Virginia Symphony Concert, Crabtown Seafood Festival, Paint in the Park and more to do this week (August 29 – September 4)

Good morning!

Some event highlights for this week include a free Virginia Symphony Orchestra concerts in both Williamsburg and Yorktown, the Crabtown Seafood Festival in Hampton and a Paint in the Park event at York River State Park.

This week also marks the conclusion of several outdoor summer concert series in the area, including the Summer Breeze concerts in Williamsburg, Groovin’ by the Bay in Hampton and the Port Warwick summer concerts.

If you haven’t noticed previously, I’ve also begun to add an “Upcoming Events to Note” section at the end of the newsletter to highlight a few future events that you might want to plan for.

-Christin

Special Events ✨

️ Wednesday, August 31

  • Wawa with the Law – Wawa (301 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton) – The Hampton Sheriff’s Office and Hampton Police will join Law Enforcement agencies throughout Virginia as they partner with Wawa to raise funds for Special Olympics of Virginia. Cover the Cruiser events support this fundraising effort with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Law enforcement agencies set up a station at Wawas to collect donations with the purchase of LETR icons and place them on a cruiser. (No donation is too small: the goal is to cover the cruiser with Icons). All proceeds will go to Special Olympics Virginia. 8:00 – 11:30 am.

Saturday, September 3

  • Movies in the Park: “Encanto” – Charles Brown Park (Yorktown). York County will host a movie in the park at Charles Brown Park. Bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions will be available. The featured film for September 3 is Encanto (2021); PG. Begins at sunset.
  • Crabtown Seafood Festival – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Celebrate Crabtown’s fresh catch with seafood vendors, nautical art and live music, which will fill the river walkway from Mill Point Park to Carousel Park. You’ll also find fishing boats and educational bay exhibits lining the downtown waterfront to honor Hampton’s history. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Bier Fest – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Head over to Busch Gardens for the final weekend of Bier Fest. You’ll be able to choose from 125 craft brews representing 69 breweries throughout the event, including 33 Virginia breweries. Enjoy fun entertainment from live local bands and learn the secrets of the craft from local brewers. For additional details, click here. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day, September 2 – 5.

Live Music

Today, Sunday, August 28

  • Groovin’ by the Bay: Joselyn Best – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Head out to the final Groovin’ by the Bay summer concert at Mill Point Park. Tonight’s show will feature Joselyn Best. Free.

Wednesday, August 31

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series: Bobby Blackhat Band – Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). The 2022 Summer Breeze Concert series will conclude this week with Blues music by the Bobby Blackhat Band. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Right On Band – William Styron Square (Newport News). This week’s show will close out the Port Warwick summer concert series. It will feature Right on Band, a ten-piece party show band focusing on Motown, Disco and 70’s Funk. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, September 1

  • Symphony Under the Stars – Lake Matoaka (Williamsburg). Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform in this free concert sponsored by William & Mary, the City of Williamsburg and the W&M Student Assembly. Wristbands will be required for guests due to venue capacity limitations. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Guests can also bring personal coolers or picnic baskets, but bags and coolers will be inspected prior to entry. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase inside the venue. For additional information, click here.
  • Organ Recital: Dr. JanEl Will – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Listen to sacred music by candlelight in the 300-year-old Bruton Parish Church. Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish Church, will present a recital of 18th-century music. Open to the public. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday, September 3

  • Historic Organ Recital: Norman Elton – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Hear the Historic English Chamber Organ, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century instruments, dating from around 1740. Norman Elton, organist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, will give a recital on this remarkable instrument. Open to the public. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this special concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will also perform. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Candlelight Organ Recital: Rebecca Davy – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy a candlelight recital by Rebecca Davy, music director and organist at Bruton Parish Church. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Port Warwick’s Summer Concert series concludes for the season Wednesday, August 31 with a performance by Right on Band. (Photo courtesy of the City of Newport News).

Art

Friday, September 2

  • Beyond the Frame Video Series – Virtual (presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Park). The Mariners’ Museum and Park will take you behind the scenes for a unique look at their world-class art collection. One new episode will be posted to their social media platforms on the first Friday of every month. Click here for links to the museum’s social media pages.

Sunday, September 4

  • Friends Of York River State Park Presents “Paint in the Park” – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Learn water color painting and techniques at the visitor center. Supplies will be provided by Friends Of York River State Park. Must call for reservations; limit of 12 people. Included with standard park admission fee. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Gallery at York Hall Yorktown Art Exhibit: Chris Bonin – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). The September through October 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.
  • Through the Eye of a Naturalist – Williamsburg Library Gallery (Williamsburg). This photo display features images taken by members of the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. The exhibit offers glimpses into a naturalist’s inquiring mind and showcases images capturing brief moments when light, shade, and perspective enhance detail, color, and form. This exhibit runs through August 31.

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History

Friday, September 2

  • Yorktown, Ghosts, The Thin Veil Tour and Talk – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Café (Yorktown). Hear historical accounts of ghosts and otherworldly experiences that have passed down through the centuries in Yorktown. Meet at Mobjack Bay’s backyard. The tour will continue around the fire pit. $10/person. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

️ Tuesday, August 30

  • Make According to Art – Apothecary (Colonial Williamsburg). Discover 18th-century insights into the practice of pharmacy and test your skills in identifying materials that were used to make medicines (some of which are still used today). You’ll also use a formula from a period pharmacy to compound a medicine. Additionally, this workshop explores aspects of the history of surgery. For ages 16 through adult. See website for additional details. Tickets are $60; separate admission is not required. 10:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Revolutionary Points of View – Capitol Hall of Burgesses (Colonial Williamsburg). Step back in time to the eve of the American Revolution. You’ll encounter points of view that run the gamut. Then, engage in the most crucial debate in American history: will we remain British or become Americans? This event is open to the public, but an event ticket is required. Tickets are $16 for adults; $9 for children. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Sunday, September 4

  • Battle of the Capes: The British Navy and the Sunken Fleet – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petite Café (Yorktown). Take a tour of the banks of the York River, where you’ll learn about the valuable port of Yorktown. On September 5, 1781, the dramatic Battle at the Virginia Capes helped secure victory for the Allied Army. The tour will end with a discussion of the British ships that sunk in the river. This tour begins at Mobjack Bay. $15/person. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sunday, September 4

  • Book Signing: Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). Feather Foster, author of Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas, will be present for a book signing event at the Gallery at York Hall. Free. 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Yorktown Battlefield Walk – Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center (Yorktown). Join a park ranger for a short walk across the battlefield, where you’ll gain insight into many aspects of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Note: Visitors should be prepared to walk for up to one-half mile. Begins at the Regimental Flags in front of the building. Included with per-person park entrance fee. Monday, August 22; Wednesday, August 24; Thursday, August 25; Friday, August 26; and Saturday, August 27. 10:00 am – 10:45 am.
  • Ranger Talk – Yorktown Battlefield Visitors Center (Yorktown). A park ranger will lead a brief exploration into the people, places and/or events in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Each ranger offers a special presentation exploring different stories. Begins at the Regimental Flags in front of the building. Included with per-person park entrance fee. Monday, August 22; Wednesday, August 24; Thursday, August 25; Friday, August 26; and Saturday, August 27. 1:30 – 1:50 pm & 3:30 – 3:50 pm.

Films

Tuesday, August 30

  • Art House Café Film Series: Compartment No. 6 – 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 Compartment No. 6 (2021); R. 2:00 – 3:50 pm.

Thursday, September 1

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: Mystery Thrillers – 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 Lured (1947); NR. 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

Crafts

Tuesday, August 30

  • Sewing Machine Savvy – Grissom Library (Newport News). This beginner’s machine sewing class is geared toward people seeking to learn skills useful for maintaining clothing or crafting. You’ll learn how to set up your machine for sewing, select the right thread, identify your seam allowance and much more. All materials will be provided. For ages 18+. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Thursday, September 1

  • Sew Basics: The 9-patch Quilt Block – Grissom Library (Newport News). This beginner’s quilting class is geared toward those seeking to start the journey toward creating their first quilt. Attendees will use pre-cut 5″ cotton squares to design and sew together a 9-patch quilt piece. For patrons 18+. Registration is required. 6:30 pm.

Nature/Outdoor Recreation

Friday, September 2

  • 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 – 12:00 pm.

Saturday, September 3

  • Plant Swap – Main Street Library (Newport News). Expand your plant collection at this event. The Newport News Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions! Participants should bring at least one healthy plant or plant clipping. Registration is not required. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Paddle thru the Past – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the historic significance of the waterways at York River State Park from the Native American period to the American Revolution. Cost. Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person. 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Sunday, September 4

  • Roaming Ranger – York River State Park (Williamsburg). With over two thousand acres, the York River State Park has a wide variety of life in the wetlands and woods. Meet with a naturalist/ranger who will help you discover the park’s aquatic, insect, mammal and plant life. 4:00 pm.
  • Sunset Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). End your weekend with a scenic trip on the York River. You’ll discover the birds and creatures that are active in the gentle light of sunset. See the website for rental prices and call the park office for reservations. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Lectures & Educational Programs

Tuesday, August 30

  • Black Entrepreneurship in America – Grissom Library (Newport News). Grissom Library presents a look at America through the lens of movements, people and historical moments that create the fabric of our county. Black Wall Street comes alive and Madame C. J. Walker builds the country’s first beauty empire in Boss: The Black Experience in Business. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 3

  • Small Business Workshop – Grissom Library (Newport News). If you’re looking to start your own business or need tips on making your small business grow, this workshop presented by SCORE is for you. Register online here. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

Wednesday, August 31

  • Gentle Yoga – Main Street Library (Newport News) Head to Main Street Library for an evening of gentle yoga, breathing exercises and deep relaxation techniques. For ages 18+; all skill levels. Please bring a yoga mat. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Yoga+ – Grissom Library (Newport News). Instructor De De Anderson will lead this evening of vinyasa yoga, offering relaxation and energizing movements. For patrons 18+. Participants should bring a yoga mat. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • A Heroes’ Meditation Series – Grissom Library (Newport News). Grissom Library (Newport News). First responders and the community are invited to end their day by connecting with peace and relaxation. Instructor De De Anderson will lead a meditation journey to help you become more aware, centered and capable of facing each new day. For ages 18+. 7:15 – 7:45 pm.

Practical ✔️

Tuesday, August 30

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive – Hampton Coliseum (Hampton). Help save lives by giving blood at this American Red Cross Blood Drive. You’ll receive a $10 e-gift card to the merchant of choice and a chance to win free gas for a year ($6,000 value). 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Gaming

️ Wednesday, August 31

  • Gamer’s Guild: Level Up – Main Street Library (Newport News). Adults ages 18 and older are invited to an afternoon of games and fun in the Digital Media Lab at Main Street Library. 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Markets

️ Thursday, September 1

  • City Center Farmers Market – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market, every Thursday through September 1. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, September 3

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 8:00 am – noon.
  • Yorktown Market Days – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, honey, handmade soaps and candles, artwork and more from local creators and artisans. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Buckroe Beach Farmers Market – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). Enjoy local produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, jarred foods and much more every Saturday through Oct. 29. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Road (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Sunday, September 4

  • Harvest Market at Oozlefinch – Oozlefinch Beers & Blending (Hampton). This market is held bi-weekly on Sundays. You’ll find a wide variety of items from local artisans, bakers, crafters and farmers, including handmade home decor, natural dog treats, French macarons, essential oils, locally roasted coffee, buttercream desserts, pet-safe plants, specialty teas, fresh meat and eggs and more. Markets are rain or shine unless the weather is severe. 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

️ Monday, August 29

  • Preschool Storytime – James City County 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.
  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This storytime 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.
  • A Shoemaking Primer – Public Armoury (Colonial Williamsburg). This program is part of the Historic Trades and Skills Family Workshops. In this introduction to shoemaking, participants will learn the basics of shoemaking, including measuring, fitting, and choosing the right materials for making the shoe. Limit of 10 participants. For ages 7 and older. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult; kids 14-17 can be accompanied by either a participating (ticketed) or non-participating (with a free Chaperone ticket) adult. This event is open to the public (only an event ticket is required). $20. 10:00 – 11:00 am.

️ Tuesday, August 30

  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This storytime 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.

️ Wednesday, August 31

  • 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.
  • Play the Fife and Beat the Drum – Fife and Drum Building (Colonial Williamsburg). This Historic Trades and Skills Family Workshop is designed for participants age 7 and older. Attendees will join an adult staff member to learn the fundamentals of fifing and/or drumming as if they were recruits. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Kids 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating ticketed adult or non-participating adult. See Colonial Williamsburg’s website for additional details. $20 per ticket (museum admission is not required for this program; only the event ticket is necessary). 10:00 – 11:00 am.

️ Thursday, September 1

  • Preschool Storytime – James City County 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.
  • 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.

️ Friday, September 2

  • 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.
  • Types & the Press: An Introduction to Printing – Printing Office (Colonial Williamsburg). Printing Office (Colonial Williamsburg). Attendees will join the Printers to learn the basics of historic printing and set letters at the UPPER and lower cases of type. They’ll also learn to use ink balls in printing as they print an item for themselves to take home at the letterpress. This event is part of the Historic Trades Family workshops and is designed for participants age 7 and older. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Kids 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult, either participating (purchase a workshop ticket) or non-participating (with a free Chaperone ticket). This event is open to the public (only an event ticket is required). Tickets are $20. 10:00 – 11:00 am.

️ Saturday, September 3

  • 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.

️ Sunday, September 4

  • Wigmaker: Behind the Scenes Apprentice Tour – Wigmaker (Colonial Williamsburg). Participants will explore the trades of Wigmaking and Hairdressing by carrying out several different tasks, including combing, washing and weaving hair. This event is part of the Historic Trades Family workshops and is designed for participants age 7 and older. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Kids 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult, either participating (purchase a workshop ticket) or non-participating (with a free Chaperone ticket). This event is open to the public (only an event ticket is required). $20. 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Multi-Day

  • Youth Disc Golf Course – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). The youth disc golf course at New Quarter Park will be free all month long for the month of August. An ID is required for high school students. Register at the park office.
  • Summer Kids Dream $3 Movie Series – Movie Tavern in Williamsburg. Movie Tavern will be offering $3 movies as part of its Summer Kids Dream Family Film Series all summer long through September 1. See website for a list of upcoming movies, showtimes and additional details.

Newport News & Hampton

Wednesday, August 31

  • Kiddie Crafts – 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.

️ Thursday, September 1

  • Watercolor Fun – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Stop by Willow Oaks Branch Library for some watercolor fun. Watercolors will be set out for both adults and children. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • 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.

Just for Tweens & Teens

Thursday, September 1

  • Drones! – Grissom Library (Newport News). Youth ages 12-17 are invited to put their skills to the test in a drone obstacle course. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.

Upcoming Events to Note ️

Thursday, September 8

  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk – Yorktown’s fall concert series will kick off on September 8, with new concerts every Thursday through October 13. See a list of upcoming concerts here.

️ 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 detective. The group’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on September 10 at the Center Street Grill. There will be toasts, a story discussion and a quiz with appropriate prizes, along with dinner. The story up for discussion is “A Scandal in Bohemia.” For more information, contact Christopher Robertson.
  • 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, from 10am to 2pm. 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, while 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 2:00 pm. For additional details, see this article.

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