Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mattaponi Tribe Powwow

As an addition to yesterday's post, the free admission for certain national parks (10 in Virginia) will be in effect this coming weekend, June 20 and 21, as well as the other two weekends I mentioned.

Also this Saturday, June 20, the Mattaponi Indian tribe will have its 14th Annual Powwow at their reservation on the Mattaponi River. The Mattaponi River joins the Pamunkey River (named after another recognized Virginia tribe) at West Point creating the York River. We can see West Point from the decks at the York River Inn.

This is the reservation sitting along the banks of the Mattaponi River in King William County:

The Powwow will begin at 10 am and end at 5 pm with an admission of $5, free for children. American Indian dancing, drumming, food, and arts and crafts will be featured during the day. For more information, call 804 769-8783.

This is an image from the 2008 Powwow.

Monday, June 15, 2009

National Park Service free admission

The National Park Service is offering free admission to over 100 parks during certain weekends this summer.

Colonial National Historical Park which includes Yorktown Battlefield is one of those parks that will waive the entrance fees and some other fees July 18 and 19 and August 15 and 16.

Colonial also includes Historic Jamestowne (the original site of the Jamestown settlement), the Colonial Parkway (no admission ever for that of course), and Cape Henry Memorial, the location of the first landing of the Virginia colonists in 1607 on the oceanfront at Virginia Beach.

The fees usually average $10 per person, so this is quite a savings for those weekends.

You might check your own national park (www.NPS.gov) to see if it offers free admmission also.