Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Annual Christmas Market on Main to be held Saturday, Dec. 3

November 22, 2011 

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Yorktown announces the 6th Annual Yorktown Christmas Market on Main Street, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Located on historic Main Street, the Christmas Market will feature arts and crafts vendors with unique shopping opportunities, living history exhibits, strolling entertainment, classic cars, chef demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, food and more.
 
The Town Crierwill ring in the market at 10 a.m., followed by a performance of The Fifes and Drums of York Townto officially open the market.
 
Santa Claus will greet folks along Main Street from 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m. Strolling entertainment begins on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. with the Dickens Trio, a strolling instrumental and caroling ensemble dressed in period costume. The Santabonestrombone quartet will follow at 12:15 p.m. performing a selection of holiday arrangements with brass instruments. The entertainment on Main Street will conclude with classical guitarist Robin Welch,presenting an array of tunesat 2 p.m. 
 
Riverwalk Landing will feature a strolling guitarist playing Holiday tunes from 1 to 3 p.m. Look for Santa Claus at Riverwalk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Living history will be an ongoing theme at the market on Dec. 3. Members of North-South Skirmish Association will provide a display of Civil War-era artillery at the corner of Main and Church Streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Civil War Belles of Dixie will be strolling the Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dressed in period costume, and relating to visitors the trials and tribulations of "keeping the home fires burning" while the gentlemen were away at the war. The York Privateers will offer interactive programs from the sailors of the 1700s.
 
The Peninsula Model Train Club will join us again this year with their display of antique model trains in the lower level of York Hall from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Local collectors will display classic European cars along historic Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. York County's earliest original fire truck, a 1955 Dodge, will also be featured.
 
In addition, the historic buildings and museums, including the York County Historical Museum, Nelson House, Custom House, Museum on Main Street and Grace Episcopal Church will be open and decorated for the holidays.
 
There will be no shortage of shopping and dining opportunities during the market.
 
Crafters will line the streets with holiday arts and crafts for sale, including a wide variety of items ranging from: Christmas greens, wreaths, and topiaries; iron & metal works, peanuts, candy and fudge; coffee, jewelry, purses, dolls, quilts, furniture, children's books, hair bows, and headbands; birdhouses, wine bottle plates, outdoor cedar furniture, gift baskets, and, of course, Christmas ornaments.
 
The shops along Main Street and at Riverwalk Landing will be open for shopping. The Yorktown Shoppe will feature a local blacksmith with demonstrations, items for sale, and new this year knife sharpening demos. Susan Thornton will also demo ornament painting and personalize items as well. Light refreshments will be served.
 
Black Dog Gallerywill be decorated and offer holiday entertaining items including seashell trees and wreaths, original photo frames and unique holiday gift ideas. Festive holiday refreshments will be served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery at York Hallhosts the "Christmas in Yorktown" exhibit featuring local artists Marilyn West, as well as art from the Senior Center of York. Additionally, local artist Linda Miller will provide a Botanical demonstration in the lobby of York Hall.
 
The Museum Store located in the Medical Shop features apothecary products including books, spices, herbs, and handmade glassware from Jamestown Glasshouse. Civil War replicas and other 150th anniversary merchandise are available. 
 
Food will be abundant and guests will have the option of sampling select menu items from the historic Yorktown dining establishments and market vendors. Don't miss the wonderful Holiday candy-making demonstration "Sugar Plums will dance in your heads" at 2 p.m. at Carrot Tree.Lunch and dinner specials will be offered as well from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A selection of seasonal treats will also be available from market vendors including: gourmet bloody Mary mix, peanut brittle, hot pepper sauce, homemade crackers, seasonings, spice blends, and dips; candy, chocolate fudge, popcorn, confections and peanuts. Plus, visitors will have the chance to sample complimentary fresh-roasted chestnuts (while supplies last) being served along Main Street.
 
Free transportationwill be available for the Christmas Market. The Yorktown trolley will run its normal route stopping at several locations throughout town. Trolley hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may park in any public parking area throughout historic Yorktown. Handicapped parking is located on the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, the National Park Service Visitor Center, and in limited quantities at all other public parking areas. The trolley is handicapped accessible.
 
No rain date is scheduled for the Christmas Market. Should weather pose a threat to the event, please call the event weather hotline for the most current information at 890-3520. For directions to Yorktown and a more detailed schedule of events for the holiday season, call 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org.
 
The Christmas market is co-sponsored by York County and the York County Historical Museum. Entertainment is provided in part by a grant from the York County Arts Commission.
 
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Friday, November 18, 2011

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Friday, 18 November 2011

It’s the start of the holiday season - This Sunday, November 20, bring the family for the lighting of the giant tree at Yankee Candle Village. As dusk sets in, enjoy hot chocolate and Mrs. Claus’ cookies and live carolers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet around the Yankee Candle Christmas tree and sprinkle some magic to turn on all of the holiday lights. Click here for more information.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

News from York County

Make holiday decorations at New Quarter Park on Dec. 3
 
November 17, 2011
 
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Join local florist Arlene Williams and make holiday decorations from pine, boxwood, apples, and other live material on Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 2 p.m. at New Quarter Park.
 
The park's monthly Walk and Talk program, usually held each first Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, has been moved forward two hours so that locals can attend the Williamsburg Christmas Parade before coming to the park for a cup of hot cider and to learn how to fashion eighteenth-century-style wreaths and swags.
 
Williams will talk about using natural plant materials while demonstrating the construction of a door decoration. Then, park visitors can make their own decoration from plant materials clipped from the forest. Bring a basket or container if you wish to construct a centerpiece for your holiday table. Some florist foam will be available for sale, but participants are welcome to bring their own and are also requested to bring pruning shears and gloves to make working with plant material easier. Williams will also help participants tie their own ribbon into large and festive bows.
 
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood. From Williamsburg, take the Colonial Parkway toward Yorktown and exit at the Queens Lake exit. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp (Hubbard Lane/West Queens Drive), pass under the Colonial Parkway, and turn right again onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow the signs to New Quarter Park, about 2 miles from the exit.
 
For more information about this program or to add your name to New Quarter Park's weekly e-mail with updates on events, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3513.
 

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NASA/Langley Skywatchers to be at New Quarter Park on Dec. 3
 
November 17, 2011
 
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The NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers astronomy club will be setting up its telescopes at New Quarter Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to view celestial objects through club members' equipment, and the moon can also be viewed well through high-quality binoculars. In addition to the moon, expect to glimpse the planets Uranus and Jupiter. The astronomers occasionally adjust their scopes to other interesting celestial objects, so visitors should stop at each astronomer's telescope to see what's up.

Visitors are welcome to arrive 30 minutes early, at 5:30 p.m. to talk to the astronomers about astronomy and their telescopes before it is fully dark. Scout leaders should call ahead to discuss using the venue to earn merit badges.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive between the Queen's Lake neighborhood and Cheatham Annex. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Travel a short distance to Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road into the park. From Interstate 64, take exit 242, Route 199 toward Jamestown, then take the first exit on Route 143 west. Turn right on Penniman Road, travel one block, and then turn left on Hubbard Lane. Travel toward Queens Lake and turn right on Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road into the park. Please dim your vehicle lights when approaching the skywatching area.

For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3513 (Monday through Thursday) or the New Quarter Park office (Friday through Sunday) at 757-890-5840.

 

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Birding at New Quarter Park on Nov. 26
 
November 17, 2011
 
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Join members of the Williamsburg Bird Club at New Quarter Park for a Thanksgiving weekend bird walk on Nov. 26.

Bring out-of-town guests and enjoy the fall walk to be led by Bill Williams, Bird Club member and director of education with the College of William and Mary Center for Conservation Biology.

The walk beings at 7 a.m. in the parking lot. Binoculars and guides are available to borrow from the park office. Bird lovers will walk to Queen's Creek to see waterfowl and birds of prey, and then through the woodlands and into a meadow to see songbirds. The group usually sees 25 to 45 species.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, near the Queen's Lake neighborhood. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake, turn right, and look for Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for 2 miles to the park. From I-64, exit at Rt. 199 toward Jamestown. Take the first exit off of Rt. 199 on Rt. 143-West. Turn right at the first traffic light, Penniman Road. Turn left on Hubbard Lane and look for Lakeshead Drive on the right just after the Colonial Parkway overpass. Follow Lakeshead to the park.

For more information about New Quarter Park, call 757-890-3500.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Williamsburg's Got Talent - Tickets are going fast for the first-ever Williamsburg’s Got Talent contest this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Heritage Club. Tickets are $40 apiece for the show, or $65 each for the pre-show VIP reception and show, which is a fundraiser for the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. You can get your tickets by clicking here. Read more about the talented lineup whose auditions put them on the stage this Saturday by clicking right here.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Live radio show tonight - Head over to Buffalo Wild Wings in New Town this evening for a live radio broadcast and your last chance this season to get the inside scoop on Tribe football and great door prizes. All are invited to the Chesapeake Bank Jimmye Laycock Show, featuring the Tribe head coach along with broadcaster Jay Colley, who will talk about last week's home contest against Old Dominion University and this week's road game at Richmond. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., including music from 92.3FM The Tide and door prizes from local businesses, including free rounds of golf from Williamsburg National, car washes from Buggy Bathe, tickets to the Virginia Symphony and a one-month membership to Iron-Bound Gym. Bring the kids - Buffalo Wild Wings has a $1.99 kids' menu for the show - and tailgate with us. Can't make it? Tune in to 92.3FM The Tide or 107.9 BACHfm or click here to listen to the show online.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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