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Posted on: September 8, 2022

Fall 2022 Activity Brochure Available!

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Parks & Recreation invites you to a fall of fun! We’ve got a variety of new adventures to celebrate this season of cooler temperatures and the beautiful, colorful outdoors!  We’re offering more than 10 special events to make the season festive – returning favorites include the Harvest Festival, Boo Bash at the Beach, Breakfast with Santa and the new “Trackless Train,” a partnership to offer the community an all-aboard outdoor venture. Copies of the brochure can be downloaded online or picked up at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, the Satellite Services Office in Toano, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, County parks, all public County government offices and the James City County and Williamsburg libraries. 

Upcoming Special Events!

Drool in the Pool • All Ages
Saturday, Sept. 10 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
$10/dog 
Join James City County and the Heritage Humane Society for the eagerly anticipated annual Drool in the Pool! Pool passes for your dog will be available at the gate on Sept. 10. Music, refreshments and goodies featured! All proceeds benefit the animals of Heritage Humane Society. For more details, visit heritagehumanesociety.org. 

Trackless Train Rides FREE!
James City County’s newest adventure, a Trackless Train, is coming to a stop near you! Named the Kiwanis Kids Train, the train will be making special appearances in County Parks this fall. The train is on track for a fall of fun, catch a ride on any of the following dates and then stay to enjoy the amenities that these parks have to offer:
Saturday, Sept 10, 2-4 p.m. • Veterans Park (Kidsburg) 
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. • Upper County Park
Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – noon • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (offered as part of the Disability Awareness Trick or Treat)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-4 p.m. • Freedom Park
The locomotive features four cars – an engine, coal car and two passenger cars as well as door locks, seat belts, lighting, PA system and a smoke system. The train is a partnership between Parks & Recreation and three local branches of the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Clubs applied for and received grants to fund this community project that could provide year-round, family friendly entertainment. In the agreement, the County stores, maintains and transports the train to previously designated County and Kiwanis special events. Info: 757-259-5360. 

New Town Tunes • All Ages
Wednesdays – Sept. 14, 21 & 28 • 5-8 p.m. 
Sullivan Square (behind Legacy Hall in New Town) 
Bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and your family out to hear local bands perform! Great local beers and food will be available for purchase. Presented by James City County Parks & Recreation, Culturefix and New Town Management. For the list of scheduled bands, visit https://newtownwilliamsburg.com/events-news/

Harvest Festival • All Ages 
Saturday, Sept. 17 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Parking Fee: $5/car (cash or check only)
Scarecrow Row: $20/each (includes all supplies) 
Join us for this fun, fall annual family tradition! The festival features free activities for the kids including face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, inflatables, a tractor-pulled hayride and “touch a tractor” presented by James River Equipment! New this year, bring your lawn chairs and listen to great music from the local bluegrass band, Code Blue, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Scarecrow Stuffing is back too by popular demand, so come make the biggest, the best, and maybe the only scarecrow in your neighborhood.  First-come first-served while supplies last. Local merchandise ($), food ($) and community vendors will also be onsite.

Movies Under the Stars • All Ages 
Friday, Sept. 23 • 7:30 p.m. 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the sky! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. We’ll bring the stars. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; movies subject to change (PG). 
 
Freedom Stories • All Ages FREE!
Saturday, Oct. 1 • 3-6 p.m.
Freedom Park
Hear history come alive at the site of America’s first free black settlement, located in Freedom Park. Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett, best known as “The Storyteller,” along with other Black storytellers, will share stories of freedom of black and indigenous peoples. Unique crafts for kids, music and “soul” food ($) will also be featured. 

Boo Bash at the Beach • All Ages 
Saturday, Oct. 15 • 1-4 p.m.
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Parking Fee$5/car (cash or check only) 
Pumpkin Decorating: $5/pumpkin
Enjoy a day at the beach with a Halloween twist! Enjoy Trick-or-Treating, hands-on activities, music, games, food for purchase and more! Choose a pumpkin from the patch on the beach to carve and decorate available first-come, first-served while supplies last. Costumes welcome; please, no costume masks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Disability Awareness Trick or Treat • All Ages with Disabilities FREE!
Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m.-noon
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center 
Come Trick or Treating in a fun, sensory friendly environment while learning about community resources for children and adults with disabilities. Enjoy activities for all ages, allergy free treats and a sensory break room. If you’re interested in presenting as a vendor or would like more information, please call 757-259-5354 or email Tracy.Newsom@jamescitycountyva.gov 

Bike the Bridge • All Ages
Saturday, Nov. 19 • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. 
Jamestown Beach Event Park 
$20; $25 after Oct. 21 
Compete in the third annual Bike the Bridge event! Ride the Virginia Capital Trail and with various length options for 15, 25 and 50 mile routes; exact route and rest stop locations available by Oct. 3. Light refreshments at rest stops, a T-shirt and lunch are provided with rider registration. Registration closes Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon. To register, visit runsignup.com/bikethebridge. 

Live Well Expo • Ages 55+ 
Thursday, Nov. 3 • 9-11:30 a.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Free preventive health screenings including vision, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure checks available! Participants will learn about senior services available in the community such as nutrition, home health care, social and recreational services. This free annual event is designed for ages 55+ and their caregivers. Call 757-259-4178 for more information. 
 
Santa Calling • Ages 9 & Younger 
Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 5:45-8 p.m. 
Santa Calling returns for children ages 9 and younger living in James City County and Williamsburg! Arrangements have been made with the North Pole for Santa and/or Mrs. Claus to personally call each child on the phone who returns their completed form by Tuesday, Nov. 29. Santa & Mrs. Claus will attempt to call children between 5:45-8 p.m.; however, specific call times cannot be guaranteed due to their holiday schedule. Registration forms are available beginning Nov. 1 at the Recreation Centers, Satellite Services in Toano, Freedom Park Interpretive Center, Chickahominy Riverfront Park and online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. 

Breakfast with Santa • All Ages 
Saturday, Dec. 10 • 9-11 a.m. 
Legacy Hall in New Town 
$13/person; ages 2 years & younger are FREE! 
Families are invited to attend Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a pancake breakfast and a morning of “holly-day” cheer with the jolly old elf himself. Music, entertainment, crafts, and a photo booth (as well as photos with Santa) will make the morning all that more magical! Registration required by Dec. 1 or until full. Please register everyone who is attending (adults and all children/babies) to ensure their seat; fee includes a special gift for each attendee. 
 
Firetruck FA-LA-LA • All Ages 
Wednesday, Dec. 14 • 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Santa and his friends at the James City County Fire Department will be traveling through some very special neighborhoods on a firetruck decked out for the holidays! Want to see Santa but not sure what his route will be? Look for a map of Santa’s Firetruck tour beginning Nov. 27 at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. 
 
New Year’s Day in the Park • All Ages 
Sunday, Jan. 1 • 1-2:30 p.m.
Freedom Park 
Winter will be here before you know it… and what better way to warm up than spending time by the fire and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate? The park will host you and your friends and family for a hot chocolate bar with plenty of fun toppings and add-ins, an outdoor fire and a self-guided walk along a kid-friendly storybook trail. While you’re in the park, visit one of the multiuse trails to get in your First Day Hike! Registration not required; hot chocolate available while supplies last. 
 
Fitness Open House • All Ages FREE!
Saturday, January 14, 9-11 a.m. 
James City County Recreation Center 
It will soon be a new year and time for a new healthy routine! Meet our instructors, reserve a spot for demo classes and receive information on all that James City County Health & Wellness has to offer. Look for details in December in the local media. Please call 757-259-4176 for more information. 

2023 Hit the Reset Virtual 5K Run/Walk • All Ages
January 14 – March 4 
$25. Register early and save! $15 until 12/31/22 and then $20 until 1/31/23. 
It’s time to put 2022 in the past and HIT THE RESET! We’re racing into 2023 with positive resolutions—let’s move in a forward direction together! Join James City County Parks & Recreation for their second annual virtual 5K! You can complete this virtual 3.1 mile run/walk anywhere, with anyone, at any time. Complete within these dates and submit online. Race registration includes a commemorative medal and shirt. JCC has some of the most beautiful trails in the state of Virginia. If you choose to run your 5K on one of our trails, submit your location photo and every participant will receive an extra entry into our raffle. Registration closes on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. To register, visit runsignup.com/hitthereset. Please call 757-259-4176 for more information.

Family Health Fair • All Ages FREE!
Saturday, Jan. 28 • 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center 
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and learn about the health benefits that our community has to offer to you and your family! Enjoy activities for all ages, healthy recipes and cooking demonstrations, giveaways, nutrition workshops and Zumba and Yoga demonstrations. For more information or to become a vendor, please call Pam McGregor at 757-229-3535. 

 Please Note:
ALL Outdoor Events are weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedule. For the complete list of Parks & Recreation program offerings, see our Fall 2022 Activity Brochure. For registration details on all offerings (unless otherwise listed), please visit the Parks & Recreation homepage or call 757-259-4200.  

Program Sites:
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway 
Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road 
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road 
Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road 
Sullivan Square (behind Legacy Hall) in New Town, 4301 New Town Avenue 
Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road in Toano
Veterans Park, 3793 Ironbound Road 

Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialist
757-259-5415; veda.mcmullen@jamescitycountyva.gov

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