Colonial calendar: Five things to do this week


Show your pride in America and your thanks for our troops this Saturday, Nov. 8, in Merchant’s Square. Eleven members of the US Army Band Downrange will perform a free concert in honor of Veterans Day. Playing from 3-4 p.m., the music is sure to be a hit, and what better way to spend the afternoon than listening to some good ole patriotic tunes? If you cannot make it Saturday, no worries, the concert will take place again Sunday, Nov. 9. Either way, the music will be good and you can have a fun afternoon all while supporting the troops.


The sound of classical music will float through the doors of Saint Bede Catholic Church Wednesday, Nov. 5. Take a break from the stress of school and relax for an hour as you listen to featured cellist Kenneth Law and organist Michael Lianos. Starting at noon, all are welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy the concert. After the concert, don’t miss the opportunity to talk with the musicians. Lose your mind in the sounds of the music before getting back to the schoolwork grind.


Christmas bells are ringing — almost. The public will gather Wednesday, Nov. 5 for some (early) Christmas festivities. Starting with a performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town, the night will feature festive music and the procession of lights through historic Yorktown, ending with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Get in the spirit of the holiday season and take some friends to see the 69th annual tree lighting. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to all.


Seeking a little adventure for a night? Then join other young adults, 18 and older, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, for a little mysterious fun. Bring along your inner child and you will be sure to have a good time. Past nights have included an evening hike, car hide-and-seek and a cookout with an outdoor movie. The Facebook page will post the details of the night later in the week.


Karaoke can be a little nerve-wracking as is, but this is one time you will need to have nerves of steel. Friday, Nov. 7, the Confucius Institute is hosting a Chinese Karaoke night where participants can sing in Chinese or English. Providing pizza and refreshments, the institute will give you a night of one of the most popular leisure activities in China. Free for all, the event will take place at the Rowe House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Start warming up your vocal cords now in preparation for what could be your big karaoke debut.


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