Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month

Celebrating and Honoring Black History Month

January has come and gone. We made it to February, which means it’s officially Black History Month! We wanted to touch on the importance, history, and how you can celebrate here in Hampton Roads. Don’t forget to check the list of local events below!

 

The History

 

Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs, and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history.

This year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals.

Source: npr.org 

 

How To Honor & Celebrate

 

There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month this month and all year long. Here are three ways:

  • Read a book. It may seem simple, but education was the impetus of the month-long celebration. Books like Penrice’s Black American History For Dummies and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States are two great resources to expand your understanding of U.S. History. While you’re at it, support a Black-owned bookstore!
  • Dig around in your local library and share what you learn. Ask your librarian if they have any resources about Black history in your city, state, or region. If so, grab these resources and discuss with your family.
  • Give to associations that advance Black history and civil rights. Two leading organizations are the ASALH and the NAACP.

Source: goodhousekeeping.com

 

Black History Month in Hampton Roads

“Black History Month, a month recognized federally to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to the nation, is right around the corner and there are already events to celebrate throughout Hampton Roads.”

Source: wtkr.com

To see the full list, click here & add these events to your calendar!

 

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

– Desmond Tutu

 

Our Top 10 Favorite Listings Of 2021

Our Top 10 Favorite Listings Of 2021

2021 was an extraordinary year for us as a brokerage. We have seen some truly unique and beautiful homes hit the market across all of Hampton Roads and beyond. We think it’s about time to take a look at our Top 10 Favorite Listings from this year.

 

116 Civil Court, Suffolk | SOLD – $550,000 

Settle peacefully in this stunning 6 bedroom 3 full bath home in Patriots Walke! Live in the luxury you desire while enjoying pre-wired speakers playing music in multiple rooms throughout. This 2019 home offers privacy at the end of a cul-de-sac with plenty of room to spread out. SEE MORE

 

2404 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth | SOLD – $580,000

This gorgeous home on the Elizabeth River is a dream come true! Plenty of windows and doors allow for an abundance of light and gorgeous views. There is also an electric dog fence, a shed that has electricity, kayak stand, sprinkler system, lifetime decking on the front porch and back deck and a custom bar in room over garage. SEE MORE

 

2337 Rookery WAY, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $639,500

Looking for a lifestyle change? Come home to this gorgeous beach home, fully renovated from top to bottom in coveted Aeries on the Bay! Don’t miss this opportunity to live in one of Virginia Beach’s premier bayfront communities. SEE MORE

 

3224 Oak Branch Lane Toano, Virginia | SOLD – $800,000

Extraordinary custom all-brick home in Stonehouse provides tranquility in a picturesque neighborhood with lots of amenities and easy access to Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond! SEE MORE

 

2216 First Landing Lane, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $870,000

Cape Henry Shores presents this sprawling waterfront estate, overlooking a canal leading out to Long Creek, Broad Bay, and deep water. The main floor is perfect for entertaining, featuring an open concept kitchen and dining area, with extra high-ceilings and windows that highlight the enormous rear deck and waterfront view. SEE MORE

 

8406 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $895,000 

Your private North End cottage awaits! Enjoy a short walk to a quiet beach or relax under mature trees in your private oasis. Plenty of space for a pool or additional dwelling. SEE MORE

 

2745 Sandfiddler Road, Virginia Beach | SOLD – $1,316,000

Semi-OCEANFRONT Successful Income Producing Vacation Rental! “Dune Our Thing” lives up to all its promises! Beautifully decorated, well maintained, fabulously remodeled in 2013 & updated in 2020. SEE MORE

 

2000 Canal Road, Virginia Beach | Listed at $1,574,999

This spectacular Bay Island waterfront home offers sweeping BOLD panoramic views with water views from every room in the house! Surrounded by water on 3 sides there is dock with 10,000 lb lift in the back and a protected boat slip in the front. Impressive Sophisticated architecture with terrific open, flowing floorplan. SEE THIS LISTING

 

3125 Hungarian Road, Virginia Beach | Listed at $3,200,000

Introducing Wellington Farm, arguably the finest luxury equestrian estate currently offered in Southern Virginia. Boasting over 77 manicured acres amongst pastoral fields, woods, with vibrant sunsets over the pristine Morton Barn. The equestrian facilities include a large indoor arena with EuroFelt, dressage arena, and jump arena. A 55-acre hay field and woods include a shooting range. No expense was spared in the 15 stall barn. The home offers 7,124 sqft of luxury. SEE THIS LISTING

 

794 Hunt Club Drive Corolla, North Carolina | Listed at $8,500,000

From the exclusive Joseph Richardson landscape to the lavish M. Vicas interior designs, elegance awaits in this exquisite coastline jewel. Situated among the heavenly Currituck Sound, no expense was spared in the architectural details…  If elegance, luxury and a peaceful natural retreat are on your wish list, you must experience the lavishness of this home today! This showplace is proof that dreams do come true! VIEW THIS LISTING

 

What a year! Do you have any favorite properties from 2021?

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Celebrating Kwanzaa | History and More

Celebrating Kwanzaa | History and More

What is Kwanzaa… you may have heard the name of this holiday before, but have you looked into its meaning and history? We would love to dive into the history of this holiday with you all today.

 

Kwanzaa History

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31.

The candle-lighting ceremony each evening provides the opportunity to gather and discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa. The first night, the black candle in the center is lit (and the principle of umoja/unity is discussed). One candle is lit each evening and the appropriate principle is discussed.

Source: History.com

 

Celebrating Kwanzaa

If you’ve never celebrated the holiday before (or you have but want to learn even more), you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Kwanzaa. – Cosmopolitan

 

Kwanzaa Recipes & Menus

“Make this year’s Kwanzaa celebration a treat with delicious traditional recipes and menus. Our Kwanzaa recipes serve a crowd so you can celebrate with your whole family,” Better Homes & Gardens. In addition, here are some more recipes from the Food Network.

 

We want to share with you all a quote from Maya Angelou in celebration of Kwanzaa and its history.

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

 

To all celebrating, we hope you have the most marvelous of holidays!

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Celebrating Christmas in Hampton Roads

Celebrating Christmas in Hampton Roads

It’s the most wonderful time of year here in Hampton Roads. Between the temperatures dropping and Christmas rapidly approaching, we have a guide to celebrating here in the 757. From where to go see lights, to recipes, to events + more… let’s get festive!

 

Holiday Recipes

“Get the party started with these pumped-up Christmas appetizer recipes. From classics like pigs in a blanket and sausage balls to our best-ever cranberry brie bites, there’s something for everyone in here.” – Delish

 

Seeing Lights Around Hampton Roads

“Here’s a list of the top spots to check out light displays across Hampton Roads that are merry and bright!” – Living Local 

 

Holiday Events, Parades, and More

“It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Hampton Roads! After a year off from many annual celebrations, parades, illuminations and more will return this year.” – ESPN 94.1

 

Edna Ferber once said, “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.
We hope this holiday season is everything and more! 

Merry Christmas Hampton Roads | Read Our Recent Blog About Holiday Prep

Welcome Winter | Winter Solstice – December 21st, 2021

Welcome Winter | Winter Solstice – December 21st, 2021

Well, Winter is now here officially whether you like it or not. Today is the Winter Solstice! Surprisingly, there is actually a decent amount of history regarding this chilly season. Read more on the season, how to enjoy the cold weather in Virginia, and how to prepare your home!

 

History on the Winter Solstice

The date of the winter solstice varies from year to year, and can fall anywhere between December 20 and December 23, with the 21st or 22nd being the most common dates. The reason for this is because the tropical year—the time it takes for the sun to return to the same spot relative to Earth—is different from the calendar year. The next solstice occurring on December 20 will not happen until 2080, and the next December 23 solstice will not occur until 2303.

As most are keenly aware, daylight hours grow shorter and shorter as the winter solstice approaches, and begin to slowly lengthen afterward. It’s no wonder that the day of the solstice is referred to in some cultures as the “shortest day of the year” or “extreme of winter.”

Winter in Virginia

As for things to do or get excited about, Virginia Is For Lovers has some wonderful information. “Virginia’s winter season brings shorter days and cooler temperatures, but there are still many fun things to do. Skiing in Virginia allows you to spend some time in the Great Outdoors in a safe, socially-distanced way. Getaways at Virginia mountain resorts or private cabin rentals offer cozy places to enjoy Virginia’s winter beauty. Take a break from the slopes and head to a cozy winery, or relax and unwind at a spa in Virginia

For a coastal winter vacation, book a whale watching tour in Virginia Beach to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of marine wildlife, then spend some time strolling along the quiet and pristine off-season beaches.”

Source: Virginia Is for Lovers

Make Your Home Winter Ready

And lastly, we want to make sure your home is ready for cooler temperatures! “Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there’s some organizing to do. We’ve got the tips to help you.”

Source: HGTV

Fear not! There is plenty to love and celebrate when it comes to Winter – especially when it comes to Virginia. Make the most of every season here in Hampton Roads. 

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