What You’ll Do: Sept. 17-20

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Head over to Duke of Gloucester Street this Saturday to meet Colonial Williamsburg's new mascot Liberty. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Head over to Duke of Gloucester Street on Saturday to meet Colonial Williamsburg’s new mascot Liberty. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

The Historic Triangle is bustling this weekend with Constitution Day events, informative lectures and family fun.

Take your four-legged friend out to the “Dogs of DoG Street” parade, check out a car show at Warhill or consider the implications of autonomous weapon systems – the possibilities are endless this weekend.

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Constitution Day Celebrations

This weekend marks the 228th signing of the U.S. Constitution, and the Art Museums at Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating with “The US Constitution: Then and Now.” This special presentation begins at 4 p.m. Thursday and includes a discussion of how the 13 original colonies wrestled with and ultimately agreed upon our founding document, led by historians ,as well as a few Founding Fathers themselves. Admission to this program is included with a museum ticket.

Head over to Merchants Square to celebrate Constitution Day at the seventh annual “To Support and Defend” program. Through powerful patriotic music performed by the USAF Heritage of America Band and the USA Training and Doctrine Command Band and spoken word performances from historical interpreters portraying George Washington and James Madison, this Colonial Williamsburg special event is sure to inspire. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and is free and open to the public.

Expand Your Knowledge

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself “What if ISIS Gets Killer Robots?” The College of William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations is taking on just that question this at 5 p.m. Thursday in Sadler Center. Dr. Horowitz will lead the discussion of how information technology is shaping the world today, with a particular emphasis on drones and other autonomous weapons. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The League of Women Voters Williamsburg Chapter is putting on a candidate’s forum for Virginia Senate District 1 race, which features incumbent John Miller facing off against challenger Mark Matney. Head over to the Williamsburg Regional Library at 7 p.m. Thursday to hear what the candidates have to say and get informed about the upcoming election. This event is free and open to the public.

Yorktown Victory Center is presenting “Court Days” this Saturday and Sunday, so come out and take part in an 18th century-style trial. Play the role of juror, witness or even the accused. Visitors can also enjoy artillery demonstrations, period games and storytelling performances. “Court Days” is an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday, and admission to the program is included with museum ticket.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden is presenting “The Night Belongs to Moths” at 10 a.m. Saturday. Join Teta Kain, renowned insect expert, for a special program all about these beautiful and varied creatures, and learn all about which species are native to Virginia so you can spot them in your own backyard. This program is free but a $5 donation to the Williamsburg Botanical Garden is encouraged.

New Quarter Park is celebrating Observe the Moon Month with the NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers Astronomy Club. From 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, talk to the astronomers and use their telescopes to view a variety of celestial objects. Sky maps and informational materials will be distributed, so don’t miss your chance to learn all about stars and planets. This event is free and open to the public.

Family Fun

Grab your pooch and head over to Duke of Gloucester Street this weekend for “Dogs of DoG Street.” Join Colonial Williamsburg’s new four-legged mascot Liberty, along with George Washington and friends from the Heritage Humane Society, for a dog parade from the Palace Green down to the Capitol. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Revolutionary City is going to the dogs. This event is free but donations to Heritage Humane Society are appreciated.

Car lovers won’t want to miss the Warhill High School Car Show and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All makes and models of car are welcome, and the top 30 vehicles will receive trophies. There will also be a vehicle rescue demonstration and truck display by the James City County Fire Department and Police Department. The Salvation Army will be on site collecting for a food drive. Admission is free, and car registration is $20. Rain date is Sept. 26.

This Saturday is James City County’s annual Harvest Festival at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Bring the family and enjoy scarecrow stuffing, hay rides, carnival games, inflatables, a petting zoo and more. This event kicks off at 11 a.m. and admission is $5 per car. Some activities require an upcharge, and concessions will be available for purchase. This event is weather permitting.

To Market!

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.

Everything Else

Thursday afternoon movies at the Williamsburg Regional Library continues this week with a screening of “Boomerang,” the story of a prosecutor out for justice for a man wrongly accused of committing a violent murder. The show starts at 2 p.m. and is completely free and open to the public.

Steal the Pint Nights are back at Berret’s Taphouse Grill, so come on out this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to meet brewers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., based out of Mills River, North Carolina. Herbie D Duo will be setting the mood with live music, so don’t miss your chance to taste the beer and- as always- take the glass home with you.

Artists of Virginia Glass Guild and Liz Moore and Associates are partnering up to put on a glass art sale this Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of glass arts including jewelry, sculptures, vases and utensils will be on sale, and many artists will be on site to discuss their process, technique and inspiration. This sale will take place at the offices of Liz Moore and Associates and at Launchpad 757 in New Town.

Child Development Resources is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a kick-off event on Sunday to thank the families and friends who have participated in and supported CDR through the years. Children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments will be on site, and interested parties can talk to CDR representatives to learn more about the services this amazing organization provides. Located at the CDR offices, the kick-off party begins at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.