and groups and $50 for corporations and professional organizations. All proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The fun starts at 6 p.m.