The Liz Moore Market Watch Blog

Introducing LJ Zapar, a Liz Moore Rainmaker

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing LJ Zapar, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

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Introducing Colleen Haskins, a Liz Moore Rainmaker

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 09:21 AM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Colleen Haskins, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

 

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Love Where You Live Photo Contest Grand Prize Winners

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

We had so much fun with this year's Love Where You Live Photo Contest.  We had 265 photo submitted from 55 different photographers.  Thank you to all who participated and helped us tell of the many reasons why we love where we live!

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Celebrate the Holidays in Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

element5-digital-462720-unsplashThis December, you can experience a holiday event every day of the month in Colonial Williamsburg!

Colonial Williamsburg is a community returned to its 18th-century appearance and an experiment in civic engagement.  From hands-on activities to guided tours of original 18th-century buildings to our unmatched folk-art collection, there’s something for everyone at Colonial Williamsburg.

Click here to visit the holiday event calendar.

Colonial Williamsburg...just another reason why we love where we live! 

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GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced its theme for this year: “Bringing Art to Light” to celebrate Richmond’s thriving arts scene.

The lights and hand-crafted decorations were inspired by well-known works of arts, such as Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers, Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

The past few years have seen record-breaking attendance at GardenFest, drawing 80,000 to 90,000 visitors per season, depending on the weather. The number of lights at GardenFest of Lights have also increased from half a million in years past to over a million lights this year, according to organizers.

Holiday favorites like the two train displays, the splashy opening night performance, holiday dinners, as well as s'mores and hot chocolate, will also be returning for the season.

GardenFest of Lights will run Nov. 23 through Jan. 7, 2019. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children age 3 to 12. GardenFest is closed on Dec. 24 and 25. More information at www.lewisginter.org.

GardenFest of Lights...just another reason why we love where we live.

 

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town: Virginia's Largest Christmas Celebration

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

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Busch Gardens® Williamsburg commemorates a decade of decking the halls with its most festive Christmas Town™ celebration to date in 2018. The annual celebration begins a week early, Nov. 17, and runs 35 days through Jan. 5. To salute Christmas Town's 10 magical years, the family-friendly holiday event offers more than 10 million lights, an all-new Christmas Town Express holiday-themed train ride experience, festive food and drink, unique holiday shopping and heart-warming shows to make the spirit of the season come alive.

Dance and sing along to classic holiday favorites at Christmas Town's family-friendly shows. Immerse yourself in the story of the first Christmas at Gloria!, then discover the magic of Christmas Eve performed on ice with ‘Twas That Night. 

For more information on operating days and times, visit www.christmastown.com/va

Busch Gardens Christmas Town...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Newport News Celebration in Lights

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

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Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 26th season on Thanksgiving night (November 22, 2018). Newport News Park will be transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.  For its 26th year, the event will add special effects snow that will fall on the cars as they drive into the Winter Wonderland area on special nights (nights will be posted on https://www.nnva.gov/2414/Celebration-in-Lights).  

The event will also add a new Gingerbread House display and new scenes on its two giant 25’ x 16’ screens of color-changing LED lights.  The Forest of Lights display area will have upgraded color-changing LED bulbs to create more complex colors and patterns on the trees.  

Hours and admission are: open nightly 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., $12.00 per car and $60.00 per bus; cash, credit cards Visa/MC, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted; advance/gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitor Center. Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA. Directions: Eastbound I-64 use Exit 247 (Lee Hall), Westbound I-64 use Exit 250 B (Ft. Eustis). For more information, call 757-926-1400 or visit www.nnparks.com.

Celebration in Lights...just another reason why we love where we live! 

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Liz Moore & Associates Collecting Games for Toys for Tots this Holiday Season

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 10:28 AM

BoardGameDrive_eCardHelp us make Christmas full of fun and games! We are collecting new and unwrapped board games for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! When you are out doing that holiday shopping, pick up a game and bring it by one of our offices. 

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.

Toys for Tots' stated goal is to "deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens."

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Welcome Brandon Wilson, Director of Media!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 02:20 PM

BrandonBrandon Wilson joins the Liz Moore team as Director of Media. This new position was created to leverage Brandon’s talent and experience and support Multimedia initiatives.

As an independent and Williamsburg native, Wilson has served top national new home builders and leading real estate firms across the region. Brandon’s unique combination of creativity and technical aptitude have made him a “go to” for executives tasked with large-scale media campaigns.

Wilson worked with senior level marketing personnel to develop a flagship regional media campaign for national homebuilder Ryan Homes, creating a comprehensive commercial production archive covering areas from Charlottesville to Hampton Roads.  He also was tapped to help DR Horton Corporate launch their “Great North“ regional recruiting campaign and what would be one of their most ambitious company initiatives to date, the expansion of their Great North Territory.

Wilson describes himself as “a devotee of the creative process and an eternal student of life.” His passion for arts and philosophy fuel his unrelenting desire to reframe the ordinary and faithfully explore the imaginative. As a 4th generation musician, it is not unusual to find Brandon involved in a variety of musical settings.

Brandon says this about his work with Liz Moore and Associates,” I have a long history of serving others in the creative aspects of business and look forward to continuing this work as Director of Media at Liz More and Associates. As a lifelong creative, I know our thoughts have the power to shape our reality and that everything starts with a vision.  I am looking forward to working with Liz and her marketing team to bring the vision to reality.”

As Director of Media at Liz Moore and Associates, Brandon will serve all three offices by developing and managing strategic media projects.

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Explore the Beauty of the Season in Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 01:50 PM

The days are getting shorter and the weather crisper. If you’re looking for a fun way to appreciate the beauty of this season but don't want to travel very far, then look no further than Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Charlottesville is a short drive from Richmond, only about an hour from anywhere in the capital city in fact, but feels like another world with wide expanses of farm land, rolling foothills and towering Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. This rural setting is the perfect place to appreciate nature's beauty and observe the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of the changing autumn leaves. According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the typical fall foliage peak color period for this region is October 25th through November 10th.

And what better way to enjoy gorgeous views than with a relaxing beverage in your hand! Charlottesville is home to many wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries.

Wineries
Charlottesville has a long history of grape growing and wine production dating back to Thomas Jefferson and earlier, often called the “birthplace of American wine.” The gentle rolling hills with fertile granite-based clay soil and mild temperatures combine to yield grapes with a rich and multilayered old world flavor. Today wines
from this region are considered among the best produced anywhere in the Eastern United States.

The best place to start planning your trip is monticellowinetrail.com. Here you can find printable maps, links to every winery, a calendar of events, and a handy interactive map to plan your trip and get directions from winery to winery.

It’s helpful to chart out your course in advance as cell, internet, and GPS service can be spotty in the valley
and the mountainside.

Usually a few wineries are grouped together making it easy to travel between a few in one day. Most wineries have tasting rooms and staff to guide you through structured tastings so you may learn about and sample their wines.

Tasting fees typically range from five to ten dollars. Group tastings should be scheduled in advance for
larger parties. Many offer guided tours of their production facilities, cellars, and barrel rooms as well for an additional fee.

While some wineries have light fare like cheese and crackers for sale, if you plan to tour during meal time, picnics are encouraged and welcome at all of the wineries. A few offer a lunch menu like Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and Trump Winery, and some host food trucks on the weekends.

Breweries
Grapes aren't the only vines flourishing in this region. Hop vines thrive here as well, in fact Virginia was once known as the hop capital of the world! This area is home to five small-batch breweries making handcrafted ales and lagers.

These award-winning brew houses welcome visitors for tours and tastings. Some of the breweries offer food menus and festive outdoor spaces for the family to enjoy.

To plan your brewery tour, visit brewridgetrail.com, named in homage to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Here you’ll find a trail map and suggested itinerary, calendar of events, and links to all of the breweries.

Cideries
It’s no secret Virginia is known for its apples and Charlottesville has a few cideries serving up several varieties of apple cider and hard apple cider, the most famous being Bold Rock Hard Cider. Bold Rock’s Nellysford Cider Barn, located just south of the city is a large, beautifully rustic timber framed barn overlooking the Rockfish River. The facility boasts an expansive taproom and restaurant and plenty of outdoor seating.

Distilleries
Recently the craft distillery movement has taken off around the country with small batch distilleries popping
up everywhere, and Charlottesville is no exception. You can find tasting rooms offering whisky, vodka, rum, gin and a variety of cordials in the Charlottesville area.

To plan your tasting visit Virginia.org and search for distilleries. A few possible destinations include Ragged
Branch, Silverback, Vitae, Virginia Distillery Company, and Woodsmill Distilleries.

For such a short drive away, there are so many adventures to be had! In addition to sampling wine, beer, and spirits, there’s hiking, camping, exploring The University of Virginia’s campus, apple picking, catching a show at John Paul Jones arena, watching a sporting event at The University, exploring the booming foodie scene, visiting the Downtown Mall, and so much more.

There are so many things to do, you could take a day trip every weekend and experience something new!

Charlottesville, Virginia...just another reason why we love where we live!

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