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Things to do September 30 - October 6, 2021

September 30th

Virtual Evening Lecture: The Gulf of Mexico

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - September 30; 7 p.m.

FREE VIRTUAL LECTURE: Advance registration is required. Presenter: John S. Sledge, Author and senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission

Venture with author John S. Sledge as he shares salt-streaked stories of sea-going characters representing a gumbo of ethnicities from the Gulf of Mexico basin. This virtual lecture is part of The Mariners’ month-long celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. About the lecture: Join author John S. Sledge as he shares the history and heritage of the Gulf of Mexico, the earth’s 10th largest body of water, and one he lovingly calls a “beautiful, pocketed sea.” The Spanish role in discovering, settling, and exploring the Gulf basin will introduce us to some of the world’s most exotic cities and such memorable personalities as Sebastian Ocampo, Ponce de Leon, Hernan Cortez, and Isabel de Bobadilla, the first (and only) female governor of Cuba. The author of seven books on Gulf coast history and architecture, including The Mobile River, and Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart, John is a senior architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

October 1st

 

Slapnation presented by Good Vibes

Port Warwick  - October 1; 6 p.m.

Enjoy an evening outdoors with music by local favorite, Slapnation, presented by Good Vibes Concert Hall. Food trucks will be on-site. Loftis Boulevard at Jefferson Avenue. Click here for more information.

 

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert Under the Stars

Christopher Newport University Great Lawn  - October 1; 7:30 p.m.

Christopher Newport University will celebrate its 60th anniversary with Symphony Under the
Stars on Friday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erin Freeman with a special guest appearance by Nick Ziobro will perform an evening of music for the campus community and the general public with no tickets required.
Food trucks, fireworks and other festivities will add to the celebration, sponsored by Weymouth Funeral Home and State Farm/Patty Heath Agency. Blankets and coolers are permitted, but no pets. Concert-goers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must wear masks outdoors if they can not maintain a minimum of six feet of distance from others. All attendees must wear masks if they enter university buildings. Signs will direct visitors to free parking. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-757-892-6366. Click here for more information.

 

A Broadway Celebration

Peninsula Community Theatre - October 1; 8 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the music of Broadway from its beginning to its present day. This evening will consist of Broadway favorites to some Off-Broadway cleverness to bring you an evening of laugher, fun, memories and music. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Click  here for more information.

October 2nd

 

Freshwater Aquatics Safari

Virginia Living Museum - October 2; 8:30 a.m.

Paddle through a beautiful swamp ecosystem in a canoe. Participate in water quality monitoring and sampling techniques to better understand this ecosystem. Experience the specialized plants and animals living in such a unique environment. Must pack lunch and snacks. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Fall Native Plant Sale

Virginia Living Museum - October 2; 9 a.m.

Free and open to the public. No admission required. Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Family Movie Matinee

U.S. Army Transportation Museum - October 2; 2 p.m.

The Transportation Museum will showcase the movie Glory in the Regimental Room at the museum. There will be popcorn and drinks available. 300 Washington Boulevard, 757-878-1115. Click here for more information.

 

Family Movie Night: Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween

Newport News Special Events - October 2; 7:30 p.m.

Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free in the lot adjacent to the event space (movie will be shown in the grassy field). Free popcorn will be provided (while supplies last) and guests can purchase food and drinks from on-site vendors. Social distancing will be followed.401 Oriana Road (site of former Kmart), 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.

A Broadway Celebration

Peninsula Community Theatre - Oct 2; 8 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the music of Broadway from its beginning to its present day. This evening will consist of Broadway favorites to some Off-Broadway cleverness to bring you an evening of laugher, fun, memories and music. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Click  here for more information

October 3rd

Fall Native Plant Sale

Virginia Living Museum - October 3; 9 a.m.

Free and open to the public. No admission required. Choose from an incredible array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many of these are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to your yard. The Virginia Living Museum’s horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to introduce the gardening public to the incredible variety of native plants that will do well in the landscape, and to educate gardeners about those which are better left in the wild. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

A Broadway Celebration

Peninsula Community Theatre - Oct 3; 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the music of Broadway from its beginning to its present day. This evening will consist of Broadway favorites to some Off-Broadway cleverness to bring you an evening of laugher, fun, memories and music. 10251 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-5728. Click  here for more information

October 4th

Virtual Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - October 4; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday! Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy a book reading with Lauren T. Furey, Manager of Visitor Engagement, and discover an interesting artifact from our Museum’s Collection! Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters. FREE. Pre-registration is required. 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.

 

Continuing Events

Butterfly Haven

Virginia Living Museum - Open through early October; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Guests will experience the beauty of the seasonal Butterfly Haven  , a 14′ x 24′ butterfly enclosure located alongside the Virginia Garden just outside the Wason Education Center. The exciting new exhibit will engage guests of all ages as they immerse themselves in a world of butterflies and plants! The house will support the Museum’s conservation efforts to preserve pollinating species such as the Monarch Butterfly. The initiative also supports education and awareness for the challenged annual Monarch butterfly migration due to deforestation in Mexico, extreme climate fluctuations in North America, and the growth of herbicide-based agriculture destroying crucial milkweed flora in the Midwest. Cost: included in museum admission

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.