Second annual Yorklyn Day highlights the history and heritage of Yorklyn Village.

It’s time for Hockessin’s neighboring village to shine, as Yorklyn Day 2018 looms right around the corner.

Started last year, and cosponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Center for the Creative Arts, the Preserve at Auburn Heights, among others, Yorklyn Day is a chance to show off the history and the new progress happening throughout Yorklyn.

It’s also an opportunity for DNREC Environmental Program Administrator Matt Chesser to show off the work that’s been accomplished at the former National Vulcanized Rubber (NVF) plat that has been the site of several ongoing DNREC environmental cleanup and renovation programs.

Although a number of things Chesser said last year he would like to see in place by Yorklyn Day 2018 haven’t yet materialized – the Delaware Symphony Orchestra amphitheater is still forthcoming – there has been plenty of progress at NVF and throughout the Yorklyn area since last June.

“We’re working on our trail network project [and] we installed our new historic bridge over the Red Clay Creek off Benge Road – although it isn’t useable yet, but we plan to finish that up this summer and swing another bridge in place by late summer,” Chesser said.

A third bid for a bridge package will go out in the fall, and a second bid for a wetlands project in late summer/early fall, Chesser said.

The biggest change since last year has been the demolition of the former “Mill Six” NVF building, the site of which is under private development – one of several private developers with goals for the area.

“They have to build up the foundation before they can start,” Chesser said. “The rain has slowed us down – seems like we went from a lot of snow to a lot of rain.”

While the completed trail network connecting sites from CCArts to Auburn Heights is not yet completed, folks will be able to take shuttles both from the parking lot at H.B. DuPont Middle School and throughout the numerous areas and activities.

CCarts Executive Director Terry Foreman said she’s excited to see the event return and expand.

“It’s really a day that will have something for everyone – if you’re a foodie, if you like arts and crafts, or you just want to spend the day outdoors,” she said.

The day will feature a roster of activities at a number of sights, including:

At CCArts -

A juried show of fine art and crafts at CCarts

Hands-on art activities for children to adults ages 4 and up

Meet CCArts teachers and do cool projects (prices from $1 to $3 each)

Create a work of art in chalk and pastels on the winding trail next to CCArts along lower Snuff Mill row. Registration is $3 per person, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with prizes to be awarded. Categories include children, families, teens and professional artists.

Ceramics Program Pottery Sales and pottery wheel demos

Plein Air Painting demo with artist Heidi Benson painting live outside

At Auburn Heights –

Opening at 12:30 p.m. for  Steamin’ Day fun,  grounds and Marshall Steam Museum open for free

Antique Auto and train rides (fee applies: four rides is $11 ages 13-and-up, $8 for children 12 and under)

Mansion Tours ($8, ages 13 and up, $4 for children 12 and under, for tour of both floors)

Firing-up demo (setting a steam car in motion)

Kids crafts and operating 1930s Lionel model train display

Ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery

At the Yorklyn Bridge Trail –

Kid Zone with participatory fun for all ages

“Edutainer” Jungle John) will present his Dinosaur Show at 1 p.m. and his live Reptile Show at 2:30 p.m.

Pony rides offered by Cozy Quarters Farm from 2 to 5 p.m.

Local vendors and exhibitors

A sidewalk chalk contest ($5 fee to enter)

Fare from a number of area food trucks

There will also be games, beer tasting, and live music at Dew Point Brewing, a special exhibit – “Discover Yorklyn:  Mill Town, Hometown, Our Town” – at the adjacent Garrett Snuff Mill property, and free tours at the Yorklyn Pool.

For more information, visit yorklynday.org.