What You’ll Do: Sept. 30-Oct. 3

September 30th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

This is a big weekend for the arts – An Occasion for the Arts happens in Williamsburg, and if you enjoy anything creative it is a do-not-miss affair. Looks like the summer’s worth of rain will let up for Saturday and Sunday at least, so make those plans with gusto. And a reminder: we rely on our calendar (it’s called Talk of the Town, and it’s on the right-hand side of the WYDaily.com homepage) for our best bets. Use it, please, and for events happening this weekend please share them below in the comments. To the weekend!

Discover Project Discovery at an open house
Project Discovery is a terrific program the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency runs for middle and high school kids who intend to become the first in their families to go to college. Participants learn life skills, take studying and test-taking workshops and are invited to educational and cultural events throughout the year. An open house is Thursday at 6 p.m. Learn more by clicking here.

Documentary explores undocumented immigrants in Virginia
The Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists host a Thursday night screening of the powerful documentary “9500 Liberty,” which shows how Prince William County, Va., became a virtual battleground in 2007 when elected officials adopted a law requiring police officers to question anyone they had “probable cause” to suspect was an undocumented immigrant. Rev. Jennifer Ryu will lead a discussion afterward to build awareness of Latino issues locally and in the state. Click here for info.

The plays are the thing(s)
Take in a series of one-act plays Friday night at Hampton Roads Academy’s Svein Lassen Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for kids, making for an affordable night of theater. Click here for details. Over at the James-York Playhouse in Williamsburg, you can enjoy the Williamsburg Players’ opening night performance of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Reservations are strongly suggested, so click here for the play’s run and other details. And at Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College of William and Mary, W&M Theatre presents “Table Manners.” Get times and prices by clicking here.

Jay, Molly and their amazing acoustic music at the WRL
Yep, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason return to the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre Thursday night for what promises to be a memorable performance (it’s what they seem programmed to do – nothing less!) These are the musicians who won international acclaim for the haunting accompaniment “Ashokan Farewell” to the Ken Burns “The Civil War” series. It was nominated for an Emmy. Click here to learn more about them, and get links to their music. This concert will appeal to all ages.

Last chance to play in the Tribe Club golf tourney
Play a little golf, raise some money for Tribe athletics and have lots of fun this Friday at the BB&T-sponsored invitational tournament. It’s at the Green Course at CW’s beautiful Golden Horseshoe Country Club. Click here to learn more – young alums get a price break, so don’t let what you think the cost might be hold you back.

Children’s consignment sale – it’s a big one
King of Glory Lutheran Church on Longhill Road in Williamsburg holds its big kids’ stuff consignment sale Friday and Saturday, and they’re letting folks in early Friday – provided you bring a jar of peanut butter, which will be donated the the FISH food pantry program. There is clothing for newborns through teens, along with maternity gear, toys, book and more. Click here for details.

Formalwear consignment at York High’s Cinderella’s Closet
This is such a great idea: Consign those wear-’em-once dresses to get back a little cash for the next wear-it-once dress, raise some money for after-prom and give another girl a beautiful dress for a good price. It’s Saturday at York High School, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Get crabby in West Point
Not to be ill-tempered, but to celebrate the crab at West Point’s annual Crab  Carnival. It starts Friday and continues through Saturday with all manner of activities, including a parade. Click here for info and a schedule.

The girls come marching home: Women in combat
Kirsten Holmstedt, acclaimed author of two non-fiction books on women in combat and the challenges they face after returning home, will speak at William & Mary’s Ewell Recital Hall on Friday, Oct.1, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Joining Holmstedt, who is W&M’s Donaldson Writer-in-Residence for 2010-2011, will be Army Specialist Elainena Filion, a retired combat veteran who served in Iraq in 2005-2006. Get details right here.

Free days at the museums, and An Occasion for the Arts
This Saturday and Sunday marks the annual An Occasion for the Arts (you may see it referred to as AoFTA, which we wish we could pronounce) and a host of activities that celebrate all things and endeavors artistic. For the full experience, which we recommend, click here for a schedule.

Get ready for Betty
Animal lover Betty White is coming to town soon, and the folks at Monica Sigmon Photography want to do something nice. So they’re holding a “Peace, Love & Pawprints” event this weekend at Binns of Williamsburg. What is that? It’s a $25 photo session with your pet, plus reduced pricing for packages, with the $25 going to the Morris Animal Foundation, one of White’s “pet” causes. Your pet’s pic will be entered in a contest to pick the cutest companion, who will win a photo opportunity with White. Click here for info.

Outdoor music not to be missed
Yorktown’s Riverwalk is once again in the mix for free, outdoor music. Rhythms on the Riverwalk kicks off Friday at 6:30 p.m. This season the five-week series will feature a combination of jazz/big band and country music. Friday’s musical artist makes the transition to country with the Heather Edwards Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, or grab the dancing shoes instead. Click here for more info.

Time to kilt
Saturday is the 33rd Annual Williamsburg Scottish Festival and it’s being held at Rockahock Campground in Lanexa. It all starts at 9 a.m. Click here for more info.

Safety Day at the Home Depot
October is National Fire Safety Month at the Home Depot, and on Saturday at the Mooretown Road location they’ll be hosting their annual Safety Day, at which local fire and police will explain to kids and adults the many things they do. Kids will also be able to build their own project. Click here for more info.

What are the best plants for fall?
Heather and Ken, the owners of Ken Matthews Garden Center in York County, know and they’re telling this Saturday at 10 a.m. It’s free and at the garden center on Route 17. Just click here for details, including info about how to reserve your spot.

While away a Saturday at the Yorktown Wine Fest

Virginia has become pretty well-known for its quality wines. Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. you’ll get a chance to sample many of them at the Yorktown Wine Festival on the Riverwalk. There will be art and food vendors to accompany the wine, along with live music. Click here to find out how you can attend.

So far from Scioto is near again
Colonial Williamsburg’s program that explores the Native American presence in pre-Revolutionary War Williamsburg returns for a three-week run starting Saturday. The program chronicles the lives of three Shawnee emissaries caught between worlds. We don’t want to spoil it, but click here for the story and times when you can see it.

Farmers Markets – aka where to buy local

Merchants Square Farmers Market happens on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. This week, the Williamsburg Farmers Market will move to the east side of Henry Street in front of the Bookstore for the kickoff of An Occasion for the Arts. Expect fresh produce, flowers, meats and all the rest. Click here for a schedule, a list of vendors and what they’ll sell and where to park.

Dying green
That is dying, as in shuffling off this mortal coil, and green, as in the eco-friendly way of doing business. The Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists launch a four-week series on how to die green, from getting your personal affairs in order to funerals and “green” burials. You are dying to know more – we can’t help ourselves – so click here for details.

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