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Things to do January 7 - 13, 2021

January 8th

Civil War Lecture: John Worden and USS Montauk

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 8; 12 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein when he presents on a commander who saved a single-turreted Passaic-class monitor in the Union Navy during the American Civil War from sinking. Once Commander John Lorimer Worden had recovered from wounds received during the Battle of Hampton Roads, he was detailed to command the Passaic-class monitor USS Montauk. The Montauk survived the same storm that sank the ironclad USS Monitor. Worden and his ship arrived in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. Admiral Du Pont ordered Worden to bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia. This mission was to test the striking power of  XV- inch Dahlgren guns against earthworks, as well as to understand these new ironclads’ shot-proof abilities. On February 28, 1863, Worden was able to destroy the former commerce raider CSS Nashville (Rattlesnake). However, while heading back down the Ogeechee River, Montauk struck a torpedo. Only Worden’s quick actions saved the ship from sinking. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

January 9th

Light From All Sides - Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - January 9; 4 p.m.

DG Guest Curator, Clayton Singleton presents this radiant exhibit on display in the Newport News Community Gallery beginning in January 2021. Light From All Sides is a multi-artist exhibit that examines interpretations of love through exhilarating artistic expression. The featured artists have each translated the often esoteric and individualized experience into works of art. The resulting expressions are as unique as the combinations of styles and mediums on display, with the common thread being the feeling - best described as stepping out of the darkness and into the sun to feel warmth and light from all sides. Meet the talented artists and learn more about their pieces in this intimate gallery reception. This event is free but timed registration required. Face masks/shields are required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


Live STARturday Night

Virginia Living Museum  - January 9; 7:30 p.m.

The Virginia Living Museum STARGAZING goes virtual on FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM! Join us at 7:30pm live for 30 minutes to talk with Dr. Kelly Herbst about what’s going on in the evening sky right now and how you can find things for yourself! We will be using Starry Night Dome planetarium software (many thanks to Spitz, Inc. for giving us access to this great resource!) so we are guaranteed to be able to do some “observing” no matter what the weather is like…and then you can take what you learn outside and do a little stargazing for yourself whenever the sky in your area permits! And please bring your questions! We’re excited to have this chance to interact with you again! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.


January 11th


Virtual Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 11; 1 p.m.
Enjoy a virtual story time with Lauren Furey! Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday afternoon at 1:00 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.


January 12th


Light From All Sides x 25 Mics Online Collaboration

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - January 12; 7 p.m.

The artists of Light From All Sides are joining our monthly free open mic for an evening of interactive fun. You don’t want to miss this fun and free evening with our host Nina Brewton, the guest curator Clayton Singleton, and various visual and performing artists involved in Light From All Sides. This event is free and is held online via Zoom Video Conferencing Software. Registration is available on Eventbrite but you can also join the 25 Mics Facebook Group for the meeting ID and password. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.


January 13th

Speakers Bureau: Navigation in the Age of Sail

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 13; 1 p.m.
Virtual lecture presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum. Advance registration is required. In the centuries before the advent of GPS and other electronic navigation systems that preceded it, sailors depended on the sun and stars to find their way when out of sight of familiar landmarks. This presentation will demystify the basic principles that underlay this process, and explore the development of instruments and techniques that made navigating possible. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.