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Things to do June 17 - 23, 2021

June 17th

 

City Center Farmers' Market

City Center at Oyster Point - June 17; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fresh, Healthy, Farm to Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row. Click here for more information.

 

Juneteenth Celebration Rally

Shown on NNTV, Facebook and YouTube - June 17; 5 p.m.

This virtual program features performances of melodic slave music and the rally of slave guardians as they gather the children to a place of rest after a full day of picking cotton. The program interprets the experience of slaves that had not heard of their freedom when President Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. There is excitement and jubilation when a soldier, through General Order No. 3, reads the Emancipation

Proclamation to them on June 19, 1865, announcing that all slaves were free! Viewing in NNTV Cox Channel 48 or Verizon Channel 19, as well as NNTV Facebook and NNTV YouTube Channel.

 

Juneteenth Celebration: Newsome House Tour and Storytime

Shown on NNTV, Facebook and YouTube - June 17; 6 p.m.

Enjoy a virtual tour of the beautiful home of J. Thomas Newsome, an African-American attorney, who was a pioneer of prosperity post-Civil War. He became a respected journalist, churchman and civic leader. Watch a story-time for children and discover the story of slavery and the celebration of Juneteenth. Led by a powerful storyteller, our children will learn about the different names given to Juneteenth and why we celebrate the holiday today. Viewing in NNTV Cox Channel 48 or Verizon Channel 19, as well as NNTV Facebook and NNTV YouTube Channel.

June 18th

Civil War Lecture: Battle of Wassaw Sound, Georgia

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - June 18; 12 p.m

FREE VIRTUAL LECTURE: Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Advance registration required. Quarstein will give a presentation on the Civil War naval battle between the Confederate ram CSS Atlanta and the Passaic-class ironclad monitors USS Weehawken and USS Nahant. About the lecture: When the British-built blockade-runner Fingal could not escape from Savannah, Georgia, in 1862, the Confederates transformed the iron-hulled vessel into the ironclad CSS Atlanta. The Atlanta was equipped with four Brooke rifles, a 20-foot ram, and a spar torpedo. Many Southerners believed that this ram could be a match for any Union monitor. When the test came on June 17, 1863, in Wassaw Sound, Georgia, Atlanta was captured by two Passaic-class monitors, Weehawken and Nahant, in a brief encounter. The captured ironclad was repaired and commissioned as USS Atlanta, serving in the James River against its former Confederate owners. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Swamp Walk

Newport News Park  - June 18; 6:30 p.m.

Meet a park naturalist at the Discovery Center for a walk to the Swamp Bridge spanning the reservoir's beautiful upper marsh. This vital wetland is brimming with all kinds of amazing plant and animal life that illustrates the park’s importance as a wild and natural place. What interesting finds will we make along the trail? This program begins at the Newport News Park Discovery Center. Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916. Click here for more information.

Juneteenth Celebration: A Journey to Freedom: A Juneteenth Production

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Shown on NNTV, Facebook and YouTube

June 18; 7 p.m.

Screening of an original theatrical Juneteenth production at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

 

(Winners of the Poster Contest will be announced before the production). Click here to register. Viewing in NNTV Cox Channel 48 or Verizon Channel 19, as well as NNTV Facebook and NNTV YouTube Channel. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

June 19th

Scales and Tales

Newport News Park  - June 19; 10 a.m.

What’s blooming in the park? Walk with a park naturalist to view the vibrant, colorful hues of the season’s floral blooms. But there is more than meets the eye. You’ll discover these wildflowers hold the weight of our ever-changing ecosystem on their delicate petals. This walk good for all ages! Meet at the Discovery Center and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

 

Super Science Live – Bernoulli Vacuum

Virginia Living Museum - June 19; 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day at 11:15am & 12:15pm to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the link below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions). 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Juneteenth Celebration Freedom Festival

King-Lincoln Park  - Shown on NNTV, Facebook and YouTube

June 19; 12 p.m.

This is a fun-filled event culminating the City's week-long Juneteenth celebration. The celebration includes live entertainment, food and craft vendors, exhibitors, children’s pony rides, and glitter tattoos. Vendors will sell their products and exhibitors will share the services and opportunities that are available to residents in the community. Registration is required for vendors and exhibitors. Winners of the Spoken Word and Essay Contests announced. Viewing in NNTV Cox Channel 48 or Verizon Channel 19, as well as NNTV Facebook and NNTV YouTube Channel. 600 Jefferson Avenue, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.

June 20th

Bird Walk

Newport News Park  - June 20; 7 a.m.

Join other bird enthusiasts and enjoy viewing birds in their natural habitat. No experience necessary! The group meets in Picnic Area 1, behind the ranger station at Newport News Park, but may drive to other areas of the park during the program. Dress for the weather, bring water and hand sanitizer, and don't forget your binoculars! When you get home, share your best photos with us on Instagram. Use #nnvirtualbirdwalk and #nnparks for possible feature! You can also post them here in this event. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

 

Super Science Live – Bernoulli Vacuum

Virginia Living Museum - June 20; 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Join our amazing astronomers and educators each day at 11:15am & 12:15pm to observe different eye-opening experiments! Check the link below for a specific schedule of experiments (subject to change based on daily conditions). 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

June 21st

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - June 21; 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. 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.

June 22nd

Summer Movie Series – Black Panther

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

June 22; 2 p.m.

Join us for the Summer Movie Series, every Tuesday at 2:00 PM ALL SUMMER LONG! Admission is free. These family films are for kids of all ages. Kids under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. RSVP is requested. SAME DAY RSVP IS ACCEPTED. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

June 23rd

 

VHS Summer Concert Series: Slapnation

Port Warwick  - June 23; 6 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and drink and enjoy live music from some of the area’s favorite bands! A great selection of food trucks will be available or you can enjoy dinner from one of the Port Warwick restaurant patios. Concerts will be held rain or shine! 3100 William Styron Square. Click here for more information.

 

Continuing Events

Jurassic Giants

Virginia Living Museum - May 29 – September 6, 2021

Roaring, stomping, animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. Experience an almost 20 foot tall Giganotosaurus in the conservation garden accompanied by a water-spitting Suchomimus to help you stay cool in the prehistoric heat. Indoors see other robot dinosaurs like Deinonychus. The Virginia Living Museum truly is your place for Jurassic Giants. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

 

Summer 2021/Planetarium Shows

Virginia Living Museum - June 5 – September 6, 2021

Cost: $4 per non-member, free for members, Ages 2 & under are free Location: Abbitt Planetarium Time: 1:30pm Saturdays & Sundays. Journey through our solar system and beyond while learning about subjects such as Astronomy, Meteorology, Paleontology and more!

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

FUN! – Finding Urself Now

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - June 12 – 30, 2021

About the Exhibit: In an effort to continue building artistic bridges throughout the community, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center held its second iteration of “A Space of Our Own” in September 2020. During this exhibition, guest curator Anthony Wardrett and select artists displayed their incredibly diverse artworks created during our Open Studio Sessions. Throughout the exhibition, the public voted for their favorite pieces and one of the top finishers, 8-year-old Gracie Eriks, was chosen as the winner of the solo exhibition prize. Instead of just displaying her artwork, Gracie wants to share this experience with kids all across Hampton Roads. Thus, we present to you “FUN!” (Finding Urself Now)- an exhibition featuring youth artists who use art as a vehicle of joy, exploration, and expression. Free and open to the public. Face masks are required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.