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Things to do in Newport News 2/6 - 2/12

February 7th

Civil War Discussion: Defense of Wilmington, North Carolina

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 7; 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! Wilmington was the Confederacy’s major outlet to the world and a center of blockade running activities. Consequently, it was heavily defended by a series of fortifications. The two most prominent defenses were Fort Fisher guarding the New Inlet, and Fort Caswell overlooking the Old Inlet. Wilmington was located 20 miles up the Cape Fear River from these fortifications and was the last blockade running port to be captured by the Union in January 1865. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Little Shop of Horrors Live

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 7; 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.

Bacchus Wine and Food Festival

Virginia Living Museum - February 7; 7 p.m.

Bacchus, the God of Nature, Vine and Wine! The Virginia Living Museum’s Golden Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – a Best of the 757 Gala! Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare and an eclectic mix of live music, entertainment and games. Mingle with friends and colleagues amongst the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits. Taste the bounty of Peninsula’s finest establishments, sway to the beat of live local musicians and make plans for your next get together with friends. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

February 8th

Have a Heart for the Birds

Newport News Park - February 8; 10 a.m.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s not forget to give some love to our bird friends too! Come to the Newport News Park Discovery Center at 10 a.m. to learn more about our feathered friends in the park, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can make a simple bird feeder and create a bird coloring page. The program is free and no registration is required. *Please note: This craft includes the use of peanut butter. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

Africans and African Americans in the Maritime World

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 8; 10 a.m.

FREE with $1 Museum Admission. Discover the influences of Africans and African Americans across the centuries and throughout the maritime world. Come celebrate Black History Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Little Shop of Horrors Live

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 8; 1 & 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.

100 Years Strong

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center - February 8; 2 p.m.

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. Join us for our opening reception on February 8th at 2pm. 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.

Hampton Roads History: The Apprentice School – Celebrating a Century

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 8; 2:30 p.m.

Presented by William A. Fox, special guest speaker. FREE with $1 Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the actual classroom and location of the lecture. William “Bill” Fox’s ties to Newport News Shipbuilding run deep. A respected naval architect, professional engineer, researcher, and writer, Fox was honored when the company asked him to write the centennial history of its renowned and nationally recognized Apprentice School. Newport News Shipbuilding, founded in 1886, is the nation’s largest shipbuilder, building the world’s most complex ships – nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the US Navy. Its success is due in no small part to the Apprentice School, which has educated and trained more than 10,000 craftsmen and women, middle managers, and company executives over the last 100 years. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom

Virginia Living Museum - February 8; 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.

Stargazing/Laser Show Evening

Virginia Living Museum - February 8; 5:30 p.m.

The Virginia Living Museum offers free stargazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Stargazing is weather dependent. Several telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky. Observing begins approximately 5:30pm The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Shows are $3 for VLM members, $6 for non-members. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

February 9th

Friendly Hours

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 9; 9 a.m.

Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

February 10th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 10; 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 11th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum  - February 11; 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.

“Warriors Don’t Cry”

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 11; 11:30 a.m.

Reluctant to cope with one more tragedy in school — raise your hand if you feel me! — young activist Ya Girl is ready to call it quits on leading her million-plus Instagram followers in the fight for social justice. When Melba Pattillo Beals steps out of history and into Ya Girl’s phone to share the story of her battle to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, Ya Girl learns to see herself in Melba — and in all the young warriors who came before her to raise their hands and make a difference. Inspired by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals’s Little Rock Nine memoir, Warriors Don’t Cry, this production is a catalyst for deeper discussion about gun violence, social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, and community engagement. #warriorsraiseyourhand. Warriors Don’t Cry is co-conceived by award-winning playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand) and director Tamilla Woodard (Associate Director, Hadestown), featuring original music by Toshi Reagon, spoken word, and video projection. Combining video projection, original music, spoken word, poetry and prose, Warriors is a collaboration between The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorksUSA. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click  here for more information.

25 Mics – Monthly Free Open Mic Night

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 11; 7 p.m.

Join us for our monthly free open mic on every 2nd Tuesday, hosted by the incredible Nina Brewton! This event is free and open to the public! RSVP is appreciated but not required! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

February 12th

Story and a Walk

Newport News Park - February 11; 10 a.m.

Bring the kids out for mid-week storytime at the Newport News Park Discovery Center! A park naturalist reads a nature-themed children's book, then leads the group outside to see nature in "real life," so be sure to dress for the weather! The program is free of charge and great activity for preschoolers or homeschoolers. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – Our Historical Past

U.S. Army Transporation Museum - February 12; 11:30 a.m.

A dramatic portrayal of John Rollison, a free man of color born into Virginia aristocracy. A signer of the Virginia York County Committee for Allegiance, he interacted with George Washington, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. One of the wealthiest men in Virginia upon his death in 1780, he was well educated, but could not vote or hold office because of his race. Questions are encouraged at the end of the performance. 300 Washington Blvd. 757-878-1115. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

 

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.

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