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Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing starts August 6th 2014

York County is excited to partner with the USAF Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band in presenting the Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The shows take place on the performance stage overlooking the York River. The series will be held from August 6 through 26, 2014. Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. The series kicks off on Wednesday, August 6, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 96th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk.

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown VA.

The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The concert series continues on Tuesday, August 12, with Full Spectrum, a high energy band featuring a horn section, which has the unique ability to play a “full spectrum” of music ranging from Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, R & B, Latin, and Classic Rock.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC Jazz Combo on Tuesday, August 19. This group will entertain all audiences with the Classics, Ballads, Blues, Soul, and contemporary tunes.

The concert series culminates with The Blue Aces on Tuesday, August 26. This group takes great pride in its specialized, high-energy performances that feature a wide variety of American popular music styles. The group performs annually for thousands of military and civilian audience members in settings ranging from small official dinners to large festivals.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

Where are the flood zones in James City County ?

FEMA recently released updates to the coastal flood maps for James City County. Do you know your risk?
Learn more at a public Coastal Flood Risk Open House on Aug. 13 from 5-7 p.m. at Legacy Hall in New Town. Representatives from the Federal, State and local governments will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions. Visit the website for more information.

The blue areas are flood zones.

flood zones in james city county va

DoG Street Pub annual craft beer festival is back for 2014

The DoG Street Pub annual craft beer festival is back for its second year; they are calling this one The Year of More.
More tunes! More food!More prizes!More beer!
And for those of you who came last year: yes, more tickets, more shade and more cold water.

imageIt’s the only craft beer festival held on scenic, historic Duke of Gloucester Street right in Merchants Square. August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and we’ll feature at least a dozen VA breweries plus a few more friends under giant tents (so this is happening rain or, even worse in August, shine).

Despite what some, including us, might have you believe, beer is not always the answer. Sometimes the answer is FOOD! Specifically Summer grilling food from Chef David Everett & the DoG Street Pub kitchen. Sliders, Brats, Pork Tacos and many more surprises to keep bellies full and ready for more beer tastings. Do the right thing and buy your designated driver a $15 food-only ticket; safety doesn’t have to be expensive.

The event  funds charities that support our four legged best friends. We worked with Anderson’s Corner Animal Hospital to identify charities that help dogs & families with adoption, education, training and even paying for surgeries when others can’t afford it. Proceeds from the festival benefit SEVA GRREAT, MAGDRL, Bay Beagle Rescue & Beagles to the Rescue along with 100% of the proceeds from the raffle that day featuring rare beers and gifts from breweries & local businesses.

There is much more and you can expect updates & details in the weeks leading up to August 3rd. Last year’s festival sold out so we’re increasing the number of available tickets (that number is finite however so don’t delay).
Tickets for the beer tastings are $35 and food only is $15 but you can get a combo ticket & feast all day for only $40.
Everything goes up $5 the day of the event

Date: Sunday August 3, 2014

Time: noon –5pm

Tickets now available at www.DoGStreetPub.com

What’s happening in Williamsburg VA July 4th week…

July 1 – 6

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Fourth of July (Colonial Williamsburg)

Jul 4 10 am 10 pm

Celebrate the anniversary of the nations birth in the Revolutionary City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, the firing of muskets and cannon.

Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown

Jul 4 8 am – 10 pm

Red, white, blue and you! You dont want to miss Independence Day in Yorktown where our independence was won and patriotism abounds. Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront! Festivities.

Busch Gardens presents Lee Greenwood

Jul 4 at 7:00 pm

Lee Greenwood rocks the stage at Busch Gardens on July 4. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

New Town Music Fest

 Jul 5, 2014 at 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday weekend with some local music talent and a National Act! 5:30pm-6:30pm Johnny St. Clair 7:00pm 10:00pm Highway 101 Gates open at 5:00 pm in Sullivan Square. Concert is rain or shine. Children under 12 are FREE.

Liberty Celebration Yorktown Victory Center

Jul 4 - Jul 6,at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Military and tactical drills, and role-playing demonstrations salute the anniversary of Americas independence. Visitors can see in museum galleries a rare broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776.

Busch Gardens Live presents The Romantics

Jul 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Romantics rock the stage at Busch Gardens on July 5. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

July 4th Danielle Bradbery Concert College of William and Mary

Jul 4, Gates open 5pm | Show  6:30pm

Danielle Bradbery, 2013

Winner NBCs The Voice. With special guest Bria Kelley. Concert held at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at William & Mary.

In the Trenches Tour

Jul 1, 10:00 am

Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.

Independence Day Concert: USAF Heritage of America Band

Jul 2, 7:00 pm 8:15 pm

Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.

July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Jul 3- Jul 6, 9am – 9pm; Sun 10am – 8pm

Dont miss the annual July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Enjoy extended hours and extra savings on top of our every day savings of 25% to 65%.

The Summer Breeze Concert Series

Jul 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Summer Breeze Concert Series will kick off with the fan favorite Independence Day Concert on July 2, and run each Wednesday through August 27. More of what you love in the heart of downtown Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Farmers Market

Jul 5,  8 am -12 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, herbal and goats milk soap, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs.

Fireworks in the Planetarium

Jul 4, - at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Raining outside? Cant stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? Come enjoy the most amazing Fourth of July laser displays in the Virginia Living Museums nice cool planetarium! Spirit of America is a laser show full of great patriotic music.

Berkeley Plantation Wreath Laying

Ceremony

Jul 4, 11:00 AM

Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.



Lee Greenwood and The Romantics perform this weekend during Busch Gardens LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®.

It’s a red-white-and-blue-letter day at Busch Gardens® this July 4 weekend. As part of the park’s Star Spangled Nights celebration, an extended fireworks show will light up the sky July 3-5.
Country music singer Lee Greenwood will perform at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. as part of the Busch Gardens® LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® concert series. Greenwood has recorded more than 30 albums with 25 charted singles and seven No. 1 hits including “Somebody’s Going to Love You” and “Dixie Road.” He has also given the country one of its most beloved patriotic songs, “God Bless the U.S.A.”
The Romantics keep the Royal Palace Theatre rocking July 5 when they perform during Busch Gardens LIVE presented by Coca-Cola. The high-energy group from Detroit with hits such as “Talking in Your Sleep” and “What I Like About You” will perform at 7 p.m.
The patriotic celebration continues nightly during Star Spangled Nights July 3 through Aug. 11. This celebration features breathtaking fireworks orchestrated to original music and an unforgettable patriotic atmosphere. Guests can also hop aboard the Rhine River Fireworks Cruise, have a drink at our Americana-inspired bar and have an up-close experience with our majestic Bald eagles.
All Busch Gardens LIVE concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages. For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Smallcakes comes to Williamsburg VA

imageLet the cupcake wars begin !

There’s a new dessert coming to town – decadent, gourmet cupcakes. Smallcakes: A Cupcakery, a popular nationwide cupcake brand, will be opening a location at 4640 Casey Blvd Williamsbury, VA in Settlers Market

Smallcakes was founded by Jeff Martin in Kansas City in 2009 and has grown to over 75 locations offering specialty cupcakes baked fresh daily. Martin and Smallcakes have received national recognition with his three appearances on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a feature on the morning television show The View, catering cupcakes to star-studded events such as the MTV Video Music Awards, and being listed as one of the Top Ten Cupcake Places to try in the country by USA Today.

“We’re thrilled to have a Smallcakes opening in Williamsburg and have received a great response from the community since announcing we were coming to town,” says Martin. “We pride ourselves on delivering delicious cupcakes made from scratch every morning right from the kitchen of your neighborhood cupcakery.”

The cupcakery’s daily menu features 12 signature flavors – Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Cream, Chocoholic, Cookies N Crème, Hot Fudge Sundae, Lemon, Peanut Butter Cup, Pink Chocolate, Pink Vanilla, Red Velvet, and Vanilla-N-Chocolate – as well as a rotation of over 100 specialty flavors such

as Maple Bacon, Fat Elvis, Cannoli, Strawberries N’ Crème, Tiramisu, Apple Stuffed French Toast, and Pumpkin.

“Summer is the perfect time to introduce Smallcakes to the area. We have a terrific seasonal menu including Pecan Pie, Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Cherry Limeade, and Beach Bum just to name a few. We look forward to making your summer events a little sweeter with a Smallcakes cupcake,” adds Martin.

The Williamsburg franchise is owned and operated by area locals Patrick and Leah Polowichak. Martin says, “I’m excited to have Patrick and Leah on board, and their enthusiasm for great cupcakes and great customer service is evident when you meet them.”

Smallcakes Williamsburg is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit Smallcakes online at www.smallcakescupcakery.com and on Facebook.

Hampton Roads VA July 4th Fireworks/ Events 2014

imageHere is my 2014 annual list of area fireworks and 4th of July celebrations for the Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA areas .

View Independence Day fireworks at any of our region’s displays this year, and ooh and ahh en masse. Or watch the sky light up from the relative privacy of a neighborhood street, the top of a building, or a park bench near the water.

If I missed any please drop me a line at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

If you have questions about the specific events please contact them directly. The list includes events in Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton,Mathews,  Newport News, Portsmouth, Smithfield Suffolk, Urbanna, Yorktown, Williamsburg,  and VA Beach, Virginia

Have any secret tips about what to do or where to park. Please add them in them in the comments section below for all to share.

Thanks and Have a Happy 4th !

Chesapeake: Join us July 3 for a holiday concert w/ Fireworks @ 7:30. Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday under the stars, featuring lively music and a fireworks finale! FREE admission. ($5 fee for on-site parking will help us continue this great family event!) Bring lawn chairs and/or blanket. You can purchase food at the concessions for a picnic supper.

Chesapeake City Park  Address: 900 Greenbrier Parkway , Chesapeake, VA 23320 Thursday, July 03, 2014 (5:00 PM)

Hampton-With several special events along with our usual popular attractions, you and your whole family can spend Independence Day at Fort Monroe. During the day, you can visit the beaches and Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier. City of Hampton lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am – 6 pm.  At 10 am there will be a flag raising ceremony to honor the life of President James Monroe, our fifth President and for whom Fort Monroe was named after.  Then stop by the Casemate Museum to explore the military history of Fort Monroe and gather your Fort Monroe National Monument Junior Ranger program information and Passport stamps. Family fun activities will be offered in the Wherry Quarter of Fort Monroe.  The Music by the Bay Summer Concert at the Wherry Quarter will feature the US Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble.  The concert will begin at 8 pm.  Food vendors will be onsite.   Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. . Fireworks—this year, Fort Monroe will present a new twist on Fourth of July fireworks! Instead of a traditional aerial fireworks show, a 12 minute close proximity show will be launched from the top of the fortress wall at 9:15 pm. This show, presented by Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA, will highlight the unique features of the stone fort and offer a view of the Fort never seen before. Close proximity fireworks offer a more entertaining show and use less space. They are intended to be viewed within a close distance so that the pyrotechnics can be seen from the ground up. The ideal location to view the fireworks is just north of Outlook Beach, along Fenwick Road from the East Gate to Stillwell Road.

Mathews MATHEWS 16th ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION
Mathews High School Food Vendors with traditional Independence Day fare
Free Admission, Shuttle bus service from Thomas Hunter starting at 7pm to MHS. Rain dates are the 5th and 6th. For details call 725-1488 or Charles at 725-3236

Newport News-Everyone is invited to the Virginia Peninsula’s biggest Fourth of July party – Fourth of July Stars in the Sky at Victory Landing Park. This waterside park, which offers spectacular views of the James River, is filled with 30,000 people who come to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The evening begins as crowds gather to enjoy summer’s favorite foods from a variety of vendors and children check out the rides and crafts. As dusk approaches, the stage comes alive with the music of a nationally-known entertainer. As the last note from the concert ends, the sky over the James River explodes with a kaleidoscope of color in a spectacular fireworks show. Free parking. Victory Landing Park is located at exit 6 from I-664, just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and all Newport News attractions.

 Victory Landing Park ,50 26th Street ,Newport News, VA 23605

Norfolk  July 4 – Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks 5pm – 10pm – Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.!

Portsmouth – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration – 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks light up the sky in celebration of our Nations birthday.  View the fireworks from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. The right side of the river!

Smithfield  July brings fireworks to Isle of Wight County! On July 3rd bring the family to Clontz Park in Smithfield, and on July 4th come out to Windsor High School in Windsor to watch the spectacular array of color light up the night sky.

Suffolk  Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 5:30pm with entertainment, children’s activities, local merchandise vendors and food choices available. The fireworks show will begin at 9pm, for the whole family to enjoy! Free and open to the public.

Constant’s Wharf Park 100 East Constance Road , Suffolk, VA 23434

Surry – July 3 – Fourth of July Fireworks and Entertainment – 4pm – 11pm – Celebrate the 4th with fireworks and entertainment

Urbanna It’s all about quaint family fun on the rivers at the Town of Urbanna 4th of July celebrations!  Bring your boat, rent a boat, charter a boat or hang out on the shore!  There will be music and food at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point, a Boat Parade on Urbanna Creek with a contest for the best boat decorations. And of course Fireworks over Urbanna Creek!! Come enjoy the ease of coastal life and share in the fun!  Address: 45 Cross Street Urbanna, VA 23175

Virginia Beach – July 4 – 4th of July Celebration at First Landing SP – 10am – 9pm – Come out for a day full of fun events celebrating our Independence Day! All activities will begin under the big tent at the end of the main boardwalk on the beach. This fantastic day of fanfare will end with our annual fireworks display.

Virginia Beach – July 4 – July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore – 4pm -10pm – Celebrate America’s birthday and salute the military with live main stage musical entertainment, children’s activities and delicious festival foods! The night concludes with a BANG – ooh and ahh at our fabulous fireworks display that will fill the summer sky. FREE with on-site parking (fee).

Virginia Beach – July 4 – Stars and Stripes Explosion – 8pm – Close – Great music, fun in the sun, and breathtaking fireworks over the ocean! Enjoy the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Beach Chorale as they perform on a stage built right on the beach at 20th Street.

Virginia Beach – July 4th4th of July Fireworks at Sandbridge Beach – 6:30pm – 9pm -At 6:30 pm on July 4, the annual Boat Parade will begin. The Fireworks display will start at 9:00 pm and be set off from the Mill Pond at Sand Bend Road and Back Bay Crescent. A July 5 rain date is scheduled.

Williamsburg – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration at Colonial Williamsburg – 10am – 10pm – Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for a vibrant and patriotic celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks – you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Williamsburg Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during an all-new summer spectacular, “Star Spangled Nights” July 3 through Aug. 10. This event inspires park-goers through fireworks, moving original soundscapes and unforgettable environments. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.  A special extended fireworks event will be presented July 3 – 5 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Yorktown -Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day Celebration, 9 am.

Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront!  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m.; a patriotic concert at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Landing stage; and, a spectacular fireworks show on the York River at 9:15 p.m.  For complete information, visit the July 4th website.

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