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Posted on: June 5, 2017

What Will You Do This Weekend?

June9

Check out the annual Food & Wine Festival Busch Gardens this weekend! A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park on weekends through July 2. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world’s most beautiful theme park. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New this year, cuisines from India, which will bring new tantalizing flavors to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

Did you know that Charly’s Airport Restaurant is now open on Fridays from 5-8:30 p.m. for Friday Night Flights featuring live music on the patio and specials? It’s a fun, easy way to cap off a busy week. Plus, everyone deserves a slice of pie on a Friday night!

Enjoy a performance by the LCV Project on Saturday, June 10 from 9:30-11 a.m. at The Coffeehouse in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center. Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic-guitarist/instrumentalist Louis C. Vangieri. As a creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter/instrumentalist and performer, he has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970’s. He performs a blend of folk, country swing, traditional, soft jazz, peaceful new age, classical, nostalgia and well written original works.

Participate in The Flying Needles World Wide Knit in Public Day event on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This will also be the launch of their Handmade for the Homeless Project. Bring a chair, a project and have some fun!

Attend the Hidden Lives of Backyard Birds at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 10 from 10-11 a.m. This program is free and open to ages 6 and above. Want to know what a day in the life of your favorite songbird is really like? Come explore the amazing world of local backyard birds and what they are doing when you don’t see them. What trick does the Bluejay use to get the most seeds from the bird feeder? Why does the American Robin take more baths than other birds? Come and find out many more amazing facts about our backyard birds! Then have some fun making a bird craft to take home. Presented by JCCW Master Gardeners Jordan Westenhaver and Karen Brooks.

The annual James City County Skate Jam is Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 at the JCC Skate Park. All ages and experience levels welcome! Skateboards, bikes, food, live local music and of course, prizes make this skateboarding and BMX competition one not to miss! Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. Registration and warm-ups begin at 10 a.m. each day. Spectators are free and welcomed. Preregistration is recommended but not required. All participants must be registered with the County. Saturday is for skateboards (506090-A) and Sunday is for BMXers (506090-B). Cost to participate is $10.

Teens and tweens (ages 12-17) are invited to Junior Learn to Row. This is free! Learn the basics of rowing and then get out on the water for a row in a sleek racing shell along Gordon Cree at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. Instruction provided by the Williamsburg Boat Club and William and Mary Boat Club. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register, email ludmerg@gmail.com.
Sing, dance and drum at the Therapeutic Drum Circle on Saturday, June 10 from 3-4 p.m. at Freedom Park! Play a musical instrument while interacting with others and enhancing creativity and self-esteem. Fun for all ages. Families are invited to bring their children as drumming can also improve fine and gross motor skills, and is a great way to connect and enjoy time together. Senior citizens also benefit from the joy of the circle. Children 5 and younger are free, $5 for County residents and $10 for others. Info: 757-259-5354. 904200-D

Bring in the summer with wine and music! 94.9 The Point presents Uncorked and Unplugged live from The Williamsburg Winery on Saturday, June 10 from 3-7 p.m. Sip on delicious Virginia wine in the beautiful Williamsburg Winery vineyard while enjoying live music from LeAnn Rimes, The Rua, Julia Brennan and Tom Walker.

Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park with the Campfire Social on Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek.

Check out the Comedy Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. and watch Matt Bergman with Max Rosenblum. Bergman has been performing at clubs and colleges since he was in college pursuing a degree in criminal justice. After graduating, he realized he was afraid of criminals and decided stand up comedy was the way to go. As it turns out Bergman made the right decision quickly becoming one of the most sought out comedians working today.

Attend a free concert by The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestraconducted by Paul Lindsay, will hold its annual “Tribute to Youth-Stars of Tomorrow” concert presenting young virtuoso players from around the country on Sunday, June 11 from 1-2 p.m. at Saint Bede Catholic Church. Featured soloists include 11 year old Zak Chen from Charleston, SC performing the Mendelssohn Concerto in D Minor, 12 year old Kellen Mikesell from Carlisle, PA performing the Bach Concerto in A Minor, and 10 year old Giada Lin from Riverside, CT performing the Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G Major. The orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 1 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composed when he was 8 years old. For more information, please call 757-229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts.

Head to MillFarm Christmas Tree & Berry Farm for some strawberry or blueberry picking! Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates before you go. Picking berries is a fun activity for the whole family! (Note: Please be prepared to pay by cash or check only.)

York River State Park

There is no better way to enjoy the full moon than from a canoe on the beautiful Taskinas Creek. Attend the Mysterious Moonlight Canoe on Friday, June 9 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. We’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of the marsh at night as we paddle slowly up the placid creek. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Canoes are $13/person or $8/person (family 4+).  Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

Saturday, June 10 is National Get Outdoors Day. Don’t stay inside four walls! There are a variety of outdoor activities awaiting you. Join us at York River State Park for our exciting ranger guided programs.

Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river.  And don’t worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we’ll teach you ways to protect them. Cost: Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person. Prepayment required with reservation.

Can you tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake?  Do you know what fish osprey feed on?  Have you ever observed where great blue heron nest?  The Roaming Ranger will be around to point out these and other points of interest in the 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. No Cost. Please call to make reservations

Please call 757-566-3036 for more information and reservations. Rental fees apply for paddling programs. Hikes are free with parking.

Attend River Seining from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  Our rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.

Dabble in Discovery from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Which came first, the gray fox or the red?  Does a crab keep its shell forever?  Can box turtles swim?  For the answer to these and other questions about the natural world, dabble in discovery with the onsite naturalist.

As the colors of sunset fall on the marsh, a variety of sounds can be heard from birds and other creatures.  Enjoy the beauty of this special time on the water with a guided paddling trip on Sunday, June 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16/person, and tandem kayaks are $11/person.  Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.  Prepayment required with reservation.

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