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Things to do in April 22-28, 2021

April 22nd


Gallery Talks: The Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation

Virginia War Museum - April 22; 1 p.m.

Each Thursday in April, museum visitors can enjoy a gallery tour led by museum staff. Free with museum admission. Capacity is limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions. 9285 Warwick Boulevard, 757-247-8523. Click here for more information.


April 23rd


Civil War Lecture: From New Bern to Beaufort

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - April 23; 12 p.m.

Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Quarstein will give a presentation on a series of engagements fought along the North Carolina coast between February and June 1862 which were part of Burnside’s Expedition to close blockade-running ports against the Confederacy.

About the lecture:

Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside’s Coastal Division, with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron’s support, had achieved success with the capture of Roanoke Island, Elizabeth City, Edenton, Plymouth, and Washington, North Carolina, in February 1862. So Burnside decided to move against New Bern. This North Carolina port and rail hub was located on the Neuse River at the Trent River’s confluence near the Pamlico Sound entrance. North Carolina was defended by 4,000 ill-trained yet armed troops commanded by Brigadier General Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. With Commander Steven Rowan’s 14 gunboats’ support, Burnside struck the Confederate defenses on March 14, 1862, routing the Confederates. This enabled Burnside to besiege the brick casemate Fort Macon on Bogue Banks guarding Morehead City and Beaufort, North Carolina. Union rifled cannon forced the fort to capitulate on April 26, 1862. The Carolina inland sea was now entirely Union blue. FREE. Pre-registration is required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


April 26th


Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 26; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This week’s book: Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, written by Barb Rosenstock. 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. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! FREE.

Pre-registration is required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

April 28th


History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - April 28; 9 a.m.

Connect with nature on a guided tour of The Mariners’ Park and the Noland Trail! This unique walking trek will take 90 minutes and feature an in-depth narrative of trees and plants, including an overview history of the scenic 550-acre Park. For an even more engaging experience, download the “iNaturalist” (Apple, Google) or “Seek” (Apple, Google) apps on your smartphone before your walk and help our staff gather data about wildlife in the Park. Reserve your spot today, and join us on this fresh new take on a park outing! This tour is limited to 15 people so pre-registration is required. If this tour date is full, please contact us at customerservice@marinersmuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. 100 Museum Drive,

757-596-2222. Click here for more information.


LIVE Natural Education - Turkeys

Virginia Living Museum -Streaming on Facebook Live -April 28; 2 p.m.

Britt Sorenson, our Training and Enrichment Coordinator, talks about the importance of training while working with our turkeys. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.



Continuing Events

The Tribesman

Peninsula Community Theatre -Streaming on YouTube -April 9 – April 25, 2021

Set in the fictional Holy Oak Penitentiary, The Tribesman is a spiritual warfare drama that explores topical themes reflective of the African-American experience. Serial killer Lee Jean suffers from multiple personalities. He believes the African tribal markings that he carves in the faces of his victims will protect his soul from evil spirits. He shares with psychologist Michael Archer, Ph.D. that all of his victims are his “tribe.” This play addresses diversity issues found in the culture and health care system of African Americans. Produced by special arrangement with Terrance Afer-Anderson. 10251 Warwick Boulevard. Click here for more information.


Spring Native Plant Sale - Public Sale

Virginia Living Museum - April 24 – April 25, 2021

Enjoy our native plant sale on-site and online. Online ordering for Members only begins 4/12. Online ordering for the Public begins 4/16. 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. Native plants are good choices for area gardeners because such plants tolerate the area’s weather and serve as food and shelter for area wildlife, while also providing a good show in the garden. The sale will be held in the Conservation Garden and also will be held online. The Museum’s knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss the wildlife benefits of native plants and help with any particular gardening situations. All plants are nursery propagated and many are not yet available in the commercial nursery trade. Sale held rain or shine in the Museum’s Conservation Garden. Admission to the sale is free. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.