Saturday, October 1st: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Nature Bus
350 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
For an opportunity of a lifetime, join The Nature Bus for a day-long retreat and tour in Chincoteague to witness the migration of the wild Eastern Shore ponies! The Nature Bus will meet participants at the REI Outdoor Retailers in Virginia Beach, then drive to Chincoteague to observe the near-untouched wildlife of Chincoteague. This is a memory that would last a lifetime, so make sure to sign up before all tickets sell out!. Click here for more information.
2022 Williamsburg Book Festival
Saturday, October 1st: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Stryker Center
412 N Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
As the weather starts to get colder, there is nothing more cozy than being wrapped up in a blanket while reading a new book. The 2022 Williamsburg Book Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover new authors, genres, and local talent. The Williamsburg community is well-known for its literary achievements, and there is no better way to celebrate it than to be a patron of local writers. Chances are that you may even run into your favorite author! This festival is open to the public and is free to attend. For more information on this event, please click here.
Artist's Block Workshop
Monday, October 3rd: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
Sometimes when we are stuck, we really do feel that there is no moving forward. Whether you have been working on a manuscript, music composition, or piece of visual art, every creative person has gone through artist’s block. Michael Lewis Corder III, a famous American composer, musician, and producer from Nashville, Tennessee, is hosting a night to let anyone interested join and work through his or her own artist’s block. The event will also have activities and workshops to manage artists block and equip attendees with the skillsets needed to keep the creative juices flowing. Click here for more information.
2022 Walshingham Academy Golf Tournament
Friday, October 7th: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Williamsburg National Golf Club
3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
The Walshingham Academy is hosting its annual golf tournament at the National Golf Club in Williamsburg. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with the community while supporting the education of students at the Walshingham Academy. The golf tournament is welcoming of anyone and everyone, regardless of whether you have studied at the Walshingham Academy or not. A complementary lunch and reception will be included in your registration. To purchase your ticket and support the Walshingham Academy, please click here.
Best Trunk or Treat of VA Beach
Saturday, October 8th: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ocean Martial Arts
853 S. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
There is nothing better than receiving free candy. This year, Ocean Martial Arts is finally reinstating their annual Trunk or Treat since the pandemic in 2019. Feel free to dress up in your Halloween costume, or come as is, and dive through dozens of trunks for all the Virginia Beach treats. There will be a competition too for the best-decorated trunk. So if you think you have what it takes to make the spookiest trunk, the Ocean Martial Arts club encourages you to participate. Click here for more information.
Boost and Brunch
Sunday, October 9th: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Boost and Brunch Club
601 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606
Calling all car enthusiasts! If you have a unique car, or at least a car that is unique to you, you have an opportunity to show it off at the Boost and Brunch in Newport News! This event does not discriminate against any make or model. That means all vehicle-owners are welcome, even if you are driving a 2015 Nissan. This event has less to do about competing for the best car, and more to do about creating a communal bond over the shared enthusiasm for cars. After the meet up, there will be a brunch sponsored by Rio Good Food. Coffee for the meetup will also be available, complimentary of First Watch. To learn more about this even, click here.
Fly Me to the Moon Dinner Series
Sunday, October 9th: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cochon on 2nd
311 2nd Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Swing it out to the rhythm of the tune at the Fly Me to the Moon Dinner Series, hosted by the local restaurant Cochon on 2nd. This dinner series is meant to get your knees shaking, hands clapping, and hips swinging all while enjoying some of the best local food! A full cocktail bar will also be available for the dinner series. After desert, treat yourself and a partner to a romantic slow-down dance while Sinatra’s classics are played. The band, Good Shot Judy, best known for their swing music, will be performing all evening. Proceeds from the event will be used to donate towards Hospice House in Williamsburg. To swing it up while chowing down, click here to register.
Harvest Happenings at the Flea
Sunday, October 15th: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Flipping Flea
6935 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Hang out with the Flipping Flea, without the itch! On October 15 th , the Flipping Flea will be hosting a fall-themed festival to celebrate the changing seasons. All sorts of family-friendly activities will be available, such as barrel train rides, apple dipping, and corn hole. Best of all, the Flipping Flea will have amazing sales at the flea market! Live music will also be at the event, so make sure to come on down to Flipping Flea before all the great sale items are gone! Click here for more information.
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Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup
6 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 cup uncooked wild rice
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 large (about 1 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 small white onion, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
2 large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped with thick stems removed
fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Saute the veggies. Heat (an extra) 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
Add base ingredients. Add in the vegetable stock, wild rice, mushrooms, carrots, celery, sweet potato, bay leaf and Old Bay seasoning. Stir to combine.
Simmer. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
Add final ingredients. Add the coconut milk and kale to the soup, and stir gently until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper (plus any extra Old Bay seasoning, if you would like) as needed.
Serve. Serve warm and enjoy!
*Recipe courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com