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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and there are plenty of fun and romantic things to do around the Historic Triangle.
Go out to a nice dinner, catch a show in a sultry cabaret lounge or dance the night away – just don’t forget to invite that special someone.
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Yankee Candle Village is being transformed Saturday into a winter wonderland for the Winter Fun Weekend. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday families can stop by to enjoy craft time with Mrs. Claus, Rapunzel’s storytime and a Valentine’s Day children’s painting workshop. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for a schedule of activities.
The Williamsburg Farmers Market will once again grace Merchants Square on Saturday for a special Valentine’s Day edition of the market. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to peruse the wares of more than 25 vendors who will be well-stocked with Valentine gifts, artisan chocolate, winter greens, forced bulbs, cheese, meats, honey, baked goods, handmade soaps and more. The market accepts SNAP/EBT, credit cards and W&M Express, so stop on by.
The Williamsburg Players are your entertainment destination for your Valentine’s Day date Saturday as they transform their stage into a nightclub lounge. Jennifer Lent will take the stage and weave Broadway standards and stories together with live piano accompaniment by William Neil. Purchase tickets now for you and your special someone and enjoy an authentic cabaret experience together. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Get your tickets now for “J.M. Randall’s Pretty in Pink Sweetheart Gala” on Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Kingsmill. The party starts with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and then dancing to follow. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit Beyond Boobs!, so get your tickets now.
Riverwalk Restaurant is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Dinner on Sunday that will offer up a four-course dining experience feature delicious and elegant dishes by Executive Chef Brian Hines and his culinary team. Make it a Valentine’s Day to truly remember. Reservations are encouraged and the dinner begins at 3 p.m.
Catch A Show
The Thursday afternoon film series at the Williamsburg Library continues this week with “Carousel,” the 1956 classic staring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. This movie tells the tale of former carousel barker Billy Bigelow as he returns to Earth from heaven to help his high school daughter from beyond the grave. The show starts at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
This weekend Bruton’s School of the Arts will be putting on the acclaimed musical “25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This hilarious and charming story was the winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book and is now bring brought to life by the talented students at SOA. The curtains will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for seniors, students and YCSD employees.
The Williamsburg Library will host First Baptist Church’s Concert Choir on Sunday as well as the newly formed handbell choir for a concert of inspiration music. First Baptist will be joined by the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church handbell choir. This show begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Sports and Fitness
Studio South is celebrating its recent expansion with three days of free yoga and barre classes. The new-and-improved space includes both a heated and unheated studio that will host a combined 50+ classes a week. Whether you are new to yoga and barre or experienced and looking to delve deeper into your practice, Studio South’s new line-up has a class for you. Stop by Thursday, Friday and Saturday to see for yourself what the studio has to offer. Reservations are encouraged.
It’s a big weekend for Tribe Basketball. Stop by the Kaplan Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday to see the men’s team versus Hofstra, at 7 p.m. Friday for the women’s team versus Hofstra and at 2 p.m. Sunday for the women’s team versus Delaware. Come cheer on the tribe. Click here for ticket information.
Stop by the James City County Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to learn all about stroke prevention and treatment as well as have your blood pressure taken. Learn the risk factors for strokes and what to do if you think someone is having one- this is an emergency where every moment counts and fast action can save lives. This program is free and no registration is required.
Stop by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg this Friday for a tour through “A Century of African American Quilts.” Learn all about the styles and techniques used to make the beautiful quilts in this collection, as well and the unique and moving stories behind their makers. The 45-minute tour will culminate with a hands-on activity. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free with a Good Neighbor pass.
Liz Moore & Associates’ annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser for CHKD is back Friday. Stop by the offices between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make a donation and get a delicious treat. It’s a great way to get your sugar fix and give to a good cause all in one afternoon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interest in donating cupcakes.
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.
In honor of Black History Month, Jamestown Settlement will be putting on a special program about “African-American Imprint” on Saturday. Stop by the settlement for musical performances and storytelling that highlight the culture and contributions of African Americans. The event will also feature an African mask craft activity and special interpretive programs. This program will take place throughout the day Saturday and is included with admission.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year a little bit late at the Williamsburg Pottery’s Asian Festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Stop by and enjoy food and wine samples, Korean drum performances, tai chi, kung fu Chinese dragon and lion dances and more. This day of fun and culture is free and open to the public.