Fun things to do this weekend in Anacortes!

If you think Anacortes only has fun things to do in the Summer you are wrong! The Holiday season is upon is and Anacortes is ready for it. If you are looking for things to do with family and friends in Anacortes this Holiday season, here are some suggestions for the weekend of December 8th through December 11th 2017 right here in town.

 

Rudolph at the Fidalgo Care Center's display.

Rudolph at the Fidalgo Care Center’s display

December 8th & 9th: Winter Wonderland Walk at Washington Park – Free!

Come out to Washington Park and enjoy a magical walk through the Winter Wonderland event this weekend. Local service groups, clubs, businesses and families sign up to decorate campsites with festive lights and holiday cheer. This is a FREE community event and we encourage you to come on out to this popular event in of the most beautiful parks in Anacortes. We recommend that you bring your own flashlight or headlamp to help guide your way and don’t forget warm clothes!

Location: Washington Park – Sunset Avenue, Anacortes
Time: 5pm-8pm

 

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Photo credit postcardstoseattle.com

December 9th: Trolley Ride – Free!

Horse drawn trolley rides are available for FREE – enjoy the sights of Downtown Anacortes during this wonderful time of the year. The trolley can hold 18-24 people!

Location: ACME Creative at 705 Commercial Ave Anacortes and Scott Milo Gallery at 420 Commercial Ave Anacortes
Time: 12pm-4pm

 

Phot courtesy of fidalgodanceworks.org

Phot courtesy of fidalgodanceworks.org

 

December 9th & 10th: The Nutcracker

Fidalgo DanceWorks presents the classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” with a cast of more than 100 dancers, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, dazzling ballerinas, gorgeous costumes, an incredible growing tree, and a special guest star from the community as Mother Ginger!  The annual tradition of our breathtaking Nutcracker will perform December 9 and 10 at Brodniak Hall in Anacortes High School.

Location: Anacortes High School; Brodniak Hall – 1600 20th Street Anacortes
Time: Saturday December 9th at 7 p.m and Sunday December 10th at 2 p.m.  For tickets call: 360-299-8447

 

There are several options to enjoy the magic of Anacortes this weekend. For more fun things to do in Anacortes this Holiday season keep visiting our blog!

For more tips on Anacortes, please give us a call at (360) 899-5027 or send us an email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, we will happy to help!

Tips For Living in a Staged Home

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Your home is on the market, pristine and expertly staged to get it sold. Now what? How do you still live in your home and keep it in perfect condition – especially for the unexpected showing?

Here are some simple tricks to keeping your home spotless:

KEEP IT CLEAN

 

Kitchen:

  • Remove all of your kitchen appliances from the counters. Do not use them; keep clean and hidden.
  • Have one set of cups, plates and utensils for each family member neatly stored in a cabinet. Use only these dishes and hand wash after every use. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or out in a dish rack. Eat, drink, wash, dry and put away.
  • Use recycled paper plates and cups to limit dishwashing.
  • Keep only the essentials in the refrigerator and pantry (potential buyers are known to look inside). Unused pantry items can be donated to your local food bank.

 

Bathrooms:

  • No personal care products (soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush, etc.) should be left out. Give each family member a bathroom tote to hold their daily-used products, to be put away into a closed cabinet after each use.
  • Keep antibacterial wipes under the sink for quick and easy cleanup after each sink and shower use.
  • Use stick-on toilet cleaners inside the bowls to keep toilets clean and smelling fresh.
  • Only guest towels should be displayed in the bathrooms. Each family member should have his or her own set of towels, to be washed regularly and kept out of sight.

 

Bedrooms:

  • Keep all nightstands and dresser tops clear of personal items. Purchase plastic containers with lids that can easily slide under beds to store reading glasses, books, journals, medications, tissue boxes, etc.
  • Be sure to make the beds each morning; that way there is one less thing to do when a showing is scheduled.
  • Keep all clothing items neatly put away and laundry baskets hidden in closets.
  • Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry on a daily basis if necessary.

 

Living Room:

  • To maintain a tidy living room, keep daily-used items (remote controls, DVDs, video games, children’s toys, etc.) hidden away in closed drawers, cabinets or storage ottomans.
  • Do not let newspapers, magazines or mail stack up; file away or recycle immediately. Perhaps keep the latest newspaper in your car; it may come in handy when showings are scheduled and you need to head out to a coffee shop or other fun destination.

 

Eating & Entertainment

  • By now you may be thinking, “How does my family eat?” It is best to go out to eat during this time. Even take-out is a no-no; the goal is to keep your home smelling like fresh flowers, not fried chicken.
  • To stay on a budget, visit websites like Groupon or Restaurants.com for deals and coupons. Also, look into daily/weekly meal deals at your local restaurants, like $2 Taco Tuesdays or where kids can “eat free.”
  • Get your whole family involved and make a list of activities to do on the days your house is scheduled to be shown. Ideas include bowling, going to the beach, zoo, museums, amusement parks, or even visiting relatives.

 

Pets

  • Perhaps a family member, friend or neighbor can take care of your beloved four-legged family members, or designate 1-2 rooms for your pets to live in. This will keep the fur cleanup to a minimum.

 

With any questions or additional moving resources, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC daily! We are available to assist with all of your real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Our office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St. and are proud to serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Whatcom counties and beyond.

Modern Ways to Upgrade Popcorn Ceilings

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Realtors across the nation agree that popcorn ceilings repulse buyers as they are viewed as outdated and often give buyers suspicions of asbestos in the home.  Removing asbestos has the potential to raise your home value and keep buyers interested!

Simple updates, like replacing popcorn with a different texture, can as cheap as $1 to $3 per square foot according to HomeAdvisor. These easy-fixes might do the trick but can underwhelm new buyers.

While the tarps are down, you have an opportunity to make room-changing, home-value-increasing updates. Here are some fantastic options to bring your ceiling into the 21st century:

Coffered

To make the coffered style, beams are installed in a grid pattern with panels in between. The result is dynamic while the beams make each panel look recessed. Thicker beams will create more depth, while thin ones will be subtle. You can use one uniform color for the beams and panels, or you can make dramatic color choices to further accent your ceiling.

Beamed

This design will take your ceiling miles away from the manufactured look of popcorn texture. Beautiful wood or faux-wood beams can be installed across your ceiling in a variety of ways to accomplish your desired look. Select a natural wood stain for a cozy cabin feel, or paint the beams and the ceiling one color. You can also create the illusion of fully exposed floor beams, to turn any room into a rustic escape.

Painted

Paint is a great way to incorporate your ceiling into a design scheme, rather than leaving it out entirely. Match the ceiling to the walls or paint it a strong accent color. Build dimension with flourishes like faux medallions, ceiling rings and moldings, and paint them in either the same color or one that contrasts. Interior designers suggest bold finishes, like metallic or lacquer.

Tiled

Ceiling tiles come in a variety of materials, including Styrofoam, wood and tin, and can completely change the atmosphere of a room. Styrofoam and faux-tin tiles are light and easily installed, and they can add instant beauty and structure. These tiles can be as ornate or simple as you prefer.

One of the purposes of popcorn ceilings was to dull sound. If you’re concerned that the acoustics of your room will go haywire after you remove this texture, acoustical tiles are a great replacement. They are specifically designed to mute or muffle sound and can be applied directly to your ceiling.

Paneled

Beadboard and wooden planks are perfect materials for a paneled ceiling. You can maintain the raw wood stain of the planks or paint them to fit your color scheme. Panels have a streamlined and organized appearance, which is in strong contrast to the splotchy look of popcorn ceilings. They can make a room seem more put-together and calming.

Mix and Match

Having a hard time deciding which design you want more? You can mix some of these styles together for an even stronger impression. Wood-paneled ceilings look excellent with thick beams hung across them. Coffered ceilings pair well with faux-tin tiles in place of panels. It might be best to consult an interior designer, so that you get choose the materials and colors that work best.

For all of your real estate needs, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., Team Groesbeck proudly serves Anacortes, Skagit, Island, San Juan counties and beyond.

Wonderland Walk at Anacortes’ Washington Park

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Open to all ages, Washington Park in Anacortes will host the Wonderland Walk on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. each day.

Part of the Washington Park Campground will be decorated with holiday cheer by local groups, organizations and clubs, as well as live music, camp fires and hot chocolate.

Each night the event will be held rain or shine and a flashlight or headlamp is recommended to help guide you through the park.

For additional information, click here to contact the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department.

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For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC/Coldwell Banker Bain in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

 

2017 Christmas on the Docks in Anacortes

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The 2017 Christmas on the Docks event at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes will take place from 5 – 9 p.m. this weekend, Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Decorated Dinghy Parade will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.  Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard and join in! Decorated boats will be on display each night on “C” dock and the marina will offer free moorage Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 for participating decorated boats.

The 2017 Christmas on the Docks is free for all ages and open to the public.  Walk the decorated docks, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite decorated boat.

Additionally, unwrapped gifts will be accepted for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and canned goods will also be collected for the local Anacortes food bank.

For more information, please contact Greg Mustari at (360) 507-9999 or Kelly Libby at (425) 359-7078.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Upcoming Anacortes Events: Dec. 1

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On Friday, December 1, gather with the community at 6 p.m. at 819 Commercial Avenue for the Annual Chamber Tree Lighting ceremony.

The event features the town crier, Santa Claus and performances by students from Anacortes schools. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Salvation Army. Attendees can also get a free picture with Santa inside of the building.

Following the tree lighting, the public is invited to explore the downtown Chamber Holiday Art Walk to find locally crafted gifts.

Click here for additional information.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to be part of the Anacortes community and support local events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes “Keep the Cheer Here” Campaign

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Keep the Cheer Here is the Anacortes Shop Local campaign to encourage our community to continue supporting local businesses and keep their dollars in town.

Pick up your card by shopping at participating stores (click here to view) between November 21, and December 24, and for every $10 you spend you earn one punch. Once you’ve spent $100 and filled the card, simply write in your information on the back of the card and leave it with the retailer who put the last punch on the card; they will turn it in for you. You will then be entered to win weekly and grand prize drawings worth over $1,000!

If you’ve won a prize, you will be contacted by the Anacortes Chamber using the information you’ve filled out on the back of the punch card.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Free State Park Admission: November 24

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Deception Pass and other state parks throughout Washington will allow entrance without a Discover Pass on Friday, November 24, in recognition of Autumn Day.

The Discover Pass is regularly $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Breakfast with Santa in Anacortes Dec. 2

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Visit Santa Claus at the Anacortes Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 – 11 a.m and enjoy a pancake breakfast and live entertainment.

Throughout the morning children will have an opportunity to decorate a holiday cookie and ornament.

There are two scheduled seatings: 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance and space is limited!  The cost is $6 per person and tickets may be purchased at www.cityofanacortes.org or in person at the Parks Department office.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market Nov. 18-19

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The 11th Annual Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market will take place Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19.  Admission to the Holiday Farmers Market is free, and the event will take place indoors at the Port of Anacortes Event Center located at 100 Commercial Avenue, each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Market is a fabulous opportunity to get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift and win a door prize!

Click here for additional information and holiday events throughout Anacortes.

Located in at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes just steps from the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC (licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain) is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.