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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival starts Memorial Day Weekend!

Busch Gardens®opens its annual Food & Wine Festival on May 22. ® Guests can experience cuisine from around the world and discover all that’s new throughout 14 tasting locations. Each weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from Memorial day through the end of June, 2015, tickle your taste buds with culinary delights and authentic tastes from around the world — all while you stroll through the world’s most beautiful theme park.

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Wine on the Rhine

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Unleash your inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park. Individual tasting portions make exploring all that the Food and Wine Festival has to offer easy. The hardest decision might just be deciding what to eat first. Your Annual Pass Member discount applies. There are also Food & Wine Experiences, available, for an extra charge:

  • Wine on the Rhine –  Swing to live music on the Rhine River cruise while you enjoy fruit, cheese and a chocolate truffle with a glass of wine. Wine on the Rhine can be reserved throughout the day for the whole family, or enjoy  Date Night on the Rhine, a river cruise for guests ages 21 and older.
  • The Art of Food – Ordinary food becomes extraordinary art in the hands of these famous food art experts. Catch demonstrations throughout each day of the Food and Wine Festival including pulled sugar art, carved fruits and vegetables, beautifully decorated cakes and more.
  • Wine Tastings – at the following locations:French Wine Tasting- Located at La Belle MaisonSparkling Wine Tasting- Located at German Gifts

    Dessert Wine Tasting- Located in Oktoberfest village

    Italian Wine Tasting- Located at Bella Casa

    Scotch Tasting- With or without water, located at Tweedside Gifts

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Colonial Williamsburg is free on Memorial Day weekend for Military and Families

Join us, in Colonial Williamsburg, as the entire city honors the brave men and women who have died serving their country. In addition to special programming, Colonial Williamsburg is honoring all servicemen, this weekend with free admission (May 22-25, 2015). The ticket is called “Honoring Service to America”  is available to all active duty military, reservists, and veterans – and their families, and includes all access to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, the trades sites  and the art museums – and includes the free parking and shuttle buses. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center.

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On Monday, at 10am, a procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

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Staging: Rearrange. Reconfigure. Restyle. The Rewards are REAL.

Staging is your home, reinvented. Our professional staging consultation, at Liz Moore and Associates, will give your home that selling edge.

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That is because we believe that having a home professionally staged means a quicker sale and a higher net proceeds for our sellers. Along with Staged 2 Sell, the region’s premier professional staging company  we are pleased to offer an initial staging consultation to our listing customers, at our expense.

It’s all part of our exclusive “No Surprises” program proven to boost the sales potential of our client’s properties. Because when it comes to truly reinventing real estate, no one else does it better than Liz Moore & Associates.

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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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Raffle Prizes for this year’s Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ Fest

The Smokin’ Hot BBQ Raffle prize list is impressive! Kiwanis of Williamsburg will be giving away catering events, cruises, and jewelry – check out this list of goodies:

Catered Dinner, by Elite Cuisine

Catered Dinner, by Elite Cuisine

Carmen of Elite Cuisine

Three separate catering events will be raffled – all by Carmen of Elite Cuisine! YUM

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Cruise for two, aboard the Schooner Alliance, in Yorktown

  • Kiwanian Darla Krupski and Carmen Alves catering event: Ladies Tea Lunchtime for 8–Includes tea, tea sandwiches and other sweets. Value: $250
  • Kiwanian Darla Krupski and Carmen Alves catering event: One-Dish Dinner for 4–Choose between homemade lasagna, chicken and spinach alfredo, baked ziti with Italian sausage or baked spaghetti. Value $100.
  • Kiwanian Darla Krupski and Carmen Alves catering event: Dinner for 2–Chef Carmen and Waitress Darla will come to winner’s home and prepare a dinner that includes a bottle of champagne, your choice of appetizers, entrée, and dessert. Value: $200. All meals will be held at winner’s home or other venue within a 30-mile radius of Williamsburg.
  • Gift Basket called “Day at the Yorktown Beach” which includes Sailing for 2 on the Alliance & 4 gift certificates for waffle sundaes to Ben & Jerry’s. Value: $105 
  • Gift Basket called “Path to Health Basket” which includes 60-minute massage, a yoga workshop and a salt lamp, from Garden of Zen. Value: $160
  • Gift Bag of groceries from Trader Joes which includes a signature reusable. Value: $50
  • Fleming’s Engraving on a signature Jimmy Curtis handmade bracelet. Note: the value of this can be applied to other gifts. Value: $56
  • Gift Certificate from Waypoint Restaurant. Value: $50
  • (2) Gift Certificates to South of the Border Restaurant. Value: $25
  • Gift Basket from Watermen’s Museum which includes membership & items from gift shop. Value: $150
  • Gift Basket for your Garden from Celebrate Yorktown Committee & Kiwanian Darla Krupski of Perennials and Garden Books. Value: $100
  • Czech-faceted glass bead bracelet, handcrafted by “Beaded Gypsy,” Jeanne Novak. Gift donated by Kiwanian Darla Krupski. Value: $35
  • 50/50 raffle

What a great opportunity to win a present for Mom – Mother’s Day is May 10, the day following the Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ!

Raffle drawing will be held at 6:30PM. Winners must be present to win. The weather looks like it is going to be AWESOME!

Saturday's Weather in Williamsburg - Rolf Kramer

Saturday’s weather – May 9, 2015

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Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ to be held at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, May 9, 3-7pm

Saturday, May 9 – Smokin’ Hot BBQ Fest 2015

The Williamsburg Kiwanis BBQ Fest is the springtime family-fun event. This great gathering of community, entertainment and fun is filled with yummy food, cold beer, and good friends. This year, it will be held on May 9, 2015, 3-7pm (Rain or Shine) at the Walsingham Academy. Cost will be $25 admission and will include raffle prizes, all-you-can-eat BBQ by Whiskey Hill Barbeque, 2 drink tickets, and entertainment by Herbie D and the Dangermen!

Herbie D and the Dangermen at Kiwanis Smokin' Hot BBQ Fest

Williamsburg loves all-you-can-eat charity fundraisers! All the proceeds go to the future of fundraisers and great local charities. This year the recipients are Bacon Street, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and Erase the Need.

The door prizes and raffles are always a lot of fun, at these kind of events. There are always a long list of generous donors – with gift cards, gift baskets, etc. But, this year, the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Raffle list has added catering events and a cruise!

Raffle prizes:

Williamsburg Kiwanis four annual fundraisers:

  • Shamrock the Burg
  • Kiwanis Club Spring Concert at the Kimball Theater
  • Smokin’ Hot BBQ
  • Kiwanis Shrimp Fest

The Kiwanis Smokin’ Hot BBQ will be held at the Walsingham Academy, on Jamestown Road, in Williamsburg. There will be Corn Hole, live music, and lots of raffles. Ice Cold Beer (Legend Lager and Bud Light) or soft drinks will be part of the ticket – and wine from the Williamsburg Winery will be available for purchase. As usual, there will be games and entertainment for the children. Children’s tickets are $8 for 3-12 and under 3 get in free.

Enjoy the Smokin' Hot BBQ festival

At the Smokin’ Hot BBQ, expect the best old country, pit-smoked taste of Whisky Hill Barbecue as well as hot dogs, beans, cole slaw and all the trimmings. Of course they’ll be soft drinks, beer, and Williamsburg Winery wines. Free Parking. I am a proud member of the Williamsburg Kiwanis (and we have over 170 members)! I am proud to be part of one of the largest clubs in the Capital District because we are so active and do so much. Service is at the heart of our Kiwanis club, in Williamsburg. But, when you can combine service and a fun afternoon – everyone is ALL IN. Won’t you join us, this year?

 

Kiwanis of Williamsburg, Rolf Kramer, Real Estate Buyer's Agent

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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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Yorktown Garden Stroll: April 24-25

On Friday and Saturday, 4/24-4/25, 2015, Yorktown Village is having their Garden Stroll. Here are the details:

  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Where: There will be five (5) private gardens open for touring. (Map to be provided)
  • Price: $10 in advance (Carrot Tree Restaurant and Gallery at York Hall) ; $12 on days of event.
  • Sale: Plant Sale at Yorktown Baptist Church. Garden plants, trees, shrubs and house plants available.
  • Food: Carrot Tree will be on site with food and beverages.
  • What else: Student art, artists, demos, refreshments at various locations around the village.

Here is this year’s poster: GardenStroll2015poster

Yorktown Garden Tour

Share this post with friends. This event helps celebrate Yorktown Village and larger crowds will encourage them to have more free events! 

 


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Should I Update My Home Before I Sell?

Should I update my home before I sell?  This is a classic home seller’s dilemma. And, like so many questions, it really depends on your specific situation. There are a number of improvements that are “no brainers”… so let’s take a look at those first. The least expensive investments with the greatest returns are undoubtedly the following:

  • Fresh paint. Choose a neutral color, and give the interior a bright, new look. You may want to consider doing some early packing, and not re-hang all your pictures (less clutter will make rooms look larger, and the new owner will  not have to fill holes).
  • Landscaping. A carefully manicured lawn and weed-free beds are an indication that the property is well cared for. Mulch and some color in the flower beds will go a long way toward creating that important curb appeal.
  • Replace carpet, if necessary. New flooring, in a neutral color, allows the buyer to feel that they are moving into a “new” home.

All three of those improvements tend to encourage a stronger offer on your property, because the prospective buyer isn’t moving in with a laundry list of “to-do’s” which are likely to be estimated at a higher cost than what you’ll pay. By doing them, in advance, you preclude a buyer for reducing his offer price by the amount he feels he’ll need to invest.

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Other additions that aid in the marketability are minor kitchen and bathroom remodeling, such as replacing dated counter tops and appliances, and refacing or replacing out-of-style cabinets. Because these improvements can be a bit more pricey than painting and landscaping, be sure to include me in the decision-making process. Not only will I be able to advise you whether or not the project makes sense, I will be able to guide you to affordable and reputable contractors to do the work.

Carefully consider any major renovations, such as room additions, garage conversions, or swimming pools, too. It is very important to make these investments to enjoy while you are living in the home, because chances are that you will not recoup but a fraction of the cost. Garage conversions, for instance, may add a great bonus room or extra bedroom, but when it comes time to sell, you’ll have to subtract the value of the garage that you no longer have. Garages are likely customary – the loss most likely will exceed the gain. 

Bottom line, let’s talk so that I can steer you away from costly changes that you won’t recoup and help direct you toward changes that will help you sell faster. Want to know what your home is worth? Click here.

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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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