Local Events

Gloucester Montessori School Gala

2019 Gloucester Montessori School Bids for Kids Benefit & Gala featuring The Original Rhondels, will be held on Saturday April 27th from 6-9:30 p.m.

Harcum Hunt Club Annual Pork BBQ Dinner

Harcum Hunt Club, Inc. will be having their Annual Pork BBQ Dinner on Saturday, April 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Piankatank Community League Building at 11888 Harcum Road in Gloucester.

All you can eat BBQ, Rolls, Hush Puppies, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Dessert & Beverage.

Adult Donation is $12, children 6-12 is $6 and children under 6 are free. Tickets will be available at the door.

Take-out will also be available.

Come on out for some great food and fun.

York-Poquoson D.A.R.E. Office

On Saturday, April 27th, the York-Poquoson D.A.R.E. Office, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is holding a Drug Take Back event to provide citizens the opportunity to drop off expired or unneeded prescription pills, patches, and liquid medications to help prevent drug abuse or theft, and to ensure drugs are disposed of properly.  Pills, patches, and liquid medications may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York-Poquoson D.A.R.E. Office, 5338-D George Washington Memorial Highway (in the Washington Square Shopping Center).  The Drug Take Back cannot accept needles or other sharp items.  This service is provided at no cost and is anonymous – no questions asked. More Drug Take Back sites are available.  For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

 As an additional service to the community, the York County Beautification Committee is providing citizens the opportunity to shred personal papers – up to five boxes of paperwork per person.  Staples and/or paperclips do not need to be removed prior to shredding.  This service is available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Also at this event, the Beautification Committee is accepting plastic bags for recycling in the Trex Bench challenge.  Simply drop off your plastic bags and they will be shipped to the Trex Company.  Once we submit 500 pounds of plastic materials, we will receive a free bench for one of our schools!  We have already received two free benches thanks to the support and participation of our citizens.

In addition, this is a donation spot for the Peninsula Food Bank.  We are accepting non-perishable canned/boxed food items to serve the needs of the hungry in our area.

Information about the Drug Take Back event in York County is available by calling the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office at (757) 890-3630.

Details about the shredding event/plastic bag collection/food drive is available by calling the Waste Management Center at (757) 890-3780.

Jammin' On The Point

West Point Chamber Presents Jammin On The Point

2019 FREE Concert Series



Happy Hour with $3 Beer/Wine Tickets from 6-7pm then $5 for 1 or 5 for  $20

Food vendor and Cornhole Boards to play.


Friday, April 26th- Fine Swiss Cheese

Everything from Hip Hop to Southern rock, Alternative rock to Hard core head banging Metal, Old school

funk to new age R&B, Disco to Motown – From Hampton & Newport News, VA


Friday, May 17th - Bad Ace

Rock / Blues Rock / Heavy Rock – From Seaford, VA


Friday, June 7th – Mullins Sisters

Country classics, today’s hits and their original music – From Gloucester, VA


Friday, July 19th – Nashville Nights

Today's Best in Country Music – From Chesapeake, VA


Friday, August 2nd - Dustin Furlow W/ Matt

Singer Songwriter / Alternative / Folk – From Virginia Beach, VA


Friday, August 16th - Stuck On A Name

Reggae Band – From Urbana, VA


Friday, September 13th - JNM

Songs from the past five decades, and a wide range of genres

Greater Williamsburg "Scrumptious Festival"

Enjoy Yorktown’s Tour for the Taste Buds during Greater Williamsburg’s “Scrumptious” Weekend

Yorktown is pleased to partner with Culturefix for a regional culinary festival featuring food, drink, music and art in Greater Williamsburg. The four-day event, April 25 – 28, is designed to increase visitation to the destination by showcasing some of the area’s amazing restaurants, breweries, wineries, chefs and musicians.

The festival kicks off Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing with the Yorktown Tapas Crawl featuring delicious menus and select alcohol pairings at three waterfront restaurants. The menu will appeal to seafood fans, craft beer lovers and anyone with an undeniable sweet tooth! 

Customers start at Riverwalk Restaurant with a choice of a draft beer, glass of red or white wine or specialty cocktail. The menu includes a beautiful Seafood Charcuterie of cured salmon, ahi tuna, and octopus salami served with French bread, pickled onion, dill cream cheese and wasabi aioli.

Next up, at Water Street Grille, the group will get a choice of a 12-oz draft beer selection, glass of selected red or white wine, or a specialty cocktail offering. Drinks are paired with a tantalizing trio: Mac & Cheese Eggroll, Crispy Fried Oyster and Flash Fried Zucchini.

They’ll finish up the night at Carrot Tree for a taste of the bakery’s legendary Desserts: Opera Cake, Tiramisu, and a delicious éclair.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online.


Other Scrumptious Festival Highlights

Each of the below events is on the green, under a tent, on the lawn of the Williamsburg Community Building on N. Boundary St.  

Thursday, April 25: “Live on the Green” is a free community concert featuring Slapnation. Yorktown Market Days Food Truck Matchsticks BBQ and FoodaTude will be on site selling dinner. York County breweries Virginia Beer Company and Alewerks along with Billsburg Brewery, the Williamsburg Winery and Precarious Beer Project will also be set up from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

 Friday, April 26:  “Foodapalooza of Taste” takes place at 6:30 p.m. with eleven phenomenal chefs from Hampton Roads most popular restaurants preparing small plates served with wine, beer and unique cocktails. Adding to the ambiance is a live performance from Good Shot Judy. Tickets are $75 per person with proceeds to support Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

 Saturday, April 27: “Young and Hungry” featuring six of the region’s youngest and most progressive chefs as they prepare a six-course menu utilizing ingredients from our region’s best local sources. Complete menu available here. Tickets are $93.

 Sunday, April 28: The sixth annual “Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival” takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature 50 craft beers from 25 craft breweries. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $60 for VIP which includes a complimentary tasting glass and unlimited pours. 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to local non-profits including Avalon Center; Bacon Street Youth and Family Services; Here for the Girls, Inc; Literacy for Life; Williamsburg Rotary Club; and Aspire Young Professionals of Greater Williamsburg.


This is just a small taste of all the amazing events planned for the weekend. Please see the below contact information to learn more.

For More Information:

Scrumptious Festival Information at www.scrumptiouswilliamsburg.com

Pirates Invade Yorktown at www.visityorktown.org

Culturefix President Steve Rose: 757-592-4289

York County Tourism Development: 757-890-3500

Yorktown Blues, Brews & BBQ

Blues, Brews & BBQ


Tickets are on sale for the May 4 Blues, Brews & BBQ festival at www.villageevents.org. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees can sample more than 30 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads.  At 12:30, On the Verge will deliver an entertaining mix of rock and blues. Then, at 3:30, Brasswind will take the mic to blend funk, soul, R&B, Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, and even a little beach music

Here’s a look at this year’s participating breweries:


  • Alewerks Brewing Company 
  • Billsburg Brewery
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Caiseal Beer & Spirits
  • Cape Charles Brewing Company
  • Center of the Universe Brewing
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company 
  • Legend Brewing Company
  • New Realm Brewing Company
  • The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
  • The Original Larry's Hard Lemonade Brewing Co
  • Sly Clyde Ciderworks
  • The St. George Brewing Company
  • SweetWater Brewing Company
  • Tradition Brewing Company
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Company


Back by popular demand, a wine garden is included with admission. The garden showcases wine from Hampton Roads Winery, Vintner’s Cellar Winery and Restaurant of Yorktown, Saude Creek Vineyard, and Hunt’s Vineyard. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The event is sponsored by York County; Hall Auto Group; Water Street Grille; and Union Bank and Trust. Proceeds Benefit the York Foundation for Public Education.


Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace . Visitors also may park at York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The free Yorktown Trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.


Additional Event Info:

  • www.visityorktown.org
  • Village Events:  (757) 877-2933
  • Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram:  @visityorktown #visityorktown


Mathews May Faire

Mathews May Faire * Saturday, May 4th * “A Salute to Our Military”


Mathews County Lays Down Welcome Mat, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th, yellow ribbons will festoon the town as Mathews kicks off its 3rd annual spring festival, May Faire, whose theme this year is “A Salute to Our Military,” honoring Mathews’ veterans and active service members.


The event is sponsored by the new Mathews Historical Museum.


Patriotic music will fill the air and historical and musical vignettes from each of our nation’s conflicts all will be featured.


A collection of 600 photographs of military men and women who have served and now do serve, will be the Museum’s first official display, when it will be open to the general public on a one-time basis for this extraordinary exhibit.  And down the street at 11:00 a.m. in the old Court House, an historic assembly of six Mathews County World War II veterans will take place. More have been invited and may possibly participate. These members of our "greatest generation” will share their memories and stories with the county’s residents and their guests. At the Museum, a display of the USS Mathews is on hand, and from 2-4:00 p.m. a Mathews man who served on the ship prior to its going to Viet Nam will share his memories.


Musical military tributes throughout the day will help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion and our very own Mathews VFW Post 83. The Farmers’ Market will be open all day, a pound cake contest winner will be announced at noon (go to our website for more information on entering), and a new addition to the May Faire festivities will be an Arts & Crafts Festival which will feature quilting, jams, preserves, woodworking and photography.


For additional details on the day’s activities, visit www.mathewsvamuseum.org  Applications for the pound cake contest and the Arts & Crafts Festival are available there.


(Preliminary viewing of the "Wall of Remembrance” collection may be arranged upon special request.)


The Senior Center of York

County citizens interested in serving on the Senior Center Board are asked to submit a Board Bank application to fill current vacancies.  The Senior Center Board is a working board tasked with identifying programs and activities, raising funds, and providing support for County operations of the Senior Center. The Board is comprised of members from each of the County’s five districts and meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.

York County citizens interested in applying for appointment to the York County Senior Center Board may obtain an application at the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown, or by calling (757) 890-3320.  Applications may also be obtained and filed using the county website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov and click on “How Do I,” then “Apply for A Board/Commission.”

Art At The River-Juried Art Show

Art at the River


On Sunday, May 5th, marvel at the work of close to 40 local artists at the sixth annual Juried Art Show with the beautiful York River as the backdrop. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, and other creative artists will line the Riverwalk to display their work with hopes of taking home the “People’s Choice” Award.

Judges this year will be sisters and fellow artists Gail Bruce McIntosh and Bonnie Bruce Mettler. Both graduated from York High School in the ‘60s and received their art degrees from Philadelphia art schools.

An Exhibit of Student Art from York County high schools will be on display inside the Freight Shed.

NEW this year are free interactive activities including a woodturning demonstration from the Tidewater Turners, who will be giving away wooden spinning tops to children in the crowd. The Tidewater Basketry Guild will on site weaving baskets and taking questions as they work. The Yorktown Arts Foundation will have a special art project for children ages 5 and up to make and take home.  Look for their tent at the corner of Buckner and Water Street.

Live entertainment from Sojorn starts at 11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.  Hampton Roads Winery is selling tasting tickets.

This event is presented by the Art at the River Committee in conjunction with York County and the Yorktown Foundation, with support from the Williamsburg Area and York County Arts Commissions.


Where to Park


Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace both days. Visitors also may park at York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The free Yorktown Trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.


Additional Event Info:

  • www.visityorktown.org
  • Art at the River Committee:  (757) 898-6147
  • Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram:  @visityorktown #visityorktown


Gloucester Department of Community Engagement




The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors seeks an interested community member in the Gloucester Point magisterial district to serve on the Board of Social Services.  This board oversees the administration of the Gloucester Department of Social Services to assure the development of services that promote economic and social self-sufficiency; provide protection and support for families, adults, and children; and assure that available resources are used in efficient and effective ways.   


Interested community members are asked to submit a Gloucester County Volunteer Board Bank interest form available on the county’s website at www.gloucesterva.info by clicking on “On-line Services” and selecting “Volunteer Board Bank Registration” or by contacting the Department of Community Education at 693-5730. 


York County Parks & Recreation "Movies In The Park!"

York County Parks and Recreation’s “Movies in the Parks!” program begins on Saturday, April 20th.  This free 15-movie series is scheduled for select Friday and Saturday evenings at three County parks: The McReynolds Athletic Complex(MAC), Charles Brown Park, and New Quarter Park.                                                                                      

Begins at Sunset.  Bring chairs or a blanket for seating. Concessions available.


                                         Movie Schedule


New Quarter Park – 1000 Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg

May 18            -           Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

June 15            -           Mary Poppins Returns

July 20            -           An American Tale

August 17        -           Charlotte’s Web

September 21  -           Frozen

October 19      -           Hocus Pocus


Charles Brown Park – 1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown

May 11            -           Space Jam

June 8              -           Princess and the Frog

July 13            -           Spider-man – Into the Spider-Verse

August 10        -           Incredibles 2


McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) – 412 Sports Way

May 4              -           Lego Batman

June 1              -           Muppet Treasure Island

July 19            -           Paddington 2

August 3          -           The Good Dinosaur


For more information about movie titles and show times, please call Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec.

 For weather related updates, call our hotline at 757-890-3501
Charles Brown Park ext 31
McReynolds Athletic Complex ext 10
New Quarter Park ext 35


York County Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Hours

York County Parks and Recreation announces spring/summer hours at the following parks:     


  • Back Creek Park Tennis Courts (3000 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown, 23692):  The Tennis office will open for hours shown below from now through October 31st:

Monday:         4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tues., Wed.:   8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday:      8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday:           8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

            *Saturday:     8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.  (*Only May 1 through October 1)


  • Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road, Yorktown, 23692):  Open daily from now through August 31st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The park is subject to closure due to inclement weather for safety reasons and to protect the turf.  During inclement weather or wet field conditions, the park gates will remain locked.


  • New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg, 23185):  Open daily from now through October 31st, 8 a.m. to dusk. Park staff will be on site and public restrooms will be available. For shelter and program reservations, call the New Quarter Park office at (757) 890-5840 to make arrangements in advance.


  • Wolf Trap Park (1009 Wolf Trap Road, Yorktown, 23692): Open daily from now through August 31st from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The park is subject to closure due to inclement weather for safety reasons and to protect the turf.  During inclement weather or wet field conditions, the park gates remain locked.


  • The McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) (412 Sports Way, Yorktown, 23693)  has switched to seasonal hours through October 31st, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  The park stays open for the conclusion of scheduled activities, but is subject to closure during periods of inclement weather. 


Please call the Parks and Recreation Office at (757) 890-3500 for any questions regarding these or other park sites operated by York County.  Park closures due to inclement weather can be viewed at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec and clicking on York County Parks and Recreation under “Rainout Line” at the top right of the home page.


April Fun at the York County Library

The York County Public Library offers a wide variety of free programs and activities.


All aboard!  Kids Run Trains returns to the Tabb Library in April for a fun weekend of model trains!  Kids of all ages are invited to stop by and operate the Lionel Trains from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27,                                                     and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. 


Adult programs:

  • Memory Café on April 24 from 1-2:30 p.m., Tabb
  • Tabb Book Readers on April 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tabb, registration required
  • Gentle Yoga on April 29 from 11 a.m. to noon, Yorktown, registration required
  • Evening Yoga on April 30 from 6:45-7:45 p.m., Tabb, registration required


Children/Teen programs: 

  • Monday Morning Homeschoolers on April 22 at 10:30 a.m., ages 6-12, Tabb, registration begins April 15
  • Lego Time on April 23 at 3:30 p.m., ages 4 and up, Yorktown


Food for Fines returns April 7-20! Bring nonperishable food items to the Tabb or Yorktown Library to pay your fines. One food item will pay one fine, regardless of the amount of the fine. Bring as many food items as you have overdue books, DVDs or CDs. The Food for Fines program does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items. Bring your canned or boxed food items to the Tabb or Yorktown Circulation desk, along with your library card, to receive credit on your account. Previously opened and expired food items will not be accepted. Donated items will benefit local food closets.

The York County Public Library System will be closed on Sunday, April 21, in observance of Easter. The Tabb and Yorktown Libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 22.

For information on library programs, visit our website at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or contact the Tabb Library at (757) 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at (757) 890-5207. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountypubliclibrary. Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.


Through an agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), York County residents may utilize the services of both WRL branches:  515 Scotland Street and 7770 Croaker Road. For directions and hours of operation, call (757) 259-4040 or (757) 259-7770.



Yorktown Market Days

Saturdays, Now through October 26 (except May 4 & Oct. 5)

Yorktown Market Days, 8 AM to 12 PM  Enjoy spectacular views of the York River, live music, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations, and a variety of vendors! Shop for seasonal produce; fresh seafood and meats; breads; handmade soaps and candles; honey; gourmet dog treats; and a beautiful display of work from local artists and artisans. Riverwalk Landing. Free. EBT/SNAP cards accepted. 757.890.3500




Saturday, April 27 - Pirates Invasion Market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beware of pillagers as pirates invade Yorktown Market Days. In this special extended farmers market, you can shop for fresh produce, enjoy seafood hauled in right off the ships on our local waters, and choose from a variety of fresh breads and pastries. We know all those mini-marauders are bound to work up an appetite as they explore the nearby festival and hunt down the treasure on their maps. Take advantage of the food vendors and food trucks that will be serving up lunch, snacks, and cold drinks! Location: Riverwalk Landing
Phone: 757.890.3500


Saturday, May 11 - Fitness Market, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This special market will have you jumping for joy! Not only can you shop your favorite vendors and artists, but you can learn to improve your health with fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings. Location: Riverwalk Landing
Phone: 757.890.3500

Adult Volunteers Needed for Memory Cafe'

Adult volunteers are needed to assist with the new monthly Memory Café program offered by the York County Public Library in partnership with the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging & Lifelong Health and the Peninsula Agency on Aging.  The Memory Cafés are open to those suffering Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, or memory loss, and their caregivers. Beginning April 24, the Tabb Library Memory Café will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Tabb Library Meeting Room.

We are looking for individuals who possess a positive attitude, are empathetic and enjoy conversing with seniors. Some of the Memory Café participants will be able to converse fairly well on their own; others may have trouble finding words. Volunteers will be trained to draw the attendees out and help them enjoy their time. Those facing dementia can greatly benefit from conversing when they can, or otherwise just being met where they are on their journey through memory loss.  

Volunteers should be available on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the Tabb Library as often as possible. Volunteers are also required to attend a short training workshop prior to the first session. The training will cover communication techniques and information on how best to encourage conversation with those suffering from memory loss. The training will be no more than an hour in length; training dates are to be determined.

The Tabb Library is located at 100 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown, VA, 23693. For a complete schedule and more information about the Cafés, please visit the library’s Event Calendar, available online at www.yorkcounty.gov/library.

For more information about the Memory Café or volunteering opportunities, please call Marjorie Hilkert, Memory Café coordinator, at (757) 345-6977.

Senior Center of York Monthly Programs

   A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in April. Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age.  To register for these activities, sign up in person at the Senior Center or call (757) 890-3444

 Along with our regular activities – Birthday Bash, AARP Driver Safety Program, and “War Stories and Pizza” - activities scheduled for April include:






Yorktown's FREE Trolley Now Operating


The free Yorktown Trolley is one of the best ways to see Historic Yorktown, and you can expect it back on the streets Friday, March 22, just in time for an exciting lineup of spring events!  The trolley is available to all locals and visitors to alleviate the hassle of finding parking close to the waterfront, especially during peak tourist season.

After a successful pilot program last year, trolley service extends past the regular schedule during Sounds of Summer concerts, which take place at the waterfront every Thursday night in June, July, and August—with the exception of July 4.


2019 Schedule

Now – May 23 (daily)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


May 24 – Sept. 2 (daily)
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Sept. 3 – Nov. 17 (daily)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Holiday Schedule

Nov. 22 – Dec. 29 (Fri, Sat & Sun only)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The trolleys are climate controlled and ADA compliant, and run a circuitous route throughout the historic area. The 20-25 minute long route begins at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center with stops at the Victory Monument, Historic Main Street, Riverwalk Landing, Watermen’s Museum, and others, and ends at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. During the trip, the trolley drivers provide helpful information at each stop to allow the rider to focus on the scenery, the history, and where to have their next meal!


This is the 19th year York County has offered this service to the community. The trolleys are financed primarily by state and federal grant money. Each car can transport 28 seated and 19 standing passengers at a time. The trolley transports approximately 90,000 passengers throughout Yorktown during its operational season.


For Additional Info:


York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-3500

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

#visityorktown #york757


Calling All Coaches And Officials


Parks, Recreation and Tourism, with a huge volunteer support system, offers year-round athletics for our youth. Coaches and officials for Soccer, Softball, Basketball and Field Hockey are needed. We offer clinics and one on one assistance to get you started. Join our team, call Ron Alston today at 804-693-1262 or email ralston@gloucesterva.info Support our community, support our youth and have fun making a difference in a child’s life.


Parks, Recreation and Tourism is now accepting registration for Whiffleball, ages 4 & 5, Teeball, ages 6 & 7 and Softball, ages 8-10, 11-14 & 15-18, all as of September 30, 2019. Whiffleball is $20 per child and runs mid-June thru early-August. Teeball and Softball “early bird registration fee” is $42 per child (must be registered by April 14) or $47 from April 15 thru April 28 deadline. Teams play Monday-Friday from late-May until early August.


For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by our office 6489 Main Street, Suite 303. For online registration visit https://rec.gloucesterva.info

Mulch Fires a Common Occurrence


‘Tis the season for mulching!  At this time of year, it is especially common to see mulch being placed in yards, around other buildings, and even in landscape beds in medians. Mulch not only looks nice, but it’s also a great way to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth.  However, mulch fires can also occur and, in the last 12 months, York County Fire & Life Safety responded to 63 mulch fire incidents!

Mulch fires may be caused by spontaneous combustion when mulch is piled high and is allowed to remain for a long period of time. Primarily, this type of fire affects those who deal with large quantities of mulch such as commercial producers, landscapers, etc.  But, mulch fires are also caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials, such as one that happened in Woodbridge, VA last year at a Chuck E. Cheese that damaged the structure necessitating its closure; and another that occurred in 2014 in Harrisonburg, VA at an apartment complex, displacing 21 people and causing $250,000 in damages.  In addition, each year, particularly during spring time or periods of low humidity and/or windy and dry conditions, fire departments are routinely dispatched to fires in medians along highways, to commercial properties with landscape fires, and structure fires that originated in adjacent mulched areas.

Here are some tips to help minimize the chance of a mulch fire and reduce the potential for damage is one occurs:

  • Provide a minimum 18-inch clearance between landscaped mulch beds and combustible building materials.
  • Recognize that when the weather is hot and there has been little to no rain for an extended time, mulch fires can start more readily.
  • Regularly water mulch when the weather is hot and dry to keep it moist.
  • If you see anything smoldering in a landscaped area, put it out if you can and report it to someone inside the building.  If the burning material is not thoroughly wetted down or removed, it may reignite.  Always call 911!
  • Be aware of conditions that are favorable for mulch fires and increase surveillance of mulch beds in the afternoon when fires are more likely to occur.
  • Designate outdoor smoking areas away from mulch beds and provide receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances.
  • Do not discard cigarettes along roadways, in parking lots, or in mulch generally or in potted plants.
  • Consider using metal cans with sand for outdoor lighted smoking material disposal.
  • Provide proper clearance for electric devices such as decorative lights by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use only the manufacturer’s recommended size/wattage for yard light bulbs.
  • Use only electrical devices and cords listed for outdoor use, and follow the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Consider replacing wood mulch with less combustible materials such as cocoa shells or decorative stone. NOTE: More fire-resistant wood mulches are course and chunky because they retain moisture longer.
  • Use noncombustible mulch such as rock or pea gravel around the gas meter and next to the combustible portions of the structure.


Whether you are a home or business owner, please follow the steps above to lessen the danger and expense of a mulch fire on your property.  For more information, call (757) 890-3600, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

American Legion Flag Drop Box

American Legion Post 75's Flag Drop Box has been moved to their temporary location at 3558 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes, next to the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce under the big American flag! You can drop off old flags for disposal anytime...you can't miss the red, white, and blue box!


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