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  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
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    • A little something sweet for National Cookie Month
      By Aine Cain Dessert really is timeless. Cookies, cakes, biscuits, crackers – We think of them as distinctive snacks, each with a personality all its own. Not so in the 18th century. Cracknels So for National Cookie month, we’ll pause to chew on the history of this delicious baked snack. Cookies ... Continue Reading »
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      By Toni Guagenti The sun wanes through the oversized windows of the Apollo Room at the Raleigh Tavern. An electric lantern shines just enough light on the wide-plank wood floor to cast eerie shadows – which is appropriate for the conversation being held within the room’s four walls. The room is meant to represent a meeting room ... Continue Reading »
    • A Window to Bruton Parish Church’s Past: A celebration of 300 years of history and ministry
      By Karen Gonzalez Bruton Parish was established in 1674 from the merger of two local parishes. The church building quickly became too small for the area’s growing population and was continually expanded to accommodate more parishioners. Eventually Virginia’s royal governor, Alexander Spotswood, drafted plans for a cruciform-shaped church. Rector James Blair […]
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      The pomegranates are now in their perfection. Pomegranate fruit Many visitors to Williamsburg are surprised to see this exotic fruit in the garden, but the pomegranate has a long history in Virginia. Pomegranates were first recorded in Virginia by Robert Beverley in 1705 and George Wythe of Williamsburg ... Continue Reading »
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      The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is currently presenting “Beloved Women of Chota: War Women of the Cherokee” on the Charlton State through Nov. 2. Produced by the American Indian Initiative at Colonial Williamsburg, the production commemorates the Cherokee peoples’ ties to Virginia in the 18th century. “‘The Beloved Women of Chota’ is a significant addit […]
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Home appreciation continues in the US

Say it isn’t so. 

According to a report released Tuesday by RealtyTrac, the median sales price of a home in the U.S. was $195,000 in September — up 15% from  September 2013. September was the 30th consecutive month where U.S. median home prices increased on an annual basis, and the 15 percent annual increase is the LARGEST annual percentage increase since October 2005

Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, said “Median home prices nationally in September were boosted by a new low in the share of distressed sales during the third quarter, resulting in fewer home sales on the lower end,”

He added that “Some of the biggest increases in median prices are in markets in the Midwest, Southeast and Inland California, where home prices are still considered a relative bargain for both investors and owner-occupant buyers,”

5 real estate markets with the largest annual home price jumps

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Of course  not all markets look like Detroit. In fact, in more than half of the 102 metro areas examined by RealtyTrac, median home prices increased less than 10% from a year ago.

Urbanna Oyster Fest Nov 7-8 2014

Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The town’s streets are closed to vehicle traffic and become filled with oyster booths, seafood dishes, music and crafts. The festival highlight is the oyster shucking contest which draws spectators from around the world.

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We’ve got Oyster, Oyster, Oysters and whole lot more! One of a kind artisan craft vendors, renowned artists, fantastic oyster exhibits illustrating our colorful waterfront history, fireman’s parade, oyster festival parade, waterfront activities, live music and other performances over the full two days of the event, Oyster Festival Queen & Little Miss Spat crowing, Oyster Shucking Contest featuring CHAMPION Shucker DEBORAH PRATT!  The Town of Urbanna Welcomes you and your family to come join in the fun!  Come by boat and anchor at the marina or in the harbor, park you cars just across the bridge from the town and catch a hay ride in! 

The Saturday parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival has become the focal point of the weekend. It has grown from an event featuring antique cars and floats to a parade encompassing a large Shriners contingency, numerous marching bands, and beauty queens and their courts from across the state. This is an annual tradition that cannot be missed.

November 7/8, 2014

Find out more here

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens Nov 21 for 2014 season

Yes, I know Halloween isn’t even here yet but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already putting away Howl O Scream and making preparations to open Christmas Town on Nov 21st

The Williamsburg theme park’s annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 21, 2014 and runs select days through Dec. 31. Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. image
     A night at Christmas Town lets guests take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. True to its European heritage,Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions.
     Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Christmas Town at a special Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s eight million Christmas lights. An aerial photographer will capture the moment when Busch Gardens Christmas Town transforms into the place where Christmas shines brightest.
Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
     Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season.
     Annual pass members can save even more with an exclusive offer designed just for them.  Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases.  Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.
     Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and an operating schedule. While there, sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates and be the first to know about upcoming special offers on Christmas Town tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

Eastern State Property in James City County is up for sale. :(

Yes, that’s a sad face in the title. One of the most beautiful pieces of un-developed land is now for sale in Williamsburg.

The state of Virginia is selling  419 surplus acres of property at  Eastern State Hospital.  The property is immediately adjacent to New Town, which is a 365 acres, very successful, mixed use project that has been developed over the last 12 years.

The site has been surplused by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2008 a group of stakeholders (not endorsed by the Commonwealth) in the region founded a conceptual plan by Urban Design Associates for this site. The Commonwealth of Virginia has several agencies, including a DMV Customer Service Center, in the region that may require new office space as part of the
development of this project.

CB Richard Ellis of Virginia, Inc. is marketing the surplus property on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Anybody want to chip in to keep it from being developed ?

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Inn at Warner Hall salutes Vets

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

This Veterans Day, the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester VA is honored to open its doors for the men and women across the country who have served and sacrificed for this great nation.
For Veterans Day, we will gift eight rooms for the night of Nov. 10 here at Warner Hall to the first veterans who call to reserve them.
Four rooms will be reserved for active duty military members and four for retirees or those who have completed their active duty service.
Not a veteran and receiving this email? Please forward it to someone who can benefit!

Call now! 804.695.9565.

More info here

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Second Sundays Festival Brings Artisanal And Musical Fun To Prince George Street in Williamsburg VA

Every second Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Prince George Street is filled with artists showcasing their crafts and musicians performing up and down the street.

The 2nd Sundays Festival takes place every month, except for January and February, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It goes along the upper block of Prince George Street and extends down North Boundary Street. Local artists pay in order to showcase their work while multiple musicians preform live at different stages throughout the festival. The director of 2nd Sundays, Shirley Vermilion, created the event in 2010. Vermilion grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia and lived in both Seattle and Richmond before she moved to Williamsburg in 2001.

“Williamsburg for a long time felt like it was all about history,” Vermilion said. “It was all it really did and Colonial Williamsburg kind of did everything, and that was what drove it.”

Vermilion was surprised when she found out that some of her neighbors in Williamsburg ranged from mystery novelists and children’s book authors to potters. However, Vermilion found out that it was difficult for them to display their work unless they left Williamsburg, as local opportunities were limited.

Vermilion originally decided to reserve her local clubhouse and feature around 15 local artists in a show she called First Colony Arts Bazaar. According to Vermilion, the show was well-attended and well-loved.

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

“I always thought, ‘here we are a tourist town; we need something like this downtown,’” Vermilion said.

In 2010 Vermilion contacted the Blue Talon Bistro executive chef and owner David Everett and general manager and owner Adam Steely to ask if they would help her facilitate an art festival on Prince George Street.

More of the story here

September 2014 Real Estate Market Share Update Williamsburg VA

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

Our office’s listings and sales were almost equal to the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions,  Century 21 Nachman and ReMax Capital  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2014

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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