• 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

Annual Parade of Homes Returns to Richmond VA in October 2015 with More New Homes to Tour

The Parade of Homes, sponsored by Trust Mortgage Corporation, will be held October 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18, 2015. Hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

The Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) is proud to announce that the 64th Annual Parade of Homes event will return to the Greater Richmond area in October 2015. This event is the premier program showcasing the best new homes in the region and is free for the public. The Parade of Homes begins on October 3 and will run for the first three weekends of the month.

There will be 82 new homes and 2 multi-family properties built by 33 builder members in this year’s show, and more than half are decorated models. This number of homes represents an over 15 percent increase in entries from 2014, providing attendees even more new homes and trends to tour.

The Parade of Homes, sponsored by Trust Mortgage Corporation, will be held October 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18, 2015. Hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond area including the Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland,Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and the City of Richmond. This is the best opportunity to see every type of new home imaginable, showcasing the latest in designs, construction techniques, and materials, at prices ranging from the $200s to over $850,000. Plus, you can take advantage of touring two multi-family properties in RVA offering an unparalleled urban-type lifestyle.

The Parade of Homes Plan Book  will include detailed information about the event and the individual homes on the tour, including home designs, floor plans and descriptions, detailed directions to each home, and a map. The magazine is free and will be available beginning Saturday, September 19 at Richmond area Martin’s and Kroger supermarkets, as well as at HBAR headquarters, 400 N. Ridge Road, in western Henrico County. This website will also feature a linked map showcasing entries in a specific area of interest and a special search by criteria section to make it even easier to find your new dream home. You can download a copy on the Parade of Homes website after Sept 19th.  Richmond VA Parade of Homes

Richmond VA Parade of Homes 2014

Whether you’re considering purchasing or building a new home, you’ll find what you need at the 63rd annual Richmond VA Parade of Homes. Each year, this event has grown in popularity and has become Richmond’s premier showcase of new homes. This year is no exception as you can tour 70 new homes located throughout the Greater Richmond VA area including the Counties of Henrico, Hanover, King William, New Kent, Chesterfield, Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. This is your best opportunity to see every type of new home imaginable, showcasing the latest in designs, construction techniques and materials, at prices ranging from the $190’s to $1,450,000. Plus, you can take advantage of touring the remodeled home to see how you can modernize your existing home.

Download the planbook here

View map here

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This event is presented by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR), a non-profit trade association founded in 1946 and an affiliate of the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders. HBAR members include builders, developers, remodelers, Realtors®, mortgage lenders, suppliers, subcontractors, and many others that relate to the residential construction industry.

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Meg Ryan Film Produced by Tom Hanks to be filmed in Virginia

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Ithaca will be filmed in Virginia this June and July.  Actress Meg Ryan will direct and play a role in the movie along with Sam Shepard and Ms. Ryan’s son, Jack Quaid.  Tom Hanks and his production company Playtone will be executive producers on the film set during WW II and based on William Saroyan’s 1942 book The Human Comedy.  One of Saroyan’s most popular novels, this coming-of-age story is a poignant and tender chronicle of the challenges of growing up during wartime. 

“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Ithaca is a heart-warming story, and we are proud that it will be shot in the Commonwealth.  We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.”

Meg Ryan commented, “The welcome we’ve received from Governor McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia has been lovely. We’re happily surprised by the cinemagraphic opportunities, the talent of the filmmaking community and the variety of resources at our disposal. We couldn’t be more delighted to be here.”

Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds noted, “Ithaca supports our mission of bringing jobs to the Commonwealth and expanding our workforce in television and film production.  It will provide exceptional opportunities for our crew and actors, as well as for Virginia businesses that provide goods and services for films.”

Ithaca will begin filming in July – August in the Richmond – Petersburg area, and will be eligible to receive a Virginia Film Tax Credit and Grant.  The exact amount will be based on Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased and deliverables including Virginia Tourism promotion.  In 2012 the total economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia totaled $328.4 million and provided 3,061 jobs and $50.5 million in tax revenue.

Renegade gardener digs in, fights Home Owner Association

A Chesterfield County VA  resident is determined to fight his homeowner’s association for the right to keep a garden in the front yard of his family’s home — even if it ends up costing him $900 in the process.

In a letter dated May 28, the Brandermill Community Association informed Chris Gilson and his wife, Teresa Collier, that their garden’s location constitutes a violation of the community’s restrictive property covenants.

The letter gave them until June 14 to correct the violation and noted that if they failed to remove the garden, they’d be charged $10 per day for 90 days or until the property was brought into compliance.

“We try to get people to do the right thing,” said John Bailey, community manager for the community association. “When they ignore that, we have to ratchet it up a little.”

Contacted on the afternoon of June 14, Gilson made it clear that he had no intention of digging up his garden. He says he has contacted an attorney and may decide to fight the covenant violation in court if it gets that far.

“Maybe I’ll be the one who stands up and [the community association] will realize, ‘Yeah, this is kind of stupid; maybe we should change our rules,’” Gilson said in a telephone interview.

More of the story here

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New gourmet market coming to Richmond VA

Southern Season has  announced plans to open a store in in Staples Mill Centre, an 80-acre, urban mixed-use community located between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, Virginia.

The 49,000-square foot   retail store will be a “culinary mecca,” offering a wide variety of gourmet foods, an extensive wine selection, hard to find grocery items, housewares, cookware, candy, cut flowers, coffee shop, ice cream shop, tasting stations, take-out prepared food, cheese, gifts and a bakery. The store will also feature a full-service restaurant and cooking school.

Based in Chapel Hill, N.C., Southern Season operates a 60,000-square foot flagship gourmet food emporium there. It recently announced plans to open its second store, in the summer of 2013 in Charleston, S.C. The Henrico County store will be the company’s third. The company has announced an expansion plan that will involve launching new stores in Charlotte, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., Northern Virginia, Palm Beach, Fla., and Naples, Fla. “We are excited to bring the Southern Season experience to Richmond. We plan to carry on the tradition of offering the full-service experience our customers have grown to love. The new store will include one of the world’s largest gourmet food markets with a vast selection of local and international products,” said Clay Hamner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Season Acquisition Corp., owner of Southern Season. Gumenick Properties believes Southern Season will fit well with its plans for the new community

Construction of the store will begin in the fall of 2013 with a grand opening set for mid-2014. 

 Staples Mill Centre, a new $434 million mixed-use community on a 79.5-acre site along Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, VA.. Gumenick Properties is the developer for Staples Mill Centre, a new $434 million mixed-use community on a 79.5-acre site along Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, VA..

When finished, the company says the project is projected to have 994 homes, 1,096 apartments, about 150,000 square feet of retail space and 50,000 square feet of office space. As it has done with other local projects, the company will employ the creative use of architecture to give the community character. Gumenick Properties intends to draw on the rich architectural heritage of Central Virginia. Staples Mill Centre will have the intimacy, scale and ambiance of area neighborhoods during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This neighborhood will offer single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums for sale. It also will have apartments, offices and retail spaces for rent. Gumenick Properties will build, occupy and maintain its own company offices there.

In addition to commercial tenants, the mixed use project will have a library. Henrico County announced in June that it’s building a new public library in the community to replace the current Dumbarton Library. The three-story library will be located next to a two-acre lake with a fountain that eventually will be surrounded by residences and shops.

Based in Henrico, Gumenick Properties is an award-winning real-estate development and property management company with operations throughout the Southeast. Founded in the late-1940s, the company engages primarily in the development and operation of apartments and in homebuilding. Gumenick Properties is currently developing the Grayson Hill and Monument Square communities in Henrico.

Map location Staples Mill Centre

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Kroger opens massive Marketplace store in Richmond

Kroger  unveiled its largest Richmond store and plans for an aggressive expansion strategy.Thousands of shoppers turned out Wednesday for the opening of the Kroger’s first mega-store in its mid-Atlantic region in Richmond VA

The 123,600-square-foot Kroger Marketplace store is unlike the chain’s traditional grocery stores. In addition to selling groceries, prepared foods and bakery items, the store carries furniture, jewelry, kitchen supplies and home decor – from rugs to soap dishes – It  boast huge areas of fresh produce, including organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

There was plenty to see, taste and touch at the store, a prototype Kroger is rolling out aggressively in the next five years. While some retailers such as Walmart started with a variety of hard and soft merchandise and then added groceries, Kroger is moving in the opposite direction.

In addition to launching a 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace in the old Cloverleaf Mall at Midlothian Turnpike and Chippenham Parkway, the grocery chain is working on its next local store planned in the Henrico area of Richmond .That store is scheduled to open in 2014.

The company also has a 124,000-square-foot Marketplace store under construction in Virginia Beach at the former Super Kmart site on Holland Road. That store is planned for an opening in 2013

Virginia Launches The LINCOLN Movie Trail

-Spielberg’s biopic LINCOLN is the subject of a new trail that connects film sites, restaurants and shops in Richmond and Petersburg-

The worlds of movie magic and travel are set to come together in Virginia with the launch of The LINCOLN Movie Trail.  LINCOLN, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, opens today nationwide.  The movie was filmed 100 percent in Virginia at sites in Richmond and Petersburg.  The state tourism office has created a self-guided trail and interactive Web site to help movie and history buffs visit actual film locations that are open for visitors as well as restaurants, bars and shops that were favorites of the stars.  The trail experience includes special LINCOLN tours by Segway and guided walking tours.The worlds of movie magic and travel are set to come together in Virginia with the launch of The LINCOLN Movie Trail.  LINCOLN, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, opens today nationwide.  The movie was filmed 100 percent in Virginia at sites in Richmond and Petersburg.  The state tourism office has created a self-guided trail and interactive Web site to help movie and history buffs visit actual film locations that are open for visitors as well as restaurants, bars and shops that were favorites of the stars.  The trail experience includes special LINCOLN tours by Segway and guided walking tours.

Notable film locations that are open for visitors include the Virginia State Capitol, historic downtown Petersburg and the Empire Theater. Each participating trail site is marked with an iconic "LINCOLN was Here" graphic, with more information online about each site’s connection to the movie.  An interactive trail map as well as LINCOLN travel packages, special offers and unique guided tours are on www.Virginia.org/LINCOLN.

Online visitors can also learn about historic sites in Virginia where President Lincoln himself visited during the Civil War.  The online trip planner will help build a personalized itinerary complete with museums, restaurants and lodging options.

The Richmond Folk Festival Opens this Friday!

Now’s the time to plan your trip to this amazing weekend of great music! Before you head out the door, make sure to leave all pets at home except for service animals. With close to 200,000 people expected, you and your pet will be more comfortable if they stay at home. Wear good walking shoes and consider bringing a collapsible chair but leave the coolers and large backpacks at home.

Next, take a look at the schedule and map of the site, with so much going on, you’ll want to plan a loose itinerary.

imageThere are two satellite parking lots with shuttles to the festival site for your convenience. Whether you park at Spring Rock Green or at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, this is the easiest way to get to all the festival has to offer. There is monitored bike parking at 2nd and Byrd Streets and lots of $5 parking lots.

Sports Backers announces first-ever Tour of Richmond cycling event to be held October 2012

The Martin’s Tour of Richmond, a 102-mile race through eight local jurisdictions, will be Oct. 6, 2012. The ride will mimic a single stage of an elite bike race like the Tour de France.

The ride will be Sports Backers’ 11th fitness-related event of 2012. Sports Backers also hosts the Anthem Richmond Marathon, the Patrick Henry Half Marathon and the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler.

This Gran Fondo Race will also include a 58-mile option and a 29-mile option.

“MARTIN’s was quick to jump on the opportunity to serve as the title sponsor for this new community event,” said Jim Scanlon, Regional Vice President of MARTIN’S. “Being a part of major events like the Tour of Richmond gives us an opportunity to emphasize our commitment and dedication to our community and its quality of life.”

The full 102-mile course starts and finishes at the Richmond International Raceway complex, which is the site of the post-ride party for all three distances. The 58-mile course is projected to start at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Goochland Campus, and the 29-mile course is projected to start at Poor Farm Park in Hanover. The post-ride celebration will feature live entertainment, beer, and dinner for all participants.

The full course passes through eight jurisdictions in and around Richmond including:

  • City of Richmond
  • Chesterfield
  • Powhatan
  • Goochland
  • Louisa
  • Hanover
  • Ashland
  • Henrico

All riders must finish before 6 p.m. Any riders still on the course after 6 p.m. will be asked to ride in the SAG vehicle to the finish line or may choose to finish the route, no longer receiving any course support. All finishers will receive a finisher medal. Additional awards will be distributed to the top three male and top three female finishers, and age group awards will be mailed out after the event.

Sports Backers executive director Jon Lugbill said, “This event has the potential to really grow the pool of active cyclists in the community and make Richmond a more bike-friendly community at the same time.”

Wednesday’s announcement comes nine months after Richmond was chosen to host the 2015 World Biking Championships, which planners hope will draw thousands of participants and spectators to the region.

The event also coincides with the launch of Bike Walk RVA, a subdivision of Sports Backers’ Active RVA initiative. Bike Walk RVA will focus on making Richmond more bicycle-friendly by adding paved trials, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Registration for the first annual MARTIN’S Tour of Richmond is now open. Please visit www.sportsbackers.org for more information or to register for the event.

Redskins coming to Richmond

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that, the Redskins will begin working with the City of Richmond to identify a suitable training camp site to hold summer practice in Richmond, starting in 2013.

The Washington Redskins will move their summer training camp to Richmond for an eight-year run beginning in 2013

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones commented, “The Washington Redskins bringing their summer training camp to Richmond is beyond exciting. This will have a great economic impact for Richmond and the region! I thank the owners and senior executives of the Redskins for their ongoing work with us to determine the right facilities to meet the team’s needs. I thank Governor McDonnell for his leadership. Hail to the Redskins!”

The Redskins’ decision to bring the camp to Richmond was less about available facilities than the opportunity to get the team away from home in the preseason and to market the team to an area that encompasses Hampton Roads and southern Virginia as well as the greater Richmond region, according to Suzette P. Denslow, chief of staff to the mayor..

"They think Richmond opens them up to a broader market and a market that is supportive of the Redskins."

The team is currently holding its training camp in Ashburn.

“In conjunction with the governor’s office and the City of Richmond, we also look forward to finding a great summer training camp facility in the city for both our team and our fans to enjoy,” Bruce Allen, Redskins executive vice president and general manager, said in the release.

The City of Richmond is considering a number of locations for Redskins summer practice and will make further announcements regarding that process in the days and weeks ahead.

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Amazon Local launches in Richmond VA

imageGroupon and Living Social be warned. Amazon has launched a daily deal coupon business in the Richmond  VA area

Amazon Local  Richmond launched last month and has offered discounts for a variety of local businesses

Amazon joins a crowded market of daily deal sites, including Groupon and LivingSocial and other small and local copycats. Both Groupon and LivingSocial went live in Richmond in 2010.

Amazon’s move comes amid signs that the once red-hot daily deal market might be cooling.

Dominion Riverrock this weekend in Richmond

imageLooking for something fun to do this weekend ?

Then head to Richmond VA for the Dominion Riverrock  outdoor lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront.

The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, stand up paddleboarding, slacklining and dog jumping. The event was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails and whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the creation of Dominion Riverrock, there is a stronger appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region.  All events and concerts are FREE to spectators!

More info here

Auction-Glen Allen, VA – 15 Condos, The Links @ The Crossings Golf Community

imageMotleys Auction is conducting an investor liquidation of  of 15 spacious garden home condos within “The Links at Virginia Center” subdivision. This subdivision is part of The Crossings planned unit development which includes The Crossings Golf Club, Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, The Glen Restaurant, The Yellow Tavern,and The Crossings Active Adult Community. The subdivision includes 288 condos with many community amenities.

View a photo tour of the community here

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Richmond VA Home Market is blossoming in Spring 2012

One of Richmond’s biggest home developers thinks 2012 is the year to start building again — and in a big way.

Bob Atack filed plans with Henrico County last week to build an estimated $200 million, 650-home development in the Varina section of Eastern Henrico. Construction for the development, called The Ridings, will start in spring 2013. New homes will be finished by the end of 2014, he said.

“It’s going to take some time to build out,” Atack said. “So we believe by the time we actually get the houses online we’ll have the opportunity to have the Ridings be a destination community.”

Atack said Varina is fertile land for development in Henrico.

“We’re starting to see a scarcity of lots in the western portion of Henrico, so it makes sense that people would start looking in the southeastern part,” Atack said.

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WELCOME TO RICHMOND HOMEARAMA 2012

imageRichmond Homearama 2012  returns this year to  Summer Lake in Chesterfield County, VA;. Each home showcases the very latest in home construction, design, and technological innovations. The homes are furnished and decorated by regional interior design teams.

The show is open April 21 – May 6, 2012, Wednesday – Sunday, 12–8 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

Search For Homes For Sale in Summer Lake

Homearama has a history of “being at its best” in Chesterfield County and this year’s imageshow promises to continue that tradition.  One of the most successful and talked about Homearama’s in history took place at Woodlake, just a few miles from the entrance of Summer Lake.

All of the brand new homes are currently under construction and are FOR SALE, but they won’t last long. Each home will showcase the latest in building techniques and design trends.    Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime to own one of these Homearama Homes or get great ideas to improve your current home.

Builders

Each home featured in this year’s Homearama is built by one of the area’s finest builders. The homes are thematically decorated by regional Interior Designers. There are eight showcase homes priced from the $300s. The homes are available for purchase giving the buyer a true chance to own a designer home at a fantastic price.

  • Biringer Builders
  • Homesmith Construction
  • JP Orleans Development Corp.
  • Lifestyle Builders and Developers
  • Parker and Orleans Homebuilders
  • Ray Williams Custom Homes
  • R.S. Hulbert Builders Inc.
  • Southern Traditions

The show dates are April 21 – May 6, 2012. The dates are perfectly sandwiched between Easter and Mothers Day.

Mark your calendars and bring the whole family.

imageAmenities

Summer Lake has more amenities than any other planned community in the Richmond Area.

-Clubhouse with a large, Community Room

-State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with 24/7 access

-Competition-size Swimming Pool with Diving Well

-Kiddie Pool

-Children’s Splash Park

-Lighted Tennis Courts

-Basketball Court

-Playground areas

-Biking and Jogging Trails

-Outdoor swings and play areas

-Discounted membership to Lake Chesdin Golf Club

 

Location

Summer Lake, Chesterfield Virginia’s Finest New Home Community offering Quality Homes and property for Sale.

Relax by the pool, play tennis, work out or bike the wooded trails all while the rest of the family enjoys the Club House with its own Waterpark.

Located within a short trip to downtown, or fine shopping at Short Pump Town Center, Chesterfield Town Center, or Stony Point Fashion Park.

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Directions:

17040 Lake Summer Drive, Moseley, Virginia 23120
Powhite Parkway South to the end. Left at light onto Charter Colony Parkway. Go approximately ½ mile and turn right at the 2nd light onto Genito Road. Go west for 3.4 miles and turn left onto Otterdale Road. Summer Lake will be ½ mile ahead.

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

Check Out the ‘Tacky Lights Tour” in Richmond VA

imageRichmond, Virginia’s renowned "Tacky Lights Tour" attracts thousands of wide-eyed Christmas enthusiasts each year. It has been featured on TLC’s ‘Crazy Christmas Lights’ and in ‘Merry Christmas, America’ by Bruce Littlefield

Houses all over town are dripped, drenched and double-dipped in thousands of lights for the holiday season.  It’s a Richmond tradition where the tackier the house is decorated, the longer the line around the block to see it.

To out-of-towners, the Tacky Lights Tour is a self-guided tour where you can drive around town – from the Northside to the Southside, from Short Pump to Mechanicsville – and see the houses all decked out in holiday lights.

Or you can go the professional route and rent a limo or hop on a bus to see the Tacky Lights.  There’s a whole lotta ways to do it and over 30 nights to see the lights throughout the holiday season.

The Tacky Lights Guide features a full list of houses on the tour, a pop-up Google map, driving directions, photos, videos and more.

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Richmond Folk Festival Opens This Weekend 2011

imageThe fourth annual Richmond VA Folk Festival — or the seventh event of this sort, if you count the original three-year run of the National Folk Festival that started it all — gets under way this  Friday at 6 p.m. and runs until Oct. 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the downtown riverfront. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted by the roving bucket brigade of volunteers.

The Folk Festival  has become one of Virginia’s largest and best-loved annual events. It was voted “best music festival” in Richmond for two consecutive years. Last year, more than 190,000 people enjoyed its incredible array of music, dance and culture from across America, boasting more than 25 performing groups on seven stages.

The festival’s mission is to bring in a variety of everything — music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food — and this year’s lineup would suggest that mission was accomplished.

Performers range from Tibetan monks presenting sacred music to Original P, a funk band featuring founding members of Parliament Funkadelic. The musical realm covers reggae and doo-wop, Irish and Mexican, Afro-Cuban and Native American, country guitar and gospel.


The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival held in Richmond from 2005-2007. In the tradition of the National, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 20 performers and performing groups, on seven stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife Area, featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. More information is available at www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

2011 Richmond Parade of Homes

imageThe Home Building Association of Richmond Virginia  2011 Parade of Homes® kicks off October 1, 2011. It will be the 60th consecutive year the event has been held in the Greater Richmond area.
There will be 52 new homes and 2 remodeled homes built by 28 builders in this year’s Parade, and over half are decorated models.
The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond area including Counties of Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, King William, New Kent, Chesterfield, and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. This is your best opportunity to see every type of new home imaginable, showcasing the latest in designs, construction techniques and materials, at prices ranging from the $170’s to over $900,000, plus take advantage of seeing two remodeled homes on how you can modernize your existing home.

The scattered site new home show will be held October 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 and the remodeled homes will be opened October 15-16. Hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
The Parade of Homes® Plan Book and the website, Richmond Parade Of Homes.com, will include detailed information about the event and the home entries, including home designs, floor plans and descriptions, detailed directions to each home, and a map. The magazine is free and will be available beginning Tuesday, September 27 at Richmond VA area Martin’s and Kroger supermarkets, as well as at HBAR headquarters, 400 N. Ridge Road in western Henrico County. www.RichmondParadeOfHomes.com will also feature a linked entry map and a special search by criteria section to make it even easier to find your new dream home.

Richmond VA selected to host international cycling event

imageRichmond , Virginia has been chosen as the host city for the international championship for bicycle road racing in 2015 .

The sport’s governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale, announced Richmond’s winning bid for 2015 Road World Championships on Wednesday at a meeting in Copenhagen.

Virginia’s capital city had competed with Oman to be the host, but the Middle Eastern country withdrew its bid before the winner was announced.

The 2015 championships, which will take place Sept. 19-27 2015, will include a dozen races in categories such as Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men, and Junior Men and Women.

About 1,000 cyclists from 70 countries are expected to compete in the race series.

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Richmond VA Parade of Homes 2010 starts Oct 2

Windsor Hallsley- Homesmith Richmond parade of homesThe Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) will kick off it’s 59th Annual Parade of Homes on Saturday October 2 and ending on Sunday October 17. This year’s Parade includes 52 new homes from 27 builder members, an amazing amount of participation given the current downturn in the economy. Over half of the Parade entries will be decorated and furnished models. The Parade homes are located in Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, King William, Chesterfield and Powhatan Counties as well as the City of Richmond, Virginia.

The Charles First Richmond Associates PArade of HomesBuilding on the great success of last year’s Parade, the 2010 event will have three weekend “Ask the Experts” programs focusing on a How to Maximize Your Kitchen, Enjoying Outdoor Living & Gardening and Creating Luxurious Living. The ever popular plan book for the “Parade Homes” can be found at Richmond area Martins and Kroger grocery stores.

2010 Parade Homes prices range from the $190’s to over $900,000.

The scattered site new home show will be held October 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. In addition, HBAR will have experts on hand at designated Parade homes located in Chesterfield County to talk about the latest trends:
October 2 Maximize Your Kitchen by Main Street Homes at Westerleigh
October 9 Outdoor Living by Homeplaces, Ltd. at Tarrington
October 16 Luxurious Living by Centennial Homes at Harpers Mill

Locations of Richmond Parade of Homes sites- Click the map to see the directory

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The following Richmond VA area builders are participating in the 2010 Parade of Homes.:Bel Arbor Builders, Centennial Homes,Centex Homes, Colonial Homecrafters,Commonwealth Properties, DelSol Group Dumont Classic Homes  Eagle Construction of Va., Finer Homes, First Richmond Associates Gemcraft Homes  HHHunt Homes  Homeplaces, Homesmith Construction, LeGault Homes  Liberty Homes,LifeStyle Builders & Dev.,Main Street Homes  R & N Construction,R-CI Builders,R. E. Collier,  Roseland Custom Homes, Royal Dominion Homes, Ryan Homes . StyleCraft Homes .Toll Brothers and Youngblood Properties.

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Breaking News Ahold’s Giant Carlisle to acquire Ukrops Supermarkets

Ahold 4:15pm 12/17/2009

The Ukrop’s grocery chain — so very Richmond and known for its family values and small-town customer service — will now be part of a worldwide conglomerate.

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Veterans Day in the Historic Triangle and Hampton Roads Va

Veterans_Day Williamsburg, VA This year’s Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Williamsburg Community Building on N. Boundary Street. The event offers those participating a special time to honor all military veterans, living and deceased, and is sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Combined Veterans Organizations.
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No Sale at Ukrops

Supermarket News is reporting that Richmond Va based Ukrops is  in limbo again after the private equity group that entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase the chain dropped out of the bidding.

According to the publication an anonymous source communicated that  some “contractual issues and an inability to get financing” were the primary reasons talks broke down, and that Ukrop’s has since resumed shopping itself to some bidders from earlier rounds.

Ukrop’s has not commented on a potential sale

Richmond VA Parade of Homes 2009

The annual Parade of Homes in the Richmond VA area kicks off this weekend, showcasing new homes throughout the Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland and Hanover County areas..

71 homes by 36 builders will be open for viewing over the next three weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

The 58th annual Richmond Parade of Homes features homes with prices ranging from the $170’s to over $1.5 million.

This year’s event is pared down from last year, when 130 homes by 60 builders were on display, as the housing slump continues to hammer the industry.

Locations of the homes in the Parade in Richmond. Click the map for more details

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This year’s tour includes one of the country’s first houses for entry-level buyers certified for energy savings by the National Association of Home Builders through the National Green Building Program.

The house, built by First Richmond Associates, is on the market for $209,500. It is certified at the bronze level, the lowest of four levels. It is  located at 7701 Chamberlayne Ave. in the Vaughan Heights neighborhood in Henrico County, and won recognition from the local builders’ association for having the best bath and best kitchen in the $170,000 to $220,000 range in the unfurnished category.

More information here one the Home Building Association of Richmond’s website

Richmond VA Hip Video

I wanted to share this video that gives a sense of the “Hipness” of the Richmond VA area. It’s a tongue in cheek parody of rap videos. For anyone who’s wondering what it’s like to live in Richmond, here’s a hilarious video all about the River City. Granted, it may be one big inside joke. But if nothing else, hopefully you’ll get a kick out of watching a couple of white guys rap .

This one seems destined to become a viral video. ( A viral video is a video clip that gains widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing, typically through email or Instant messaging, blogs and other media sharing websites. Viral videos are often humorous in nature)

In only a few days over 11,000 people have viewed this.

Enjoy !  Then forward to your friends..

 

This was produced for First Market Bank by the Park Group with thanks to Riverside Outfitters  and Segway of Richmond.

So kudos to them for the effort.

Ukrops closing it’s Roanoke VA Store

Ukrop’s Super Market has announced what some in the Roanoke VA community have anticipated for the past year.

After closing one of it’s two Williamsburg VA stores in February of this year Ukrop’s Super Markets  the Richmond-based chain will close its Roanoke store Oct. 24, 2009 more than two years after it came to the city with a rock star-like debut.

The announcement comes  after numerous announcements from  Ukrop’s President Robert S. Ukrop that the chain’s Roanoke store is underperforming. That store, which opened last year, had not caught on with Roanoke shoppers.

With an underground parking garage, specialty foods and an in-store cafe, Ukrop’s rode into Roanoke with a successful track record as a family-owned chain that bases its business on Christian principles, closes its stores Sundays and does not sell alcohol.

But the grocer’s fanfare in Roanoke was short-lived.

Ukrop’s executives said in December that sales needed to improve significantly in Roanoke or the store could not survive. Ukrop blamed an undeveloped shopping center surrounding the Roanoke store for troubles drawing customers, along with competition from the area’s long established grocery chains, including Kroger and Food Lion. .

Two separate supermarket industry publications have reported in the past two months that Ukrop’s is in talks with a buyer, possibly a private equity group, for its entire 28-store chain. Ukrop’s has declined to confirm these reports.

Sportsquest- Richmond VA

sportsquest chesterfield va Williamsburg VA needs a visionary like Steve Burton.  There has been talk in the area of a long course swim complex being built for years and years. So far no action has been taken. The sticking point has been funding. James City County and William and Mary both seem willing to participate in the construction of a 50 meter long course Olympic caliber swim complex but an individual or corporation is needed to take the lead on funding.

sportsquest Chesterfield County VA seems to have found their man.  Steve Burton, a local Richmond VA area physician who made a fortune selling $60 million worth of sleep disorder programs is breaking ground on a $175 million sports facility in Chesterfield County on  December 15th.

The sports complex will be located on a  250-acre site at the end of the Powhite Parkway at Charter Colony Parkway.

“The real meat and potatoes of SportsQuest is recreational sports — to get healthy,” Burton told members of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce last week. Art Warren, Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors said, “This is great news for Chesterfield County as I have always wanted a project like this to locate in our community. This will further enhance the quality of life of Chesterfield citizens and will attract people to live, work and play in Chesterfield County, but on a much higher level than we ever anticipated.”

The proposed center will encompass facilities for 27 sports including 30 outdoor, lighted soccer fields, a swimming pool and ice rink, a velodrome for cycling, a 5,000-seat arena, 7,000-seat outdoor stadium and a 2,500-seat amphitheatre for concerts. It will also sport 20,000 square feet of retail, a hotel to be used by out-of-town athletes for extended stays, a family entertainment center (with bowling, arcades, laser tag and “cybersport courts”) and health-care facilities centered on sports.

The Sport and Family Entertainment Multiplex will allow high performance athletes as well as the public to participate in twenty-four Olympic sports, including: swimming, cycling, tennis, triathlon, speed skating, figure skating, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts and others. The campus will house the largest group of high performance athletes in the country. Along with the elite athletes training there, programming for the general public in child and adult fitness and recreation will be offered at the site. SportsQuest has proven itself in high performance programming; its short track speed skating program located here includes: a 2006 Olympian and three 2008 US National Champions.

Stephen Burton, Ph.D., CEO and Chairman of SportsQuest, said, “The multiplex will provide a place that people can play sports for fun, fitness or to chase Olympic dreams.” “We will offer three tracks for all of our sports programming, including: recreational participation, competitive youth development, or high performance athletic pursuit,” Burton added.

The multiplex will be capable of hosting National Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Trials in most of the sports. The project will also include a cutting edge sports medicine and sports science facility to serve both the athletes at the training center and the local community. The project will be developed as three phases. Phase I will include: an Aquatics Center, Ice Skating Rink, Sports Medicine Clinic, Fitness Center, and Family Entertainment Center. Phase II is scheduled to include a hotel, a retail plaza, and a 6,000 seat arena for sports and special events. Phase III plans include an indoor/outdoor tennis club and a multi-sport field house.

“The family entertainment center is an important part of the campus program,” Dr. Burton said, “as a resident of the community it was important to me that we increase the opportunities for families in our community to spend time together.”

According to the website, SportsQuest opened its sales center yesterday in the Colony Crossing Center near the future complex. Membership opportunities include a swim team, water polo, speed skating, figure skating, hockey and an exercise facility.

Va Beach and Richmond VA Top 10 best places to buy a home

From a post from VARBUZZ :  Good Morning America cited data from Zillow this morning which heralded Virginia Beach as the number one place, and Richmond as the number seven place, to buy a home right now.

While I’m not  a huge fan of Zillow and their Zestimates. There does seem to be a rational basis for these findings.

When buying a home, according to Zillow, buyers should “look for communities with a strong job market and stable housing values. Some common threads: cities with military bases, state capitals and college towns all fare well because they are more ‘recession proof.’”

Here’s what Zillow is seeing…

In Virginia Beach:

  • Median home value: $223,800, down 1 percent from a year ago.
  • Property values are up 7 percent compared to five years ago.
  • Houses cost an average of $139 per square foot.
  • Buyers are paying 2 percent less than the listing price.

In Richmond:

  • Median Home Value: $ 207,000, down 7 percent from a year ago.
  • Property values are up 5 percent compared to five years ago.
  • Houses cost an average of $119 per square foot.
  • Buyers are paying 3 percent less than listing price.

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Glorious Christmas Nights Richmond VA Christmas Play

It’s a bit of a drive from Hampton Roads or Williamsburg VA but well worth the trip. The annual Christmas productions put on by the West End Assembly of God  “Glorious Christmas Nights.” This year’s production is an exception; it is a repeat of a previous work done in 2003, brought back by popular demand. Last year over 25,000 tickets were sold.

I just checked the website http://www.gloriouschristmasnights.com/ and there are still tickets available bit they seem to be selling out very quickly.

Thank you to Lowell Qualls and his informative blog posting  http://lowellequalls.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/check-out-glorious-christmas-nights/

Four-hundred actors, stage hands, musicians and dancers combine their talents to pull off a holiday show that gets you “in the mood” for Christmas.  Take a look at the clip below (from 2005 – this happens to be my favorite show) to get a feel for the quality and scope of the production.

Bob Laughlin is the producer (the Music & Fine Arts pastor), Ron Klipp is the show’s musical composer, and Kathy Craddock is the director and primary writer.  When you combine Laughlin’s genius, Craddock’s imagination and Klipp’s original scores … well, let me put it to you this way:  if you’re lucky enough to get tickets … you will have a blast, and your heart will be touched.  It’s a Broadway quality show with a message that will stir you.  Taking children just adds to the experience.

This year’s story is about two bumbling angels – Ted and Randall – who are given an assignment:  to make sure the Wise Men make it to the stable so they can bring their gifts to Jesus.  They’re told by their boss – the archangel Michael – that they can locate the Wise Men at Herod’s palace during the reign of Caesar Augustus.  When they type the coordinates and data into their heavenly GPS (”HALO”) they get it all wrong.  Instead of Herod’s palace they wind up at Harrod’s Department Store in 1903 London.  There they pick up two kids – Patch and Runt – and the screwy angels take them to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas before finally winding up in Bethlehem.

While the script isn’t biblically accurate (the Wise Men didn’t show up at the stable on the night Jesus was born, but about two years later), it reflects what has become “the Christmas story” told in most churches at this time of year.

Like I mentioned before, the clip below comes from another great Craddock/Laughlin story.  Santa decides to fore go delivering packages on Christmas Eve one year because he’s had it with selfish, demanding kids and their materialistic parents.  That all changes when he receives a letter from a young boy who “gets it.”  (Complicating matters … Mrs. Claus believes Santa’s in a funk because she’s not as young and beautiful as she once was.)  There are villains and drama and comedy galore … and the awesome Youth choir brings the house down during their number at every show.

Tickets for the shows (there’s 16 of them over two weeks) are usually hard to come by not long after the box office opens on-line and at the church.  However … if you try really hard, and you don’t mind if your entire family can’t sit together, tickets can be had.  (All proceeds go to the Mission Fund at WEAG … www.weag.org.)

Here are a few videos of past years performances.

Richmond Virginia Home Sales Increasing

Total homes sales in the core area of Richmond — the city and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties — rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago.

Hanover and Henrico reported sales increases of more than 2 percent, according to a report released  by the Virginia Association of Realtors ( VAR).

In the greater Richmond Virginia area, prices remained flat. The median price for new and existing homes, with half the houses selling for more and half for less, was about $238,000.

Amid the national financial uncertainties and news about the economy and stock markets, the central Virginia and Richmond economy and housing market are outperforming the country and most metropolitan areas, according to an analysis included in yesterday’s VAR report.

Sales are still slipping in Virginia — and in the greater Richmond metropolitan area — but not nearly as much as they were in the first half of the year, according to the report.

Nationally, third-quarter figures are not available. However, sales of existing single-family homes fell 10.7 percent in August from a year ago, according to the latest figures available from the National Association of Realtors. The median home price was $201,900 in August, down 9.7 percent from a year ago.

After nearly a year of sluggish sales and price depreciation, the housing market in Virginia is beginning to show signs of strength, said Lisa Fowler from the George Mason University School of Public Policy, who spoke yesterday during a news media conference call.

The state’s healthy economy is helping housing here as other markets continue to languish, Fowler said.

Home sales statewide fell 3.9 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago, according to the VAR report. The median price rose 1 percent to $232,601.

In central Virginia, which includes Richmond and 15 surrounding localities, sales fell 3.8 percent from a year ago.

The dip is mild compared with the first quarter when sales in the region dropped 31 percent in the first quarter and 28 percent in the second quarter from the year-ago periods.

The market in the Richmond area is stabilizing There is still a large inventory  of homes to choose from. We still need to see price reductions to increase sales.

The housing market across the state will benefit from a slowdown in construction, as inventory levels fall. Housing starts statewide are at their lowest level since the early 1990s.