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ExpandEye on Design
October 15, 2011 - January 12, 2012
Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s fall series “Eye on Design” features a trio of exhibitions of work by artists for whom the concept and execution of design is particularly important to the visual success of their art. The three exhibits include: Living with Art: Selections from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stiles October 15, 2011 - January 8, 2012 Featuring both two- and three-dimensional objects, all selected from the Newport News home of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stiles, the collection has remarkable strength in the area of contemporary crafts – wood, glass, clay and mixed media in particular. Albert Paley, Wendall Castle, Jay Stanger, Richard LaLonde are among the renowned craft artists, with other works by Frank Stella and Rufino Tamayo.Beyond Form: Exploring the Ceramic Surface October 15, 2011 - January 8, 2012Curated by Pfac clay teacher and artist Beth Turbeville, this eclectic and engaging exhibition features artists’ diverse approaches to the surface of their ceramic vessels and other forms, the selection includes the work of Susan Dewsnap, Ron Meyers, Jeffrey Oestreich and Lana Wilson, among others.Dickson Carroll: Selected Works October 15 - December 4, 2011 Washington, DC artist and architect Dickson Carroll sculpts his imaginative constructions in wood, primarily with hand tools, and finishes his work with clear varnish, opaque acrylics or transparent washes. His work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.
Hours: Tuesday 10 am-8 pm (free Tuesday evenings, 5:30-8 pm); Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 am-5 pm; and 1 to 5 pm Sunday. Admission (tickets valid 7 days): $7.50/Adult; $6/Seniors, Students, Active-duty Military & AAA; $4/Children (6-12); Free/Children 5 and under. Free admission Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the first weekend of each month, and every third Thursday, including Art After 5, 5-7:30 pm.
Address: 101 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-8175
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandCivil War 150th Lecture Series - The Battle of Drewry's Bluff
May 19, 2012, 1 p.m.
This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. Mariners’ Museum staff and volunteers will present these informative, illustrated lectures. The USS Monitor never met the CSS Virginia in battle again after the March 9, 1862 engagement. The Confederate ironclad was destroyed by her own crew to keep her out of Union hands following the fall of Norfolk in May.  But the Monitor did meet members of the Virginia’s crew again during the engagement at Drewry’s Bluff on May 15, 1862. Find out the story behind this battle in this illustrated lecture. Included in regular admission. Adults, $12; AAA members, military, students, $11; seniors, $10; children (6-12), $7.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Native Plant Sale
September 22, 2012, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 23, 2012, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 29, 2012, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 30, 2012, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 21, 2013, - 3 p.m.;  September 22, 2013, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 28, 2013, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.;  September 29, 2013, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. This annual sale is a fund-raiser for the museum, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate them about those which are better left in the wild. All plants are nursery propagated and many are not yet available in the commercial nursery trade. Sale held rain or shine. Free admission to sale.
Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Phone: 757-534-7402
Highway Exit: 258A
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Expand39th Annual Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife
October 6, 2012 - October 7, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Southeast Virginia’s biggest traditional craft show with over 200 vendors. Enjoy the sounds, sights and memories that have been carefully passed from generation to generation. The festival includes craft and trade demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors and continuous entertainment on four stages.
$10 parking fee per vehicle; food and beverages for sale. SPECIAL FALL FESTIVAL VACATION PACKAGES - Click Here to Learn More!
Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Phone: 757-886-7912
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ExpandFleet Forces Band
October 10, 2012, 7 p.m.
Marking the occasion of the U.S. Naval Academy’s anniversary, The U.S. Fleet Forces Band will perform as part of The Mariners’ Museum’s Fall Lecture Series.  The program will include Naval and patriotic music, as well as a discussion led by Lt. Cmdr. Bruce A. McDonald, who is the director of the Fleet Forces Band.  The band provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitatries, and many community events.  It is the largest of the Navy’s 11 fleet bands and is based in Norfolk.  Lt. Comdr. McDonald holds a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Sidewalk Sale
October 12, 2012 - October 12, 2012;  October 13, 2012 - October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Take your pick from a variety of great seasonal items and enjoy live entertainment.
Address: 700 Town Center Drive
Phone: 757-873-2020
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandCivil War 150th Lecture Series: The Monitor at the Washington Navy Yard
October 20, 2012, 1 p.m.
This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. Mariners’ Museum staff and volunteers will present these informative, illustrated lectures. Ads in the Washington newspapers announced that the Monitor would be open for public tours during her brief stay at the Navy Yard in the fall of 1862 while she was undergoing repairs. Scores of citizens flocked onboard to see the vessel – and took anything that wasn’t nailed down.  Find out how the Monitor’s officers and crew coped with the crowds, adapted to their new surroundings and met their new comrades in the nation’s capital. Included in regular admission. Adults, $12; AAA members, military, students, $11; seniors, $10; children (6-12), $7.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Lecture Series: Gary Jobsonís Sailing: Speed and Passion
October 24, 2012, 7 p.m.
Gary Jobson, President of US SAILING will present his latest book, Sailing: Speed and Passion, highlighting the Newport-Bermuda Race, New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, classic yachts, Antarctica, and Ultimate Sailing. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. and a book signing and light reception will follow the lecture.  The Mariners’ Museum members may make reservations by calling 757-591-7751.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  General Admission seating is available for non-members the evening of the event.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Lecture Series: Marcus Redikerís The Amistad Rebellion
November 19, 2012, 7 p.m.
From Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated film to published books, most scholarship has focused on the politics of the rebellion.   Now, at The Mariners’ Museum, join award-winning historian Marcus Rediker as he returns the slaves to the center of their story.  Taken from his new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, Rediker will reconstruct the horror of their plight, their courage, their humanity, and their backgrounds- not just as captives- but as people.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Lecture Series: NOAA & Mariners' Museum Panelists: FInding a Name for the Lost Monitor Boys
December 11, 2012, 7 p.m.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the ironclad USS Monitor, The Mariners Museum will host a special panel discussion about the reconstruction, as well as information about the Monitor’s final moments.  Panelists include Dr. James Delgado, director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program, David Alberg, superintendant of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and David Krop, director of the USS Monitor Center.  This session will be moderated by Dr. Anna Holloway, vice president of Museum Collections and Programs at The Mariners Museum and curator of the USS Monitor Center.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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ExpandFall Children's Programming Begins
September 13, 2013

First week of fall programs for children ages 3-8 at the Virginia Living Museum. Sharing Nature Together for three-year-olds and a caregiver meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Early Birds for ages 4-5 meets on the second Friday or Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Adventures in Nature for ages 6-8 meets on Mondays at 4 p.m. Saturday Science Explorers, also for ages 6-8, meets on the second Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Prices vary. Register in advance at 757-595-9135 or thevlm.org.

Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Phone: 757-595-1900
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandMid-September- Early October Migrating Monarchs
September 15, 2013 - October 15, 2013

Fall is monarch butterfly rearing season at the Virginia Living Museum. When you visit the museum from mid September to early October, stop by the monarch butterfly rearing chamber to see the caterpillars, chrysalides and adults on display. In the late afternoons you might be able to participate in a release of tagged monarchs. The museum has been rearing the migrating generation of monarch butterflies since 1988. In 1996 it began tagging and releasing the adults for their journey to Mexico.

Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Phone: 757-595-1900
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandFall Planetarium Programs
October 2, 2013 - November 24, 2013

Choose among three shows in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies,” showing weekends at 2:30 p.m. Two fish must touch the moon to save their home in “Kaluoka’hina,” showing Wednesday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. “Abraham Lincoln: The Case of the Missing Moon” explores how Lincoln defended a man accused of murder using “facts” found in an almanac; showing Wednesday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The planetarium is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $4 plus museum admission.

Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Phone: 757-595-1900
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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Expand40th Annual Fall Festival of Folklife
October 5, 2013 - October 6, 2013, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Southeast Virginia’s biggest traditional craft show with over 200 vendors. Enjoy the sounds, sights and memories that have been carefully passed from generation to generation. The festival includes craft and trade demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors and continuous entertainment on four stages.$ parking fee per vehicle; food and beverages for sale.

Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Phone: 757-926-1400
Highway Exit: 250 B from I-64
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ExpandNewport News Greek Festival - Fall Edition
October 24, 2013, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.;  October 25, 2013;  October 26, 2013, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

The tradition of the Newport News Greek Festival continues into the fall! Enjoy authentic Greek food, pastries, music, dance and entertainment. Free admission; items for sale.

Address: 60 Traverse Road
Phone: 757-596-5599
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandAutumn Discovery Hour: Owl Crafts
November 9, 2013, 11 a.m.

Enjoy making a fun fall craft! Free.

Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Phone: 757-886-7912
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ExpandChris Botti
August 8, 2014, 8 p.m.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall In Love,” trumpeter Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold and Platinum records, and multiple Grammy Awards. He has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli and Joshua Bell. Most recently, his latest album, “Impressions,” won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide, and selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
Address: 1 Avenue of the Arts
Phone: 757-594-8752
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandFall Lecture Series: How Chessie the Sea Serpent Swam Into the Heart of the Chesapeake
August 27, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dr. Eric Cheezum lectures on “Chessie,” the Chesapeake Bay’s very own “sea monster” that became a local celebrity in the 1980s. Cheezum’s research investigates not only the origins of the Chessie legend, but also the many ways that the Chesapeake Bay’s culture has helped the stories to take hold.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandFall Native Plant Sale
September 20, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.;  September 21, 2014, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.;  September 27, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.;  September 28, 2014, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Choose from a large selection of summer and fall blooming native wildflowers, shrubs and small trees for a variety of garden sites and styles at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual fall plant sale. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. Fall is the best time of year to do the majority of your heavy gardening. All plants are nursery propagated. Sale held rain or shine. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission to sale free.
Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Phone: 757-595-1900
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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Expand41st Annual Fall Festival of Folklife
October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Phone: 757-886-7912
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ExpandFall Lecture Series with Paleontologist Michael Triebold
October 9, 2014, 7 p.m.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258 A from I-64
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ExpandFall Homeschool Day
October 17, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Address: 100 Museum Drive
Phone: 757-596-2222
Highway Exit: 258A from I-64
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Expand12th Annual Virginia Fall Classic
October 25, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
See hundreds of interesting cars, trucks, and motorcycles, enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, silent auction, police K9 demonstration and much more! Registration begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be given at 3 p.m. If you missed 2013's Classic, check out all the fun featured on My Classic Car with Dennis Cage here, http://www.myclassiccar.com/episode/18/17/.
Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue
Phone: 757-886-7912
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