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November 2012

There are 6 blog entries for November 2012.

Many cities around the Tidewater area have already done their holiday illuminations and Christmas tree lightings, but one of the biggest is finally coming up this weekend: the Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination!

In 18th century colonial America, holidays were celebrated with light—everything from simple candles to grand fireworks—and Colonial Williamsburg continues that tradition in impressive style. The Grand Illumination is an all-day event that takes place on Sunday, December 2nd in Colonial Williamsburg itself; check out the Grand Illumination web page to see all the details on concerts, guided tours, and of course the lights! In addition to the Colonial Williamsburg celebration, events that are part of the holiday celebration kickoff weekend

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This is a guest blog post by Regional Home Mortgage Vice President Michael Miller. 

Own a home? Considering becoming a landlord? You are not alone.    Many potential home sellers are finding themselves in a position where they can’t sell their place because they are upside down and don’t want to or can’t stroke a check in order to sell. A natural option to consider is to rent out the property instead. This is not a blog post about the benefits and pitfalls of having tenants in your house; for every horror story out there about tenants trashing your once meticulously cared for home, there is another story about the little old lady tenant that paid her rent on time every month for 20 years. Instead, this is about whether or not you can utilize the new…
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Thanksgiving weekend not only features turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie, but lights! Turns out many business and municipalities choose this weekend to show their holiday spirit in truly luminous ways. These illuminations all officially start this weekend, so gather friends and family and venture out to enjoy the sparkle of the season!

Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)

  • Hampton Tree Lighting – Depot Park, 7:00 pm
  • Newport News Celebration in Lights – Newport News Park, 5:30 pm (through Jan. 1)

Friday, November 23

  • Snow Wonders! Snow & Light Show – Portsmouth, Children’s Museum of Virginia, 5:30 pm

 Saturday, November 24

  • Dominion Garden of Lights – Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 5:30 pm (through Dec. 31)
  • Newport News Holiday Tree
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Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and as we all know, a holiday in the middle of the week usually affects the schedules of everyday things such as mass transit and garbage/recycling collection.

Hampton Roads Transit will be altering their schedule for the holidays:

  • Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) – Buses and The Tide will be on a Sunday schedule.
  • Friday, November 23 – Buses and The Tide will be on a Saturday schedule.

Regarding trash collection, below is a complete rundown of all local schedules so you can plan accordingly. Portsmouth and Hampton residents should pay particular attention if your normal trash pickup day is Thursday, as collection will be before Thanksgiving, on Wednesday.

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION SCHEDULES

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Hampton Roads is launching itself fully into the holiday season with a host of city illuminations and parades this Saturday, November 17th. Take a look and see if your city is having a celebration, or if there's a parade or city lighting nearby that you don't want to miss!

2012 Illuminations

Downtown Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade - starts at 7 pm.

City of Suffolk Grand Illumination - starts at 6 pm.

Olde Towne Portsmouth Skyline Illumination - part of the Norfolk Grand Illumination. Starts at 7 pm.

Hampton's Coliseum Central Holiday Parade - starts at 9:30 am.

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If your child has an annual tradition of giving his or her Christmas list to Santa at the mall and getting a picture with the jolly fellow, it's that time of year again! Santa will be visiting malls throughout the Hampton Roads area starting this weekend. So if you're thinking that your child's picture with Santa would make a great Christmas card, Santa is obliging you by being available early this year!

Santa!

Below is the first day Santa will be appearing at each of our local malls:

McArthur Mall, Norfolk - 11/8

Patrick Henry Mall, Newport News - 11/9 (after 7:30 pm)

Lynnhaven Mall, Virginia Beach - 11/10

Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake - 11/10 (also hosting a Pet Photos with Santa evening on 11/17!)

Chesapeake Square Mall, Chesapeake - 11/10

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