Welcoming Kati McMenamin

Welcoming Kati McMenamin

 

Having grown up as a Virginia Beach native, Kati has an immense love for everything the coastal lifestyle has to offer. Like many Hampton Roads residents, she also has strong ties to the military community. After graduating high school, Kati postponed college to pursue a career as a musician. After years of traveling and performing, she planted her roots back at the oceanfront and began working in sales.  As the talent acquisition coordinator, Kati utilizes over 15 years of customer service and sales experience.  Her dedication to providing an extraordinary experience for agents and clients alike ensures the relationships she develops will be lifelong.

 

 

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Thanksgiving In Hampton Roads, 2021

Thanksgiving In Hampton Roads, 2021

Turkey Day is upon us! We are already thinking about all the food we are about to eat. Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes… Lindsey Bareham once said, “Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries of life.” Now that we are all hungry, it’s time to go over all things Thanksgiving! From recipes to local events, take a look.

 

RECIPES + MORE

“You can’t beat the classics, and we have everything you need for a perfect traditional feast, from turkey to stuffing to allllll the potatoes and of course the gravy to top it all off. And you must save room for dessert. To tie everything together and make dinner even more impressive, check out these Thanksgiving appetizers and drinks.” Source: Delish

 

THINGS TO DO

“… if you’re in need of a unique Thanksgiving tradition to spice up the festivities this year, we’ve got a list of fun, funny or quirky things to do on Turkey Day that everyone from grandma to the littlest cousins can get behind. These Thanksgiving activities and Thanksgiving games work well to fill the time before or after Thanksgiving dinner. And because some of us have a higher tolerance for elaborate activities than others, these ideas range widely in needed materials and preparation. Get ready to make some memories.” Source: Good Housekeeping

 

LOCAL FOOD OPTIONS

“Last year there were few places to go besides the couch. This year, the thought of a full-blown, homemade Thanksgiving may still seem too much. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, still restricting your social interactions or just can’t summon the motivation to get your turkey on, plenty of places around Hampton Roads are lending a hand.

We’ve compiled a list of local buffets, pickup and delivery options that anyone who doesn’t feel like cooking will be grateful for. This is not an exhaustive list but a great start. Be warned — don’t “fowl” up your Thanksgiving by waiting too long to place an order or make a reservation.” Source: The Virginian Pilot

 

LOCAL EVENTS

“Thanksgiving Virginia Beach Virginia 2021 is celebrated through family activities and Thanksgiving weekend events. Thanksgiving is not just about getting stuffed and watching football all day. There are many things to do for Thanksgiving in Virginia Beach Virginia. Check out the events directory to find out whats going on in Virginia Beach. Events in Virginia BeachSource: MyArea Network

 

Veterans Day in Hampton Roads, 2021

Veterans Day in Hampton Roads, 2021

It’s Veterans Day here in Hampton Roads! Why is that so important? “The Hampton Roads area is home to one of the world’s largest populations of military personnel, with approximately 83,000 active-duty military personnel. Hampton Roads is home to the largest Naval base in the world and the only NATO command on U.S. soil,” according to the Hampton Roads Chamber. We’d love to share with you all how you can celebrate Veterans Day here in Hampton Roads, but first, we will start with a little history.

 

 

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

source: history.com

 

 

What To Do in Hampton Roads

WTKR went ahead and put together a list of happenings here in Hampton Roads for Veterans Day. Whether you already have plans or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a look. We hope that regardless, you have a fun and safe time celebrating our Veterans.

 

Norfolk
  • Veterans Day Weekend at Nauticus
    • From November 11 to 14
    • All veterans and active-duty service members will receive 50% off general admission tickets
    • All Veterans and Active Duty will get a complimentary ticket to opening night at Winterfest on the Wisconsin on November 11th, 2021.
    • Proper ID is required and the discount applies to service members only, additional guests will need to purchase tickets online or at the admissions desk. Discounted military tickets must be purchased at the Admissions desk.
  • Annual Wreath-laying at MacArthur Memorial
    • Thursday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at the MacArthur Visitors Center
    • U.S. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, 2nd District of Virginia is featured speaker
    • Mayor Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander will provide remarks.
    • The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Chesapeake
  • Wreath-laying Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
    • Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial in front of City Hall, 306 Cedar Road
    • The public is invited to attend
Virginia Beach
  • “Salute to Service” online event
    • Wednesday, November 10, 6-7 p.m.
    • Virtual discussion featuring Veterans from the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni Association, The Disabled American Veterans, and Symphoncity.
    • Program will last approximately 1 hour and will feature video of musical selections as well as discussion and resources.
  • Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11, 9 a.m.
    • Parade starts at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ends at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street.
    • The parade will include more than 90 units including military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the military installations across the region. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will participate, as well as several Tidewater municipal and veterans support organizations, including local high school bands and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
    • Immediately following the parade, a formal ceremony that includes military, federal, state and local dignitaries will be held following the parade at 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial.
Newport News
  • Veterans Day Ceremony
    • Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport News (25th Street and West Avenue).
    • The program was announced by Councilman Scott and sponsored by the American Legion BraxtonPerkins Post 25.
Williamsburg
  • Place Flags on the Graves of Veterans in Honor of Veterans Day
    • Tuesday, November 9 at 9 a.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery
    • Join the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, Rotary Club of James City County, Salvation Army of Williamsburg, Cedar Grove Historical Society, representatives from the City Police and Fire Departments, veterans and Greater Williamsburg residents as they place more than 500 flags in honor of Veterans Day.
    • Anyone interested should meet Caretaker Bill Brown at the flagpole. Flags will be provided.
  • Veterans Day Proclamation Ceremony at Colonial Williamsburg
    • Thursday, November 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • An afternoon march and ceremony honoring America’s veterans featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, Military Programs staff, and an address of gratitude to Williamsburg community veterans by Mrs. Washington.
    • The march begins at Capitol Circle and concludes with a commemoration service behind the Courthouse.
    • All armed forces veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • In Defense of Our Liberty at Colonial Williamsburg
    • Thursday, November 11 from 7 pm – 8 pm
    • Now is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century.
    • Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin.
    • Get your tickets here.
York
  • York County Veterans Day Ceremony Features “Letters and Portraits from War”
    • Thursday, November 11 at Noon in the Board Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street in historic Yorktown
    • “Letters and Portraits from War” is the theme of the ceremony that shares photographs and excerpts from letters written during wartime deployment from local soldiers, sailors, and airmen to their family members and loved ones back home.
    • The program includes tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, and “Taps.”
    • There will also be a special recognition of all veterans of our Armed Forces.

 

 

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. – Dan Lipinski

 

Welcoming Carol Borkowski

Welcoming Carol Borkowski

Carol has served others in the real estate field for over 15 years.  Her career has spanned nationwide, back and forth from the West Coast to the East Coast, from New Construction homes to resale homes.

Her extensive background in the industry paired with being a Navy wife, allows her to see the needs of her clients clearly. Carol knows not only what it feels like to move often, but what is required to make this transition as seamless as possible. After multiple cross-country moves, she has become an expert in creating the perfect plan for such a feat.

Carol’s compassion along with her exquisite communication skills make for a winning combination to guide you through the Buying/Selling process.  Now after her husband’s military retirement, Carol has planted roots in our lovely Hampton Roads market and enjoys her time with her 3 grown daughters & is ready to serve you!

She has been awarded the Circle of Excellence multiple times and her team was awarded the top 10 New Home site sales award in 2017. Backed by an extraordinary company at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, Carol is an excellent choice to assist you in all of your real estate endeavors.

 

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Top Performers, October 2021

Top Performers, October 2021

The seasons are changing, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed – our expert REALTORS® and staff strive for extraordinary each and every day. Let’s take a look at the Top Performers from the month of October. Congratulations to all, we cannot wait to see what November brings.

 

 

Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Agent of the Month | Thais Sebastia

As a long-time resident of Hampton Roads, Thais understands exactly what makes this area so special. From the beaches to the big city, and even country living she’s done it all and knows the appeal in each individually.

With a Marketing degree from ODU and an unending passion for interior design and architecture, she is an undeniable resource when it comes to sellers preparing their home for sale or buyers needing inspiration on what to do with their new space.

She takes on every client with only one goal in mind… to match them up with the home that best fits their lifestyle, and to have FUN while doing it!

She understands the home buying and selling process can be intimidating, even for folks who have done it more than once and she is committed to making her clients enjoy every step.

She has a work ethic like no other, a spectacular outlook on life, and some fierce negotiating skills!

Thais is your guide to buying and selling your home in the Hampton Roads area!

 

Kris Weaver Real Estate Team Agent of the Month | Melanie Currey

I’m Melanie Currey and I want your business. I love life, family, and selling homes. I love finding my clients homes that feel like home. I am a NAVY wife and understand the urgency in transferring and know how emotional it can be, but I’ve also personally moved several times (outside of NAVY life) and know the emotions involved in that as well.

Today, with over eighteen years in real estate and over 300 homes sold, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have the professional experience to make the process smooth and pain-free. I always put the needs of my clients first. In a society where we are bombarded by options, listening is overlooked and under-rated. I’m the agent who listens, then puts to use my expertise to guide you in fulfilling both your needs and desires. I have very high standards. I expect nothing less than the best from myself and you should demand no less when hiring an agent.

 

Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty Admin of the Month – Silvio Grijalva

Atlantic Sotheby’s Property Manager of the Month – Leà Marie Ngowakl

Kris Weaver Team Inside Sales Associate of the Month – Vanessa Lopez

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Celebrating Día de los Muertos, November 1st and 2nd

Celebrating Día de los Muertos, November 1st and 2nd

You’ve probably heard of Día de los Muertos, commonly known as Day of the Dead, but what exactly is being celebrated? We would love to share some information on this two-day holiday.

 

WHAT IS DAY OF THE DEAD?

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!

Day of the Dead is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. It is unlike any holiday where mourning is exchanged for celebration. source: dayofthedead.holiday

 

ORIGINS

The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is an ever-evolving holiday that traces its earliest roots to the Aztec people in what is now central Mexico. The Aztecs used skulls to honor the dead a millennium before the Day of the Dead celebrations emerged. Skulls, like the ones once placed on Aztec temples, remain a key symbol in a tradition that has continued for more than six centuries in the annual celebration to honor and commune with those who have passed on. source: history.com

 

PLACES CELEBRATING IN HAMPTON ROADS

 

 

MORE KID-FRIENDLY EVENTS

Sugar Skulls, Hot Chocolate, and Marigolds at North Suffolk Library (Suffolk)
Date: October 30, 2021 at 11am

Dia de los Muertos (Portsmouth)
Date: November 6, 2021 from 10am-4pm

Day of the Dead Celebration (Virginia Beach)
Date: November 6, 2021 from 11am – 10pm

From MyActiveChild.com

4 DAY OF THE DEAD MOVIES YOU NEED TO SEE

Now, if staying in sounds like a plan – here is a list of 4 movies to watch from dayofthedead.holiday found below!

 

Coco

When young Miguel finds that he has had enough of his family’s longstanding ban on music, he ventures into the Land of the Dead with the hopes of finding a great-great-grandfather of his, who had left his family to follow his dream of being a legendary singer.

 

James Bond’s Spectre

When a cryptic message from the past begins to reveal the existence of a criminal international organization, James Bond embarks on a series of adventures to track down the boss at the top of the pyramid with the help of the daughter of a promising lead.

 

The Book of Life

The story revolves around a group of school detention students who are ushered into a fantastical world with the help of a tour guide who introduces them to the story of a Mexican town called San Angel, which is part of the Book of Life, a book that holds every story in the world. As it is the Day of the Dead, Xibalba, the ruler of the Land of the Forgotten, and La Muerte, the ruler of the Land of the Remembered, strike a wager after seeing two of the boys fighting over the affection of fellow student Maria Posada. If she wins, Xibalba will no longer interfere in mortal affairs but, if Xibalba wins, they must swap realms. Later, Xibalba decides to cheat by giving his backed candidate a very unfair advantage.

 

Macario

Its titular protagonist is a peasant who is obsessed with his own poverty and the idea of death. Because he feels fed up with his position in life, he decides that he won’t eat until he can feast on a whole turkey by his lonesome. His wife thusly steals one for him, and he goes off into the forest to dine. Once there, he refuses to share it with god or the devil but, then, agrees to when he meets death itself. Death, thankful, gives Macario a healing water that summons death to save whomever drinks it for the sake of saving them. Macario, consequently, becomes rich and famous, but gets accused of witchcraft. His only saving grace is being able to save the son of an important government official.

 

We hope that everyone celebrating has a wonderful Día de los Muertos spent honoring family.

Welcoming Charles Sears

Welcoming Charles Sears

“As a Hampton Roads native and a seasoned customer service professional, I recognize and value the trust my clients place in me, and I strive every day to exceed their expectations.

I started in the service industry being the front desk manager at several hotels under the same owner. Then I moved on to become a T-Mobile sales representative and was able to help my store be the number one store in Hampton Roads.

In 2019, I decided to become a Real Estate agent and bring my expertise in customer service to my clients and provide them fantastic experience with buying and/or selling. I joined Kris Weaver’s Real Estate team in 2021 because they are the #1 team in Hampton Roads and I am looking to provide nothing less than the best experience for my clients.” – Charles Sears, REALTOR®

 

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Gearing Up For Halloween Weekend

Gearing Up For Halloween Weekend

So this coming weekend is Halloween. Whether you started decorating on September 1st or haven’t started quite yet, we want to help you make Spooky Season spectacular this year. From costumes to snacks, to overall Halloween ideas – here is all you need for a successful weekend of haunts.

 

The Best DIY Halloween Decorations for a Fun-Filled Celebration

Transform your indoor and outdoor spaces with these homemade design tricks. goodhousekeeping.com

 

15 Last-Minute Halloween Snacks That Will Save The Spooky Day

Party plans at the eleventh hour? We’ve got you covered with 17 last-minute Halloween snacks that take less than an hour to throw together. Spooky Halloween cookies call for tons of creativity, while make-ahead recipes require actually knowing that you’re going to a party in the first place; what if the party plans come up at the eleventh hour? While finding a last-minute costume that doesn’t make your plan to stay in and watch Halloween movies alone in your jam-jams too obvious, cooking or baking a mysterious masterpiece seems out of the question… but it’s not! Brit + Co

 

62 Last Minute Halloween Costumes You Still Have Time to Make

After last year, we’re all looking forward to a fun Halloween celebration—and that means an especially epic Halloween costume. But if time has slipped through your fingers and you’ve found yourself on the eve of October 31 with not a clue about what kind of outfit to wear, fear not. We’ve come through with a killer list of the best last-minute costumes… countryliving.com

 

Fall in Hampton Roads: 2021 Trick or Treating & Halloween Events Guide

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — As the weather continues to cool off, many cities and localities in the area are hosting a variety of events and festivals to celebrate fall and Halloween. Living Local

 

Halloween is now less than a week away, how frightful! We cannot wait for the fun that will ensue, in fact here is a quote to jumpstart the vibes.

 

The world turned upside down — in a good way — for one black velvet night.
– Karen Fortunati

Welcoming Jen Walsh

Welcoming Jen Walsh

Having moved around the world as both the daughter and the former wife of a Navy Sailor, Jen understands how it feels to move your family.  It is important that the feeling be one of excitement and stress-free!

Whether she is riding her dirt bike or representing you as her client she understands that it takes Knowledge, Commitment and Trust.  All traits you will find in Jen.  Call her today and start the journey of buying or selling your home.

Jen crecio en España y en Virginia Beach y entiende lo importante que es comprar y vender su casa. Queremos que la experiencia sea una llena de buenos momentos y la confianza de que ella estara ahi a cada paso.

Llamenla hoy y tomen el primer paso!

 

 

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Welcoming Julz Gat

Welcoming Julz Gat

A Virginia Beach local and native, Julienne Gatlabayan, or Julz Gat as many know him, is a dynamic, unique, and intuitive Realtor in the Hampton Roads area. With a broad insight on what the area has to offer in both real estate and things to do, he can effectively educate homebuyers and sellers, use his negotiating skills during the transaction, and properly market the team’s listings. Clients have referred to Julz as “Amazing to work with, fun, patient, understanding, and quick to respond to questions.” Prior to entering the world of real estate he was a musical staple at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and downtown Norfolk nightlife and event coordination scene, having Dj residencies at many popular venues, clubs, and bars along with long-standing annually contracted events such as the Hampton Roads Mom Prom and the East Coast Surfing Championship. Also a freelance aerial videographer, Julz has had the opportunity to film and showcase multiple Real Estate listings along with a few local businesses. His deep professional musical background along with his one-of-a-kind drone piloting skills gave him the experience to have not just outstanding knowledge in local nightlife and festivities around the area, but also the capability to navigate through client needs and relations, contracts, and overall business professionalism. As a Father of 2 Julz is a devoted dad, keeping family close to his heart, often donating his musical talent and creative eye to help local charity foundations such as the Pandas fight against cancer, the SPCA, and CHKD. In his free time, he likes to navigate the local waterways, surf, hang out with his dogs and family, and tend his garden!

 

 

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