Neighborhood News

Maintenance of The Upper Dam Wall

posted Sep 16, 2020, 11:55 AM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Sep 16, 2020, 12:02 PM ]

A recent inspection of the upper dam revealed trees and shrubs growing on the dam wall that will adversely impact the health of the dam and must be removed.  Having tree roots in the dam wall can decrease it's load-carrying ability (meaning it can weaken the dam) and therefore they need to be removed before there is a significant issue.

Please refer to the illustration below to familiarize yourself with the general location in question. The areas in red are the areas where we will be removing vegetation. This action is pending, based on the availability of the contractor, but should be within the next several weeks.

Please reach out to a board member if you have any questions or concerns!


The House of Mercy Food Drive at The Vineyard Was a Success!

posted Jul 14, 2020, 10:58 AM by Vineyards Website Admin



The Food Drive benefiting the House of Mercy was held at the Gazebo here in the Vineyards on Saturday, July 11th and was a terrific success.  Due to the generosity of many, 69 bags of much-needed groceries and $120.00 of financial contributions were received.  Perhaps the larger contribution was by the families who organized and staffed the event - it was a hot, sunny day.  Thank you to The Clemens and Mansisidor contingents!

The Vineyards Pool Is Now Closed For The Season

posted Sep 9, 2019, 1:53 PM by Vineyards Website Admin

Our rejuvenated pool had a great first year and the season has sadly come to an end.  It's cover is being put on today and the system has been winterized.  The pool will re-open on Labor Day, so get ready!



The 2019 Annual CDR 5K Run Will Be Hosted By The Vineyards On Saturday, August 10, 2019

posted Aug 3, 2019, 6:41 AM by Vineyards Website Admin

The Annual CDR (Childhood Developmental Resources) 5K charity run will once again be hosted by the Vineyards at Jockey;s Neck community and the event is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019.  For those unfamiliar with the CDR organization, it is a non-profit serving Williamsburg and James City County to help individuals and families with childhood developmental needs.  You can read more about the organization at http://www.cdr.org  

As in the past, the event setup will begin on Friday afternoon before the event.  The Clubhouse parking lot will be the base for the run and you'll see tents and porta-pottys being set up.  There are a few changes this year which will help with general congestion on the streets.  The "Fun Run" that typically preceded the 5K will not be held this year.  In its place with be an obstacle course run which will be on the Clubhouse grounds.  Also, the Start/Finish line will be moved to an area just South of the swimming pool where the stone was placed for repair of the pool.

Please expect participants and their visitors to begin entering the neighborhood around 6:30 AM Saturday morning.  Parking will be as it has been in prior years in areas 1-4.  The areas will be filled in their numerical order.  We will do our best to keep cars off of areas 3 & 4, but it will depend on the turnout.

The run will begin at 8:00 AM and Jockey's Neck Trail will be closed to traffic from about 7;45 - 8:30 and then traffic will be restricted as there will be many runners on the course from the start/finish line to the entrance of Jockey's Neck Trail.  The back gate (at the far end of JNT will be open for all residents East of the start finish line to leave and enter the neighborhood.  For those West of the start finish line please plan your travel in and out of the neighborhood based on the restricted times mentioned above.

The event will be wrapped up by 1:00 PM, but you can expect the runners / walkers to be off the course by 11:00 AM.

August 10th Is Super Turf Saturday!

posted Jul 14, 2019, 5:22 AM by Vineyards Website Admin





This event is hosted by the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners, who together operate the Turf Love program in James City County. Several Vineyards at Jockey’s Neck residents have recently participated in Turf Love, so we’re hopeful they’ll want to continue their eco-friendly lawn care education and attend Super Turf Saturday.

Super Turf Saturday will take place on Saturday, August 10th, from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the JCC Rec Center on Longhill Road. The event is free but registration is encouraged. Topics covered will include: “Growing Healthy Turf in Hampton Roads,” “Controlling Common Lawn Weeds,” and “Using Compost for Better Soil Management.”

You can download a copy of the flyer at the end of this news story - it's in PDF format!

Friday Frenzy Benefits More Than Those In Our Neighborhood!

posted Jul 13, 2019, 7:19 PM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Jul 13, 2019, 7:19 PM ]



On 5 July the first Friday Frenzy of the season was held hosted by John Herrin and Susan Miller. We had a great turnout - 55 in attendance.

In addition a food drive was conducted based on needs from the surrounding food pantries. The hosts decided to donate the collected food to Grove Christian Outreach Center just off Route 60.

On 9 July Diana Skelton and Jackie Sherlock delivered 212 pounds of collected food items which equate to approximately 176 meals. All food items will go to the people of Grove. A big Thank you to those who contributed.

 “Making a Difference in our Community-One Life at a Time."

When Using The Community Pool Please Follow These Simple Directions

posted Jul 13, 2019, 7:11 PM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Jul 13, 2019, 7:20 PM ]





To: All Members of the Vineyards Homeowners Association, Inc.

From: HOA Board

Re: Use of the Vineyards Pool

Dear Member of the Vineyards:

The Vineyards Homeowners Association, Inc. board held its monthly meeting July 8, 2019. Several issues were raised about the use of our newly refurbished pool. Issues were:

a. Hours of Operation:

b. Use by non-household guests.

c. Pool furniture.

Feedback is as follows:

The pool is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There’s a possibility the pool will remain open later once the underwater lights have been fixed. Night swimming is not allowed by law unless underwater lighting is operational.

Use by non-household guests. We want all our residents and their guest to use our newly refurbished pool. The word “guest” refers to immediate family members and guests residing in your home. Non-household guests from other neighborhoods are not considered guests for pool use. A resident must remain at all times with their guests due to liability issues.

The pool furniture should be used with care. Currently, there are three broken umbrellas. Replacements have been ordered. The pool service this year is being handled by Signature Pool Services. Our pool has never looked better.

As a reminder, pets are NOT permitted in the pool area. Please place all trash in designated trash bins. Inappropriate language is unacceptable. Anyone using harsh language will be asked to leave.

2019 Vineyards Friday Frenzy Season Is Upon Us!

posted Jun 23, 2019, 5:30 AM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Jun 23, 2019, 5:30 AM ]



Vineyard Families:   This year’s first Friday Frenzy will be on Friday, July 5, at the newly renovated Clubhouse, beginning at 6:30.  All are welcome.  The frenzy is hosted by John Herrin and Susan Miller; they will provide the main entrée of pulled pork and fried chicken.  As in previous years, host will provide an entrée and the hospitality committee provides water, soft drinks, paper products and utensils.  Attendees are invited to bring a side dish to share with neighbors and an adult beverage if so inclined.

Something new this year - We are asking families to donate food items so local food pantries can stock up for the summer.  With schools closed, numerous children will not be getting their free lunches. According to the Williamsburg Salvation Army, in an article in the Gazette, dated 15 June and on local television, 19 June, they expect 800 to 1,000 children will need services this summer.  It is encumbered upon us who have plenty to share with those less fortunate.  Please consider bringing much needed items. Suggestions include canned items such as Tuna, fruit, stew, or vegetables. Other selections much needed are peanut butter, Spaghetti sauce, powdered milk, Mac and Cheese, and Potatoes.  Low-sodium and non-allergy products are also good choices.

If you are  unable to attend the Frenzy , feel free to drop off items at the clubhouse on  July 5,  or any time prior to that  at Diana Skelton/Danny Switzer’s home at 2697 Jockey’s Neck Trail.  They will see that the food items get to one or all of the following:  Salvation Army, FISH, or the Grove Christian Outreach Center’s  Summer Meals for Kids.

Pool Deck Replacement Work Is Now Underway!

posted Mar 7, 2019, 4:49 AM by Vineyards Website Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 4:49 AM ]



After a 30 year run our pool deck is in need of replacement and the HOA Board has spent the last year evaluating options and has awarded the contract for it's replacement.  At the same time the pool skimming piping will be replaced as it too has failed in a few places.  This work had been outlined on our long term capital plan and has been properly reserved in our capital fund to pay for the work.

As you can see from the first day photos - the cracks in the deck are extensive.  The project includes deck removal, piping evaluation and replacement, old fence and plantings removal as part of the first phase.  The plumbing will be fixed, a new deck poured and a new fence and finally landscaping completed.  At this time it is anticipated to be complete for opening day (Memorial Day Weekend)!  Once complete it positions our pool to be good for an additional 30+ years

Charity in The Vineyards

posted Dec 20, 2018, 4:20 AM by Vineyards Website Admin

Neighbors - thank you so much for your generosity of non-perishable items for the less fortunate. We collected over 500 pounds of food items. Diana Skelton and Kathy Bevins distributed the food to FISH and Grove Outreach Center. Both organizations were extremely happy to receive our donations. Based on an established formula our donations will contribute to over 500 meals. I'm so proud to be apart of such a loving and giving community. Way to go Vineyards - thank you!
 - The Hospitality Committee


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