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March 20 – 26, 2017
Grand Opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
March 23 – April 4
Celebrate the grand opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, featuring an introductory film, timeline, immersive exhibition galleries and living-history experiences that show the epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.
Busch Gardens Opens for the Season!
Fun is always in season at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg in Virginia. From thrilling coasters and kid-friendly attractions to world-class dining and shows, there’s something for the whole family. This April: Invade uncharted territory on InvadR™, an all-new wooden roller coaster that features a 74-foot drop and nine airtime hills.
Reptiles Bizarre and Beautiful
March 25 & 26
Experience a close encounter of the reptile kind at the Virginia Living Museum, March 25 and 26. See a wide variety of native and exotic reptiles on display and in live animal programs.
Jack Hanna at Busch Gardens
March 25 & 26
Experience the naturally fun wild side of Busch Gardens® when animal expert Jack Hanna brings his animals to the park on March 25 and 26.
Waypost Weekend Bottle Release at Virginia Beer Company
Save The Date for The Virginia Beer Company’s 1-Year Anniversary Celebration, beginning on Friday, March 24th with our maiden large format bottle releases. Waypost – a 10.4% ABV Imperial Stout – has been aged in dueling spirits barrels since November 2016. Two variants will be simultaneously released. 750 ml bottle sales will begin at 5 pm. At the same time, a limited supply of each Waypost variant will be tapped to enjoy in the taproom. Live music featuring Good Shot Judy from 6-9 pm! Dinner on the beer garden provided by Bro’s Fish Tacos! Also enjoy: a huge day celebrating one year of brewing (Saturday) and a weekend hangover brunch (Sunday).
PEEPS Day at Yankee Candle
Savings, giveaways and sweet fun for PEEPS® Fans! The PEEPS® mobile & PEEPS® Chick Mascot will be at the store from 12pm-3pm. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and take a photo! Save on our NEW PEEPS® Large Jar Candle: $15 with any $30 purchase Everyone’s a winner! Receive a PEEPS® Scratch Ticket with any purchase for a chance to win a $100 gift basket and much more.
William & Mary’s Improvisational Theater Annual Kimball Show
Founded in 1986, Improvisational Theatre (I.T.) is William & Mary’s first student-run theatre group. I.T. specializes in both short form and long form (Chicago Style) improv comedy, and can be found performing anywhere from academic buildings to the Crim Dell Amphitheater. This improvised comedy show features both I.T.’s signature short-form improv games, as well as a completely improvised musical!
USAF Heritage of America Band Concert
The American Clarinet Quartet from the USAF Heritage of America Band provides virtuosic and enthusiastic performances for audiences from South Carolina to Maine. Drawing on years of professional experience, they present an exciting program that captivates listeners of all ages. All are invited to this free concert.
Williamsburg Farmers Market
The Williamsburg Farmers Market is located in Merchants Square in the heart of Williamsburg on Duke of Gloucester Street across from the College of William and Mary. Among the local products available are organic produce; free-range chickens, beef, and pork; oysters and crab; baked goods; honey; cheese; potted plants and cut flowers.
AGO Organ Series Concert: Dr. Lynn Trapp
Dr. Trapp will perform in this free solo organ concert co-sponsored with the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. All are welcome. At Saint Bede Catholic Church.
Dewey Decibel Concert Series Presents: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents Eclectic Mix, featuring Janna Hymes as the Music Director The program will feature winds, strings with harpsichord, and the following repertoire: Stravinsky – Dumbarton Oaks; J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto #3; Dvořák – Serenade for Winds, Op 44.
Botticelli Exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum
Through April 5
Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfire of the Vanities. The restless genius of Sandro Botticelli (Florence, 1445-1510) is explored in depth in the most important Botticelli exhibition ever seen in the United States, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine; a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.
Comedy Club of Williamsburg Presents Tim Young and Friends
Go laugh with Tim Young at The Comedy Club of Williamsburg in the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel. Cost is $21.
Locus 100 Ehibit at the Linda Matney Gallery
Through April 22
Locus 100 is a Spring Group Exhibit Curated by John Lee Matney featuring works by Savonna Nicole Atkins, Rebecca Brantley, Cameron Bliss, Leigh Anne Chambers, Thomas Lowell Edwards, Tom Francis, Martha T. Jones, Mike Keaveney, Ryan Lytle, Christa Marquez, Ashley Ridgway, Allison Shockley, Alan Skees, Michael Suter, Tom Wessells, Daniel White and Sofia Zu’bi.
First of Women, First of Wives
This special Women’s History Month program features an all-male cast, but is all about women. Widowers George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry reflect on the wives they lost, providing a rare glimpse into the private lives of these public men and the women they loved.
Tea School at LOKAL
Interested in learning more about tea? We have the chance for you to do so with the knowledgeable staff of The Spice & Tea Exchange of Williamsburg! We are teaming up with Eric from LOKAL and his staff to bring you the ever so popular “Tea School”. Eric will be providing the space and finger foods while we provide the educational experience and a warm cup of tea.
WWII Lecture at York Hall
You are invited to a free presentation by local historian and county native, Tim Smith. He will talk about life in York County during World War II.
Free Irish Dance Class & Open House
Check out Rose & Sword Academy of Irish Dance between 1 PM and 3 PM. A free Irish Dance lesson will begin at 1:30 PM. Classes are available for children starting at age 3 and up. Adult and homeschooling classes are also offered.
Jamestown 4-H Discovery Run 10K
A beautiful, historic, scenic, varied and almost totally flat course combining three of the Williamsburg area’s finest trails-the Virginia Capital Trail, the Powhatan Creek Trail and the Greensprings Trail. The 10K will start and finish at the Jamestown 4-H Center, at the end of the 4-H Club entrance road. The course is entirely paved (with a few scenic wooden bridges) except for a one-mile stretch on the well-maintained crushed-stone Greensprings Trail, and the hard-packed dirt 4-H Club Road start and finish.
The Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club
On Sundays join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a group ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Ride registration begins each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate.
Live Music at Water Street Grille
March 24 & 25
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. This week: Dave Crumpler & Michael Glass (Friday) and Blue Ribbon (Saturday).
Live Music at Yorktown Pub
March 24 & 25
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. This weekend: Wampler Brothers (Friday) and Felicia Hoyos (Saturday). Full pub menu including fresh seafood.
Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica
Wednesdays through March
Hear the music and stories of Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica performed by Dean Shostak. This rare glass instrument was a sensation in America and Europe from 1760-1830, yet it has not been heard for almost 200 years.
The World of Pocahontas Walking Tour
Join the Jamestown Rediscovery Education staff for a walking tour though James Fort and the Archaearium to explore the life of Pocahontas at the 400th anniversary of her death.
From a Woman’s Perspective
Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Kennedy shares songs of politics, pots, pans, poetry and pioneering from the lives of women in the 18th and 19th centuries.
To Be Seen as an American
Meet three black women who didn’t accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century. The work of these Williamsburg women spanned three centuries, opening doors and providing new opportunities for the next generation to build on.
Watermen’s Museum Swing Dance
Join us every third Monday of the month for swing dance.
Mixed Media Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through March 31
Come and enjoy Mixed Media Art Show at the Gallery at York Hall. You can relish in our revolving exhibit of fine art in all media by local artists for display and sale. Check website for winter hours.
The Eagle Huntress (film)
March 15 – 31
Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. This intimate tale of a young girl’s quest is set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, featuring some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary.
Tack Faculty Lecture: The Illusion of Control
We are all psychologists. Based on our life experiences, we all develop personal, intuitive theories about how our minds function. However, a wealth of psychological research suggests that many of these strongly held intuitions are incorrect. At the College of William and Mary.
A Dog’s Life
March 23 – 30
Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art.
Are We Not One?
Two women, one black and one Irish, once related in heart and soul by circumstance, find that despite Ireland calling for its people to become abolitionists, the American press and government pitted the Irish against black people, in competition for jobs and a sense of belonging.
Explore quilts from the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries, while learning about the lives of quilters Amelia Lauke, Anna Jane Parker, Rita Mae Pettway, and others.
Six Mead Sundays
Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free. While you’re there, try a simple honey tasting for only $5 a person and shop our retail store!
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