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Selections from The Boston School
January 25, 2014 - April 20, 2014
Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House
March 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of “Mr. Lincoln’s War, “Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War presents a selection of facsimile photographs of historical Civil War sites and circumstances by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. Mounted as a traditional exhibition, it includes sections on Gardner’s Sketchbook, Brady’s Album Gallery, Civil War Personalities, Portraits of Soldiers, The CSS Alabama, and The Lincoln Conspiracy. Each section addresses points of interest from photographic history, Civil War events, and the George Eastman House Collection. For more information, please visit www. MarinersMusem.org or call (757)596-2222.
Spring Planetarium Shows
March 14, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Choose among three shows in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the sky with “Friendly Stars” at 12:30 p.m. A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies” at 1:30 p.m. “Art of Hubble” showcases stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the science behind the images. It is shown at 2:30 p.m. The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets $4 in addition to museum admission.
Beguiled by the Wild; The Art of Charley Harper
March 15, 2014 - April 27, 2014
The whimsical and delightfully colorful works by master illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007) are returning to the Virginia Living Museum. Harper's work has fostered environmental stewardship in those who view his work and his creativity takes you on an artistic and environmental journey shared by people of all ages. Harper was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. He called his style “minimal realism," capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors, Harper distilled and simplified complex elements. His nature-oriented artwork is often contrasted with the realism of John James Audubon and the simplicity found in Inuit Art. Harper used many media in his artwork, though he is best known for his serigraph prints. There will also be interactive art activities based on Harper’s style, including tangrams, large puzzles, alphabet art table and rubbing stations. Budding artists can sketch a natural science item from the museum’s collections.
Thursday Evening Seminar Series: Hummers are Coming
April 1, 2014, 6 p.m.
Get ready for Hummingbird season. Hummingbirds have amazing adaptations and can perform feats of unbelievable acrobatics. Explore the world of hummingbirds found in Virginia, the United States, Central and South America in this presentation filled with incredible facts, feeding suggestions, favorite plants and feeder ideas. Bring your own hummer stories too as we share the wonder of these remarkable little birds.
The Hummers are Coming
April 1, 2014, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Explore the world of hummingbirds in this presentation for adults at the Virginia Living Museum. This seminar is filled with incredible facts, feeding suggestions, favorite plants and feeder ideas. Bring your own hummer stories too as we share the wonder of these remarkable little birds. 6-7:30 p.m. $7. Register at 757-595-9135 or thevlm.org.
February 6, 2014; March 6, 2014; April 3, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet up with friends after work and join us at The Mariners’ Museum for First Thursdays! First Thursdays is a free social event featuring live music, a 50/50 raffle and food & beverages for purchase. As an added bonus, there will also be a select gallery or exhibition open during each event at no charge. For more information, please visit www. MarinersMusem.org or call (757)596-2222.
Boathouse Opens for the Season
April 4, 2014 - September 28, 2014
The boathouse is now open! Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Various boats are available for rental, and visitors can bring their own kayaks and canoes with annual or daily passes. The boathouse is open Friday - Sunday through September 28, 2014.
Spring Homeschool Day
April 4, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
April 4, 2014 - April 5, 2014
Chris-Craft enthusiasts will meet for two days to socialize, learn more about their boats, and enjoy the Museum and Museum Library. For more information on the seminar, call (757) 596-2222.
Annual Civil War Re-enactment
April 5, 2014 - April 6, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
See the sights and sounds of a Civil War battle as hundreds of reenactors converge on Endview to reenact battles fought during the Civil War. See talks, demonstrations, battles and camp life. Admission: $7 per person/ Under 7 free. House tours at a reduced price.
Spring Break in the Planetarium
April 5, 2014 - April 20, 2014
The Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium is open daily with four shows during spring break. Introduce your little astronomer to the wonders of the sky with “Friendly Stars” at 12:30 p.m. A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies” at 1:30 p.m. “Art of Hubble” showcases stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the science behind the images. It is shown at 2:30 p.m. “Laser Retro” at 3:30 p.m. lets viewers rock on to music from great ‘80s bands. Tickets $4 in addition to museum admission.
Park Day Volunteer Event
April 5, 2014, - 12 p.m.
Newport News Park is looking for volunteers to help spruce up the park! Join in this national effort called "Park Day!" Call 886-7912 to sign up.
April 5, 2014
You’ll have a first-class, down-home good time with sportsmen and sportswomen who appreciate the outdoors and enjoy a friendly competition in this sixth annual team fundraiser for the Virginia Living Museum. Some call sporting clays “golf with shotguns.” Held at Old Forge Sporting Clays, Providence Forge. This event is a non-registered event for NSCA. Teams of four $550. Presented by Ferguson. Register in advance at 757-534-7487 or thevlm.org
March 2, 2014; March 16, 2014; April 6, 2014; May 4, 2014; May 18, 2014; June 1, 2014; June 22, 2014; July 6, 2014; July 20, 2014; August 3, 2014; August 17, 2014; September 7, 2014; September 21, 2014; October 19, 2014; November 16, 2014; December 7, 2014, 7 a.m.
The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965. Join club volunteers in the Picnic Area I parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Be prepared to car pool to several areas in the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Free.
INSPIRE! Spring Break Performing Arts Camp
April 7, 2014 - April 11, 2014
Spring Break: A World of Wildlife Art
April 8, 2014 - April 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The art of Charley Harper will provide the inspiration for budding wildlife artists in this program for ages 6-8 at the Virginia Living Museum. Kids will use a variety of mediums and live animal models to portray our natural world. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $85 (includes $15 supply fee). Register at 757-595-9135 or www.thevlm.org.
On Screen/In Person Film Series: United in Anger / Director, Jim Hubbard
April 8, 2014, 7 p.m.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP combines archival footage and remarkably insightful interviews from the ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Oral History Project to explore how a small group of men and women of all races and classes came together to change the world and save each other's lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a dozen major actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. Join the filmmaker and an assembled panel of experts for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion.
Story and a Walk
January 13, 2010; April 9, 2014; May 14, 2014; June 11, 2014; July 9, 2014; August 13, 2014; September 10, 2014; October 8, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 10, 2014, 10 a.m.
For pre-school children and their caregivers. Join us as we share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center and then take a short walk! Don't forget to dress for the weather!
April 11, 2014 - April 12, 2014
The Virginia Living Museum’s second annual Birding Cup event encourages people to go outdoors, breathe in fresh air, walk, look and listen throughout the Peninsula’s wild and not so wild areas. This event is a timed search for as many species of birds as can be found within a 24 hour period. Counting begins at 6:30 p.m. April 11 and ends at 6:30 p.m. April 12. Teams of three to five members may count in any or all of the following six areas: Newport News, York County, Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg and James City County. Prizes will be given to the experienced and novice birding teams that count the most species of birds and the individual with the largest contribution. The event ends with a dinner at the Virginia Living Museum. Information and registration available at thevlm.org or call 757-595-1900 ext. 217.
Star Party / Laser Shows
October 12, 2013; November 9, 2013; December 14, 2013; January 11, 2014; February 8, 2014; March 8, 2014; April 12, 2014; May 10, 2014; June 14, 2014; July 12, 2014; August 9, 2014; September 13, 2014; October 11, 2014; November 8, 2014; December 13, 2014
Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible state-of-the-art laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suite every taste. Different bands are featured every month.
Pinhole Camera Workshop
April 12, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Archery Safety Class
March 9, 2014; March 27, 2014; April 13, 2014; April 24, 2014; May 4, 2014; May 22, 2014; June 15, 2014; June 25, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 27, 2014; August 10, 2014; August 20, 2014
A park ranger will present this one hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 888-3333 for program times and to register for this training class. Meet at the Campsite Activity Building.
Birding on the Boardwalk
April 15, 2014, 7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
It’s spring! What birds are coming to Virginia? Before the Virginia Living Museum is open to the public, take a morning walk with Assistant Education Director and avid birder Rock Moeslein around the boardwalk to see what kind of bird life activity is happening here. Are birds setting up territories, nesting or just passing through? After the walk there will be a short bird lesson. Ages 18 and above. 7:15-8:30 a.m. VLM members free, non-members $5 (does not include museum admission). Register in advance at 757-595-9135 or thevlm.org.
Battle of Dam No. 1 Walking Tour
April 16, 2014, 5 p.m.
Walk the hallowed grounds of the Union Army's assault on General John Magruder's Warwick River lines. Tour begins at the Discovery Center parking lot.