Friday, November 4, 2011

Fw: Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend

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Subject: Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend
Yorktown to host Holiday Open House weekend Nov. 12-13


The spirit of the holidays will be present throughout Historic Yorktown Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13 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 even pay a visit, so make your list, check it twice, and bring it to Yorktown Nov. 12 and 13.

In addition to the participating businesses listed below, some special events will also be featured this Holiday Open House weekend. Friday, Nov. 11 kicks off with the annual Veteran's Day Ceremony at York Hall at 12 p.m. Yorktown Market Days will take place with extended hours on Saturday, Nov. 12, 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 SOJORN. Don't miss the chef's demonstration provided by Vintner's Cellar Winery of Yorktown at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Following Market Days, visit the Watermen's Museum for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition 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.  



Sat:                  SOJORN – Yorktown Market Days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Sat & Sun:        Strolling Santa and Mrs. Claus (12 to 3 p.m.) 

Sat:                  Flutist Cheryl Sonderman holiday favorites – Gallery at York Hall (1 to 4 p.m.)

Sat:                  Chris Basford – Strolling guitarist in the shops at Riverwalk (2 to 4 p.m.)

Sun:                 Taste of Love with Jan and Bart – Ben & Jerry's (1 to 3 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

Studio Foray  

   ~       MAKE and TAKE Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Snow Flake bracelets

   ~       Gift certificates available

Viccellio Goldsmith

   ~       Light Sweets & Treats

   ~       Free drawing for Sterling Silver Yorktown Bracelet

Yorktown Onion

   ~       Vera Bradley Customer Appreciation Event – 25% savings on all Vera Bradley including special orders (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.


The Gallery at York Hall

   ~       Sat & Sun:  Featuring a series of cookbooks by author Patricia Mitchell – "Colonial Food, Lore & More"  

   ~       Sat & Sun:  Holiday refreshments

   ~       Sun: Local Author Linda Sturgill book signing – "Boats, Their Names and Why" (1 to 4 p.m.)

   ~       Holiday selections by flutist Cheryl Sonderman (1 to 4 p.m.)

Yorktown Shoppe

   ~       In-shop specials during the weekend

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 11-13 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

~          Sun:  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.)

Black Dog Gallery

   ~       Holiday refreshments

   ~       Seashell trees & wreaths, original photo frames & unique gift ideas

Patriot Tours & Provisions

   ~       Fri-Sun: Special discounts on Segway & Ghost tours

   ~       Free drawing for Yorktown sweatshirt

   ~       Light refreshments

Nancy Thomas Gallery

   ~       Annual Holiday Show – Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

   ~       New pieces and gifts

   ~       Lunch under the tent

   ~       Boutique wines and wonderful artwork of 10 hand-picked artists

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 blueberry wine cake

Riverwalk Restaurant

   ~      Sat & Sun:  Free hot cider, receive a coupon for free dessert with paid lunch or dinner 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

York County Historical Museum

   ~       Permanent & new Civil war art (Yorktown 1861-1862) exhibits

   ~       Free admission (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Marl Inn B&B

   ~       Special thanks to veterans for their service to our country and in particular the

 Yorktown Coast Guard Training Center 52 years of service.   

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


Kristi Olsen
York County, Tourism Development Manager
P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA, 23690
757 890-3500; 757 890-3509 (fax)

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