Monday, December 4, 2023

What You’ll Do: April 24-27

W.Y.D2Soak up the sunshine with a whole host of activities scheduled for this bustling spring weekend. You can swing, sip or munch for a charity with multiple fundraising events, shop for trinkets or tulips, or get outdoors with community festivals and an art show.

Want to see your event included in What You’ll Do? We pull these ideas from our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of Submitting to the calendar is free and easy, so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.

Support a Cause

York High School’s Falcon Band will hold a fundraising event at their school Thursday evening. From 4 to 7 p.m., swing by for a Chick-fil-A drive-thru service and visit with the Chick-fil-A cow.

The seventh annual “Breast” Ball Golf Tournament for Breast Health tees off at 1 p.m. Friday at Ford’s Colony. The event benefits Beyond Boobs!, which provides education and support for those coping with breast cancer. Presented by Bedcrafters by Michelle, this year’s tournament is held in memory of Shae Nicole Jarrett. Read her story and more about the event in the Hometown section.

Festival Of Taste On The James on Friday will support Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels with wine, cocktails and food from top area chefs. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, there will also be live music and dancing. Find out details in the Hometown section.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating its second anniversary in Williamsburg from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The nonprofit home improvement store and donation center sells furniture, appliances, building materials and other items below retail price to support home projects for low-income families. In addition to special sales, there will be a bake sale and refreshments, car wash, games and recycling at the event.

Due to capacity, there will be no walk-up registration at Hike for Hospice. Learn more about the event  in the Hometown section.

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will hold their annual fundraiser, Smokin’ Hot BBQ, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Walsingham Academy. The event features music, food and drinks, and benefits Avalon, Bacon Street and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula.

The Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival supports many local nonprofits and offers guests the chance to sip on 20 different beers from 10 breweries. Starting at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Williamsburg’s City Square, the event features live music by the Hark. The event is a presented as a collaboration between the Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg and the Rotary Club of Williamsburg.

Shop and Bop

Williamsburg Estate Services is holding a sale this weekend to benefit Williamsburg Faith in Action. The annual estate sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 3317 Venture Lane.

The indoor flea market returns to the Historic Triangle Community Services Building, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. There will be antiques, crafts, jewelry and yard sale items.

Twenty homes in the Edgehill neighborhood will be participating in a community yard sale. The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with furniture, kitchenware, clothes, toys, tools and more. Balloons will mark participating homes.

Expert and aspiring botanists can head to Jamestown Beach Park for a plant sale with shrubs, flowers, herbs, vegetables and native plants. The event raises funds for the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, Native Plant Society, and Williamsburg-James City County Master Gardeners, and starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Musical Stylings

A newly formed Celtic fusion group called Picti will be giving a concert Friday at Williamsburg Players Inc. The program starts at 7 p.m. and includes vocals, vibraphone, bagpipes, storytelling, and drums by David Doersch and Catherine Hauke.

A live acoustic rock group will be playing Friday evening in Yorktown. Absolute Acoustic starts at 7:30 p.m. at Water St. Grille.

The William & Mary Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the year at 4 p.m. Saturday at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. The student group will be playing a range of music, including “Concerto for Seven Trumpets” by Johann Altenburg.

Guitarist Louis Vangieri will perform at the William & Mary Bookstore over lunch on Sunday. His program of acoustic covers and original works starts at 1 p.m.

There is more William & Mary music Sunday, when the Symphony Orchestra performs their spring concert, including New World Symphony by Anton Dvorak and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov featuring faculty pianist Maria Yefimova. The program starts at 4 p.m. at Phi Beta Kappa Hall, and will be followed by a violin art fundraiser –with instruments turned into clocks and lamps – to benefit the ensemble.

Family Fun

On Saturday, the James River Association will hold the third annual James RiverFest at the Eco Discovery Park. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the festival will include water activities, a clean-up, fun and educational activities for children, food for purchase, live music, and a wide variety of vendors and environmental booths. James RiverFest seeks to showcase the river for the community, build awareness and support for JRA, while increasing environmental action in Williamsburg.

Pirates invade Yorktown at 10 a.m. Saturday at the waterfront. There will be the chance to visit an encampment, watch cannon firing demonstrations and sing with the pirates. Read more here.

The Williamsburg Community Pool will host an open house Saturday. The event starts at 10 a.m. and gives the chance to meet staff and learn about the swim team.

Celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on Saturday at the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA in Yorktown. The event is free and will children the chance to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. After the fair and open house – which starts at 10 a.m. – there will be a family 5k run/walk followed by snacks and YMCA merchandise.

Saturday night cruise-ins have started at Heritage Square in Grafton, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The weekly events are free for spectators, and open to all years, makes and models of cars and trucks. With a $2 donation to show a car, the cruise-in benefits a different charity each month.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg will present their 51st annual Art on the Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. The juried art show in Merchants Square is dedicated to showcasing original, high-quality and diverse mediums of art. This year’s event will feature 173 artists, and there will also be a raffle for an original watercolor.

This and That

The Peninsula Chicken Keepers’ monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. This month’s topic will be natural feeding sources. The meeting is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to bring a canned food donation for the church food closet.

Dance, jump and skip the night away at a contra dance at the Waterman’s Museum on Saturday night. There is no partner necessary for the dance, which starts at 7 p.m. on the deck behind the museum. The band “Hoedown Hoboes” will provide live music, with Ben Allbrandt calling the dances.

Civil War buffs can turn out to a free lecture at William & Mary, planned for 3 p.m. Sunday in Tucker Hall room 127. Lisa and Sean Heuvel will speak on “The College of William and Mary: Historical Memory and the Civil War.”

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