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Poquoson Parks, Recreation & Events Location: 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, Virginia Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Director General Program Information Weather Cancellation Hotline Field & Picnic Shelter Reservations Registration Information Community Center Reservations Economic Development Poquoson Seafood Festival Park Maintenance Parks and Recreation FAX

868-3580 868-3584 868-3580 868-3580 868-3580 868-5314 868-3588 868-3590 868-3585

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Festival Features a Full Weekend of Fresh Local Seafood, Local Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, & Exhibits

Honoring the working waterman of the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal heritage of Poquoson Poquoson Municipal Park Friday, October 19 5:00-10:00pm Saturday, October 20 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday, October 21 12:30pm-6:30pm Enjoy this annual tradition. Parking for all areas is $5.00 per car. General Parking is available at Poquoson High School. Parking for the disabled with state issued handicapped identification is available from Poquoson Avenue into Municipal Park at 830 Poquoson Avenue for $5.00 per car as well.

Staff Dave Callis, Director Gretchen Gochenour, Recreation Debbie Mahanes, Events Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Jane Beimler, Support Staff Mel Insley, Support Staff

The Poquoson Parks, Recreation & Events Office is located at 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson Virginia; inside the Municipal Building on the first floor. Directions: From Victory Blvd: Follow the light at Wythe Creek and Victory. Crossover Wythe Creek at the light. The road becomes Little Florida Road. Follow Little Florida Road to Cedar Road. Turn Left on Cedar Road, follow to Municipal Drive. Turn Left on Municipal Drive and follow past the swimming pool and near the baseball field. The large green building on the right is the Municipal Building. From Poquoson Avenue, our location is located directly across the street from Tabernacle Methodist Church. Special Needs: The City of Poquoson is committed to making reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation please allow a minimum of 3 weeks advance notice of need. All accommodation requests must be made in writing to the Department. To begin the process contact can be made by calling 868-3580.

Table of Contents Enjoy Oxford Run Walking Trail Community Events Seafood Festival Events Youth Athletics Basketball, Tennis 8 Join the Winter Swim Team Baton, Karate & More 9 Indoor Field Hockey 10 Fitness 101– Couch to 5k 12 Expand and Enrich Your Free Time Youth & Adult Classes From Birding to Photography 15 Holiday Celebrations 16 Mature Adult Activities 17 Parks Facilities 18-19 Registration Information & Form 20 Information from Around the City 23 Bookmarks– Library Programs and Information 3 4 5 6

Need a place for an event or party?

Odd Road Community Center

The Odd Road Community Center is available for hourly rental for approved events or parties. This facility allows up to 60 people and is available for rental at a rate of $30 per hour. For information, dates of availability and securing a reservation you must contact Parks and Recreation at 868-3580. Payment is expected at the time of reservation. You must be a Poquoson resident to have rental privileges and no alcohol is allowed on City property. The facility has tables and chairs for use, as well as a small warming kitchen. The facility is located at 49 Odd Road.

Enjoy a walk! Oxford Run Canal Trail near City Hall is 1.25 miles, open to foot traffic with natural and gravel surface. Only leashed pets welcome. Full trail map is available at:

Fall 2012

September-December 2012

Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:00pm Messick Point Hosted by the Poquoson Yacht Club Captain’s Meeting 12:30pm at the announcer’s platform Workboat parade at 1:30pm Enjoy food for purchase at the event.

Pictured here: The restored 1924 F.D. Crockett will be available throughout the weekend events for tours.

Work Boat Races Kick Off Party Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 380 Messick Road Entertainment by the Bill Miles Band, sponsored by the PSF Workboat Race Committee, Port Messick, LLC, and the Kelly Weinberg Foundation. For More information and race registration contact Crosby Forrest at 810-4098 Or Henry Freeman at 438-7171

Mackenzie’s 5k Run/Walk Presented by the Poquoson Kiwanis Club Poquoson High School 51 Odd Road Poquoson, Virginia Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8am Closing date for Registration is Wednesday, October 3 Proceeds benefit Mackenzie Clark, College Scholarship opportunities & the MPS society This is the first year the event will be officially scored by the Peninsula Track Club. for online registration. $20 Early Registration by September 29 $25 Registration after September 29 Information: 757-784-0960 Race Forms available online or at PPR Office.

Hosted by the Bull Island Anglers Club

Saturday, October 13, 2012 Weigh-in 5pm Captain’s Meeting Friday, October 12, 2012 Location, Cost and Time TBA

Divisions: Rock and Speckled Trout Big Fish Division for each species. Join the fun as anglers from around the region via for top prizes. For additional information please contact Craig Freeman at 871-9246 or email at


Ages 6-18

Deadline: NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Player registration is now open thru Friday, November 16, 2012. Players MUST REGISTER by the deadline. Players who sign up late are not guaranteed placement & will be put on a waitlist until a spot is available. A late fee of $15.00 per child will be charged after November 16, 2012. All players will be assigned teams through a placement and evaluation process. Attendance at this evaluation program is critical. Parents will be notified of the evaluation times following registration. Volunteer coaches are needed for the league in all age divisions. Coaches may only have 1 assistant per team. Players will be taken on a first come, first paid, as they register. Participation numbers are limited to the number of coaches available, and available gym space. Season runs from mid-December thru early March. Games begin in January. Coaches will set practice times. Request for specific practice times is not available. No special request for team placements are accepted- (carpools, friends, coaches, etc.) Age Divisions within the League: HOT SHOTS: Ages 6, 7 & 8 -co-ed not yet 9 as of March 1, 2013. (Lowered hoops) Ages 9 & 10 not yet 11 as of March 1, 2013 Boys & Girls Ages 11 & 12 not yet 13 as of March 1, 2013 Boys & Girls Ages 13 & 14 not yet 15 as of March 1, 2013 Boys & Girls Ages 15 thru 18 not yet 18 as of March 1, 2013 Boys & Girls *No JV players will be allowed to play in the recreation basketball league. Players may move up an age division only at the request of the parent. This must be noted on registration form. No player may play below their respective age division. In order to conduct each age division, a minimum participant number must enroll. Each age division is not guaranteed to be held. PPR reserves the right to combine divisions as needed to allow for maximum participation. No call-in registration is accepted. No registration is complete until form is received and fee is paid in full. All registration taken at Poquoson Parks and Recreation. Registration forms and procedures are available within this guide, on our website, or at the PPR Office. Cost per player: $55, non-resident: $65 ($5 discount for siblings). No refunds for Basketball will be granted for any reason after December 1, 2012. PROGRAM #



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HOOP IT UP– BASKETBALL AGES 4-6 This program is designed to be the start of a child’s hoops career. Together parent and child will work to learn passing, dribbling, and shooting skills. This program is not a league; program is designed to teach the game while being fun and interacting with one’s parent. Each player will receive a junior basketball as part of the program. For Boys & Girls. Meets at Poquoson Elementary School. Instructor: Darcey Chiappazzi 5 Wednesdays Starting January 9 thru February 6. Time: 6:30-7:15pm 10 player minimum.

Must be age 4 by start of Program. Parent must attend & help. PROGRAM #




FEE (Res./Non-Res.) $50/$60

DUE 1/3/13

SMART START TENNIS Ages 5-7 Boys & Girls Begin your tennis game with this developmentally appropriate tennis program for children. Youngest players must at least be entering Kindergarten this fall to participate. The program prepares children for organized tennis in a fun, interactive and games based instructional setting. Each player will receive their first racket as part of the program. Begin tennis with Smart Start. Class meets 4 times. Dates of Class Tuesdays, October 2,9, 23 & 30 5:30pm-6:15pm Instructor: Joe Coccimiglio Location: PHS Tennis Courts Limited to first 20 registrants. Deadline: September 27. PROGRAM #


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YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS Ages 7 and up. Boys & Girls Learn the basics of the game of tennis. You’ll learn to serve, forehand, body position, and footwork. Lesson run Saturdays for 7 weeks. Dates: Saturdays, September 29 thru November 17. No class 10/20. Location: PHS Tennis Courts. Time: 8-9am Beginners Instructor: Anthony Coccimiglio Students must bring own racquet, and 3 balls for each session. Wear comfortable play clothes & tennis shoes. Sundays will be the designated rain make-up day if necessary. Each group lesson is limited to 10 kids. Min of 6 needed. PROGRAM #




FEE (Res./Non-Res.) $84/$94

DUE 9/26

ADULT LEAGUE PLAY Mixed/Random Doubles 6:30 – 8:00pm Tuesdays Play tennis beginning at 6:30pm for some enjoyable doubles match play. This is a participation league and we will rotate partners each evening. This league is open to both men and women ages 16 and up! No partner required to participate. League play runs September 25 thru November 13 . (no play 10/16). Cost includes game balls. Register Early– League is Limited to 16 players. League Director: Joe Coccimiglio PROGRAM # 117

Fall 2012

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) $25/$35


GIRLS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE Ages 9-13 (Must be age 9 by December 31, 2012)

Learn the fundamentals of the game of Volleyball, while enjoying basic game play experience. Games will partner with Fort Eustis teams. Games at Both Poquoson and Fort Eustis locations. All practices in Poquoson. Minimum of 8 to run league/ instruction. Specific practice and games times will be announced based on gym availability and once teams are assigned. Season runs from Mid October thru December 21. Monday and Wednesday Nights will be used for a majority of the games. Late fee of $15 per child. PROGRAM # 104

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) $55/65


September-December 2012



RIPTIDES SWIM TEAM OCTOBER-MARCH Youth thru age 18 Boys & Girls Join the Winter Recreation Swim Team-The Riptides. Open to all youth who can easily swim 1 lap of 25 meters Riptides is a recreational swim experience designed to keep kids swimming year-round and give them increased knowledge and ability for competitive swimming as a sport. The season runs from early October through March. The Riptides swim as a member of the Virginia Community Swim League, meets are held in Hampton, Norfolk and Richmond, and meets are held typically one Saturday per month from October through March. The team practices three times per week. Practice begins October 1 at the Hampton Aquatic Center 300 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Call 868-3580 for more information. Must have a minimum of 16 swimmers to run program. All swimmers have a pre-requisite swimming ability requirement. Contact Poquoson Parks and Recreation for additional team details and full swimming requirements. PROGRAM # 110



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$390/$420 (Monthly Payment Plan available)

10/31 (After 10/31 call PPR)

BATON TWIRLING CLASSES & ISLANDERETTES Ages 3 to Adult Classes typically run Tuesdays between 4:00pm and 7:00pm depending on age. Location: Poquoson Elementary Gym Classes are usually 1 hour in length. Twirlers have the option to participate in parades and perform in local events as an Islanderette. Classes begin on September 25 Returning Students: 4:30-6pm, & First Time Students: 5:00-6:00pm. As experience and skills develop, times may change slightly. All twirlers pay an initial yearly registration fee of $20.00 per child. For the month of September/October a monthly fee of $25 for lessons is due at the time of registration. Sequential months are each $20/month. And the 2nd Child is $16 per month. Program # 111


Boys and Girls

Registration ON-GOING

Enjoy the fun of Karate Classes! Learn proper self defense tactics, balance, flexibility and discipline as you gain confidence. Classes are 55 minutes in length and held on Mondays and Wednesdays - based on experience and age for times. Location: Poquoson Elementary School –September thru November 14 Times: 6:00-7:00pm & 7:00pm-8:00pm For more experienced students teacher will assign you to the later time. Pay per class as you attend, onsite. No uniform required. Program is progressive. Instructor: Tom DaRoja, East Coast Hapkido Cost $6.00 per CLASS. + One Time $6.00 initial registration required. Visit: for all your information needs. For more info or questions contact Master T (Tom DaRoja) by email: or call 659-0307 or 771-5530. Program # 106 Fall 2012

September-December 2012

GIRLS INDOOR FIELD HOCKEY LEAGUE Join the Island Girls as they play within the Newport News Indoor Field Hockey League. Players are grouped by ages. No special requests for team placement accepted. All games are played on Saturdays in Newport News. Volunteer coaches needed. Youngest players must be age 6 by November 1, 2012 in order to be eligible. All other ages are determined by age as of November 1, 2012. Registration is open for Residents Starting September 12. Non-residents registration open October 1 and only if space is available. This year’s season will run 8 Games from Mid November to Christmas break and then 8 more games from January to early March. Players registering will play and register for both game sessions. No new players will be accepted for the second set of games. Registrants will play both sessions. Ages Divisions: 6,7,8 years old Cost per player: $105 9, 10, 11 years old Cost per player: $105 Ages 12 up Cost per player $50 (players will only pre-register for first session Nov-Early Jan) Ages 15 and up Cost per player $50 (Extra $20 for non-residents for any age group and Non-residents registration opens October 1, only if space is available on teams) Team information will be distributed once Newport News puts the schedule together in early November. PPR reserves the right to add players to teams, invite outside players and mix with other localities to provide optimum playing options for Poquoson players at all age levels. Age divisions are pre-determined by the Newport News Rules. Deadline to register is October 5, 2012. Late fee of $15 after October 5 and no guarantee for placement. KICK-IT! SOCCER SKILLS Program #113.


GIRLS INDOOR FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC Ages 6 and Up Girls Registration for this program is accepted along with your league registration as listed above. Learn the game of indoor field hockey. Basic skills and strategies of the game. All players must wear shin guards and mouth guard. Fast paced and fun. Beginners and experienced players encouraged. Dates: Sundays September 23, 30, October 7 Instructor: Kelsey Rigby, CNU Field Hockey 2012, JV Head Coach, Times: 2:30-4:00pm for first time players 4:006:00pm for returning players All players playing their first season of indoor hockey are required to attend the respective clinic. Those players returning to the league from previous seasons are also highly encouraged to attend this clinic as well. Location: Poquoson Middle School Gym

Grades K-4 Boys & Girls Get active through this soccer skills program dedicated to the fundamentals and footwork of the game each Sunday for 5 weeks this fall. Perfect for developing proper techniques, interactive game play, and tactical moves to improve as a player. Meets at Turf Field 2:30-3:45pm Sundays October 7– November 4. All players must attend with shin guards and bring a ball. Instructor: Charles Sneddon, Men’s Varsity Soccer Coach PROGRAM#



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9.23-10/1 $30/$40

DATE FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE

DUE 105 9/20




YOGA Ages 16 to Adult This class explores basic hatha yoga poses, incorporating movement, yoga breathing exercises and sitting meditation. It is designed both for students who are new to yoga and those with previous experience. Decrease stress, enhance flexibility, and increase stamina. Exercise/yoga mat needed for classes. Participants should wear comfortable, loose clothing. All fitness levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat to class. Location: Municipal Building Times: 6:30-7:30pm Session1: Tuesdays October 9-November 27 Instructor: Stella Quinn, RYT PROGRAM # DATE

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ZUMBA Ages 16 to Adult Zumba® combines high energy and motivating music with body movements that allow you to dance away your worries and workout to the fun fitness program that achieves long lasting feel great health benefits. Join the party for the mind and body. Certified Zumba Instructor: Aletha Russell Location: Poquoson Middle School Cafeteria. Enter from Poplar Street Side of building. Tuesdays & Thursdays. Time: 6-7pm Register 8 days prior to each session.

Ages 16 to Adult Line Dancing– No partner needed! Plenty of exercise guaranteed. Learn the basics to many dances and you’ll be a pro. Move to the grooves and learn a new dance each week. Combination of music styles will be used. Meets Tuesday Evenings. For Ages 13 to Adult Location: Poquoson Primary School Gym Class runs for 10 sessions. Instructor: Linda Coolican Dates: Oct. 2 thru Dec. 4 7:30pm-8:30pm PROGRAM # DATE

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Session 1: September 25-November 1 (12 classes) Session 2: November 6—December 20 (13 classes) PROGRAM # DATE 121




FEE (Res./Non-Res.) $48/58 $52/62


9/24 11/1 PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS We’re always on the lookout for instructors to teach classes on new and exciting subjects. If you have a specialty you would like to share, we want to work with you to develop new programs.

Fall 2012

September-December 2012


When was the last time you challenged yourself? Join us at AMP Class, an all-inclusive exercise and fitness class! This 75 minute AMP Class incorporates activities from the R.I.P.P.E.D. tracks, Kickboxing moves and boot camp drills to give you the ultimate full body workout all at once. Bring a set of weights, mat, water and your game face! Meets Tuesday nights from 6:45-8:00 at Poquoson Middle School gymnasium. Minimum of 8. Sessions are monthly. Extra $10 for non-residents

Set your sights on the goal to run a 5K. Don’t wish for it, make it reality with this course that meets once a week. Join us on Monday nights, at different locations, as we train for a local 5K race. This beginner-friendly program will start slowly to allow runners to build endurance and technique, so don’t worry about not being able to keep up. We are in this together. Between meetings on Monday nights, each participant will be assigned two “homework” workouts to do on your own between the meetings. The race that everyone will run at the end of the session will be announced as it gets closer.– December 1, 2012. Fee for entry not included in the price of this class. Meeting dates are October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5,12,19, 26 and December 3. 6:30-7:30pm. First class will meet at Oxford Run Trail beside City Hall. Park at City Hall. Time: Min 8 participants

Session Dates








Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:


Sept. 4,11,18,25 Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6,13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18

$40 $50 $40 $30

Program # 123 123A 123B 123C


(Instructor does not pro-rate this class if you can not attend the whole session) If you choose not to register for the whole session you utilize the Drop-In rate of $13 per class. Checks Must be made payable to Poquoson Parks and Recreation. Please register 5 days in advance of the first day of each session. Instructor: Sibyl Smith, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor, certified Kickboxing & R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor.

BULL ISLAND BOOT CAMP Are you too busy to fit your workout into your hectic daily routine? Join us at Bull Island Boot Camp to complete your workout before the day begins! This is an Early Morning/Early Riser workout! These 1-hour sessions include a well-balanced combination of cardio and strength training. Transform your body, or take your fitness to the next level in this exciting indoor/outdoor fitness environment. Experience a variety of exercises, running, and training to build muscle, endurance and get your body into shape. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME! Please register 5 days prior. Must have a minimum of 8 to make boot camp run. Instructor: Sibyl Smith, Certified AFAA Personal Trainer Sessions are Mondays & Thursdays mornings Times: 5:15 a.m. - 6:15 a.m. meets at the Poquoson Middle School Gymnasium. (Extra $10 for non-residents) Date Fee Program # Oct.1-29 $108 (9 sessions) 124 Nov.1-29 $96 (8 sessions) 124A Dec. 3-Dec.31 $84 (7 Sessions) 124B Can’t Commit to a full session? Just show up with $15 per class & waiver. Must pay by check to instructor upon arrival. Note Class must meet minimum for “just show up option.”



Beginners: Ages 10 thru Adult Learn the basics of fencing from proper stance to basic defensive and offensive moves, scoring points and proper protocols of the sport. Fencing is one of the best sports to teach hand and eye coordination as well as balance and timing. Days/Times: Sundays starting September 30 thru December 16. Note No Class October 21 or November 25. Times: 5-6 pm Location: Poquoson Primary School. In order to be fitted for equipment, the first class will meet 4-6 pm on September 30. Cost: $65 residents/ $75 non-residents (Paid to PPR) + Equipment Fee: $110 for males/ $130 for females. This fee is paid to instructor at the first class to cover personal equipment purchase. The instructor will order each student’s equipment to include proper jacket, foil (fencing sword), mask, and glove. Female protection equipment requires extra chest coverage equipment. Instructor: Vicki Hanes Minimum 6 participants. Must pre-register at Poquoson Parks & Recreation No registration taken at the class.

(For those who have successfully completed the beginners class or can demonstrate suitable basic proficiency to the instructor*.)


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SUPERHERO CARTOON CLASS Ages 8 to 13 Boys & Girls Now is the time to let your imagination take the lead! Our best loved camp is back this Fall now as a class! Develop your skills for the art of cartooning as you practice classic characters from the comics and the animated heroes of film & TV. We will have brand new projects so returning participants are always drawing something new. Create new cartoon characters, draw action, draw expressions, draw moods, and put together a cartoon strip. MATERIALS: Here is a sample of the materials participants will need to bring to class.  PAPER: 11”x14” (or larger) white drawing paper; PENCILS; PENCIL SHARPENER; ERASERS & BLENDERS (You can find materials at local craft or office supply stores.)Class is limited to 12 students. Dates: Monday and Wednesday Evenings November 5, 7, 12, 14. Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Municipal Building.

Instructor: Bryan Lopatic, Area Graphic Artist and Air Brush Enthusiast PROGRAM # DATE

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In this class fencers will continue to hone basic skills and learn more complex footwork and blade work. Become proficient to fence in a bout while improving your tactical moves for defense and offense. Dates: Sundays beginning September 30 Note No Class on 10/21 and 11/25. Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Poquoson Primary School Gym Cost: $65 includes 8 sessions & includes membership dues to Poquoson Fencing Club for open fencing time. *Email to arrange a skills evaluation. Come join our Fencing Club!!! Sessions begin September 30. PROGRAM # DATE

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BE THE CAKE BOSS! -FOR KIDS! Ages 8-13 Boys & Girls The Cake Boss Has Come To Poquoson. This is designed to be an intensive hands on class to teach students the basic decorating skills needed to decorate cakes and pastries. Test your skills on cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cakes. Learn to properly ice a cake, decorate using butter cream icing and other fun skills to create a one of a kind masterpiece using food. Students will get to take home their work and enjoy it. Learn the tools of the trade and we’ll get you on your way to being the CAKE BOSS. Class meets Tuesdays 4-6pm Please inform us of any food allergies at the time of registration for your child’s safety. Enjoy decorating using the official Wilton techniques of decorating. InstructorCertified Wilton Cake Decorating Specialist, Mary Ann Boho Instructor PROGRAM # DATE 156



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Oct. 30-Nov. 27 $125/$135


BUYER’S GUIDE TO DIGITAL CAMERAS Ages 16-Adult Want to shoot perfect photos? Get started with the right equipment choosing the right digital camera. This introductory class will provide basic information about the different types of digital cameras generally available on the market, & the pros and cons of each type. Learn the basic knowledge necessary to make an informed decision on which type of camera will best suit your needs and get ready to begin your photographic hobby.


This program is not a sales presentation or an endorsement for any particular product. It is designed to help you be an informed consumer and make a great purchase you are happy with for years to come. Location: Municipal Building

Ages 16-Adult The perfect title for this course would be… How to have fun with digital photography, while taking great pictures. This is an introductory level class that outlines the basics of photography; providing an overview of the elements of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), white balance, etc. Beyond the mechanics, the instructor will address issues of understanding light, shadow, and perspective. Finally, the course will provide an overview of issues associated with digital photography workflow beyond the point of image capture; digital asset management or file storage, color management, and some of the software options available. Location: Municipal Building

Saturday, October 6 10am-11:30am– with time for questions. Instructor: Gary Hess from ViewFinder Photographic Art

Saturday, November 3 10am-12noon Instructor: Gary Hess from ViewFinder Photographic Art




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FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE $28/38


BYOB– BRING YOUR OWN BOAT– Birding Kayak Adventure Ages 16-Adult Enjoy this unique birding experience as you take a short paddle around the coastal Poquoson environs by kayak. Kayak from Messick Point along the shore to learn more about shorebirds and waterfowl. You may get some close views of these birds so don’t forget your camera and binoculars. You must bring your own kayak and personal floatation device. Meet at the kayak launch site: Messick Point Marina. Be sure to dress for the conditions and are familiar with your kayak skills to keep up with the group. Must have a minimum of 4. Instructor is Dave Youker with the Hampton Roads Bird Club PROGRAM #





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BACKYARD BIRDING– Make your yard a haven for birds Ages 16-Adult Come learn about birds in our local area. This class will enable you to identify some of the more common bird species and how to bring more birds to your backyard. Time and weather permitting, we will explore outside the facility to see what birds are present so bring binoculars if you have them. Location: Municipal Building . Please pre-register so we know you are coming. Instructor: Dave Youker PROGRAM #




TIME 6:00-7:00pm

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE $15/25




NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. The course will meet the first night for classroom time and then include range time. Range time will be scheduled following classroom time with the instructor. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate. This course meets the Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit requirement. (CHP) Limit 4 students per class. Cost includes all range time, and classroom materials. Should you need pistols/revolvers and ammunition the instructor can provide this to you for a nominal fee. Class is offered 2 different options:

Ages 9-13 Youth Learn the basics of sewing using both machine and hand sewing by creating this unique and oneof-kind quilted holiday wall hanging. Each participant should bring a sharp pair of sewing scissors . Instructor will supply pattern and fabric for project. Lots of individual sewing help as part of the class. Learn the valuable life skill of sewing. Dates: 4 Wednesdays, November 28-December 19. Time: 7-9pm Location: Municipal Building. If you have a portable sewing machine and want help using it, please bring it; we will break it in. Class Maximum of 6. Instructor: Kathy Bullwinkel Deadline to register: November 20.

Session 1: Thursday, October 25 6-9pm + arranged range time. Session 2: Thursday, November 15 6-9pm + arranged range time. PROGRAM # DATE 128 128A

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$65/$75 $65/$75

10/11 11/1

City Hall is home to a DMV Select which allows customers to visit the DMV (Virginia’s Division of Motor Vehicles) to handle vehicle titling, registration transactions and other needs to include License Plates, Permits and Placards, and Driver Transcript Requests. The select office does not handle Driver’s Licenses or Identification Cards, however now the mobile unit, known as the DMV 2 GO does. DMV 2GO comes to Poquoson at 500 City Hall Avenue on a regular schedule to handle just these transactions. Visit the mobile unit for all your complete needs as follows: 9:00am-4:00pm. October 9, 2012 December 11, 2012 February 12, 2012


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HOLIDAY CHOCOLATES! Ages 16 to Adult Enjoy this hands-on class that will prepare you for your holiday food frenzy. Learn new recipes, quick solutions, easy candies, cupcakes, and more. Create even the most unique food gifts with the results from your class. Taste while you dip and design. Plenty of samples to take home. Sunday, December 2, 4-6pm Register by November 28. 6 Minimum Instructor: Williamsburg Chocolatier, Mary Ann Boho PROGRAM # 119

DATE 12/2

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE $25/$35


NOTHING KILLS A PROGRAM QUICKER ... than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it. If you would like to participate in one of our classes or sports activities, please REGISTER WELL IN ADVANCE of the registration deadline. At some point, we must determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the activity. Your cooperation will assist us in providing the best organization and administration of recreation programs.

ANNUAL: GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST Bakers of all ages… Bring your entries for the Poquoson Parks & Recreation Gingerbread House Contest. Entries are due on Wednesday, Dec. 12 At the Municipal Building. Entries accepted between 2:00pm-6:00pm. All houses will be displayed at a local business for a week following the contest. The winner of the contest will be announced during display at the local business. Prizes for various categories. Individuals or teams (up to 4) may enter. Youth, adult, team, & individual categories. Each house must complete an entry form at time of submission. Pick up an entry form at Poquoson Parks and Recreation or on the website at All structures except the base must be made from edible materials. All candies must be unwrapped. The base for each entry may not exceed 20” X 25”.Prizes include t-shirts, gift certificates and more! Celebrate the holiday and create! Program #108

Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg Sunday, December 2, 2012 Travel with Poquoson Parks and Recreation via school bus to enjoy this fantastic holiday celebration in the historical district. Departs from Poquoson Police Station at 3:30pm Returns later that evening following fireworks. Outdoor weather appropriate clothing & walking shoes advised. Cost: $2.00 per resident; $5.00 for non-residents. you must pre-register in advance And pick up a boarding pass at PPR. Note: There are no refunds once registered & paid. Please note when registering: 1 person may only register themselves and 1 other guest. No group registrations accepted. Only immediate family members may be registered by one person (living in the same household). Grand Illumination is Colonial Williamsburg’s kick-off to the holiday season. Limited to 48 participants. Program #206

FELLOWSHIP & FUN– DINER’S CLUB Join us for a fine lunch out! Pre-register for each trip. Must have a minimum of 8 for each trip. Cost is $6.00. Cost of lunch on your own. Smoke BBQ is its specialty, Newport News Date: October 24 Depart 11:30am La Bodega Hampton, Deli style and unique Market, Hampton Date: November 6 Depart 11:30am James Landing Grille, Williamsburg– American Café at Kingsmil Date: Nov. 29 Depart: 11:00am Second Street Bistro, Williamsburg– Date: December 13 Depart: 11:00am Diner’s Club Policies All trips are taken in a 15 passenger van and depart from the Municipal Building. Transportation cost per person per trip is $6.00. The cost of lunch is on your own. To register for the Diners’ Club please use The TRIP REGISTRATION FORM available at Poquoson Parks & Recreation. No call in registration is accepted. No registration is complete until full payment is received. When registering, 1 person may only register for themselves and 1 other guest. No group registration is accepted. Cancellation Policy for Diner’s Club Trips: In an effort to control costs and continue to offer programs, PPR can no longer offer participants a refund or credit regardless of reason for cancellations of the Diner’s Club Trips by a participant. All registrations are non-refundable. For further details see Trip Registration Form.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Center: All Are Welcome Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Lunch Served and Fun Activities Located at the Municipal Building 830 Poquoson Ave. To attend & register please call 873-0541. This program is in partnership with The City of Poquoson and Peninsula Agency on Aging. New participants always welcome.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot lunches to seniors ages 60 and over who are homebound due to illness or disability and are unable to sufficiently prepare meals for themselves. This program is supported through funding from federal, state and local governments. The rest is funded through recipients of the meals, and concerned agencies, citizens and donations. To obtain more information or to receive meals, please contact 873-0541. This program is supported by Peninsula Area on Aging.

Events in the Park & Shelter Use Municipal Park features a small shelter for events such as family reunions, team picnics or other activities for individual use. Reservations are highly encouraged to arrange use of the shelter. All reservations are free. Reservations are available to residents only on a first-come, first served basis at the Parks and Recreation Office. No electricity or water is provided at the shelter. Parks and Recreation can also help you with utilizing a City Park or facility for your next special event. All events on City property or in parks, are required to make an application through Parks & Recreation. We want to help you make your event successful and safe. Contact us to obtain an application for Special Events on City property.

KIDS ISLAND No reservations are taken for picnic areas within the playground area. This playground is located in the front of Poquoson High School. Private reservations are not available at this facility.

Field Use & Reservations To reserve an area in a park, hold a special event, or utilize an athletic field for play or practice reservations are required. All reservation requests must be submitted in advance of use, and approved. Groups/ athletic groups must provide proof of proper insurance for use. Reservation Request Forms are available at the PPR Office at 830 Poquoson Avenue or at Facilities available include:* Municipal Field: $10 per hour/ w/ Lights $20.00 per hour (2 hour Minimum) Firth Baseball Field: 60 X 90 $15 per hour/ w/Lights $25.00 hour (2 hour Minimum) Park Street Fields per field: $15 per hour/ w/ Lights $25.00 hour (2 hour Minimum) Stadium Turf Field: $500 for 6 hours + other needs and facilities operating costs. South Lawson Park: $10 per field per hour. *Rates listed are base rates, and do not include labor for field marking or other special event or facility needs when being used by groups for activities.

Enjoy Poquoson’s Blueway Poquoson, an Algonquin Indian term for “great marsh”, is truly a paddlers paradise. Small hidden coves, untouched coastline and protected paddling gives visitors a different sight to see each time out. The area abounds with wildlife including bald eagles, heron, and other coastal birds.

Ren’s Road Landing Hunt’ Neck Landing

Parking available Pump Out Area Picnic Area Restroom

The Poquoson River and The Back River all connect around the city. Kayaking is an enjoyable and bountiful way to explore the Great Marsh. Places where the water mixes into the rivers to the bay can be deep and host an ever-changing tidal environment. A good scout report prior to your trip is always advised.

Launching Ramp

Cedar Landing

Messick Point

Amory’s Wharf Landing


Visit Us! We love to see you. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm at the Municipal Building 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA 23662 757-868-3580 Check, Cash, Visa or Mastercard Afterhours you may utilize our dropbox on the front of the Municipal Building


Make Checks Payable to “Poquoson Parks & Recreation” Send Registration to: Poquoson Parks & Recreation 830 Poquoson Ave Poquoson , VA 23662


Complete the registration Form and Fax it to 757-868-3585. Mastercard or Visa payment is only accepted by fax. Be sure to sign your registration form and provide all proper credit card information. Note the on all credit card payments a 2.5% Service fee will be charged for the use of your credit card as a form of payment.

All programs listed within this publication are filled on a first-come, first serve basis, unless noted. Your receipt is your confirmation. Each program must draw a minimum number of participants or it will be cancelled. The City of Poquoson reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or combine programs, or change instructors to best provide the program for everyone. If an activity is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be refunded your total program fees, less credit card transaction fees. Please be sure to observe all registration closing dates for activities. Program fees must be paid at the time of registration. No registration is considered complete until payment is made and proper registration received. Call-in registration is NOT accepted. Registering after closing dates cannot guarantee your acceptance or space availability. In some cases, late registration will result in an additional fee if space is available. Be aware that supplies may not be available to you due to late registration. If a program is cancelled by the Parks and Recreation Department, the registrant will receive a full return of monies paid less the 2.5% credit card fee or a credit voucher. This process may take up to 4 weeks for your to receive your funds.

REFUNDS: By registering for a program you agree to the following & in all cases understand that: 1) No refunds will be granted after the first class has begun. 2) No refund will be granted to a participant if you cancel later than 2 business days prior to the start of class. 3) No refund will be granted when supplies have been purchased on your behalf, regardless of the time of notification. 4) Specific programs have a no refund policy; this is noted in the program description. 5) All amusement park tickets are non-refundable. 6) Cancellation policies for facilities rental/use are stated on the respective reservation/use forms. 7) In the event of sickness or injury, refunds must be requested in writing in person to the Parks and Recreation Office. A doctor’s note must be provided with the request. A refund is not guaranteed in this case but may be considered and may be pro-rated. 8) A $10 service charge will be deducted from all refunds. 9) Refunds will not be granted as a result of Schedule changes due to weather. 10) Poquoson Parks and Recreation does not prorate refunds. 11) No refund is guaranteed unless the requestor has a receipt showing proof of payment. 12) No claims for refund will be accepted after the program has started. 13) Parks and Recreation reserves the right to handle a request on a case by case basis.

Please remember that an accurate, complete, and legible registration form is vital for us to contact you. Participant Name:

Male or Female

Address: City: Participant Date of Birth:



Age Today:

Shirt Size: YS


Parent/Guardian Name: Email Address: (Required) Primary Phone Contact:

Alternate Phone Contact:

I or My Spouse is willing to Coach/ Name of Prospective Volunteer:

Program #

Activity Title/Session

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard and Visa Name as it Appears on Card_____________________


Credit Card Convenience Fee + 2.5% __________ Total: ____________

Signature:________________________ Expiration:______

Card #_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _ Ein: _ _ _

(on back of card)

I authorize the charges for programs on my card, and I understand I will incur a 2.5% convenience fee for Credit Card Processing.

Make checks payable to Poquoson Parks & Recreation and mail with form to Poquoson Parks & Recreation 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662 or deliver to our office at the above address. (Use our drop box for after hours)

PLEASE READ WAIVER AND SIGN BELOW– Each adult must sign a separate waiver. A parent/guardian must sign for their children ages 17 and under. I have had explained to me the nature of the activity in which I am or my child is being enrolled. I understand that there are certain risks associated with this activity & that it is the duty of each participant to exercise reasonable care for his own safety and that of other participants. If this consent is given for my child, I also understand that, while participating in the activity, my child will be expected to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner and that the activity’s supervisory staff have the authority to discipline my child in a manner similar to that imposed in Poquoson City’s public schools. While it has been explained to me that the City of Poquoson prides itself upon the competency and dedication of its staff, I understand that, under Virginia law, both the City of Poquoson and its employees, its officers, and agents are immune from liability for negligence should I or my child suffer any injury while participating in the activity and that I may consider procuring insurance to protect myself or my child from such occurrences. With all of this in mind, I hereby give my consent to enroll me or my child in the activity listed above, specifically agreeing and consenting to the following where applicable: (1). I agree to allow photographic images of myself (my child) to be taken and utilized for promotional purposes by the City of Poquoson (2). I agree to allow myself or my child to be transported from the publicly advertised pick-up site to participate in the activity(s) listed above at the site identified in the activity information should it be required as described in the program. (3). I will be responsible for the payment of fees imposed by the City for the activity(s) I am registering. (4). I agree that I will and my child will behave in a sportsmanlike manner, and will not harass, or behave in a negative manner towards any coaches, children, referees or those in attendance at any Parks and Recreation Activity that I or my child may be attending or participating in at any time. And, I further understand I can be removed for such occurrence at the discretion of PPR officials, to include myself, my child or those in attendance related to my child’s attendance at any time for said behavior. (5) I agree for my phone, address, and email information to be provided to coaches and/or instructors as necessary as related to the program I am registering. (6) I have read the Refund Policies of the Department and understand they are available for review at the Parks and Recreation Website, and within the Island Tide.

______________________________________________________________ Participant or Parent/Guardian of Participant

_______________________ Date

Now that fall is in full swing, please be mindful that ditches in our City are an essential component to a functioning drainage system. The City maintains ditches that drain public streets. Ditches that are on privately owned property and are designed to drain areas other than streets are the responsibility of the property owner. To assist in improving drainage for everyone, here are some helpful hints: If you already have a backyard ditch or pipe that carries water from your neighbors’ property, it is illegal to block it. It is against City code to dump grass clippings, leaves, and anything else that is not rain water into a ditch or drainage pipe. To dispose of yard waste, please contact Public Works at 868-3590, as they can provide you with the proper procedures to do so. Taking the time to clear blocked ditches also relieves standing water, which in turn assists with lowering our mosquito population. For further assistance and information on maintaining and improving good water flow and drainage, the Engineering Department is here to assist you at 868-3025.

Make an Emergency Supply Kit Recent derecho storms remind us we should be ready for emergencies Hurricane season is here. And nearly everyone in Virginia recently experienced the historic derecho severe storms and extended power outages. Do you have an emergency supply kit? Every family needs supplies on hand for these situations. Start your emergency kit with these essential items: Three days of food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods. Three days of water, one gallon per person per day. A hand crank and/or battery-powered radio and extra batteries. A written family emergency plan. Once you gather these basics, put them in waterproof containers that you can carry or roll in case you need to leave your home quickly. Old suitcases or backpacks also can hold supplies. Other items that are useful in an emergency supply kit: flashlights with extra batteries (not candles), a first aid kit, a list of prescriptions and doctors and a supply of medications, food and water for your pets, and special items for babies, disabled or older family members. Think that’s too much to do? At least get started with the essential items, and then add to your kit. For a downloadable family emergency plan worksheet, go to click: Make a Plan. Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least the first 72 hours, and everyone should have a family emergency plan. Visit and to find out more about how to prepare for hurricane season. The City of Poquoson Office of Emergency Management is available to assist you with all your disaster and hazardous weather planning. Contact the office at 868-3510.

For the first time, Virginia will participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an earthquake drill set for Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:18 a.m. This is an opportunity for Virginia residents to learn more about what to do if there is an earthquake and then to practice these easy -to-remember steps:  Drop!  Cover!  Hold on! There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups and others to participate in the SouthEast ShakeOut and to get prepared for earthquakes. Lots of educational materials and more information including how to register for the Oct. 18 ShakeOut can be found on this website: Please take a look, and sign up to participate!

CITY OF POQUOSON FIRE/RESCUE “HEADS UP” PROGRAM The City of Poquoson Fire/Rescue has a special program to provide emergency response personnel with the knowledge of pre-existing conditions or situations present at emergency scenes, i.e., individual confined to a wheelchair, etc., while in route to the scene. Providing them with this knowledge allows them to prepare for these conditions or situations and, if necessary, modify their plans to effect the most timely and positive outcome possible. The program is called “Heads Up” to symbolize the effect the program has on emergency responders, causing them to be especially mindful of the special conditions or situations to which they have been alerted. The special conditions/situations are entered into the existing Computer Aided Dispatch (C.A.D.) System via a special computer software program. The information is entered into the database according to the specific address. When an emergency is called into the York /Poquoson/Williamsburg 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center from/for that address, the C.A.D. program will alert telecommunicators that there is special information for that address. The telecommunicators will then advise the emergency responder of the “Heads Up” information over the two-way radio. The “Heads Up” program targets certain individuals: ·Individuals who are non-ambulatory (paralyzed, confined to beds, wheelchairs, or unable to walk without assistance).

·Individuals who are sensory impaired. ·Individuals who are reliant on critical medical equipment (monitors, home dialysis units, etc.). ·Individuals who are mentally impaired or easily confused and disoriented and who require supervision and/or special assistance.

·Individuals with special physical needs. The “Heads Up” program is available to all Poquoson citizens. Information can be placed in the “Heads Up” program completing a form available at the City of Poquoson Fire/Rescue, 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, VA 23662. If you have any questions, please contact Fire Administration at 868-3510, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. And as always, if you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1, 24 hours a day.

Opportunities for Education As a business owner be sure to utilize regional resources that are available at little or no charge. Educational opportunities abound for leaders to use business planning tools, to marketing options with social media. Learn more about government contracting-to accounting software. For information contact: The Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center: Deborah Hamilton-Farley The VA Peninsula Chamber of Commerce: Jemal Harris The City of Poquoson Economic Development Office (EDO) is on the move as we send summer into fall. There are a number of growth areas and as a City optimism is in the air as we proceed with a number of initiatives. New Business Opportunities A variety of new businesses have opened shop in the City. These new businesses are as varied as the Poquoson Consumer, from the Surfrider Restaurant to Bishop’s Outpost Bait & Tackle Shop, to new services for residents from personal health to spa treatments. Their business ideas became reality as they have followed their ideas. Consider our City your business home. If you are considering a new business, the City is joining a new program called START Peninsula. This weekend long program, soon to be scheduled in the Spring of 2013, will help entrepreneurs receive mentoring and guidance from business leaders to guide their ideas to reality. Winners of this event could receive from $5,000—$10,000 as a professional services package, and free incubator office space to help get started. This program is a great way to bring a home -based business or concept to market. Check out as an example of how program works. Opportunities to Support In support of the Poquoson Business Alliance (PBA)’s goals to increase patronage and promote a positive business climate in the City, our offices, would like to encourage participation in the new initiative, the PoQpon (Poquoson Coupon). This card will help to promote Poquoson businesses while providing discounts to Poquoson businesses. Call President, Cathie AbellNelson for more information on joining PBA, or to participate or in the PoQpon program at 757-8684205.

Look to the Water– With the tide it brings opportunity Poquoson has long been tied to our heritage along the coastal byways of our region. These ties still run deep, and will likely serve as a network for further growth in the future. From recreation to trade a number of water based businesses reside here in the City and bring vitality to it. Looking ahead focus continues on the recreational use of boats and supporting/related businesses (commercial marinas, sales, accessories, maintenance, storage, sport fishing, snacks & ice, towing, fuel, transient boater needs, etc). If you operate a water-related business or are considering opening one, please call and inform us of your interest so we can add you to our contact list and target information and initiatives to those who this will benefit the most. Call 868-5314 to be put on the list. Opportunities to Enlarge or Engage Do you have business space to rent or would you like to find a new space for your business? The EDO keeps an active inventory list of available space. Contact us and we can assist you arrange meetings with real estate brokers and property owners as you grow. Avenues for growth also continue towards development of Flex warehouse space. This type of building has an attractive façade with direct front entrances and offices as well as a backside for large warehouse delivery for roll-up doors to load freight or services vehicles. Contact us for all your relocating needs.

Build Business Make Partnerships Collaborate Network Communicate You’re Invited to the Mayor’s Business Breakfast Meeting 7:30am Location TBA Thursday, October 25. Call 868-5314 To RSVP and save yourself a seat at this important quarterly event.

Produce for Healthier Living Food Distribution Eligible Residents of Poquoson & York County WHEN: September 25, October 23, November 27 & December 21 TIME: 10am– 2pm WHERE: OLD MUNICIPAL BUILDING– 830 Poquoson Ave. A Bag of TEFAP-USDA Commodity foods will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to income eligible households. A short, completely confidential form will be completed. Additionally, a small produce bag will be available for distribution. A collaborative effort between the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and our local community groups who graciously assist with distribution. Poquoson Exchange Club– September Distribution Messick Baptist Church-October Distribution Poquoson Lion’s Club– November Distribution If your group would like to help distribute food please contact Buddy Green at 757-771-5772

Above, Steve Faust, Owner of Cub Cadet Outlet of Yorktown passes the keys for a brand new 4 x 4 Cub Cadet utility Vehicle to Mel Insley, Poquoson Parks & Recreation Program Support Technician. The utility vehicle which is valued at approximately $10,000 was provided by Cub Cadet Outlet as part of a Poquoson Seafood Festival sponsorship. It is already being used to better serve City special events and Parks & Recreation Programs. The 4 x 4 represents the fifth vehicle provided by Cub Cadet Outlet of Yorktown to Poquoson as part of Seafood Festival sponsorships. The City thanks Steve and Cub Cadet Outlet for their continuing support.

830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662

PRSRT STD U S Postage PAID Hampton, VA Permit No. 2025

Postal Patron

This Year’s Theme: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas All entries are due by November 16 at the Events Office. Registration is available Poquoson Parks & Recreation, 830 Poquoson Ave. or Visit: Line up for the Parade will begin at 6pm. Parade route– Poquoson Avenue to Wythe Creek Road to Victory Blvd. Call 868-3588 for more information.

Fall 2012 Island Tide  

City of Poquoson Parks and Recreation Fall Program and Activities Guide