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Things to do in Newport News March 5 - 11, 2020

March 5th

Evening Lecture: David H. Bain

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 5; 7 p.m.

Come hear the fascinating tale about two Virginians, Lieutenant William Francis Lynch and his friend Matthew Fontaine Maury, from best-selling author David Haward Bain in his book, Bitter Waters. In 1848, an American exploring expedition was sent to the Holy Land to solve geographical puzzles and reply to ancient superstitions with modern scientific reasoning. Lynch, in command of USS Supply, led a small land party inland from the Mediterranean shore in Palestine, hauling two metal lifeboats for the sacred River Jordan and the Dead Sea, through often hostile Arab tribal lands. The compelling story of Lynch’s exploits, and Maury’s parallel 19th-century journey, in helping to modernize the American Navy and perfecting the US National Observatory, “details one of the most hazardous, yet by now almost forgotten, attempts to roll back the veil of mystery and legend and reveal scientific truths,” as noted in the Roanoke Times. Purchase an advance copy of Bitter Waters from the Museum’s online store, and pick it up at your convenience. You can also buy the book in the Museum shop on the day of the lecture. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

March 6th

Home School Day

Virginia Living Museum - March 6; 9 a.m.

The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students grades Pre-K through 12 a day of fun and engaging programs that highlight important natural and environmental science concepts. All programs are curriculum and grade-level targeted and taught by the museum’s professional educators. All programs include a self-guided visit of museum exhibits and are offered at a discount to homeschool families. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Civil War Discussion: USS Cumberland

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 6; 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! USS Cumberland was completed in 1842. The frigate served during the Mexican War and on several cruises in the Mediterranean. Cumberland was razed into a sloop and after service suppressing the slave trade, the warship was assigned to the Gosport Navy Yard. The sloop of war survived the yard’s destruction in April 1861 only to be sunk by the powerful Confederate ram, CSS Virginia, on March 8, 1862, off Newport News Point. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Stravinsky Firebird

Ferguson Center for the Arts - March 6; 8 p.m.

Chicago-born conductor Fawzi Haimor has established an extensive international career with some of world’s great orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, and just last summer, the Grant Park Symphony in his native Chicago. He is currently music director of the Württembergische Philharmonie. For his VSO debut, Haimor celebrates the Centennial of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, along a first Hampton Roads performance from Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavarra – his popular Cantus Articus, or Concerto for Birds and Orchestra featuring birdsong recorded at the Finnish Artic Circle. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 6; 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 7th

Battle of Hampton Roads Day

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 7; 9 a.m.

This famous Civil War Battle changed modern naval history forever. When the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, it proved the supremacy of iron over wood. Many may not realize that Europe was also involved in the new ironclad ships, and not all crew members on USS Monitor were US citizens.In honor of the battle’s 158th anniversary, the Museum will host a day-long event filled with family-friendly programming and activities. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Free Admission Weekend

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - March 7; 10 a.m.

Enjoy free admission to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Please call 757-596-8175 for more information.

 

Nature Workshop: The Art of Hammered Flowers

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 7; 10 a.m.

Create one-of-a-kind art one hit at a time at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! Did you know you could release the natural dyes in leaves and flowers by applying a little pressure? Join us as we add some spring flare, creating unique prints. 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. $10 Member, $20 General Admission. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 7; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrating some of the greatest sports heroes of all time! Young audiences will be introduced to a ton of amazing athletes including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Jackie Robinson and many more.Children's Theatre shows are kid-friendly, and fun for all. Please note: Tickets were erroneously issued for the wrong date. This show will occur on March 7. Tickets showing March 14 will be honored on March 7 with no changes required. We apologize for the confusion associated with this change. We will be reaching out to all ticket holders during January regarding the correct date. 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728, Click here for more information.

Civil War Lecture: European Ironclad Evolution (1855 – 1870)

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 7; 2:30 p.m.

The Battle of Sinope on November 30, 1853, ended the era of wooden ships. The Russian fleet, armed with shell guns, was able to completely destroy a Turkish fleet. Wooden walls simply could not withstand the devastating effect of explosive shells. Accordingly, during the Crimean War, the English and the French developed iron-cased floating batteries to destroy Russian fixed fortifications, but these vessels were slow and unseaworthy. Consequently, the French built the frigate La Gloire, using iron-hulled fabrication; and the British constructed two iron frigates: HMS Warrior and HMS Black Prince. The Europeans watched as the American Civil War tested and influenced ship design that featured turrets, sloped armor, shell and rifled guns, and rams. These concepts were tested during the Austro-Hungarian fleet’s victory over the Italian navy during the June 20, 1866 Battle of Lissa. Every major European power created an ironclad navy containing various designs, including turrets and broadside battleships. By 1870, steam became the primary motive power as ironclad warships became larger and more heavily armed. The British laid down the last true ironclad in 1870 as nations then looked to construct steel warships with heavily gunned turrets. The continuous development of hull designs and armaments proved that changing technology now ruled the waves. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

The 6th Annual Ladies in Red – Concert & Award Show

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - March 7; 6 p.m.

Myra Smith presents this very special award show, honoring women in the community who are committed to creating positive change. Featuring medleys of iconic female artists, this show will surely inspire. Red clothing is optional. The preshow reception begins at 5 pm and the show begins at 6 pm. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

 

Owl Prowl

Newport News Park - March 7; 6 p.m.

“Hoo” are the different kinds of owls that make Newport News Park their home? Join us at the Discovery Center to learn about these amazing night-time hunters and their adaptations for survival. After a short introduction, we’ll take a short hike to find out “hoo” we can find! Be sure to dress for the weather. No reservations required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

 

History Bites

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 7; 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun, delectable affair as Hampton Roads’ top caterers and restaurants prepare their best interpretations of 19th-century dishes at this fan-favorite event. Guests can sip and savor while mingling with others—including Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass—and vote for their favorite entrees, sides and desserts. Dozens of delicious dishes will be enjoyed throughout the evening as cooks also compete for the coveted Cast-Iron Skillet Awards, including People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. Tickets include unlimited food tastings and one beverage ticket. $30/Museum Members; $40/General admission. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 7; 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 8th

Friendly Hours

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 8; 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

 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Free Admission Weekend

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - March 8; 1 p.m.

Enjoy free admission to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Please call 757-596-8175 for more information.

 

Rock of Ages

Peninsula Community Theatre - March 8; 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 9th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - March 9; 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 10th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum  - March 10; 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

 

Family Paws

Peninsula SPCA  - March 10; 6 p.m.

Are you introducing a new family member into your home, be it baby or dog? Or do you have a household of children living with a dog? Learn some vital skills to become a dog aware family and teach both your children and your dogs how to live in harmony. Clever Critters' trainer, Sydney Warner, is also a licensed educator for Family Paws Parent Education which can help you prepare your pets for your baby and all things baby-related. Additionally, working with children and families helps to create a dog aware generation where we can reduce the number of dog bites and increase safety for families of humans and dogs alike. $5 per person and space is limited. 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1399. Click here for more information.

25 Mics – Monthly Free Open Mic

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - March 10; 7 p.m.

Join us in this positive space to let your creativity shine! Hosted by the incredible Nina Brewton, 25 Mics is a warm and welcoming experience for everyone! RSVP is appreciated but not required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

March 11th

Story and a Walk

Newport News Park - March 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. 

 

 

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.