32 things to do this week: March 7-13

Good afternoon!

In response to reader feedback, I’ve decided to start sending out the weekly list of upcoming local events in a separate newsletter on Sundays. Some of you have said that you prefer to receive the event list over the weekend (when you have more time to plan for the week ahead).

Prefer a different day? Email me at [email protected] to share your thoughts.

I’d also love to know: What kinds of events are you most interested in? Your feedback will help me to determine what – if any – additional sources I should include in my weekly search efforts.

Some highlights for this week are the Shamrock the ‘Burg event, the Battle of Hampton Roads Commemoration at Mariners’ Museum, guided Women’s History Month tours at Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation and a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Winter Market in Yorktown.


Multiple Days

  • Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg – CW will offer a mix of dramatizations, short plays, interpretations and online live-streamed special events all throughout March in honor of Women’s History Month. Many of the events are included with Art Museum Admission or the Good Neighbor Pass for locals. See website for a full listing of events.
  • Women’s History Month at Virginia Living Museum – March 12-13. The Virginia Living Museum is celebrating Women’s History Month throughout all of March. Each weekend, the museum will offer different activities to celebrate the achievements of amazing women. For the weekend of March 12-13, the focus will be on Dr. Jessica Ware, an assistant curator in invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Hampton Restaurant Week – March 6 – 20. Hampton Restaurant Week has returned, and now, it includes takeout specials for the first time. Support local restaurants and enjoy eat-in or takeout specials including $10 lunch and $20 and $30 multi-course dinners. See website for a full list of participating restaurants.
  • Busch Gardens Spring Job Fair – Learn about positions currently available at Busch Gardens. Positions are currently available in the areas of photography, food service, merchandise, guest services and more. All who apply online and attend the job fair will receive one free single-day ticket. This event will be held Friday, March 4; Saturday, March 12; Friday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 23.
  • Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Fridays through Sundays, March 4-27 (including St. Patrick’s Day). Features family-friendly fun and authentic live entertainment, including performances by local dance schools. See website for times and additional details.
  • VITA Free Tax Preparation Service – Free tax preparation and electronic filing services are available to the public through the Greater Williamsburg Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm through April 16. Covid-19 precautions will be followed and masks are required.
  • Afterschool Crafts – James City County Library. Monday – Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm; Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm. This drop-in event features new crafts every week.

Monday, March 7

  • Make a Miniature Garden – Williamsburg Regional Library. Kids can pick up all the supplies they need to plant their own succulent plant, which can be decorated with gnomes, dinosaurs and more. Kits will be available to take home or to work on outside in the City Square. While supplies last. Free. 11:00 am.
  • Community Yoga at the Watermen’s Museum – Yorktown. Bring your yoga mat and meet at the carriage house to participate in a rejuvenating, beginner-friendly yoga session. $10. Proceeds benefit the Watermen’s Museum. 6:00 – 6:50 pm.
  • Mending Monday – Williamsburg Library (515 Scotland St.) Bring hemming or stitching projects to the Williamsburg Library Maker Space to use the library’s sewing machines and workspace. Librarian Rachael will assist with machine use and provide guidance and resources. Free. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, March 8

  • Spice World – Tabb Library. If you love to cook and want to try new recipes, check out Tabb Library’s Spice World Club. This event features a new spice or spice blend from different areas of the world every month. You’ll also receive a free take-home kit with recipes (available on a first-come, first-served basis. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, March 9

  • Nation Builders Discuss the Rights of Women – Hennage Auditorium at Colonial Williamsburg. Learn how two Nation Builders viewed and debated the rights of women. Speak to the Nation Builders – and the historians who portray this – to discuss this topic both in and out of the 18th-century world. This event is just one of numerous Women’s History Month programs at CW and is included with Art Museum admission or with a Good Neighbor pass.
  • Virtual Civil War Lecture – Hosted by Mariners Museum (online). Historian John V. Quarstein will dive into the 160-year old question: Who won the Battle of Hampton Roads? John is a noted Civil War historian, popular lecturer, author and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum. Free; registration is required. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Thursday, March 10

  • Beginning Word – James City County Library. This adult-centered class will teach the basics of word processing using Microsoft Word. Seating is limited; call to register. 10:00 am.
  • A History of Beauty and the Beast – Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This Talk, hosted by Williamsburg Regional Library, will explore the history of Beauty and the Beast – from ancient Greece to today. 2:00 pm.
  • History on Film – Grissom Library in Newport News. Features the war film U-571, which details the capture of a German U-Boat in 1941 in the North Atlantic. CDC guidelines will be followed. 5:30 pm.
  • Celtic Film Series: “Veronica Guerin” – Williamsburg Library. An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers. Based on a true story. Note: This film is rated R. 6:00 pm.

Friday, March 11

  • Civil War Lecture – Admiral Frank Buchanan: Sink Before Surrender! – Mariners’ Museum (in-person and livestreamed online). Learn about Admiral Franklin Buchanan, who served in the US Navy for 45 years. Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Advanced registration is required for both online and in-person attendance. Lecture is included with $1 admission (in-person) or free to watch online. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Saturday, March 12

  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Rd. Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans and other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended in order to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Heronious Point of View – York River State Park in Williamsburg. Experience the sights and sounds of herons as they build nests and care for their young along the York River and Woodstock Pond. A friendly ranger will be on hand to help you locate the herons. Included with park admission. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Battle of Hampton Roads Commemoration – Mariners’ Museum. The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, which changed naval warfare forever. This is a family-friendly event featuring a day of fun activities, including an archaeological dig, lectures, stories and more. Included with $1 admission. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Household Chemical & Computer Recycling – 105 Service Dr. in Yorktown. Hosted by Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority. Recycle paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products and other chemicals. This collection is for residents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. See website for the full list of acceptable materials. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Yorktown Winter Market (St. Patrick’s Day) – This marks the final Yorktown Winter Market of the season. You’ll find a wide variety of baked goods, prepared soups, gourmet chocolates, local arts and more. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Job Fair – Williamsburg Lodge. CW is looking to fill a variety of best-in-class positions. Available opportunities include: cooks, servers, kitchen utility and bartenders; room attendant; front desk attendant; housekeeping attendant; and public space attendant. $500 sign-on bonuses are also available. See website for additional details. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Guided Women’s History Month Tours – Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation in Newport News. Guided tours will offer insights into the lives of women from historic eras, including the Civil War. Endview: 10:30 am & 1:30 pm; Lee Hall: 11:30 am & 2:30 pm. Admission for each tour is $7.00; discounted rates are available through Event Brite.
  • Master Gardeners Present Small Space Gardening – Tabb Library. If you have limited room to plant a garden, join this event to learn how to transform your small garden into a success. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Piano Concert featuring Seth Schultheis – Seth Schultheis has performed as a soloist throughout the U.S and Europe in venues including the Ely Cathedral in England, Teatro Cajasol in Seville, Spain and Carnegie Hall in New York. Register online to reserve your seat. Free. 4:00 pm.
  • Shamrock the ‘Burg – Williamsburg Community Building. This event benefits the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club and will feature the popular Virginia Beach-based Irish band, The Fighting Jamesons, dances from the Geary School of Irish Dance, desserts from Aromas, a full Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner from Culture Cafe, a photo booth and more. Admission is $25 for adults and includes one free adult beverage. Dinner is available for an additional $25. 5:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • Family Tree Search – Historic Warwick Courthouse in Newport News. A member of the Tidewater Genealogical Society will be on hand to help you research your Family Tree. Assistance is free. This is a drop-in event. For additional information, visit tidewatergenealogicalsociety.org. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday, March 13

  • 2nd Sundays Williamsburg – 205 N. Boundary St. This street fair features over 115 unique artisans, performers, musicians and food vendors. See website for a list of vendors and entertainers attending the March 13 event. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Friendly Hours – Mariners’ Museum offers a sensory-friendly experience for guests on the second Sunday of each month during designated hours. Guests can enjoy a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Space is limited; pre-registration online is strongly recommended. Free with $1 museum admission. 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
  • Yorktown Before Yorktown Walking Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (411 Main Street). Learn about Yorktown before it was Yorktown during this guided walking tour hosted by professional historians. $10; children under 12 are free. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.


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