W.Y.D.: What You’ll Do, July 31-Aug. 2

July 31st, 2009 by WY Daily Staff

W.Y.D.: What You'll Do, July 31-Aug. 2

It’s Friday, a humid dog day that threatens to drag us into August, depleted. Don’t give in to it!

The weekend is looming large. You sit at the dinner table and take a poll: “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.

If you have some input – maybe you didn’t like our suggestions, or had a blast at a similar event last year, or just want to add a new perspective – please post a comment below. We want to hear from you! We really don’t know everything (yet), and we welcome your two cents.

So you think you can shag?

Shaggin’ – just the word make us laugh. But this is an East Coast beachy tradition, and you can see it in action tonight (Friday) at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. There’s a live band – Band of OZ, which takes our prize for band name of the week – from 6 to 9 p.m. right on the York River. Bring a blanket, a picnic, maybe some lawn chairs to rest your dogs after shagging. If you don’t know how to shag, not to worry: We know firsthand there’s always someone around to give a little friendly instruction. Get more info right on our calendar.

So your garden is a bust?

Head over to the farmers markets – they’re happening at Merchants Square and Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Local farmers whose good intentions actually became veggies, flowers and more than a junk drawer filled with seed packets come to these markets in droves. They’re joined by artists, bakers and craftsmen/women who do what many of us only dream of -and fortunately, their goods are for sale at great prices. See the calendar for details.

So you think you’re a citizen?

Maybe you heard Thomas Jefferson on the 92.3FM The Tide morning show Friday. Smart guy – with excellent taste in music. You can get more TJ (as portrayed by CW’s Bill Barker) every Saturday in August at 1:45 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg. He’ll talk about how he figured out what to write in a pretty famous work you’ve probably heard of: the Declaration of Independence. Click here for more info.

So you think you can top this?

We doubt it. Really. If you are a regular churchgoer, Sunday might be time to shake things up. Ditto if you’re a Christmas-and-Easter type. Double ditto if you don’t believe in that sort of thing. Head over to Hickory Neck Episcopal Church in Toano at 9 a.m. (Sunday, of course) for the annual blessing of the clowns. OK, we know you could make all sorts of jokes about local luminaries who might fall under that category, but these are actual clowns – the Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg – and this is Hickory Neck’s 9th annual blessing to coincide with International Clown Week. Seriously. You know you’re curious – satisfy it with more infoand a nice drive into the country.

To the moon

Ordinary folks can’t get to the moon from here (yet) but you can head over to New Quarter Park Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m. to take a gander at the moon. The NASA Langley Exchange Skywatchers Astronomy Club will set up their telescopes so the public may view celestial objects through the club’s equipment. The moon can also be seen well through high-quality binoculars. Club members are happy to share their knowledge, so it should be a productive evening for moon lovers. New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive between the Queen’s Lake neighborhood and Cheatham Annex.

Remembering Rakeem

Jamestown High School is where prep sports fans would recognize Rakeem Pressey. He was a gifted athlete who planned to play football at St. Paul’s College until a car accident a year ago took his life. There’s a memorial basketball tournament Saturday at the WISC featuring some local celebrities, with proceeds going to a pair of scholarships for college-bound students. Get more info here.

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