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January 3rd

 Civil War Discussion: USS Shenandoah

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 3; 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! The commerce raider CSS Shenandoah, formerly known as the British merchant ship Sea King, was commanded by Lt. James I. Waddell. Between October 19, 1864, and June 27, 1865, the raider captured 38 Union ships, mostly New Bedford whalers. When Waddell learned that the war was over, he sailed Shenandoah back to Great Britain where the ship surrendered at Liverpool on November 6, 1865. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Poetry and Projections: The 20/20 Visual Experiment Reception

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center January 3; 6:30 p.m.

Artist Poetry Jackson presents a collection of original thought-provoking works of art. Inspired by symbols of solar lights, the exploration of color theory, depth and perception, Jackson presents a mix of science, poetry and art in the 20/20 Visual Experiment. Join the artist for Poetry and Projections, where she will be performing poetry as the art comes to life on the projector. She will perform a collection of poems inspired by the exhibit. The goal is to cultivate a creative multidisciplinary experience with the images. After Poetry and Projections, join us in the gallery to further discuss and view the artist’s original paintings as well as her work with the Visual Arts Advancement Collective, of which Poetry is a founding member. FYI, the artist invites patrons to express themselves creatively through dress. The most creatively dressed attendee will win a personalized gift from the artist! Reserve tickets online. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

January 4th

Nature Workshop: Giving Flight to Feathered Friends

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 4; 10 a.m.
Birds can be a welcome addition to any yard. Create a food source using dried fruits and nuts to take home and hang outdoors to help your feathered friends endure the cold winter months! The Nature Workshop Series are family-friendly workshops to show all ages how to make beautiful creations using natural resources inspired by The Mariners’ Museum Park. The workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month, and meets in the Monitor Classroom B. Pre-registration is suggested. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Painted Poetry: The 20/20 Visual Experiment Workshop

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - January 4; 2 p.m.

Artist Poetry Jackson presents a collection of original thought-provoking works of art. Inspired by symbols of solar lights, the exploration of color theory, depth and perception, Jackson presents a mix of science, poetry and art in the 20/20 Visual Experiment. During Painted Poetry, Jackson will lead patrons in painted meditation during this special workshop. Learn how to create a landscape, exploring visual depth and perception. Reserve tickets online. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

Civil War Lecture: CSS Manassas

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 4; 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. Reserve seats below. The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check-in at Visitor Services the classroom and location of the lecture. The icebreaker Enoch Train was captured early in the war by the privateer CSS Ivy and was then transformed into the ironclad ram CSS Manassas. Commissioned on September 12, 1861, the ram was the first Confederate ironclad. Manassas fought at the Head of the Passes on October 12, 1861, and was destroyed by USS Mississippi during the Battle of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip on April 24, 1862. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

Go Figure

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - 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. Click here for more information.

Beyond the Block

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - Continuing through January 5

The Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Peninsula Fine Arts Center have partnered with local jails to present the original artwork of inmates in Beyond the Block. The artwork is created using only materials permitted in high-security environments, such as jail-safe pens, food and deodorant 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information. 

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood Opening Day

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - Continuing through to 2020

Toys Ahoy! is a new and fun exhibit that connects the young and the young at heart. With 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games and toys, this exhibit will excite everyone of all ages! The collection includes wood and paper battleships, board games, card games, puzzles, motorized miniature engines and other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. Take a look at the Lego room in the Model gallery, where a continuation of the Lego ship building competition is on display. There will also be a STEM activity to design your own toy boat, and the opportunity to hear stories and learn amazing facts from toy collectors and designers. For the holiday season, the Museum is sponsoring a maritime toy drive in conjunction with “Toys for Tots.” Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibit as we take you down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! at “America’s National Maritime Museum!” 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

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