Sneak Peek: Dec 15-21

Between your shopping and bustling, take some time for yourself! Here are some things to do in Williamsburg this week:


Monday

Meditation Class at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church, 7pm- Free

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Taking some time for meditation may be just what you need during the busy holiday season. This free Monday night class is great for beginners and the more advanced alike. The teacher will walk you through the process and you can talk with classmates about your challenges and experiences. When I’ve gone, I left feeling calm and more in control of my life. I hope you will feel the same!


Wednesday

Ballroom Dance Lessons at Seasons, 7:30 pm- Free

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Guys, trust me when I say a man who can dance is very impressive. Also? There is almost ALWAYS  a lack of men at dances! So get out to Seasons and learn some new moves. Dancing is just fun.

One caveat- I haven’t been to these free lessons at Seasons, so if someone goes, please let me know how it is!


Featured Event this Week! (I will be there, come join if you like!)

Saturday

Good Fires, Good Company, and Diversons: The Compliments of the Season at the Powell House 10am-5pm

Photo by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Photo by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

This is an event at Colonial Williamsburg that requires a ticket, so grab your Good Neighbor Pass! You do have one, right?

Let’s find out how families (well, at least upper-to-middling families) in the 18th century prepared for Christmas! We’ll observe them cooking special meals, making decorations, and hopefully some singing and dancing. I’ll be there from 10:30-11:30 am if you’d like to join.


Saturday

“It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Kimball, 7pm- $3

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Thanks to some really nice people who are sponsoring this event (Dennis Kiser, Donna Crinklaw, and Middle Peninsula Insurance), this holiday classic is being shown at the Kimball for only $3 this Saturday. It’s a Williamsburg tradition, apparently! I would advise you to call ahead, though, and see if you can get your tickets ahead of time, as it’s sure to be very popular.


As always, more free and affordable things to do in Williamsburg available to view on the calendar. Have a great week, all!

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Scrooge comes to Williamsburg, is haunted by puppets and musical numbers

Each year, Williamsburg’s stately aura of perfectly hung wreaths and picturesque shop windows gets a jolt of silliness: a goofy rendition of the timeless Dickens holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” pops up downtown in Merchant’s Square. It’s unbelievably quick (30 minutes), put on by only two people (plus a few audience participants), and always attracts a crowd.

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The setup is like a life-size Polly Pocket theater- the back and sides all open up and presto, there’s a stage, complete with lights, a set that transforms itself into multiple sets, and even a backstage somehow. Oh! And there’s puppets, for you Muppet Christmas Carol fans.

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The title role is played by Ed Whitacre (a Master Thespian, mind you). He is probably the most over-the-top Scrooge I have ever seen- and it fits the production perfectly. Mark Lerman does everything else, including playing multiple roles (and genders) and controlling the set.

The production this year is a musical (insert jazz hands here!!). So besides puppets and a zany Scrooge, just to make it more ridiculous, there are musical numbers peppered throughout (you may recognize songs from The Pirates of Penzance and Phantom of the Opera, among other musicals).

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Now, if you get there early and get a spot up front, you could be picked to participate!

The two people on the left are awaiting their instructions for their roles - a Christmas turkey and an errand boy - from Scrooge and his maid (he made a GREAT turkey btw!)

The two people on the left are awaiting their instructions for their roles – a Christmas turkey and an errand boy – from Scrooge and his maid (he made a GREAT turkey btw!)

I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned that this is free yet, but- it is! The schedule is 5pm Fridays, 3:30 and 5pm Saturdays and Sundays. This Saturday, there’s an extra performance at 2pm on Saturday.

I’ll leave you with a video and more pics. But don’t forget to check out the real thing this weekend or next! As always, more things to do in the calendar. Have a great one, everybody-

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Christmas Carol Scrooge with tombstone

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Sneak Peek for the Week Ahead: Dec 8-14

Bunches and bunches of Christmas things to do in Williamsburg this week, and more in the calendar


Tuesday and Wednesday

“A Christmas Story” at the Movie Tavern– 7:30pm

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I triple-dog-dare you!


Thursday

Social Networking Lunch at Plaza Azteca 12-1pm

Put on by Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg (YEP). I went to one once, it was really nice. At least when I went, there were only three of us, so it was easy to get to know one another. It’s a great way to meet new people. And plus- it’s Plaza Azteca! I have made meals of their guacamole alone. . .

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Friday

Lessons and Carols at Williamsburg Presbyterian- 7:30 pm

The event is free, and everyone is invited.  Special performances will be provided by William and Mary’s Women’s Chorus and the Westminster Ringers of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.  Students, faculty, and staff will join campus ministers in reading biblical passages appropriate to the season with carols and hymns sung by the congregation, as well as special music.  The service will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.


Saturday and Sunday

Afternoon Wine Tunes at Saude Creek 2-5pm

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So, I knew that Saude Creek did live music in the summer on Fridays, but apparently they do live music in the winter in the afternoons! This weekend Jocelyn Oldham is playing on Saturday and Dave Pollard is playing on Sunday. A tasting is $7 and BBQ is available for purchase. At least when we went this summer you could bring your own food; I’m not sure if that’s still the case but you could call ahead and ask. Sounds like a great way to escape the holiday bustle!


Sunday

2nd Sunday Art Festival 11am-5pm

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Don’t worry, it won’t be snowing . . .

Sunday’s going to be a great time to be in Merchant’s Square. It’s the holiday art festival, the Christmas Carol in-a-box, Father Christmas strolling (3:30-6:30), carolers, all that stuff. Grab some hot cocoa and get out there!

Featured Event This Week! (I will be there, come join if you’d like!)

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It will be just like this! Except with less buildings. And less people. More of them falling.

The icerink is open generally all evenings and all day on weekends. I will be at the Iceburg icerink at Mid County Park at 3pm on Sunday to review it for the blog. If you’d like to join, come along!


If none of this tickles your fancy, of course there are more events on the calendar. Some to consider are another concert of the Messiah, in case you missed the one last week, the lights in Newport News Park, a gingerbread house competition, and non-holiday stuff like $5 yoga, music jams, open mics, movies, and more.

Sneak Peek: Grand Illumination Week

There is so much more than this going on this week: meditation, ice skating, trivia, Home Alone, $5 yoga, Christmas lights, Christmas carols, free dance lessons, a lighted boat parade, and more! Seriously, check the calendar for more things to do. For the top highlights, check below:


Friday- 5pm- Merchant’s Square

Featured Event this Week! (I will be there, come join!)
A Christmas Carol

A Williamsburg Christmas classic! The Virginia Theatre Machine brings its witty production of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” performed in less than 30 minutes. Free! See the calendar for more showings (in general, Fridays at 5, and Saturdays and Sundays throughout the day.


Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 5pm-  Williamsburg United Methodist Church (full disclosure- my church!) FREE

Handel’s Messiah


Sunday 4pm- Post Theater, Fort Monroe

FREE Holiday Symphony Concert by the Hampton Roads Philharmonic

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Ok, so this one’s a little further than 30 minutes from Williamsburg, but I’ll be playing, and this is my blog, so I get to post about it 🙂 For recordings of our orchestra check our Facebook page. We’ll be playing a bunch of Christmas music, the Nutcracker Suite, and “Gloria” by John Rutter.


Grand Illumination– Sunday (Dec 7) 4:45-7:30 pm

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I can’t not mention this–the annual crowding of Duke of Gloucester Street complete with lots of musical acts in the afternoon and topped off by colonial-style fireworks.


I hope you all have a great week! I didn’t mention it above but there’s also the Christmas parade this weekend (Saturday at 8:30am), like a million concerts and don’t forget the indie movies at the Kimball. Lots of free and low cost things to do in Williamsburg this week and weekend, so y’all have a great time!

Sneak Peek: Thanksgiving Week

For many of us, we will spend this week traveling, eating, and talking to relatives we haven’t seen since last year. But, for the days you’re in town, here are some cool things to do right here in Williamsburg:


Monday

Featured Event This Week! 
(in other words, I will be there covering it for the blog, so come join if you want)

Trivia at Green Leafe – 8pm

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An oldie but a goodie. Questions are all written and hosted by local trivia buffs and the questions can be pretty hard- but hey, why do trivia if it’s not challenging? Usually there are 5 rounds: the 4th round is a picture round (you get a sheet of paper with pictures on it and have to identify the item/character/etc) and 5th round is a music round- hear the song, name the artist and title of the song. Also- Green Leafe runs burger specials on this night, they are $5 or $6. Fries are extra, though.


Wednesday and Friday, and then every day for awhile

Iceburg Skate Rink

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Ice skating! (click on the link above for hours) I’ve heard it’s a synthetic rink, FYI . . .
Fees:
Daily Admission (includes Skate Rental)
Child 5 and under: FREE
Youth 6-17 and Senior 55+: $5 for residents/ $7 for non-residents
Adult: $7 for residents/ $8


Thursday (and Friday and Saturday)

Food and Feasts of Colonial Virginia

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Now, I have never been to this, but I have always wanted to go! Best of all, it’s FREE for Williamsburg/JCC/York County residents (bring your driver’s license with your address on it):

Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and iron kettles over hot coals and preserved by smoking, salt curing and pickling. This Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

If you have been, please leave a short review in the comments- thanks!


Sunday

Traditional Music for St. Andrew’s Day – 3pm

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Scottish fiddle and guitar music by some of this area’s best traditional musicians (John Turner is awesome, if you haven’t heard him). With your Good Neighbor Pass, this *should* be $6 (regular price $8).


Also, Merchant’s Square will be positively hopping this weekend with things to do so- if you are raring to go for Christmas in Williamsburg, go and check out the market, all the pretty greenery and red ribbons, and the “A Christmas Carol”-in-a-box. If you are not ready for Christmas? Stay away- you’ve been warned!

Everyone please travel safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you! Especially my fabulous followers!