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Memorial Day Weekend in Williamsburg, VA

by Deelyn Neilson

Memorial Day is here, and below are some fun activities in and around the Williamsburg area that may interest you!

Tonight (Friday, May 27th)

Virginia Arts Festival - Free Concert
05/27/2011
5:30 PM
Friday at New Town! Enjoy music, great food, drinks, and company at Sullivan Square in the newest revolution in Williamsburg, New Town. Free and open to the public! Featuring Hampton roads favorite high-energy rock band BUTTER, playing the best from Modern Rock to the classics. Start your weekend off right at Friday at New Town! May 27th at Sullivan Square. Free admission.

Live Music at Berret's Taphouse Grill
05/27/2011 - 06/26/2011

FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS. Come out to Berret's this summer for live music at the Taphouse Grill! Friday music is from 7 - 10 pm; Sunday music is from 6 - 9 pm. Performers include Stones Throw, The Hat Trick, Me & Jo and more! Located at 199 S. Boundary Street in Williamsburg. Call 757-253-1847 for additional information.

Shop!!

National Military Appreciation Month at Premium Outlets
05/01/2011 - 05/31/2011
Premium Outlets salutes the Military during the month of May, National Military Appreciation Month. Additional savings are being offered to all military personnel who present their Military ID at the Information Center.

Saturday

Williamsburg Farmers' Market
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Get some fresh flowers or plants for the garden.  Enjoy delicious treats and a fun stroll along Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg.

 

 

Feel Like Running?

Chick-fil-A 5K
05/28/2011
8:30 AM
Event Website

Registration now open for the 2011 Chick-fil-A 5K at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News. You may also participate in the "Running of the Cows" event! Presented by C&F Bank and Flat-Out Events. See website for complete information.

Monday

Colonial Williamsburg Honors Military Service on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial DayColonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. veterans, active duty military personnel, guard and reservists and their dependents during Memorial Day weekend with special programs and free admission.

The Memorial Day Commemorative Program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums lead a procession to three sites – the Governor’s Palace, Bruton Parish Church, and Providence Hall – to honor military veterans who were interred in or near those sites from the American Revolution and the Civil War.

The one-hour Memorial Day service begins in front of the Governor’s Palace. There, participants recognize the graves of Revolutionary War dead with a memorial wreath. Prayers are offered and the militia fire musket salutes.

The procession then advances to Bruton Parish Church, where a wreath is offered to a church representative who will lead prayers in memory of those veterans interred in the churchyard followed by musket salutes.

Finally, participants march to the French grave sites near Providence Hall to recognize the aid of the French allies in the final victory of the American Revolution. A third wreath is laid, and final cannon salutes are fired by the militia artillery crew. Providence Hall is the only site where cannon volleys will be fired.

The Memorial Day service is free and open to the public.

Thank you to all military personnel - past, present, and future!  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

Water Country Opens Today!!

by Deelyn Neilson

The warm weather is here, the sun is shining, so put your bathing suits on and head over to Water Country USA - it opens this morning at 10am!

The weather for today and tomorrow, is Partly Cloudy, with a High of 86 degrees!

Have fun!!                          

This Weekend: A Salute to the Nation!

by Deelyn Neilson

Saturday, May 21st from 6:30-9pm

Where? On the Governor's Palace Lawn

What? An evening of family fun - celebrating Armed Forces Day with sights, songs, and words that inspired the very idea of America! 

8-9pm - A Salute to the Nation followed by a short fireworks display and the torch-lit "Williamsburg Military Tattoo" parade.

For more information, visit: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/nation

 

Save the Date: Friday, May 27th in New Town!

by Deelyn Neilson

Friday at New Town
Family Fun!

Friday, May 27, 5:30 pm
Sullivan Square, New Town
James City County
FREE

 Enjoy the start to a fun filled Memorial Day weekend...in New Town's Sullivan Square.  Bring your blankets, and chairs to enjoy live music, and socialize with your friendly neighbors! 

Afterwards, treat yourself to some pizza at ZPizza or Buon Amici, a burger from The Green Leafe, or a more formal meal at Opus 9...then top it all off with delicious frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog, or a sweet treat from Coco Chocolatier.

For a List of all New Town Businesses click the link below:

http://www.newtownwilliamsburg.com/index.php

 

You are Invited!

by Deelyn Neilson

Please plan to drop by the Liz Moore & Associates Cupcake Wars!

Wednesday, May 18th from 11-3pm

Please come by the Williamsburg Office to enjoy some delicious cupcakes, and touch base with your favorite local realtors!

Do You Have a Case of Paraskevidekatriaphobia?

by Deelyn Neilson

Or...do you even know what it means?  For those who are now curious - it is what happens when a fear of Friday's meets a fear of the number thirteen (Triskaidekaphobia). 

In honor of this superstitious "holiday", I decided to look up a little of this history of what the big deal is with Friday, the 13th!

Here are some of my findings:

Did you know that paraskavedekatriaphobia, according to Fox News, can be traced back to "October 1307, when on Friday the 13th, French King Philip IV rounded up hundreds of monks and tortured them into admitting a variety of heresies."

- In a traditional hangman's noose there are 13 twists of the rope and 13 steps to the gallows.

- Many buildings don't count their 13th floors. You'll see on their elevators that the numbers skip from 12 to 14.

- There is no 13th Avenue in San Francisco, instead Funston Avenue is between 12th and 14th Avenues.

- In Formula 1 racing, there is no car with the number 13. The number has been removed after two drivers were killed in crashes, both driving cars numbered 13.

- Killers Charles Manson, Saddam Hussein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Theodore Bundy, and Jack The Ripper each have 13 letters in their names.

- Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th.  

- Al Capone was sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th.

- Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, died on a Friday the 13th.

- Hubert Humphrey, the 38th vice president of the United States, died on a Friday the 13th.

Would you believe that, according to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.”

If this day has got you down, don't worry...the 14th is right around the corner!

 

                          

As a Williamsburg (James City County, and Upper York County) Resident, you can purchase a Good Neighbor Pass, and enjoy all the Colonial Williamsburg has to offer for $10/year!

Benefits Include: 

  • Unlimited Access to the Historic Area sites and museums
  • 25% off tickets for most evening programs
  • Discounts on admission tickets for friends and family
  • Seasonal offers including spa, golf, shopping and dining discounts

You won’t want to miss:

  • The Revolutionary City events, fife and drum parades, historical interpretations
  • Spring Concerts with Anonymous 4 and Jane Krakowski
  • Alive after Five,  featuring exciting evening programs all summer long!
  • Dining Events like Wine, Wit and Wisdom and the Friday Night Seafood Feast

Buy Now at: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/goodneighbor

Did You Know?

Governor’s Land Two River’s Country Club Memberships are available to non-residents! 

Play Tennis, Swim, Tee Off for a round of Golf, Work Out in the Fitness Center, Picnic at the Marina, Enjoy live music every Friday at the Terrace Bar, and enjoy much more fun and social gatherings! 

 

For More Information about Membership options, contact Rob Collins at 757*258*4610 ext 226 or email, [email protected]                  

 

 

Spring Antique Show and Flea Market!

by Deelyn Neilson

Whether you love Shabby Chic decor, or just enjoy checking out the goods at Saturday morning yard sales and flea markets...you won't want to miss:

The Virginia Gazette’s Spring Antique Show and Flea Market!

When? Saturday, May 7, 8am-3pm

Where? High Street,  1430 Richmond Road, Williamsburg

Attention: Serious Shoppers!!

Here is a helpful Flea Market Shopping Checklist!!

What to Take with You:

  • Maps and Directions
  • A Large Tote Bag
  • Cash, Checkbook
  • Your Wish List
  • Pencil, Paper
  • Tape Measure
  • Room Photos
  • Set of Swatches
  • Cell Phone
  • Rolling Cart
  • Shopping Bags, Tissue

Information and Measurements
Shop with a list. Take a measured floorplan of your space so you can check the size of your entryway and your dining room alcove if you are looking for pieces to fit there. Measure your floor areas ahead of time if you'll be looking for rugs. Even take a set of room photos to remind yourself of other items and colors in your rooms. Also, bring a set of swatches (fabric, carpet, paint chips, tile) if you hope to match particular colors.

Prepare yourself
Wear confortable clothing and shoes. Consider clothing with lots of pockets (for sunglasses, lipbalm, pens, maps, etc.) Take a light jacket, hat, umbrella, sunscreen, or whatever will help you be confortable. Take a shoulder tote so your hands are free. Pare down your wallet to the bare necessities -- no need for your airline or library cards today.

Tools
Travel with a small tape measure, pencil, and notepad. Take a cell phone to keep in contact with others about your schedule or about items you see that someone else may be looking for. Dedicated shoppers will want to read these detailed shopping tips and tool list.

Packing Materials
Bring a selection of packing materials perhaps including old blankets, tarps, tissue paper, bubble wrap, boxes, tape, rope, and twine (and a knife). These things can help you get your purchases home in good condition.

Take Bags
Grab a big handful of lightweight plastic shopping bags and stuff them into your purse or pockets, or keep them in your rolling cart. Use rubber bands to keep them contained and neat so you can pull one out as needed.

Arrive early
You'll kick yourself if you arrive at noon and see your "perfect" chandelier being carted off by someone else. Go early and know what you're looking for.

Have a plan
Some people like to make a quick circle of everything, then go back to what interests them. Others start in one corner and proceed slowly through each booth. And some go to an information booth to see if vendors are organized by item (china, furniture, jewelry, etc.), then go the areas that interests them. Whatever your strategy, have a list of your favorite items so you can stay focused.

Most of all...Have fun!

For more information, call 757-253-8126

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