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

March 13th

Civil War Discussion: USS Congress

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 13; 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! Laid down in 1820, the sailing frigate USS Congress was completed at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, in 1841. Congress then served in the Mediterranean, South Atlantic, and Pacific squadrons. During the Mexican War, the ship served off California and the frigate’s crew helped to capture Los Angeles. Congress also fought at the battles of San Gabriel and La Mesa and was sent into ordinary at Gosport Navy Yard in 1848. Re-commissioned in 1850, Congress helped to suppress the slave trade. The frigate was assigned to blockade duty off of Newport News Point until it sank on March 8, 1862. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 13; 8 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

March 14th

Fur Goodness Sake!

Newport News Park - March 14; 10 a.m.

Mammals have fur, and fur is good! Bring your family to the Newport News Park Discovery Center to learn about the different kinds of fur that animals have on their bodies, and how it can provide warmth, cooling and protection - all vital for mammals’ survival in the wild. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

Free Community Day

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - March 14; 11 a.m.

Join us for free admission, scavenger hunts, exhibition-themed and St. Patrick’s Day-themed art activities, and more. The Chick-fil-A truck will be on-site, too! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Stargazing/Laser Show Evening

Virginia Living Museum  - March 14; 6 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 6:00pm. The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

The Junior Woman’s Club of Hilton Village Presents the 53rd Production of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre “Crabcakes and Murder” by Michael Druce

First Methodist Church - March 14; 7 p.m.

The Junior Women's Club of Hilton Village Presents the 53rd Production of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre. Tickets are $27.50 per person for dinner and show! Dinner includes roast beef carving station, dig deep salad, Hilton rice, broccoli and pineapple casserole, dessert, coffee or tea. Money raised from the performances are disbursed to local, national and international charities.  10246 Warwick Blvd, 757-926-4107. Click here for more information.

 

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 14; 8 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

March 15th

Bird  Walk

Newport News Park - March 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 and don't forget your binoculars! Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information.  

 

Sensory Friendly Sundays

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - March 15; 1 p.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.

 

The Junior Woman’s Club of Hilton Village Presents the 53rd Production of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre “Crabcakes and Murder” by Michael Druce

First Methodist Church - March 15; 3 p.m.

The Junior Women's Club of Hilton Village Presents the 53rd Production of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre. Tickets are $27.50 per person for dinner and show! Dinner includes roast beef carving station, dig deep salad, Hilton rice, broccoli and pineapple casserole, dessert, coffee or tea. Money raised from the performances are disbursed to local, national and international charities.  10246 Warwick Blvd, 757-926-4107. Click here for more information.

 

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 15; 2:30 p.m.

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer of where life will take him. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

March 16th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 16; 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.

March 17th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum - March 17; 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.

March 18th

The Lions of Dan: The Untold Story of Armistead’s Brigade

1884 Warwick Courthouse - March 18; 11:30 a.m.

While time-honored celebrations narrow on moments at Gettysburg, Brandau uses primary sources to declare the untold story of the best of men in the worst of times and refute Lost Cause myths surrounding Armistead and Pickett. Lions of the Dan widens the aperture to introduce real heroes and amazing deeds that have been suppressed until now. Brandau presents the experiences of real soldiers in their own words and highlights the much-ignored history of Southside Virginia, presenting the Civil War start to finish from a unique, regional perspective. The author will highlight never before published and overlooked  information of the camps and marches in Warwick County, the Battle of Dam No. 1, the retreat to Williamsburg and battle there. Call 757-525-7372 to pre-order a Jason's Deli boxed lunch for the event, or bring your own, brown bags welcome. 14421 Old Courthouse Way, (757) 535-7372. Click here for more information. 

 

Continuing Events

 

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.