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Thank You for Making WRP Month of Giving a Success!

*** Update: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180123/winter-coat-drive-brings-warmth-to-many-in-southern-mainehttp://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180123/winter-coat-drive-brings-warmth-to-many-in-southern-maine that was published in Seacoast Online ***

Everyone at WRP would like to give the Greater York community a heartfelt thanks for helping us make WRP Month of Giving a success! We loved visiting a new location with Stella the Trolley every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas collecting coats and spreading holiday cheer. So many people stopped by to make a donation and take a photo with Santa. It's because of YOU that we collected 13 bags of new and gently worn coats to donate to York County Community Action Corporation

Here's a photo of Troy Williams, owner of Williams Realty Partners, with Melinda Chamberlain of YCCAC.

A day after Troy dropped off the coats he received the following message from Melinda, "As of 11am today, we have distributed 28 coats and jackets. One pregnant woman came in wearing an old coat that does not fit her at all due to her growing belly. She walked out with two coats and was so thrilled. I have contacted a local church that runs a clothing "closet" that is interested in getting some of the coats to distribute to local residents. The teachers from Head Start were able to find coats and jackets for some of the kids in need. In just 24 hours, this event has been a huge success!" 

It warms our hearts to know that dozens of people throughout the area will have a comfortable coat on their back during this cold New England winter. It's initiatives like this, that motivate our team to give back to the community that we truly love. The community that we live in, work in and many of us grew up in. We can't wait to begin planning WRP Month of Giving 2018!

Here are some highlights from this year:

         

If you would like information about York County Community Action Corporation, please click here

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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    Update: Food Drive to Benefit House of Hope

    On Sunday, December 10th, Jordyn Koelker and Tristan Swanson hosted a food drive at North Berwick Hannaford to benefit House of Hope based in Berwick, Maine. Tis’ the season of giving and this community sure knows how to give! Check out this amazing amount of food that was donated!

      

    Pictured: Jordyn and Tristan                                                                    Pictured: Jordyn, Tristan and Maureen Hogan

    For more information about House of Hope, please visit https://houseofhopemission.wordpress.com/.

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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      14 Unique Local Gift Ideas for the Holidays

      The holidays are here and along with the lights, music and numerous holiday parties many of us are tasked with buying gifts... a lot of them... for friends, family and more. While some people are easy to shop for, others leave us scratching our heads and stressing out.

      At WRP, we say "stress no more!" There are so many local businesses that offer delicious food, unique gifts, fun experiences and even the opportunity to relax (gasp!). Check out these gift ideas and remember that when you shop local you are impacting our economy and supporting people within our community. We think that in itself is truly a gift! 

      An Experiential Gift

      • Ocean Fire Pottery in York, Maine: Check out their variety of classes and give that as a gift to the creative person on your list! For the not so creative, they have some beautiful pieces you can purchase.
      • Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine: Belly up to the bar for a monthly cocktail class and learn the tips and tricks of home bartending. Not only is it a fun gift to give someone, but you can also tag along! (Sidenote: Please check out our Meet the Wiggly Distillery blog post!

      A Relaxing Gift 

      • Ameday Nails & Spa in York, Maine: Word has it they give a great massage, facial and mani/pedis. Be sure to check out their Spa Day Specials and consider a girls relaxation day or gift certificate. 
      • Liz Avery Massage in York, Maine: After the holidays are over a massage is well needed (and deserved). Pair a massage gift certificate with a bottle of wine from My Winey Sister or a gift certificate to grab a warm drink and pastry at The Central Bean and Bakery. (Bonus: Liz Avery is giving away a $10 gift card each time you purchase a massage gift card this holiday season.)

      The Gift of Health

      • Village Classical Acupuncture in York, Maine: Give someone you care about a gift certificate here and they will feel rejuvenated, healthy and relaxed - all in one! 

      Give Something Unique and Personal 

      • Tayla Mac in Kittery, Maine: This warm, yet hip, boutique is one of those places that you won't want to leave. Allow yourself some time to browse their eclectic collection and pick out some gifts that are sure to please so many people on your shopping list. (Bonus: Many of Tayla Mac's vendors are based out of Maine. This brings shopping local to a whole new level!)
      • The Daisy Trading Company in York, Maine: There is something for everyone at Daisy Trading! With two floors warmly filled with signs, furniture, unique gifts and more, you'll feel so at home that you won't want to leave. 
      • Hilton's Gifts and Decor in York, Maine: Classy rustic is the name of the game at Hilton's! Check them out for signs, wall art and other beautifully crafted wooden gifts. 
      • Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, New Hampshire: Pick up a gift certificate good for their many products or one of their events (wouldn't wreath making be fun!?) or if you like to give a physical gift consider a nice floral arrangement, holiday decoration or bulbs/seeds for the snowbirds on your list!
      • York Flower Shop in York, Maine: Check out this full service shop for hostess gifts, floral arrangements or other unique gifts that will surely catch your eye. Not sure what to buy? Gift certificates are always a hit.
      • York Weekly Subscription: Buying a gift for a news junkie or perhaps someone new to the area? This is a great gift that will have them thinking of you every time they read the paper!

      A Gift to Please Any Foodie

      • Lil's Cafe in Kittery, Maine: If the way to a person's heart is through food, a gift from Lil's Cafe is a sure fire way to get there fast! Pick up some sweet and savory nosh for an upcoming event or drop it off to a friend, family, client or teacher. 
      • Beach Pea Baking Co. in Kittery, Maine: If special is the name of the game then Beach Pea has you covered! Not only is their food a yummy treat, but they also offer daily specials including a soup of the day! Why not treat someone to one of the experiences mentioned above and then swing in for a meal sure to please any palate.
      • Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine: Do we need to say more? ;-) Okay, we will. Stonewall Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a bite and pick up a gift (they have dozens of premade baskets and gift sets or you can put together your own!). If you are buying for a foodie or master chef (wannabes are welcome too) consider a gift certificate for one of their cooking classes. 

      Where are you favorites places to shop and gifts to give? We'd love to know! 

      Thank you to Troy Williams, Tristan Swanson, Maureen Hogan, Jordyn Koelker and Tamara Milliard for sharing (some) of their local favorites!

      Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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          Great list! My favorite place to shop in that area is The Shops at Cape Neddick. If you haven't been there you need to stop by. It is a boutique mall with 12 stores in an old restored barn. The owners of the different shops run the shops so someone knowledgeable is always there to greet and help you. They carry everything..... One stop shopping. Check them out. www.theshopsatcapeneddick.com Happy holidays!

          Food Drive to Benefit House of Hope

          Williams Realty Partners (WRP) is excited to announce their partnership with North Berwick Hannaford this holiday season. The two businesses are partnering together on Sunday, December 10, 2017 to host a food drive to benefit House of Hope based in Berwick, Maine. This is one of many events throughout the month celebrating the WRP Month of Giving.

          Jordyn Koelker and Tristan Swanson of Williams Realty Partners will be at the North Berwick Hannaford on December 10th from 10am-2pm collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations. This family friendly food drive includes hot cocoa tours of the WRP Trolley. Swanson details more about the event, “Jordyn [Koelker] and I want to do our part in helping people in need. We had a great turn out at our food drive at Hannaford in York and decided to reach out to Hannaford in North Berwick to do the same thing at their location. They agreed and we couldn’t be happier. The House of Hope is an amazing organization with a great new facility. Our goal is to give them a kick start to helping others! I want to stress that any amount of support is fantastic.  If you would rather give your time to the House of Hope reach out to them directly and they can suggest the best way for you to volunteer.  Otherwise, please bring your donations to the event on the 10th and check out the Williams Realty Partners Trolley! The kids will love it!”

          The beneficiary, House of Hope, is a safe place for those with a need to receive nourishment for the body, heart and soul. Their location is strategically situated between two under-served communities – Somersworth, NH and Berwick, ME. “At the House of Hope we served more than 14,000 meals and over 1,000 people shopped in our pantry, just last year alone. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for contributing to the food drive in such a meaningful way,” explains Mike Henessey, Executive Director at House of Hope. The ministry operates a fully functional soup kitchen, food pantry and transitional house for men with the intent of growing into a deeper and broader scope as opportunity presents.

          "I grew up in Berwick and really wanted to participate in helping out a charity of my home town this holiday season. After speaking with a representative from the House of Hope and hearing his excitement that we wanted to contribute to raise awareness and encourage people to make food donations, I knew we made the right choice. I was also ecstatic to hear that they are raising money to try to build a community youth center. We will collect cash donations as well as non-perishable items to put toward their goal to bring this youth center to fruition. Community involvement is important so that no one is alone or hungry ever, especially during the holidays. We are really happy to help,” Koelker enthusiastically states.

          If you would like information about the WRP Month of Giving and this food drive, please click here. For more information about House of Hope, please visit https://houseofhopemission.wordpress.com/.

          Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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            WRP Month of Giving

            Williams Realty Partners (WRP) is excited to declare this holiday season WRP Month of Giving. From November 25, 2017-December 23, 2017, WRP will be collecting new and gently worn coats to benefit York Community Action. In addition to the coat drive, they’ll also be collecting nonperishable food for York Community Service Action Food Pantry and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

            Each Saturday throughout the Month of Giving, the WRP Trolley will be parked at a different location to accept donations. Donors and the general public are invited to stop by for hot chocolate, Christmas music, photos with Santa and more! Simply bring a donation and Williams Realty Partners will supply the holiday cheer!

            “WRP is excited to incorporate our Trolley into our Month of Giving. We think it's a fun way to involve the community by offering everything that's great about the holidays - giving back, Christmas music and of course Santa!” states Troy Williams, Owner of WRP.

            Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

            November 25th: Outlets at Kittery in Kittery, Maine from 9am-3pm near Customer Service and Bass Factory Outlet (click here for the Facebook event page)

            December 2nd: First Parish Church in York, Maine from 10am-12pm

            December 9th: York Region Chamber of Commerce in York, Maine from 9am-1pm (Nonperishable food and unwrapped toys will also be accepted)

            December 16th: Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine from 10am-12pm

            December 23rd: Location will be announced this week

            Donations can also be shipped to or dropped off at Williams Realty Partners located at 4 Market Place Drive #2 in York, Maine 03909. 

            JUST ADDED! December 10th: Jordyn Koelker and Tristan Swanson will be hosting a food drive at Hannaford in North Berwick from 10am-2pm to benefit House of Hope

            Looking for some other holiday events happening in the area? Click here for some of our favorites!

            Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

            For more information about WRP Month of Giving, please visit www.facebook.com/williamsrealtypartners.

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              Weekend in Maine with Stella!

              We are proud to partner with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce in Lowell, Massachusetts on their Weekend in Maine raffle! The winner of the raffle will receive a Trolley Tour of York from the one and only Stella! 

              This fun prize is valued at over $3,000 and also includes: 

              Tickets are on sale until November 15th. If you are interested in learning more, please click here

              Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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                The Polar Express Presented by Williams Realty Partners

                Williams Realty Partners (WRP) is excited to announce that Stella the Trolley is going to be transformed into the “Trolley Express” for the Town of York Parks and Recreation’s Annual Polar Express event. The trolley, affectionately known as Stella the #1 Home Sellah, has quickly become a local celebrity in Southern Maine and this is one more role WRP is excited for her to play.

                “Williams Realty Partners is excited to have the resources available to make The Polar Express a reality for two nights this year. One of WRP’s core values is to give back to the community and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so. It’s our way of saying Happy Holidays to the residents of York!” states Troy Williams, Owner of WRP.        

                This popular event is the kick-off for the Festival of Lights Celebration magically tying together nostalgia and community. York residents can register to ride Stella while donning their holiday pajamas and listening to The Polar Express. A scenic ride through the Town will include a stop at Nubble Lighthouse perfectly dressed for the occasion. After passengers hop off the “Trolley Express” they will be invited to cozy up inside the Daily Grind to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and of course a visit from the man in the big red suit!

                Lynzi Pacitti, Special Events and Recreation Coordinator for York Parks and Recreation Department, also shares in the excitement about this new partnership, “This is one of our most popular winter events. Due to Williams Realty Partners generously providing us with their trolley we were able to expand the days and times of this event.  Their contribution also allows us to keep the cost of this event affordable and accessible to more children in our community.  We look forward to working with them in the future.”      

                The Polar Express presented by Williams Realty Partners takes place November 30-December 1, 2017. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/events/307691903044089/.

                Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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                  Our Favorite Holiday Events

                  Let’s face it, if you live by the beach, you are likely a summer person. Longing for the sun, the sand and the sound of the ocean crashing on the surf. But thanks to the magic of the holidays, you can’t help but dream of a White Christmas filled with caroling, hot chocolate by the fire and of course Nubble Lighthouse perfectly dressed for the occasion.

                  Lucky for us Southern Mainers there’s never a lack of anything to do this time of year. Here are some of our favorites!

                  KENNEBUNKPORT

                  Christmas PreludeNovember 30th-December 10th, various times

                  Highlights: Dining, Shopping, Decorations, Fireworks and More!

                  Fire + Ice: December 8th-December 9th

                  Highlights: Blazing Bonfires, Ice Bars & Sculptures, Local Food, Live Music

                  KITTERY

                  It's All About ME!! Holiday Shopping Weekends: November 3rd -4th, November 10th-11th, November 17th-18th & December 1st- 2nd

                  Highlights: Shoppers staying at a participating hotel will receive a complimentary "It's All About Me" tote bag, filled with coupons and offers from the Kittery Outlet stores.

                  Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus: December 15th from 8:30-10:30am

                  Highlights: Breakfast, Hot Chocolate and Santa 

                  NEW CASTLE, New Hampshire

                  New Castle Vintage Christmas Fair: December 2nd from 8:00am-1:30pm

                  Highlights: Food, Handmade Crafts and Mr. & Mrs. Claus

                  OGUNQUIT

                  Christmas by the Sea: December 8th-December 10th, various times

                  Highlights: Tree Lighting, Visit with Santa, Fireworks and Parade

                  PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire

                  Christmas in Portsmouth: Events happening through the month of December 

                  HighlightsIrving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical, Candlelight Stroll, Gingerbread House Contest

                  WELLS

                  Southern Maine Christmas Parade: December 10th at 2:00pm

                  Highlights: Floats, Fun and the Man in the Big Red Suit

                  YORK

                  Lighting of the NubbleNovember 25th from 4:30-7:00pm

                  Highlights: Live Music, Hot Chocolate, Lighting of Nubble Lighthouse and a Visit from Santa Claus

                  Polar Express Presented by Williams Realty Partners (That's US!): November 30th-December 1st

                  Highlights: PJs, Hot Chocolate and Stella the Trolley!

                  Festival of Fostering Trees: November 30th-December 3rd

                  Highlights: Themed Christmas trees that are fun to look at and event more fun to win!

                  Christmas Tea: December 2nd 12:00-4:00pm

                  Highlights: Tea and desserts by the fireside

                  Festival of Lights ParadeDecember 2nd from 3:30-5:30pm

                  Highlights: The Polar Express (presented by WRP), Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Gingerbread Houses, Sing-a-long and more! 

                  In addition to these great events, we'll also be hosting free photo with Santa on our decorated WRP Trolley to celebrate our WRP Month of Giving! You can check out the times and locations by clicking here. We hope you can join us! 

                  Are we missing one of your favorite events? Email us and we'll add it!

                  Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

                   

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                    Trick or Treating 2017

                    *** Update: Due to inclement weather, some Trick or Treat dates and times have been changed. ***

                    It’s the time of year for all of your little monsters and goons to dress up like their favorite characters and enter the land of make-believe. Lucky for us Southern Mainers there's plenty of things to do in the area to get us all in the Halloween spirit! So put on your best costume and be sure to sneak a piece - or two - of your favorite candy. We won't tell...

                    Here are the Trick or Treat dates and times throughout the Greater York community, as well as a few other Halloween themed events.

                    Eliot- Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00-8:00pm ** changed from Monday

                    Kittery - Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00-8:00pm *** changed from Monday

                    Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Arundel - No town Trick or Treating

                    Ogunquit - Monday, October 30th from 5:00-8:00pm

                    South Berwick - Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00-8:00pm *** changed from Monday

                    Wells - Tuesday, October 31st - no specific time

                    York - Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00-8:00pm *** changed from Monday

                    Is your business or organization hosting an event that's not on our list? Email us and we'll add it!

                    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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                      Meet Stella, The Newest Member of our Team

                      Williams Realty Partners (WRP) is excited to announce Erica Gagnon from Dover, New Hampshire as the winner of their “Name the Trolley Contest.” With nearly 100 submissions, the name Stella rose to the top as the favorite among Williams Realty Partners realtors and staff. “It was fun to participate in the contest and I’m excited Stella was chosen! Winning a night out with Stella for my family and friends will be a blast and speaks to how innovative they are at Williams Realty Partners,” says Erica Gagnon.                                                  

                      The trolley, affectionately known as Stella the #1 Home Sellah, has quickly become a local celebrity in Southern Maine. All are welcome to hop on Stella every Saturday morning to tour five properties currently listed by Williams Realty Partners. But make no mistake, Stella not only assists local buyers and sellers, she’s also a philanthropist. WRP donates the trolley for use by local nonprofits including an upcoming stuff-the-trolley toy drive and the Polar Express with York’s Park and Recreation Department this holiday season.

                      “Giving back to the community is one of Williams Realty Partner’s core values and Stella provides us with a unique vehicle to do so. Both literally and figuratively. WRP is changing the way real estate is bought and sold and we encourage folks to hop on a trolley tour and experience this firsthand,” states Troy Williams, Owner of WRP.

                      For more information about an upcoming trolley tour, please visit the WRP Facebook page or come to Lobster in the Rough at 1000 US Route 1 in York, Maine at 10:30am each Saturday morning throughout October.

                      Would you like to request Stella for a community event? Please email wrpmarketingdirector@gmail.com.

                      Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exception experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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