Local Events

Sculpture Hunt 2019

 

As part of the annual summer 2019 arts event, iconic Seward Johnson life-size works of art will be on display in Gloucester Courthouse. A total of 10 bronze statues by Johnson will be part of the summer-long public art exhibit. For more information visit www.gloucesterartsfestival.com.l.com.

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, July 19th – The Nashville Night Band will no longer be performing, the new band is Trevor Daniel & The REEF

Reggae/ Rock/ Indie from Ocean View, 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

Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival, Saturday, August 17th from 3 to 8 p.m. at Williams Wharf in Mathews. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds go to support the Mathews County First Responders. There will be AYCE Seafood, Music by Matt Sease and the Tom Euler Trio, there will be beer and wine and local craft vendors. Tickets are available at The Seafood Shack, Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, M&M Building Supply, Noble Pest Control, Mathews Rescue Squad, and Chesapeake Bank in Mathews.

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.

 

Summer in Yorktown Events

        The weather isn’t all that’s heating up in Yorktown…warmer temperatures mean the return of free outdoor concerts at the waterfront, an award-winning Saturday farmers market, schooner sails on the York River, and several new programs and exhibits at area museums and art galleries. There’s fun for the whole family, and it’s happening all season long!

        The music scene really ramps up in the summer. Enjoy York County’s free outdoor concert series, Sounds of Summer, which runs through August 29th this year making it the longest season to date. Each Thursday features a different local band on the Riverwalk Landing Performance Stage. Concerts are 7 to 9:30 p.m. and this year’s lineup is one of the most exciting yet—showcasing some of the best bands in Hampton Roads playing beach favorites, Motown, Disco, Funk, R&B, Pop and more. Carrot Tree Kitchens will have gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, snacks, their signature desserts, and drinks for sale.

        The Celebrate Yorktown Committee Summer Concert Series takes place behind Grace Church. The free shows are sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, York County Arts Commission, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, and Grace Episcopal Church.

        On the second Wednesday of every month, enjoy Folk Jams inside the Watermen’s Museum’s Carriage House. Visiting amateurs and professional musicians pass traditional and modern songs around a circle in a way to bring the community together. Participants are asked to bring a small side dish to share with the group. All ages are welcome with music going from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

        The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform in various locations including the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield, and at special events along the Yorktown Waterfront. Patrons at Water Street Grille and Yorktown Pub can also enjoy live music with their dinner on select Friday and Saturday nights.

        Yorktown Market Days, the weekly farmers market at the waterfront, occurs every Saturday through October 26 (excluding October 5) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring seasonal produce; locally sourced meat and seafood; homemade breads, potato chips, and pickles; soaps, candles, and all-natural products; gourmet dog treats; food trucks, food vendors, and chef demonstrations; live music; and the work of several local artists.

        The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s special exhibition “Forgotten Soldier” is now open and explores how African-American veterans worked to secure recognition of their roles in the war and how some became leaders of the black community in the newly independent United States of America. Through interactive experiences, artifact displays and compelling art displays (including new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar), visitors will follow forgotten stories of soldiers who enlisted in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom. This special exhibition runs through March 22, 2020 and is held in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in Virginia in 1619. Museum admission is free to all York County, James City County, and Williamsburg residents with proof of residency.

        The Schooner Alliance, Yorktown’s home-ported tall ship, offers daily history sightseeing and evening romantic sunset sails. During the popular Pirate Adventure Cruises, kids set the sails, steer the schooner, and learn to tie knots. For those who would like to explore the York River at their own pace, paddleboard and kayak rentals are available at Patriot Tours & Provisions. Visitors can also book guided one-hour and two-hour Segway tours. Both have routes along the beautiful Riverwalk and the longer, Historical Tour also takes riders up to the bluffs overlooking the York River and historic Main Street.

        Yorktown Ghost Walks take place Friday and Saturday evenings, after sunset with select weekly tours through November. In an area rich in conflict, there are whisperings of haunted buildings and lingering spirits, and those who are fascinated with the paranormal will enjoy these guided tours of Historic Yorktown’s streets.

The Gallery at York Hall will feature a special Pine Needle Basket Exhibit in July, and a Photography Exhibit in August. The Gallery is located in York Hall, 301 Main Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from all purchases supports performing and visual arts in Historic Yorktown.

        On the Hill Gallery invites York County children ages 6 to 12 to engage the senses through art, play, movement, and food during “What’s Happening Now? Mindfulness for Kids.” Each two-hour class takes place Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and is led by Melissa McGill—a yoga, meditation, and preschool teacher as well as Laura Stephens, a mindfulness teacher for A Mindful Mess, LLC. Please call the Gallery at (757) 369-1108 to register. The cost is $25 per class.

       This is just a small sampling of some of the events taking place in Yorktown this summer! For a complete list, be sure to check the online calendar at www.visityorktown.org. There you will find more information about the above-mentioned events, including ticket prices and contact information. You can also access the 2019 Concerts, Festival, and Events brochure under “Travel Tools.”

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York County Courts & Office Complex, and other designated public parking lots. The free Yorktown Trolley is available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with several convenient stops throughout town. You can also dock your boats at Riverwalk Landing Piers. After tying up, it is just a short walk to attractions, restaurants, shops, museums, and special events.

 

Additional Event Info:

·        www.visityorktown.org

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

·        Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter:  Visit Yorktown

·        #visityorktown and #york757

Yorktown Sounds of Summer

Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concerts kick off Thursday, June 6th, at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. The series is held Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through the end of August. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy dinner or dessert at any of Yorktown’s waterfront restaurants including Water Street Grille, Riverwalk Restaurant, Carrot Tree, Umi Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s, Yorktown Pub, and Larry’s.  

 

This year’s lineup:     

July 11th: TFC Band    

July 18th: Hotcakes Band     

July 25th: Strictly Bizzness     

August 1st: Brasswind     

August 8th: Slapnation     

August 15th: Party Fins    

August 22nd: Soul Expressions     

August 29th: Band of Oz

 

Guests are also encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, and coolers. There will be a dance floor, friendly games of Cornhole, and to-go food from Carrot Tree available for purchase including gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, snacks, their signature desserts, and cold drinks. 

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York County Courts & Office Complex, and other public parking lots throughout town.

NEW this year, the Yorktown Trolley will run from 5 to 10 p.m. during every concert with a modified route that still includes some of the stops on the outskirts of town.

 

For Additional Event Info:

www.visityorktown.org

York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500

 York County Weather Event Hotline:  (757) 890-3520

 Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter:  @visityorktown

 #visityorktown #york757 #yorktownSOS

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.

Mathews High School Mega Reunion

Mathews High School Mega Reunion 97,98,99,2000 will be held on Saturday, September 7th at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. Pre-sale tickets before August 2nd are $30 for singles, $50 for couples, after August 2nd, tickets are $40 for singles and $60 for couples. Please visit the Mathews High School Reunion Page to get payment information.

 


 

The Senior Center of York Monthly Programs

 

            A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in July. 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. 

            Along with our regular activities – Birthday Bash, Craft Day, AARP Driver Safety Program, Bored Day Board Games, and “War Stories and Pizza” - activities scheduled for June include:

 

  • “The Pledge of Allegiance” – Wednesday, July 10th, at 1 p.m.  Join us for the story behind the words of our nation’s National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.  Please register by Tuesday, July 9th.
  • York Poquoson Triad presents 15th Anniversary Ice Cream Social – Friday, July 19th, at 1 p.m.  The York-Poquoson Triad celebrates its 15th anniversary with an educational program and ice cream social. Wear your favorite themed, funny, or motivational t-shirt.  Door prizes and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s are also part of this fun event. Triad works to educate seniors on crime issues such as fraud, scams, and identity theft, and to promote safety awareness programs. Please register by Tuesday, July 16th.
  • “Let’s Go to the Movies” featuring Mary Poppins Returns – Thursday, July 25th, at 1 p.m. Join us for this showing of the 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall.  Set in 1930s London, 25-years after the events in the original movie.  Popcorn and beverage will be served.   
  • “Beat the Heat with Rhythm” – Wednesday, July 31st, 10:30 a.m.  Becky Watson, founder and owner of Music for Wellness, will provide a music therapy program that will enrich your mind, body, and spirit! Learn how music can boost brain health in an interactive and fun way. 

 

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

The York County Public Library’s summer reading programs are underway and run through August 2nd. Programs are available for all ages—from newborns to adults. Program guidelines and registration information are available at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries, as well as, through the library’s website, www.yorkcounty.gov/library.

Summer reading isn’t just for the kids! Take the library’s adult summer reading challenge to explore all the ways to enjoy your library. Just pick up a bingo card at either the Tabb or Yorktown Library adult reference desk. Complete tasks to win tickets for our grand prizes. Tasks include reading books, attending library programs, and trying out the digital tools you can access for free with your library card. Turn in completed bingo cards by August 7th.

 

We offer a variety of programs for adults during July. Registration is noted if required. Register online through the library’s Events Calendar, www.yorkcounty.gov/library.

  • Adult Trivia Night on July 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Tabb Library, registration required
  • Summer Concert with Lana Puckett and Kim Person on July 11, 7-8 p.m., Yorktown Library
  • Tabb Book Readers on July 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tabb Library, registration required
  • Memory Café on July 24, 1-2:30 p.m., Tabb Library
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behaviors on July 26, 2-4 p.m., Tabb Library, registration required
  • Showstopping Succulents on July 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tabb Library, registration required

 

Rock-A-Bye Readers is our summer reading club for infants and toddlers from birth to 24-months-old, and It’s Showtime at Your Library is our program for children, ages 2-12, and teens. Register in the Youth Services Department for the infant/toddler and children’s program. Teen summer reading bingo cards are available at the adult reference desk.

Join us for fun, free activities and performances for kids and teens, too. Download the calendar from our website, or pick one up at the Youth Services desk. Registration is noted if required for activities. Register online through the library’s Events Calendar, www.yorkcounty.gov/library. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at Tabb, (757) 890-5110, or Yorktown, (757) 890-3236.

 

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.

 

Gleaning Baptist Church

On Saturday, August 17th take a spring walk on the side of Faith, Hope & Laughter with Gleaning Baptist Church. They will be having a Fashion Show and Musical Concert from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Moose Lodge. Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are available by pre-sale only, will not be sold at the door.

 

 

 

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

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

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

August 10        -           Incredibles 2

 

McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) – 412 Sports Way

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.

 

Yorktown Market Days

Saturdays, Now through October 26 (except 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

 

 

 

 

 

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. 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.

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 – 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:

www.visityorktown.org

York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-3500

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

#visityorktown #york757

 

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