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Whether you are looking to spend time outside, get in touch with your creative side or spend an elegant night on the town, there is no shortage of fun or informative things to do around the Historic Triangle this weekend.
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This Friday and Saturday, 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 being brought to life by the talented students at SOA. The curtains will open at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for seniors, students and YCSD employees.
Castlebay, the musical duo that has been weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic Lands for almost three decades, is coming to the Williamsburg Library on Saturday. Julia Lane’s ethereal soprano and Fred Gosbee’s rich baritone will take on joyous dance tunes and haunting melodies. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library and Students and $8 for children.
Pianist Robert Hall Jr., saxophonist James A. Randall, III, vocalist Lisa Reid-Williamson and dancer Missy Baker will take the stage at the Williamsburg library on Sunday for “Hometown Treasures,” a celebration of music and performing. This show begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Learn Something New
Physicist and author Michael Riordan will be giving a colloquium titled “A Bridge Too Far? The Demise of the Superconducting Super Collider” at Jefferson Lab at 11 a.m. Thursday. Riordan will draw on his expertise to discuss the alternative projects the national high-energy physics community could have pursued instead of the super collider and the implications of the decision to invest in that particular technology. This event is free and open to the public.
Join Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates PLC for an educational session on options for tax savings for the new year. This seminar will touch on a variety of topics such as taxation of your IRA, inheritance protection and the Virginia Power of Attorney Act. This seminar will take place at 460 McLaws Circle suite 200 at 10 a.m. Thursday. Admission is free but space is limited so reserve your spot by calling Lauren Hanna at 757-220-8114.
William & Mary’s Mason School of Business is hosting “Defense Entrepreneurs Forum Williamsburg the Real Third Offset” beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. This all-day conference takes on the role of technology diffusion and its relationship to the future of U.S. military success. Several high profile former and current government officials will share their expertise on the subject over the course of the day. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Local author and gardener Lisa Ziegler will be presenting a special two-part program at the James City County Recreation Center on Saturday. The first session, “Easy Seed Starting” will explore the roots of successfully growing flowers from seed, while the second session “Restoring Pollinators” will focus on how to attract bees and other vital pollinators to your garden. A gardener’s workshop pop-up shop will be offered immediately after the programs. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Admission is free but a donation of $5 is requested.
Calling all oyster enthusiasts! Iconic Virginia waterman and oyster grower Tommy Leggett will be stopping by Bruton Parish Hall on Sunday to discuss the role of oysters throughout history and the current state of oyster farming. Leggett is a leader in oyster restoration and a major supplier to area restaurants. This talk is presented by the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society and begins at 3 p.m.- admission is free and open to the public.
Catch A Movie
The William & Mary Global Film Festival returns this weekend to the Kimball Theatre for four days of “Film & Community.” This year’s lineup includes “Boy & the World,” “Embrace of the Serpent,” “Bota,” “Radical Grace” and many others. Click here for the complete schedule. This event runs Thursday through Sunday and ticket prices vary.
This week’s Thursday afternoon movie at the Williamsburg Library is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starring Danny Kaye as a daydreaming writer who likes to imagine he is a hero who experiences fantastic adventures. When confronted with a real high-stakes adventure, Walter Mitty discovers being a hero isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. The screening begins at 2 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public.
A Night On The Town
Walsingham Academy is raising money to purchase two new activity school buses this weekend with the 45th annual Auction & Dinner for the Children. This elegant evening at the Williamsburg Hellenic Center will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner and a silent and live auction. Support the school and enjoy a night out on the town. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here.
Bacon Street is celebrating 45 years of serving the community Sunday with a night of live music, a three-course dinner and an auction with amazing prizes. A special awards ceremony will recognize youths and adults in the community making a different in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and support a great local resource. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased here.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are hosting “Stories in the Galleries,” – a guided exploration of some of the museum’s exhibits culminating with a writing session in which participants will come up with a story inspired by one of the works of art. This program will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and is geared toward ages 10 and older. Admission is included with a museum ticket.
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.
Head to York River State Park this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a “Frozen Fossil Frenzy Hike.” This two-mile hike will highlight the existence of fossils all over the park dating back 6,000 years or more, and all participants can keep a fossil found at the beach as a souvenir. This program is free and open to the public, and parking at the park is $4.