Tuesday, November 20, 2012

7th Annual Christmas Market on Main to be held Saturday, December 1


November 20, 2012
     Yorktown announces the 7th Annual Yorktown Christmas Market on Main Street, to be held Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Located on historic Main Street, the Christmas Market will feature arts and crafts vendors with unique shopping opportunities, living history exhibits, strolling musical entertainment, classic cars, chef demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, food and more. Historic buildings and museums, including the Custom House, Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefield, the York County Historical Museum, the Gallery at York Hall and Grace Episcopal Church will be open and decorated for the holidays.
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 Clauswill 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 acoustical guitarist Chris Basford,presenting an array of tunesat 1 p.m.  Look for Santa Claus at Riverwalk Landing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     Living history will be an ongoing theme at the market on December 1.  Members of the 1st Regiment of the Virginia Volunteers of the 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 3 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 its display of model trains in the lower level of York Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Local collectors will display classic European cars along historic Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. York County's earliest original fire truck, a 1955 Dodge, will also be featured.
     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, trees and arrangements; jewelry, purses, fabric dolls, dresses and accessories: children's books, hair bows, and headbands; birdhouses, wine bottle plates, embroidered items, alpaca products, handmade soaps & lotions; photography, tea cups birdfeeders and lamps; pottery, cedar furniture, gift baskets, and, of course, Christmas ornaments.
     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: New England Clam Chowder, Greek food items; coffee, peanut brittle, jams and jellies; 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.
     The shops along Main Street and at Riverwalk Landing will be open for shopping.  The Yorktown Shoppe will feature three local artists.  Marlene Whiting, known for her Brandywine miniatures, will introduce a new line of ornament creations. She will also sign Brandywine pieces which are available for purchase in the Shoppe. Ebb Pate will demonstrate and discuss his paintings of Yorktown and Williamsburg. Hilda Jacome will display her varied art and be available for portrait sketches. 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.  Stop by their booth at this year's market and see some of their beautiful trees and wreaths. The Gallery at York Hallhosts the "Christmas in Yorktown" exhibit featuring local artists as well as art from the Senior Center of York.  Featuring new book by Author, DeeDee Wright "A Heroes Keepsake: Memories of Christmas at War."  Additionally, local artist Linda Miller will provide a Botanical demonstration in the Gallery.
The Sommerwell Market located in the Sommerwell House will be open and features apothecary products including books, spices, herbs, and handmade glassware from Jamestown Glasshouse. Civil War replicas and other 150th anniversary merchandise are available. 
     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 3 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.

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