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Like My Jack 'O Lantern? Go Pick Your Own Pumpkin!

by Deelyn Neilson

 

Hayrides, food, fun!  Picking your own pumpkin is a great family fun activity for the fall season. Get out there and pick a pumpkin or two at one of these local farms.

College Run Farms: Pumpkins and more! Gourds and other seasonal squash available from this family run pick-your-own farm. Please call for hours. 2051 Alliance Road. 757-294-3970.

Green Hand Farm Park: Come out and and enjoy our farm park - complete with a Maize Quest® Giant Corn Maze, fun mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, and other attractions! Please call for hours. 5900 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester, VA 23061. 804-214-6293. 

N.S. Farms: Pick your own from the patch or pick up one from the stand. Offering pumpkins, gourds, corn and straw.  804-241-5262: October 1 to October 31 weekdays by appointment.  Cash only payment. Please call before visiting. 6725 Old Union Road, Charles City, VA 23030.

Pumpkinville: Come pick your pumpkins, play a game of bean bag toss, run through the corn maze and enjoy a hayride! Open 9 am to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday. 7691 Richmond Road, Toano. 757-869-9751.

Wood's Orchards Farm Market: Offering pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, and pre-picked produce. Monday - Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pumpkin Patch also open Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.183 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669. 757-722-2873.

Lowest Real Estate Taxes in Hampton Roads?

by Deelyn Neilson

 

The City of Williamsburg has the lowest real estate taxes in Hampton Roads. Williamsburg beats the regional average by 40%. Check out this cheat sheet to see how other Hampton Road’s city and county real estate taxes stack up.

Real Estate Taxes in Hampton Roads cities and counties, least to greatest:

1.   City of Williamsburg: 0.57

2.   Gloucester County: 0.65

3.   Isle of Wight County: 0.65

4.   Surry County: 0.73

5.   York County: 0.7415

6.   James City County: 0.77

7.   Poquoson: 0.92

8.   Suffolk County, city wide: 0.93

9.   City of Virginia Beach: 0.95

10.  City of Hampton: 1.04

11.  City of Chesapeake: 1.05

12.  City of Newport News: 1.10

13.  City of Norfolk: 1.11

14.  City of Portsmouth: 1.27

15.  City of Smithfield: 1.602

Tax rates are listed as cents per $100.  For instance, if you lived in Newport News and your home was assessed at $180,000, your tax rate of 1.10 would set your tax bill at $1980.00 per year. If you owned a similar home in the City of Williamsburg, your bill would be $1026—49% less! It pays to do your homework and find out which city or county has the lowest tax rates before you buy.

10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

by Deelyn Neilson

 

It’s getting a little chilly in the evenings! There’s just enough time left to accomplish some house maintenance "to-do's" before it gets too cold. Use this handy checklist to make sure your home is ready for winter before that first big freeze comes.

1.       Have the chimney and flue inspected.

2.       Clean out the gutters and clear downspouts.

3.       Service the heating unit.

4.       Clean carpets.

5.       Trim the lawn one last time and thoroughly clean the mower before putting it in storage.

6.       Change ventilation filters and dust registers/baseboard units.

7.       Check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

8.       Find snow shovels, sidewalk salt, and ice scrapers and place them in a convenient area, ready for the first ice or snow storm.

9.       Caulk around drafty doors and windows.

10.   Store all patio furniture and summer décor.

 

Price Reduced: 3301 Running Cedar Way

by Deelyn Neilson

3301 Running Cedar Way exudes luxurious comfort, surrounded by the beauty of mature trees on a rolling lot. Inside, its beautiful design includes high quality finishes, like hardwood flooring through the home, granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, and tiled master bathroom with dual granite vanities. 

 

Living space extends to the outdoors, where a spacious deck, screened in porch, and stone patio provide ample room for relaxing or entertaining.

Recently reduced to $385,000

Three Easy Autumn Decor Projects

by Deelyn Neilson

There was just the slightest chill in the air yesterday morning. It made me think that autumn really was on its way! It's time to bring out the apple cider, warm soup and--of course--autumn themed decorations. Here's three easy autumn décor projects to get you started.

“Welcome” PumpkinThe fastest way to bring the Fall into your home? Get some pumpkins!  Arrange them on your front stoop or in the yard. To recreate this beautiful “Welcome” pumpkin, use poster paint and a medium sized brush to write your greeting.  You can also use stencils to create a neat, even script. Feeling glitzy? Cover the pumpkin with gold spray paint before adding your greeting.

Homemade GarlandTake colorful paper and draw the outline of individual leaves. Cut out and glue twigs on the paper to simulate leaf veins.  Attach to cotton string with a dot of hot glue or a stapler and hang across your window for a bright dash of color. This is a great autumn craft for kids!

Autumn Wreath Alternative: Take three cobs of corn and carefully peel the husks down to the base. Set in a warm, dry area for two or three days. After the corn has dried out, gather the bases of the cobs and tie together with twine. Fluff out husks and you’re done!

Got an easy Autumn décor idea? Share it in the comments section below!

1st Annual New Town Fall Fun Chalk Festival

by Deelyn Neilson

Here’s something different!  Take all the fun of a traditional festival—food, face painting, raffle tickets, adorable adoptable animals from the Humane society (that’s where I found my Shih Tzu, Mickey!), and and add what? Sidewalk chalk!  Anyone and everyone can enter the contest for the best sidewalk mural. Registration is $10, which buys you a pack of pastels and a 4’x6’ piece of pavement for your masterpiece.  Cash prizes are awarded for three different categories: youth, amateur, and professional. 

Registrants can go by Panera Bread between 9:00-10:30am for free coffee and bagels!

When? September 22, 2012 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where? Sullivan Square near Legacy Hall

For more information, visit Macaroni Kid Williamsburg's article

I'm really looking forward to seeing the sidewalk come to life. Maybe like this?

Saving Money in Williamsburg: Save 30!

by Deelyn Neilson

Who doesn't love a good bargain? Sponsored by local radio stations, Save 30  is a website with deals for dozens of Williamsburg restaurants, businesses, and service providers. The variety of 30% off gift certificates is incredible: Ace Hardward, ballroom dance lessons, Baker's Crust, Blue Talon Bistro, canoe rentals, professional cleaners--and lots, lots more. It's a great way to save money on everything expenses while supporting local businesses!

Fighting to Keep the Festival: Hampton Bay Days

by Deelyn Neilson

With high unemployment, the housing crisis, and inflation steadily climbing, everybody is cutting back.  Festivals and fairs have taken a major hit—including our own James City County Fair.  Due to low attendance, low funds, and the chancy weather of this coastal area, the fair committee decided to cancel the 2012 James City County Fair.   But there are some folks who are fighting to keep their festivals alive—and thriving. And just when families are tightening their belts by curbing entertainment spending, Hampton Bay Days is back for a weekend of free family fun!  This festival is backed by a tremendous group of people who have worked hard to keep this fantastic Hampton Roads extravaganza going.  Hampton Bay Days is one of the east coast’s largest city festivals, expecting 200,000 people to enjoy over 100 merchants and vendors, continuous live entertainment on four stages, fireworks and “Bay Education.”

 
It all starts this weekend in Hampton, VA…
 
Friday, September 7- Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 8- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 9- Noon - 6:00 p.m.
 
For directions, parking instructions, and further information please visit the Bay Days Website.
 
Admission is free, but parking is $5.

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