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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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ROSEWELL’S ANNUAL BARBECUE AT THE RUINS

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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Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and Xtra 99.1 FM Join Forces for "Juke Joint Saturday Night"

The Gloucester, Virginia band Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and radio station Xtra 99.1 FM will bring the old time juke joint back to life for one evening on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 PM -12:00 AM. "Juke Joint Saturday Night" will feature Planet Full Of Blues and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters and Friends for a night of live blues, dancing, and a special menu by Olivia’s. Xtra 99.1 FM’s Neal Steele will host a live interview and on-air performance by Planet Full Of Blues on the morning of Friday, July 19.image

Planet Full Of Blues will perform a mix of original blues rock songs along with special selections from a variety of other national blues artists.

Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.

Johnny Ray Light of Planet Full Of Blues said, "When our band performed in Serbia a few years ago, our hosts took us on a long, crazy bus ride through Belgrade to the Vox Club, a well-known juke joint supported by several famous blues artists. You had to push a buzzer on the fence to get in. Once you got inside you couldn’t move. The place was tiny and crammed to the walls with locals there to see "Rawhide," a popular Belgrade blues band. Yes, "Rawhide" – in Serbia! It was a real thrill when we were asked to get up and play a few tunes in a real deal no-nonsense juke joint. Since then, we have wanted a chance to re-create that kind of experience here; even for just one night. The blue moon was shining on us when circumstances put us in touch with Gary Ward of Olivia’s. Gary immediately threw open the doors and said, "Let’s do it!" Now’s the chance for all our friends to put on their dancing shoes, enjoy some rockin’ blues, and experience the old time juke joint vibe for just one night."

Advance tickets are $15 online at www.planetfullofblues.com , at Kelsick Market on Main Street in Gloucester, and $20 on the day of the show and at the door. Guests with advance purchase tickets will be eligible for 10% off an entrée at Olivia’s during the show and receive priority for reserved seating. Walk-ins are welcome with seating based on availability.

Call (804) 815-3016 for information about the show and to confirm seating. Olivia’s will be open for regular dining customers on the night of the show.

6597 Main St  Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061 directions

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VIMS Marine Science Day 2013

Marine Science Day, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science¹s annual open house, will take place on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 3 pm on VIMS bayfront campus in Gloucester Point. This fun event gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at how VIMS research in Chesapeake Bay and around the world helps protect and restore marine ecosystems. Visitors can speak with scientists about current research; collect and observe marine animals from the York River; and tour the Fisheries Collection, Teaching Marsh, and Shellsh Hatchery. The younger set will have the chance to learn with fun crafts and activities in the Children’s Pavilion. The day also includes a seafood cooking demo,10-minute mini lectures, musical performances, and the Parade of Marine Life.

No charge for admission or parking. For a complete list of activities and additional information visit www.vims.edu/msd

Beaverdam Park Spring Festival – Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Gloucester, VA

Everyone’s invited to an all-day festival on the water in Gloucester’s beautiful Beaverdam Park to kick-off a multi-year fund-raising campaign for a proposed new Nature Center.  The Nature Center is envisioned with exciting hands-on exhibits, educational and science features, and rentable space for events and meetings.

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The festival will run from 10 AM – 8 PM – Sat April 27,2013

Entertainment includes live music with Key’d Up at 1:00 PM and Gloucester’s own Planet Full Of Blues at 4:00 PM

Planet Full Of Blues – is a modern electric blues band based on the sweet southeast coast of Virginia. The band’s habanero-fueled original music is often described as a collision between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Critics agree that the Planet Full Of Blues sound reflects the best in today’s progressive blues rock music

Other features at the festival inculde nature-oriented information booths; face painting, badminton, corn hole, volleyball, soccer relay; 5:00 PM guided nature walk, 7:00 PM frog talk; free tree saplings to first 500 families. Food & drinks available for purchase or bring your own picnic and folding chairs – no alcohol permitted. Come have a family fun day and support this wonderful project!

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate; kids under 13 free.  Tickets available online at http://gloucesterparks.org/beaverdam-park-spring-festival or at Beaverdam Park; Kelsick Market, Main St., Gloucester Court House; Visitors Center, Court House Circle; and the Parks & Recreation office.  For more information call Patti McGrath at 804-693-2107 or go to www.gloucesterva.info/P&R

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Address :8687 Roaring Springs Road
Time:10 AM – 8 PM –

Date:Sat April 27,2013
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Life on the Rivah

This is the first in an occasional series of articles about interesting homes in the Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester VA area called “ Every Home Has a Story”

There’s a rhythm to the lifestyle that Bill and Anne Tennent enjoy from their Gloucester waterfront retreat on the Ware River. Mornings often start slow and relaxing, with coffee on their deck while watching the river change color as the tide comes in and the sun rises. Bill might head out for a quiet hour with his boat and his fishing pole before returning to take Anne for a more lively spin along the Ware as the day gets warmer. Some days the couple makes the 10-minute drive to old town Gloucester for an art exhibit or a festival along the village’s historic Main Street, perhaps followed by dinner at one of the intimate restaurants there. Then they head back home to their sunroom for panoramic views of a breathtaking sunset across the water, sometimes catching sight of a heron or an egret in the fading light. As Anne puts it, “We have the best of all worlds here.”

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Anne and Bill moved from Richmond to their 7148 Wellford Lane home in 2005 for two reasons: the water and one-level living. “Richmond is a city of mostly two-story houses, and we didn’t want stairs, so a one-level rambler was great for us,” said Anne. “We’d also always wanted a house on the water, and a friend with a house in Gloucester kept talking about how great it is here.”

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When Anne and Bill first walked into their riverfront rambler seven years ago, they were immediately taken with the dramatic vista looking from the foyer straight through the living room and screened porch to the river. The house was a bit dated then but it had great bones, a nice flow and plenty of room; they saw its potential. They also saw that in addition to a pier and boathouse, the house had a nearly one-acre yard with lawns and beautiful, mature trees.

And then there was the neighborhood. “You feel like you’re in the country when you’re here, but it’s actually a 1960s era neighborhood,” said Anne. “It’s near shopping, a hospital and the village of Gloucester, and it’s about 30-45 minutes from Williamsburg and all the shopping you could ever want.” The couple was sold.

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Before they moved in, Bill and Anne completely renovated the  house, installing new windows and creating extra space with modern amenities. They added a master bedroom suite to the back of the house; it includes a bathroom with double sink vanity, shower, separate tub, and a large, river-facing window that floods the room with natural light. The couple also converted the screened porch off the living room to an all weather sunroom with scenic water views. “The back of the house faces in a southwest direction, so we get spectacular sunsets every night,” Anne noted. “I can’t even describe how beautiful they are.”kitchen1

The old kitchen was transformed; it now includes granite countertops, eat-in space beside a large window, and unusual, refinished multi-wood floors. “The wood floors are the prettiest I’ve ever seen,” Anne said, noting that they run through most of the house except the bedrooms, baths and sunroom. “They’re a combination of red oak, hickory, and black oak all mixed together with their different grains, and in varying widths of wood.”

Living roomNow the rambler totals 2,675 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. It includes a dining room, a living room (Anne’s favorite room because of its water views), a family room with fireplace, and the sunroom with a bay window overlooking the river. Anne describes it as “a pretty, livable house.” Outside there are two connected decks, a hot tub, a landscaped yard with lawns in the front and back, and a bird proofed pier leading to a boathouse and boat lift.

Anne and Bill quickly meshed with their Glen Roy neighborhood. “It’s an eclectic neighborhood of young families and older couples,” Anne said. “It’s very friendly and most of the houses have full time residents; they’re not vacation homes.” She and Bill have not only enjoyed attending neighborhood gatherings –such as a recent Italian feast—but also have hosted the neighborhood’s annual Christmas party.

deckWith the village of Gloucester so close, there is always something to do, from the holiday parades and the Daffodil or “Blues and Brews” festivals to the Virginia Symphony concerts, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, or just soaking up the ambiance of historic Main Street, which Anne terms “almost like a fairy tale.” Nearby Beaverdam Park offers hiking, boat rentals, a playground and special events such as bass tournaments. “For such a small place, there’s an awful lot going on,” said Anne. “If you’re bored here you’re just not looking around.”

Yet for all the area has to offer, it’s the times at home that Anne loves most. Although they could navigate the “big water” all the way to the Chesapeake Bay from their place, they prefer to stay closer to home, on the Ware. “I have three grandchildren who love to visit and ride in the boat. We’ve had big family gatherings here. Just recently my little, 2 year-old granddaughter was swinging in the back yard while the boys were on the dock with their fishing poles. I’m so glad to have the house to be able to do this with them.”

“At night it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop,” Anne added. “You look up at the sky and it’s wide open; you see all the stars so clearly, like when you walk the beach at night. This is a wonderful place.”

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Anne and Bill have decided to downsize and move to Williamsburg to be closer to their daughter. They have put their home on the market for $400,000 through John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf, a real estate agent with Liz Moore and Associates. For more information about the home contact John at 757-254-8136 or at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

What’s Your Home’s Story ?

Want to explore marketing your home with Mr Williamsburg ?To get an idea of what your home might sell for, and learn about Mr. Williamsburg’s innovative marketing program  contact John at 757-254-8136 or at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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New Gloucester- York County-Williamsburg York River Crossing discussed

Charles Records, the developer  of the Coleman’s Crossing mixed-use project in Hayes, and an engineer is seeking to revive a long-dormant plan to build a bridge across the upper York River to connect Gloucester with York County and Williamsburg..  Mr Records gave a  presentation to Gloucester county supervisors that outlined a history of the project, which first began discussions in the late 1980s.

He stated that traffic Issues surrounding the Route 17  corridor in Gloucester are an issue of concern within the County and the region in general. The Coleman Bridge and Route 17, from the Bridge to the Courthouse, is approaching capacity.

“Studies were started beginning in 1988, when it was determined a problem existed at the Coleman Bridge. The complexity and potential cost of this project is significant. It is imperative that a process begins to address this issue. It is evident that this County will be faced with traffic problems, at some point in the near the future, that will be similar to the early 1990s”

imageRecords feels an Upper Crossing of the York River is a major issue and could be a potential solution to a future problem. This topic will effect the Quality of Life for the citizens of this County and the entire Middle Peninsula for many generations to come.

The proposal to conduct a  feasibility study of building a bridge spanning the upper York River was met favorably Wednesday night by Gloucester’s Board of Supervisors.

No costs or funding source, were discussed but Records sought approval to work with three other engineers, as well as county and state staff, to explore the need for a bridge, its possible location in Gloucester and its benefits to the county.

Working with Records on the feasibility study will be three other engineers with extensive backgrounds in transportation:

•Arch Marston, a vice president with AES Consulting Engineers who worked extensively on Route 199 in James City and York counties. Other projects include working as the original project manager for New Town in James City County and providing conceptual planning for the 80-acre Sentara-Williamsburg Regional Medical Center campus in York County.

•Don James, a Gloucester-based civil engineer with AES Consulting Engineers. Among his projects, James was principal-in-charge for Canon’s IRT plant expansion — an 80,000-square-foot building — and provided civil design services for the 40,000-square-foot Sentara Medical Office Building. Both projects are in the Gloucester Business Park.

•Bryant Goodloe, who has 48 years of experience in the engineering field for the planning, design and construction of streets, roadways, traffic systems, educational facilities, commercial centers, employment centers, residential communities and recreational areas. He has provided engineering services in 96 counties and 47 cities or towns.

A study in 2000 analyzed four scenarios, including building an upper York River crossing. But nothing has been done since then.

“From a tourism standpoint, the Historic Triangle could become a historic square,” he said. Cutting the travel time from the Gloucester Courthouse area from 50 minutes to 15 minutes would make historic areas of Gloucester much easier to access.

Records now will present an outline of the feasibility study to Brenda Garton,  County Administrator  on how much staff time will be required for the project before bringing the request back to the supervisors for final approval to proceed.

Back in the late 80’s  Gloucester and York County residents had pushed for an upriver crossing as a means of relieving congestion on Route 17 and the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge.

The highway and bridge proposed back in 1988 would have started at the intersection of Routes 17 and 615 in Gloucester and crosses Route 614 on its way to the York River at Rosewell. It would then come ashore in York County at Cheatham Annex and tie into the Route 199-Interstate 64 interchange.

The transportation board  decided instead to widen the Coleman bridge, but asked the counties to protect the proposed road’s right-of-way to make this alternative route possible in the future.

Read about the hearing here

You can watch the presentation here