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March 1-31: The Present Looks at the Past: Modern Views of the American Revolution. The American Revolution has been a major theme of American folk art throughout our countrys history as an independent nation. In the 20th century, ideas and personalities of the Revolutionary period have been represented in almost all conceivable artistic media, and new artistic interpretations of this aspect of Americas past are being created every day from widely differing backgrounds and perspectives. Among the featured artists in the exhibit are Howard Finster and 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 Roads Weekend. Commemorate the 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads at the Mariners Museum in Newport News. Enjoy a weekend of activities surrounding one of the most significant naval battles of the Civil War. Lectures from nationally known historians and authors, costumed interpreters, family activities for all ages, music, and food are planned for this annual event. Visitors can also view artifacts from the famed ironclad USS Monitor undergoing conservation or on display in exhibitions. Admission. 10 a.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 the owners careful attention to the garden fashions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Let experienced gardeners take you through these early times in gardening to the gardens of today. Learn the procedures of planting, pruning and caring for the plants. Refreshments also 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 starring Judy Garland. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg. Produced by the Community Alliance for 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 of the James, which includes visits to Fort Boykins, Fort Huger, Fort Powhatan and Drewerys Bluff. Learn about the Confederate defense of the James River, the Battle of 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 will hold an appraisal fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at York Hall in Yorktown. The fair is open to 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 per appraisal for APVA Members and $20 per appraisal for non APVA Members. York Hall is located 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 Plantation St. Patricks Day Progressive Tour & Dinner. Explore a sampling of Irish heritage in Colonial America, enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner featuring Irish specialties, and visit the historic buildings of Piney Grove at Southalls Plantation. Admission. 5-9 p.m. 804-829-2196, 804-829-2480, www.pineygrove.com.
Through March 14: Spirits from the Sky. Discover the wonder of the star lore of the Native Americans in this 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 childrens battle, womens lectures and events, childrens booths and a dress-up booth with period costumes. Endview Plantation, Newport News. $7. Additional fee for house tour. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 757-887-1862, www.endview.org.
March 20-21: Military Through the Ages. Witness the evolution of military power through the centuries when re-enactors depicting soldiers throughout history and members of the Virginia Army National Guard come together for Jamestown Settlements 21st annual event. In the course of one weekend, visitors can experience the past and present in a unique chronological display of military history as re-enactors show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved from the Middle Ages to modern times. The event also showcases a variety 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 I to today. Learn the many jobs women have performed in the Navy, from clerk and nurse to fighter 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 New Virginia Living Museum Exhibits Building. Attend the grand opening of Virginia Living Museums new 62,000-square-foot building in Newport News, where living exhibits explore the nature of Virginia. Visitors can immerse themselves in two-level habitats of an Appalachian Cove and a cypress swamp, explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground world of a limestone cave. They can learn how flying squirrels and stingrays adapt to nocturnal life and enjoy hands-on activities at four discovery centers. Outdoors, visitors can watch animals slither, swim, roam and fly along a 3/4-mile elevated boardwalk. Otters and beavers join bobcats, bald eagles, pelicans and other animals and birds in natural-looking habitats. Other attractions include a planetarium 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 of furniture objects reveals the remarkable diversity of styles that existed in early America. The exhibition examines the transmission of style between regions and differing interpretations of similar styles in rural and urban society. Colonial Williamsburg. Admission. 757-220-7724, 800-HIS-TORY, www.colonialwilliamsburg.org.
Through Sept. 6: James Hamptons Throne of the Third Heaven: A Millennial Treasure from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Hampton constructed the 180 pieces that make up the Throne from found objects, used furniture, and aluminum foil. Built in a garage, and now considered an icon of 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 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, www.presidentspark.org.