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New magazine launches in Williamsburg VA

Want to discover the  best-kept secrets of the greater Williamsburg, Va. area ?

imageThe Local Scoop magazine has just launched with the first issue hitting stands November 2015.

Stephanie Heinatz ,former newspaper journalist, professional writer and entrepreneur is the newly named Editor of the Williamsburg edition.

Heinatz, founder of Consociate Media, a Virginia-based public relations and consulting firm, cut her teeth as a newspaper journalist. Whether working on assignment in her own hometown, or in the remote areas of East Africa or war-torn Iraq, Heinatz chased one thing – the story.

“Stories are the most powerful way to reach people, to inspire people, to enact change for good in our world,” Heinatz said. “When you look at what The Local Scoop has set out to do, it’s just that.”

Heinatz said she’s inspired herself by McFadden, who described the goals of the magazine to become an economic driver for our communities, couched in a lifestyle format.

 

The inaugural Williamsburg edition  includes a Williamsburg food and wine crawl, holiday fashion spread, tips for gift giving to unique charitable groups in greater Williamsburg through the year’s most giving season, a feature on the emerging IMPACT 100 group, a one-on-one with Williamsburg Winery’s Matthew Meyer and a look at how Williamsburg has grown from its roots as a charming colonial tourist stop to one that boasts amenities of any modern mecca.

 

Read the full digital edition here.

Brass Cannon Brewery moving closer to Williamsburg..

Have you noticed the building going up on Mooretown Rd in the photo below ?

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And now the Big News!
Brass Cannon will be moving to a brand new building at 5476 Mooretown Road. They are  also be upgrading from a 4 barrel brewing system up to 20 barrels. and their new tasting room will be about 3 times the size of the current one. Projected opening date for the new location is March 2016 but the  Toano location will be open until the switch over.

The new  tasting room will be nearly 3 times the size of the current one, and will have both bar and table seating as well as plans for an outdoor beer garden area.

In these endeavors, location is key. Brass Cannon wanted a space that was closer to town than they are now, and readily accessible for guests.  The new location  lands them very close to Alewerks Brewing Company. BCB sees this as an opportunity for collaboration, and the combined presence of both breweries should be a positive thing for consumers and serve as a greater drawing power to get both locals and tourists out enjoying delicious beer.

 

Brass Cannon will be throwing a party at the brewery on Saturday, December 12. Good times and $1 off pints will be flowing from opening time at noon until at least 11pm.

Kickstarter Campaign
To help with the expansion, BCB is  running a Kickstarter campaign. Funds raised will go primarily towards improvements to the new tap room. Details and a lovely video are at their campaign site.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/946749068/brass-cannon-brewing-expansion

 

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Virginia-The Oyster Capital of the East Coast

Oysters are celebrated all along Virginia’s Coastal Region including two major annual oyster festivals.

Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The town’s streets are closed to vehicle traffic and become filled with oyster booths, seafood dishes, music and crafts. The festival highlight is the oyster shucking contest which draws spectators from around the world.

Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The Official Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth!

Come by BOAT or come by LAND and enjoy everything oyster and more!  The charming Town of Urbanna closes it’s streets for this big celebration of oysters and the heritage that surrounds it.

Over 50 food vendors with of course, OYSTERS!!  Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, but also lots of festival food fare as well.

Unique Arts and Crafts along Community Row takes you the town marina to see historical boats and exhibits on the conservation of the bay, watermen and the oyster industry.

7:00 pm on Friday is the Fireman Parade and 2:00 pm on Saturday is the Oyster Festival Parade, home town fun with the shiners, marching bands, cool cars, beauty queens and floats.

Check out the historic 1766 Old Tobacco Warehouse/Scottish Factor Store museum, learn all about the history of oysters and boats and the Mitchell Map

In the village find the Antique Auto Show, children’s activities and music concerts!

Don’t miss the Oyster Shucking Contest on Saturday behind the Firehouse.  Somebody has to eat those shucked oysters – be in the audience!

Local Virginia Wine Tastings and boutique oyster samples from local Rappahannock River Oysters available for 21 years old and over for $10 on Friday and Saturday.

Admission Fee: Parking Fee $10/Friday and $20/Saturday $2/Water Taxi

Dates/Time:
Friday, November 06, 2015 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Saturday, November 07, 2015 (9:00 AM-5:00 PM)

 

Directions

 

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Other Upcoming Virginia Oyster Festivals

Urbanna – Nov. 6, 7 – Urbanna Oyster Festival

Wachapreague – Nov. 7 – Island House Oyster Roast

Saxis – Nov. 7 – Saxis Island Oyster Roast

Gloucester – Nov. 7 – TOGA Virginia Half-Shell Oyster Tasting

Warsaw – Nov. 8 – Fall Oyster Crawl on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Suffolk – Nov. 8 – Passion for Paws Picnic, Whiskers Wine Tasting, & Oyster Roast

Topping – Nov. 14 – From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock: Oysters for Life

Lancaster – Nov. 14 – MBW Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin’ & Jivin’ on the Lancaster Green

Machipongo – Nov. 14 – Merroir & Terroir – Oyster Extravaganza

Afton – Nov. 14 – 15 – Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

Melfa – Nov. 14 – Oysters a la Carte

Reedville – Nov. 14 – Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast

Newport News – Nov. 14 – Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast

Onancock – Nov. 20 – 21 – Ducks Unlimited Oyster & Wine Lovers’ Weekend

Machipongo – Nov. 21 – Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast

Chesapeake – Nov. 21 – Oyster & South Festival

Irvington – Nov. 21 – Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale

Cape Charles – Nov. 28 – Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast

Heathsville – Dec. 5 – "Oysters and Oldies" Christmas Oyster Roast

Chincoteague Island – May 7 – Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Chincoteague Island – Oct. 8 – Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

Love Sport? Love Art? Love music?

The City of Williamsburg, a known "bicycling community" and a designated "Bike Friendly Community" by The League of American Bicyclists, is a perfect location for Spoke & Art, a one-week long combination sport, art and culinary event that will take place on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Francis Street (formerly the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum) beginning today through Sunday, September 27, 2015. 326 West Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. image

Under the Spoke & Art tent you will find a pop-up sports bar, The HandleBar, with a big screen TV to watch the races in real-time; fresh, local restaurant food and beverage for purchase and a gallery of sports paintings, sculptures and photography curated by John Lee Matney, owner of Linda Matney Art Gallery, plus a large display of Las Bicicletas bicycle sculptures in three sizes to purchase and enjoy.

Come out for lunch everyday and watch the race LIVE.

There are many more events like morning yoga sessions, business night, and the Williamsburg Celebrates Art Contemporary Artisans Show. A list of all the events can be found at www.spoke-n-art.com.

Spoke & art kickoff night

Monday 9/21 from 5-9 PM

 

imageCome on out to kickoff this week of fun and excitement.  The DOG Street Pub Running Club will be ending their weekly 5K run under the tent. Legend has it that they love to drink a beer or two when they’re done, so why not join them?

Live music by The Hark.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Dog Street Pub.

More events here

Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes, viewing work from local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Liz Moore & Associates and the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery have teamed up to bring you Williamsburg’s first ever New Home + Art Tour on Sunday, July 26th from 1- 5 pm. Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes in Fords Colony viewing work by local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & light hors d’oeuvres. Click here to download a map of participating properties.

 

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Class registration opens soon for Christopher Wren Association-2015

The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.

CWA, a College of William &  Mary program was founded in 1991 by two retired educators, Wayne Kernodle from William and Mary and Ruth Kernodle from Christopher Newport University. In its first semester, enrollment was 105. Today, enrollment has increased to over 1400 members

There are over 100 courses from which to choose – with subjects ranging from Computer Labs/Lectures to Religion & Philosophy – to American History, Art, Music & Film. A typical class might be “The Music of Duke Ellington” or “Conversational Italian” – or it might be “The Holocaust from a Victim’s Perspective” or “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: how to eliminate and reduce them.” Actually, there is no typical class. The subjects are as unique as the instructors who teach them and the members who enroll. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors from William and Mary faculty, both current and emeritus, as well as instructors from the Association’s membership and the community at large. Additional offerings include the “Town and Gown” series of special guest lecturers and special event trips for an additional charge.

Registration for classes opens on July 21st, 2015. Admission is open to any adult who is able to take daytime classes, and tuition for a semester is $100. Interested parties can request a catalogue and register here.

Even though its membership is robust, CWA  is always looking for new members. Besides, who doesn’t want to keep up with current events, continue their personal growth, and have fun learning something new? Or, at the other end of the spectrum, impart wisdom from a successful career?

Learn more about the Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning at http:// www.wm.edu/cwa/

Top Williamsburg VA Real Estate Brokers-June 2015

The numbers are in for June 2015 in the Williamsburg Virginia real estate market. . Year to date for 2015 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with over 16% of the market.

Not to brag but our company’s listings and sales were greater than  the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, REMAX Capital , Century 21 Nachman, Twiddy Realty & Coldwell Banker Traditions,  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2015

In second place is Long and Foster,  third place is William E Wood and Associates followed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ( previously Prudential)

 

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Note sales number above are from the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors (WAAR) MLS numbers,  It reflects sales for Residential real estate : (Single Family Detach, Attached/Condo/Townhome, Condo, Townhouse), Lots and Land: within the zip codes of 23188,23185 and 23168.

 

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me a tJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136 , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.