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Happy New Year 2017!

by Desi Sowers

It’s Just Another Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

 

I’m sure you’ve heard this song during the holiday season and like many, have wondered what it means. The character Harry in the film When Harry Met Sally asked, “What does this song mean?  My whole life I don’t know what this song means. I mean, ‘should old acquaintance be forgot’? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances or does it mean that if we happen to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?” To which Sally replied, “Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway, it’s about old friends.”

Sally got it partially right. In 1788 a man named Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum. He told them that it was an ancient song, but that he had been the first to record it on paper.  The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year. It is sung all over the world, evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship and a touch of nostalgia. So, when Auld Lang Syne comes on the radio or is played at a New Year’s Eve party you are attending, think about the meaning behind the words…remember 2016, the good times and the bad, and keep the friends and family that were there for you close to your heart.

Here are some fun facts about New Year’s Eve:

  • If you are in Las Vegas, Disney World or New York City on December 31st, you will be in one of the three most popular places to ring in the new year in the United States.  Sydney, Australia is the most popular spot for celebrating internationally.
  • The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years to when Julius Caesar was the Emperor of Rome.  He was the first to declare January 1 a holiday.
  • Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, spend less, save more, improve health and quit smoking.  Approximately twenty-five percent of Americans give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
  • Many people ring in the new year by popping a bottle of champagne. Nearly 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed by Americans on New Year’s Eve.
  • About 1 million people gather in Times Square in New York City to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball puts the old one to shame (thanks to technology). Today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, have a safe, happy and healthy NEW YEAR! 

Courtesy of Desi Sowers, Remax 8

 
 
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Emerging from the landscape this brilliantly designed Craftsman Style home on 1.25 acres in scenic Riner VA and Auburn School District is sure to whet your appetite. A rocking chair front porch sets the scene for custom features including a walk-in pantry, Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliances including French door refrigerator and smooth top range, Timberlake portfolio series maple glazed cabinetry, decorative tile, hardwood floors, tiled wet areas, recessed lighting, 30 year architectural roofing, double garage with shelving and storage, 9ft ceilings, vaulted ceilings and granite counter tops. Masterfully fused together living, dining and kitchen area offer comfortable everyday living and entertaining space maximized by large windows with long range views. Slip into the luxurious main level master suite where a pampering bath includes a grotto sized tiled shower, dual vanities and a large walk-in closet. Fabulous upper level living with four additional bedrooms plus a bonus room. The partially finished basement is ideal for entertaining with room to expand. The sprawling patio is perfect for grilling and chilling. Country setting just minutes to the town of Christiansburg. Bring your horses as there is potential for land grazing. Make your appointment today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

The True Meaning of Christmas and Fun Traditions!

by Desi Sowers

 

“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come ‘round…as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”

Charles Dickens

 

 

The True Meaning of Christmas

Per Wikipedia, the "true meaning of Christmas" is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture. It first appears in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones, suggesting that the "true meaning of Christmas" is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. But in pop culture usage, overt religious references are mostly avoided, and the "true meaning" is taken to be a sort of introspective and benevolent attitude as opposed to the commercialization of Christmas which has been lamented since at least the 1850s. The poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (1822) helped popularize the tradition of exchanging gifts, and seasonal Christmas shopping began to assume economic importance. An early expression of this sentiment using the phrase of "the true meaning" is found in The American magazine, vol. 28 (1889):

"to give up one's very self — to think only of others — how to bring the greatest happiness to others — that is the true meaning of Christmas".

The phrase is especially associated with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843), in which an old miser is taught the true meaning of Christmas by three ghostly visitors who review his past and foretell his future.

The topic was taken up by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Leher during the 1950s and eventually by the influential TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired in 1965 and repeated every year since. The phrase and the associated moral became used as a theme in numerous Christmas films since the 1960s.

 

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate this year, take time to think about the origins of some of the traditions of Christmas.

  • Santa Claus – his story begins in the 4th century with St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra (an area in modern day Turkey). St. Nicholas was known to be a generous man especially devoted to children. Because he was so kind and benevolent, rumors began that he could perform miracles.  He became the patron saint of Russia and was known for his red cape and flowing, white beard. He has his own feast day that is celebrated on December 6…a day of gift giving and charity. The story of St. Nicholas was passed down through generations and his name transformed over time. The Dutch called him Sinterklaas. Dutch children would leave their wooden shoes by the fireplace and Sinterklaas would reward good children by placing treats in their shoes. This tradition traveled to America with Dutch colonists and here the Anglican name of Santa Claus emerged.
  • Christmas Trees – the decorating of fir trees originated in 16th century Germany where trees would be adorned with apples, roses, candies and colored paper.  The Christmas tree was brought to England by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, from his native Germany.  The first Christmas trees in America were introduced by Pennsylvania Germans and became popular by the middle of the 19th century.
  • Mistletoe – mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They held the plant in high esteem because it had no roots, yet remained green throughout the winter season.  The ancient Celts thought that the plant had magical healing powers. It was also seen as a symbol of peace and it was said that when enemies met under mistletoe, they would lay down their weapons and embrace. Scandinavians associated the plant with Frigga, the goddess of love. This is perhaps where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began.  It is thought that those who kiss under the mistletoe have the promise of happiness and good luck in the year to come.
  • The Christmas Wreath – The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time.  The first wreaths were created from fresh evergreens. Because they are green year round they were the obvious choice for winter months.  The word “wreath” is derived from an English word meaning “to twist”, such as in a circle.  Some believe that initially wreathes were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.  The circle shape with no beginning or end represents eternity or life never ending.

While celebrating with these ancient traditions and with your own family traditions this year, may you be surrounded by peace and joy. 

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Beautiful long range mountain views adorn the half acre lot of this Christiansburg VA home. Located in Walton Farms and the Auburn School district this split level home is ready for new owners. A partially finished walkout basement offers a bedroom, recreation area, storage, laundry area and it is plumbed for a bath. Main level family room, dining area and kitchen flow easily for casual everyday living. Spacious kitchen with an abundance of cabinet and counter space plus an upgraded appliance package is sure to please. A master bedroom and secondary bedroom plus two full baths complete the main level.  Come on over and sit on the deck; the views will sweep you away. VIEW THE FLOOR PLAN!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale. 

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Bed…and Breakfast

by Desi Sowers

Whether you’re moving to the area and need a place to stay while looking for your new home or you already live here and you just want to treat yourself to a little getaway, the New River Valley has a multitude of quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns that offer a fanciful alternative to the average hotel room.  Located in the most inviting settings and filled with warmth and charm, these B&Bs may be the perfect place for you to relax after a long day of house hunting or for a weekend escape.

Beliveau Estate: Located in Blacksburg, VA, this stunning French style home sits on 165 gorgeous acres. 

Attend a wine tasting at the Beliveau Estate Winery or

take an invigorating walk along the on-site hiking trails.

Then retire to a beautifully appointed guestroom for a peaceful night of rest.  Beliveau Estate

 

Heavens Holler: For a more rustic aesthetic, visit this “boutique country retreat” in Indian Valley, VA about 23 miles out of Blacksburg. Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air in this unique, park-like setting.  Unwind on the generous front porch and don’t be surprised if you see a wild pony, turkey or deer roaming the property.  Heavens Holler

 

 

 

The Oaks Victorian Inn: This Four Diamond award-winning historic inn is located in Christiansburg, VA just two miles off I-81 and 6 miles from Va. Tech and Radford University. 

This lovely Victorian home overlooks the town from its highest hill. Experience relaxed elegance and memorable breakfasts at The Oaks.  The Oaks Victorian Inn

 

 

 

 

 

The Inn at Riverbend: Nestled in the heart of Appalachia, The Inn at Riverbend offers breathtaking views of the New River and the majestic Appalachian Mountains.  Ease into relaxation by listening to the mesmerizing sound of cascading waterfalls, or stargazing at night or lying in a hammock with a river view.  Relish the luxury of our guestrooms and enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.

Inn at Riverbend

 

The Clay Corner Inn: Located in the heart of Downtown Blacksburg, across the road from Va. Tech, this gem of an inn offers a tranquil escape in the middle of town. This “Boutique Hotel” provides a personalized European touch, catering to the needs of all their guests.

 Despite being located in town, it is tucked away from traffic creating a relaxing and inviting space to rest and relax. The Clay Corner Inn

 

 

 

Courtesy of New River Valley Realtor Desi Sowers

Blacksburg VA Home Sales November 2016

by Desi Sowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Adventures in The New River Valley-Observatory

by Desi Sowers

D.C. Wysor Observatory & Museum

Star gaze in Dublin at the Wysor Observatory, located behind the Dublin Elementary, every Friday evening from 8pm to 11pm.  The Observatory has a 16 in. LX Meade telescope for viewing the solar system and future plans include installing a telescope camera and wide viewing screen and many other improvements to benefit the visitors to the Observatory.  The Museum showcases a vast collection of rocks, minerals and fossils along with an extensive library.  Other displays include a large custom-built model of the solar system and frame astronomical photographs.  This is a wonderful opportunity in our community, spending an evening viewing the evening sky!

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Senneca Springs only 7 minutes from Blacksburg, with the charm of country living and a small town feel, yet within close proximity to major employment centers, shopping and recreation. The Deerfield offers a desirable floorplan with open architecture that makes efficient use of space and channels natural light. Quality features include easy care flooring, tiled wet areas, recessed lighting, vaulted ceilings, brick front, multi-panel doors, Andersen windows and extra storage. A seamless blend of formal and casual living with big window views is sure to impress. The designer kitchen is sure to whet your appetite with an abundance of cabinet and counter space. Retreat to the main level master suite a soothing place to rest at days end including a private bath and walk-in closet. The additional bedrooms are on the upper level and share a lovely hall bathroom. Main level laundry room makes this chore a snap. With all these upgrades, custom touches, and incredible living areas, this fabulous home will not last long! Call today for a private showing of 30 Gavins Court! VIEW THE FLOOR PLAN!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Christiansburg VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales November 2016

by Desi Sowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Knowing When You're Ready

by Desi Sowers

Are you thinking of buying your first home?  Elizabeth Banks walks us through some important questions you need to think about when considering purchasing your first home.

 

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