Give us a few nice days in a row and we feel like we could conquer the world – or at least the kitchen counters. Our thoughts turn to outdoor fun, and this weekend provides many options to get outside (hey, it’s Bike Month starting Saturday), fill your brain and soul, and support outstanding causes in the name of good fun. We make no claims of omniscience, but confess to relying often on what the good people post on WYDaily’s Talk of the Town calendar. It’s free, easy and extremely well-read. Try it. If we have missed a don’t-miss event, leave details in the comments. To the weekend.
An energetic farmer and his slow food
Want to learn how you can eat food that comes from outside the grocery store? For sure head over to Williamsburg Christian Academy Thursday to meet Polyface Farm’s Joel Salatin, hear about his farming methods in Augusta County (yep, he is a Virginian) that have made him the most popular farmer in America. There’s also a screening of the documentary “Fresh,” which features Salatin and author Michael Pollan, he of the best-selling “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Tickets are $10 each and available first come, first served at the door starting at 6 p.m. Click here for details.
Wine and beer tasting at Farm Fresh
If you live anywhere near the Grafton Farm Fresh you have probably been to one of their seasonal wine and beer tastings and will be headed that way between 5 and 8 Thursday night. If you haven’t been, we recommend it – you’ll run into neighbors, parents you commiserated with when your middle child was playing rec soccer on a team that kept scoring on itself, the family dentist – all while knowledgeable and fun people pour tastes of the latest vintages of brews and wines. During your cruise around the store you can pick up dinner (steamed shrimp, anyone?) so everybody’s happy at home.
Bruton Parish concert series experience
These free concerts are a fine way to spend an hour in an historic church you might walk past often but never visit. It’s tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. and you’ll hear Thomas Lindsay on violin, Beckie Davy on organ, and Jonathan Kampfe on cello in a recital featuring the beautiful Reinberger trio. Get more information right here.
The scariest pirates of all – young ones from York County
If you’re heading down to Riverwalk Friday night do not turn back because you hear the wild screams of marauders. It’s all in good fun. Members of Blackbeard’s Crew, a living history group dedicated to the accurate representation of seafaring life in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, will embark upon Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., then return on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for dancing, sea chanteys, pirate duels – all the basic good fun of the pirate life, plus explanations of the other interesting stuff like the economics of piracy in those days. Activities will be held throughout the waterfront, but the central gathering point will be on the green in front of the Stars & Stripes Forever shop. More details about the weekend’s events in Yorktown are available by clicking here.
Gardening, dancing – they go hand in hand
They do, yes, when it’s springtime at Walsingham Academy. This weekend is the school’s Perennial Days, a party that begins with dance Friday night, the continues Saturday with a 1-mile fun run/walk, followed by a 5K and home and garden show (with concessions from area restaurants) during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Get details right here, and click through to the Walsingham website for the weekend’s schedule.
Get on your bikes and ride
May is bike month, and the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists have organized a different event each day of the month to celebrate the art and sport of pedaling. You can get the full calendar details by clicking here. The very first event is Saturday (because that’s May 1) and is an 8-miler on the Colonial Parkway, the 14th annual Pedal the Parkway. There will be no cars on that stretch, free refreshments and a bike rodeo for kids. You won’t be alone; more than 1000 are expected to participate in this fun event on what promises to be a lovely day. Get more info on Pedal the Parkway, including where to park your four-wheeler, here.
More flowers, more gardening inspiration
Verena at the Reserve is yet another great spot for gardening ideas. On Friday starting at 1 p.m. Williamsburg Master Gardener Ailene Bartlett will lead a Q&A hour, followed by author Grayson Handy (from NYC, who wrote “Flowers for the Home”), then a little live music from First Colony’s own Sylvia Hunt while you shop for flowers provided by Cooke’s Gardens. Get more info here.
Get a move on with Arthritis Walk
Head over to New Town Saturday for the antique show, then do something for others by participating in the Arthritis Walk. Registration is at 8 a.m. and you can click here for details.
Take a drive to the Middle Peninsula
Saturday’s a good day to do it – beautiful weather promised, and some interesting activities, too. There’s the Working Waterman’s Weekend in Deltaville, with all sorts of activities (including a farmers market), and the Virgina Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Leukemia Cup Regatta 2010 Junior Challenge in Christ Church (Walsingham Academy has a team in this). Click here for details on Deltaville, and here for details on the regatta.
Lady Dunmore is in the house – we mean palace, of course
We’ve been hearing about it for a long time and finally, she’s here. Mamie Gummer (known better now as Meryl Streep’s daughter, but we’re pretty sure she’s destined to make her mark as an actress proper and not just the progeny) comes to Colonial Williamsburg this weekend for two performances. She’ll portray Lord Dunmore’s wife as she prepares for a big party – and yes, we know it’s rather more complicated than that. What wasn’t in colonial times? Click here for details on the performance and a host of other special activities surrounding it.
Classic – and expensive – cars at New Town
Even if you drive a Toyota Sienna, the hottest minivan on the planet according to the advertising, you’ll be feeling a little envious this weekend when visiting New Town. There are two car shows there, the first a Ferrari event on Saturday and the second an annual Williamsburg British Car Club show featuring British and European cars. Both are free to attend, it’s $25 to enter the British/Euro show and all proceeds from that event go to the area’s Meals on Wheels program. Click here to get details on the Ferraris, and here for info on the British rides. Our advice if you attend either: Bring your own drool towel.
Ferraris on the vine at the Williamsburg Winery
Here’s another event we’ve been hearing about for quite a while. It’s a gala at the Williamsburg Winery, where you will be joined by other lovers of good wine, good food (Buon Amici is cooking that night, a four-course affair with a Mediterranean flair) and good (OK, understatement here) cars providing the backdrop. There’s a special panel discussion led by a former editor and publisher of Car and Driver. Get details here.
You go, girls
Celebrate women’s athletics at the College of William and Mary on Saturday night with an island casino night that will benefit the ladies’ teams. It’s in town, at the Williamsburg Hospitality House. Click here for details.
Pony rides, hay rides, petting zoo – a children’s trifecta
And you can get them all, and more, at the Cedar Valley Farm 4-H Fun Fair on Sunday in Toano. Activity tickets will be available onsite for $1 each, with proceeds supporting the Cedar Valley 4-H Horse Club to attend the State 4-H Horse Show. That show is held each September in Lexington, and gives 4-H’ers a chance to practice what they have learned about horsemanship, improve their skills, and learn the value of fair competition. Click here for details and directions.
Looking forward to summer with song
The Williamsburg Choral Guild hosts the spring concert of their 34th season with Sunday afternoon’s “Music for a Summer Night” program at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. The Guild, under the direction of Artistic Director Jay BeVille, will present a selection of night-themed music, with piano and percussion accompaniment. The centerpiece of this program is “Three Nocturnes,” a trio of short pieces based on texts about stars by poets Teasdale, Dickinson and Whitman. This poetry comes alive in composer Dan Forrest’s lush harmonic writing and colorful use of percussion. Continuing with its popular pre-concert discussions, the Guild introduces Robert Scholnick, Ph.D., 19th-century American Literature specialist in William & Mary’s English Department, who will speak on the poetry in Three Nocturnes. Click here for details.