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.



“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



“… 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



“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



“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.




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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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


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.



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:



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:






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



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



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.



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.

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.


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…


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

Fall Home Tip Series | Part II – Inspect Your Chimney

Fall Home Tip Series | Part II – Inspect Your Chimney

So much to do, so little time… after all, it’s already October! Today we have another Fall Home Tip for you all. It’s time to consider getting your chimney inspected. What’s better than having a fire going on a crispy Autumn night? A SAFE fire. Enjoy the warmth, evening fires can bring, without any fears.



Importance of Getting Your Chimney Inspected

There’s nothing quite like the warmth of a fire, the sounds of the crackling wood, and the soft orange glow on a cold night. However comforting fireplaces are in your home, there is the reality that they can be dangerous as well.

It’s estimated that every year there are about 25,000 chimney fires that result in over 125 million dollars in property damage (not to mention thousands of injuries). Improper cleaning and maintenance of chimneys is one of the leading causes of these fires. Not only can this cause fires, but it can also expose your home and family to dangerous chemicals and compounds.

Source: RB Farina Roofing Co



Level 1 Chimney Inspection

A Level 1 chimney inspection is the minimum inspection requirement, intended for situations in which the homeowner will continue  to use the same appliance or vent system as before chimney work begins. As part of a Level 1 inspection, the chimney service technician will check the readily accessible portions of the exterior and interior of the chimney, the appliance, and the chimney connection. The technician will inspect the soundness of the chimney, checking the flue along with the appliance and connections. The technician should also make sure that there are no combustible deposits or obstructions inside the chimney.

Level 2 Chimney Inspection

When a change is made to the chimney system, a Level 2 inspection is required. Changes to the chimney flue or fuel type or a replacement of the appliance with one that is different from the previous appliance necessitate a Level 2. A Level 2 inspection is also required in the event that a property is being sold or transferred, or if something has occurred that might have damaged the chimney. If there has been a chimney fire, building fire, or other serious event, a Level 2 inspection should be completed. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 and is more thorough. Though a Level 2 is more thorough, it requires no special tools. This type of inspection does include video scanning to check the joints and interior of the flue liners, but no destruction or removal of chimney portions is required.

Level 3 Chimney Inspection

A Level 3 inspection should be performed in the event that a lower-level inspection suggests the presence of a hidden hazard and special tools are needed to reach hidden parts of the chimney or chimney flue. A Level 3 inspection includes all of the details of the first two levels and includes removal of chimney components, when necessary.



Sipping Around The World | International Coffee Day

Sipping Around The World | International Coffee Day

We know National Coffee Day was earlier this week but being a part of a vast network of Sotheby’s International Realty offices, we wanted to celebrate with everyone across the globe. What better way than to take a look at places to enjoy coffee in all corners of the world. We only have one question… where is your dream coffee spot?




















You all know we had to end on a familiar face/place. Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee here in Hampton Roads or abroad, happy International Coffee Day! | 757.777.9870

September 22nd, 2021 – Fall Equinox

September 22nd, 2021 – Fall Equinox

The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.

– Jane Hirshfield


Isn’t it crazy how Summer can come and go in the blink of an eye? It may still feel a bit like Summer, but Fall is officially here. To get in the mood for some Autumn fun, we wanted to share some of our favorite things about Fall.


Pumpkin Flavored Food + Drink

You either hate it or you love it, but ’tis the season for all things pumpkin spice. This Fall favorite is not limited to just the Pumpkin Spice Lattes… there are many ways to incorporate your favorite flavor. Take a look at 50 Ways To Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix courtesy of Taste of Home.


Mulling Spice

It’s the smell of cinnamon sticks and cloves for us… this seasonal favorite not only makes for a delicious mulled wine/cider but keeps the home smelling like pure comfort. Create your own mulling spices blend to make a delicious mulled wine, spiced apple cider, tea, coffee, syrup, or even stovetop potpourri thanks to Julie Blanner.



Oh, Halloween. Of course, when you think of Fall – Halloween comes to mind fairly quickly. Whether you celebrate Spooky Season for all of Autumn or just on the 31st, this list of movies coming to Netflix is sure to satisfy your need for thrill and fright.


Leaves Changing Colors

We couldn’t leave out the LEAVES. One of Fall’s most photographed moments is the leaves transforming from green to the many shades of orange, yellow, and red we all love. A site to see, this seasonal change is one to truly enjoy. Fear not! If you don’t know where to go to see this change, we have a list of Best Fall Foliage Views in the U.S.


Feasts Such As Thanksgiving

Saving the best for last… Fall means we are just that much closer to Thanksgiving – a time for feasts, family, and fun. Get inspired early by exploring House Beautiful’s hub for Turkey Day!


Yes, we are sad to see Summer go but there is so much to love and embrace when it comes to Fall. Enjoy the cooling temperatures, crunchy leaves under your feet, and all the wonderful things that come with the changing of seasons.