Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Show Car to be Displayed in New Town

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS Show Car will be on display in New Town in time for the 12-time most popular driver’s race in Richmond on Saturday.

Presented by the New Town Business Association, the show car will be on display behind the movie theater from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Families can take photos with the show car and test their driving skills in the racing simulator, a machine that mimics the effects of driving a real racecar down the speedway.

The car is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Agent Elaine Obie said plans have been in the works for about a year, and it is the first time the car has been on display in Williamsburg.

Attendees will also be entered to win a helmet signed by Earnhardt and two tickets to see him at the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.

Obie said several New Town businesses have also donated merchandise that will be given away at the event Friday.


New Town Family and Chalk Fest to Feature Music Fusion Painting Performance

Dwayne Jackson won the 2013 New Town Chalk Fest with a drawing of a girl blowing a wish on a dandelion. (Courtesy of New Town Chalk Fest)
Dwayne Jackson won the 2013 New Town Chalk Fest with a drawing of a girl blowing a wish on a dandelion. (Courtesy of New Town Chalk Fest)

After being rained out last year, New Town’s third annual Chalk Fest is combining with the Family Fest in April to bring art, music and family fun that center around the theme of “happiness.”

The event, held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature Gerome Meminger, a Hampton native who specializes in creating painted works of art that is synced to music.

Known as an impressionist music fusion painter, Meminger paints rapidly on a large canvas while energizing the audience by blasting music.

Meminger will be performing at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, people of all ages can grab some chalk — provided by the New Town Business Association — and a $10 3-foot by 3-foot square and make works of art that center around the theme of happiness.

“We’ve always chosen a theme that is very broad and left it up to a person’s imagination,” said Scott Grafton, owner of Iron-Bound Gym and an event coordinator with the New Town Business Association.

Attendees can enter the chalk competition and be judged by a panel of four judges in one of four categories: elementary school, high school, amateur and professional. The judging begins at 4 p.m., and cash prizes will be awarded at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s four judges are James City County Administrator Bryan Hill, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Arts Coordinator Terry Buntrock, Walls Alive Owner Nora Lamb and local artisan Sibilla Dings.

The event will also feature a Child ID program, which provides parents with a CD containing their child’s essential information including fingerprints and photo, and pediavision screenings that detect early eye issues in children.

In addition, the fest will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, food, a D.J., face painting and children’s games.

Tickets for chalk squares can be purchased here. 


Delegate Monty Mason, Volunteers Help Clean College Creek

Del. Monty Mason worked with a group of volunteers to clean up College Creek on (Courtesy Monty Mason)
Del. Monty Mason (pictured right) worked with a group of volunteers to clean up College Creek on Saturday. (Courtesy Monty Mason)

Vistas of one of the Historic Triangle’s scenic waterways are clearer this week after volunteers spent their Saturday cleaning it up.

More than a dozen volunteers spent Saturday morning removing debris from College Creek as part of a cleanup organized by the office of Del. Monty Mason (D-93).

The team of volunteers, which included students from the College of William & Mary, local residents and members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, removed 1.33 tons — more than 2,600 pounds — of debris from the creek. Larger items removed from the creek included shopping carts, air conditioning units and a mattress.

“We pulled everything from shopping carts to a truck tailgate to basic trash and litter from the creek,” Mason said in a news release. “The area was in much better shape when we were done.

College Creek is a stream that forms the headwaters of Lake Matoaka that flows through the City of Williamsburg and James City County before feeding into the James River. Saturday’s cleanup was the second such event sponsored by Mason’s office.

“The Peninsula is defined by our waterways and watersheds,” Mason said in a news release. “This is a great community event and a chance to work together on something vitally important to all of us.”

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Reporter Ian Brickey contributed to this article.