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The kids are back in school but there’s still fun to be had in the Historic Triangle.
Whether you feel like busting out your dancing shoes, feasting on shrimp or even taking your dog for a swim, What You’ll Do has you covered this weekend.
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Fall is here and with it comes “Rhythms on the Riverwalk” for its 11th season in Yorktown. This concert series will include toe-tapping jazz, swinging big band and knee slapping country during its five-week run. This week the Williamsburg Swing Orchestra will be performing, so bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out for a good time.
The dog days of summer aren’t over yet! Chickahominy Riverfront Park is hosting “Drool in the Pool” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your dog out for a dip in the pool and support the Heritage Humane Society. Tickets are $10 a dog and can be purchased here.
Come out to the Williamsburg Botanical Garden and learn about the wonderful “World of Worms!” This Saturday, children of all ages can investigate a worm farm, learn about a worm’s life cycle and observe real worms in their own mini-worm farm that they can take home with them. The fun begins at 10 a.m. behind the Interpretive Center at Freedom Park, or inside the center if it’s raining. The program is free but pre-registration is requested; email Sherry Patterson at email@example.com to secure your spot.
Skate, Rattle and Roll is returning to the Dare Elementary School Gymnasium every Friday, and this week is “Back to School Neon Skate.” From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. kids in grades K-5 and their parents can come out and skate the night away. Admission is $5 per person and includes the rental of skates. Concessions will be available for purchase.
The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg is hosting its 36th annual Shrimp Feast from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Bring the whole family to this all-you-can-eat-and drink event and enjoy great food, live music by the Hark and a corn hole tournament. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, or $15 for kids ages 6-12. Proceeds go to benefit Lackey Clinic and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula.
Beer lovers won’t want to miss Busch Gardens’ inaugural Bier Fest this Saturday and Sunday during normal park hours. The park will be pouring specialty beers and serving traditional German cuisine, in addition to offering a line-up of live music and traditional German-style performances. This event is included with park admission.
Celebrate Grandparents Day at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg with a special presentation of “Gaelic Tales,” which have been passed down from generation to generation. This event is free with museum at admission, and the show begins at 3:30. Come sit for a spell and enjoy the magic of stories kept alive by the power of oral tradition.
Calling All History Lovers
History lovers should come on out to “A More Perfect Union?” at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg this Thursday to witness a debate for the ages! James Madison and Patrick Henry, two of the nation’s Founding Fathers and Virginia’s native sons, will be going head to head discussing the Constitution and their very different takes on whether Virginia should ratify it. This program will take place at 1:45 p.m. and is included with museum admission.
The Mariners’ Museum will be hosting a lecture entitled “Why Is It Going To Take So Long To Get The Turret On Display” this Saturday that will answer the question why it’s taking so long to get the gun turret, and other Civil War artifacts, on display. Senior conservator of the USS Monitor Center Will Hoffman will discuss the many processes and challenges associated with artifact preservation in this lecture. Admission is free with a museum ticket and the event will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Colonel Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of African Americans who lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, will be giving a presentation on 18th-century life at 3 p.m. Saturday. Find out what life was like before the Emancipation Proclamation and learn about the history of the Black Settlement. This program is free and open to the public.
Harvest Time Bounty
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.
Sept. 11th Memorial Events
Williamsurg Crossfit is hosting A Climb To Remember in observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Friday. Climbers will brave 110 stairs, with sandbags or weight vests for those looking for an additional challenge, in a special memorial class that will be offered at 6 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the public.
James City County Cub Scout Pack 414 will be hosting a Sept. 11th Remembrance Ceremony at the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department at 7 p.m. Friday. Join the Scouts in memorializing the men and women whose lives were lost that day and thanking emergency responders in the community for their service. Uniformed personnel are encouraged to wear appropriate attire. This even is free and open to the public.
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday afternoon film this week will be “Call Northside 777,” the 1940s classic that tells the tale of a Chicago reporter who is stuck in the middle of murder investigation. This free screening will begin at 2 p.m. and no tickets are required.
The NATASHA House is hosting its fifth annual “Mile in My Shoes” gala to benefit transitional housing for homeless women and children. This local organization strives to empower homeless families by equipping them with the tools necessary to get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency, and the proceeds from the gala aid in that mission. The gala will take place at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church and interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.