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Yorktown Gears Up For a Fun-Filled Summer
Submitted by Gail Whittaker

YFunS imageThe weather isn't all that's heating up in Yorktown...warmer temperatures mean the return of free outdoor concerts at the waterfront, an awardwinning Saturday farmers market, a spectacular town-wide July Fourth celebration, schooner sails on the York River, and several new programs and exhibits at area museums and art galleries. There's fun for the whole family, and it's happening all season long!

The music scene really ramps up in the summer. Enjoy York County's free outdoor concert series, Sounds of Summer, which runs from June 6 through August 29 this year (excluding July 4). Each Thursday features a local band at Riverwalk Landing. Concerts are 7 to 9:30 p.m. and this year's lineup is features almost every genre of music. Carrot Tree Kitchens will have gourmet hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, snacks, their signature desserts, and drinks for sale.

The Celebrate Yorktown Committee Summer Concert Series takes place behind Grace Church beginning Sunday, June 30, with a performance by the York River Concert Band. The free shows are sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, York County Arts Commission, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, and Grace Episcopal Church.

On the second Wednesday of every month, enjoy Folk Jams inside the Watermen's Museum's Carriage House. Visiting musicians play songs around a circle to bring the community together. Participants are asked to bring a small side dish to share. All ages are welcome with music going from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Patrons at Water Street Grille and Yorktown Pub can also enjoy live music from the Fifes and Drums of York Town with their dinner on select Friday and Saturday nights.

Yorktown Market Days, the weekly farmers market at the waterfront, occurs every Saturday through October 26 (excluding October 5) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring a wide variety of locally sourced meat and produce; homemade food goods; demonstrations; artisans; and many other vendors.

The Schooner Alliance, Yorktown's home-ported tall ship, offers daily history sightseeing and evening romantic sunset sails. During the popular Pirate Adventure Cruises, kids participate in most facets of sailing.

For those who would like to explore the York River at their own pace, paddleboard and kayak rentals are available at Patriot Tours and Provisions. Visitors can also book guided onehour and two-hour Segway tours. Both have routes along the beautiful Riverwalk and the historic corridor.

Yorktown Ghost Walks take place Friday and Saturday evenings, after sunset with select weekly tours from April through November. In an area rich in conflict, there are whisperings of haunted buildings and lingering spirits, and those who are fascinated with the paranormal will enjoy these guided tours of Historic Yorktown's streets.

The Gallery at York Hall will feature a special Pine Needle Basket Exhibit in June and July, and a Photography Exhibit in August. The Gallery is located in York Hall, 301 Main Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from all purchases supports performing and visual arts in Historic Yorktown.

On the Hill Gallery invites York County children ages 6 to 12 to engage the senses through art, play, movement, and food during "What's Happening Now? Mindfulness for Kids." Each two-hour class takes place Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and is led by Melissa McGill—a yoga, meditation, and preschool teacher as well as Laura Stephens, a mindfulness teacher for A Mindful Mess, LLC. Please call the Gallery at (757) 369-1108 to register. The cost is $25 per class.

Yorktown's Independence Day celebration starts with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K run and 5k Walk at 8 a.m., followed by a patriotic parade along Water and Main Streets at 9 a.m. Evening activities include a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m., Super Jazz Band Concert featuring Conni Ironmonger at 8 p.m., and an amazing fireworks display over the York River at 9:15 p.m. Detailed holiday press releases will be issued prior to the event.

This is just a small sampling of some of the events taking place in Yorktown this summer! For a complete list, be sure to check the online calendar at www.visityorktown.org

 





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