Williamsburg Events: May 8 – 14, 2017

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Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
May 13
“Jamestown Day” features Historic Jamestowne’s ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement’s ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family-friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites.

Cap 2 Cap
May 12-13
A ride, not a race, where riders are encouraged to enjoy the scenery. All ages are encouraged to participate, families are also encouraged to attend both days of the event.

Yorktown Market Days Season Hosts Annual Fitness Market!
May 13
Yorktown Market Days and Fitness Market, 8 am to 12 pm – New Year, New You!  Let’s get moving at our Health and Fitness Market, 8 am to 12 p.m.  Not only can you shop the 35 local farmers, producers, artists, and vendors offering a variety of local favorites found at all our Saturday Markets, but at the Fitness Market you can learn to improve your health with fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, and additional healthy living information.

Merchants Square Spring Fling
May 10
Bring your dancing shoes and show your stuff at the Merchants Square Spring Fling. What’s in store? Live jazz from Good Shot Judy, 500 of your closest friends, and a dance floor, right in the center of the Square! Don’t miss our fantastic spring celebration!

Coffee Concert I American String Quartet and Andre-Michel Schub
May 11
Individually, the players of the American String Quartet are each stars in their own right, their resumes studded with orchestral and ensemble performances, competition victories, and accolades; together, they create a sound that has entranced some of the world’s most demanding critics.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant
May 14
Make Mother’s Day extra special with a brunch buffet and a dinner buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant.

“More of the Best of Broadway”
May 13
Back Again! Rob BonGiovanni and his Sound Investment, featuring Pam Wineapple (Williamsburg’s Broadway Pro) are back again with “More of The Best of Broadway”. Showcasing the famous Broadway Shows from “The Great White Way” that made it to Hollywood to  the Silver Screen. At the Kimball Theatre.

KIDsiderate Concert Series at Busch Gardens
Select Dates in May
Start spring on a high note when some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. This KIDsiderate® concert series will have kids singing and dancing along in the Globe Theatre in England. Schedule: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! – May 6; The KIDZ BOP Kids – May 13; Teen Stars Live – May 20 & 21.

National Theatre Live: Obsession
May 11
Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. At the Kimball Theatre.

A Grand Medley of Entertainments
Mondays through June 12
Owen Murdock’s Company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling variety show, but their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed!

An Afternoon of Hammered Dulcimer Music with Timothy Seaman
May 13
Local hammered dulcimer virtuoso Timothy Seaman will be here playing familiar music as well as his own. Tim is known throughout the area for his lively performances and his compelling music! Tim will have all of his CD’s available for sale and autographing!

Friday Night Flights at Charly’s Airport Restaurant
Fridays through May 26
Enjoy live acoustic music on the patio of Charly’s Airport Restaurant each Friday now through early autumn during Friday Night Flights. The patio provides great views as planes takeoff (you never know what you’ll see!) and there are always delicious specials on homemade bread and slices of pie for dessert.

Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park
May 13
Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach.

Mother’s Day Surf & Turf
May 14
Treat mom to a day on the water and fossil hunting. This ranger guided program takes our guests on a canoe/kayak trip on Taskinas Creek and the York River to Fossil beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era. Mom paddles for free with paid guest.

Drum to the Beat
May 9
Come experience the fun of drumming in a group. For centuries, communities around the world have strengthened unity and friendship through rhythm. Join Drum Major Lance Pedigo for this unique experience for all ages and abilities.

Venus Tells It All
May 11
Meet Venus, a most inspiring comical, singing 18th-century storyteller that will leave you in stitches as she tells thought provoking stories derived from her life about living, relationships and yo momma! Fun for the young and young at heart! Audience participation is a requirement!

Middle School Art Show at On the Hill Gallery
Saturdays through May 28
Celebrating our annual York County Middle School Art Show, May 7 – 28th at On the Hill Gallery. The work will be hung and displayed the same as in a professional gallery.

Revolutionary Dissent
May 10
Stephen Solomon discusses his recent book: “Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created Freedom of Speech.” Before the Revolution colonists were restricted from openly discussing politics (and Independence) by English Common Law.  Events leading to the Declaration of independence and the ratification of the Constitution lead to freedom of speech in our new Republic.  A book-signing will follow.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub
Fridays & Saturdays through May 27
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule. Full pub menu including fresh seafood. Live entertainment on weekends. Lunch and dinner overlooking the York River.

Watermen’s Museum Yorktown Music Jamboree
Fridays through May 26
Come and enjoy us for an evening of music and fun along the beautiful York River.

Behind Closed Drawers
May 5 – 26
Drop in to get a close look at “Printed Fashions.” Then, peer into the textile study drawers to examine additional clothing and needlework from our collections. See a side of fashion others might miss.

Franz (film)
May 3 – 11
A film by Francois Ozon.  In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.  French/German with subtitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Wilson (film)
May 3 – 18
A poignant love letter to the people who raise us and the times that form us. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s is raising her adolescent son, Jamie at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.  Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. At the Kimball Theatre.

Busting Myths!
Tuesdays through May 30
Was the pineapple really the symbol of 18th-century hospitality? Were quilts really used as coded messages for the Underground Railroad? Were people shorter in the 1700s? Learn to discern truth, myth, and reality on this guided tour.

Mondays through May 29
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.

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall
Through May 31
Celebrate Spring – Come and see beautiful handmade quilts by local quilters.  In addition to the exhibit the Gallery will have a host of new and beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and much more for sale.

Six Mead Sundays

Try ALL SIX of our meads, instead of only four. Every Sunday. Mead tastings are always free.

Tuesdays through May 30
Explore the hidden stories behind the objects on display. Discover who made the object, and why–and how it wound up in our collection. Why do some of our artifacts have such unique stories?

2nd Sundays
May 14
On the second Sunday of every month from 11a to 5p, March to December, you can stroll the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and take in unique arts, handcrafts and live music in a fun and family friendly atmosphere.

For all events visit the Main Calendar (Visit Williamsburg). 

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