• 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

12 Stars Announced for The Fifth Annual Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars Fundraiser

The fifth installment of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars is shaping up to be bigger, brighter and more vivacious than ever. The dynamic lineup of local stars includes a distinguished doctor and devoted personal trainer, a sassy retail manager and  beloved home builder. Twelve brave business people in total have all accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges come March 1st.

The star lineup isn’t the only thing expected to shake up the program. Anticipate refreshingly entertaining, quirky and even "holy" commentary from three judges sure to light up the night. Plus, group numbers and several secret performances are in the works for this show that now boasts nearly 50 star alumni! Production is already underway to showcase some of the sexiest salsas, fantastic foxtrots and more, all for a great cause. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center.

The evening of fun and entertainment is Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary.

“After five years we’re amazed at the continued momentum of this event. There’s still so much anticipation and interest, last year alone we raised nearly $90,000 and almost sold out a 700 seat theater. As long as our community wants us to bring it back and we earn money for the organizations – we’ll work hard to turn out a finer show each year" said Ken Johnston, event co-chair. “We’re very grateful to our committee, star and pro volunteers and look forward to another sensational evening in March.”

Tickets go on sale in January and can be purchased at the Phi Beta Kappa box office on Jamestown Road or by phone at (757) 221-2674, or online at www.wm.tix.com.


Meet our “stars”

·       Sinan Aritamur, Belk

·       Kristin Baum, Guernsey Tingle Architects

·       Juan Carillo, Juan’s Cantina & LaTolteca

·       Bridgit Charlton, B-Defined

·       Dr. Steve Cummings, Sentara Urgent Care

·       Jeremy L. Findlay, J. Lloyd Builder, Inc.

·  Cecilia Firstenberg, Firstenberg Consulting, LLC

·  Bob Pinto, Pinto Chiropractic

·  Brian Skinner, TowneBank

·  Vickie Skutans, Capital Carpet

·  Nan Strader, Virginia Ventures

·  Bonny Young, Tide Radio/WYDaily.com


Professional dancers are from 7 Cities Ballroom and WISC in Williamsburg, ArtInspired Studios and Country Bootleggers, both in Yorktown, A Step Above in Virginia Beach and Amy’s Dance Studio in Newport News.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Virginia Peninsula helps youngsters in grades K-8 achieve their highest potential during their formative years by providing positive, caring mentor relationships. www.bbbsgw.org. Literacy for Life teaches adults the literacy skills required for self-sufficiency, better health and meaningful participation in society. www.literacyforlife.org


For additional information contact Ayanna King, Big Brothers Big Sisters, at (757) 253-0676 or Joan Peterson, Literacy for Life, at (757) 221-3325. (www.facebook.com/williamsburgstars)



Pictured L-R, Front Row Vickie Skutans, Bonny Young, Kristin Baum, Nan Strader. Back Row, Dr. Steve Cummings, Sinan Aritamur, Jeremy L. Findlay, Bridgit Charlton.



Virginia Arts Festival-Festival Williamsburg- A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend of Marvelous Performances May 23‐26, 2013

For the 11th spectacular year, the Virginia Arts Festival brings a whirlwind weekend of great performances to the historic city of Williamsburg. Co‐presented with the City of Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Festival Williamsburg offers residents and visitors the best of Broadway, jazz, classical music, and more, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 through 26.2013

This Memorial Day Weekend begins on Thursday, May 23, with the first of a unique new series: the Williamsburg Winery Concerts. There’s a delicious repast for the body and soul in each of these concerts! On Thursday evening, enjoy fine dining and selections from the Williamsburg Winery’s award‐winning wine collection; then savor the superb artistry of the Miami String Quartet, praised in The New York Times for its “rich, precisely balanced sound and broad coloristic palette.” Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music Director and renowned pianist André‐Michel Schub, along with Virginia Symphony violist Beverly Kane Baker, join the Quartet for an all‐Brahms program, music as rich and beautiful as the offerings on the menu. And if you prefer a  Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval to the Williamsburg Lodge brunch, enjoy the Friday, May 24 performance, with wine and menu tastings from Williamsburg’s finest restaurants, followed by a performance of Shostakovich and Mozart classics by pianist Schub and the Miami String Quartet. After each performance, concertgoers are invited to linger and meet the artists in this intimate setting.

Friday night, May 24, brings eight‐time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval to the Williamsburg Lodge for a show that dazzles. The versatile, virtuosic performer and composer is an audience favorite across continents, at home in every style of music from his beloved jazz to classical, and master of many instruments, from his phenomenal trumpet to piano, percussion and more. Prepare to be amazed by Sandoval’s musicianship and charmed by his stage presence.

imageSaturday, it’s Bravo Broadway at the Williamsburg Lodge, when a trio of stars gathers for an evening of favorite show tunes. Debbie Gravitte has charmed audiences from Broadway (Les Miserables) to the movies (The Little Mermaid); Christiane Noll received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her performance in Ragtime; and Doug LaBrecque has thrilled theater audiences in The Phantom of the Opera and Showboat. Choose from two performances, 5:30 and 8pm and enjoy a cabaret experience with reserved table seating.

Sunday sizzles when the legendary Hot Sardines mix le jazz hot of Paris with the salty stride piano of N’Awlins. This is the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to make: straight‐up, foot‐stomping fun—and with this band that’s a literal description: a tap dancer’s feet count as two members of the rhythm section. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of sheer entertainment with this beguiling band.

 legendary Hot Sardines mix le jazz hot of Paris with the salty stride piano of N’Awlins

Festival Williamsburg Performance Schedule


Festival events may be purchased at www.vafest.org  or (757) 282‐2822. Tickets for Festival Williamsburg events may also be purchased at Williamsburg Municipal Building, 410 Lafayette Street, M‐F 8am to 4:30 pm or at the Williamsburg Lodge, May 23‐26, with no service fee.

Williamsburg Lodge hotel packages are available at 1‐800‐447‐8679.

Shagging returns to Yorktown for 2013

Beach music, also known as Carolina beach music, is a regional genre which developed from various rock/R&B/pop music of the 1950s and 1960s. Beach music is most closely associated with the style of swing dance known as the shag, or the Carolina shag, which is also the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina. Recordings with a 4/4 "blues shuffle" rhythmic structure and moderate-to-fast tempo are the most popular music for the shag, and the vast majority of the music in this genre fits that description.

imageThose eager to scratch their shag-dancing itch will find what they’re looking for at the Yorktown waterfront starting next month.

The Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series begins June 6, 2013 and will continue most Thursdays through Aug. 1, 2013. The shows are free and take place at Riverwalk Landing near the foot of the Coleman Bridge.

Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in Historic Yorktown.

     This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more.  Start your weekend early this summer, and join us for Shagging on the Riverwalk every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6 through June 20, and again from July 11 through August 1.  The Colonial Shag Club will again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and will answer 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: 

v June 6             Band of Oz

v June 13            The Embers

v June 20            Atlantic Groove Band

         – – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –

v July 11             The Rhondels

v July 18             Mark Roberts and Breeze

v July 25             The Main Event Band

v August 1         The Holiday Band

     This series is free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.  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.  Signage directing motorists to parking lots will be in place.

     For more information about 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.visityorktown.org. Event Weather Hotline: 890-3520.  This event is sponsored by York County.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Concerts in 2013

(March 2013) Busch Gardens Williamsburg  heats up the stage with sizzling concerts from some of today’s hottest performing artists, including pop, classic, rock and country. As always, the concerts are included with park admission.
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will appear June 30th. Current lineup is below.

  • May 12 – Styx
  • May 25 – Coco Jones
  • May 26 – TBD
  • June 29 – Michael W. Smith
  • June 30 – Scotty McCreery
  • Aug. 17 – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Aug. 24 – Bridgit Mendler
  • Aug. 25 – Hot Chelle Rae
  • Aug. 31 – Billy Currington

Glory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch GardensGlory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch Gardens with a sensational lineup of the top contemporary Christian and Gospel artists. One of the park’s most popular events, Glory at the Gardens combines the best Christian-inspired performances with Busch Gardens’ family-friendly atmosphere for a perfect mix of music and adventure. As always, all concerts are free for park guests.

  • May 19 – Mary Mary
  • Aug. 18 – Third Day
  • June 29 – TBD
  • Sept. 1 – Casting Crowns

See up to date schedule here

Glory at the Gardens returns in 2013 to Busch Gardens

First Night Williamsburg 2013

imageFirst Night Williamsburg is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration of the performing arts presented throughout the City and on the campus of the College of William & Mary.

2012 marks the  20th anniversary year for the premiere New Year’s Eve Celebration in Williamsburg Virginia. Every year thousands converge here to experience a variety of family entertainment, food and a grand fireworks display at midnight. Main stage performances begin at 6 p.m.

Enjoy the area’s finest professional entertainers including singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, bands, a Big Band orchestra and more! A variety of music is featured, including classical, shag, children’s, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, blue grass, folk and patriotic.

Performers this year include: Applause Unlimited, ,Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band, Bill Jenkins and the Virginia Mountain Boys, Bobby Blackhat Blues Band, Celtica, Clan McCool, The Hysterically Correct Pirate Show, Code Blue, Ron Fetner, First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, Rich Follett, Bill and Pam Gurley, Hot Soup, The Hunts, Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers, ,Jae Sinnett Trio,Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven, Liz Montgomery and Trio, Luke Hartman, Storyteller, Molasses Creek, Orion, Pittman Juggling and Magic Productions, Plunky and Oneness, Rockin’ in the New Year, Runaway String Band, Schnicklefritz and the Oompahs, Soundworks, The Company Store, The Main Event Band, Three Jolly Coachmen, Thunder Creek, Tim Nolan, Timothy Seaman, Virginia Handbell Consort, Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, Windsome Wood Chamber Players

For more information, visit www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org.

3:00 p.m. SHOWTIME!
Start the fun at 3:00 pm at Matthew Whaley School. Children’s fireworks will conclude the fun!

6:00 p.m. Main stages light up. More than 40 different acts, ALL INDOORS in 24 of historic Williamsburg’s most beautiful buildings. Performances run mainly through 11:45 p.m. There’s something for everyone!

11:30 p.m. THE GRAND FINALE will be at Zable Stadium at The College of William & Mary (Site 30). Stay for the countdown and midnight FIREWORKS extravaganza best viewed from Zable Stadium.

Where can I park?

Parking locations can be seen on the map and are located at William & Mary Hall and Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall; the two-level parking deck on North Boundary Street at the corner of Lafayette Street; behind Matthew Whaley School; north of Court Street between S. Henry and Nassau streets; William & Mary Campus Center; and William & Mary’s new parking garage on Ukrops Circle. Additional parking is available in the downtown area.

What are the bus routes and are they free?

Buses are free to anybody with a First Night button. They run every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. See the map for bus routes and stops.

Will there be food available?

A variety of food vendors will be selling food, beverages and some desserts. Enjoy the variety placed at most large venues. Go to the Locations page to view which places have food and a description of food they will have.

How much does it cost to get in?

Admission to all performances is included in the purchase of a First Night button. Buttons are $15 per person. Children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free.

Do I have to wear a button?

Buttons are required to enter any of the performance locations.

Where can I buy a button?

Buttons are available before December 31st at various local merchantsand you can purchase buttons online. Buttons will also be available on December 31st at several locations.

Is there a way to guarantee a good seat?

Because of limitations on seating capacity, First Night cannot guarantee that you will be able to see any specific performance. Please understand that some acts are so popular that not everyone will be able to gain admittance at a particular time. If a door monitor asks you to come back later, you are receiving this request out of concern for everyone’s enjoyment and safety. Please don’t stay for more than one performance of a given act.

How do I get from location to location?

Many locations are within walking distance of each other. Complimentary First Night buses will travel the entertainment circuit and connect with ample satellite parking. They run every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. The transportation route is approximately 20-25 minutes round trip. See the map for bus routes and stops.

More info here

Sing off in Williamsburg VA

Any Sing-Off," fans in Williamsburg ? The NBC show featured some of the best a cappella groups in the country competing for a recording contract and $200,000.

Here in Williamsburg, the Corner Pocket will be hosting two a cappela groups from W&M on October 18th.

This is the third year groups from the William and Mary A Cappella Club perform at The Corner Pocket.   The Cleftomaniacs and The Accidentals. Each will each perform a 30 minute set, with The Accidentals at 7 pm, followed by The Cleftomaniacs at 7:45 pm.

The Accidentals are an elite all-female a cappella group that has entertained the William and Mary campus for over ten years.

The Cleftomaniacs are a co-ed group performing a repertoire that bounces around the musical spectrum, ranging from modern hits like "Cosmic Love" by Florence+The Machine to old classics like “Carry On my Wayward Son” by Kansas. All of their music is self arranged by various group members. Though the musical styles are varied, the high quality of the music never changes.

There is no cover charge for the performances.

Want to go ?

Thursday October 18, 2012


The Corner Pocket

4805 Courthouse St.



Planet Full Of Blues at The Corner Pocket On Saturday

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

You can catch PFOB at  The Corner Pocket in New Town this Saturday May 21, 2011 June 11, and July 23.  All performances will be from 9 – 12 midnight.

Joining them  for the May 21 gig, will be a great harmonica player, Charles Rose, and of course the usual trio, Johnny Ray Light on guitar and vocals, Brock Howe on drums and vocals, and Mike Connell on bass.  These will be their first gigs at The Corner Pocket and PFOB wants to invite everybody to come out and join them for some great rockin’ blues!  Listen to them here

Corner Pocket New Town



When: Saturday May 21, 2011
9 PM – Midnight

The Corner Pocket
4805 Courthouse St. Williamsburg, VA 23188 
Live Music By:
Planet Full Of Blues
Come Get Your Blues On!


Map : Click for Directions



This Week at the “Dewey Decibel Concert Series in Williamsburg

Acoustic Image is made up of five talented musicians who perform tunes ranging from country, bluegrass, pop and jazz. It’s members include Bill Gurley and singer-songwriter Mary Lou Osterhous, Performing with bassist Jimmy Masters, guitarist Trey Pollard, and Richmond-based Wells Hanley, an accomplished jazz pianist.  This band creates its own special brand of acoustic music, covering the gamut from country to contemporary singer-songwriter acoustic music. With the varied backgrounds of the players involved it creates a real amalgam of sounds and textures.

  Acoustic Image will perform at the Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland St., on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for this Dewey Decibel Concert Series performance are $15 for adults, $13 for Friends of WRL and students, and $7 for those under 16.  They can be purchased at the Williamsburg Library or by calling (757) 259-4070.

Upcoming artists in the Dewey Decibel Concert series for 2011 include:

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Robbin Thompson performs at Kimball Theater

RobbinThompsonBack in 1980, it seemed like everybody in Virginia had an album called Two “B’s” Please by the Richmond-based Robbin Thompson Band.

Upon its release it was outselling  the Rolling Stones record  [Emotional Rescue ] that had come out at the same time.” according to local area radio stations in the Hampton Roads area.

Two B’s included Thompson’s signature tune and unofficial state anthem, “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” written with fellow Richmonder Steve Bassett, and other longtime favorites including “Candy Apple Red,” “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” and “All Alone in the End zone.”

Though Thompson already had an impressive self-titled national label debut, it was the Richmond-recorded Two B’s that caught on with the public and remains his definitive musical statement.

This Friday night ( July 30th ) you can catch Robbin at the Kimball Theater in the Recovery Rocks Concert series.

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Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series Returns to Williamsburg VA

merchants square summer breezeThe popular Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series now in its 19th season features free outdoor evening concerts each Wednesday throughout July and August beginning July 7, with a kick-off concert to celebrate our nation’s birth on Saturday, July 3, 2010

On July 3,  enjoy an energetic performance from Satellite, a 12-member ensemble of the Heritage of America Band. Satellite will entertain the audience with patriotic tunes, American music and other classic renditions. The program will include  favorites including  Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood,” and “America The Beautiful.” Concert Time : from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

In July, the Square will be filled with the sounds of military marches, big band music, and party bands. In a new twist this year, one of the July concerts will turn the spotlight on some of the many talented youth performers in our region. The August concerts continue with the excellent music of the USAF Heritage of America Band and its ensembles.

Beginning July 7, the Wednesday July concerts will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and feature a variety of styles of music, from big band to party band. The season kicks off with the Richmond-based Kings of Swing, and continues in successive weeks with big band sounds from the Super Jazz Band, the talented teens of the Coastland Band and friends, and perennial favorite Slapwater.

August concerts feature the return of the USAF Heritage of America Concert Band and various ensembles. The August concerts run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Concerts in Merchants Square are free to the public, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets  and a picnic dinner, or enjoy great take-out dining from one of Merchants Square’s fine restaurants!

On concert nights beginning with the July 7 concert, Merchants Square also offers children’s entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m., including face painting, bubble making, and clowns. Convenient concert night parking is available at the Prince George Street garage and the lot at the corner of South Henry and Francis Streets.

The 2010 Summer Breeze Concert Series is sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg Department of Parks and Recreation, the Legacy Financial Group, and the York County Arts Commission.

For more information on Merchants Square’s Summer Breeze series and other activities occurring in the Square, visit the calendar of events page on our website: www.merchantssquare.org , or call the events hotline: 757-259-0209.


2010 Summer Breeze Concert Schedule
July 3
7 – 8:30 p.m.
USAF Satellite Jazz Ensemble
Heritage of America Band
A versatile 12-piece ensemble performing
patriotic tunes, American music and other
classic renditions.
July 7
7 – 9:00 p.m.
Kings of Swing
A versatile dance and show band from
Richmond, playing beach music, Motown
favorites and everyone’s favorite music of
the 70s through the 90s.
July 14
7 – 9:00 p.m.
The Super Jazz Band
A professional big band from Yorktown, VA,
with over 25 years of experience. Musical
style ranges from Latin to swing, with
specific concentration in the Glenn Miller,
Duke Ellington and Count Basie styles.
July 21
7* – 9:00 p.m.
*6:15 p.m.
opening act
The Coastland Band
Also Featuring:
• Opening act preview of “Willie
Wonka, Jr.” by Stagelights
• 16-year old fiddler Jessica
Zelinsky and friends
Featuring 14-year old award-winning lead
vocalist Bria Kelly, CoastLand plays an
eclectic mixture of rock, country and blues,
from Led Zeppelin and Pat Benatar to Stevie
Ray Vaughan and Taylor Swift.
16-year old state champion fiddler Jessica
Zelinsky of Williamsburg will provide a
bluegrass musical interlude with several
July 28
7 – 9:00 p.m.
Virginia’s premier party and dance band,
a.k.a. “The Lords of Longevity,” has earned
numerous awards while delighting crowds in
Hampton Roads for more than 30 years.
August 4
7 – 8:30 p.m.
USAF Satellite Jazz Ensemble
Heritage of America Band
A versatile nine-piece ensemble that
performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and
August 11
7 – 8:30 p.m.
USAF Heritage of America Band
Heritage of America Band
The Langley-based concert band will play a
mixture of old favorites and modern works.
August 18
7 – 8:30 p.m.
USAF Blue Aces Ensemble
Heritage of America Band
The energetic productions of this 10-piece
ensemble encompass a wide variety of
musical styles.
August 25
7 – 8:30 p.m.
USAF Heritage of America Band
Heritage of America Band
The Langley-based concert band will play a
mixture of old favorites and modern works.

Convenient concert night parking is available at the
Prince George Street garage and the lot at the corner of South Henry and Francis Streets.

For more information: http://www.merchantssquare.org/calendar.html


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What to do on a Sunday night in Williamsburg ?

Thanks to the folks at the Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg VA will again have another entire summer’s worth of FREE movies – outside on Prince George St., on Sunday nights at sunset or a little after.

We all look forward to another great summer of movies and hope you’ll join us!

Don’t forget, bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Explore the other stores at Merchants Square in Williamsburg, VA here

Movies are shown  outside on Prince George St., on Sunday nights at sunset or a little after. There is a great lineup of films for 2010 – with choices for young and old alike.

Don’t forget, bring a lawn chair or blanket.

movies on prince george street in colonial williamsburg


Upcoming Films for 2010

June 13: Sherlock Holmes

June 20: How to Train Your Dragon

June 27: Star Trek (2009)

July 4: Jaws

July 11: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

July 18: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

July 25: New Moon

August 1: African Queen (Bogey & Hepburn)

August 8: Dirty Dancing (Swingin’ on the street in the afternoon!)

August 15: Julie & Julia (on Julia’s Birthday no less!)

August 22: Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian

August 29: Monters v. Aliens

September 5: North by Northwest

Free Concert in New Town Friday Night May 28th

Slapwater BandJoin the Virginia Arts Festival for a free TGIF party in Williamsburg. SLAPWATER will be performing so bring the whole family for a fun night!  SLAPWATER has been entertaining crowds of all sizes since 1971. Playing everything from Rock ‘n Roll and Motown to Beach Music and Oldies, this band is sure to keep you on your feet dancing. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and start the weekend off right!

Friday, May 28, 5:30 pm
Sullivan Square, New Town, Williamsburg

Location: Sullivan Square and Legacy Hall in New Town, Williamsburg, VA

Food, beer, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Read more about  New Town here

Sullivan Square


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Lake Matoaka Concerts are Back at W & M for 2010

LakeMatoaka After a one year hiatus The Matoaka Summer Concert series at is back.

The first concert of the 2010 season is  May 21

A new format has concerts running every other Friday this season

Activities like face-painting and bounce rides will be available for children. Concertgoers are welcome to take their own food, and food will be available on site along with wine , beer and drinks. 

Local bands  headlining this year include area favorites  the Rhondels, Slapwater,  The Janitors, The English Channel,  Butter/ Bootylicious, ( Our Favorite)  and Borderline Crazy.



Live Music 6:30-10:00 PM
(Gate opens at 6:00 PM)
Adults $7 – Kids 12 & Under Free
William & Mary Students, Staff and Faculty $5 with ID
New This Year : Season passes are available for $35

More info: www.matoakasummerconcerts.com

May 21 – Slapwater June 4 – The Janitors June 18 – The English Channel July 2 – (To be announced) July 16 – Butter July 30 – Borderline Crazy Aug. 13 – The Rhondels

parking is available in the lot on Jamestown Rd or in the Parking garage on Ukrops Way

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Summer 2010 Illuminights Concert Series

Buschgardensva This year  marks the return of Busch Gardens’ Williamsburg popular free concert lineup.The park  concert performers throughout the season  starting with the contemporary Christian festival, Glory at the Gardens,Check here for that lineup

Busch Gardens  announced that American Idol winner David Cook will round out a stellar lineup of bands playing at Busch Gardens during the park’s IllumiNights concert series. The IllumiNights concert series starts July 10 with the B-52’s and continues through Aug. 22.

Cook, best known for his single “The Time of My Life,” is one of six bands performing at Busch Gardens during IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore. Guests can enjoy weekly concerts from legendary bands like the B-52’s, The Fixx and Grand Funk Railroad. As always, the concerts are free with park admission. With such a wide variety of live music, the IllumiNights concert series offers something for everyone this summer.

The IllumiNights concert series continues Saturdays and Sundays for seven weekends, beginning July 10 and ending Aug. 22. All concerts are held at Festhaus Park and lawn seating is available. Performances begin at 6 p.m. and all concerts are free for park guests.

Busch Gardens is a whole new park after dark this summer with IllumiNights: a Busch Gardens Encore. This all-new outdoor summer celebration features larger-than-life puppets, a parade, acrobats, the world’s largest living cuckoo clock and a fireworks finale that guests simply cannot miss. For additional information visit www.buschgardens.com.

Here is the concert lineup for the 2010 season

July 10-11, The B-52’s The B-52s  are a New Wave rock band, formed in Athens, Georgia, United States, in 1976. . Presenting as a positive, enthusiastic, slightly wacky party band, the B-52s have focused on songs telling tall tales ("Rock Lobster", "Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland"), glorifying wild youth ("Love Shack", "Deadbeat Club"), or celebrating wild romance ("Strobe Light", "Hot Pants Explosion"), all set to a danceable New Wave beat.

July 17-18, Creedence Clearwater Revisited featuring Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, rhythm section from the original Creedence Clearwater Revival

July 24-25, The Bangles The Bangles are an American all-female band that originated in the early 1980s, scoring several hit singles through much of the decade.

July 31, August 1 The Fixx_ England’s the Fixx has always been heralded as one of the most innovative and unique bands to come out of the MTV era.With three No. 1 hits, five Top-5 hits, a dozen Top-10 hits, millions of albums sold worldwide, and countless sold-out tours. The Fixx’s sound is instantly recognizable. Songs like "One Thing Leads to Another" and "Red Skies (at Night)" remain staples, not just with classic rock radio stations, but on modern-rock formats that have helped break new wave-inspired acts a quarter of a century later

August 7,8  David Cook- American Idol Winner

August 14, 15  Grand Funk Railroad is an American rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s. Grand Funk Railroad sold more than 25 million records, toured constantly, packed arenas worldwide, and received four RIAA gold albums during 1970—the most for any American group that year.

August 21.22  Emily Osment  is an American teen actress and singer-songwriter. She has now expanded her repertoire into pop music and more recently alternative/indie rock where she has recorded teen pop hits like "I Don’t Think About It," "If I Didn’t Have You" alongside her Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso, and most recently "Once Upon a Dream." She is recording her debut album, which features several songs written by her, due for release in March 2010

Sept 4-5  Labor Day weekend,  Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits. Thanks to hits like “I’m Into Something Good,” Noone and Herman’s Hermits sold more than 50 million recordings..

All of these special events are included with park admission.

Concerts will be held in Festhaus Park . Behind Das Festhaus in Germany
No Lawn Chairs Permitted
Lawn Seating only
Gates open two hours prior to shows

For more up to date info check the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Website here

Which concerts do you plan on attending ?

Va Arts Fest brings Kathy Mattea to Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival have expanded their partnership to bring nationally known performers to Williamsburg with a series of concerts throughout the year. Grammy-winning singer and guitarist Kathy Mattea headlines a winter concert weekend Feb. 26 – 28 with two performances in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge.  The weekend features special music and dining events and includes a hotel package.

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First Night Williamsburg

first night williamsburg  First Night Williamsburg is a non-alcoholic fun event for singles, couples and families! More than 60 different acts, including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, ballet, bands, and more, all indoors on 41 stages in 24 of historic Williamsburg’s most beautiful buildings. Performances run mainly through 11:45 p.m. There’s something for everyone!

Stay for the countdown and midnight fireworks extravaganza best viewed from Zable Stadium

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Janet Robin @ The Corner Pocket

janetrobin Appearing this Friday at The Corner Pocket in New Town , Williamsburg, VA

L.A. Based Guitarist- JANET ROBIN

Friday Night, 9/25, 9-11 p.m.   $5 Cover

We’re excited to have this Rocker/Singer/Songwriter stop by The Pocket on her East Coast Tour

Check out her impressive playing and resume here

Listen to her here

Rocky Horror comes to Williamsburg, VA

rockyhorror This is an invitation from The Blue Talon Bistro in Williamsburg to a season ending showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show . It will be the last movie shown outdoors on Prince George Street in 2009.

“Don’t worry, we didn’t come across any old photos of you from late 70’s throwing toast in the theater.  No, we have been working with The Film Club at the College of William & Mary and have put together a late night season ending spectacular of Frank N Furter and the gang doing all of their crazy song & dance numbers.

moviesonprincegeorgestreetwilliamsburg Some of you (let’s be honest, we hope MANY of you) aren’t familiar with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry & Susan Sarandon.  Definitely not mainstream material, but we couldn’t be happier to introduce a generation of college students to this cult classic.  Feel free to join in the fun!

Don’t forget, bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Sunday Night (Sept. 20): 9:30 p.m. on Prince George St.

Thanks to The Blue Talon,  the City of Williamsburg, Merchant Square, Middle Peninsula Insurance, a ton of local merchants and plenty of other folks who sponsored the 2009 Outdoor Movie series. We  look forward to another great summer of movies next year.

Celebrate Constitution Day in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square!

Come down to Merchants Square tomorrow September 17, 2009 for a Constitution Day Celebration that includes the USAF Concert Band, the CW Fifes and Drums, "George Washington", and WHRO’s Raymond Jones. It’s at 7pm and it’s free


The USAF Heritage of America Concert Band,
Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums,
and guest narrators
Colonial Williamsburg’s Ron Carnegie
as George Washington
and WHRO’s Raymond Jones

Celebrate Constitution Day
in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square!

The USAF Heritage of America Band will present “To Support and Defend,” a memorable musical tribute to our nation’s cherished founding document, the U.S. Constitution. Through powerful, moving music and spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government will be celebrated and honored on the anniversary of its adoption.
“To Support and Defend” is presented by the USAF Heritage of America Band, Colonial Williamsburg, and Merchants Square.

The event is free. Lawn chairs are encouraged.

Rain location: Matthew Whaley Elementary School, 301 Scotland Street.

Call the events hotline, or check back with this website on the day of the event in the event of inclement weather.

Will Thomas Band at The Green Leafe in Williamsburg, VA

willthomasband The Will Thomas Band will be at the Green Leafe on Scotland St tonight at 10pm. They will also be at the Green Leafe in New Town Thursday night at 830pm.

Born and raised in the town of Charlottesville, Va. Will Thomas has been a friendly face in the Charlottesville  music scene for years.

Will Thomas began writing music at a very young age. His early influences being Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad, and many other early 70’s rock bands. These influences are obvious in his writing. Will’s lifelong friend and bass player, Derek Cason, began writing and playing in a variety of bands with Will since the age of 10. The two stuck together all through high school, until Will left for college in Tennessee where he pursued a bluegrass scholarship. Will soon realized that college was no longer the best path for him musically. He then moved back to Charlottesville where he was reunited with Derek and began working with another local musician, lead guitar player Wally Worsley. As the puzzle gradually pieced itself together drummer Gre Briar came in to hold down the rhythm, and eventually completing the puzzle was keyboard player Joseph Mills. With Derek’s solid bass lines and tight harmonies, Wally’s tasteful ear candy and cut through solos, Gre’s deep pocket, and Joseph’s incredible ability to tickle the ivory’s in such a way that it brings chills to your spine, Will has the perfect foundation to stand and let his buttery powerful vocals shine through.

The lineup is complete and the Will Thomas Band has created a sound that cannot be mistaken. Their powerful hooks and remarkable musicianship has ruled many of stages all over the United States.

Will has just finished up his debut EP titled "This is your life" produced by Brian Craddock and Shep Stacy, mixed by Skidd Mills (Third Day, Saliva, BB King).

Outdoor Movie Night in Colonial Williamsburg VA

Movienightinwilliamsburgva With the help and support of the William & Mary Film Club the Blue Talon Restaurant has extended the movie schedule by just a few weeks.  This Sunday Sept 13th, 2009 they will showing the Batman thriller, "The Dark Knight".  Darkness falls around 7:45 or thereabouts, so bring a lawn chair.

(By the way, the Blue Talon will end the 2009 movie season the following Sunday ( Sept 20th, 2009 ) with a surprise cult classic at 9:30)

Thanks to the Blue Talon, the City of Williamsburg, Merchant Square, Middle Peninsula Insurance, a ton of local merchants and all the other folks who made this event possible this year.

Williamsburg Library Concert Series-2009

wrl Williamsburg Regional Library announces it schedule for the  2009–10 Dewey Decibel Concert Series . Now in its 26th year of presenting concerts, the library offers an array of performances by jazz, folk and acoustic artists, which are performed in the theater. This series has been consistently voted best concert series in Williamsburg by area residents.

The series begins with a performance by Charlottesville jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian backed by Williamsburg’s Harris Simon Trio.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Williamsburg Library Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Friends of WRL and students, and $8 for students under 16. Call 259-4070 for reservations.

Both Nakasian and Simon are adjunct faculty in the music department at the College of William & Mary.

You can download the 2009 Dewey Decibel Concert Schedule here

Read more about the series here

Free Symphony Concert in Williamsburg @ Matoaka Amphitheater

Celebrate a new school year, good friends, and living in Williamsburg

LakeMatoakaamphitheater Join your neighbors and friends at a free concert performed by the Virginia Symphony (VSO) at William & Mary’s Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is co-sponsored by the City of Williamsburg and William & Mary. 

VSO Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer will conduct the concert that will include Aaron Copland’s "Hoedown from Rodeo," Beethoven’s "Pastorale," "Broadway Tonight," "Salute to the Armed Forces," and the sounds of Ray Charles, The Beatles, Big Bands and Billy Joel. 

Bring your family and friends, picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets.
The concert at Lake Matoaka is one of four free concerts that the Symphony is giving as a prelude to their new season. For information about all VSO concerts and tickets, visit www.virginiasymphony.org.



  • From I-64 traveling West (from the Peninsula)

    Take Exit 242, Route 199, toward Jamestown. After about 5 miles, turn right onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheatre.

    From I-64 traveling East (from Richmond)

    Take Exit 234, Route 199, and turn right at the top of the exit. After about 8 miles, turn left onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheatre

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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.
    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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    J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg, VA Going Smoke Free !

    jmrandalls Just got this email from J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg. This has always been a favorite venue to see R & B bands in the Williamsburg VA area.. The line up of bands through the years has been amazing. My one dislike has been the amount of cigarette smoke so it’s great to  hear they are going Smoke Free !


    spring has sprung, rain, flowers, mothers day, golf tournament, nascar in richmond,  busch gardens is open, arts in the square, farmers market, william & mary graduation……..

    so much in our quaint little towne to do……and add one more area of fun

    here’s the may 2009 entertainment schedule for your favorite place








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