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The weather may be getting colder, but there is still plenty to do around the Historic Triangle this weekend. Catch a concert, do some wine tasting or cheer on the Tribe – there is still time to make many fun memories before 2015 closes out.
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Catch A Concert
James Pellerite, former principal flutist for the world-renowned Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, will be performing on the Native American flute at the Wren Chapel on Thursday and Phi Beta Kappa Hall on Friday. The lecture-recital at the Wren Chapel will take place at 7:30 p.m. and is free. The Phi Beta Kappa Hall performance in conjunction with the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra also begins at 7:30 p.m. with tickets prices set at $10 for general admission. The concert is free for students, veterans and children under 12.
Folk musician John Gorka will be performing at the Williamsburg Regional Library on Friday, so come on out and enjoy his unique brand of energetic acoustic music reflecting a rich, time-honored folk tradition. Gorka’s rich baritone will transport listeners, so don’t miss a night of folk music. This concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for friends of the library and students and $10 for children.
Food and Drink
Looking for a fun wine to serve at your next holiday gathering? Look no further than “Wine, Wit & Wisdom: Ring in the Holidays with Riesling.” Join Colonial Williamsburg chefs at the Williamsburg Lodge for a Riesling tasting, complete with small bites of food that complement the sweet, subtle wine. Tickets are $50.95 and the tasting beings at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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.
Art and Stories
Ever wondered what helped 18th-century Highlanders get through each day and night? Master storytellers Donna Wolf and Shel Browder will share the secret at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Thursday: rum and stories. Be transported to a time long ago as you listen to the tales they would have told around the fire while drinking on cold winter nights. This program starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, and tickets are $5 in addition to museum admission.
Head over to the Williamsburg Regional Library at 5 p.m. Thursday to attend the opening reception for Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s “Never Before Had An Art Class” Sophomores’ monthlong exhibit. This show is a testament to how far a student can go with a great teacher and plenty of encouragement, so don’t miss it. The reception will start at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Newt and Callista Gingrich will be signing Duplicity and Christmas in America, respectively, at the Barnes and Noble in downtown Williamsburg from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Stop by to purchase a copy or get your own copy signed at this free event.
William and Mary women’s basketball is taking on Wofford at 7 p.m. Thursday, so don’t miss your chance to come out and cheer on the Tribe before they head home for break. Deck out in gold and green and come watch the game at William & Mary Hall.
All aboard for the Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club’s annual show at the James City County library in Norge. Seven tracks, complete with scenery, will be on display this year, so bring the whole family and come check out the show that attracts hundreds of people each year. The trains will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
The Williamsburg United Methodist Church is hosting an Alternative Giving Fair on Sunday featuring 25 local, national and international charities offering up items for purchase that not only make great gifts but also make a difference in the lives of others. Stop by between 9:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday or from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday to make a holiday purchase that truly means something.
Yorkminster Presbyterian Church is holding a special service of comfort and hope for those who are sad, grieving or generally struggling through the holiday season. The service will include music, prayer, candlelight and words of encouragement for any member of the general public in need. Childcare will be provided and refreshments will follow. The service begins at 5 p.m. Sunday.