April 14 – 17, 2005



About the speakers …

Eugene Baker, resident of Yorktown and owner of C. E. Baker Construction, was born in Hampton and graduated from Phoebus High School. He continued the family trade as a builder and remodeler, working for one of the top 500 remodelers in the country. After acquiring many years of field experience, he chose to branch out and create his own building company, one that concentrates on remodeling. The company specializes in the design and construction of custom rooms and remodeling projects. Baker is active in the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association as a member of the board of directors, vice chairman of Peninsula Remodelers Council and chairman of the Hampton Roads Home & Garden Show.

Andrew Dan-Jumbo is now in his third season as a carpenter on The Learning Channel’s While You Were Out home improvement show. His self-taught carpentry skills have been put to great use on more than 143 episodes. He has appeared on Oprah, and has graced the pages of TV Guide several times. Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Dan-Jumbo attended London’s St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, then moved to San Diego, Calif., where he honed his surfing skills. After a few years, he returned to England, where he began a career as a freelance graphic designer. In 1991, he returned to the U.S. and with his brother co-founded Eurotek, a commercial and residential construction company that specializes in historic restorations and new home developments in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition to his extensive contracting projects, Dan-Jumbo regularly volunteers his time modeling (for charity functions — cystic fibrosis, in particular) for upscale fashion agencies. Andrew is single and resides in Buffalo, NY.

Nina Efird has been in the mortgage business since 1993, specializing in construction and remodeling loans since 1997. One of the top mortgage lenders on the peninsula since 1993, Efird was named 2003 Affiliate of the Year by the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors. She serves on numerous committees with VPAR and the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association, including the VPAR Risk Management Committee and the executive board of the Peninsula Sales and Marketing Counsel.

Wiley Waters has 50 years of experience growing roses. The retired deputy superintendent of schools for Newport News Public Schools is a member of the Virginia Peninsula Rose Society and The American Rose Society. He also has his rose pesticide certification for Virginia. Walters and his wife, Carole, have been rosarians for The Rose Garden at Huntington Park, caring for 1,000 rose bushes, since July 2000.

Ann Weber, a native of upstate New York, has been gardening in the Tidewater Area since 1981. A graduate of the horticulture program at Christopher Newport University, Weber has worked at Smithfield Gardens for 10 years, caring for the display gardens, propagating unusual plants and teaching classes. Her interests are in unusual annuals, vines and perennials, many of which she grows in containers.

Kathy Van Mullekom is a gardening and home columnist, who writes "Diggin’ In" in the Good Life section of The Daily Press each Sunday. She also is one of the garden experts who answers call-in questions on WHRV’s HearSay with Cathy Lewis. Van Mullekom is a York County master gardener and a horticulture student at Christopher Newport University. She gardens on about an acre in York County, where most of her plants are meant to attract bees, butterflies and birds.

Ellen Whitehurst of Sacred Spaces L.L.C. has practiced the ancient art of feng shui for 12 years The Virginia Beach resident is an internationally known lifestyles consultant and an award-winning feng shui author and speaker. She has been featured on radio and television talk shows, including ABC News. Whitehurst also offers career advice on Monster.com, where her online message board is touted as the virtual company’s “Feng Shui Subject Matter Expert.” Recently, Whitehurst signed on with the prominent William Morris Agency in New York to build her brand in a more international venue. The “ShortCuts” product line from Sacred Spaces are is now being carried nationally by Nordstrom’s and Borders Books. Her “Fun!” Shui gifts and products are also available in the famed New York City Trump Towers gift shop.

  Thursday, April 14 6 – 9pm
  Friday, April 15 10am – 9pm
  Saturday, April 16 10am – 9pm
  Sunday, April 17 10am – 6 pm

Adults – $8
Children under 12 – free
Senior citizens and military – $7


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