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Yorktown’s First Weekend in May Filled with Music, Art, BBQ and Craft Beer
Submitted by Gail Whittaker

BBQCB imageThe first weekend in May is shaping up to be a big one in Historic Yorktown, with the return of back-to-back popular events at Riverwalk Landing—Blues, Brews, and BBQ and Art at the River – A Juried Art Show.

Blues, Brews and BBQ
Tickets are on sale for the May 4 Blues, Brews and BBQ festival at www.villageevents.org. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees can sample more than 30 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best blues musicians in Hampton Roads. At 12:30, On the Verge will deliver an entertaining mix of rock and blues. Then, at 3:30, Brasswind will take the mic to blend funk, soul, R&B, Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, and even a little beach music

Here’s a look at this year’s participating breweries:
  • Alewerks Brewing Company
  • Billsburg Brewery
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider
  • Caiseal Beer and Spirits
  • Cape Charles Brewing Company
  • Center of the Universe Brewing
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Legend Brewing Company
  • New Realm Brewing Company
  • The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
  • The Original Larry's Hard Lemonade Brewing Co
  • Sly Clyde Ciderworks
  • The St. George Brewing Company
  • SweetWater Brewing Company
  • Tradition Brewing Company
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Company
Back by popular demand, a wine garden is included with admission. The garden showcases wine from Hampton Roads Winery, Vintner’s Cellar Winery and Restaurant of Yorktown, Saude Creek Vineyard, and Hunt’s Vineyard. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The event is sponsored by York County; Hall Auto Group; Water Street Grille; and Union Bank and Trust. Proceeds Benefit the York Foundation for Public Education.

Art at the River
On Sunday, May 5, marvel at the work of close to 40 local artists at the sixth annual Juried Art Show with the beautiful York River as the backdrop. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, and other creative artists will line the Riverwalk to display their work with hopes of taking home the "People’s Choice” Award.

Judges this year will be sisters and fellow artists Gail Bruce McIntosh and Bonnie Bruce Mettler. Both graduated from York High School in the ‘60s and received their art degrees from Philadelphia art schools.

An Exhibit of Student Art from York County high schools will be on display inside the Freight Shed.

NEW this year are free interactive activities including a woodturning demonstration from the Tidewater Turners, who will be giving away wooden spinning tops to children in the crowd. The Tidewater Basketry Guild will on site weaving baskets and taking questions as they work. The Yorktown Arts Foundation will have a special art project for children ages 5 and up to make and take home. Look for their tent at the corner of Buckner and Water Street.

Live entertainment from Sojorn starts at 11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Hampton Roads Winery is selling tasting tickets.

This event is presented by the Art at the River Committee in conjunction with York County and the Yorktown Foundation, with support from the Williamsburg Area and York County Arts Commissions.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace both days. Visitors also may park at York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The free Yorktown Trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.

 





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