Saturday, July 20, 2024

York Notebook: Virginia Symphony, Moonlight and Music Jam, County Awards

yorknotebook2Don’t miss a pair of free concerts this week in York County. If you’d rather play than listen, you can swing by Wednesday’s Moonlight and Music Jam at New Quarter Park for an early evening jam session. The York County Board of Supervisors needs your help filling slots on county boards and commissions, so check that out too!

Virginia Symphony Orchestra to Play Yorktown Show

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Benjamin Rous will perform the 17th annual outdoor concert at Riverwalk Landing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and a picnic basket. The most creative picnic setup will be judged by a just-for-fun blue ribbon committee. At 6 p.m., the Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show.

Contributions from organizations, businesses and individuals fund the show, along with sponsors such as York County, the York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $26,000 to help fund the concert.

Plan on arriving early as parking lots in Yorktown are expected to quickly fill. Limited handicapped parking is available in the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace.

Don’t Miss Moonlight and Music Jam at New Quarter Park

Dig out your guitars, fiddles or any other acoustic instrument you can find and drop by New Quarter Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for the Moonlight and Music Jam.

Singers and instrumentalists will lead participants through old-time, blues, roots and other styles of music at Shelter Four. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned musician or someone who just picked up an instrument — all are welcome.

Local musician Joe Duggan will lead the event. For more information, call 890-3513.

York County Receives Two National Association of Counties Awards

York County was recently recognized by the National Association of Counties for two awards for efficient county programs and initiatives.

Walt Zaremba, the chair of the York County Board of Supervisors, presented awards at Tuesday’s Supervisors meeting to the county employees behind the two award-winning programs. Danny Warthan, the facilities maintenance manager, and Battalion Chief Chris Sadler from the Department of Fire and Life Safety received the awards.

Warthan’s award was for a paperless work order system that allows General Services’ Facilities Maintenance Division to better track employee productivity, manage its assets and inventory, improve its interactions with customers, upgrade security all while being environmentally conscious, using less resources and reducing operating costs.

That system has more than 140 users and 69 work requesters. The system is estimated to save the county approximately $25,000 per year.

Sadler award came after the county began using Mobile Live Fire Trailers from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. With the trailers, firefighters from the Department of Fire of Life Safety can train in live fire conditions without having to travel to a burn building in a nearby jurisdiction or spending several hours inspecting and preparing a donated building for live fire training.

York Supervisors Want Applicants for Senior Center Board

Applicants are needed for the Senior Center Board, which coordinates programs, activities, fundraising and support for the Senior Center of York.

Anyone interested in applying can do so by visiting the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard St. in Yorktown. Applications can be submitted electronically by clicking here.

York Supervisors Need Applicants for Colonial Behavioral Health Board

The York County Board of Supervisors is looking for applicants for the Colonial Behavioral Health Board to fill future vacancies.

The regional board provides administration and coordination of mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse programs. Meetings are at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Colonial Behavioral Health office located at 473 McLaws Circle.

Anyone interested in applying can do so by visiting the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard St. in Yorktown. Applications can be submitted electronically by clicking here.

York Supervisors Seek Applicants for Historical Committee

Applicants are needed for future vacancies on the York County Historical Committee.

All county citizens are invited to apply. The committee serves as an advisory body to the Supervisors on matters of historical significance.

Anyone interested in applying can do so by visiting the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard St. in Yorktown. Applications can also be submitted electronically by clicking here.

York Libraries Hosting Literary Basket Fundraiser

The York County Public Library Foundation is hosting the first annual literary basket fundraiser throughout August, with a slew of gift baskets that should appeal to almost everyone.

The gift baskets have already been displayed at Tabb Library and will then be on display at Yorktown Library through Sunday. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can purchase tickets at the libraries or at the York County Library Foundation’s website.

For more information, call 890-5120 or 890-5207.

Riverwalk Landing to Host U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band

The final act in the Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing will perform Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will perform New Orleans jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. The concert is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available in any of the public parking lots around Yorktown. For more information, call 890-3500.

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