Posts Tagged ‘life on Virginia’s Eastern Shore’

The 17 th Annual Eastern Shore Artisan Guild Holiday Tour Was A Huge Success !

Friday, December 6th, 2019

DSC_7373This annual studio tour, held the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving 🍁each year, is one of our very favorite arts 🖼 events of the year. Covering studios reaching from Capeville at the Shore’s very southern tip as far north as Onancock, offering dozens of mediums ranging from heavy oils to silk embroidery to decoy 🦆 carvings, from huge wood sculptures to finely cast bronzes to intricate ceramics and jewelry and much more, this event truly has something for nearly every taste. And a great way to find unique gifts 🎁 for folks on your holiday list.

We started at Danny Doughty’s studio in Onancock which is not on the official tour but which is so close to 4 locations on the tour that it’s easy to drop in to take a peek78318591_1195745894148400_5490258846255415296_o at his new pieces- – not to speak of the beautiful 🎄tree Danny always decorates for his studio. From there, off to Ker Place with decoys, 🖼paintings and jewelry, then off to see Vesna’s new pottery pieces. Heading out from there to the historic Onancock School, which sports a new LOVE ❤️ sign, where embroidery “paintings” , decoys and Bobby Bridges whimsical wind directionals added lots of color to the show.

DSC_7430By The Bay 🦙 Alpaca farm was delightful, such cute and furry creatures, calm and patient. And if you’re looking for the world softest and warmest, must try alpaca sox 🧦! But the other incredibly soft item for sale was a tiny alpaca fur 🧸 teddy bear, so sweet, ready for lots of hugs and kisses from a new owner. Next up, sculptor Moe Spector’s place where several different artists had organized tents for the Tour including Marty Burgess, Guy Shover, David Crane and Brenda Clark offering paintings, stoneware and ceramics. From there to Wachapreague for Jacobson and Bilicki Fine 🖼Art. Sadly, it was not possible to do all the stops, so at sunset we were off to our last stop, Windsor House at the very southern tip, to see the Lewin’s hand crafted fine furniture, Buck Doughty’s steel sculptures and some amazing pots from Gecko Pottery. And that wrapped up the 2019 Tour for us, looking forward to Thanksgiving 2020.

 

 

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Celebrate The Holidays In This Beautiful Custom Designed And Built Coastal Home

Friday, December 6th, 2019

East Bay Villa front resizedLocated in Cape Charles, Virginia this well-maintained 3000 square-foot beach access 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with standing seam metal roof and HardiPlank siding in lush island colors offers total first floor living. Priced at $497,000, it’s move-in ready and a perfect place to relax with family and friends over the holidays. Lots of upgrades including heart pine floors, dual fireplace, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Third floor suite has separate heating and cooling system, private deck, beadboard ceiling, wet bar, full bath and walk-in closet. Community private beach is close to your back door.. A world class marina & fine dining are just a few steps from your front door. Or, you can enjoy a golf cart or bike ride into the historic town of Cape Charles or to the Bay Creek World class golf courses, community pool, tennis courts. and restaurant.

 

 

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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.

CONGRATS TO ALL THE VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE’S EASTERN SHORE “BEST OF VIRGINIA” OYSTER BAR & OYSTER PRODUCER 🏅 WINNERS ! CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST BELOW !

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

70333187_1110375902685400_5549768560194093056_nHow popular is a tasty oyster on Virginia’s Eastern Shore? Well, perhaps the fact that we have an entire town named “Oyster” offers a clue ! And just how 😋 delicious are Eastern Shore oysters ? Enormously ! Small area- -big flavor ! And the proof of that pudding is in how many Eastern Shore oyster bars and oyster producers were voted as the 2019 Oyster Bar and Oyster Producer winners 🏅 by Virginia Living magazine. Selected by a panel of restauranteurs, chefs, foodies and the editorial staff, these winners from the Shore join a very select group of folks across Virginia being honored as the Best of Virginia 🎉 this year. Congratulations to you all. Clearly, the world is your oyster !

 

 

 

 

OYSTER BAR 🏅WINNERS
Hook-U-Up Gourmet (Hook@Harvey) Cape Charles
Sting Ray’s Restaurant- Cape Charles
The Oyster Farm Eatery -Cape Charles
The Shanty – Cape Charles
Great Machipongo Clam Shack- Nassawadox
The Island House – Wachapreague
Bill’s Seafood – Chincoteague

OYSTER PRODUCER 🏅 WINNERS
Ocean Cove Seafood – Cape Charles
Ballard Fish & Oyster Company – Cheriton
American Shellfish Company – Cheriton
Lynnhaven Bay Aquaculture Oysters – Cheriton
Nottingham Clams, Inc. – Cheriton
Tom’s Cove Aquafarms – Chincoteague
Tangier Island Oyster Co. – Tangier

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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JUST LISTED – 112 ACRE ESTATE FEATURING AN EXQUISITE, LIKE-NEW 4,500 +/- SQ. FT. HOME WITH IN-LAW SUITE, LARGE CARRIAGE HOUSE / WORKSHOP AND SWIMMING POOL

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

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JUST LISTED – 112 ACRE ESTATE FEATURING AN EXQUISITE, LIKE-NEW 4,500 +/- SQ. FT. HOME WITH IN-LAW SUITE, LARGE CARRIAGE HOUSE / WORKSHOP AND SWIMMING POOL

If it’s an oasis of space and relaxation 🏡 you are looking for, this beautiful Eastern Shore Virginia country estate with a 4488 sq. ft. custom built luxury home and a spacious 4,000 sq, ft. carriage house with woodworking shop is absolutely perfect! Offered at $899,000, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes many top of the line custom features including chef’s kitchen with cherry cabinetry, gorgeous granite counters and 6 burner gas stove plus custom designed bar area constructed from beautiful cherry wood. Built by one of the Eastern Shore’s premier builders, the home is centered on a 112 acre estate comprised of a mix of woodlands 🌲 open space and tillable 🌾acreage. Expansive sunroom overlooks wraparound deck with BBQ and dining area which overlooks the picture perfect pool. 🏊‍♀️ What a great place for entertaining! Or for enjoying the sweet air at twilight as the sun sinks to the horizon. You will ❤️ the large master suite with plenty of closet space also connects to the sunroom. A roomy in-law/guest suite offers an additional kitchen, living area and bedroom with full bath. This property is ideal for a small working farm or a horse 🐎 or horticultural farm, home business or simply a sanctuary with lush countryside and salty breezes from nearby inlets from the Chesapeake Bay. For boaters, a deep water boat launch ramp with fishing pier is just a few minutes away, your easy connection to all the great saltwater activities Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers

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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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