What You’ll Do: May 31-June 3

May 31st, 2012 by Kim Lenz

If you’re a history buff you’ll likely be headed to Riverwalk Landing this weekend for a Yorktown Maritime celebration of tall ships. But that’s not all that’s going on – oh, hardly.

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!

Yorktown Maritime Weekend – an OpSail port in town
Yorktown is an official affiliate port for OpSail 2012 Virginia. On June 1-3, the week prior to the ships’ arrival, Yorktown will host the Yorktown Maritime Weekend on the Yorktown waterfront at Riverwalk Landing. Three days of waterfront celebration are planned. Events will range from a traditional Parade of Sail, static displays, ceremonies, educational programs, Adopt a Ship, free concerts and festivals, two-hour day sails on the Schooner Alliance (tickets required), free tours of visiting tall ships Lynx, Spirit of Bermuda and Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed and much more all planned along the Yorktown waterfront. Read about the Privateer Lynx and how to book an overnight tour by clicking here. There will be free parking and a free trolley shuttle. Co-sponsored by the Yorktown Tall Ships Committee and York County. It’s a lot of family fun, with many activities that are free to the public. For more information about Yorktown activities, events and celebrations during OpSail 2012 Virginia, click here.

Civil War commemorative events
Civil War’s 150th tour –
The Mariners’ Museum, in partnership with Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion and the Isle of Wight County Museums, is offering an exclusive van tour Saturday of key sites associated with the Civil War in Hampton Roads. Participants will view land fortifications at Fort Boykin and Fort Huger, receive an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the USS Monitor Center and thrill to the exploits of 19th century aeronauts at Endview and Lee Hall. Historic Resources Manager Jennifer Williams England of Isle of Wight County, USS Monitor Center Curator Anna Holloway and Lee Hall Mansion Curator J. Michael Moore will be your hosts on this one-of-a-kind outing. Boxed lunches will be provided by the Boxwood Inn. Space is limited, so book now. Click here for details.

Lincoln: The Constitution and The Civil War – This traveling exhibit will be at the James City County Library through July 13. The exhibit focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War.

Clean the Bay Day at York River State Park
Lend a hand in preserving the natural beauty of the York River. By participating in the Clean The Bay Day, you and your organization can help prevent wildlife injuries and death from litter. It starts at 10 a.m. at the park; admission is a $3 parking fee per car and free if you arrive on foot or bicycle. Click here for details, including a map.

Fundraisers, and the good people having them
A Taste of History: A Soul Food Experience –
The SpiritWorks Foundation hosts this event Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at the Henderson Business Park, 5800 Mooretown Rd. in Williamsburg. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and the event will benefit the SpiritWorks Foundation & Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation. Click here for details.

Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park

Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. There’s no cost for the program, just a $3 per car parking fee (free to bicyclists and pedestrians). Please call 566-3036 to make reservations.

Farmers’ markets are open
Williamsburg Merchants’ Square –
Celebrate whatever is in season at the Williamsburg Farmers Market. There are always flowers, herbs and fresh vegetables, along with oysters, strawberries, cheese, crabmeat, artisan chocolate and honey. Check out the Chefs Tent at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for what your favorite local chefs have to suggest. Click here for info.

Yorktown Market Days – Saturday’s markets are in full swing on Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. Click here for details.

Toano Farmers’ Market – Head to the corner of Forge and Richmond roads on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. for a wide assortment of locally grown and raised food. Toano Farmers’ Market is open year round and features Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Grown, plus an array of produce vendors during the year. Click here for info.

Dinosaurs return to the VLM

Stomping, roaring, robotic dinosaurs come alive at the Virginia Living Museum with an all-new exciting exhibit from Kokoro, the inventor of robotic dinosaurs. Tremble at a growling T-Rex. Watch a Corythosaurus mother tend her brood. There’s even a nestful of eggs ready to hatch. See old favoritesTriceratops and Stegosaurus, along with two marine reptiles, Mosasaurus and the long-necked Elasmosaurus. Soaring above is the bird-like Pteranodon. Kokoro’s dinosaur exhibits entertain and educate, fulfilling the fascination children have as they shudder with excitement at the majesty of these creatures. Kokoro dinosaurs don’t just look like dinosaurs, they behave like dinosaurs. Motion is amazingly fluid and lifelike and beautifully complex. These half- to full-size replicas turn the clock back to recreate the whole Cretaceous world. And – this summer only – a rare albino alligator will join the menagerie. While visiting, be sure to check out the Really BIG Dinosaur Puppet Show on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here for details.

Free films at the WRL
The Williamsburg Regional Library goes for laughs with five classic film comedies for their May free film series on Thursday afternoons. This week’s film is “To Be or Not To Be,” from 1942. In occupied Poland during the Second World War a theatrical troupe employ their acting skills to catch a German spy in this terrific comedy written and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Jack Benny and Carol Lombard star along with Robert Stack, Sig Ruman, and Lionel Atwill. This was Carole Lombard’s last film; she died in a plane crash during a war bond tour before its theatrical release.The films are shown starting at 2 p.m. in the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St. These movies are screened free of charge and tickets or reservations are not required. Call the library’s Adult Services Division at (757) 259-4050 for more information or click here.

Live and local music
Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions –
The Williamsburg Regional Library’s Dewey Decibel Series continues on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Paul Reisler, founder of Trapezoid and Kid Pan Alley, and his new band, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions. They’ll perform in the WRL Theatre at 515 Scotland St. All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 757-259-4070. This concert is presented with the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This astonishing collaboration features original songs and instrumentals by Reisler, joined by harmonica and piano virtuoso Howard Levy (of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Amy Speace and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven (of the David Grisman Quintet and the Jerry Garcia Band). It’s a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders — combining American roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision and mysticism with the vitality and energy of contemporary pop music. Music that the Washington Post says “climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up the Himalaya’s.” The All Music Guide calls Reisler’s songs, “Pure poetry.” Click here to learn lots more.

Hot Chelle Rae –
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the place to be this summer for sizzling concerts. This Saturday at 6 p.m. the park heats up the stage with performances from some of the most recognizable names in pop and rock. All concerts are included with park admission and will be performed at the Royal Palace Theatre. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Mysterious moonlight canoe tour
There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek in York River State Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as you paddle slowly up the placid creek on Saturday evening. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Click here for reservations.

Pick your paddle for the creek or river

It’s the creek on Saturdays, the river on Sundays. That’s Taskinas Creek and the York River, accessible through York River State Park. Sign up the entire family for a leisurely paddle – it’s an experience you won’t forget, and one that could ignite some enthusiasm to get your own canoe or kayak. Saturday’s paddle is scheduled for 4 p.m., and so is Sunday’s. Click here for details, including cost, how to make reservations, and what you need to bring.

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