Monday, May 9, 2011

News from York County

Market Days launches season on May 14 with Fitness Market
May 9, 2011
The 5th Annual Yorktown Market Days season kicks off next Saturday, May 14, along the Yorktown waterfront at Riverwalk Landing.
For the opening market, the 2011 Leadership Historic Triangle Class is partnering with the Market for its Historic Triangle Healthy Habits program. This program is a regional initiative to improve the quality of life for residents by educating citizens about the importance of healthy living and highlighting tools available to make healthy lifestyle choices easily and on any budget.
Shop the market and make your way to the fitness section for exercise classes, numerous vendors, health screenings such as blood pressure and body mass measurements, and free giveaways all tying in with the farmers market. Participating exhibitors include: York County Parks and Recreation, Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center, Riverside Health System, Diabetes Services and Adult Day Services, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, YMCA, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Cancer Prevention Coalition of the VA Peninsula, HUMANA, York County Master Gardeners, 4-H Center, SHIP, Yorktown Boys & Girls Club, NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers, Clean the Bay, and Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.
Don't miss the healthy cooking demonstrations provided by Riverwalk Restaurant at 9:30 and 11:30 am. Additional activities include solar viewing, New Quarter Park Disc Golf demonstrations, grow your own vegetable garden demonstrations and youth speed and agility demonstrations.
The tentative class demonstration schedule is:
8:30 a.m.         Zumba demonstration with Stacey Zebrowski
9 a.m.             Beginner Yoga demonstration with Shannon Moore
9:30 a.m.         Tai Chi demonstration with Bill Hansell
10 a.m.            Senior Center Line Dancers lead by Jeannette Pretlow
10:30 a.m.       Tae Kwon Do with Action Arts Academy
11 a.m.            Line Dancing with Good Time Dancers
11:30 a.m.       Body Recall with Domenica Jernigan and Company
Saturday's festivities will culminate with a culinary garden event to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Restaurant where Floral and Herbal expert Don Haynie, who operates Buffalo Springs Farm, will present "Le Potager: The French Culinary Garden." There is a cost to attend this event and the event is sponsored by Sister Cities Yorktown. For more information, call 890-5313.
Free parking will be available at the market in several public parking areas throughout Historic Yorktown. The free Yorktown trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  
York County Market Days will operate weekly through Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and monthly markets will be held on Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, with extended hours in October and November. The market hosts more than 35 local farmers and vendors and 20 local artists throughout the season with a variety of homegrown favorites and local artwork.
No rain dates are scheduled for the Market Days or Fitness Market. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Yorktown events weather hotline at 890-3520 for updates. For more information please visit
Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association. Special thanks to the Fitness Market partners: 2011 Leadership Historic Triangle Class and York County Parks and Recreation. 
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Make and Take hypertufa workshop at New Quarter Park on May 28
May 9, 2011
Join botanical artist Linda Miller at New Quarter Park on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon to Make and Take a hypertufa garden pot, bird feeder, birdbath, or sculpture.
Miller will talk about garden art and help with creative ideas while participants make a garden piece from hypertufa, a mixture of concrete and light materials that add texture and make the concrete less dense. After molding a garden object, participants will take it home to unmold in two to three days, and add to a garden.
Participants may bring decorative bits of ceramic, rocks, leaves, shell, other natural objects to press into the mix, or an object to use as a mold to add a personal touch. A limited number of decorative materials and molds will be available to choose from. Dress to work outdoors with messy materials. Latex gloves will be provided.
Registration for the May 28 event is required; call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513. The fee for materials is $5, payable on the day of the Make and Take. New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive. From the Colonial Parkway about two miles northeast of Williamsburg, take the Queen's Lake exit. Turn right and then turn on Lakeshead Drive. Follow the signs to New Quarter Park.

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