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!
Live and local music
Virginia Symphony Orchestra – There are two free (to the public) opportunities to see the VSO locally this weekend, first on Thursday in Williamsburg and then on Saturday in Yorktown. As a prelude to Arts Month in Williamsburg in September, the City of Williamsburg invites the entire community to the free VSO concert Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre. The performance is open to the public and co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg, the College of William & Mary and William & Mary’s Student Assembly and APM Terminals. In his third year performing at Lake Matoaka, VSO’s dynamic Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous returns with Symphony Under the Stars, a prelude to the VSO’s 2012-2013 program. It features selections by Mozart, Rossini, Scott Joplin, Marvin Hamlisch and more. Guests should bring beach chairs and blankets. Personal coolers and picnic baskets will be permitted; however, no external alcohol will be allowed. Wine will be available for purchase on site. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. In Yorktown: The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Yorktown Victory Monument, followed by the VSO’s performance under the stars. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic suppers, lawn chairs or blankets. There will be a competition for the picnic suppers.
Mariners’ Museum Concerts by the Lake – It’s your last chance to take in this fun Thursday night concert. If you’d like to take a drive south or your work has you more in the Mariners’ Museum area on Thursdays finish off the work day with a free concert on Lake Maury. Concerts run from 6 to 10 p.m. There’s an expanded selection of food vendors, plus beer and wine available for purchase. Closing the season this week: Hampton Roads favorite The Rhondels.
Berret’s Taphouse Grill – Head to the patio for live music every Friday starting at 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.
51st Annual Labor Day Art Sale – Take a drive for this highly anticipated show is open daily through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Labor Day when the show will close at 3 p.m. Member artists of the Rappahannock Art League in Kilmarnock will exhibit a wide variety of original art work all of which will be for sale. Click here for details, including directions.
Check out Williamsburg Christian Academy
WCA invites you to attend a tour of the school on Thursday, starting at 8 a.m. Come out and see what so many are talking about, and whether this Christ-centered, non-denominational Pre K-12 academy is just what your family is looking for. Click here for details.
College of William and Mary Bookstore events
Story Hour – Please join us every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to noon in our Children’s Department for some fun stories and activities. This event is free.
How did the colonists have fun?
It’s your last chance to find out. “Pastimes of Colonial Virginia,” a program of the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, explains it all. Ever spin a whirligig on a string or roll a hoop with a stick? The program features games and amusements of the 17th and 18th centuries and is the focus of interpretive programs at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center throughout the month of August. Remember: if you live in the Historic Triangle your visit to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center is free, a benefit of being part of the area’s living history. Click here for details.
Welcome to football season
Youth football has begun, which if you watch it will give you an idea of where all the great Bay Rivers football teams get their start. Come out Saturday to watch the Williamsburg Hornets Green Team take on the visiting Gloucester White Knights of Gloucester County. Games start at 9:30 a.m. with the Mites taking the field. Up next will be the Mighty Mites at 11 a.m. followed by the Midgets at 12:30 p.m. Closing out the day will be the Juniors playing at 2 p.m. Click here for details.
Free films at the WRL
This month features famous actors in uncharacteristic roles at the Williamsburg Regional Library’s free Thursday afternoon film series. This week’s film is 1956’s “Teahouse of the August Moon.” A culture clash ensues when a hapless American soldier (Glenn Ford) and his scheming interpreter (Marlon Brando) are sent to a small Japanese village to instill democratic values in this broad comedy based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play. Eddie Albert, Paul Ford and Machiko Kyo costar. 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.
Farmers’ markets are open
Williamsburg Merchants’ Square – The Williamsburg Farmers Market continues its 11th year celebration this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. This is the peak season at the Williamsburg Farmers Market for local produce, fruits and seafood. Click here for details.
Yorktown Market Days – This Saturday on Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown features all the favorites and in-season fruits, vegetables and flowers, plus a live musical performance and many local artists offering their works for sale. Head over to the Chef’s Demonstration area, too. 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.
Busy weekend at York River State Park
Take a child who’s a fishing fanatic to a tourney, roam with a ranger, discover a fossil beach and evidence of prehistoric times or many other activities this weekend at our local state park. Admission to the park is $3 per car, free if you walk or ride in on a bicycle. The fishing tourney, ranger roams and fossil walks are free, but there’s a small fee for the pick your paddle events on the York River and Taskinas Creek. Please call 566-3036 for reservations and check the Talk of the Town calendar for details on these activities.