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

SEP 27 & 28

sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

sun: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Autumn in the City

autumn in the city at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

A standard flower show sponsored by the Federated Clubs of the Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs. Now in its second year, this exhibit offers garden club members the opportunity to create and present fresh horticultural displays and designs in a range of categories, including table top designs, miniature plants, fall foliage, flowering annual & perennial plants, fruits and vegetables, native trees and plants and more.

Free and open to the public

 

friday OCT 3

5:00 - 8:00 pm

 

FIRST FRIDAY in Olde Towne

More Cowbell band

CONCERT IN THE COURTYARD Featuring Live Music by More Cowbell Rock Band

One of the most anticipated acts of the year, the band More Cowbell, will be back by popular demand with classic rock songs playing out in the courtyard.

OF GHOSTS & GLASS: Ghoulish Hot Glass Art

Local glass artists from the Chrysler Museum's Glass Studio, along with artists from the Tidewater Community College Visual Art Center, will demonstrate how the process of creating visual art can be a frightfully delightful performance of the macabre, creating ghoulish sights, ghouls, and ghosts out of glass. The effect will be stunning as the sun sets and the hot molten glass glows in the dark night.

The First Friday events are organized in part by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development Authority and Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.  

Free and open to the public and includes light refreshments and free admission to museum exhibits.

 

saturday OCT 4

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cherokee Dancing & Regalia

FIRST SATURDAY in Olde Towne

THE FANCY SHAWL: Cherokee Dancing & Regalia

Kelly Adkins and her family will share their Cherokee heritage through dance regalia and offering traditional Cherokee dances, including the Fancy Shawl Dance. Adkins lives with her family in Charles City, VA, and is a member of the Red Crooked Sky Dance Troupe.

This is also the last weekend to view the exhibit Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge, which features the traditional crafts and contemporary art from mountain states, including the Cherokee Indian Tribes from North Carolina.

Free and open to the public and includes free admission to museum exhibits.

 

OCT 10, 11, 17, & 18

7:00 pm

Forty Whacks- The Lizzie Borden Story, Portsmouth, VA

FRIDAY FRIGHTS & SATURDAY SCARES

Frightful Performances & Stories to Scare

NOTE: SHOWS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 13 and up

Friday Night Frights will feature two productions from the Core Theatre Ensemble. Brought back by popular demand from last year, the first show on October 10th features An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. The Core Theatre Ensemble's dramatizations of Poe will focus on classics such as The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart.

On Saturday evenings October 11th & 18th, Virginia writers and authors will read new, original works of fiction that are meant to scare. These stories of suspense will be geared toward an adult audience. Some will be creepy, while others may involve gore and graphic details of horror.

The second show on October 17th features Forty Whacks- The Lizzie Borden Story. This dramatic account tells of the gory details surrounding the late 19th Century murder case of Elizabeth Borden's father and step-mother.

Parents are asked to use discretion when bringing younger audience members. Be sure to come to all with an appetite for fright!

Rest assured the parking will not be scary; it is free after 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and all day Saturdays.

FOR TICKETS CALL (757) 393-8543

Tickets for Friday Night Frights may be purchased in advance for $2 for Portsmouth Museums' members and $3 for nonmembers. General admission on the date of the event will be $5.

 

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

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 - 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

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.