We’ll post the abundance of patriotic activities for the Fourth of July separately, but stay in your summer groove this weekend with the restaurant association’s latest edition of Iron Chef, a free fishing tourney for kids (with prizes) at York River State Park, the 9th birthday celebration for the Merchants Square Farmers Market and lots more.
Should you find yourself wondering where we find all this great stuff to do – or maybe even why your fabulous, don’t-miss-it event isn’t listed – here’s the answer: 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. All are welcome to post their events on it, for free. So use it, please, and for events happening this weekend please share them below in the comments. To the weekend!
It’s Iron Chef time
Cleanse your palate, because the chefs of steel are ready to compete. The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association hosts its 2011 Iron Chef/Wine and Food Expo this Thursday. Nine area chefs from top restaurants will duke it out for the title at Windsor Meade. Five of Williamsburg’s premium restaurants – Kingsmill, LeYaca, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Second Street Bistro and Williamsburg Lodge – will serve their greatest cuisine, with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Also included in the admission is the wine list – over 50 wines from around the world. Click here for more info, including ticket details.
Mysterious moonlight canoe tours, plus astronomy
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening looking at the night sky on Taskinas Creek in York River State Park on Friday and Saturday nights. For an extra added touch, we’ll enjoy it from a canoe! Whether you are an expert on the stars and planets or a novice, you will still enjoy this peaceful trip on the creek. Afterwards, enjoy seeing the stars up close from telescopes provided by the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club, Saturdays only. One experienced canoeist required per canoe. Cost is $13/person;$8/person for a family of 4 or more. Click here for details.
CW’s Revolutionary Women
Women were involved in the American Revolution in more ways than most expect. Visitors of Colonial Williamsburg get the opportunity to meet these women who greatly influenced the Revolution during “Revolutionary Women.” The program will take place several times this summer, including this Thursday, June 30. The hour-long program begins at 12:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Visitors meet three strong women who lived through the American Revolution. Their jobs were extraordinary for women of their time, including a camp follower, a spy and a soldier – women who rebelled against societal norms. Tickets are included in all Historic Area, Good Neighbor cards or Museum admission passes. Click here for details.
Free kids’ fishing tourney at York River State Park
Make memories for your child, ages 6 thru 15. Come and participate in a free, freshwater tournament in Woodstock Pond Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and win prizes! Park rangers will cover safety, conservation and casting; the kids do the rest. Each child must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Bait and limited fishing poles available or bring your own pole. Park equipment is limited. Reservations are required. Click here for details.
Live and local music
Shagging On the Riverwalk – Yorktown’s waterfront is the place for the free 2011 concert series, which was switched to Thursday nights for this year. This week’s concert features The Catalinas. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawnchair – and their dancing shoes. Click here for details.
New Town After Hours Concert Series – This Thursday is time for another concert, featuring The English Channel, a six-piece band of accomplished musicians. They’ll perform the incredible British hits of the 60’s and early 70’s. Classic rock and pop songs from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Who, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Cream, The Zombies, Moody Blues, Elton John and many others. It’s in New Town Williamsburg at Sullivan Square, just behind Legacy Hall. The music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for kids 16 and under. Tickets can be bought at the door, cash or credit card, or you can plan ahead and get them online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit Inclusion, which provides area students with academic opportunities. Click here for more info.
The Corner Pocket – Thursday features The Demijohns on the patio from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mariners’ Museum Concert by the Lake – Every Thursday in June from 6 to 10 p.m. the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News is the spot for a free concert near the banks of Lake Maury. This Thursday: Tidewater Drive, a genuine “eight-piece show band” with a full horn section that features some former members of Slapwater. Bring a blanket, and get something to eat and drink at the show. From 4 to 6 p.m. the Museum will hold free behind-the-scenes tours. Click here for details.
Karaoke at the High Tide Bar and Grille – Every Friday it’s karaoke time – for free – at the High Tide Bar and Grill’s outdoor stage at Riverwalk Inn on Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Click here for details, including directions if you haven’t been to this great spot on the beach.
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.
Coffee tasting at Aroma’s
Fun fact of the day: The first coffee plant was brought to America by Capt. John Smith. It’s true – and you can learn lots more cool stuff about coffee at a tasting Friday at Aroma’s in Williamsburg. The Arimany family has been in the coffee business for generations and will be hosting the tasting of Colonial Coffees. Click here to read more.
Corvettes for veterans car show
The Williamsburg Winery will host the first-ever Corvettes for the Vets on Sunday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include exhibition of up to 100 Corvettes, a wine-paired lunch, music, vendors and a raffle (organized by VFW Post 3219). Partial proceeds will benefit Birdies for the Brave in support of the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Click here for details.
Sunday night at the movies – outdoors in Williamsburg
The fifth season of free Sunday night movies on Prince George Street, as presented by Blue Talon Bistro, continues this weekend with Back to the Future. Bring a lawn chair, blanket – whatever it takes for your viewing comfort – and then settle in for the film. Local merchants will be on hand each week to serve free cotton candy to the kids. Click here for details and a link to this summer’s lineup.
Free films on Thursdays at the WRL
It’s time for fan favorites this June, a time when the patrons choose the films they’d most like to see at the Williamsburg Regional Library’s free Thursday film series. This week’s film: 1931’s “Little Caesar.” Edward G. Robinson became a star playing Rico Bandello, a small-time hood with big-time ambitions in this tough little pre-code film that is based on the exploits of some real-life gangsters. Made early in the sound era, the audio quality is not always sterling but the famous closing line comes through clear, “Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Rico?” Films begin at 2 p.m.; tickets and/or reservations are not required. Click here for the month’s schedule or more information.
Farmers Markets – aka where to buy local
Merchants Square Farmers Market – It’s the 9th anniversary celebration of the market this Saturday. The festivities get going at 8 a.m. on Merchants Square. You can always expect lots of fresh produce, flowers, meats and all the rest. Click here for details.
Yorktown Riverwalk Farmers Market – Every Saturday at Riverwalk Landing, from 8 a.m. to noon. Click here for info.