Click here to view our What's Happening This Week Calendar!
This major exhibition explores the aftermath of marine catastrophes through the perspective of those who have been cast adrift on the sea. Using survivors’ own words, the exhibition explores the experiences people go through as they come to grips with the uncertainty of rescue, and the fight to quell panic. Being cast adrift is intensified by fear, hypothermia, thirst, hunger, dread and helplessness. A central theme in the exhibition is the question: What would you do? In Abandon Ship, visitors can execute practical, hands-on activities that allow them to better relate to the survivors. They can even climb aboard a six-man life raft supplied by Winslow Life Rafts and Landfall Navigation.
This special exhibition commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Opening in the summer of 2012, this exhibition will feature three key single-ship actions that occurred during "America's Forgotten War" in an engaging way that will appeal to tweens and teens studying the war in school, as well as fans of the Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin series of books and movies.
Nature Revealed" features views on nature in two solo shows by Virginia artists. Frederick Nichols creates large-scale paintings and silkscreen prints of the Virginia countryside surrounding his Barboursville home. His works are based on photographs projected on canvas, allowing him to capture "a place, one moment in time, one season at a time." With his wife, Beth, Nichols owns the Nichols Gallery Annex in Barboursville. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Radford resident Jan Knipe is particularly interested in observing development, unvarnished landscapes and chasing what light reveals in particular locations and times of day. Her work is not new to PFAC; she received first place in drawing in the 1996 and 1996 PFAC juried exhibitions.
The Virginia Living Museum’s Wild Things Museum Store introduces “Wild Gifts for the Holidays,” a collection of unusual and affordable nature-related items for all ages, including eco-friendly clothing, plush toys, and stationery. Favorites include easy reader books, learning games, socks and hoodies, cuddly stuffed animals, home decor and hand-made jewelry - all themed to reflect Virginia’s native wildlife. Many items are unique, being created especially for the museum. All proceeds benefit the Virginia Living Museum. Free admission to sale. The Virginia Living Museum’s Wild Things Museum Store introduces “Wild Gifts for the Holidays,” a collection of unusual and affordable nature-related items for all ages, including eco-friendly clothing, plush toys, and stationery. Favorites include easy reader books, learning games, socks and hoodies, cuddly stuffed animals, home decor and hand-made jewelry - all themed to reflect Virginia’s native wildlife. Many items are unique, being created especially for the museum. All proceeds benefit the Virginia Living Museum. Free admission to sale.
Millions of lights and hundreds of holiday events! Drive-through and walk-through light shows, lightedboat parades, city illuminations, music festivals, theatrical performances and living history re-enactments are among the many holiday events taking place in Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Holiday packages are available. For more information on 100 Miles of Lights events and holiday packages, call 888-493-7386, ext. 100, www.100milesoflights.com.
Light up your holidays with the award-winning Celebration in Lights, a two-mile drive-through of spectacular animated scenes set in Newport News Park. Over 700,000 lights illuminate the beauty of Newport News Park’s forests, fields, and ponds in this, Virginia’s longest running drive-through light event. View multi-colored snowflakes, leaping reindeer, whimsical toys, forest animals, elegant swans and scenes from Virginia’s past portrayed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling color. Over 200 displays, including 70 animated displays, are spread throughout a dozen theme areas, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Forest Friends,” “Battle of the Ironclads,” “Santa’s Enchanted Kingdom” and “Old Man Winter.”
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.
Have yourself a Celtic little Christmas! Due to overwhelming demand from last year’s sold-out holiday tour, the enchanting Irish music sensation Celtic Woman is back again performing their beloved Christmas songs in a unique and festive traditional symphonic setting. Parting from their critically acclaimed, majestic tour productions, “Home for Christmas — The Symphony Tour” will organically showcase the pure angelic voices of Celtic Woman in a reverent yet dynamic live music experience accompanied by the stirring instruments of a full symphony orchestra. This unparalleled all-female ensemble continues to stun with this family favorite celebrating the holidays with glitz and gusto. Rejoice this merry season with Celtic Woman!
The highly acclaimed touring show “American Big Band” is back with an all-new Christmas production, “Home for the Holidays!” A giant Christmas wreath serves as the center entrance supported by oversized Christmas trees surrounded by gifts of the season, which are also creatively used as “playing levels” for the show. An amazing 11-piece big band along with eight outstanding singers and dancers fill the stage with majestic and lush arrangements of Christmas favorites. Glorious, colorful costumes in our grand Christmas setting enhance the exciting choreographic routines as the joy of Christmas comes to you and yours.
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2013 is an uplifting, high-energy show the whole family will love. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music’s biggest names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. Joining Dave this year are Japanese-born pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui, who has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Miles Davis; world-renowned singer Oleta Adams, who first came to prominence when Tears for Fears asked her to appear on their “The Seeds of Love” album and who has released eight acclaimed CDs of her own, crossing effortlessly between R&B, jazz, popular and gospel music; and Jonathan Butler, who was the first black artist played on white stations in his native South Africa and has since earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields. Together they’ll be making spirits bright as this cherished holiday tradition marks its 16th anniversary.
Let your child experience the magic of an 1861 Christmas with a visit to see St. Nick. Parents are to bring two presents: one wrapped for their child and a new unwrapped present for a needy child. Donated toys will be given to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Admission is $3 per child. Reservations are required.
Visitors will have the opportunity to spend more leisure time in the numerous galleries and attend several late night activities.
This unique holiday event combines fireworks, special effects, holiday decorations and music in a spectacular show presented “in the round” on the Fountain Plaza. Free family activities and holiday performances. Fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m. Free admission and satellite parking; food and beverages for sale.
Camp out overnight at the Virginia Living Museum to learn about all things astronomy. Visit the Abbitt Observatory for some live stargazing (weather permitting), check out a great planetarium show, make some cool crafts and more. Plus you get to sleep in the museum’s exhibits! What could be more fun? Families and scouting troops welcome at all events. Prices vary. Register by troop or individual families. Call 757-595-9135.
Come and enjoy a holiday presentation of The Nutracker, starring Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center’s own I Am Movement Dance Company.
This annual event features a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association monument on the grounds adjacent to the museum. Free.
Enjoy free admission during the first weekend of each month! Free weekends are made possible by a grant from the Noland Foundation. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Children of all ages join Santa as he travels around the world on a dry-run for December 24. Learn about other countries and cultures and make fun crafts.
Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly five and a half decades. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, the legendary music icon is one of the elite few whose voice is instantly recognized the world over. The 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee has endeared himself to music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances and rare storytelling ability while receiving countless awards for his music. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 songs including “The Gambler,” “Lady” and “Lucille” to name a few. Join him for a night of hits and holiday classics.
Bundle up and let’s take a walk on the White Oak Trail. A naturalist will point out special features along the way. Meet at the Discovery Center and begin your journey!
Guests step back in time to enjoy the wonder and elegance of a mid-Nineteenth Century Christmas. The Mansion is replete with all of the finery and decor which a gentleman farmer and his family could provide. Experience the holidays as Richard D. Lee and his family did prior to the American Civil War. Tour the mansion and the unique 1862 Peninsula Campaign Gallery which houses artifacts from the campaign. Regular hours and admissions apply.