Habitat for Humanity – One of Many Blessings in Williamsburg, VA

Congratulations to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which serves Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Williamsburg, York County and Poquoson. According to today’s article in the Virginia Gazette, this nonprofit organization has built, renovated or repaired more than 250 houses in our area since it was founded in 1985. It was recently chosen for a $100,000 grant over all Habitat chapters nationwide!

It’s reassuring to know that in our beautiful and  affluent area, many people care about providing shelter for families in need. Thank you to all of the volunteers, corporate sponsors, churches, and governing bodies who worked together to make these dreams come true for so many families.

Another Great Turkey Trot 5K to Benefit Local Charity

I had so much fun cheering my friends when they ran in the Blue Talon Bistro 5K Turkey Trot a couple of years ago that I decided to check it out again this year. They’ve almost doubled the number of participants in two years! I’m not surprised, because it’s great exercise and entertainment for the whole family on Thanksgiving morning. Registration money benefits the Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels program, a very worthwhile organization.

Nominate a Giving Person for a Family Thanksgiving Meal

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant seeks nominations to honor a caring, heroic, giving person and his or her family with a Thanksgiving meal. If you know a selfless someone who puts the needs of others first, let Captain George’s know. They’ll treat a deserving individual and  family to a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Nominations will be accepted from now until November 15, 2012 at http://www.captaingeorges.com/CaptainCares.asp


Fall Festival to Support Local Charities


The 11th Annual  Hickory Neck Family Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is great fun for the whole family while raising funds for local charities including Grove Christian Outreach Center, SpiritWorks Foundation, Faith in Action, Angels of Mercy, H.E.L.P., and others.

Enjoy homemade BBQ and other luncheon favorites followed by treats from the “Amazin Grazin” bakery and gourmet items sale.  There are lots of children’s activities while you enjoy live music.  Browse the Arts & Crafts show or find a treasure at Attic Antiques.

The Silent Auction offers incredible bargains including gifts certificates to local shops, restaurants, golf venues and many other great values.  Tours of the historic chapel are available.  For additional information call (757) 566-0276 or visit www.hickoryneck.org/festival. (Disclosure: Williamsburg Native is a member of Hickory Neck Episcopal Church)

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All You Can Eat Shrimp Feast to Benefit Local Charities

Put Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 on your calendar for the Shrimp Feast from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Jamestown 4-H Center. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for kids (6-12) for all you can eat shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw, beer and soda. They have music and raffles, too. It’s sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg and benefits Avalon, Bacon Stree, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and other community organizations.

Great Deals on Good Books at Bruton Parish Church

Bruton Parish Church’s annual used book sale begins at Noon on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 and ends Sunday, Sept. 4. Hardcovers are $2, paperbacks are $1, CDs & DVD and puzzles are $2. It’s a major fundraiser for the church and you’re sure to find great bargains.

Note that the sale takes place in the parish hall, which is next to Barnes & Noble on Merchants Square at 331 Duke of Gloucester Street, a block and a half from the historic church.

Free “Beat the Bully” Workshops for Families

Williamsburg Native was contacted by Master Joseph Ash of BAEPLEX Family Martial Arts Center with news of his free workshops for families. Teaching kids how to be more confident and to know how to respond to predatory behavior is a valuable community service. Attending a workshop also sounds like a great way to learn more about martial arts and to see if it’s right for your children.


From Master Ash’s press release:


BAEPLEX Family Martial Arts Center invites parents to bring their children to the school’s FREE Beat-the-Bully Workshops, August 5, 12, & 19 from 5 – 5:45pm at both locations 3435A John Tyler Hwy and 7500A Richmond Rd.


According to many government and institutional studies, thousands of children stay home from school everyday because of their fear of bullies. This is an opportune time for children and parents to arm themselves with current mental and physical skills to avoid Bullies this coming school year.


BAEPLEX emphasizes that the purpose of martial arts is not to teach children how to fight, but, in fact, quite the opposite. It’s learning the skills to project an attitude of self-confidence that deter bullies before they even challenge children, to become more aware of one’s surroundings and to report such incidents to the appropriate adults.


“This is definitely one of those issues where knowledge is power and now is the time. As we approach another school year, I would like to open my schools to all area families so we can share our knowledge and skills about making our community a much safer place for children to play, go to school and walk the streets,” says Master Ash.


“Our Beat-the-Bully Workshops will also include other personal-safety skills, such as abductor and Internet predator awareness, self-defense and developing the self-confidence to put these skills into action.”


Please contact BAEPLEX for more information about attending these FREE Workshops;

(757) 229 – 2237 or (757) 645 – 4030.



Master Joseph B. Ash

Baeplex Family Martial Arts



(757) 229-2237

Win a 2-night stay at Great Wolfe Lodge, Williamsburg

Great Wolfe Lodge is holding a Slideathon to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Purchase a $20 raffle ticket at http://www.gwlslideathon.com/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=476663 for your chance to win:

1st Prize:
Two night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, for 6 people. Includes 6 Water Park Passes.
Dinner for 6 at the Loose Moose Restaurant or Jungle Jims Restaurant
In-room Amenity
$40 in Arcade tokens
Cabana rental during stay
1 Spa service in Elements Spa
6 rounds of mini-golf & VIP access to Gr8space
6 Busch Gardens Tickets
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Family Fun Day at Upper County Park to Benefit Burden Bearers

Burden Bearers is planning a family fun day at Upper County Park on April 30, 2011. I learned of Burden Bearers last year when we needed help moving our old living room furniture to a consignment shop and a friend told us about them. They offer muscle power and a pickup truck for folks who need help. They ask for no payment, but donations are accepted. Proceeds from Family Fun Day will benefit the charity

Chairman Brock Reggi says “the event will feature live music from 10 – 5. Kids will have a bounce house from Inflation Nation, with games spread through the day, corn hole competition, and over 20 vendors. There will be a local race car driver Matt Fox from Sly Fox Racing will be there with his car. The event is free to the public for games and music and we are selling BBQ from Boone’s BBQ, which is how we are trying to raise funding for our start up non-profit. Other fair type foods will also be on site.” Discounted tickets are available on the web site April 26th.”

Directions from WIlliamsburg to Upper County Park:

Take 64 west…
Take exit 227 for VA-30 toward W Point/Toano

Turn left at VA-30 S/Old Stage Rd
0.4 mi

Take the 1st right onto Old Stage Rd/State Route 746
0.3 mi

Turn right at Leisure Rd
Destination will be on the right
0.4 mi

Upper County Park
180 Leisure Road
Toano, VA 23168

1960 March of Dimes Queen Invited to Williamsburg Inn for Dinner

My friend Joan Meadows Forrest, another native, was recently cleaning out a closet when she found some photos documenting her reign as 1960 Queen of the March of Dimes. With the photos was a delightful letter from Thomas Moyles, manager of the Williamsburg Inn, inviting Joan and her escort to dinner (see letter below). Quite an honor for a high school senior in those days!

1960 Queen of the March of Dimes and her King Leon Hughes, Williamsburg, Virginia
Joan Meadows (Forrest) and Leon Hughes, Queen and King of the March of Dimes, 1960.

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