The oceans remain distant and mysterious, even though they occupy nearly three-quarters of our planet’s surface. Opening August 22, Liquid Light: Photography Beneath the Sea features nine California photographers who have captured a quality of light that only exists underwater.

“Their work portrays the beauty of light and the mystery of life under the sea,” said Chief Curator Lyles Forbes. Their photographs each bring an awareness of the fragility of this amazing world and the crucial importance of natural balance to its very existence.

Like the 19th century landscape photographers before them, these photographers are documenting our last frontier. Each of these underwater artists brings their own distinctive eye to the creation of images that are unique, stunningly beautiful, meditative and exceptional in the way that they record the world around them—the world that is under the oceans.

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National Park Service Birthday
August 25, 2015
Free admission to National Parks and other Federal sites throughout the country, including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. 
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Frontier Folkways Festival - Frontier Culture Museum
Staunton, September 19
Come enjoy a weekend of traditional daily-life activities from the past including, crafts, trades, foodways, and musical entertainment on all of the Museum’s Old World and American Exhibits. Through Living History demonstrations,  you’ll learn the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and the life they created here for themselves and their descendants.
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy is a new FREE alternate reality game at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. What skills will you need to survive a long trip to the Red Planet and return safely? Find out by choosing what role you will play on the mission; engaging in fun interactive activities; and exploring the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the Museum's fascinating artifacts.
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Pick Your Own! - Amazing Farm Fun @Ticonderoga
Okra, peppers, and tomatoes are ripe and ready for picking. Plan a family day out with paid admission and visit our gardens to share a pick your own adventure (sold by the lb) or just stop by during our open hours and purchase at our Market.
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“Liberty or Death!” Reenactment - Historic St. John’s Church
Each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we offer Public Reenactments of the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” speech.  Each Sunday afternoon (and some Saturdays), we offer first-come, first served seating to the public to attend the reenactment.
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