Tips for Hosting a Great New Year’s Party in Charles Town!

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Happy New Year! Here are a few good tips for hosting a great New Year’s party

Tips for Hosting a Great New Year's PartyThe end of the year is quickly approaching, and time is running out to plan one awesome New Year’s Eve party. Try not to worry. Here at ERA Liberty Realty, Linda’s Team has got you covered. We have gathered together some of our best party ideas to help you ring in the new year that will have your friends and family talking all throughout the next few seasons.

Hold a Unique Hat Contest

Tips for Hosting a Great New Year's Party

Everyone can have the opportunity to show off their unique personality in a fun and simple way by wearing their most unique hat. Have guests write down their choice of favorite hat or choose a few “expert” judges to decide on the winner. The hats will serve as great conversation starters and it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with. You never know what people have hiding away in their closets!


Although it is nice when friends bring their own beverage, this acronym in particular stands for “Bring Your Own Appetizer!” Blogger Clara Edd suggests this is a great idea for those people who don’t want to spend a whole lot on an extravagant dinner right after Christmas. This spinoff of a potluck dinner eases the stress of the host and allows guests to feel like they are contributing to the party. It gets everyone involved and sure does save the host or hostess some preparation time. It also gives great variety and an opportunity to try some new yummy foods.

Bored? How About a Board Game?

Tips for Hosting a Great New Year's PartyEver been to a party where you can tell there is an awkwardness in the air? Break that barrier and get people talking by playing some fun group board games. While board games may not be everyone’s favorite pastime, they always seems to get people talking! Some of our favorites include Apples to Apples, Catchphrase, and Guesstures. If you don’t have any good board games already lying around the house, create your own easy game of charades. Ask guests to write down three items, people, or actions, and go from there. Before you know it, guests will be laughing the night away.

Lead a Couple Icebreakers

Are you hosting a party with guests who don’t know each other? Help get the conversation started with some fun icebreaker games. One of our favorites is the celebrity guessing game. As guests enter the party, tape a notecard to each guest’s back with a celebrity’s name on it that everyone will know. Do not let the guests see what is on their card before taping it on their back. Throughout the night, they must ask other guests questions to figure out what celebrity they are supposed to be. If guests are really into it, they may even take on that persona for the rest of the evening. Test your guests’ knowledge of local history and throw in some hometown heroes like John Brown and Belle Boyd. A fun alternative to this might be to write down names of all the guests on the notecards instead of celebrities. People will really have to get to know each other to try and figure out what name they have on their back.

Create a Theme

If you really want to spice things up, create a theme for your party. Ask guests to come in their best Great Gatsby attire or have them wear clothes that represent their favorite year/decade. It is fun to see what your friends and family will come up with when they are asked to be creative.

Don’t Break the Bank on Decorations

Tips for Hosting a Great New Year's Party Christmas has just passed, which likely means that your decorations are still beautifully hung around the house. Leave them be! There is no need to transform your house just for a few hours of celebrating the new year. However, if you are crafty and insist on decorating, check out these easy ideas from Colorful Christmas ornaments make wonderful centerpieces for both Christmas and New Year’s Day. You can also check out these awesome do-it-yourself ideas from Pamela Nguyen of Redesign Revolution.

If you are looking for some fun local events, check out this list of New Year’s Eve events by John Kilroy of ERA Liberty Realty.

Tips for Hosting a Great New Year's PartyAre you looking to buy or sell a home after the holidays? Give us a ring at (304) 725-1145 and ask for Linda’s Team. Linda’s Team knows homes and can help you find the home that is just right for you.

Unique Charles Town WV Adventures

Unique Charles Town Adventures

Unique Charles Town WV Adventures: Part 1 – Bloomery Plantation Distillery

 Unique Charles Town WV Adventures

The lights of horse racing and casino gaming burn bright at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, but if you look past the bright lights there are lots of fun adventures in and around the Charles Town, WV area!

The Bloomery Plantation and Distillery is a unique place to relax and sip a variety of artisan cordials. Owned by Tom Kiefer and Linda Losey, the distillery is located on Charles Town Road, just outside the city limits.

The distillery sits on a 12 acre farm that has quite a history! The original one room cabin with a second floor sleeping area was built in 1840, and is one of only two original slave quarters still standing in Jefferson County. Interestingly, the building was later expanded into a six room building constructed of board and batten salvaged from old C & O canal boats.

In 1883 the plantation was purchased and turned into a bloomery. (A bloomery is type of furnace that is a cheaper, simpler way to produce iron than a blast furnace.)

The farm and dilapidated building were ultimately purchased by the current owners and turned into a distillery. So, one time the building was a plantation, eventually transformed into a  bloomery, and now a distillery – hence the name Bloomery Plantation and Distillery!

Unique Charles Town WV Adventures The original idea was inspired by a trip the owners took to Italy. There, they discovered a liqueur called the Limoncello which is made from the zest of lemons steeped in grain alcohol. The Limoncello has a strong lemon flavor without the sour taste of lemon juice. The Bloomery plantation features a Limoncello made from lemons grown right on the farm.

In addition to the Limoncello, the Bloomery showcases a number of cordials and liqueurs.

There is a tasting room where customers can try artisan cordials, and inventive cocktails and desserts.

The Bloomery Plantation and Distillery is open most Friday and Saturdays from 11-8pm. Often,  live music is featured from 6-8pm.

The Distillery is a unique area attraction. Unusual places like this that combine both creative flair and history is one of the reasons why the Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown area of West Virginia is a great place to live. Visit Linda Kilroy real estate or call (304) 725-1145 to learn how to become part of this community that has so much to offer its residents.


Shepherdstown Real Estate Market Update – November 2013

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Shepherdstown Real Estate Market Update – November 2013

The market appears to be staying strong as we take a look at the market report for November 2013.

Highlights from the Shepherdstown market report for November:

  • Median sold price for the month was $267,900.

  • Average sold price was $283,368, a 20% increase over last November.
  • Home sales for the month were up this year with a total of 11 homes sold compared to 6 last November.
  • Average time on the market for this November was about the same from this time last year with 114 days being the average number of days on the market.

  • Sellers received an average of 91.4% of the original listed price this November, a 5.17% increase from November of last year.

Shepherdstown Real Estate Market Update - November 2013 Are you interested in buying or selling a home in the Shepherdstown area? Contact Linda’s team at ERA Liberty Realty at (304) 725-1145 for information on homes sold in the Shepherdstown, WV  and surrounding areas. Linda’s Team Knows Homes!

Make sure to check out The Linda Kilroy Team, ERA Liberty Realty page on Facebook and Twitter for more information about market updates, community events, and other real estate news.

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Shepherdstown Real Estate Market Update – November 2013

Charles Town Real Estate Market Update – November 2013

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Charles Town Real Estate Market Update – November 2013

The market doesn’t seem to be phased by all that cold weather out there; it is staying strong. Take a look at these market statistics for the month of November in Charles Town, West Virginia and see what you think.

Here are some highlights from last month’s market report for zip code 25414:

  •  Average sold price for the month was $239,488, a slight increase from last November, which was $190,041.
  • Median home price was $230,000, a 20.10% increase from last November.

  • Home sales decreased a bit with 13 units sold this November compared to 18 in November 2012.
  • The average time on the market increased from last year, with an average of 77 days on the market in November 2013, compared to 52 days last year.

  • Sellers received an average of 92.4% of the original list price, compared to 94.6% in November of last year.

Charles Town Real Estate Market Update - November 2013Are you interested in buying or selling a home in the area? Contact Linda’s team at ERA Liberty Realty at (304) 725-1145 for information on homes sold in the Charles Town, WV and surrounding areas.

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Christmas Events 2013 – Jefferson County WV

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Christmas Events 2013 – Jefferson County, West Virginia

christmas events 2013

“Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year.”

It’s that time of year again. Twinkling lights are seen strung from porches and roofs, stores become more packed as crowds rush to buy gifts, and beautiful Christmas trees decorated with ornaments adorn the homes of those anticipating the coming celebration. It is a time of joy, a time of reflection, and a time of cheer. Christmas is almost here!

There are so many wonderful holiday events taking place in the area, and we know that you won’t want to miss out, so we have compiled a list of some of the awesome events taking place this holiday season.

Old Tyme Christmas in Harpers Ferry

christmas events 2013This year will be Harpers Ferry’s 43rd annual celebration of Old Tyme Christmas in Harpers Ferry. There will be all kinds of Christmas themed activities taking place on December 6th, 7th, 8th,13th, 14th, and 15th. There will be a variety of musical performances, live nativities, luminaries, visits from Santa and Mrs. Clause, and so much more! Each day is jam packed full of fun times. You can find the official schedule for all the activities that will be taking place here.

Christmas in Shepherdstown

Christmas in Shepherdstown is an annual event in Downtown Shepherdstown that residents and visitors from all around enjoy. Each weekend in December, Shepherdstown will be hosting a variety of events including the Christmas Bazaar at the War Memorial Building, horse-drawn carriage rides, toy train displays, and more. You can find the schedule for all the events at this page. Shepherdstown is a beautifully decorated town that has all the holiday charm you could hope for.

Harpers Ferry Tree Lighting

Who doesn’t love to watch a tree come to life as bright lights are lit all around it to usher in the holiday season? If you are in the Harpers Ferry area, you can attend the annual tree lighting at the Town Gazebo on Friday, December 6th at 6:00 pm. After the tree is lit, join in the holiday spirit by singing classic Christmas carols. Then walk on over and see what else is going on during Harpers Ferry’s Old Tyme Christmas celebration.

Independent Fire Company’s Breakfast with Santa

christmas events 2013The Independent Fire Company in Ranson will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa event on December 7th, 2013. It is scheduled from 7:00-11:00am. There will be pancakes, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, and eggs. Sounds delicious! The Independent Fire Company is located at 200 W 2nd Avenue Ranson, WV 25438. Bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy the yummy food, all the while supporting your local fire department. This event is definitely one to attend.

Shepherdstown Christmas Parade

The annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade will be taking place on Saturday, December 7th in Downtown Shepherdstown at 11:00 am. The parade will be full of festive floats, music, and dancers. Spectators can line up along the sidewalks of German Street and watch the show. Afterwards, make sure to check out the other events taking place downtown during the Christmas in Shepherdstown event.

Charles Town/Ranson Christmas Parade

The area has so many fun holiday parades scheduled this year! The Charles Town-Ranson Christmas Parade will be taking place on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00pm. The parade will make its way down Mildred Street and Washington Street. This year’s theme for the parade is “A Military Christmas” as it falls on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is bound to be one special parade.

ATC Visitor’s Center – 11th Annual Holiday Open House

christmas events 2013The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be hosting its 11th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Those who attend will have the opportunity to speak with staff, volunteers, and hiking enthusiasts from the area. Brian King author of The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail will be signing books from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm. There will be great gifts to buy for those family members who enjoy the outdoors, and there will also be delicious refreshments including cookies and hot cider!

Harpers Ferry Christmas Parade

The Harpers Ferry Christmas Parade, also known as the Friendship Fires Christmas Parade, will be taking place on Saturday, December 14th at 2:30 pm. The parade will begin at the Visitor’s Center and then go down Washington Street to Union Street. After the parade, join the fire department for lunch and photographs with Santa at the Friendship Fire Company station located at 1050 W Washington Street.

Sam Michael’s Park – Lunch with Santa

The kids will be really excited to eat lunch with their favorite holiday character at this year’s Lunch with Santa event at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michael’s Park on Job Corps Road. The event will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 15th. The cost is $12 per child, which includes lunch from Chick-Fil-A, pictures with Santa, games, crafts, and more.

Jefferson County Chamber Holiday Open House

christmas events 2013If you are interested in visiting the local chamber of commerce, this event is for you. The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Holiday Open House December 18th through December 20th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 29 Keyes Ferry Road Suite #200 in Charles Town.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Charles Town or surrounding areas, please give us a call at (304) 725-1145. We would love to hear from you and help you find the home that is just right for your family.

Also, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about upcoming events, real estate news, and more.

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