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Update 09/25/15: Due to inclement weather, Yorktoberfest has been cancelled.
It is the first official weekend of fall, and fun is in the air. There has never been a better time to catch a football game, check out a concert or just enjoy a beer in the Historic Triangle.
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Root For The Home Team
Tribe field hockey will take to Busch Field on Friday to take on the Richmond Spiders. This in-state rivalry match is sure to be an exciting one, so put on your green and gold and head over to cheer on the home team. The game starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
College of William & Mary alumna and World Cup Champion Jill Ellis will return to Williamsburg this weekend to attend the Tribe women’s soccer game against Hofstra on Friday. Come out to see Ellis honors at halftime, and cheer on the Tribe to victory. Admission is free but attendance will be capped at 500, so turn out early to see a William and Mary legend. If you can’t catch the game against Hofstra, head over to Martin Family Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m. to see the Tribe ladies take on Harvard.
Sports fans won’t want to miss Tribe Football’s home opener against Stony Brook on Saturday at Zable Stadium. The Virginia Lottery will be giving out free T-shirts to all students at the game, so don’t miss your chance to see the Tribe in action and snag some free gear while you’re at it. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m.
Learn Something New
The Mariners’ Museum’s fall lecture series kicks off this Thursday with an investigation into America’s complicated relationship with Asia in the 19th century. Robert Wells, author of “Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea” will recount the 1874 sinking of an American ship carrying hundreds of Chinese emigrants and explore the shared dreams of Chinese and Americans alike who sought their fortune in the American West. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and is $5 for non-members, free for members of the museum.
Yorktown Victory Center is presenting the first in a series of four lectures about the life and legacy of George Washington on Thursday. Edward J. Larson, renowned biographer of Washington, will lead his audience on a journey from Washington’s victory at Yorktown through his eight years as president of the new nation. This hourlong event will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday and admission is free.
Constitution Day may have been last week, but William & Mary’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law is celebrating this Saturday with a free lunchtime conversation with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Harvie Wilkinson, who is a circuit judge for the fourth circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and has decades of experience with the U.S.’ legal system. Join him at the William & Mary Law School at 12:50 p.m. Saturday. Lunch will be provided.
Food, Wine and More
This Thursday’s “Steal the Pint Night” at Berret’s Taphouse Grill will feature Smuttynose Brewing Co., based out of Hampton, New Hampshire. Come out to meet the brewers and sample their product, and take the glass home as a souvenir. The Dearhearts will be performing live music throughout the night, so come out and enjoy some fresh seafood and a delicious beer or two. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
The Parrotheads of the Phininsula is holding its fall social at Alewerks Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Friday, and all Jimmy Buffet lovers are invited. Dave McKenney will be setting the mood with a live Tropical Rock musical performance, and Alewerks will be pouring a great selection of craft beers. This event is free and open to the public.
The Williamsburg Pottery is hosting a “Fall Food and Wine Tasting” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Stop by this iconic Historic Triangle store and sample seasonally inspired cuisine. Zen Mojo will be performing live music, so come enjoy good wine, food and music all in one location. This event is free and open to the public.
The fifth annual Yorktoberfest is kicking off at Yorktown Harley Davidson on Saturday. This outdoor community festival will include a variety of craft beers, German food provided by Riverwalk Restaurant, a performance by the German Sauerkraut Band, souvenir mugs and local vendors. Admission is $20 for unlimited craft beer, or free if you are not drinking. The festival will run from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Catch A Show
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday afternoon movie series will continue this week with “Hostile Witness.” This 1960s crime drama tells the story of a man accused of being involved in a string of murders, with Ray Milland in the starring role. The show starts at 2 p.m. Thursday, and admission is free.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is presenting “A Rich and Varied Culture: Music from the Early South” as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday. Join Henley Fork for a lively review of the music of the American South from the late 1700s through the 1850s, including dance tunes, parlor songs and other favorites of old.
Head over to Ewell Hall on Saturday for a performance by award-winning soloist Feng Wang, who will be playing an accompanied concert with an erhu, or traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument, in honor of Confucius Institute Day. This 2,000-year-old instrument has a unique and lovely sound that is at home in both classical and popular music. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and is free and open to the public.
Farmers Market Frenzy
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 a.m. 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.
The Williamsburg United Methodist Church is performing a vital service this weekend to raise money for people in need in Honduras – shredding your old and unwanted sensitive files. Clear out your file cabinet and head over to the church at 9 a.m. Saturday to have your files securely collected and shredded by Eggleston Services. The suggested donation is $10 a bag and proceeds will go to the 2016 Honduras Mission Team.
The Williamsburg Botanical Garden’s “Fall Plant Sale” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. In addition to native flowers, shrubs, bulbs and other types of plants, visitors can also shop for nature-inspired art and garden products from a number of local artists and crafts persons. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions as well. This event is free and open to the public, and the rain date is set for Sunday.
The entire family can check out Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church’s Children’s Festival this Saturday to see stories from the Bible come alive. Dozens of live, exotic animals will be illustrating popular Biblical passages and lessons under the guidance of Dr. Jim Lavender. There will also be a variety of inflatable, games and crafts, so grab the kids and come participate in a children’s ministry event to remember. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and this event is free and open to the public.