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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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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Sneak Peek: Dec 30-Jan 4

Well, it’s been awhile since my last post, as I’ve been indulging in the time-honored Christmas tradition of being lazy and doing nothing but binge-watch TV shows and read books on the couch. It’s been awesome, but I have been letting y’all down! So, back to it. Here are the top things to do in Williamsburg this week:

Celebration in Lights

The other night I got a chance to see the lights at Newport News Park. It was really fun! There were so many different scenes- a Christmas tree forest, polar bears and penguins magically together at the North/South pole- and speaking of North/South, there was a Civil War portion, you guys. Cannon and soldiers and the Monitor and the Merrimack in Christmas lights!

Celebration_in_Lights_Newport_News_2There was also a “critter” portion where deer jumped over your car, and a nautical area with ships on the water and a lighthouse. I don’t want to spoil it all for you, so suffice to say it was really fun, especially if you are into Christmas lights like I am. So grab some friends and pile in a car and head down- it’s still open until January 1 (nightly 5:30-10pm, $10 per car)

First Night Williamsburg

Bobby Blackhat

Bobby Blackhat

How’d you like to go to six concerts in one night? Well, this Wednesday, you can- and for $15. Get your button and plan out your schedule. I highly recommend Bobby Blackhat and the Kenyan Acrobats.  Also there’s fireworks at midnight at Zable Stadium! Unless you’d rather “swing” in the new year with the Williamsburg Swing Orchestra, which sounds pretty fun to me. I look forward to this all year!

First Day Hike

hikeNew Year’s Day will be cold, but at least it’ll be sunny- why not get outside? All Virginia State Parks are hosting a First Day Hike– at York River State Park, there will be a group hike to the Pamunkey Overlook, apparently a bit of a hidden gem in the park that overlooks the former site of Werowicomico, the capital of the Powhatan Empire. Also, if you take a cute pic you could win free stays at state park cabins!


If you’ve never been contradancing at Norge Hall, I highly recommend it. If you’re not a big dancer, don’t worry- it doesn’t require a lot of style, just remembering a few moves- and they repeat a lot. It’s like a line dance in that you always know what the next move will be, but you get to dance with your partner and just about everyone else in your group, so it’s more social than a line dance. One word of advice- don’t overdress. It gets pretty warm in the hall, even in the winter. Also look at your partner’s face when you spin- you’ll get less dizzy.


That’s it for this week, guys. As always, more things to do in the calendar. Williamsburg is about to enter the January doldrums, when all the students are gone and so are the tourists and everything shuts down- but don’t worry, there are a few things coming up. And I’ll keep you in the loop!

Week Peek Nov 11-17: Yoga, Music, Jewelry, and Dancing

There are tons of things going on this week, all of which are listed on the calendar. But to help you decide, here are the coolest ones:


Free Yoga at Berrybody Yoga Studio– Wednesday Nov 12 7:30-8:30 pm
I’m going to go check it out; feel free to join me if you’d like! Bring some non-perishable food as a donation.


Belt it out!

Belt it out!

Open Mic Night at Aromas 7:30 pm


TiaraI gotta admit this sounds really interesting-
From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890 to 1929 5:30pm


Swing Dance
Swing Dance at the Waterman’s Museum
– 7pm, $5
Some friends of mine starting doing these about a year ago- lesson at 7, open dance at 8- it’s really fun and relaxed! There’s usually yummy treats, too. The cover charge goes to the Waterman’s Museum education programs.

Again- many more events this week are on the calendar. Enjoy!

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