Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More news from York County

Yorktown to host Holiday Open House weekend Nov. 12-13
November 2, 2011
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 Dayswill 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-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.  
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
Market Days season ends with Holiday Markets on Nov. 12 & Dec. 10
November 2, 2011
Yorktown Market Days will conclude its fifth season at Riverwalk Landing with two Holiday Markets on Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. 
As part of the holiday open house weekend, the Nov. 12 market will have extended hours until 3 p.m. 
Located on the banks of the York River between Buckner and Ballard Streets, the Holiday Markets will feature an assortment of items for your shopping pleasure: local produce, fresh meat and seafood, fine sweets and baked goods including an assortment of cakes, breads, brownies and cookies; gourmet herbs, homemade relish and spices; specialty cut flowers, holiday wreaths, pines, and flowering bulbs; handmade soaps and lotions; homemade peanut brittle, holiday music and quality art. Over 35 vendors are scheduled for the Holiday Markets.
For entertainment, enjoy SOJORN playing a variety of hits at the November market and in December for the final market, a combination of live holiday musical tunes and seasonal jingles will help make the shopping experience festive.
The Holiday Markets also will feature approximately a dozen local artists. 
Art will include jewelry, wooden toys, paintings, stained glass, fabric art, knitted items, dog coats and beds, dried flower art and one of a kind photography. For additional artist information, please email Susan Powell, Arts Coordinator at
Free parkingis available in several public parking areas throughout historic Yorktown including the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, the County Administration Center and the York-Poquoson Courthouse Complex. 
Limited space is still available if you would like to become a market vendor. Vendor information is available at or contact Don Willis, Market Manager at 757-877-2933 or for more details. 
No rain date is scheduled for the final markets. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 757-890-3520 for the most current information. For directions to Yorktown and a more detailed schedule of events, call 757-890-3500 or visit
Yorktown Market Days is presented by the Riverwalk Landing Business Association and York County. Special thanks to the market founding sponsor 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union and other market sponsors Saude Creek Vineyards and Farm Bureau Insurance for their continued support. The Market is slated to return for the next season in the spring of 2012.
Senior Center to celebrate 20th anniversary with Open House
November 2, 2011
The Senior Center of York will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 18, with an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. 
A short program will be presented at 1 p.m. followed by time for food and fellowship. Art and craft exhibits created by Senior Center patrons will be featured, and light refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited to come and take part in this celebration.
The center was established in 1991 to serve as a central point for senior citizens aged 55 and up to participate in activities in York County, and was created through the efforts of the York County Board of Supervisors and many citizen volunteers. Local businesses, civic clubs and private citizens donated many of the original furnishings and fixtures. Due to continued growth, the center's current facility is the third site it has occupied. In 2010, the center also acquired a much needed adjacent storefront space.
The Senior Center of York is "home away from home" for its many patrons who enjoy an array of educational, cultural, exercise, health, and art programs. Among the activities held at the center are computer classes, cultural days, line dancing, Body Recall exercise classes, Tai Chi, health days, crafts, art classes, card and bingo games, scrapbooking, movies, a Dining Club, and AARP Driver Safety Program classes.
The Senior Center of York is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway, in the Washington Square Shopping Center. For more information on daily activities or this event please call 898-3807.
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