Sunday, June 16, 2024

Williamsburg Notebook: Dogs of DoG Street, City Council Retreat and Free Concert from VSO

wmsbrgnotebook2The Dogs of DoG Street competition is back this year for the second time and City Council will meet for a retreat soon to discuss proposed changes to the Stryker Building. Also, don’t forget about the free concert from Virginia Symphony Orchestra. It’s all in this week’s Williamsburg Notebook.

Dogs of Dog Street

Do you like your dog? Then prove it – on Facebook in the second annual Dogs of DoG Street competition.

Competitors can send up to three photos of their dog enjoying the City of Williamsburg to communications@williamsburgva.gov to see them posted on the city’s Facebook page for a chance to win a gift card to DoG Street Pub. The city will hand out three $25 gift cards to random contestants and a $50 gift card will go to the owner of the photo (and dog) with the most likes on Facebook.

Submissions have already started and will continue until Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. – the deadline. Voting will continue for another five days ending at 9 a.m. on Sept. 3.

City Council Retreat

Williamsburg City Council members will meet for their retreat in two weeks. On Sept. 7, the council will discuss, among other things, proposed changes to the city’s Stryker Center. The building, used now mostly for public meetings, is proposed to undergo a huge face-lift or demolition and reconstruction.

The hope for the building is it can serve a larger purpose – providing extra space for the Williamsburg Regional Library, housing conference rooms and other community facilities. Council members have already heard proposals from several architects and contractors about the project and still have to make a choice from one of three proposals – or choose not to pursue the project for now.

The three bids:

  • Daniel/Stemann – 14,794 ft²; $4,783,500; ($324/ft²)
  • Henderson/Tingle – 14,351 ft²; $4,961,400; ($346/ft²)
  • Jordan/Hopke – 12,942 ft²; $4,275,773; ($330/ft²)

A committee assembled to review the three and recommended the Henderson/Tingle bid. It’s now in the council’s hands.

Free Concert from VSO

Have a night out under the stars on Thursday listening to the sounds of the strings, horns, woodwinds and percussion sections of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public at the College of William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre.

  • Allowed at the concert: family, friends, chairs, blankets, coolers and picnic baskets.
  • Not allowed at the concert: outside alcohol (wine will be sold at the venue) or whining.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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