• 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

The 2012 Virginia Symphony’s Annual Symphony Under the Stars Series Free Outdoor Concerts in Williamsburg, Hampton, Yorktown, Smithfield, Norfolk, Newport News and Virginia Beach

The Virginia Symphony’s annual series of fall outdoor concerts, Symphony under the Stars, begins August 30 in Hampton Roads with four concerts taking place over Labor Day weekend. The VSO is pleased to welcome a new corporate partner, APM Terminals, sponsor of the four Labor Day weekend concerts.

 
imageThree additional performances will take place in September. All outdoor concerts are free and
open to the public.
The “music under the stars” concerts, conducted by the orchestra’s dynamic Associate
Conductor, Benjamin Rous, are a prelude to the Virginia Symphony’s 2012-2013 concert season.
Concert goers are invited to bring family and friends to experience Hampton Roads’
professional symphony orchestra performing a family-friendly program of selections by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorák, Scott Joplin, John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch and more. Picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets are welcome.

We’re delighted to continue to serve our friends and neighbors throughout Hampton Roads by presenting these delightful outdoor programs,” stated VSO President and Executive Director Eric Borenstein. “And it’s all made possible by generous community leaders, business partners, colleagues, and, of course, the tens-of-thousands of people who join us each year.”

Williamsburg VA ,August 30 7:30pm

The Virginia Symphony returns once again to William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheater to launch the Symphony Under the Stars series at Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at William and Mary, on Thursday, August 30, at 7:30 PM.
Rain location: Phi Beta Kappa Hall

Fort Monroe, Hampton Friday, August 31, 7:30 PM No rain date or location

The concert at Fort Monroe is new this year to the Symphony Under the Stars series. “We were very excited to have the opportunity to perform at Ft. Monroe,” stated Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous. “Ft. Monroe is emerging as one of the most significant sites in Virginia, and we have prepared a performance that reflects some of its amazing history, while providing a fun and entertaining time for the whole family in this unique setting.”

Yorktown Monument, Yorktown Saturday, September 1, 7:30 PM No rain date or location

This VSO returns to the historic Yorktown Monument for its sixteenth annual concert on the banks of the picturesque York River. This concert is sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee. It is also part of the APM Terminals Labor Day weekend series.

Windsor Castle, Smithfield Sunday, September 2, 7:30 PM No rain date or location

The VSO was originally slated to perform in Smithfield on July 7; however, the concert had to be cancelled due to excessive heat advisories in the region that day. The orchestra will make up for this cancelled date with a re-scheduled performance on the Windsor Castle lawn.

East Beach Park, Norfolk Sunday, September 2, 7:30 PM Rain location: On site at the clubhouse

While the orchestra is performing a symphonic concert in Smithfield, the VSO’s big band, comprised of artists from Hampton Roads, will perform at East Beach Park in Norfolk. VSO presents Jazz will transport concert goers to the height of the swing era with the best of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more.

Christopher Newport University Lawn, Newport News Friday, September 14, 7:30 PM Rain location: Ferguson Center
The VSO returns to Christopher Newport University for a second annual concert on the Lawn.

VSOcean, Virginia Beach Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 PM Rain date: September 20, same location
The Virginia Symphony caps its Symphony Under the Stars series at Neptune’s Park, 31st Street at the oceanfront with a stunning finale, including fireworks. The VSO was the four-concert centerpiece of the six-concert Symphony by the Sea series at 31Ocean. 

Under the leadership of GRAMMY-winning music director, JoAnn Falletta, the Virginia Symphony is Southeastern Virginia’s pre-eminent professional symphony orchestra.

Founded in 1920, it is ranked in the top 10 percent of professional orchestras nationwide and serves the entire Southeastern Virginia region with performances of Classics, Pops and Family concert series in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Williamsburg for more than 200,000 concert-goers every year.

The orchestra also offers education and community programs that reach 63,000 children, students and lifelong learners.

For more information about upcoming performances, visit the VSO website.

Announcing the 8th season at Ferguson Center.

Ferguson Center for the Arts is pleased to present the 2012-2013 Subscription Series.

Seven exciting series — Bravo, Broadway, Broadway Plus!, Jazz@Ferguson, Family, Discovery and the ever-popular Flex — have been crafted to give you an experience that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else.

 2012-2013 season series packages:

  • Bravo Series: Includes the China National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Anne Hampton Calloway & Keith Lockhart, Conductor. Subscribers save up to $49 off single ticket prices!
  • Broadway Series: Includes Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show starring Cindy Williams, A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls. Subscribers save $25 off single ticket prices!
  • Broadway Plus!: Add Shatner’s World and Elvis Lives! and save up to $35 off single ticket prices!
  • Family Series: Includes Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol and The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China. Subscribers save $25 off single ticket prices!
  • Jazz Series: Includes the Birdland Big Band Directed by Tommy Igoe, Esperanza Spalding, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Jazz subscribers save $40 off single ticket prices!
  • Discovery Series: Includes the Creole Choir of Cuba, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and Ballet Revolución. Subscribers save $30 off single ticket prices!
  • Ferguson Flex Pass: Save $5 per ticket when choosing any four or more shows!

More info here
http://fergusoncenter.cnu.edu/series.htm

Virginia Symphony Announces 2012-2013 Season

imageThe Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces its 2012-2013 concert season, including a range of Classical, POPS! and Family programs to be performed in five venues across the Hampton Roads region. Once again the orchestra will present a series of eight classical concerts at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News and the Sandler Center for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach. The orchestra will also continue its five-concert POPS! series at Chrysler Hall, and will expand the series to the Peninsula, presenting a series of three concerts at the Ferguson Center. Subscriptions are available now and start at only $107 for Classics and $56 for POPS!.

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Bayou Boogaloo in Norfolk this weekend

bayou boogaloo norfolk va If you read my blog you will notice I am a huge music fan. That being said the music of New Orleans is one of my favorite genres of music. If it’s yours as well, head to Norfolk this weekend for the The Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival Norfolk VA’s annual fest with New Orleans’ special spirit and unique Bayou culture. This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana at the newly re-done Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.

When: July 31- August 2, 2009

Musical lineup includes: Little Feat, Marc Broussard, Radiators, Dr. John, Terrance Simien, Nathan & Zydeco Cha Cha’s, Little Malcolm & the Zydeco Houserockers, Bonerama, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, and Anders Osbourne.

In addition to the vast set of musical artists and groups, Norfolk Festevents will feature authentic Cajun and Creole food, specialty entertainers and
activities for all ages to enjoy.

Daily Admission: $10 at the gate or in advance only, available online at www.festeventsva.org until 5pm on Thursday, July 30, 2009.
Children: Children 12 and younger are free

AT&T Phone Discount: Show your AT&T cellular phone and receive a free ticket per AT&T Cellular Phone owner.
(AT&T cellular phone promotion is valid for one guest and one entry per day. This offer cannot be combined with any other special ticket offer).

In addition to art and music, a horde of  interactive family activities take place all weekend long including, cooking demonstrations, hot pepper and crawfish chow-down contests, Jackson Square-style free caricature artist sketches, Roaming jugglers, mask making and so much more!

…And no Bayou party would be complete without  mouthwatering Cajun delicacies prepared by authentic Louisiana inspired chefs.  Feast on crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, etoufee, alligator, sausages and beignets all served up with plenty of ice-cold beverages

Location map of Town Point Park in Norfolk, VA

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Yorktown, VA- "Shagging on The Riverwalk" 2009

shaggingatriverwalk Shagging on the Riverwalk is a  summer concert series held at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown and features some of the area’s finest beach music, Motown, oldies and more. Guests have the opportunity to practice the “shag” on the large outdoor dance floor, and all are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free and open to the public.

This gathering is truly fun and exciting for anyone who really appreciates the shag. Back by popular demand for a fourth straight year, York County is excited to offer the 2009 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.

shaggingyorktown The series will be held on Friday’s from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 5, and continuing through June 26. Following a two-week break, the series picks up on July 17 and continues through August 7.

The Colonial Shag Club will once again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and answer any questions related to this popular form of dance. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area’s largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging.
For the kids, a clown will be present each week to provide free face painting and balloons.
SCHEDULE OF ENTERTAINMENT
June 5 – TFC Band
June 12 – The Main Event Band
June 19 – Fatback and The Cadillacs
June 26 – The Original Rhondels
– – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –
July 17 – Coolin’ Out
July 24 – FAB
July 31 – The Band of Oz
August 7 – Ron Moody and the Centaurs

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration
Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.

YorktownRiverwalkLanding1 No rain dates are scheduled for Shagging on the Riverwalk. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520. For more information on Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism  . Sponsored by York County, VA.

If you don’t know what " Shagging or Beach Music is watch this medley showcasing Local Musician Bill Deal and the Rhondels. Bill Deal passed suddenly in 2003 and we lost one of the great Beach singers of his time..Most Folks think the Rhondels were one-hit wonders but the truth is that they had 3 Top 40 hits to their credit; "I’ve Been Hurt", "May I" and Who Do You Think You Are.

I guess I am showing my age as I remember him playing at a high school prom when I was growing up in VA Beach.

Location Map for Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA

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Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs to appear at Hampton VA Bay Days 2009

hampton va bay days Dynamic DU-Over! It takes more than a hurricane to keep Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs from appearing at the Annual Hampton Bay Days Festival.

— Performances to take place at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at City Hall Stage on Saturday, September 12–Hampton, VA- On Saturday, September 12, Grammy-winning musicians, Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs are back to perform at the Hampton Bay Days Festival after Hurricane Hanna forced a cancellation of last year’s performance.

“Backed by their full bands, Bruce Hornsby & the NoiseMakers as well as Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder are returning to perform at Hampton Bay Days,” said Hampton Bay Days Executive Director Shelly Ezanno. “They refuse to let inclement weather make them anything other than just a little bit late."
The two-part, star-filled show begins at 6:00 p.m. with a performance by Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, followed at 8:00 p.m. with a performance by Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers. During both sets, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby will perform together. Performances are free and open to the public.

The musical performances will be followed by a twenty minute fireworks celebration at 10:00 p.m.
Hornsby a Williamsburg, VA native and resident , twelve-time Grammy nominee and three-time Grammy winner, has produced ten albums, and sold over 11 million copies worldwide. Music lovers will enjoy an eclectic mix of hits played by Hornsby and the Noisemakers including, “The Way It Is”, the most played song on American radio in 1987, “The End of the Innocence”, “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss.”
Also, known around the music industry as a collaborator, Hornsby has been sought after by a veritable “who’s who” in the music business. He’s played on albums with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, and more. In 2007, bluegrass veteran Ricky Skaggs and pianist Bruce Hornsby joined forces for a collaborative album released on March 20, 2007. Eleven-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music’s most recognized ambassadors.

A wide variety of musical artists will perform on multiple outdoor stages throughout the Hampton Bay Days weekend. The City Hall Stage and Mill Point Park Stage are sponsored by Tri-Cities Beverage Corp. Hampton Bay Days is in the process of securing additional headliners and will announce the
full schedule as soon as it is available. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, check out www.baydays.com

The 27th annual Hampton Bay Days will take place Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13, 2009 in downtown Hampton, Virginia. The mission of Hampton Bay Days is to create a family-oriented festival that educates visitors about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and its natural resources. Visitors experience a unique, three-day family festival and enjoy national recording artists, educational, environmental hands-on activities, children’s activities, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more.

Williamsburg Va Concert Robbin Thompson

I am very happy to see that Robbin Thompson is coming to perform here in Williamsburg, VA. If you grew up or lived in Virginia in the 70’s or 80’s then you probably know who he is.

IF you aren’t familiar with Robbin Thompson listen to his music here 

Robbin Thompson’s musical career spans over 40 years and still counting.

He was the lead singer in the Bruce Springsteen band Steel Mill, won the American Song Festival twice, and so far has recorded twelve albums. Thompson, along with friend Steve Bassett, authored the song "Sweet Virginia Breeze," which is considered by many to be the unofficial state song of Virginia. He has also written and recorded songs with Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit (who also sings harmonies on many of Robbin’s recordings).

Thompson has shared the stage with many recording artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce Hornsby, to name just a few.

Robbin playing with Bruce Springsteen
His film scoring credits include the title song to the cult classic GLEAMING THE CUBE . . . and Robbin was the co-writer and vocalist on the song "I WON’T QUIT" in the film THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS starring CUBA GOODING JR. and BEYONCE.

Due to Robbin’s involvement with Bruce Springsteen, he is proud to have a song on the EMI/CAPITOL release entitled ONE STEP UP/TWO STEPS BACK – The Songs of Bruce Springsteen. This two-cd set includes artists such as David Bowie, John Hiatt, Ritchie Havens, Ben E. King, The Smithereens, The Bodeans and others.

Check out Robbin’s Website here

Check out the Dewey Decibel Concert Series Here

Concert Info :Tickets: $15 adults • $13 Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library and students w/ ID • $7 under 16
Date:  April 25th, 2009
Time:  7:30 pm

Get Directions here

This concert is supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

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Performing Arts Venues in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg, VA

Click on any of the following Pictures to learn more about the performances scheduled at any of these performing arts  venues in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg, VA

Sandler-Center Sandler Center for The Performing Arts
201 Market Street 
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.
Ferguson-Center-2 Ferguson Center at CNU
1 University Place
Newport News, Virginia 23606
chryslerhall Chrysler Hall
215 St Pauls Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23510
harrison_opera_house Harrison Opera House
160 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23510

 

tedconstant Ted Constant Center
4320 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA  23529
   
attuckstheater Attucks Theater
1010 Church Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
verizonwirelessvabeach Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
3550 Cellar Door Way
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
American_Theatre_ American Theatre
125 East Mellen Street
Hampton, 23663
   
wellstheater1 Wells Theater
254 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
scopenorfolk Norfolk Scope Arena
201 E. Brambleton Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
kimballtheater The Kimball Theater
428 Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA, 23185
naro2 Naro Theater
1507 Colley Ave
Norfolk VA, 23517
pbkhall Phi Beta Kappa Hall
601 Jamestown Road Williamsburg VA 23185
ropertcc TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
340 Granby Street
Norfolk Virginia 23510
norva The Norva
317 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, Va 23510-2407
wrl Williamsburg Library Theater
515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA
   
townpointpark Towne Point Park
120 W. Main St
Norfolk, VA
ntelospavillion Harbor Center Ntelos Pavilion
901 Crawford St
Portsmouth, VA 23704
willethall Willett Hall Performing Arts Theater
3701 Willett Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23707
hampton_coliseum

Hampton Coliseum

1000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666-0309

41375 Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 W. Finney Ave., Downtown Suffolk
   
   
   
   
   
   

Map showing locations of venues in the Hampton Roads and WIlliamsburg, VA Areas
 

 

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