Friendship, Trade & Feast at Henricus Historical Park

Chester, November 28

Come join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will have a chance to be immersed in the cooking, games, songs, and dances that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America – the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds, and frolic of the 17th century past.

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Festival of Trees - Southwest Virginia Museum State Park
Big Stone Gap, November 15 - December 31
Celebrate the annual Festival of Trees. Eighty-one trees will be decked out for the season as will doorways, banisters and mantles. Area businesses, schools, churches, civic groups and individuals pitch in by creating variously themed decorations. Guided tours for groups are available.
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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Jamestown & Yorktown, November 26-28
Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and iron kettles over hot coals and preserved by smoking, salt curing and pickling. This Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.
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Lantern Tours - Frontier Culture Museum
Staunton, December 18-23
Join us for an after-dark tour around the Museum by lantern light this holiday season! Visitors will enjoy stories, skits, and vignettes in England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America including a Mummer's play near the Irish Forge and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Old World to the New World.
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy is a new FREE alternate reality game at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. What skills will you need to survive a long trip to the Red Planet and return safely? Find out by choosing what role you will play on the mission; engaging in fun interactive activities; and exploring the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the Museum's fascinating artifacts.
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100th Anniversary Celebration - Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
Wytheville, December 20
This event will be in honor of the 100th Anniversary of President and Mrs. Wilson.
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Fruitcake Science! - Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, December 26-30
During this quirky, annual holiday event the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as we burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes. Build your own catapult or stand back as we celebrate Trebuchets on Tuesday, December 29 to fling fruitcakes with finesse!
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