With social distancing and capacity restrictions being eased, many attractions are re-opening and events are being put on the schedule again in Newport News! Below you’ll find five of the latest attractions and events that are now open to the public or are planning to reopen soon:
Lee Hall Depot, located at 9 Elmhurst St., began as a small wooden depot in the early 1880s. It was part of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway Co. and recently opened to the public as a rail heritage museum, offering a glimpse at the impact rail service had on this region. The depot is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, with self-guided tours and interpreters to offer stories about the railroad. Artifacts range from authentic C&O coal stoves to the original porcelain enamel sink and hot water heater in the upstairs living quarters. Admission is free in June, but starting in July, ticket prices will be $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children (ages 7-18). Children under 7 are free. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-757-888-3371.
For a little over a year, The Mariners’ Museum kept its guests engaged virtually, offering programs online while it was closed during the pandemic. But at the end of May, the museum reopened its doors to the public and have been welcoming visitors ever since; however, they are now limiting the number of people in their galleries by selling timed tickets online. Admission is still only $1 per person. Click here to purchase tickets. For those not quite ready to visit in person, the museum invites you to continue exploring its virtual programs by visiting www.MarinersMuseum.org.
Join us every Thursday through Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in City Center at Oyster Point for the City Center Farmers’ Market for fresh and healthy farm-to-table choices! Choices range from local produce, baked goods, and clam chowder to lobster rolls, homemade chips, and Big Daddy BBQ chicken/chops/ribs. While there, make time to check out the stores and restaurants in City Center, too! The market is set up in the area around 703 Mariners Row. To learn more, contact Barbara Mealey at 757-222-2924 or email@example.com. Messages can be texted to 757-287-2507.
On Wednesday nights through Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., head down to Styron Square with your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free concert. Attendees are even welcome to bring their own food and beverage – including beer and wine – or you can enjoy the music and have dinner on one of the many restaurant patios in Port Warwick. There will also be a great selection of food trucks from which to purchase a meal. Click here for the band schedule or here for additional details about parking and inclement weather.
The 1,700-seat concert hall at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has announced its 2021-2022 season, kicking off Nov. 1 with the Broadway musical, “Waitress.” Just five days later, on Nov. 6, Melissa Etheridge will perform, followed by “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” on Nov. 30. The 25th anniversary tour of “Rent” is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2022, while guitar icon Pat Metheny will grace the stage Feb. 4. March brings us “Fiddler on the Roof” on the 14th and “Straight No Chaser” on the 31st. Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson comes to the Ferguson Center April 30, and the season wraps up in May with “South Pacific” on May 12 and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on the 17th. Click here for ticket information.