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Williamsburg Events: May 7 – 13, 2018

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Don’t forget! This week celebrates both the College of William & Mary’s commencement, as well as Mother’s Day! 


Jamestown Day at Historic Jamestowne & Jamestown Settlement, May 12
“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.

Otter Ball, May 11
Celebrate the Virginia Living Museum’s continued conservation efforts with an entertaining evening filled with a fabulous farm-to-table menu, elaborate fanfare, and outstanding live auction!Tickets are now on sale!

2nd Sunday’s Art & Music Festival, May 13
Williamsburg, Virginia’s only ALMOST Year ‘Round Arts & Street Festival! On the second Sunday of every month from 11 to 5, 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.

Wine at Night, A Sailor’s Delight, May 11
A Sunset Wine Tasting with Winemaker Matthew Meyers aboard The Schooner Alliance. Enjoy a tasting of five wines from the Williamsburg Winery with Winemaker Matthew Meters during a romantic 2hour sunset sail.

In the light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums features important Caravaggesque paintings from the renowned collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, and Chrysler Museum of Art including recent acquisitions to the collection of the Muscarelle.

Women with Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Women With Vision: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection in conjunction with William & Mary’s 100 Years of Women celebration. This exhibition features over thirty works by prominent women artists from the permanent collection and is comprised of a variety of media styles and time periods expressing their vision.

Guerilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World, Through May 13 (LAST WEEK)
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is proud to present Guerrilla Girls: Conscience of the Art World in the Herman Graphic Arts Room as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation at William & Mary and in Virginia. Since 1985 and even more stridently today, the Guerrilla Girls have been concerned with broader discrimination; particularly social oppression related to race, class, and gender.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant, May 13
Make Mother’s Day extra special with a brunch buffet and a dinner buffet at Riverwalk Restaurant.

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch at the Williamsburg Winery, May 13
Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Williamsburg Winery with our first-ever Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch in Wessex Hall! Treat Mom to an afternoon of delicious local food and great wine while listening to world-class jazz

Graduation Jazz Lunch at the Williamsburg Winery, May 12
Celebrate Graduation Day at The Williamsburg Winery with our first-ever Graduation Jazz Lunch in Wessex Hall! Treat your grad to an afternoon of delicious local food while listening to world-class jazz

Gilded Splinters/Alison Stinely, Through June 23
ALISON STINELY’S GILDED SPLINTERS In “Gilded Splinters,” Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. Stinely’s work exudes a breath of life that it is everlasting, fantastical, and honest.

Destination: Dinosaur!, May 5 – 19
Roaring, stomping animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. At the Virginia Living Museum.

Yorktown Plant Sale, May 11 & 12
Plant sale sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. Come down to browse a selection of plants available for both home and garden. Rain or shine. Support the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, please donate your extra plants as you divide and clean up your garden beds this Spring!

Second 2018 Members’ Co-Op Show, Through June 8
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s second 2018 Members Co-op Show opened on May 1 and is now underway through June 8. Featuring bodies of work of member artists and artisans, the show offers lots to see and take in – a variety of mediums and styles in the main and middle galleries.

Confederate Piracy on the High Seas: The Clarence/Tacony/Archer Affair, May 12
When the CSS Florida, commanded by Lieutenant John Newland Maffitt, captured the Baltimore brig Clarence, Lieutenant Charles W. ‘Savez’ Read took command of the brig to operate separately from the Florida as a commerce raider. Read then seized several merchant ships including the bark Tacony.

Inside James Fort: Built of “Pales, Posts, and Railes,” Saturdays through May 19
Building a fort proved to be a necessity for the colonists within a month of their arrival in 1607. In 1994 Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists found evidence of the trenches and post molds from the original palisade lines. Carpenter Paul Zelesnikar will demonstrate the tools and methods used by the first colonists to build everything from the fort walls to stools and chests. Stop by to learn more about this important trade!

Quilt Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Through May 31
It’s the longest standing exhibit at the Gallery and you don’t want to miss the new additions for spring. Visit the Gallery to admire these beautiful handcrafted quilts. You’ll also find a collection of new art, jewelry, pottery, and much more for sale.

Bingo Night at the Satellite Taproom, Thursdays
Take a trip to the Premium Outlets for Bingo and Beer at the Alewerks Satellite location Thursday night! Bingo will be from 6pm til 7:30 and is free to play for all ages! Prizes, friends, and of course beer!

Yorktown Market Days, Saturdays
Our waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads-offering spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! This year, the season starts mid-April, and you can enjoy weekly markets through the end of October.

Local Live Music at Billsburg Brewery, Thursdays Through May
Join us in the Billsburg Event Tent every Thursday this Spring for live music. Grab your friends and join us at Billsburg Brewery to start your weekend early, enjoy live music and fresh cold beer at the only venue in James City County on the waterfront.

Live Music at Water Street Grille, Fridays & Saturdays
Enjoy your evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout the month. See website for schedule.

Live Music at Yorktown Pub, Fridays & Saturdays
Enjoy your evenings at the Yorktown Pub with live music and great food throughout the month. See website for schedule.

Friday Brewmaster’s Pin, Fridays
Every Friday at 4 pm at The Virginia Beer Company, we tap a small but potent Brewmaster’s Pin. Centrally located on the bar top in our taproom, these weekly cask concoctions give our brewing team the chance to add a personal touch to our draft offerings.

Trivia Night at Alewerks, Wednesdays
Wednesday night means the Taproom is the place to be for this battle of the brains. Bring your friends (or your enemies) and prove just how smart you really are. It’s an entertaining evening with great craft beer, and a thoroughly irreverent take on trivia. We’ll have food trucks here too with an ever-changing menu of delicious options.

Williamsburg Comedy Club, Saturdays
The Comedy Club of Williamsburg invites you to join us for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. This is your chance to see nationally touring comedians! Located inside the DoubleTree Hotel.


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