It’s a Thursday night. The weekend is looming large. You sit at the dinner table and ask your spouse, “So what do you want to do this weekend?” Here at Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, we’d like to offer up some ideas for you in our section, “What You’ll Do”. WYD on WYD, see how creative we are? Trust us to lead you in some good directions on your weekend adventures.
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There’s lots going on this weekend, so make sure you eat a big breakfast and map out the game plan before you head out the door!
Best Bets For a Fun-Filled Weekend
Okay, so this might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but if you can get the day off it’ll be a great learning experience: On Friday at the Williamsburg Lodge, the Christopher Wren Association, a life-long learning organization sponsored by The College of William and Mary, will host the Middle East Institute of Washington, DC in a day-long forum. A wide-anging group of Middle East experts will be speaking on the topic “What’s Going On in the Middle East?” Keynote speaker will be Wendy Chamberlin, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan and currently the president of the Middle East Institute, who will discuss stability in Pakistan. Her talk will be followed by three panel discussions covering the Persian Gulf region, Islam, Politics and the West, and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. Participants in these panels will be scholars with extensive experience in the Middle East in diplomacy, journalism and academia. Two well known College of William and Mary professors, Dr. Mitchell Reiss and Dr. Tamara Sonn will also participate. Visit the calendar to find out more.
John McCutcheon, who the Washington Post calls “Virginia’s rustic renaissance man,” returns in concert to the Williamsburg Library Theatre on Friday night. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen. He’s righteously passionate and impishly playful, blessed with gifts as a songwriter, historian, musician and storyteller that have won him praise in Australia as “the most overwhelming folk performer in the English language.” Oh, and he’s gotten 6 Grammy nominations. Look at our fabulous calendar to read more.
Cool Kids’ Stuff (Okay, Grown-Ups, Too)
The Blackbeard crew is taking over Yorktown again on Saturday! I took my son to this last year, and he loved it – and so did I. The crowd gets to participate while Riverwalk Landing is pillaged by pirates. If only Johnny Depp were among them. There will be lots of demonstrations and educational talks, and it’s all free. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. Here’s more information from the calendar.
The NASA Langley Exchange Skywatchers Astronomy Club will set up their telescopes at New Quarter Park on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th Anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon. The public is invited to view celestial objects through telescopes, just as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. In addition to viewing the moon, New Quarter Park visitors will be able to see the planet Saturn and a major star cluster in the constellation Hercules through NASA club member telescopes. You can talk to the club members about the planets, stars and other celestial objects. Please dim your headlights when you get into the park! Look on the calendar for more.
Artsy and Smartsy Stuff
The William and Mary Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Botetourt Chamber Singers will perform their Spring Choral Concerts under the direction of visiting conductor Brian Bailey at the College’s Phi Beta Kappa Hall on Thursday and Saturday. The program features sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the present, including Romantic partsongs, Russian church music, contemporary folksong arrangements and spirituals. Here’s more information.
Colonial Williamsburg is having its 2009 employee arts and crafts show – which I figure means the employees will be displaying their own arts and crafts. Sounds pretty fun! They’ll have jewelry, woodwork, needlework, florals, textiles, paintings and other things at the Holiday Inn Patriot on Richmond Road. This might be a good time to pick up some Mother’s Day gifts, or even Christmas gifts (if you’re really ahead of the game). The event is going on Saturday and Sunday, see the calendar for more.
The Virginia Living Museum is hosting a talk Saturday afternoon that sounds really interesting. We know much about plants and animals being dispersed globally through the ballast water in cargo ships, but what about microorganisms? Dr. Fred C. Dobbs of Old Dominion University discusses research into the problem of invasive microbes in ballast water and possible solutions. Check it out on our calendar.
Outside Things to Do
New Quarter Park always has neat events going on – this Saturday, they’re taking folks foraging for wild edibles in the woods. Don’t worry, leader Vicki Shufer is an expert in that stuff.Here are details.
William and Mary’s baseball team is hosting JMU at Plumeri Park Friday through Sunday – what great weather for a little sporty fun! Peek on the calendar for more.
Don’t forget, if you’re a James City County resident: The summer water use regulations go into effect Friday! If you use sprinklers or irrigation systems, you have a schedule. For that schedule and other rules to help conserve local water, visit the county’s website.
Oh, and the Williamsburg Library is hosting a free college financial aid workshop on Saturday morning – I remember how confusing those were. It’s a good chance to get things sorted out. Email Lvan@iafgoline.com for details, or call (757) 220-9955.