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MATHEWS HISTORICAL MUSEUM TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

MATHEWS HISTORICAL MUSEUM TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

 
Mathews Historical Museum opens its doors to Christmas shoppers  Friday, December 9th, prior to Santa’s arrival on Main Street, Saturday, December 10th. 
The two-day Museum event will showcase the talents of area artisans who will be displaying jewelry, baked goods, holiday greens and other treasures.
*A special holiday lunch of homemade chili and grilled hot dogs, and cider will be available in the afternoon 
*A home made fish chowder  inspired by Mathews’ Southwind Cafe will be available for take-home. Order before Thursday, December 1st at www.mathewsvamuseum.org
$10 in advance, $13 at the door as supplies last
*P. Buckley Moss, internationally acclaimed artist, has dedicated a special offering which honors Mathews County and its rich maritime history. Available at the Museum during the Bazaar will be these specially designed trivets and paintings depicting the New Point lighthouse, and another of a deadrise, the “workboat” of the Chesapeake. Two additional pieces will be created for each of the next two Mathews County May Faire events in 2023 and 2024.
Contact: B.Bass at cbbbbb@vametrocast.net
 

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.

 

2022 Themed Markets
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.

 

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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.

Bay Transit Express

Bay Transit Express, a shared ride service, is introducing $1 rides in the newly expanded Bay Transit Express service zone. You will be able to start riding anywhere from Gloucester Point to the Gloucester Courthouse area.

You can book rides straight from your phone by downloading The Bay Transit Express App or call 804-693-6977, get picked up in minutes and commute or run errands without needing a car.

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Activities

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Best Years Trip to see the Christmas Spectacular featuring all your favorite Holiday Music at Riverside Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday, December 7.  We leave at 9:30 am and return at 6:30 pm.  The fee is $110 and the deadline to register is Wednesday, November 30th.

 

SPECIALTY INSTRUCTORS

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is seeking individuals that are interested in teaching classes for youth or adults.  Dance, gymnastics, yoga, exercise, crafts, arts, games, knitting, carving, and just about anything else you are interested in sharing.  Visit the county’s webpage and look for job opportunities, all applications must be online.

RECREATION AIDES

Parks, Recreation & Tourism is hiring Recreation Aides to work with our Basketball Program in November, December, January, February, and March.  Visit https://gloucesterva.info Job Opportunities.

 

 

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

Gloucester County Public Schools Special Education Office

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. If you are interested in having your child screened, please contact your child's zoned school. Any further questions please contact the Special Education Office at 804-693-7880 or 804-693-7944.

Caregiver Community Conversations

Bay Aging has partnered with Riverside to host Community Conversations about caregiving and the challenges, barriers, and needs in our community.

Join them for a conversation about the needs, gaps, and barriers to care and support for caregivers on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Family and friend caregivers welcome! Option to participate virtually. These conversations will be offered on several dates and at several different locations. Please see flyer below for information.

 Call 1-800-493-0238 for more information. Registration is encouraged.

Registration can also be made at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/caregiverconv2022

 

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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