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2021 Gloucester Daffodil Festival

Plans Set for 2021 Gloucester Daffodil Festival


The Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is pleased to announce that there will be an in-person Gloucester Daffodil Festival in the spring.


This year’s event, called “A Little Gem of a Festival,” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 and will be modified to help mitigate ongoing pandemic concerns.


Due to COVID-19 regulations, this year’s festival will be unable to host live entertainment, food vendors and amusement. However, it will feature 40 hand craft and art vendors located in three market areas. Vendors will be spaced out within the Court Circle, along Carriage Court and in the green space behind the Gloucester Museum of History.


Festival hours will be Saturday, March 27th from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 28th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Festival guests will be required to pre-register for their festival visit. A total of 190 guests will be permitted per two-hour festival visit.


Registration is free and can be taken through the Eventbrite link on the festival’s website, www.daffodilfestivalva.org.


This year’s event will feature a “Little Gem” Daffodil Festival Mini Virtual Parade Saturday, March 27th at 9 a.m., which will follow a similar format to the virtual Christmas and Holiday Parade that was organized by the PR&T Department in December. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks on how to enter your “shoebox” sixed float.


Other events that will be included in the “A Little Gem of a Festival” event will include:

-The annual scholarship award to be announced Saturday, March 27th.

- The Best Dressed Mutt Show Saturday, March 27th. Festival guests will be encouraged to dress their mutts in Daffodil attire. One “Best Dressed Mutt” winner will be selected from the crowd every two-hour guest visit.

- A “Craziest Daffodil Hat Contest” Sunday, March 28th. Festival guests will be encouraged to create and wear their version of a “Craziest Daffodil Hat.” One winner will be selected from the crowd every two-hour guest visit.


“We are so excited to be able to bring the festival back to an in-person event this year,” said Katey Legg, Gloucester’s PR&T Director. “We know people are anxious to return to as much normality as possible, and we hope this event, even though it is a bit modified, will help our community achieve that…not to mention we are as excited as anyone to see our residents out enjoying the hallmark event of Gloucester.”


The annual Daffodil Show, which accompanies the festival, will be held in a virtual hybrid format this year. Exhibitors wishing to enter horticulture will be able to get an appointment to drop off their entries. Once the exhibit area is set, the display will be filmed and photographed. No public entry will be permitted at that time. For more information about this year’s event, check out daffodilfestivalva.org or visit Gloucester Daffodil Festival on Facebook.

Clean Gloucester Weekend Spring 2021

It's time to round up your team for Clean Gloucester Weekend Spring 2021!
In addition to the usual family and community-group teams, this year we are encouraging employers to allow their staff to do cleanups during work hours on Friday March 26!
Choose where you'd like to clean up, round up your family or a group, then register for supplies at: tinyurl.com/CleanGloDay Watch your email for a confirmation.
All team captains will receive a free potted daffodil, compliments of the Gloucester Master Gardeners. All equipment is sanitized, and contact-free pickup is available.
If you would rather join an employee-led group cleanup on Sunday March 28 (recommended for those with small children), sign up under the Clean Community tab at Civic Rec: gloucesterva.info/civicrec
(This is a new system for us, so you may need to create a new account first!)
Thank you for helping to keep Gloucester clean and green,
Elisabeth Wilkins
Clean Community Coordinator

Gloucester Museum of History's Special Exhibit on T.C. Walker

Gloucester Museum Launches Special Exhibit on T.C. Walker


The Gloucester Museum of History recently launched a new exhibit, “Awakening: The Life & Legacy of T.C. Walker.”

The exhibit, which will be available throughout 2021, showcases a reproduction of the T.C. Walker mural from Main Street. It includes photographs, archival documents and other objects allowing guests to explore Walker’s fascinating life.


Thomas Calhoun Walker, the first African American to practice law in Gloucester, is a well-known historical figure in the County. Among many accomplishments, he served as a superintendent for Gloucester Negro Schools and as a member of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors.


His former home, located on Main Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Born enslaved, Walker lived through the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras and did great things to help African Americans in Gloucester and across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Robert Kelly, Museums Coordinator. “His legacy still calls on us to take action and help those in our own community.”


The exhibit includes an audio/visual component featuring mural artist Michael Rosato demonstrating how the 84x20-foot design was painted in just two months. Also, an interactive opportunity enables guests to respond to a question relating Walker’s accomplishments and challenges to those from modern times. “The Main Street mural introduces us to this important man and this exhibit digs deeper into the ten scenes from the mural,” Kelly added.


Special objects on display include a 100-year-old desk that is on loan from the Woodville Rosenwald School as well as documents from the archives of the Gloucester Museum of History, including a 1929 letter signed by Walker.


The Gloucester Museum of History partnered with the Cook Foundation, the Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation, and local stakeholders and volunteers to produce the exhibit.


The Museum is located at 6539 Main Street and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free, and visitors are encouraged to practice safe social distancing measures while visiting.

Yorktown's Winter Markets

Tired of being cooped up inside? Bundle up and head to Yorktown's winter markets!



The next winter market will take place  March 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a special performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 11 a.m.

Select vendors will offer pre-order options to avoid touchpoints. Those businesses will work directly with the customers and their information can be found on the Yorktown Market Days Facebook page, under the event created for each day.


All pandemic safety procedures remain in place to help keep customers and vendors safe, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. Market vendors, artists, and staff are required to wear face coverings when interacting with customers who are less than six feet away. Customers are also encouraged to wear face coverings. Hand sanitizer stations will be available and signs will be posted stating that no one with symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19 in the previous 14 days is permitted to shop at the market.



The official weekly season begins on April 10 with the Go Green Market to promote environmental sustainability, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Throughout the 2021 season are several themed markets with longer hours to appeal to niche groups within the community—from pirate enthusiasts to pet lovers!


2021 Themed Markets

April 10: Go Green Market (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

April 17: Sister Cities French Market (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
April 24: Pirate Invasion Market (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 8: Wellness Market (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
August 7: National Farmers Market Week (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
October 9: Fall Market (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
October 16: First Responders Market (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
October 30: Paws at the River (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
November 13: Maritime Market (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
November 20: Harvest Festival (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
December 11: Mistletoe Market (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)


Beginning with the April 10th event, Yorktown Market Days will run Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exceptions of May 1st, July 3rd and October 2nd. Once the weekly season ends, there are additional extended markets that include special seafood vendors, Thanksgiving foods, visits from Santa and plenty of shopping opportunities!

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will also be available for the spring/summer markets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with several convenient stops throughout town.

Come see why we are the GOLD winner of Best Farmers Market in all of Hampton Roads for the second year in a row by the readers of Coastal Virginia Magazine


Special thanks to returning sponsors Langley Federal Credit Union, State Farm Agent Mark Irwin, Parks Orthodontics and Amory Funeral Home. Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association.


Additional Event Info:

  • York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-5900
  • Website: www.yorktownmarketdays.com
  • Facebook: Visit Yorktown & Yorktown Market Days
  • Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown #visityorktown #york757 #lovemymarket



*Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, all events are subject to cancellation or postponement

Middle Peninsula R.A.C.E. Open Enrollment

Middle Peninsula adults, don't let COVID derail your plans.

You can start today: Open Enrollment

  • Teacher facilitated subject specific instruction
  • Distance and Hybrid options
  • NorthStar Digital Literacy Test for certification
  • CDA Certification

Don't Delay, Register Today! All you have to do is:

  1. Call MP R.A.C.E. at 804-769-1156.
  2. Register for FREE Adult Education class. (ABE, ELL, GED)
  3. Study with us and get a scholarship to take the GED Test($120 value)
  4. Enroll in Digital Literacy or English language class.
  5. 2021 Career Pathway: (Child Development Associate Certification)

Call 804-769-1156 or visit mprace.org for enrollment and more information.



GCPS Screenings for Preschooler's

Do you have concerns regarding your preschooler's development?

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.

The screening will take place at Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center. If you are interested in having your child screened, please call the Special Education Office at 693-7880 or 693-7944 to schedule a screening appointment.

Dates are listed below and are subject to change.



RCC Announces New Endowed Scholarship

RCC Announces New Endowed Scholarship


The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation Inc., announces a new scholarship in memory of former student Lindsey Blair Greggs.  The Lindsey Blair Greggs Poroporone Baptist Church Scholarship was established in February of 2020 and endowed in January of 2021 due to the generosity and fundraising efforts of the Poroporone Baptist Church.

In just over two years, the church’s Women of Purpose raised over $25,000 to endow a scholarship to honor Lindsey who grew up in the church.  Lindsey was an active member of the church’s youth group, participating in youth-led volunteer efforts, youth activities, and bible studies.  She was a quiet presence, quick with a beautiful smile and cared deeply for others.  A graduate of West Point High School, Lindsey received an Associate’s Degree from Rappahannock Community College in 2015 and returned to campus in 2017 to pursue a career in nursing, a choice inspired after caring for her grandmother.  Lindsey tragically died in a car accident in 2017.

Through church bazaars, love offerings, donations from the congregation and community, and a significant matching gift from Lindsey’s grandfather Edward Greggs, the scholarship was endowed and will provide for an annual scholarship for a nursing student at Rappahannock Community College.  Nursing students are encouraged to apply through the college’s annual scholarship process. This year’s application closes February 19. For more information visit https://www.rappahannock.edu/foundation/scholarships/.



The RCC Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mission of RCC to strengthen our community, transform lives, and inspire excellence.  The Foundation supports initiatives that develop students’ skills, confidence and employability, transforming their lives and the lives of their family members. For more information, visit rappahannock.edu.


Poroporone Baptist Church is a community of believers located in Shacklefords Virginia. 

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Activities

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Activities


Self Defense for Girls ages 9-12

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring Self Defense for Girls ages 9-12 on Fridays from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Whitcomb Lodge.  Classes begin Friday, March 19th and end Friday, April 9th.  Our program is focused on empowering students towards personal and collective strength through self defense, traditional martial arts, and unique fitness training. All classes are female led in a safe, judgment free space. Open to women and girls of all experience and fitness levels.  Instructor Sensei Paula Asbell.  The fee is $45 and the deadline to register is Sunday, March 14th.


Self Defense for Women/Girls age 13 and older

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring Self Defense for Women/Girls ages 13 and older on Fridays from 7:10-8:10 pm in the Whitcomb Lodge.  Classes begin Friday, March 19th and end Friday, April 9th.  Our program is focused on empowering students towards personal and collective strength through self defense, traditional martial arts, and unique fitness training. All classes are female led in a safe, judgment free space. Open to women and girls of all experience and fitness levels.  Instructor Sensei Paula Asbell.  The fee is $45 and the deadline to register is Sunday, March 14.


Parks, Recreation and Tourism sponsors several Yoga Classes every week.  Chair Yoga, Mondays, 11:00 am to Noon.  Yin Yoga, Mondays, 9:00-10:00 am.  Namaste Yoga, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 pm.  Gentle Yoga, Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 pm.  Friday Chair Yoga, 11:00 am to Noon.  All classes are held in the Whitcomb Lodge.  Fees are $9 per day, pre-registration required, deadline is 4 days prior to class.



Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring Body, Mind and Soul on Wednesdays in March from 11:00-Noon.  A Senior Exercise class and activity program to engage both body and mind with stretches and readings to enrich the soul.  Daily fee is $9.00, 5-week session fee is $40.  Deadline to register is 4 days before class.



Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring Strength and Balance for Seniors on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 am at the Whitcomb Lodge.  Use hand weights, at your pace, and movements to increase strength and balance.  Bring hand weights (water bottles or canned foods may be used instead of weights).  Fee is $9 per day or $0 for 5-week session.  Deadline is 4 days prior to class.





ALL PRT classes require the wearing of masks, once in your distanced workout space, you may remove your mask.

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://www.gloucesterva.info/civicrec


Work to build a new Poropotank Creek bridge at the county line will detour through traffic on Route 14 for approximately six months, through completion in July 2021


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Construction is starting in late January on a project to replace a bridge on Route 14 (Buena Vista Road/Adner Road) at the Gloucester County and King and Queen County line.

Through traffic on Route 14 will be detoured for around six months while a new bridge is installed over Poropotank Creek. The project work zone is located on Route 14 approximately one mile west of the intersection with Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway).

The detour will start on Wednesday, January 20, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to follow the recommended detour route:

• Route 33 (Lewis B. Puller Memorial Highway)
• Route 17

View an online map of the detour route.

Message boards are being placed this week to alert travelers to the upcoming road closure at the bridge and the start date for the detour. Signs will be in place to guide motorists along the detour route once it is in effect.

The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in July 2021.

Project background

The existing bridge over Poropotank Creek was built in 1938 and is structurally deficient. It is currently posted with a vehicle weight limit of 27 tons for single-unit vehicles and 40 tons for tractor-trailers.

Virginia’s State of Good Repair program is funding the estimated $3.4 million replacement cost for a new bridge. When the new bridge opens, vehicles of all legal weights will be permitted to travel over it.

Around 4,900 vehicles a day travel on Route 14 in the project area.

The project contractor is Bryant Contracting, Inc.

Blood Donation Information

We now face a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. We encourage healthy individuals to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
To find a Blood Drive near you please visit: www.redcrossblood.org/give
Blood donation remains a safe process.  Do not hesitate to give and receive blood even during  this time of social distancing.  
At each blood drive, Red Cross employees are following thorough safety protocols. In addition to standard procedures, you will notice the following at your local blood drive:  Pre-Temperature Screening: All donors will be asked to have their temperature taken before being permitted into the blood drive. If a donor has a temperature greater than 99.5°F they will be asked to return to donate when they are healthy & asked to leave the drive.

Enhanced Disinfecting: Hand sanitizer will be at check-in, health history & refreshment areas. Donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer prior to using tablets & laptops. Donors beds will be sanitized between each & every donor.

Social Distancing: Implementation of separated drive set up to allow as much distance as possible between donors.

Staff Wellness and Protection: All staff members will have a temperature check before presenting to work, and they've been asked not to come to work if they are feeling sick. Staff will wear gloves throughout entire blood drive, changing gloves between every donor.

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.

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.


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