Kiwanis Shrimp Feast, Walter Reed's birthday celebration, Drool in the Pool and more to do this week (September 5-11)

There are a bunch of special events happening this week.

Some highlights include the Drool in the Pool annual dog swim day at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, the 2nd Annual Walter Reed birthday celebration in Gloucester, the First Responders Market in Yorktown and the Buckroe Beach Arts in the Park 2022 event in Hampton.

There will also be two all-you-can-eat fundraising events this weekend: The Watermen’s Museum Oyster Roast in Yorktown and the Kiwanis Shrimp Feast at Jamestown Settlement.

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Special Events

Wednesday, September 7

  • Tabb Karaoke Night – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month and “sing at the library” during Tabb’s Karaoke Night. Sign up for a song slot when you arrive, and choose from a selection of hits from across the decades. Light refreshments will be provided. For ages 18+. 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Saturday, September 10

  • Drool in the Pool – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). This annual dog swim day features music, refreshments, goodies and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the homeless pets at Heritage Humane Society. Pool passes for your dog will be available at the game. $10 per dog. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Yorktown Market Days: First Responders Market – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This special farmers market is dedicated to the firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, 911 & emergency communications dispatchers, public works officials, and other first responders who keep our community safe. Stop by to let them know how much you appreciate them. Numerous vendors and artists will also be offering discounts to first responders who attend to shop the market. Emergency vehicles will also be present and officials will be on hand to educate and answer questions. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • City of Williamsburg Future Festivals – Quarterpath Recreation Center (Williamsburg). The City of Williamsburg is hosting a series of Future Festivals to gather input from the public. The events are part of the City’s biennial Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes (GIO) process. This week, the latest Future Festival is scheduled to take place at Quarterpath Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:30 – 11:30 am. The event will also feature lawn games, a coloring station, a video booth and free food. For the full list of scheduled Future Festivals, click here.
  • Celebrate Walter Reed’s 171st Birthday – Walter Reed’s Birthplace (4201 Hickory Fork Road, Gloucester). The Fairfield Foundation hosts the 2nd Annual Celebration of Dr. Walter Reed’s Birthday at Gloucester’s Iconic Walter Reed Birthplace, located at 4021 Hickory Fork Road, on Saturday, September 10. Dr. Reed, remembered for his work investigating the spread of typhoid and yellow fevers in military camps, was born in the small dwelling in Belroi, Virginia on September 13, 1851. At the time, his father was an itinerant preacher to Methodist congregations in the Gloucester, Mathews, and King and Queen County circuit. This special event will feature tours of the house, public archaeology, 19th-century craft demonstrations, re-enactors, exhibits and a birthday cake walk. A raffle will be drawn at the end of the event. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Community Wellness Fair – 5249 Olde Towne Road (Williamsburg). Head over to James City County’s 2022 Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 10! This event will feature numerous vendors, fun activities for kids, a DJ, Sno to Go, health screenings, benefits information, cooking demonstrations and much more. Free and open to the public. Click here to view a flyer with additional details.
  • Buckroe Beach Arts in the Park 2022 – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). Buckroe Improvement League hosts its 11th Annual Arts in the Park at Buckroe Beach Pavillion. This event features 90 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a Buckroe historical display, kids’ activities, and music by DJ Hewey. This event benefits the Buckroe Improvement League. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Colonials Game – Sanford B. Wanner Stadium (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Colonials – the Peninsula’s semi-pro football team – will take on the Virginia Mustangs. Tickets are $10. Gates open at 6:00 pm; kickoff is at 7:00 pm.
  • Watermen’s Museum Oyster Roast – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). This annual fundraiser features fresh-roasted or raw oysters from various local sources, regular and gluten-free clam chowder with or without bacon, hotdogs, sides, desserts from Carrot Tree and more. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate for this “All You Can Eat” event. Children 7-12 are $25, and children 6 and under are free. 12:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Friends of Newport News Public Library Book Sale – Grissom Library (Newport News). Head over to Grissom Library on Saturday afternoon for the Fall Fill-a-Bag Sale. This event will be held in the Friends Bookstore in the basement of the library. Prices range from $1 to $10 per book. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Kiwanis Shrimp Feast – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). Head over to the 2022 Shrimp Feast for all the delicious shrimp, hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans, grilled hot dogs, soda and water you can eat. This event is a fundraiser for the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6. Purchase tickets online here. 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Back to School Family Night – Former K-Mart Site (Denbigh). Family Movie Night presents Sing 2. Bring blankets and chairs to view this movie under the stars on a comfortable 3-acre lawn. Free popcorn while supplies last; free children’s inflatable. Food will also be available for purchase from vendors. Free admission and free parking.
  • 2nd Annual Moon Festival – City Space (Newport News). Join Sister Cities in exploring what some believe is the second most important holiday in Asian culture: the Moon Festival! This event will feature music, cake, fruit, drinks (wine, beer and tea) and camaraderie. Admission is free for SCNN members or university students; $10 for non-members and guests of members. Parking is free. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Patriot Race – Jamestown Beach Event Park (Williamsburg). The Patriots Triathalon is an end-of-season race featuring Long Course, Olympic and Sprint Options. The time trial swim takes place at Jamestown beach, where you can watch Osprey or see a pod of dolphins swim along the course. The bike course parallels the Cap-Cap bike trail along Rt. 5, and the run course winds through historic forest and farmland on a combination of bike paths and jogging trails. For additional information, click here. Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Fall Sidewalk Sale – Merchants Square (Colonial Williamsburg). Support local merchants at the Fall Sidewalk Sale! Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Live Music

Wednesday, September 7

  • Trinity Organ Concert Series: John Dixon – Saint Bede Catholic Church (Williamsburg). John Dixon, Composer and Organist at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, will present a concert of his own compositions. Click here for additional details. Free. 12:00 pm.

Thursday, September 8

  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). The fall Rhythms on the Riverwalk free concert series kicks off with the Michael Clark Band. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Oboe & Harpsichord Recital – Bruton Parish Church (Colonial Williamsburg). Enjoy this recital by Melinda McKenzie, Oboist from Hampton Roads, and Rebecca Davy, Music Director at Bruton Parish. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday, September 9

  • Live Music on the Pavilion: Jocelyn Oldham – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). Relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the 1619 pavilion while listening to live music by Jocelyn Oldham. 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Downtown Hampton Live – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Head to Mill Point Park Friday evening for a free concert featuring JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Jazz with Vernon Holloman – Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine (Gloucester Courthouse). Recording artist Vernon Holloman brings his solo performance featuring his unique jazz guitar and vocal stylings of songs from the great American songbook. You’ll hear great standards and popular songs from James Taylor, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson and others. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour – Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). Legendary singer Johnny Mathis is celebrating his 66th year as a recording artist with “The Voice of Romance Tour.” Tickets are $65.50 and up. 8:00 pm.

Saturday, September 10

  • Historic Organ Recital: Rebecca Davy – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Hear the Historic English Chamber Organ, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century instruments, dating from around 1740. Rebecca Davy, Music Director at Bruton Parish Church, will give a recital on this remarkable instrument. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Organ Recital: Music of J.S. Bach – Bruton Parish Church (Colonial Williamsburg). See and hear Dr. JanEl Will, Organist at Bruton Parish, perform a spectacular organ recital showcasing music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

️ Sunday, September 11

  • Music on the Pavilion: Curtis Brady – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). Head to the 1619 Wine Pavilion at Williamsburg Winery to enjoy live music by Curtis Brady. 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Atlantic Chamber Ensemble – Williamsburg Presbyterian Church (Williamsburg). The Atlantic Chamber Ensemble will perform in a free in-person concert, 4 pm, Sept. 11, 2022 as part of the Open Door Concert Series at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The dynamic ensemble consists of young professional musicians based in Richmond, Virginia, including members of the Richmond Symphony and faculty members of nearby universities. Their unique combination of strings, winds, and piano allows them to focus on new music while remaining true to their classical roots. This concert The Day that Changed the World, will explore the musical arc of our shared experiences since September 11, 2001. 4:00 pm.

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Theatre

Multi-Day

  • La Bohème – Kimball Theatre (Williamsburg). Opera in Williamsburg will present La Bohème on September 7 and 9 (7:30 pm) and September 11 (2:00 pm). Tickets can be purchased here.
  • 12 Angry Men – James-York Playhouse (Williamsburg). This timeless courtroom drama opens September 9 at 8:00 pm. Shows will also be held Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm and will continue on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 25. See the website for additional details or to purchase tickets.

Practical ✔️

Saturday, September 10

  • Household Chemical Collections and Computer Recycling – 105 Service Drive (Yorktown). VPPSA accepts paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products and other chemicals from residents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. Click here for a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Nature

Saturday, September 10

  • Pollinator Garden Work Session – Veteran’s Park/Kidsburg (Williamsburg). Volunteers are needed to help get the pollinator garden in Veteran’s Park ready for the fall. Consider bringing drinking water, snacks, sun protection, gardening gloves, a rake or shovel and a wheel barrel if you can. Sign up here. 9:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Creek Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Discover the beautiful wetlands at York River State Park. Rental prices: Canoe rentals are $9 per person or $6 per person for families of 4 or more. Solo kayak rentals are $16 per person and tandem kayak rentals are $22 per boat. Call the park office for reservations. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Mysterious Moonlight Canoe Tour – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy the soft glow of the moon on the water and experience marsh light at night. One paddler per canoe should be experienced; see website for rental fees. 7:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Full Moon Hike: Harvest Moon – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Explore Freedom Park after Dark every month through December. For this self-guided hike, the park will stay open past sunset. Visitors may only use Multiuse Trail 3 at that time. The full moon hike follows a walking loops that is a one-mile long, ADA-compliant trail. Visitors must depart by 8 pm. Registration is not required. Free! Starts at sunset.

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History

Friday, September 9

  • Civil War Lecture – The Mariners’ Museum and Park and Virtual (Newport News). John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, presents “What is Hampton Roads?” In this lecture, you’ll learn about the diverse elements that make Hampton Roads among the U.S’s most desired places to live or visit. In-person attendance is included with $1 admission; the livestream is free to watch online. Advance registration is required whether attending in person or online. 12:00 pm.

Films

Tuesday, September 6

  • Art House Café Film Series: “The Duke” – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to your Tuesdays while providing opportunities to hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is The Duke (2020); R. 2:00 – 3:40 pm.

Thursday, September 8

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Rage in Heaven” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. The theme for September is Mystery Thrillers, and this month’s featured film is Rage in Heaven (1941); NR. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Celtic Film Series: “Intermission” – Williamsburg Library. The Celtic Film Series runs the 2nd Thursday of each month from September 2022 to May 2023. This month’s featured film is Intermission. (2003); R. 6:00 – 7:45 pm.

Art

Multi-Day

  • Group Six Studios Exhibit – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Group Six Studios, comprised of four local artists, will exhibit original paintings at Williamsburg Regional Library Galleries, September 9 – October 13. The opening night will feature a reception to which the public is invited. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Gallery at York Hall Yorktown Art Exhibit: Chris Bonin – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). This month’s exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall will feature historian and artist Chris Bonin. Free. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Peninsula Watermedia Society Exhibition – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Watermedia Society of Virginia presents its 2nd Annual Member Only Exhibition, featuring the work of water media enthusiasts of all skill levels living on the Virginia Peninsula and in the Tidewater area. This exhibit will run Monday – Friday through September 9.

Crafts/Creative Arts

Thursday, September 8

  • Loosely Knit Group – Grissom Library (Newport News). Grissom Library’s Loosely Knit group will meet every Thursday morning. Learn to knit or crochet or use your skills to create items for local donations and more. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Creative Journaling Workshop – Main Library (Hampton). Ignite your creativity in this four-week journaling workshop offered by the Hampton Public Library. You’ll try a variety of journaling exercises to explore your inner world. A free journal will be provided to the first seven participants. This week’s workshop is “Introduction/Brain Dumping”. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Saturday, September 10

  • Engraved Pencil Demo – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Teens and adults are invited to start off the academic year right with their own engraved pencil done by the library’s own Glowforge. Time slots are available at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Registration is required; see website for details. For ages 13 through adult. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

️ Monday, September 5

  • Community Yoga at the Watermen’s Museum – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Meet at the Carriage House and bring your yoga mat. Classes are beginner-friendly. The theme for September 5 is Looking Outward, a heart-opening practice. Proceeds go to the Watermen’s Museum. $10. 6:00 – 6:50 pm.

Wednesday, September 7

  • Virtual Reality Meditation – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Join this 45-minute meditation session using virtual reality goggles. Spots are limited; those wanting to attend should call to register. For ages 13 through adult. 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Retro Dance Party – Grissom Library (Newport News). Exercise and rock out to retro exercise dance videos from the 1980s. Wear your favorite comfy exercise clothes and come ready to dance. Registration is required; for adults 18 and up. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 10

  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This course introduces students to the philosophy and practice of mindfulness meditation. No prior experience is needed. The September 10th topic is “What is mindfulness? Establishing an anchor.” Registration is required. 1:00 – 2:15 pm.

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Book Clubs & Groups

Tuesday, September 6

  • WhoDunnits: A Mystery Book Group – James City County Library (Williamsburg). WhoDunnits is a discussion group devoted to mysteries that follows a yearlong program of books and movies around a single topic. This year’s theme is historical mysteries, and the group meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Join this week to discuss Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal.
  • Adult Anime Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Adults ages 18+ are invited to watch various anime episodes via Crunchyroll and Funimation. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month. 5:00 pm.

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Thursday, September 8

  • Books and Beers Book Club – Tradition Brewing Company (Newport News). Discuss good books and enjoy great beer at Newport News Public Library’s Books and Beer Book Club, which meets every second Thursday of the month. This month’s featured title is Cold, Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs. 6:00 pm.
  • Power in the Panels: A Graphic Novel Book Group – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This book discussion group is for graphic novel enthusiasts 18+. September’s featured title is “Friends with Boys” by Faith Erin Hicks. 7:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 10

  • The DoG Street Irregulars – Center Street Grill (Williamsburg). The DoG Street Irregulars is a new Sherlock Holmes group for those who enjoy reading and talking about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective. The group’s next meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10 at the Center Street Grill. There will be toasts to Holmes, Dr. Watson and other characters in the stories and a discussion and quiz on one of the best-known Holmes tales, A Scandal in Bohemia. For more information, contact Christopher Robertson. 6:30 pm.

Just for Seniors ☕

️ Multi-Day

  • September Activities – Senior Center of York (Yorktown). The Senior Center’s September activities with corresponding dates is now available. See this month’s calendar of events here.

Gaming

Friday, September 9

  • Dungeons and Dragons – Virtual (hosted by Newport News Public Library). Adults 18+ are invited to join this digital game of Dungeons and Dragons on Discord. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Just for Tweens/Teens

️ Wednesday, September 7

  • Teen Drop-In Craft – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Teens are welcome to drop in to the teen area at Tabb Library for a quick craft. September’s featured craft will be duct tape earbud pouches, bookmarks, and keychains. 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Friday, September 9

  • Teen After Hours – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Teens are invited to celebrate the start of a new school year by going back to kindergarten! They’ll be taken back to simpler days when the most stressful thing was figuring out if there would be enough of their favorite color paint. Teens must have a Teen Program Permission Form on file to participate. For grades 6-12. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Braiding and Bonding with Samantha – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Cosmetologist Ms. Samantha Malone will teach braiding techniques to teens ages 13-17. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to practice on mannequin heads. Registration is not required. This program will be held on both Tuesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Tuesday, September 6

  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This story time program is especially for babies from birth to 18 months and their caregivers. It includes 15 minutes of songs, fingerplays and lap games. The same songs and activities will be featured every week to form a foundation for learning for your baby. 10:00 am.
  • Toddler Storytime – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Toddler Storytime is geared toward toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. It features brief stories, rhymes, songs and other activities. 10:00 am.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Elementary Creation Station: Session 1 – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids grades K-5 are invited to attend a creative craft hour every third Tuesday of the month. This month’s theme is space. 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 7

  • Preschool Storytime – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Preschool Storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. It features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities. 10:00 am.
  • Toddler Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Toddler Storytime is geared toward toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. It features brief stories, rhymes, songs and other activities. 10:00 am.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • Homeschool Enrichment – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Attendees will learn something new twice a month from this series of enrichment programs for kids in grades K-5. This program is offered the first and third Wednesday of the month. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Thursday, September 8

  • Preschool Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities for kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver. 10:00 am.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Snuggle Stories: A Family Story Time – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Children of all ages are invited to Snuggle Stories, a family storytime event for kids and a parent or caregiver. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animals. Registration is not required. 7:00 – 7:30 pm.

Friday, September 9

  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

️ Saturday, September 10

  • Girl Scouts Love Virginia State Parks – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Discover the wonders of York River State Park’s ecosystem with members of Girl Scouts of America. Staff and volunteers will be present at the Visitor Center to discuss the wonders of our marshes, woodlands and waters. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Science Saturday: Grossology Series – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to participate in Fall Science Saturdays, offering an overview of many things considered gross! 10:15 – 11:00 am.
  • Preschool Dance Party – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to this hour of exciting songs, rhymes, movement and just plain fun. Parents will be able to share their best moves with their little ones, too. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Trackless Train Rides – Kidsburg (Williamsburg). James City County Parks and Recreation is offering free trackless train rides at Veterans Park/Kidsburg on Saturday, September 10. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

️ Sunday, September 11

  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Paws to Read with K-9 Connection – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to drop in to read a story to trained therapy dog. No registration is required. 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Homeschool Days – Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are offering special two-week admission during Homeschool Program Days, September 3-18. Homeschool students will be able to discover the story of America’s beginnings with educational, engaging and exciting offerings. Tickets are $10 for students (Pre-K to Grade 12); $19 for adults and free for children 3 and younger, with unlimited access to both museums for two weeks, September 3-18. For additional details, click here.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fall Homeschool Days – Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). Discovery history at Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy special discounts during Fall Homeschool Days, September 10 – 25. For more information, click here.

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Newport News & Hampton

️ Wednesday, September 7

  • Kiddie Craft – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Head over to the Children’s Department at the library weekly on Wednesdays for a new craft. Those who can’t stay can take one of the library’s craft kits home. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Full STEAM Ahead: Preschool Adventures – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 2-5 are invited to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math during this interactive, four-week series designed to build literacy skills. Registration is required each week. 11:00 am.
  • Listen to a Story with Mrs. Maria – Main Library (Hampton). Kids ages 2-10 are invited to listen to Mrs. Maria read two picture books every Wednesday for the month of September. This week’s books will be “Ol’ Mama Squirrel” by David Ezra Stein and “The Leaf Thief” by Alice Hemming. 3:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Lego Builders – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-11 will use their imagination and the library’s collection of Legos to build a mini masterpiece. No registration is required. 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

️ Thursday, September 8

  • Storytime – Barnes & Noble (Newport News). Storytime is back at Barnes & Noble in the Yoder Plaza Shopping Center (12170 Jefferson Avenue). Head over to the kids department every Thursday for In-Store Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome; no reservations are needed. 10:30 am.
  • Homeschool Thursdays – Grissom Library (Newport News). This STEAM program is stand-alone enrichment, making it a great supplement to what parents are teaching at home. Topics have included stop motion animation, exploring surface tension through Suminagashi and more. For ages 5-11. 10:30 am.

️ Friday, September 9

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Upcoming Events to Note

Sunday, September 25

  • Yorktown Art Stroll – Yorktown Freight Shed (Yorktown). The Yorktown Waterfront and Freight Shed will be filled with unique works of art – everything from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to drawings, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, handmade soap, glass and more. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Acoustical harmony will also be provided by Audio Portrait from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Rain or shine.

Saturday, October 1

  • Williamsburg Book Festival – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Book Festival’s mission is to promote and support the art of literary composition in the Williamsburg area and expose writers to the reading public. The public is invited to attend a family-friendly day of celebrating books and book lovers at the Stryker Center and the Community Building. This free event includes authors from various genres, speakers, illustrators, and publishers from Virginia and beyond. It runs from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2022. To learn more, click here.

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