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Winter Blues Jazz Fest

Winter Blues Jazz Fest Brings Music, Art, Food & Film

Jazz will be in the air next weekend.


The Winter Blues Jazz Fest kicks off Thursday, Jan. 15 and features a fusion of music, art, food, drink and film over four days in Williamsburg. Jennifer Raines, the owner of Quirks of Art, and Steve Rose, president of Eco Discovery Park and owner of Williamsburg Event Rentals, created the event to celebrate jazz and those who appreciate the music and heritage. David Everett, chef and co-owner of Blue Talon Bistro, The Trellis Restaurant and DoG Street Pub, is assisting as culinary partner and consultant.


Chesapeake Bank is proud to serve as the signature sponsor of the festival, which starts with the Art of Jazz at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, where Good Shot Judy’s jazz will accompany the museum’s artwork (Tickets: $30). Other highlights include:


  • Jazz Jam takes place on Friday night (6:30-10 p.m.) in a heated tent on Duke of Gloucester Street – The DOG Street Rhythm Kings, The Harris Simon Trio and Holly Hunt and Limelight will entertain. Tickets: $15.
  • On Saturday, the #3BF The Big Bold Beer Fest (VIP session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; open session from 1-4 p.m.) features rare and aged beers and gourmet food from David Everett to go along with two stages of music. Herbie D and the Dangermen and The Mike Lucci Band, with special appearances from Bobby “BlackHat” Walters and Logan and Cole Layman from In Layman Terms, will entertain. Tickets: $50 for VIP session, $30 for open session.
  • Mixology & Music takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge. The area’s top bartenders will prepare cocktails, and Michael Bellar & the AS-IS Ensemble will entertain. Tickets: $60 apiece, two for $100.
  • Five area restaurants will host Jazz Brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday: The Trellis, Le Yaca French Restaurant, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Waypoint Seafood & Grill and Blue Talon Bistro. Various groups will entertain for two hours at each of the locations. Tickets: $35.
  • A free Community Concert with the William & Mary Jazz Ensemble will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. How does a heated tent and free hot chocolate sound?
  • Jazz Movies at the Kimball Theatre will be shown for free on Saturday and Sunday. Bird is featured at 4 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and The Cotton Club will run at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Check out the Winter Blues Jazz Fest website for more details, including festival passes or individual tickets.

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Shop Local Profile: Quirks of Art, Williamsburg

From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.


Back in 1997, when Quirks of Art was known as Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine, this shop was a bright, funky spot in a town known for its colonial look and feel.  The store received local and national accolades in its first few years, helping it become a hot spot for locals from the beginning.


Renamed to Quirks of Art in 2011, store owner Jennifer Raines keeps the store stocked with beautiful, unique pieces of art from across the country.  If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, or yourself, check out Quirks’ inventory of handmade jewelry, pottery, hand painted glass, local art and clothing.  And if you need a daily dose of Quirk when you can’t make it by the shop to explore its collection, check out the store’s blog.  It’s chock full of recipes, DIY, store products and other little tidbits that are sure to brighten your day.


To learn more about Quirks of Art, continue reading its profile below.


Business Name: Quirks of Art

Owner: Jennifer Raines

Contact information: Web, Facebook or by phone at 757-645-4366

Shop Local Day Deal: With any $100 purchase, receive a FREE whimsical clock (valued at $59).

With any $50 purchase, receive a FREE hand-painted wine glass (valued at $25).

Store information:  Quirks of Art is located at The Shops at High Street, 1430 High Street #709, Williamsburg. The store is open daily from “noonish to 8ish.”

Fun Fact: Quirks of Art’s store dog is Zack.  Be sure to give him a scratch behind the ears if you see him running around.


What does “shop local” mean to you?

“Shop Local means that when consumers have a choice of where to spend their money, that they choose to spend it at locally-owned shops, restaurants, hardware stores, etc,” says Jennifer Raines.  “It is important because independent, locally-owned businesses create character in our communities, and give back at a higher rate than chains.  Yet, they are going out of business at an alarming rate.  Without this grassroots movement, main streets will eventually completely die out and be totally replaced with strip malls full of big-box chain stores…YUCK!”


Tell us about your participation in the last Shop Local Day.

“I was absolutely thrilled with last year’s Shop Local Day,” says Raines.  “We had a 319% increase on that day over the previous year.  I appreciate so much the fact that a local bank spent their resources trying to help out the little guys, like me.  I appreciated it so much, that I relocated my banking to Chesapeake Bank, and I’ve been very happy with their service. I truly believe that consumers are beginning to really grasp the positive impact of their decisions as it relates to choosing to spend their hard-earned dollars with locally-owned, independent small businesses, retailers, and restaurants. Thank you to Chesapeake Bank and all of our loyal customers!”

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9 Days Away – Shop Local Day

The excitement is building among our merchants and branches; our second Shop Local Day will take place on April 27, just 9 days away. All of the branches have been equipped with Shop Local bags, merchants have their decals in their windows and, now, we want to arm you with everything you could need to make the most out of Shop Local.

To date, we have over 100 merchants from Mathews, Williamsburg, Lancaster and Gloucester who are participating, offering shoppers incentives ranging from 10 – 25 percent off their orders to free gifts with purchase. Some merchants are rewarding shoppers just for stopping by, others, you have to know the secret word to get your goodies (learn more by reading the merchant lists below).

Spread the word and get a group together on Shop Local Day. “I would encourage you to talk to people about Shop Local Day on April 27 and shopping locally every day,” says Jeff Szyperski, president of Chesapeake Bank. “The next time you think you may need to go online or to the ‘big’ city for a purchase, think about your local businesses.  You may be surprised at the value they offer and the time and gas you will save because you bought locally.”

So, get out a pen and paper and start planning out your Shop Local Day. It is the perfect opportunity to shop for those last minute birthday, wedding shower and baby gifts. And don’t forget to get yourself something, too!

To view the current list of Mathew’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Williamsburg’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Lancasters’s merchants and their incentives, click here.

To view the current list of Gloucester’s merchants and their incentives, click here.


Photo – from top left to bottom right: Cattails Gifts (Mathews), Williamsburg Cupcakes, Car Wash Cafe (Lancaster), Angelwing Stationers (Gloucester)

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Shop Local Preparation in Lightfoot

“I love our Shop Local Day initiative.  It gives us the opportunity to personally meet so many wonderful small business owners in our community and support them with a value added service beyond banking,” says Taryn Haden, bank manager of Chesapeake Bank’s Lightfoot branch. “I’m proud to be a part of this grassroots effort to help strengthen our local economy.  The buck stops here! Come out and SHOP LOCAL on April 27!”


Pictured are Taryn Haden, branch manager and Cameo Moore, customer service representative.

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Shop Local Profile: The Carousel, Williamsburg

The Buck Stays Here.  This motto is the driving force for the Chesapeake Bank Shop Local initiative and what better way to keep your bucks in the community than supporting local businesses and organizations right outside your front door.

From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.

If you’ve recently walked through Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg, you may have seen our first merchant’s window display of Easter outfits and warm weather styles, just in time for spring. The Carousel Children’s Boutique is home to dozens of children’s product lines, for infants to preteens.  Whether you’re looking for a casual weekend outfit or something special for a family photo, baby shower or religious ceremony, store owner Martha “Marty” Wilson has what you’re looking for.

Celebrating its 22nd year in business, The Carousel, started by Marty and her mother Margaret, is elated to be joining the other local merchants participating in Shop Local this month.  To learn more about Marty, her business and Shop Local, continue reading her profile below.

Business Name: The Carousel Children’s Boutique

Owner: Martha “Marty” Wilson

Contact information: Web, Facebook or by phone at 757-229-1710.

Shop Local Day Deal: Come by on April 27 for great in-store deals

Store information: Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Carousel is located at 420 Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.

What does “shop local” mean to you?

“I prefer to shop at locally-owned businesses.  I know by doing so I am supporting my friends and neighbors; people I go to church with, people I sit on community boards with and people I volunteer with,” says Marty Wilson.  “I know my money stays here and benefits the community.”

As a business owner, what does “shop local” mean to you?

“Shopping local is pure enjoyment.  Most of the time, the owners themselves are the ones that wait on you.  With my business, my local customers become my friends and I genuinely care about all of them.  Not only do I know them, I know their children.  I know their grandchildren.  I make certain their shopping experience is pleasurable and they get the best service possible.”