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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.

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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.

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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.

Duesies are coming to the Burg ! Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style

The Duesenberg Tour – a fleet of some of the country’s most rare classic automobiles will tour Greater Hampton Roads on October 19-25  and they will come to Williamsburg VA on Oct 19th, 2014  Duesenbergs, usually seen only at classic car shows or on screen, are hard to miss – especially when 21 of them travel together. 
In recent years some of those fortunate few who own Duesenbergs have driven them together on week-long tours, usually in the western part of the country.  Dwight Schaubach, a Suffolk VA businessman and Duesie owner, wanted to bring the vintage cars from all across the county to their first tour in Virginia and North Carolina in the “Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style.”  The tour will take the luxury autos from their tour base in Williamsburg to North Carolina as well as the Eastern Shore of VA. 
Glamour and quality define the Duesenbergs. One of the luxury car’s most recent screen roles was in “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio driving a 1929 Duesenberg Model J.  Inaccurate, perhaps, because the movie was set in 1922 but the car radiated an aura of wealth and class that was all Gatsby – and is all Duesenberg.


After touring Smithfield, the tour will continue down VA10 to Suffolk and on to Hertford, Edenton and Duck in North Carolina. Their return to Williamsburg on Wednesday will bring them back up VA 10 in the late afternoon to the ferry in Surry. 
The 80+ year old Duesenbergs are the creation of two German brothers, August and Frederick Duesenberg, self-taught engineers who specialized in experimental and sports cars. In 1920 the brothers opened a plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, to produce top-of-the-line passenger cars. Their innovative Model A’s came with straight eight engines, single overhead camshafts and four wheel hydraulic brakes. 
Tom Mix and Rudolph Valentino were among their celebrity customers but production lagged, sales struggled and the company went bankrupt in two years. In 1925 Cord Automobile bought the company – and the brothers’ expertise – to build luxury cars with the Duesenberg name. The company produced probably fewer than 800 vehicles, priced from $15,000 up and sold to the rich and famous including The Duke of Windsor and Clark Cable as well as other well-to-do.  But in 1937, as the country sunk into the Depression, the factory closed. Only an estimated half of those fabulous cars may still exist. Retired late night talk show host Jay Leno reported owns several of those – Schaubach owns two.

50% Off Admission to Howl O Scream for Veterans

Just a reminder that  Veterans and Active Duty Military can get 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg single day tickets!

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought.  For your courage, valor and sacrifice, we thank you.


In addition to the current Waves of Honor complimentary program for active military, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is celebrating our heroes for bookings through October 26, 2014 with 50% off single-day admission tickets (off front gate price) for qualified service members and veterans.  This offer can be redeemed from September 2 – October 26, 2014.

This offer is available to veterans and military members from U.S. only.  This offer is available exclusively online or at participating military bases. This offer is not available at the front gate.  Up to six (6) single-day admissions can be purchased.

Active duty military who have already visited our parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary program in the last 12 months can take advantage of this offer.

Click here to check out all the details!

For non military Busch Gardens is still offering several coupons for discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Visitors can find coupons for $5 off admission ($10 off if tickets are purchased online) at Wendy’s locations and through Papa John’s Pizza

What to do in Williamsburg VA Oct 13-19, 2014

Yorktown Day
Oct 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
October 19th, 1781: – The surrender at Yorktown was a decisive victory by a combined force of American and French Army troops, led by Generals Washington, and Rochambeau, over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. This was the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
Oct 17-19, 10am – 10/11pm.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through Wendigo Woods, one of five Terror-tories; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp on Ripper Row or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.

Berkeley, Edgewood & Shirley Plantations present Hauntings Tales & Tours
Oct 13, begins at 3:30 at Shirley Plantation, continue to Berkeley and end at Edgewood
This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia. Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour .

Yorktown Victory Celebration Yorktown Victory Center
Oct 18,- 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 233rd anniversary of Americas momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Yorktown Day on October 19 features a parade and commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies in historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield.

New Town Art Gallery and Opera in Williamsburg
Oct 15, 6- 8 p.m.
New Town Art Gallery and the cast of Opera in Williamsburg will be hosting a curtain-raiser for Gaetano Donizettis opera Lucia di Lammermoor on Wednesday, October 15th between 6-8 PM.  The cast will be performing several arias from the opera.

Kimball Theatre A Grand Medley of Entertainment
Oct 13, 7:30 p.m
Owen Murdocks company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling show, but things arent going well. Everything that can go wrong, does!

Jamestown Settlement presents: Peter Firstbrook
Oct 14, 3:00 p.m.
Author and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Firstbrook will speak in Jamestown Settlements Robins Foundation Theater at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, on the exploits and accomplishments of Captain John Smith, the subject of his new book, A Man Most Driven.

Premium Outlets Pink Event
Through Oct 31, Mon – Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm
Williamsburg Premium Outlets  is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Simon Information Center located in the Food Court to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores.

Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset Tour
Oct 17, 5:30 PM
Enjoy a walking tour to the Harrison graveyard with stories of Berkeleys hauntings, hor doeuvres served at sunset and candlelight tour of the 1726 mansion.  Reservations required.

MAD about Chocolate features Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy
Through Oct 31, Tue-Sat, 9 am – 6 pm
Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy, new art by Connie Desaulniers.  Bearing the color-saturated trademark of Connies art, the new paintings and sculptures include a series on Objects of Desire, plus other food and sculptural art.

Williamsburg Library presents: A Dewey Decibel Concert LCV Project
Oct 16, 7:30 pm
Dewey Decibel Concerts LCV Project -  Join Louis C. Vangieri  for a delightful concert experience. He performs a blend of instrumental folk, country, swing, pop, traditional, soft jazz, bluegrass, classical, nostalgia and well-written original works. Cost: This concert is free charge and tickets are not needed.

Kimball Theater presents Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return
Oct 16, 7:30 p.m.
Can Sally resist the advances of the Squire and stay true to her Thomas until his return from the sea? Find out as member of The Governors Musick and guest performers join the four-member cast. Thomas Arnes 1760 afterpiece Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return was the first fully sung English play performed on the American stage.

William & Mary School of Education: Reading between the Wines
Oct 17, 6:00 pm
Join best-selling author Adriana Trigiani and Literacy for Life for scrumptious food, delicious wine, exciting live and silent auctions, and a presentation by Adriana! The event is Friday, October 17th at 6 PM at the William & Mary School of Education Building, 301 Monticello Ave. in Williamsburg. All proceeds directly benefit Literacy for Life.

How and Why Rain Gardens Learn and Grow Educational Series, Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Oct 18,10:00 – 11:30 AM
Master Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments, and will provide information about their construction in home gardens.  With Powerpoint slides and demonstrations, she will suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments.

New Town Art Gallery Welcomes Back Wood Turner Bill Casto
Oct 15- 19
Bill Casto,  a former William & Mary football coach and Apprentice School Athletic Director, creates nationally competitive wood sculptures. He uses driftwood from local waters and weathered wood to carve interpretive or stylized pieces of art.  He attempts to capture the essence of the wildfowl rather than a realistic duplication of his subject.

Toshi Yoshida exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art
Oct 16-Jan 11, 2015: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM|Sat – Sun: Noon – 4 PM | Monday: Closed
Toshi Yoshida, 1911-1995 October 16, 2014 January 11, 2015 Whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a visit to the Muscarelle is always an invigorating and  unique experience  in Williamsburg.

Meet Capt. Don Molina: English Captive, Spanish Spy
Oct 18, 12 and 2 pm
Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview with those wishing to meet him but beware he is alleged to be a Spanish spy!

GO APE! Announces Treetop Junior Nights at Height
Oct 17, 7pm, 7:30pm,& 8pm
Treetop Junior turns into a Haunted Forest at Freedom Park Go Ape Treetop Junior, an outdoor adventure course at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, will open on select nights in October for Treetop Junior Nights at Height. Designed for ages 3 12.

Cogans Deli & Sports Pub presents The Delvers
Oct 18, 8-11pm
The Delvers (Howard Anby, Jay Shenk, Michael Glass & David Merrill) perform an eclectic blend of swing, blues, roots country, rock, jazz and Americana. The members have been making music together in various incarnations both casual and professional for more than 25 years. They feature a song list ranging from Gershwin to the Grateful Dead.

Kimball Theatre: Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music Concert
Oct 18, 7-8:30 pm
Interested in music and Chinese culture? This unique performance is a must-see! Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music refers to a form of traditional Chinese music using ceramic instruments (known in Chinese as ou). The rare art has become a dynastic treasure since the 8th century, and is popular among commoners as well as the elite.

Night of the Living Museum
Oct 18, 2 5-8 p.m.
Are you ready for a wild night of scary animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and mad scientists? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 15th year. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists.

Fright Light Laser Show
Oct 18, 8 p.m.
Its a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular! This program is family-friendly; inappropriate lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists. Representing a variety of unique original works.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Flying Cow Creations Trunk Show with Artist Valerie Johnson
Oct 19, 11:00am 4:00pm
Come out and visit Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations as she presents an exciting trunk show featuring some of her latest creations. Needle felting and paper mache are Valeries specialties.

This Century Art Education Center Art Workshop Painting the Clothed Figure with Jan Ledbetter
Oct 20, 9:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Creative, interactive workshop on figure painting. Learn to create dynamic, original designs. All skill levels welcome. All mediums welcome.



Every year in fall, people spent an entertaining afternoon on the lawn surrounding the historic ruins of one of Colonial America’s grandest mansions. Enjoying the barbecue feast, pleasing music and a wonderful silent auction, exalts the imagination of the outstanding lifestyle that was lived by three generations of the Page family. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent guest at the mansion along with many historic personalities who shaped our country. The annual barbecue is the largest fundraiser to support the expenses associated with maintaining the Rosewell Ruins preserving the historic site for future generations. Local businesses as well as many individuals and families help make this possible with their donations.

The Rosewell Foundation is looking forward to host all these history interested parties joining year by year or being new to the historic site and searching for more information about. Whatever the relationship to Rosewell is, the event will relive a day in history in everybody’s mind.

Please call or visit the visitor center to order your tickets in advance.

The Annual Barbecue at the Rosewell Ruins is this Sunday, October 19th 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $12.50 per child (6 – 12) Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Rosewell Foundation visitor center at 804-693-2585.

BBQ – and sides , Live Band , Silent Auction

The ruins of one of the finest mansions built in the colonies sits on the bank of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Though slightly changed by a later owner and ravaged by time and economic hardships, Rosewell was still regarded as a place of grandeur and importance. Through the years following the war between the states, parties and dances continued in the Great Hall. Finally, in 1916, a tragic fire swept the mansion leaving a magnificent shell which is testament to 18th century craftsmanship and dreams.

What remains are the four chimneys, the east wall with its regal compass head window complete with carved keystone, the wine cellar and enough of the walls that one may sense the proportion and scale of this unique structure. The fourth and last family to own Rosewell donated the ruins site to the Gloucester Historical Society in 1979. Since 1995, the Rosewell Foundation has taken on the mission of preserving, studying, and presenting this historic ruin.

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