June 4, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Twenty-Seven Gloucester Businesses Receive Top Honors in Virginia Living Magazine’s 2021 Best of Eastern Virginia Businesses

We have some amazing news to pass along! Virginia Living Magazine just announced that 27 Gloucester businesses received top honors in its Best of Eastern Virginia Businesses.
This speaks volumes for our local businesses, especially for a community this size. Congratulations to all of the businesses in this County!

To read the full press release, visit here.
Current Conversations Podcast Features Candid Discussion with Sheriff Darrell Warren

A new Current Conversations Podcast has been published - and you don't want to miss this one!

It features Gloucester County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Darrell Warren speaking candidly about some of the cases that have impacted him the most over his lengthy career; about the challenges facing law enforcement officials today; a glimpse into the heroic efforts of Deputy Jon Holt; recruitment within the Department, and much more.

To listen, visit here.
Symphony Under the Stars Scheduled for Saturday

Admission is free but attendees MUST reserve parking here: (PER CAR, NOT PER PERSON)

Doors open at 6:30pm, come set up your spot and watch as some of the invited Plein Air artists will be on hand painting in hopes of winning the "Best Symphony Painting" award. The main event will begin at 8 p.m.

Parking is available onsite (WITH reservations) and at Abingdon Elementary School and Abingdon Park, shuttle service will be provided from those locations to Woodville Park.

Handicap parking is available at both locations and shuttle buses are accessible. Appropriate placard or license plate required for handicap parking spots.

RAIN DATE: JUNE 6TH, 8PM SAME LOCATION

Bag Chairs are encouraged instead of blankets since the ground can be wet.

Picnics are welcome but NO ALCOHOL is allowed on County property.

Dine on Main Street before or after the concert. Participating restaurants will be offering a 10% discount. Please keep our event safe by physical distancing and wearing a mask when around non-family members.

Online Registration Open for Fairfield's Virtual Marathon

Need a reason to get outside? Join the Gloucester Virtual Preservation Marathon by running, walking, hiking, swimming, or being active in whatever way you choose, and logging your activity! Virtually "race" through Gloucester over the course of 26.2 miles in 30 days, and "visit" 11 historic sites that showcase the 3D-modeling efforts of Fairfield's own digital curator Ashley McCuistion! The historic sites exhibit various degrees of preservation, but have all been documented using drone photogrophy and photogrammetry. Check out the race map throughout the race and click on the pinpoints to learn more, see an image of each historic building, and access the link to the 3D model. 

Although you'll be virtually racing a Gloucester preservation route, in reality you'll get to set your own schedule, pace, activity, and location! Proceeds from the virtual race will fund the development and implementation of outdoor educational outreach programs at Fairfield Archaeology Park in 2022. Here's what to do:
• Sign up using the link below by submitting your name and email
• Complete any activity, anywhere!
• Log your activity beginning June 1 by replying to the daily email or entering the info in the race app
• Your place on the virtual history marathon route will be plotted instantly. You can track your progress on the map and see the pin drops, images, and info about historic sites you'll pass along the way throughout Gloucester.
• Share pictures of your own route or encouragements for other racers in the race message board

Online registration fee: $25 per person (Additional contributions appreciated. Don't want to be a racer yourself? Donate to back other racers or the whole race team!)


Or visit Fairfield Foundation on Facebook for the registration link and more info! Contact anna@fairfieldfoundation.org with questions.
Upcoming Parks, Recreation and Tourism Programs

SIT & CRAFT
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is offering a day to enjoy the view from Beaverdam Park’s Whitcomb Lodge as you sit with friends and work on your favorite crafts. Wednesday, June 9 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (every 2nd Wednesday of the month). A six foot table, chair, electricity and access to a refrigerator, microwave and restrooms are included. Pack a lunch, pack your current project and join us for a day of friends and fun. The fee is $15 and the deadline to register is June 4.

HUG A TREE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Hug A Tree and Survive program on Monday, June 14 from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Whitcomb Lodge. This program teaches 7-11 year old's how to survive if they become lost in the woods. The program is free and the deadline to register is June 7.

BEAVERDAM PARK
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is offering night activities at Beaverdam Park, new this year PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. One Friday Night a month we will be open late for evening/night activities. On June 11 we offer Night Fishing from 4:00 pm to Midnight for $5 /person, deadline is June 4. Night Biking from 7:15 to 9:30 pm for $3/person deadline is June 4. Night Fishing and Night Biking are held at the Main Entrance only. An Owl Walk on the Fary’s Mill Road park entrance trail will be held from 8:00-9:30 pm. The fee is $5/person and the deadline to register is June 4.

PARKS, RECREATION & TOURISM JUNE YOGA
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is offers daily Yoga Classes. On Mondays from 5:30-6:45 pm is YIN YOGA, yoga for your joints also Just Breathe Yoga is being offered from 9:00-10:15 am, a slower paced class with different levels of each pose to help increase flexibility, balance and strength. On Tuesdays Free Flow Yoga from 5:30-6:45 pm offers a creative, soulful, adventurous, and fun flow that weaves together breath and movement. On Wednesdays feature Vinyasa Chakra Flow Yoga, highlighting the seven main energy centers. My Mat Yoga on Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 am, is the workout that YOU need, you decide on the depth of the poses also Just Breathe Yoga from 5:30-6:45 pm. Classes are $9 each day or you can sign up for the month for $8 per class. Deadline is four days before the class begins.
 
For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by our office 6382 Main Street. For online registration visit https://gloucesterva.info/civicrec.
Gloucester County is Currently Recruiting!

We have Exciting Opportunities available! Are you looking for a career opportunity? What about a part-time opportunity? We have BOTH! We want YOU to join our phenomenal team!

Gloucester County is recruiting for:
• Mosquito Control Technician - $13.20 Hourly
• Water Treatment Plant Operator or Trainee - $29,179
Don’t forget to check out all of our opportunities and apply at https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities.
Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Counseling Center News

Virtual Suicide Awareness Task Force Meeting: June 17, 2-3 p.m.
Opioid Misuse Awareness Task Force Meeting: June 17, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Register by visiting here.

A Calendar of Well-Being, 2022
What makes you happy? What brings you joy? What inspires you? What helps you feel healthy? What helps you feel hopeful?
This calendar is for you to share about how you take care of yourself, your family and your community.
Win a spot in our calendar by submitting your favorite photo.
Size: 11”x 8.5” (jpg or png) – Landscape
Minimum resolution: 300 DPI
Open to all ages.
Deadline: 8/30/21
Questions? Please call 804-642-5401 or 1-888-PREV-550
New Post on Money, Health and Other Things

This week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss the when, the how, and the what for eating healthy.

New Sidewalk Decals Tout Best Advice for Keeping Regional Waterways Clean 

As Hampton Roads residents flock to local beaches, parks and attractions this Memorial Day weekend, they may spy colorful sidewalk decals touting: “Every day we love the bay” and “Protect the coast we love the most.”

In conjunction with an extended Clean the Bay Day, May 31-June 5, askHRgreen.org litter and stormwater pollution prevention advocates are placing more than 50 sidewalk decals across the region this weekend in an effort to keep litter, harmful chemicals and debris out of local storm drains, which carry water directly to local waterways.  

For more information, visit: https://askhrgreen.org/every-day-we-love-the-bay/

Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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