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Frogs – beautiful and poisonous frogs!

If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, the Virginia Living Museum exhibit will change your mind! Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! Virginia Living Museum usually displays only Virginia specific animals – but this exhibit is special. Right here in Newport News, see over 70 live frogs.

Part of the exhibit is the Planetarium’s Noisy Neighbors: A Frog Story showing in the Abbitt Planetarium. Besides the cool movie, the grandkids will be able to see (and hear – you can create a chorus when you push buttons to activate recorded frog calls) frogs from across the globe, hear their croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores and whistles, all housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls. Your grandchildren will be thrilled with all the interactive games (an especially graphic one is a video game that has you dissect a frog! a real favorite). They’ll learn cool frog names like:

  • Mexican Dumpy Frogs
  • Waxy Monkey Frogs
  • Vietnamese Mossy Frogs
  • Fire-bellied Toads
  • Poison Dart Frog

 

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Green Poison Dart frog

 

There is a Museum Membership just for grandparents that I like to recommend. It is $120 a year but it includes admission for up to 6 guests (each time you visit) and also includes the Planetarium (usually an extra charge). Typical museum admission $17 adults, $13 children

Virginia Living Museum http://thevlm.org is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 757-595-1900

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Wander off the Beaten Path of Williamsburg – and get outside!

If you hike, kayak, bike or are just a nature enthusiast – you will find no shortage of outdoorsy things to do in and around Williamsburg. This summer make it a point to wander off the beaten path and get outdoors. Bring the bike or boat to one of these great parks:

  1. New Quarter Park is adjacent to the Colonial Parkway and close to Williamsburg, this park offers a tranquil woodland setting and the pleasures of outdoor recreation. Mountain biking, hiking/walking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, playgrounds, picnicking and 18-hole disc golf course. Access to Queens Creek and York River.
  2. Get over to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park to enjoy 140-acres on the banks of the beautiful Chickahominy River. Camping, fishing, boating, boat ramp and fishing pier. Rent canoes, kayaks and boats with motors. Boat/RV storage available.
  3. Right down the road from the College of William & Mary, the scenic park of College Landing Park, provides a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek. Enjoy the walkway, kayak/canoe launch and wildlife.
  4. Get the bike out (motor bike or bicycle) and take a leisurely drive along the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway that provides a physical and metaphorical link between Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Scenic driving, interpretive pull-offs, biking and fishing are available along this National Scenic Byway.
  5. Go visit the Yorktown Waterfront! Right on the York River in Historic Yorktown, this beach front offers a relaxing day for everyone and provides a variety of outdoor activities for the entire family. Whether it’s fishing, boating, picnicking or relaxing on the beach, it is perfect for families, all in a peaceful setting adjacent to Riverwalk Landing.
  6. If you are ready for a quiet, out-of-the-way day on the water, check out Little Creek Reservoir Park. This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir that’s a fisherman’s paradise. Perfect for outdoor family time in the Williamsburg area. Fishing, boating, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, jon boats and launch-your-own boat ramp. Boat rentals available.
  7. Waller Mill is a beautiful park, close to everything and a community favorite. Overlooking a 343-acre lake, the park provides a variety of outdoor activities – boating, kayaking, canoeing, pedal boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking and playgrounds. Boat rentals are available.
  8. Powhatan Creek Park is a great way to see Jamestown Island. Powhatan Creek is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network created by the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Provides free access to Jamestown Island and the James River. Small boat/canoe launch with parking.

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This summer – get outside and get off the beaten path of Williamsburg, Virginia. If you have just moved here, follow this blog for inspiration. If you are thinking of moving to Williamsburg – you’ve made it to the right blog. I specialize in helping retirees find their perfect home – that suits their interests, their lifestyle and their activity level. If you are retiring in Williamsburg – call me. Let’s talk!

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Fireworks and Star Spangled Nights, at Busch Gardens on July 4th (and through September 6)

Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday (July 3 through September. 6). This event inspires park-goers through fireworks, moving original soundscapes and unforgettable environments, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

On the 3rd and 4th of July, you can also experience a picnic with your fireworks by enjoying an exclusive all-you-can-eat buffet and the best seats on the park. Or one special experience that we have yet to indulge in would be the icing on the 4th of July cake: to see the Fireworks aboard the Rhine River Fireworks Cruise!

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©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

This 60-minute cruise will certainly offer a romantic and unique view of the Busch Gardens fireworks at the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park. The fireworks begin at 9:30 and the cruise check in is 8:45 pm at the Rhine River Boat docks. Purchase tickets here.

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Swinging on a Star – in Williamsburg, on the 4th of July

If you are looking for something to do, in downtown Williamsburg, on the fourth of July, check out a old-fashioned USO show, at the Hennage Auditorium in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. This patriotic 4th of July entertainment will have a World War II flair and will be similar to what the servicemen and women at USO clubs saw. The soldiers “home away from home” and “mom away from mom” provided wholesome entertainment both here and overseas. Overseas they saw such entertainers as Bob Hope and Frances Langford and in Williamsburg they saw shows like this one. The lovely Amy Stallings will be singing with the band – she is not to  be missed!

Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II

Swinging on a Star USO show, Williamsburg

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Fourth of July in Colonial Williamsburg

What better place to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s birth than right here in the Revolutionary City? Lucky you if you already live here. If you don’t – what a great weekend to check it out and see if Williamsburg should become your forever home!

Free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, but note that the  pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m (for fireworks).

4th of July in Wiliamsburg

 

10 a.m. Salute to the States behind the Courthouse
11 a.m. Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket or wristband required, see event page for details)
1:30–3 p.m. Colonial Auction at Market Square
View list of auction items
5–9 p.m. Historic Tavern dining available  (all within viewing distance) Reservations requiredSeasons Restaurant All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Buffet No reservation required

Merchants Square restaurants (all within viewing distance of the fireworks)

8:15–8:45 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform
8:45–9:15 p.m. Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green
9:10 p.m. Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces
9:20 p.m. Fireworks begin

 

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How to STOP Losing Your Mind!

Short term memory loss is a part of growing older. But, your instincts tell you when the situation has turned a corner. If you are suspecting that your memory is wrecking havoc, slow the process with the tips, below. Here is your homework:

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Stop Losing Your Mind With This Homework

 

Consult a doctor. If your memory loss is bad enough that it severely inhibits your everyday life, visit a general practitioner. He or she can evaluate your symptoms and refer you to an appropriate neurologist, immunologist or other specialist to treat your condition. It is important to set your mind at ease about the possibility of underlying medical conditions causing the memory loss, otherwise you risk adding anxiety to your frustration.

Set up a daily routine. While a daily routine won’t improve your short term memory, it will help you overcome some of the difficulties you experience as a result of short term memory loss and lessen the frustration. The security of your routine will let you focus on the fun parts of improving your memory, not on stressful parts of losing it.

  • If you regularly misplace your eyeglasses or car keys, try putting them in the same exact place every day, without fail.
  • Create special spots for all items that tend to go missing and make an effort to always put the items in that spot.
  • If you struggle to remember whether you’ve eaten or taken your medication, stick to designated mealtimes and purchase a days-of-the-week pill container that you stock up every Sunday night.
  • Set alarms on your phone, computer or clock to remind you.
  • Write down your routine so you won’t forget it. Post it somewhere prominent, like on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator, or enter it into your calendar app with reminders or on a wall calendar in a place you pass often.
  • Write down every appointment or social engagement as soon as you make it. Program it into the calendar on your phone, or carry a small paper day-planner with you. In fact, doing both is ideal, as the act of writing helps to solidify the memory.

Keep a journal. If you struggle to remember what happened during the previous day, start keeping a journal. Jot down important items of information or other things you’d like to remember, even food intake, people whom you said you’d catch up with again and books read. Review as necessary.

Try remembering smaller chunks of information. If you need to memorize something important and you’re finding it difficult to do so, separate the information into smaller groups. The most common example of chunking is phone numbers—–instead of trying to remember one 10-digit number, most people find it easier to remember two 3-digit numbers and one 4-digit number, like 123-456-7890. Try this technique with grocery lists, birthdays, names or other things you want to remember.

Lastly, go back and re-read Seven Ways to Stop Losing Your Mind! The more you work on exercise and healthy lifestyle, the stronger your mind will stay.

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Choosing a Mortgage Lender, in Williamsburg, Virginia

Since a home may be the largest purchase you will ever make, choosing the right mortgage lender is a very important decision, and one you should make early in the home-buying process, before you begin your house hunting.

  1. A lender can help you narrow down your desired price range, both in terms of what you will qualify for, and also in terms of what’s comfortable.
  2. Having a thorough understanding of how much cash you’ll need for a down payment and closing costs is essential to know before you begin to formulate a negotiating strategy.
  3. Today’s sellers won’t accept an offer until they can review a written pre-approval letter. Many sellers require that pre-approval letter comes from a local, reputable lender.

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Which lender and financing program is best for you? The answer depends on:

  •  Your current financial situation
  • How you expect your finances to change over time
  • How long you intend to live in your home
  • Your comfort level with adjustable interest rates

I recommend local lenders in our market that I often work with and have selected based on consistently competitive rates and a variety of financing options. Each of the lenders I work with is committed to the same level of extraordinary service that I am.

I have lots of wonderful information about the Williamsburg area and if you follow this blog, you’ll learn everything you wanted to know about events, discounts, and why you should use me when you are ready to buy. Follow me on Facebook or Pinterest for home-buying inspiration and to learn about hot spots in, and around, Williamsburg. 

rolf kramer, real estate, Williamsburg, VARolf 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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