Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra concert, Newport News Fall Festival, Yorktown Wine Festival and more to do this week

Fall events are in full swing, and there will be something for everyone this week.

On the arts scene, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra kicks off its Masterworks series for the season on Thursday with Paremski Plays Rachmaninoff, and An Occasion for the Arts returns to Merchants Square this weekend for its 54th year. There will also be a variety of live music events throughout the week.

On the food scene, the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank will host Tastefully Yours, its largest fundraiser of the year, and the Yorktown Wine Festival returns on October 1.

There will also be several great events for the whole family, including the popular Fall Festival in Newport News and the West Point Crab Carnival.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra has also generously offered to give away a free pair of tickets to a reader of The Triangle for their upcoming concert, Paremski Plays Rachmaninoff (mentioned above). The concert will be held this Thursday, September 29 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. See the “Special Events” section for a more detailed description.

To be entered into the drawing to win, just hit “reply” to this email and answer the following questions:

1) Which town, county or city do you live in?

2) What kinds of local events are most interesting to you? (For example: music, arts, history, sports, kid-friendly, outdoor, educational, etc.)

The selected reader will be notified via email, and all the answers I receive will also help me determine which events to prioritize in these weekly emails. Since the concert is coming up so soon, you’ll need to respond quickly to be eligible: the winner will be chosen by the end of the day on Monday.

Hope to hear from you!

-Christin

Special Events

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Soirée en Blanc – Location To Be Revealed (Yorktown). Sister Cities Yorktown will hold its sixth annual Soiree en Blanc, or “Dinner in White.” The fun event is based on a 30-year tradition that began in Paris. Tables, decorations and guests will be dressed fashionably in all white. The host will provide the venue, tables, chairs and white tablecloths. Guests should bring their own dinner – think elegant picnic – drinks, wine, beer, white plates, flatware, white napkins, glasses and white table decorations. Attendees are encouraged to be creative; table decorations will be judged! This event will be held indoors in Yorktown, but as part of the fun, the exact location remains a secret until two days before the event. Ticket holders will be notified of the location by email. Proceeds from this event support student and teacher exchanges, citizen exchanges, and educational and cultural events in York County and Port-Vendres, France. Tickets are $35 per person ($20 for Sister Cities Yorktown Members). See the website for additional details and to purchase tickets. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

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Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Tastefully Yours – Hampton Roads Convention Center (Hampton Roads). Tastefully Yours is the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year. A premier food tasting event, it features samplings from over 30 local food establishments, live music, photo booths, craft beer, wine and more. The event plays a vital role in supporting the Foodbank’s programs to help our neighbors facing food insecurity. $60 per ticket. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert 1: Paremski Plays Rachmaninoff – Williamsburg Community Chapel (Williamsburg). Guest Artist Natasha Paremski will be taking the stage with The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director, Michael Butterman, for this first concert in their Masterworks Series. Readers of The Triangle can take advantage of a special 10% off discount by using the code “Welcome10” at checkout. See the below graphic for additional details. A livestream option for this concert is also available; see The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s website for additional details. 7:30 pm.
  • Teacher Night Out – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). The Virginia Living Museum is offering free admission for one teacher and up to one guest on Thursday, Sept. 29. Teachers will be treated to a special night to explore the museum’s immersive native habitats, meet live animals, enjoy refreshments and check out the night sky in the planetarium! All additional guests are $20.95. Tickets are available here. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra kicks off the first concert of its Masterworks Season on Thursday, Sept. 29 with special guest Natasha Paremski, along with their WSO Musicians. Born in Moscow, Paremski entered the professional music realm at the age of 9 and has won a number of prestigious awards. Tickets for the event are available at williamsburgsymphony.org. (Photo courtesy of Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra).

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Movies at the Row: “The Bad Guys” – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Bring your family to the Market Stage at City Center for a free movie night, complete with popcorn! Lawn chairs are recommended. 7:30 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 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.
  • Yorktown Wine Festival – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Don’t miss this grand tasting, featuring not only Virginia’s finest vino but also wines from around the world. The festival will also include live music, great food from local restaurants and the work of talented artisans. Admission is $40. Sister Cities Yorktown is also recruiting volunteers for this event. Volunteers receive free admission with unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass. There are 4 shifts available, as follows: 7 am – 11:45 am, 11:45 am – 3 pm, 2:45 pm – 6 pm and 5:45 pm – to close. To sign up to volunteer, just email [email protected] and mention the shift you would like. The Yorktown Wine Festival runs from 12:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • JCBVFD’s World Famous Fish Fry – James City Bruton Volunteer Fire Department (Toano). The James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its Fall Fish Fry on Saturday, October 1, 2022. This event is part of a local tradition that dates back more than fifty years. Stop by and enjoy great food; all proceeds will benefit the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department and James City Volunteer Rescue Squad. Follow the organization’s Facebook page for updates.

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  • Newport News Fall Festival – Newport News Park (Newport News). The Newport News Fall Festival returns for its 47th year. The event will feature a wide variety of unique vendors, live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoon, corn maze, children’s activities, food and beverage vendors and more. Free admission. Parking fees TBA. Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • An Occasion for the Arts – An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA) returns to Merchants Square in Williamsburg October 1-2. Now in its 54th year, An Occasion for the Arts is Williamsburg’s premier fine art and music festival. It brings together nearly 150 artisans from across 22 states to showcase their art. The event features a festival with live music on stage throughout the day, cultural performances throughout the festival streets and a Youth Art Exhibit. This year’s event will kick off with a ticketed gala on Friday, September 30, 5-9 pm to support the organization’s artist in residence. That event will feature a VIP preview, a live performance by Good Shot Judy and delicious local food. To purchase tickets for that event or to see a full list of scheduled events, visit the organization’s website. The main festival is free and open to the public. It will be held Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Lighting of the Cressets – Duke of Gloucester Street (Colonial Williamsburg). Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century streets will come alive at night with strolling musicians during the Lighting of the Cressets. This event will be held on select evenings beginning Thursday, September 29. This week, Lighting of the Cressets will take place on Thursday, September 29 & Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • 40th Annual Crab Carnival – Downtown West Point. The West Point Chamber of Commerce hosts the 40th Annual Crab Carnival on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 in the beautiful downtown waterfront district of West Point. There will be live entertainment, a Friday night firefighter and friends grand illumination parade, a Saturday Crab Carnival Parade, a Tour De Kids Bike race and more. Thanks to event partners, parking and admission to this family-friendly event is free. See the Crab Carnival’s website for a full schedule of events.
  • Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K – Hampton Roads Convention Center (Hampton). Come see why the BayPort Foundation’s Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon – presented by Bon Secours – was named a “must-run half marathon” by Runner’s World. This event is a complete fast and flat course on the water and an exciting post-race celebration with live music, beer and food. Races are available for both kids and adults. For additional information, click here. Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2.

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Live Music

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • New Town Tunes: Every Little Thing – Sullivan Square (New Town). New Town Tunes returns this fall with a series of three concerts on Wednesdays through September 28. Enjoy being outdoors while listening to great music. This week’s concert will feature the band Every Little Thing. Free. 5:30 pm.
  • Moonlight & Music – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy acoustic music by Joe Duggan in the beautiful surroundings of New Quarter Park. You’ll hear a range of genres from bluegrass to contemporary. Bring your family and a chair or blanket, or bring your favorite instrument and join in! Register here by Sept. 26 to attend. Free. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s featured band is The Jason Cale Band, which offers a blues fusion experience. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs. Coolers are also permitted, and food trucks will be available for a quick bite. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Organ Recital & Hymn Song – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Rebecca Davy, music director and organist at Bruton Parish Church, will present a recital and hymn song at historic Bruton Parish Church. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Downtown Hampton Live: Doby – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Enjoy live music in the beautiful setting of Mill Point Park. This week’s concert will feature a performance by Doby. Free. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Dewey Decibel Concert: Tim May & Steve Smith – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Enjoy an evening of original, traditional and swing music by mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Friends of WRL). 7:30 pm.
  • 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: Dr. JanEl Will – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Hear 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.

Films

️ Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Mystery in St. Tropez” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to Tuesdays. You’ll also hear from special guests who are film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured showing is Mystery in St. Tropez (2021; NR). 2:00 – 3:35 pm.

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “The Unsuspected” – 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. This week’s featured film is The Unsuspected (1947; NR). 2:00 – 3:45 pm.
  • Lemon’s Legacies Porch Talks: “A Crime on the Bayou” Screening and ConversationVirtual. This event will feature a film screening of A Crime on the Bayou beginning at 4:30 pm. The film will be followed by a live virtual conversation with Nancy Buirski (director) and Gary Duncan (film protagonist), and Lolis Eric Elie (Author, Filmmaker, Film Subject). This event is hosted by William & Mary and is open to the public. Register here. 4:30 – 7:00 pm.

️ Friday, Sept. 30

  • Hispanic Heritage Film Series – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This film is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month film series, which looks at the film art and cultures of our Hispanic neighbors in the world and our community. This week’s featured film is Tesoros (2017; G). This film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 3:00 – 4:35 pm.

History

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Freedom Stories – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett – best known as “The Storyteller” – and others will share stories of freedom of black and indigenous peoples. This program will include unique crafts for kids, music and “soul” food (available for purchase). 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Living History: Afghanistan and Beyond – Virginia War Museum (Newport News). Guests will interact with costumed interpreters while learning about the major military operations staged in central Asia by the former Soviet Union and Russia in the post-Cold War era between 1979 and 2009. Participants will be able to examine the uniforms, tools and equipment of the Russian soldier to gain insight into this military mindset. This program is included with regular admission. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • War of the Pacific: The Naval War – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News) and Virtual. John V. Quarstein, Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will lead a presentation about the War of the Pacific. Learn about how Chile, Bolivia and Peru went to war from 1879-1883 over control of the Atacama Desert, which contained vast mineral resources like copper and sodium nitrate (saltpeter). Guests can attend this event either in-person ($1 for regular guests, free for Museum Members) or virtually (free). Advanced registration is required whether attending virtually or in person. Register here. 12:00 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 2

  • Golden Age of Yorktown 1700-1770 – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Learn about how Yorktown was “Golden” from the early 1700s through the middle 1700s. Yorktown grew to a thriving town of 2,000 inhabitants and featured a port with bustling ships traveling to the Mother Country in England. Stroll down Main Street and learn what life was like then. $15 per person; tickets are complimentary for children 12 and under. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Lectures & Workshops

Monday, September 26

  • Edward Beyer and the Jeffersonian LandscapeVirtual. Learn about the artist Edward Beyer, who came to the U.S from Germany after the Revolution of 1848. He traveled to Virginia in the 1850s and produced Album of Virginia, a portfolio of 41 lithographic views. Presented by Jeffrey Ruggles. This program is part of the Centuries of Art Series brought to the public in partnership with Williamsburg Regional Library, the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See the website to register for this Zoom lecture. 7:30 pm.

️ Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Insights into Spain – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Librarian Dwight Woodward will recount his 10-day tour of Spain during this program. If you’re interested in traveling to Spain, you’ll want to come to this talk. Woodward will share some of his favorite experiences with the history, culture and food of this country. 2:00 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • Free Public Lecture by Tony Gabriele – York Hall (Yorktown). Tony Gabriele, award-winning newspaperman and stage veteran, will bring history to life by portraying Benjamin Franklin in this free public lecture. This event is presented by the York County Historical Committee. Free. 3:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Medicare Education – Tabb Library (Yorktown). If you’re planning to enroll in Medicare in the near future and have questions about how it all works, this event is for you. Sheila Moynihan of Boomer Insurance will provide a free, unbiased Medicare overview to guide you through the complexities of Medicare coverage. Registration is recommended. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • R.A.D – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). The R.A.D system (Rape Aggression Defense) consists of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This comprehensive, five-day program for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and teaches the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by certified R.A.D instructors with the JCC Police Department. Call 757-259-4200 to register. For ages 14+. Free. This class meets on the following dates: Tuesday & Thursday, Sept. 27 & Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 pm; Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-noon; Tuesday & Thursday, Oct. 4 & Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Crafts

Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Paint Pour – Grissom Library (Newport News). Participants will discover the acrylic pour painting technique and create a unique work of flowing art. For patrons 18+; registration is required. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Loosely Knit Group – Grissom Library (Newport News). The Loosely Knit Group welcomes everyone interested in knitting and crocheting. You’ll be able to learn to knit or crochet, stitch for fun, create completed projects to donate to local organizations and/or craft homemade presents! This group meets every Thursday morning at Grissom Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Makerspace: Sew a Simple Cape – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Participants will sew their own cape, just in time for the cooler weather. Supplies are provided. For ages 13 through adult. Spots are limited; call to register.
  • Makerspace Glowforge Pin – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). The Makerspace will be open to those who want to draw a design and have the Glowforge laser it onto a cool pin. For ages 13 through adult. Spots are limited; call to register. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Photography

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Nature Photography in the Garden – James City County Library (Williamsburg). A local nature photographer from the Historic Rivers chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists will discuss the aspects of creating a good photograph. Topics will include light, location, equipment and several important design elements of composition. 6:30 pm.

Art ️

Multi-Day

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit – Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Newport News). The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center welcomes back internationally acclaimed celebrity artist Jesse Raudales for National Hispanic Heritage Month. His work will be on display through October 21. See the website for additional information. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed Sunday).
  • Group Six Studios Exhibit – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Group Six Studios, comprised of four local artists, are exhibiting original paintings at Williamsburg Regional Library Galleries, through October 13. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • 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 features 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.

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Health & Wellness

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Find Your Yoga Style: Hatha – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This program will help you find the best yoga style for you, whether you’re looking for a practice to provide a sweaty workout, interested in the restorative benefits, searching for an experience or needing relief from back pain. All levels welcome. For ages 14+. Free. 7:15 – 8:15 pm.
  • Gentle Yoga – Main St. Library (Newport News). Gentle Yoga features an evening of breathing exercises, asanas and deep relaxation techniques. Beginners and intermediate participants are welcome; please bring a towel, water and yoga mat. For adults ages 18+. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Outdoor Recreation

️ Multi-Day

  • Dabble in Discovery – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Meet with a park naturalist/ranger and discover the aquatic, insect, mammal and plant life in the wetlands and woods of this two-thousand-acre park. This program is included with standard parking or admission. Monday, Sept. 26 & Wednesday, Sept. 28,11:00 am – 12:00 pm and Friday, Sept. 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Creek Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the beautiful wetlands of York River State Park. You may even see a variety of wildlife as you paddle up the creek and down the river. You’ll be provided with a canoe or kayak and learn ways to protect Taskinas Creek and the York River. Rental prices: Canoes $9 per person or $6 per person (family of 4 or more), Solo Kayak $16 per person, Tandem Kayak $22 per boat. Call the park office for reservations. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Book Clubs

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Bridgerton Book Club – Newport News Public Library (Newport News). Join this discussion on the next novel in the Bridgerton series: The Viscount Who Loved Me. The program will be accompanied by tasty British refreshments. Participants will also make a fan and learn about fan etiquette. Registration is required.

Dance

Wednesday, September 28

  • Tastes of Latin Dance – Grissom Library (Newport News). – Instructor De De Anderson will lead this class in Latin Dance for Hispanic Heritage Month. Each class will include an introduction to the basics of Latin Dancing, including Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. Bring your dancing shoes (sneakers) and wear comfy exercise clothes. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Gaming

Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Dungeons & Dragons (18+) – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Start an ongoing campaign or participate in a one-shot campaign during this evening of Dungeons & Dragons. Registration is recommended. For adults 18+. Light refreshments will be provided. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Just for Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Saturdays @ Frink: DIY Pillowcases – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Teens ages 13 and up are invited to join this class to learn how to sew their own pillowcases using a sewing machine. Some experience with a sewing machine is preferred but not required. Registration is limited and required. See the website link for details. 10:30 am.

Newport News & Hampton

️ Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Teen Chef Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Teens 12-17 are invited to participate in Teen Chef Club! This month’s featured recipe will be mini desserts in a cup. Registration is required. 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

Kids & Families

Monday, Sept. 26

  • Homeschool Huddle 6-8: Coral Reefs – Tabb Libra in grades 6-8ry (Yorktown). Homeschoolers will explore a new topic every month through a variety of activities such as crafts, experiments, games and more. Participants must register each month to attend. This session’s topic will focus on coral reefs. Attendees will learn about their beauty and the threats they face and then create a coral reef shadow box. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Finger Gym – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This new program helps build fine-motor skills, such as cutting, twisting and writing through various fall-themed activities. Each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. For ages 3-7. 11:00 am.
  • Beginner Ukulele – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 8-12 are invited to join instructor Wesley Stevens for this 4-week introductory course. Kids will learn to strum along to pop music favorites while learning music theory, strumming patterns, and basic note reading. 11:00 am.

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • Beanbag Book Club – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 5-8 will join other emerging readers to read, play games and participate in fun activities based on an early reader book. Participants will get a copy of this month’s book to keep. Two sessions are available: one at 2:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm. Each program lasts 45 minutes and includes the same book, activity and craft. Space is limited; registration is required. 2:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Baby Stay and Play – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Parents are invited to stay after storytime or just stop in for this playdate to chat with other caregivers while their baby plays. On the first Monday and Tuesday of every month, experts from Child Development Resources will be on hand to answer questions pertaining about infant development. Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10:15 am.
  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. 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. This program is offered Mondays (Williamsburg Library) and Tuesdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Preschool Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Preschool Storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. It features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities. This program is offered Mondays (James City County Library), Wednesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Thursdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Toddler Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Toddler Storytime is geared toward toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. It features brief stories, rhymes, songs and other activities. This program is offered Tuesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Wednesdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library. Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. This program is offered at the James City County Library from 1:00 – 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Newport News & Hampton

️ Monday, Sept. 26

  • Afternoon Theatricals – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids in grades K-5 will find their stage voice and learn drama skills through games, skits and improvisation. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • 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.
  • 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 book selections will be A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer and The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. 3:00 – 3:30 pm.

Thursday, September 29

  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble – 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.
  • Toddler Time – Main St. Library (Newport News). Parents or caregivers and their toddlers are invited to stop by Main St. Library to socialize and play. Toys and activities will be provided. This event will be held Thursdays, September 15, 22 and 29 and October 6, 13 and 20. For ages 1-2. 11:00 am.

️ Multi-Day

  • Babies in Bloom – Newport News Public Libraries. This interactive storytime offers a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of books and reading. For infants from birth through 23 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is not required. This program is held Mondays at 10:30 am (Grissom Library), Wednesdays at 11:00 am (Pearl Bailey Library) and Thursdays at 10:15 am (Main Street Library).
  • Preschool Storytime – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). Early literacy skills, including vocabulary and understanding the narrative, are reinforced during this interactive storytime. Parents and caregivers are welcome to observe, but children are encouraged to participate independently. For ages 4 through 5. Registration is not required. This program is held Tuesdays at 11:00 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.
  • 2’s and 3’s Please – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). This program for kids ages 2 through 3 combines early literacy elements in a highly interactive storytime. Books, songs and activities are used to help develop skills needed for school readiness. It’s held Tuesdays at 10:15 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.

Upcoming Events to Note ️

Colonial Williamsburg will host two gardening workshops this October. Here’s some information on these upcoming special programs:

  • Botanical Watercolor Workshop – Landscape Design Art Studio (Colonial Williamsburg). Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4th and 5th, with a third optional day, Thursday, October 6th. Learn methods to capture the botanical world in watercolor from local artist and naturalist, Linda C. Miller. This two-day workshop is open to all artists – beginner to advanced with an optional third day. Participants will be provided with methods to capture the botanical world in watercolor. The first day begins with the history of botanical art presentation, the steps to create a botanical illustration, and showcasing composition. The second day is spent on seeing and creating value in watercolor on paper moving from tea wash to dry brush. On the third (optional) day, students work at their own pace with individual guidance from the instructor, and learn framing tips. Participants will be provided a materials list for them to purchase prior to the workshop. Current Covid practices will be employed. Held at the Landscape Design Studio, 500 Packets Court. Participants must supply all materials so please provide an email address when registering so a materials list can be sent to you before the workshop. Event tickets can be purchased on The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website.
  • DIY – Decorating Grapevine WreathsLandscape Design Art Studio (Colonial Williamsburg). Friday, October 21st, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. This is a hands-on workshop, where participants decorate their own grapevine wreath following a demonstration by a Colonial Williamsburg landscape designer. Participants will learn the tools, methods and tips used by our designers when they decorate grapevine wreaths to be displayed in the Historic Area throughout the holiday season. Following the demonstration, participants will make decorate their own grapevine wreath under the guidance of our designers. Participants will be able to tour the design studio where all the magic happens to decorate Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Current Covid protocols will be followed. No experience is necessary but because of hot glue guns, this workshop is not appropriate for children. All tools and materials are provided, along with a Colonial Williamsburg canvas tote bag to carry home your wreath. Participants drive themselves to the Landscape Design Shop, 500 Packets Court. Event tickets can be purchased on The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website.

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