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Things to do July 8 - 14, 2021

July 9th

Hampton Roads History: Legendary 19th-century Resorts

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - July 9; 12 p.m.

Join us for a virtual lecture with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, when he presents on the prominence of the Chamberlin Hotel as the center of luxurious hospitality for the elite on Old Point Comfort.

About the presentation:

The Chamberlin Hotel still stands today as a dominant landmark overlooking Hampton Roads harbor. This hotel symbolizes the days when Old Point Comfort, Phoebus, Buckroe Beach, and Bayshore were the places to be every summer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Old Point Comfort was the premier health and holiday resort in America and catered to the elite. Buckroe Beach was for working-class families, and Bayshore was the first African American resort in the South. Steamships and trains brought hundreds of people daily carrying city folks to enjoy the fresh breezes, saltwater swimming, excellent seafood, and fantastic entertainment. These resorts were the genesis of the ever-growing tourism industry in Hampton Roads. FREE. Pre-registration is required. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Rascally Raccoons

Newport News Park  - July 9; 6:30 p.m.

These highly intelligent and resourceful critters can mean two different things to us: woodland wild creatures...or neighborhood troublemakers. Can they be both? The fact is, raccoons use their many skills to help them thrive in both worlds. Please join us as we consider these fascinating animals, their habits and their survival adaptations, and learn the difference between what’s true - and not so true - about nature’s “rascally raccoons.” Program meets at the Discovery Center. Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

July 10th  

Safety in Nature

Newport News Park  - July 10; 10 a.m.

These highly intelligent and resourceful critters can mean two different things to us: woodland wild creatures...or neighborhood troublemakers. Can they be both? The fact is, raccoons use their many skills to help them thrive in both worlds. Please join us as we consider these fascinating animals, their habits and their survival adaptations, and learn the difference between what’s true - and not so true - about nature’s “rascally raccoons.” Program meets at the Discovery Center. Free, no registration required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

 

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - July 10; 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.

 

Through Our Eyes: A Juried Exhibition - Opening Reception

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - July 10; 4 p.m.

Join us for the Opening Reception of “Through Our Eyes: A Juried Exhibition”. This season, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is presented with unique circumstances as we continue to build community through the arts via “artistic bridges”. Thus, our second annual juried exhibition will be themed based upon the concept of community building and connection via artistic bridges. Since the beginning of the pandemic, artists have been forced to reflect upon their concept of community through unprecedented lenses. Thus, artists are asked to submit their interpretations of community. It could take the form of plein air pieces of their favorite spots in their communities, landscapes, portraits, etc. The sky’s the limit, as long as the artist explains how their piece illustrates community. 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.

 

 

Stargazing: Facebook Live on STARturday Night!

Virginia Living Museum - July 10; 7:30 p.m.

LIVE this STARturday Night! The Virginia Living Museum STARGAZING goes virtual on FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM! Join us at 7:30pm live for 30 minutes to talk with Dr. Kelly Herbst about what’s going on in the evening sky right now and how you can find things for yourself! We will be using Starry Night Dome planetarium software (many thanks to Spitz, Inc. for giving us access to this great resource!) so we are guaranteed to be able to do some “observing” no matter what the weather is like…and then you can take what you learn outside and do a little stargazing for yourself whenever the sky in your area permits! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

July 11th  

Friendly Hours

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - July 11; 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 where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting before the Museum is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming. FREE with $1 Admission. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - July 11; 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.

 July 12th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - July 12; 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. FREE. Pre-registration is required. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

July 13th

Summer Movie Series – The Croods: A New Age

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - July 13; 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

July 14th

History of the Park and Trees Guided Tour

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - July 14; 9 a.m. and 1 p.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. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

City Center Farmers' Market

City Center at Oyster Point - July 14; 10 a.m.

Swing by every Thursday through September 9th for fresh, healthy, Farm-to-Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row, 757-873-2020. Click here for more information.

 

Story and a Walk

Newport News Park  - July 14; 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. Call 757-886-7916 for more information. Also check out our virtual Story and a Walk programs in the videos section at http://bit.ly/StoryandWalk. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.

VHS Summer Concert Series: Bobby Blackhat

Port Warwick  - July 14; 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

 

Through Our Eyes: A Juried Exhibition

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Daily from July 10 - 31

This season, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is presented with unique circumstances as we continue to build community through the arts via “artistic bridges”. Thus, our second annual juried exhibition will be themed based upon the concept of community building and connection via artistic bridges. Since the beginning of the pandemic, artists have been forced to reflect upon their concept of community through unprecedented lenses. Thus, artists are asked to submit their interpretations of community. It could take the form of plein air pieces of their favorite spots in their communities, landscapes, portraits, etc. The sky’s the limit, as long as the artist explains how their piece illustrates community. 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.

City Center Farmers' Market

City Center at Oyster Point - Every Thursday through September 9, 2021

Swing by every Thursday through September 9th for fresh, healthy, Farm-to-Table Choices! 701 Mariners Row, 757-873-2020. Click here for more information.

 

Jurassic Giants

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through 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 - Continuing through 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.

Super Science Live

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through September 6; 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

 

Summer Movie Series

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - Every Tuesday through August 3; 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.