Local Events

The Courthouse Players Present "Oliver"

Oliver!

The Court House Player's production of Oliver! will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, November 14th-16th and at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 17th at Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road in Mathews.


This musical adaptation of the classic Dickens' novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage.

Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Oliver Twist," this Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker.

Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin.

When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow, takes him in.

Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Join us in this wonderful, heartwarming show with a local cast of over 60 men, women and children!

 

Tickets are $17 in advance, $18 at the door, $5 for students with an ID and are available in Gloucester at Office Supply, Franktronics and Golden Creations and in Mathews at Flowers From The Heart and Mathews Pharmacy. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.courthouseplayers.org

Gloucester County Pocahontas Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, November 16 – 17th Gloucester County will reintroduce the Pocahontas Festival, marking the 25th anniversary year of the one and only Pocahontas Festival held in 1994.  With numerous reasons to bring the Festival back, it will now be held as an annual event drawing people from the region, the state and beyond to honor the life, legend and legacy of Pocahontas and to help educate the public about Virginia’s Indian tribes. 

 

The Festival will also provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about two major land acquisitions in Gloucester.  The federal government, through the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Historic Water Trail, purchased the land known as Werowocomoco in 2016.  An influential site since the 1200’s, Werowocomoco was the tribal headquarters of Powhatan and where he and his daughter Pocahontas first met John Smith, and where legend has it, Pocahontas, as a young girl saved the Englishman’s life.  Planning is currently underway on how to open the park to the public in a way that does not harm the land considered sacred by Native Americans.

 

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation purchased a tract of land approximately 10 miles south of the national park property known as Timberneck.  It will open to the public as Machicomoco State Park in 2020.  The park is thematically designed around the Virginia Indians, the  land’s original  inhabitants. Machicomoco will feature interpretative exhibits and native landscaping along with RV and tent camp sites and other traditional state park facilities.  An old farm house will be preserved, and plans are being developed for it to include exhibits about Virginia’s Tribes.

 

The Pocahontas Festival is sponsored by Gloucester County and the Gloucester Historical Society with all activities free to the public.  Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe has acted as an advisor for the event and the Rappahannock Tribe as well as others will be participating. On Saturday, November 16th, the Festival will be held along Main Street where Indian dancers, a statue, a mural, museums and multiple exhibits are available to see while hopping on and off free shuttle buses.  The event includes special activities for children and at 11:30 a.m., a new exhibit within the Gloucester Visitor’s Center on Werowocomoco, funded by the National Park Service, will officially open to the public. The Saturday Festival programming will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday’s program will feature a presentation on Werowocomoco by Kym Hall, Superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park, and Dave Brown from the Fairfield Foundation.  They will discuss the site’s past, present and future.  The program will be held at 2:00 at the TC Walker Education Center located at 6099 TC Walker Road.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information on the Festival and/or the Pocahontas Project, contact the Gloucester County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at (804) 693-2355 or go to www.visitgloucesterva.org.

 

 

 

Rural Veterans Resources Fair

First Congressional District Rural Veterans Resources Fair, hosted by Congressman Rob Wittman will be held on Monday, November 18th from 10-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 75 located at 5849 American Legion Way in Gloucester.

 

Gloucester Chamber of Commerce/Gloucester Department of Economic Development

The Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and Gloucester Department of Economic Development are pleased to present “Empathetic Customer Care” on Tuesday, November 19TH from 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. This event is part of the Quarterly Business Breakfast series for the business and non-profit community and will be held at Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580 B Main Street, Gloucester Courthouse.

Please join them for breakfast preceding a presentation and panel discussion on practical tips for businesses to compassionately serve their customer base, identify behavioral changes in customers, and deal with real-world situations. This educational event will prepare staff and teams from restaurants, banks, retail, offices, or in-home services to interact with a diverse population. Clinical psychologist Dr. Paul Malone will speak on “Dealing with Dementia” and his commitment to transitioning our local areas into Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Communities. Executive Director Marie Kolendo of the Alzheimer’s Association and a representative from the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board will join the panel to share their expertise and experiences. 

To register, visit www.gloucestervachamber.org. Tickets are $12 per person and include breakfast.

St. Therese Catholic Church

St.Therese Catholic Church Presents: The Vigil Project, An Advent Mission and Concert, Wednesday, November 20th through Friday, November 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m and there will also be a light dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Live Stream

Tired of worrying about money? Come out to Living Waters Church in Dutton on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:45 p.m. for the Free livestream of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Live. You'll learn about budgeting, saving for emergencies, and making a plan for the future. Visit www.fpu.com/1100968 to sign up.

 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Baylands Family Credit Union is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Friday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7031 Richmond Road in Williamsburg on the Bloodmobile. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org, Sponsor Code: Baylands. Please be sure to schedule your blood donation appointment today. This drive is co-sponsored by the James City Volunteer Rescue Squad.

 

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Abingdon Church

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Abingdon Church

 

Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day

11:00am to 2:00 pm

 

Abingdon Episcopal Church, on Route 17 in White Marsh, invites the community to the Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner will be held from 11:00am to 2:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at the parish house next to the church. Admission is free and open to all in the community. No reservations are necessary.

 

Members of Abingdon Church and the Rector are  again offering an open community Thanksgiving Day dinner to bring people together to celebrate our community and to give thanks for the bounty that God has provided. The church has been  celebrating Thanksgiving in this way for more than 20 years on Thanksgiving Day. Abingdon Church members and other volunteers in the area prepare and serve many meals for anyone in the community. The Church opens its doors to everyone in the community for a delicious and completely free Thanksgiving Day dinner with no reservations necessary. Members of the congregation and others donate turkeys, hams, and large amounts of side dishes and desserts. They set the tables with table cloths, flowers & candles, dishes and silver wear just as we would at home.  In  recent years, more than  200 people have been served in the parish hall and almost 100 meals have been delivered to the homes of area residents as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

 

For further information, please call the Abingdon Church Parish Office at (804) 693-3035.

Urbanna Christmas on the Harbour

                   

 

Christmas in Urbanna!

 

The charming historic port town of Urbanna invites you to experience Christmas on the Harbour. On Saturday December 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, Urbanna will host the annual holiday house tour, featuring a half dozen of the town’s loveliest homes and historic sites, all decorated for the holidays. Visit www.urbanna.com for tickets and information. The tour is sponsored by Urbanna Beautification Inc., and the town of Urbanna.

Newport News Park

12 Things You May Not Know About Newport News Park 

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

1. It’s HUGE

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

2. It’s a great place to camp

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

3. It has an aero-model flying field 

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

4. It has miles of trails

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

5. It has a center to rehabilitate wildlife 

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

6. You can rent a bike for $3

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

7. It has ties to the Civil War

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

8. It has numerous playgrounds and horseshoe pits

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

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

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

10.  It’s a great place to go fishing

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

11.  There’s a team-building course 

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

12.   There are lots of FREE programs there

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Riverside Hospice Agencies

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

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

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

GCPS Screening For Preschoolers

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

 

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Senior Center of York Monthly Programs

 

            A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in August. Participation is open to senior citizens age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age.  To register for these activities, sign up in person at the Senior Center or call (757) 890-3444.

 

 

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

York County Public Library

 

 

For information on library programs, visit our website at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or contact the Tabb Library at (757) 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at (757) 890-5207. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountypubliclibrary. Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

 

Through an agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), York County residents may utilize the services of both WRL branches:  515 Scotland Street and 7770 Croaker Road. For directions and hours of operation, call (757) 259-4040 or (757) 259-7770.

 

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. 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.

 

2019 Schedule

 

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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