Thursday, November 17, 2011

News from York County

Make holiday decorations at New Quarter Park on Dec. 3
November 17, 2011
Join local florist Arlene Williams and make holiday decorations from pine, boxwood, apples, and other live material on Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon until 2 p.m. at New Quarter Park.
The park's monthly Walk and Talk program, usually held each first Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, has been moved forward two hours so that locals can attend the Williamsburg Christmas Parade before coming to the park for a cup of hot cider and to learn how to fashion eighteenth-century-style wreaths and swags.
Williams will talk about using natural plant materials while demonstrating the construction of a door decoration. Then, park visitors can make their own decoration from plant materials clipped from the forest. Bring a basket or container if you wish to construct a centerpiece for your holiday table. Some florist foam will be available for sale, but participants are welcome to bring their own and are also requested to bring pruning shears and gloves to make working with plant material easier. Williams will also help participants tie their own ribbon into large and festive bows.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood. From Williamsburg, take the Colonial Parkway toward Yorktown and exit at the Queens Lake exit. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp (Hubbard Lane/West Queens Drive), pass under the Colonial Parkway, and turn right again onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow the signs to New Quarter Park, about 2 miles from the exit.
For more information about this program or to add your name to New Quarter Park's weekly e-mail with updates on events, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3513.

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NASA/Langley Skywatchers to be at New Quarter Park on Dec. 3
November 17, 2011

The NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers astronomy club will be setting up its telescopes at New Quarter Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited to view celestial objects through club members' equipment, and the moon can also be viewed well through high-quality binoculars. In addition to the moon, expect to glimpse the planets Uranus and Jupiter. The astronomers occasionally adjust their scopes to other interesting celestial objects, so visitors should stop at each astronomer's telescope to see what's up.

Visitors are welcome to arrive 30 minutes early, at 5:30 p.m. to talk to the astronomers about astronomy and their telescopes before it is fully dark. Scout leaders should call ahead to discuss using the venue to earn merit badges.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive between the Queen's Lake neighborhood and Cheatham Annex. 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. From 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 into the park. Please dim your vehicle lights when approaching the skywatching area.

For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3513 (Monday through Thursday) or the New Quarter Park office (Friday through Sunday) at 757-890-5840.


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Birding at New Quarter Park on Nov. 26
November 17, 2011

Join members of the Williamsburg Bird Club at New Quarter Park for a Thanksgiving weekend bird walk on Nov. 26.

Bring out-of-town guests and enjoy the fall walk to be led by Bill Williams, Bird Club member and director of education with the College of William and Mary Center for Conservation Biology.

The walk beings at 7 a.m. in the parking lot. Binoculars and guides are available to borrow from the park office. Bird lovers will walk to Queen's Creek to see waterfowl and birds of prey, and then through the woodlands and into a meadow to see songbirds. The group usually sees 25 to 45 species.

New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, near the Queen's Lake neighborhood. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake, turn right, and look for Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for 2 miles to the park. From I-64, exit at Rt. 199 toward Jamestown. Take the first exit off of Rt. 199 on Rt. 143-West. Turn right at the first traffic light, Penniman Road. Turn left on Hubbard Lane and look for Lakeshead Drive on the right just after the Colonial Parkway overpass. Follow Lakeshead to the park.

For more information about New Quarter Park, call 757-890-3500.

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