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Whether you are looking for something to do with family members visiting for Thanksgiving or just an excuse to get out of the house, there are plenty of things to do in the area after the big feast.
Stop by a farmers market to enjoy the last of the harvest bounty, shop a local brewery’s Black Friday sale or take the kids to meet the cast of the Virginia Regional Ballet’s upcoming production of the Nutcracker.
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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are celebrating Thanksgiving with “Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day program kicking off Thursday that will feature numerous unique programs on the gathering, growing and preparation of food. Head over and learn about what English colonists and Powhatan Indians alike ate. Admission is free to residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.
The passage of Thanksgiving means the official start of the Christmas season to most, but in the past it also signified the end of the harvest season. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will be celebration with “A Harvest of Stories,” an afternoon of fellowship and tales. Master storytellers Shel Browder and Donna Wolf will enchant the crowd with stories of the harvest season and the mischievous Fey Folk. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $5 in addition to museum admission.
Get Out and Shop
Alewerks is kicking off Black Friday early and opening up the taproom at 10 a.m. Friday for “Kegs and Eggs.” Enjoy craft beers and an omelette station before venturing out for a day of shopping. While you’re there, pick up a gift pack for the beer-lover in your life. The omelette station will remain open until 2 p.m.
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.
Alewerks is releasing its annual favorite “Barleywine” Grand Illumination bottles noon Saturday. There are no bottle limits on this barrel-aged American ale, so stock up before they are gone. Wes Forehand will be performing live from noon to 2:30 p.m. and Ball & Chain will take the stage from 3 to 6 p.m. Come on out and kick off the Christmas season in style.
Bring the kids to Williamsburg’s Jazzercise studio on Merrimac Trail for a Descendants Dance Camp based on the Disney Channel original movie. Kids ages 5 to 12 can learn to dance like Mal and Evie. Admission is $20 and preregistration is required. The fun starts at 1 p.m. Friday.
Gather around and take part in a “Rip-Roaring American Holiday Sing Along” at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Friday. Carson Hudson and the Old Cigar Box Band will lead this rousing family sing-along in classic songs and holiday stories. Stop by at 3 p.m. to enjoy the music of four centuries. Tickets are $8 in addition to museum admission.
Come on out to the DoubleTree Hotel for a tea party with Klara and her Nutcracker friends on Saturday. Guests can enjoy tea and delectable treats while having photos taken with the cast of the ballet. The Virginia Regional Ballet will host the party in the hotel’s Terrace Room at 1:30 p.m. and advanced tickets costing $16 per person are required.
Monday is St. Andrew’s Day and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are celebrating a little early with an afternoon of “Scotland’s Traditional Music.” John Turner and Cliff Williams will pay tribute to Scotland’s rich musical heritage with songs, stories and dances from several centuries. Guests can enjoy the dulcet tones of fiddles, guitar, flute and whistles at this special program. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $7 in addition to museum admission.