Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Send free holiday cards to armed forces; Holiday Market and Toyland Parade


Send a FREE Holiday greeting card to a
Service Member or Veteran
November 27, 2012   
     On Friday, November 30, 2012, the York County Historical Committee will team up with the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. to deliver holiday cheer and greetings to service members, their families and veterans throughout the holiday season.
     The public is invited to visit the Freight Shed on Water Street in Riverwalk Landing on Friday, November 30, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, to send a "touch of home" through holiday greeting cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. New, unused cards have been collected by the Historical Committee. Once signed, the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran's hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is donating all screening, packaging and shipping to the cause. This event coincides with the York County Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that takes place adjacent to the Freight Shed that evening at 7:30 p.m.
     For the past five years the Coastal Virginia Region has participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign. It only takes a few minutes of your time to sign a card to share your appreciation of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make each day in service to our country. The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, educational resources, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues in the Red Cross tradition of service to those who serve.
     Last year, with the help of Pitney Bowes, hundreds of volunteers screened, sorted and packaged cards that were delivered to military bases, veteran and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.
     The York County Historical Committee is proud to play a part in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program and welcomes you to drop by, sign a card, and join us at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. 
     For more information, call 757-890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org.


Market Days to conclude season with
Holiday Market and Toyland Parade on December 15
November 27, 2012   
     Yorktown Market Dayswill conclude its sixth season at Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, December 15, with the Holiday Market scheduled to run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the Toyland Parade festivities from 1 to 3 p.m.
     Entertainment scheduled for Saturday, December 15, will be a combination of seasonal Christmas music tunes and favorites.
     The market also will feature over a dozen local artists who make jewelry, dog coats and beds, photography, stained glass, fabric art, acrylic paintings and collages, and wooden toys. For additional artist information, please e-mail Susan Powell at susan.p17@gmail.com.
     Limited space is still available if you would like to become a Yorktown Market Days vendor. Vendor information is available at www.yorktownmarketdays.com or contact Don Willis, Market Manager, at 877-2933 or villageevents@cox.net for more information. 
     York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association will present a day of fun activities and holiday cheer during the fifth annual "Toyland Parade," scheduled to take place on from 1 to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown.
     The highlight of the event will feature a holiday parade throughout Riverwalk Landing at 1:30 p.m., led by Santa and Mrs. Claus and The Fifes and Drums of York Town. 
     Children of all ages, adults and families are encouraged to take part in this festive holiday march. Participants are encouraged to decorate a stroller or wagon, dress in holiday-themed apparel, and put your seasonal spirit on display for everyone to see. Dogs that are dressed in holiday attire are welcome in the parade as well. Join the SEVA GRREAT Golden group and bring your golden to be part of their group in the parade and show your love and support of the breed. The parade will form and begin on the grass area in front of the Riverwalk Landing fountain.
     Kids and families can enjoy the following activities throughout the day:
     --Starting at 1 p.m. -
·         Watermen's Colonial Christmas Program including caroling, dancing, and games.
·         Listen to festive Holiday music
·         Children's Holiday Arts and Crafts booth  
·         Visit with Mrs. Claus and Santa's Helpers 
·         Face Painting (in the breezeway next to Patriot Tours & Provisions)
     --1:30 p.m. - Toyland Parade throughout Riverwalk Landing
     --Immediately Following the Parade (Approximately 2 p.m.) -
·         Colonial Christmas Program and games continue
·         Children's Holiday Arts and Crafts booth continue
·         Daisy the Elf Storytelling Show (in the courtyard by River Fruit Tropical Wines)
·         Ride the "Riverwalk Landing Polar Express" Train
·         Mingle with Santa Claus and Santa's Helpers
·         Face Painting (in the breezeway next to Patriot Tours & Provisions)
     For more information on this event please call York County Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org. No rain dates are scheduled for the Market Days. In the event of adverse weather conditions, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for the most current information.
     Free parkingis available in several public parking areas throughout Historic Yorktown including the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, the County Administration Center and the York-Poquoson Courthouse Complex. 
     Yorktown Market Days and the Toyland Parade are presented by the Riverwalk Landing Business Association and York County. Special thanks to the market founding sponsor 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union and additional market sponsors Saude Creek Vineyards, Nelson's Grant and Farm Bureau Insurance for their continued support. The market is scheduled to return for the 2013 season on May 11.  Please refer to www.yorktownmarketdays.com for a schedule.

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