Mark your calendars – Shop Local Day makes its return Nov. 8.
It’s hard to believe this is our fifth Shop Local Day since launching the campaign in the fall of 2012. And it’s been inspiring to see the growth in support of local businesses in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Greater Williamsburg over the years – more than 350 local businesses participated in May’s Shop Local Day, up by about 50 merchants from the previous year.
Chesapeake Bank again is partnering with area chambers of commerce and local businesses on this special day to remind shoppers that shopping locally not only can save money, but it also ensures “The Buck Stays Here,” meaning our dollars stay in our community and create a stronger local economy.
Be sure to check back often to view the growing list of merchant offers in the online directory. Merchant registration is now open and will continue through November 5, 2014.
Thirty-five years ago, the YMCA sued the Village People for libel for their song of the same name. Kramer vs. Kramer and The Muppet Movie were among the highest-grossing movies. And All in the Family’s TV run came to an end.
That same year, one of our favorite traditions was born.
The Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast celebrates its 35th year Saturday from 4-7 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center on the James River. It’s one of two great events this weekend as the 24th annual Bay Seafood Festival takes place Friday from 4:30-10 p.m. at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster.
The Shrimp Feast is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink celebration with hot and fresh-cooked shrimp, hot dogs, hush puppies and more, including music from The Hark. It also serves as a fundraiser for Bacon Street, Friends of the Erase the Need Center and the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. Tickets are $30 through Friday and $35 at the door on Saturday. Stop by and celebrate with Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Investment Group (sponsors and volunteers) for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.
The Bay Seafood Festival is sold out for the 24th straight year. It must be the oysters, soft-shelled crabs, crab cakes, steamed and fried shrimp to go along with all kinds of adult beverages that will attract a gathering of more than 2,000. The band Trademark will entertain at the event (adults only) organized by the KIWS Rotary Club, with proceeds helping local organizations like the Red Cross, CASA, the Boy Scouts and Jacob’s Ladder.
Not quite ready to let go of summer?
Join us at the 40th Annual Mathews Market Days Festival, which takes place Friday, Sept. 5 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 6 (9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the Saturday Night Street Dance from 8-11 p.m.) at the historic Court Green in downtown Mathews. Chesapeake Bank is a sponsor of the free event, and we’ll have terrific giveaways to promote our upcoming November 8th Shop Local Day at our Market Days Festival booth.
Besides coming to see us – and about 12,000 other friends – there’s a bevy of fun things to enjoy, ranging from a 5k run/walk to benefit the Mathews YMCA and annual pet parade to the Show ‘N Shine Car Show and continuous live music. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and pony rides, and their parents can visit dozens of arts and crafts vendors. And there will be plenty of food – including fried donuts – games and contests for the whole family.
With more than 800,000 apps available for your iPhone or Android phone, it’s hard to know where to turn for the “best of the best” in any area of life, whether you’re trying to improve your personal fitness, edit photos or save a buck. When it comes to money-saving apps as you’re shopping, however, we’ve done some of the sorting for you.
Let’s start with coupons. If you’ve ever seen the show Extreme Couponing, you know couponing can really save big on grocery bills. It can also be tedious and time-consuming.
So instead of clipping coupons, let your smartphone do it for you. Try these top eight free couponing apps Money Crashers suggests to save you time – and money. Their favorite? SnipSnap – a “virtual coupon binder,” where users can search stores and retailers for coupons, then individually download them directly to the app.
Another way to save on food expenses is planning out your meals. Lifehacker shares five apps – some paid and some free – best for meal planning. Next time you go to the grocery store, use one of these apps to save money and shop smarter.
And, whether you’ve already completed back-to-school shopping or will be running errands for forgotten supplies in the next week, don’t overlook Favado to compare prices, explains TODAY. You may want to use apps directly from a store, such as Cartwheel from Target, which allows you to scan coupons directly at the register. Already using money-saving apps as you shop? Tell us which ones you like best and why.
Thanks to our employees and everyone in the communities we serve for helping us make a very real difference in the lives 350 children in need as they prepare to start another school year.
We’re proud to report that we have raised $5,164.39 during our school supply campaign to benefit the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program and the Departments of Social Services in Gloucester and Mathews. And 20 of our employees have volunteered to be a Bright Beginnings Shopping Buddy over the next few weeks in Williamsburg and the Northern Neck – they’ll take time out of their schedules to go shopping for clothing with area children.
Thanks to your help, we filled many of our employee-decorated boxes in our branches with school supplies. In Williamsburg, we stuffed a Volkswagen Beetle; in Mathews, the “Bug” was too small and we had to use a Ford Explorer!
If you haven’t had the chance to donate, our Williamsburg employees will be collecting school supplies on Sunday at the Chesapeake Bank-sponsored free movie night on Prince George Street. Despicable Me 2, made available by our friends at Blue Talon Bistro, will start at sundown – we’ll be there at 6:30 p.m. to start collecting supplies. Lucky donors can enter to win a Minion Dave plush pillow or Minion Banana Fart Blaster (we know, we know, but it gets fab reviews on Amazon.com!), and we’ll also be handing out free cups of popcorn. Come early, and don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the Irvington Crab Festival, it’s that the event is a really hot ticket.
Saturday’s third annual festival to benefit the Steamboat Era Museum is sold out (Want to go? See below!). Last year’s event, which attracted more than 750 attendees who scarfed down nearly 70 bushels of crabs, also sold out.
What’s not to love?
In addition to the star of the show – crabs from Jim Dan-Dee Seafood and Crab King – Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys will get the crowd moving. For those who don’t care for crabs, there’s barbecue and hot dogs. And there will be plenty of Dog and Oyster wine, beer and other refreshments.
We’re proud to support such a wonderful event. Assuming you have your tickets, come by and see us at the Irvington Town Commons (156 King Carter Drive) starting at 4 p.m. The crabs arrive at 5!
If you don’t have tickets, we’ll hook one lucky winner up with two tickets. Go to our Facebook page and like our post about the Irvington Crab Festival and tell us why you want to attend by 5 p.m. Thursday, and we’ll announce a randomly selected winner on Friday.
Did you know August 3-9 is Virginia Farmers’ Market Week? It’s good timing, too – some of our backyard farmers markets are getting recognition across the state – and nation.
Virginia Living magazine readers selected the Irvington Farmers Market as the best farmers market on Virginia’s East Coast earlier this year.
What’s not to love? Not only do they feature more than 100 vendors – crafts, jewelry, artwork, furniture, meats, seafood, soaps, clothing, you name it – but it also hosts musicians and provides fun for the whole family. Normally, the market runs the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (98 King Carter Drive). However, there are two dates in August: Aug. 2 and Aug. 30 (Labor Day weekend). The Meadow Street Band, based in Richmond, Va. is scheduled to appear on Aug. 2. To receive a list of vendors, email email@example.com. You can also find updates on the market’s Facebook page.
The Williamsburg Farmers Market is currently a top contender in the national America’s Favorite Market contest, currently ranking 1st nationally and 1st in Virginia with the opportunity to regain the title of American’s Favorite Market, which they last held in 2009. We’re not surprised – whether you’re looking for pickles, flowers, produce or chocolates – the vendors at Williamsburg Farmers Market offer all that and (much) more. The next market is scheduled for Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. The latest news on the market can be found on the Facebook page.
We’re proud our area Farmers Markets are getting such terrific recognition! You can vote for Williamsburg Farmers Market and Irvington Farmers Market – or any of your other favorite local markets here. The contest ends September 13, 2014 – but thankfully, by choosing to shop local, there is opportunity to support these great markets year-round!
Chesapeake Bank is aiming to send area students in need back to school with full backpacks. We’re hoping you can lend a hand.
We will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at each of our branches to supply more than 350 children in Williamsburg, the Northern Neck, Gloucester and Mathews. The bank will match every dollar donated up to $1,000 for each of our four beneficiaries: the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; and the Departments of Social Services in Gloucester and Mathews.
Drop off crayons, pencils, washable magic markers and notebook paper at any of our branches – a complete list of needed supplies can be found at our branches or on our website. And while you’re at it, check out our Facebook page to vote on your favorite donation box, which were decorated by our employees at nine of our branches and our operations personnel.
Since our founding as Lancaster National Bank in 1900, we’ve focused on our community.
And through the years, from Lancaster National Bank to Chesapeake National Bank to Chesapeake Bank, we’ve been committed to personal and innovative customer service (did you know we launched the nation’s first floating bank to better serve workers at the oyster packing plant in Irvington in 1969?).
Banking with us never has been easier. Here are four ways you can bank with us wherever life takes you.
- Mobile Banking – Mobile banking continues to be on the rise. A third (33 percent) of all mobile phone users (and half of all smartphone users) have used mobile banking in 2013, up from 28 percent in 2012 and 21 percent in 2011, according to the Federal Reserve. We’re here to help you deposit checks while sitting on the beach or check your account from your living room – just download the Chesapeake Bank myMobile app to get started.
- Text Banking – Looking for another fast, safe and easy way to bank from your cell phone? Give text banking a try to check account balances or transfer funds in your enrolled text banking accounts. Text “ENROLL CHESBANK” to 39257, and we’ll call within two business days to set you up. You also can call 800.434.1181.
- Online Banking – We’re proud to offer free online banking that enables you to access your accounts from anywhere in the world. We have three tools to make that happen – myBank gives you an up-to-the-minute glance of your accounts; myFinance syncs all your financial accounts for total money management; and myMobile provides access to your online banking. For businesses, we have e-Services, which allows you to view your accounts and take advantage of free online bill pay.
- Identity Theft Protection – Did you know that someone’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds? We offer free personal checking accounts with ID Theft Protection. For a small monthly fee, we also offer IDSafeChoice Plus, which includes annual credit report and credit score, continuous credit monitoring with email alerts, free online ID theft assessment test, monthly newsletter with protection tips and reimbursement of ID theft recovery expenses up to $25,000.
Looking for a little mid-week fun? Summer Nights Market might be your answer.
Mix a farmers market and terrific food with arts, crafts and live entertainment, and Wednesday nights at the Gloucester Museum of History and Carriage Court feature fun for the whole family. Summer Nights Market runs from 4:30-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Carriage Court Lawn at 6539 Main Street in Gloucester. Upcoming dates include:
- July 16 – Chamber Carnival Night: Sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, kids can enjoy bounce houses, games and snacks while adults can network with other Chamber businesses. Ashley Wenner and Brad Sindle, also known as Something Different Duo, will be on hand to play classics from the 1960s and 70s and hits from today’s stars.
- July 23 – Mercy Creek, which has released seven independent albums, will bring its aggressive folk rock – a mix of modern folk, world beat, rock and hints of blues and bluegrass – to the market.
- July 30 – In addition to the delicious food and farm-fresh produce, enjoy shagging at the market with shagging DJ Greg Howell.