Thanksgiving Expense

by staff on November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be time consuming, challenging and expensive. Ever wonder how your Thanksgiving Day expense breaks down or how it compares to other parts of the country?

Grocery stores are audited every year by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
to help learn the true cost of a Thanksgiving meal around the United States. For 2014-a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people cost on average $49.41.

Charlottesville, VA was ranked as 103 averaging around $49.56. Hilo, Hawaii was the most expensive place to host a Thanksgiving meal, costing on average $79.11. The least expensive place was Waco, TX at $39.82. The food that is included in this survey included the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee. Everyone’s Thanksgiving meal is different- consisting of different foods. Keep in mind- adding decorations, wine and beer and more side dishes will increase the cost.

Hosting dinner can get expensive so here are some tips to help:
1. Shop around on the prices of the turkey. Watch the store flyers for sales.
2. Plan ahead with your shopping. Buy canned goods or boxed items when they are on sale, even if its weeks ahead of time.
3. Everyone likes to contribute to the meal- so have different guests bring different side dishes, if they offer.
4. Don’t throw away leftovers. Save those leftovers to make turkey soup, sandwiches or maybe even another turkey dinner the next day.

Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday to celebrate with friends and family- so laugh, cook and share good memories over the dinner table!

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Famous People

by staff on November 21, 2014

Charlottesville, VA is not only known for its climate, scenery and diverse population, it’s also home to some very famous historic people and current stars. Ever wonder if anyone famous is walking around your city? Below is a list of past and present famous people that once used to or still calls central Virginia home!

Some very important and historic people are Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States and James Madison, the 4th president of the United States. We also have Meriwether Lewis- who is famous for his mission to explore land for the Louisiana Purchase.
Charlottesville Downtown Pedestrian Mall
• John Grisham, a world famous novelist, lives just outside Charlottesville, VA.
• Dave Matthews- a well-known musician that formed the rock bank- Dave Matthews Band has two homes, one in Seattle and the other in the Charlottesville area.
• Sissy Spacek- an actress that played in the film Carrie & Coal Miners Daughter, moved in 1982, to a farm, just outside Charlottesville, VA.
• Billy Wagner- a former major league baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Etc. lives in the area and is the head baseball coach at his son’s school.

So next time you are wandering around the area, keep an eye open, you never know who you will cross paths with!

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Holiday Wreath Workshops at Monticello

by Sue on November 18, 2014

Christmas Wreath in VirginiaThis is the 28th year of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello wreath workshops. All materials are provided and you leave with a beautiful handmade wreath. There are several workshops scheduled but you need to reserve your tickets in advance. The first one starts November 28th. Please go to Monticello’s website for more information.

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UVA Hospital-The Battle Building

by staff on November 11, 2014

Charlottesville, VA is known for its outstanding health care, but what about children’s health care? Children often need specialized care, due to their little bodies and inability to list all their symptoms correctly. In 2014, the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital opened a Pediatric Outpatient Care Center called the Battle Building. It was ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as one of the top children’s hospitals.
Fitness Centers in Charlottesville VAThe Battle Building is over 200,000 square feet and 7 floors that offer a wide variety of pediatric specialties and offers state of the art care. The building was designed with kids in mind, offering bright colors, toys to play with and even an outdoor space to get some fresh air while waiting. The staff receives specialty training ranging from babies to teenagers. The one convenient location, offers families same day appointments when they need to see multiple specialists, all in one location. If inpatient care is needed, the UVA Children’s Hospital is right across the street.
Take comfort knowing your children will be well taken care of- should the need ever arise.

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Retiring… What now?

November 3, 2014

Considering retiring to an area that offers history, affordability and a wide range of activities- then look at Charlottesville, VA. With its richly varied landscape that offer breathtaking views of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, the four season climates, top medical care, and a wide variety of leisure activities… it’s easy to see why Charlottesville […]

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Interested in buying or selling a house? It’s a complicated process and there is a lot of information to help you achieve your goal. In today’s world, technology is at the edge of our fingertips, so here are some top apps available on most smartphones to help you gather facts and make the process much easier. […]

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Autumn

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year, especially in Virginia. The weather cools down, the air is crisp, the leaves start to change color and there is a lot to keep everyone busy. Below are some top reasons of why Charlottesville and autumn go so well together… The fall foliage… Skyline drive is one of […]

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Charlottesville Real Estate Market – Third Quarter 2014

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The Charlottesville Real Estate Market Report for the third quarter of 2014 can be found here.

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Pipeline Maps for Nelson and Buckingham Counties

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While the gas pipeline proposed for north and east of Charlottesville has been suspended, the one south of Charlottesville passing through Nelson and Buckingham Counties is still alive. The Friends of Nelson have put together a very informative site with lots of maps and updates concerning the pipeline. Click here if you want to go […]

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Virginia Real Estate Taxes

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If you are living in the northeast and it has not crossed your mind yet, you might want to move to Virginia to save on your real estate taxes! Here is a chart that shows how all 50 states rank in regards to real estate taxes and property values.

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