Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Press Releases from York County

 Weekend of Dec. 3 kicks off holiday season in Historic Yorktown

Historic Yorktown will be full of holiday cheer Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5, as it kicks off the holiday season with four special events. 
Historic Yorktown celebrates the holidays in style with a Christmas Tree Lighting, Christmas Market on Historic Main Street, Lighted Boat Parade and Cookies with Santa the first weekend in December.
The weekend begins the evening of Friday, Dec. 3, with the annual Illumination and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Guests will be entertained with seasonal selections at the Yorktown Victory Monument from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a performance of The Fifes & Drums of York Town, and a brief narrative history of the Yorktown village. 
The Procession of Lights, led by the Town Crier and the fifes & drums, will step off from the Victory Monument at 7:30 p.m. and proceed down historic Main Street to Ballard Street, then down the hill to Riverwalk Landing where the official tree lighting ceremony begins. Participants are encouraged to gather at the Yorktown Victory Monument by 6:30 p.m. to receive a free glow stick and enjoy the seasonal entertainment. The tree lighting ceremony at Riverwalk Landing includes holiday arrangements by The Yorktown Choraleat 7 p.m., and a visit from Santa Claus, who will visit with children of all ages until 8:30 p.m. This event is freeand sponsored by the York County Historical Committee. 
The excitement continues Saturday, Dec. 4, with the 5th AnnualChristmas Market on Main Street. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy musical entertainment, demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors with unique shopping opportunities, living history exhibits, classic cars, roasted chestnuts, food and more. Historic buildings and museums, including the Nelson House, Custom House, Yorktown Victory Center, Museum on Main, Yorktown Battlefield, the York County Historical Museum, and the Gallery at York Hall will be open and decorated for the holidays.
The Town Crier will ring in the market at 10 a.m., followed by a performance of The Fifes and Drums of York Town to officially open the market. Main Street entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. with strolling instrumental ensembles, caroling and holiday arrangements, concluding at 3:30 p.m. Strolling carolers will roam Riverwalk Landing from 1:30-3:30 pm and don't miss Santa and Mrs. Claus throughout Yorktown. 
As part of the living history exhibits, members of Fox Company and the Virginia Military Preservation Association will participate with World War II exhibits on Main Street and at the Museum on Main from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local collectors will display classic cars along Historic Main Street. 
The Christmas market is co-sponsored by the York County Historical Museum and York County. Entertainment provided in part by a grant from the York County Arts Commission. 
Waterfront events begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hot cider served by Boy Scout Troop 123 of Seaford and musical performances by the Yorktown Chorale and The Fifes and Drums of York Town, all in the glow of a beach bonfire while awaiting the magnificent parade of lights. Parade judging begins at 7 p.m. Don't miss the strolling ensemble "Swinging Santa's" playing holiday arrangements from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.As an added safety precaution, families are encouraged to bring flashlights to assist in navigation around town at night. This event is free and is sponsored by the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade Committee and Wormley Creek Marina. 
On Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Gallery at York Hall will feature Cookies with Santa. Children and parents of all ages can visit with Santa and do some holiday shopping. Parents are encouraged to bring your cameras to capture the children's excitement!  Refreshments will be available. This event is freeand is sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. Artwork featured in TheGallery at York Hall is available for purchase and will make the perfect holiday gift. The Gallery showcases fine arts in all media by local artists and features selected artists on a revolving basis. For information on exhibits, call the Gallery at York Hall at 890-4490.
Public parking will be available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace on Water Street, York Hall (with the exception of Friday night), County Administration Building and Courts and Offices parking lots on Ballard Street. Additional handicapped parking will be available Friday, Dec. 3 on the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace. To access the handicapped parking area, enter Yorktown from the west side of US 17 to Water Street and into the parking terrace. 
Yorktown Trolley transportation will be provided on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trolley will run its normal route stopping at several locations throughout town. The Yorktown Trolley is handicapped accessible.  
No rain dates are scheduled for the holiday weekend events. In the event weather conditions pose a threat, please call the York County event weather hotline for the most current information at 890-3520. For directions to Yorktown and a more detailed schedule of events, visit www.visityorktown.org. Specific inquiries may be addressed by calling 890-3500. 
Senior Center Announces December Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in December.
Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 
Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/communityservices.
Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful holiday cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Dec. 3.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Dec. 6 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members.Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
Fraud & Identity Theft, Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. The holidays are officially here. It is the season for giving, but for some, it is the season for taking. With identity thefts occurring at the rate of an average of 25,000 every day, the Christmas holiday season is just as big a business opportunity for identity thieves as it is for retailers. So to help you keep your good cheer, the York Poquoson Triad is sponsoring a program to discuss ways that you can protect your identity and help keep you from becoming a victim of fraud and or identity theft. Please register by calling the Senior Center of York at 890-3807 by Dec. 6. Refreshments will be provided.
Breakfast, Tree-Trimming, and Singing, Thursday, Dec. 9. Come enjoy a Hardee's biscuit at 9:30 a.m. followed by tree decorating along with a lively and festive concert by Seaford Elementary School Choir at 10:30 a.m. Please register by Dec. 7.
Senior Center Christmas Luncheon, Friday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 to see if spots are still available for this event. Luncheon festivities will kick off with a musical performance by the center's Matinee Idlers with the meal to follow. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, caesar salad, breadsticks, dessert, and beverage. Please bring in current canned goods to support the York County Church Women United Emergency Food Closet.
Scrap Tinsel Ornament Making, Monday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Facilitator Ruthann Grabowski will show participants how to make and design a vintage ornament typical of the era 1890-1920 from materials such as mercury glass beads, diecuts, holiday-themed pictures, and other vintage and reproduction materials. There will be a sample ornament at the front desk. Please register for this activity by Dec. 10. Space is limited.
2010 Senior Center Art Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall through Dec. 13. Visit the Gallery at York Hall, located at 301 Main Street in Yorktown to see work on display created by our own Senior Center crafters. The exhibit will be open through Dec. 13. Gallery hours are Tuesday –Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. 
Culture Day, "The History of Ornaments in America," Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Presenter Ruthann Grabowski will give a brief overview of ornaments from 1890 to the 1960s. The speaker will illustrate how to preserve and collect ornaments as well as how to determine their value.  Ms. Grabowski will also discuss how our nation's history influenced ornaments, especially World War I and II. Please register by Dec. 13 for this program.
Christmas Caroling, Thursday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Catch the holiday spirit with the singers of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church as they perform Christmas carols. Please register by Dec. 15. 
Let's Go to the Movies, Friday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. The York County Library and the Senior Center of York will present the 1989 Christmas comedy film, "Christmas Vacation" (Rated PG 13). Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, this movie tells of the adventures and misfortunes of the eccentric Griswold family as they make family plans for the holidays.
Dinner and Celebration of Lights Holiday Trip, Monday, Dec. 20. Join us for a "dutch treat" dinner trip to Golden Coral and a ride through the two-mile Festival of Lights display at Newport News Park. The bus will depart the Senior Center at 4:30 p.m. Bus seating is limited, but you can drive yourself and we will provide the tickets to enter the lights display. To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Dec. 17.
Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk.   
Craft Activities. Why not take advantage of some of the ongoing craft activities taking place at the Center every month? For more details, please call the center at 898-3807 for space availability. The following is our current schedule of activities:
* Knitting and Crochet Class: Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.
* Art Classes: Instructors Myrna Graham and Hazel Camp offer free art
classes during the week, with their Intermediate/Advanced Class meeting on
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Quilters: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mark Your Calendar: The center will be closed on Dec. 24, Dec. 27, Dec. 31 and Jan. 3.

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