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Today is Juneteenth...do you know the history?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 08:35 AM

shutterstock-1757321357___18174432622On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln declared “that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free.” Lincoln sincerely believed this to be “to be an act of justice” and “warranted by the Constitution,” invoking “the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.” But his order was not delivered in Texas until June 19, 1865 – some two and a half years later – when Union troops arrived to take control of the state. 

                                                                                 

                                                                                              (image source: patch.com)

Now generally referred to as “Juneteenth” for the day General Granger read the order publicly, it is celebrated every June 19 to commemorate the emancipation.  Two days ago, in Executive Order 66, Gov. Ralph Northam encouraged “all Virginians to think about the significance of this day. It was significant in 1865 because it marked the end of human bondage for African Americans in the United States. But our recognition of Juneteenth now signifies that we understand its importance to all Americans. Juneteenth is not African American history. It is American history. It is as woven into the fabric of our great country as is the celebration of independence on July 4th . And it should be so celebrated.”

You can read the history here, the full transcript of the Emancipation Proclamation here, and Gov. Northam’s order here.

So, happy Juneteenth everyone, especially to our African American agents, clients, and colleagues!

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Choosing a Vet for Your Pet

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 02:22 PM

Capture-22Your pets are beloved members of your family and you want to make sure they receive the very best medical care. But how do you choose the right vet for your pet? We've outlined some important considerations below when selecting a veterinary practice for your fur baby.

Communication is Key
Ask your friends, family, and neighbors who they recommend. People with first-hand experience are great sources of information and someone who has had a great experience is eager to sing the praises of their veterinarian.

Responsive
Call potential veterinary practices: Do they answer the phone, or if not, do they return your call promptly? Is someone available to answer your questions? Can you easily get an appointment? Are you able to call and check on your pet frequently if they are having a procedure? You want to choose an office that communicates well with their clients.

Philosophies
Ask the veterinarian about their philosophies on pet health care. A few topics to discuss are euthanasia, cancer care, chronic disease planning, and spaying and neutering. Do they mesh with your own? Having a care giver with like­minded philosophies will help when faced with difficult decisions. Observe how they react and respond to your specific questions. Does this seem like someone with whom you'll be able to communicate and trust?

Take a Tour
A good office or hospital is proud of their facility and should be willing to give prospective clients a tour of their facility. Check the cleanliness of exam rooms, check out their medical equipment, do they have access to x-ray, ultrasound, dentistry, labs, and the like? Also, be sure to inquire about health care specific to your pet and any special care they might require. 

Interaction
Introduce your pet to your potential veterinarian and their staff long before your first appointment. Observe how everyone interacts with you and your pet. Are they welcoming, calm, and attentive to you both? Observe how your pet responds to them as well. Choosing a warm and caring practice can soothe a stressful situation for your pet.

Location and Hours
This isn't as important as good, solid care, but convenience is a factor to consider. Choose a vet you can access in a reasonable amount of time, and with hours chat work with your schedule. Choosing a wonderful practice that you can never get to won't do anyone any good.

Busier Can Mean Better
Don't be put off by a busy waiting area. A crowded, fast paced waiting area can be signs of a great, well-liked, hardworking practice.

Money Matters
Vet bills can add up quickly. Be sure to ask about costs of routine care like office visits and vaccines and ask about emergency services like x-ray.

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Richmond Symphony: Star Wars A New Hope

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

kael-bloom-567370-unsplashMay 4, 2019
7:30pm
Altria Theater

The Richmond Symphony will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Keitaro Harada.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

Click here for tickets.

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LPGA Pure Silk Tournament at Kingsmill

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

ludwig-schreier-1081991-unsplashPure Silk
May 20 - 26, 2019, 7am - 5pm

The top LPGA players will gather for the 38th professional golf tournament, hosted on the resort's famed River Course, a 6,379 yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout. During this prestigious week-long event, women golfers from around the world will compete for a $1.3 million purse in a 72 hole stroke play tournament.

Click here for tickets.

ADMISSION:
Foursome Single Day Clubhouse Package: $300
Foursome Single Day Grounds Package: $80
Friday Pavilion: $Advance $110 / Gate $120
Friday VIP: $Advance $160 / Gate $175
Junior Tickets (Guests 17 and under): $Complimentary Single Day Grounds
Saturday Pavilion: $Advance $130 / Gate $140
Saturday VIP: $Advance $180 / Gate $195
Single Day Clubhouse: $Advance $80 / Gate $85
Single Day Clubhouse (Military): $60
Single Day Grounds: $Advance $25 / Gate $30
Single Day Grounds (Military): $20
Sunday Pavilion: $Advance $130 / Gate $140
Sunday VIP: $Advance $180 / Gate $195
Thursday Pavilion: $Advance $110 / Gate $120
Thursday VIP: $Advance $160 / Gate $175
Weekly Clubhouse (Military): $160
Weekly Clubhouse Badge: $Advance $200 / Gate $215
Weekly Grounds (Military): $70
Weekly Grounds Badge: $Advance $80 / Gate $100

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Jamestown Day at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

diego-catto-423909-unsplash"Jamestown Day", Saturday May 11th, features Historic Jamestowne's ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement's ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites.

The event is jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement, and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia.

Separate admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Four-site value ticket available to Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center. Free parking at both sites. 

Full schedule of events at http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/jamestown-

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Williamsburg Taco Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

krisztian-tabori-1405309-unsplashThe Williamsburg Taco Festival is happening on May 5th from 1-5pm at Billsburg Brewery - 2054 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.

Tickets are $6.50 and will go on sale closer to the event. 100% of ticket sales will go straight to the Alzheimer's Association. Each Taco will cost $5 and $1 from every Taco sale will go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Billsburg Brewery is combining two of the best things ever, Craft Beer and Taco's for one very special afternoon to raise money for Alzheimer's Association - Southeastern Virginia Chapter #TheLongestDay campaign. DJ Music provided by Time Passages Mobile DJ Service. Live music from Hangar 09 makes the day complete. Tacos from Stuft - Restaurant . Food Truck . Hot Sauce, FoodaTude..Food with Attitude, Matchsticks BBQ Co., Two Drummers Smokehouse / Two Drummers Offbeat Eats. More Local Food Trucks to be announced! 

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Blues, Brews, & BBQ - Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

giovanna-gomes-1163458-unsplashThe Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ event is happening on Saturday, May 4th from 12-6pm at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.  

Sample dozens of local craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing.

All process benefit the Yorktown Foundation for Public Education.

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Summer Celebration Wine Festival at Lee Hall Mansion

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

kelsey-knight-449204-unsplashThe Summer Celebration Wine Festival is taking place at Lee Hall Mansion on June 8th 2019.

Enjoy seasonal weather on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion with Virginia wineries, craft vendors, food trucks and live music. One of the most popular springtime festivals on the Peninsula.

Summer Celebration Wine Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

beer-1Great beer, good food and live music! The seventh annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival is happening on May 5th from 12-5pm at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News.

This event features craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. Enjoy a selection of more than 50 craft beers from over 20 local, regional and national breweries. 

Listen to live music by the Esoteric Ramblers and Hey! Hey! Hooligan. Brewery representatives will be on-site to answer questions and offer several “Beer Talks” throughout the event and food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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Let's Shop Consignment

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 12:38 PM

alexandra-gorn-493032-unsplashWhen looking for high quality and unique home furnishings for a great price, consider visiting a consignment shop.

There is a common misconception that consignment is a glorified thrift store, but with high-end, discerning consignment shops becoming more popular, nothing could be further from the truth. The consignment stores featured in this article are known for the high-quality offerings at great prices. Many customers often brag about the great deals they’ve scored; being able to spot a great deal at a bargain price is a badge of honor for many.


People consign their home furnishing for various reasons, children move in or out, people upgrade or downsize, people move or buy a new home. Life changes all the time and consignment stores are the place to go when your furnishings are too high-end and well-kept for an estate or garage sale. Consigning seeks to strike the balance of a good return for the seller on high-quality pieces and a good deal for the buyer.

Quality consignment shops except only well-cared for furnishings that are attractive, stylish, and will most likely sell. They then arrange the furniture in attractive vignettes and seek to find the valuable pieces new homes. By accepting only the best furnishings and filling their shops with likeminded pieces of similar quality and value, these shops are able to command more value for the furnishings and provide a better return for the seller.

So how does it work? Consignment shops will inspect your potential consignment furnishings in a few different ways, you can show pictures of your pieces, you can bring your smaller items in for review, or you can set an appointment for the shop owner to come to your home to consider larger pieces and collections of furniture. Some shops ask for pictures of your home including your kitchen and bathrooms to gauge your lifestyle and cleanliness, and ensure the piece was in a clean environment before accepting it into their shop. Some shops
even offer pick-up and delivery services for a small fee.

Once a piece is accepted into the shop for sale, the seller and shop owner usually work together to price the item. The initial price is usually reduced somewhere around 15% after the first 30 days if it hasn’t sold. After another 30 days, or 60 days from entry into the shop, the piece is reduced another 15% for a total of 30% off the original price. Most shops only agree to keep pieces on their floor for 90 days. After that if your piece hasn't sold you can pick it up or donate it. The shop owners are so discerning that most pieces sell within 30 days of entering their shop.

If your piece does sell, you split the profit with the shop owner. The general industry standard is 50% for each party, but some shops are more generous and give the seller 60% and keep 40% for themselves.

Most shops sell in store only, but a few post pictures and prices of their pieces online and sell items to buyers all over the country.

In these high-end shops you’ll find upscale designer home décor, furniture, handmade rugs, and more. Many work with interior designers and sell their staging pieces that are virtually brand new. Shop owners say it’s all about getting great inventory and turning it over, that rapid sale breeds more inventory as people get excited their items are selling and bring in more merchandise to sell. This constantly changing inventory attracts more
purchasing clients, many visiting weekly to see what’s new.

Shop owners say rustic farmhouse styled pieces are flying out their doors, as stores like Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn are currently in vogue. Classic pieces like leather sofas and chairs are always in demand and are usually sold in less than a week. Today’s style of mixing and matching sets,
wood tones, and fabrics make consignment shops a great place to update your home's look while staying within budget.

Consignment shops offer good quality home furnishings at a value that benefit both the buyer and seller, as well as the small business owner.

Here are a few of our favorite local consignment shops:

In Williamsburg:

The Vintage Rabbit
240 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 903-4083

The Velvet Shoestring
311 2nd St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-9494

On the Peninsula:
Design & Consign LLC
9961 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 223-7707

Phoebus Auction Gallery
18 E Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 722-9210

Rooms, Blooms & More
10239 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 599-9299

In Richmond:
Impulse
419 North Ridge Road
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 288-7300

Revival
9750 Gayton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 750-2200

Izzie’s Consigning with Grace
14300 Midlothian Tpke
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
(804) 378-5005

Great consignment shops...just another reason why we love where we live!

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