Hampton Roads Academy presents Disney’s Mulan, Jr. The musical opens this weekend in the Svein Lassen Auditorium at the Newport News school, with a performance on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students. Click here for the full schedule.
Disc golf Ice Bowl Tournament this Saturday
Head over to New Quarter Park Saturday for a food-raiser for the York County Food Closet that’s sponsored by the Newport News Disc Golf Club. Disc golfers will be competing in an official Ice Bowl event – those are disc golf tourneys that raise money or food in an effort to fight hunger. Click here for details.
Benefits of living in a college town
We’ve decided this should be a standing entry in the weekly WYD; there’s just so much the College makes possible. This week, be sure to check out a symposium on the future of deepwater drilling, a topic inspired by the Deepwater Horizon well disaster. It’s a two-day symposium, open to the public – although those seeking CLE credits are welcome to register as well. Click here for details.
Fundraisers – and the good people having them
Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg holds its black tie event Sunday at Kingsmill and, for devoted foodies, this Elegant Culinary Affaire is not to be missed. Why? Six reasons: Your chefs for the night are from Kingsmill Resort, The Williamsburg Inn, Le Yaca, The Trellis and Blue Talon Bistro, Fat Canary and The Rivers Inn. Hospice House does important work in the community. Click here for details on how to make reservations, which you must.
The Wolfgang Relay for Life group is holding its 8th annual indoor yard sale Saturday morning at Norge Elementary School. We have heard about this sale – and know from experience that when something lasts more than a couple of years and people talk about it, it’s got to be good. Click here to find out how to donate an item to the cause, or when you can take away an item or two and leave some cash for this Relay group.
‘And up pops the Monitor’
There’s a new exhibit at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, and it’s built around the Monitor – yes, the one made famous because of the battle between the Merrimack. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday. It will explore the national fascination with the M & M through toys, games, comics, bubble gum cards, whiskey ads and even major home appliances. The Battle of Hampton Roads was fought on March 8-9, 1862, and began a new generation of science and technology. Click here for details. Also on Saturday, author David Poyer will be at the museum to discuss his novel, “That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack,” as well as his new novel, “Ghosting.”
A winter hike at York River State Park
See a 400-year-old oak, visit a fossil beach and hike through the beautiful state park jewel in the Historic Triangle. The Chesapeake Bay Sierra Club is hosting this 8-mile hike, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Parking costs $3 per car. Click here for more info.
Why does Spain have the best olive oils? Find out at La Tienda
Reserve your spot at La Tienda for an explanation for why Spain produces the best olive oils – your guide to olive oils will be La Tienda’s owner, Don Harris, who is also the author of “The Heart of Spain.” There will be Spanish soup and salads to enjoy while tasting and having a lively discussion with Don. Click here for details on this class, which will be offered Saturday at 11 a.m. Reservations are required; click here for details.
Live and local music
Squires After Hours at Squires Everyday Café – Solo acts, duos, trios – acoustic and electric – it’s all possible at Squires After Hours. Expect live music on Thursday and Friday nights – at least! Click here for details.
J.M. Randall’s – Rocking country is what to expect Friday night when Doug Dunn and the Steel River Band take the stage starting at 8. Cover charge is $5 after 8. Click here for information.
Jungle Jim’s – Yes, you heard that right – Jungle Jim’s, the fun spot in front of the Great Wolf Lodge, has music. It’s karaoke night Friday at 8 – click here for details.
Jazz Vespers – Yes, live at Williamsburg United Methodist Church on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. the adult choirs, soloists, and the Harris Simon Trio will pay tribute to the hymns and songs capturing the history and spirit of the vibrant African-American music tradition. Hymns arranged and sung in a jazz style will include such favorites as “Let My People Seek their Freedom,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington. Dr. Bill Jones will preach on the God of Exodus, God of Freedom, and the God of The new creation. The public is invited to this special service. Click here for details.
Mariners’ Classic Film Café
The Mariners’ Museum is back in the weekly evening entertainment groove, and in January Fridays will be dedicated to seafaring films. This Friday at 7 p.m., “The Pirate,” the 198 film starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. A traveling singer poses as a famous pirate to attract a lovely young woman. Click here for details.
SCKBSTD: A new musical by Bruce Hornsby
Williamsburg’s own Bruce Hornsby has created a new musical for the American stage: SCKBSTD. It continues this week at Norfolk’s Wells Theatre. What’s it about? Well, when a stranger comes to town – and “town” means the Historic Triangle, the place we call home – and cruises the streets in his Dodge Dart, the rumors fly! Relationships are tested and renewed as a small town confronts its fears and rediscovers the importance of the love they have for one another. Click here for details on showtimes and ticket prices. And if you want to hear The Man Himself (Mr. Bruce Hornsby, that is) discussing the play and other local things, click here for his interview this week on 92.3FM The Tide.
Providence Classical School open house
Now is the time to check out school options for your child. Really, it is not too soon, and this Sunday Providence Classical School opens its doors to show interested folks around its ever-growing school (they’re up to Kindergarten through 11th grade). The event is free, and a light lunch will be served. Details are available by clicking here.
The truth about bats
They don’t like to live in women’s hairdos, or suck the blood of unsuspecting teens. That much we know. But what other misconceptions do we have about bats? Hear them, and hear them dispelled, daily at a traveling exhibit about bats at the Virginia Living Museum. The exhibit will be in town through May 8, so if you don’t catch it this weekend you will have time. Click here for details.