The Tour de Chesapeake is so much more than just a ride around a small town on a Saturday. We have lined up a whole assortment of things for everyone (including non-riders) to do before, after and during the ride too. We hope you will make a weekend of it and see all Mathews has to offer.
Friday, May 17, 2013:
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – New this year! “PADDLE ‘da’ BAY”
- Registration is free!!!
- Williams Wharf Landing (Route 614) is the launch area for the new “Paddle ‘da’ Bay” event held in conjunction with the Tour de Chesapeake cycling weekend.
- Bring your kayak, canoe, paddle board or other small engineless watercraft and explore the local waterways on your own.
- Snacks and water will be provided at WWL.
- Bay Country Kayaking will be on-site for first-come, first-served kayak rentals. Single kayaks are $15/hour and tandems are $20/hour (with PFD and paddle). Additional PFD rentals are $5.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Local merchants on Main Street keep their doors open late for your convenience.
7:00 p.m. – Mathews Film Society will present “180 Degrees South”, Third Floor of the Halcyon Building, 40 Court Street, $5 suggested donation – This film will be hosted by Macky Hall and Steve Casper, owners of Chesapeake Board Sports. The film follows a trek in the footsteps of the founders of Patagonia and Northface Outdoor Gear. This beautiful and inspirational film is a testament to the preservation of wild spaces. Dessert and discussion after the film, concessions for sale.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Farmers Market – located on the Court Green – Fresh veggies, breads, muffins, soup, granola, and more – grown and made in Mathews!
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Made in Mathews 2nd Annual “ART deTOUR” (NEW THIS YEAR!)
Visit www.madeinmathews.com for information and downloadable brochures or Pick up brochures (includes artist information, directions and map) at registration. More than a dozen local artists open their studio doors to visitors. See where they work, how they get their inspiration, and why Mathews is the location of choice for creating their art. Purchase special “Made in Mathews” treasures from their vast and varied collections!
Open Sunday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. as well.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Visit our local merchants for some excellent shopping on Main Street and beyond (see Local Shopping); Free art demonstrations at the Mathews Art Gallery, Main Street, 725-3326; Buy fresh local seafood from Island Seafood, Risby Town Road, Gwynn’s Island (725-4962, Open Sat 9-5) or from Joey on Main Street – Just look for his truck (yes, we’re serious; it’s as fresh as it gets and you’ll have a good story to tell your friends!)
4 p.m. – New Point Lighthouse Kayak Tour by Bay Country Kayaking; $45; Contact Shannon Alexander, 855-TO-KAYAK (toll free) or Shannon@baycountrykayaking.com, for more information and to sign up.
5-8 p.m. – SATURDAY NIGHT SEAFOOD FEAST AND PARTY AT THE WHARF – Williams Wharf Landing, Rt. 614
- FREE ADMISSION AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- A wide array of food and drinks will be available for purchase
- Fresh seafood by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Choices include steamed shrimp, roasted or raw oysters, crab cakes and more. Available for purchase on site – this company takes credit cards.
- Non-seafood options and dessert available also – Cash only please.
- Beer (Starr Hill brewery), Wine and soft drinks by the Mathews Rotary Club – Cash only please
- Entertainment/Dancing provided by the band and cast of Donk’s Theater, Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry
Sunday, May 19, 2013
EAT WITH US – FOOD OPTIONS
6:30-8:30 a.m. – Coffee and Donuts available at THMS (donation requested to benefit local church)
8-9:30 a.m. – Full Hot breakfast available at the Westville Christian Church, Main Street (back door entrance) – $7.00 – Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, sweet breads, cold cereal, milk, juice, coffee – reservations requested; walk-ins welcome – The BEST deal in town and GREAT food!
Try one of our local restaurants open for breakfast on Sunday – Seabreeze on Gwynn’s Island, Lynne’s Family Restaurant, Route 14/198, Hardee’s or Subway. Southwind Pizza is now open for Sunday Brunch at 9 a.m. , see “Local Eats”.
PLAY WITH US – ACTIVITIES OPTION
9-10:15 a.m. – Ride Recovery Yoga in the Halcyon Building (corner of Main and Church Streets) – Enter from Court Street; 3rd Floor; $12 fee; bring a yoga mat or towel; reservations not necessary; call 804-854-1769 for more information.
“No Frills Rides” – Ride routes not yet experienced like Gwynn’s Island (Gwynn’s Island Museum) or Mobjack (The Poddery)
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Special 15-mile Chesapeake Bay Foundation Ride starting at the Poddery (Rt. 660) where there will be a tour of the facility and shopping available; Led by TBA, and includes a historic narrative from Mobjack resident, Pam Muffelman.
Sunrise to Sunset – Launch your own personal kayak, canoe or any non-motorized watercraft from the floating docks at Williams Wharf Landing (Route 614 – 804-725-9685) and take a nice tour of the East River and Mobjack Bay. www.mathewslandconservancy.com
See Mathews by Water – www.visitmathews.com for opportunitiess
TAKE US HOME – SHOPPING OPTIONS
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Made in Mathews “ART deTOUR”
Visit www.madeinmathews.com for information and downloadable brochures or pick up brochures (includes artist information, directions and map) at registration. More than a dozen local artists open their studio doors to visitors. See where they work, how they get their inspiration, and why Mathews is the location of choice for creating their art. Purchase special “Made in Mathews” treasures from their vast and varied collections!
Noon-4 p.m. – Visit the Mathews Co. Visitors Center and the Mathews Art Gallery, Main Street, as well as other local merchants (see Local Shopping)
COME BACK TO SEE US – MATHEWS COUNTY EVENT INFORMATION
1) Mathews Market Days – Annual hometown festival held on the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day each year. Craft booths, Food, Games, 5K Race, Entertainment, Poster contest, Bake/Craft/Canning Contests and more! Website, 804-725-7196
2) Gwynn’s Island Festival – Held the last Saturday in June each year. The annual Chicken Dinner is Friday night from 4-7 p.m. and Festival Activities take place on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. For information, call Cricket Call at 804-725-7577.
3) Virginia’s Longest Yard Sale – Held the Saturday after Memorial Day each year from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Over 20 locations around Mathews take part selling antiques, collectibles and treasures you never knew you needed! Maps and information are available at the Visitor Center. Call for details 804-725-4229.
4) Open Studio Tour – Held the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving each year from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Over 12 of Mathews’ leading artisans invite you to experience the intimate spaces and places that inspire their vast and varied collections of art. Visit www.madeinmathews.com for details.
5) Williams Wharf Landing – This “gem” of Mathews is owned by the Mathews Land Conservancy and hosts a variety of events annually, such as Crew Regattas, Open Water Swims, Running Races, Sailing Camps, Summer Outdoor Concerts and much more. Visit www.mathewslandconservancy.com for event lists.
Visit www.visitmathews.com and click on community calendar for a full list of County happenings