The Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club will hold it’s annual open house on Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. behind the Inn, 136 E. Francis Street. Club members will give lessons to visitors of all ages. Refreshments, games and prizes are included in the fun. For more information, visit williamsburglawnbowling.org or call 645-0354.
Donna Ware, curator emeritus of the College of William and Mary herbarium and Flora of Virginia Project member, will lead a Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on Saturday, April 6, from
10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Flora Foray will celebrate the publication of Flora of Virginia, a landmark botanical reference book which describes 3,164 plant species and natural variants growing wild in the diverse habitats of the Old Dominion. After discussing the Flora of Virginia, Ware will lead a foray through New Quarter Park’s forests and ravines to find living specimens of some native Virginia plants described in the Flora.
More than 10 years in the making, the Flora is the first comprehensive catalog of Virginia plants since Flora Virginia, published in 1762, when the Commonwealth was still a colony and the Virginia landscape was dominated by the American Chestnut tree.
The Flora Foray is part of New Quarter Park’s 2013 Saturdays in the Park education and recreation program series. The 545-acre park includes diverse mature forest, ravine, and wetland habitats.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).
Join Ann Walters, volunteer and avid geocacher, at New Quarter Park to learn more about the outdoor treasure hunting game called Geocaching on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All you need to play is a handheld GPS or a GPS-enabled Smartphone and access to the official Geocaching website on the Internet at www.geocaching.com.
Geocachers navigate to specific sets of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the Geocache container hidden at a location. There are about a dozen caches hidden at New Quarter Park and about 60 others located within 5 miles. But that’s not all: geocaches are hidden in nearly 2 million locations worldwide. Geocaching is a great way to see places you wouldn’t normally find. It’s a great activity for families, Individuals, or couples. Kids of all ages love a good treasure hunt!
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).
Go Ape, the treetop adventure course in James City County’s Freedom Park is planning to add a separate course designed for younger children, ages 5 and up, in addition to its regular course, designed for adults and children 10 and up..
Construction on the Jr. Course will start this winter or early spring, with a projected opening date this summer.
What is Go Ape Tree Top Junior?
A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll negotiate crossings and finish on a high (literally) with one awesome zip wire!
Who will enjoy Tree Top Junior?
The Tree Top junior course is aimed at adventurers aged 5-10 years. The safety systems are designed so that participants stay attached the whole time they are in the trees and there is no need for them to move any safety lines. Participants only become unattached when back on the ground. We don’t require adults to accompany over 6′s on the course but you are more than welcome to book yourself on. The course is quite physical and high in the trees, you know your child best so please do accompany them if you think they’ll need the moral or physical support.
Can I go on as an Adult?
If you want to join your mini Tarzans then just book yourself on. Bear in mind the course is designed for children so the safety cable won’t be quite where you would like it.
Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg’s first outdoor Skating Rink opens in New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.
Presented by Iron-Bound Gym in partnership with James City County and New Town the synthetic rink will be open seven days a week until January 13th, 2013.
Skating is $7/person including skate rental or $5/person with your own skates. All participants must wear ice skates. Season passes are also available for $50/person and include skates. Children under age 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
See below for more specifics….
So “Does it look like real ice?” from a distance it looks like the real thing, Up close, the plastic panels appear snapped together like puzzle pieces.
So what’s it like to skate on synthetic ice ? While I am not a skater bit it felt hard to move your feet. It didn’t feel as slippery as real ice so you can’t go as fast. which is probably a good thing. When you stop moving your feet you stop moving, so you don’t have that overwhelming slipping feeling.
No one claims it exactly replicates ice. There’s a resistance. You’re actually pushing off and stroking harder. I am told the surface is good for training because beginners become “stronger at a faster rate.
The rink uses a plastic polymer injected with oils that are released “when the blade heats up and melts the top layer of the polymer. It should become slipperier as more people skate it.
. “You really need a large amount of people on there to get the oils worked around,” she said. “It’s not ice, obviously.”
Steeplechase horses will compete at Colonial Downs in New Kent and tailgaters will party on the country’s second largest dirt oval as Central Virginia’s new spring racing event will kick off with an early April date.
The first ever “Dogwood Classic” will be held the afternoon of Saturday April 6th, 2013. Colonial Downs will produce the new event and oversee all operational aspects. A number of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) races are expected to take place on the Secretariat turf course and tailgating will be available on the track’s 1 ¼ mile dirt track.
The name “Dogwood Classic” was obtained thru a contest and promoted by Cox Radio stations in Richmond. Of all potential names submitted, five were chosen by a panel and posted for on line voting. Dogwood Classic received 33% of the votes while Commonwealth Spring Classic was second with 20%. The next three in order were Colonial Downs Spring Fling, Kentland Races and Brick House Races.
“We want to kick off the inaugural Dogwood Classic with an immediate vibrancy,” said Colonial Downs President Ian Stewart. “We’re excited to offer this event at the beginning of the spring festival season when nice weather has arrived and everyone is ready to shake off winter and enjoy terrific racing in a great party atmosphere.”
A “launch party” is being planned for November 15th. For more information, call 804-966-7223.
Learn more about birds during Bird Walks led by Bill Williams on fourth Saturdays from August through December, from 7 to 9 a.m. at New Quarter Park.
Williams is a well-known birder and former educator with the Williamsburg-James City County School system who is currently director of education with the Center for Conservation Biology of the College of William and Mary.
Williams has inspired many area residents to get excited about birds and to learn to identify them by field marks and calls. During walks he will point out osprey, heron, ducks, eagles, and hawks on Queens Creek and will help participants learn to listen for and spot songbirds in the park’s woodlands and meadows. The free walks along the park trails will intrigue young and old as they enjoy the area’s natural environment.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840
The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!
Like last year, there will be two party zones—the Xfinity Home Party Zone and Hoot on the Hill. In the Xfinity Home Party Zone, there are three levels of tickets ranging from the Trackside Party Zone ticket for $30 in advance ($40 at the gate) to the Trackside Party Zone Reserved Table for $200 (for four people
New this year for the Hoot on the Hill party zone are tailgating spots for $100. You and your friends can enjoy a true tailgating experience with this new option at Hoot on the Hill. Regular admission to Hoot on the Hill is $10 per person if you walk in from the parking lot. And as before, the Hoot on the Hill area is a BYOB area, so bring your coolers and all the refreshments you will need for the evening, as well as portable chairs and pop-up tents. There will also be betting stations, and two jumbotrons for better viewing of the races.
The 2012 Virginia Derby is on July 21 this year. Gates open at 4 p.m., and post time is 5 p.m.!
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Lawn bowling open house this Sunday The Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club will hold its annual Open House at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, on the bowling green located behind the Williamsburg Inn. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and free lessons. The club’s season runs April-October. During that time a member is present every day 3-6 p.m. to provide free lessons to anyone interested. The club has intra-club tournaments, matches with other clubs, and a variety of social events. Some members compete in regional and national tournaments. For more information, call 757 645-0954 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.williamsburglawnbowling.org
James City County Residents Will Receive a 10 Percent Discount –
Go Ape, a highly interactive treetop adventure course, swings into action with the grand opening of its newest location on April 7th at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA. Go Ape offers Williamsburg area residents and visitors a unique outdoor experience that allows them to live life adventurously and experience the park like never before, from 40 feet up in the trees, hanging by a wire.
The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate more than 37 obstacles situated in the treetops of Freedom Park. The course spans seven acres and features five ziplines, one of which is 600 feet long, two Tarzan swings, and a series of rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.
At Go Ape, participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy. Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school groups, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.
Founded in the U.K. in 2002, Go Ape has developed 30 courses and more than 2.7 million people have taken part in the experience. Go Ape launched its first U.S. course in May 2010 in Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD. Since then, more than 30,000 people have visited the course to monkey around in the trees. Go Ape brings the same thrill and adventure to its second U.S. location in Williamsburg, VA.
WHEN and where
Grand Opening on Saturday, April 7th, 2012
For directions, visit: http://goape.com/sites/freedom-park
5537 Centerville Road
To book treetime for opening weekend and beyond, go to www.goape.com or call 888-520-7322
The cost is $35 (10-17 yrs old) $55 (adults)
James City County Residents will receive a 10% discount. To receive discount, use one of
these codes: JCCTEN or JCC010
||The Williamsburg Bird Club has over 200 members in and around the Williamsburg, Virginia area. Meetings are held once a month (except in the summer) in Room 150, Millington Hall at The College of William and Mary. Bird walks are held twice a month at New Quarter Park, and we have a monthly field trip to different locations throughout the year.
The purpose of the Williamsburg Bird Club is to:
If you support these same goals, JOIN US. Here’s how:
Annual membership dues are:
Patron membership: $35
New members joining in May through August pay 1/2 dues initially; those who join September through December pay no dues initially.
To join and receive all the benefits of the Club, click here (pdf). Print out the page, circle your preferred membership level, print your name and address, and mail with your check payable to:
Williamsburg Bird Club
Williamsburg area local birding hotspots
A 4.7-mile soft surface hiking trail which consists of three interconnecting loops through rural land. The trail has a boardwalk over a beaver pond, is located 1/2 mile from Jamestown Island, and adjacent to Mainland Farm, the oldest continually operated farm in America. The trail is being developed through a coordinated effort utilizing volunteers from the community, various state and national grants, and local resources. Green Springs Trail is located on John Tyler Highway behind Jamestown High School. Look for nesting osprey, warblers, woodpeckers, swallows, and more.
Directions: If approaching from Newport News, follow Interstate 64 W to Exit 242A. If approaching from Richmond, follow Interstate 64E to Exit 234. Both of these exits access Route 199. Follow Route 199 to Route 5 (John Tyler Highway). Turn left and follow Route 5 to Jamestown High School at the intersection of Legacy Drive. The trailhead begins behind Jamestown High School at the tennis courts.
A 20 mile road that runs from Jamestown to Yorktown, mostly along the James and York rivers, with many parking pull-offs; expect almost anything in the varied habitats.
A 3-mile and 5-mile, one way loop road through viney woods and marshes, with parking pull-offs; excellent for woodland species and waterfowl.
Directions: When traveling east or west on I-64 take exit 242A (Route 199 West). At the second stoplight, S. Henry Street, turn right. Make another immediate second right, about 50 feet from the first right. This will take you to the Colonial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway and follow it to its end and the Jamestown Entrance Station.
A wildlife management area on the shore of the James River, just south of Williamsburg, in Surry County. Most easily reached by the Jamestown Ferry, with observation platforms and walking trails; great for shorebirds and waterfowl.
Access to the area is through the Surry Nuclear Power Station from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617.
York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage and its related marshes while providing an area for passive day-use recreation for visitors. York River State Park served as a role model for all of Virginia’s state parks in developing resource management plans. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.
Directions: The entrance is off Route 606. From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.
A 545 acre preserve that includes mature woodlands and open meadows, habitat that supports a diverse population of plants and animals. The park sits on a bluff of fossil shells and is surrounded by tidal creeks and marshes. Located at the end of Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood.
From East: Take I-64 West. Take exit 242A (Route 199 West/Jamestown Exit.) Take the Route 143 exit off of Route 199 (the first exit) , turn right onto Route 143 and follow it until you come to the first stoplight, which is the Penniman Road intersection. Turn right onto Penniman Road (Magruder Elementary School is on the left) and take the first left turn onto Hubbard Lane. Stay on Hubbard Land for about a mile an until you go under an overpass just past Cobble Creek subdivision. After the overpass, make an immediate right turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road until you reach the park.
From West: From West: Take I-64 East. Take EXIT 238 toward US-60/ CAMP PEARY / COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG. (0.1 miles). Merge onto VA-143 E toward WILLIAMSBURG / JAMESTOWN / YORKTOWN. (1.1 miles). Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CAPITOL LANDING RD / VA-5 S. (0.3 miles) Turn LEFT onto PARKWAY DR / VA-163. (0.4 miles) Take the ramp on right toward YORKTOWN (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto COLONIAL PKWY / COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PKWY. (0.8 miles). Take the ramp toward QUEENS LAKE. (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto HUBBARD LN / W QUEENS DR. (0.1 miles). Take first RIGHT onto LAKESHEAD DR. and follow this road until you reach the park.
Located on Route 633 off Centerville Road. Only 2 small pull-offs, but a great location for waterfowl and for swampy forest dwellers such as warblers and flycatchers.
On the campus of the College of William and Mary, adjacent to Lake Matoaka; enter from Compton Drive off Monticello Avenue. Area supports waterfowl on the lake and species that like mature oak and beech forest.
The entrance is on Airport Road between the intersection of Route 645 and Rochambeau Road. Picnic areas and trails through mature woods are excellent for thrushes, vireos. Warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and more.
Two islands on the shore of the James River off Route 5 near the intersection with the Chickahominy River. Protected by a conservation easement held by the Williamsburg Land Conservancy; boardwalk across marsh and trails through the woods are good for warblers, wrens, and ducks.
Bassett Hall Woods
Off Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg, behind Basset Hall; stream, woods and a freshwater pond: look for wrens, thrushes, woodland birds.
Dear Friends of New Quarter Park:
The Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park co-sponsor bird walks at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, twice a month — the second and fourth Saturdays. The second Saturdays we meet at 8 a.m; the fourth Saturdays we meet at 7 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the park office. Participants can stay as long as they’d like. Generally, the leader will walk about two hours or so, but participants can peel off as they like. Walks are free and open to the public. You need not be a member to join us. Just show up! Google map.
It’s going to be windy with a high in the 50s — a great day for a walk in the woods with your favorite birding friends. Environmental educator Hugh Beard, science teacher and member of the Williamsburg Bird Club, will be our leader.
See you at the Park!
Call New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840 or York County Parks & Recreation at 757-890-3500
James City 4-H Archery Club
The James City County 4-H Archery Club promotes youth interest in natural resources and related natural sciences programs through archery target shooting. Students learn safe and responsible use of archery equipment to develop decision making, self-discipline, and concentration. Participants learn about range and equipment safety, eye dominance, parts of the bow, parts of an arrow, basic archery form, and development of technique. The 4-H Archery Club holds two monthly meetings throughout the year and provides the opportunity for youth to prepare for and to compete in the State 4-H Archery Shoot. The 4-H Archery Club provides all equipment necessary for participation. In order to maintain and purchase future equipment, a fee of $30 per season will be charged. There are scholarships available for those that qualify. The club is also looking for responsible adult volunteers to become trained as 4-H archery instructors. Fees will be waived for adults that commit to volunteering for two seasons as an instructor.
The purpose of the James City County/ Williamsburg Master Gardeners is to learn, educate and communicate environmentally sound horticultural practices to the community. Trained by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener volunteers are committed to offering information to the public through sustainable landscape management educational programs.
We meet each month on the first Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, for a business meeting and a lecture on a topic of general interest–usually continuing education on a garden-related subject.
The Master Gardener Program was created to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information. This increase is primarily derived from the urban and transient nature of modern American life.
Thirty years ago, an Extension agent dealt with the questions of a few hundred farm families. In many regions, however, land that once constituted a single farm now encompasses several subdivisions, increasing by the hundreds the number of families an Extension Office must serve.
In addition, many of these new families are recent arrivals, and are unfamiliar with the grasses, shrubs, trees and diseases which comprise the micro-environment of their new urban or suburban home. They often call their local Extension Office for advice on what to plant and how to care for it.
Consequently, the Master Gardener Program was created in 1972 in the state of Washington. Since then it has spread to all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.
Master Gardeners have become a vital part of the Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date, reliable knowledge so they can enjoy and protect the value of horticulture around their homes. Master Gardening has also become a fun and useful volunteer activity.
As previously reported in Jan 2012 , Go Ape, a treetop adventure company, is breaking ground on its second U.S. location. The new course will be located at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, a convenient location for the area’s millions of tourists.
Go Ape launched its first U.S. course in May 2010 in Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD. Since then, more than 30,000 people have monkeyed around in the trees.
The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate through the treetops. The course will span seven acres and feature five ziplines, two Tarzan swings, and a series of rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes, all situated in the treetops of Freedom Park. In addition, Go Ape is excited to reveal new obstacles that will be the first-of-their-kind in the U.S., including a 600 foot long zipline.
Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school groups, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.
“Given the great success of our first course, we are thrilled to have been awarded the opportunity to expand Go Ape’s U.S. presence with the new site. We are thankful to all of our supporters for helping to make this happen and are excited to offer a second location that will provide Virginia residents and area visitors with a unique opportunity to live life adventurously,” commented Dan D’Agostino, managing director of Go Ape USA. “Williamsburg is an ideal location for us and we are happy to provide a family-friendly and healthy activity for residents of the community and tourists.”
“Tourism is a huge business in Williamsburg and family-friendly outdoor adventure activities are in high demand. There is nothing like Go Ape in the area and we anticipate a lot of interest in the course,” commented John Carnifax, James City County Parks and Recreation Director. “Go Ape is a great way to attract more visitors to Freedom Park and James City County and to help generate revenue during these tough economic times.”
To learn more about Go Ape or to book your visit to the course, please visit www.goape.com. To see images, join the fan page of Go Ape USA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GoApeUSA or receive updates via Go Ape USA on Twitter
The Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club hosts lawn bowling Sundays from April through the fall at the lawn bowling green behind the Williamsburg Inn. In 1966, Colonial Williamsburg built a professional lawn bowling green behind the Williamsburg Inn for guests and visiting teams. In addition to hotel guests, members of the Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club play regularly and hold tournaments. It is the only professional lawn bowling green in Virginia. The club has 60 members, making it second only in size to New York’s Central Park Lawn Bowling Club in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Lawn Bowling Association. Lawn bowling is a game that dates to 13th-century England.
We heartily welcome all visitors to our green. We enjoy bowling with different people, and we learn a lot in the process. So please join us when you come to Williamsburg.
Williamsburg residents rolled lawn bowls almost three centuries ago. Documents show bowling here in 1720, and there is some evidence it occurred even earlier than that. The game was also played in the streets in nearby Jamestown, the first permanent English speaking settlement, which celebrated its 400th birthday in 2007.
Still, we are latecomers when compared to England. Kings Henry VIII and Charles I enjoyed bowls. In the oft-told story, Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when he was informed the Spanish Armada had been sighted. He said he would finish his game and then deal with the Armada. While the story may be apocryphal, it well describes the enthusiasm lawn bowlers have for their game.
If you are a lawn bowler, you know what we mean. If you haven’t tried it yet, join us in a game that is as much fun as it was many centuries ago. Or maybe even more fun.
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We have a full schedule of events from April 1 to November 1, our primary season, including:
• A program every Tuesday and Thursday, in which we draw for pairs partners
• About a dozen tournaments and matches on weekends
• Matches on Independence Day and Labor Day
• Some purely social events
Coming from the WEST (Richmond) on I-64, take EXIT 238 (VA 143) toward Williamsburg. Follow 143 1.1 miles, then continue straight on to RT 5. Continue 1.2 miles to the second light. US 60 goes left and VA 5 goes right, but you continue through the light onto Francis Street. The restored area is on your right. Go 0.5 miles, turning left into the Williamsburg Inn (136 East Francis Street). In the parking lot, turn left and park in the far east side of the lot. The green is behind the Inn.
Coming from the EAST (Norfolk) on I-64, take exit 242A (VA 199). Travel 1.8 miles and exit right on to US 60. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left on US 60 toward Williamsburg. Go 1.9 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left onto Francis Street. Go 0.5 miles, turning left into the Williamsburg Inn (136 East Francis Street). In the parking lot, turn left and park in the far east side of the lot. The green is behind the Inn.
The green is open every day, 3-6 p.m., from April 1 to November 1. Each day a member of our club serves as a green keeper, setting up rinks and helping anyone interested in trying the game.
We have a program every Tuesday and Thursday when we draw partners for a pairs game. We have most of our tournaments and matches on weekends. Club events are limited to club members. See our schedule for details.
We bowl throughout the year, weather permitting
The green is located behind the Williamsburg Inn at 136 East Francis Street. Parking is available in the tennis court lot (turn on Bucktrout Lane) or in the far eastern part of the lot in front of the Williamsburg Inn.
The Swamp Paintball field is a facility established to service the paintball community in the southeastern region of VA. We are dedicated to the recreational player and we welcome new players with open arms. We presently have 40+ acres of playing fields that include woods ball fields, a concept/scenario field and a tournament grade air ball field. Our highly trained staff takes great pride in providing the highest degree of customer service. Their mission is to ensure that our customers have a fun, positive, enjoyable and SAFE experience. Prepare to have a blast!! Bring the whole family, friends, or co-workers for a day everyone will remember and experience they will never forget! Paintball is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the WORLD….
2735 George Washington Memorial Hwy
Gloucester VA 23072 USA
Hours of operation:
Open 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
Other hours for scheduled parties and private events.
Please Note: There is a one way toll of $2 to cross the Coleman Bridge from Yorktown.
With forts, bunkers and trenches on three wooded fields, New Kent Paintball Games offers players the chance to experience the sport in one of the area’s most realistic military tactical training environments while consistently challenging players of all skill levels.
All games are staffed by field judges who hold fairness and safety above all else.
In order to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience, NKPG recommends that players bring the following:
- Camouflage clothing (woodland color is best)
- A belt
- Footwear with ankle support
- Bug repellant
- An extra change of clothing for after the game
- A beach towel for your vehicle if it is a rainy day
- A positive attitude.
Walk-on games are held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Occasionally, NKPG will schedule a night game after the walk-on game. Night games are announced at least a month in advance on the message boards
Conveniently located between Richmond and Williamsburg off I-64, Exit 220
Military transport trucks are available for lunch shuttle (driven by NKPG owner)
Running water and restrooms are provided
Standard Hours of operations during walk-on games: 0900-1700 (However, times vary depending upon the season)
If you have 40 or more people, we will be happy to set up a group event for you. Please contact us at least a week in advance by calling 804-966-5104, emailing email@example.com or using our online contact form. For group events, hours of operation are flexible and are determined during your event booking/scheduling discussion.
Address :14375 Marine Corps Drive
Lanexa, VA. 23089
Heading West on Interstate 64:
- Take exit 220/Rte. 33 (West Point exit)
- Immediately after merging onto Rte. 33, you will get into the left lane and pass Exxon gas station on the right
- Stay in the left lane for approximately 50 yards
- After passing the gas station, take a left onto Stage Road
- Drive 1.5 miles
- Turn left onto Good Hope Road.
- Drive .5 mile
- You will drive under a set of overpasses. Just beyond the second overpass, take a left onto Marine Corps Drive (gravel road)
- Continue to the end of the gravel road to the Fieldhouse.
(You will see a cell tower on your left, a wide open grass parking lot in front of you and the Fieldhouse on your right. Military transport "Deuce" may be present)
Please call us at 804-966-5104 if you need assistance
02/17/2012 – 02/20/2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Great Backyard Bird Count (Friday, Feb 17th thru Monday, Feb 20th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) The Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc is a great opportunity for beginning and expert birders across North America to enjoy and record a variety of birds. This is a self guided event where participants can take as little or as much time as they wish. The York River shoreline, Taskinas Creek, and our miles of trails provide excellent birding and other mid winter adventures.
The Best Place To Skydive In Virginia!
Virginia Sky Diving Center in Petersburg has been giving people unbelievable memories for years. Located in Petersburg , VA, it is convenient to Richmond, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. We offer tandem and Accelerated Freefall (AFF) skydiving instruction
We offer Instructor Assisted Deployment skydives as a first jump method for those who want to make a solo jump and experience a few seconds of freefall. You will climb out of the airplane flying at 4,000 feet, with an instructor next to you for assistance. Think of it as climbing on a jungle gym almost a mile above the earth while flying at 80 mph! As you let go of the airplane, your instructor initiates the deployment of your main parachute for you! You will go through a four to six hour course covering aircraft exit procedures, freefall body control, parachute landing, and emergency procedures. There is no greater way to experience skydiving than to do it all yourself! IAD provides an economical way to start towards your skydiving license!
Colonial Downs is Virginia’s only pari-mutual horse racetrack, and it’s located in New Kent County at Exit 214 off I-64. The track features a summer thoroughbred racing season, a fall harness racing season, and an ever growing year-round slate of special events.
Eighty percent of the summer thoroughbred races are held over the Secretariat Turf Course, which at 180 feet wide, is the widest grass surface of any track in North America. The 1¼ mile dirt track is the country’s second largest, next to Belmont’s. The large dirt track enables harness horses to pace or trot a one mile distance while encountering just one turn, the only track anywhere to offer this unique configuration.
The new Therapy Garden is almost completed with structures and the raised beds are planted with herbs, vegetables and flowers. A tent and a couple of borrowed tables worked as a shelter from the sun; a place to fill the earth boxes; tools; picked vegetables; Observations and sharing lessons learned in the garden.
Many new structures are now in place at the Garden, just inside the old entrance gate. Community groups and children are now using the butterfly-shaped raised bed, the benches, pergola, and wheelchair-accessible planting stand. Photos are posted on the Facebook website.
The first Therapeutic Gardening program got underway with the James City County Master Gardeners and Capernaum. Ben Conner, leader of Capernaum, works with local exceptional Middle and High School students who have disabilities. Pictured above are David, Lauren, and Joanne Sheffield, JCC-W Master Gardener volunteer for the Therapeutic Gardening program. The activities included planting vegetables, herbs, sunflowers, gourds, and flowers in the raised beds and Earth Box containers. The students also weeded and fertilized with natural ingredients and watered everything before Mother Nature took over that duty. Prior to planting the veggies and companion plants, a "herb of the week" was introduced by a James City County-Williamsburg Master Gardener with an accompanying snack made with that herb. A lot of lessons were learned in the gardening sessions by our successes or lack thereof! Several varieties of tomatoes, carrots, radishes and beets, sweet potatoes, eggplants, and squash were planted over several weeks so students could observe their growth. A three sisters garden was prepared by Clare Britcher — the corn and squash are growing beautifully but the beans didn’t germinate, so scarlet runner beans have replaced them. We planted lots of tomato plants but half were devoured by the tomato hornworm. Sunflowers were planted to make some shade for the vegetables, herbs and flowers and one sunflower has grown to 12 feet!!
A lot of lessons were learned in the gardening sessions by our successes or lack thereof! Several varieties of tomatoes, carrots, radishes and beets, sweet potatoes, eggplants, and squash were planted over several weeks so students could observe their growth. A three sisters garden was prepared by Clare Britcher and the corn and squash are growing beautifully but the beans didn’t germinate so scarlet runner beans have replaced them. We planted lots of tomatoes plants but half were devoured by the tomato hornworm. Sunflowers were planted to make some shade for the vegetables, herbs and flowers and one sunflower has grown to 12 feet!!
There are containers with water lilies, Mint, Lizards’ Tail, Irises, Pickerel, and Colocasia which were donated by Linda Eagen, Jordan Westenhaver, and Al Davidoff. I consulted with Donna Ware regarding native vining plants for the pergola and on her recommendations, Carolyn Will donated a Climbing Hydrangea and native Wisteria and they are now happily entwining themselves.
Ralph Will planted and made the paths surrounding this area which leads from the wetlands to the Therapy Garden. The planted gourds are growing to teach students how to make bird houses and decorative pieces which will be offered for sale in 2012.
Enjoy a guided Segway PT tour through Historic Yorktown or rent a bicycle for a self-guided tour. Beach provisions, snacks and various sundries available.