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This Week in Newport News - 10/10-10/16

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OCTOBER 10TH

SELMA 1965 – GALLERY RECEPTION

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center October 10; 6:30 p.m. 

During this iconic season, we celebrate a truly legendary photographer, James “Spider” Martin. Travel back to Selma in 1965 through these powerful images that he risked his life to take. Demonstrating his commitment to remembering history exactly as it was, the photographs of Spider Martin reveal the truth in black and white. This exhibit will be on display from October - November 2019 with a very special reception on October 10th. This reception is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated.  2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Learn More

OCTOBER 11TH

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE: BATTLE OF PERRYVILLE

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 11; 12:30 p.m.

Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café! Late summer 1862: the Confederates were determined to take the war into the Border States to obtain supplies and recruits. As Robert E. Lee marched into Maryland, two Confederate armies, commanded by generals Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith, launched the Heartland Offensive in Kentucky. The two generals did not cooperate very well, which resulted in the Battle of Perryville being fought only by the armies of Union General Don Carlos Buell and Braxton Bragg. Bragg’s failure to defeat Buell put an end to the invasion. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

TAKING LEAVE

Peninsula Community Theatre October 11; 8 p.m.

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare— is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with "good talk" from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, this play's relevance increases daily. Performed by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Services. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More ]

OCTOBER 12TH

PORT WARWICK ART & SCULPTURE FESTIVAL

Port Warwick

October 12; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival is in its 14th year and is the Virginia Peninsula’s premier outdoor juried art show. The Festival has over 80 selected artists who come from all over the United States, live music, food vendors, and The Young Collector’s Tent.  The Festival has drawn over  18,000 people and art sales totaling over a million dollars since its inception. 3100 Styron Square, 757-223-0284. Learn More

THE AWESOMELY AUTISTIC ART SHOW Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center October 12; 12 p.m. 

Join us as we welcome back A Brighter Side to ASD. This event will showcase works of art by local autistic artists. Call for more information. 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Learn More 

BARKTOBERFEST

Peninsula SPCA – Mill Point Park, Hampton October 12; 12 p.m.

It’s time to gear up for the Peninsula SPCA’s Barktoberfest! Our 13th Annual Dog Walk & Festival is returning to Downtown Hampton with our pet-friendly fall festival in October! We will have live music featuring Lost Soul Society, our Bow-Wow Beer Garden with local brews, rescues with adoptable pets, vendors and community partners at our event, and will, of course, hold our annual dog walk through beautiful Downtown Hampton to support the homeless animals of the Peninsula SPCA!! 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, 757-933-8900. Learn More   

CIVIL WAR LECTURE: FAILED UNION MONITORS

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 12; 2:30 p.m.

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center. Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. USS Monitor’s success in Hampton Roads in March 1862 prompted the US Navy to order additional monitors, including the Passaic-class. While the Passaic and other subsequent classes like the Canonicus-class helped the Union enforce the blockade, there were several other designs that proved to be major failures. Alban Stimers produced USS Casco and 20 other sister ships beginning in 1864. The Casco design was seriously flawed and these ironclads were pronounced unseaworthy. These monitors could not mount a turret and all were scrapped after the war. Several other monitor modified designs were attempted in the rush to defeat the Confederacy with many of them considered failures. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More

TAKING LEAVE

Peninsula Community Theatre October 12; 8 p.m.

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare— is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with "good talk" from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, this play's relevance increases daily. Performed by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Services. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More 

IT CAME FROM THE TOYBOX Peninsula Community Theatre October 12; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Nothing very exciting ever happens to Danny; certainly nothing out of the ordinary. Visiting the grandparents’ house doesn’t seem like it would be very exciting, and adventure is the last thing on Danny’s mind- but then finding an old diary and a mysterious toy box in the attic certainly is curious. A diary that describes odd things happening around the house- like raining indoors and talking toys! None of this could be real, could it? Join CTHR this October for an exciting new play full of silly, colorful characters, on a family vacation that gets even weirder than expected! What’s the worst that can happen when the imagination literally runs wild? Find out when you open the Toy Box!... but let’s open it together, okay? “Toybox” offers enough tomfoolery and terrific fun for any tot! Just in time for Halloween. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More

OCTOBER 13TH

THE NOLAND TRAIL MARATHON AND RELAY

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 13; 7 a.m.

Part of The Mariners’ ARRRtober Festival, this Marathon & Relay will give runners the opportunity to race the ONLY event run on the beautiful Noland Trail. Runners can take on this challenging run solo, or team up with friends and do it as a relay. Relay teams may have up to 5 members. To achieve the marathon distance, runners will run 5 laps on the trail, and a short section of course before and after each trial lap. For a 5-person relay team, each runner will run one lap. Teams made up of less than 5 runners will still need to complete the 5 laps, but can decide on their own who will complete each lap. Festival entrance and tasting tickets are included in race packets. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More

PORT WARWICK ART & SCULPTURE FESTIVAL

Port Warwick

October 13; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival is in its 14th year and is the Virginia Peninsula’s premier outdoor juried art show. The Festival has over 80 selected artists who come from all over the United States, live music, food vendors, and The Young Collector’s Tent.  The Festival has drawn over  18,000 people and art sales totaling over a million dollars since its inception. 3100 Styron Square, 757-223-0284. Learn More 

THE MARINERS’ ARRTOBER FESTIVAL

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 13; 1 p.m.

The Mariners’ ARRRtober Festival is a family-friendly event, featuring pirate-themed activities all day long! The event will begin with the Noland Trail Marathon & Relay in the morning. Part of The Mariners’ ARRRtober Festival, this Marathon & Relay will give runners the opportunity to race the ONLY event run on the beautiful Noland Trail. The Festival portion will begin at 1:00 PM, and will feature food trucks, live music, craft beer, cider and wine tastings, and lots of family-friendly games and activities. Entrance to the Festival is $2 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Most activities are included with Festival admission. Craft Beer tasting tickets are sold separately.100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

TAKING LEAVE

Peninsula Community Theatre October 13; 2:30 p.m.

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare— is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he is "taking leave" of the real world and imagining a new one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with "good talk" from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer's victims keeps growing, this play's relevance increases daily. Performed by special arrangement with Dramatic Play Services. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Learn More 

OCTOBER 14TH  

MARITIME MONDAYS

The Mariners’ Museum and Park October 14; 10:30 a.m.

Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with Museum admission. Fun for children! Join us Monday mornings for engaging learning activities for children that include story time and a craft! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

OCTOBER 15TH

PRESCHOOL PALS PLAYDATE

Virginia Living Museum  October 15; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday beginning October 1, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9am – 12pm! Sip on coffee while you watch your little scientist explore in the natural world and build in our toddler friendly indoor build zone. Don’t forget to take in a Preschool Pals Planetarium show starting at 9:45 am. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Learn More

OCTOBER 16TH

ART START FOR PRESCHOOLERS: VERY BUSY SPIDER  

Peninsula Fine Arts Center October 16; 10:30 a.m. 

Hear the story of The Very Busy Spider and create some spider art! Weekly guided and themed Art Lessons for preschoolers starting at 10:30. The class will consist of storytime and related art activity.  Art Start is a FREE member’s event and free for all participants, pre-registration is recommended as classes do fill quickly: jdobson@pfac-va.org. 101 Museum Drive, 757-5968175. Learn More 

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! Ferguson Center for the Arts October 16; 7:30 p.m. 

Diamonstein Concert Hall; THE #1 GAMESHOW OF ALL TIME …ON STAGE AT THE FERGUSON CENTER! The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car!  Play classic games just like on television’s longest-running and most popular game show … from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™  to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than 14 years, the Price Is Right Live™ has entertained millions of guests and given away more than 12 million dollars in cash and prizes. If you’re a fan of The Price Is Right™ on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show! 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Learn More 

CONTINUING EVENTS   

GO FIGURE  

Peninsula Fine Arts Center 

September 28 and Continuing through January 5

Go Figure explores the human figure and will include photography, sculpture, and works on paper. Each artist in this exhibition observes our relationship with ‘the figure’, interpreting its form as well as the spaces where is it absent, asking the viewer to contemplate the unknown, triggering our curiosity and desire to explore.. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Learn More 

BUILDING WILD WITH NATURE  

Virginia Living Museum 

September 28 and Continuing through December 6

Join us for Building Wild with Nature! Kids and adults alike love to build. Explore different building stations from September 28 – December 6. Your imagination will soar as you use blocks, branches, bricks, stumps, twigs and logs to build habitats for both animals and your friends at locations throughout the campus. We challenge you to build habitats for both animals and humans. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Learn More 

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