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“Freezin’ For A Reason” 2020

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

87957572_1276097459446576_3358553344732823552_oThe air may have been chilly, the water 🌊may have been icy but the spirits were warm ☀️and friendly at Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat 🏡 for Humanity’s 2020 “Freezin for A Reason” benefit. A large crowd of supporters on shore watched as Celebrity Dippers Todd Burbage and Jamie Mahoney led the charge into the Bay from the Cape Charles beach 🏖. Ranging from young to old, the Dippers were an enthusiastic group, splashing 💦 into the water with abandon…. and racing back out with alacrity ! Kiptopeake Elementary School fielded a sizable team – Go, Kippers, go ! Members of the Cape Charles Coast Guard were on hand both as Dippers and to provide rescue help if needed and a Coast Guard cutter⚓️ patrolled off-shore throughout the event. Afterwards, lunch 😋and awards 🥇for the Dippers, a nice treat for lending a hand ( also their cold blue 🔹 toes ) for Habitat’s very important cause- helping to provide safe, affordable housing 🏡 here on the Shore.

 

 

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In another Cape Charles first, Bay Haven Inn launches cooking class program on Valentine’s weekend. Who wouldn’t 💕 that?

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

86350484_1270060220050300_6299163735424499712_oA new tradition got started Valentine’s ❤️weekend at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles with the introduction of its first-ever cooking class program. Proprietors Tammy and Jim Holloway have had hundreds of requests over the years for recipes on how to make their Signature 🌟 Sweet Potato Biscuits and other yummy house specialties. So what could be more logical than to launch a series of cooking classes that guests can book when they reserve their rooms ? Planned for the winter season, November through March, Bay Haven Inn will present “What’s Cooking at Bay Haven” as a fun new offering for guests on selected weekends. Non- guests are welcome too if space allows.

For the kick-off last Saturday, Inn guests Kathy and Eric, along with Blue Heron Realty agent Montaigne Cree, joined Jim Holloway 👨‍🍳 in the Inn’s gorgeous new kitchen. An aficionado 🤗 of Southern style sweet potato biscuits, Montaigne was anxious to jump in and learn Jim’s techniques for his delicious biscuit flavor and pleasing texture. I was along as the unofficial 😋 Taster- which is very hard work but…. someone has to do it! After donning special Bay Haven Inn aprons, the group dove right into the 4 Lessons – compound butters, sweet potato biscuits, mile-high popovers, wrapping up with the truly decadent Ooey-Gooey French Toast.

First up, preparing various compound butters to complement the mile-high popovers of Lesson 3. Orange zest 🍊, lingonberry and rosemary/thyme herb butters 🧈were carefully mixed and rolled up log-shape87070696_1270059456717043_3729512929968521216_o in Saran wrap to chill- ultimate goal, spreading on the piping-hot-from-the-oven Popovers to come.

Next, Jim’s famous Bay Haven Sweet Potato Biscuits. Much measuring, sifting, 🥣 mixing, folding, stirring 🥄 plus more stirring and folding before the batter was ready to pat out and cut into biscuits. ( Tip- Jim lines his sheet pans with silpat non-stick silicon liners which he swears by as the only baking sheet liners to use. And he made me a convert after seeing his silpats in action, next stop Bed, Bath and Beyond.) Into the oven for these orange colored yummies and on to making mile-high popovers.

Without exaggeration, Jim and Tammy’s recipe for popovers produces the tallest, tenderest popovers I have ever had ! Mile-high and truly delicious! The secret ? Using an electric mixer 🍜 to blend the ingredients until super foamy and smooth, rest the batter for an hour. Ladle into some really tall, cool-looking popover pans. End result ? Spectacular to look at and scrumptious to eat – – crunchy on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth on the inside. And oh so wonderful with the compound butters from Lesson 1- quite surprised to enjoy the savory herb 🌿 butter best !

Last but definitely not least, the French 🍞 Toast Lesson. So what do you get when you foam butter, Karo Syrup and brown sugar over gentle heat, then separately mix lots of 🥚 eggs, half and half🍶 cream, Grand Marnier, nutmeg and cinnamon in a big bowl ? Well, when you pour the foamed butter mixture into the bottom of a stoneware or Pyrex pan, add bread 🍞 slices, pour the cream mixture over top, refrigerate overnight and then bake in the morning you get …… a magical breakfast of Ooey Gooey French Toast.

85123461_1270059983383657_1073371121077714944_oWhat a wonderful afternoon everyone had, cooking, conversation and delicious, fresh from the oven treats ! Jim is a natural 🧑‍🍳 teacher, patient and fun. The well-equipped kitchen, spacious and light-filled, made everything so pleasant. The “students” got to keep the goodies they made and the unofficial Taster went home with a bag 🛍 of goodies too. So a very successful kickoff for “What’s Cooking at Bay Haven.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taken down to the studs, ready-to-go for renovation, Historic Home in the heart of the Cape Charles Historic District.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

A great 82665874_1242793619443627_67312106147414016_ofixer-upper priced at $249,000 that has hit the Cape Charles, VA market!
A rare find offering a new roof, new windows, good exterior, great front porch & sunroom area over looking spacious back yard. Privacy fencing in rear & picket fenced in the front yard. This home’s foot print would allow for a modern open living space downstairs. 3 Bedrooms w/ bath Upstairs & attic area 3rd floor. Off street access!! Great Air B&B or vacation rental potential. Soft sand town beach, boating, golf, restaurants , shopping, arts and that great local spirit only blocks away. Just bring your dreams for your new Down-Home Beach Home. Schedule your appointment.!

 

 

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GOODBYE EASTERN SHORE SUMMER 2019🌈

Friday, December 6th, 2019

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dull Winter’s 🌬 chill surely follows close behind.
But memories of our Summer ☀️ days shall to mind spring ever sweetly.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GAIL DREBES, WINNER 🍀 OF THE 1st 🥇 PRIZE IN THE BLUE HERON REALTY DRAWING CELEBRATING THE CAPE CHARLES SUMMER OF LOVE ♥️ FESTIVAL!

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

69542284_1108651932857797_7237632781298171904_nPresented by Blue Heron Realty agent Nicole Killebrew, Gail and husband Jim Drebes, local Cape Charles town residents, came by yesterday to pick up the $900 gift certificate to the fabulous “At Altitude” Gallery on Mason Avenue, the 1st 🥇 prize in our ♥️ Drawing. Gallery owner Gordon Campbell was on hand to congratulate Gail and welcomed them both to stop in the Gallery to browse as much as they wish before making that hard decision on which photo 🖼 to select.

2nd and 3rd prizes in the Blue Heron Drawing were both won by ladies who were visiting friends or relatives on the Eastern Shore when they stopped by to register.69691533_1108651209524536_2364476008658108416_o Cheryl Jones from New Jersey won the 2nd 🥈 prize of the $125 gift certificate to the Oyster Farm Eatery – Cheryl is looking forward to her next visit to Cape Charles to enjoy her delectable winnings ! The 3rd 🥉 prize of a $75 gift certificate to Gull Hummock Gourmet was won by Pat Lasome from Maryland. Pat visits the Shore frequently and now has some delectable treats and wine🍷 to choose on her next visit to town. ( Thanks again to Honey Moore of Gull Hummock Gourmet who helped Barrett Cree with the Drawing ! )

69489158_1108652686191055_2516419161177980928_oThe Cape Charles 50 Days of the Summer of LOVE ♥️ Festival was such fun – – so many exciting 🎉 activities all over town ! For 50 days ! Our thanks to everyone who entered our 🏅 Drawing. Even if you didn’t win one of our 3 prizes, you got a commemorative LOVE♥️ mug and our interesting new Cape Charles Landmarks map. The whole Blue Heron Realty crew enjoyed this Festival so much, we hope you did too !! Come see us at 113 Mason Avenue and catch a ride to find your dream 🏡 home on the HeronMobile

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MERCER FAMILY, THE BRAND NEW OWNERS OF THE VERY FIRST HGTV 🏡 HOME FILMED IN CAPE CHARLES !

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

69263712_1106352966421027_2185455123151454208_oTheir Blue Heron Buyer’s Agent, Gerry Forbes, says Tyler, Tiffany, twins Cole and Kiera plus dogs Copper and Scout are thrilled 🎉 with their new Randolph Avenue home ! ♥️ the beach 🏖 and ♥️ becoming part of one of the prettiest beach towns in America ! Wishing you all many, many happy 😊 years in your new home.

Serenaded 🎸 By “Schooner Or Later”, The 4th Annual Community Potluck Wowed Hundreds From Cape Charles

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

1 FoodA myriad of 😋 flavors, an abundance of food and plenty of camaraderie marked the Cape Charles 4th Annual Community Potluck Picnic. Sponsored by Citizens for Central Park, the Potluck also coincided with the very last Harbor For the Arts Summer band concert held in the Gazebo- – plenty of catchy 🎶 music by “Schooner Or Later” kept everyone tapping toes. Having a town-wide Potluck is a wonderful idea, absolutely loads of fun, unique on the Shore. Grilled burgers 🍔and hot 🌭 dogs were provided by Citizens for Central Park. Everyone was responsible for bringing a couple side dishes which were as varied as they were delicious. Beautiful 🥬 salads and slaws of every description, hot dishes ranging from 3 kinds of baked beans, homemade mac & cheese, (of course), a very creamy chicken Alfredo, German and many other kinds of potato salads, fruit 🍇 salads, watermelon 🍉 slices and the list goes on. Plus fab desserts, pies, cakes 🍰cobblers, 🍪 cookies, muffins and brownies ! An absolute cornucopia of flavors ! Already looking forward to the 5th Annual, planning to bring an even bigger pan of mac & cheese.

 

 

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THE WEATHER WAS COOL BUT THE MUSIC WAS HOT AT CAPE CHARLES CENTRAL PARK

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

67956727_1086112798445044_5267650356296286208_oOne of the many things we love 💕 about Blue Heron being one of the sponsors of the Harbor for the Arts 🎻 music in the Park series is that it just seems a bit more fun to come and enjoy the various bands if you are helping to sponsor them. Last Saturday evening the weather was cool but the music 🎸 was definitely 🔥 hot ! The Bobby “BlackHat” Walters band performed, playing with feeling and wildly popular with the crowd ! A breakout moment came when Bobby 🎩 announced “OK, we’re going to play “Get Your Red Shoes On.” And I want to see some dancing going on out there in the audience ! “ Well, 1, 2, 3 – out poured the music and up jumped the crowd, definitely folks had their red 👠 shoes on. And just about everyone caught the spirit, young, old and in between, on their feet, dancing ! ( Possibly a first for a Central Park band concert ? ) Bobby also played a touching harmonica rendition of Leonard Cohen’s famous composition, “Hallelujah”, to much applause, a song made indelible to many when it was performed on Saturday Nite Live a few years ago.

Also super popular Saturday night was Cape Charles Main Street’s table, brimming , as promised, with colorful Summer of LOVE ♥️ T shirts for sale. Business67832277_1086110738445250_8637846159072690176_o was brisk, T shirts in every hue, plus hats, totes, doggy neckerchiefs, you name it, everything ♥️ flying off the table and into bags at a dizzying pace. We managed to snag the very last Men’s Large in burnt sienna for our son-in-law, who has an amazing collection of local event T shirts that he loves wearing all summer. Shirt Mission Accomplished !

67703782_1086112655111725_7030784669536747520_oEverything was downhill easy from there for the rest of the night. The sun set, the music played, people swayed, dogs frisked, kids skateboarded, teens played soccer, Gordo’s spicy tacos were relished, literature given out, refreshing Italian Ices savored, toddlers twirled, adults laughed, everything went per normal and all was right with the world….. and we had our Men’s Large Burnt Sienna Summer of LOVE ♥️ T shirt !

 

 

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Cape Charles Summer of LOVE ❤️

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

IMG_1449 croppedWhat do you get when you mix scores of wheels, Flower Power 🌸 🌺 and a bonfire 🔥? LOVEFEST 2019 ! And a fabulous Golf Cart Parade ! Tons of fun and 1960’s costumes to boot, totally groovy ! Kicked off by a group photo at the LOVE sign, on to a “Start Your Golf Cart” command from Parade Master Jim Holloway, they were off to paint the town with peace and love. So many wonderfully decorated carts- I’m sure it was hard for the 3 judges to make call between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. And congrats to Nancy and George Proto on their 50th anniversary. Their wedding 👰🤵themed golf cart was truly a work of art. After the Parade everyone gathered at the beach for a celebratory bonfire 🔥 which was going strong until the storm came up and it had to be extinguished. But LOVEFEST was a great idea- hopefully it can become an annual event and we can look forward to LOVEFEST ❤️ 2020 !

 

 

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MOON OVER CENTRAL PARK’S UKE FEST 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

DSC_5630What a fabulous afternoon last weekend in Cape Charles, VA for the 1st Annual Uke Fest ! Cool and breezy, an absolutely perfect Saturday was winding down into twilight as we arrived. The last act of the day, Rachael Manke, was just taking the stage at the Central Park Gazebo as we found seats on a comfy nearby bench to listen to her performance. After wrestling a bit with her hat, which was trying to go airborne in the breeze, Rachael began by creating a little ditty right on the spot as she tossed that uncooperative topper aside, strum, strum “Goodbye Hat”, triple strum, “Goodbye Hat”. A self-described Lutheran minister, she wisecracked that she couldn’t stay too late because she had an 8 am sermon to give in Richmond on Sunday, then launched into a wonderful repertoire of favorites laced with witty parody songs like “Has Anyone Seen My Mom” to the tune of “Has Anyone Seen My Gal” and the slightly naughty “Shovel Out of Buffalo”.

The music was delightful but watching the audience was heartwarming. I can imagine that this was the very scene that Citizens for Central Park had envisioned as they DSC_5717worked so long and so hard to get the Park funded and off the ground. Folks of all ages, in lawn chairs short or tall, sitting on the wide expanse of grass in front of the Gazebo, enjoying the performance. Colorful bankets spread by parents whose toddlers were swaying to the music. Dads holding infants, Moms wiping sticky Shave Ice from hands and faces. Guys and gals with the munchies tackling tacos and popcorn. Kids on bikes riding the winding sidewalk, teenagers playing soccer and tossing footballs near the fountain. Tiny groups in laughing conversation on the sidewalk, couples relaxing on Park benches. And dogs and owners ! Dogs of every size and description strolling peacefully on their leases, not a snarl in the air. What an amalgam of happiness, what a sense of calm and delight as the full moon rose, softly spreading pearly beams over the 2019 Uke Fest at the amazing and happy Cape Charles Central Park.

 

 

 

 

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