Limelight, Nov. 1-5

The Big Bluesy: Williamsburg’s premiere blues music festival returns at a new location, featuring Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers, the Jacob Vanko Band and more. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Shops at High Street, 1430 Richmond Road. $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday, tickets available at

Chowderfest: The popular culinary celebration returns for its sixth year, featuring cuisine from the Fat Canary, the Catering Company, Berret’s, the Amber Ox, Craft 31, Culture Cafe, Opus 9 Steakhouse and others. BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove provide free music. 6-10 p.m. Friday. $36, tickets available at

Dickens Talk: Following a screening of “A Tale of Two Cities,” speaker Charlotte Burcher compares the real French Revolution with the version seen in Dickens’ classic novel. 4 p.m. Thursday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Free.

Mermaid Tea Party: This family-friendly event teaches proper mermaid tea etiquette while exploring the lore and superstitions surrounding the mythical creatures. Guests can also paint a mermaid rock. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Watermen’s Museum, 309 Water St., Yorktown. Free, donations encouraged.

Fresco Painting in the Renaissance: See how truly great painters, such as Botticelli and Ghirlandaio in the 15th century and Michelangelo and Raphael in the 16th century, triumphed as fresco artists who painted walls with fascinating detail. 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Free.

Movie Night: James City County Parks and Recreation hosts this new, family-friendly evening on the first Friday of every month. DreamWorks’ animated “Trolls” screens this month. Popcorn and drinks provided. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. Friday at the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail. Free.

Eighth annual Queens Lake Arts and Crafts Show: Artisans from the Queens Lake neighborhood and the surrounding community showcase their art, pottery, writing, needlework, jewelry and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Queens Lake Clubhouse, 234 E. Queens Lake Drive. Free admission.

York County Vintage Marketplace: The event features old furniture, vintage clothes and jewelry alongside other items. A lineup of food trucks offers a variety of cuisine, while New Sound Alliance and Unleaded provide live entertainment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the McReynolds Athletic Complex, 412 Sports Way, Yorktown. Free admission.

American Indian Month Celebration: Historic Jamestowne honors American Indian Month with cultural tours, guest speakers and hands-on learning. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Historic Jamestowne. Included with paid admission.

From the Music of Bach to the Reformation: The Virginia Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Reformation’s 500th anniversary with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Reformation Symphony” and Bach’s piece that inspired it, “Cantata No. 80.” 8 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News. Tickets start at $25, available at

Copyright © 2018, The Virginia Gazette