Family weekend fun: What to do

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September 25, 2009

1:02 AM

*Wren Building tours:* Tour the Christopher Wren Building and revel in the fact that the College’s entire student body used to live and attend classes in this one building, or just appreciate how much the Great Hall looks like it popped right out of a Harry Potter movie. The Wren, built in 1695, has burned down three times and is the oldest academic building still in use in the country.

*Mermaid Books:* Don’t feel up to the more traditional Williamsburg Shops like the Cheese Shop, the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg or the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe? Then check out Mermaid Books. Quite literally a hole in the wall under the Smithfield Ham Shoppe, it is a great — albeit tiny — place to get lost. Wall-to-wall books are only half the appeal; they sell everything from old-fashioned toys to vintage crockery and, of course, odd mermaid paraphernalia. Wander through and pick up some unusual souvenirs, and check out all the New Yorker cartoons they have hanging around the store.

*AMP street fair:* What good is quality time with the family if there is no cotton candy? Check out the moon bounce, face painting and more on the Sadler Center terrace from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

*Colonial Williamsburg:* You may think this has been done to death, but on a nice September day, Colonial Williamsburg is great. Take a stroll, stop by the Raleigh Tavern bakery for some ginger cakes, and point out the houses with the best ghost stories. Your parents will be impressed, and who knows? Maybe you’ll get a three-cornered hat out of your excursion.

*William and Mary SINGS!:* The ever charming, ever amazing campus a cappella groups unite to perform at Lake Matoaka Ampitheater this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sit back, chill out and enjoy the music that makes this campus so great. The ampitheater will change the way you listen to a cappella.

*Williamsburg Farmers Market:* Awarded one of the best farmer’s markets in the country, the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market is a Saturday morning ritual for many residents. Operating in Merchant’s Square Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, stop by and grab some fantastic food and chill out with live music performed by Clan McCool. There are vendors selling all types of goods, from coffee to fresh herbs, produce, goat cheese and pies.

*Club Team Sports:* Come support the Tribe club teams as they battle great foes in a struggle for ultimate supremacy, or just cheer on your friends at any of the games this Saturday. Watch club field hockey take on George Washington University and the University of Maryland from 1 to 5 p.m. on Busch Turf; men’s club rugby fight it out with Radford University from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the intramural field; or men’s club basketball from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Miller Gymnasium in the Student Recreation Center.

*Pudding drop:* The Ballroom Dance Club will be sponsoring this messy yet delicious event. If you want to throw pudding for 50 cents on your parents, this unique fundraiser is for you.

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