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Howl O Scream opens Sept 2014 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The cursed will take over Busch Gardens Williamsburg when Howl-O-Scream® opens Sept. 12, 2014 The Williamsburg Virginia theme park will present an all-new Terror-tory™ and will revive a fan favorite show to celebrate the 16th year of this popular fall event.
            Guests will notice the change almost immediately when they travel through the park’s haunted villages beginning at 6 p.m. A new song was produced this year to coincide with the park’s frightful offering. Rumor has it the song curses its listeners who must survive a night of paranormal horrors at Howl-O-Scream to lift it.
            Entertainment Vice President Scott Gasparich has one piece of advice for guests when the song plays over the park’s sound system.
            “Don’t listen,” he said. “The song is an integral part of this year’s Howl-O-Scream offerings. It is said that strange things start happening when guests hear that haunting melody.”
     Playing on the popularity of last year’s addition of Terror-tories™, the park’s scare experts are developing a new area in the park’s New France section called Wendigo Woods™. This new Terror-tory explores the frightful nature of the unknown.
“The startles in Wendigo Woods are more psychological than physical,” Gasparich said. “Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that scares you the most.”
      Wendigo Woods joins the park’s four other Terror-tories and six haunted houses comprising the park’s main Howl-O-Scream thrill elements. Other seasonal park offerings include Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park; dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Oktoberfest as well as live entertainment inside the park’s performance venues.
     As the park’s teams of startle experts finalize details of Wendigo Woods, another production team is putting a new twist on a popular live production that has been silent since 2011.
Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row is a modern rock-and-rhythm spectacular featuring Jack the Ripper in an electrifying percussion, dynamic dance and sensational singing revue in the park’s Globe Theatre.

 

“Our guests tell us time and time again to bring back Monster Stomp,” said Park President Carl Lum. “Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is a complete revision to the classic production with high-tech thrills that can only be created on the Globe Theatre stage.”
     Like the rest of Howl-O-Scream, the Busch Gardens’ team is ramping up the thrills of every element in this Howl-O-Scream production and encourages parents to think twice before bringing their children to the show.
“Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is not for the faint of heart,” said show production manager Phil Raybourn. “Monster Stomp in 2014 has a much darker theme than any production we’ve ever produced.”
     Video-mapping technology, 3-D soundscapes and other technology available inside the Globe Theatre transports the audience to London’s East End where the Ripper’s horrifying acts occurred.
     Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place.
Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.
 

Coming soon to Quarterpath at Williamsburg

HHHunt Homes is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Moore & Associates as the exclusive realty company for its Quarterpath townhome community, coming soon to Williamsburg. The realty company will provide comprehensive sales and marketing support for the mid-Atlantic region homebuilder’s newest multi-family offering.

 

“Our company is thrilled to be selected to represent HHHunt Homes in this project,” said Liz Moore, President of Liz Moore & Associates. “A combination of many factors makes this a unique housing opportunity in the local real estate market: HHHunt Homes’ innovatively planned townhomes; a highly desirable location in the City of Williamsburg; convenient access to I-64; and the pedestrian-friendly village plan for the community. We expect sales to be brisk.”

 

quarterpath at williamsburgSituated on 360 acres of picturesque, rolling terrain, Quarterpath will showcase two of HHHunt Homes’ architecturally distinct townhome designs, ranging in size from 1,867 to 1,981 square feet. Floorplans feature two or three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gourmet kitchens, spacious family rooms, plenty of flexible space and attached two-car garages. A great selection of modern design options is available. Planned amenities include a resident clubhouse and a pool with sundeck.

Prices will start in the $270’s

 

Quarterpath is ideal for savvy buyers desiring a vibrant backdrop for exceptional townhome living. Homes are marked by the same architectural charm found in historic Virginia towns. Residents can enjoy less home maintenance, energy efficiency and more free time with family and friends.

Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country are just a few of the exciting day-trip destinations just minutes from Quarterpath. Golf enthusiasts can challenge themselves at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course and Woods Golf Course. Foodies have an eclectic selection of local restaurants at which to dine. Also nearby are the Village Shops at Kingsmill, Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, The Market Place Shops and more.

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Residents have an abundance of local business, social and recreational opportunities: A local village green, scenic walking trails, a 22-acre pond, Quarterpath Park and Redoubt Park, top-notch medical facilities, the College of William & Mary, and art, cultural and historic venues.

 

“We are very pleased with our partnership with Liz Moore & Associates,” said Chelsea Sutton, marketing coordinator for HHHunt Homes’ Hampton Roads division. “The company understands our commitment to excellence in customer service, product, community and industry knowledge. We look forward to working with its highly skilled sales team.” 

For further information contact John Womeldorf, John@MrWilliamsburg.com  757 254 8136  

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STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN PERFORMS DURING GLORY AT THE GARDENS AT BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG

imageSteven Curtis Chapman will bring a little more glory to the gardens when he performs at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Aug. 23, 2014 Chapman will wrap up the Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola.
     Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million albums sold. His latest album, The Glorious Unfolding, speaks of the story that is each person’s life and how they unfold. “The theme was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending,” Chapman says.
Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre opens approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performance.  All Glory at the Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Purchase a Concert Dining Combo deal online and enjoy an appetizing dinner from any of the park’s signature restaurants and preferred seating for the show in the Royal Palace Theatre. For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

James City County Board of Supervisors appoints new county administrator

The James City County Board of Supervisors has unanimously appointed Bryan J. Hill as County Administrator effective Sept. 8, 2014. Hill has served as Deputy County Administrator for Beaufort County, South Carolina since January 2009. During a special meeting Aug. 8, the Board approved a 3-year contract for Hill with a starting salary of $170,000. He has expertise in areas of finance and budgeting, human resources and employee benefits as well as supervising all department heads within the Beaufort County organization. He first started with Beaufort County as a Budget Analyst in February 2008.

Hill was the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort/Bluffton Campus. He served as Director of Finance for the University of Maryland’s Office of Information and Technology as well as Director of Administration for the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Hill earned an Award for Academic Excellence from the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts and while at Maryland, earned the A. James Clark School of Engineering Staff Award plus a Commendation from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at their 50th Anniversary celebration. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Public Administration from Alfred University and his Masters from the University of South Carolina.

Hill is married and has three children. He coaches basketball, football and soccer and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Low Country.

Free passes to Colonial Williamsburg for Hampton Roads residents…

Starting Friday August 8, 2014 Colonial Williamsburg is offering an unbeatable end-of-summer deal to residents of the region – free one-day tickets to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums August 8 -15 for adults and accompanying children.
imageResidents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Gloucester County are eligible for the free tickets, as are those who live in Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
“We are extending this offer to people who live in communities that have been strong supporters of Colonial Williamsburg,” said Skip Ferebee, director of consumer strategy and sales. “Colonial Williamsburg is a national treasure located close to home. We invite our neighbors to experience all that a visit to the Revolutionary City offers – the interactive spy game, ‘RevQuest: The Old Enemy,’ 19 historic trades, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, 90 acres of gardens, 88 original structures and nearly 500 buildings reconstructed on the basis of extensive research and, last but not least, the engaging Revolutionary City street theater that puts visitors in the heart of a town in the throes of war.”
The free ticket offer is only available at Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center, located at 101 Visitor Center Drive, accessible via the Colonial Parkway, Virginia Route 132 and U.S. Route 60 Bypass Road. The ticket counter is open from 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Proof of residency is required to qualify for free ticket. Members of the military who have temporary residence status should provide military ID and a piece of mail or other document that includes local address. Ticket must be used on the date of issue.
Details about the offer are available here

The regular price of a one-day ticket is $43.95 for adults and $38.75 for children 6 to 15. Children under 6 are free.

East Coast Surfing Championship in VA Beach Celebrates 52nd Year Aug. 17-24

North America’s Oldest Running Surfing Competition will return to the shores of Virginia Beach.

More than 200 professional surfers come to compete for their share of a $125,000 total pro cash purse and ASP 4-Star points in the surfing competition at the heart of the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC) beach sports festival. And, with nearly 1,000 entries in a variety of competitive levels, ECSC more surfers participating than any event in the world.

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But ECSC is about more than just surfing. Over the past half century, ECSC has evolved into a unique weeklong celebration of beach sports, sounds and culture.  Recognized for years as one of the top events in the southeastern U.S., hundreds also take part in other competitions including BMX biking,  skimboarding, volleyball, an oceanfront 5K run, a swimsuit competition and more.
Live bands also perform for free on an oceanfront stage throughout the weekend. Country star Natalie Stovall and The Drive will perform Thursday night, Aug. 21, The Voice semi-finalist Bria Kelly will perform Friday evening, Aug. 22 and the Plain White Ts will take the stage Saturday night, Aug. 23.
There are fees to participate in competitions, but all other activities are free and open to the public.
For full details and a schedule of events, visit SurfECSC.com.

What to do in Williamsburg VA this week Aug 4-10th , 2014

August 4 –10 2014

Arms & Artillery Theme Month Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Aug 1-31, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (until 6 p.m. through August 15)
Explore weapons and tactics of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during Arms & Artillery theme month, 

The Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug 6, 7- 8:30 pm

The annual Summer Breeze concerts in Merchants Square return to Duke of Gloucester Street for the 23rd season. Our popular military bands from the USAF and the US Army will return each Wednesday in August. Concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair.

Williamsburg Premium Outlets Student/Educator Appreciation Month
Aug 1 -31,Mon – Sat 10am-9pm | Sun 10am-7pm
Students and Educators are invited to show their school identification card at the Information Booth located in the Food Court to receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book valued at $5.00

Star Party/Planetarium Laser Shows
Aug 9, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10 & 11:30 p.m.

Free sky observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. All shows $6, or $10 for two. Choose among six science or music-and-laser shows in the planetarium.

2nd Sunday Festival
Aug 10,11:00am – 5:00pm
Featuring over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro. Be sure to check out all of the artists coming to Prince George Street for 2nd Sundays.

Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps performs at Berkeley Plantation
Aug 7, 10:30 am
Berkeley Plantation is proud to host the performance of the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps. The corps is made up of 40 50 students ranging from ages 12-18.

General George McClellans 1862 Civil War Headquarters at Harrisons Landing
Aug 5, 9 – 11 am
This special Civil War Tour takes you through the life and times of the union soldier at Berkeley Plantation, General McClellans headquarters and supply base during July and August 1862. Refreshments served. Reservations required.

The Gallery at York Hall Art Exhibit
Aug 1- 31, Tues – Sat 10 am – 4 pm | Sunday 1-4 pm
A welcome center for visitors and gathering place for residents, The Gallery features artwork for show and sell year-round. In addition, limited engagement shows are presented, displaying themed exhibits. Featured in August: Pine Needle Basket Exhibit, featuring Joseph Jennings.

Photography Walk at York River State Park
Aug 9, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Leave only footprints, take only photographs during this ranger/photographer guided hike. Capture images of interesting wildlife and inspiring landscapes. Shutterbugs of all levels and all types of cameras are welcome.

Dinos Live! evening hours at Virginia Living Museum
Aug 9,  6-8 pm
The Dinos Live! exhibit and outdoor Fossil Find will be open at the Virginia Living Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. This year, for the first time, the VLM is featuring the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North Americas leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs

Music Under The Stars with U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND BAND NCO-LED Concert Band
Aug 7, 7:00 p.m.
Music Under the Stars at Magnolia Park is presented by the U.S. Army TRADOC Band and features various configurations of that ensemble. The concerts take at Magnolia Park at Fort Eustis

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown 96th Anniversary Band Concert
Aug 6, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorates its 96th birthday celebration with a concert by the United States Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk, VA. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Riverwalk Landing.

The Traveling Players Ensemble presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Kimball Theatre
Aug 5, 7:30 pm
Traveling Players Ensemble performs Twelfth Night, Shakespeares topsy-turvy comedy of mismatched love, mistaken identity and mischief. Suffering from love, self-love or love of drink, nearly everyone behaves foolishly (except the Fool), until an improbable love restores and reconnects them all.

Only Lovers Left Alive Kimball Theatre
Aug 6- 17, 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
This movie is set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, vampire Adam (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his enigmatic lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton).

 

Prince George Movie Nights
Aug 10, Starts at dusk
Enjoy FREE movies each summer Sunday evening outdoors on Prince George Street. This week playing the movie North by Northwest. Brought to you by Blue Talon Bistro.

Magic of Harmony Show Chorus at Grace Episcopal Churchyard
Aug 10, 6:00- 7:00 pm
A favorite local singing group performing traditional barbershop melodies and contemporary pop and musical theater songs. Bring a chair or blanket and pack a picnic supper.

Yankees in the Streets: Williamsburg during the Civil War
Aug 7, 11:30 am 12:30 am
Williamsburg is known for its 18th-century history, but what happened here during the Civil War? Join historian and author Carson Hudson for an illustrated lecture on a different aspect of Williamsburgs history.

Tasting Tomatoes by A Chefs Garden Tour & Tasting
Aug 8- 9, 10:00 am noon
Explore the different methods of cooking and preparing Virginia tomatoes in this Chefs Garden Tour and Tasting. Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank will share his passion for this gift from the garden with inspired recipes and unexpected pairings.

  

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