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:

Friday

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

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

Sunday
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!

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Top Places to Paddle in Hampton Roads

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

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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-

Monday
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

Tuesday
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)

Wednesday
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
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!

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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!

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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’!

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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?

Y’all HAPPY FOURTH and BE SAFE!!!

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Las Bicicletas

You’ve seen them around town. But- what are they? I’ve started giving them nicknames, myself.

Stand Up Bike

Stand Up Bike

Robo Bike

Robo Bike

Praying Mantis Bike

Praying Mantis Bike

I looked it up (thanks WYDaily!) and found out that they are part of a traveling art exhibit. May was bike month in Williamsburg, and this coming October the UCI Road World Bike Championships will be held in Richmond (there will be related bike events in Williamsburg, too).

The sculptures were created by a Mexican artist, Gilberto Aceves Navarro. Basically, he thinks bicycles are a crucial element to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels- and he also loves the feeling of being on a bike- the freedom, the wind in your hair, the possibilities of where you’ll go. So he made paintings of figures riding bikes to convey that feeling, and then they were enlarged, cut out of metal, and made into sculptures. It’s all explained in this video:

TEASER HD from Las Bicicletas on Vimeo.

Here’s a few of my favorite quotes from the video if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing:

I conceived the bicycles this way: as a way to relate families and their environment. People work in somewhat inhumane, enclosed spaces, so my interest was to give them a more humane connection to the environment. How do I represent this in a formal artistic proposal? By finding ways to make bicycles that look like bicycles, but are not exact portraits, yet convey the idea of a bike. They are vehicles of happiness, vehicles of health. Their shape gives me peace, because it’s smooth and without bumps. . . . Being as old as I am now, I can’t ride my bike 14 hours a day anymore, but I can do what I am doing, thinking how can the bicycles help us have a better existence.

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For more details about the project and where it goes when it leaves Williamsburg in October, check out the website: Las Bicicletas.

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Do you have some favorite bicycle memories? Mine is here (at the bottom). Do you have any suggestions for nicknames for any bikes? Post them on the Facebook page!

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Thunderbirds are Go! at Colonial Williamsburg

No, not those Thunderbirds– I’m talking about the Native American kind. Step aside, Etsy and fake tribal patterns from Forever 21- let the original masters show you how it’s done.

Imagine living in a pueblo during the Great Depression. Your family has earned money for generations making and selling jewelry to both fellow native people and tourists alike. But now . . . there’s no money for the precious stones and metals. What do you do?

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The jewelry makers of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico responded to this shortage by doing what artists do naturally- taking inspiration from the world around them. Instead of precious stones, they used plastic from LP records, car batteries, and anything else that had the desired color and could be manipulated into jewelry.

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This weekend, “Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo” is opening at the Folk Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg. You’ll be able to see how the artists kept their traditions alive and provided for their families by creatively transforming the resources at hand.

Bonus! Saturday there’s a lecture by the curators themselves, Roddy and Sally Moore. If you want to learn the story behind this jewelry, it’s a must-see. You’ll need either your Good Neighbor Pass ($10 for the whole year) or a Museum Admission ticket ($13).

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One Town, One Weekend- 24 shows

Phew. You guys, I just finished finding every single instance of live music coming up this weekend- and I’m exhausted. Did you know that there are a total of 24 live music shows this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?? Go Williamsburg! (And that’s not even counting the other events going on- free cupcakes at the Farmer’s Market, painting outside, a 17th century fashion show, and a BMX jam, among others)

All of these are available on the calendar. But because I like you, I’ll go ahead and list all of them right here for you.

Black White Blues featuring Girls Night Out is playing at Bourbon Street Friday at 9!

Black White Blues featuring Girls Night Out is playing at Bourbon Street Friday at 9!

Friday, June 26
6:00pm- Friday Night Jazz at The Trellis
7:00pm- Jazz Standards at Triangle Restaurant
7:00pm- Sammy Lee at Berret’s
8:00pm- Timeline Jazz Quartet @ the Lodge
8:00pm- Jonny Waters @ Daddyo’s
8:00pm- Louis Vangieri @ Aromas
8:00pm- Mike Lucci Band at Cogan’s
8:00pm- Snackbar Jones @ Oceans & Ale
9:00pm- Black White Blues at Daddyo’s Bourbon St
9:00pm- Kevin Bleakley @ Center Street Grille

Music teacher by day, jazz guitarist by night- Tony Mata is playing at the new Triangle Restaurant Saturday

Music teacher by day, jazz guitarist by night- Tony Mata is playing at the new Triangle Restaurant Saturday

Saturday, June 27
2:00pm- Hector at Saturday Afternoon Wine Tunes at Saude Creek
6:00pm- Tony Mata Trio at Triangle Restaurant
7:00pm- Smith-Wade Band @ The Lodge
8:00pm- London @ Cogan’s
8:00pm- Aaron Enright @ Aromas
8:00pm- Billy Joe Trio @ Daddyo’s
8:00pm- Sun Dried Vibes @ Oceans & Ale
8:30pm- Chris & Joe
9:00pm- Pat Russell Band @ Daddyo’s Bourbon St ($5 cover)

The Hark plays most Sunday nights at The Trellis

The Hark plays most Sunday nights at The Trellis

Sunday, June 28
11:00am- Jazz Brunch at The Trellis
1:00pm- Acoustic Lunch, With Guitarist Louis Vangieri @ Barnes & Noble
2:00pm- A Taste of Love at Sunday Afternoon Music & Wine at Saude Creek
6:00pm- The Hark at The Trellis
8:45pm- Into the Woods movie on Prince George Street (ok, not live music, but it is a musical!)

As always, a complete listing of fun and cheap things to do in Williamsburg (and more details about these shows) is available- you guessed it- on the calendar. Plus, you can easily add the events to your own calendar and invite friends! Which of these bands do you plan on checking out this weekend? Leave a comment!

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June 19-21: What to do in the ‘Burg

This is just a small portion of all the events that are available! There’s the market, movies, and the art fair on Saturday . . . check out the calendar for more options. Below are some musical happenings I just had  to point out!

Friday June 19:
Wine Night at Saude Creek Vineyards

ST Lite at Saude Creek

The lead singer from ST Lite shows us how it’s done.

Although Saude Creek has these most Friday nights in the summer, this one is special because there will be a group from Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg there. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but you do have the opportunity to meet a group of fun people. Or, you can stick to your own possy and just do your own thing! I went last year and it was a blast- good music, good company, beautiful setting, cornhole, wine, food- a veritable Eden. They let you bring your own picnic- it was a really great bargain! And the setting is just gorgeous. Friday the featured musical performer is ST Lite (they describe themselves as “acoustic with a KICK”) and there will be crepes there!
(PS- if you can’t get there Friday night, they also have the same thing happening on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-5pm)

Saturday June 20:
Amy Kucharik at Aromas

How do you feel about quirky ukelele music? Amy Kucharik is pretty much a master at this particular genre, and she’s playing for tips at Aromas Saturday at 8pm. The video above showcases her band, but I’m not sure how much of the band will be with her Saturday (I’d be willing to bet it will just be her- if you know for sure, let me know!). If you like Molasses Creek– a regular at First Night– you’ll like Amy- the sound is 1920s bluesy and ragtimish. Aromas is always a fun, relaxed atmosphere on the weekends, and her music sounds like it will be fun and carefree to listen to.

Sunday June 21
Tony Bob Merritt at Alewerks

After (or while) you catch up with dad, enjoy a Sunday afternoon at Alewerks with live music 2-5 pm by Tony Bob Merritt (“one-man acoustic stylings”). The scene at Alewerks is really fun- super chill, but also really busy. Everyone is really friendly, and the beer is EXCELLENT.

Alewerks beerBeyond what you’ve had in bottles and at bars around town, they usually have some small-batch brews they only serve in the tasting room. One word of advice, though- eat before you go, or come not very hungry. Their menu is really limited (at least for now)- don’t plan on having a meal there. Ooh, and apparently they just opened what they’re calling the “Biergarten”- if you go, let us all know how it is!


Have a great time this weekend everyone, and be safe! Don’t forget to check out the calendar for more things to do in Williamsburg!

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