Bluegrass, Butterflies, and Bassoons in the ‘Burg this weekend

Well, it’s the first weekend of August- the beginning of the end of summer (womp womp). There is a lot of music, dancing, and art going on this weekend- so get in your kicks while you can! I’ve only highlighted a very small portion of the events going on this weekend below. You can find all the rest- including about half a dozen live music shows per night- on the calendar.

Blue Moon Contradance at the Waterman’s Museum– Friday 7/31, lesson at 6:30

This is totally not the actual tent you will be dancing under. But it will still be lots of fun and pretty, you'll see!

This is totally not the actual tent you will be dancing under. But it will still be lots of fun and pretty, you’ll see!

I like to tell people that contradancing is just about the most fun you can have sober. It’s like line dancing in that the steps are all laid out so you know what to do. It’s a little geometrical, as there are patterns to figure out. And you get to spin around! Wheeeeeeee!

The Norfolk Contra Dancers are having their Blue Moon dance Friday at the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown. It’s a beautiful setting right on the river. Carrot Tree will be serving Blue Crab with fixins starting at 5pm, but participants are also encouraged to bring potluck dishes. Tickets are only $10 and I guarantee you will have fun! Will it be hot? Yes! Will it be worth it? Absolutely!

Plus, the Wampler Brothers will be playing that night at the Water Street Grille in case you get hot or tired but still want some tunes.

Butterfly Festival at the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens- Saturday and Sunday 9-5

Butterfly FestivalHave you noticed all the butterflies around town lately? Here’s your chance to learn more about them and view many beautiful varieties. Together Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Virginia Master Naturalists Historic Rivers Chapter are presenting a Butterfly Festival at Williamsburg Botanical Garden this Saturday and Sunday. Walk through the Butterfly House and hold and feed a variety of butterflies that are native to Virginia. There will be information about what plants can attract butterflies to a garden and about the decline of the Monarch butterfly population and what you can do about it. At 1 and 3 pm, bring your kids, because the first 10 families to attend programs at that time will get a live pupa they can take home and watch as it transforms into a butterfly! For more information, the WY Daily has an article about the event.

Art in the ‘Burg– Saturday 10-4

Art in the Burg

Art in the ‘Burg is a new bi-weekly art festival featuring Historic Triangle artists and craftsmen hosted by Colonial Folk Art. It’s held in Williamsburg’s Art District (yes, it really exists, it’s around Lafayette and Richmond Road between Extraordinary Cupcakes and the Dunkin Donuts; 110 Bacon Ave for your GPS).

Summer of Freedom Music Festival– Williamsburg Symphonia

VSO Matoaka

This weekend, the Symphonia is playing a bunch of outdoor concerts at Lake Matoaka Ampitheater. The most affordable concert is Sunday at 11:30 am- Peter and the Wolf for the kiddos ($5 for lawn tickets). They’re also doing a night of romantic songs on Friday and a movie music concert on Saturday for $25 a person. Buuuuuuut if you want to wait for a FREE outdoor symphony concert, the VSO is playing at Lake Matoaka on September 3 and at Yorktown the Saturday of Labor Day weekend . . .

Want more? Check out the free admission at PFAC this weekend, or the kids fishing tournament, or the programs free for residents over on the calendar page. There is really so much to do in Williamsburg! Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.

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Link Up: July 27-30

Hey all! Admittedly Monday and Tuesday are a little empty, but I’m out of town this weekend and I had to schedule this on Thursday, before a lot of the information came out for next week. Nevertheless, still lots to do, especially Wednesday and Thursday!

6:30pm: the breathless costume romance Far From the Madding Crowd at the Kimball– $8
7pm: Meditation class at the UU church– free, donations accepted- hosted by Ben, who is not “woo-woo” at all but rather very down-to-earth- highly recommended!
7pm: Yorktown Story Slam- theme: “Worst Day Ever” at the Yorktown Pub
8pm: Trivia at Greene Leafe

6:30pm: Far From the Madding Crowd and Sunshine Superman both at the Kimball– $8
7:30pm: Open Mic Night at Yorktown Pub

6pmPort Warwick Summer Concert Series: free, family-friendly, bring blankets, chairs, picnics! Tonight’s act is The Janitors, they play oldies
7pm: Open Mic Night at Cogan’s with Liana Dagmar
7pm: Concert on Merchant’s Square- Slapnation performs! 1970’s Disco, and Top 40 Dance music from the 1980s to today- so get out and DANCE YOUR PANTS OFF!
7:30pm: $5 yoga class at Berrybody– with soothing lavender towels!
8pmLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real in Concert at the Kimball- $15- described as “cowboy hippy surf rock”?? but hey it’s a national act so they must be good right?
9pm: Karaoke at Bourbon Street

6pmHey! Hey! Hooligan (“punk rock party band”) at The Mariners’ Museum
6pmBen Lassiter and Steal the Pint Night with Stone Brewery at Berret’s
6pm: Thursday Night Adventure Night– last week is was a Softserve Showdown- this weeks it’s a Geocache Dash!
6:30pmShagging on the Riverwalk in Yorktown– free- this week it’s The Holiday Band
7:30pmOpen Mic Night at Aromas
10pm: Karaoke at Corner Pocket

Here’s some things you may have missed on Facebook:

I wrote a guest post for Colonial Williamsburg about their new live comedy, A Servant of Two Masters. It is really funny and great for all ages! You can win free tickets if you make a comment on the post, so don’t miss out!

Two Masters

What’s Happening Williamsburg is now on Instagram! Follow @whatshappeningwilliamsburg to get real-time updates on events in the Burg.

Guys, I’m sorry this posted late. I made a mistake in scheduling the post.

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What’s Happening in Williamsburg this weekend- July 24-27

Well it looks like it’s gonna be a pretty nice weekend! The perfect opportunity to enjoy all there is to do in Williamsburg:


6pm: Yorktown Music Jamboree at the Waterman’s Museum featuring the LCV projectCarrot Tree will be selling blue crabs and other sides and drinks- no cover, but donations are gratefully accepted!
6pm: Uncorked Friday at Saude Creek– a beautiful setting, and you’ll get to hear all sorts of different music from area musicians! Tasting and food available, but you can also bring your own picnic
8pm: Zumba Glow Party at En Pointe Dance Academy! $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 per child for childcare
8pm: Jacob Testa and the Gang at Aromas
8pm: Timeline Jazz Quartet at the Williamsburg Lodge– good beer, good cocktails, good food, and good jazz- it’s a classy scene
8pm: Absolute Acoustic at Cogan’s
8pm: The Travelin’ Hillbillies at Yorktown Pub (time approximate)
9pm: TypeCast at Bourbon Street

8am-noon: Farmer’s Market! eggs, melons, corn, tomatoes, plums, peaches
11am-2pm: Silt is running its first Burgers Out the Back Door event- this high-end farm-to-table restaurant is selling burgers, fries, and a soda for $15. This is a great opportunity to check out this place at an affordable price!
noon-4pm: the Muscarelle is open and they have paintings by Florentine masters and exhibits curated by arts students- $10
2-5pm: Wine Tunes at Saude CreekBBQ, music, and a beautiful setting! BYO picnic if you’d like
5pm-midnight: Oceans and Ale‘s Summer Luau! This looks fun, music by Signal Fire (“reggae rock”) and Kona Beers will be featured- I always have a great time when I go to this place. No cover, but they do recommend that you make reservations.
8pm: Jeremy White at Aromas
8pm: Good Shot Judy plays at Triangle (have you been there yet? It’s great!)
8pm: London plays at Cogan’s– I have to recommend that you follow their Facebook page, because their promo pics are so ridiculous, they will really brighten up your feed! For example:

8pm: Hector at Water Street Grille in Yorktown- please click on this link if only to see this guy’s hair. It’s epic.

noon-4pm: the Muscarelle is open again!
2-5pm: Music & Wine at Saude Creek– again, the Scottish Pig will provide the Q and Ron Fetner will provide the tunes
5pm: Lou Vangieri performs outdoors in Yorktown. Grace Episcopal Church has this sweet little Sunday night free concert series going on throughout this summer. Picnicking encouraged!
6pm-9pm: AnneMarie Sewell performs at Triangle
around sunset, or about 8:30: Hook plays on Prince George Street– Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams star in this 90s adaptation of Peter Pan (a Gen Y childhood classic!)

Oh and here’s something else- the above list is NOT comprehensive- check out the calendar for the full listing.

Aaand, here’s some stuff from the Facebook feed you may have missed this week:

A statement from the artist that designed the bicycle sculptures currently in Williamsburg:

Why bicycles? “I have a vested interest in making bicycles an expression of my concerns for life, including my own, and for society. As art vehicles, bicycles will help change the behavior of individuals, which is very fundamental for civilization to continue existing, and also so that other important things will not run out, like oil.”

Save the date- September 5 (that’s the Saturday of Labor Day weekend)- free Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert in Yorktown!

VSO 9-5

Top Places to Paddle in Hampton Roads

Butterfly Festival coming up August 1&2 at Williamsburg Botanical Gardens!

Butterfly Festival

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Link Up: July 20-23

Hey guys! This week is another summer week full of music, dancing, and good times in Williamsburg-

Swing Dance at the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown- lesson at 6, dance at 7, $5 suggested donation (I’ve gone to this many times, it’s always fun!)
Trivia at Green Leafe at 8pm
Kevin Bleakley at The Trellis 6-8pm

Slow Monday at Center Street Grille 8-10 pm (I saw them at the Triangle- it’s one guy with a guitar, one with some drums and another on bongo that play 90s and 2000s covers with some interesting mash-ups, along with some original songs)

A discussion about area public transportation at Fort Magruder- maybe not super fun but good to know if this is something that affects you- 5-7pm
Port Warwick Summer Concert Series features Borderline Crazy outdoors in Newport News- 6-9 pm
Moonlight Acoustic Jam at New Quarter Park at 6:30pm- bring out your instrument, even if you are a beginner!
Summer Breeze Concert Series in Merchant’s Square features the Original Rhondels tonight, 7-9 pm (call (757) 565-8889 if the weather’s iffy)
Wednesday night is karaoke night at both Daddyo’s locations- Norge and Bourbon Street– at around 8:30/9pm
Open Mic at Cogan’s, 7pm- a great chance to see many of Williamsburg’s musicians in one spot

Thursday Night Adventure Night– these kids are always up to something fun! meet at 6 in the cafe at the Martins on Monticello
Thursdays by the Lake Concert Series at the Mariners Museum in NN features Snackbar Jones– modern rock, top 40, pop, hip hop- 6-10 pm
Shagging on the Riverwalk in Yorktown features the Band of Oz 6:30-9:30 pm
Ron Fetner plays at the Water Street Grille in Yorktown, 7pm
As always, Thursday is Open Mic Night at Aromas– 7:30pm

Believe it or not, that’s not everything- check out the comprehensive list of affordable things to do in Williamsburg on the calendar!

Plus, here are some things from the Facebook page that you may have missed last week:

Colonial Williamsburg has a new archaeology program for kids all summer! If your family has Good Neighbor Passes- it’s free! (otherwise, included in park admission)

Plans for yet another new restaurant coming to Williamsburg along Prince George St- Hounds Tale coming in October!

Wanna get your music heard at one of the prettiest settings on the Peninsula? Sign up for Open Mic night this Friday July 24 at Saude Creek Vineyards. Want to be the first to hear new local talent? All you have to do is show up!

Are you a bargain-hunter? Check out this new place out in Lightfoot!

Top 10 benefits of the $10 Good Neighbor Pass! Do you have yours?

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Top 4 Things to do in Williamsburg this July 4!

It’s July 4! In Williamsburg!


Top 4 things to do:

1- do it up 18th-century-style at Colonial Williamsburg
2- see 1776 at the Kimball
3- go to Yorktown
4- Drink beer and eat pork

1. OBVIOUSLY- Colonial Williamsburg has it goin on. Here’s what’s scheduled:

10:00 AM: Salute to the States
11:00 AM: It wouldn’t be July 4 without a Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Courthouse Steps
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM: The Colonial Faire– 18th-century inspired games (tomahawk throwing, dancing, trap ball, quoits, 3-legged races, hoops, running races, tug of war, and sack races) (you’ll need your Good Neighbor Pass or an admission ticket for this)
3:45 PM: Dialogues in Revolution, 1776– the Founding Fathers speak (again, you’ll need your Good Neighbor Pass)
5:00 PM: (This looks cool!) Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II– $7 for adults 13+, $5 for kids- at the Hennage Auditorium in the Art Museum
8:15 PM: Concert by Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums– free- get out of their way because they DO NOT STOP
8:45 PM: Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green (free)
9:10 PM: A Salute to the Nation (free)- concluding with FIREWORKS!


And here’s what you need to know if you plan to go:

– For the love of your sanity, do NOT try to park close to Merchant’s Square unless you get here early in the morning. Park at the CW Visitor Center and take the shuttle (warning, the shuttle does NOT run while the fireworks are happening), OR, park at New Town or High Street and ride the WATA Trolley. Here’s what WATA has to say:

WATA will have 3 trolleys available; one trolley running its regular route from noon to 11:00 p.m., one running express service directly from New Town to the historic area, and one running express service directly from High Street to the historic area. The express trolleys will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end around 11:00 p.m. The Trolley will be utilizing Ewell Circle on Jamestown Road as the drop off and pick up location this year to avoid some of the traffic hold ups that happen on Richmond Road.

– Just be prepared: bring flashlights, water, wear COMFORTABLE shoes, bring earplugs (they’re not just for kids), sunscreen, etc- just be smart. And be prepared to be in the middle of a HUGE crowd.

– Expect it to take forever to get back to your car after the fireworks. It’s just gonna happen. But it will have been worth it!

2. The Kimball is showing 1776 at 1pm and 4pm for only $4!

I mean, where else are you going to see the Founding Fathers singing in a musical?

I mean, where else are you going to see the Founding Fathers singing in a musical?

Here’s what WhatsHappeningWilliamsburg movie critic Scott Graves has to say about it:

The 1972 film adaptation of the Broadway musical 1776 is an account of the struggle to secure a vote in favor of independence from the second Continental Congress. Political maneuvers of Benjamin Franklin and John Adams lead to Thomas Jefferson’s drafting of the Declaration of Independence. I won’t spoil the rest. Much of the central cast reprised their roles from the 1969 Broadway production, including Howard DeSilva (blacklisted in the early 1950s) as Franklin, Ken Howard as Jefferson, and William Daniels as Adams. Daniels is best known, depending on your generation, as Dustin Hoffman’s father in The Graduate, Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere (or the voice of Knight Rider supercar KITT), or Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World. If you’ve always wanted to watch the voice of David Hasselhoff’s car talk high-stakes politics with the high school basketball coach from TV’s The White Shadow (played by Howard), this is the movie for you. The Kimball says 1776 is rated R, but IMDb holds that it is PG. Perhaps this is the extended cut showing the party after the vote.

3. Sick of Williamsburg but still want fireworks? Try Yorktown!

Everything you need to know in one handy photo!

Everything you need to know in one handy photo!

4. Alewerks is havin’ a Pig Pickin’!

FOURTH FLIER-01 small website version

Things to know:

– Alewerks is going to have their much-acclaimed Cafe Royale available (it’s a vanilla and bourbon coffee stout . . yup)
– The MUSIC is 4-7 but the event actually starts at noon and goes to 9:30 pm!
– I asked how much the food is going to be, and they said expect plates to be $10 but it might be less. That’s a great deal!
– Good beer, good food, good music, and away from the madness downtown! What more could you ask for?


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