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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.

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

Wine on Wednesday!

by Deelyn Neilson

Where? Wessex Hall, The Williamsburg Winery

When?  Every Wednesday during the month of April


Cost?   $15 will buy you 2 wine pourings, 1 raffle ticket, and light hors d'oeuvres! 

Still not convinced you want to go? 

$5 from your admission price goes directly to various featured organizations...

April 13th - Housing Partnerships

April 20 - This Century Art Gallery

April 27 - Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical

              Center Auxillary



Make Plans to Attend the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week!

by Deelyn Neilson

Spring is in full bloom, which means you will NOT want to miss The 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia! 

When? Tuesday, April 19, 2011; 10am-6pm

Where? City of Williamsburg - Walnut Hills, South England Street, and in the CW Historic Area...just follow the Historic Garden Week Signs and Green Arrows!

Cost? $30 if purchased on the day of the event, $25 if purchased in advance!

You can purchase tickets in advance by calling 757-220-2486, emailing [email protected], or purchasing them in person at any of the following locations: Seasons of Williamsburg, Wild Birds Unlimited, or G. Bates Studio (through Saturday, April 16th)!  Reserve your box lunch in advance (these at $15).

Come see some beautiful gardens, and support a great cause...The Historic Garden Week has raised more than $17 million for the maintenance and restoration of Virginia's Parish Churchyard, Bacon's Castle, Christ Church, Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Maymont.

To find out more information, you can visit: http://www.vagardenweek.org/


Spotlight On: Custom Home Builder in Williamsburg, Virginia

by Deelyn Neilson

Are you contemplating building the home of your dreams, but you just do not know how to get started?  This could be the single biggest and most important investment you make in your entire life.  Choosing a realtor is crucial when looking to buy or sell a home.  Similarly, when building your home, it is imperative that you do your research and choose the right builder for you. 

As a realtor, it is my job to know the housing market, inside and out. It would be very difficult to estimate the number of homes I have toured, staged, listed, and sold throughout my real estate career.  

One thing I have noticed, is that I have been very impressed with the work of Beverly Olsen, Master Builder here in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Beverly is a third generation builder, who is carrying on the family business which dates back to her grandfather, Anders Arthur Olsen, who worked on the restoration of the Nathan Hale Homestead Historical Site in Coventry, Connecticut.

In addition to the training and expertise she absorbed being a part of a building family, Beverly also is a graduate of the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Connecticut.  She also enjoyed a successful career as a manger in research and development for IBM.  In 1985, she formed Olsen Construction and Engineering.  This company prides itself in the quality of work and craftmanship of design. 

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Beverly, or see some of her masterpieces in person, you can call her at 757-784-0794, or email at: [email protected].


Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's on Tuesday, April 12th!

by Deelyn Neilson

Ice Cream Enthusiasts, get ready to indulge!  It is Free Cone Day at your local Ben & Jerry's on Tuesday, April 12th!  Enjoy one free cone per person! 

For all of you Williamsburgers, head over to the Ben & Jerry's located in the Premium Outlets! 

If you choose to make a donation, 100% of the money will go to Child Development Resources. 

To view all the available flavors, go to www.benjerrys.com


Second Sundays Festival on Prince George Street!

by Deelyn Neilson

Looking for something fun to do? 

On the 2nd Sunday of every month running from March - December, an Art & Music Festival is held on Prince George Street.

This Sunday, April 10th, from 3-6pm the street will be filled with various artist tents, and childrens' activities.  You can enjoy music being played by Trio-London (near Retros and Aromas) as well as Doug Bischoff (near Baskin Robbins).

To find out more information, visit  www.2ndsundayswilliamsburg.com

This Saturday, April 2nd, marks the official start of the Williamsburg Farmer's Market located in Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg!  The market runs every Saturday through October 29th.

From 8am - 12 noon come out and enjoy some of the freshest, finest produce in the area!  There is also a great variety of shrubs, plants, and flowers from which to choose!  With over 30 vendors, you are sure to find something to enjoy! 

Do you have a friendly pooch? Bring him/her along too - this seems to be a fun social playdate for the dogs as well!

The weather looks like it could be an issue - so pack your umbrella and jacket...rain showers are likely in the morning!  


Get Ready for the 19th Spring Market at Bizarre Bazaar

by Deelyn Neilson

Many people venture to Richmond, Virginia for the annual Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Show, but have you been for the Spring Market?  This market features two large exhibition rooms filled with unique gifts, gourmet foods, boutiques, fine artists, crafters, and whimsical decorative accessories for the home and garden.  The 19th Spring Market is next Friday (April 1st) - Sunday (April 3rd).  You can get your tickets at the door, or buy them in advance at www.thebizarrebazaar.com.


  • Friday, April 1st 10am-7pm                       
  • Saturday, April 2nd 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, April 3rd 10am-5pm

General Admission is $7.00.  Children (2-12) are $1.50.  The event takes place at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA  FREE PARKING!  

Are you a runner? Was it your New Year's Resolution to get in shape?  Is running a half marathon or marathon on your bucket list?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be interested in registering for the half marathon that is going to take place in the Historical Triangle in May! 

Why is this race historical?  It is the first authorized race along Duke of Gloucester Street.  1,900 people have already registered.  It is anticipated that runners for this event, are going to stay and enjoy what the area has to offer.  This is music to the ears of Hotel owners, local gift shops, and other tourist driven businesses! 

Colonial Williamsburg is offering runners discounts in its hotels.  Runners are also receiving other freebies, including pases to Colonial Williamsburg, discount vouchers for family and friends, and the first 3,000 entrants can enjoy a day at Busch Gardens on the house!

Still not convinced you are ready to run?  Maybe the after party in the Sunken Gardens, hosted by Pierce's Outt Bar-B-Que will entice your senses! 

Perhaps the philanthropic side will seal the deal.  All proceeds from the race will benefit the Wounded Warriors program, and An Achievable Dream.

Ready to lace up your sneakers?  The race caps at 4,000 entrants, so do not delay...To register, got to www.RunforAchievableDream.com.

Would you rather pass out water and cheer? Volunteers can go to www.RunforAchievableDream.com/Volunteers



When I think of a nice garden, the name Martha Stewart inevitably comes to mind.  So, I turned to her for some helpful tips on what you can do now to make your gardens beautiful throughout this Spring and Summer.

Follow the 10 tips outlined below for a welcoming garden that's filled with color and fragrance -- and song.

Survey the Yard
Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures. Hire an arborist to maintain large trees.Cut down last year's perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.

Order Tools and Plants
Tune up tools so everything is ready when things start growing. Make note of what is missing, and order tools for the new growing season. Choose new plants for the garden. Order perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting.

Get Ready to Mow
Send the mower and leaf blower for servicing, or if you have the right tools, sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil, install fresh spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts if necessary. Clear the lawn of winter debris, and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing.

Prune Trees and Shrubs
Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering.

Take a Soil Test
Check soil pH with a home soil- test kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary: Add dolomitic lime to raise the pH or elemental sulfur to lower the pH.

Prepare New Beds
Clear the planting area as soon as soil can be worked, removing sod or weeds and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure and any amendments over soil, and cultivate it to a depth of 10 to 12 inches with a spading fork.

Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Sow seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach.

Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil amendments recommended by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.

Start a Compost Pile
Start a compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don't have one already. Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. Chop these up first to speed decomposition. Add equal amounts "brown" (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves and straw and "green" (nitrogen-rich) materials like grass clippings and weeds in even layers with water and a compost bioactivator. Turn regularly. Continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring.

Clean Bird Feeders and Baths
Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing with weak bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach: 2 gallons warm water). Rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them.Scrub birdbaths with bleach solution, then rinse them thoroughly and refill, changing water weekly. Clean birdbaths and feeders regularly throughout the season.

If you follow these steps, you will hopefully find that your garden has become, "A Good Thing"!

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