Whether you’re a hiker, biker, kayaker, power boater or beach lover – Yorktown is your outdoor recreation destination. Yorktown’s mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk is the perfect place for power walking, running or a casual stroll. Rent a bicycle from Patriot Tours & Provisions and enjoy a leisurely ride around the Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Main Street. Kayaks and paddleboards are also available for rent.
The Market is one of the most unique in the Tidewater Area, offering spectacular views of the York River, a variety of vendors and artists, food trucks, chef cooking demonstrations and entertainment on select weeks. Markets are held on Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exception October 2nd.
This year’s Market season brings several special extended markets including everything from a Paws at the River Pet Day, to a Maritime Market, and also a Fall Festival—all geared toward families and kids. Visit www.yorktownmarketdays.com for the complete schedule.
For a complete list, be sure to check the online calendar at www.visityorktown.org. There, you will find more details about the above-mentioned events, including ticket prices and additional contact information.
2021 Themed Markets
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.)
Yorktown Market Days will run Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exception of 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.
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*Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, all events are subject to cancellation or postponement
Yorktown’s 17th Annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series kicks off Thursday, September 9th. These free outdoor performances are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights through mid-October. Visitors can expect several genres of music including country, jazz and yes—even a little bluegrass!
October 14: Good Shot Judy
This talented group plays some of the best songs written in the last hundred years—in a way that’s all their own. They put on a stellar performance every time they play in Yorktown—filling the Riverwalk with the smooth sounds of jazz, a little swing, and even some big band favorites! GSJ has opened for national acts like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Coolers are permitted and many Historic Yorktown restaurants will be open before and after the concert for dine-in and takeout options. In addition, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs and Coastal Thirst food trucks will rotate service on the concert field, offering to-go snacks and meals.
Parking will not be available on the upper level of the Water Street Parking Terrace through October 1st and the lower level may also have limited capacity some evenings. This is so that required maintenance and structural repairs can be completed. On concert nights during parking terrace maintenance, a special shuttle will run attendees from the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s parking lot to Riverwalk Landing from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The free Yorktown Trolley will also be running until 9 p.m. on all concert nights to pick up visitors from other nearby public lots including those behind York Hall, the York-Poquoson Courthouse, and the County Administration Building.
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Preparing for a Hurricane Involves Much More than an Emergency Kit
Gloucester County Emergency Management officials are urging residents to focus on the many reasons they should include flood insurance in their hurricane preparedness plans. The Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. “It only takes one storm to change your life and our community,” said Brett Major, Gloucester’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “We are often in the crosshairs of hurricanes and tropical storms here, so being prepared in a variety of ways is key.”
First, residents should know their risks and zones. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a tool to help residents find which evacuation zone they are in. This interactive tool, which advises residents on whether they should protect their properties with flood insurance can be found by visiting https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/.
Next, residents should be prepared with the necessary supplies such as bottled water, canned food, batteries, and flashlights. This also includes being prepared early-on with purchasing the correct flood insurance for their properties. Flood insurance is different from homeowner’s insurance and requires a separate policy. Free estimates of what a flood insurance policy might cost can be found by visiting https://getfloodfluent.org/calculator. Flood insurance policies typically have a 30-day waiting period.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 58, located in Gloucester, at 6265 Professional Drive directly behind XTRA99.
Their certified claims service officers can assist ALL Veterans and their dependants with submitting claims to the Veterans Administration. No appointment necessary, you'll need a DD214. Their hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 804-695-1558 for any information.
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.
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The Gallery at York Hall's operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
The Gallery at York Hall is located at 301 Main Street in historic Yorktown and is a cooperative effort between the Celebrate Yorktown Committee and York County.
The Gallery is managed by volunteer Sharon Owen and features the works of more than 300 local artists along with a variety of themed exhibits that change every six to eight weeks. The 30-plus volunteers serve the community by maintaining a visitor information area, offering brochures, maps, discounts, and friendly service and hospitality.
The Gallery remains one of the most unique locations to purchase one-of-a-kind Yorktown souvenirs including items featuring the popular Yorktown Onions; Fifes and Drums; Revolutionary-era soldiers; and nautical-themed art.
For more information, call the Gallery at York Hall at (757) 890-4490 or visit www.visityorktown.org for a complete listing of planned 2021 exhibits.
The Gallery at York Hall is a partnership between Celebrate Yorktown Committee and York County, and is run solely by volunteers. Dates, times, information subject to change
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.