Monday, May 18, 2009

Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums

Colonial Williamsburg hosted their annual national fife and drums competition this past weekend. We were there on Saturday May 16th, 2009 and were able to capture some great footage of many of the events. This video starts out with the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums Alumni, hence the street cloths on these folks, followed by the Connecticut Regimen. We have more videos to put up on our You Tube channel, we just have to get through processing them. If you want to see our channel on You Tube, please CLICK HERE.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performing in Gloucester May 30th

Get ready for a spectacular day on May 30th, 2009. A great line up of events is heading our way. The day starts with the farmers market on route 17 at the Suzanna Wesley Church followed by Revolutionary War re enactor's that will be showing us what life was like at an encampment. This will take place at the Gloucester County courthouse historic circle. Then the day finishes off with a concert from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra playing at the grounds of the Walter Reed Hospital. That event starts at 7:30 PM. We have a video from last years performance while the Virginia Symphony Orchestra played in Yorktown. Gives you an idea of what to expect. (A great wine, cheese and classical music evening).

If you are ever wondering what events are coming up, we have a calendar at the bottom of this site that lists the county events and we try to squeeze in anything else we learn about in advance.

We requested the opportunity to record the Virginia Symphony Orchestra while they play here but they told us it would cost us $20,000.00 because of DRM. (Digital Rights Management). Since everything we do is a free service and no one pays us anything at any time, we are not permitted to record the event for you. So if you want to see the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, we recommend you be there the night of the event. (We were fortunate enough to get the footage we did last year, we can't do it again though). The show was so good last year though that we will not be missing this event and will at least try to get some photos as we can.

Abingdon Episcopal Church Historic Site

The Abingdon Episcopal Church is an incredible landmark site right here in Gloucester County. We are incredibly fortunate to not just have this one historic site, but two historic sites right here in our own back yard. We are in the process of creating a driving tour of historic churches and of course both Abingdon and Ware are on our list of sites to see. One of the most beautiful structures on the tour is Abingdon when one looks at both the inside and out. We have visited a number of churches from the Historic Christ church to Bruton Parish, Farnham to Tappahanock. Bruton Parish is incredible as is Christ Church, but for overall detail on both inside and out that is both modern and historic, Abingdon holds the crown jewel. From the triple decker pulpit to the high back pews. The cruciform design to the chandeliers. Historic Christ Church is the king in historic preservation and overall exterior design, but Abingdon holds the crown on overall ambiance and modern functionality.

Ware has the most incredible grounds and graveyard. On our up coming driving tour, each property has incredible merits, and we will point that out on our web sites. In the mean time, we have built a special review site for the Abingdon Episcopal Church. Please CLICK HERE to visit our review site. We have a number of great pictures of inside and out. We are going to be putting up similar sites for Ware and Bruton Parish very soon. We are processing the pictures for them both now.

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Blackbeard's Crew, Blackbeard Plans Raid on Hampton Virginia, Our Spy Uncovers The Story

You may have missed Blackbeard's Crew while they raided Yorktown a few weeks back, but they have their biggest event of the year coming up in June. The weekend of June 5th through the 7th in Hampton. Expect over 100 pirates from all over the East Coast to be at this event. We plan on being there and plan on raiding the pirates lair. We built a web site with pictures and a video from their event in Yorktown. CLICK HERE to view our review site. The site will expand with their events. These folks really do a great job and put on a wonderful show.

If you have never seen them, you really are missing a superb time. So clear your calendar and call your friends and get ready for a great time in Hampton with this scurvy bunch. By the way, this is their 10th anniversary, so expect a show like never seen before. Arrgh!

United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp Video

We had the pleasure of capturing the United States Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp while they were in Colonial Williamsburg this past Saturday, May 16th, 2009. If you missed them and would like to see more, we put up a special web site where we have 7 videos and some really good pictures on the site. CLICK HERE to visit the site.

This is going to be a very busy summer with no shortage of things to do and or discover. We will try to keep you up to date as much as possible. If you missed it and we captured it, we will let you know and bring you as much as we can. So stay tuned.

Historic Christ Church

We just finished photographing the Historic Christ Church. A beautiful landmark worth a visit. Located over in nearby Lancaster county, just outside of Irvington in Weems. They have a museum that is very interactive and the church and grounds are unmatched anywhere. The drive is only about 35 minutes and not far off of route 3. Visit our review site and you can get directions. CLICK HERE to visit our review site.

On our new site we have over 100 pictures and we created a video of the church and grounds. The folks there are incredibly nice and ready to help and answer any questions you may have. If you want to make a really nice day of it, stop at the wine and cheese shop in White Stone and pick up lunch for a picnic and then stop at the Winery on the way back from the church. Don't worry, you can't miss the winery. It's the White Fences Winery and you can't miss the giant cork screws out in front. When I say giant, I mean giant. Bonn Appetite.

Scottish Bag Pipes in Colonial Williamsburg at Bruton Parish

This past weekend, May 16th to be exact, Colonial Williamsburg hosted Fife and Drums from various parts of the nation. We were there to cover the event for a few of our sister sites. While we were there we had the unexpected pleasure of capturing a gentleman playing the bag pipes outside of Bruton Parish Church before a candle light concert at the church. Normally we cover mostly what is happening around Gloucester, however, Gloucester is on the outskirts of some of the greatest places in the nation so we are expanding the site to include areas of interest to us here in Gloucester. We have a lot to post as we have been up to a lot. So even though this site has been quite for a few weeks, we have been very busy with a lot of other projects. So get ready for a lot of new excitement. Enjoy.