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Posted on: June 12, 2017

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June 16

Grab your kids, your friends, your neighbors, your team and light up the night at the 5K or 1-mile Glow Run! Take to the streets in New Town in Williamsburg dressed in all things bright and shiny. Flash and sparkle your way around the course, and then cool your heels at the post-run party. Before we send everyone off glowing around the course, we will be handing out special prizes for Glow runners who are the brightest, most flashy, and most reflective. Register today for this annual fun event.

The Williamsburg Winery presents the fourth annual Summer Solstice Celebration and Seafood Festival, Friday, June 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dress in white and gold cocktail attire and celebrate the release of the Winery’s 2016 A Midsummer Night’s White while you enjoy fresh, sustainable, local seafood and live music. Make a weekend of it with overnight accommodations at Wedmore Place. Admission includes (2) glasses of wine, samples of culinary inspired seafood creations by Wessex Hundred Executive Chef Ian Robbins and live music by 504 Supreme! Tickets are available at the Winery or online. Guests must be 21 or older and IDs will be checked at the door.

Learn the How and Why of Rain Gardens at a presentation at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Master Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments. She will provide information about their construction in home gardens. With PowerPoint slides and demonstrations, she will suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free, although a $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact Carol by email at After the program, Master Gardeners will be in the garden to answer questions and talk about what is in bloom.

The fourth annual New Town Summer Fest is happening Saturday, June 17 from 12:30-5 p.m. showcasing 15 breweries featuring 30 craft brews to benefit Meals on Wheels. Enjoy your drinks while listening to live music from Johnny St. Clair and Julius Pittman & The Revival. Early access for all pre-sale tickets beginning at 12:30 p.m. Pick them up at will-call the day of or pick up a physical ticket prior to the event. Cash sales begin at 1:30 p.m. the day of the event. Food is available from food vendors: Center Street Grill, The Corner Pocket, or Cogan’s Deli. Everyone must present an ID to enter. No pets please. Event goes rain or shine. No refunds. No outside food or drink.

Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park with the Campfire Social on Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek.

Check out the Comedy Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m. and watch John Knight with Jimmy Roberson. Always a big hit at any event, Knight has long been considered one of the best by his peers. He has been described as an every man storyteller with a deadpan cutting edge. His satirical look at some of life’s day in day out frustrations leaves audiences rolling with laughter, and clamoring for more.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Pick an activity in James City County and have some fun with dad!

Enjoy National Go Fishing Day on Sunday, June 18 by fishing at a James City County park. Take time to celebrate Father’s Day with Dad or your family to bait a hook, cast a line and catch a fish or two in the County’s waterfront parks! Parks include Little Creek Reservoir Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, James City County Marina, Brickyard Landing, Jamestown Beach Event Park, Powhatan Creek Park and Diascund Reservoir Park. 

Do you love classic cars? Head to the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport on Sunday, June 18 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to check out the Washing D.C. Morgan Car Club. They will be setting up a small obstacle course on the tarmac and zooming on through with some amazing classic cars. This event is open to the public, so come on out, cheer them on, and grab a great lunch. The perfect Father’s Day outing!

A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival each weekend. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park on weekends through July 2. Enjoy authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world’s most beautiful theme park. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings, available for purchase in the park, create the recipe for a delicious experience each visit. New this year, cuisines from India, which will bring new tantalizing flavors to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. Want to try something special? Schedule a reservation at Pairings of Note where wines are paired with food for an incredible experience!

York River State Park

Enjoy a Paddle Thru the Past on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until noon. The history of the York River is the history of our nation.  Take a tour of this great waterway and learn about the role the river played in important periods of America’s past.  Canoes are $9/person or $6/person in a family of 4 or more, tandem kayaks are $11/person and solo kayaks are $16/person.  Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

Pick Your Paddle at York River State Park on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until noon. Explore the beautiful wetlands or river with us. You may even encounter a variety of wild creatures! Learn something new and exciting as you paddle up the creek or down the river.  And don’t worry, we provide you with a paddle of your choice (canoe or kayak). Taskinas Creek and the York River are so rich in their resources and we’ll teach you ways to protect them. Canoes $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayak $16/person, tandem kayak $11/person. Prepayment required with reservation by calling 757-566-3036.

Enjoy the Three Rivers Three Peoples Hike on Saturday, June 17 from 1-3 p.m. This hike honors the shared history of African, European, and Native Americans who made their homes along the Mattaponi, Pamunkey and York Rivers. The hike will be along the Woodstock Pond and Mattaponi Trails which are rated as easy. However, there is a section of the Mattaponi Trail that is not handicap accessible and will be a challenge for children in strollers. We will stop at certain points along the trails, in particular those that highlight the history of Taskinas Plantation (the colonial name for where our park is located) and other areas of historic significance.  Of course, if something unique in the natural world captures our attention, we will share about that as well. 

Enjoy geocaching with GPS Pirates on Saturday, June 17 from 4-6 p.m. A new way to find treasure.  Geocaching makes use of the Global Positioning System to help you find caches of park information and small gifts.  We will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.  Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.

Treat dad to a day on the water and fossil hunting with the Father’s Day Surf and Turf on Sunday, June 18 from 2-6 p.m.  This ranger guided program takes our guests to Fossil Beach to search for relics of the prehistoric era.  Dad paddles for free with paid guest.  Canoes are $9/person or $6/person (family of 4+), solo kayaks are $16, and tandem kayaks are $11/person.  Please call 757-566-3036 for reservations.  Prepayment required with reservation.

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