Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center have joined with the Olde Towne Business Association to offer the First Weekend Series. The series, offered annually from February – October, encompasses a First Friday with extended museum hours and "Concert in the Courtyard" series sponsored by PortsEvents and TowneBank and is in conjunction with the Olde Towne Business Association’s First Weekend Series. The concerts are held outdoors, weather permitting, in the garden setting of the historic 1846 Courthouse. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved indoors. 

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth please visit PortsVaEvents.com

saturday OCT 25

Noon - 6:00 pm

Museum Madness at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Museum Madness

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, and Lightship Portsmouth Museum

Show us your costume creations for a day of hauntingly good fun at the Portsmouth Museums.

Here we'll host a menagerie of live creepy crawlies, venomous serpents, and glowing scorpions from the collection of John Barnes (J.B. Rattles) out of North Carolina. Visitors can learn about these exotic animals, and decorate their own Monster Cookies with edible markers in the Art Annex, where the reptiles will be on display. Next door at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, visitors can have their "ghost picture" taken, whereupon they appear as a transparent specter.

Be sure to crawl on down to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum to create your own luminaries and spyglasses and be sure to let the spooky storytelling slither into your ears.

Then fly over to the Lightship Portsmouth to join the "Ghost Guard" skeleton crew of the Frightship and help them take the ship back from the dreadful Moody Crewe pirates!

The Children's Museum of Virginia will be hosting Bat World, with live bats and stories, along with magic, balloon creatures, and crafts.

At dusk visit High Street Landing to view the lit, carved pumpkins that are on display as part of the Great Pumpkin Challenge between Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Be sure to also stay for the Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Then hop on the ferry and travel to Norfolk to see their display.

This event is held exclusively for all children up to age 12 and is sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association.

 

friday NOV 28

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET

Corner of High & Court Streets
Celebrate the season with food for feasting and unique gifts for giving. Find more market information on Facebook on Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website.

NOV 28 - 30

 

OPENING WEEKEND: WINTER WONDERLAND

Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The weekend is filled with craft activities, pony rides, face painting and much, much more.

NOV 28 & 29

9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Art Annex

ELF ACADEMY

While mom is out shopping, bring the kids to our popular holiday exhibit and then take part in our Elf Academy Workshop at the Art Annex. Children create a gift and become a certified holiday elf.

NOV 28 & 29

3:00 - 8:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

sunday NOV 30

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

thursday DEC 4

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

LADIES NIGHT OUT

Enjoy a festive evening with "the ladies" where you will design and decorate a gingerbread house with "GINGERBLING". Attendees will create a masterpiece to take home and enjoy throughout the holiday season. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and the Gallery Shop will be open for holiday shopping. Ladies Night Out is being hosted by the Portsmouth Museums Foundation.

The registration fee is $35.00 and the deadline for registering is Monday, December 1, 2014.
Contact Martha Frances Fortson at 757-393-8983, ext. 13 or at fortsonm@portsmouthva.gov

DEC

every friday, saturday
& sunday

Art Annex

FACEPAINTING

Friday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

friday DEC 5

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

AIRBRUSH HOLIDAY CARDS

Create a personalized greeting card to give, using the unique technique of airbrush painting. This is a fun and fast way to experience what may be a new material for many of our visitors.

friday DEC 5

5:00 - 8:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

saturday DEC 6

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Art Annex

COOKIE DECORATING

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

saturday DEC 6

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET

Corner of High & Court Streets
Celebrate the season with food for feasting and unique gifts for giving. Find more market information on Facebook on Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website.

saturday DEC 6

12:30 pm & 2:00 pm

Art Annex

ARTIC EXPRESS: A MAGICAL TRAIN TOUR OF WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD

A trainload of fun filled holiday magic, music and a wonderful story. An imaginary train ride magically takes children around the world to learn about winter festivals and the holiday celebrations of Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solsitce, Ramaden, Hanukkah and Christmas. Presented by Education Specialist Rob Wescott.

saturday DEC 6

3:00 - 8:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

saturday DEC 6

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

HOLIDAY CANDLES

Candle dipping activities will be offered with scent infused wax of pine and cinnamon.

sunday DEC 7

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

sunday DEC 7

2:00 & 3:00 pm

VIA GOODE

Via Goode, of Goode Stories, presents holiday tales through songs, dance and stories.

friday DEC 12

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

friday DEC 12

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

AIRBRUSH HOLIDAY CARDS

Create a personalized greeting card to give, using the unique technique of airbrush painting. This is a fun and fast way to experience what may be a new material for many of our visitors.

saturday DEC 13

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Art Annex

COOKIE DECORATING

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

saturday DEC 13

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET

Corner of High & Court Streets
Celebrate the season with food for feasting and unique gifts for giving. Find more market information on Facebook on Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website.

saturday DEC 13

Noon - 6:00 pm

 

OLDE TOWNE HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and throughout Olde Towne

This event offers a musically packed day for visitors to Olde Towne Portsmouth featuring choral groups from regional schools as well as performances by established recording artists.

saturday DEC 13

1:00 - 3:00 pm

 

Book Signing

THE REAL SANTA OF MILLER & RHOADS: The Extraordinary Life of Bill Strother

Meet Donna Strother Deekens who played the role of a Snow Queen to the Real Santa for many years at the Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, Virginia. She will be at the Gallery Shop signing her book and talking about the origins behind the magic of the "Real Santa."

saturday DEC 13

2:00 and 3:00 pm

The Rainbow Puppets Present "Toyland"

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and cannot find them anywhere. Could her evil Uncle Barnaby somehow be involved? In her search, she meets a bumbling pirate, gets trapped in the scary Spider Forest, and eventually makes her way to Toyland where she seeks protection from the Master Toymaker.

This edition by the Rainbow Puppets features pre-recorded vocal performances from movie legend Mickey Rooney. While the original production opened a century ago, this program features a brand new script by show director David Messick.

saturday DEC 13

3:00 - 8:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

saturday DEC 13

4:00 and 4:45 pm

Musical performance by Donna Strother Deekens

Donna will perform on the second floor of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center with the backdrop of Winter Wonderland. Come visit Donna and sign along as she performs some traditional holiday songs.

saturday DEC 13

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

CHOCOLATE DIPPING

MaryAnne Boho,The Williamsburg Chocolatier, will guide visitors in chocolate dipping techniques for creating delicious holiday treats to take home (or eat on the spot).

sunday DEC 14

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

friday DEC 19

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

SCRIMSHAW HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

Using needlepoint tools, participants can scratch into shells to decorate ornaments using the technique known as scrimshaw. Pigment ink or dye is rubbed into the scratches to reveal the etched image.

friday DEC 19

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

saturday DEC 20

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Art Annex

COOKIE DECORATING

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

saturday DEC 20

Noon - 2:00 pm

Happy Harp Performance

Visitors can enjoy traditional holiday songs played by local musician and harpist Meredith Esson.


saturday DEC 20

12:30 pm & 2:00 pm

Art Annex

ARTIC EXPRESS: A MAGICAL TRAIN TOUR OF WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD

A trainload of fun filled holiday magic, music and a wonderful story. An imaginary train ride magically takes children around the world to learn about winter festivals and the holiday celebrations of Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solsitce, Ramaden, Hanukkah and Christmas. Presented by Education Specialist Rob Wescott.

saturday DEC 20

3:00 - 8:00 pm

 

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

saturday DEC 20

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

HOLIDAY CANDLES

Candle dipping activities will be offered with scent infused wax of pine and cinnamon.

sunday DEC 21

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Art Annex

ELF ACADEMY

While mom is out shopping, bring the kids to our popular holiday exhibit and then take part in our Elf Academy Workshop at the Art Annex. Children create a gift and become a certified holiday elf.

sunday DEC 21

1:00 - 5:00 pm

OLDE TOWNE SANTA

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

friday DEC 26

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

SCRIMSHAW HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

Using needlepoint tools, participants can scratch into shells to decorate ornaments using the technique known as scrimshaw. Pigment ink or dye is rubbed into the scratches to reveal the etched image.

saturday DEC 27

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Art Annex

COOKIE DECORATING

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

saturday DEC 27

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Annex

CHOCOLATE DIPPING

MaryAnne Boho,The Williamsburg Chocolatier, will guide visitors in chocolate dipping techniques for creating delicious holiday treats to take home (or eat on the spot).

sunday DEC 28

2:00 & 3:00 pm

VIA GOODE

Via Goode, of Goode Stories, presents holiday tales through songs, dance and stories.



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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.