Thursday, November 4, 2010

Historic Yorktown to host Holiday Open House Weekend Nov. 13-14


The spirit of the holidays will be present throughout Historic Yorktown Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14 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 you with delicious appetizers, and impressing you with 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. 13 and 14.
In addition to the participating businesses listed below, join us for three special events in conjunction with the Holiday Open House weekend. Yorktown Market Dayswill take place Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, featuring local produce, fresh meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, handmade soaps, quality art, and live musical entertainment provided by Runaway String Band.Following Market Days, visit the Watermen's Museum for the 4th 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. Finally, gather on the Yorktown Waterfront for a Kite Demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m. sponsored by Patriot Tours & Provisions.
Sat & Sun:       Strolling Santa and Mrs. Claus 12 to 3 p.m. (sponsored by Riverwalk Restaurant)
Sat & Sun:       Heavenly Harmonies - holiday tunes - 1 to 3 p.m.
Sat:                  Chris Basford - 2 to 4 p.m. (sponsored by Riverwalk Landing Business Assoc.)
Sun:                 Taste of Love with Jan and Bart - York Hall 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 (winner announced Sun at 4 p.m.)
   ~       Free $3 gift card toward purchase of any size cake with any purchase
   ~       Free samples of ice cream cakes (Sat, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun, 12 to 4 p.m.)
Studio Foray 
   ~       MAKE and TAKE Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Snow Flake bracelets
   ~       Pre-made Holiday charm bracelets and earrings
   ~      Holiday nibbles
Viccellio Goldsmith
   ~      Light Sweets & Treats
   ~       Free drawing for Sterling Silver Yorktown Bracelet
Yorktown Onion
   ~       In-house specials and door prizes
Grace Episcopal Church
   ~       Sat and Sun: Open 1 to 4 p.m.
   ~       Gift Shop: refreshments and gift with purchase over $20
The Gallery at York Hall
   ~       Sat & Sun: Featuring new cookbooks; Refreshments  
   ~      Sun: Local Author Mary Smith Tabb book signing
            "Love & Loss" a Virginia Girl's Civil War Diary (1 to 4 p.m.)
   ~      Listening music by A Taste of Love (1 to 3 p.m.)
Yorktown Republic
   ~       Enter to win $100 gift certificate
   ~       Special Gift with purchase over $50
   ~       Refreshments
Yorktown Shoppe
   ~       Sat: Local Artist Susan Thornton to demo hand-painted ornaments, painted canvasses,
            and hand-stitched samplers. Custom Orders. Times Vary.
Black Dog Gallery
   ~       Holiday desserts
   ~       Special Holiday inventory
Patriot Tours & Provisions
   ~       Kite Demo & Gathering (1 to 5 p.m.)
   ~       Refreshments
   ~       Free Drawing for two kites    
Nancy Thomas Gallery
   ~      30th Annual Holiday Show - "Snow Garden"
   ~       Spectacular trees, new hand-painted sculptures and ornaments
   ~       Unique decorations and accessories
   ~       Sat: Wreath and Topiary demos (1 to 3 p.m.)
River Fruit Tropical Wines
   ~       Sample Sparkling Wines and items made with wine such as Blackberry Wine Cake
Riverwalk Restaurant
   ~      Fri: Holiday Prelude Wine Dinner – 5 course dinner with wines of Bordeaux, $,
           757.875.1522 tickets
   ~     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
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 and participating businesses *Dates, times and activities are subject to change

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