October 1, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Daffodil Festival Plans Full Return for 2022
 
The Gloucester Daffodil Festival is planning to return in its full form in 2022, according to Debbie Wesolowski, Festival Coordinator. The festival’s theme will be “In Full Bloom,” celebrating both a full return and the history of the popular event. The 2022 festival is planned for April 2-3, 2022, and registration for various activities surrounding the event have already opened.
 
According to Wesolowski, all local artists are currently invited to enter the Juried Art Show for the official 2022 Daffodil Festival Print. For more information, or to fill out the application, visit the festival website, www.daffodilfestivalva.org.
 
In honor of the festival’s history, organizers are looking back to the very beginning of the event, which were the Daffodil Tours that took place in 1939-1942 in Gloucester and Mathews counties. As part of this “look back,” organizers would like to recreate a photo taken for the 1942 National Geographic article that highlighted the festival. The photo, which shows about 30 women in Dutch hats picking daffodils, connected how the daffodil tours began and one of the themes used, back to Holland. The re-created photo will be featured in a future edition of the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal.
 
To re-create this moment in history, the festival will offer a one-time sponsorship opportunity targeting smaller local businesses that have not had the opportunity to be a sponsor before. More information on how to be a part of this affordable sponsorship opportunity can be found on the festival’s website.
 
Wesolowski said she is also looking for descendants of the first three Daffodil Tour Queens, Delta Osborne in 1939; Harriet Miller in 1940, and Mary Tyler Chadwick in 1941. If anyone is related to either of these past three Queens, they are encouraged to contact Wesolowski at 804-693-2355 or dwesolowski@gloucesterva.info.
 
Finally, the festival is inviting girls from Gloucester County ages 6-10 to enter the Little Miss Daffodil Contest once again. Entry forms will be available on the festival website beginning in February 2022.
 
To keep up to date with the latest Daffodil Festival information about sponsorship opportunities, vendor applications, the Daffodil Festival Print, Parade, Queen applications, scholarship applications and more, visit www.daffodilfestivalva.org
Gloucester County Asks for Citizen input for Multimodal Transportation Study

Gloucester County is conducting a Multimodal Transportation Study focused on safe places to walk, bike, and access transit throughout the County. Over the coming months, the County will work to engage local residents and visitors to provide important input for the study.


Fire, Smoke, and Muskets Program Scheduled for This Weekend

The Gloucester Museum of History will commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Hook by hosting “Fire, Smoke & Muskets: Gloucester 1781,”a living history program Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 in and around the colonial court circle. The program will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day - rain or shine - and is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit here.
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Press Releases for the week of September 30, 2021

OUTDOOR LIVING SKILLS
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Outdoor Living Skills for ages 6 and over at Beaverdam Park, Saturday, October 23 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. We will explore edible plants and how to purify water. The fee is $10 and the deadline to register is October 16. Pre-registration is required.

LEARN YOUR FERNS
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring "Learn Your Ferns" course on Saturday, October 16 from 2:00-3:30 pm at Beaverdam park. The program is free, pre-registration is required and the deadline to register is October 9.

FALL FOLIAGE PADDLE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Fall Foliage Paddle on Saturday, October 16 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Beaverdam Park. A Park Ranger will lead this paddle. Join us with YOUR kayak, paddles for $5.00, or rent ours for $15.00. The deadline to register is October 9.

BEAVERDAM FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER PADDLE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Self-Guided Paddle From One End to the Other of Beaverdam Park on Sunday, October 17, beginning at 12:45 pm. Use your equipment, the fee is $10 or use our rental equipment and the fee is $20. Meet at the Park’s Main Entrance (8687 Roaring Springs Road). We will transport you and your/rental equipment, if applicable, to the Fary’s Mill Road Park entrance. There, you will launch and paddle back to the Main Entrance, at your own pace, just be back by 5:30 pm. The deadline to register is October 17.

HALLOWEEN BINGO
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Halloween Bingo for ages 9-11 on Sunday, October 31 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the PRT Office. The fee is $10 per child and the deadline to register is October 24.

CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE REGISTRATION
Parks, Recreation & Tourism has opened registration for the Christmas and Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 pm on Main Street. The registration fees are: Businesses - $20, Non-profits - $10, Schools and County Government entries are free. The deadline to register is November 14 or when we have 60 entries. Visit www.gloucesterva.info/civicrec to register.

Remember pre-registration is required for all activities. 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.
County seeks volunteers for local committees

There are several volunteer opportunities available for Gloucester residents interested in serving their community. Gloucester County is looking for citizens to serve on several local committees, as there are multiple vacancies and not enough people to fill them.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors regularly seeks citizens on these board-appointed groups that advise and assist the governing body with many aspects of County government.

Currently, there are openings for residents who wish to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Board of Equalization. For the Board of Equalization, volunteers are needed who have experience in commercial/residential real estate appraisal, building, developing, legal or financial professions.

If interested in becoming involved in local government and helping to serve the community, consider submitting your information to the Gloucester County Volunteer Board Bank, which provides members of the board of supervisors with the names and background information of interested citizens. To do so, visit www.gloucesterva.info (click on Board of Supervisors / Boards and Commissions); or call the County’s Community Engagement and Public Information office at 804-693-5730.
RCC Enrolling for Second Fall Term

Rappahannock Community College is now enrolling for the second term of fall semester, offering in-person courses and online courses.
 
RCC offers a rolling admissions process allowing students to begin and continue their educational journey when the timing is right for them. From workforce credentialing to college credits toward an Associate degree or transfer degree; skills training to high school dual enrollment; RCC is a stepping stone to a brighter future.
 
In addition to the traditional sources of financial aid and tuition assistance available to RCC students, the fall semester offers unique funding opportunities to support students. Virginia’s G3 and FastForward programs allow students to complete competitive programs at little to no cost, paving the way for a debt-free college experience.
 
RCC Navigators and Financial Aid Specialists are ready to help anyone take the next step. Enrollment for the next 8-week accelerated term is on-going and classes begin October 25.
 
Visit www.rappahannock.edu, call 804-333-6730, or email advisor@rappahannock.edu for assistance. 
New Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!

This week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will return to its discussion on 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457(b)s and IRA plans.

For more information, visit here.
Gloucester County is recruiting for a number of positions!

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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