Buy Fun Christmas Ornaments to Support Two Good Causes

You might want to stop in at the Bruton Parish Church Gift Shop Saturday morning. Girl Scout Troop 4344 recycled used light bulbs by creating fun Christmas tree ornaments. They’re selling them at the Holiday Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Bruton Parish Gift Shop is run by church volunteers and proceeds support mission work all over the world. This is a chance to support two great groups. You can see more about the gift shop at their web site.

Jumpstart Your Holiday Joy at Cooke’s Christmas

I’m hard to please when it comes to decorating for the holidays. It’s a timing thing for me. I groan
a little when I see Christmas displays up before Halloween, but around the middle of November I
start longing for spruce, pine, and white lights. I start checking the TV listings for sappy holiday
movies. My husband rolls his eyes, but has learned to tolerate my addiction to any movie or song
with a Christmas theme, from traditional hymns to the sugariest pop song of any era. I just can’t
resist them, even if they’re badly written, acted, or sung. If It’s a Wonderful Life is on the
TVs in a department store, that’s where you’ll find me, as if caught in a gravitational force field. [Read more…]

Saturday Morning Market and Photo Exhibit

I left late this morning, knowing that W&M’s homecoming parade would have downtown tied up, but I thought some of the traffic would have cleared by 11:30. My, was I wrong! Even the paid garage was full. I parked in an almost legal spot after circling for 15 minutes. It was worth the effort, because I enjoyed the Merchants Square Farmers Market with its autumn flowers and produce, then had a quick lunch at Retro’s before checking out the Photographers Guild exhibit at the WIlliamsburg Regional Library. The exhibit is up through Oct. 31. Check it all out in this short video: [Read more…]

New Exhibit at Prince George Art & Frame, Oct. 15 – Nov. 27

“How I Spent My Summer Vacation” is the theme of a new art exhibit at Prince George Art & Frame in the Colony Square shopping center on Jamestown Road. I remembered owner Fred Miller from his former location on Prince George Street downtown. It’s the place to go for quality framing and to see works by local artists. Fred was getting ready for the opening reception and graciously allowed me to make this video: [Read more…]

Williamsburg Greek Festival

I’d never been to the local Greek Festival, but I’m glad I went. My church’s festival had more activities for kids and also more vendors, but I must admit that the Greek food smelled wonderful. The food lines were long and the people dining looked very satisfied, so I think I’ll eat at this one next year. (Sorry, Hickory Neck – I’m just not into pork barbecue.) The new Hellenic Center looks like a great place for wedding receptions and parties. [Read more…]

Hickory Neck Church Fall Festival

Fall is the time for festivals in Williamsburg and I went to two today. It was in the 90s and sunny, so attendance was great at both family events. Here’s a video of Hickory Neck Episcopal Church’s 10th Annual Fall Festival. (Disclosure: I’m a member of this church.) This event is the Hickory Neck’s largest fund raiser of the year, with proceeds going to several local charities. You can read more about the event on the church’s web site. [Read more…]

Flea Market and Antique Show at New Town

Last Saturday I visited the Fall Flea Market and Antique Show. It’s sponsored in the Fall and Spring by the Virginia Gazette. Some of the stalls were to benefit local charities like Dream Catchers and the Williamsburg Botanical Garden (at Freedom Park). Watch this short video to see the variety of items available. [Read more…]

Eat, Shop, Support Charities

When it comes to supporting charities, Williamsburg isn’t just generous, it’s creative. Here are three fun ways to help:

Merchant Square Sidewalk Sale July 9 – 11

The merchants are clearing out their spring and summer merchandise July 9 – 11, 2010. Hours are 10 – 6 Friday/Saturday, and Noon – 6 Sunday. [Read more…]

Dogs Steal Show at Farmers’ Market

What fun I had on my first stint as “Laurie Brown, Ace Reporter” last week! Recently, The Virginia Gazette chose Williamsburg Native as it’s featured blog. I emailed editor Rusty Carter to thank him, and told him that if he ever needed someone to cover a local event when his reporters were busy, I’d be happy to lend a hand.

He proposed an unusual angle for story about the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market on Merchants Square. Someone had complained in the paper’s “Last Word” section about too many dogs at the market. I went to check it out and you can read the article on the Gazette’s site.

I’m still laughing at “Kobe the Sunglasses Wearing Dog” and his owner Don, who quipped, “His eyes are OK. He just needs the glasses for reading.”