With April underway – and many kids on spring break this week – there’s no shortage of local events, activities and programs coming up.
Some highlights for this week include the 7th Annual Tartans and Tie Dye Celebration (a fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society) at Watermen’s Museum, ranger talks and battlefield walks in Yorktown, a free performance by the Ford’s Colony Dance Band at the Williamsburg Library and a Revolutionary War reenactment at Endview Plantation in Newport News.
If you’re a history buff like I am, you might also be intrigued by the restoration and preservation initiative happening throughout the week at the historic Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown.
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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Events This Week: April 4-10
- COLORS: Meet the Artists ️– Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This collaborative show features two longtime friends, photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers, who will share their love of color saturation in their art forms. Meet the artists at the grand opening of their collaborative art show, COLORS, April 9-10 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
- Historic Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery Restoration and Preservation Initiative – Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown, circa 1697. Learn about Historic Grace Episcopal Church’s ambitious effort to preserve, restore and repair historic and contemporary monuments, gravestones and markers. TaMara Conde, with Historic Gravestone Restoration Services from New Salem, MA will be working on site during the week of April 4. 9:00 – 5:00 pm; call for exact times.
- Revolutionary War Reenactment at Endview Plantation – See various demonstrations of eighteenth-century military and civilian life, such as artillery, cooking and medicine. Presentations will be offered throughout the day in the historic house and battles will take place on Saturday at 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm and Sunday at 12:00 pm. See website for details and full schedule. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Hours: Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- Ranger Talk – Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. Join a park ranger for a brief story about the people, places or events in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Guests will meet the ranger at the Regimental Flags in front of the park Visitor Center and then travel to a specific location. Monday, April 4; Thursday, April 7; Friday, April 8; Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. 1:30 – 1:50 pm. Free with admission.
- Yorktown Battlefield Walk – Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center. A park ranger will lead guests on a short walk across the battlefield to offer insights into the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Visitors should be prepared to walk for a half mile and stand throughout much of the presentation. Free with admission. Monday, April 4; Thursday, April 7; Friday, April 8; Saturday, April 9; and Sunday, April 10. Two times are available daily: 10:00 -10:45 am and 3:00 – 3:45 pm, except for on Sunday, when the walk will only be offered once at 10:00 am.
- CW Lights – Colonial Williamsburg. April 7-30. The Governor’s Palace Gardens will be feature a magical glow during the family-friendly evening experience. The sounds of the finest 18th-century entertainment will accompany you on your stroll through the bloom-filled gardens. Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
- Pirate Adventure Cruises ☠️- The Schooner Alliance is offering sails during spring break, including its popular pirate adventure cruises, available April 2-16. See what it was like to sail in the days of pirates and privateers. Kids will be able to help raise the sails, learn to tie knots and steer the ship. $31 for kids; $41 for adults.
- Busch Gardens Kids Weekends – Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is offering new activities for kids, Fridays through Sundays from April 1-24. The activities will take place in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and feature dance parties, games, story time, crafts, a colorful flower maze and more. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
- Spring Break Camps – Virginia Living Museum. Kids are invited to learn about the world around us in these weeklong spring break camps. Camps are available for Pre-K, K-2, and 3-5. See website for times and details.
- Spring Break STEM – Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News. A different STEM activity will be offered every day during spring break from 2:00-4:00 pm. For kids ages 6-12. No registration is necessary.
- Colonial Williamsburg Hiring Events ✔️– Franklin Street Officers (427 Franklin St. in Williamsburg) – Wednesdays, April 6, April 13, and April 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 9 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. This event will feature on-the-spot hiring, refreshments and a weekly raffle. Limited time hiring bonuses are available for certain positions.
- VITA Free Tax Preparation Service ✔️– Colonial Williamsburg Kids Club (Building 17). 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, April 4
- Make a Miniature Garden – Williamsburg Library. Kids are invited to pick up all the supplies they need to plant a miniature garden with a real plant. Decorations, including gnomes, dinosaurs and more, will also be available. Get a kit to take home or work on your mini garden outside in the City Square. Available while supplies last. 11:00 am.
- Family Movie Night – Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News. This free family movie night event will feature The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
- Community Yoga – Watermen’s Museum in 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
Tuesday, April 5
- Spring into Break: It’s Egg-citing! – Grissom Library in Newport News. For this fun event, kids are invited to put their engineering skills to the test by building a device that will protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a specific height. For grades K-5. Registration is required. This event will be held outside, weather permitting. 1:00 pm.
- Hydrangea Ornament Craft – Stryker Center in Williamsburg. Make a beautiful hydrangea ornament for your home. This activity is for ages 13 through adult. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
- Adult Anime Club – Grissom Library in Newport News. Offered every first Tuesday of the month. Watch various anime episodes via Crunchyroll and Funimation. For adults 18+. 5:00 pm.
- WhoDunnits: A Mystery Book Club – James City County Library. This month’s featured historical mystery book is The Devil and the Dark Water, by Stuart Turton. WhoDunnits is a discussion group for adults devoted to mysteries and movies. See website for additional details. 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 6
- Blood Drive ✔️– Mariner’s Museum in Newport News. The Mariner’s Museum is partnering with the American Red Cross to host this critical blood drive. Need is more urgent than ever because of very low blood supply. The Red Cross is also currently providing aid to families impacted by the Ukraine crisis. All donations will also be tested for Covid-19 antibodies for a limited time to identify potential units for use in convalescent plasma. Your blood donation could save up to three lives. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- Rainbow Puppets: The Wondrous Wetland Revue – Williamsburg Library. This musical by David Messick tells kids the story of the wetlands using puppets including fiddler crabs, a giant toad and a long-legged blue heron. 10:00 am.
- Spring into Break: A Wild Rumpus – Grissom Library in Newport News. Features Maurice Sendak’s classic Tale and a special book-related craft project. For ages 3-11; registration is required. Event will be held outside, weather permitting. 11:00 am.
- Trinity Organ Series: Raymond Hawkins – Saint Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. Featuring organist Raymond Hawkins from Marblehead, MA, this concert will focus on Lenten meditations with works by J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck and more. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
- Dam No. 1 Walking Tour: Part 2 – Meets in the Discovery Center parking lot in Newport News. Newport News Park historian J. Michael Moore will lead tours of the Dam No. 1 battlefield. Part 2 focuses on the midday Union attack and conclusion of the Peninsula Campaign. Tickets: $7. Reservations are required and can be made online here. 1:00 pm.
- Learning at the Library Enrichment: Mad Science Presents Optical Illusions – James City County Library. This event is for ages 6-12 and is part of the new Learning @ the Library space. Registration is required. See website for details. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
- Yoga @ Grissom – Grissom Library in Newport News and Virtual. Instructor Emily Coyner teaches this series of introductory yoga classes. Participants can register for either the in-person or virtual session. Space is limited. 6:00 pm.
- Peanut Butter N’ Jams Acoustic Open Mic – Brass Cannon Brewing in Williamsburg. Show off your guitar skills, poetry, comedy or voice during this one-of-a-kind open mic night, held every Wednesday night. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Thursday, April 7
- Spring into Break: Drones! – Grissom Library in Newport News. Participants will put their skills to the test in this drone obstacle course. For ages 12-17. Registration is required. 2:00 pm and 3:00 – 3:45 pm.
- Throwback Thursday Film Series – Williamsburg Library Theatre. This week’s featured film is Heaven Can Wait, a romantic comedy starring Warren Beatty. PG. Free. 2:00 – 3:45 pm.
- Poetry Meet-Up – Main St. Library in Newport News. Poetry-lovers ages 10-17 are invited to meet up at weekly to share their favorite poems or their own poetic creations. 4:00 pm.
- Video Editing for Teens – Stryker Center in Williamsburg. Teens can learn to use simple software to edit videos for school, social media or even their own YouTube Channel. This workshop will be led by Ellie Voorhis from the College of William & Mary. Some devices will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own device. For teens 13+. 4:00 pm.
- Evening Yoga – Tabb Library Meeting Room in Yorktown. This evening yoga session will focus on breathing exercises taught by a certified yoga instructor. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Classes are held on the first and third Thursdays every month. For all skill levels, ages 18+. 6:30 pm.
- Ford’s Colony Dance Band: A Festival of Latin American Music – Williamsburg Library. See the Ford’s Colony Dance Band – featuring 17 musicians – perform “A Festival of Latin American Music” at the Williamsburg Library Theatre. The concert will feature many different styles of Latin American music, including songs like “The Girl From Ipanema” (Bossa Nova) and “Frenesi” (Rumba). Admission is free; donations are accepted. 7:30 pm.
- Candlelight Concert: Harpsichord & Recorder Recital – Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Featuring music from the 18th century by Rebecca Davy, harpsichord and Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder. Free and open to the public. 8:00 pm.
Friday, April 8
- Is This Thing On? Tech Class – Tabb Library in Yorktown. Learn about a range of technology topics and get hands-on assistance with your device. Covers smartphones, email, eBooks and audiobooks and more. This class is geared toward adults 65+, but ages 18+ are welcome. Registration is required. 10:00 am.
- Card Trick Magic Workshop – Stryker Center in Williamsburg. WRL teen volunteer David Fan will teach the art of card tricks during this hands-on program. David is a senior at York High School and has been practicing card magic for 3 years. For ages 10-teen. Register in advance; see website for details. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
- Live Music: Phil Poteat – The Virginia Beer Company. A Hampton Roads resident, Phil offers a unique acoustic take on popular songs from recent decades. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
- An Evening of Film, Music, & Dance – Williamsburg Library Theatre. Presented by the Ampersand International Arts Festival with the W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. This event will begin with a 6 pm showing of Sirens, a Sundance Festival documentary film. The concert will then follow at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Saturday, April 9
- Yorktown Market Days Go Green Market – Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. The 2022 Yorktown Market Days season will kick off with this special Go Green Market to promote environmental sustainability. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable bags for shopping. Special exhibitors will offer educational children’s crafts, activities and games. Seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, crafts and artwork and much more will also be available. Free. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
- Household Chemical Collection ✔️– Warhill High School. Click here for a list of acceptable materials. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
- Brookdale Williamsburg Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Children (walking through age 8) are invited to attend this free event featuring an egg hunt, games, face painting, prizes and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be available. Registration is required and space is limited. 9:00 am.
- Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 Parking lot in Williamsburg. The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meets, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 9:00 am – noon.
- Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Rd in Toano. Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended in order to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
- Dabble in Discovery – York River State Park in Williamsburg. Learn about the ecosystems in the park’s wetlands and woods. A naturalist/ranger will help you discover the aquatic, insect, mammal and plant life. Included in park admission. 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.
- All Aboard for Spring! – Lee Hall Depot in Newport News. Kids of all ages can participate in spring-themed scavenger hunts, story times and craft activities. All activities are included with admission ($8 for adults, $6 for kids 7-18 and free for kids under 7). 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Virginia Beer Co.’s 6-Year Freeversary Celebration – The Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg. This event will feature three food trucks, live music, trivia, prizes and more. The taproom and beer garden will also be open. 12:00 – 7:30 pm.
- Wings of Fire Fest – Williamsburg Library. This event celebrates the dragon fantasy series, Wings of Fire, by Tui T. Sutherland. It will feature crafts, games and activities related to the book. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
- Cricut Creative ️– Grissom Library in Newport News. Select or create a design and heat press it into your own mug to take home. One coffee mug is provided per registered participant. For adults ages 18+. 2:00-3:30 pm.
- Pop-In Saturday: Here a Chick, There a Chick! – Main St. Library in Newport News. Kids are invited to stop by between 2:00-4:00 pm to visit the library’s recently hatched chicks, make a craft and take home a treat. For ages 3-11. Registration is not required.
- 7th Annual Tartans and Tie Dye Celebration – Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown. Check out regional Celtic, Folk and Rock bands, including Clan MacCool, Winsome, Billy Joe Daniel and more. Vendors, crafts, family activities and food and beverages will be available. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. $10 suggested donation. 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.
- Live Music Saturdays – Brass Cannon Brewing in Williamsburg. Different musical genres, musicians and bands are featured every Saturday night. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
- Stargazing – Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Participate in a FREE stargazing event and enjoy educational evening planetarium shows for no extra charge at VLM on the second Saturday of every month. Christopher Newport University representatives will also host a special exhibit and science show at 6:30 pm focused on Gravitational Waves. Guests are required to wear masks while operating the telescope. 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
- Candlelight Choral Concert – Bruton Parish in Williamsburg. Featuring the Women’s Chorus from The College of William & Mary. Directed by Dr. Jamie Bartlett. 8:00 pm.
Sunday, April 10
- British Yorktown Talk – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. This talk will explore the early English settlements of the 16th and 17th centuries, the royal monarch, British culture and politics and the American Revolution against the British. The tour will take place around the fire pit in Mobjack’s backyard. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the cafe. $10. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
- Italian Film Festival: “Il Postino” – Williamsburg Library Theatre. Presented by the Colonial Italian American Organization (1995). Free. 2:00 pm.
- Beanbag Book Club – James City County Library. This book club is designed for young elementary-aged kids who are learning to read. It features stories, games and fun activities. Children who attend will receive a copy of this month’s book to keep. Registration is required; see website for details. For ages 5-8. Two 45-minute long sessions are available: one at 2:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm.
- Candlelight Concert: Passion Sunday Choral Evensong – Bruton Parish. Features Bruton Cappella, Director Rebecca Davy and Organist JanEl Will. 5:30 pm.
- Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats – Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News. Alton Brown is traveling with a new culinary variety show featuring comedy, music, unusual cooking demos and more. Tickets start at $52. 6:00 pm.
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