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Another cold January weekend is upon us in the Historic Triangle, but there are plenty of opportunities to escape from the chill in this week’s edition of What You’ll Do.
Catch a movie, browse a museum or discover a new book series. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to bundle up.
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Movies and Books
This Thursday’s feature film at the Williamsburg Library is “Ladies in Retirement,” the story of a psychopathic companion-housekeeper who strangles her employer to prevent the institutionalization of her mentally ill sisters. Released in 1941, this film is full of drama and suspense set against the backdrop of a lonely mansion on the Thames. This event will begin at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Colonial Italian American Organization (CIAO) is hosting its annual Italian Film Festival, a multi-date event beginning Thursday. The festival celebrates Italian film and culture through a series of three Italian language films with English subtitles. The festival kicks off with a screening of La Visita at 6:30 p.m., preceded by brief remarks from the club and followed by light refreshments. The show will take place at the Williamsburg Community Library Theatre and is free and open to the public.
Best-selling young adult fantasy author Alethea Kontis is stopping by the James City County Library this Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about her award-winning Woodcutter Sisters Trilogy and other recent books. Kontis will discuss her inspiration and writing process and conclude with a Q&A session. Registration is requested for this free event and can be completed by calling 757-259-4050.
Head over to the Bruton Parish House for a screening of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” an Emmy-nominated documentary about the Atlantic slave trade. Filmmaker Katrina Browne will be present for a Q&A and community dialogue after the film. This show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, but stop by early for a reception beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Museum Exhibits and Tours
Have you ever wondered what sort of dishes our colonial predecessors bought, or where their plates and bowls originated? Stop by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Friday or Sunday for “Ceramics Up Close,” a guided tour of the museum’s ceramics followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the ceramics storage vault. This program begins at 1:30 p.m. on both days and admission is included free with museum admission.
Yorktown Victory Center is debuting a special multimedia, interactive exhibit featuring a sneak peek at the galleries and introductory film that will premiere with the museum’s transition to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown later this year. Open every Saturday, this is exhibit is sure to tide history lovers over until the new museum’s debut. Click here for ticket information.
Stop by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday to explore the fascinating events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. This guided tour will entertain and delight the entire family, and is included with museum admission. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is going “Behind Closed Drawers” on Saturday with a look at the clothing and needlework of the early American south. A guided tour will lead guests through the “Textiles of the Early South” exhibit and give them an in-depth look at this unique art form. The program begins at 2:45 p.m. and is included with museum admission.
Take a guided tour of the colonial table with “Sipping and Supping,” an hour-long program at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg that explores ceramics, silver, decorations and table settings. These everyday objects can tell the modern observer a lot about the homes from which they came, so stop by at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to take it all in. This tour is included free with museum admission.
Music and Concerts
First Baptist Church is observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Friday with a special play and hymn presented by the joint choirs of First Baptist and Bruton Parish Church. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and is free and open to the public.
The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra will be performing a free concert at Saint Bede Catholic Church on Sunday. Head on over to enjoy compositions from classical masters like Haydn, Handel and Mozart as performed by a group of talented musicians of all ages. The show begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Calling all junior and senior high music students: This Sunday is the deadline to apply for the Williamsburg Music Club’s Grants in Aid Auditions, which will be held March 12. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this great program. Click here to apply.
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.
Have you ever wanted to take up beekeeping as a hobby but were unsure how to get started? The Colonial Beekeepers Association will be offering up a “Getting Started in Beekeeping” seminar Saturday at which interested parties can learn all the basics of becoming a beekeeper, from the monetary and time commitment required, necessary equipment and basic dos-and-don’t. Head over to the Tabb Library at 10:15 a.m. for this free program.
Stop by Schmidt’s Flowers & Accessories this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. for a do-it-yourself wedding floral class where you can learn everything you need to know about how to make corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets. Classes are $15 per person; pre-registration is required.
Escape the cold and be transported to sunny Spain this weekend with a free wine tasting at La Tienda. Spain is known for some of the world’s most robust, complex and delicious wines, so head over Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. to sample and learn about this country’s unique viticulture.