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Posted on: February 12, 2018

What's Happening This Weekend?

Feb. 16

  • Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBCC) from Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19.The GBCC is an annual program of the Cornell University Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society. Seasoned and first time birders are invited to count the various species of birds at the York River State Park including eagles, song birds, and waterfowl. You may also bird watch at any other location in James City County. Spend as much, or as little time as you wish. For more information about this project, please visit the GBBC website.
  • Attend the first ever Pink Flamingo Hike at York River State Park on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon. Of course there are no pink flamingoes native to or migratory in Virginia.  But, we will see a few fake ones.  Discover what birds live in the habitats along York River State Park’s waterways and woods and why they are much better adapted than the plastic imposters.  Guests are welcome to bring binoculars and spotting scopes.  Bird species and numbers may be recorded as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBCC). For more information about this project, please visit the GBBC website.
  • Take a break from the cold and spend your day in the Jamestown Rediscovery artifact museum on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. during Archaearium Artifact Adventures. Meet colonists, participate in archaeological activities and explore the world of the first permanent English colony in the New World. Activities include touching and feeling artifacts, sorting and washing artifacts, mending pottery, coloring a ceramic, Ecology: the Environment at Jamestown and Conversation with a Colonist: Meet Anas Todkill. These activities are free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.
  • Attend the grand opening of Francesca’s at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. There will be specials to celebrate and the first 25 people in line will receive a $25 gift card.
  • Learn about Native Orchids in the United States with an emphasis on Hampton Roads on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10-11 a.m. at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. Lisa Schioler, a Master Gardener and Native Plant Society member, will talk about some of the orchids native to Hampton Roads as well as interesting species from other parts of the United States. Schioler also participates in native plant rescues with the Williamsburg Native Plant Rescue Team. A $5 donation to help the Williamsburg Botanical Garden grow is appreciated.
    Come and enjoy the 4th Annual Asian Festival at the Williamsburg Pottery on Saturday, Feb. 17 beginning at 11 a.m. The Asian Festival celebrates a multitude of cultures through dance, music, demonstrations, food and wine. This event is free and open to the public. There will be gourmet food, music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations all representing the beautiful Asian culture. They will also be celebrating the 80th Anniversary of our beloved Williamsburg Pottery. Spend $10 or more and receive a fortune cookie at the register, then "pop" it and open to win great prizes!
  • Attend Dinosaur Discovery on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at the James City County Library. Kids will feel small entering the world of dinosaurs as you learn about dinosaurs that lived long ago and about paleontologists who spend their lives finding and studying what still remains. Identify features of the apatosaurus, T-Rex, stegosaurus, and triceratops. Come explore your dino friends through hands-on activities such as sorting bones and themed play, and leave with your very own clay “fossil!” This program is presented by the Children’s Museum of Richmond and is geared towards children from preschool through kindergarten.
  • Get your laugh on with Andy Woodhull on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg. Woodhull is the first comedian to make his network television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  He was named one of four comedians to watch by The Chicago Tribune
  • Attend a free concert by the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at Saint Bede Catholic Church. The second concert of the 14th season of the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra will feature world renowned flutist Onorio Zarralli, traveling from Italy to perform with the orchestra. In addition to maestro Zaralli, the concert features the return of piano virtuoso Caleb Borick from Charleston, SC, and Capital Symphony violinist Ann Marie Pocklembo from New Jersey. The three artists will join the orchestra as soloists in the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Mr. Zaralli will also be featured in the Galuppi Flute Concerto in D major. In addition, works by Schubert and Elgar will be performed. The concert is free and open to the public. 
  • Have you visited the Williamsburg Tasting Trail? There’s no better time than the present! Stops in James City County include the 8 Shires Distillery, Billsburg Brewery and the Williamsburg Winery.

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