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Stop the power lines-Save the James

A message from : National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Down to the Wire team has been hard at work and on the move, letting Virginia — and the nation — know about Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to put high-voltage power lines across the beautiful, historic James River. Last week, we took the campaign to Jamestown — the birthplace of our country, and an area that would be directly impacted by these power lines.

The third episode of their #DownToTheWire  video series puts you in the middle of the action at Jamestown Landing Day, near the site where Dominion Virginia Power is proposing to construct power lines. We talked with visitors and asked them what makes it so special to them — and their heartfelt answers show just how much their experience would change if Dominion goes through with its short-sighted plan.

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With the river sparkling behind them and history all around, visitors signed our petition, urging Dominion to seriously consider other options. Can you help us add even more signatures? Share the petition with your friends and family so they can join us in asking Dominion to do the right thing — because the James River should be preserved for everybody.

Thank you,

The James River Team at the National Trust

Free admission for Military to Colonial Williamsburg for Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Tomorrow through Monday, May 22-25. 2015 — Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission tickets to active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen and their immediate dependents. 

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The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, including the daily “Revolution in the Streets” program, the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, 30 historic trades sites and the military encampment, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of founder John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The tickets also include an Orientation Walk, a tour that provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg and its restoration, free shuttle bus service to and from the Regional Visitor Center, a viewing of the movie, “Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot,” and free parking at the Visitor Center.

The service member need not be present, and free “Honoring Service to America” tickets will be provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at the Visitor Center. 

A Memorial Day commemorative program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 on the Palace Green. Wreaths will be placed at the Palace, Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite to honor those interred on or near those sites from the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. A procession with Fife and Drum support will begin at the Palace and proceed to each site, where prayers will be recited and volleys fired. This service is free and open to the public.

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New homes update from Mr Williamsburg

Introducing The Kenmore Park!

Single level living in an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, granite counters, and custom cabinetry. Master suite with luxury bath and large walk-in closet.  Finished bonus room.  Located in The Oaks at Fenton Mill. Tucked away in a serene community of rolling woods, spacious half to two acre home sites, and a sprawling recreational area for residents, the Oaks at Fenton Mill is one of Williamsburg’s best kept secrets. Offered at $458,000.

Open Fri., Sat., Sun. 1 – 5pm

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Featured Community

Monticello Woods is centrally located just off the Monticello corridor, in the heart of town and one of the most desirable locations in the County. The neighborhood is just minutes to shopping and all conveniences, as well as the Mid County park complex (home to Kidsburg, walking trails and lighted athletic fields), the Williamsburg National Golf Course, and the Virginia Capitol Bike Trail. The community, which borders historic Powhatan Creek, also features 50 acres of community property, including its own clubhouse and pool, hiking trails, and several ponds.

The brand new model is 90% complete – stop by and visit on weekends from 1-4.

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Westport at Ford's Colony

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This luxurious, new, five bedroom colonial home is located in Westport, Ford’s Colony’s newest neighborhood. Features include 10 ft ceilings, custom trim package, hardwood floors, open kitchen, custom raised panel cabinets, granite counter tops, spacious master suite, and more on 4+ acres of privacy!

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Featured Builder

As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff, of J.H. Fisher Construction, began showing an interest in building while he was still a young child.  "Some of my earliest memories are of my father’s woodshop," says Jeff of his childhood days in Chatham, which included learning how to do dovetail joinery and building some of the best forts in the neighborhood. "My forts had skylights, were waterproof, and had screened windows," recalls Jeff.  Looking back, Jeff realizes that he gets the same sense of satisfaction from building today that he did as a child. "In a nutshell, it’s about passion," says Jeff. "To me, that word encompasses everything that is important about building. When people are able to follow their dreams, it shows." Read More About J.H. Fisher Construction

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Happenings in Williamsburg VA May 11-17-2015

Kingsmill Championship
May 11 – 17

Come see the best women golfers in the world play at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia in the 2015 LPGA Kingsmill Championship. 

Family Fun Fest
May 16, 11 am – 4 pm

Enjoy petting animals, inflatable rides, hands-on activities, family entertainment with music and contests too! Touch-a-Truck is back for all ages! 

Runaway String Band
May 15, 7:30 pm

Brings together 4 long-time area musicians whose mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, old time, and swing music builds on the spirit of the old time string bands.

Williamsburg Womens Chorus 50th Anniversary concert
May 15, 7:30 pm

WWC celebrates its 50 years of choral music with a spring concert featuring two commissioned pieces for this event.

A Chefs Garden Tour & Tasting -Vegetable Variations
May 16, 10 am – 12 pm

Take a tour through our historic gardens; experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table.

Bridles & Bow Ties
May 16, 5 – 9 pm

Riverside Health System is proud to sponsor the Dream Catchers 8th Annual fundraising event. Event includes tours, riding demonstrations, cocktails, oysters and champagne.

Endangered Species Day at the VLM
May 15, 1 – 4 pm
View endangered species items from the museums non-live collection and enjoy crafts, 1-4 p.m.

Healthy, Wild and Well Day at the VLM
May 16, 10 am – 4 pm

This special day of health and wellness at the Virginia Living Museum highlights the importance, and fun, of healthy living! 

Salute to the Military Red, White and Blue 5K
May 16, 8:30 am

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, in partnership with local merchants and area military installations, invite military and civilian runners of all ages to participate in the 9th Annual Armed Forces Red, White and Blue 5K.

Art Workshop Water Media, Color, and Pattern with Vera Dickerson
May 14 – 16, 9 am – 4 pm
This special 4-day workshop will give attention to learning how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to break those rules we learned and take chances to make our art memorable and personal.

Regional Musical Traditions
May 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Explore the differences between music of the Tidewater, Piedmont, and back country regions of Virginia with visiting scholar and fiddler Nikos Pappas.

Artist Reception Art Wolz at York Hall
May 16, 11 am – 3:30 pm

Celebrate Spring Come and meet local artist, Art Wolz, and view his wood carving and water color demos. He will be demonstrating and print signing.

Choral Evensong
May 17, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

The beautiful service of Choral Evensong will be sung at Bruton Parish as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of their historic church building. 

Yorktown Market Days
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, quality art, entertainment and much more await you at the Saturday morning Market Days.

Gone with the Wind Showing
May 17, 4:40 pm

The Kimball Theatre is hosting a special screening of Gone with the Wind as part of their Classic Film Series.

Smith and Wade
May 16, 7 pm

Enjoy an evening of live music featuring Dick SMITH and Cabot WADE of the SMITH-WADE Band. Youll hear everything from acoustic ballads to Top 40.

Take Your Kid Mountain Biking
May 16, 9 am
Members of the Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association will be on hand to instruct on basic safety, skills and lead family friendly rides on the take your kid mountain biking segment of Kids to Parks Day.

Stargazing
May 16, 7:30 – 11:45 pm
Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery. Away from the city lights, the broad cliffs above the York River are perfect for observing planets, and other features in the night sky 

Tyke Hike
May 16, 10 am
Is your toddler ready to explore the woods and get in touch with the natural world? Join us on Kids to Parks day on a hike for 2-4 year old children to make friends with the outdoors.

Historic Organ Recital
May 16, 10 – 10:30 am

An informative and engaging organ recital will be given by Sarah Bland on the 18th-century English chamber organ in the Wren Chapel.

Candlelight Choral Concert
May 16, 8 – 9 pm

Choirs of Christ Church School, directed by Mark Parsons, will perform a varied program of choral music 

Candlelight Organ Recital
May 14, 8 – 9 pm

Stephen Henley, Jr., Organist from Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, will perform



We are Westport-Meet the future residents.

Many of you have asked who is building in Fords Colony’s newest community.  We’d like to introduce you to the Weslowskis, who will be moving in within a few months.  Look for more Westport Neighbor profiles in the coming months, as sales have been brisk so far this Spring!  Stop in to see us at 3420 Westport on weekend afternoons –( From 1-4) the model is now finished, furnished, and looking great! DSC_0372 (Large)

 

Pat Wesolowski is the finance director of a small city outside Chicago. Her husband, Joe, has a woodworking business there. They both grew up in Chicago, and started dating in high school. When Joe joined the Navy Reserves, Pat went to the University of Illinois, and for more than 30 years — most of their married life — they have lived in the Chicago suburbs. So, deciding to leave the Windy City for a brand new community in Williamsburg was not easy. It was, however, pretty exciting.

“Our home in Westport [part of Ford’s Colony] will be one of the first ones completed, and that’s really exciting,” said Pat. “We’ll get to know the people who come in after us. In fact, we’ve already had dinner with the people who bought the lot next to us.”

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Pat and Joe’s choice of Westport as their retirement home was years in the making. It began around 2006, when they tired of the long and harsh Illinois winters, and started looking at places with more moderate weather.

“We didn’t want six months of winter anymore, but we still wanted a place that has four seasons,” Pat noted. She and Joe were familiar with Williamsburg from Joe’s one-year stint there with the Navy Reserves, and they liked it.“Williamsburg is a great location for us because it’s near the ocean and close to the mountains,” Pat said. “We love the small town feel of Williamsburg, and that it’s close to the bigger cities of Norfolk and Richmond.”

In a 2008 visit to Williamsburg, the couple stayed in a hotel located within Ford’s Colony. “It was our first exposure to that community,” said Pat. “We decided to pop into the sales office and take a tour of the existing homes and the neighborhood. We kind of fell in love with it.”

They didn’t make any decision then, but came back about six months later to take another look, checking out a new section of Ford’s Colony called Westport. “

There were only dirt roads and no utilities,” she said. “But the lots were marked and we found a beautiful 3.5 acre lot.”

Feeling a Little Leery. Westport home sites run 3.5 to 5 acres, and the community is dominated by preserved green space. Although Joe was gung-ho about living in a neighborhood with such large open spaces, Pat was leery at first. “We’ve been in a small subdivision outside of Chicago for 30 years, and we’ve never lived in a home with so much property,” she explained. However, the more she looked, the more Pat warmed to the idea.

“We fell in love with Westport’s openness and the big lot idea,” Pat said. “We liked that the covenants in Westport protect the wooded areas and limit the amount of lawn space. We will have privacy, but we’ll still be part of a neighborhood.

“ Pat also realized it would be easy to fit into the new community. “Westport will be new for everyone, and that will help to foster relationships,” she noted. “There are so many clubs and amenities that it will be easy to meet other people. Another plus for us is that Ford’s Colony has an HOA that is run by the owners themselves, and we like that owners are very involved with the community.

” Finding a Flexible Builder. The couple bought their lot in 2008-2009, but didn’t initiate the building process until this past year. Since they plan to stay in Chicago until their Westport home is ready, their first requirement was that their builder be comfortable working without a local owner.

“We only considered builders who are used to working long distance,” Pat said. “They know when the owners need to be on the site and when they can communicate by email.”

Their second condition was that the builder allow Joe to do a lot of the woodworking. “Joe wanted to do the wood floors, the kitchen cabinets, and the trim work for the house,” said Pat. “We needed to find a builder who was flexible enough to let him do that.”

The couple chose to work with Tim Contrucci, owner of Blackrock Builders, to create their two-level, 4- bedroom Cape. Construction began this year, and the home is already framed and roughed-in for plumbing and electricity. The Wesolowskis plan to fully retire and move in next spring.

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“We’ve never built a home before, just an addition,” said Pat. “But it has all worked out very well. The builder is great, and everyone has made it so easy for us. We have never felt rushed to make a decision, even when we were buying the lot, and that’s a nice feeling.”

Customizing Home Sweet Home. Working with Tim and designer Lisa Sawin, Pat and Joe designed their home to have “a nice-size kitchen,” a separate dining room, and a large butler’s pantry that includes space to keep small kitchen appliances out of sight.

Pat likes to cook, and can see herself doing more of it with her new kitchen space. Meanwhile, Joe is working on the kitchen cabinets. “They will be dark-stained walnut with a traditional styling,” Pat pointed out.

The home will have a first-floor master bedroom suite plus three bedrooms up. It will also have a second floor crafts room built in space that the couple originally planned would be for storage. “I like crafts,” Pat noted. “I used to do scrap booking and sometimes sewing. I’d like to get back into that.”

All told, the house will have about 4,100 square feet of finished space. A bonus room above the garage will be left unfinished for now.

The hardwood flooring will be quarter-sawn white oak, and made by Joe. Joe also will create the wood trims, inside and out. “It won’t be like anyone else’s. It will all be unique,” Pat said. She noted that Joe already has allocated 2 bays of their 3-car garage for woodworking.

The couple plans a deck and screened porch to overlook their small lawn and large, wooded back yard. “Westport requires managing storm water and we’ll have an underground tank for that water,” Pat added. “We are thinking of turning that into some type of water feature, maybe a small stream.”

Looking Ahead to Life in Westport. Pat and Joe aren’t golfers – Ford’s Colony’s championship course does attract many of them — but they do love the outdoors. “We have a boat, and may bring it with us to Westport,” Pat said. “There’s a creek at the back of the neighborhood and I could see Joe kayaking from there to the river.” The creek also offers canoeing and fishing. There is also a four acre parcel destined for future amenities within Westport.

Ford’s Colony also includes pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and picnic areas. All of that will be fun to share with the houseguests the Wesolowskis anticipate. “We expect our Chicago neighbors and friends will visit us, as well as our 27- year-old son and his girlfriend,” Pat said. She and Joe also look forward to seeing close friends who recently moved to Richmond.

Pat knows that it will be bittersweet leaving her longtime home, but she’s enthusiastic about beginning a new life in Ford’s Colony and Westport. “The people there seem to be from many different areas of the country, and I know we’ll get involved with the community,” Pat said, noting the community has a newcomer’s club. “We’ve met a lot of people who live in Ford’s Colony, and they all say we will love it.”

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To further explore building a home or purchasing a lot at Westport or elsewhere in the Williamsburg VA, James City County, New Kent County areas contact  John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136.

 

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Read the latest newsletter for Fords Colony…

Are you thinking of a move to Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA ? You might want to read the latest newsletter for the neighborhood. The Talk of the Colony published monthly is distributed to

5000 residents, living in over 2400 homes in Fords Colony.

 

You will find updates from the 54 different club or interest groups, updates from different committees many other helpful articles.

 

 

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Chownings Tavern re-opens as Ale House in Colonial Williamsburg

Benjamin Franklin once said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Returning guests to Chowning’s Tavern are going to be very happy indeed. Chowning’s opens for the season today, reimagined as an authentic 18th-century ale house with a new menu, hours and décor.

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Alewerks Brewing Company has created three craft beers based upon authentic beer recipes from the 18th century. Old Stitch, Dear Old Mum and a brand new selection are served along with other beers, Virginia wines, cocktails, root beer, soft drinks and other beverages. In the arbor garden behind the tavern, a full-service bar and dining tables overlook Market Square.
The interior of the tavern has also had a makeover. “Thanks to paint research, we know more about the interior finishes of taverns and similar structures. What we’ve found is that interiors were much brighter than we previously thought,” said Matt Webster, director of the Grainger Department of Historic Architectural Preservation. “So, we have repainted the interiors to better represent these findings. Using paint from Benjamin Moore’s WILLIAMSBURG color palette, the ceilings are painted hardwood putty, mimicking whitewash, and the woodwork is now a rich cream called bracken biscuit. The dark finish has been removed from the floor, which has been treated to look as if the boards are unfinished as they would have been, even though they do have a protective coating.”
A display cabinet inside the entrance to the ale house holds archaeological fragments from the excavations of tavern sites throughout the Historic Area.
“Our Historic Trades tinsmiths at the Anderson Armoury site have created tin wall sconces which add to the authentic look of the interior,” said Webster.
Chowning’s now opens daily at 11:30 a.m. and remains open until 11 p.m., with no reservations required. Menu changes include shepherd’s pie and light fare served all day, including pork sliders, flatbreads, corn chowder, trenchers and salads. Favorites such as Welsh rarebit are still found on the menu, as are Chowning’s famous desserts.
“We’re located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City,” said Seth Farrell, director of Historic Area hospitality operations. “We invite guests to stop in any time all day long, whether for a full meal, a refreshing drink or a dessert. The atmosphere at Chowning’s is informal and welcoming, but the authenticity of the tavern that people have come to love remains intact.”
On April 18, Chowning’s launches a new beer tasting event, “Beers in the ’Burg,” from 4-7 p.m. in the arbor garden. The featured brewer for the event is Alewerks Brewing Company. Guests will taste 10 different beers, including Old Stitch, Dear Old Mum and a third beer Alewerks created exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets for the event are $25. For those who want to enhance the experience, light fare to accompany the beer tasting will be available for purchase during the event.
Additional Beers in the ’Burg tastings are tentatively scheduled for May 23, June 20, Aug. 8 and Sept. 19. Tickets are available at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations or by calling 855-296-6627 or online at colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/beers-burg/
Chowning’s Tavern is located at 109 E. Duke of Gloucester St. in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Free parking is available in the tavern parking lot located on Francis Street just west of Blair Street any time, or after 5 p.m. in the employee parking lot located on Franklin Street just east of Botetourt Street, accessible via Lafayette Street.

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