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July
11

Tri-County Fair Preview: Get Ready for Summer Fun

Hardy County Fair

Few annual events in eastern West Virginia are more hotly anticipated than the Tri-County Fair. As always, our real estate agents are excited to welcome the fair back to Petersburg, WV!

Just like in years past, there will be a lot to take in. The 2022 fair will include live music and entertainment, various animal shows and exhibitions, a parade, demolition derby, and a midway packed with rides, games, and carnival attractions. And it's all happening minutes away from these Hardy County homes for sale

A Little History... 

The Tri-County Fair is a long-running tradition here in West Virginia. The fair made its debut in 1920, which means that it's been going strong for over 100 years now. Of course, the Tri-County Fair has changed a lot since its early days, but the spirit of celebration remains the same. 

Mostly, the fair has just gotten bigger! Back in 1920, it was simply a 4-H/open class exhibit at the old Petersburg Courthouse. Over the years, the Tri-County Fair has continued to expand, growing to incorporate exhibits of agriculture, livestock, floriculture, art, and home economics. 

It's put together every year as a collaboration between Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton Counties, and folks come from all around to enjoy the festivities. 

Tri-County Fair 2022

We know we could say this every year, but there are a lot of reasons to get excited about the Tri-County Fair in 2022! This year's fair takes place from July 29 through August 6, which means we have nine full days of fun to get ready for. Some of the events we're most looking forward to include: 

Tri-County Fair

  • Midway Rides - Starting Monday, August 1, midway rides at the Tri-County Fair will be open daily at 6 pm. Every year's assortment of rides is a little different, but you can count on a wide range of carnival favorites, including a tilt-a-whirl, merry-go-round, and Ferris wheel. 

  • Exhibits - Exhibits will be shown (and prizes given) throughout the fair in categories including produce, flowers, baked goods, canning, art, and photography. All residents of Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton counties are welcome to enter and compete in the exhibits (learn more here). 

  • Live Entertainment - You can expect some great performances at this year's Tri-County Fair, including live music from The Hoppers ("America's favorite Gospel music family") and family-friendly entertainment from Dewayne Hill ("Americas Funniest comedy Magician"). Capping it all off will be a performance from country star Josh Turner at the fairgrounds' bandstand on the evening of August 2.

Parade

  • Parade - Always a favorite event at the Tri-County Fair, this year's parade gets moving at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 3. 

Agriculture

  • Livestock Exhibitions - There will be livestock exhibitions, shows, and showmanship competitions throughout the fair, including an FFA horse show, breeder cattle show, pig scramble, and "Sheep & Goat Skill-a-Thon." Check out the full schedule to learn more about the various events featuring beef, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and other critters. 

Demolition Derby

  • Demolition Derby - As the grand finale of the Tri-County Fair, the whole event will be capped off with Demolition Derby at 7 pm on Saturday, August 6. Expect plenty of thrills and surprises, and stick around to see who ends up being the last man standing!

Mark your calendars for the fair today! A $20 season ticket will get you into the fair every day and entry into every event except for the Josh Turner concert and the Demolition Derby. No gate admission will be charged on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31.

Find Your Way to the Fair

The fair takes place at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, located at 107 Rig Street in Petersburg, WV. The fairgrounds are nestled at the east end of the village, right around the corner from Petersburg Elementary School and Viking Memorial Stadium. 

It's a perfect location for the Tri-County Fair because it's not only within walking distance of many Grant County homes for sale but also just minutes away from Hardy and Pendleton Counties as well. Get to know more about local homes for sale and meet our real estate agents when you visit this year's fair. Our agents will have a booth you can stop at while you're there! 

The Tri-County Fair is also just a little over two hours from Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA.

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in West Virginia! It's an amazing place to call home, and if you're looking for a place to call your own in Grant County and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.

March
15

7 Best Irish Drinks to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

St Patty's Day Drinks

You've heard that everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. While we don't know if this is really true, we do know that Americans have been celebrating the Irish saint since 1737 in Colonial Boston. The pub crawls of yesterday have given way to smaller gatherings at home. Mix up one of these cocktails to celebrate this year! 

  1. Top o'the morning!  

Jessica in the Kitchen offers a non-alcoholic option for the entire family with her Best Green Smoothie. For a fun and healthy beginning of the day, simply toss these ingredients into the blender, give it a whirl, and drink. For each serving, you will need: 

1 cup fresh pineapple chopped or cubed 

2 cups fresh spinach washed and stems removed 

2 small frozen bananas whole 

1/2 cup orange juice 

  1. Lovely cuppa tea 

From a simple afternoon gathering to a formal high tea, the Irish seldom let the opportunity pass to enjoy a cup. You can serve traditional teas of all different flavors for a non-alcoholic option, or let the grownups sample a more sophisticated version with the Irish Tea Party from The Spruce Eats.

Whirl the absinthe around the glass to coat it, pouring out the excess. Add the whisky and add tea to taste. The tea should already be chilled and sweetened, so it doesn't immediately melt added ice. Chilling the glass will help the drink stay cold longer. 

1/4 ounce absinthe  

1-ounce Irish whiskey 

4 ounces green tea 

  1. Leprechaun's treasure 

If, after your traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, you're ready for an adult beverage, you have plenty of choices, and with this amazing Irish Gold Whiskey Cocktail, you don't need to dig for gold at the end of a rainbow.

This quick libation doesn't require a shaker or any other bar tools. Just pour ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a wheel of lime. You don't have to find the end of a rainbow to enjoy this sparkling treat. This can be made by the pitcher to serve to a group without additional fuss.  

2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1/2-ounce peach schnapps 

Splash orange juice 

4 ounces ginger ale   

  1. Delicious old standby 

Would it even be St. Patrick's Day without Irish Coffee? Start with a rich, dark brew and stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add whiskey and top with lightly whipped cream. Cuddle up by the fire and sip through the cream for a cozy night in. For a non-alcoholic version, ditch the whiskey and add ¼ teaspoon of rum extract. Dust the top of the cream with a touch of cocoa for a finished appearance.

1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar  

4 ounces coffee  

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1-ounce heavy cream  

  1. Spotlight on the green 

When you want something that screams green, tastes wonderful, and isn't beer, you can't go wrong with this crisp, flavorful drink, the Green Dublin Apple Cocktail. Simply fill a shaker will ice and add the ingredients. Shake for thirty seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of green apple for an attractive presentation. 

2 ounces Irish whiskey  

1-ounce sour apple schnapps 

2 ounces white cranberry juice 

Shamrocked Drink

  1. Irish elegance

Small, intimate gatherings can be elevated to a memorable level with a few simple touches. For a gorgeous offering, let the cocktail take center stage with Shamrocked from Town and Country Magazine

1.5 ounces Midori Liqueur

1-ounce Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

1/2 ounce Irish Crème

Pour ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour over ice into the glass. The creamy delight looks exquisite in a double old-fashioned glass. Swirl whipped cream on top and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

  1. Celebration of Life

When the room is rocking with Irish music, you can't go wrong with a drink that offers tribute both to the James Joyce novel and Irish singers everywhere. What could be more perfect for a party than this iconic cocktail, Finnegan's Wake, also courtesy of Town and Country?

1 oz Jameson 

1 oz Green Chartreuse 

1 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur 

1 oz lime 

3-5 mint leaves 

Sufficient absinthe to rinse the glass.  

After rinsing a coupe glass with absinthe and pouring off the excess, pour all the ingredients into a shaker of ice. Shake vigorously and pour, topping off with a few fresh mint leaves. 

Looking for a new home with a kitchen perfect for mixing up cocktails? If you'd like to tour any of the gorgeous Virginia homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty would like to help. Our real estate agents will gladly help you find that perfect house among the finest Rockingham County homes for sale. Contact us to make arrangements with one of our real estate professionals.

October
19

6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween During Covid-19

Halloween ideas during Covid 19

The pandemic has profoundly changed everyday life around Virginia homes for sale, so it's no surprise that holiday traditions are getting some tweaking as well. Happily, people are rising to the occasion and coming up with novel ways to keep the festivities going. 

Our real estate agents share this year's top ideas for celebrating Halloween or, as some witty souls have already dubbed it, "Quarantine-O-Ween."

  1. Stage a Reverse Halloween Parade
    Parades are long-standing traditions for fall's other big holiday, so why not steal a page from the Thanksgiving playbook? Enlist your neighbors to deck their homes and yards out in some creatively scary decorations, then hold a "reverse" parade where people view the displays from passing cars and bicycles. Add more interest by setting up a Facebook event page where attendees can cast votes for their favorite. 

  2. Plan a Jack-O'-Lantern Hunt
    Why stop with Thanksgiving? Borrow an idea from springtime by hiding candy and trinkets around the yard. Place the items in mini plastic jack-o'-lanterns or recycle plastic eggs with paint, stickers, and other Halloween-appropriate decorations. The jack-o'-lantern hunt can easily be moved indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate.

  3. Have a Scary Movie-thon
    Use Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another streaming service to program a customized Halloween movie marathon that fits the ages and scare-tolerance levels of your family members. Pop plenty of corn and stock up on concession-sized boxes of everyone's favorite candies. Costumes are optional, or you could make it a big pajama party with lots of pillows and blankets to go around. Want a group event? Netflix Party lets you remotely watch the movies of your choice with up to 50 of your BFFs.

  4. Be Creative with Candy Distribution
    Door-to-door trick-or-treating isn't practical under social distancing guidelines. Health experts suggest packaging goodies in small paper bags or other individual grab-and-go portions to minimize contact. Place them on the porch for easy accessibility or incorporate treat bags in a clever but safe interactive format, such as creating a mock graveyard on the front lawn with treats at each stone. Get the whole neighborhood in on the excitement by having people set up treat tables in their driveways.

  5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
    A number of popular pumpkin patches in Virginia and West Virginia are still open for business this Halloween. While pumpkins, whether u-pick or pre-picked, are the main event, these locations offer a wide range of fall-themed activities for all ages. Some of the options include corn mazes, private campfires, hayrides, and farm animal viewing. Be sure to check the websites or call ahead for visitor guidelines. 

  6. Host a Virtual Halloween Party
    By now, everyone's a pro with Zoom, Skype, Messenger, and other video chat apps. Planning a virtual Halloween party for adults, kids or families is a breeze, since everyone is responsible for their own refreshments, decorations, etc. Show off your costumes, have a pumpkin-carving contest, or bust a move with a spooky dance-off. 

When you find the right home, every day is a holiday. It's no trick: contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn why West Virginia real estate is such a treat.

October
28

All Aboard the North Pole Express for a Country Classic Christmas

Moorefield WV North Pole Express
It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, but they'll be here before you know it! There are a lot of fun holiday events in or area, and our REALTORS® love helping residents find the most exciting ways to celebrate the season. One of our favorite activities is the Potomac Eagle's Country Classic Christmas featuring the North Pole Express.

Take a Train Ride with Santa 

Hop aboard the train and ride the rails to the North Pole. Once onboard, there will be sing-along Christmas caroling with musicians and tasty milk and cookies. The most exciting part of the entire ride, however, is the SURPRISE you'll see on your kids' faces when the big guy himself climbs on board. That's right, SANTA will join you and your family for the ride. Not everyone can see him, though. He will only appear to those who truly believe! 

The entire family will love hearing the endearing story of how a train saved Christmas. You'll also enjoy the stunning views as the train makes its way through the gorgeous countryside. After you experience this for the first time, you'll want to adopt it as a cherished family tradition that you can carry on for years to come. 

Arriving at the North Pole from Moorefield 

The North Pole Express runs each weekend from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday, December 22nd. Shows run at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. (check the schedule to confirm dates and times). This top-rated event will sell out, so you'll want to book your tickets as early as possible. 

The train ride departs from Moorefield, which is a gorgeous place to live and work. You may want to plan to arrive a couple of hours early so you can drive around and take a look at some of the beautiful Moorefield homes for sale

Adults can purchase their tickets for just $35 during the day and $52 for evening rides. Children aged 2 to 12 years old are $25 during the day and $42 in the evening. Infants and children under two years old are welcome to ride your lap and are not charged. However, you will still need to reserve a ticket for each child who will attend. 

Find Your Dream Home Before the Holidays 

Are you ready to spend the holidays in your dream home? Old Dominion Realty can help! Our REALTORS® are ready to listen to your goals and work with you to find the perfect property. Contact us today to get started. 

April
22

Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival - May 25

Shenandoah Valleyfest
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! There's no need to book plane tickets or a hotel room because there are plenty of great things to do right here in Shenandoah Valley. 

Our real estate agents all agree that the Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is one of Memorial Day weekend's best events. After all, what better way to kick off summer than to spend the day outdoors listening to live music and enjoying wine, ciders, and microbrew beers?

The event, which is in its 19th year, is extremely popular among both locals and visitors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience. 

Live Music

This year's event will feature a main stage and an acoustic stage. On the main stage, you'll find Americana bands YARN and The Judy Chops, solo acoustic performer Mike Davis, and funk, rock, and blues band Pebble to Pearl (P2P).

The acoustic stage features YARN Plays the Dead, Trail of the Lonesome, and Gypsy Town. Whether you're in the mood for high-energy performances or relaxing and soulful vocals, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. 

Food, Drinks, and Shopping

The festival will feature a large selection of beer, wine, and cider as well as food vendors serving up your favorites like kettle corn, burgers and fries, and even fried Oreos. When you're ready to take a break from eating and dancing, you can also enjoy shopping for unique crafts and gifts from the many local vendors. 

Getting There

Valleyfest Beer & Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's held on the slopes of the Massanutten Resort and is expected to draw a crowd of over 4,000 people. 

Ticket prices are $25 each. Tickets for your designated driver and visitors under 21 are only $10, and children under 10 get in for free. All proceeds from the event benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 

Your Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Professionals

Once you experience the great community vibe and get to know some of your potential new neighbors, you'll be more ready than ever to make this area your new home. We can help you find the perfect home in your ideal neighborhood. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

April
1

Garden Week Shenandoah Valley - Begins April 27

Garden Week - Virginia
In Virginia, springtime brings warmer weather, plenty of sunshine, and thousands of beautiful flowers. Our real estate agents love showing properties this time of year, as potential buyers are often blown away by the gorgeous homes with stunning gardens. 

Every year, the entire state celebrates the beauty of springtime during Historic Garden Week. This year's event takes place from April 27th through May 4th. It includes 31 tours across the state and is expected to draw close to 26,000 visitors.

This annual event has grown in popularity during its 85 years and now features over 250 gardens, homes, and landmarks. Although all of the events are wonderful, the Staunton and Harrisonburg tours stand out from the rest. Here's why.

Staunton 

Hosted by the Augusta Garden Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Staunton tour features five architecturally-renowned homes, four of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the houses is a presidential birthplace, and another is a recently restored and rarely-opened residence designed by famed architect William Bottomley. During the tour, you'll also get a chance to view some gardens created by well-known landscape architects Arthur Shurcliff and Charles Gillette.

This tour takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around so you can look at some of the great Staunton Homes for Sale. We think you'll be impressed by what you see! 

Harrisonburg 

The gorgeous mountain views and rolling landscapes of Harrisonburg make this area a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The Harrisonburg Tour includes a 1840s farm where visitors can tour the Farmhouse, Bellhouse, and Smokehouse. It also features several other homes on the outskirts of town, each of which has a unique design and architectural components. At each location, tour participants will also have the opportunity to learn about specific styles of flower arranging.

This tour is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It begins at the Spotswood Country Club where there will also be a "meet and greet" and book signing, light refreshments, and unique items for sale by local vendors. 

While you're driving through town, keep an eye out for Harrisonburg homes for sale. If you see some that appeal to you, contact us so we can arrange a tour. 

Your Local Real Estate Pros

At Old Dominion Realty, we're well-versed in all of the things that make the Shenandoah Valley area a great place to live. If you're interested in learning more about potential neighborhoods, contact us. We'll show you around and help you find the perfect place to call home. 

March
4

Attend the 61st Annual Maple Festival in Monterey

Monterey Maple Festival
Monterey homes for sale
are some of the most desirable in Virginia, and our real estate agents have them. This town of only about 150 people is one of the state's best-kept secrets. It has a land area of only about a third of a square mile, yet it sees thousands of tourists a year.

How does such a tiny town attract so much interest from around the country?

Its many unusual traditions make Monterey a fascinating place to visit or live. One of the biggest and best local events that takes place every year is the Highland Maple Festival. Highland, of course, is the beautiful county where little Monterey is located.

If you're checking out local homes, you won't want to miss this unforgettable fun!

The 61st Annual Highland Maple Festival is Almost Here

Held on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17, the Highland Maple Festival is a truly special showcase celebrating Highland County "Virginia's Sweet Spot."

It has been held every year since 1958 and has even been recognized by the Library of Congress as one of the most important cultural events taking place in the local area.

Thousands of visitors make the annual trek to this rural paradise to celebrate the opening of the maple trees, a staple of industry here for many decades.

Fascinating events will keep you entertained all throughout the festival:

  • Maple Festival Food
    What would a street festival be without delicious food? Treats infused with maple syrup are the cornerstone of a delightful culinary experience. Pancake dinners – your choice of regular or buckwheat – are held on festival days. Many local restaurants have a limited-time festival menu, too.
  • Juried Arts & Crafts Show
    Hosting more than 100 local artisans and artists, this juried show will give you the opportunity to peruse mementos like jewelry, glassware, photography, pottery, textiles, and carvings. With six locations to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect treasure to bring home.
  • Live Entertainment
    Local bands will bust out their best all throughout the festival. Artists including the Southern Rail Express, Tyler Hughes, Delta Junction, and many others will be playing. Some will be situated in Highland Center, the chief local venue, while others will play at nearby restaurants.
  • Highland History Museum
    You shouldn't pass up the chance to see the Highland History Museum, the place to see local history come to life. Many artifacts from the Civil War's Battle of McDowell are found here, as well as exhibits dating back to the county's formation in 1847.

Highland County Could Be YOUR "Sweet Spot" for the Perfect Home

If you want to explore homes in Monterey or the surrounding area, Old Dominion Realty is here for you. Our team of experienced and courteous real estate agents know Highland County inside and out. No one else has the insights into the unique Monterey real estate market that we do.

Contact us to find out more about homes in Monterey. We look forward to helping you soon.

February
4

Polar Bear Plunge in Luray Virginia

Luray VA Polar Bear Plunge
Are you ready to dive into some freezing-cold fun?  Join your family, friends, and neighbors on February 16 for the inaugural Luray Polar Bear Plunge.

Our real estate agents share details about taking "the plunge"  and how to find your perfect home for sale in Luray, Virginia.

About the Luray Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Bear Plunge is yet another exciting event hosted by the Page Alliance for Community Action benefiting the Luray community. Participants take the plunge in the waters of Lake Arrowhead spending several shivering raising awareness for the many local causes the PACA supports.

All participants are kindly asked to help make the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge a huge success by raising funds individually or as a team. Whichever person or group can raise the most money will be awarded a cash prize of $500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

All plungers will receive an event t-shirt, warm blanket and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee when they exit the lake. Costumes aren't just encouraged either — the participant with the best costume will go home with a prize.

This event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Event day registration is $35 per person, or advanced registration is $30 per person.

Dry Off & Dash Over to These Other Great Events

After the plunge, dry off and check out some of these other exciting events happing in Luray and Page Counties from President's Day weekend through the end of February!

  • Stone Rollin in Concert, February 16th: Head over to the Virginia Dreams Center Stage for a night of lively rhythm, blues and soul music. Stone Rollin features a talented group of musicians who've opened for renowned acts like Clint Black, Lonestar, Leon Russell, and The Guess Who.
  • Monday Night Madness, every Monday until February 25th: Hit the slopes at Massanutten Resort for their winter Monday Madness event. Each week, proceeds from the night are donated to one of eight local charities including the United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. There are also free group lessons early in the evening for ages seven and above.
  • Murder Mystery Dinner, February, 23rd: There's been a murder at a Valentine's Day Party… can the killer be stopped? Make it a date night at the Mimslyn Inn and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and dessert for two while watching Cindy Valentine's fate unfold before your eyes. The show starts at 6 p.m. but your night doesn't have to end when the curtain drops. Book a dinner and room suite combo to stay the night at this historic hotel.  

Dive into a New Luray Home with Old Dominion Realty

Luray homes for sale connects you to a community that prides itself on helping their neighbors. Throughout the year, Luray sponsors a number of equally exciting events for the whole family. Contact us today and speak with one of our real estate agents to learn more about Luray or to get you on your way to finding the perfect Virginia home.

December
3

A Local's Guide to Christmas in Moorefield

Moorefield Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that may never be truer than in Moorefield, WV. Our Moorefield real estate agents are here to share some of the sights and sounds you won't want to miss during the Christmas season.

Celebrate the Season in Moorefield, WV

When should the Christmas tree go up--before Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving?  It's a discussion more than one Moorefield homeowner has had with their families. No matter what your personal resolution might be, the Moorefield Lions Club along with the Hardy County Historical Society and the Town of Moorefield say "after Thanksgiving" is the answer.

Our local celebration, beginning on December 2, is the Moorefield Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Welton Park complete with a holiday parade, Santa arriving by horse-drawn carriage, and a band of singing elves.  Santa himself lights our community Christmas tree (donated by May Tree Farm) to welcome the holidays to Moorefield.

All Aboard The Snowflake Express

Come to the South Side Depot on December 7 for a train ride on the Snowflake Express.  Santa and his elves welcome you with cookies and hot chocolate on a train ride to the Festival of Lights.  Say hello to Elsa and Olaf, have a picture with Santa, and sing your favorite carols with our special guests.

Old Time Christmas at Welton Park

A visit to the Mountain State's Old Time Christmas in Petersburg is sure to spark the holiday spirit in all of us.  You'll be in Christmas "awe" as you stroll through the Christmas Festival of Lights at Welton Park.  Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, twinkling lights, and a special reading of Clement Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Welton Park a Center of Activity at Christmas and All Year Long

Welton Park is one of Moorefield, WV's biggest attractions, and this beautiful, historic outdoor space offers opportunities for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and kayaking. Of course, the park's biggest claim to fame is hosting the town's annual Christmas holiday light display every year. The event seems to grow each year, with as many as 15,000 people gathering to take part in the ceremony. Folks travel from all over to see the holiday lights.

Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about life in the Moorefield, WV area. It's a beautiful place to spend the holidays, but we also think it's a wonderful place to call home in any season. Our agents are standing by to provide all the information you need to find Moorefield, WV homes for sale!

November
26

Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund Recognizes Spotswood High School Senior Student-Athletes

Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship
On Giving Tuesday, our team at Old Dominion Realty can find no topic more fitting than recognizing the work of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of a former member of our team. Bill Blose was a special man – father to seven girls, exceptional real estate agent, beloved friend, and a strong supporter of community initiatives. While Bill may have left us too soon, his memory and charitable spirit live on through the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship grants to local student-athletes each year. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, and about memories of the wonderful man that the fund honors.

The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund Recognizes Spotswood High Senior Student-Athletes

"As your children are growing up you need to be their parent, not their best friend so that when your children become adults, you can be their best friend."

Bill Blose

While the scholarship fund is our primary focus in this post, our team can't help but think back to the memories of sharing an office with Bill Blose every day. According to Linda S. Goodson, Old Dominion team member and co-worker of Bill's:

"Bill was a gentleman who was a positive force, offering uplifting advice and support to everyone. He had a kind soul and a competitive spirit. He was one of a kind, and he is missed."

Bill brought passion to his work every day at Old Dominion Realty, helping people shop for Harrisonburg homes for sale with a friendly, personal touch. That's no surprise because Bill brought a lovable, outgoing nature to every situation. Betsy Blose, Bill's daughter, says her biggest memory is that her dad was "always there for his daughters and so many others," and how "he would greet those he knew and those he did not know with his big smile, open arms, and bear hugs."

Bill's love of the community was evident every day in his work and his support of community initiatives. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund was established after his untimely passing to help local student-athletes from Spotswood High School take the next steps toward a productive college education.

Learn More about the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund and Past Recipients

Bill Blose loved sports and being a father, so a scholarship for local student-athletes who have taken an interest in their own future was a natural way to honor the man beloved by so many. Before Bill's untimely passing, his daughters had given Bill and his wife Ellen a trip to Ireland as a Christmas gift. While Bill passed away before being able to make that trip, the funds from the trip were used to seed the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday on February 5, Bill's family would like for people to celebrate Bill Blose by supporting his scholarship. To contribute to the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit the Rockingham Educational Foundation website.

Bill believed that team sports are a great way to prepare for the challenges of life, teaching invaluable lessons of cooperative effort, graciousness whether winning or losing hard work and discipline. So providing a scholarship that honors those qualities is a natural way to honor Bill's memory. Students can apply for the scholarship by writing an essay about how sports have prepared them for life. Entries are reviewed by Rockingham Education Foundation board members, who also interview entrants and present the scholarship every spring.

Past recipients of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship include: Kelsey Pack (2005), Alissa Michael (2006), Haley Pack (2007), Trey Jarrels (2008), Brennan Trick (2009), Makenzie Beam (2010), Erin Greene (2011), Austin Folsom (2012), Robbie Failes (2013), Caleb Detamore (2014), Elizabeth Dofflemyer (2015), Andrew McDaniel (2016), Adam Dofflemyer (2017), and Blair McGloon (2018).

Bill's family is grateful for the overwhelming support that the community has shown to the scholarship fund, and to honoring the memory of a man who meant so much to so many people. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship fund will continue to reward local student-athletes who wish to pursue higher education.

Our team at Old Dominion Realty is proud to honor the memory of Bill Blose, and highlight the work being done in his name today. If you wish to become a part of one of the communities that Bill supported, we'd love to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.

November
13

7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Staunton


Staunton Holiday Events
Christmas comes but once a year, and our friends in the Staunton, VA area know how to celebrate the season in style! If you're in the neighborhood looking at Staunton homes for sale, be sure to set aside some time to check out these great holiday activities in the Shenandoah Valley.

  1. Find Christmas Gifts at the Staunton Augusta Arts Center
    For the art lover on your Christmas list, there's no better place to find the perfect gift than the Staunton Augusta Art Center. The 2018 Art For Gifts exhibit lasts from November 9 to December 30, featuring a juried holiday shopping boutique with original fine arts and crafts by 60 incredible artists.

  2. Attend the Frontier Culture Museum Christmas Fair
    The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia tells the story of the thousands of farmers, artisans, and other pioneers who migrated to colonial America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Head to the museum on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 to experience the annual Christmas Fair. Admission is donation-based and includes holiday-themed activities, great food and drink, caroling in the courtyard, and a holiday artisan and craft fair. 

  3. Share Christmas Tea With Friends
    The perfect place to spend some quality time with someone special this holiday season, the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room offers traditional Victorian High Tea, as well as light lunches, English pub fare, and afternoon cream teas. Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas season.

  4. Create Your Own Christmas Heirloom
    Sunspots Studios is famous for its live glassblowing demonstrations and beautiful glass gifts. But this holiday season, they're offering an opportunity to create your own work of art with Blow Your Own Ornament workshops. Open to anyone ages 7 and up, it's a great way to create a unique gift or start a new holiday tradition for your family.

  5. Make a Delicious Holiday Treat
    Our mouths are watering just thinking about the 3rd Annual Paris Cake Company Gingerbread Workshop, which comes to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center on December 9. Limited space is available, so contact the Paris Cake Company by phone or email in advance to reserve your spot, and then head to the Conference center at 1 p.m. on the 9th to assemble your gingerbread house. All the decorating supplies you need will be provided, along with a variety of delicious refreshments. 

  6. Tour Historic Staunton
    The Historic Staunton Foundation Holiday House Tour is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season in Staunton. Now in its 46th year, this annual event offers an opportunity to explore the architecture of some of the most beautiful homes in the Stuart Addition Historic District and downtown Staunton. Tours take place on December 1 and 2. Visit the official website to learn more about the houses and the tour route!

  7. Watch the 'I'll Be Home for Christmas!' Parade
    Staunton puts on a spectacular holiday parade every year. This year's event dubbed the I'll Be Home For Christmas! Parade begins at the corner of North Augusta and Beverley streets at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26. It's a popular event, so get there early to grab a good spot to watch all the floats, bands, and businesses walking by.

The holiday season is also a great time to go house hunting, and our real estate agents have a wealth of experience helping folks find their dream homes in the Staunton area. Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about how we can help you get started on the road to homeownership. 

October
2

45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington

Burlington WV Apple Harvest Festival
Harvest season is here. That means it's almost time for one of Burlington's longest-running community events. The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is a weekend full of old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with contests, shopping, fantastic food, live entertainment, and so much more. This year's festival includes three days of fun events, starting on October 5, 2018. Our real estate agents have all the details on the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, one of Burlington, West Virginia's most anticipated events of the year.

Celebrate the Season: The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV

The 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival
Location: 120 Hope Lane, Burlington, WV, 26710
Date/Time: October 5 - 7, 2018 – Festival Grounds Open 10 am – 7 pm
Admission: Free, with Free Parking and Shuttle Service Available

Enjoy Old-Fashioned Family Fun at the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

The Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Burlington, WV is organized by Burlington United Methodist Family Services and takes place on the BUMFS residential campus. The festival starts on Friday and continues throughout the weekend, with both scheduled events and all-day attractions. It's the perfect opportunity to get out, take in the autumn air, and create special memories for every member of the family.

  • Outdoor Open-Air Flea Market
    Throughout the festival, there will be an outdoor flea market set up with more than 100 vendors. Shop for antiques, hand-made creations, gifts, toys, and so much more from local vendors.
  • Arts & Crafts and Artisan's Village
    There will also be all-day arts, and crafts show taking place in the gym, along with a new addition for this year: The Artisan's Village, located outdoors, provides a chance to see local artisans in action.
  • Live Entertainment
    Enjoy live entertainment throughout each day of the festival, including stage shows all weekend and fireworks on Friday night. The Annual Apple Harvest Festival also includes an antique auto, tractor, and small engine show, which takes place on Saturday morning.
  • Fantastic Food
    You'll have no shortage of delicious food to enjoy during the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, including the opportunity to enjoy fresh, old-fashioned apple butter all day long on Saturday. On Sunday morning after the auto show, get ready for a chicken barbecue, a meal you won't soon forget.
  • A Parade, Awards, and More
    No matter when you visit the Annual Apple Harvest Festival, you'll find something new to experience. The Grand Feature Parade, taking place at 4 pm on Saturday, is always one of the festival's biggest events. On Sunday evening, the Baby Apple Dumpling Award is given before the close of the weekend's festivities.

How Festivals Create Community Spirit

A strong sense of community spirit is one of the big attractions in many West Virginia communities like Burlington, for both long-time residents and people shopping for homes in Burlington. Major community events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival help to foster that sense of community, by bringing people together, creating a community identity, keeping traditions alive, and reminding everyone in attendance of the community's heritage. So attending festivals – in your hometown or other communities – is a great way to learn more about what matters most to people in that community.

Are you ready to find your own ideal home in the Burlington area, where you can enjoy great events like the Annual Apple Harvest Festival? We'd love to help! Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Burlington, WV.

 

September
20

2018 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Begins September 28

Hardy County Heritgage Weekend
Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.

Hardy Heritage Weekend: A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of the Region

The Event: Hardy County Heritage Weekend
Dates: September 28-30, 2018

Local Shopping from Craft Vendors and the Community Yard Sale

Interested in shopping from local vendors and residents? During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to shop the community yard sale at the HL Wilson Yard Sale Site, with tons of unique items being sold by residents. After you're done at the yard sale, stop by the Moorefield High School gym to shop for crafts from local artisans, and enjoy live crafting demonstrations. There will also be an antique auction on Saturday at 5 pm, where you'll have the chance to bid on truly unique treasures.

History Comes to Life in Hardy County

History is a huge part of the Hardy County Heritage Weekend, and there are great opportunities to learn about local history throughout the events. Participate in a historical walking tour that doubles as a chance to scout Hardy County homes, or take in a live demonstration from the Federal Generals Corps living Civil War history group. The weekend features tours of historic homes and buildings, lectures on local history, and even an antique farm equipment exhibit to explore.

Live Demonstrations from Local Experts

Throughout Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to take in live demonstrations from experts on an eclectic array of topics relevant to the past and future of Hardy County. There will be talks on the history of local towns and buildings, a look at the history of local churches, seminars on music in local schools, a muzzleloading demonstration, and walking tours of Hardy County communities.

Live Music and Entertainment

Look for live performances throughout the weekend, including many performances with free admission. You can check out the Blue Hill Bluegrass Band and the Fly Birds in separate shows on Saturday, or head to Mattias Community Center for crafts, food, and music throughout the final day of Heritage Weekend on Sunday.

Children's Activities During Heritage Weekend

Kids will love spending time at Hardy County Heritage Weekend too, thanks to many activities geared toward younger residents. The Amazing Animals photo and history exhibit is always a hit, with photos and memorabilia from a wide range of animals. Movie Night on Friday features the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and there will be a pancake breakfast to kick off the day's events on Saturday morning. The Heritage Weekend Pie Contest is always a hit with kids (and adults!), and the WV History Alive show is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about local history in a fun, engaging setting.

Your Hardy County Real Estate Professionals

Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a fantastic event, but it takes more than one weekend to experience everything makes the region so special truly. So why not stick around? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Hardy County, WV area.

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September
6

Franklin WV: Treasure Mountain Festival

Franklin WV Treasure Mountain Festival

Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty work hard to bring you the best experience when you look for Franklin homes for sale. We'll be by your side throughout your home buying experience  – and that commitment starts when you're first exploring the market.

When relocating a long way, many people will visit the city where they plan to move several times before they finish the house-hunting process.

Since you're going to be visiting, why not have fun at some exciting local events?

The 50th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival is one great weekend you won't want to miss – and it's coming up right here in Franklin, West Virginia.

Franklin's Own Treasure Mountain Festival is a Unique Celebration of Heritage

Running from Thursday, September 13th through Sunday September 16th, the Treasure Mountain Festival is an old-fashioned Appalachian Mountain get-together that will leave you looking forward to everything West Virginia has in store.

The festival has so many things to do; it's almost impossible to list them all:

  • Traditional Food and Drink
    Any good country festival has to come with memorable meals to savor. You'll get to taste local specialties as well as observe some of them being made. Apple butter and cider making are both popular, as is heritage tea and the many pies.
  • Tons of Contests to Watch or Compete In
    Contests are a big part of the Festival, and they come in all kinds of varieties you might not imagine. The Beard and Mustache Contest is always one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the whole weekend. There's also the giant pumpkin contest, jousting (yes, jousting!) and more.
  • Lots of Enjoyment for the Kids
    Naturally, kids love the Treasure Mountain Festival. There's something for all ages: From the treasure hunt to the puppet show and storytelling time, kids will never get bored. Antique cars, arts and crafts, and a slew of other events are ideal for older kids and teen.

The Grand Parade is the centerpiece of the event. It has long attracted all kinds of community groups to create amazing floats, displays, and performances. Of course, there are also marching bands, including up and coming high school marching bands from throughout the area.

Antique tractors, cars, and trucks are also a traditional part of the big parade. You'll be able to spend time with some of these classic vehicles in the shows that go on the day prior. All vehicles must be model year 1979 or earlier, so they are authentic blasts from the past.

Get Started With Old Dominion Realty and Next Year, You Could Be a Franklin Local

It's great to attend the Treasure Mountain Festival as a guest, but even better to be a local.

You'll have experienced experts in local real estate on your side with our team at Old Dominion Realty.  Our local knowledge and dedication to customer service is something in which we take pride. We've helped hundreds of clients just like you find the perfect home for them here in West Virginia.

Franklin is waiting for you. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out more.

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July
24

Come to the 98th Annual Tri-County Fair in Petersburg

Petersburg WV County Fair
Every summer around the end of July, Petersburg locals gather for one of the biggest, most beloved local events of the year. The Tri-County Fair brings together people from Hardy, Grant, and Pendleton counties for eight days of good, old-fashioned family fun. Events at the Tri-County Fair run the gamut, from livestock competitions and educational exhibits to demolition derbies. There will be live music, great food, and fun for every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details on what to expect from the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg this year.

Enjoy the Biggest Event of the Summer in Petersburg, WV

The Event: The Tri-County Fair
Where: 107 Rig Street, Petersburg, WV
When: July 28 -  August 4, 2018

Local Farms, Livestock & More

Petersburg WV Fair

This year marks the 98th edition of the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg, and the fair has never lost touch with its unique, local history. Every year since the beginning, the Tri-County Fair has been an opportunity for locals to show off all of the hard work they have done on the farm over the last year. The event features agricultural exhibits, livestock competitions, horticulture, art exhibits, and so much more to explore as you enjoy everything that the fair has to offer. The fun kicks off on the first day of the fair, with a series of equestrian events.

Rides and Family Fun

Petersburg Fair Rides

The Tri-County Fair is such a beloved event because it blends educational exhibits with family fun. And what could be more fun than a carnival on a warm summer evening? The rides at the Tri-County Fair open at 6:00 pm on most days, and make for a perfect way to spend the evening after a day of exploring all that the fair has to offer. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel to get a bird's-eye view of the fair, or enjoy one of many other rides with the kids.

Shopping and Fantastic Food at the Tri-County Fair

Petersburg Fair Food

The Tri-County Fair is also a great opportunity to see what local vendors have to offer and shop for some truly unique products. You'll find commercial exhibits and vendors located throughout the fairgrounds, offering everything from hand-made crafts to farming supplies. Shop local, and bring home something special.

You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the fair, but that's a good thing! There will be a ton of great food available throughout every day of the fair, from sweet snacks to meals cooked with fresh ingredients from local farms.

Live Music and Entertainment

Trace Adkins County Fair
The Tri-County Fair doesn't just attract visitors from throughout West Virginia... it also attracts some of the biggest stars in country music! This year, Trace Adkins will be taking the stage on July 31 at 7:00 pm, with tickets available for grandstand seating. Guy Penrod and the Steve Smith Band will also be taking the stage during this year's fair.

You'll find plenty of other unique entertainment options during the fair, from the Queen's Pageant to an intense lumberjack competition. There will also be two demolition derbies at this year's fair, with one for compact cars and one for larger vehicles. When you visit the Tri-County Fair, there's truly entertainment for every member of the family to enjoy.

Are you ready to start shopping for homes for sale in Petersburg, so that you can enjoy exciting events like the Tri-County Fair throughout the year? Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Petersburg, WV area.

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April
24

Petersburg Family Fun: Spring Mountain Festival

Petersburg WV Family Fun
Spring came to Virginia a little late this year, but now that it has finally arrived, we're ready to take full advantage. Our homes in Petersburg, WV are surrounded by beautiful parks, quiet streets and the gorgeous rolling countryside on the banks of the Potomic River. It's a great place to enjoy some time in the outdoors, and with the Spring Mountain Festival set to arrive in Petersburg soon, our REALTORS® are ready to do just that.

26th Annual Spring Mountain Festival - April 26 -29

Every year, the Spring Mountain Festival marks the unofficial arrival of spring to the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. It's a perfect opportunity to experience Grant County living at its best.

This year, the 2018 Spring Mountain Festival is set to take place from April 26 to April 29, and includes a wide range of events and festivities. The festival is open to all visitors free of charge, and offers an incredible opportunity for locals and tourists alike to experience what it's like to live in Petersburg.  

2018 Festival Events and Attractions

The Grant County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to enjoy this year's Spring Mountain Festival. The festival is centered around Petersburg City Park, but you'll find fun things happening all over town. Be sure to get there early on April 26t so you don't miss out!

Highlights of the festival include carnival rides, games, an antique car, truck and tractor show, live entertainment on the festival stage and Civil War train rides. An incredible variety of food and drink vendors will be there as well. The festival also includes a flea market, where you'll find everything from local arts and crafts to antiques, plants and flowers from local growers, and a wide assortment of unique and hard-to-find items. There will be a parade on Saturday as the official launch of the festival. 

Living in Grant County

Surrounded by the stunning natural landscape of the West Virginia mountains, our Grant County homes offer the best of small town living and wild mountain scenery. From Petersburg's charming and vibrant downtown to the many nearby state parks, national forests and recreation areas, there are endless ways to enjoy Grant County. Stop by the Spring Mountain Festival this spring to experience it for yourself!

Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about finding your home in the Petersburg, WV area, and to find out about all the upcoming events in Grant County. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home and making it your own.

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April
10

Will We See You At the 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism?

SVAP 5K Race for Autism
Are you ready to put on your running shoes, spend some time with the community, and support a great cause in the process? Then we hope to see you at the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism! Every year, this well-attended local event provides an opportunity to raise autism awareness, raise funds for the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, and bring the community together. Many of our REALTORS® with their families and friends will be hitting the streets to participate in the 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and we've got all the details on how you can join us for this wonderful, local event. 

Hit the Streets of Harrisonburg for the 5K Run/Walk for Autism in 2018

The Event: Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership 5KRun/Walk for Autism
Where: Eastern Mennonite University Commons in Harrisonburg, VA
When: Saturday April 21, 2018
Key Times: Check-In/Walk-Up Registration (7:15 AM), Introductions (9:00 AM), Start of 5K Walk/Run (9:30 AM)

11 Years Strong for the SVAP 5k Run/Walk for Autism

Every year around this time, residents from throughout the Shenandoah Valley come together in Harrisonburg to support the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership's 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and raise money for a cause that touches so many of our hearts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism, which can cause a wide range of developmental challenges. This year's event will be the 11th Annual Run/Walk for Autism, and support only seems to grow stronger with each passing year.

How to Sign Up and What to Expect on Race Day

Are you ready to register, and support this great event? The easiest option is to register online, with online registration available until April 18, 2018. If you're not able to register ahead of time, simply show up at 7:15 AM on race day, and you'll have the option to register on-site. The registration fee is $20 for individuals, or $15 for each member of a team. There's an added fee of $10 for on-site registration, and it's all going toward a great cause.

The race will take you through the scenic commons of Eastern Mennonite University, and participants are encouraged to reach the finish line at their own pace. You'll have plenty of company if you want to run and try to beat your best time, but you're also welcome to walk at whatever pace is most comfortable.

Support a Great, Local Cause and Have Fun in the Process

The Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SVAP advocates for people with Autism, provides a support system, organizes events like the 5k Run/Walk, and offers networking opportunities for families and professionals. The 5K Run/Walk for Autism is the signature fundraising event of the SVAP, and a great opportunity to get involved with the cause first-hand.

Look for Old Dominion Realty at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism 2018

Our team is proud to support the local causes that make our corner of Virginia such a special place to call home, and we'll have plenty of team members at the 5K Run/Walk for Autism if you'd like to stop by and say hello. Look for Old Dominion team members Janet Harrison, Kari Miller, Linda Goodson, Kristen and Kendra Eppard, Suzanne Riddleberger, and Renee Whitmore at the event this year. We hope to see you there!

Are you shopping for homes in Harrisonburg, and looking to work with a local, knowledgeable real estate team? Contact Old Dominion Realty for all of your Harrisonburg real estate needs.

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March
6

Wonderful, Wild West Virginia Celebrates Maple Days March 17

West Virginia Maple Days
West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.

Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.

Maple Days Happen on March 17

If you've ever been curious about the process of tapping a maple tree for sap, that's just one of the things you can learn during Maple Days. The West Virginia Maple Producers Association presents this family-friendly event over two weekends and multiple locations. If you missed the February 24th festivities, you can still have fun at venues across the state on March 17th.The annual event celebrates West Virginia's growing maple syrup industry.

Maple Days Locations

For a complete schedule with Maple Days events and locations visit the West Virginia events page at gotowv.com. You'll find a list of syrup producers, retailers, and special events.

If you need help locating Maple Days participants across the state, check out the interactive West Virginia Maple Days Map.

Tapping Demonstrations

Maple syrup is a completely natural product derived from maple trees. Tree sap flows in the springtime when the temperature rises. Producers use spigot-style devices to tap the trees and drain the natural sap into buckets. They use the sap to create syrup and other products.

You can see tapping demonstrations at Bowers Maple Farm in Grant County and other producer sites listed on gotowv.com.

West Virginia Pancake Breakfasts

Pancake Breakfasts

Maple syrup is the perfect pancake topper. On March 17th you can taste it first hand at three Maple Days Pancake Breakfasts. Check the West Virginia Department of Agriculture site for Pancake Breakfast locations.

Maple Syrup Products

Maple Days Products and Specials

During the March 17th celebration, retailers across the state will feature maple any way you like it. They'll sell maple syrup, of course, plus a variety of products. Local restaurants, shops and even the Barn With Inn located in Wellsburg will feature Maple Days specials.

2018 Maple Syrup Festival

On March 17 and 18th, 2018, you can enjoy food, fun and maple syrup at the 2018 Maple Syrup Festival. Crafters will sell their wares. Food vendors will market tasty treats. You'll also enjoy a full schedule of live entertainment on stage at the Pickens Opera House.

When you visit West Virginia you'll agree it's a great place to raise a family. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you're buying or selling a home in Petersburg or one of our nearby Grant County locations.

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February
27

Harrisonburg Restaurant Weeks Begins March 5

Harrisonburg VA Restaurant Week
Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is one of the biggest culinary experiences in Virginia!

It all takes place March 5-11 throughout Harrisonburg, VA. The best restaurants in the city are working together to create a truly enthralling week of fine cuisine and fascinating events.

Not only will you have the chance to sample foods from the area's greatest chefs, but you'll also get to see unprecedented collaborations between Harrisonburg's favorite dining spots. Delightful dishes you can't find anywhere else are a major part of Restaurant Week.

The Best Food and Beyond: Harrisonburg Restaurant Week is a Yearly Tradition

Harrisonburg has long been known for its "foodie culture." It's been recognized by national media for the high concentration of quality dining spots, organic crops, and locavore options.

Not surprisingly, many Harrisonburg residents like to get involved by doing a little cooking of their own. If you love to whip up dinner at home now and then, you won't be disappointed.

Innovative menus are on offer from dozens of restaurants running the gamut from fine dining to American to pizza, bakeries, and sweets. Collaborations will give you an amazing opportunity to check out Harrisonburg's growing craft brewery, winery, and coffee scenes.

In addition to some of the best lunch and dinner menus you'll enjoy all year, Restaurant Week is lauded for its terrific interactive events and workshops. Chef demos and "meet and greets" mean you'll pick up insider secrets from your favorite chefs and even get to know them a little better.

Scheduled events include:

  • The Valley Dish IV
    The Valley Dish is a cornerstone event at Harrisonburg Restaurant Week. It is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic as a unique collaborative farm-to-table dinner. The food and drink selections are tailored to showcase the area's outstanding local ingredients.
  • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market Chef Demos
    Chef demonstrations at the beautiful Turner Pavilion and Park and include chefs from LOCAL Chop & Grill House and Jimmy Madison's. It all takes place Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. – the perfect way to kick off the foodie festivities.
  • Inspired Cocktails
    Want to learn how to mix with the best of them? Amateur mixologists can get pointers from the pros when they drop by Food.Bar.Food on Saturday, March 10 starting at 2:30. Owner Amanda Cannon will give you tips on how to create inspired custom cocktails fast.

Got Your Food Fix? Maybe It's Time to Go a Step Further

Harrisonburg is a welcoming community that's just bursting with events like Restaurant Week. No matter what your interests are, you're sure to find something that will appeal to you here.

If you want to explore the possibilities and find your dream home in Harrisonburg, the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help. Our REALTORS® are always available to offer you the personalized care and local insight that will make your hunt for Harrisonburg homes a success.

Why not get started today? To find out more, contact Old Dominion Realty.

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January
11

10 Fitness Classes In Staunton to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

Staunton VA Fitness Businesses
Will 2018 be the year you get fit? If you're one of the many Americans who made a fitness resolution on New Year's Day, congratulations! You're heading toward a healthier, happier life, and fitness goals don't have to be ridiculous to make a big impact. Instead of holding yourself to a grueling gym schedule, you can start with small, manageable goals – like attending a weekly class. Staunton is full of coaches and classes that make working out fun.

Our REALTORS® have plenty of experience helping people transform their lives, and our local businesses can help you transform your body too. Here are ten gyms and fitness centers in Staunton that are sure to help you stick to that New Year's resolution:

  1. Staunton-Augusta YMCA - 708 N Coalter Street, Staunton, VA. 24401
    There's no place like the Y if you want a variety of fun, affordable classes. The Staunton-Augusta YMCA has a serious lineup of group fitness opportunities from mind-body classes like tai chi and yoga to barre class, boot camp, and deep water conditioning in the pool.

  2. Sanctuary Yoga & Wellness Co-Op - 16 West Beverley Street, Staunton, Virgnia 24401
    At Sanctuary Yoga & Wellness, whole-body wellness is a group effort in more than one way. Teacher-owned and housed in a gorgeous building downtown, this co-op offers everything from introductory and "gentle yoga" classes to early-morning Ashtanga practice and restorative evening sessions.

  3. Staunton Health & Fitness - 90 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 1250, Staunton, VA 24401
    A clean, modern workout space with a private space for women, Staunton Health & Fitness is a great place to challenge yourself. World-class fitness classes include Body Pump, Zumba, Body Combat, and Sh'Bam courses with Les Mills instructors.

  4. Anytime Fitness - 20 Bobby's Way, Suite 103, Staunton, VA 24401
    Join Anytime Fitness in Staunton to take advantage of group training sessions, which are designed to keep you accountable and keep your energy high. Choose a base conditioning class, a high-energy calorie-burning session, or a strength-building workout format.

  5. F45 Training Staunton - 856 Statler Blvd, Staunton, VA 24421
    One of Staunton's more unique workout centers, F45 Training Staunton will never keep you longer than 45 minutes. Of course, these high-intensity classes are packed with physical challenges: strength and cardio workouts are broken down into 45-second intervals with 15-second breaks in between.

  6. CrossFit Staunton - 90 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 113, Staunton, VA 24401
    If you like pushing your limits and making progress every time you hit the gym, it's time to consider CrossFit. CrossFit Staunton is home base for a diverse but close-knit community, from beginners who want to shed a few pounds to athletes who want to be as strong and flexible as possible.

  7. Total Defense Martial Arts - 708 D Street, Staunton, VA 24401
    Gym exercises and dance moves can change your body, but martial arts will also give you skills you can use to protect yourself. If you want to learn self-defense while building and toning your muscles, try a Brazilian jiu-jitsu or boxing class at Total Defense Martial Arts.

  8. Head Over Heels Gymnastics - 1100 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
    If your little ones want to stay active in the new year, consider a class at Head Over Heels Gymnastics. Students can enroll all year long for classes at the new location. Gymnastics isn't just a fun way to work out; it helps improve flexibility and motor skills too.

  9. Aliquid Training and Performance - 611 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
    Promising the "next generation of fitness," Aliquid Training and Performance is a training center for athletes who want to meet specific fitness and health goals. Aliquid coaches offer hands-on, tailor-made programs that will help you make your New Year's dreams come true.

  10. American Freestyle Karate - 310 Betsy Bell Road, Staunton, VA 24401
    Last but not least, American Freestyle Karate offers family karate programs, which help you save time and learn a new skill while bonding with your kids and building your confidence together. Karate is a great choice for families who want to get fit together.

Is your new year going to include a new home too? If you're looking at Staunton homes for sale, make sure you have an experienced agent on your side. Contact us for help buying or selling your home in the Staunton area.

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December
5

Come To Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays

Harrisonburg Winterfest 2017
If you're considering a relocation, December is a great time to discover the beautiful homes in Harrisonburg. The year-end real estate market is a little slower, so you won't have to deal with house hunting crowds. The holiday season is the perfect time to get to know this wonderful city. Winter Wonderfest is a great place to start. You'll get a preview of local lifestyles and traditions with a holiday twist.

Our REALTORS® recommend Winter Wonderfest because it's a local family favorite with something for everyone. You'll enjoy a day of music, holiday treats, and fun that will put you in a holiday mood. You can combine your festivities with a leisurely trek through downtown shops to wrap up your shopping in plenty of time for Christmas.

Winter Wonderfest - Downtown Harrisonburg

This family-friendly event takes place on December 9, from 12 until 6 pm. You'll enjoy a day of fun and entertaining holiday adventures. Your Wonderfest experience begins when you visit the event host, Ten Thousand Villages at Main and Bruce Streets. Throughout the day the shop will twinkle and hum with crafts, refreshments, games, and holiday cheer. It's also the Cookie Tour check-in spot. Here is a list of additional must-do activities.

Art Market

If you appreciate handcrafted gifts, you must visit the 6th Annual Holiday Art Market at Larkin Arts. You'll find beautiful presentations of crafts by local artists and artisans. You can purchase handcrafted jewelry, paintings, woodwork, fiber arts and more. The market also gives you the unique opportunity to meet the creative personality behind the gifts you choose.

Holiday Selfies

When you visit the Agora Downtown Market from 1 to 3 pm, you can create your own holiday fun by snapping a Santa selfie. Look out for the Grinch and Santa's elves throughout the day. When you spot them, snap a selfie and share the fun on Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtags #WinterWonderfestHburg and #DowntownHarrisonburg!

Holiday Movie "Elf"

By 4:30, you should be ready for a break. If you are, stop by the Court Square Theater for a showing of the holiday movie, "Elf." Admission is free when you present any December 9th receipt from a Downtown business.

Carolers

When you hear carols in the air, you know Christmas is on the way. The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir will fill your heart and bring the spirit of Christmas a little bit closer as they sing carols throughout downtown.

Cookie Tour

This special event brings young and old in search of cookies. When you take the self-guided tour, you'll make stops at 12 downtown shops, claiming a gourmet cookie at each stop along the way. Visit Ten Thousand Villages between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to check in. You'll receive a Cookie Tour wristband and a box to hold your cookies.

Get to Know Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg is a wonderful place to live, work, and play all year long. Contact Old Dominion Realty, if you need information about buying or selling a Harrisonburg home, or if you want to know more about local businesses and events.

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November
20

Harrisonburg Celebrates Small Business Saturday, November 25

Shop Small With Us in Downtown Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Small Business Saturday

Ready to hit the shops for the holidays? Like many families with homes in Harrisonburg, VA, you'll probably make plenty of purchases this holiday season. Why not make sure your gifts make an impact on your hometown too? There's no better time than this weekend. Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and our REALTORS® want to help you participate. Instead of spending your holiday worrying about Black Friday deals, wait a day and shop at locally owned businesses instead.

When you spend money at a local business, you reap the rewards of your neighbors' talents, and you also make an investment in your community that will come back to you later. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by getting your gifts here in Harrisonburg. Here are a few of our favorite places to find holiday treasures: 

  • OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main Street
    Right in the heart of our arts district, this artist co-op is teeming with one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces that will delight your loved ones. OASIS is a store, art gallery, and event space all in one, and it almost exclusively features artists from the Shenandoah Valley, so you know your dollars will stay local. In fact, all staff members are artists or volunteers, so you can ask plenty of questions about the art. Some of our favorite purchases at OASIS have been wearable and functional art, like pottery and jewelry made by local hands.

  • withSimplicity, 44 S. Main Street
    This family-owned beauty boutique is one of Harrisonburg's most pleasant surprises. Handmade with organic, natural ingredients, withSimplicity products prove you don't have to order online or pay designer prices to get high-quality natural cosmetics. Your feminine friends and family members will love the way this makeup looks, feels, and smells, especially if they try to avoid artificial dyes and fragrances (or they care about shopping locally). All withSimplicity products, including powders, toners, pencils, lipsticks, and more, are infused with oils and extracts that are therapeutic-grade and non-toxic.

  • Downtown Wine & Gourmet, 41 Court Square
    Do you have any wine drinkers, or craft beer aficionados in your family? Downtown Wine & Gourmet is one of our favorite places to shop in Harrisonburg, thanks to its helpful staff and huge selection. Get help from seasoned pros as you choose from hundreds of different wines and beers, including unique and rare varieties from all across the globe. This shop also has all the homebrew basics, so you can stock up on hops, yeasts, malts, and all the equipment you need to brew something delicious on your own. If you have a loved one who's getting into drinking or making craft beer, this is the place to go this Saturday.

Where will you celebrate Small Business Saturday? Download our city's free shopping guide, Downtown Harrisonburg for the Holidays, to learn about more local treasures that will be open for business on Small Business Saturday. Then contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more about our real estate services in Harrisonburg. We look forward to adding your family to our supportive community of neighbors and friends.

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November
14

Moorefield Holidays Take a Ride on the North Pole Express

Moorefield North Pole Express
If you're planning to spend some quality time with the whole family this holiday season, there is truly only one way to travel... All aboard the North Pole Express! Every year, the North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday events in the Moorefield area, and a perfect opportunity to let the kids experience the wonder of the season. Enjoy a scenic train ride with great food, fun visits from holiday characters, games, songs, and loads of spectacular scenery. Our REALTORS® are all ready to board the North Pole Express, and we're excited to share the details on one of Moorefield's beloved holiday traditions.

Celebrate the Holiday Season Aboard the North Pole Express in Moorefield, WV

One of the first things you'll notice about Moorefield homes for sale during the holidays is that people here really love to decorate, which makes for some great scenery as your ride the North Pole Express. This year, there will be eight chances to ride the Express, with two trips each on November 24-25 and December 1-2.

Moorefield North Pole Express

  • An Enchanting Experience
    The fun starts before you even board the train, with Mrs. Claus and her Christmas elves visiting the crowd while you wait for the train to arrive. Kids in the crowd love seeing some of their favorite holiday character brought to life, and Mrs. Claus even hands out golden tickets to the children waiting in line. Adults in the crowd may receive a "naughty" sticker from Mrs. Claus, which always draws big laughs from the audience.

  • All Aboard
    As you board the North Pole Express, you'll be greeted by the train's jovial conductor, who will stop to punch tickets and give the kids a show. The train itself is fully decked out for the season, with holiday decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. With Santa's elves taking care of all the key details, you can be sure that this is one holiday train ride you won't soon forget.

Moorefield Community Holiday

  • The North Pole Express
    Your trip aboard the North Pole Express will wind throughout the Moorefield area, with tons of fun activities along the way. Santa will make his first appearance on the train, stopping to talk with children, pose for photos, and listen to holiday wishes. Meanwhile, his elves will be singing carols, serving treats, and making sure everyone is enjoying the holiday cheer. Peering out the windows of the North Pole Express will reveal all of the hard work that has gone into decorating the community for the holiday season.

  • A Final Flourish
    At the end of your trip aboard the North Pole Express, you'll arrive at a truly magical destination. Off in the distance but close enough for the kids to see the show, you'll find a lighted display of the "North Pole," right here in Moorefield! Kids love the chance to see Santa's home, and one ride aboard the North Pole Express is sure to have them even more excited for the holidays.

  • A Popular Event – The North Pole Express is one of the most popular holiday traditions in Moorefield every year, so it's a good idea to purchase your tickets well in advance of the event. Whether this is your first trip or you enjoy the event every year, there's only one place to experience the North Pole Express.

When you're searching for the right home to enjoy all that Moorefield has to offer throughout the year, our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact our Moorefield office to buy and sell homes throughout the Moorefield, WV area.

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October
3

Celebrate Wine Month in Virginia at Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, VA

Experience the Shenandoah Valley's Best at Bluestone Vineyard

Bridgewater VA Bluestone Vineyard

Surrounded by the rolling landscape of the Shenandoah Mountains, the cozy town of Bridgewater, VA sits amid some of America's most magnificent scenery. Bridgewater homes also offer access to amenities typically found in a much larger city, from shopping and dining options to schools and colleges.

Increasingly, the Bridgewater area is also gaining a reputation as one America's great up-and-coming wine regions. The climate and landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes it perfect for growing grapes. So if you're looking for a place to sample some of the local flavors, look no farther than Bridgewater's own Bluestone Vineyard.

Bluestone Vineyard Local Wines

Local wines at Bluestone Vineyard

Named for the unique blue limestone that makes up a crucial component of the Shenandoah Valley soil, Bluestone Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery that focuses on making small-batch wines from locally-sourced fruit. That makes it a perfect place to showcase our region's excellent wines.

Since its founding in 2008, the vineyard has grown quickly to produce a wide range of unique wines. Bluestone Vineyard has also seen some nationwide recognition recently—it was selected as an official winery for the 2016 Vice Presidential debate—and has been noted as one of the best wineries in the region.

Bluestone Vineyard

Visiting the Vineyard

At the vineyard, you'll find a tasting room where you can sample a wide variety of Bluestone wines, with a selection that changes with the seasons. Red, white, sweet and reserve tastings are available. Growlers are also available at the tasting room, allowing you to take home any wines that may be currently on tap.

The tasting room includes an outdoor seating area with sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and the surrounding Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Outdoor heaters and a fire pit make it a perfect place to relax and sip wine as the sun sets, even on the chilliest autumn night.

Virginia Wine Month Bridgewater

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month

October is Virginia Wine Month, which makes this a perfect time to stop by and sample some of the wines offered by Bluestone Vineyards. If you have the time, be sure to check out some of the other local wineries in the Bridgewater area, and throughout the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Wine Trail offers a path to some of Virginia's best local flavors!

Bluestone Vineyard is located on Spring Creek Road, just west of Bridgewater and less than 10 minutes from I-81.

Contact Old Dominion Realty to Find a Home in Bridgewater

Bridgewater, VA is a charming small town with access to all the resources of the Shenandoah. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to learn more buying or selling a home in Bridgewater. Our team of experienced REALTORS® offers the expertise and inside knowledge of the local real estate market to make your dreams a reality.

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September
18

Staunton - Where Wizards and Muggles Unite

Staunton - Queen City Mischief & Magic
Planning to spend some time in Staunton, Virginia from September 22nd to September 24th? Better bring your broomstick, wand, and finest wizard's regalia! Every year around the close of the summer, the city of Staunton, Virginia turns into a magical wonderland, where witches, wizards, and muggles come together to bring the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life.

Throughout the weekend, you'll find magical special events, fantastic food, family fun, and more than a few opportunities to break out your favorite Harry Potter costumes. Our wizards--ahem, REALTORS® in Staunton--are already working on their costumes, and we're excited to share the details of a whimsical Harry Potter weekend.

A Wizardly Weekend in Staunton: Enjoy the Queen City Mischief and Magic Celebration

Staunton - Queen City Mischief & Magic
One of the most pleasant perks of homes in Staunton is that you're never far away from another truly unique event in the city. The Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, and you want have to look hard to see why when you visit Staunton, Virginia during the big event.

  • Hogsmeade Comes Home – Sure, it may still be called Staunton on the map, but our city transforms into the village of Hogsmeade during the festival. No matter where you go in the city, you'll find nods to your favorite literary wizard and your favorite locations from the Harry Potter novels. Local businesses get in on the act too, transforming into the small, unique shops that the residents of Hogsmeade depend on for all of their magical needs. You won't find a better place to pick up magical supplies!

  • Family Fun – The Harry Potter novels capture the imagination of readers from every age-group, so it's no surprise that parents enjoy the festival just as much as children. The kids will love all of the Harry Potter themed events going on around the city, and parents have just as much fun taking in the sights. There is so much going on throughout the weekend that you're sure to find events that ever member of the family will love.

  • Fantastical Food – Ever wonder what it would taste like to enjoy a pint of Butter Beer, or sample a magically infused plate with the best that Hogsmeade has to offer? No problem! Just visit your favorite Staunton restaurants during the festival, and enjoy magical specials that you definitely won't find anywhere else.

  • Hogwarts Express – The entire weekend is full of great events, and there's no doubt that Saturday morning will be a highlight for everyone in the crowd. At around 9AM, the Hogwarts Express arrives with Harry and Hagrid in tow. The big arrival kicks off a day of whimsical fun, with potion tastings, wizardly duels, and even wild beast taming! The fun lasts well into the evening, with a busy schedule of events all day.

  • A Costume Party – Enjoy wearing your favorite wizard costume around town, but don't like the glances you get when you stop at the store? The Queens City Mischief and Magic Festival is the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite costume, and immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter. All around the city, you'll find children and adults alike decked out in their finest Harry Potter gear. Perhaps you'll even run into some of your favorite characters from the novels!

Enjoying Staunton's unique brand of fun so much that you'd like to stick around for the long haul? We can help! Contact Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes in Staunton, Virginia.

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August
7

Discover the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Harrisonburg Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Today's farmers markets began in 1934 with an idea and two entrepreneurs from Los Angeles.   What started as one market with a dozen farmers plus a few others selling fresh produce from the back of their trucks has evolved into over 8,600 farmers markets nationwide.

As demand for locally grown, fresh food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America's farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. 

Our hometown of Harrisonburg, VA joins other communities across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week August 6 - 12.

Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market Roots

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Goods

Long-time Harrisonburg locals might remember Clarence Dellinger, a local farmer, selling his produce in the Harrisonburg Police Station's parking lot in the 1950s.  As time passed, the Market incorporated in 1994 as a Producer Only Market and has been our community's source for fresh, locally grown foods and crafts for over 30 years.  The Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers Market operated in the Liberty Street Parking Deck's lower level until moving to its current home in the Turner Pavilion at 228 South Liberty Street in 2006.

What National Farmers Market Highlights

Now in its 18th year, National Farmers Market Week (NFMW) is an annual event sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation's food and economic systems. NFMW is held on the first full week of August. NFMW spotlights community farmers markets nationwide and is an opportunity for all farmers markets to showcase the impact they make in their local areas.

Farmers markets across the country:

  • Support America's farmlands and rural livelihood
  • Grow local economies
  • Provide access to locally produced fresh foods and goods
  • Encourage healthier communities

Taste of Harrisonburg Demo
What began as a way to bring fresh, healthy foods to communities across the country has grown into a social gathering for entire communities.  As markets continue to evolve, new features like live entertainment, cooking demonstrations with recipe sharing, gardening advice and classes have been added. 

Harrisonburg Reaps the Fruit of Its Labors

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Fruit
The Farmers Market has become the "place to be" in Downtown Harrisonburg on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.  While people with homes in Harrisonburg appreciate easy access to fresh, locally produced goods and crafts (practically in their backyards), the community spirit and fellowship it brings to neighbors, family, and friends are a true added benefit.  

Harrisonburg Farmers Market Entertainment

If you've been to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, we know you already love it.  If you're just moving to Harrisonburg, then don't miss the Market every Tuesday and Saturday from 8AM – 1PM (April – Thanksgiving) and Saturdays only, 9AM – 1PM (December – March).

Harrisonburg Baked Goods

When local farm vendors bring their wares to the Market for sale you'll find goods running the gamut from greens, seasonal produce, eggs, and floral bouquets to cakes, cookies, pies, breads, granola and crackers.  You won't want to miss sipping and sampling wines from local Harrisonburg vineyards or taking home a craft or piece of artwork created by one of the Harrisonburg community's artisans.

Be Our Neighbor in Harrisonburg

As more people become aware of the importance of supporting their local farmers markets, our real estate agents from Old Dominion Realty invite you to join us at our next Downtown Harrisonburg Farmers market.  The Harrisonburg Farmers Market looks forward to becoming an even more vital part of the Rockingham County community. Contact Old Dominion Realty to start your Harrisonburg home search today.

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June
28

Best Places to Watch the Fireworks in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg July 4 Events

One thing that people with homes in Harrisonburg enjoy every year is the annual 4th of July fireworks display. In fact, the fun lasts all day long with Harrisonburg's amazing celebration, which starts at 8 AM with the Valley Fourth Run.

During and after the run, locals and visitors alike get the opportunity to enjoy the Harrisonburg Farmers Market from 8 AM to noon. This has always been an enjoyable occasion where you can find delicious produce, arts and crafts, and other great souvenirs for the festivities.

Like so many of Virginia's communities, Harrisonburg is known for its strong sense of history. This is never more evident than around the 4th of July season. Beginning at noon, the complete text of the Declaration of Independence will be read out at Court Square.

The reading is performed by members of the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and it's an event that they prepare for all year long. After you listen in, don't forget to enter the $250,000 raffle sponsored by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!

Attendees can enter the raffle any time between 1 PM and the drawing at PM during the Independence Day bash. You can also enter the raffle beforehand. Before the 4th, tickets will be sold at more than 20 local businesses, including Blue Ridge Bank and Oasis Art Gallery.

Be Sure to Find Your Vantage Point Before Fireworks Start at 9 PM

Throughout the afternoon and into early evening, anticipation builds for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Virginia. You're sure to notice more families and excited kids filing into Downtown Harrisonburg to get ready!

Between 2 PM and 9 PM, food trucks, craft vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the little ones will be available. Adults can also kick back with a beer garden that promises to bring great new flavors from national breweries and craft favorites.

As the evening winds on toward the fireworks display, live music will be provided by The Judy Chops and Super Doppler. You won't want to miss the Classic Car Cruise-In that takes place between 5 PM and the very start of fireworks at 9 PM.

Keep your eyes peeled, because if previous years are anything to go by, this will be a popular event. You should start staking out a spot for the fireworks show around 8 PM. if you want to get the best vantage points around.

Court Square is one of the most iconic locations in Harrisonburg and is a popular spot to see the fireworks. Since it is right in the middle of the action, you won't have to go far. East Market Street and the James Madison University campus also typically offer good seats.

Harrisonburg's Independence Day Extravaganza is Offered Rain or Shine

As an all-day event, the 4th is never cancelled in Harrisonburg. Although this year's weather forecast does call for afternoon thunderstorms, there's a good chance things will dry out before the fireworks start to fly. It's a good idea to keep an umbrella and poncho handy.

Harrisonburg has traditionally had some of the best fireworks around, even with world-class "competition" from the likes of the National Mall. How would you like to enjoy this amazingly vibrant embrace of all things American every year?

At Old Dominion Realty, our REALTORS® in Harrisonburg can make it happen.

Thinking about buying a home? Contact our Harrisonburg office to get help from the top experts in the Harrisonburg real estate market. We can partner with you to make your Harrisonburg home ownership dreams come true in time for next July!

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June
19

Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park - The Place for Summer Entertainment

Gypsy Hill Park - A Local Staunton Treasure 

Gypsy Hill Park Summer

Gypsy Hill Park remains a gem in the Shenandoah Valley's treasure chest with almost-nightly entertainment for the entire family.  Staunton neighbors come together at Gypsy Hill Park for play, a picnic or perhaps an evening concert.  In fact, when it comes to summertime in Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park is the central focus of much that takes place throughout the community. Here's why the park remains one of the top attractions for those who purchase homes in Staunton.

A Sprawling 214 Acres with Something for Everyone

Gypsy Hill Park spreads out over 214 acres and offers something for everyone. Not only will you find a public golf course here, but you'll also find football and baseball stadiums, a lake, two different playgrounds, a public pool, baseball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a gymnasium for basketball. For the little kids, the Gypsy Express mini-train is a big hit, and the Duck Pond is a favorite with families as well. Throughout the park covered pavilions offer grills and picnic tables, and The Bandstand is home to quite a number of season events. With just this description alone, it's easy to see why Gypsy Hill Park is the meeting place for the summer.

July 4 at Gypsy Hill Park

While Gypsy Hill Park is available year-round for summer fun, on the Fourth of July one of the biggest celebrations of the year takes place. In fact, in 2017 America's Birthday Celebration is so big, it takes two days for it all.

The festivities begin at 2:00 on Monday, July 3, when the Opening Ceremony takes place, followed by the introduction of the Miss America's Birthday Celebration winners. A concert from NOVA and then an Elvis Tribute by Ron Gilbert follow the presentation.

At 5:00, the Shenandoah Valley Bagpipe Band will take to the stage, followed by a presentation from the community children's choir, teen challenge choir and the America's Birthday Celebration Community Choir. Messages from two local preachers will be intermixed with the choir numbers, and the evening will conclude with the Stonewall Brigade Band.

On the Fourth, the day begins with the News Leader Firecracker 5K at 8. The entire community comes out to the Park for the America's Birthday Celebration Parade at 10:00. The rest of the day, various artists will take to the Bandstand and perform numbers, including many patriotic pieces.

Of course, the Fourth of July isn't complete without fireworks. Before the fireworks, the Retiring of the Colors and the performance of Taps will signal the end of the concerts. At 10, the sky above the lake will come alive with brilliant bursts of color as the community celebrates America's birthday in style.

Our REALTORS® in Staunton can help you find your ideal home to enjoy this welcoming community for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to get started on your search for the perfect home in Augusta County.

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March
28

Beginner's Guide for Buying a Home in Staunton

First-time Home Buyers

Beginner's Guide for Buying a Home

Staunton, Virginia is a vibrant community with many attractive attributes, and a great place to settle down in your first home. There are a wide variety of cultural and social opportunities in the area including outdoor exploration of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Deciding to buy a home can be intimidating, though, no matter how much you like the community. Here's some helpful information for anyone considering buying a house for the first time.

Make the Most Important Decision

It's perfectly natural to feel some anxiety about buying a house for the first time. However, if you're feeling anxious because you're unsure whether you want to own a home at all, it's extremely important to make the decision of whether you really want to own a home, or if it's just what you're "supposed to do" when you're an adult. It's much better to explore your options before getting involved in securing a mortgage and becoming a homeowner than to go through the process and be unhappy with your choice.

Get Ready for a Mortgage

Once you've decided home ownership is right for you, start looking at your finances. They should be well organized before you start talking to lenders about a mortgage. Getting ready for a mortgage might include:

  • Paying down credit card debts and keeping the balances low.
  • Gathering two years' worth of bank statements, pay stubs, salary verification and income tax information.
  • Refraining from doing anything that requires a credit inquiry, such as buying a car or furniture, or opening a new line of credit.

Before shopping for a specific loan, ask various lenders about any available first-time homebuyer programs, government-backed loans that you might be able to use, and their fees for financing your mortgage. It's your right to ask questions about anything you don't understand. Remember, just because you talk to a lender doesn't mean you're obligated to go through them for your loan.

Look to Your Future

Buying a house means being fairly certain of your plans over the next several years. You should know whether kids will be coming into the picture, which amenities might be most important over the long term and if there's enough room for your future growth, both personally and professionally. A list of things you might want in your new home can help you narrow your choices to properties that fit your needs now and into the future.

Be Open to Different Situations

When you're looking into buying a house, it's best to consider a lot of different properties that are offered for sale due to foreclosure, short sales or as part of a real estate auction, especially if you're willing to make some investments in the home. Many of these situations will have different requirements than a traditional "fair market listing" sale, so it's best to work with a local real estate agent to understand different sale options and find the right property for your needs.

Work with an Experienced REALTOR®

At Old Dominion Realty, we have a lot of useful information about relocating to Staunton, VA. You can even view our listings for gorgeous homes in Staunton easily from your computer. Contact Old Dominion Realty when you're considering buying a house in Virginia. Our REALTORS® in Staunton have all the experience and information you'll need to find your perfect new home.

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June
28

Find a Home in Harrisonburg VA

Celebrate July 4 and Finding a Home in Harrisonburg at Valley Fourth

Find a Home Harrisonburg Valley FourthHarrisonburg may be most well-known for its rich history, unique food experiences, arts and culture, excellent shopping and unmatched community events.  Perhaps no Harrisonburg event is more anticipated than the upcoming Valley Fourth celebration scheduled to take place this Monday, July 4 beginning at 7:00 AM.  If you're considering buying a Harrisonburg home, celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Harrisonburg with your family, friends and new neighbors.

The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance plans and presents this annual event as a gift to the local community and its residents.

Begin your day at 7:00 AM with a meditation class provided by The Center: A Yoga and Pilates Studio at the Farmers' Market Turner Pavilion, 228 S Liberty Street, Harrisonburg.

The Valley 4th RUN starts at 8:30 AM on Monday, July 4.   VA Momentum and the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance sponsor this chip-timed race in the Shenandoah Valley.  Runners choose from a 1 mile, 5K and 10K and pick the charity for which they will run.  Participants will walk, jog, run and roll through the streets of downtown Harrisonburg. Pets are welcome, and awards will be handed out to the 1st place male and female in the eight age categories.

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Contest

After a run, you might be ready for something to eat.  Back for its fourth year is Grillin' at the Pavilion.  Grillin' at the Pavilion has quickly become one of the favorite events at Valley Fourth.  Savor the flavor as grill teams rally to prepare their best chicken, steak and pork recipes for a chance to win cash prizes and the title of Valley Fourth's "Champion BBQ'er." 

No July 4 celebration would be complete with plenty of food and drink. While you're waiting for the Grillin' at the Pavilion to begin at 3:00 PM, there will be plenty of other dining and refreshment options available like Grilled Cheese Mania, El Sol, Cuz & 'Em Southern Cooking, and Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint.  Beers n' Cheers is an adult-inspired area of the festivities with live music, wine, and cold craft brews.

Everyone loves a parade, and the Valley Fourth parade is always a crowd favorite! Beginning at 6:00 PM, thousands of people will line Main Street to watch businesses, clubs, groups, and individuals show their patriotic and community spirit. This year's theme is "Many People, One Community," presented by Union Bank & Trust.

Just for the kids is Kids' Zone with a multitude of activities planned for our youngest Harrisonburg tikes. They are encouraged to run in the Valley 4th RUN, watch a puppet shows at the Court Square Theater, enjoy free entry to the Explore More Discovery Theater, or participate in Court Square activities like face painting, hula hooping, photo booth, and more at between. And of course, don't forget the Fireworks Show to finish out the day.

Harrisonburg Valley Fourth Fireworks

Right after a patriotic sing-a-long, everyone will gather at the Farmer's Market Turner Pavilion to watch Harrisonburg's annual fireworks spectacular beginning at 9:30 PM.  Get there early and bring a chair to watch the dazzling explosions light up the sky.

Aside from hosting Valley Fourth, the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance leads an ongoing downtown management program to bring ideas and people together to make Harrisonburg an exciting and attractive place to live, work, invest, and visit. 

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March
25

Old Dominion Realty and the Augusta Home and Garden Show

Get a Taste of Virginia with Old Dominion Realty and Kline's Ice Cream

Join Old Dominion Realty at the 36th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 2 – 3, 2016 at the Augusta Expo in Fishersville, VA.

Old Dominion Realty 2016 Augusta Expo Home and Garden


Get a true taste of what living in Virginia is all about with Old Dominion Realty at Booths K10 and L10 for the unveiling of our new Myers Corner model home plans and subdivision plat as well as complimentary scoops of delicious ice cream from Virginia's own Kline's Ice Cream.   104.3 Country KCY will be onsite with a live remote from 11AM – 1PM with giveaways throughout the day.


Old Dominion Realty along with other "home and garden" businesses ranging in categories from real estate, home improvement, home repair, building and remodeling, HVAC, financial, and travel will showcase their services and products to the local Augusta County community.


Originating in 1980, the Augusta Home and Garden Show showcases great ideas for your home and garden to check a few of those "honey do" items off your list.  Show times are Saturday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM.  Don't miss the Home and Garden Show's demonstrations and displays to get your spring season started right.


CVR, Home Depot, Dutch Way, Cox Construction, Outback Heating, Valley Building and Absolute Stone Design are among the sponsors for this year's event.

 

The Augusta Expo is located in Fishersville, VA just off I-64 and only 4 miles from I-81.

If you're interested in buying or selling homes in the Augusta County real estate area, contact our team of local REALTORS® in Fishersville, Virginia.  Old Dominion Realty is a locally owned real estate broker with offices in the West Virginia and Virginia real estate areas (Harrisonburg, Crossroads Plaza, Augusta County, Moorefield and Franklin) and a proud Member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com).

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March
23

Harrisonburg VA Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Forbes Center in Harrisonburg - A Local Shining Star

Harrisonburg VA Forbes Center PerformanceJames Madison University has been deeply involved in the Harrisonburg community since the school first opened its doors way back in 1908, and that special relationship continues to the present day. In addition to providing an excellent education, JMU is well known for its performing arts programs. The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a shining example of that commitment to the arts, with a packed schedule that includes student performances, visiting artists, theater, dance, and music. 

Harrisonburg Forbes Center Building

The Forbes Center has a show to suit every taste, so it's no surprise that it's at the center of the local arts and culture scene. Just one more reason that Harrisonburg is so beloved by local residents.

Experience Live Arts and Culture at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Opened in 2010, the Forbes Center actually includes a total of five performance venues, spread out over 175,000 square feet of modern construction. Each venue has its own feel, and purpose. Performance spaces include a recital hall, performance studio, main stage, and a dedicated dance venue.

  • The venues of the Forbes Center are housed within two buildings, the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance, and the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance.
  • Both buildings are located right next to the main quad on campus – a traditional gathering place for students, faculty, and visitors since the earliest days of JMU. The central location of the Forbes Center also makes parking a breeze.
  • Pick any month on the calendar, and you're sure to find a stacked schedule of performances at the Forbes Center. If you plan on taking in a lot of shows, you can also opt for a Masterpiece Season Ticket.
  • After the show, be sure to stick around for the question and answer session. Visiting composers, artists, and performers often stick around following a performance, interacting with the audience in an intimate setting that you won't find anywhere else.
  • In addition to great shows, the Forbes Center is also home to some fantastic art exhibits. The Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art features rotating art exhibits, showcasing artists from around the world.
  • The Forbes Center wouldn't have been possible without the support of the community, and the generosity of passionate JMU alumni. As a way of saying thanks, the Forbes Center presents the Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards each year, to recognize local businesses and individuals that support the arts.
  • The performing arts have always been a priority for students at James Madison University, so the Forbes Center is also an important educational tool. Students get the chance to practice, learn, and perform in world-class facilities, whether on stage or behind the scenes.

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The Forbes Center at James Madison University has quickly become an important pillar in the community, and it's just the start of what Harrisonburg has to offer. Contact our team of local REALTORS® in Harrisonburg at Old Dominion Realty to shop for homes in Harrisonburg, VA, and get ready to enjoy the finest performing arts facility in the Shenandoah Valley.

February
24

Old Dominion Realty Sponsor for Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon

Old Dominion Realty Joins 104-3 KCY COUNTRY to Support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Old Dominion Realty Sponsor for St. Jude Research


Old Dominion Realty will be joining Harrisonburg's country music fans as they unite this weekend for the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on February 25 – 26.


104-3 KCY COUNTRY hosts this annual two-day event to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The radiothon raises money for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.  104-3 KCY COUNTRY listeners will have the opportunity to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals by calling 1-800-795-1800, or visiting kcycountry.com/stjude to become Partners in Hope by donating just $20 a month.


Old Dominion Realty believes in freely giving back to the local communities in which they do business.  Old Dominion Realty has signed on as a "Giggle Sponsor" for the 2016 event helping to support the weekend's activities. 


The bulk of St. Jude's funding comes from individual contributors allowing doctors and staff members to do what they do best--Save the lives of children regardless of their financial situation.    Country Cares for St. Jude Kids allows St. Jude to share stories of their research and discoveries with the worldwide medical community.


Radiothons have been a part of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraising activities for 25 years. Through the efforts of over 300 radio stations across the U.S., over $600 million has been raise for St. Jude's lifesaving work to "treat the toughest cases, advance cures and reach the world."


About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads the way in how the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.   With the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, St. Jude's has invented treatments and helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since its opening over  50 years ago.  St. Jude's  is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent.  Their goal is to never stop until no child dies from cancer.

 

St. Jude freely shares its medical breakthroughs, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.  Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing and food.  They believe a family should worry about is helping their child live.  Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

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Old Dominion Realty Inc. is a full service established regional real estate firm offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services, commercial sales and leasing services. Affiliated services include auction services, mortgage services and settlement/title services.

Old Dominion Realty is committed to serving and supporting clients and communities with integrity and quality services that are unmatched in the industry.

December
7

6 Things We Love about Harrisonburg at Christmas

Harrisonburg Community Spirit this Holiday Season

6 Things We Love About Harrisonburg

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Harrisonburg residents are finding more than enough ways to fill their calendars. With the holidays swiftly approaching, it's an excellent time to make memories and spend quality time with your loved ones. Our city makes it simple, and you'll find ample opportunities between now and the end of the year to celebrate. Here are six things to love about Harrisonburg at Christmas.

  1. Shop Local – Downtown Harrisonburg, VA is a treasure trove of shops. There's nothing like finding one-of-a-kind items or supporting locally-owned businesses while finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. Find ethical, fair-trade clothing at Green Hummingbird, outdoor accessories and gear at Walkabout Outfitter, or the perfect read at Downtown Books. Downtown Harrisonburg is home to over 45 unique shops. When you're done, take a break at one of the incredible eateries that Harrisonburg is known for—after all, the downtown was designated the first culinary district in Virginia.
  2. Make your Own Gifts – Another way to create lasting memories this holiday season is to make a gift. Harrisonburg has a few places that allow you to put your personal stamp on Christmas. Head to Larkin Arts to design your own wrapping paper (or to give the gift of art classes), or get the creative juices flowing at You Made It. If you prefer making holiday décor, visit the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for their annual Festive Greens workshop on December 9th.
  3. Moonlight Carriage Rides – A beloved tradition in December in Harrisonburg is the Moonlight Holiday Carriage Rides. If you aren't able to get a reservation in time, individual walk-up rides may be available the day of. If you can't make it this December, there is always the full moon summer rides, or next year.
  4. Holiday Cultural Entertainment – It wouldn't be Christmas without carols and dance. Harrisonburg offers many opportunities to enjoy holiday entertainment. Two excellent options are the Rockingham Ballet Theatre's performance of the Nutcracker December 19th and 20th, and the Nothin' Fancy Holiday Show that will delight Bluegrass lovers at the Court Square Theater on the 12th.
  5. Christmas Tree Adventures – Start a family tradition that will last for years to come. There is nothing like the fresh scent of a recently cut Christmas tree to get you excited about the holidays. Harrisonburg has several tree farms nearby to choose from, and each has its own appeal. Try the Evergreen Tree Farm, The ELF Christmas Tree Farm, or Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm.
  6. First Night Harrisonburg – The holiday season isn't officially over until after New Year's Eve, and Harrisonburg, VA knows how to celebrate in style. First Night Harrisonburg is an all-inclusive event that brings together the community for live music, art, family-fun, and fireworks. It's one of Harrisonburg's most beloved annual events.

About Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, VA is a dynamic community that offers residents an ideal location, four beautiful seasons, a wide variety of activities, and a rich lifestyle and culture. The eclectic city is full of year-round opportunities that make it an interesting place to live. You can enjoy the bustle of a thriving downtown, but still get the sense of a close-knit community. Overall, Harrisonburg is an idyllic place to call home for the holidays, and the rest of the year as well.

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If you're interested in making Harrisonburg your home, contact us at Old Dominion Realty today. Our knowledgeable team of REALTORS® can help you find your dream home this Christmas.

November
25

Staunton VA Lights Up for the Holidays

Gypsy Hill Park Aglow Through December

Start your family's holiday season with a visit to the 10th Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights at Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park.  Gypsy Hill Park will be filled with twinkling Christmas lights and more than 50 brightly colored holiday scenes even Clark Griswold would be proud of.

ODR Staunton Celebration of Holiday Lights


Join the expected thousands of Staunton residents and visitors as they tour Gypsy Hill Park's 214 acres to view the holiday displays created by individuals, families, organizations, local businesses and churches in and around the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. This year's celebration takes place from Monday, November 23, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening. This is a free event, open to the public.

Team ODR Staunton Celebration


Old Dominion Realty's participation in the 2015 event is a "command performance" having taken part in previous years.  The Old Dominion Realty Team designed and created our holiday scene entitled, "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Special thanks to Debbie Fauber, Maria Ralston, Natalie Campbell, Krista Fields, Cathy Ward and their families who acted as Santa's helpers in organizing our presentation.

Remembering Your Loved Ones at Gypsy Hill Park

In celebration of loved one, a Veteran or "just because" you can place a lighted deer in Gypsy Hill Park's Field of Deer. During the 2014 Celebration of Lights, 124 deer were displayed by the pool at Gypsy Hill Park. 

Honoring the Military

See rows of sparkling, spiral Christmas trees placed to honor those in our military. Thelma Newman, chairperson and founder of the Celebration of Holiday Lights, invited anyone interested to bring their trees to the park to be placed in honor of someone currently serving or a veteran. 

Caroling, Cookies and Cocoa

On Saturday, December 19 be ready to "FA-LA-LA" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Caroling in the Park.  Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies from Staunton's Subway on North Augusta Street, complimentary photos with Santa from Queen City Photography, an outside community fire at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand and singing by the Staunton Choral Society and Harrisonburg Harmonizers.

Free Wagon Rides

New to 2015, Staunton Parks and Recreation Department will be providing free wagon rides around Gypsy Hill Park during the afternoon of the Caroling in the Park event on December 19 for guests and visitors.

ODR Christmas Lights Signage
Joining the Staunton Community

Organized by a group of Staunton's community citizens, the Celebration of Holiday Lights combines the local beauty of Gypsy Hill Park with a time of the year when friends and families typically come together.  Staunton has a growing reputation as a tourist destination and the event is another way to bring people to the city and show the true community spirit of its locals. 


If living in an active, close-knit community is what you're looking for, contact the team of experienced REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty to start your search for homes in Staunton, VA.

September
9

Old Dominion Realty A Proud Sponsor of Good Times Festival

Let the Good Times Roll

"Let the Good Times Roll" will be the theme in Augusta County, VA at this year's Good Times Festival presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and Seven Arrows Brewing Company and hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Perhaps the perfect place in the Blue Ridge Mountains to find the best burgers, beverages, and bands on September 19, the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual signature event has been relocated to the Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.

Good Times Festival 2015


With the goal of telling residents and visitors about the local Augusta community and businesses, the Chamber of Commerce will feature:

  • A gourmet burger cook-off
  • A battle of the bands and
  • A beer competition featuring 30+ craft and domestic brews
  • Virginia wines vendors will be sold by the glass


About the Good Times Festival

 


The Good Times Festival benefits the Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, it also embraces community spirit and brings people together for some serious fun.  This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 19 at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground. All ages are welcome, and the event features activities for the whole family. Some festival highlights include:

Hackensaw Boys Performance

  • Music – Listen to local artists and popular bands at two different stages. Gypsy Town, Jacob Paul Allen, Tara Mills, and Hound Dog Hill will perform on the smaller stage while the main stage has incredible acts like Jeremy Staubus, The Hacksensaw Boys, and Dylan Scott.


Good Times Gourmet Burgers

  • Food – The Good Times Festival will introduce you to some of the best food in Virginia. Save room for BBQ, kettle corn, farm fresh fixings, and of course, burgers. The burger cook off is a main event that has local businesses battling it out for the coveted title.

    Good Times Beverage
  • Drink – Augusta County is known for its craft beer and wine. Sip and taste your way around the festival to see what new offerings regional vendors have.

    Shopping at Good Times
  • Goods – Find jewelry, clothes, and more perusing the different vendors.

  • Kid's Area – The littlest attendees won't be left out with a designated area of their own at the festival. Activities and fun will be waiting.

The festival runs from 12 - 5 p.m. and the concert from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per car, and you can pre-purchase online. Preferred seating and VIP tickets are also available. Beer passes are $5, and the burger cook off sample tickets are $1 per slider.

Good Times Festival


With a little bit of planning, the Good Times Festival can be a weekend getaway. The Shenandoah Acres Family Campground has tent sites, RV sites, and cottages. With access to a beautiful lake and other wonderful amenities, your whole weekend can be a celebration of the wonderful area you live in, or would like to live in.


Contact the Great Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce if you are interested in volunteering during this event.


About Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is focused on the growth and development of area businesses, industry, and agriculture. The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber serves Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County and welcomes small businesses to large industrial complexes and remains true to their motto is, "Your Success is our Business!"


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A Proud Sponsor of the Augusta County Community

Old Dominion Realty is a proud sponsor of the Good Times Festival. For us, introducing people to Augusta County and its surrounding communities is a worthwhile endeavor.  The festival has a positive impact on the region, one we are thrilled to be a part of.  If the Good Times Festival is enough to convince you to become a member of Augusta's community, contact one of our real estate agents to find your new home in Augusta County.

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