YOU GUYS the “Air-me-own” is finally here!
I’m not going to try to tell you what it is or why it’s important- lots of people have done a good job of that already. But I will give you the inside scoop on what there is to do in Yorktown! I went there this afternoon, here’s what I learned:
1) It’s pronouced “air-me-own”. At least according to the lady at the info tent!
2) Parking is a pain- just be patient, allow yourself plenty of time, and ask all the people in bright event staff tshirts for advice on where to park. The good news is, it’s free to park.
3) If you want to actually get ON the boat, please get there early in the morning. You need a (free) ticket to get on. Although they’re free tickets, you must pick them up there, in person. Also, you can only pick up your own tickets- you can’t pick up tickets for other people. The lady I talked to said that people started lining up at 6:30 am this morning– when we arrived at about 1:30 pm today they had already sold out for Saturday. They will start handing tickets out at 8am Sunday and the tours will be from 9am-4pm.
4) Get the bread and cheese from Crown Point Bread Co.! It’s super delicious- a really hearty, nutty bread and sharp Vermont cheddar. They drove down all the way from upstate New York to meet the ship- plus they have BY FAR the best tent, hands-down.
5) In the field by the Waterfront (where the Yorktown Farmer’s Market usually is), there are blacksmiths at work, there’s an exhibit about the ship, and there are a few reenactors who are happy to answer your questions and who have tons of fun toys to play with.
6) Besides the stuff by the waterfront, many of Yorktown’s museums are also open, and some of them are free. One is the York County Historical Museum– the museum is actually in the basement (where it is nice and cool and air-conditioned!) and there are docents and curators there who are really eager to tell you all about the artifacts they have there and what they can tell us about people’s everyday lives back in the day.
7) There’s a little art fair on Main Street called the Virginia’s Finest Fair. There’s handmade art, jewelry, furniture, and food- brisket sandwiches, popsicles, crepes, and kettle corn, among other delectables. There’s also a farmstand from Allen’s Farm near Williamsburg.
Here’s the map of where L’Hermione will go next! For an excellent detailed history of the story of this ship, Lafayette, and what its voyage meant for the Americans, go to the Journal of the American Revolution’s article, “Lafayette’s Second Voyage to America: Lafayette and L’Hermione.”
Here’s a link to the complete schedule of events for the remainder of today and tomorrow, and a couple of highlights below:
Saturday, June 6:
8:30 pm- Premiere of the one-act play “Lafayette”.
Sunday, June 7:
1:00 p.m. Lecture. Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, will present “Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: Odyssey of an American Idol.” Yorktown Victory Center. Free and Open to the Public.
The ship sets sail on Monday, so tomorrow is your last chance to see it! Feel free to leave your tips in the comments below-