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Busch Gardens Christmas Town – have you visited in 2014?

As you know, we love Busch Gardens. We have been getting season passes for the whole family, for years and we have enjoyed Howl-o-Scream and Christmas Town, very much. If you are new to Williamsburg, just know that you Christmas Town, at Busch Gardens has to be made a new holiday tradition. Christmas, and the season, come to life as you walk through the transformed amusement park of the summertime or fall Halloween experience. Over 8,000,000 lights transform the sky into a magical winter wonderland – a romantic, holiday experience. Watch my Facebook page for periodic specials, but season ticket holders can get a seasonal pass to Christmas Town for only $25, in 2014. And most times we just pop in to see a show and stroll hand-in-hand through the park, but occasionally we upgrade our admission tickets. If you wanted to understand what each upgrade will get you, here you go:

Penguin Insider ($30)

The Penguin Insider is a 45-minute tour of what it’s like to work with the Busch Gardens penguins, in England. Tour the Ice Palace, before the park opens, go behind the scenes and meet a trainer as you get close to the penguins and get a photo CD  of the experience. Check-in 15 minutes prior to your tour start time in the England parking lot.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Decoration Creation ($30)

The Holiday Decoration Creationis a 2-hour experience includes YOU creating a seasonal design of fresh greens, colorful and textured dried elements arranged in a decorative container. Choose a low and elegant tablescape or an upright design for your foyer. The Landscape Team will be there to hold your hand and ensure that you make a beautiful addition to your home for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Town Quick Queue – Option 1 ($35)

Sometimes buying the Quick Queue®makes sense. At Busch Gardens Christmas Town™, there are several Quick Queue options, to allow you to choose the show times that work best. It is only good for that one day and ensures you entrance into the show times that work for the entire day. For instance, this Quick Queue is called the “Faster than Dasher,” and the show times are Scrooge No More (4:00pm), Gloria (5:30pm), Deck the Halls (6:30pm), Miracles (7:30pm) and one-time access to Santa’s Workshop, Ice Palace: A Penguin Paradise, Verbolten®, and Nacht Tower™.

 

 

 

Christmas Town Santa Photo Package (starting at $22.95)

Visit Santa in his workshop located at the North Pole to have photos taken that are sure to become a family heirloom.  The minimum package includes a visit with Santa and two 6×8 photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Tastes of Christmas Town ($31)

An all-you-care-to-eat Tastes of Christmas Townbuffet featuring carved prime rib and turkey, chicken alfredo, BBQ pork sliders, bratwurst, rotini with marinara sauce, baked potato bar, macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, variety of Christmas Town soups and sides, tossed salad, assorted rolls, desserts and soft drinks, at Germany’s Das Festhaus. Performances will begin 30 minutes after your designated dine time.

 

 

 

 

Santa’s Fireside Feast (Starting at $31)

An all-you-care-to-eat Santa’s Fireside Feast buffet features holiday favorites like carved turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, plus meatballs in a Swedish cream sauce, Annie Grogan’s Stew, rotini with garlic infused olive oil sauce, buttery corn, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, tossed salad, dinner rolls, soft drinks and assorted desserts, at Ireland’s Castle O’Sullivan’s grand dining room.  This intimate, exclusive event of the season brings Christmas stories to life with Santa, Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus passing the cookie tray and holiday cheer. Christmas Town™ will transform our Busch Gardens parks into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas.

 

 

 

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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The Grand Illumination & The Christmas Parade – what a great weekend to live in Williamsburg!

The Williamsburg Christmas Parade happens on December 6th, 8:30am.

Starting on the Duke Of Gloucester Street and winding down Richmond Road onto The College of William & Mary Campus, this parade’s enthusiasm, excitement and creativity grow and grow. Small-town feel, with over 120 units, this adorable parade will make you laugh and tear and clap and be so glad that you live here, in Williamsburg. This year’s parade has the theme A Storybook Christmas. Santa is always in the last unit, in the antique Williamsburg Firetruck. christmas parade crowd
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Grand Illumination happens on December 7th, from 4:45-7:30pm.

In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign’s birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.

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This is above the Governor’s Palace, seen from the Palace Green. The best (and most crowded) seat in the house. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, as the fireworks are set off from three different locations – we’ll see you there, I hope!

Grand Illumination Fireworks

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Find a Gift for Everyone on Your List, in Williamsburg

Just because we are an American historical city, doesn’t mean that Williamsburg’s shopping dates back more than 400 years! Although, quite honestly, you can buy replica colonial attire and games, too, from Colonial Williamsburg.

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There is a LOT of shopping in Williamsburg; here are the highlights:

In our Historic Area, our shops are truly one of a kind. You can buy replica colonial attire from the Mary Dickinson Shop that specializes in 18th-century women’s fashions including petticoats, short gowns, cloaks, mitts, and caps. Or directly next to the Revolutionary City, visit Merchants Square. Eat at the famous Trellis Restaurant or the Cheese Shoppe or shop at one of 40 unique stores, while being surrounded by the picturesque beauty of 18th-century-inspired architecture. Yankee Candle is, also, a Do-Not-Miss shopping experience. You can visit Santa in his workshop, every day, and watch it snow, every four minutes – all year long! This special flagship store fills the air, year round, with Christmas scents. The Williamsburg Premium Outlets are a destination for many shoppers, because of the 25-65% savings. This is where style meets value and you’ll find an impressive collection of more than 150 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Either New Town or the High Street area is where you’ll want to catch a movie, have a relaxing dinner, or just do a little boutique shopping. Both provide both beauty and convenience, with a modern-city feel, after the green tapestry of historic Williamsburg.

Our unique shopping opportunities offer Williamsburg residents savings and variety. Don’t be surprised if long-lost relatives want to visit you simply for the opportunity to shop in Williamsburg, Virginia!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Williamsburg Kiwanis Aktion Club is stuffing Christmas Stockings for CHKD Kids!

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg has created a campaign for my committee, the Aktion Club (along with The Williamsburg Arc, Liz Moore Realty, and The ReStore Store), in time for Christmas. We are putting together a stocking stuffer campaign for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’ sick children.   Please consider helping us fill these stockings that will bring cheer to the sickest children,  Christmas 2014.

Purchase items like DVD’s, small games, wrapped candy, socks,  art supplies, or $10 gift certificates and drop donations (by December 11) at The ARC – 215-A McLaws Circle, Liz Moore  – 5350 Discovery Park Drive, or The ReStore Store – 1303 Jamestown Road. The stockings will be distributed to the children shortly thereafter. Thank you, from all of us, at The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg!

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About Kiwanis

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time – starting right here in Williamsburg.

About The Williamsburg Kiwanis

Service is at the heart of our Kiwanis club. The thing that makes Kiwanis the best service organization in the world is its focus on children, giving us the unique opportunity to help make a better world today while building the leaders of tomorrow who will make the world better still. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg sponsors Kiwanis family clubs and programs to reach more people and have a greater service impact on our community: K-Kids and Bringing Up Grades (BUG) for primary school children; Builders Club for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI club for university students and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities. The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg is one of the largest in the Capital District with over 170 members. We meet on Wednesday at 12:10 pm at the Williamsburg Lodge.

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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DISCOUNTED Tickets to Busch Gardens Christmas Town ends 11/18 – buy here!

Hurry, this discounted Busch Gardens ticket sale ends Nov. 18.

This year, Christmas Town is brighter than ever with more than eight million lights. Celebrate the spirit of the season as holiday traditions come to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and festive shopping opportunities. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world.  Of course, no visit would be complete without a stop at the North Pole to see Santa’s workshop and meet the jolly old elf-himself.

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Your Admission ticket includes access to the park and all rides. Busch Gardens’ signature hot chocolate is extra! Discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest. This is a unique opportunity to experience Busch Gardens® Christmas Town - lock in one of the best deals of the season and purchase a Christmas Town™ single-day ticket for only $12. 

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*NOTE: tickets are only good Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30; Dec. 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30

**Sale ends November 18, 2014**

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5 Steps to Getting Past Procrastination

A 5-STEP PLAN TO GET MOTIVATED (guest blog by Jessie Kwak)

According to this post on Zen Habits, if only you can find the joy in your work and hold yourself accountable to others, you can find the motivation to tackle anything. But, what if your current project isn’t a lofty, transformative personal goal or a deadline-dependent goal? Sometimes just taking a few small steps can help shake off our lack of motivation and get us to work.

Motivation

Step 1: Organize

Sometimes we lack motivation to tackle a project because it’s so huge and amorphous we don’t actually know what we need to do. Make it a bit more manageable. For me, this step often involves a bout of cleaning, since clutter makes it hard for me to think straight. Help clear mental space for the project by clearing your desk and getting your physical space in order. Write down the list of tasks you need to complete, and batch them into categories: people to contact, emails to send, things to look up. Figure out which tasks need to come before others, and which have specific deadlines. Generally I find that once I get myself organized I realize it’s not as big a project as I feared. Plus, the path forward is a lot clearer, which makes it much less intimidating.

Step 2: Tackle something

At some point, you’ll actually need to start working. You need to keep an eye on Step 1, and recognize if you’ve crossed the line from organizing to procrastinating. Once you feel like you’re prepared, it’s time to dive in. You can do this however you like – tackle the fun stuff first or tackle the hard stuff first, whichever will be more motivating to you. Sometimes if I’m facing a long to do list, I’ll tackle all the short projects first, which can knock off 6-8 items in a half hour. My list always looks so much more doable after that!

Step 3: Measure your progress physically

A system of physical reminders can help keep you on track, and motivate you to keep moving forward. That’s why so many organizations use those fundraising thermometers – it’s so gratifying to color in the progress. For me, I love a good visual progress report. I draw squares beside each task on my paper to do list, so I can give them satisfying CHECK! whenever I complete something. I keep a calendar above my desk where I write my daily word count for a personal fiction project, and I even give myself a gold star when I hit a certain word count. I put a big red checkmark on my calendar whenever I exercise. Create a system that shows that you’re moving forward, and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Step 4: Set a time limit

If you’re having a really hard time, set yourself a limit – say, twenty minutes. During that time, you can’t check Facebook, go make coffee, or answer emails. Once the time is up, reward yourself with something relaxing, like chatting with a coworker, or going for a walk. I’ll sometimes reward myself with an art project. One business owner I know rewards herself with knitting breaks to keep herself motivated to finish an onerous task. Just choose something that will hit those pleasure endorphins!

Step 5: Find ways to make it fun

Can you listen to a podcast while you file papers? Can you get together with a coworker in the break room and work on a hard task together? Can you put on some awesome tunes? Or figure out some way to turn the task into a game? This isn’t always possible – for example, if you’re having to proofread, or attend a meeting, but if you can focus on trying to find a bit of joy, it may make your dull task go by quicker.

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Fords Colony Unveils Southern Living Showcase Home, this Friday!

The 2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, of Williamsburg, Virginia opens this Friday, November 7th  at 10 am!

Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in the fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

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The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now, here, for $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

The 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is on the Liz Moore and Associates’ online contest, Guess the Price.  Playing is easy! Check out our featured home and submit your guess for what you think the list price will be.  Win lunches, services, more! PLAY, now!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

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