1. The Hobbit – Elizabeth City, NC – March 1-4
2. Living History Presentation of Patsey Henry Fontaine – Chesterfield – March 3
3. “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” March Events – Various Locations – Multiple Dates
4. Nursery Rhyme Storytime – Chesterfield – March 7
5. Let’s Put On A Show! Spring Theater Session – Richmond – March 7 through May 30
6. Homeschool Day at James Madison’s Montpelier – Montpelier Station – March 26
7. Opera In Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – Registration Deadline Is April 17
New Community Church
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. Advance ticket cost: $19.50/adult, $18.50/senior and military, $9.50/student. Tickets cost an additional $2 at the door.
The Performing Arts Center (PAC) of The College of the Albemarle is performing, based on the classic book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Advance tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 252-335-9050.
Magnolia Grange House Museum
Saturday, March 3, 2018, at noon. Cost: This is a free, family event, open to the public.
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia presents a living history lecture featuring Debbie Phillips portraying Patsey Henry Fontaine, daughter of Virginia statesman and patriot Patrick Henry. While her father fought for Virginians’ rights, Fontaine provided support and constancy for her family. As Fontaine, the speaker will offer insight into the life of Patrick Henry while sharing the Henry family’s personal joys and sorrows in this moving presentation.
For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498.
Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park
Cost: All events are free and open to the public. Participants should wear appropriate athletic shoes and outerwear, and bring a water bottle.
A dog walk of approximately two miles will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 10 a.m. Meet at the Lee’s Headquarters pull-off for a fall-time walk through the park. All dogs must be on a leash.
A birding walk of approximately two miles will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 10 a.m. Join park staff at the Appomattox River Wayside parking area. This walk will offer opportunities to find birds in a grassy field; see and hear a variety of local species in their natural habitat. Novices to experienced birders are welcome. Participants should bring their own binoculars if available.
For more information and meeting places for events, contact Robin Snyder at 434-352-8987, extension 222.
The Healthy Parks Healthy People partnership is composed of seven area parks including Appomattox Court House NHP, Bear Creek Lake State Park, High Bridge Trail State Park, Holliday Lake State Park, James River State Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, and Twin Lakes State Park. Its mission is to showcase healthy recreational opportunities on public lands and encourage stewardship of these special places. For more information on events at the State Parks, visit the website.
Chesterfield County Museum
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 11 a.m. Cost: This is a free program for children ages two through five years. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.
In the past, traditional stories were a method of passing down oral history to the young. In this fun Nursery Rhyme Storytime, “Mother Goose” will read rhymes such as “Humpty Dumpty,” “Old King Cole,” “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” and more, and tell the stories behind them.
For more information, contact Pat Roble at 804-768-7311.
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Wednesdays, March 7 through May 30, 2018, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (except April 4). Cost: $200/student, ages 7 through 17. (A 20% sibling discount available by calling the box office at 804-282-2620.)
In this spring session of Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “Let’s Put On A Show!” student theatre program, homeschooled students will spend 12 weeks learning the music, choreography, and lines in preparation for the final performance for family and friends. This spring’s performance will be the musical, Jungle Book.
For more information, contact Jason Sandahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-783-1688, extension 1140.
James Madison’s Montpelier
Monday, March 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10/adult; $5/student, ages 6 to 14; children under 6 years are free.
Families can take guided tours of James and Dolley Madison’s beloved home, explore the archaeology lab full of artifacts, view museum exhibits, and picnic and explore the grounds. Special homeschool day events will also include guided hikes of the old growth forest, reading from James’ bookshelf, the opportunity to sit in on the Constitutional Convention, colonial games, and more.
Homeschool Day will be held rain or shine; in the event of rain, certain activities will be canceled or moved to alternate locations.
For more information, contact Kyle Stetz at email@example.com or 540-672-2728, extension 402.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration deadline is 6 a.m., Tuesday, April 17.
Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, with their adult chaperones, are invited to attend Opera in Williamsburg’s dress rehearsal of Carmen at no cost.
Bizet’s Carmen is the most popular French opera by far. Its music includes the Habanera, Seguidilla, and Toreador Song. Bizet tells the story of an independent and free-spirited woman, who insists on living life on her own terms. She welcomes Don Jose, who deserts his army unit for her. But then she moves on and joins a popular bull-fighter; and the madly possessive Don Jose murders her.
Groups are welcome to stay for the entire rehearsal or to leave early. The opera is performed in French, with English supertitles.
For more information, contact Carolyn Campbell at 757-810-4523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.