Destination Recreation Expo at JCC Recreation Center 2/22

Tomorrow’s the day! The annual Destination Recreation Expo is Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the James City County Recreation Center. It’s your family’s one-stop-shop to all Parks and Recreation has to offer! Get your sneak preview of the 2014 spring/summer activity brochure, explore information booths, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities – see you there



Petanque anyone ?

Petanque/bocce courts are now available at Mid County Park in James City County. JCC Parks and Recreation provided court space and construction materials and the Mid County Park Petanque Group members built the courts and will maintain them.

Petanque can be played by two teams of one to four players. Metal balls, known as boules, are thrown with the goal of placing them closest to the target.

The courts are open during park hours and players should bring their own boules and equipment. If you prefer to play with the Group, games are held every Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For those wanting to try out the game, there will be instruction and extra boules available.


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Williamsburg VA Named a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards, and Williamsburg has been named a Bronze Level BFC.  The award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Williamsburg is the first community in Hampton Roads to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community. It joins only seven other cities in Virginia: Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Arlington, Alexandria, Roanoke, Reston and Richmond. (View complete list here)

imageBecoming a Bicycle Friendly Community is the result of more than 40 years of partnerships and collaboration — by local and regional governments, the private sector, and enthusiastic, determined citizens,” said Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman. “Receiving this designation not only fulfills one of Council’s longtime goals, but most importantly, inspires us to continue to make improvements to our bicycle infrastructure in the future.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.  Planning Director Reed Nester and Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes spearheaded the application effort for the City.

The first Regional Bikeway Plan was adopted in 1993 by Williamsburg, James City and York County. There are now 11 miles of bike lanes and paths in the City (68% of those planned), a total of 69 miles of bicycle facilities for the three jurisdictions, plus 40 additional miles of shared roadway facilities on roads maintained by the National Park Service. 
Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied to be a BFE, and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. To learn more about the program, visit


Read more about cycling in the Williamsburg VA area here

Golf Architect Rees Jones Returns to Colonial Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe

Award-winning golf course architect Rees Jones will return to Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in November to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gold Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the dean of American golf course architecture, the Gold Course opened in September 1963. Rees Jones renovated his father’s course in 1998.

The Jones family and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation enjoy a shared legacy that will be commemorate during a weekend-long celebration. Joined by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s golf community, devoted friends of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as national and regional media the occasion will honor the vision first expressed by the Rockefeller family when selecting Robert Trent Jones Sr. to design and build its signature Golden Horseshoe Gold Course more than 50 years ago.

The celebration will include a championship round on the Gold Course that will begin when a colonial cannon fires the traditional “shotgun” start of play on the Jones’ classic golf layout.

Rees Jones will be joined for an armchair conversation by Bill Barker, who eloquently portrays America’s founding father Thomas Jefferson, covering a range of topics such as the importance of a firm foundation and classic style, whether as architect of a nation or a golf course.

In 1963, upon completion of the Gold Course, Trent Jones Sr. called it his “finest design.”

The course is also one of the most beautiful in the United States, routed through mature woodlands and lovingly maintained. When the course debuted, Jones Sr. described it as “a natural arboretum”; the course was awarded certified Audubon Sanctuary status in 2001.

In 1998, Rees Jones made the Gold Course more playable for higher handicap golfers. Today, the course stretches to 6,817 yards with a par of 71 and USGA slope rating of 144.

The Gold Course continues to earn accolades for its updated yet still demanding design: It is included on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” list of public-access courses, and is one of the Top Six Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses named by Golf Digest, joining the likes of Ireland’s Ballybunion, Spain’s Valderrama, and California’s Spyglass Hill. The Gold Course appears on Golf Digest’s list (February 2013) America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

Noland Trail in Newport News, an urban oasis

IT WAS GREEN. It was hot. It was the perfect walk in the woods.

And it will always be that way on the Noland Trail, especially on crisp fall days when trees have put on their fancy clothes and turned all shades of autumn.

That’s just around the corner, so dust off the walking shoes.

We reached The Mariners’ Museum parking lot and the Noland Trail at about 11 a.m. after a short drive from Virginia Beach.

We dashed inside the museum for a trail map so we could trace our route through this oasis in the city. We set off and were met at the trail head with a row of porta-potties – no, thank you – and a water fountain for humans with a dog bowl beside it. A pretty hospitable touch, we thought.

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Tennis Lesson @ Kiwanis Park in Williamsburg

Williamsburg Recreation Department will offer an assortment of tennis instruction this summer at Kiwanis Tennis Courts. Lessons —Quickstart (grades Kindergarten-3), Beginners (ages 8-12), adult/teen beginner, as well as Intermediate for youth (ages 8-12) and adult/teen taught by Chuck McHose. Jamestown High boys tennis coach Bob Artis will instruct a Smash & Splash camp for ages 6-12 and a Run & Gun camp for ages 12-18 from July 22-25 at Jamestown High.

Call 259-3772 or visit for more information.


3 Great Reasons to Play Your Next Round at FORD’S COLONY COUNTRY CLUB in Williamsburg

#3 – Awesome Course Conditions
-Renovated Bunkers and New Forward Tee Boxes on Marsh Hawk
-Blackheath fairways are lush and greens are rolling well
-Blue Heron currently converting to Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda Greens for the fall


#2 – Harry’s Tavern
After your round, relax and join us for lunch or dinner in Harry’s Tavern featuring casual American Bistro Cuisine. Located next to the Golf Shop, Harry’s is the perfect spot with no waiting time to get a seat and enjoy our six wall mounted televisions. To view the menu, please click here . Open to the public Tuesday – Thursday from 11am—8pm, Friday – Saturday from 11am—8:30pm and Sunday from 11am—8pm.


#1 – Virginia Resident Twilight Rates
Escape the heat and take advantage of the long summer days with our great twilight rates:
Public Rack Rate – $89
Public Rack Twilight Rate after 1 PM – $69
VA Resident – $55
VA Resident Twilight after 1 PM – $45
VA Resident Twilight after 3 PM – $30

*All above rates include cart & green fees.


To contact the Golf Shop and set up your tee time,
please call our friendly Golf Shop Staff at
(757) 258-4130

James City County’s Kidsburg to reopen in August 2013

The renovation of James City County’s Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground is well underway. Despite significant rains much progress has been made. The old Kidsburg structure was removed, and contractors have prepared the site and installation of the new playground structure is ongoing.

photo 1The new Park Office building (above) is near completion and will include improved restroom facilities, a vending area, two staff offices and a small meeting room designed for programming and community use.

photo 3Both picnic shelters (ABOVE) received new roofing, and one shelter was enlarged due to the removal of an old concession room. Improvements to the front parking lot are scheduled to take place in late July.

The basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts as well as the walking trail remain open during daylight hours with parking available in the back parking lot. Originally slated to be opened this week, the park is expected to open in its entirety in early August.

The renovation of Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground is well underway. Despite significant rains much progress has been made. The old Kidsburg structure was removed, and contractors have prepared the site and installation of the new playground structure is ongoing.During the Kidsburg renovations, you can enjoy the playgrounds located within the other County parks and facilities— Chickahominy Riverfront Park,  Little Creek Reservoir Park, Upper County Park, James City County Recreation Center, James River Community Center and the Warhill Sports Complex. In addition to these sites, all Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools playgrounds are open to the community during after school hours.  The walking trail and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts at Kidsburg have remained open throughout construction.

The old Kidsburg, a community-built playground, opened in 1994 and no longer meets ADA guidelines or current standards for public-use playgrounds. The new playground will be fully ADA and safety compliant, universal and barrier free.

To stay informed of the renovation process, please visit recreation, call 757-259-5412 or email

Kayak Queen Creek from New Quarter Park on July 20

Bring your own kayak or canoe to New Quarter Park on Saturday, July 20, for an out-and-back paddle on beautiful Queen’s Creek. You can relax while you are led by park staff and see Ospreys, Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Bald Eagles on the way.

image Participants should arrive by 9 a.m. and expect to launch by 9:20 a.m. The paddle will last approximately two and a half hours with take-out occurring at approximately noon. The program is free and open to the public. It is recommended that you bring with you water, a snack, and sunscreen.

     Kayaks are available to rent for this event. Call Parks and Recreation for rental information.

     New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood.

     For more information or to add your name to the New Quarter Park e-mailing list, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.

Sailing school, boating classes offered in Williamsburg

imageKids from ages 8 to 17 learn to sail with Premier Sailing School at Two Rivers Yacht Club in Governors Land. Using Optimists (small kid-size prams) and 420’s (college racing sailboats), kids learn over a five-day course to build up their skills and work their way up through five levels. This year the school is also offering safe power boating courses for adults and for children over 12. The course covers all the state-required learning. Half of the course takes place out on the water, driving boats and learning lots of boat handling skills. On completion of the course students get their U.S. Power boating Safe Powerboat Handling certificate and also their Lifetime Virginia Boaters Education cards.

Call Premier Sailing at 804-438-9300 for more information or visit

Jamestown will host Iron Eagle camp July 15

Jamestown High’s cross country team will host its annual Iron Eagle cross country camp on Monday, July 15 at the high school. The camp is for runners in grades 8-12 interested in preparing for the upcoming season. Sessions held Monday-Friday and will begin at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $25 and checks should be made payable to JHS Athletic Booster Club.

For more info, call 561-1110 or 814-3424 or email

Virginia Derby @ Colonial Downs in New Kent this weekend

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  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!
Parties start at 3 PM — Post time is 5 PM

The top three finishers from the June 1st Penn Mile will square off again and clash with seven other three year olds in Saturday’s $500,000 Virginia Derby  at Colonial Downs.

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  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!

The first race on Saturday, July 13, 2013 is scheduled for 5:00 PM. The Derby has been carded as the seventh, and will go off at 8:12 PM.

Cost: See website for tickets and Party Zone options
Phone: (804) 966-7223

Colonial Downs Racetrack

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy, New Kent, VA (map)

Williamsburg to host U10 Babe Ruth of Va. championships

This week, the Colonial Capital will serve as the backdrop for the Babe Ruth Leagues or Virginia baseball tournament. Williamsburg Revolution’s are one of nine teams slated to participate in this double-elimination tournament, which starts Thursday afternoon. The Revolution, Williamsburg Youth Baseball League’s will open the tournament with a showdown against District 2 champion Halifax County on Thursday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. on Field 4.

The Babe Ruth Leagues of Virginia 10-year old state tournament will be held July 11-15 at Warhill District Park


JULY 15 – JULY 18-2013
Stonehouse will be offering Junior Golf Camps July 15th-18th from 9am – 12pm with a light snack and lunch daily. Open to all skill levels ages 7 to 14. Our staff will create a fun, organized and competitive atmosphere for your kids to learn the fundamentals, rules, etiquette and sportsmanship values of golf. $130 for members; $140 for non-members. Space is limited and the deadlines to sign up are July 12th. Call or email for more details or to reserve your child’s spot. (757) 566-1138;

Horseback-Riding Lessons Joshua’s Heritage Farm

Lessons and Training

Pricing for lessons and training at Joshua’s Heritage Farm varies per client as we like to provide the client with a comfortable yet challenging program.  We provide training for various USEFand  AQHA.
30-Minute private-lesson is $35.00 per lesson
Half-Hour group-lesson is $25.00 per lesson
One-Hour group-lesson is $50.00 per lesson
Horse Training
Single Session is $50.00
Month package is $250.00 (3 training sessions per week/total of 12 sessions per month)
2239 Forge Road
Toano, Virginia 23168
(757) 342-5043
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Colonial Heritage Junior Golf Camp

The 2013 Colonial Heritage Club   Junior Golf Camp is right around the corner.  This year we will host two camp sessions the first on July 19-21and the second on August 2-4.The 2013 Colonial Heritage Club   Junior Golf Camp is right around the corner.  This year we will host two camp sessions the first on July 19-21and the second on August 2-4.  All sessions will run from 9 am – 12 pm each day.  All junior golfers ages 5-17 are welcome to participate. Each golfer will receive instruction from our staff of golf professionals, lunch, prizes & gifts

Our Junior Camps offer the perfect opportunity for your child to have fun while learning the game of golf and the values the game can teach.



Cost: $100 per session
To register or for more info please contact the golf shop

Colonial Heritage Golf Special-2013

Fourth of July – Special Golf Offer – $65
Enjoy a round of golf and receive a sleeve of ProV1’s & Lunch

Happy Fourth of July!  To celebrate our country’s heritage we will be giving away a sleeve of ProV1 golf balls and lunch (hot dog, chips & fountain soda) with every paid round of golf all for only $65 throughout the entire Holiday weekend .  Tee times are filling fast, so call and book today!

For tee times please call:  757.645.2030

** Offer valid 7/3/13 – 7/7/13, anytime with each paid round of $65.  Offer based on availability**ch golf flag

Golf @ Club at Viniterra $44 on the 4th

fLAG4th of July Special-2013

New Kent VA

Come celebrate the 4th of July at Viniterra in New Kent.  Play a round of golf and then visit our neighbors, New Kent Winery for a tasting.

Special Rate of $44 all day long,

includes cart and range balls.

For Military, Fire Fighters, AND Police Officers

RECEIVE a special rate of


Wear RED, WHITE AND BLUE and receive a


Call the pro-shop at 804.932.3888 or

Click here to Make On-Line Tee Time

Summer programs at Queens Lake Middle School 2013

     Enjoy the fun this summer at Queens Lake Middle School during York County Parks and Recreation’s active and challenging summer program.  Children who have completed grades K-4 will enjoy camps supervised by qualified camp leaders in a safe setting.  The camps will be held from June 24 to July 25 on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed on Thursday, July 4.
     Special theme days every day add to the fun. Campers will have a great time during water play, Olympic games, pajama day, sports day, circus day, and more. Special summer highlights include a special visit by “The Griffin” mascot from William and Mary when campers will learn cheers and more about William and Mary athletics, a visit by the Virginia Living Museum,  weekly story time sponsored by the Williamsburg Regional Library, karaoke fun, a wet and wild water day, and a snow cone birthday celebration.
     Make your child’s summer memorable with good times and friends galore.  Registration Fee is only $200 for York County, James City and Williamsburg residents, all other localities $300 for this 5 week program.  For more information or to register, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500.

Richmonder captures Rev3 half triathlon in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG – Eric Limkemann, a professional from Richmond, won the inaugural Rev3 half triathlon Sunday in a total time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 11 seconds, about six minutes ahead of fellow pro Richie Cunningham of Colorado.

The amateur division was closer. James Chesson, of Bedminster, N.J., beat Jeremy Howard, ofBridgeport, Conn. by a little more than two minutes, with a time of 4:21:26.

The races were much closer in the women’s divisions. Among the pros, Kelly Williamson, of Texas had a time of 4:23:29, just 16 seconds ahead of Margaret Shapiro, of Herndon.

Among women amateurs, Carly Johann, of Los Angeles beat Alyssa Godesky of Baltimore by 42 seconds with a time 4:49:57.

To cover a total distance of more than 70 miles in only a few hours by swimming, biking and running, positive thinking doesn’t hurt. Neither does the encouragement of your friends and fellow sufferers. There was plenty of both at the Rev3 half triathlon.

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Distance athletes flock to Williamsburg

June 21-2013

Thousands of out-of-town visitors will be here this Saturday to participate or simply watch the Rev3, a half triathlon event.

Organizeimagers are expecting 1,400 athletes to compete in the event, which combines a 1.2-mile swim with a 56-mile bike race and a 13.1-mile run.

Revolution3 Triathlon series is ready for several of the top professionals in the world to appear on the start line this Sunday in Williamsburg, including all of the series contenders. Three of the top five men from REV3  are back on the East Coast in historical Williamsburg for what is sure to be a challenging and fast course. In the women’s field, Kelly Williamson stands out as the favorite on paper, and race day should showcase some younger athletes striving for that coveted podium. With $50,000 prize purse and $5,000 in primes, the pace is sure to be as hot as the temperature.

Estimates are that 84 percent of the participants are from outside the region spanning Hampton Roads to Richmond. Participants represent 49 states and six foreign countries, according to Bob Harris, executive vice president for tourism of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

The Rev3 is an accomplishment of Sports Williamsburg, a subgroup of the chamber that markets the area for sporting events. And, in a way, it serves as an audition for the area.

More race info here

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