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Update 01/21/16: Montessori’s Open House event this Sunday has been rescheduled to 01/31/16 due to the impending snow storm.
Williamsburg’s Got Talent has also been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
The Williamsburg Symphonia’s “Cabaret and Cocktails” has been postponed and a new date is forthcoming.
Update 01/22/16: Hampton Roads Academy’s production of “Willy Wonka, Jr.” will not be performed on Friday due to the impending snow storm. The Saturday performance is still expected to go on as planned.
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s celebration of acoustic music has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Update 01/23/16: Hampton Roads Academy’s production of “Willy Wonka, Jr.” for Saturday has been postponed. A new date has not been set yet.
The forecast for this weekend may be cold and gloomy, but there are still plenty of opportunities to warm up around the Historic Triangle with a good show, good food or good company.
Read on to find out what you can do throughout the greater Williamsburg area in the coming days.
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Take In A Show
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s Thursday afternoon film series continues this week with “Leave Her to Heaven,” the 1945 melodrama staring Gene Tierney as a psychopathic young wife racked with obsessive, jealous love for her husband. A tale of murder and treachery, this movie is sure to have viewers on the edges of their seats. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Sinfonicron Light Opera is presenting “Kiss Me, Kate,” the hilarious tale of an ex-husband and wife cast opposite each other in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” With flashy dance numbers and music by the legendary Cole Porter, this show is sure to please the whole family. The curtain opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and tickets are $15 for orchestra seats, $10 for general admission and $5 for students.
Twelve talented performers are lined up to hit the stage at the Kimball Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday for the fifth annual “Williamsburg’s Got Talent,” presented by the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy. Dick Smith is returning as Master of Ceremonies in this long-running celebration of local talent. Singers, dancers and performers will strut their stuff with everything from Broadway tunes to soulful original songs. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for kids ages 12 and under.
Hampton Roads Academy is presenting the middle school musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Head over to the Svein J. Lassen Auditorium for this delightful and whimsical production of the classic tale of a magical candy factory. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be bought at the door.
The Williamsburg Library is hosting a celebration of acoustic music on Friday, featuring three top musical acts performing both separately and together. Orion, Timothy Seaman and Runaway String Band will all be taking the stage starting at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for friends of Williamsburg Regional Library and students and $8 for children under 17.
Stop by the Williamsburg Lodge for a “Cabaret & Cocktails Pops Concert” at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Williamsburg Symphonia, conducted by music director Janna Hymes, will be performing great American standards from Mancini, Gershwin, Ellington, Armstrong and Cahn. The show will feature numerous special guest appearances by acclaimed professional artists and tickets start at $45.
Learn Something New
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 called “Creating Our New Museum” and 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 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.
Stop by Schmidt’s Flowers & Accessories from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday 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.
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 hourlong 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. Sunday to take it all in. This tour is included free with museum admission.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Riverwalk Restaurant is hosting its January Wine Dinner on Friday, complete with a four-course meal highlighting wild game perfectly paired with regional wines. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $65 per person. Reservations are recommended.
Head over to AleWerks Brewing Company on Friday for the Parrot Head Club of Williamsburg’s club social. Featuring great beer and live music from Richmond’s own Trop Rock musician Dave McKenney, come sing along in good company. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and this event is open to the public.
Water Street Grille is raising the roof Friday and Saturday with live music from Mike DeMoss and Ron Fetner. Head over at 7 p.m. to enjoy some sweet tunes and good food.
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.
Get outside this weekend and take yourself on a self-guided tour of one of York River State Park’s two interpretive trails. The Bluebird loop is a half-milk treck along the paved walkway around the Visitors Center and includes some of the park’s most stunning views, while the Taskinas Creek Trail is a more challenging hike along steep ravines featuring unique overlooks. The park is open daily from sun-up to sundown, and parking is $4.
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.