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Posted on: July 10, 2018

How Will You Spend the Weekend?

July 13

  • Take the family to a Movie Night at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center on Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket/pillow and join James City County Parks & Recreation for a free family friendly movie night held inside the multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. An adult must accompany children under 12. The scheduled feature is Sing, rated PG for all ages.
  • Did you miss fireworks last week? Summer has kicked off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with Summer Nights. Each weekend there will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is also a new show in the Royal Palace Theatre and special food throughout the park.
  • Register for the 20th Annual Park to Park Bicycle Tour presented by Williamsburg Montessori School! This self-guided bicycle tour occurs on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event begins at a new site - the James City County Marina located at 2054 Jamestown Road with new routes for 15, 30 and 50-mile rides. Ride as little or as much as you like! Youth age 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian present on the ride. Children age 9 and younger are free and must be on a tandem bike or trailer. Fee includes refreshments, a pool pass for swimming at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, T-shirt, maps, support vehicles to help out tired riders, lunch and entertainment provided by The People Collection!  Co-hosted by James City County Parks & Recreation and Williamsburg Area Bicyclists.
  • Spend the morning learning at Freedom Park during “Ferns, Mosses and Forest Plants” on Saturday, July 14 from 9-10:30 a.m. Join Helen Hamilton to look for summer forest plants, ferns and mosses, on a short trail in Freedom Park. The Historic Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists was involved in developing a path that leads to a deep ravine heavily covered with low herbaceous plants. Bring a magnifier to look at tiny plants and a camera to photograph the larger ones. Park by the playground near the Go Ape facility.
  • Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic-guitarist/instrumentalist Louis C. Vangieri also known as The LCV Project on Saturday, July 14 from 9:30-11 a.m. at The Coffeehouse. As a relentlessly creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter and performer, he has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970s.
  • Enjoy historical interpreters at Historic Jamestown during “A Laudable Form of Government” on Saturday, July 14. This programming is included with general admission to Historic Jamestowne and will occur at the Hunt Shrine at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Newly-appointed Governor George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory invite you to join them on the eve of the historic “First Assembly” in July of 1619. Since their arrival in Virginia three months ago, the two men have sent dispatches up and down the James River to each of the eleven largest settlements, instructing them to each elect two representatives called “burgesses.” With only two weeks to go before the burgesses arrive, the gentlemen will discuss the Virginia Company’s intent to replace the harsh martial laws that had stabilized the colony with a representative government. And it is hoped that this, when coupled with the opportunity to own land, will encourage more settlers to come!
  • Attend “The Magic Metamorphosis of Butterflies” on Saturday, July 14 from 10-11 a.m. at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. When humans are born, they look like a miniature version of their parents, but not so with butterflies! Come learn about the metamorphosis of a butterfly, starting as an egg and changing into a beautiful butterfly. Butterfly enthusiast, Judith Alberts, will show pictures of different butterflies and will bring living examples from her own butterfly nursery. She’ll explain how to attract butterflies to even the smallest garden, and how to make an inviting place for another generation of butterfly magic. Program offered by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.
  • Come celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek. This event is free.
  • When was the last time you visited the Williamsburg Winery? With a wide variety of wines, they offer a fine wine tasting and lunch deal on their website that is available on the weekends. The cost is only $35. Prefer brunch over lunch? The Gabriel Archer Tavern offers brunch all day on Sundays.

York River State Park

  • Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening at York River State Park looking at the night sky on Friday, July 13 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. For an added touch, you will 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. One experienced canoeist per canoe required. Reservations required by calling 757-566-3036. Canoes $13/person or $8/person (family 4+). Prepayment required with reservation.
  • Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with York River State Park during Pick Your Paddle on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. 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. Call 757-566-3036 for reservations. Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person.  Prepayment required with reservation.
  • 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, attend Dabble in Discovery on Saturday, July 14 from 1-3 p.m. with our onsite naturalist.
  • 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 York River State Park in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach during the Fossil Frenzy on Saturday, July 14 from 4-6 p.m. No Cost. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.
  • Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery on Saturday, July 14 from 8:30-11:45 p.m. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets, and other features in the night sky. There is no fee for this program.
  • What roams the woods after dark? Take a ranger-guided tour with us to experience the sights and sounds after sundown during As Far as the Stars Night Hike on Saturday, July 14 from 8:30-10 p.m. Enjoy the cooler temperatures with the sounds of raccoons, owls, and other creatures. After the hike, enjoy stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club. Please call the office at 757-566-3036 for reservations.
  • Seine nets have been used for ages to catch fish and other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Experience River Seining on Sunday, July 15 from 1-3 p.m. Park rangers will lead you in discovering the variety of aquatic life in the York River with seine and dip nets.
  • 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 on Sunday, July 15 from 4-5 p.m.
  •  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, July 15 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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