Pick of the Month
March 1-31: The Present Looks at thePast: Modern Views of the American Revolution. The American Revolution has been amajor theme of American folk art throughout our countrys history as an independentnation. In the 20th century, ideas and personalities of the Revolutionary period have beenrepresented in almost all conceivable artistic media, and new artistic interpretations ofthis aspect of Americas past are being created every day from widely differingbackgrounds and perspectives. Among the featured artists in the exhibit are Howard Finsterand Oscar de Mejo, two folk artists with quite different styles. Yorktown Victory Center.Admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-253-4838, 888-593-4682, 757-253-7236, www.historyisfun.org.
March 5-7: Battle of Hampton RoadsWeekend. Commemorate the 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads at theMariners Museum in Newport News. Enjoy a weekend of activities surrounding one ofthe most significant naval battles of the Civil War. Lectures from nationally knownhistorians and authors, costumed interpreters, family activities for all ages, music, andfood are planned for this annual event. Visitors can also view artifacts from the famedironclad USS Monitor undergoing conservation or on display in exhibitions. Admission. 10a.m.-5 p.m. 757-596-2222, 800-581-7245, www.mariner.org.
March 9: Berkeley Boxwood Garden Tour.A tour of the boxwood-terraced gardens at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City reflects theowners careful attention to the garden fashions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Letexperienced gardeners take you through these early times in gardening to the gardens oftoday. Learn the procedures of planting, pruning and caring for the plants. Refreshmentsalso served. By reservation only. Berkeley Plantation. Admission. 2-4 p.m. 804-829-6018,888-466-6018, www.berkeleyplantation.com.
March 12-14: Wizard of Oz.Full-length musical stage version of the Wizard of Oz, based on the 1939 film starringJudy Garland. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, at Phi Beta Kappa MemorialHall, the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg. Produced by the Community Alliancefor the Performing Arts Fund. Admission. 757-229-8535 for reservations.
March 13: Defending the Southside:Civil War Van Tour. Join John Quarstein and Michael Moore for a journey south ofthe James, which includes visits to Fort Boykins, Fort Huger, Fort Powhatan andDrewerys Bluff. Learn about the Confederate defense of the James River, the Battleof Hampton Roads and the Siege of Suffolk. Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News. $45 per person.8 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-888-3371, www.leehall.org.
March 13: Yorktown Appraisal Fair.The Yorktwon Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities willhold an appraisal fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at York Hall in Yorktown. The fair is opento the public. Any antique, collectable or furniture that can be carried -- silver, glass,china, textiles, paper goods, fine arts -- will be appraised. The cost will be $10 perappraisal for APVA Members and $20 per appraisal for non APVA Members. York Hall islocated on the corner of Main St. and Ballard Street in Yorktown.For further information,Contact Nancy Lee Clark, 757-599-5203 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
March 13, 20: James River PlantationSt. Patricks Day Progressive Tour & Dinner. Explore a sampling of Irishheritage in Colonial America, enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner featuringIrish specialties, and visit the historic buildings of Piney Grove at SouthallsPlantation. Admission. 5-9 p.m. 804-829-2196, 804-829-2480, www.pineygrove.com.
Through March 14: Spirits fromthe Sky. Discover the wonder of the star lore of the Native Americans inthis family-friendly planetarium show at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.Admission. 757- 595-1900, 757-595-9135, www.valivingmuseum.org.
March 20-21: Civil War Re-Enactment.More than 1,000 re-enactors take to the field. The weekend includes a childrensbattle, womens lectures and events, childrens booths and a dress-up booth withperiod costumes. Endview Plantation, Newport News. $7. Additional fee for house tour. 10a.m.-2:30 p.m. 757-887-1862, www.endview.org.
March 20-21: Military Through theAges. Witness the evolution of military power through the centuries whenre-enactors depicting soldiers throughout history and members of the Virginia ArmyNational Guard come together for Jamestown Settlements 21st annual event. In thecourse of one weekend, visitors can experience the past and present in a uniquechronological display of military history as re-enactors show how uniforms, weapons andmilitary tactics evolved from the Middle Ages to modern times. The event also showcases avariety of military vehicles and equipment. Admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-253-4838,888-593-4682, 757-253-7236, www.historyisfun.org.
March 23: Women in the Navy.Join the Navy and See the World is what many women have done from World War Ito today. Learn the many jobs women have performed in the Navy, from clerk and nurse tofighter pilot and code breaker. The Mariners Museum, Newport News. Admission.2:30-3:30 p.m. 757-596-2222, 800-581-7245, www.mariner.org.
March 28: Grand Opening of the NewVirginia Living Museum Exhibits Building. Attend the grand opening of VirginiaLiving Museums new 62,000-square-foot building in Newport News, where livingexhibits explore the nature of Virginia. Visitors can immerse themselves in two-levelhabitats of an Appalachian Cove and a cypress swamp, explore the underwater world of theChesapeake Bay and the underground world of a limestone cave. They can learn how flyingsquirrels and stingrays adapt to nocturnal life and enjoy hands-on activities at fourdiscovery centers. Outdoors, visitors can watch animals slither, swim, roam and fly alonga 3/4-mile elevated boardwalk. Otters and beavers join bobcats, bald eagles, pelicans andother animals and birds in natural-looking habitats. Other attractions include aplanetarium show and a new observatory. Admission. Noon-5 p.m. 757-595-1900, 757-595-9135,www.valivingmuseum.org.
Through Sept. 6: Different by Design:Furniture Styles in Early America. This fascinating display of two dozen pairs offurniture objects reveals the remarkable diversity of styles that existed in earlyAmerica. The exhibition examines the transmission of style between regions and differinginterpretations of similar styles in rural and urban society. Colonial Williamsburg.Admission. 757-220-7724, 800-HIS-TORY, www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.
Through Sept. 6: James HamptonsThrone of the Third Heaven: A Millennial Treasure from the Smithsonian American ArtMuseum. Hampton constructed the 180 pieces that make up the Throne from foundobjects, used furniture, and aluminum foil. Built in a garage, and now considered an iconof 20th century folk art, the Throne is on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg. Admission. 757-220-7698.
Through Dec. 31: Evening with thePresidents. Begin with a self-guided tour of Presidents Park, and enjoy a cateredbanquet in the private banquet hall with live entertainment, which includes professionalactors in costumes who re-enact various periods of history from 1789 to the present.Admission. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 757-259-1121, www.presidentspark.org.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times