Hampton Roads History: D-Day Ships From The Old Norfolk Navy Yard
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 4; 12 p.m.
Free virtual lecture presented by Marcus W. Robbins, command historian and archivist, Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Advance registration is required. Take a walk back into history with Marcus Robbins of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, as the historian and archivist talks of the ships built and repaired at the yard that took part in the invasion of Normandy. About the Presentation: June 6, 1944: D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. On this historic day, an overwhelming naval presence turned the tide leading to eventual victory in Europe. Norfolk Naval Shipyard made significant contributions to the Allied victory — completed repairs on three battleships (USS Texas, USS Nevada, and USS Arkansas); and constructed three minesweepers (USS Osprey, USS Raven, and USS Auk), two destroyers (USS Herndon and USS Shubrick), 50 Landing Craft Mechanized (LCMs), and 10 Tank Landing Ships (LSTs) — ships that saw action on that epic day 77 years ago. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.
History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 5; 9 a.m.
Come join a guided tours of The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail, which is FREE for Members. $1 per person for non-members. 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
Newport News Park - June 6; 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. Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club.13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 7; 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. This week’s book is Mornings with Money, written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary GrandPre. 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.
25 Mics Online – Monthly Free Open Mic
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - June 8; 7 p.m.
Join our monthly free open mic on the second Tuesday of every month from the comfort of your own home. 25 Mics Online is hosted by the incredible Nina Brewton, who creates a warm and welcoming environment to have conversations and share your art with your community. We have had poets and singers, monologue-readers, and even a magician! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.
Story and a Walk
Newport News Park - June 9; 10 a.m.
Bring the kids out for mid-week storytime at the Newport News Park Discovery Center! A park naturalist reads a nature-themed children's book, then leads the group outside to see nature in "real life," so be sure to dress for the weather! The program is free of charge and great activity for preschoolers or homeschoolers. Social distancing and masks required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information
Speakers’ Bureau: Are We the Vikings?
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 9; 1 p.m.
Free virtual lecture presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum. Advance registration is required. Join us online with Ron Lewis, a docent at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, as he seeks to find answers about the arrival of early explorers from Europe and Scandinavia in North America. Viewers are welcome to send Ron comments or questions, which she will answer following the presentation. About the presentation: Who was here first? Why, Indigenous people, of course! That may oversimplify the settlement of early Asian Nomads who crossed the Bering land bridge and decided to stay! But how about the early European and Scandinavian explorers to our continent? The Norsemen traveled far and wide, sometimes by design, sometimes by accident. That they landed in North America is generally undisputed but, where exactly, did they make land? And where did they come from? How important were their voyages of discovery, pillage, and exploitation in the era before the Age of Exploration? And where did they go after a couple of centuries of notoriety? How did they live? We’ll examine myths and facts during this interactive presentation, learn how to write Viking runes, and decide whether we are Vikings! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.
VHS Summer Concert Series: Brasswind
Port Warwick - June 9; 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.
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.
City Center Farmers' Market
City Center at Oyster Point - May 13 – September 9, 2021
Fresh, Healthy, Farm to Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row. Click here for more information.