Civil War Lecture: CSS Stonewall-A Ship Under Four Flags
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 11; 12 p.m.
FREE VIRTUAL LECTUREL: Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center. Advance registration is required. 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 the intriguing life story of a Confederate ironclad, CSS Stonewall. Viewers are welcome to send any comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk. About the lecture: Confederate ironclad construction lagged far behind Northern shipbuilding capabilities. Southern designs were intended to defend harbors and bays and were simply not seaworthy. Consequently, the CS Navy sought to purchase a European-made ironclad at the war’s onset to break the blockade. It was not until 1864 that the French-built CSS Stonewall was acquired. Originally named the Sphinx, the ram was supposedly being built
for the Khedive of Egypt. The ruse was discovered, and US authorities knew the ironclad was destined for the Confederacy. The Sphinx was then sold to Denmark during the Second Schleswig War in 1864 and renamed Staerkoddes (strong otter or a Norse mythological giant). Eventually, the Confederacy purchased the ironclad from the Danes. Unfortunately, the ironclad ram did not arrive in American waters until May 1865, too late for the Confederacy. The warship, nevertheless, was sold to the Japanese Imperial government. As Kotetsu, the ram played an essential role in ending the Japanese Civil War. Later named Azuma, the ironclad served in the Japanese navy until 1908. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.
Newport News Park - June 11; 6:30 p.m.
You may be surprised to learn how easily coyotes have made themselves at home here in Hampton Roads, which includes forested areas like Newport News Park. You’re invited to learn more about these secretive, highly intelligent and adaptable animals in this special program presented by a park naturalist. This program begins at the Newport News Park Discovery Center, 13560 Jefferson Ave. Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information
Flower Power Walk
Newport News Park - June 12; 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.
Juneteenth Celebration: Expressions
Denbigh Community Center -Brittingham-Midtown Community Center- Doris Miller Community Center -June 12; 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
June us as we begin our week-long celebration! Our community centers will offer drive-thru giveaways and Instagrammable moments! Food vendors will be on-site! Denbigh Community Center- Jessie Lou's, Ben & Jerry’s; Brittingham-Midtown Community Center- El Coqui Empanada Workshop, PA Dutch Funnel Cake of VA; and Doris Miller Community Center- The Black Pearl Food Truck, Kona Ice of Hampton. Click here for more information.
FUN! – Opening Reception
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - June 12; 2 p.m.
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. Related Programming: Opening Reception: The exhibition will be on display June 12-30, 2021 with an Opening Reception on June 12, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested. Face masks are required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 13; 9 a.m.
Have a family member, friend, or loved one who needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month! Friendly Hours is an inclusive time reserved for guests, including those with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges, who prefer to experience the Museum in a quieter, less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Safety protocols also take precedent during this time to ensure all guests, volunteers and our Museum team are protected. Space is limited, and we encourage you to purchase advance tickets online so we know that you are coming for this unique program. 100 Museum Drive,
757-596-2222. Click here for more information.
Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Symphony Celebration
Ferguson Center for the Arts - June 13; 2:30 p.m.
Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Sympony Orchestra. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Click here for more information.
Juneteenth Celebration Concert
King-Lincoln Park - June 13; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs and join us for live music with Calvary Chapel Newport News Worship Team, Three Brothers and The Unifics! Food vendors will be on-site, including Pops Kettle Corn, The Black Pearl, and Atomic Dog. 600 Jefferson Avenue, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 14; 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 Parker looks up, written by Parker and Jessica Curry and illustrated by Brittany Jackson. 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.
Juneteenth Celebration – Raising of The Flag
Newport News City Hall - June 14; 1 p.m.
Join us in person or view live on Facebook for a ceremony and the raising of the Juneteenth flag, as well as a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, music and remarks. 2400 Washington Avenue, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.
The Piano Lesson – Reader’s Theater Production
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - June 14; 7 p.m.
Our Reader's Theater series is BACK! Join us for three new productions hitting the Ella Fitzgerald Theater Stage on select Monday nights this Summer. The stage is stripped down to the actors with the script. Witness the powerful performance without the distraction of the set. Hear the message in the words as you have never heard them before. This is an in-person event series. Capacity is limited to ensure that proper distancing can be placed between audience members. The Piano Lesson - The Piano Lesson follows the lives of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles household and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. The play focuses on the arguments between a brother and a sister who have different ideas on what to do with the piano. The brother, Boy Willie, is a sharecropper who wants to sell the piano to buy the land (Sutter's land) where his ancestors toiled as slaves. The sister, Berniece, remains emphatic about keeping the piano, which shows the carved faces of their great-grandfather's wife and son during the days of their enslavement. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.
Juneteenth Celebration – Bingo
Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
June 15; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy and outdoor game of BINGO with food, drinks and giveaways! 570 McLawhorne Drive, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information.
History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour
The Mariners’ Museum and Park - June 16; 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
Grandpa’s Hands – Virtual Short Film Event
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - June 16; 3 p.m.
Presented by Southeastern Virginia and Greater Richmond Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association - in partnership with Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center and the Hampton University Center for Gerontology Excellence. Grandpa’s Hands is a short narrative film about a young professional, Jackson, who makes a rare visit with his grandfather and struggles to reconnect due to his grandfather’s dementia. The dementia echoes the pain of betrayal and racial discrimination. When Jackson’s grandfather confronts an unwanted visitor, his past and present merge bringing Jackson along for an important lesson of love and respect. Cost: Free; Zoom Registration Required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.
VHS Summer Concert Series: The Wampler brothers
June 16; 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.
Juneteenth Celebration Rally
Shown on NNTV, Facebook and YouTube - June 16; 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 Conversation
Denbigh Community Center - June 16; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Join us for an interview by contemporary historian Dr. Eric Claville with Frederick Douglass regarding the Emancipation Proclamation and the meaning of Juneteenth. Following the interview, the audience may ask questions of Mr. Douglass. Viewing on NNTV Cox Channel 48 or Verizon Channel 19, as well as NNTV YouTube channel and NNTV Facebook page.
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.
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.