• 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

Williamsburg Virginia History

Williamsburg, Virginia was originally named Middle Plantation, an area of high ground about halfway between the James and York rivers. The area was garrisoned and fortified in 1633. Bruton Parish Church was established there in 1674 when two older parishes merged.

King William and Queen Mary granted a royal charter to the College of William and Mary in 1693, making it the second oldest college – Harvard is first – in the United States.

Six years later, the General Assembly met at Middle Plantation to pick a new capital, and five college students lobbied to locate the new statehouse there, replacing the one that had burned at Jamestown.

One student said Middle Plantation already had “a church, an ordinary, several stores, two mills, a smiths shop, a grammar school, and above all the Colledge.” Another said the town was ideally located “for making a healthy, pleasant strong and wealthy city.”

The burgesses voted to build the new statehouse “somewhere at Middle Plantation, nigh H.M. College of William and Mary.” Because the town would be the capital, it was chartered as a city and renamed Williamsburg in honor of the king.

Royal Governor Francis Nicholson laid out Williamsburg as he had successfully laid out Annapolis when he was governor of Maryland, making them the first two planned cities. The main street, Duke of Gloucester, 99-feet wide, runs about a mile, anchored at the west end by William and Mary and at the east by the Capitol. Halfway between was Market Square, the town common of its day, where the Magazine and Court House are now. Near the center of town, the reminders of the crown’s dominion stood – the royal Governor’s Palace and Bruton Parish, local home of the official Anglican church.

The 1710-11 General Assembly passed an act “to prevent hogs rooting within the City of Williamsburg and certain places adjacent.”

After the city incorporated in 1722, a local observer wrote that Williamsburg is “a market town… and is with rich stores, all sorts of goods, and well furnished with the best provisions and liquors.”

With the college and the Capitol, Williamsburg attracted the best of Virginia’s philosophers and politicians, and Virginia, the largest, most populous, most successful colony, had them.

Unlike the settlement at Jamestown or the siege at Yorktown, what occurred in Williamsburg during this period was not an event, but a mental and political evolution, an idea of freedom. That the idea grew while Africans were enslaved is an inexplicable irony.

Almost nothing that King George III or his parliament did in the latter half of the 18th century found favor in the American colonies, especially not with the intellectuals who were concentrated in Virginia, principally at Williamsburg.

People such as George Mason, George Wythe, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were all in Williamsburg at one time or another. Other men whose names are, rightly or wrongly, less well known drove the revolution forward; Peyton Randolph, who the Williamsburg Militia called “the Father of His Country,” and Richard Henry Lee, who moved in Congress that the colonies “were, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”

It wasn’t only their words, it was their personalities, their work, their wealth, and most of all, their ideas.

That is not to say that other people in other places did not contribute – Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, John Adams in Massachusetts, Alexander Hamilton in New York – but they did not contribute in such numbers.

Thomas Jefferson in the Summary View of the Rights of British America questions the King’s right to control land and Parliament’s right to control anything in the American colonies.

Only Common Sense, the 46-page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, is better known than the writings of Virginians. George Mason’s Declaration of Rights was copied by eight of the 13 colonies and, in part, by the U.S. Bill of Rights. He called for freedom of speech, and of the press, and of religion. James Madison helped to write the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Virginia Resolutions. And, of course, Jefferson wrote the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and the Declaration of Independence.

When the war threatened Virginia in 1780, Jefferson, then governor, favored moving the capital to Richmond, a greater distance inland. And there it remains today.

The battles of the Revolutionary War are better remembered, but it was the words of the patriots that led to the war. In the end, it was their ideas of individual rights and responsibilities that were the Revolution.

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Williamsburg VA Business Profile: Great Harvest Bread Company

 Williamsburg VA Business Profile

Great Harvest Bread Company  New Town Williamsburg, VA

Is there anything warmer or more welcoming than the scent of fresh-baked bread? Todd and Dianne Alleman don’t think so. As the owners of Great Harvest Bread Company, they should know, because the delicious aromas of their breads greet everyone coming into their store.

When the Allemans relocated to Williamsburg five years ago, they couldn’t find the bread they wanted, so they began a journey to provide Williamsburg VA with really great bread.

All breads and sweets at Great Harvest Bread are handmade from scratch. The Allemans mill their own wholewheat flour each day and all their whole grain products are made with this fresh-milled, Montanagrown flour.

Although the menu will change every second day, Honey Whole Wheat and Farmhouse White breads, one sweet bread, one specialty bread, one savory bread, and Virginia rolls will always be available.

While the emphasis is on bread, each morning the store also has muffins, scones and cookies. Honeyville whipped honeys, American spoon jams and fruit butters, natural peanut butter, Pino’s Press dipping oils, and Frontier Soup and Pasta Salad mixes are other items in the store.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea’s ‘We Proudly Brew’ program is also offered.

Great Harvest Bread in at 5560 Foundation Street in New Town’s Foundation Square

Building (behind the theatres and next to Sullivan Park). The store is open 6:30-6:30, Tuesday-Friday and 6:30-4:30, Saturday; it’s closed Sunday and Monday.

Check out the website, www.williamsburggreatharvest.com

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Williamsburg Winery Interview with Patrick Duffeler

From an article in VA Business  Belgium-born Patrick Duffeler didn’t move to Williamsburg by chance; he came with a purpose, to open a winery and a boutique hotel.

 Before his move,Patrick Duffeler had held senior executive positions in Europe with Philip Morris and other companies. “We picked up a love of wine when we were in Burgundy. We wanted to make a difference by concentrating on the content of the bottle, not the marketing,” he says “We liked the fact that winemaking is a collegial, old-fashioned industry.”

Duffeler purchased the 320-acre Wessex Hundred Farm in James City County in 1983 and planted his first crop of grapes two years later. The first wine produced in 1988, Governor’s White, won Williamsburg Winery its first award, a Gold Medal from the Virginia Governor’s Cup, just two weeks after its introduction. It remains the winery’s most popular wine.

Production has increased from 2,500 cases 20 years ago to more than 65,000 cases today. The winery’s 50-plus acres of vineyards produce six grape varieties, including Petite Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Duffeler employs up to 70 people during peak season, June through October.

Since its inception, the winery has received more than 250 awards. Its Acte 12 Chardonnay was rated as “One of the Best Wines in the World” by Decanter Magazine’s World Wine Awards in 2007 and in 2008.

Along with the winery, Duffeler owns the Gabriel Archer Tavern and Wedmore Place, a European-style country estate hotel within walking distance of the winery. The hotel opened a year ago. “People want to have wonderful memories of their travels,” Duffeler says. “They want a place that is quaint and personal, like being in a home. That’s what we’ve created.”

Duffeler loves living in the Williamsburg area. “Williamsburg is the soul of America,” he muses. “When I walk the back streets in the winter I hear the echoes of 18th-century people. It’s exciting.”

The Historic Triangle area — Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown — is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Attractions include the Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center and Colonial Williamsburg, the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia.

The Williamsburg region includes James City County, which is home to Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country U.S.A. The area boasts well-known golf courses at Colonial Williamsburg and the Kingsmill Resort & Spa. 

Williamsburg, Virginia  economy

Retail, tourism and education are the main economic drivers in Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg tops the list of employers with 3,500 employees, followed by the College of William & Mary with 2,200. James City County, which surrounds Williamsburg on three sides, has a diversified economy that ranges from manufacturing and distribution to retail and tourism. The county’s largest private employer is Busch Gardens with approximately 6,000 seasonal and full-time employees. Anheuser-Busch Brewery has more than 800 employees. Busch Properties, which includes the Kingsmill Resort & Spa, employs 900. Other major companies include AVID Medical, which sells custom procedure trays for the health-care community, the Wal-Mart Import Distribution Center and Prime Outlets, one of the most profitable outlets in terms of sales and customer volume in the United States.

Where to stay
Duffeler designed Wedmore Place based on ideas picked up in his travels. Each of the hotel’s 28 rooms is named after a province in Europe and is decorated to reflect the region. “The rooms have been influenced by my background and travel experiences,” he says. “My wife is French, and we wanted to convey the differences between different cultures. We have 15th-century to 19th-century themes, from rustic to sumptuous.” Colonial Williamsburg offers Williamsburg Inn, a stately property known for its customer service, and 28 Colonial houses scattered among shops, taverns and gardens along Duke of Gloucester Street. For golfers, The Kingsmill Resort & Spa is an elegant but comfortable getaway.

Where to eat

Duffeler offers visitors two dining options — the Gabriel Archer Tavern, open for lunch daily and dinner on Thursday through Monday, and The Café Provencal, open daily for lunch and dinner, in Wedmore Place. The café specializes in upscale Mediterranean fare. Look for entrees such as pumpkin ravioli and prawn linguini. When he’s not frequenting his own establishments, Duffeler enjoys a night out at the Fat Canary, a lively bistro known for its creative entrees and service, and Blue Talon, a small bistro that describes its selections as “serious comfort food” —Virginia pork loin, meat loaf and gourmet mac and cheese. For steaks and seafood, many locals head to Opus 9 Steakhouse in the New Town area of Williamsburg.Ast FActs about Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg VA

  • Virginia’s largest winery.
  • Pruduction over 60,000 cases of wine a year (that’s 720,000 bottles!)
  • Open everyday except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • The Williamsburg Winery was established in 1985 by the Duffeler family.
  • First wine was the Governor’s White. Released in 1988, it is now the most popular Virginia wine sold in the state.
  • Most of the names on our wines have historical significance. Click here for more.
  • The winery is styled like an Old World Village on 50+ acres.
  • Tours are offered daily and reserve tours are available. Click here for more.
  • The facilities are used for functions and events for up to 200 people. Click here for more.
  • The Gabriel Archer Tavern was featured in “The New York Times.”
  • Lunch is served daily 11am-4pm.
  • Dinner is served Thurs-Mon 6-9pm.

Williamsburg Winery Website

Wedmore Place Website

William and Mary Tribe Football, Williamsburg, VA

After earning consecutive road victories at then-No. 4 New Hampshire and Delaware during the past two weekends, the William and Mary football team has earned a No. 23 national ranking in the
latest FCS Coaches Poll and Sports Network FCS Poll. It marks the first time
the Tribe has garnered a national ranking since the 2005 season.

Having won four of its last five games, W&M currently owns a 4-2 record
overall and a 2-1 mark in conference play. In addition to its victories
against UNH and UD, the College has also defeated Virginia Military
Institute and Norfolk State. The Tribe¹s lone FCS loss was against
Villanova, which is currently ranked among the top 10 in both national
polls.

The Tribe boasts one of the country¹s most productive offenses and currently
ranks 16th nationally in total offense (424.0 ypg) and 17th in scoring
offense (35.17 ppg). W&M¹s defensive unit has also been outstanding and
currently ranks 23rd nationally in total defense (314.17 ypg) and 13th in
pass defense (152.67 ypg).

W&M will look to extend its two-game winning streak when it hosts Rhode
Island for homecoming on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA October Specials

We normally don’t spend the night at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg Virginia. Theri prices are a bit steep for our pocketbook. Here is a special they are running for the rest of October 2008 that actually is quite reasonable.  Rates start at $189 a night for a family of four. If you consider that it includes for admissions to the indoor waterpark, it’s really quite reasonable. If you are like us the kids are getting kind of bored right now. It’s a nice diversion to work off their excess energy.

 

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Williamsburg VA Dewey Decibel Concert Series

If you think of a library as a place where you always have to whisper then you are in for a surprise. At the Williamsburg Regional Library in downtown Williamsburg at 515 Scotland St the Dewey Decibel Concert series is a hidden gem in the local performing arts scene. You can always count on a diverse array of performers, from folk, bluegrass, jazz, classical. There is a concert for all music lovers. Past performers have included, Pete Seeger, Robin and Linda Williams, John McCutcheon, Tommy Emmanuel, Coyote Run and many more.. The local newspaper Daily Press rated it one of the best small venues around. The concert season runs from September to June . The 268 seat theater has one of the best sound systems in the area.

Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, Virginia
Phone: 757-259-4070


You can check for current concert information and ticket prices here http://www.wrl.org/programs/concerts.html

 

The concert line up for 2008-2009  Dewey Decibel Concert series is below . Check the website above for last minute additiona and ticket information:
 
 Friday October 17 7:30 p.m. Peter Ostroushko
Now regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music

Saturday October 25 7:30 p.m. Jae Sinnett Trio

Hampton Roads percussionist Jae Sinnett returns for a concert of straight-ahead jazz guaranteed to make your evening swing

Thursday November 6 7:30 p.m. Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band have been performing on the international scene for more than three decades, inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength of the modern Scottish cultural scene. The band, who pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments: bagpipes, synthesizers, fiddles, guitars, cittern, bass, whistles and bouzouki.

 Friday November 7  7:30 p.m.  Stephen Bennett

Harp guitar master Stephen Bennett  born in Oregon, grew up in New York and has lived in Virginia for the last three decades. Since his 1987 first-place win at the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas (The Walnut Valley Festival), he has become known as a versatile guitarist who consistently garners critical praise and audience enthusiasm for his compositions and live performances. With his stellar musicianship, a relaxed stage presence, and quick wit, Stephen has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada, Australia and Japan.

Sunday November 9  7:30 p.m. Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band

Monday November 10 7:30 p.m. USAF Langley Winds Free

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band’s Langley Winds woodwind quintet. The quintet’s repertoire includes a wide variety of chamber works as well as popular and patriotic pieces.

Friday November 21 7:30 p.m. U.S. Army TRADOC Chamber and Solo Ensembles  Free

A free concert by individual performers and small ensembles from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Ft. Monroe, performing a variety of music, both classical and modern.

Saturday  November 22  7:30 p.m. Three Jolly Coachmen

If songs such as “Tom Dooley,” “MTA,” “Greenback Dollar,” and “Tijuana Jail” bring the memories of the late 1950s–early 1960s coffeehouse scene flooding back, then you don’t want to miss this! The Three Jolly Coachmen are a Williamsburg-based Kingston Trio tribute group.

 Friday December 5 7:30 p.m. April Verch Band

Rounder Records recording artist, April Verch, is a Canadian fiddle and stepdancing champion and singer.

Friday, December 12  7:30 p.m. Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group

Virginia based Robin and Linda Williams are known for their rich harmonies and original songwriting rooted in the country/bluegrass/gospel tradition.

Sunday January 18 7:30 p.m. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

If you love American acoustic music, don’t miss Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.

Friday,  February 27 7:30 p.m. The Whitetop Mountain Band

One of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains, this family-based band hails from the highest mountains in Virginia.

 Friday May 1 7:30 p.m. John McCutcheon

The Washington Post called John  “Virginia’s Rustic Renaissance Man,” he is one of our most respected and loved folksingers. Master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer, his 22 recordings have garnered every honor, including four Grammy nominations.

Tuesday May 12 7:30 p.m. FourUm   Free

Formed in 1998 when four members of a Scunthorpe (North Lincolnshire, England) choir met to sing together. Fourum have entertained audiences in the north of England, appeared on television in the UK on several occasions and in the USA. Their performance ranges from old English music hall tunes to Broadway selections and popular favorites. Their performances are full of good humor and great tunes.







 









 

 

 


 

What is a Blog ? Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Virginia Real Estate

Question :Who the heck is Mr Williamsburg ? I have searched for properties many times and this name keeps popping up.

Answer: Mr Williamsburg is my alter ego. I am John Womeldorf dba www.MrWilliamsburg.com  A native of Virginia now living in the Williamsburg/ James City County area of Virginia. I am a local Realtor working with Liz Moore and Associates in New Town Williamsburg VA ,  who with my family have fallen in love with our very special community, and now  make my living helping others experience the same good fortune.  Because I live and work in town, and have kids in school here, I can answer just about any question you can ask!  In the course of my work I have answered  thousands of questions about the area. I have created a Website / Blog/ Journal/ Digest  ( you pick the best description) with a search-able field where you can find answers to a lot of the questions that I have been asked.   www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com is the site

 Surprisingly quite a few of the Questions about Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA are not real estate related. Some of the questions asked by others include: What type of cultural scene is there in Williamsburg ? What about nightlife in Williamsburg ? I heard Williamsburg is all older people ? What about the Schools in Williamsburg ? What about recreation/ gyms ? Do you have any parks in Williamsburg ? Are there any private Schools in Williamsburg ? Where can I find employment postings for Williamsburg or Hampton Roads ? What restaurants are good ? What about activities for kids ? Sports for Kids ? Private Schools in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads ? Where are some good areas to fish ? What about shopping in Williamsburg ? What’s the best grocery store ? Where is the Mall in Williamsburg ? ( What you don’t have a Mall ? Perfect ! ) Where is the Trader Joes ? Where is the Whole Foods in Williamsburg ( Not Yet ) Costco ? ( not yet ) Where do you run in Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Va ? Where are some good places to mountain bike, cycle in Williamsburg ? Where’s the Hospital ? Doctors offices ?  What about veterinarians/ animal hospitals ? Do you know a good mortgage company, title company lawyer in Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads VA  ? Where is the Movie Theater ? Museums ? What’s a Good Neighbor Pass ? What are the local newspapers ? Are there any 55+ Active Adult communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA ? Where do people work in Williamsburg ? What industries are here ? What are the good Golf Courses in Williamsburg ?  Where are the new home developments being built in Williamsburg ? What are they going to build ? What communities are there in Williamsburg that have swimming pools ? Tennis ? gated ? 55+ active adult ? waterfront ? have Marinas ? Where are the condo town home developments in Williamsburg VA ? What is New Town Like ?What is the BAH Allowance for the area ? Where is the nearest commissary ?What’s the closest Airport ? IS there a train station in Williamsburg VA ? Are there buses in town ? What about High Street ? What’s the story with Stonehouse ? Which is better Ford’s Colony , Governors Land, Stonehouse or Kingsmill ? ( answer, It’s personal what appeals to you may not appeal to others I will explain the differences if asked ) Where is Viniterra ? How far is it from Stonehouse to the nearest shopping ? Where is the nearest marina ? Can I keep a sailboat there ? are any builders building Green Homes there ? Who are the best new home builders ? Are any of the builders in financial trouble ? Do you have the tax information rates for the area ? Why don’t some of the listings have pictures ? Why don’t some of the listings have more pictures ? What does AS IS mean ? What does REO mean ? How about Short Sale ? Do you have any video movies of the area ? Do you list houses ? How do you market homes you have listed ?  Is there any place to play Pool ? Is there a bakery in town ? Should I buy Title Insurance ? What have homes in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Virginia  been selling for ? Any Horse Stables in Williamsburg ? We want to buy a house but we are in Europe, Japan, Germany, Guam, can you help us ? I saw a home on another website but can’t find it anywhere else ? What social clubs are there for adults ? Can I still get a mortgage in Williamsburg VA ? Isn’t Williamsburg Va full of older people ? Whats the average discount from list prices that sellers have been accepting in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  Va  AS you can see the list goes on and on.. I may have already answered the questions you have on your mind. To find out  Put a topic in  the upper right search area   and see.If you don’t see an answer simply email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136. I use a phone that allows me to respond to emails quickly. If you don’t hear back within a few hours try again or call . Our email filters sometimes block valid emails.

I understand that many Internet home searchers start their hunt many months or years in advance, and are just in the research stage.  I respect that, and I’m here to help…as much or as little as you would like.

 Are you planning a visit to the area any time soon?  I would be happy to recommend some places to stay, or to give you a quick, introductory tour of some neighborhoods and/or homes.

 Or, if you would like to get a feel for our market, I would be happy to set you up to receive e-mail notices of new listings in a price range or area that interests you.  I can also send you sold info, so you can see what sellers in today’s market are willing to negotiate.

 

 

Battle of The Hook Gloucester VA Reenactment

On October 18 – 19 2008, forces of the Crown, along with the forces of General Washington and his Allies will return to Gloucester, Virginia to commemorate the Battle of the Hook, and the American Revolution. The event is being sponsored by the County of Gloucester, VA. which has committed significant funds and personnel to sponsoring this event.

This historic battle will be brought to life by Revolutionary War reenactors and living historians on the property of the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester, VA. Recreated military units from across the country will encamp near the actual battlefields where the American Revolution was won after six long years of fighting. Participating in this event will be units from The Continental Line, The British Brigade and the Brigade of the American Revolution.

We invite you to take a walk back in time to a pivotal moment in the history of Gloucester County, Virginia and indeed the United States of America.

Many are familiar with the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia but few are aware of the struggle to control Gloucester, VA and the battle that took place in

Gloucester County, Virginia. This engagement, known as the Battle of the Hook, and the other actions in Gloucester , VAwithout a doubt contributed to the

Allies’ victory at Yorktown.

The primary objectives of Victory at Gloucester, Virginia – The Battle of the Hook

are these:

* Educate – We invite you to learn from the re-enactors about the life and times of the people, both men and women, who helped

make this country a reality. Learn from a student a fresh perspective on what it means to be an American today. Learn from an actor

about the personal feelings of people who sacrificed much for their cause. Learn from an historian and an archeologist about the legacy

of Gloucester County, VA.

* Commemorate – We invite you to join in commemorating the lives and deeds of all the men and women, soldier and citizen alike,

regardless of country or color of uniform, who with sacrifice, bravery, and honor strived to fulfill their duty on that day of October 3, 1781.

* Celebrate – We invite you to pause and reflect on what binds us together. Let us celebrate the inheritance left to us by those who

fought so hard for liberty. Let us celebrate that all the combatants on that field in 1781 are today strong allies.

 

We have worked hard to make sure your day with us is all of the above and fun too! Now, get out there and meet the people, watch the

demonstrations, ask questions, enjoy the food, rest a while in the shade of trees that date back to the era, and HAVE A FUN DAY.

The Battle of the Hook Steering Committee

You find more info here or here

Poquoson Seafood Fest Oct 17-19, 2008

28th ANNUAL POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 17-19, 2008
The City of Poquoson presents the 28th Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival October 17-19, 2008 in Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, VA 23662. The Festival honors the Working Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and the rich coastal heritage of Poquoson. It includes musical entertainment, a juried arts & crafts show, dozens of food vendors, a children’s area, and nautical events including a Work Boat Race and a Fishing Tournament. The event is family-oriented and offers something for everyone. Holding with its rich tradition, the festival will feature outstanding national and regional musical entertainment on the BB & T Municipal Stage. Local and Regional Legend Slapwater will appear on Friday night, October 17, 2008. On Saturday, October 18, 2008, join us for a great musical line-up of Everyday Circus followed by Fat Back & The Cadillacs. On Sunday, October 19, 2008 National Country music sensation Jake Owen will perform. Additional regional entertainment on the Taylor’s Do It Center Food Pavilion Stage will include Tim Morgan and The Mojo Brothers, Made From Scratch, The Blues Cats, Big House Red, the Poquoson High School Band, and The Super Jazz Band Combo. As in years past, the Poquoson Seafood Festival hosts the Poquoson Art League Juried Arts & Crafts Show, one of the larger arts and crafts shows and sales in the state of Virginia with over 165 artisans expected to exhibit a myriad of outstanding crafts and original art work. The Langley Federal Credit Union Heritage Display Exhibit will feature numerous activities showcasing the history and heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Working Watermen. Also expected to participate are the Poquoson Historical Commission offering a variety of artifacts and documents relating to and illuminating Poquoson’s history, and the Poquoson Cultural Museum Committee who will provide information on plans for a Cultural Museum in Poquoson.
THE FESTIVAL FEATURES SPECIAL EVENING HOURS IN ITS ARTS AND CRAFTS AREAS AS WELL ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY. MANY ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITORS WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 10:00 PM ON THESE EVENINGS AND PATRONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE EXTENDED HOURS. Living up to its name, the Poquoson Seafood Festival offers some savory dishes from the surrounding waters in the Mid-Atlantic Residential and Villa Development Food Pavilion. Crab cakes, shrimp, oysters, clams, clam chowder, soft shell crabs, catfish, she crab soup, and many other festival favorites will be available for purchase. Another popular favorite slated for return is the KID’s KORNER Event Area. Stage performances, an arts & crafts activity area, amusement rides and more will be featured in the children’s area. Please note: Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for all concerts on Municipal Field.
Festival Hours: Friday, October 17, 2008 5:00-10:00 PM Saturday, October 18, 2008 10:00 AM-10:00 PM Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:30-6:30 PM
FESTIVAL DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION $5.00 Parking Fee All Areas
GENERAL PARKING From I-64 take the Poquoson Exit (256B) to Victory Blvd./Rt. 171. Remain on Rt. 171 for approximately 5-6 miles. Follow signs leading into the Festival Parking Area. PARKING FOR THE DISABLED From I-64 take the Poquoson Exit (256B) to Victory Blvd./Rt. 171. Remain on Rt. 171 for approximately 5-6 miles. Turn left on Wythe Creek Rd. Turn right on Hudgins Rd. Bear right on Hudgins Rd. onto Poquoson Ave. Turn right on Municipal Drive. Parking attendant will direct vehicles at this point. Handicapped sticker and accompanying identification will be required.SHUTTLE PARKING Should available on-site parking be full, you will be directed to one of our nearby shuttle parking lots. Bus transportation is provided at these locations for you. Festival staff and Police officers will direct you to the shuttle lot when appropriate.

Living in Williamsburg Virginia ( A locals point of view )

I thought I would post again to give a better sense of living in the Williamsburg VA area. Just listing what’s here doesn’t tell a story. It’s hilly here.  There is a 7-11 five minutes from our house.( one of only two in the area)  We live in the very back of a larger neighborhood . You don’t hear any traffic or planes. There is a two mile trail thru the woods behind our house. When walking there or looking out our windows we often see deer ( munching on our plants ugh !) There is a pool and clubhouse within the neighborhood. In the summer the pool is overflowing with kids. Friday night neighbors order pizza , bring beer and join each other at the pool until 10 pm. Many social events are help in our neighborhood thru the year for kids, adults and families. All are well attended. Within 2 miles of our house are the area football/ soccer/ baseball facility sports. ( WISC/ Warhill)  The football/ soccer fields are brand new and have artificial turf.  Sports for kids are very big here considering the size of the community. No matter what sports  your kids  do there is a well supported team here in Williamsburg. I am amazed at the dedication of the volunteers/ coaches on all of the various teams our kids have participated in.  My nine year old plays on a football team that is coached like an NFL team ( that’s a good thing they went to the playoffs last year) . They get to play their next game at Zable Stadium, the Williams and Mary Football Stadium. The other son’s football team is playing an exhibition scrimmage during half time of a William and Mary football Game. What an incredible event for a 10 year old to participate in ! Freedom Park is 2 miles from our house it contains 10+ miles of hilly mountain bike trails. Growing up in Va Beach I didn’t know what hills were. Try riding a mounting bike for an hour or two, it will wear you out. My kids love them too. Two miles in the other direction are a Rec Center with indoor pool, basketball, indoor tract, fitness center, skateboard park etc.  Less than 10 minutes away is Colonial Williamsburg where  $10  gets you an annual pass ( Good Neighbor) to everything it has to offer. ( kids are free ) Numerous churches that welcome you with open arms. Schools are wonderful. Teachers and staff are the best.

Our neighbors and friends are the best. If we need someone to watch the kids we just ask. We have rarely had to use a sitter.
 

 
Within 10 minutes of where we live in Williamsburg James City County are a Ukrops, ( favorite)  Trader Joes, ( favorite ) Farm Fresh, Bloom, Fresh Market for groceries, Prime Outlets with an outlet store for almost anything, Wal Mart ( yes we shop there, now more than ever ) Target, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble,  Home Depot, Lowe’s, Movie Theater, New Town ( main street area with shops and restaurants.  Lots of family owned Restaurants, as well as a large number of chains that have great food and local management. Some of the best golf in the state of Virginia is here in Williamsburg. Over 15 courses are within a 15 minute drive . There are 13 different parks within 10 minutes. Both County and State run. In these you can hike, run, camp ride mountain bikes, kayak, boat, fish, picnic, go the playground, play football, volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball, and much more. Drive the Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown ( free admission to both museums if you live here ) The parkway has to be one of the most scenic drives around. You can drive 23 miles along the York and the James Rivers without seeing any commercial establishments.. It’s a nice bike ride too although the surface is pretty rough..
 
Our arts scene is very active as well. Museums, Ballet, Symphony, Theater  are all well represented. I will admit that the music scene in Williamsburg could use some help. We do travel to Newport News, Norfolk, VA Beach, Richmond for bans which don’t do concerts here.  
 
 

VA Beach Golf Course Neighborhoods/ Communities

 
The Signature at West Neck Golf Course

The 18-hole “Signature” course at the The Signature At Westneck facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia features 7,280 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Signature golf course opened in 2001. Thomas Stevenson, PGA manages the course as the Director of Golf.

“We wanted to design a course where the average golfer can come out and spend a day with his family and have a good time enjoying the game of golf. Sure, we want to make it difficult enough where good players will be challenged, but our main focus is on the average golfer. We’re also careful to preserve the natural beauty of the place. We don’t look at it as taking away from the environment, but more like giving something back.” Arnold Palmer on his design philosophy at The Signature

With a fabulous two-story, 24,000 square foot clubhouse  designed by the renowned architects of Chapman, Coyle, Chapman it features a covered veranda and terrace with views of the golf course. The clubhouse offers Men’s and Ladies locker rooms and a fully stocked Pro Shop. The Signature Grille features a casual, full service bar and grill as well as an elegant dining room and is available for private parties and receptions.

Reserve a Tee Time At The Signature at West Neck

Location Map

Centrally located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, West Neck is one of the first age-qualified communities (55 years and better) in the area. Residents are able to escape to their very own retreat right here in the community, perhaps on the golf course or beside one of the sparkling blue water lakes. Walk along one of the many trails passing through the natural parks West Neck in VA Beach Va is full of the experiences that make life both rewarding and relaxing.

When complete, over 112 cottage-styled homes with all-new designs will grace the peaceful streets of Rosecrest at West Neck in Virginia Beach VA. The spacious homes will feature two and three bedroom designs with the ever-popular “master down” floor plan which puts luxury living on the main level of one’s home for absolute comfort and convenience. Homes in Rosecrest start in the $300’s 

In The Grove at West Neck secluded 10,000 square foot lots are nestled along the beautiful West Neck golf course, offering the last few lots with tastefully styled single family homes for a select few.

Four models are available with brick facades, ten foot ceilings, generous storage space and creative, stylish floor plans available in single-level-living. Each three bedroom, two bathroom home boasts over 2,000 square feet of quality constructed living space with options and upgrades available to tailor your home to your exact desires and specifications. Homes at The Grove start in the $400,000’s

Williamsburg VA Gardening Questions FAQ

Question: John,  We have just moved into our new home in Williamsburg/ James City County Va and would some advice on what types of plants do well in the area. We have had recent dry spells lately and the deer seem to devour quite a few of the neighbors plants. Can you recommend anyone ?

Answer: An amazing resource available for free to residents of Williamsburg, James City County, New Kent County is the Master Gardner Program 

The purpose of the James City County/Williamsburg  Master Gardener is to learn, educate, and communicate environmentally sound horticultural practices to the community.  Trained by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener volunteers are committed to offering information to the public through sustainable landscape  management educational programs.Offering  a range of public outreach and educational programs serving the Williamsburg VA area, including turf and lawn, landscape, and plant disease clinics, therapeutic gardening, extension help desk, and a range of gardening projects with children. Essentially the answer to any question you might have relating to landscaping, pruning, plants, turf, weeds , disease drought tolerance, etc will be answered on this site.

Residents in James City County and Williamsburg can get answers to their landscape questions through the Landscape Love program offered FREE by James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners through the County Extension Office.

One of the programs offered for  Fall 2008 was Landscape Love ( registration is now closed) It should be offered next year as well.

 This free program was designed to promote healthy landscapes in our area and will have local master gardeners visit home sites to review general and specific landscaping problems (non turf related) which may include pruning, control of animal pests, flower gardens, design considerations, ground covers, water conservation practices and appropriate plant selection including proper techniques for planting trees and shrubs.

Classes 

James City/Williamsburg/New Kent – Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the 2009 JCC/Williamsburg Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Training, to be held January through April, is open to residents of Williamsburg and James City and New Kent counties. Program participants will be eligible to become Master Gardener volunteers and bring educational outreach to the community in all aspects of horticulture. Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) is taking applications for the 2009 Master Gardener training program.  The training is open to all citizens in James City County, Williamsburg and New Kent County.  No previous gardening experience is necessary—only a desire to learn new skills, make friends with similar interests and support your community through volunteerism

Training includes classes in basic botany; identification and control of insects, weeds and diseases; turf, trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables; pruning and landscape design; water issues and other topics.
Well-known experts from the local community, area colleges and Colonial Williamsburg will be teaching classes on a wide range of horticultural subjects.  Classes will be given on basic botany; identification and control of insects, weeds and diseases; turf, trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables; pruning and landscape design; water issues, and other topics needed to become well-versed in sound horticultural practices

Classes for the 2009 JCC/Williamsburg Master Gardener Training Program will run from, January 8 through April 2, in the James City County Human Services Building, 5249 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg.   

Click here to register to become a Master Gardener in Williamsburg/ James City County

Hampton Roads Real Estate New Home Promotions Free Water, Gas , Electricity for Five Years

Local home builder in Hampton Roads Virginia offers an amazing promotion. ( THIS IS NOT A GIMMICK )  If you buy a home from them in any of their participating home communities in VA Beach, Suffolk, or Portsmouth VA The builder will pay ALL OF YOU UTILITY BILLS FOR FIVE YEARS. YES YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY . BUILDER WILL PAY YOUR ELECTRIC , GAS AND WATER BILLS FOR THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF HOME OWNERSHIP !

Of course there are limitations and restrictions.

This offer may not be combined with any other incentive including closing cost assistance. This offer is contingent upon the use the builder’s  preferred lender, Tidewater Mortgage. This offer is only good for single family homes in the following communities in Hampton Roads/ Tidewater VA :

New Port at Victory in Portsmouth, VA,  (  a traditional neighborhood design that provides its residents with a variety of classic home styles in a lifestyle-oriented, new-home community. It is designed to give residents a sense of home in an up-and-coming area.) 

 Rosecrest  at West Neck ,Centrally located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, it is one of the first age-qualified active adult communities (55 years and better) in the area offering homes with first floor living priced from the high $300,000’s.

Highland Green,  The neighborhood features three distinctive models and a close proximity to Bennett’s Creek Park, new schools, new shopping, in Suffolk , Virginia Homes start in the high $200,000’s .

 

Graystone Reserve  conveniently located in Suffolk Virginia . Graystone  Reserve  features playgrounds, walking trails and picnic areas scattered among large, wooded home sites. Offering seven innovative floor plans. Homes at Graystone currently start in the $300,000’s

Parkside,  Complete with a clubhouse, pool, cabana building, playground, picnic area, lakes, walking trails, and gazebos, don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting community. The clubhouse features a fitness center, great room and fully operational kitchen, creating the ultimate place to get together with family and friends or escape to take time for yourself Whether you’re looking for the exciting, the peaceful, or the innocent side of life, Parkside at Bennett’s Creek is the place for you. This community is centrally located between the flourishing downtown of Suffolk and Newport News and the booming downtown of Norfolk. Only minutes away is the new Harbour View Station Town Center, consisting of retail shops, offices, restaurants, and the 16-screen Grande Cinemas. Up-coming, right down the street will be the Bennett’s Creek Shopping Center, new school, and library. 

Nichols Park 3-story, Condominiums Prices from the high $200,000’s located in Va Beach VA at Lexington.  The community ( Lexington ) offers Natural lakes, plenty of wooded space, walking trails, and a secluded pool and cabana surrounded by woods and privacy.

 

Bluegrass Park. Condominiums at Lexington in Virginia Beach Va. Models range in size from 2100 sq feet to 2245 square feet. Prices start in the high $200,000’s for these 3 level condos.

 

 

 

This offer expires November 1, 2008 and is not retroactive..

Williamsburg Symphonia Encore Affairs

Encore Affairs!

Welcome to the third season of Encore Affairs – a series of posh parties, openings of opulent collections and delightful dining to benefit The Williamsburg Symphonia in Williamsburg , VA. Generously hosted by enthusiastic League members and friends in their beautiful homes or private venues, these events sell out fast.

In fact, five of the Encore Affairs events have already sold out! Don’t be disappointed. Call 564-7494 or 229-0640 for more information.

Click here to download a printable Encore Affairs Reservation Form.

Brilliant art and sculpture, a rustic picnic on “The Rivah,” and a half-mile of model train tracks for HO gauge engines and cars that chug through 1830s-era villages and landscapes . . . all these and many other visual and culinary treats await you when you reserve your place at an Encore Affair. Whether you’re a new or a long-time resident, you’re sure to find an “affair” you won’t want to miss. Join your friends or make new acquaintances at one or more venues for this fundraiser that is the talk of the town. A portion of each admission cost is tax deductible.

Affair #1: Picnic on “The Rivah”Sat., September 20, 2008, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Cruikshank home on Wilton Creek, Hartfield, Va., for 65 guests, $50 each. Watch artists at work, painting the spectacular scenery.

Affair #2: Brunch Among the LeavesSunday, October 12, 2008, 12 noon, at the home of Jean Leavengood in Kingsmill, for 20 guests, $50 each. Guests will sit on the deck beside a cozy outdoor fireplace; Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a gourmet brunch will be served. A tour of this elegant home to view the eclectic art collection is an added feature. SOLD OUT!

Affair #3: Wine & Fondue PartySaturday, October 18, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Epstein home in Kingsmill, for 50 guests, $40 each.

Affair #4: On Track . . . With Fine Art & RailroadsSaturday, November 1, 2008, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the home of Bob and Ann Louise Mann in Ford’s Colony, for 35 guests, $35 each. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Affair #5: Art, Wine, Bugattis & Mediterranean CuisineSaturday, November 22, 2008, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the home of Gulay and Clyde Berryman in Colonial Heritage, for 35 guests, $50 each. SOLD OUT!

Affair #6: Hearts & Flowers CocktailsSaturday, February 14, 2009, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the home of Mott and Diane Robertson in Kingsmill, for 35 guests, $35 each. A strolling violinist will provide the music, and Diane will make petite bouquets for all the Sweethearts (ladies) present.

Affair #7: A Chef’s KitchenTuesday March 3, 2009, 6:30-9:30 p.m., presented by Chef John Gonzales, in the heart of Williamsburg, for 25 guests, $80 each. A special guest may make an appearance. SOLD OUT!

Affair #8: Who’s Afraid of Opera?Sunday, March 29, 2009, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the home of Paul & Marge Tongue in Ford’s Colony, for 40 guests, $50 each. Opera Talk with Lynda Sharrett will be accompanied by Merry Food & Drink.

Affair #9: A Feast of Peacocks at the Muscarelle Museum of ArtFriday, April 24, 2009, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for 32 guests, $50 each. This elegant event coincides with the museum’s Tiffany exhibit. SOLD OUT!

Affair #10: German May Day Garden PartyFriday, May 1, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the home of Ian & Diane Carr in Holly Hills, for 40 guests, $50 each. An accordion player in German attire will serenade the party-goers.

Affair #11: LPGA PartySaturday, May 9, 2009, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., (during the Michelob Ultra Golf Tournament), at the home of Ray & Anne Liss Flanders in Kingsmill, for 30 guests, $40 each. From a prime viewing spot, overlooking the tricky 8th green of the magnificent River Course, you can watch the best of the professional lady golfers make (or miss) their putts. SOLD OUT!

The Williamsburg Symphonia League extends its heartfelt thanks to all the Encore Affairs hosts and volunteers for their gracious hospitality and kind generosity.

Find out more about the Williamsburg Symphonia here

Corporate partners and donors provide essential funding for The Williamsburg Symphonia. They are gratefully acknowledged below. Please patronize and thank these public-spirited friends of Williamsburg’s own professional chamber orchestra:

Corporate Sponsors of the Williamsburg Symphonia:

Season Underwriters :

WBach 107.9 Williamsburg’s Classical Station

Stephen Shonka / Family Retirement Planning and Wealth Management.

Seasons Sponsors :

Bay Rivers Group Wealth Advisors

Davenport Group

Merril Lynch

Scott and Stringfellow

John Hancock

Old Point National Bank

TowneBank

Suntrust

Williamsburg Landing

WindsorMeade of Williamsburg

C & F Bank


 

Williamsburg Va., Halloween Haunted Forest Toano

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Saturday, October 25, 2008 6-9:30pm

Upper County Park, Toano VA • Free parking at Toano Middle School

Journey through the Haunted  Forest

 $1/person or half price in costume

 If you dare, venture out after dark to experience a walk through the Haunted Forest  (One of James City Counties signature family events.)  for the fun, for the fright, for the things that go bump in the night – there are lots of horrific sights and sounds in the woods! Children 6 and younger, along with their parents, will especially enjoy Goblinville with its moonwalks, playground equipment and pumpkin patch hayride which travels through a maze of pumpkin faces and Nursery Rhyme Characters! Goblinville is also home to Frankenstein’s Birthday Party which features a variety of hands-on arts and crafts activities and games, as well as our Fall Festive Family Area where the scarecrow stuffing class takes place at 6:30pm ($17/scarecrow).

Also look for the return of the Costume Contest! Pumpkin Bowling, arts and crafts, games and ghouls together create a night of frightful family fun! Teens, put your dancin’ shoes on for Dracula’s Dance Party featuring a DJ, dance floor, variety of hand-on activities, a gross guess, games and more!

After being watched and chased by unknown creatures in the Haunted Forest, you’ll be hungry so visit our concessions and munch on something to eat. Better to munch than be munched! Don’t forget your camera!

Here is a map to Toano Middle School where you can catch a shuttle to the event.

 

 

 

Virginia School Testing Results Williamsburg, York, Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews, Isle of Wight

If you have children attending school and are thinking of moving to Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County, Gloucester, Mathews, Isle of Wight, Surry, Poquoson Virginia, schools are usually the first concern. We have been extremely pleased with the education our children are receiving in the James City County Williamsburg School System. Below you will find the latest SOL standardized test results for the other area schools. Another good tool to use when researching schools in advance of moving is www.SchoolMatters.com

What does “accredited” mean?

In Virginia School Accreditation is based on the state of Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests.

Virginia measures a school’s teaching and learning performance with results from state reading, math, science and social studies tests. Students in grades three to eight and high school take the tests annually. At least 70 percent of students must pass the annual tests in all four subjects, with two exceptions: At least 75 percent of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders must pass the reading tests, and 50 percent of third-graders must pass science and history tests.

Virginia Schools receive one of the following ratings:

Fully accredited: Schools met or exceeded the pass rates in reading, math, science and social studies.

Accredited with warning: The school didn’t meet the state’s student achievement targets in one or more subjects. The school must adopt an improvement plan and submit to state reviews.

Conditionally accredited: The school missed the targets in one or more subjects but is taking action to improve achievement by reorganizing, changing programs, using an approved improvement plan and/or showing improvement over previous years. New schools that have absorbed students from other schools also fall in this category.

Accreditation denied: The school has failed to meet the accreditation goals for four consecutive years. The school is subject to corrective action by the state.

The State of Virginia requires at least 70 percent of students in grades three to eight and high school to pass annual reading, math, science and social studies tests. The state has higher expectations for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders: At least 75 percent of them must pass the reading tests.

Schools that miss the accreditation targets receive warnings and are expected to develop and use improvement plans focused on the problem subject.

If schools miss the targets for more than four years, they are denied accreditation. The school divisions must work with the State Board of Education using corrective actions the state board recommends. The divisions might also close the schools, reopen them with new administrators, teachers and curriculum, and follow state recommendations to improve achievement.

Local School Division SOL Test Results in Hampton Roads Virginia 2008

YORK AND POQUOSON VA

For the sixth year in a row, all 19 York County VA schools were fully accredited.

All of York’s middle schools had a pass rate of 93 percent or higher in science. All elementary schools posted a pass rate of 93 percent or higher on the third-grade math exam and a pass rate of 95 percent or higher on third-grade history exams.

All Poquoson VA schools again met the state’s accreditation standards. The pass rates for sixth- and seventh-grade math increased significantly — 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

The high school geometry pass rate improved dramatically to 94 percent. High school English, math, history and science accreditation ratings are 91 percent or higher.

GLOUCESTER AND MATHEWS VA

Gloucester and Mathews counties’ public schools continued to be fully accredited. It was the seventh consecutive year for Mathews and the fifth consecutive year for Gloucester.

ISLE OF WIGHT VA

Eight of Isle of Wight’s nine schools posted pass rates of higher than 80 percent for all four subjects and are fully accredited, but Windsor Middle School missed the math target by 3 percentage points.  Windsor Middle was accredited with warning and must develop and follow an improvement plan for the next year. 

WILLIAMSBURG- JAMES CITY VA

All Williamsburg- James City County public schools are fully accredited, after students met state achievement targets in reading, math, science and history. The district posted higher overall reading, math and science pass rates than the state, with 89 percent in reading, 85 percent in math and 91 percent for science, compared with 87 percent, 84 percent and 89 percent for the state.

The lowest pass rate in the district was 77 percent for math at James Blair Middle School. The highest pass rate was 95, posted by Berkeley Middle School for science. None of the division’s elementary schools had lower than 80 percent pass rates in any of the four tested subjects. The lowest high school pass rate was 88 percent for science at Lafayette. Warhill, the division’s newest high school, had a 92 percent pass rate in reading and math, and 89 percent for science. Matoaka Elementary, also newly opened, had a 94 percent pass rate in science, 93 percent in reading and 92 percent in math. Division officials said students made “significant” gains over their 2007 test results.

SUFFOLK VA

All Suffolk schools met state achievement goals this year.

SURRY VA

All of Surry County’s schools met state achievement goals this year.

To check an individual school’s status or for information on state accreditation results, go to

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/src/accreditation.shtml

If you have any questions about school attendance zones, real estate, homes for sale, recreation, employment, shopping, arts, entertainment, gated communities, golf communities, golf courses, waterfront homes, condos, townhomes, neighborhoods, home owner associations, mortgage questions, legal issues, music, education in the Williamsburg/ James City, York, New Kent, West Point, Gloucester, Surry, Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Va Beach areas of Virginia call or email John Womeldorf/ Mr Williamsburg.com If I don’t’ know the answer I will refer you to someone who does..

 

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Williamsburg, Virginia is a community of approximately 70,000 people, located in James City County, Virginia. It is also considered to be part of the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater metropolitan area.

 

The following types of housing are readily available in and around Williamsburg, VA :

  • Single Family Homes from $100,000 to $4,000,000
  • Historic homes from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • New construction homes from $205,000 to $3,000,000
  • Townhouses & Townhouses from $150,000 to $600,000
  • Patio homes from $275,000 to $500,000
  • Suburban condos & condominiums from $150,000 to $500,000
  • City condos & condominiums from $200,000 to $600,000
  • Duplex & multi-unit housing from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Improved lots from $100,000 to $2,0000,000
  • Unimproved lots from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Estates homes & property from $100,000 to $4,500,000
  • Raw land from $100,000 to $25,000,000
  • Farmlets from $100,000 to $2,500,000
  • Farms & agricultural from $100,000 to $ 5,000,000
  • Hunting & recreation property from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Oceanfront property from $800,000 to $4,500,000
  • Waterfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000
  • Lakefront property from $500,000 to $4,500,000
  • Riverfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000 from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Resort property from $200,000 to $4,500,000
  • Golf homes & property from $260,000 to $4,500,000
  • Investment and rental property from $100,000 to $3,500,000
  • Commercial from $90,000 to $50,000,000
  • Foreclosed from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Speculative from $100,000 to $4,500,000

In 2007, there were approximately 1300 real estate and property transactions in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. 

Local neighborhoods and subdivisions in Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County/ New Kent County areas of Virginia include :

Berkley’s Green, Braemar Creek Condos, Brandywyne,  Brickshire,Burlington Woods,  Claiborne Condos, Colonial Heritage,  Creekside Landing, Cromwell Ridge, Farms at New Kent,   Fairway Villas, Felgate Woods, Fords Colony, Foundation Square, Fenwick Hills, Fernbrook, Fieldcrest,First Colony,Fox Ridge, Governors Land, Governors Grove at Five Forks, Freedom Woods,  Graylin Woods, Greensprings Plantation, Greensprings West, Governor Land,  Heritage Landing, High Street, Holy Hills, Jamestown Hundred, Kensington Woods,  Kingsmill,  Kingspoint, Kingswood, Kristiansand, LaFontaine Condos, Lake Powell, Landfall at Jamestown, Liberty Crossing, Longhill Gate, Longhill Station, Longhill Woods, Mallard Hill, Michelle Pont,  Monticello Woods, Mulberry Place,New Town, Patriots Colony, Patriots Landing, Pelegs Point, Penniman East, Penniman Woods, Piney Creek, Pocahontas Square, Pointe at Jamestowne, Port Anne, Powhatan Secondary, Powhatan Place, Powhatan Plantation, Powhatan Woods,  Priorslee, Queens Creek, Queens Farm, Queens Lake, Queenswood, Raintree, Richmond Hill, Riverview Plantation, Rolling Woods, Royal Grant, Scotts Pond, Seasons Trace, Settlers Market,  Settlers Mill,  Shores of York, Skiffes Creek, Skimino Landing, Skimino Hills,  Skipwith Farms, Springhill, St. Georges Hundred, Stonehouse, Stonehouse Glen, The Farms of New Kent,The Meadows, The Mews, The Oaks at Fenton Mill, The Woodlands, The Woods, The Retreat, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, The Vineyards, Village at Quarterpath, Villages at Powhatan, Villages at Westminster, Villas at Five Forks, Vinniterra,Walnut Hills, Waterford,  Warhill Green, Wellington, Westgate,  Wexford Hills, Whitehall, Williamsburg West, Windmill Point, Vineyard Heights,  Westmoreland, Westport,  Westray Downs, Williamsburg Bluffs, Williamsburg Commons, Williamsburg Village at Norge, Windsor Forest, Wyndham , Yorkshire, Yorktown            

 

 

 

  • Local zip codes in this community include: 23185, 23188, 23168, 23141.

 

 

Public and private school systems serving families in the area include James City County/ Williamsburg Schools, York County Schools, New Kent Schools. Travelers and commuters in this area are served by train, with the Amtrak Williamsburg station, highway by Interstate 64, exits 234- 247 interchanges.

The community was founded in the early 1700’s with an economy driven by the government contracting, Tourism, William and Mary, Anheuser Busch industries. Local events and activities include many local cultural events and organizations based near and around Williamsburg.

Exceptional recreational opportunities in and around the region include golfing, kayaking, hiking, equestrian, biking, mountain biking, cycling, boating. Other notable features of the area are a vibrant growing suburban community with a well-educated, active population.

 


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The Mr Williamsburg team provides service to both buyers and sellers of real property, and provides property rental management services and does represent renters.

Mr Williamsburg.com maintains a focus on Military, Relocation, Golfers and Retirees looking to move to the Williamsburg Virginia area.

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Delayed till 2009

Here are a few photos to show you what’s happening at High Street in Williamsburg, Virignia. The opening for the Movie Tavern theater in High Street, Williamsburg VA’s news TND community has been pushed to Spring of 2009. Construction delays and design changes to the theater are the cause.

To familiarize you with the Movie Tavern concept here is a brief description: full wait-staff service in each theatre.First-run movies with a casual dining menu offering a wide range of choices that include fresh off the grill burgers, homemade pizzas, popular appetizer and dessert selections, beer, wine, and margaritas. Of course, you can always get traditional concession items, such as soft drinks, candy, and fresh-popped popcorn as well.
Movie Tavern combines the enjoyment of movies with an in-theatre dining experience. A menu of Classic American favorites is served to Movie Tavern guests while they enjoy first-run films in state-of-the-art auditoriums.  Tiered or stadium seating in all auditoriums, including executive high-back leather rocker chairs. A menu consisting of dozens of chef-prepared chicken, chopped salads, appetizers, hand-tossed pizzas, signature sandwiches, black angus burgers, and delectable desserts. Tables in front of all theatre seats. Full service bar and lounge. Food and drink orders taken and delivered at your seat in each theater.  Plasma screens showing sporting events and other popular programming in the bar/lounge.

Movie Tavern combines the enjoyment of movies with an in-theatre dining experience. A menu of Classic American favorites is served to Movie Tavern guests while they enjoy first-run films in state-of-the-art auditoriums.

Roseland the High Street developer has pushed back the opening of the retail stores as well. They are scheduled to open in Spring of 2009. The only announced tenants/ stores are Kilwins Ice Cream ( a celebrated part of Northern Michigan since 1947. Kilwins has earned a reputation for it’s quality products and excellent service. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients)  and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. ( One of the best burgers I have eaten, great fries too !)  It has been said there are an additional 10- 15 stores that are still to be announced.

The residential section of High Street is coming along without any delay. Residents are already living in the Luxury Sterling Manor Apartments,  Approximately 16 town homes with detached garages are mostly complete. Landscaping and interiors are being finished as I write this. The models should be open soon.

Roseland Property Company the developer of High Street  is a full-service real estate organization primarily involved in the development and construction of waterfront and mixed-use residential properties throughout the northeastern United States.

They have substantial experience in waterfront and brown fields redevelopment. Roseland Property Company  has won several recent designations as developer or co-developer for projects with national significance such as Pier One in Boston, Massachusetts where Roseland is redeveloping one-half mile of Boston Harbor into a luxury residential community; the Hingham Shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, where the company will create a residential/retail waterfront development; and the State of New Jersey’s first-ever transit village, The Highlands at Morristown, that will couple convenient commuter rail transportation with luxury apartment living and major retail conveniences.

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York County VA Neighborhoods of the Year 2008

Three neighborhoods in York County VA. received the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year award.

 

Villages of Kiln Creek Homeowners’ Association  received the award for Safety. The Kiln Creek association was chosen for numerous initiatives that have or soon will result in improved safety for their community, including successfully reducing the level of speeding and hit and run incidents in the neighborhood by posting additional signs about the fines associated with speeding, and installing security cameras to monitor the area and deter would-be criminals.

Kiln Creek also holds regular crime watch meetings and has started an email list to enable crime watch captains and residents to share information when anything happens in the neighborhood.

 Running Man Community Association’s  was selected for the Neighborhood Cooperation and Spirit award. The Running Man association holds many successful community events throughout the year, including a Bicycle Rodeo, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Parade, Annual Yard Sale, block parties and at Christmastime, the Luminary Gift to the County, in which almost 100 percent of the homes participate.

In addition to scheduled community events, residents of the Running Man community are often seen running and walking in their neighborhood, waving hello to neighbors working in their yards. Many neighbors are involved with the Neighborhood Watch program, and several are very active in county service.

Yorkshire Downs Master Association received the award  for Beautification. Over the past year, Yorkshire Downs’ Board of Directors has actively pursued all options within the budget to increase the aesthetics of the community. As well as undertaking ongoing maintenance and repairs within the community, the association has restored a number of areas such as the club house, swimming pool, bridge and retention pond.

One of the larger projects included the installation of new playgrounds and lighting at both the swimming pool and town homes locations. But the largest and most impressive single project is the installation of a walking pier and reinforcement of a bulk head behind Clydesdale Drive. The intention of this installation was to reduce severe shoreline erosion, which has become quite a hazardous issue for residents over time. The walking pier is not only a creative resolution to safety-related problems, but also serves to further improve the appearance of the community.

The York County Virginia Neighborhood of the Year awards program were initiated in 2002 following a request by several homeowner associations to recognize and highlight the efforts of the county’s homeowners to improve their communities. 

I applaud all of these communities for their awards. Being a board member and active volunteer in my own neighborhood Windsor Forest) in  Williamsburg/ James City County VA. I understand how difficult it can be to get things accomplished in a neighborhood.

Eagle Harbor Neighborhood Spotlight Isle of Wight

Eagle Harbor, Isle of Wight Virginia has now been selected “Community Of The Year” three times by the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association ( PHBA)  Its charm encompasses not only the quality and diversity of homes featured in this unique community, but also in the lifestyle that is experienced by those choosing to live here.

Newport News and downtown Norfolk just a short drive away. In the center of Eagle Harbor in Isle of Wight is Celebration Park, where families and friends come together. Meet your neighbors here, or go fly a kite on the grassy banks of Eagle Lake. Play a round of Garden Golf™, or make a splash at the pool.

The quality homes at Eagle Harbor are a cut above the rest. Along quaint streets lined with sidewalks and streetlamps, traditional architectural details make way for innovative floor plans you simply will not find in other neighborhoods.

Single family homes range in price from the low $300s to over $674,500. Condominiums start in the low $200s.  Home sizes range from 1200 square foot condos to 4200 square foot detached homes.

Sold home Statistics for Eagle Harbor in Isle of Wight: The price range last 12 months for detached homes in Eagle Harbor ranges from $267,000 to $570,000. The average days on market was 220 days. The average price for square foot was $139.37. The average square footage was 2866. The ratio from list price to sale price was 96%

The price range in the  last 12 months for atached homes/ condos sold in Eagle Harbor ranged from $208,990 to $320,900. The average days on market was 153 days. The average price for square foot was $148.99. The average square footage was 1722. The ratio from list price to sale price was 100%

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate New Town

Map of New Town Williamsburg
Map of New Town Williamsburg

New Urbanism is the core design philosophy of New Town, Williamsburg, VA. This international movement seeks to create a more sustainable building approach by balancing homes, jobs, and the preservation of meaningful open spaces on a more human scale. No big boxes, no mega-malls, just what we need for great living, where we need it.

The CNU’s Charter of the New Urbanism says:

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

Founded nearly thirty years ago by forward thinking planners and architects, New Urbanism has found national and international successes and is no longer considered Utopian theory about how we can live.

In the last two decades, amazing places like Seaside and Celebration, Florida,Stapleton Colorado, Kentlands, Maryland, and Harbor Town, Tennessee, have seen the return of not only community, but of sustainable value. Kids are safely outdoors more, neighbors know each other better, everyone cares more about the community in which they live.

What’s more, these communities are showing that higher densities with meaningful green spaces create a lasting value, both financially and socially.

New Urbanism seeks to provide transportation alternatives while creating positive places. By reducing automobile dependence and providing mobility choices, places like New Town, Williamsburg, VA can reduce the cost of living and the cost of commuting at the same time.

I encourage you to learn more about the New Urbanism by visiting the Congress for the New Urbanism at www.cnu.org.

New Town, Williamsburg, VA business districts are like nothing you may have experienced in a suburban setting.

Shops, entertainment, and a vibrant office environment work together in perfect synergy to satisfy the daily needs of residents while providing unparalleled choice to those who visit.

It’s another way that New Town, Williamsburg, VA raises the bar on complete living, meeting all of the needs of the community, businesses and residents alike.

Forget what you know about shopping in suburbia. You won’t find the endless sea of strip malls and parking lots in New Town, Williamsburg, VA.  What you will find is a return of what has long been missing from our daily lives…what you want, where you want it.

 At New Town you can drop off the kids to their dance class, walk to the corner for coffee, get some other errands done, without ever getting in the car.

What’s even better is that you can do it all in walking distance from your home.

The retail is aimed at the needs of those that live here, and is located with a keen eye on convenience. Whether it’s a salon, the groceries, or the gym, all will are thoughtfully available in a way that makes life easier for you.

What could be a better commute than no commute at all?

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA, the distance barriers are being broken down down for all types of business environments, and the office is no exception. Who said offices should be separate from the places that we live and play. Big and smaller companies alike  have space walkable to dozens of restaurants, shops and services. No more rushing the lunch hour. 

The only drawback to living and working ion New Town ? No more calling in late because of a back up on I-64!

In most suburban communities, taking a walk means putting your health in jeopardy because you are sharing roads that are built to move cars, not pedestrians.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  turns this notion on end, recognizing that one of the best sustainable practices is providing the opportunity to walk and bike to most daily needs.New Town, Williamsburg, VA  encourages walking by creating beautiful environments to walk through, making it an easy decision to leave the car in the garage more often.

Design details like narrow streets and wide sidewalks  ensure that the streets of New Town, Williamsburg, VA are inviting to the pedestrian, making a sensible choice of what was once not an option in the suburbs.

Neighborhood Parks

In  New Town, Williamsburg, VA everyone has the chance to experience wonderful outdoor settings within easy walking distance from their homes. No matter where you are in New Town, Williamsburg, VA  there are plazas, greens and courtyards. You will surely find your personal favorite among the dozens of neighborhood parks.

In New Town the streets are interconnected with  each other and provides over four miles of continuous trails through over three hundred acres of park system. 

Roads/ Transportation

Roads. There have always been too few to handle the traffic of the suburbs. The fact is, there will never be enough roads if cars are the only way to get around.

Bicycles have easy routes to all corners of the community, allowing for more than recreational rides. Expect to see more people shopping and going to work by bike as they recognize the ease of getting out of the fast lane in New Town, Williamsburg, VA

 Community buses provide chances for residents to conveniently travel to Colonial Williamsburg and other parts of James City County without having to drive and park. 

There is an Amtrak Station within a few miles in Williamsburg which  provides a link to Downtown Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond.

Most importantly, New Town is proving that businesses and homes can exist in close proximity enabling people to live in a truly walkable distance from nearly all of their daily needs. At  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  the choice of how you travel is back in your hands. 

Diversity

 New Town, Williamsburg, VA is a place for all people. It is that simple. Gone is the notion that you have to have kids, or have to be an “active adult” or other category of lifestyle. A wide  variety of styles of housing, providing equal opportunities for living by those of vastly different means.

The American Dream of today is different than that of decades ago. Today, we want something more than anything else…our time.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA gives people more of their day to make choices that are meaningful to them.

Lifestyle

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA residents will not have to fight traffic on their way home from work or venture far from their front door to pick up a loaf of bread. Social, leisure, and entertainment opportunities are equally accessible and convenient.

Housing choices are plentiful in New Town. Mid Rise Condos are available in both Bennington on the Park and Foundation Square, Town homes are available in Abbey Commons, Savannah Square and Chelsea Green,  prices range from the low $200’s for condos to around $500k for the largest town homes .Floor plans range in size from 1200 to over 3000 square feet.  Detached homes will be available in the future. Prices and plans have yet to be announced. There are also town home style apartments for rent available at Oxford of New Town

Dining

As of today I counted 20 different places to eat in New Town. There should be a place for everyone’s taste. It includes : Art Cafe 26, Barnes and Noble, Bonefish Grill, Buon Amici, California,Tortilla, Center Street Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CoCo Chocolatier, Great Harvest Bread Co, Green Leafe New Town, Harbour Coffee , Ichiban ( chinese cuisine), Maggie Moos Ice Cream, New Town Coffee and Tea, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Panera, Quiznos, Thai Pot and The Corner Pocket ( a billiard parlor as well as restaraunt)

As a local REALTOR working in New Town I would be happy to assist you in finding a home there.  Click this link to search all real estate ,homes, condos town homes ,new and resale  currently for sale in New Town/ James City County Williamsburg VA

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Williamsburg VA Discounts ” Williamsburg VA Value Card”

 If you are visiting the Williamsburg VA area or you live here and are looking for discounts to area merchants then download a copy of  The Value Card made possible through a joint effort of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and one of its supporting members – Chesapeake Bank. 

You can download all of the offers here   

williamsburg va value card

williamsburg va value card

Note There are restrictions on some discounts. Read the specifics on the download above.

Offer ends of 12/31/08.

You can download the Value Card here on The Williamsburg Chamber and Alliance website

Discounts will include a buy one get one free ticket good for any sport or any athletic events at The College William and Mary in Williamsburg VA Athletics, College of William & Mary
10 percent off admission to  Berkeley Plantation in , Charles City, VA.

Free general admissions to Colonial Downs Racetrack in  New Kent, VA. 

 Three tickets when you buy a book of twenty to Go-Karts Plus in Williamsburg VA near the Pottery on Richmond Rd.

 $2.00 off adult admission to Mariners Museum in  Newport News, VA. 
$5.00 off per person Dinner & Show at The Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Williamsburg near Water Country

 Two dollars off adult admission to  Presidents Park Williamsburg, VA.  

One dollar off admission to  Believe It or Not! Museum & 4-D Theater. 

One dollar off admission to Virginia Living Museum  Newport News, VA.  

Twenty Five percent discount off the regular price for a winery tour and wine tasting at  Williamsburg Winery This tour includes a video on Virginia Viticulture followed by a barrel cellar tour and bottling area finishing with a sampling of 7 wines.   

DINING Discounts in Williamsburg VA

Enjoy a three course dinner for 2 Only $42.95 at Aberdeen Barn in Williamsburg. 

Get one free order of chips and queso with the purchase of two entrees at California Tortilla in the New Town area of Williamsburg VA

Get 10% Off the Bill at Doraldos near Busch Gardens and Kingsmill in Williamsburg.

At  Food for Thought Restaurant on Richmond Rd you will receive 10% off lunch and dinner entrees. 

 At  Huzzah! in the visitors center of Colonial Williamsburg you get the second Pizza of equal or lesser value at 50% Off! 

 At Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar you will receive 15% off of  food bill

At  Lenny’s Gourmet on Prince George Street near DOG St every customer will receive 10% off when you present your Value 

Diners at Longhorn Steakhouse Will receive a  complimentary appetizer. 

When you buy one entree, you get one entree of equal or lesser value 50% off at the  Magnolia Dining Room at Colonial Heritage Club inside the Colonial Heritage 55+ community near the Pottery in Williamsburg VA.

When dining at  Opus 9 in New Town your will receive a discount of 15% off your entrees during dinner for up to 6 people.

 Retro’s Good Eats on Prince George Street offers a Free regular frozen custard with purchase of meal.  

Riverwalk Restaurant at the waterfront in Yorktown Va has a discount of 10% off food in Riverfront Dining Room at brunch, lunch or dinner.  

Sal’s by Victor in The Williamsburg Shopping Center ( near Bloom and Books A Million)  offers 10% of all food items. 

 At The Trellis Restaurant you will receive 10% off of your meal ( lunch or dinner) when you present your value card. In Merchants Square on Duke Of Gloucester St ( Across from The Cheese Shop).

When eating at Nathans Famous Dogs inside of The Williamsburg General Store on Richond Rd in Williamsburg VA Receive  $1.00 off any value meal and/or 20% off your Haagen Dazs purchase.  
SPECIALTY FOODS Discounts in Williamsburg VA

 

Buy any coffee (grande size or larger) & get 1/2 off any pastry item (bagels excluded) at Barnes & Noble at the College of William & Mary Bookstore & Cafe on  Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA

At the  Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream you will receive 20% off your  entire purchase with  no restrictions.  

Jamestown Pie Company offers Value Card holders a 10% discount off any purchase. They are on Jamestown Road, near the intersection of Ironbound Rd on the way to the Ferry to Surry.

At  Manhattan Bagel Company you will receive a free 16oz. coffee with purchase of any “sweet” (muffin, cinnamon roll, pastry). They are located at   1437 Richmond Road in  Williamsburg, VA. 

At the  Peanut Shop of Williamsburg you can get a discount of 10% off all food items – stop by and sample plenty, first! near Merchants Square at 414 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA.,

Rita’s Italian Ice in the Monticello Shopping Center ( across the street from Steinmart) get a 10% off discount on  Italian Ice, Old Fashioned Custard Cones or Cups, Misto Shakes, Gelati, Blendini, New Coffee Drink – Ritaccino.  

At  Virginia’s Finest Chocolate you will receive a 10% discount on all chocolates purchased. They are located at  233 Jones Mill Road in Williamsburg, VA.

SHOPPING Discounts in Williamsburg Virginia

 

A variety if discounts are offered at the following retailers in the Williamsburg VA area The Campus Shop, Cooke’s Christmas Gifts & Collectibles,  King’s Treasure in Merchants Square La Tienda, Inc.in Toano VA. , Master Craftsmen Shop, Prime Outlets, Reach for Performance, Inc., Revolutionary Harley Davidson,  Shirley Pewter Shop,  Tumblerstore ( Tervis Tumblers) 10% off your entire purchase of $50.00 or more, Wallace’s Trading Post, , Waterford Wedgwood,  Williamsburg General Store,  Williamsburg Outlet Mall,  Williamsburg Wicker & Rattan, Inc.,  Yorktown Republic in Yorktown VA.
 
GOLF Specials in Williamsburg VA for holders of The Value Card

 

At  Kingsmill Resort Golf receive a 10% discount on Green Fees on any of the three golf courses.  Not valid with any other offers. 

At Stonehouse Golf Club in The Stonehouse Community in Toano VA there is a 2 for 1 Special.  Play Stonehouse Golf Club at Rack Rate, 2nd person free (cart included).  An $89 value! 

 At the Williamsburg National Golf Club you will receive a free bag of range balls with each paid round of gold Located near the intersection of Centerville and Monticello. 

 

At  Buggy Bathe Auto Wash, Lube & Detail Shoppe on Richmond Rd near Yankee Candle you will receive a $2.00 discount off any auto wash.

 

 




Williamsburg VA

In an effort to boost Williamsburg VA tourism The Greater Williamsburg VA Chamber of Commerce is  running a series of radio ads in the Washington  DC area urging listeners to visit a newly created website www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com  the website will promote the Top Ten Reasons to visit Williamsburg, VIrginia.

The top ten reasons  mostly special events, will  change from one weekend to the next.  The radio ad campaign in the DC will continue through October 31, 2008. 

In addition to a listing of the top 10 reasons to visit the area, www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com includes a suggested  vacation idea planner for the Williamsburg VA area, an email sign-up for Williamsburg, VA weekend events and offers, and details on the Williamsburg VA Value Card.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and its wonderful members are happy to offer you a number of special discounts on area products – from admission tickets to hot dogs!  Unlike many discount cards, the Williamsburg Value Card IS transferable and will be honored through the end of 2008.  You can discover all of the discounts at Williamsburg area retailers, restaraunts, golf and other establishments by clicking here  The Value Card for Williamsburg VA provides discount opportunities to both tourism and non-tourism destinations. The Value Cards is available at all area Chesapeake Bank locations the New Kent Rest Area on I64, Area Timeshares and the The Chamber Office at  Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance office located at
421 North Boundary Street Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-3495
 
So… enjoy your visit to America’s Historic Triangle ( Williamsburg/ Jamestown/ Yorktown) and while you’re here, take advantage of the many special discount offers using your free Williamsburg Value Card!

Hampton Roads Real Estate Median Prices

Question : I think Virginia Beach has the best median household income, at 65K. 3 x 65K (conventional figure) puts the median price around $190K. I think we are at $300K median asking price for the region.

Answer: According to a report I just ran ( sold home prices last 12 months 2007-2008 for the region that includes  Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virignia Beach, Suffolk, Hampton, Isle Of Wight, Newport News, York , Williamsburg, James City County) the median price was $230,000.

All figures are derived from REIN ( Real Esate Information Network)

 

If I run the same report for Virginia Beach the Median Price for sold homes was $250,000. As of point of comparison the median  price for homes sold in 2000-2001 for the Hampton Roads region was $117,995

Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Living in Stonehouse” First person account

The following is excepted from the Stonehouse Gazette a newsletter for Stonehouse residents in Toano, VA I wanted to share it with anyone thinking of moving to the Williamsburg Va area. It gives a great sense of living in the area and relocating from NY.

Playing the role of Adolph Phillipse at the Philipsburg Manor restoration site in Sleepy Hollow, NY, circa 1750, where  he worked on Saturdays as an interpreter is only one of the many facets of Bob Spencer who, with  his wife Carolyn, resides in The Orchard Hill section of Stonehouse in Toano, James City County Virginia Just a few minutes drive from Williamsburg VA.

 This Princeton University and Columbia University Law School graduate’s current activities in the Williambsurg VA area  include Board Member of the Peninsula Agency for the Aging, Board Member of Vibrant Life Ministry, Rotary Club member, Richmond Civil War Roundtable, Christopher Wren lecturer, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, James City County Concerned Citizens, and, of course, the  Stonehouse Board of Directors. This, and more, in addition to a continuing legal practice in Westchester County, New York.

Bob and Carolyn moved to Stonehouse in 2005 after 38 years in Tarrytown, NY. “It took us about 30 minutes to decide to live here,” he said. Having discovered Stonehouse on their own, they were “very impressed” with the look and feel of the community. “We really loved the design of our house and the relatively small lot,  which meant less upkeep.” Compared with Westchester County, the low real estate taxes and the low cost of the golf course were real “bonuses.” ( in the Williamsburg VA area)

What they like best about living in the  Stonehouse community in Toano VA is “the many new friends that we have made, particularly the Orchard Hill group. We also appreciate the country feel of the community and the fact that the developer really did leave many trees.”

In his third year as a member of the Board, Bob says he spends “an average of 10 hours per week” on community business. In his “spare time,” he tries to play golf ( there are 16+ public courses in the Williamsburg Va area)  but says, “My golfing partners have to put up with a lot.” He and Carolyn are looking forward to a family reunion in July, which will be attended by their two biological sons, two adopted Korean daughters, their foster daughter, their Rotary Exchange daughter from Belgium, and their 8 grandchildren.

As Board President of Stonehouse for the past 2 years, Bob’s goal was “to keep residents advised of Board activities as much as possible; to give residents an opportunity to communicate with the Board; and to maintain Stonehouse as a quality place to live.” He is most proud of “guiding the community through the transition from developer control to owner control” and the dedication of so many residents who provide outstanding community service on committees and other volunteer activities.

His long-range goals include “having more resident involvement in community activities of Stonehouse; completing the transition; evaluating resident responses to the Strategic Planning Committee; implementing suggestions that will continue to make Stonehouse a community for all residents, including our children; and working with GS Stonehouse ( The new owner of the undeveloped part of Stonehouse) to develop the overall community.”

FAQ Legal Questions Hampton Roads Real Estate

FAQ: Brian, the seller died before we could close on our home in Hampton Roads, Virginia, can the buyer make the seller’s heirs honor the contract?

ANSWER:  Yes.

The Virginia Supreme Court answered this question in the affirmative in the case of Moore’s Adm’rs v. Fitz Randolph, 33 Va. 175 (1835).  This result is true not only in Virginia, but to my knowledge in all fifty states.  In many jurisdictions the answer will turn on whether the contract contains language stating that it is “binding on the heirs” of the parties.  Curiously, The REIN Standard Purchase Agreement no longer contains that language (the VAR contract still does), but the law (at least it seems in Virginia) presumes that it is meant to be binding on the seller’s estate anyway.
 
Sometimes the seller dies before the deed is executed and so the question becomes: who will sign the deed?  Again, Virginia law provides a pretty clear answer.  Va. Code § 64.1-148 provides that “When any deceased person shall have executed and delivered a bona fide written contract of sale, purchase option, or other agreement binding such deceased person, his heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, to convey any real property or interest therein, his personal representatives may, upon full compliance by the purchaser with the terms and conditions of such contract, option or agreement execute a deed and do all things necessary to effect the transfer of title to such real property or interest therein to the purchaser and such transfer shall be as effective as if it had been made by the deceased obligor.”
 
It may well be that closing will be delayed somewhat when a seller dies (for example, if the seller had not signed the deed you might need someone to qualify on the estate in order to sign the deed), but as you can see it is clear that the buyer can insist and require the estate to conclude the transaction.

Is the reverse true?  Can a seller require a deceased buyer’s estate to perform the contract?  While in theory it is true (the case above refused to answer that converse question), bear in mind the practical nature of our modern contracts – financing based on the buyer’s income not to mention actually being alive, owner occupancy, etc. would almost certainly dictate a different result.  Perhaps if the contract were a straightforward, non-personalized, cash deal one could bind a buyer’s estate.  Otherwise I would say no.
 
Brian Lytle Esq.

A brief  review by Real Estate Attorney Brian Lytle Esq. www.LytleLaw.com A general practice law firm located in Newport News, Virginia. From two office locations on the Virginia Peninsula we serve clients and try cases across the Commonwealth including the Peninsula, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City and York County areas. Lytle Law has the experience and ability to satisfy nearly all of a client’s legal needs, and where we believe we need help we will either associate appropriate counsel or provide a referral.

Brian is the president of Lytle Title www.LytleTitle.com Lytle Title & Escrow, LLC a Virginia licensed, insured, and bonded real estate settlement company doing business as Lytle Title. With offices in Newport News and WIlliamsburg, Virginia, we primarily serve the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, York County, James City County and Williamsburg), but we also regularly serve surrounding areas, to include Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Gloucester and the greater Tidewater, Virginia area.

Copyright © 2008 Brian D. Lytle. Reprinted here with permission.

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Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

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Tourism Videos for Virginia

I speak and communicate to a lot of people throughout the US and Europe who ask me to give them a sense of the area. Within these multiple videos is a great representation of our state. They showcase our history, our residents and our recreational opportunities. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. I am certain you will want to move to Virginia after viewing them

Eric Coulson had the sands of time at his fingertips growing up on the golden shores of Sandbridge, Virginia at the south end of Va Beach. His love of the tides’ free ride led him to become a surf instructor and open Surf & Adventure Co , retail shop with locations in Sandbridge and Norfolk VA and home base for his tours and surf camps.
Luca Paschina is a passionate third generation winemaker and the general manager of Barboursville Vineyards and Palladio Restaurant in Barboursville , VA near Orange. He has carefully nursed the vineyard from 38 acres of grapes to 160; 40,000 cases of wine are produced each year.

Eastern Shore Tour Guide and Outfitter Dave Burden expresses his passion for Virginia’s natural beauty and the joy of leading adventurous ecothusiasts on memorable kayak tours.

Civil War Trails Director Mitch Bowman shares a bit of history about Virginia and why the Civil War is still as relevant as ever.
From History to Music to Shopping and Outdoor Recreation, Virginia has something for everyone and every taste. Get a brief glimpse of all the Commonwealth has to offer.

Northern Neck of Virignia Highlights

A brief glimpse of  what Virginia can mean or already means to you.

Williamsburg Va Coffee “Harbour Coffee in New Town”

 

Williamsburg Va Coffee  I thought I would share a Coffee Shop I discovered this morning. Right down the street from my own office in New Town, Williamsburg VA at the corner of Discovery Park Blvd and Casey Blvd about two blocks from the movie theater. A bottomless mug is only $2 .  This allows you to sample any of the different coffees that are all roasted in house.  Espresso, Lattes, Capuccino, Machiatto, Ristretto, Frozen Coffee, Fruit Smoothies, Cold Coffe Cocktails are just some of the different cooffee drinks available. Outside seating is available as well as wireless access to the Internet (WIFI) The food is fantastic and all homemade from scratch. They offer Salads, Wraps, Quesadilla, Quiche, Muffins, Cookies, Pastries, Cakes and more !

Harbour Coffee
4260 – 105 Casey Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
PHONE: (757) 220 2334
Here is an excerpt from their website :
Remember?
When Coffee was remarkable? We do. It is becoming hard to find truly memorable coffee despite growth of the specialty coffee market in recent years. For our customers, welcome home. Our singular purpose is to create truly amazing coffee in our company owned locations and for our wholesale customers.
How?
Coffee is a lot like wine. A dry processed Ethiopian varietal is different than a wet processed Sulawesi, just as a Syrah grape is different than a Merlot. We pay specific and close attention to the details when we purchase green coffee, when we blend it and when we roast it. If it does not pass muster we do not serve or sell it. There is enough bad coffee out there. Period. Our guiding tenets?

 

 

 

 

  • We serve the finest high elevation ‘specialty’ coffee.
  • We roast for our retail use and a limited number of shops that share the vision.
  • We do not roast just to sell coffee.
  • We sell the finest equipment from LaMarzocco, Rancilio, Franke, Rio and BUNN.
  • We train our cafe partners as needed or desired in the art of espresso.
  • We choose those we buy from carfeufully.
  • We treat our employees as more than this and expect the same in return.

We know that you can taste this effort in the cup whether we make it or if you enjoy it at one of our partner cafe’s. 

Here’s to great coffee and great community.

http://harbourcoffee.com/index.html  You can explore their website here or stop by and try a Latte or a cup of coffee ! They alos sell coffee on their website to be shipped anywhere .

For further information or a personal tour of Braemar Creek Condos, Liberty Crossing, Whitehall, Westgate, The Mews, Villages of Powhattan, New Town, High Street, Kingsmill, Fords Colony or further information about relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

 

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Williamsburg VA Concerts/ Bud and BBQ at Busch Gardens Willamsburg VA

Bud & BBQ
If you love ice cold beer, smokin’ hot barbecue and great music, then you won’t want to miss Bud & BBQ. Event included with park admission or season pass. Food and beverage available for an additional charge 

 

 

It’s not just the barbeque that’s smokin’ hot. The concert lineup for this years Bud & BBQ at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA  includes a zesty recipe of live performances from award-winning country  artists — Josh Gracin, Aaron Tippin and more. The recipe for this popular event mixes savory barbeque, ice-cold Budweiser, a heaping of thrill rides and a dash of seasoned performances for two Saturdays Sept 6 , 13 and two Sundays Sept 7, 14.

 

Event-goers will be able to indulge in seasoned country cooking with a touch of pizzazz — imagine Budweiser BBQ chicken to Bud Light chili pepper baby back ribs to Michelob Ultra Amber Bock chili and “Smokey Creek” spare ribs. Bud & BBQ offers an array of options to satisfy tastes big and small. Kingsmill Resort & Spa chefs will have cooking demonstrations in the park with free samples. Barbecue stations will be set up and there will be an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewmaster’s Club, where adult park-goers can sample different Anheuser brews, will also be set up in the park. Six hours of free live music will be provided each day.
Live Entertainment 

 

Sept. 6 & 7 Saturday and Sunday

 

noon – 7 p.m.

Featuring Marna & Macy, Old School Freight Train, Aaron Tippin @ 6pm

 

 

 

 

Live Entertainment 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday Sept. 13 & 14

 

from noon – 7 p.m. featuring Keith Bryant & Iron Horse, The Heather Edwards Band, Slack Family

and American Idol “Josh Gracin” at 6pm 

 

 

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For further information about anything in Williamsburg VA. including running, sports, boot camp, fitness, history, cycling, education, boating, recreation, parks, concerts, entertainment, restaurants, contractors, horses, selling your home, relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

 

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Williamsburg Va Pottery

I thought I would share with you a video that brings you back in time. You can learn a little history about the beginnings of what was at one time the #1 tourist destination in the state of Virginia. The Wiliamsburg Pottery. Started in 1938 by James Maloney ( Jimmy). The first products produced were 18th century reproduction salt glazed pottery. They are still the supplier to Colonial Williamsburg for these items. Located on Richmond Road near Rt 199. Approximately 2 miles west of Prime Outlets in Lightfoot Va. If you are from Va you will know that it’s nickname is ” The Pottery” I can remember many trips there as a child.

Through the years The Pottery mushroomed into a multi structured complex covering over 200 acres. They sell a variety of items from Gourmet Food, Wine, Beer, Picture Frames, Cheese, Stemware, Silk Flowers, Furniture ans many other items. Although attendance is way down from earlier years it is still an adventure to visit and shop there.

At one time, it was estimated that more than 3,000,000 people visited the Pottery on a yearly basis, and it was a top tourist attraction in the State of Va Historic Triangle

Here is the video enjoy !  

Williamsburg VA Pottery Video