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New Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Opening March 25

JAMES CITY-Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the opening date for its latest attraction, the roller coaster Pantheon. The new ride will officially open to the public on March 25, 2022. Those with membership park passes will have the opportunity to...

Virginia Living Museum Adds New Backyard Adventures Exhibit

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Living Museum (VLM) will launch a new temporary exhibit in February to showcase the hidden world of science and wonder that is present in our very own backyards. The Backyard Adventures exhibit will run from February...

National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days For 2022

JAMES CITY-Throughout the year, The National Park Service waives entrance fees for certain days throughout the year. The first fee-free day is scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, January 17. Virginia is home to 19 National...

Hampton Small Business Wins Big Grant

HAMPTON—Shored Up LLC, a Hampton-based ecotourism business that provides kayaking and walking tours around the Downtown Hampton area, recently received a $9,925 grant from the Oyster Innovation Award Program. The grant, funded by the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance in partnership...

250 Commission Names Cheryl Wilson Executive Director

WILLIAMSBURG – The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission events still are four years away. However, a major role has been filled as Cheryl Wilson was recently named the executive director of the commission. Wilson has extensive experience in the field,...

Williamsburg’s Restaurant Week Set For January 21-31

WILLIAMSBURG-Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association (WARA) will hold its annual Restaurant Week Friday, January 21, through Monday, January 31. Restaurant Week has grown in popularity because it typically offers the opportunity for customers to taste many varieties of discounted food...

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Announces The Launch Of New Director’s Series

JAMES CITY-The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation recently announced the launch of a six-part Director’s Series that will be held at Jamestown Settlement in 2022. The series features Executive Director Christy S. Coleman engaging in lively and enlightening conversations with some of...

State Parks Offering Free Admission on New Year’s Day

All state parks in Virginia will offer free parking and admission on Saturday, January 1, 2022. The goal is to encourage citizens to get outside on New Year’s Day for a First Day Hike. Visitors to each park will also...

Ambassador Pass Gives Newport News Residents Free Admission To Local Attractions

NEWPORT NEWS— The Newport News Ambassador Pass program, now in its twenty-second year, encourages Newport News residents and current City of Newport News employees to be “visitors” in their own hometown. Ambassador Pass holders receive free one-time admission to...

Hampton Coliseum Events Schedule Released

HAMPTON—Hampton Coliseum is gearing up for a winter full of entertainment. Here’s the latest lineup starting in January 2022: January 2, 2022—Joyful Holiday Experience Ring in the New Year with Hampton Roads’ can’t-miss gospel event. Familiar faces return in this star-studded...

CultureFix Unveils Lineup Of The 2022 Winter Blues Jazz Fest

WILLIAMSBURG-The popular Winter Blues Jazz Fest hosted by the non-profit arts organization CultureFix will return January 13-16 featuring four days of live music throughout Williamsburg. Kicking off the festival on Thursday, January 13 at 7pm will be Tahira Clayton at...

James City County Opens New Off-Leash Dog Area At Veterans Park

JAMES CITY-A new fenced in off-leash dog area is now open at Veterans Park on Ironbound Road in James City County. Veterans Park is home to Kidsburg, a children’s play area popular with both locals and tourists alike. The county...

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Applications Being Accepted For Newport News YouthBuild

NEWPORT NEWS-The next cohort of the Newport News YouthBuild begins Monday, January 31. The organization is currently accepting applications for the program. Newport News YouthBuild helps young people aged 16-24 gain work-based education that leads to industry-recognized credentials, employment placing,...

New Mexican Restaurant Slated To Open In Surry This Summer

SURRY-Longtime restaurateur Luis Pedraza hopes to open Morelia Mexican Restaurant on the main drag in Surry by summer 2022. While Pedraza has already purchased the vacant building located at 11487 Rolfe Highway, he's currently awaiting approval from a lender...

New Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Opening March 25

JAMES CITY-Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the opening date for its latest attraction, the roller coaster Pantheon. The new ride will officially open to the public on March 25, 2022. Those with membership park passes will have the opportunity to...