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Downtown Hampton Block Party

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

You know it's Summer time when the Downtown Hampton Block Party gets started!  Queens Way in Hampton is the best place be on a Saturday night.  All Block Parties Begin at 6PM with Bands Taking the Stage at 7PM.

June 29 - Last Fair Deal: A Tribute to The Grateful Deadmarcus-neto-96651-unsplash

July 6 - The Deloreans

July 13 - Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds with The Dharma Initiative

July 20 - Ghost-Note with The Fuzz Band

July 27 - BuckShot

*Sunday, July 28 - Waiters Race presented by Sysco in Mill Point Park at 2pm

August 3 - Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos

August 10 - Slapnation

August 17 - Matt Stell with Roosterfoot

August 31 - Good Shot Judy

October 26 - Halloween Block Party

Downtown Hampton Block Party...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Sounds of Summer at Riverwalk Landing

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Join us all summer long for free outdoor concerts by the river at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers, and stay until the sun sets! 

June 6 - En' Novation cesar-guadarrama-cantu-303807-unsplash

June 13 - Right On Band

June 20 - Tidewater Drive Band

June 27 - The Main Event Band

July 5 *No Concert

July 11 - TFC Band

July 18 - HotCakes

July 25 - Strictly Bizzness

Aug. 1 - Brasswind

Aug. 8 - Slapnation

Aug. 15 - Party Fins

Aug. 22 - Soul Expressions

Aug. 29 - Band of Oz

Sounds of Summer Concert Series...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Port Warwick Summer Concert Series 2019

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 10:38 AM

helena-lopes-463976-unsplash-1The Port Warwick Summer Concert Series is a favorite among locals and is the perfect way to enjoy a Wednesday evening out!  The concerts are FREE and all are welcome! Bring your own lawn chairs (no tents), blankets, food and drink - beer and wine allowed on the square during the concert times. 

June 26 - Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos

July 3 - Full Spectrum

July 10 - Bobby BlackHat

July 17 - Forte Jazz Band

July 24 - Woah

July 31 - Buckshot

Aug. 7 - The Wampler Brothers

Aug. 14 - On the Verge

Aug. 21 - HotCakes

Aug. 28 - The Original Rhondels

Port Warwick Summer Concert Series...just another reason why we love where we live!

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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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Day Tripping: Virginia Beach

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 02:59 PM

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Virginia Beach has all the elements of a classic seaside resort town all within a short drive making it the perfect day trip beach destination.  Just an hour or two away, you will find gorgeous beaches, a bustling boardwalk, a variety of excellent restaurants, and fun activities sure to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and kids. Virginia Beach is a year-round destination with beach fun and water play in the summer and many attractions to explore in the less crowded, cooler months.  Let’s head east and explore! 

Virginia Beach first and foremost offers miles of wide, gorgeous sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. People near and far flock to Virginia Beach to sun bathe on the shore, splash in the waves, and enjoy the boardwalk.

If you like adventure, Virginia Beach has exciting waves that attract boogey boarders and surfers daily, especially around the south end of the beach.  The locals usually surf around 1st Street at the oceanfront if you want an authentic surfing experience.  Still a grommet on the waves?  No problem, several outfits offer surfing lessons and board rentals including VB Surf Sessions, Seth Broudy School of Surf, and Pungo Board House.  You can find more information on lessons and rentals on their websites at www.vbsurfsessions.com, www.sethbroudyschoolofsurf.com and www.pungoboardhouse.com.

Those wanting to enjoy the water at a slower pace might enjoy stand up paddle boarding, or SUP as seasoned paddlers call it.  Companies offer lessons, rentals, guided eco tours, and even SUP yoga on the calmer waters around Virginia Beach including First Landing State Park, Rudee Inlet, and Back Bay.  SUP is great exercise and offers beautiful nature views that often include pods of dolphin, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more.  A few tour companies to check out are Beach Eco Tours, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle, and Tula Adventure Sports Stand up Paddleboard & Kayaking.  You can learn more on their websites at www.beachecotours.com, www.paddleboardvb.com, and www.tulasports.com.

For those looking to just sit back and enjoy the view, a boat tour might be more your speed.  Many tours are offered including fishing, dolphin watching, and there is even a Craft Brews Cruise offered by the Virginia Aquarium!  Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures are very popular with tourists of all ages.  Aboard Capt. Jack’s Black Pearl, a bright red ship flying iconic Jolly Rogers, passengers sing and dance along with the crew, enjoying the show as much as the view.  More information on boat tours is available at www.rudeetours.com, www.virginiaaquarium.com, and www.virginiabeachpirateship.com

When exploring Virginia Beach’s land-based attractions, the VB Wave, a trolley-inspired bus, makes getting around fun, easy, and affordable.  The VB Wave transports passengers around the oceanfront, Rudee Inlet, and First Landing State Park.  Just hop aboard at one of the many stops and sit back and enjoy the ride!  Fares are due in cash and cost $2.00 per adult and children 17 and under are free with a paying adult!  Day passes are available for $4.50 each.

All of the fun in the sun is sure to make you hungry and Virginia Beach has many delicious and unique dining options.  A couple of our favorites include Citrus, breakfast here is a must!  Located at 2265 W Great Neck Road and made famous by appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, locals and tourists alike stand in line for citrus orange glazed pancakes and innovative benedicts.  And what’s a trip to the beach without enjoying a raw bar?  Local favorite, Big Sam’s Grill and Raw Bar located at 300 Winston Salem Ave. in Rudee Inlet serves up fresh, locally caught seafood dishes and raw bar items in a comfortable setting with views of the marina. 

Thirsty for an adult beverage? Quench your thirst with an Orange Crush, the unofficial drink of Virginia Beach, made famous by Waterman’s Surfside Grille, a great oceanfront restaurant at the south end of the beach.  The recipe is a blend of the juice of one whole fresh orange with flavored vodka, orange liqueur and a splash of Sprite served over crushed ice.

If you decide to turn your day trip into an overnight, there are numerous hotels and motels for every budget.  One of our favorites is the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront located at 3315 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach.  This hotel is at the northern, quieter end of the beach and features an indoor/outdoor pool and their onsite restaurant, Lagerheads. 

There is so much to see and do in Virginia Beach, enough to fill up many, many day trips.  It’s a good thing this jewel is just a short drive away! Other day trip options include a visit to the Virginia Aquarium and their Adventure Park, seeing a concert at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, visiting the Military Aviation Museum, touring an oyster farm, visiting the Cape Henry Lighthouse, playing at Top Golf, and so much more.  Plan your trip today!

Virginia Beach...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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Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

justyn-warner-529942-unsplashHead out to Port Warwick on October 13 & 14th for the 14th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival.

Art at this year’s festival will include hand-carved furniture, paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor, ceramics, mixed media, large and small sculptures, glass and jewelry.    

The festival is a draw for art enthusiasts and decorators at any budget as many artists offer a wide range of price points to choose from.   

Enjoy great food, drink, and live acoustic music throughout the weekend.

Returning to this year’s festival is the “Young Collectors Tent,” where children can buy art at huge discounts, spending as little as $5 on art valued for as much as $300. A portion of the proceeds from this tent will help fund an emerging artist scholarship fund.  

As always, the festival will go on, rain or shine and there will be free parking.

Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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