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Halloween is over, and that means it is the official start of the holiday season in the Historic Triangle.
From holiday bazaars to gala fundraisers, there are plenty of opportunities to get a jump on your Christmas shopping or give to a good cause.
Or, if you are in need of some interesting topics of conversation at your upcoming holiday parities, check out one of the many lectures coming to town this weekend.
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Bazaars and Markets Galore
Warhill High School is hosting the Bizarre Bazaar over the next two weekends to give locals the chance to start on some holiday shopping and help people in need at the same time. The Bazaar includes crafts, food items, apparel, jewelry and more. Admission $1 or a canned good for Erase the Need.
Get into the holiday spirit with the United Methodist Church’s biennial bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Peruse specialty items such as gift baskets, china, crystal, artwork, homemade jams and salsas, toys and apparel. Hot beverages and sweets to enjoy while you shop will be available for purchase, and while you’re out, catch a lace-making demonstration on site. Support the local and global missions of United Methodist Women while checking off some of your holiday shopping.
The Queens Lake Community will turn out Saturday for its annual Arts & Craft Show. Come out to the Queens Lake Clubhouse to take your pick of handmade jewelry, needlecrafts, prints, ceramics, herbal items and more Saturday. Admission is free.
Get a jump on your holiday shopping Saturday with the White Hall Holiday Bazaar. More than 35 local vendors selling arts, crafts and local produce from around Williamsburg will be present, so come on out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to find something wonderful. Admission is free, but a donation of a non-perishable food item is encouraged.
Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, choose from a 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.
Check out the Williamsburg Farmers Market this week to peruse the wares of more than 35 vendors offering a variety of local products, among which are fresh seasonal produce, meats, seafood, herbs, potted plants, baked goods, honey, cheese, cut flowers and more. The Market accepts cash, credit cards, SNAP, and W&M Express. Enjoy chef demonstrations, listen to live music, and learn while you shop.
Yorktown will be celebrating a Holiday Open House this Saturday and Sunday at Riverwalk Landing, Main Street and Ballard Street. In addition to special extended edition of Yorktown Market Days, numerous local businesses will be offering special sales, giveaways, refreshments, live artist demonstrations and more. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and head over.
Fundraisers and Galas
The Bruton Parish Shop Gala featuring “BROADway Babes” Christine Britton and Lisa LeBlanc will be held Friday at the Parish House. The gala will open with a cocktail hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres and then Segway into a cabaret review of comedy numbers from Broadway shows. Proceeds will benefit Bruton Parish’s outreach and mission. Admission is $30 per person and $50 per couple. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
Head over to the College of William & Mary’s School of Education on Friday for Literacy for Life’s Reading Between the Wines. Humorous mystery author Brad Parks will be giving a talk and wine and hors d’oeuvres will abound. Tickets are $65 and the event will start at 6 p.m.
St. Olaf Catholic Church is hosting its fourth annual “Starry Starry Night” on Friday at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center. Starting at 6 p.m., come enjoy a cocktail hour and silent auction, then enjoy a sit-down dinner followed by dancing. Tickets are $50 per person.
King of Glory Church and School is hosting “Thankful Giving… For the Kids” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This event will include a chili cook-off dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles, a family photo booth and more, all to raise money for classroom materials and provide scholarships to families in need. Dinner tickets are $10 for 12 and up, $5 for ages 3 to 11 and free for under 3, or buddle your entire immediate family for $30. Admission to the auctions is free.
Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center is putting on “Cowboys Uncorked” at the Williamsburg Winery at 5 p.m. Sunday. For $50 per ticket come out and enjoy country line dancing, fun contests, barbecue, chili and drinks all to raise money for this unique nonprofit. Put on your boots and jeans and head on over.
Suzannah Linton, an international consultant to the United Nations Development Programme and visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, will be giving a lecture about women accused of international crimes. This free event will take place at 12:50 p.m. Thursday at the William & Mary Law School.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are hosting C-SPAN producer Andy Och on Thursday for a lecture on America’s first ladies. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, this talk will focus on the roles of these women beyond the White House and explore their influence. This lecture is $5 in addition to museum admission and begins at 5:30 p.m.
If you have ever been curious about the role of black Americans at the birth of the recording industry, head over to Tucker Theater on Thursday for a lecture from award-winning author Tim Brooks. In his book “Lost Sounds” Brooks explores African-American music and culture’s place in emergence of ragtime and jazz. Come on out to this free lecture at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating subject.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon Wood will be speaking at the Williamsburg Lodge on Friday about the role of pamphlets in the Revolutionary War. Wood’s new book includes 39 examples of colonial pamphlets discussing topics such as liberty, sovereignty and political representation. Admission is $5 at the lecture begins at 6 p.m.
Journalist and author Steve Silberman will kick off William & Mary’s new Olitsky Family Foundation Neurodiversity Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Sunday. Silberman, a New York Times bestselling author, will discuss the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity as part of an initiative to educate the campus community about brain differences as an aspect of diversity. This free lecture will take place in Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.
Got extra Halloween candy hanging around the house? Head over to New Town Dental Arts on Thursday to get rid of your unwanted candy by giving it to the eighth annual Halloween Candy Donation Drive. Stop by between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and drop off all of your sweet treats to be sent to troops and military organizations. Please donate only unopened candy.
Merle Norman is celebrating its 15th anniversary Friday and Saturday with 15 percent off everything in the studio. Come stock up on all your cosmetic and skin care needs while also enjoying goody bags, food and prizes. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
James City County Parks and Recreation is hosting a “Live Well Expo” on Friday at the county Recreation Center. Residents age 55 and over can stop by to get their vaccinations in addition to free vision, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. This event will last from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Shiloh Baptist Church is celebrating World Community Day with “Our Journey Together,” a day devoted to bringing Christian women from different cultural backgrounds together to share stories and experiences. This worship service meeting is free and open to the public and will be followed by a light lunch. This event starts at 10 a.m. Friday.
Hampton Roads Academy Performing Arts is presenting George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You” in HRA’s Svein J. Lassen Auditorium this weekend in next. Head over for this classic comedy of acceptance that will warm your heart. Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays, November 6 – 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $7 for students and $10 for adults.
Fans of scavenger hunts should head over to New Town for HeartChase, a self-described “Amazing Race meets Minute To Win It” competition. Teams will compete in a chase through the area to find and complete 10 checkpoint challenges. Set your own participation fee with a fundraising goal for your team to donate to the American Heart Association. This event will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.