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BRET MICHAELS AND MERCYME KICKOFF BUSCH GARDENS® LIVE AND GLORY AT THE GARDENS™ CONCERT SERIES

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 10, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is turning up the volume this summer with the return of its popular concert series, Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens™.
Legendary rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels will kick off Busch Gardens LIVE on May 4. Michaels’ 25-plus year career includes hits like “Talk Dirty To Me” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” as well as solo hits “Nothing To Lose,” and his new single currently on the radio, “A Beautiful Soul.”
Glory at the Gardens begins May 11 with a performance by Christian band MercyMe. Best known for their mega hit “I Can Only Imagine,” the Grammy nominated, American Music Award and eight-time Dove award-winning band released their ninth album, Welcome to the New, on April 8. Additional concert dates will be announced soon.
Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are held at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The theater’s gates open approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performances. All Busch 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. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages.
For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

What to do in Williamsburg VA April 7-13, 2014

Vote for Williamsburg!
Williamsburg is a contender for the "Best Historic City" in America in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards by USA Today and 10Best! Be sure to cast your vote today (and tomorrow) through April 28! Click here for more info.

April 7 – 13

BUSCH GARDENS Opens for Spring Break
Through Apr 21
Ditch the scarves and mittens and celebrate the return of spring at Busch Gardens. The park has an action-packed line-up of events scheduled for spring break.  See website for info.

Jack Hanna visits Busch Gardens
Apr 12 – 13

Experience the naturally fun wild side of Busch Gardens when animal expert Jack Hanna brings his animal menagerie to the park on April 12 and 13.

Spring Fling Week at Yankee Candle Village
Apr 5 – 13, check website for special event times
Enjoy daily activities, Easter Bunny photos, our NEW Exotic Escape candles, and summer home dcor ideas and much more.

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014
Apr 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

9 regional chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef competition.  Enjoy the excitement and thrill of the rivalry.  Feat. chefs from Williamsburg, Richmond & VA Beach.

Opera in Williamsburg, Don Pasquale
Apr 9 & 11, 7:30 pm

DON PASQUALE by Gaetano Donizetti.  Fully staged, with chamber accompaniment.  In Italian, with English supertitles. At the Kimball Theatre.

Celebrating our Second MAD Birthday with free samples of Birthday Brownie cake
Apr 8 – 12

Celebrating its opening in April 2012.  See website for details.

Wine, Wit & Wisdom Searching for the Perfect Pinot
Apr 12, 2 pm

Celebrate the travels of Pinot Noir, Burgundys most celebrated grape. Wine lovers will enjoy this unrehearsed presentation of great information. Open to Public.

Second Sundays Art & Music Festival
Apr 13, 11 am – 5 pm

Fun, eclectic gathering of diverse, unique talented artists & musicians on 2 stages on Prince George Street in Williamsburg,VA. Monthly Street Festival in Downtown Williamsburg with 2 stages of live music!

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Clybourne Park caps off William & Marys 2013-2014 Season
Apr 10 – 13, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm
Completing its season of award winning plays, William & Mary Theatre will present Bruce Norris Tony  Award, Olivier Award, and Pulitzer Prize-winning.

Boathouse opens for season at the Mariners Museum
Apr 12 – Aug 31

The boathouse is now open! Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Boats are  available for rental.

Revolutionary War Lecture: The Tyranny of the People: A Loyalist Perspective of the American Revolution
Apr 10, 7 pm

Featuring Holger Hoock. At the Yorktown Victory Center.

VIP Shopper Club Exclusive Event at Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Apr 12 – 13

VIP Shopper Club members are invited to attend a VIP Shopper Club Exclusive Event. Enjoy special savings and free gifts at participating stores!

Mars Madness Star Party & Laser Light Shows
Apr 12

The VLMs Star Party for April features An Evening of Mars Madness. NASA is coming with free exhibits, activities and giveaways about Mars. See website.

Yorktown Kite Demo & Gathering
Apr 12, 1 – 5 pm

Join us at the Yorktown beach front for kite demonstrations and an afternoon of kite flying. Bring your kite or borrow one of ours. Free.  For more info, call Patriot Tours and Provisions at 757. 969.5400

Rough Crossing Williamsburg Players
Through Apr 12

Tom Stoppards hilarious play has been freely adapted from Ferenc Molnars classic farce. See website for tickets and a complete schedule.

Spring Break in the Planetarium
Apr 5 – 20
The Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium is open daily with four shows during spring break.  See website for complete schedule info.  

Birds !! Childrens Program at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Apr 12, 10 am

Are your children interested in the birds in your backyard, those you see in the sky or by the side of the road while you are driving?  We will look at bird shapes and listen to their songs and calls.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Pat ODonnell with Ed McGonagle
Apr 11 – 12, 7:30 pm

Patrick ODonnell has been seen on Comedy Central, A&Es Comedy On The Road and was a $10,000 winner on ABCs Americas Funniest People. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg.

Canoe & Kayak Kick Off/Burning of the Socks
Apr 12, 10 am – 12 pm

Celebrate the 2014 canoe and kayak season with a Chesapeake Bay sailing tradition.  Take off your socks and burn them with the rangers.  Then join us for a guided trip into Taskinas Creek and the York River.

Girls Volleyball Tournament hosted by Williamsburg Parks & Recreation Department
Apr 12 – 13

Old Dominion Regional Volleyball Association girls tournament hosted by City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation at Quarterpath Recreation Center.

John Quarstein Speaking Engagement
Apr 7, 7 pm

Join us as we hear John Quarstein speak about Camp Patrick Henry from World War II. The meeting is sponsored by the York County Historical society.

Pinhole Camera Workshop at Mariners Museum
Apr 12, 2014 at 9 am – 3 pm

Families will enjoy learning about the basics of photography from start to finish during this fun family workshop. 

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Apr 12, 8 am – 12 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs. See website.

 



Smokin Hot BBQ in Williamsburg VA April 26, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will hold our 4th annual Smokin’ Hot Barbecue Fest on the lawn of Walsingham Academy from 3- 7 p.m. In case of rain, the Fest will be held in the McCauley Auditorium in the Walsingham Upper School. A donation of $10 is requested for admission. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. I have attached the flyer with the details. Please forward the flyer to your friends and family. Tickets are available in advance at www.williamsburgkiwanis.org or at the door.

Thanks to the generosity of Patriot Buick, music will be provided by the Smith Wade Band and Herbie D and the Dangermen. Attendees also can test out their skills at cornhole boards. Food and drink are for sale. Whisky Hill BBQ will provide an enhanced a la carte menu this year including pork and chicken BBQ, beef brisket, hot dogs and French fries. 16-ounce Legend Lager or Bud Light will be sold for $4 or two for $7. Williamsburg Winery wines will be available for purchase, as will popcorn, peanuts and a variety of other soft drinks.

A raffle with multiple prizes will raise money for local charities as well as the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE project, while also giving attendees a chance to win donated prizes from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit Avalon, Bacon Street, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Come join us for a good time and help us raise funds for local charities!

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Concert in Memory of Austin "Gus" Deeds

Austin This Sunday Aril 6th at 4pm The Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert is hosted in honor of the music Gus loved.

The William & Mary Music Department is honored to present a concert in memory of former student Austin "Gus" Deeds. This memorial concert, hosted to honor the music Gus loved, will feature the Runaway String Band, Friends of Appalachian Music, and the W&M Appalachian Music Ensemble. The special guest artist will be recent W&M alumna Elizabeth LaPrelle, who has given concerts throughout the US, Ireland, and Uzbekistan. This concert is free and open to the public.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the small theater in the W&M Campus Center at 6:00pm.

Sunday, April 6th 2014
4pm

Lake Mataoka Amphitheater at W&M , Ukrop Way and Jamestown Road

Contact

For more information, please contact Dr. Jamie Bartlett at jcbart@wm.edu.

How is the real estate market in Williamsburg VA

So only a few months into 2014 and the Williamsburg VA real estate market is moving along strongly. Although we show 6.4 months of inventory in the Williamsburg market that’s a little deceiving. Some of that is proposed construction. Homes that are priced right and in good condition are selling quickly. We have seen a few homes recently with multiple offers within a few days of being listed..

Interest rates remain low  We expect this trend to continue for the next several months.  Right now our biggest issue is finding houses to sell.

If you’re a Williamsburg home owner who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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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 post was 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here

You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Mirror Lakes -Close to I-64, yet with a relaxing, country feel

Close to I-64, yet with a relaxing, country feel: that was the allure of Mirror Lake Estates when Liz and John bought a home there in 2007. “We were drawn to it because of its location in a quiet, more rural area of Williamsburg,” says Liz, a supervisor at a utility company. “The neighborhood is away from the ebb and flow of tourism…. but only 15 minutes from downtown Williamsburg.”

Liz and her husband, John, a D.O.D. employee, chose a two-story, transitional-style home with a cozy porch. It overlooks a front yard boasting one of the largest cherry trees in the neighborhood.

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“We use the front porch all the time,” Liz says, noting that it’s a place to wave to neighbors when they stroll the neighborhood.

front porchThe couple was attracted to the layout of the home, which includes a living room, eat-in kitchen, dining room, half bath, and laundry on the first floor, and three bedrooms upstairs. “It has what I call a European layout,” Liz explains. “One door — the door that connects the front hallway to the kitchen — can close off the entire main level from the hallway and second floor. That is really appealing for families with kids and pets because you don’t have to worry about gates to keep them from the stairs [to the second floor]. It also helps a lot with noise between the first and second floors, as well as with heating and cooling the two levels.”

masterThe home’s second-floor master suite was another plus, with a multi-purpose room adjoining the bedroom. “The previous owners used that room as a private office, but we use it as a dressing room. It could also be used as a nursery,” Liz notes. “It’s very versatile.” The dressing room, which connects the master bedroom to the master bath, has two walk-in closets plus under-eaves storage space. “It’s very handy. You don’t have to go to the attic to store things,” Liz adds.

kitchen1Liz, who loves to cook, also found the eat-in kitchen and walk-in pantry appealing. The kitchen, which has been updated with new cabinets, appliances, and Corian countertops, is large enough to add a moveable island. “The kitchen is my favorite room,” Liz says. “It’s big, but it’s also cozy to read or work at the kitchen table. And, I love looking out the window above the sink into the back yard.”

Back yard oasis. That flat, fully fenced back yard has become the family’s oasis. Liz, who enjoys gardening, has planted a variety of low maintenance shrubs and trees along the perimeter of the corner lot. She also added a vegetable garden and a hedge of 4-foot red rose bushes. The middle of the large yard is mostly open space, to allow room deck1for the couple’s daughter and the family dog to explore. An exception is the towering maple tree that shades the center of the yard; benches and a tot swing sit beneath its canopy.

The yard is big enough to accommodate the couple’s boat when it’s not moored. “We planted trees to screen it off from the rest of the yard, though,” Liz notes. The couple also widened the gate from the driveway to the back yard to allow access for their large pick-up truck. A double-doored, ivy-covered shed in the back of the yard is used to store their lawn equipment.

“My daughter loves being out in the yard and chasing the dog around,” Liz notes. “Having the fence means low stress about your kid running into the street. The back yard is just ideal for dogs and kids, safety and privacy.”

backyard2But Liz’s favorite outside spot is the two-level deck. When the couple bought the home, it had one deck, which needed replacement. “John fell through the old deck just as he was ripping it apart,” Liz notes. “The new one is nice and sturdy.” After replacing the original deck, the couple added a second-level deck with a pergola that features an outdoor ceiling fan and pull-down outside blinds to add privacy and shade. “We love the pergola and deck, and often have friends over to grill out,” says Liz. “It’s just great for entertaining and for a family that likes to be outside.”

Energy conscious updates. Over the past eight years, the couple also has made some changes to the home’s interior. They reconfigured a wall in the dining room to create a large opening between the living and dining rooms. “It makes for a better flow,” Liz says.

They also increased the home’s energy efficiency. “We replaced the windows with double pane low-e [Pella] windows, and all the appliances with Energy-Star,” Liz notes. “The new toilets are water savers and we added an attic fan and a programmable thermostat. There are also ceiling fans in the main rooms. We’re very energy conscious.”

mirror lakeFamily-friendly community. The neighborhood lake has been a source of fun for the couple’s daughter. “It’s stocked with fish, and you can use non-motorized boats,” Liz notes, adding that residents of the neighborhood, which does not have an HOA, can buy membership in a neighboring community pool. “We go down to the lake a lot,” she says. “The ducks and geese there entrance my 2-year-old.”

Liz and her daughter also enjoy the public library that sits just outside the neighborhood, within walking distance of their home. Kiskiack Golf Course and York River State Park are only a few miles away. Downtown Williamsburg and shopping hubs such as the Williamsburg Premium Outlets are a 10-15 minute drive.

“The neighborhood public schools are very good,” Liz says. “And, we’ve never heard of any issuesliving1 with crime.” The community also has a nice diversity of age groups, including families and retirees. “We can see how the number of children in the neighborhood has grown even more over the past 8 years,” Liz says. “‘There are kids in their yards and along the streets and cul-de-sacs everywhere. It’s a very family-friendly place.”

Liz and John have decided to sell their house in Mirror Lake Estates so that they can build a new home. “Building our own home is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Liz says. The couple asked John Womeldorf to help them with the sale after the company through which they’re building their new place recommended him as a preferred realtor. Liz notes, “We are VERY happy with him so far!!”

 

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bedroom1Why 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. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

 

Want to tell your home’s story or explore this home further ? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

Search all homes in Williamsburg VA for sale here

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014 Saturday, April 12, 2014

iron chef williamsburg vaIn February of 2009, WARA hosted their first ever Iron Chef Competition. The success of that event prompted them to make it an annual event.with a goal to showcase local talent and gain recognition for the Association.

This year the event will be held  on  On Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Nine regional Virginia chefs battle it out  in an Iron Chef competition similar to what is seen on many of the top-rated cooking shows on television

Also included in your admission price is the opportunity to taste over 75 wines from around the world sure to tantalize your palette.

The Wine and Food Expo portion of the evening will showcase an extensive selection of wines as well as a handful of specialty dishes from local WARA restaurants.

Competing chefs will be from:

Williamsburg (2nd Street Bistro, Berret’s, Colonial Williamsburg)

Richmond (The Blue Goat, The Country Club of VA, The Savory Grain)

Virginia Beach (Catch 31, Steinhilber’s, Hot Tuna).

Colonial Williamsburg, The Cheese Shop – Merchants Square, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Blue Talon & Opus 9 Steakhouse will serve their greatest cuisine, with heavy hors d’oeuvre.

Over 75 wines from around the world, will be on hand to tantalize your palette, this is included in the admission price.

April 12, 2014

6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Williamsburg Lodge

$60 pp/$110 couple at the door

$40 non drinking

Save the Date

Contact Info:
LeighAnWhite
(757) 221-6835
Lwhite@wararest.com

Buy tickets here

 

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