Area events in February

Pick of the month:
Feb. 21: In the Mood.
Take a retro look at the life and times of the 1940s, America’s greatest generation. Experience the swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of this time when music moved the nation’s spirit. Mood Singers and Dancers, with the 14-piece String of Pearls Big Band orchestra. Kimball Theatre, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg. Admission. 1-800-HISTORY.

Feb. 1-5: 56th Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Visiting experts and Colonial Williamsburg’s curators present the latest research in American decorative arts. Colonial Williamsburg. 800-770-5930.

Feb. 2: Love Letters: A Civil War Romance. This powerful historical drama unfolds as a Civil War soldier and his wife tell about their love for each other through letters. Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News. $15/non-members; $10/members. 2-3 p.m. 757-888-3371,

Feb. 6-7: Salute to the Tuskegee Airman. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen are available to discuss artifacts on display from noon to 1 pm. And from 1-3 p.m. the movie, “The Tuskegee Airmen,” is shown. After the movie, guest speakers share their experiences of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Virginia War Museum, Newport News. Admission. 757-247-8523,

Feb. 7: Kids’ History Club: Victorian Valentine. Find out how Valentine’s Day got started. Make a Valentine card to take with you, and also decorate a heart cookie. For ages 8-12. Endview Plantation, Newport News. $10. Reservations required. 10 a.m.-noon. 757-887-1862,

Feb. 8: Winter Tea. The Friends of the Muscarelle Museum of Art will host the 14th annual Winter Tea at the museum 3-5 p.m. Enjoy the vibrant colors in the exhibition “American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement” and tours of the permanent collection. Music provided by members of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra. English tea, sherry and delicious treats. $12 regular admission, $4 for students. Tickets on sale at the front desk of the Muscarelle, which is located on the campus of the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg. 757-221-2700,

Feb. 13-14: James River Plantation Antique Lovers Candlelight Progressive Tour & Dinner. Explore a diverse collection of antiques and artifacts while you visit the historic buildings of Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation; Piney Grove (1790), Ashland (1835), Ladysmith (1857) and Duck Church (1917). Enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner featuring plantation specialties. Admission. 5-9 p.m. 804-829-2196,

Feb. 14: Black Voices — A Salute to African-American Poets and Writers. Join other guests at the historic James A. Fields House in Newport News for this event, where literary works of African-American poets and writers are highlighted. Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, who escaped in 1862 to find refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War. He gained education in the Army and became one of the first people to attend Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1868. He later studied at Howard University. The Fields House is historically significant for its long association with the development of social and civic life of the African-American community in Newport News. The house also served as the first black hospital in Newport News in 1908. Admission. 1-3 p.m. 757-245-1991.

Feb. 14-16: Tippecanoe & Tyler Too Presidents’ Day Tour. Tour Berkeley Plantation, home of our ninth president, William Henry Harrison. Charles City was the home of the ninth and 10th presidents. John Tyler, Harrison’s running mate and one-time Charles City neighbor, assumed the presidency after Harrison’s untimely death in office. The tour focuses on the life and times of Harrison and gives the visitor a flavor for the importance of Berkeley in his life. In addition, the tour includes a 10% discount coupon at Berkeley’s Coach House Tavern. Admission. 804-829-6018,

Feb. 16-Dec. 31: Evening with the Presidents. Begin with a self-guided tour of Presidents Park, and enjoy a catered banquet in the private banquet hall with live entertainment, which includes professional actors in costumes who re-enact various periods of history from 1789 to the present. Admission. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 757-259-1121,

Feb. 21: James River Plantation President’s Day Progressive Tour & Dinner. Explore the associations of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Tyler, Lincoln and the Harrisons, and enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner featuring the first ladies’ recipes. Visit the historic buildings of Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation. Admission. 5-9 p.m. 804-829-2196,  

Feb. 21: Living History Presentation: African-American Men & Women of Valor. Living history interpreters highlight the contributions of African-Americans and significant events during the Civil War and the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. James A. Fields House, Newport News. Admission. 2-5 p.m. 757-245-1991.

Feb. 21-22: Freedom Won: African Americans in the Civil War. Enjoy military and civilian living history programs highlighting African-American experiences during the Civil War. Endview Plantation, Newport News. Admission. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 757-887-1862,

Feb. 25-29: Williamsburg Quilt Festival. Explore an American art that has developed and grown with the nation. In its 14th year, Williamsburg Festival Week is a compilation of four exciting quilting, fiber arts, and wearable art shows, and is the perfect place for quilters and wearable, textile and fiber artists of all levels and ages to explore these arts. These four festivals revolve around the textile arts: the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Arts Fair, and the Williamsburg Quilt & Vintage Annex. In all, more than 500 quilts, wearables, dolls and textiles on exhibit. Workshops, lectures and special activities offered. More than 140 vendors. Mancuso Event Management. 215-862-5828,