Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club

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.

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.

Welcome
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.

For information about our club, click here.

For information about becoming a member, click here.

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Events:
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

Directions
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.

When?
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

Location:
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.

Gloucester Paintball

Location

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….

Address:

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.

Phone:

804-642-8778
Please Note: There is a one way toll of $2 to cross the Coleman Bridge from Yorktown.

website

New Kent Paintball

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 shogun1@mindspring.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

Directions:

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

You can also use Mapquest.com for turn-by-turn directions:
Mapquest directions

York River State Park – Great Backyard Bird Count

02/17/2012 – 02/20/2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Event Website

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.

Skydiving in Petersburg

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

 

Colonial Downs Arial PhotographColonial 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 Williamsburg Botanical Therapy Garden

imageThe 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.

Geocaching

There’s treasures to be found throughout the Williamsburg VA area. The trek begins with you…and a GPS device. It’s called geocaching, an outdoors adventure game played all over the world where you go out and find hidden treasures left by other geocachers. As the warm temperatures start to blanket the Hampton Roads area, instead of looking for fun, why not be the fun?

If you have access to a GPS device, mount one on your bike and start tracking down items. You can find anything from geocoins, collectible coins that can be tracked online. Or you can create your own and activate its own new adventures. You can also get bit with a travel bug. This is can be any track able item; from an old toy to a small journal that collects each geocahcer’s story along the way. Groundspeak, the organizers of geocaching, will often host promotional items giving people the chance to help raise money for fundraising campaigns to winning 4X4 Jeeps. You can add your fun to the quest by creating a riddle or puzzle in order for the next person to figure out where you’ve hidden some treasure.

To get started, visit www.geocaching.com  and register to participate in the action. After logging on, find a benchmark and see who has hidden what-if they’re willing to tell. After you log in your coordinates into your GPS, oil up your bike chain, grab your helmet, and start searching the town. This is also a good way to get exercise and appreciate other beautiful landmarks in your neighborhood. Take your family, make an outing of it with friends, or get away by yourself and see what you can discover.

Go-Karts Plus

imageIf it’s fun it’s at GO-KARTS PLUS, eight acres of family fun, featuring four exciting go-kart tracks! Strap yourself into our Super Stockarts for a race around a high-banked oval track in karts that look just like your favorite NASCARs! Be the captain of your own bumper boat or sink a hole-in-one on our Waterfall Miniature Golf Course. Play the latest racing games in our arcade or refuel on goodies at the snack bar. Plus … Kiddie Land, bumper cars, midway games with prizes and more! Call for hours.

Hours: April and May open Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 12 p.m., June, July, August 11a.m. – 10p.m. Sept.-Oct. open (call for hours).

Admission: Rides require 1-6 tickets.
Tickets cost $1.50 when purchased individually.
Tickets cost $1.25 per ticket when purchased in a 20 ticket value pack ($25.00).
Tickets cost $1.00 per ticket when purchased in a 50 ticket value pack ($50.00).

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

imageCome visit award-winning Pirate’s Cove–the ultimate family attraction in Williamsburg! We are Williamsburg’s premier miniature golf course, the only place for adventure and tales of true pirate lore. Putt your way through the world of 18th century buccaneers–through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls!
Our two award-winning courses are designed to provide pure delight for kids and adults alike–the ideal family activity. Sunken ships, authentic pirate theming, gorgeous waterfalls, meandering streams, pirate exploits, lavish landscaping and friendly service all await you. And Mates, beware of stray cannon fire, lofted from the renegade pirate on his floating raft!!
Come see why customers who travel the nation say, "This is our favorite Pirate’s Cove in the country!!!" DISCOVER THE FUN!

Hours

Summer Hours:
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Every Day
Call ahead for hours before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.

Address

Pirate’s Cove
2001 Mooretown Road
Williamsburg VA 23185
757-259-4600

Season

March through late November

Directions

From I-64 East, take exit 232. Go to 199 and exit on Mooretown Road East. From I-64 West, take exit 238. Turn left at the end of the ramp, go to the second stoplight and turn right onto Route 132. Go to the next stoplight and turn right on Bypass Road. Pirate’s Cove is on the right.

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Birding

CHICKAHOMINY RIVERFRONT PARK

Amazing habitat along the Chickahominy River and Gordon’s Creek. The park has a wide variety of areas to view tidal streams and rivers. During low tide, mudflats may reveal a variety of marsh birds. Beyond the park, Osprey and Bald Eagles nest along the shores and rookeries of Egrets and Great Blue Herons are found in the nearby swamps.

COLLEGE LANDING PARK

This passive park located near downtown Williamsburg features a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek for viewing a variety of birds and other wildlife.

COLONIAL PARKWAY

A 23-mile scenic byway that connects Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Numerous pull-offs are located along the route, and more than 200 species of birds can be seen in its varied habitats.

GREENSPRINGS GREENWAY INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

More than 200 species of birds have been seen here, and hikers can view the area as Native Americans and early colonists did when they arrived in 1607. Look for nesting Osprey, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Swallows, and more.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE

Historic Jamestowne is located on a low-lying island vegetated with short grasses and open woodlands. It offers the birding fan salt-marsh, piney woods, riverside and pond habitats.

LITTLE CREEK PARK RESERVOIR

Great for year-round bird watching, as well as fishing and boating. This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir.

NEWQUARTER PARK & QUEENS CREEK BLUEWAY

The mature forest, ridges, bottoms, plants and wetlands of this 545-acre park provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail program has recognized the park as one of coastal Virginia’s best sites for birding and wildlife watching. Contact the park office for the schedule of nature and bird watching programs.

POWHATAN CREEK PARK & BLUEWAY

Scenic views of tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway. Facility consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe/ kayak launch with parking for 20 vehicles, and five observation/fishing piers.

WALLERMILL PARK

Picnic areas and trails through mature woods are excellent for Thrushes, Vireos, Warblers, Flycatchers, Tanagers, and more.

YORK RIVER STATE PARK

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. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.

YORKTOWN BATTLEFIELD

Driving or walking throughout this historic battlefield with its open mowed fields and riparian woodland trails, birders may expect to encounter woodland birds and species that favor the open grasslands. Whitetail deer, groundhogs, and squirrels are also plentiful and conspicuous.

BASSETT HALL NATURE TRAIL

Enjoy woodlands birds, waterfowl and other wildlife along this three-mile trail winding through forests adjacent to the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Segway Tours at Kingsmill Resort

imagePlease note:   Segway tours are now closed for the season and will reopen in the spring of 2012

Join us for an amazing adventure as you glide along effortlessly and take in the beauty of Kingsmill. If you’ve never experienced a Segway smile and want to see what it’s all about, you won’t be disappointed!

Tours are approximately 90 minutes, which includes safety introduction, practice and ride.

Cost: $55 per tour.
Tours Daily: 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Reservations recommended. Please call (757) 253-3945 for rates, reservations and restrictions. Some restrictions apply

Rules and Regulations

  • All participants must be 14 years of age or older.
  • All participants must weigh between 100 and 260 pounds.
  • All participants must sign a liability release form and if under 18 years of age the form must be signed by legal guardian.
  • All participants must wear the provided helmet at all times while riding the Segway.
  • All participants must wear closed toed shoes.
  • All participants must obey the commands of the tour guide at all times.
  • Guests with recent injuries such as broken bones, heart or respiratory conditions are advised not to ride.
  • Pregnant guests are not allowed to ride the Segway.