Events in March

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March 18-19: Military Through the Ages. Witness the evolution of military power in the course of one weekend. 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. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jamestown Settlement. 757-253-4838, 888-593-4682, www.historyisfun.org.

March 1-31: Colonial Williamsburg, Museum Exhibitions. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, home of Colonial Williamsburg's exceptional collection of English and American antiques, offers a wide variety of displays to delight and inspire. Through April 2006. Colonial Williamsburg. 1-800-HISTORY.

Through March 2: The 58th annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Explore the latest and most advanced efforts in the restoration and furnishing of America's historic houses. Curators, architectural historians, and collectors will explore recent projects at sites across the Eastern Seaboard and into the Midwest. Optional offerings will include hands-on study sessions with the collections and trips to privately owned historic sites. 1-800-HISTORY.

March 3-4: World War I Re-Enactment. The Virginia War Museum in Newport News and the Great War Association re-create the horror that was World War I. Soldiers will portray various living history demonstrations and perform battle scenarios as they would have occurred on the Western Front in 1918. 757-247-8523, 757-928-6738, www.warmuseum.org.

March 6: Williamsburg Choral Guild. Mozart Mass in C (The Coronation Mass) and Beethoven's Mass in C performed by the Choral Guild and Orchestra. Tickets $12.50. 8 p.m. St. Bede Catholic Church, Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. almolly@widomaker.com.

March 9: Classics at St. Bede Series. Presented by the Virginia Symphony, with JoAnn Falletta, conductor. Mozart and Stravinsky. Rossini, Overture to the Turk in Italy; Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5; Aaron Jay Kernis, Musica Celestis; Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite. 8 p.m. St. Bede Church, Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. 757-892-6366, www.virginiasymphony.org.

March 10: Oliver. Community Alliance for the Performing Arts Fund presents the full-length musical production of "Oliver," featuring children and youths from across Hampton Roads. $25 adults; $15 children; $20 seniors. 7:30 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.capa@capafund.org.

March 10: Art Song of Williamsburg. Keri Alkema, mezzo-soprano, and Michael Baetzer, pianist, present music of Handel, Dvorak, Mozart, Montsalvatge, and Argento. Tickets $18; $10 students. 8 p.m. Williamsburg Library, Scotland Street. 757-229-7701, www.artsongwilliamsburg.org.

March 10-12: Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend. The Mariners' Museum in Newport News partners with the Lincoln Forum at this annual event to highlight the Civil War Navies. In addition to keynote speaker James McPherson, nationally renowned scholars such as Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds will participate. View Civil War encampments, chose among a variety of tours and witness the construction of the new USS Monitor Center, scheduled to open March 9, 2007. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-596-2222, 800-581-7245, www.mariner.org.

March 11: Williamsburg Farmers' Market. Growers and producers in Eastern Virginia gather in Merchants Square to sell fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents and visitors in the greater Williamsburg area. 8 a.m.-noon. 757-259-3768% www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com.

March 11, 17, 18: James River Plantation St. Patrick's Day Progressive Tour & Dinner. In the Williamsburg-area James River Plantation Country, celebrate the legacy of St. Patrick. View Piney Grove at Southall Plantation's collection of antiques and historic buildings -- Piney Grove (1790), Ashland (1835), Dower Quarter (1835), Ladysmith (1857) and Duck Church (1917) --¬during a special fireside evening with tours-by-the-owners, and enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner. 5-9 p.m. 804-829-2196, 804-829-2480, www.pineygrove.com.

March 12: Bid N' Buy Auction. 28th annual auction, to benefit Child Development Resources. Lafayette High School, Williamsburg. Noon, food court and party pantry open, as well as the silent auction. 1:30 p.m., live auction begins.

March 14: Berkeley Boxwood Garden Tour. A guided tour of the boxwood-terraced gardens at Berkeley Plantation will reflect the owners' careful attention to the garden fashions of the 18th and 19th century. An experienced gardener will take you through these early times in gardening to the gardens of today. Learn the procedures of planting, pruning and caring for boxwoods. Refreshments. Reservations required. Admission. 2-4 p.m. 804-829-6018, 888-466-6018, www.berkeleyplantation.com.

March 16 & 18: Williamsburg Symphonia. Subscription Concert No. 3, Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri Overture; Resphigi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 1; Britten: Soirees Musicales, op. 9; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4. Janna Hymes-Bianchi, music director and conductor. 8 p.m. Kimball Theatre, 428 :uke of Gloucester St. williamsburg.symphonia@verizon.net.

March 16-19: Walsingham Flower & Garden Show. ü spring bonanza of gardening tips, auction, premium antiques, special one-of-a-kind gardening gadgets and a new auto show. Celebrity speakers include Rebecca Bull Reed, Southern Living's associate gardening editor. Admission. Walsingham Academy, Will@amsburg. 757-345-2116, www.walsinghamflowersandgardenshow.org.

March 18: Defending the Peninsula Van Tour. Follow the advance of the Army of the Potomac with Michael Moore. Tour includes Fort Monroe, Monitor-Merrimack Overlook, Young's Mill, Warwick C.H., Lee's Mill, Skiffes Creek Redoubt and Dam No.1. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News. 757-888-3371, www.leehall.org.

March 18: Spring Flea Market. Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex, 5700 Warhill Trail, off Longhill Road. More than 100 vendors. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission.

March 18-19: Civil War Re-Enactment. More than 1,000 re-enactors take to the field for the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Big Bethel. Endview Plantation. $7, with additional fee for house tour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 757-887-1862, www.endview.org.

March 25: Busch Gardens Opens for the 2006 Season. March 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; March 26, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; March 31, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission. Artisan appearance, March 25-31 (in days when park is open) Antonio Aprea of Italy, Capodimonte master painter.

Through March 26: Tapestries: Picasso, Matisse, Calder and Other Great 20th Century Modernists. Muscarelle Museum of Art, Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. $5 per person. Free for museum members and William & Mary students, faculty and staff. 757-221-2700, www.wm.edu/muscarelle.

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