Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Market Days; Halloween hours


Yorktown Market Days to feature more local artists this fall
     Yorktown Market Daysbegan this year's season in May with more than 30 vendors offering seasonal fruits & vegetables, fresh seafood, eggs, poultry, beef & pork, fresh breads, baked goods, peanuts, organic & gluten free items, plants, cut flowers, pasta, sauces, coffee, jams & jellies and much more. 
     Located on the banks of the York River between Buckner and Ballard Streets, the markets continue this fall and holiday months on Saturdays, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 15 with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
     More than 32 local artists are participating in the 2012 season, offering one-of-a-kind quality art for sale. The October market will feature the largest number of artists at any given market to include the following artists. 
§          Mike Kravchak (Watercolors)
§         Rob Ingalls (Photography)
§         Seth Fisher (Photography)
§         Lynn McPherson (Seashell Art & Custom Santas)
§         Barbara Meier (Stained Glass)
§         Marilyn West (Acrylic Paintings & Jewelry)
§         Ray Doolan (Pressed Flower Art)
§         Peggy McCabe (Jewelry)
§         Paige Joyner (Dog Coats & Beds/Knitted Items)
§         Paul Cochran (Wood Carver)
§         Lori Wiener (Fabric Art)
§         Jean Thompson (Wine Bottle Cheese Plates)
§         Jacqueline Broughton (Quilts & Fabric Art)
§         Bob Leek (Pottery)
§         Randy Goodyear (Wind Chimes)
§         Jacqueline McNeil-Steorra (Etched Glassware)
§         Teri Twiford (Jewelry)
§         Larry Krussel (Photography)
§         Kino Alpaca Criations (Live Alpacas for petting/photos, Alpaca fleece, socks, gloves, hat, etc.)
     Entertainment is also offered each week including bluegrass, folksongs, sea shanties, country, western, swing, and Americana tunes. Visitors can also sample specialty shops at Riverwalk Landing offering patriotic items, home décor, clothing, jewelry, art, rugs and more, all while enjoying the river view.
     Free parkingis available in several public parking areas throughout historic Yorktown. No rain dates are scheduled for the Market Days. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information. For directions to Yorktown and a more detailed schedule of events, call 890-3500 or
     Yorktown Market Days is presented by the Riverwalk Landing Business Association and York County. Special thanks to the market founding sponsor 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union and market sponsors Saude Creek Vineyards, Farm Bureau Insurance and Nelson's Grant for their continued support.


Trick or Treating on October 31 between dusk and 8 p.m.
       This year's hours for trick-or-treating in York County will be from dusk until 8 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. 
        Children age 12 or younger may trick-or-treat and should be accompanied by an adult. Residents are asked to turn on porch lights to identify homes that wish to receive trick-or-treaters.    To ensure a safe Halloween experience, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office recommend the following safety tips:
  • Use makeup instead of masks. Plastic or rubber masks can impair a child's vision. If masks are worn, advise children to lift their masks while traveling from house to house and when crossing the street. Remind children to be careful, watch for traffic, and to use their flashlight to avoid tripping.
  • Make sure costumes and shoes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards. 
  • Purchase Halloween costumes (including wigs, capes and props) that feature a "flame-resistant" or "flame-retardant" label.
  • Bright and/or light-colored costumes are easier to see at night.
  • Carry a flashlight or light-stick, and attach "glow-in-the-dark" items or reflective tape to the front and back of children's costumes. Make sure your trick-or-treater can see and be seen.
  • An adult should accompany younger children. Unaccompanied older children should travel in groups of at least three. Plan an itinerary and set a time for children to return home.
  • Avoid houses where porch lights are off. 
  • Do not allow children to accept unwrapped candy or fruit, and check all treats before allowing children to eat them. Any suspicious candy should be reported to the Sheriff's Office as soon as possible.  
  •  Keep children away from candles and other flame sources, especially when in costume. Advise children to stay away from jack-o-lanterns with candles and all open flames and heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire. 
  • Keep your jack-o-lanterns away from landings or doorways where costumes could brush against the candle flame. For added safety, consider using a glow stick or battery powered light instead of candles.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, hay, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and all decorations away from all open flames and heat sources.
  • Keep all doors and windows clear of decorations to ensure that nothing blocks escape routes.
  • If your child is attending a party or sleepover at someone else's home, instruct them to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency

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