Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Civil War Battle is topic of Nov. 3 Walk at New Quarter Park; Yorktown Holiday Open House


Civil War Battle is topic of November 3 Walk at New Quarter Park
October 31, 2012
     Follow J. Michael Moore, Newport News museum curator and Civil War historian, to Williamsburg Line Redoubts 12 and 13 at New Quarter Park. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, with a discussion of Battle of Williamsburg strategy. Moore will lead participants around Redoubt 12 and Redoubt 13 while continuing his talk about battle tactics and details on the building of Williamsburg Line earthworks. The Battle of Williamsburg was part of the larger Peninsula Campaign, the series of Hampton to Richmond battles and skirmishes, in which Union forces tried but failed to seize the Confederate capital and end the war in 1862.  
     The New Quarter Park program is free and open to the public. The York County park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive. 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. If traveling to Williamsburg on 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 approximately 2 miles to the New Quarter Park office.
     For more information about New Quarter Park or to add your name to the Park's emailing list for information on upcoming events, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.
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Yorktown to host Holiday Open House weekend Nov. 10-11
October 31, 2012
     The spirit of the holidays will be present throughout Historic Yorktown Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11, at the Yorktown Holiday Open House. 
     Shops along Main and Ballard Streets and Riverwalk Landing will be open on this special weekend to allow visitors to leisurely peruse items for sale. Select stores will be holding giveaways, offering special discounts, tempting visitors with delicious appetizers, and hosting artist demonstrations. Enjoy festive decorations and strolling entertainment throughout this special Open House weekend. Santa Claus will pay a visit, so make your list, check it twice, and bring it to Yorktown Nov. 10 and 11.
     In addition to the participating businesses listed below, some special events will also be featured this Holiday Open House weekend.  Yorktown Market Days will take place with extended hours on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring local produce, fresh meat and seafood, baked goods, potted plants, coffee, quality art, and live musical entertainment provided by Runaway String Band. Don't miss the chef's demonstration provided by Elite Cuisine at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
     Following Market Days, visit the Watermen's Museum for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-OffCompetition from noon to 3 p.m.  For only $5, sample each competitor's chili recipes and cast your vote for the one you like the most.  Monday, Nov. 12 concludes the weekend with the annual Veteran's Day Ceremony at York Hall at 12 p.m.
Sat:                  Runaway String Band – Yorktown Market Days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Sat & Sun:       Strolling Santa and Mrs. Claus (12 to 3 p.m.) 
Sun:                 Louis Vangieri, Acoustical guitar & storytelling – Ben & Jerry's (1 to 4 p.m.)
Holiday Open House Participating Businesses (hours of operation vary by business)
Ben and Jerry's/Green Mountain Coffee
   ~       Register to win an 8" cake & other gift items (winner chosen Sun at 5 p.m.)
   ~       Free samples of ice cream and specialty coffee
Viccellio Goldsmith
   ~      Light Sweets & Treats
   ~       Free drawing for Sterling Silver Yorktown Bracelet
Yorktown Onion
   ~       Customer Appreciation Event – 25% savings on entire store (not to be combined with any other sales, discounts, or promotions)
Grace Episcopal Church
   ~       Sat and Sun: Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gallery at York Hall
   ~       Sat & Sun: Featuring a series of cookbooks by author Patricia Mitchell – "Colonial Food, Lore & More"  
   ~       Sat & Sun: Holiday refreshments
Yorktown Shoppe
   ~       Sat & Sun: In-store specials
   ~       Local artist Susan Thornton available to personalize hand-painted ornaments (specific times will be posted outside the shoppe)
Hornsby House Inn
~          Sat & Sun: Open House Weekend (12 to 4 p.m.)
~          Light refreshments
Yorktown Battlefield
~          Fee-free weekend in all National Parks, Nov 10-12 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
~          Sat: Lamb's Artillery and British Royal Artillery Demonstrations (11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:45 p.m.)
~          Sun: Historians John Quarstein and Michael Moore present a program at 2 p.m. "Yorktown's Civil War Siege" followed by a book signing.
Black Dog Gallery
   ~       Holiday refreshments
   ~       Seashell trees & wreaths, original photo frames & unique gift ideas
Patriot Tours & Provisions
  ~       Fri-Sun: "Bring 3 & the 4th is free" special pricing on Segway & Ghost tours
   ~       Free drawing for Yorktown sweatshirt
   ~       Light refreshments
Nancy Thomas Gallery
   ~      "An Open House of Surprises!" – Sat: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (extended hours); Sun: 12 to 5 p.m.
   ~       New pieces and gifts
   ~       Guest artists, Vivian Driskill (fine handmade jewelry), Mark Peyton (mixed-media) and Diane Husson (ceramics)
   ~       Sat: Seasonal Wine Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.
River Fruit Tropical Wines
   ~       In-store specials all day on wines
   ~       Sample cranberry & blueberry sparking wines, mulled cranberry wine & and delicious items made from wine such as blackberry wine cake
Riverwalk Restaurant
   ~     Sat & Sun: Free hot cider, receive a coupon for free dessert with paid lunch or dinner
   ~      Sat & Sun: Wine tasting in the lobby from 5 to 7 p.m.
Yorktown Victory Center - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
   ~       Continental Army Encampment Artillery: 11:05 am & 3:05 p.m.; 18th-Century Medicine: 
            All Day
   ~       1780s Farm
Textile Demonstration: 11:35 a.m.; Open-Hearth Cooking: All Day
   ~      Museum Store featuring American-made toys, gifts and holiday items
Free admission for York County, James City County and City of Williamsburg residents
Marl Inn B&B
   ~       Special thanks to veterans for their service to our country and in particular the
 Yorktown Coast Guard Training Center 53 years of service.          
Sommerwell Market
   ~        Holiday section by Jamestown Glass House
   ~        Sweet Treats
Claire Murray
   ~        Free drawing for a basket of spa products
   ~        20% to 70% off sale
   ~        Cookies and light refreshments
Southern Estates, Books & Antiques
   ~        Serving sparkling wine to wish everyone a happy holiday (1 per customer)
Parking          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, and in limited quantities at all other public parking areas. The free Yorktown trolley will run on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
General Info For directions to Yorktown and additional information, visit
Sponsored by York County, Riverwalk Landing Business Association and participating businesses *Dates, times and activities are subject to change
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