Yorktown Lafayette statue to join Washington, de Grasse

The Marquis de Lafayette will soon join an ongoing conversation between George Washington and Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse in Yorktown.

A statue of the French military officer will be unveiled at an event Oct. 18. The statues will be situated in a “conversational triangle” on Water Street’s Riverwalk Landing, according to a news release.

The three men served vital roles in the American Revolution and the surrender at Yorktown — de Grasse was an admiral who commanded the French fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake, and Lafayette led troops throughout the war, including at the siege in Yorktown. Washington, of course, commanded the Continental Army.

The statues of Washington and de Grasse were erected in 2005.

Williamsburg artist Cyd Player sculpted the three statues and spent 10 months working on Lafayette.

The project was funded by the American Friends of Lafayette, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes remarks and singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem. The unveiling will be at 11:45 a.m.

Club says Brunswick stew will be back

The Yorktown Woman’s Club has served Brunswick stew during Yorktown Day for years, but its members won’t be dishing out the soup this Oct. 19.

The club is clear, however, that this will only be a one-year hiatus.

Jane May, president of the club, said the National Park Service cannot let the club serve food on park property. The club was not left with enough time to adjust its usual plans, leading to this year’s cancellation, according to May.

May said the club will cook the stew off park property next year. She estimated they serve about 500 people each year.

All the funds taken in by the club go to various charities, with $3,000 going to scholarships for York County high school seniors.

May said the club will be at the Yorktown Christmas Market in December.

Workboat races to kick off seafood festival

Local watermen will race their deadrises and other crafts in the Back River Sunday in the annual Poquoson workboat races.

The races kick off of the annual Poquoson Seafood Festival, which runs from Oct. 20-22.

Spectators can watch the races and participate in other festivities from Messick Point at the end of Messick Road.

Before the races, there will be a kickoff party at 10 a.m. The party will have live music and a bounce house and food will be for sale.

The participating boats will parade at noon, and the races start at 12:30 p.m.

Closings planned for Yorktown Day

Some offices in York County will be closed Oct. 19 — the anniversary of British General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender — for the annual Yorktown Day.

York County libraries, administrative offices and waste management offices will be closed. York-Poquoson Social Services will also be closed.

York-Poquoson courts, the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority, recycling and trash drop-off centers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension will be open.

Reyes can be reached by phone at 757-247-4692. Follow him on Twitter @jdauzreyes.

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