Spy Game. Art Exhibitions. Spring Fun.
We’re celebrating spring’s awakening, and we have a host of new activities to help you celebrate, too!
The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary hosts "Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti." Many of Michelangelo's most renowned drawings are featured in this rich and varied selection of 25 drawings from the master's collection. The exhibition includes studies for paintings as well as designs and plans for churches and military fortifications. Several of the works have never been seen in the United States.
More than 60 objects destined for exhibit at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are on display in "Jamestown's Legacy to the American Revolution," at Jamestown Settlement. The special exhibition, which continues through January 20, 2014, examines the lives of Revolutionary War-era descendants of people associated with the 17th-century capital of Virginia.
Steadfast Spirits Weekend, March 8 – 10. Experience "Liberty for Lydia" performed by BET breakout star Erica Hubbard and hear Grammy Award–winning a cappella ensemble "Sweet Honey in the Rock." The weekend-long package, perfect for a girlfriends' getaway or a mother-daughter reunion, includes a variety of special events in the Revolutionary City and at the award-winning Williamsburg Lodge.
Historic Yorktown: Returning to Yorktown Saturday, March 16 is the Schooner Alliance. Set sail for a bygone era aboard Yorktown's Tall Ship, Alliance. Three sails daily from Riverwalk Landing Pier, March to November. The Alliance will also offer pirate cruises during spring break.
"Painters and Paintings in the Early American South," DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Exhibition, opens March 23. Trace the rise of southern society in this groundbreaking exhibition, featuring more than 80 paintings made in the early American South or imported to the region between 1740 and 1790. Drawing on collections from New York to New Orleans, this is the most comprehensive study of prominent paintings in the early American South.
“RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn is an interactive,” is an on-site spy game. Help decide our nation's fate. Save the cause of American liberty by protecting the identity of an undercover patriot spy on the eve of the Battle of Yorktown. Throughout your mission, break codes, solve clues, and avoid detection as you navigate through Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City to uncover the mystery of the Greyhound. Begin your quest online now.
Join Busch Gardens in 2013 as the park celebrates the best of Europe's culinary traditions. The world's most beautiful theme park is turning up the heat this spring with a food and wine festival that combines a theme park atmosphere with taste-tickling food and wine pairings that will bring out the foodie in everyone. The food festival kicks off in late spring and is just part of an exciting year at Busch Gardens that includes the return of Verbolten®, the park's newest family thrill attraction. Families twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in a harrowing, action-packed adventure that features surprises around every corner.
On April 20, a 2013 Signature Conference: "The American Civil War at Home" at the College of William and Mary (William and Mary Hall) brings together noted Civil War historians to consider how the Civil War changed Virginia and the nation 150 years ago in the year of the war's turning point, 1863.
This year's Historic Garden Week's Williamsburg tour will feature homes in Colonial Williamsburg and Kingsmill on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $30. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Garden Club. In other garden news, the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens will host a different program each month through November.
Poor Potter Contemporary Pottery Festival, May 3 & 4. See contemporary potters create "pot gardens" in addition to sculptures including pottery, bronze, wood, glass, and found objects.
Yorktown Garden Tour Event, May 3 & 4; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit some of Yorktown's private gardens throughout the village. Visit with artists and see works of local art, and don't miss the plant sale featuring outdoor and indoor plants.
Yorktown Market Days season kicks off the farmers’ market season with a fitness market on Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with more than 35 local farmers and producers, over 20 local artists and vendors throughout the season. Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, quality art, live musical entertainment provided by "Susan & Lloyd" (Folk/Americana) and much more.
Yorktown Trolley resumes free service Saturday March 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. providing service throughout the village of Yorktown from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center, as well as several stops, including Riverwalk Landing.
The Yorktown Victory Center is undergoing revitalization for a renewed perspective on the meaning and impact of the revolution. A reconfigured site plan will feature a new facility with expanded, state-of-the-art gallery exhibits and enhanced outdoor interpretive programming. The Yorktown Victory Center continues to welcome visitors daily while work is under way, and a new name – American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – will debut upon the project's completion in late 2016.
Did you know that the Williamsburg Premium Outlets opened eight new stores? Those stores include: Always a Happy Hour, Longaberger, Pepperidge Farms, Toys R Us Express, Finish Line, Hartstrings, North Face and Loft.
Go Ape, at Freedom Park, will soon have a treetop adventure course, specifically designed for children. The new course will allow participants age 5 and up to take part in a treetop adventure. The company hopes this addition will allow more families and groups the opportunity to "go ape,” as the existing treetop adventure course is restricted to those age 10 years and older. The new course is planned to open Summer 2013.