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Town of Urbanna's Founders Day 2022

 The Town of Urbanna's Founders Day 2022

 

 

Come one, come all! Urbanna is again celebrating its founding, this year on Saturday, August 6th! The festivities will start at 10:15 am at 51 Cross Street with the Town Crier and Fife & Drum marching through town to the historic Urbanna Baptist Church. Skilled and acclaimed colonial interpreters from Colonial Williamsburg will help Urbanna celebrate at 11 am at the church, portraying Patrick Henry and George Wythe. These two gentlemen will engage in an entertaining, lively, and realistic debate about the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

 

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase online at urbanna.com/foundersday, at Bristow's Store, If Its Wood & More, and Urbanna Trading Co, or at the church door with cash or check only. Children under 12 are free.  

 

More colonial history activities will take place from 11am to 4pm at the nearby Urbanna Museum and Visitors Center -- the last remaining Scottish Factor Store in the US. Here visitors can see and learn about the original copy of the remarkable Mitchell Map and its impact on Virginia and American history, Historian Barbara Lovelace will share the history of the Scottish Factor Store, while visitors can browse the 18th century herb garden and children can participate in colonial games. 

 

Come enjoy all the colonial events of the day in the quaint and historic town of Urbanna, with its friendly and welcoming people, several excellent restaurants, and multiple unique boutiques. 

 

This message is sponsored by the Friends of Urbanna

 

DAV Chapter 58 Patriot's Day Ceremony

General Anthony Wayne DAV Chapter 58 in Gloucester is planning a ceremony to remember the Americans lost during 9/11, also known as Patriot Day, this year will be the 21st anniversary. They will also be paying tribute to the first responders. The ceremony will start at 2 pm on Sunday, September 11th and will be held outside if the weather cooperates if not, we will move inside and everyone is welcome to attend. The chapter is located behind the radio station in Gloucester near Lowes. There will be a wreath laying and flag raising, performing the pledge of allegiance, singing of the National Anthem and Taps, if you are part of an organization that would like to lay a wreath give the chapter a call at 804-695-1558.

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Activitie

 

 

 

 

FALL YOUTH SOCCER

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Fall Youth Soccer for ages 3-14, as of September 30, 2022.  The fee is $27 for 3-year-olds (September 20-October 20) and $47 for ages 4-12 (September 6-November 5).  The deadline for registration is August 7. 

 

Remember pre-registration is required for all activities.  For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by our office 6382 Main Street.  For online registration visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/civicrec

Yorktown's Sounds of Summer Concerts

 

Yorktown’s Sounds of Summer concerts are back, at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. The series runs Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through August 11th. The ten-week series has an exciting schedule that includes some bands that are new to the waterfront including Cat5 Band, The Deloreans, and The Adrian Duke Project.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy dinner or dessert at any of Historic Yorktown’s waterfront restaurants including Water Street Grille, Carrot Tree, Umi Sushi, Ben & Jerry’s, Yorktown Pub, and Larry’s.

 

   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

August 11

Slapnation

 

 

 

          Guests are permitted to bring their own blankets, chairs, and small coolers. No tables, umbrellas, or tents are allowed. There will be a dance floor, friendly games of Cornhole, and to-go food from rotating food trucks available for purchase.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout town. The complimentary, wheelchair-accessible Yorktown Trolley runs 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.

 

Additional Event Info:

  • www.visityorktown.org
  • York County Economic & Tourism Development: 757.890.5900
  • York County Weather Event Hotline: 757.890.3520

<>·Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

Pints and Paws 5K and 1-Mile Run, Walk and Pup Strut

Pints And Paws

A 5K running and walking event with 1 Mile Fun Run Walk and Pup Strut co-sponsored by Colonial Sports and hosted at Billsburg Brewery, located at 2054 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg, will be held on Saturday, August 20th.

 

There will be NO early packet pickup. Packet Pickup will be race day starting at 7:00 AM at the starting line.

BRING AN ITEM FOR THE RESCUE and receive (1) an additional door prize ticket. NEW ITEMS ONLY: dog/cat food (dry or wet), dog/cat treats, dog/cat toys, cat litter, puppy pee pads, gift cards (Petco, Care-A-Lot, Chewy, Amazon) for other needed pet supplies for rescued animals.

The 1 Mile Fun Run Walk and Pup Strut starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 20th. Same starting line as the 5K event. Dogs may accompany participants on the 1 Mile event as long as they are in a harness or collar and on a leash or suitable lead.

The 5K starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 20th. Runners start and finish in the Billsburg Brewery picnic area and run USATF-certified course VA20012RT. This course follows the dirt path to a right on RT and then right on the service road running parallel to Jamestown Rd., then right onto Landfall, run to a turnaround, and back to the Brewery. NO DOGS will be permitted in the 5K events. All participants who register by August 12th are guaranteed to receive a race T-shirt and a finisher medal. All participants will receive a finisher medal. Beer and Pizza included in registration. Non-drinkers and underage participants will be able to receive a root beer.

Parking is in the Jamestown Foundation Settlement parking lot.

Awards: Top three male and female overall Top three male and female 10 and under Top three male and female 11-13Top three male and female 14-16Top three male and female 17-19Top three in 10 year age groups from 20-29 through 70 and over Competitive walk: Top three male and female finishers.

For more information and to register visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Williamsburg/BowWowandMeow5K

 

The Charity Partner of the Pints and Paws 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Walk and Pup Strut is 4 Paws Animal Rescue, Inc.

4 Paws Animal Rescue, INC. mission specializes in the rescue and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned companion animals. 4 Paws Animal Rescue, INC work to raise the publics awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need.  All animals are examined, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and receive medical treatment before being adopted. 4 Paws Animal Shelter, INC is a non-profit 501c(3).

Race proceeds will provide resources for spay/neuter, positive behavior training, nutrition and veterinary care.

2022 Yorktown Market Days

Winner of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best Farmers Market in Hampton Roads for three years running—Yorktown Market Days is your one-stop-shop for seasonal produce; fresh poultry, eggs, and milk; beef, pork, and seafood; artisan bread and scratch-made desserts; honey, jams, and sauces; flowers, plants, and herbs; coffee, tea, fresh-pressed juices, and wine; high-quality art; and even gourmet dog treats! With sweeping views of the beautiful York River, the location is both unique and memorable.

 

Yorktown Market Days has been serving the Peninsula for more than 15 years. The Market is a way for families of all economic backgrounds to access fresh, nutritious food as close to the source as possible—the region’s farmers, chefs, and food artisans. Yorktown Market Days is also a proud participant in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

 

This season includes 32 weekly markets with several themed Saturdays offering extended hours and additional fun activities such as live trade demonstrations, educational programming, performances by the Fifes and Drums of York Town, and family photo opportunities. Highlights include but are not limited to, the Pirate Invasion Market, Vintage Market, Fun in the Sun Market, First Responders Markets, Fall Festival, Harvest Festival, and Paws at the River. The Market runs Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exceptions of May 7 and October 1

 

2022 Themed Markets
August 6: National Farmers Market Week
September 10: First Responders Market

October 8: Fall Festival
October 29: Paws at the River Market
November 12: Maritime Festival
November 19: Harvest Festival
December 10: Mistletoe Market

 

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 starts at 10 a.m. on Market Days and makes several convenient stops throughout town.

 

Additional Information

 

 

 

Special thanks to the 2022 Barn Raising Sponsor State Farm Agent Mark Irwin and Cultivator Sponsor Langley Federal Credit Union. Additional recognition goes to Harvester Sponsor Amory Funeral Home for entertainment, Seed Sower Sponsor Parks Orthodontics for providing kid-friendly activities, and Friend of the Market Sponsor Fox Pest Control.

The Gallery at York Hall

The Gallery at York Hall is now open for the 2022 season with operating hours of 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 staff of 30-plus volunteers serve the community by maintaining an information area for visitors, offering brochures, maps, and discounts, along with 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 Onion, Fifes and Drums of York Town, Revolutionary-era soldiers, and nautical-themed art. The spring/summer exhibits at the Gallery are:

 

AUGUST

Pottery Exhibit

August 14 – Acoustical Guitar featuring Lou Vangieri, 12 to 2:30 PM

 

For more information, call the Gallery at York Hall at (757) 890-4490 or visit www.visityorktown.org for a complete listing of planned 2022 exhibits.

 

Yorktown Riverwalk Piers

Dock your boat and take advantage of our beautiful beach, restaurants, and special events!

The Riverwalk Landing Piers provide docking for overnight stays and transient boaters. Tie up and step ashore to grab a bite to eat or do a little shopping. Take advantage of prime parking on the water for our outdoor concerts, Yorktown Market Days, and festivals.

Notes for Boaters: The piers provide 1,200 linear feet of dockage. Electrical, water, and sewer pump-out is available pier side. The concrete floating pier system allows for a constant 28" above-water elevation. The depths at dockside range from 27' to 50' on well over 1,000 feet of dock frontage space. 

A second pier is located behind Riverwalk Restaurant and provides additional docking. This smaller pier offers similar amenities as the T-pier. Mooring balls are available for use if desired. A private shower and restroom facility is also provided for our guests who arrive by water.

 

For Additional Info:

·(757) 890-5900

Yorktown Trolley


Yorktown’s FREE Trolley Returns

The Yorktown Trolley is one of the best ways to see Historic Yorktown.
The Trolley alleviates the hassle of finding parking close to the waterfront, especially during peak tourist season. The overall route takes an estimated 20 to 25 minutes to complete, and riders can now download the SPOT ETA mobile app to view the estimated
wait time at each stop. While the transportation service is bookended
by the two main historical attractions of the
Yorktown Battlefield
Visitor Center
and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
,
there are several convenient stops in between including the Victory

Monument, Historic Main Street, Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown
Beach,
Watermen’s Museum, and the Courts and Office Complex.
Friendly drivers offer helpful information so riders can focus on the
scenery, the history, and where they want to have their next meal.

Each trolley is ADA accessible and includes an infotainment
system highlighting details about upcoming Yorktown events as well
as promotions for local businesses. Due to the federal mass transit

mask mandate, masks are required on the trolley through April 18th,
2022.

2022 Schedule

Now through September 5 (daily)
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 6 – November 20 (daily)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Schedule
November 25 – December 18
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday only)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each trolley can accommodate 28 seated and 19 standing passengers. The service
transports an estimated 95,000 passengers throughout Yorktown during its operating
season.

Additional Info:
www.visityorktown.org
York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-5900
Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Holiday Schedule
November 25 – December 18
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday only)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each trolley can accommodate 28 seated and 19 standing passengers. The service
transports an estimated 95,000 passengers throughout Yorktown during its operating
season.

Additional Info:
www.visityorktown.org
York County Tourism Development: (757) 890-5900
Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: Visit Yorktown

 

 

 

 

 

DAV Chapter 58 Gloucester

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.

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.

 

 

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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