Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Events at New Quarter Park; Summer kicks off in historic Yorktown


Program at New Quarter Park Reveals Findings on Species Diversity
May 20, 2013
     Learn more about the impact of our Williamsburg-area lifestyle on the natural environment during a presentation at New Quarter Park by Dr. Matthias Leu, Applied Conservation and Ecological Researcher, College of William and Mary.  The program will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to noon.
     New Quarter Park is one of several locations in the area where Dr. Matthias Leu and his students are collecting data on species diversity.  They use scientific models and sampling techniques to collect data that will show how human structures like highways and buildings impact ecological systems.  Leu has used similar models to aid conservation efforts in other parts of the country in the past.  Data collected here is being entered into a years-long database that is painting a picture of the region's diversity.  The data help scientists understand ecological system characteristics, leading to their hypotheses on the impact of urbanization.
     At New Quarter Park, Leu and his students have been surveying six plots for birds, deer, butterflies, and vegetation.  Come find out what he's learning about diversity at New Quarter and walk with him over portions of the plots.  Hear how New Quarter compares to the region and ask about his hypotheses.
     New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the QueensLake neighborhood.  For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.


Visit a Zoo in a Suitcase at New Quarter Park on June 1
May 20, 2013
     Clyde Marsteller, Certified Virginia Master Naturalists, Historic Rivers Chapter, will unpack a suitcase-sized menagerie of insects at New Quarter Park on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, for kids of all ages to inspect up close.  Come see all of the amazing, colorful, and chatty creatures he tends to in his zoo and listen to stories about their exploits.  During the program, Marsteller will explain that insects once ruled the earth and are still vital to our survival.
     After inspecting the insects, Marsteller will take participants on a walk in the forest to look for insects in their natural habitats and see how these decomposers turn trees and leaves into healthy soil.
     New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.


Historic Yorktown kicks off summer with events
May 20, 2013
     With the onset of warm weather, Historic Yorktown is the place to be for popular events such as Civil War Weekend, Shagging on the Riverwalk and Yorktown Market Days. 
     Memorial Day weekend is packed with fun for the whole family. The Schooner Serenity returns to Riverwalk Landing offering Pirate Cruises on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Yorktown Battlefield presents Civil War Weekend featuring tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpreting the role Yorktown played during the Civil War Peninsula Campaign. 
     Over the weekend, don't miss Yorktown Market Days, the weekly farmers markets being held now through September 28, featuring fresh produce, meat and seafood, cut flowers, gourmet herbs, cheese, baked goods, quality art, chef demonstrations and entertainment.
     Top off the weekend on Monday with an 8 a.m. Remembrance Ceremony and Wayside Sign Dedication at the Corner of Reed and Water Streets and with Memorial Day Ceremonies at Grace Church at 10 a.m. and at York Hall at noon. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 11:45 a.m. prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony at York Hall. 
     Carrot Tree in Historic Yorktown will offer a Literary High Tea on Wednesday, May 29, at 4 p.m. featuring J. Michael Moore.
The month of June is "Seed to Stalk" themed at the Yorktown Victory Center.  Head on over and explore American agriculture of the 18th-century with hands-on activities. 
     During the months of June and July, don't miss the Gallery at York Hall's special exhibit "Wood Turners and Carvers." The Gallery is located in York Hall, 301 Main Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 
     A local favorite returns on Thursdays in June with the annual "Shagging on the Riverwalk" Beach Music Concert Series from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  
     Don't miss the many Fifes and Drums of York Town performances to be held in various locations including the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Waterfront.
     The Watermen's Museum will host the York River Floating Folk Jam series every second Wednesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through June 12. And, new this year, join the Watermen's Museum and the United States Coast Guard in remembering the taking of the United States Revenue Cutter Surveyor during the War of 1812. The commemoration will take place June 13-16 and include ship tours, living history demonstrations, food and entertainment.
     Riverwalk Restaurant will host Friday evening Wine Tastings in the lobby from 6 to 8 p.m. and will offer a Father's Day buffet. New hours of operation: Lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dinner 3 to 9 p.m. The bar is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     The Celebrate Yorktown Committee kicks off its Summer Concert Series at Grace Churchbeginning June 30 with a performance by the York River Concert Band. Other line-ups for the series include Runaway String Band, Lana Puckett & Kim Person, The Magic of Harmony Show Chorus, and Poisoned Dwarf. 
     July 4th will feature the annualYorktown 4th of July Celebrationfull of entertainment, a parade, and spectacular fireworks at 9:15 p.m., all held on the Yorktown waterfront. The Liberty Celebration held at the Yorktown Victory Center is a must-see July 4-6 and includes tactical drills, military exercises and demonstrations to salute the anniversary of America's independence.
River Fruit Tropical Wines shop will offer free wine tastings daily, offering over 25 varieties of fruit wine, made from 100% fruit juice. No grapes are used in the making of the wines.  
     Patriot Tours & Provisions offers guided Segway tours and bicycle rentals in historic Yorktown. Visit our store for a great selection of kites, flags, beach supplies, and sundries.
     Step back into history when you join the crew of the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Lend a hand at setting sail, take the helm and steer the ship, or look for dolphins and osprey as you glide along the shores of the York River. You will relive the golden age of sailing as you cruise past the Victory Monument and Battlefield where our country won its independence.
Operating from the beautiful York River, York River Charters offers guests both fishing and sightseeing on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay. 
     While in Yorktown, don't miss the opportunity to take a ride on our free Yorktown trolley. The trolley is a great way to tour the entire town at no cost.
     Event parking is available at Riverwalk Landing in the two-level parking terrace. Additional parking is available in Yorktown at York Hall, the County Administration Building and the Courthouse/Finance Building Complex, which are all within two blocks of the waterfront.   
     For more information on these activities or any other events in York County, visit www.visityorktown.org.
*Dates, times and activities are subject to change.

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