Second Sundays Festival Brings Artisanal And Musical Fun To Prince George Street in Williamsburg VA

Every second Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Prince George Street is filled with artists showcasing their crafts and musicians performing up and down the street.

The 2nd Sundays Festival takes place every month, except for January and February, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It goes along the upper block of Prince George Street and extends down North Boundary Street. Local artists pay in order to showcase their work while multiple musicians preform live at different stages throughout the festival. The director of 2nd Sundays, Shirley Vermilion, created the event in 2010. Vermilion grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia and lived in both Seattle and Richmond before she moved to Williamsburg in 2001.

“Williamsburg for a long time felt like it was all about history,” Vermilion said. “It was all it really did and Colonial Williamsburg kind of did everything, and that was what drove it.”

Vermilion was surprised when she found out that some of her neighbors in Williamsburg ranged from mystery novelists and children’s book authors to potters. However, Vermilion found out that it was difficult for them to display their work unless they left Williamsburg, as local opportunities were limited.

Vermilion originally decided to reserve her local clubhouse and feature around 15 local artists in a show she called First Colony Arts Bazaar. According to Vermilion, the show was well-attended and well-loved.

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

“I always thought, ‘here we are a tourist town; we need something like this downtown,’” Vermilion said.

In 2010 Vermilion contacted the Blue Talon Bistro executive chef and owner David Everett and general manager and owner Adam Steely to ask if they would help her facilitate an art festival on Prince George Street.

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A can’t-miss party to benefit the Williamsburg Land Conservancy

The Williamsburg Land Conservancy is proud to announce their new fundraiser, Creekside Conservancy Celebration. The event will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Nettles Creek Farm on Bush Neck Road. Thanks to the generosity of David and Stephanie Allen, landowners who placed a conservation easement on their 158-acre farm, attendees will enjoy a fun-packed evening along the shores of Nettles Creek. Presented by Eastern Virginia Bank (EVB) and Middle Peninsula Insurance and Financial Services, the Celebration promises to be one of the fall season’s best events!

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The evening includes music by the famous Midnight Movers. The Midnight Movers are a powerhouse of authentic soul and Motown sounds, led by the dynamic trumpeter and vocalist Curtis Pope. There are no continuously working groups more intertwined with American soul music. The Midnight Movers made their mark behind the scenes, backing up, touring with, producing, and arranging many of the genre’s most famous artists, including, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers. The band is perhaps most famous, however, for its decades-long collaboration with “Wicked” Wilson Pickett.
Fresh oysters, food catered by the Two Drummers Smokehouse, beer, wine and a music powerhouse will make this a can’t-miss event! Gather your friends and purchase a table for 10; cost is $1,200. You’ll have a place to rest after you’ve danced to the great sounds of the Midnight Movers! Individual tickets are $100.

It’s a rain or shine event! In the case of inclement weather, we’ll move the party into the barn and under a big tent. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
Purchase your table or tickets today; we are limited to the amount of tickets we can sell, so don’t wait! Remember, it’s all for a great cause, the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. We’re the ones making sure our community stays greener and doesn’t become just another stop along Interstate 64. Support our efforts and have a great and memorable evening. Now that’s a winning combination!

When :Saturday, October 4, 2014, 5-10 p.m.

Where
:Nettles Creek Farm, Bush Neck Road, Williamsburg, VA

Visit www.williamsburglandconservancy.org or call 757-565-0343
for more information or to purchase your tickets.
Proceeds to benefit the Williamsburg Land Conservancy

Attire is resort casual – No jacket required and boots welcome.

Directions to Nettles Creek Farm, 2001 Bush Neck Road

Travel on Centerville Road to Jolly Pond Road and turn. Stay on Jolly Pond to Bush Neck Road and turn. There will be signs to direct you to Nettles Creek Farm.

Purchase tickets here

ShinDIG at Jamestown: An Evening of Barbeque & Bluegrass to Benefit the Jamestown Rediscovery Project

imageCome and join in the fun at  the third annual ShinDIG at Jamestown to benefit the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Enjoy bluegrass music with our very own Archaeology Director Bill Kelso and the Who Ever Shows Up Band from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Dale House Café on Jamestown Island.

The Williamsburg-based band features eight musicians including Bill Kelso, banjo; Doug Burgoyne, guitar; Jack Cowardin, fiddle; Rob Foos, dobro; Bobby Hornsby, bass; Rennie Howard, banjo; Ellen Kelso, bass; and Steve Robertson, guitar.

Soak in the views of the James River while you enjoy music and a BBQ dinner provided by Carrot Tree Kitchens. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the archaeological research, educational programs and operations of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Historic Jamestowne

Tickets are $30 per person and include the BBQ dinner.Tickets must be purchased online in advance. An email confirmation will be sent after the ticket purchase is made. Tickets will NOT be mailed to participants.

Thursday, September 25, 2014  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Gates open at 5:45 pm

Buy tickets here

Calling All Parrot Heads in Williamsburg VA

imageTHE PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN-A SALUTE TO JIMMY BUFFETT.
September 27, 2014
Lake Matoaka Amphitheater (College of W&M Campus). Gates will open at 5 pm show starts at 7 pm and will conclude at 11 pm. “Parrots of the Caribbean is the #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Act in the Country…Bar None.” Parrots of the Caribbean will bring excitement, energy, and first class musicianship. It’s a show you will not forget. With their island costume changes it’s sure to spread that island feeling. This concert is a fundraiser for PIPE, Providing Indoor Plumbing to Everyone. In 2007 there were several homes still lacking indoor plumbing in the Historic Triangle. Thanks to the efforts of the members of the Leadership Historic Triangle (LHT, now LEAD) Class of 2007 and Housing Partnerships, there are now only a few homes in our community lacking this basic necessity. This project aims to keep continue raising money to help provide gap funding for these remaining projects, which are not fully covered by available state funds.

Be sure to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, and break out those flip flops as we dance and move to the sounds of Parrots of the Caribbean! Ticket and concert information www.PIPEConcert.com

Parrots of the Caribbean – “#1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Act in the Country…Bar None”

7pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Doors open at 5pm.

Lake Matoaka Amphitheater – Map

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Tickets on sale at the gate at 5pm.

$12 Pre Sale General Admission

$15 Day of Event – $10 for students and children (under 12)

Parrot head attire encouraged.

Doors open at 5pm.

Drinks and food will be sold (no outside drinks or food allowed)

All proceeds benefit PIPE (Providing Indoor Plumbing to Everyone) to install plumbing in homes that still lack it.

Purchase Tickets here.

Purchase Student or Child Ticket here.

Buy your tickets online and save! No paypal account is needed: just click “Pay with a debit or credit card” on the paypal page and pay as a guest.

$12 online; $15 at the door; $10 for students and children (12 & under) at the door

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra returns to Yorktown Saturday, August 30

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 for its 18th annual outdoor concert. This year’s concert will be held at Riverwalk Landing on Water Street in historic Yorktown. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. image

A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show at 6 p.m.

The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors, York County, York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $24,000 to present this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.

Event parking information is as follows:

• Plan to arrive early as parking is expected to fill up in Yorktown.

• Event parking will be available at the York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings on Ballard Street, and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace on Water Street.

• Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

• Limited Handicap parking available in the lower level of the parking terrace. No rain date is scheduled for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information.

For additional information, visit http://www.visityorktown.org or call 890-4490

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN PERFORMS DURING GLORY AT THE GARDENS AT BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG

imageSteven Curtis Chapman will bring a little more glory to the gardens when he performs at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Aug. 23, 2014 Chapman will wrap up the Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola.
     Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million albums sold. His latest album, The Glorious Unfolding, speaks of the story that is each person’s life and how they unfold. “The theme was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending,” Chapman says.
Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre opens approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performance.  All Glory at the Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Purchase a Concert Dining Combo deal online and enjoy an appetizing dinner from any of the park’s signature restaurants and preferred seating for the show in the Royal Palace Theatre. For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing starts August 6th 2014

York County is excited to partner with the USAF Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in presenting the Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The shows take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River. The series will be held from August 6 through 26, 2014. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. The series kicks off on Wednesday, August 6, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 96th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The concert series continues on Tuesday, August 12, with Full Spectrum, a high energy band featuring a horn section, which has the unique ability to play a “full spectrum” of music ranging from Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, R & B, Latin, and Classic Rock.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC Jazz Combo on Tuesday, August 19. This group will entertain all audiences with the Classics, Ballads, Blues, Soul, and contemporary tunes.

The concert series culminates with The Blue Aces on Tuesday, August 26. This group takes great pride in its specialized, high-energy performances that feature a wide variety of American popular music styles. The group performs annually for thousands of military and civilian audience members in settings ranging from small official dinners to large festivals.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

2013 Williamsburg Summer Breeze concerts @ Merchants Square

Come party in downtown Williamsburg all summer long in celebration of Merchants Square’s 85th anniversary. The 22nd annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series begins Wednesday, June 19 and runs weekly through August with a blockbuster lineup of bands. In addition, the Square will host a special birthday bash concert on the eve of An Occasion for the Arts, Friday, October 4. Unless otherwise noted, the free outdoor concerts are held on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m.

Slapnation (formerly the original Slapwater Band) will be performing in Merchants Square on July 31

June 19: Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra                                         7–9 p.m.
The WCSO is a 16-piece authentic big band playing all the best swing music from the height of the swing era as well as some popular swing hits of today.

June 26: Party Fins                                                                                               7–9 p.m.
Showcasing the songs of Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison and other longtime favorites,

                        the Party Fins are a tropical/jam-rock festival band that specializes in audience engagement.

July 2: Independence Day Concert                                                  6:30–7:45 p.m.

(Tuesday)     U.S. Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band—
Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play
American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.

July 10: Butter                                                                                                        7–9 p.m.

Audiences love to dance to this 4-piece high-energy rock band. Based out of Virginia Beach, the name Butter has become synonymous with music at the Beach over the past seven years.

July 17: Kings of Swing                                                                                      7–9 p.m.

This versatile dance and show band from Richmond plays beach music, Motown favorites and everyone’s favorite music of the 1970s – 90s.

July 24: RareMixx                                                                                                7–9 p.m.

RareMixx entertains audiences with a wide variety of music from the 60’s to the present. Whether your preference is soft jazz, standard dinner music, or high-energy dance RareMixx plays it all.

July 31: Slapnation (Formerly the original Slapwater Band)                7–9 p.m.

                        Virginia’s premier party and dance band! Bring your dancing shoes and lawn chair as Slapnation boogies down in Merchants Square.

Aug 7:            US Army TRADOC Rock Band                                                   7–8:30 p.m.

A versatile and energetic ensemble, TRADOC Rock brings contemporary styles          
such as classic rock, pop and country music to soldiers and audiences worldwide.

Aug 14: USAF Heritage Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble                   7–8:30 p.m.           

A versatile 13-piece ensemble, Rhythm in Blue performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and funk.

Aug 21:          US Army TRADOC Jazz Band                                                     7–8:30 p.m.

Audiences of all ages are enthralled by the classics, ballads, blues, soul,

                        bossa nova, and contemporary tunes performed by this jazz combo.

Aug 28:         USAF Blue Aces Ensemble                                                          7–8:30 p.m.

                        The energetic productions of this 10-piece ensemble encompass a wide variety of musical styles.

  Oct 4:           Special 85th Anniversary Concert                                                   7–9 p.m.

Right On Band

                        Specializing in Motown, disco, and 70’s funk, Right On Band has been keeping the 70’s alive for 20 years.

Beginning with the June 19 concert, Merchants Square also offers children’s entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. including face painting, bubble making and clowns. There will be no children’s entertainment during the Independence Day concert.

For more information about weather-related cancellations, please see the Merchants Square website, www.merchantssquare.org, or call the events hotline on concert days: (757) 565-8889.

All concerts are free, and are  sponsored by Merchants Square, and the City of Williamsburg

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Shagging returns to Yorktown for 2013

Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various rock/R&B/pop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Beach music is most closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina. Recordings with a 4/4 “blues shuffle” rhythmic structure and moderate-to-fast tempo are the most popular music for the shag, and the vast majority of the music in this genre fits that description.

imageThose eager to scratch their shag-dancing itch will find what they’re looking for at the Yorktown waterfront starting next month.

The Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series begins June 6, 2013 and will continue most Thursdays through Aug. 1, 2013. The shows are free and take place at Riverwalk Landing near the foot of the Coleman Bridge.

Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in Historic Yorktown.

     This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more.  Start your weekend early this summer, and join us for Shagging on the Riverwalk every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6 through June 20, and again from July 11 through August 1.  The Colonial Shag Club will again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and will answer questions related to this popular form of dance.

     Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area’s largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging: 

v June 6             Band of Oz

v June 13            The Embers

v June 20            Atlantic Groove Band

         – – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –

v July 11             The Rhondels

v July 18             Mark Roberts and Breeze

v July 25             The Main Event Band

v August 1         The Holiday Band

     This series is free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.  Food will be available for purchase.  Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.  Signage directing motorists to parking lots will be in place.

     For more information about Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org. Event Weather Hotline: 890-3520.  This event is sponsored by York County.

Beaverdam Park Spring Festival – Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Gloucester, VA

Everyone’s invited to an all-day festival on the water in Gloucester’s beautiful Beaverdam Park to kick-off a multi-year fund-raising campaign for a proposed new Nature Center.  The Nature Center is envisioned with exciting hands-on exhibits, educational and science features, and rentable space for events and meetings.

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The festival will run from 10 AM – 8 PM – Sat April 27,2013

Entertainment includes live music with Key’d Up at 1:00 PM and Gloucester’s own Planet Full Of Blues at 4:00 PM

Planet Full Of Blues – is a modern electric blues band based on the sweet southeast coast of Virginia. The band’s habanero-fueled original music is often described as a collision between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Critics agree that the Planet Full Of Blues sound reflects the best in today’s progressive blues rock music

Other features at the festival inculde nature-oriented information booths; face painting, badminton, corn hole, volleyball, soccer relay; 5:00 PM guided nature walk, 7:00 PM frog talk; free tree saplings to first 500 families. Food & drinks available for purchase or bring your own picnic and folding chairs – no alcohol permitted. Come have a family fun day and support this wonderful project!

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate; kids under 13 free.  Tickets available online at http://gloucesterparks.org/beaverdam-park-spring-festival or at Beaverdam Park; Kelsick Market, Main St., Gloucester Court House; Visitors Center, Court House Circle; and the Parks & Recreation office.  For more information call Patti McGrath at 804-693-2107 or go to www.gloucesterva.info/P&R

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Address :8687 Roaring Springs Road
Time:10 AM – 8 PM –

Date:Sat April 27,2013
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Groovin in the garden-concert series returns for 2012-Richmond

imageAre you ready to rock and roll? This coming spring brings the latest installment of Groovin’ in the Garden, the popular concert series held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Enjoy great live music in a beautiful garden setting. Food and beverage available; no coolers please. Concerts are held rain or shine

Organizers have officially announced Justin Townes Earle as its first musical act of the 2012 season. A Nashville artist, Justin Townes Earle will perform in Richmond on May 22, 2012

You can visit the Groovin’ Web site for more details.

2012 SCHEDULE
Date
Scheduled Performance
Location
May 17, 2012

Infamous Stringdusters 
with The Steep Canyon Rangers

http://www.thestringdusters.com

http://www.steepcanyon.com

On Sale Friday 2/24

Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden

May 22, 2012

Justin Townes Earle 
with Tristen and Todd Snider

http://www.justintownesearle.com

Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden
May 24, 2012

Yonder Mountain String Band

http://www.yondermountain.com

On Sale Friday 2/24

Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden
June 13, 2012

A Bluegrass Evening with Vince Gill

Vince Gill
with Special Guest Sarah Jarosz

http://www.vincegill.com

On Sale Friday 2/24

Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden