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Irvington Farmers Market

Home Grown – Fans of Local Farmers Markets Span Far and Wide

Did you know August 3-9 is Virginia Farmers’ Market Week? It’s good timing, too – some of our backyard farmers markets are getting recognition across the state – and nation.

 

Virginia Living magazine readers selected the Irvington Farmers Market as the best farmers market on Virginia’s East Coast earlier this year.

 

What’s not to love? Not only do they feature more than 100 vendors – crafts, jewelry, artwork, furniture, meats, seafood, soaps, clothing, you name it – but it also hosts musicians and provides fun for the whole family.  Normally, the market runs the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (98 King Carter Drive).  However, there are two dates in August: Aug. 2 and Aug. 30 (Labor Day weekend). The Meadow Street Band, based in Richmond, Va. is scheduled to appear on Aug. 2.  To receive a list of vendors, email irvingtonmarket@yahoo.com. You can also find updates on the market’s Facebook page.

 

The Williamsburg Farmers Market  is currently a top contender in the national America’s Favorite Market contest, currently ranking 1st nationally and 1st in Virginia with the opportunity to regain the title of American’s Favorite Market, which they last held in 2009.  We’re not surprised – whether you’re looking for pickles, flowers, produce or chocolates – the vendors at Williamsburg Farmers Market offer all that and (much) more. The next market is scheduled for Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. The latest news on the market can be found on the Facebook page.

 

We’re proud our area Farmers Markets are getting such terrific recognition! You can vote for Williamsburg Farmers Market and Irvington Farmers Market – or any of your other favorite local markets here. The contest ends September 13, 2014 – but thankfully, by choosing to shop local, there is opportunity to support these great markets year-round!

Back to School

Making Back to School a Little Better

Chesapeake Bank is aiming to send area students in need back to school with full backpacks. We’re hoping you can lend a hand.

 

We will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at each of our branches to supply more than 350 children in Williamsburg, the Northern Neck, Gloucester and Mathews. The bank will match every dollar donated up to $1,000 for each of our four beneficiaries: the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; and the Departments of Social Services in Gloucester and Mathews.

 

Drop off crayons, pencils, washable magic markers and notebook paper at any of our branches – a complete list of needed supplies can be found at our branches or on our website. And while you’re at it, check out our Facebook page to vote on your favorite donation box, which were decorated by our employees at nine of our branches and our operations personnel.

Summer Nights Market

Mid-Week Summer Fun in Gloucester

Looking for a little mid-week fun? Summer Nights Market might be your answer.

 

Mix a farmers market and terrific food with arts, crafts and live entertainment, and Wednesday nights at the Gloucester Museum of History and Carriage Court feature fun for the whole family. Summer Nights Market runs from 4:30-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Carriage Court Lawn at 6539 Main Street in Gloucester. Upcoming dates include:

 

  • July 16 – Chamber Carnival Night: Sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, kids can enjoy bounce houses, games and snacks while adults can network with other Chamber businesses. Ashley Wenner and Brad Sindle, also known as Something Different Duo, will be on hand to play classics from the 1960s and 70s and hits from today’s stars.
  • July 23 – Mercy Creek, which has released seven independent albums, will bring its aggressive folk rock – a mix of modern folk, world beat, rock and hints of blues and bluegrass – to the market.
  • July 30 – In addition to the delicious food and farm-fresh produce, enjoy shagging at the market with shagging DJ Greg Howell.
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Fun for the Fourth

Travel over the Fourth of July weekend has increased four of the past five years, according to AAA – an estimated 41 million will hit the roads, rails and air this weekend, up 1.9 percent over last year.

 

If you’re staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun for the Fourth right around the corner. A few festivities to consider:

 

  • Fireworks over the water highlight the Fourth at Gloucester Point Beach Park, where you can spend the day swimming, fishing or boating.
  • The Town of Irvington will celebrate the holiday with its annual “Hometown Parade” from 10-11 a.m. on July 4. More than 100 entries, including antique cars, The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band and children on bikes, will wind down King Carter Drive and around Irvington Road. School board member Alexander Fleet is this year’s Grand Marshall.
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a daylong (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) celebration at Market Square North that includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
  • Historic Yorktown kicks off the Fourth with an 8K run and 5K walk at 8 a.m., and a parade on Water Street starts at 9 a.m. At night, a bell-ringing ceremony beings at 7, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) will entertain before fireworks over the York River begin at 9:15.
  • The Yorktown Victory Center (free for residents of York and James City counties and city of Williamsburg; otherwise $9.75 for adults, $5.50 children 6-12, free for children under 6) will host “Liberty Celebration” July 4-6 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Visitors can watch tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises and learn about our nation’s founders and the challenges they encountered.
Farmers Market

Eat Fresh – and Local – This Summer

Summer is here, which often means eating out (hopefully at one of our many terrific local eateries!).

 

Another great way to support our local economy is by stopping by one of our local farmers markets to combine the splurge of dining out with a nice home-cooked meal. It’s also a great way to connect with your community while enjoying the freshest flavors of the season.

 

How does fresh flounder fillets or crab cakes from VA Blue Crab Co. of Hayes and fresh fruits and vegetables from Ware Neck Produce in Gloucester sound? Maybe cap it off with a pecan, blackberry or key lime pie from Jamestown Pie Company of Williamsburg?

 

Here are some local farmers markets you should consider sampling:

 

And if you’re traveling around the state this summer, keep this link handy for Virginia farmers markets courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Commission.

 

Happy eating!

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Party on the Pier Friday

Music? Check (the Slapnation Band).

 

Eats? Check (a full dinner from Beach Bully BBQ).

 

Good cause? Check (proceeds support educational programs at the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center).

 

We’re proud to be the flagship sponsor of “Party on the Pier,” which takes place this Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Jamestown Settlement’s pier.

 

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, not including online fees, before June 19. Day-of tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children, while supplies last.

 

We hope you’ll come by to enjoy dinner, live music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Call 757.253.4291 or visit here to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Local Summer Activity Ideas for Families

It’s that time of year again – the weather is warmer, school is almost out and suddenly there is a lot more free time for families to plan activities together. So, what do you do with that extra time?

 

We’ve thought of a few ways for your family to have fun and give back to the community or learn a new skill at the same time.

 

  • Give back together:

It’s always good to give back – but it’s even nicer when you can do it as a family.

 

Volunteer Match is a great website where you can search for different kinds of local volunteering opportunities that would be the best fit for you and your family.

 

  • Cooking classes at home:

There’s an old saying about having too many cooks in the kitchen, but we don’t think it applies when it involves your family learning basic cooking skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.

 

When you have a free afternoon (and maybe need some time inside to cool down), take a look at these kid-friendly recipes and have everyone get involved. You can even pick up your ingredients at the local farmers market.

 

  • Hosting a lemonade stand:

What better way to teach some basic business skills to your kids than with a lemonade stand? It’s also a great way to learn the value of a dollar and to start saving up for a special purchase or giving back to a charity of choice.

 

It doesn’t have to be a lemonade stand, either. Maybe your family wants to make something to sell to family and friends –anything from homemade banana bread to bracelets.

 

  • Building a garden:

The National Gardening Association has an entire website dedicated to gardening for the whole family, Gardening with Kids.

 

Visit your local nursery for helpful tips on which plants to buy and how best to care for them.  Soon the whole family will have a green thumb!

 

We’d love to hear your ideas! Share your favorite summer family activities in the comments below.

Daffodil Parade 2013

Chesapeake Bank Sponsors Gloucester’s
28th Annual Daffodil Festival

Since 2003, Chesapeake Bank has sponsored the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, a weekend-long event that celebrates the community, the history of the daffodil and the crowning of the 2014 Daffodil Queen.

 

This year, the Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. The weekend-long event is fun and family-friendly, offering the Rotary 5K Run and 2-miler, the Daffodil Festival Parade on Saturday, the Festival Poster Contest and daffodils aplenty.

 

The history of the daffodil in Gloucester County is almost as old as the county itself. When Gloucester was formed in 1651, early settlers brought daffodils as reminders of English springs as they established themselves in the area. The weather, soil and land were ideal for daffodils and the flowers thrived there. They were passed around the county between neighbors and friends, planted in gardens and fields, and atop burial grounds.

 

In 1938 the first daffodil tour was proposed by the Gloucester Rotary Club and the Gazette-Journal. Since then, the Garden Club has held an annual Daffodil Show where daffodil-growers compete for various awards. Later, the annual Daffodil Festival began to celebrate the community and honor an important era in Gloucester history.

 

All proceeds from the Daffodil Festival go toward the beatification of the county through plantings and other projects. With sponsorships and community participation through schools, civic organizations, clubs and individuals over the years, the Daffodil Festival has become Gloucester’s Hometown Festival – and Chesapeake Bank is proud to support such a great event!

 

For more information on the festival, visit the event’s website online.

 

NOTE: The photo in this post was taken at last year’s parade. We will once again be advertising our upcoming May 3 spring Shop Local Day during this year’s parade.

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Chesapeake Bank Involved in Upcoming 2nd Annual Hands Together Historic Triangle Event

The 2nd Annual Hands Together Historic Triangle Event is a one day resource fair in Williamsburg that offers access to many services in one place to local families in need. This year’s event is coming up on Monday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Chesapeake Bank is a sponsor for the event.

 

Two of Chesapeake Bank’s own employees, Sam Poole and Denise Kent, have involvement that stems back to the beginning of this beneficial community event. Poole and Kent were involved with creating this event last year as a part of The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Class of 2013. The class saw an opportunity to serve the homeless and precariously housed in the Historical Triangle.

 

This year’s resource fair will be held at Quarterpath Recreation Center off Page Street and Route 60. People in need of social services, housing services and help from non-profit agencies will find value in coming to the event and having so many community resources in one location.  Guests will receive numerous services including medical, vision and dental checks, haircuts, bike repairs and notary services.  Each guest will receive commissary credits that can be used to purchase, complete free of charge, food, clothing and household items they are in need of.

 

Volunteers are needed! For more information on how you can help with this important community event, visit this link. If you don’t have time, but would still like to help out, please download this Donation Needs List.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the largest annual fundraising campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is coming up in February.   Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. The organization makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children. You can learn more about the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters through their website here.

 

Williamsburg branches of Chesapeake Bank have participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake for a number of years, and they are joining the cause again this year. Three branches (Five Forks, Lightfoot and Lafayette) are challenging each other to see which branch can raise the most funds for the campaign. The branches are raising money through different activities, from bake sales to mini bowling set up within a branch location.

 

“The youth of today are our future,” said Donna Mitchell, branch manager at our Lafayette Street location. “Big Brothers Big Sisters gets kids involved with positive activities at a young age, and it’s a great organization to support.”

 

All of the participating branches get to feel good about supporting the community, and the branch that raises the most will get a prize – and most importantly, bragging rights!