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Arts At Abingdon Concert Series

Concert at Abingdon Church Features

 

New York Polyphony

 Saturday, January 18th

 

Abingdon Episcopal Church, on Route 17 in White Marsh, Gloucester County, will be hosting the New York Polyphony in the second concert this season in the Arts at Abingdon Series. The concert will be held Saturday, January 18th at 5:00 pm at the church. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be accepted.

 

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio),New York Polyphony is one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. The four men, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) give vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has earned New York Polyphony two Grammy nominations.

 

Seating for the concert is limited so please arrive early. For further information, please call the Abingdon Church Parish Office at (804) 693-3035.

YMCA Open Houses

This is the year you can improve your health at the YMCA. Join now and pay no joining fee until January 31st.

  • No contracts
  • State of the art equipment
  • Discounts on programs
  • Free wellness coaching sessions
  • Child watch while you work out
  • Stop by our West Point Open House on Saturday, January 18th and our Gloucester Express Y on Saturday, January 25th.

What will you do this year?

 

 

 

The American Legion Gloucester Post 75 Community Breakfast

The American Legion, Gloucester Post 75 Community Breakfast will be held on Sunday January 19th from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM. This is a change to a new day. Treat you and yours to a delightful breakfast, featuring pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, sausage gravy, fruit, coffee and juice. Adults $8, Children 5 – 10, $5.00. Children under 4 eat free. Take out is available. Please come out and support your local American Legion. You turn at the traffic light where the old building stood just north of the Stagecoach Flea Market. Drive until the road curves to the right look left and you will see the new building. Thank you for your support of the American Legion. For more information, Paul Miller at 757-660-2480

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Programs

GLOUCESTER PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM

 

WORKING ON WELLNESS-BODY RENEW

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a new fitness program for Seniors, age 55 and older.  Combine mild cardio, gentle stretching, resistance strength training and balance retaining for the perfect fitness plan.  Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 am at the PRT Office, 6382 Main Street.  The fee is $30 for February (4,11,18,25) and the deadline to register is January 28th.

 

WORKING ON WELLNESS-GENTLE ARTHRITIS MOVEMENTS

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a new fitness program for Seniors, age 55 and older, with Arthritis.  Keep moving to keep moving!  A class of gentle, mindful movement from head to toe, working with your available range of motion.  Fostering joint mobility and flexibility.  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 at Achilles, the fee for February (4,11,18,25) is $30 and the deadline to register is January 28th.

 

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUES REGISTRATION

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring adult basketball leagues for ages 18 and over or ages 35 and over.  Teams will play a 10-game schedule from mid-February to late April.  The fee for the 18 and over league is $615 for Gloucester residents or $675 for non-residents and the 35 and older league is $510.  The deadline to register is February 2nd.

 

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

York County's 2020 Cabin Fever Concert Series

York County is excited to release its 2020 Cabin Fever Concert Series line-up and introduce some new acts to its premier waterfront venue. The six-week series is held on Thursday evenings in the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing, offering an intimate setting coupled with a spectacular view of the York River.  The series features six great bands in concert from January 30th to March 5th.  Doors open no earlier than 6:30 p.m. and each concert starts promptly at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Coffee and desserts are graciously provided by Carrot Tree—complimentary to all guests in attendance.

 

·        January 30:  Flatland Bluegrass Band This home-grown Virginia bluegrass band performs its tight harmonies and high-energy instrumentals during a night of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, mixed with some gospel music.

 

·        February 6: New Sound Alliance is a talented group of vocalists and musicians from varied cultures who play a blend of original songs; praise & worship; rhythm & blues; jazz; southern rock; pop and varied instrumentals.

 

·        February 13: BJ Griffin Duo BJ Griffin is a singing cellist who has performed internationally. He enjoys mixing classical, jazz and pop music in hopes of breaking the barriers between the genres.

 

·        February 20: The H.M Johnson Band Johnson has been a figure in the Hampton Roads music scene for 40 years. His band covers songs dating back to the 1950s, and covers styles such as R&B, funk, pop, swing, and soul. The band may also throw in a little reggae and rock and roll for good measure!

 

·        February 27: Something Different Duo This father-daughter duo adds a jazzy flair to their lounge-style music. Ashley Wenner and Brad Sindle started performing together six years ago and have been making people tap their toes, sing, and dance ever since.

 

·        March 5: Poisoned Dwarf is a five-piece band that performs traditional Irish music using Uilleann pipes, an Irish flute, whistle, button accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and Bodhran. Expect Irish Jigs, reels and polkas during this performance.

 

 

Additional Event Info:

·        www.visityorktown.org

·        York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500

·        Weather Event Hotline:  (757) 890-3520

·        Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:  Visit Yorktown

 

This concert series is sponsored by York County.

2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule

Be a part of a lifesaving journey. Donate blood. The 2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule is listed below.

To schedule an appointment please visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code GCVa or call Mary Beth at 757-876-7046.

 

Yorktown Road Closure

Historic Yorktown’s Comte de Grasse Street will be closed to traffic beginning January 5th, for approximately two months.  The 60 day road closure enables a contractor to improve a drainage issue along the roadside and also to install a sidewalk, making the trip to and from the Victory Monument and Water Street more safe and pleasant for pedestrians.  The new sidewalk will be five-feet wide and made of brick with a concrete base for stability. 

The road closure means that there is no vehicle access to the Beach Picnic Area located at the end of Water Street. Typically, drivers access the Beach Picnic Area by traveling down Comte de Grasse (a one-way street) and turning right into the parking lot. The Beach Picnic Area is not accessible from Water Street because a portion of that road also is one-way.  The Beach Picnic Area remains open to pedestrians throughout the Comte de Grasse Street road closure. 

El-X Enterprises has been contracted to perform the work.

Newport News Park

12 Things You May Not Know About Newport News Park 

In 1966, the City of Newport News created a watershed around Lee Hall Reservoir to protect the quality of its water. That watershed was developed into Newport News Park. Since then, it’s been a gem in our city, providing trails, shade, a huge variety of wildlife, and much more. So much more, that you probably don’t even know about all this amazing park has to offer. We’ve outlined the Top 12 things you need to know about Newport News Park that will get you planning your next trip there as soon as possible!

1. It’s HUGE

One of the largest municipal parks in the United States, Newport News Park is nine times larger than New York City’s Central Park! At 7,711 acres, Newport News Park is an oasis in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The park is so large that it has its very own campground! 

2. It’s a great place to camp

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts find Newport News Park’s campground the perfect retreat. Its 188 campsites are spaciously arranged throughout the park’s natural woodlands. Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by many of the comforts of home, including electricity, heated showers, a laundry room, a small store for food and supplies, and 24-hour security. And, needless to say, pets are welcome, too!

3. It has an aero-model flying field 

Did you know that Newport News Park has an aero-model flying field? What’s that, you may ask? It’s a place for model aviation enthusiasts to fly their radio-controlled aircraft. The busiest flying times are usually Saturday and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. The field has a paved 400-foot runway and a spacious 30-acre flyover area, along with bleachers for visitors and spectators.

4. It has miles of trails

The park also offers more than 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and marshland – with many native species to observe in their natural habitat. As you can imagine, the park is home to an incredible variety of native wildlife – deer, fox, raccoon and beaver, to name a few – all found in a thriving setting filled with lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

5. It has a center to rehabilitate wildlife 

The park even has a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation program, located at the Discovery Center. The staff there provides care to hundreds of injured or orphaned animals annually, enabling the animals to return to their natural environments, healthy and self-sufficient. We like to think of the Discovery Center as a “temporary haven” for wildlife when they’re most in need. The center also has numerous educational exhibits on display, which are open to the public.

6. You can rent a bike for $3

If you enjoy cycling, bring your own bike or rent one from the campsite office to hit the park’s popular 5.3-mile hard-packed, flat-surface multi-use trail. Newport News Park shares a long stretch of border with the Colonial National Historical Park and several of the park's biking and hiking trails cross over into this historical area.

7. It has ties to the Civil War

Speaking of history, did you know that Newport News Park is the site of some of the best preserved Civil War fortifications, earthworks and redoubts in Virginia? During the American Civil War, the park was the site of Battle of Dam No. 1. In the days prior to the battle, Confederate forces constructed rifle pits and other earthworks from which they held off the Union Army.  Because of this, the park is a designated stop on the official Virginia Civil War Trails network.

8. It has numerous playgrounds and horseshoe pits

Families with small children will be happy to know that Newport News Park has FOUR playgrounds, including one specifically made for younger children (found in Picnic Area 2). With four certified courts for horseshoes, there’s no better place than Newport News Park to play horseshoes, too, especially if you want to keep your own lawn back home pristine! Just remember to bring your own horseshoes, as the park does not provide them.

9. It boasts archery, golf, and a Japanese Peace Garden!

Additionally, it has an archery range, two 18-hole golf courses, and an 18-hole championship disc golf course in the arboretum area. Floral gardens at the park include a Japanese Peace Garden with an authentic tea house!

10.  It’s a great place to go fishing

For water enthusiasts, fishing is permitted in two large freshwater lakes, along with canoe, paddleboat, and Jon boat rentals. And don’t worry about bringing your own paddles, oars, or personal flotation devices – they’re all included in the rental.

11.  There’s a team-building course 

Organized groups looking for a physical and a mental challenge are invited to make a reservation to take the park’s “Ropes & Initiatives Course.” It features a progression of more difficult tasks, similar to an obstacle course. It can be a powerful tool for enhancing group dynamics.  

12.   There are lots of FREE programs there

 

OK, now that we know what Newport News Park has to offer, let’s talk about the many FREE programs scheduled there on a regular basis! Who knew the park offered the following activities?  

1. Archery Safety Lessons – A park ranger presents this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss the rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. You’ll also learn more about the art of archery. Call 757-888-3333 for dates and to register.

 2. Bird Walks – Since 1965, the Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the park’s bird population on a regular basis. Join club members in the parking lot of Picnic Area 1 at 7 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Take a stroll through the park and see what interesting species of birds live here. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

3. Friday Night Adventures – Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can bring your family to the Discovery Center at Newport News Park every Friday evening to learn about some of the amazing living creatures that make their homes in and around the park. Meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features through nature walks, themed presentations, and hands-on activities. Topics range from beavers, snakes, and owls to bats, opossums, deer, raccoons, and other creatures inhabiting the park. 

4. Hayrides – Hop on a Saturday evening hayride to explore the park’s beautiful and diverse forest habitats. These family friendly adventures are led by park staff. Hayrides, which depart from the campsite office, are offered on select Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rides are free, but tickets are required and distributed at the Campsite Office on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before each departure time.

5. Story and a Walk – Enjoy a fun nature story at the Discovery Center in Newport News Park and then take a short walk to discover what you can find around the park. Targeted toward preschool children and their caregivers, this program is held at 10 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month. 

6. Walking Club – This free walking program was created for adults over age 55 who want to get fit or stay fit. Walk through some of the parks most beautiful trails at 10 a.m. every Friday. Call 757-812-7905 to register.

Obviously, the only challenge you’ll have in visiting Newport News Park is selecting among all the fun programs and numerous things to do there! If you opt for one of the programmed activities, call first because a few of these activities are only offered during the summer months. For questions or additional information, call Newport News Park at 757-886-7912.

 

Riverside Hospice Agencies

Riverside Hospice Agencies are looking for volunteers for the Tappahannock and Gloucester offices. They are in need of patient companion volunteers, bereavement and spiritual support volunteers. 8 hours of free training is required and broken up in to two 4 hour days. Criminal background check and Tuberculosis test(covered by Riverside) are also required.

Becoming a hospice volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and others.

For more information call Frannie Bernard @ 804-443-6130, 804-693-1111 or email to frances.bernard@rivhs.com.

GCPS Screening For Preschoolers

Gloucester County Public Schools conducts screenings for preschool children as part of their Child Find Activities throughout the school year. Parents/guardians should consider having their children screened if they are experiencing difficulty walking, talking, playing and meeting developmental milestones.

 

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

Cycling is a hobby that can be enjoyed year-round in Coastal Virginia! As such, Newport News Tourism is happy to announce that a new online resource is now available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. The trails, which have been added to our website, are separated into three categories: Road biking, Recreational biking, and Mountain biking.

 The trails cover many miles of local terrain, with varying degrees of difficulty. From a leisurely 2-mile paved trail in Riverview Farm Park to the beginner/advanced/expert mountain bike trails in Harwood’s Mill, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!

A brief description of the six trails is provided, each elaborating on the scenic river views, wooded parks, historic homes, museums, lakefront areas, bridges, and urban streets you’re likely to encounter. 

Maps are available in two formats: Downloadable PDF files that can be printed and online/interactive maps accessible from the web.  The maps can be useful for planning your route in advance and include the following:

Road biking Route 1 – Local Favorite – 8 miles Route 1 – City Tour – 21 miles

Recreational biking Riverview Farm Park – 2 miles Newport News Park – 5.3 miles

Mountain biking Lake Maury Natural Area – 5 miles Harwood’s Mill – 5.9 miles

To make sure everyone takes the typical precautions when biking, we’ve also included a “Bike Safety” tab on the website, which includes basic bicycle rules of the road and cycling tips. For more information, click on “Bike Trails” from the home page of our website at www.newport-news.org.

The Senior Center of York Monthly Programs

 

            A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in August. Participation is open to senior citizens 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.

 

 

Many of these events require pre-registration.  Call the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444 to register and for more information about these and other events.

York County Public Library

 

 

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.

 

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