Are you scared? Friday the 13th offers weird fun for all

A tour of historic Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk is just one of the many macabre things to do in the southside on Friday the 13th (Courtesy of David Sullivan, via NSCC)
A tour of historic Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk is just one of the many macabre things to do in the southside on Friday the 13th (Courtesy of David Sullivan, via NSCC)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Friday is usually met with glee by those waiting for the weekend, while the number 13 has been wrought with superstition for centuries. When you combine the two, Friday the 13th emerges as an anti-holiday in the West, coupled with its own horror film by the same name.

But who says you can’t have fun on Friday the 13th? In Virginia Beach and Norfolk, history art and fright combine into a night of intrigue, and Southside Daily has compiled five events perfect for a celebration of Friday the 13th.

Is she a witch?

The Lynnhaven House will be hosting A Witch Among Us?: The Grace Sherwood Story, a dramatic telling of the trial of Grace Sherwood — also known as the “Witch of Pungo” — who is the last person known to have been convicted of witchcraft in Virginia in 1706. Hear from Sherwood’s accusers, Elizabeth Barnes and Luke Hill, and listen to Grace Sherwood’s defense as well. According to the Lynnhaven House website, the audience will then decide if “there is really a witch among us?”

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This is an outdoor event and the 6:30 p.m. show is sold out; however, the 8:30 p.m. show still has tickets available, which must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $15 per person. The Lynnhaven House asks that people arrive 30 minutes prior to the show to allow time to check in and partake in the trail walk.

Very cemetery

Join Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation for the Mysteries Within Elmwood Cemetery Tour, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Elmwood was established in 1853 and has more than 40,000 people buried there, according to the City of Norfolk. The tour is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the NSCC, which is a nonprofit historic preservation organization that partners with the City of Norfolk to maintain the city’s historic cemeteries.
No reservations or RSVPs are necessary, but be sure to check the NSCC website or Facebook page for tour updates, cancellations and additional details.

Such a disgrace

Virginia Stage Company will host its production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced.” The play revolves around a dinner party hosted by a Pakistani-American lapsed Muslim and his Caucasian wife; the dinner is also attended by his African-American law partner and her Jewish husband. According to VSC, “tensions rise when conversation turns to religion, politics, and Islamophobia.”

There will be discussion panels during and after “Disgraced.” The drama is “explosive” and contains strong language, moments of violence, and powerful subject matter. The show runs through April 22 and tickets start at $20.

Wine-day the 13th

The Virginia Beach Winery will host a free wine tasting from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The winery has dubbed the event Freaky Friday 13th – Free Wine Tasting, and they will be joined by Patty with Nothing Bundt Cakes to offer some cake pairings. Each person attending will be allowed to sample four wines, according to the winery. The winery will also have souvenir glasses for sale.

Types of wine available at the tasting include:

  • Carménère
  • Blackbeard’s Barrel
  • Pirate Blend
  • Beach Blackberry

Do you need proof?

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is unveiling its newest exhibit, PROOF, a 30-year retrospective of Hampton Roads-based photographer Mark Atkinson. The exhibit will include riveting and poignant images of people and places near home and around the globe. Atkinson has lived and worked in the Hampton Roads area for more than 30 years. He has traveled the world shooting both still photography and documentary films. Atkinson will also debut a new short film during the event.

The PROOF Opening Party is a ticketed event; $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased here and if you are a member of the Hermitage, present your membership card at the event and receive $1 off each alcoholic beverage purchase.

  • 6-7 p.m.: Exclusive Members-only preview and cocktail hour with the artist.
  • 7-9 p.m.: Hors d’oeuvres by Montero’s Restaurant, a full bar, and music

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