Williamsburg Fall Arts Events Guide: Sept. 18-20

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James City County will be displaying the winners of a recent photo contest in a multimedia exhibit at New Town's Launchpad this Saturday. (Courtesy James City County)
James City County will be displaying the winners of a recent photo contest in a multimedia exhibit at New Town’s Launchpad this Saturday. (Courtesy James City County)

It is week three of Williamsburg Fall Arts and the celebration is in full swing.

Our guide to this week’s events offers the details on the many can’t-miss offerings taking place around the Historic Triangle in the coming days.

Visual Arts

Swem Library is hosting a special exhibit on the Menokin House, the home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee. This historic home in Virginia’s Northern Neck is being reconstructed using a mixture of the original materials and glass, creating an intriguing and provocative new structure that has been documented in photographs for this exhibit. The photographer as well as the masterminds and architects behind the reconstruction will be on hand this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to walk guests through this fascinating project.

James City County is hosting a “Photo, Glass and Floral” exhibit at the Launchpad Business Incubator above Paul’s Deli in New Town for one day only this Saturday. The exhibit will feature the 10 winners of this past summer’s rural photography contest, each of which has had a glass sculpture and floral arrangement made to accompany and compliment it. This free show will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to enjoy this inspiring collusion of a variety of artistic media.

Come on out to On the Hill Gallery for a beginner’s oil painting class Sunday. Try your hand at painting an image of sun-kissed hydrangeas and learn more about painting the way the old masters did. This seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day, with all materials provided. Reservations are required, so call the gallery at 757-369-1108 to sign up.

Performance Arts

The sixth annual Tucker-Arnold Storytelling Concert is taking place Friday at the Kimball Theatre. Carmen Deedy, a children’s book author and professional storyteller, will be headlining the show, with additional performances by local storytellers Darci Tucker and Sarah Brady. The concerts will feature a mix of classical and personal stories with lighthearted subject matter suitable for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors.

Award-winning guitarist Barbara Martin will be performing at the Williamsburg Regional Library from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Heralded by the Baltimore Sun as “a songwriter with an unexpected gift for sultry melody,” Martin’s poetic approach to music will be sure to impress. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Friends of the Library and students and $8 for 17 and under.

Fans of Jimmy Buffett won’t want to miss an upcoming performance given by Buffett tribute band “Parrots of the Caribbean.” The Parrotheads are bringing a little tropical flair to Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit PIPE, an organization dedicated to providing indoor plumbing to those in needs. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate and $10 for students and kids 12 and under. The show begins with opener Johnny St. Clair at 6 p.m., and food, drink and (of course) margaritas will be available for purchase.

Rhythms on the Riverwalk is back, and this week Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Mann is taking the stage. Bring your own lawn chair, picnic blanket and dancing shoes when you come out to Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown to enjoy the show on Friday night. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., and this concert is free and open to the public.

Culinary Arts

Literacy for Life is hosting its inaugural International Food and Arts Festival on Saturday, which will feature food, vendors and entertainment inspired by cultures from all over the world. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. at the William & Mary School of Education, and this event is free and open to the public.