Spring Fling 2013 in Southeastern, VA.

By Mary Gallagher

Using our favorite Virginia Beach hotel the Founders Inn and Spa as our home base we have a lot of activities to pick from this spring in the Hampton Roads area. Included here are lots of ideas for the cities of Smithfield, Hampton, Newport News and Bacons Castle in Surry. This is by no means the complete list of things to do in this wonderful and historic area of Virginia but it will certainly get you started.

The Founders Inn and Spa

www.Foundersinn.com

5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

T. 757 424 5511 or USA Toll Free 1 800 926 4466

Founders Inn

Founders Inn

Most people come to Virginia Beach for the beach, walking the boardwalk, playing in the waves or to visit the historical sites of Jamestown and Williamsburg and that is great, but then many of us want a bit of peace, calm and luxury afterwards which the well located Founders Inn and Spa is quick to provide to its guests.

The Georgian architectural style of the brick buildings on spacious grounds, the wonderful formal gardens are perfect for a first or second wedding or just strolling. We sat on our balcony and watched the sunset over the plantings and fountains with Abigail, a beautiful white swan and long time resident, slowly paddling around the pond.

The choices for dining cover quite a range with Executive Chef Scott Simpson adding international flavors to his creative menus. We had a sumptuous Sunday brunch in the Swan Terrace at $29.95 pp (with a crowd of locals and other hotel guests), outstanding room service and a light meal from the Hunt Room’s pub-like menu – all of which we would recommend highly.

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Whether you choose the Presidents suite or a standard room, and we experienced both, you’ll enjoy the colonial furnishings, soft color palette and general quietness of the hotel.

 

They have an outstanding indoor pool and health club adjacent to the Flowering Almond Spa. Our visit to the spa was a wonderful experience that we won’t forget for quite sometime.

Many of my favorite hotels stays have been in Europe and the Founders Inn and Spa reminded me of a fine hotel in Baden Baden, the gardens of historic properties in France and the food equal to the best of American cuisine with worldwide influences. 

Check the Founders Inn website for frequent special offerings like this:

Stay two consecutive nights and enjoy a third night with our compliments. Guests also enjoy full access to the indoor swimming pool, gym and fitness center at no extra charge. This is a great opportunity to explore all Virginia Beach has to offer, visit friends, play a round of golf, enjoy the great outdoors or simply relax and unwind in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.

This offer is valid for any 3 consecutive nights and is based on a max of 2 people sharing a room, subject only to availability. Complimentary room night will apply after the second night and will not appear on the room bill.

Slip away for a chance to rest and restore in grand style. Package includes:

Overnight accommodations in the Presidential Suite

Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Choice of Champagne or sparkling cider

Three course prix fixe Virginia wine dinner for two

Two 50-minute spa treatments or 50-minute couples massage

Breakfast for two in Swan Terrace restaurant

Available only Friday and Saturday nights

A hotel representative will be in contact with you within 24-hours of booking to confirm spa and dining appointments.

Prices do not include taxes and/or gratuities, unless otherwise noted. Rates are based upon availability. Other restrictions may apply.

 

Smithfield, Virginia

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Smithfield & Isle of Wight Convention & Visitors Bureau

319 Main Street, Smithfield, VA 23430

(757) 353-5521, (800) 365-9339

http://www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com

 

Smithfield Beer Fest

Smithfield Beer Fest

2nd Annual Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest at Windsor Castle Park

Saturday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Smithfield

Featuring seven Virginia Wineries, an Organic Wine Tent, and eight Craft Brew Tents offering over 100 tastings! Advance Tasting Tickets go on sale on-line January 15th. Tickets will be available at locations on February 11th. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at gate. Designated driver tickets: $15, only available at the event (will not sell out!) A “21 & up” event ONLY. Come to the hottest riverfront event in Hampton Roads on Saturday April 13th, but make plans to stay in Smithfield all weekend! Experience everything that “HamTown” has to offer – Wine Dinners, Hotel Packages, Fri Concert, Shopping, Art Galleries/Studios, Walking Trails & More! Only 2500 Event Tickets…this event will sell out!

Proceeds benefit: Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Christian Outreach Program (IWC), Windsor Castle Park Foundation and the Rotary Club Community Projects. For information on volunteering, sponsorship opportunities, chalets, etc. go to: SmithfieldVAWineBrewFest.com.

For further information call (757) 375-5182..

 

The Garden Club of Virginia’s 80th Historic Garden Week Tour

Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Smithfield

Sponsored by The Elizabeth River Garden Club and The Nansemond River Garden Club this tour features historic homes and gardens on South Church and Main Streets. Experience the harmonious blend of 18th century Colonial, Federal, Georgian and Victorian period homes and buildings. Smithfield is proud that its Historic District is designated as a Virginia State Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Historic Register. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Visitor Center or online. For further information call (804) 644-7776

Editors note: In Smithfield we recommend any meal with Chef Leon at the Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Cafe 220 Main Street. Smithfield.

 Bacons Castle, Surry VA

Web: http://www.preservationvirginia.org/BaconsCastle/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baconscastle

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Bacons Castle

Bacons Castle

March 30th

Afro- Atlantic Foodways

Michael W. Twitty will be sharing his expertise in the history and heritage of enslaved African-Americans and their foodways. General Admission

April 20th

1760s Cricket

Did you cheer for Downton Abbey’s 1920s cricket match? Then you will really cheer when you attend our 1760s cricket match played at Bacon’s Castle. General Admission

Bacon's Castle Garden

Bacon’s Castle Garden

April 20-28th

80th Annual Historic Garden Week

The house and 17th century historic garden will be open every day this week, debuting brand new research on the historic garden! General Admission

May 4th

Historic Architecture Symposium

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, Bacon’s Castle will be hosting a symposium on 17th century architecture. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited to 25 participants. Register online at preservationvirginia.org/events before July 6th for $10 off the $50 per person registration so register early!

June 8th

Historic Gardening Symposium

The Garden at Bacon’s Castle is the oldest known English Formal Garden in North America. Speakers will discuss the archaeology and new research on the garden. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited to 25 participants. Register online at preservationvirginia.org  events by April 20th for $10 off the $35 per person registration so register early!

Hampton, Virginia

www.visithampton.com

Hampton is the site of America’s first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others. You’ll find year round events too.

March 2013

1 Turtle Island Quartet with Michael Doucet

Michael Doucet, founder and fiddler in the world’s best Cajun Band, Beausoleil, is the ideal partner for Turtle Island – the world’s pre-eminent cross-genre string quartet. A Question and Answer session will follow the performance. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

1-3 Third Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival

Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, the Third Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry. During the event, interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists and having the work performed on-site. The cost of each tattoo is in addition to the entrance fee price and is negotiated between customer and artist. Hundreds of tattoo artists, tons of vendors, and live music/shows all weekend. . Even the kids can enjoy face painting and temporary tattoos! Hampton Roads Convention Center. Fri. 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. $25 daily, $45 Weekend Pass, $35 Military Weekend Pass, Children 12 and under free. 757/484-1319. www.hrtattoofest.com (1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

2-9 Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central Restaurant Week

Good Taste Matters. Restaurant Week is upon us in Hampton. From March 4 through March 11, enjoy a 2- course lunch for $10 and/or a 3 course meal for either $20 or $30 at participating restaurants in Downtown Hampton and the Coliseum Central/Peninsula Town Center districts. Reservations are recommended but not mandatory. Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonrestaurantweek.com

2 Clifford the Big Red Dog Birthday Party – Celebrating Read Across America Day

Clifford is 50! Help us celebrate Read Across America Day and Clifford’s 50th birthday with a Big Red Dog Bash! Play birthday party games, enjoy birthday cake, participate in story time with the Hampton Public Library and explore Birdwell Island with the traveling exhibit Clifford the Big Red Dog. Activities are included in regular exhibit admission. 10:00 a.m. –

2:00 p.m. 757/727-0900. (600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669)

8-10 9th annual Progressive Insurance Virginia RV Show

Meet with RV dealers from across the Mid-Atlantic at the 9th annual Progressive Insurance Virginia RV Show. During the event, attendees will want to take the opportunity to meet with experts in the RV field, as well as enjoy special deals on travel trailers, 5th wheels, and motor homes. In total, there will be 10 RV dealers showcasing their recreational product and accessories for campgrounds.

Hampton Roads Convention Center. Fri. 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Sun. 11:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. $ 7.00 online, $9.00 at the door. 804/425-6556. www.gsevents.com (1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

9-10 Philadanco

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) is celebrating more than 40 years of providing exceptional dance performances and training to its many communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Philadanco is one of the most sought after modern dance companies in America. The American Theatre. Sat. 8:00 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. $35. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

9 Professional Bull Riders

The PBR’s Touring Pro Division is about one thing: hunger. And it’s coming your way. Buckle up: This is the stepping stone to the glitz and glamour of the elite Built Ford Tough Series, but there’s nothing minor-league about it. These are young men dreaming of the big time. Hampton Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. $40.00, $30.00, $20.00, $10.00. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org (1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

16 Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Woman’s Place

Queen’s St. North Worship Center. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $25 per ticket, $45 per pair of tickets. 757/719-5120 (98 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23669)

16 Shylock

Starring Guy Masterson. Written and directed by Gareth Armstrong. Villain or victim? Or is Shylock someone even more intriguing? Shylock is one of only two Jewish men in the whole of Shakespeare’s immense output. Gareth Armstrong’s Shylock is rightly one of the world’s most successful solo shows and here, Guy Masterson, perhaps the world’s leading exponent of the form, and nephew of Sir Richard Burton, demonstrates its brilliance. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

22-24 Southeastern Guns & Knives Show

Founded in 1982 by “Doc” Mendelson, SGK Gun Shows carries on the uniquely American tradition of Gun Shows. Catering to dealers and public alike, SGK currently produces gun shows on the East Coast. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $8. 757/315-1610. www.guns-knives.com/calendar.php (1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

25-26 Volunteer Training

Annual training at historic Fort Monroe. Reservations required. Casemate Museum.

Mon. 9:00 a.m., Tue. 9:00 a.m. Free Admission. 757/788-3391. (20 Bernard Road- Fort Monroe Hampton, VA 23651)

30 Theatre IV in The Town Mouse & The Country Mouse

By Ford Flanagan. A quiet and simple country life or the fast-paced excitement of the City? That’s the question confronting the County Mouse in this square dance meets sock hop retelling of the classic fable by Aesop. A Question and Answer session will follow the performance. The American Theatre. 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. $8. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

April 2013

1-5 Spring Break Science Camps (Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5)

For detailed camp descriptions visit www.vasc.org. Virginia Air & Space Center. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission Fee. 757/727-0900. (600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669)

5 Asphalt Orchestra

New York City’s Asphalt Orchestra redefines and re-contextualizes music from the concert halls, rock stages and jazz clubs of the world – bringing it all to new audiences in ways never heard or seen before. This 12 piece band of New York’s hottest brass, wind and percussion players brings together a wide swath of music into a breathtaking show. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

Yuri Night

Yuri’s Night

6 Yuri’s Night

The world’s biggest space party is coming to Hampton Roads! Join over 200 cities, in 47 countries, for Yuri’s Night, a celebration of Space Exploration. Yuri’s Night Hampton Roads’ high-tech theme will focus on space exploration and what is new and exciting at NASA. The event will feature a fusion of entertainment including dance music, a Marstini lounge, star gazing, state-of-the art exhibits showcasing NASA technologies, art displays, robots, and more! Virginia Air & Space Center. 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Admission Fee. 757/727-0900. www.yurihr.com (600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669)

9-10 Dance Brazil

For more than three decades, Dance Brazil has been thrilling audiences around the world with its dazzling artistry which is deeply inspired by the cultural tapestry of Brazil. The dancers and musicians of this fantastic company never fail to enthrall audiences with their unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and capoeira . The American Theatre. Tues. 7:30 p.m., Wed. 7:30 p.m. $35. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

12 Phillipe Bianconi, pianist

Longtime Hampton Arts and Virginia Symphony favorite, French pianist Philippe Bianconi returns to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Acclaimed as “an artist whose playing is always close to the soul of the music, filling the space with poetry and life”. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $30. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

17-21 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Built to Amaze!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. Hampton Coliseum. Wed. 7: 30 p.m., Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $15- $80. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org (1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

19-21 Boo Williams NIKE Spring Girls Basketball Invitational

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamssportsplex.com (5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666)

International Festival

International Festival

20 13th Annual International Children’s Festival

Travel around the world during the International Children’s Festival. Enjoy the rich array of sights, sounds, and tastes of distant lands that will captivate the senses of children and adults alike. Experience the beauty and wonder of exotic places as over thirty-five countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages. Food and beverage available for purchase. Mill Point Park, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton.gov/parks/icf (100 Eaton Street, Hampton, VA 23669)

20 The Acting Company & Guthrie Theater in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

As You Like It is a metaphor of love – its power, its madness, danger, humor and reflection. When Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, they are unable to act on their feelings. Forced to flee for their lives into the Forest of Arden, they find themselves entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity in one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. A Question and Answer session will follow the performance. The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

21 The Acting Company in Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s tale of two drifters is one of the most widely read stories in America. This is the tragic story of two California migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression. A Question and Answer session will follow the performance. The American Theatre. 2:30 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

24 Ninety Miles

In this fantastic collaboration, critically acclaimed jazz greats Stefon Harris (vibraphones), Nicholas Payton (trumpet) and David Sanchez (saxophone) bring us a distinctly unique collection of songs which celebrate the Cuban-American jazz connection. A Question and Answer session will follow the performance. The American Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

25-27 Joyce Meyer Conference

Sharing Christ—Loving People. Each session is unique and will include a powerful message from Joyce as well as worship with Matt Redman and Christy Nockels. No registration is required. Hampton Coliseum. Thurs. 7:00 p.m., Fri. 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. Free Admission. 757/838-4203. www.hamptoncoliseum.org (1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

26-28 Boo Williams NIKE Spring Boys Basketball Invitational

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamssportsplex.com (5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666)

26-28 Springer Theatre Company in The Marvelous Wonderettes

It’s 1958 and we are at the Springfield High School Prom when we meet the Wonderettes- Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy – our girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match. As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls’ beautifully arranged renditions of classical ’50s songs. After intermission, we are whisked away to their 10 year reunion where the Wonderettes again perform with high-octane and soulful renditions of classic ’60s tunes. The American Theatre. Fri. 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:00 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. $32.50. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)

29 Hampton’s Annual Landing Day

A commemoration of the first settlers’ landing in 1607 and the peaceful meeting between the Native Americans and the European Settlers. Strawberry Banks, 3:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-8311. www.hampton1610.com (Strawberry Banks, Hampton VA 23663)

May 2013

3-5 Sixth Annual Hunt for Hampton History (ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN MARCH)

This three-day event is filled with activities focusing on our local history and includes re-enactors, music, hands-on activities, and interactive displays that celebrate our “story” and help us explore and preserve the past. This is an event for families and those interested in telling their part of Hampton history. There will be a 10th anniversary celebration on Friday, May 3. Hampton History Museum. Fri. TBA; Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun. Noon – 4:00 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hampton1610.com (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669)

4 International Space Day

Join the Virginia Air & Space Center as we celebrate International Space Day with liquid nitrogen demonstrations, and exciting make-n-take activities. Explore the moon, Mars and beyond in the Space Quest gallery! Virginia Air & Space Center. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is included in regular exhibit admission. 757/727-0900. www.vasc.org (600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669)

17-19 Hoop Group (Boys 9th, 10th, 11th Grade)

Boo Williams Sportsplex. Admission Fee. 757/637-7300. www.boowilliamssportsplex.com

5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666)

24- 25 2013 Langley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show

The Hampton Roads Convention Center will once again welcome over 1,500 canine friends to The Virginia Memorial Day Cluster. Hosted by the Gloucester and Langley Kennel Clubs, this highly anticipated event is expected to draw over 4,000 spectators within a four day period. This year’s cluster highlights will include four days of obedience trials, four days worth of AKC Rally®, and a free Junior Showmanship clinic. Hampton Roads Convention Center. Admission Fee. 757/315-1610. www.langleykennelclub.org (1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666)

25-27 Memorial Day Beach Volleyball Festival

This volleyball tournament is for all levels of play for those who want to watch or join in on the fun. On Saturday there will be Men’s and Women’s Pro teams as well as amateur teams competing for cash prizes. Sunday will feature coed teams as well as one of the largest Junior’s beach volleyball tournaments on the East Coast. Monday will feature a King & Queen of the Beach event. Buckroe Beach. Free admission for spectators. 757/773-4386. www.stopwatchsports.net (100 First Street South, Hampton, VA 23663)

31-June 2 Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past

Quirkadelic time-traveling band Uglyography will play a kick-off event Fri. 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. to begin a weekend of steampunk artistry and fashion coinciding with Blackbeard Festival. The band will display in the Museum’s Great Hall throughout Blackbeard Festival. Museum will be open free of charge for this weekend only! Hampton History Museum. Free Admission. 757/727-1610. www.hampton1610.com (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669)

ONGOING 2013 EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Sea to Stars Ticket

Purchase this ticket good for one-time admission to the Virginia Air & Space Center, IMAX Theater, Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, Hampton History Museum and the Hampton Carousel at the low price of $39.40 for adults, $25.50 youth ages 4 -11. Available at the Hampton Visitor Center and the Virginia Air & Space Center. Call 727-1102 or 727-0900 for details.

(First Monday of every month) Port Hampton Lecture Series

Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor. Memberships available at the door. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission for members. Non-members, $3. 757/727-1610. www.hampton1610.com (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669)

(Second Thursday of every month) History on Film Series

Popular movies, cinema classics and documentaries exploring various historical subjects are explored with commentary by historians and other experts. Hampton History Museum. 6:30 p.m. Free Admission for members. Non-members, $3. 757/727-1610. www.hampton1610.com (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669)

NEWPORT NEWS

Listed below are some of the shows, exhibits, fairs, festivals and special events in Newport News for April through June 2013. For more information, including event times and fees, visit the website or call the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 (toll-free: 888-493-7386)

www.newport-news.org.

City Center, Newport News

City Center, Newport News

April 2013
Through the Eyes of the Eagle
Virginia Living Museum
Through April 28
Spring Planetarium Shows
Virginia Living Museum
Through April 28
A Rebel Ensign: Confederate Flags at Sea
The Mariners’ Museum
Through June 3
Mariners Museum

Mariners Museum

Abandon Ship Exhibition
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
The Enemy’s in Sight! Clash of Navies in The War of 1812
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
Birding on the Boardwalk
Virginia Living Museum
April 2 & 4
Nature Fun & Fitness
Virginia Living Museum
April 2-4
First Thursdays: Adventures on the Titanic!
The Mariners’ Museum
April 4
Lake Maury Boat House Opens
The Mariners’ Museum Park
April 5
Smokey Robinson
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 6
Inside the Virginia Living Museum

Inside the Virginia Living Museum

For the Birds Family Fun Day
Virginia Living Museum
April 6
Free Admission Weekend
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
April 6-7
Genesis 2013 Exhibition
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
April 6-28
Working South: Mary Whyte Exhibition
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
April 6 – July 7
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
April 7
Story and a Walk
Newport News Park Discovery Center
April 10
CNU Honors Wind Ensemble Invitational
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 10
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 12
Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s Requiem
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 12
Birding Cup Challenge
Virginia Living Museum
April 12-13
Civil War Program for Children: Join the Army!
Newport News Park
April 13
Star Party/Laser Light Show
Virginia Living Museum
April 13
Civil War Re-enactment: Wise’s Attacks on Williamsburg
Endview Plantation
April 13-14
Battle of Dam No. 1 Walking Tour
Newport News Park
April 14
Russian National Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 14
Russian National Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 14
Boz Scaggs
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 15
Hampton Roads Sports Commission: Celebration of College Athletics
Newport News Marriott at City Center
April 17
Art After 5
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
April 18
Civil War Van Tour: Siege of Suffolk
Departs from Lee Hall Mansion
April 20
Story Time & Live Animal Show
Virginia Living Museum
April 20
Earth Day Celebration
Virginia Living Museum
April 20
Earth Day Adventures
Newport News Park Discover Center
April 20-21
Spring Native Plant Sale
Virginia Living Museum
April 20-21
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
April 21
CNU University Band Concert
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 22
Mariners Museum

Mariners Museum

Earth Day Homeschool Day
The Mariners’ Museum
April 22
CNU Wind Ensemble Concert
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 23
Historic Garden Week in Virginia: Newport News Tour
Historic Hilton Village and Brandon Heights
April 24
Living Jazz – J. Plunky Branch Trio
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
April 24
Guts and Glory: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 24
Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 26
Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
April 26-27
Doubt – A Parable
Peninsula Community Theatre
April 26, 27 & 28
A Guided Tour of Historic Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation
April 27
Sunday Crowns
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
April 27
Tree I.D.
Newport News Park Discovery Center
April 27
Daniel Rodriguez and His Spirit of America Concert
Ferguson Center for the Arts
April 27
Spring Native Plant Sale
Virginia Living Museum
April 27-28
Color Me RAD 5K
City Center at Oyster Point
April 28
May 2013
A Rebel Ensign: Confederate Flags at Sea
The Mariners’ Museum
Through June 3
Working South: Mary Whyte Exhibition
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Through July 7
Abandon Ship Exhibition
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
The Enemy’s in Sight! Clash of Navies in The War of 1812
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
May Planetarium Shows
Virginia Living Museum
May 1-24
Older Americans Month: Seniors’ Art Display
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
May 1-31
First Thursdays: Dos De Mayo
The Mariners’ Museum
May 2
Prefaces 2013 Exhibition
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
May 2-26
Farmers Market
City Center at Oyster Point
May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (Thursdays through Sept. 26)
Spring Sidewalk Sale
City Center at Oyster Point
May 3-4
Doubt – A Parable
Peninsula Community Theatre
May 3-5
Fridays at The Fountain – Free Concert Series
City Center at Oyster Point
May 3, 10, 24 & 31 (Fridays through Aug. 30, except May 17)
24th Annual Children’s Festival of Friends
Newport News Park
May 4
The Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival
The Mariners’ Museum
May 4
Sinbad
Ferguson Center for the Arts
May 4
Free Admission Weekend
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
May 4-5
Asian-American History Month Film Fest
Virginia War Museum
May 4, 11 & 25
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
May 5
ROMP Ocho de Mayo
Virginia Living Museum
May 8
Story and a Walk
Newport News Park Discovery Center
May 8
Doubt – A Parable
Peninsula Community Theatre
May 10-12
A Guided Tour of Historic Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation
May 11
Outdoors at the Virginia Living Museum

Outdoors at the Virginia Living Museum

Star Party/Laser Light Show
Virginia Living Museum
May 11
Discovery Hour
Newport News Park
May 11, 18 & 25 (Saturdays through Aug. 31, except June 1)
Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Diamonds
Ferguson Center for the Arts
May 12
Virginia Senior Games
Locations vary by event
May 15-18
Virginia Health Services Summer Concert Series Presents “Live On The Square at Port Warwick”
Styron Square
May 15, 22 & 29 (Wednesdays through Aug. 28)
Art After 5
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
May 16
Dreamgirls
Ferguson Center for the Arts
May 17-18
12th Annual Toy Soldier Show
Virginia War Museum
May 18
Civil War Van Tour: Battle of Chancellorsville
Departs from Lee Hall Mansion
May 18
A Guided Tour of Historic Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation
May 18
Story Time & Live Animal Show
Virginia Living Museum
May 18
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
May 19
7th Annual Paws for a Cause Dog Walk & Festival
The Mariners’ Museum Park
May 21
Friday Night Adventures
Newport News Park
May 24 & 31 (Fridays through Aug. 30)
Civil War 150th Lecture Series: Legacy of the USS Monitor
The Mariners’ Museum
May 25
Hayrides
Newport News Park Campground
May 25 (Saturdays through Aug. 31)
Bodies Revealed Exhibition
Virginia Living Museum
May 25 – Sept. 2
Summer Planetarium Shows
Virginia Living Museum
May 25 – Sept. 2
Memorial Day Ceremony
Victory Arch
May 27
Memorial Day Concert
City Center at Oyster Point
May 27
Newport News Greek Festival – Spring Edition
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
May 30-31 (Through June 2)
www.newportnewsgreekfestival.org
5th Annual Black Music Month Celebration
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
May 31 (Through June 1)
Astro Camp-in Space Exploration
Virginia Living Museum
May 31 – June 1
June 2013
Working South: Mary Whyte Exhibition
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Through July 7
Bodies Revealed Exhibition
Virginia Living Museum
Through Sept. 2
Abandon Ship Exhibition
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
The Enemy’s in Sight! Clash of Navies in The War of 1812
The Mariners’ Museum
Through Dec. 31
King-Lincoln Park Day
King-Lincoln Park
June 1
Family Fishing
Newport News Park
June 1
5th Annual Black Music Month Celebration
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
June 1
A Guided Tour of Historic Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation
June 1
Free Admission Weekend
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
June 1-2
Newport News Greek Festival – Spring Edition
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
June 1-2
www.newportnewsgreekfestival.org
A Rebel Ensign: Confederate Flags at Sea
The Mariners’ Museum
June 1-3
Studio Art School Showcase
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
June 1 – July 7
Fragile Waters Exhibition
The Mariners’ Museum
June 1 – Aug. 31
Hayrides
Newport News Park Campground
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Saturdays through Aug. 31)
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
June 2
Virginia Health Services Summer Concert Series Presents “Live On The Square at Port Warwick”
Styron Square
June 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Wednesdays through Aug. 28)
Thursdays by the Lake – Free Concert Series
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
June 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Thursdays through Aug. 29)
Farmers Market
City Center at Oyster Point
June 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Thursdays through Sept. 26)
Fridays at The Fountain – Free Concert Series
City Center at Oyster Point
June 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Fridays through Aug. 30)
Friday Night Adventures
Newport News Park
June 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Fridays through Aug. 30)
Summer Celebration Wine Festival
Lee Hall Mansion
June 8
Outside at the Virginia Living Museum

Outside at the Virginia Living Museum

Star Party/Laser Light Show
Virginia Living Museum
June 8
Discovery Hour
Newport News Park
June 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Saturdays through Aug. 31, except June 1)
Kayak Camp
The Mariners’ Museum
June 10-13
Story and a Walk
Newport News Park Discovery Center
June 12
Snake Eyes: A Stage Play
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
June 14-16
Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Farmers Market, 28th Street and Jefferson Avenue
June 15
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Juneteenth: A Focus on Youth
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
June 15
A Guided Tour of Historic Endview Plantation
Endview Plantation
June 15
Bronze Door Society’s Wine Classic
The Mariners’ Museum
June 15
Story Time & Live Animal Show
Virginia Living Museum
June 15
Civil War Van Tour: Capital of the Confederacy
Departs from Lee Hall Mansion
June 15
Bird Walk
Newport News Park
June 16
Bare Bones
Virginia Living Museum
June 22
Pinhole Camera Workshop
The Mariners’ Museum
June 22
Civil War Children’s Camp
Endview Plantation
June 24-27
Trail Photo Tour
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
June 26