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Things to do in Newport News 2/13 - 2/20

February 13th

 

Blood Drive at The Mariners’ Museum and Park

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 13; 10 a.m.

Join The Mariner’s Museum and Park as it partners with the American Red Cross once again, serving as a host site for a blood drive. The Red Cross is facing a critical need for all blood types, especially type O and platelets, but donors of all blood types are always needed for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Did you know that your donation can save up to THREE lives? Sign up to give a blood or platelets donation today! Please join us in saving lives by signing up to give a blood donation today! Register here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Participants can also visit redcrossblood.org, and enter “Mariners” to schedule an appointment. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Be My Mariner

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

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we want to share our love of science with you at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! Guests can make Valentine’s Day cards that contain a hidden message that will only be revealed when imaged with our Infrared Camera. Normally, this camera is used to analyze our objects or to unveil hidden quirks of an artist’s hand or past repairs. After your Valentine card is complete, take it with you to deliver to your special someone. Then the fun and neat surprise begins for your Valentine — decode the secret message by finding the IR image of the card you designed only on The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s Facebook page! Come make a science inspired Valentine for a friend, family member or your favorite mariner! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Open Studio- Group Art Therapy For Veterans

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 13; 5:30 p.m.

A free and innovative way for veterans to explore the visual arts to identify, communicate and share experiences. No prior experience is necessary. Confidential environment. Guided by an art therapist, participants meet in small groups to explore mindfulness, art making projects to decrease stress and support wellness. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Evening Lecture: Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 13; 7 p.m.

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over. American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to go along as mess boys. Newspapers across the globe covered the mission’s planning stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler, desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it? Meet journalist and documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro as she takes readers on the “novelistic” (The New Yorker) and unforgettable voyage of a plucky teen who became a Roaring Twenties celebrity. This Indie Next selection, The Stowaway, is her first non-fiction book. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Dancing and Romancing

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 13; 7:30 p.m.

You’ll be transported back to a place and time when dancing and romancing were king, with magical songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Singing in the Rain,” “All That Jazz,” “In the Mood,” “That Old Black Magic,” and many more romantic, dance-filled favorites. Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage. Inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly, this evening will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in the aisles! 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

February 14th

 

Civil War Discussion: Confederate POW Camps

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 14; 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 Confederates captured more than 211,000 Union soldiers during the Civil War. Once the parole exchange system ended in 1863, many of these captured soldiers were sent to various camps such as Libby Prison in Richmond and Andersonville in Georgia. The number of POWs overwhelmed the Confederate POW camp system. The inmates suffered greatly from poor sanitary conditions, bad drinking water, limited food supplies, and disease. More than 30,000 Union soldiers died while in captivity. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Little Shop of Horrors Live

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 14; 7 p.m.

Coming live to the Ella Fitzgerald theater stage is this horrifyingly hilarious cult-classic. Directed by James Cooper, accomplished set designer and master puppeteer of TLC Puppets, this production will be one you won't forget. This show is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material. Parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $15 general admission with discounted four-packs available for $55. There is no reserved seating in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

February 15th

Dino Family Challenge Weekend

Virginia Living Museum - February 15; 9 a.m.

Celebrate the three day holiday weekend navigating the Jurassic Jungle Maze, Crossing the Tar Pit, and meeting the challenge of the Dino Boat Build and Corn Hole! We have the Tiny Titans Exhibit and activities galore! Will your family meet the challenge? 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Dino on the Loose

Virginia Living Museum  - February 15; 1 p.m.

Join our walking T. rex for a 15 minute dinosaur parade, photo ops and a roaring good time on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Little Shop of Horrors Live

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 15; 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Coming live to the Ella Fitzgerald theater stage is this horrifyingly hilarious cult-classic. Directed by James Cooper, accomplished set designer and master puppeteer of TLC Puppets, this production will be one you won't forget. This show is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material. Parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $15 general admission with discounted four-packs available for $55. There is no reserved seating in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

 

Nathan Richardson Portrays Frederick Douglass

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 15; 1 p.m.

FREE with $1 Museum Admission. Poet, Author, Spoken Word Performer Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Experience living history through his performance with special emphasis on the part of Douglas’ life working in the shipyards in Fells Point, Baltimore, MD. Come celebrate Black History Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Revolutionary War Spies

Newport News Park - February 15; 2 p.m.

Enter into the world of 18th Century espionage with a presentation by Senior Ranger Robert Brooks on the spy networks of the American Revolution. He will be discussing the Culper Spy Ring, the most successful spy ring on either side during the Revolution and subject of the television series TURN, some of which was filmed in Yorktown and Williamsburg. To honor Black History Month and our local spy networks, Ranger Brooks will also expand on the life of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave from New Kent County who served as a spy during the Revolutionary War and helped the American army win the Battle of Yorktown. The program will be held at the Discovery Center. It is free and no advance reservation is required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

 

Civil War Lecture: Gustavus Vasa Fox

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 15; 2:30 p.m.

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. Gustavus Vasa Fox was appointed midshipman in 1838 and served during the Mexican War on the brig USS Washington. He resigned his commission in 1856 to go into wool manufacturing. Fox volunteered for naval service just before the Civil War erupted. Fox took command of the steamer Baltic in an effort to take supplies to the besieged Fort Sumter, but arrived too late. He was only able to return the garrison to the North after the fort’s surrender. Fox was named Assistant Secretary of the Navy on August 1, 1861, and played a major role guiding the US Navy to victory. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom

Virginia Living Museum - February 15; 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with this inspiring take of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

“Menopause The Musical”

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 15; 7:30 p.m.

Come join our sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 19 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!® 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information. 

February 16th

 

Bird Walks

Newport News Park - February 16; 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 and don't forget your binoculars! Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club. For more information, visit https://www.hamptonroadsbirdclub.org/sunday-walks. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

Dino Family Challenge Weekend

Virginia Living Museum - February 16; 9 a.m.

Celebrate the three day holiday weekend navigating the Jurassic Jungle Maze, Crossing the Tar Pit, and meeting the challenge of the Dino Boat Build and Corn Hole! We have the Tiny Titans Exhibit and activities galore! Will your family meet the challenge? 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Sensory Friendly Sundays

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 16; 9 a.m.

Sensory Friendly Sundays take place the third Sunday of every month at PFAC from 1 pm until 2 pm for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! Our Sensory Friendly days are a great way to explore exhibitions, during quieter times. You can also enjoy self-guided art activities in our Hands On For Kids Gallery. Gallery Guides are available. A quiet sensory zone is available with noise deafening headphones. Accessibility: PFAC welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available at no charge. Guide Dogs are permitted in the galleries and a water bowl is available upon request. Large caption panel copy and gallery guides are available – but advance notice is needed. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

February 17th

 

Dino Family Challenge Weekend

Virginia Living Museum - February 17; 9 a.m.

Celebrate the three day holiday weekend navigating the Jurassic Jungle Maze, Crossing the Tar Pit, and meeting the challenge of the Dino Boat Build and Corn Hole! We have the Tiny Titans Exhibit and activities galore! Will your family meet the challenge? 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 17; 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, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

February 18th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum - February 18; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.! 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 a.m. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

February 19th

         

Art Start Bear Snores On

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 19; 10:30 a.m.

Will Bear sleep through the winter? Find out and make a paper quilt. Come play in our Hands on for Kids Gallery. New, creative and fun lessons each week will introduce preschool-aged children to visual learning and creative expression. Classes are at no additional cost with the price of admission and free for members. Children five and under are free. Registration for each week’s classes is required by the preceding Friday and walk-ins cannot be accommodated if the class is at capacity. RSVP to jdobson@pfac-va.org. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

 

100 Years Strong

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center - Continuing through February 28

Join us as we commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the first Black High School of Newport News, Huntington High School. Take a walk down memory lane and peruse through yearbooks as we celebrate this great legacy. This event is sponsored by The Newsome House Foundation Board. We hope to see you soon! 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Click here for more information.

 

NNPS Student Art Exhibit

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Continuing through March 7

Visit Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center as they showcase the talented students of Newport News Public Schools. Come out to support these young local artists, and enjoy their hard work! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

 

 

The Americas: Indigenous Art of the Ancient and Contemporary

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - Continuing through April 26

The exhibition will present the diverse and fascinating stories of the cultures of North, Central and South America. The artwork of the Americas will illuminate the extraordinary richness of the indigenous art of the western hemisphere. Pieces from a diverse background of cultures, regions, and periods will showcase the profound beauty and creativity and craftsmanship expressed by artists of the American continents. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through May 3

Bring your little ones to learn about how dinosaurs raised their tiny titans. On display in our Changing Exhibits Gallery, this special exhibition is a remarkable hands-on exhibition that offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dino facts will keep everyone entertained on your next trip to the museum. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - Continuing through September 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.