Friday, September 3, 2010

Historic Yorktown celebrates the arrival of fall

September 3, 2010

With cooler temperatures just around the corner, Historic Yorktown is the place to be for a fantastic fall lineup of activities such as Rhythms on the Riverwalk, the Yorktown Wine Festival and Yorktown Market Days/Fall Festival, all held on the waterfront, not to mention the popular annual Yorktown Day festivities.
Yorktown Market Days continues this fall featuring fresh produce, meat and seafood, cut flowers, gourmet herbs, cheese, baked goods, quality art, and entertainment. Markets are scheduled for Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11 with the 2nd Annual Fall Festival joining the Oct. 9 market days event. The Fall Festival will feature added activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides and hay maze, face painting and other children's games.
A local favorite returns on Friday, Sept. 10 with the annual "Rhythms on the Riverwalk" Concert Series from 6 to 9 p.m. This year's concert series features three Fridays of toe tappin' jazz followed by two Fridays of knee slappin' country. 
Come and sample wines from premiere wineries throughout Virginia at the Oct. 2 Yorktown Wine Festival.
Don't miss the annual Reenactment of the York Town, Virginia Tea Party of 1774 on Oct. 3 with a portrayal of Thomas Nelson, Jr., performances and a reenactment play.
Grace Episcopal Church continues with the Historic Tours on Saturdays in September and October from 12 to 3 p.m.
The Carrot Treer estaurant continues the Historical Dinner Series on Sept. 16 with a Murder Mystery Evening and book signing event coupled with a five-course dinner. 
The Watermen's Museum will host a Colonial Market Fair and Militia Muster including military drills, shipbuilding demonstrations, colonial music and pastimes on Sept. 11. The museum will also host four maritime music groups for a "Maritime History Festival."
Revolutionary War Artillery Firing Demonstrations take place daily at the Yorktown Victory Center and on select dates at the Yorktown Battlefield (included with paid admission). 
Oct. 19 will feature the annual Yorktown Day Celebration full of patriotic ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, tactical demonstrations and more. Special programs and tours help market the 229th anniversary of the American and French victory at the Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield with Yorktown Victory Weekend Oct. 16 & 17.
The Yorktown Veteran's Day Ceremony will take place on Nov. 11 with a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial at York Hall.
Fall wraps up with the Watermen's Museum Chili Cook-Off returning on Nov. 13. Come and sample the competitors' chili and vote in the competition. 
Studio Foray just announced their fall class schedule, so be sure to sign up and learn about color, scale, and proper techniques as you design a necklace, bracelet or earring set. 
Don't miss one of Yorktown's treasures, the Schooner Alliance. Sail into history aboard Yorktown's 105-foot tall ship. Sails continue daily through October.
Whether you're a hiker, biker, walker, kayaker, boater or beach lover, Yorktown is an outdoor recreation destination. Fall is the perfect time to get out of the house and take in all the sights and sounds of the area. While in Yorktown, don't miss the opportunity to take a ride on our free Yorktown trolley. The trolley is celebrating 10 years of service this year and offers a great way to tour the entire town at no cost. The trolley continues daily through October.
Event parking is available at Riverwalk Landing in the two-level parking terrace. Additional parking is available in Yorktown at York Hall, the County Administration Building and the Courthouse/Finance Building Complex, which are all within two blocks of the waterfront.   
For more information on these activities or any other events in York County, visit
*Dates, times and activities are subject to change.


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