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Things to do in Newport News November 12 - 18, 2020

November 12th

Virtual Lecture: Native Heritage Month

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - November 12; 1 p.m.

Presented by The Mariners’ Museum Department of Interpretation. Advance registration is required. Come celebrate Native American Heritage Month with The Mariners’ Museum and Park! Join the Museum’s Department of Interpretation as the staff highlights the Adney Canoe Models to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. Viewers are welcome to send comments or questions to any Interpretation staff member during the program, and they will answer following the presentation.

About the presentation:
Among the world-renowned treasures found at The Mariners’ Museum and Park is the Edwin Tappan Adney Canoe Model Collection. Explore what can be learned about Native American history, heritage, and culture through the stories these boats tell. Edwin Tappan Adney (1868-1950) was an American-Canadian artist, writer, and photographer. His obsession was the history, use, and construction of the bark canoe. The Museum acquired his collection in 1940 — more than 120 models representing 30 different Native Peoples located from Alaska to Eastern Canada and New England. Each tribe’s canoes reflect its customs, the body of water, the purpose of the canoe, and the materials at hand. Share in the Museum’s celebration of Native American Heritage, and get an inside look from our Interpretation staff of their favorite canoe models. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Evening Virtual Lecture: Beyond the Unknown

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - November 12; 7 p.m.

Presented by SpaceX mission manager and author Andrew Rader. Join SpaceX mission manager and author Andrew Rader for a captivating evening as he presents on the history of human exploration and our unending desire to push beyond the boundaries.

About the lecture:

From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader — an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager — an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel. Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly every continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed brand new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars. Beyond the Known illuminates how very human it is to emerge from the cave and walk toward an infinitely expanding horizon. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

November 13th

Hampton Roads History: Ballooning in Hampton Roads

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - November 13; 12 p.m.

Presented by John V. Quarstein, noted author, historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Join us on Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a 30-minute presentation live from his home in Hampton, Virginia, about the use of balloons for reconnaissance during the Civil War. 

About the lecture:
Gas and hot air balloons were first used for military purposes in America during the Civil War. The first launching of an observation balloon was made on July 31, 1861, by aeronaut John LaMountain who had traveled to Fort Monroe, Virginia. LaMountain wanted to get a closer look at Confederate fortifications defending Norfolk. He turned USS Fanny into the first aircraft carrier when he lifted from the ship’s deck on August 3, 1861. Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe created the US Balloon Corps and supported the Army of the Potomac during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Although cumbersome to move and challenging to operate, these balloons were effective intelligence tools when properly used. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here   for more information.

November 14th

Visual Artist Talk

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - November 14; 2 p.m.

The Visual Arts Advancement Collective presents their first exhibition as an entity. Comprised of both emerging and established artists, their styles range from abstract expressionism to portraiture, to surreal.In “We Still Here”, the artists make a statement as a collective about the purpose of art as a vehicle of truth, societal reflection, culture, collaboration, and support. Each member will sponsor an emerging artist to display alongside them in the exhibition. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is honored to host this exhibition as we continue to build bridges to artistic entities throughout our community.The Collective will record an artist talk based upon your questions the week after the exhibition opens. Submit your questions via social media or the website.

Virtual Artist Talk: On November 14, 2020, the featured artists of the Visual Arts Advancement Collective will discuss the exhibit and will answer your submitted questions. After the talk is recorded, it will be shared on our website as well as our Facebook page. Submit your questions for the artists by November 14th! Submit your questions by here. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here   for more information.

Oyster Roast to Go – Drive Through Fundraiser

Virginia Living Museum - November 14; 4 p.m.  and 5 p.m.

Order now before Wednesday, November 11th.
Pick Up Saturday, November 14.
Bring your Oyster Roast Feast home!
Dine with the family! Order a duo package (serves 2) which comes complete with Oyster Roast classics: soup, chowder, dessert, a specialty beer glass and of course, OYSTERS!

With a ticket to the VLM Oyster Roast, the world is your OYSTER! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click  here for more information.

 

November 15th

Bird Walk

Newport News Park - November 15; 7 a.m.

Join other bird enthusiasts and enjoy viewing birds in their natural habitat. No experience necessary! The group meets in Picnic Area 1, behind the ranger station at Newport News Park, but may drive to other areas of the park during the program. Dress for the weather, bring water and hand sanitizer, and don't forget your binoculars! When you get home, share your best photos with us on Instagram. Use #nnvirtualbirdwalk and #nnparks for possible feature! Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information and special COVID-19 program instructions . 

November 16th

Virtual Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 16; 1 p.m.
Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy an interactive book reading with Lauren Furey, manager of visitor engagement. Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little champions on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

November 17th

Virtual Lecture: Native Heritage Month

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - November 12; 1 p.m.

Presented by The Mariners’ Museum Department of Interpretation. Advance registration is required. Come celebrate Native American Heritage Month with The Mariners’ Museum and Park! Join the Museum’s Department of Interpretation as the staff highlights the Adney Canoe Models to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. Viewers are welcome to send comments or questions to any Interpretation staff member during the program, and they will answer following the presentation.

About the presentation:
Among the world-renowned treasures found at The Mariners’ Museum and Park is the Edwin Tappan Adney Canoe Model Collection. Explore what can be learned about Native American history, heritage, and culture through the stories these boats tell. Edwin Tappan Adney (1868-1950) was an American-Canadian artist, writer, and photographer. His obsession was the history, use, and construction of the bark canoe. The Museum acquired his collection in 1940 — more than 120 models representing 30 different Native Peoples located from Alaska to Eastern Canada and New England. Each tribe’s canoes reflect its customs, the body of water, the purpose of the canoe, and the materials at hand. Share in the Museum’s celebration of Native American Heritage, and get an inside look from our Interpretation staff of their favorite canoe models. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

November 18th

History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - November 18; 9 a.m.
Guided tours of The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail. FREE for Members. $1 per person for non-members. Connect with nature on a guided tour of The Mariners’ Park and the Noland Trail! This unique excursion is 1.5 hours and features an in-depth narrative of trees and plants, a history of the 550-acre Park and breathtaking views of the 167-acre Mariners’ Lake. Use your complimentary binoculars to get an up-close view of plant and animal life along your route. Register online! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

 

Fill the Canoe Food Drive

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through November 30; 9 a.m.

For the month of November as a gesture of thanks and giving, the Museum will be holding our annual “Fill the Canoe” with non-perishable food items to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. All individuals who bring a food item will receive a coupon for a free soft drink (can) or coffee at the Wild Side Café. Please bring your non-perishable food items through November 30. The canoe is located in the Museum lobby to the right of the guest services desk. Thank you all in advance for your donation! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

 

WE STILL HERE

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Continuing through November; 9 a.m.

The Visual Arts Advancement Collective presents their first exhibition as an entity. Comprised of both emerging and established artists, their styles range from abstract expressionism, to portraiture, to surreal. In “We Still Here”, the artists make a statement as a collective about the purpose of art as a vehicle of truth, societal reflection, culture, collaboration, and support. Each member will sponsor an emerging artist to display alongside them in the exhibition. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is honored to host this exhibition as we continue to build bridges to artistic entities throughout our community. The Collective will record an artist talk based upon your questions the week after the exhibition opens. Submit your questions via social media or the website. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click  here  for more information.