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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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Read the latest Fords Colony newsletter for July 2015

Anyone considering a move to Williamsburg will find lots of valuable info for the Fords Colony community and Williamsburg VA. Explore the 52+ active clubs, see what’s happening below..

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STAR SPANGLED NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH EXTENDED FIREWORKS

– Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015. Guests can enjoy patriotic themes throughout the park during the day. The sky lights up at night with fireworks choreographed to a moving original soundscape. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

This Friday and Saturday, guests will enjoy an extended fireworks show in honor of the July 4 weekend.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015.

July 4th Independence Day Celebration-2015- Williamsburg VA

 

july 4th williamsburg va fireworksThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area in Williamsburg celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

LIGHT UP YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY AT AMERICA’S BIRTHPLACE

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN “THE REVOLUTIONARY CITY”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the  evening Independence Day Celebration.  Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

JULY 4TH, 2015 EVENT SCHEDULE, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

During “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Event Schedule July 4th, 2015

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse

11 a.m.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps

11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket required)

1:30–3 p.m.
Colonial Auction at Market Square

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8:15–8:45 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform

8:45–9:15 p.m.
Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green

9:10 p.m.
Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

Custom home for sale in Greensprings West Community

Gloria Baller took a giant leap of faith when it came to building her home in Thorngate Landing/ Greensprings West two years ago. “My husband was with the military and stationed in Germany,” recalls Gloria, who met her husband, Craig, when he was stationed in Italy 17 years ago. “We knew we wanted to be in Williamsburg, and we knew that / Greensprings West was the type of close-knit, family-oriented community we were looking for. But we were still living outside the U.S. at that time.”

DSC_0028_29_30 copy (Large)While Gloria and the couple’s two children stayed in Germany, Craig flew to Virginia to work with real estate agent John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf on finding the perfect / Greensprings West building lot. Gloria didn’t get to see the properties in person, but based on her husband’s communications and a little help from Google maps, she got a good feel for what they were like. Eventually, she and Craig found the right lot, a flat, .34-acre property with mature trees, just right for building their new home.

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Gloria’s stress level rose a bit when it came time to actually build the house – again, without seeing anything in person. “It was pretty stressful because I’m oriented toward details,” said Gloria, who loves art and design. “I like to see the materials that go into my home.” Craig did visit Greensprings West / Thorngate Landing once during construction of their 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath transitional Colonial. However, most design decisions had to be made long distance, based upon emails, photos, and the help of their agent, John.

Post-construction Personal Touches. Despite the uncommon process of building a house from an ocean away, Gloria was excited about the result. “We tried to keep the design simple, not overcrowded, fresh and contemporary. I love the open concept of our home.”

Gloria added some personal touches after moving in, including built-in cabinetry in the living room and woodworking in the foyer. “Details like the unusual paneling on the stairs and the foyer woodwork are important. I’m impressed with how our [craftsman] had such an artistic eye, matching the new work with the existing style so that it doesn’t look like it was added afterwards. Our home is Colonial style with a contemporary flair.”

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Favorite Spots. Gloria spends most of her time in the family room and the kitchen, where she can see outside as she cooks. “I like to cook, and I love to bake,” she says, noting that risotto and gnocchi are staples in her cooking repertoire. “I’m trying to become vegetarian, but I still cook meats for my kids and husband.”

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The kitchen area is her favorite part of the house. “It gets lots of morning light, and has an open and airy feel.” How about Craig? “His favorite place is his ‘man cave’ in the bonus room above the garage,” Gloria laughs. That room, which is accessible from the second floor, features a treadmill and a collection of military photographs.

Another aspect of her home that Gloria appreciates is its abundant storage. “We have so many closets and we have shelving in the garage. There’s a place for everything.”

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The Perfect Back Yard. After admiring exterior stone work done at a friend’s home, Gloria and Craig hired the same company to design and build a large patio for their back yard. “I wanted something that was not a standard wooden deck, something that had more character,” Gloria notes. “So, we used tumbled stone to create a natural, old feeling.”

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The patio curves into the lush yard, punctuated by stone columns and a circular fire pit. “We took safety into consideration when we designed the fire pit, putting it about 20 feet away from the house,” Gloria says.

“Our family loves to make s‘mores together out there,” she adds. “The patio is a great place for family times and for entertaining. We’ve had great times around the fire; it’s such a warm, family feeling being outside and playing with the kids.”

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The couple fenced their yard with wrought iron railing, similar to what had been installed by their neighbors. Wrought iron provides a more open fence than wood, allowing a better view of the trees bordering their property. “Also, we have three dogs, so a fence is important,” Gloria points out, noting they have lots of wildlife in Thorngate Landing, but the fence keeps deer off the back property. “I really love the privacy of our yard.”

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A Great Neighborhood. In addition to being attracted to  Greensprings West convenient location and good public schools, Gloria and her family were impressed with the community’s amenities. Among them are walking/biking trails, swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, and a golf course. “My son walks to the basketball court and he fishes in the neighborhood ponds,” says Gloria. “And, for those with kids doing competitive swimming, our team, the Gators, is very good.”pool

Gloria and her family are now moving from  Greensprings West, but with some sadness. “We’re close to our neighbors, we socialize with them,” Gloria notes. “I’ll miss them a lot.”

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To sell their home, the couple again has turned to John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf. “John was great when we were buying our lot and building our home from Germany,” says Gloria. “Despite the time differences, if we had a question he would get back to us in 30 minutes. It could have been a really stressful process, but he eased our minds.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities; you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

Contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com for further info on this home or others in the Williamsburg VA area..

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Free Movies in Colonial Williamsburg start June 14,2015

Enjoy FREE movies each summer Sunday evening outdoors on Prince George Street in Colonial Williamsburg. . Movies start  June 14, 2015 and run through August.

Many thanks to the folks at  Blue Talon Bistro with help from the City of Williamsburg, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and local businesses for making this happen.

Are you feeling motivated yet?  Well, good.  Dust off your lawn chair, grab the kids and come down to Prince George Street every Sunday night – starting June 14 with "Maleficent"!

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2015 Summer Sunday Movie Schedule

  • June 14: Maleficent
  • June 21: Paddington Bear
  • June 28: Into the Woods
  • July 5: The Box Trolls
  • July 12: Alexander and the Terrible, No-Good, Really Bad Day
  • July 19: THE GRINCH – XMAS IN JULY!! (Toys for Tots fundraiser)
  • July 26: Hook (Robin Williams)
  • Aug 2: Big Hero 6
  • Aug 9: To Have & Have Not – Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
  • Aug 16: Cinderella
  • Aug 23: Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Aug 30: Hunger Games: MockingJay

Read the latest Fords Colony newsletter…

Folks considering a move to Fords Colony in Williamsburg VA should read the latest issue of the “Talk of The Colony for June 15.

The Talk of the Colony is a monthly newsletter that is distributed to all homeowners at the first of each month. In it you will find details of over 52 clubs for Fords Colony residents along with monthly happenings, articles on aging, community updates and a wealth of other important information.

 

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Ford’s Colony is an award winning multi-generational community of over 5000 residents in more than 2400 homes.  It is situated on 3,000 acres in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, comprised of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. With nearby Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean beaches to the east and the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, Ford’s Colony is surrounded by a wide range of outdoor activities, entertainment, arts and cultural venues, good shopping and great dining. 

Ford’s Colony is a gated community, designed and built along landscaped roads that meander in and around a landscape of ponds, wetlands and woodlands.  The community has activities to suit residents of all ages who come from across the country and around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences and careers.  Ford’s Colony offers about 52 clubs and activities, two community pools, hard and clay tennis courts, a nature trail, walking and bicycle paths, as well as the Ford’s Colony Country Club with three golf courses.

Read more about Fords Colony here

Search homes for sale in Fords Colony here

Xanterra to sell Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg VA

Kingsmill Club members received this notice of Xanterra’s decision to sell the Resort.

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Dear Club at Kingsmill Member –

Please be advised that the owner of Kingsmill Resort, Xanterra Kingsmill, has made the decision to list the Resort for sale.  Despite this news, please be assured that it will remain business as usual at the Resort, which includes the Resort providing all of the services and amenities related to the Club at Kingsmill. Please note that in the event of an ultimate sale of the Resort, the purchaser would acquire title to the Resort subject to the terms and conditions of the existing Membership Plan, the related Rules and Regulations, and that Membership Agreement between you and Xanterra then in effect.  If there are any specific concerns you may have, please feel free to contact me directly and I will try and address.  In the meantime, please know that the Resort staff will continue to provide all services and meet all obligations that it may have in connection with the Club at Kingsmill notwithstanding the listing of the Resort for sale.

Wayne Nooe

General Manager/VP of Sports & Club Operations

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