On Saturday August 8, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm in the picnic area, Belle Isle State Park and Friends of Belle Isle State Park welcomes the U.S. Naval Band: The Cruisers (Rock-n-Roll). The Friends of Belle Isle will have free popcorn and cold sodas for 50 cents! there is no charge for the concert, but parking fees apply. There will be fun games and activities for children near the park's playground. So come on out and enjoy the warm breeze and beautiful view of the Rappahannock River while you kick back and enjoy live music with your family and friends at Belle Isle State Park.
The Music by the River concert series is made possible by the sponsorship of many local businesses and by the Friends of Belle Isle (http://www.friendsofbelleislestateparkva.org).
Tools and technology of the 17th and 18th centuries are explored in August at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center during a "Tools of the Trade" theme month.
August theme begins with 'On the Riverfront' event August 1-2
The month-long theme kicks off with a Jamestown Settlement special event, “On the Riverfront,” August 1-2, with opportunities to scrape out a Powhatan-style canoe, hear watermen’s work songs, and discover life along the Chesapeake Bay through interpretive demonstrations, children’s crafts and period games. Visitors also can explore the “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition, on display through September 8, to learn about the vessel’s construction and evolution.
At Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, visitors to the exhibition galleries and outdoor interpretive areas can compare and contrast technology of the Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures through interactive displays, period artifacts and interpretive demonstrations.
At the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, visitors can learn about tools used by Continental Army soldiers and 18th-century farmers, and try using reproduction tools and implements.
In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors will discover tools used by Powhatan Indians before English contact to hunt game, cultivate crops, prepare food, build houses, canoes and make clothing. Daily demonstrations: 10 a.m. dugout canoe construction, 2:30 p.m. tool technology.
Aboard re-creations of the three ships that brought English colonists to Virginia in 1607, visitors can examine techniques for sail handling and navigating across the Atlantic and learn how a chip log, compass, traverse board, and lead line were used by mariners to determine ships’ speed, direction and distance traveled. Daily demonstrations: 11 a.m. swivel-gun firing, 1 p.m. knots and navigation tools
Within the re-created colonial fort, visitors will learn about technology that aided early colonists in building and defending their settlement at the edge of the James River. Visitors will explore the trades of English settlers and the tools they used, from woodworking to blacksmithing, to the matchlock muskets and armor worn by soldiers. Daily demonstrations: 12 noon woodworking, 4 p.m. military drill
Yorktown Victory Center
Visitors to the Yorktown Victory Center farm can learn about tools used by a typical farming family during the Revolution to plant and tend gardens, process flax into cloth, harvest tobacco and cook over an open hearth. Daily demonstrations: 10 a.m. farming implements, 2 p.m. African tools
At the Continental Army encampment, visitors can explore the methods of constructing earthworks during the Siege of Yorktown and the workings of flintlock muskets and various types of artillery, including the firing demonstrations of a cannon and mortar, and examine implements used by physicians and surgeons to care for sick and wounded soldiers. Daily demonstrations: 11 a.m. artillery, 1 p.m. siege works
“Tools of the Trade” programs and events are included with admission to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. A combination ticket to both museums is $21.00 for adults and $10.50 for ages 6 to 12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $16.75 for adults and $7.75 for ages 6 to 12; Yorktown Victory Center is $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6 to 12.
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