Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Historic Yorktown rocks throughout the summer


May 22, 2012
     With the onset of warm weather, Historic Yorktown is the place to be for popular events such as Shagging on the Riverwalk, Yorktown Market Days and new this year, Yorktown Maritime Weekend. 
      Memorial Day weekend is packed with fun for the whole family. York County is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will host numerous events throughout the weekend. Yorktown Battlefield presents Civil War Weekend featuring tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpreting the role Yorktown played during the Civil War Peninsula Campaign.Additionally, The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, an interactive "museum on wheels" housing a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer, will be onsite Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, presenting individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it. Also taking place at the Yorktown Battlefield is the Civil War Balloon Observation Exhibit featuring Kevin Knapp, retired Army Officer, professional balloon pilot, and Civil War Balloon Corps enthusiast. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Watermen's Museum will host the launch of the colonial gunboat HENRY, a reproduction of a boat built in 1776 to defend the York River, with events, food and the community launch at high tide.
     Over the weekend, don't miss Yorktown Market Days now operating weekly farmers markets through Sept. 15 featuring fresh produce, meat and seafood, cut flowers, gourmet herbs, cheese, baked goods, quality art, chefs demonstrations and entertainment. Top off the weekend on Monday with a fifes and drums performance and a Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall.  
     The month of June is "Seed to Stalk" themed at the Yorktown Victory Center. Head on over and explore American agriculture of the 18th-century with hands-on activities. 
     Yorktown, an affiliate port with OpSail 2012 Virginia, is the setting for Yorktown Maritime Weekend Friday through Sunday, June 1-3. Three days of waterfront celebration are planned including free public deck tours of visiting tall ships Lynx, Spirit of Bermuda and Jamestown Settlement's Godspeed. Other weekend events include a maritime themed market, a parade of sail on the York River, static displays, ceremonies, educational programs, free concerts and much more on the Yorktown waterfront.
     A local favorite returns on Thursdays in June with the annual "Shagging on the Riverwalk" Beach Music Concert Series from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. And don't miss the many Fifes and Drums of York Town performances to be held in various locations including the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Waterfront.
Riverwalk Restaurant will host live music on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June through August, in the High Tide Bar & Grill Outdoor Courtyard, weather permitting.
     Carrot Tree in Historic Yorktown announces the opening of its Wine Garden every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. serving specially priced beverages, small plates of Carrot Tree appetizers and bushels of Virginia peanuts.
     July will feature the annualYorktown 4th of July Celebrationfull of entertainment, a parade, and spectacular fireworks at 9:15 p.m., all held on the Yorktown waterfront. The Liberty Celebration held at the Yorktown Victory Center is a must-see July 3-4 and includes tactical drills, military exercises and demonstrations to salute the anniversary of America's independence.
     The Celebrate Yorktown Committee kicks off its Summer Concert Series at Grace Churchbeginning July 8 with a performance by Stephen Bennett. Other line-ups for the series include Peninsula Concert Band, Lana Puckett & Kim Person, The Magic of Harmony Show Chorus, and Poisoned Dwarf. 
     The 4th annual Bastille Day Wine Dinner will be held on July 14 featuring a five-course French dinner paired with acclaimed wines from France.
     Summer events wrap up with the Military Band Concert Series to be held on Tuesdays in August featuring a different ensemble each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  
     River Fruit Tropical Wines shop will offer free wine tastings daily, offering over 25 varieties of fruit wine, made from 100% fruit juice. No grapes are used in the making of the wines.  
     Patriot Tours & Provisions offers guided Segway tours and bicycle rentals in historic Yorktown. Visit our store for a great selection of kites, flags, beach supplies, and sundries.
     Step back into history when you join the crew of the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Lend a hand at setting sail, take the helm and steer the ship, or look for dolphins and osprey as you glide along the shores of the York River. You will relive sailings Golden Age as you cruise past the Victory Monument and Battlefield where our country won its independence.
Operating from the beautiful York River, York River Charters offers guest both fishing and sightseeing on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay. 
     While in Yorktown, don't miss the opportunity to take a ride on our free Yorktown trolley. The trolley is a great way to tour the entire town at no cost.
     Event parking is available at Riverwalk Landing in the two-level parking terrace. Additional parking is available in Yorktown at York Hall, the County Administration Building and the Courthouse/Finance Building Complex, which are all within two blocks of the waterfront.   
     For more information on these activities or any other events in York County, visit www.visityorktown.org.
*Dates, times and activities are subject to change.

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