Happy Black Friday! We know many of you have already snapped out of your tryptophan coma, while others are struggling with mobility because of that once-a-year 5K turkey trot that seemed like such a good idea when you signed up a month ago.
Between working your way through those turkey leftovers (and coma redux) and doing your part to make those cash registers sing you’ll need to make time for some fun.
If you have family in town now is the time to go to the places the tourists visit but you, somehow, have not. Take them to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, the National Park Service’s amazing pair of parks (Jamestown Island and the Yorktown Battlefields, connected by an official NPS road, the lovely Colonial Parkway). There’s a good reason tourists come to the Triangle, and you should know it!
Here are our suggestions for the weekend’s best bets, along with our usual disclaimer: We do not see all, know everything. Please leave other interesting events in the comments below.
See Christmas Town
The attraction everyone in the cyber-amusement park world seems to have been whispering about for years opens today. Christmas Town – eleventymillion twinkling lights, carolers, fresh-baked cookies, giant Christmas tree, special holiday show and, in true Busch Gardens style, you know the list goes on and on and on. Click here for details on this big event.
You’ve made your big feast, now see how it used to be done
This 24th annual event called Food & Feasts of Colonial Virginia started Thanksgiving Day and continues through Saturday at the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen. Get details here.
Farmers Markets – don’t forget about them
The Williamsburg Farmers Market on Merchants Square opens a holiday market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here for info. Yorktown’s annual Christmas Market is next week.
Wear the green and gold and get to Zable Stadium
The Tribe football team makes its post-season start Saturday at 1 p.m. at Zable Stadium in a contest against Weber State. Playoff tickets are still available but you’d better claim yours quickly. Click here for all the info. And if you can’t get tickets or just prefer to get your Christmas decorations up instead, listen live on 92.3FM The Tide and 107.9 BACHfm or stream it live on your computer by clicking here.
Saddle up for the finale of free western films at WRL
Yep, pardner, it’s time for the last in this terrific series on Sundays and Mondays. The final film in this series (a joint venture between WRL and the College of William and Mary’s American Studies Department. The film: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007). Students lead discussion about the American west and film after each screening. Click here for more information.
Take a trip to see the lions
Kids know about the local lions – we mean the lions of the Lions Bridge at the Mariners Museum in Newport News. The museum hosts its annual kickoff to the holiday season with the “wreathing of the lions” Sunday at 3 p.m. It’s a very nice, family-friendly event and about the only time we have seen kids actually stay off the lions, which is generally a part of every visit to see them. If the weather’s nice take a stroll on the Noland Trail beforehand. Click here for details.