Visit The Mariners’ Museum and Park for Summer Workshops

A young girl peers into a museum display cabinet filled with curiosities

Beat the heat this summer by exploring Hampton Roads indoors. The Mariners’ Museum and Park is just a short drive from Waypoint Apartments and has a lot of exhibits you can examine. Stop by to learn about interesting historical details like the legacy of ginger beer, the development of wartime propaganda, and more at its summer workshops.


Drinking History: Ginger Beers in the Americas — July 28

If you like brews and their history, you’ll want to catch the ginger beer presentation on Saturday, July 28. Georgia Belk of the British West Indies Trading Company will share how ginger beers in the Americas trace back to Sir Thomas Harriott and the Caribbean. The lecture is free for museum members and a nominal $5 for others. Also, the event includes free samples of ginger beer for attendees aged 21 and older. Reservations are requested, so save a spot for you and a friend.


WWI Posters and Propaganda — August 4

This new lecture series presented by museum staff gives visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes and check out some of the artifacts not currently on exhibit. Museum archivist Bill Barker will share just how public opinion was swayed through posters and other forms of propaganda supporting the World War I war efforts. You will also glean insight into the work some of the museum staff does. This presentation takes place on Saturday, August 4 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The lecture is free with museum admission.


Longleaf Pine Basket Weaving Workshop — August 4

Don’t let basket weaving become a lost art. This craft can be as functional as it is beautiful. Attend this basket weaving workshop at the Mariners’ Museum and Park to learn more about the history and techniques of longleaf pine basket weaving. This workshop takes place on Saturday, August 4, from 10 a.m. until noon, so make sure you reserve a spot! The cost is $20 or $10 for members.


Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop — August 18

On Saturday, August 18, you can experiment with the Japanese technique of Shibori Indigo Dye. You can investigate this ancient art of creating patterns on fabric and how it lead to the tie-dye revolution in the 1960s. Then learn how to prepare your cloth to obtain a specific pattern you desire by folding, tying and sewing the fabric. Four cloth napkins are included in the cost of $25 for members and $40 for the general public. This workshop begins at 10 a.m.


No matter the season, Hampton Roads always has a variety of arts, cultures, and diversity to explore. If you want to see more local art and one-of-a-kind crafts, then go to The Creative Wedge for unique keepsakes. If you want to call Waypoint Apartments home, contact our leasing agents today. We’re sure we have just the right community for you!

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