Memorial Day Weekend in Hampton Roads

Memorial Day Weekend in Hampton Roads

The weather here in Hampton Roads is heating up as we begin to say goodbye to Spring. That’s right, Summer is right around the corner! Typically Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to Summer here in the 757. Let’s take a look at what Memorial Day is all about and what’s in store for us, locally, this weekend.



“Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United States, holiday (last Monday in May) honoring those who have died in the nation’s wars. It originated during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle.”

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica



MONDAY – from The Virginian Pilot

Memorial Day Ceremony, at Victory Arch, 25th Street and West Avenue, downtown Newport News. 11 a.m. (757) 245-4532 or (757) 247-8523.

Memorial Day Ceremony, Conaway Cemetery at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, 9 a.m. Attendants must have base access. (757) 953-7422.

Memorial Day Observance, Hampton National Cemetery Complex, Marshall Avenue and Cemetery Road, Hampton. A 21-gun salute, music and more. 10 a.m. (757) 723-7104.

Memorial Day Observance, Fort Monroe’s Continental Park. A 105 mm howitzer 21-gun salute, music and more. 11:55 a.m. (757) 788-2263.

Memorial Day Service, on board the battleship Wisconsin, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 10 a.m. (757) 644-1000.

Virginia Memorial Day Cluster All-Breed Dog Show, 8 a.m., Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. (757) 315-1610.

Virginia Beach Mayor’s Veterans Committee commemorates Memorial Day, Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 19th Street across from Virginia Beach Convention Center, 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. (757) 467-6435.

Memorial Day Evening Service, Courthouse Community United Methodist Church, 2708 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. 7 p.m. (757) 427-3272.



Hampton Roads is home to many military families. There is much to enjoy throughout Memorial Day Weekend for all. Whether you’re looking to hang out with friends or enjoy some activities with family – CLICK HERE to search all local events.




“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman


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Extraordinary Achievements | Phil Kazmierczak

Extraordinary Achievements | Phil Kazmierczak
Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

Meet Phil Kazmierczak, Associate Broker and President of Property Management here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.  Phil has been in real estate since 2015 and started in property management in 2016.  Since then he has excelled and risen to the top of his field.  Phil is actively engaged in the community serving in several roles such as the 2022 Government Affairs Director for Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and was appointed to the 2022 Virginia Beach Housing Advisory Board by Virginia Beach City Council.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association (HRRA) and is the Moderator of the HRRA Property Management and Leasing Council.


Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

Most recently, Phil was named by the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association 2021 Rising Star of the Year for volunteerism and engagement, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager, and the most highly coveted top award, 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year. We interviewed Phil regarding his recent achievement – 2021 Distinguished Property Manager of the Year.


Q1. Did you know that you were going to win?

Photo: The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association

I actually had no idea I was going to win. Barbara Sgueglia, Chairman of the Board, reached out to my husband 2 months ago to tell him I had won. We even all had drinks together one evening prior and they didn’t say a word about it. My husband, Aaron, had also asked me for my bio recently and lied about what it was for. As for the day of, they tricked me into sitting up front unknowingly. It truly was a surprise.


Q2. What does winning this mean to you?

It is a verification of all the hard work the team has done for property management in the Hampton Roads Area. Property Management can be a very thankless profession. This award shows that we are effective and knowledgeable in the property management services we offer.


Q3. What’s your favorite part about being a Property Manager?

My favorite thing about being a Property Manager is making things work. I am all about the processes. Whenever there is any kind of problem, we put a solution in place so that it never happens again.


Q4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or mention?

This award has very little to do with me and everything to do with our Property Management Team and the work that they do.

True story, back in 2016 when Kris Weaver, Principal Broker, asked me to consider this position I said “Okay, but I want the opportunity to go back to being a full-time agent if it doesn’t work out.” And he said “No. You’re either all in or all out.” From that moment on, I was all in.


Please join us in congratulating Phil on his recent achievements! Here at Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, it is our mission to provide our clientele with the highest standard of Real Estate Services. This Includes our extraordinary Property Management Division.


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Celebrating Earth Day in Hampton Roads

Celebrating Earth Day in Hampton Roads

One thing we can say about Hampton Roads is that every Earth Day there is much to do locally! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do, check out the full blog post. We hope this makes your Earth Day a breeze!


“After 50+ years of celebrating Earth Day, it’s more important than ever to be green. If you’re looking for simple changes you can make at home in honor of the holiday, these easy, eco-friendly lifestyle changes on our list will help guide you: little yet important things like reusing the items you already have, purchasing environmentally-friendly products that don’t come in excess packaging, and reducing your daily water and energy consumption. After all, even a tiny bit goes a long way when it comes to saving the earth!”

Source: Good Housekeeping



Wow, did we find a list of Earth Day Events for you all! From an Earth Day Market hosted by Bloom Beauty Bar VA and Farmer John’s Market to Earth Fest at Tradition Brewing Company – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.



“Every year on April 22, people around the world gather to celebrate and appreciate our planet for Earth Day! The movement started in 1970, as many became aware of the growing environmental issues, including air and water pollution. The day typically includes fun and engaging Earth-conscious activities to help you and your little ones learn how to make a positive environmental impact. While there are some easy things you can do to make a difference — think changing the light bulbs in your home to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and using eco-friendly products — partaking in our Earth Day crafts for kids can keep the change going for generations to come.”

Source: Good Housekeeping



Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. –Mahatma Gandhi


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Hoppy Easter Hampton Roads

Hoppy Easter Hampton Roads

It’s Easter Weekend here in Hampton Roads! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do in Hampton Roads, check out the full blog post. We hope it makes your life a little easier… and eggstra festive!


Hampton Roads is a very family-centric region, where many small businesses and venues host events that are totally kid-friendly. If you are looking to take the family out for some festivities, here is a list of events from Enjoy, be safe, and enjoy Easter with the little ones!



We also pulled some additional events around Hampton Roads that are not just for the kids, but you adults too! Here is a list of brunches and other events local to you. From Blue Pete’s Restaurant to Varia – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.



“To help you plan this year’s Easter menu, we’ve found the best Easter dinner ideas that celebrate all things spring. From apricot glazed ham and lemon-herb chicken to roasted asparagus and lemon bundt cake, these family-ready dishes will impress everyone at your table. Not to mention, most of them are so simple and easy that even a bunny could make them (so hop to it!).”

Source: Good Housekeeping



We hope you enjoy this beautiful Easter weekend. Spring is here and so are the warm temperatures we have missed very much. “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb

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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

Buy Nothing Project | Local Virginia Beach ‘Buy Nothing’ Group

Buy Nothing Project | Local Virginia Beach ‘Buy Nothing’ Group

As we approach the holidays, it’s hard not to think about shopping, gift-giving, and giving back to the community. The common theme: giving. Our Managing Broker, Misty Brownell, has found that her ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook Group has done more for the community than she initially imagined. Watch this feature from WTKR about this local group taking after the Buy Nothing Project.



“This holiday season, with inflation and supply chain issues lingering, one local group is boasting the success of its swap group. Everything posted must be free.

It seems these types of groups are part of a growing trend. One national effort known as the Buy Nothing Project has more than 4.27 million members. One of the main goals is to build communities and create a cleaner planet.

In southern Virginia Beach, Misty Brownell created a group after being encouraged by her sister-in-law who lives near Philadelphia and has participated in such sites. Brownell is a busy managing broker with Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, but the COVID pandemic gave her a little more time. That’s when she started the Facebook group: April of 2020. It now has more than 2,300 members, and one of the main rules is that anything posted on the site is given for free to the first person to respond. Also, those giving and taking must be within the immediate geographical region to keep swapping hyperlocal. This particular one is called Sandbridge and Kellam District Neighborhood Swap. Before being admitted, administrators will ensure the person joining lives in the neighborhood.”

Read More from the source: WTKR 



Here at Atlantic Sotheby’s, we love nothing more than giving back. It prides us to have agents and staff who feel the same. Tis’ the season for giving! If you would like more information on this Facebook Group, send these two a message!



Links To Instagram Below | Misty Brownell | Loren Feldman

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.

Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day is almost here, which means it is time to figure out what’s in store this extended weekend. You know the drill… from local events in Hampton Roads to online deals, we’ve got you covered. But first, we have a little history in store.

According to, “Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events.”



Fri, Sep 3 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach KOA Holiday
1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
Start planning to spend your Labor Day Weekend at KOA! With live music and local food vendors, we’ve got you covered for entertainment on Saturday night.


Thu, Sep 2 – Mon, Sep 6 | Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area KOA Holiday
4000 Newman Rd, Williamsburg, VA
Labor Day weekend is coming our way, complete with plenty of fun. It’s one of our very favorite holidays! 


Fri, Sep 3, 12 PM – Tue, Sep 7, 12 AM | Commonwealth Brewing Co
2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
We can’t believe it’s time for our 6TH REVOLUTION CELEBRATION this Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd through 6th!


Sep 5, 3 PM – Oct 3, 5 PM | Reaver Beach Brewing Co. NFK
3800 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA
Live Music with Brett Williams is on Facebook. To connect with Live Music with Brett Williams, join Facebook today.


Sat, Sep 4, 6 AM – Mon, Sep 6, 12 PM | Burnham Guides Paddle & Bike
2 King St, Onancock, VA
Paddle all sides of Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Bayside, Seaside, and with the Ponies! Lodging and dining in the 1680 Colonial port of Onancock.


Sun, Sep 5 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA
Race info for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon & 5K, with a course map, elevation profile, runner reviews, registration and more.




Enjoy major deals on furniture, mattresses, bedding, kitchen appliances, and more. – VIEW NOW



End your three-day-weekend on a delicious note with these easy ideas. – VIEW NOW


Now go and enjoy Labor Day Weekend, no matter which way you decide to spend it.