Hampton Roads November 2007 Events
Through Nov. 25 Newport News
SURVIVOR: JAMESTOWN! AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM. You are among 104 colonists arriving
in the New World in 1607. Your goal? Survive for one year. Wind your way through a maze to make
choices, meet challenges, work hard and, if you are lucky, survive. Pick a life chart of an actual colonist
and work through the seasons. Climb the Rocky Fall line, ride a zip line, discover resources hidden in the
wilderness and engage in costumed role playing. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 595-1900. E-mail:
email@example.com. Web site: www.thevlm.org.
Through Nov. 25 Newport News
THE VIRGINIA GARDEN TOURS AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM. Celebrate Jamestown 2007
with a tour through Virginia’s gardening history highlighting the colonists’ interaction with plants of all
types. See native plants used by Indians and how colonists utilized these in their struggle to survive.
Learn what plants they brought from Europe and how they became “naturalized” into Virginia’s flora. 9
a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 595-1900. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.thevlm.org.
Nov. 1-30 Williamsburg
VIRGINIA INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH. At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center,
special programs in observance of American Indian Month will emphasize the culture of Virginia Indians
and their history. This is among the 2007 events and themes marking the 400th Anniversary of
Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 253-4838, (888) 593-
4682. Web site: www.historyisfun.org.
Nov. 2 Norfolk
FIRST FRIDAYS IN GHENT—NORFOLK. This upscale, gallery-crawl event will have diners and
shoppers enjoying Norfolk’s Historic Ghent with street musicians and entertainers, specialty retail
shopping until 9 p.m. and excellent dining opportunities. Free parking and transportation are available. 6-
9 p.m. (757) 353-6063. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.destinationghent.com.
Nov. 2 Portsmouth
12 HISTORIC SQUARES OF HIGH STREET—FIRST FRIDAY IN OLDE TOWNE PORTSMOUTH. Olde
Towne and Hampton Roads residents and visitors look forward to the month’s new art shows, special
sales and the friendly sharing of news and information at “First Fridays.” Art galleries, antique and
specialty gift shops and restaurants participate in this event held along the seven blocks of High Street
between Effingham Street and the Elizabeth River. 5-8 p.m. (757) 397-7173, (757) 399-5012, (757) 405-
3500. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com. Web site: www.oldetowneportsmouth.com.
Nov. 3 Norfolk
SUPER SATURDAY: THE FIRST AMERICANS. Join us at the Norfolk Botanical Garden for super fun as
we honor the First Americans through storytelling, crafts and music. Free with Garden admission. 10
a.m.-2 p.m. (757) 441-5830. Web site: www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.
Nov. 3 Portsmouth
FIRST SATURDAY IN OLDE TOWNE PORTSMOUTH. Hunt through the huge collection of unique and
antique wares as more than 100 dealers and vendors offer a great selection of antique and estate
furniture, art, decorative accessories and flea market items in the Middle Street Garage. 10 a.m.-2:30
p.m. (757) 405-3500, (757) 399-5012. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
Nov. 3-4 Chesapeake
CHESAPEAKE HERITAGE ARTS FESTIVAL. Celebrate awareness of and interest in our rural roots with
heritage and fiber artisans, workshops, sheep dog and other demonstrations, competitions, children’s
activities, food and more. Enjoy live acoustic music all day, both days. Free, with free parking. 10 a.m.-4
p.m. (757) 382-6411. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site:
Nov. 4 Charles City
BERKELEY PLANTATION FIRST THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL. Celebrate the 1619 landing of the
original colonists at Berkeley Plantation. Join us at the site of the first official Thanksgiving in America for
a day dedicated to history, food and fun. Enjoy tours of the original 1726 Manor House, ancestral home of
two U.S. presidents. Stroll the colorful autumn gardens and grounds, sample delicious Virginia food and
shop. Watch a formal living history program. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 829-6018, (888) 466-6018. Web site:
Nov. 4, 18 Newport News
BIRD WALKS. The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park
since 1965. Join club volunteers in the Picnic Area I parking lot for some early-morning birding. Be
prepared to carpool to several areas in the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides are
recommended. Free. (757) 886-7912. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.nnparks.com.
Nov. 5 Hampton
PORT HAMPTON LECTURE SERIES—2007. Hear authors, living historians and local history buffs
discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national
flavor. $3/person; free/museum members; membership is available at the door. 7-8 p.m. (757) 727-1610.
Nov. 5-6 Williamsburg
GOLDEN HORSESHOE COUPLES GOLF TOURNAMENT. Come play on Colonial Williamsburg’s
award-winning Golden Horseshoe golf courses during this popular annual golf tournament. Two-person
teams will consist of one man and one woman playing a best ball and captain’s choice format. Couples
will play the Green Course on Monday, Nov. 5, and the Gold Course on Tuesday, Nov. 6. $. (757) 220-
7696, (800) HIS-TORY. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
Nov. 8 Williamsburg
ELECTRONIC FIELDTRIP: EMISSARIES OF PEACE. During the turbulent era of the French and Indian
War, the Cherokee people struggled to preserve their independence. Follow Cherokee leader Ostenaco
and Virginian Henry Timberlake on their 1762 journey from Chota, the capital of the Cherokee nation, to
Williamsburg and London in search of a lasting peace. Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips are
interactive history lessons, presented as live television and Internet events, and broadcast via satellite to
schools around the nation. Bruton Heights School Lane Auditorium. Free. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (800) 761-
8331. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.
Nov. 9-11 Williamsburg
BROTHERS-IN-ARMS. This program recognizes the challenges, triumphs and contributions of free and
enslaved African Americans as Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution. Experience the
contradiction of slavery and freedom through the extraordinary stories of enslaved people who became
soldiers and camp followers fighting for their own freedom. Bassett Hall. $. (757) 246-2099, (800) HIS-
TORY. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.
Nov. 10 Charles City
CHICKAHOMINY CORN & JOHN SMITH—THE GODSPEED RETRACES A JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL.
This port-of-call visit by the Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed commemorates Capt. John Smith’s
historic Chickahominy voyages in November of 1607. Meet Captain John Smith and learn about his
voyages. Experience the many ways in which the “Coarse Ground Corn People,” the Chickahominy,
cooked and used corn. The grand entrance and commemorative ceremony start at noon. There will be
native dancing, crafts and food all day. River’s Rest Marina. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (804) 652-1516. E-mail:
Nov. 10 Portsmouth
NATIVE AMERICAN DAY AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA. Explore the culture and
traditions of Native Americans through songs, dancing, games and crafts. $. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (757) 393-
5258, (757) 393-8543. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.childrensmuseumva.com.
Nov. 10, 17 Williamsburg
JAMES RIVER PLANTATION THANKSGIVING PROGRESSIVE CANDLELIGHT TOUR AND DINNER.
Explore the history of America’s Thanksgiving tradition in Williamsburg’s James River Plantation country,
minutes from the site of America’s first official celebration. Savor traditional specialties during an elegant
four-course candlelight dinner. Enjoy tours by the owners of Piney Grove (1790), Ashland (1835),
Ladysmith (1857) and Duck Church (1917) and savor an elegant four-course candlelight dinner. $. 5-9
p.m. (804) 829-2196, (804) 829-2480. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.pineygrove.com.
Nov. 11 Hampton
IN COMMEMORATION OF VETERANS DAY. All veterans may tour the Hampton History Museum for
free. 1-5 p.m. (757) 727-1610. www.hampton.va.us/history_museum.
Nov. 11 Newport News
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION AT THE VIRGINIA WAR MUSEUM. Help honor the men and women
who served in our armed forces at this event sponsored by Braxton-Perkins Post #25 of the American
Legion. After the ceremony, learn about America’s rich military heritage at the museum and receive $1 off
admission. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (757) 247-8523, (757) 928-6738. Web site: www.warmuseum.org.
Nov. 11 Suffolk
AMERICAN GIRL PROGRAM FEATURING “KIRSTEN.” At Riddick’s Folly House Museum, learn about
“Kirsten,” who in 1854 left all she ever knew to come with her family to the New World. Enjoy craft making
and refreshments. American Girl publications will be on sale. Free; reservations are required. (757) 934-
1390. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.riddicksfolly.org.
Nov. 11 Virginia Beach
VETERANS DAY PARADE IN HAMPTON ROADS. Join the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans
Organizations in honoring our nation’s veterans. This parade begins on Atlantic Avenue at 17th Street
and continues to the Veterans’ Memorial on 19th Street. (757) 468-2357, (800) 822-3224. Web site:
Nov. 11 Williamsburg
VETERANS DAY IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG. In honor of the contributions of American veterans,
the weekend will feature a number of activities related to early American military life. A series of small
encampments will be located throughout the Historic Area. $; free admission for active-duty military,
reservists, retirees, veterans and their families. (800) HIS-TORY. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site:
Nov. 12 Virginia Beach
COOKING & WINE CLASS CROC’S 19TH STREET BISTRO. Looking for cooking? Like to dine with
wine? Croc’s 19th Street Bistro is offering visitors and locals alike a culinary treat. Cook with indigenous
ingredients (this month, it’s pumpkin) while taking part in a wine discussion and sampling a variety of
varietals. This event is interactive for those would like to experiment with unique methods. $. 6-7:30 p.m.
(757) 428-5444. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.crocs19thstreetbistro.com.
Nov. 12 Yorktown
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN YORKTOWN. Honor our veterans at this wreath-laying ceremony at
the War Memorial at York Hall, 301 Main Street. Free. (757) 890-3500 Noon-1 p.m. (757) 890-3500. E-
mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.
Nov. 16 Portsmouth
ARTS & ANTIQUES OPEN HOUSE, OLDE TOWNE PORTSMOUTH. Get a jump start on holiday
shopping in the seven blocks of art, antique and specialty shops along High Street and its side streets.
Festivities typically include opening receptions at the Courthouse Galleries art museum, Tidewater
Community College’s Visual Arts Center at Olde Towne, Riverview Gallery, and the Vincent Hester
Gallery. But that’s not all … nearly 40 additional downtown merchants usually participate. 5-10 p.m. (757)
405-3500. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.otba.biz.
Nov. 16-Jan. 1 Hampton
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—HAMPTON. Holiday celebrations include the Coliseum Central Parade, the
Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade, the Hampton Holly Days Parade, It’s a Wonderful Life in
Phoebus and much more. (800) 800-2202. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site:
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Norfolk
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—NORFOLK. Experience the brilliance of the holiday season illuminated by
500,000 twinkling lights along a 2.5-mile drive in the Garden of Lights or the special events and programs
of Holidays in the City, including the lighted skylines of downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth. Holiday
productions of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker round out the festivities. (888) 493-7386, (800)
368-3097. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.100milesoflights.com.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Portsmouth
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—PORTSMOUTH. The spirit of the holidays comes alive with the Olde Towne
Holiday Music Festival. From lighted boats along the waterfront to the quaint antique shops and art
galleries seven blocks away, you’ll find harpists, jazz trios, brass quartets, choirs, bagpipes and more.
You can also enjoy the lighted displays that once made up Coleman Nursery’s “Winter Wonderland,” now
on display at the Courthouse Galleries museum. (888) 493-7386, (800) 767-8782. E-mail:
email@example.com. Web site: www.100milesoflights.com.
Nov. 16-Dec. 30 Portsmouth
COLEMAN’S NATIVITY SCENE. Monumental United Methodist Church purchased the life-sized Nativity
scene displayed for many years in the garden of Coleman’s Nursery during the holiday season. Visitors
may view the Nativity scene in Monumental’s chapel. Church members will provide commentary. $. (757)
397-1297. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.monumentalumc.org.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Portsmouth
COLEMAN’S WINTER WONDERLAND IN OLDE TOWNE PORTSMOUTH. Be entertained while you
visit with some of your favorite animated figures from Coleman’s celebrated “Winter Wonderland”
collection. Scheduled activities typically include make-and-take arts and crafts; a singing Santa Claus;
strolling holiday characters; school choirs in the Courthouse Galleries courtyard; and musical performers
in the Courthouse Galleries Gift Shop. $. (757) 393-8983, (757) 393-8543, (757) 393-5111. E-mail:
email@example.com. Web site: www.courthousegalleries.com.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Virginia Beach
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—VIRGINIA BEACH. Drive the famous Boardwalk, lit from end to end with
500,000 lights for Holiday Lights at the Beach. Take in a holiday parade or a Holiday Winter Wildlife Boat
Trip. Enjoy English holiday traditions at the Adam Thoroughgood House and the Francis Land House.
There will also be holiday performances of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and the annual
Messiah Sing-a-Long. (888) 493-7386, (800) 822-3224. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 Williamsburg
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—WILLIAMSBURG. Celebrate an 18th-century Christmas with holiday programs,
tours, concerts, feasts, illuminations and incredible decorations in Colonial Williamsburg. In Yorktown, the
holiday season begins the first full weekend in December with the Christmas Tree Lighting, Lighted Boat
Parade and Christmas Homes Tour. The same weekend, the Williamsburg Winery conducts an open
house and wine tasting. (888) 493-7386, (800) 368-6511. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site:
Nov. 16-Jan. 1 Virginia Beach
MCDONALD’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THE BEACH, PRESENTED BY VERIZON WIRELESS.
Experience the wonder of the peaceful oceanfront transformed into a playland of nautical and holiday
characters, with new displays added each year. Viewing this holiday treat has become a tradition
because it’s the only time of the year when you can drive right on the boardwalk. There is a per-vehicle
charge to drive through the display. (757) 491-SUNN, (800) 822-3224. Web site:
Nov. 17 Hampton
COLISEUM CENTRAL HOLIDAY PARADE. Enjoy the holiday season during this much-anticipated
seasonal daytime parade featuring helium balloons, floats, clowns, marching bands and Santa. Coliseum
Drive at Hampton Roads. Free. (757) 826-6351, (800) 800-2202, (757) 727-1102. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.coliseumcentral.com.
Nov. 17 Hampton
GET HOOKED ON HAMPTON ROCKFISH TOURNAMENT & OYSTER BASH BLOCK PARTY. This is
downtown Hampton’s premiere cold-weather tournament and festival. Complete with live music, great
food and a host of outdoor activities, this event appeals to both the avid outdoorsman and the recreational
fun seeker. (757) 727-1102, (804) 240-7577, (800) 800-2202. E-mail: email@example.com.
Nov. 17 Newport News
NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM. Celebrate the cultural heritage
of Virginia’s Native American people. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, music, cultural exhibits and live animal
programs featuring animals from traditional stories. In the Virginia Garden, discover the ways native
plants were used by Virginia’s original settlers. Kids will enjoy playing games that Indian children once
played and can make a craft to take home. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 595-1900, (757) 595-9135. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.thevlm.org.
Nov. 17 Norfolk
GRAND ILLUMINATION PARADE—DOWNTOWN NORFOLK. Festivities begin with the Grand
Illumination of the Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth skylines, when 100,000 voices along
the Grand Illumination Parade route will take part in a community countdown. The skylines stretch nearly
20 miles to light up our favorite holidays. The illumination signals the start of the parade in Norfolk, filled
with festive and lighted floats, marching bands, giant balloons, decorated vehicles, dancers and, of
course, Santa Claus. 7 p.m. (757) 623-1757. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site:
Nov. 17-18 Chesapeake
INDIAN RIVER CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW. Get your holiday shopping started early at the high school.
More than 90 talented artisans display and sell their crafts at this traditional opening of the holiday
shopping season in Chesapeake. Free; concessions will be available for purchase. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sun., noon-5 p.m. (757) 382-6411. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
Nov. 17-18 Portsmouth
WINTER WONDERLAND CRAFT DAYS AT THE COURTHOUSE GALLERIES. Join us at the opening
of Winter Wonderland for holiday crafts and a first look at Winter Wonderland at the Courthouse Galleries.
Make-and-take holiday activities are planned. $. (757) 393-5258. E-mail: email@example.com. Web
Nov. 17-18 Williamsburg
GOLDEN HORSESHOE MILITARY INVITATIONAL. In this tournament two-person, amateur teams vie
in a 36-hole competition format; one player must be an active-duty, retired or reserve military or National
Guard member. $. (757) 220-7696, (800) HIS-TORY. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
Nov. 21-25 Newport News
“STAR OF WONDER” AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM. This spellbinding display traces the steps
of the magi by re-creating the skies over Bethlehem from 2000 years ago. Both educational and
entertaining, this planetarium show uses scientific data, religious history, beautiful imagery and traditional
music to explore the mystery that has puzzled astronomers and theologians for centuries. The show
offers several theories for the famous starlike object. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 595-1900, (757) 595-9135. E-
mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.thevlm.org.
Nov. 22-24 Williamsburg
FOODS & FEASTS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA. Explore the 17th- and 18th-century culinary practices of
Virginia during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 253-4838,
(888) 593-4682. Web site: www.historyisfun.org.
Nov. 22-Jan. 1 Newport News
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—NEWPORT NEWS. Be dazzled by more than 650,000 lights, shop for unique
holiday gifts, discover the traditions of Christmases gone by and experience the best in holiday
entertainment. (888) 493-7386. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.100milesoflights.com.
Nov. 22-Jan. 1 Newport News
CELEBRATION IN LIGHTS. Take a spectacular two-mile drive through holiday light displays, enjoying
scenes that will delight the young and young at heart. More than 650,000 lights create a kaleidoscope of
dazzling, shimmering color. The park’s lakes become magical mirrors reflecting sailing ships and sea
creatures and dazzling animated arches feature an elf train, multicolored snowflakes, leaping reindeer, a
ski-jumping bear and more. Newport News Regional Park. $. 5:30-10 p.m. (757) 926-1400. Web site:
Nov. 23-25 Virginia Beach
VIRGINIA BEACH CHRISTMAS MARKET. A holiday tradition for 25 years, this popular event features
300 juried artisans offering a diverse selection of both traditional and contemporary work. Quality artists
and craftspeople from more than 20 states offer their latest creations for holiday gift giving, including
pottery, jewelry, fine arts, stained glass, wood, photography, fiber arts and thousands of one-of-kind
Christmas collectibles. $. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 417-7771. E-mail:
email@example.com. Web site: www.emgshows.com.
Nov. 24 Smithfield
HISTORIC ST. LUKE’S CHURCH HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Savor the sounds of Christmas in our 17th-
century church while enjoying the hospitality. There will be tours and holiday music in our acoustically
beautiful church. In the Gift Shop, we will have refreshments and free gift wrapping with purchases. Free,
donations are appreciated. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (757) 357-3367. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site:
Nov. 25 Williamsburg
HOLIDAY ANTIQUES SHOW—26TH ANNUAL. Thirty dealers from 14 states offer period furniture,
accessories, silver, jewelry and fine art at the Kingsmill Marriott. $6, free/children. Noon-5 p.m. (757) 220-
1299, (757) 870-6924. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.holidayantiqueshows.com.
Nov. 30 Newport News
HOLLYDAZZLE. This unique holiday event combines fireworks, special effects and music in a
spectacular show presented in the round on the five-acre Fountain Plaza. There will be free children’s
activities and holiday performances throughout the City Center at the Oyster Point area, plus great
shopping all along Merchant’s Walk. Free; food and beverage will be offered for sale. 6-9 p.m. (757) 926-
1400. Web site: www.nnparks.com.
Nov. 30 Yorktown
YORKTOWN CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS—ILLUMINATION AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. The
holiday lights go on and the festive season begins at 6:30 p.m. with musical entertainment, and a
performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, followed by the Procession
of Lights through historic Yorktown to Riverwalk Landing. The tree-lighting ceremony, which includes
holiday entertainment and a visit from Santa, begins at 7:30 p.m. Free. (757) 890-3500 6:30-9 p.m. (757)
890-3500. Web site: www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.