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Posted on: April 17, 2017

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Enjoy the Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park on Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No cost, but there is a $4 parking fee. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.

All are invited to hear the TRADOC Winds from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band performing "Wind Serenade" by Dvorak, "Hommage a l'ami Papageno" and "Mozart, A New Look" by Francaix and several other pieces. Come support the TRADOC Band and enjoy this free concert on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Saint Bede Catholic Church.

NEW TOWN CHALK & FAMILY FEST HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 29 DUE TO WEATHER. Bring the whole family to Sullivan Square in New Town for a day of fun at the New Town Chalk and Family Fest. From 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, chalk drawing, kids games, and much more. In addition, watch artists or enter as an artist and draw in the streets of New Town for cash. Amateur, Professional, High School and under 12 categories are available. Drawing starts at 10 a.m., judging at 4 p.m. Only $10 includes your chalk. Purchase your square to draw in advance. The theme for chalk art is "A Day at the Zoo.” Food will be available.

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Join The Williamsburg Winery as they pair yoga and wine together during a series of classes in April. Classes are at 10 a.m. Two classes remain. Classes will be led by Mary Robinson of Body Balance Studio. Each class will reflect the featured wine. For example, The Midsummer Night's White wine is lightly sweet, aromatic and tropical. You can expect our Midsummer Night's White yoga class to be similar, a light gentle practice, including tropical themed yoga music, a playful vinyasa flow, as well as mindfulness and meditation. Classes are $25 per session and include a one hour guided yoga class, a glass of wine and 15% off discount voucher for the Gabriel Archer Tavern.

  • Saturday, April 22: 2015 Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Saturday, April 29: 2015 Acte12 of 1619 Chardonnay

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with miles of hiking, mountain biking, and multi-purpose trails at York River State Park.  Canoe and kayak rentals will be available for Taskinas Creek and the York River as well as paddle boats for Woodstock Pond. 

  • Tyke Hike from 10 a.m. until noon. Is your toddler ready to explore the woods and get in touch with the natural world?  Here is a hike for two to four year olds to make friends with the outdoors.  A friendly ranger will lead them and parents on a one mile trail through hardwoods and pines, across a stream, and along a pond and the river.  The hike will end with making a bird feeder to celebrate Earth Day.
  • Stargazing from 7:30-11:45 p.m. Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing constellations, planets, and other features in the night sky. There is no fee for this program.
  • Enjoy the Trail of the Month at York River State Park. Take in some of the best views along the York River.  Explore an estuarine marsh on the way to Fossil Beach.  Named for one of the local Native American tribes, the Mattaponi Trail has a variety of landscapes and connects with other trails for a great walk in the woods. For an inside scoop about the trail, visit the Virginia State Parks blog.

Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park for a presentation and book signing. You'll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. All ages welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Info: or call 757-259-4200.

Enjoy a $25 Earth Day matinee class at Wine & Design on Saturday, April 22 from 4-7 p.m. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon of painting as we show you step-by-step how to paint our beautiful "Mother Nature!" Reservations are required and seating is limited so make your reservations online.

Enjoy Busch Gardens Williamsburg including their new rollercoaster InvadR and the newest show, Oktoberzest! Don’t forget that there is currently a free preschool pass available for children 3-5 years of age. Children 2 and under are free.

Take a farm tour at Fox Wire Farm Alpacas. Fox Wire Farm is made up of approximately 200 acres of farmland, pastureland, woods and creeks and is the home to some of the happiest alpacas around. There are tours available twice a day from 9:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-3:30 p.m. All tours are available by appointment only by calling 757-218-4520.

Special Interest
Do you love cars? Enjoy the Williamsburg British Car Club’s 18th Annual Williamsburg British & European Car Show on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Featured marque is the MGC, MGC-GT to commemorate 50th year. Spectators are free.  

Learn all about camping as a family with BASE Camping at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Pitch your tent or borrow one from James City County and spend the night camping! The instructional program will be held on Saturday, April 22 from noon-6 p.m. Learn to set up your tent, build a campfire, learn to cook in a Dutch oven and take a nature hike around the park. After a day of fun, enjoy the great outdoors sleeping under the stars. Registration is required using class code 804050-A on Cost is $15 per person or $10 for JC/W residents.

Don't miss the Locus 100 exhibit at Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery before it goes away. April 22 is the final Saturday of the exhibit. The 75+ works Locus 100 was created by John Lee Matney as part of his fundraising efforts to help the local charity, Triangle Arts and Culture League but it is also an exhibit of many works selected over a year period primarily featuring grids and clusters that broadens the gallery’s commitment to Southern and local art. New Mexico and New York City artists are also featured. We have expanded the exhibition page with more detailed gallery views. The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Community Events

In James City County, April is "Litter Prevention Month."  Volunteers are invited to collect trash in areas where it would have otherwise polluted the environment on Saturday, April 22 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of the JCC Spring Litter Clean Up. The Clean County Commission will accept the collected litter from registered groups for free disposal at the Jolly Pond Transfer Station. Bags are provided.

Get the kids signed up summer camp at the 2017 Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 21 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Learn about different summer camps that are offered and register at the same time! Goodie bags for the first 200 guests. Both day (full-time and part-time) and overnight camps for ages preschool through high school will be present.

Camps include:

  • Sports, adventure, scouting
  • Dance, music, arts and theater
  • Vacation bible school
  • Special needs
  • Academics – science, foreign language, history

Offered in partnership between James City County, and The Virginia Gazette. For more information on the Fair, please contact Kristy Maynor at

Celebrate Garden Month by attending the Spring Plant Sale at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Many wonderful butterfly-friendly perennials and shrubs, deer resistant plants, native perennials and shrubs, evergreen ferns and so much more. Come early for the best selection. Cash, check or credit card accepted. All proceeds benefit the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Habitat Restore Williamsburg on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Food, music, discounts, raffle prizes, and much more! Bring your friends and family! It will be fun for all.

Participate in the annual Hike for Hospice on Saturday, April 22 from 12:30-3 p.m. that benefits Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. This 2-mile walk celebrates the memory of loved ones, in honor of someone or simply just to support Hospice House. To register to walk, it is $35. Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of living for individuals facing end-of-life and supporting those who love them.

Join James City County Parks & Recreation at Veterans Park on Sunday, April 23 for free outdoor group fitness classes! All ages and abilities welcome, no experience required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting, check the Weather Activity Hotline by calling 757-259-3232. Veterans Park (formerly Mid County Park) is located at 3793 Ironbound Road; for easy access, please use the back entrance off Monticello Avenue. Info: 757-259-4176.

  • Intro to Tai Chi with Michael at 2 p.m.
  • Kids Yoga with Julia at 3 p.m.
  • Kids Fitness with Jill at 3:30 p.m.

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