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The groundhog did not see his shadow, which means spring is just around the corner and the Historic Triangle is bursting this fun activities to take part in this weekend.
Whether you want to catch a concert, enjoy a pancake supper or ring in the Chinese New Year, there is no shortage of things to do in the greater Williamsburg area.
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Movies and Concerts
This Thursday’s film screening at the Williamsburg library is “Action in the North Atlantic,” the story of Humphrey Bogart as First Officer Joe Rossi, a World War II hero who matches tactics with U-boats and the Luftwaffe. The show begins at 2 p.m. and admission is free.
Wipe away your winter blues with a free concert at the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing on Thursday – the second in Yorktown’s annual Cabin Fever concert series. Little Bit of Swing will take the stage in this intimate and interactive performance. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and admission is free.
The Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a celebration of acoustic music 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.
Performing members of the Williamsburg Area Music Teachers are putting on a benefit concert, “Divertimenti 7, For the Love of Music,” on Saturday to benefit the Williamsburg Music Club’s Grants program. Head over to Walnut Hills Baptist Church at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of beautiful music- admission is free and donations are welcome.
Black History Month Programs
The Arts Museums at Colonial Williamsburg are tackling an age-old question: What exactly is a family? At Thursday’s moving program with Valarie Holmes, guests will have the opportunity to explore the ties that bind us and the changing social and legal definition of the word, all through the lens of an enslaved family struggling to be reunited. This program starts at 3:30 p.m. and is included with museum admission.
William and Mary’s Global Film Festival Mug Night at the Kimball Theatre will feature two screenings of “Do the Right Thing” on Thursday in honor of Black History Month. Catch the show at either 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m., and purchase a 32 oz. Global Film Festival mug full of AleWerks Brewing Company beer for $10 to enjoy unlimited refills for only $5 at each. Tickets to the show are $4 and taps open at 6:30 p.m., so come on by.
Stop by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday for “Finding Mammy Sarah”– the true story of Ywone Edwards-Ingram’s search to find information about a servant of the Semple family of Williamsburg. Mammy Sarah is memorialized at Bruton Parish Churchyard – the only known memorial there honoring an African American. Learn more about the fascinating undertaking of uncovering her past; this program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free, but reservations are required.
Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of African Americans who lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, will be giving a presentation on 18th-century life at 3 p.m. Sunday. Find out what life was like before the Emancipation Proclamation and learn about the history of the Black Settlement. This program is free and open to the public.
Are you interested in learning more about what a classical education has to offer? Providence Classical School is holding a K-12 open house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, so head on over to meet teachers, learn about the curriculum and talk to current students. Childcare will be available; to reserve a spot, call 757-565-2900 ext. 305.
Head out to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Focus’ office in York County on Thursday for “Infant Massage and Beyond the Delivery,” a special workshop that’s all about learning soothing techniques to calm your new baby and deepen the parent-child bond. The class will take place at 10 a.m. and admission is $25; scholarships are available.
Soroptimist’s annual pancake supper is slated for noon Thursday, so head on over to the Astronomical Pancake and Waffle House to eat some tasty breakfast food and support a good cause. Tickets are $8 and all the proceeds will go to benefit local scholarships and service projects. Contact Sherry Phipps at 757-810-4658 to purchase yours.
The William & Mary Confucius Institute is hosting a Chinese Spring Festival Celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Come by Trinkle Hall and enjoy performances from students and scholars within Chinese Students and Scholars Association, in addition to delicious Chinese food from Peter Chang. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 online.
Come on out and cheer the Tribe on to victory at the William & Mary men’s basketball game versus Delaware on Saturday. Pack William & Mary Hall for the nationally televised Gold Rush Game at 2:30 p.m. – 6,000 gold t-shirts and 3,000 gold pom-poms will be handed out to the crowd, so don’t miss your chance to a be a part of the momentum. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youths. Go Tribe!
Williamsburg’s own “Buffalo Boyz” – a local motorcycle group inspired by the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the 19th century – will be stopping by the Williamsburg Regional Library on Sunday to share adventures through story and song. This program is free and open to the public, so stop by at 3 p.m. Sunday.