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March 10, 2010

Enjoy chamber music and tavern dinners 18th-century style

Travel on a musical and culinary journey of the 18th century through a dinner at Colonial Williamsburg’s King’s Arms Tavern followed by a colonial concert.

Guests can experience an 18th-century dinner and concert with A Concert at the Raleigh Tavern on Friday, March 12.

Each concert features dining fit for patriots at King’s Arms Tavern, beginning at 5 p.m. During dinner, a costumed musician will discuss the evening’s program with guests. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Raleigh Tavern. There, the Governor’s Musick, Colonial Williamsburg’s chamber music ensemble, presents a concert of 18th-century music on flute, viola da gamba and the pianoforte.

On Friday, March 19, A Tale of One City Concert highlights music spanning Williamsburg’s time as the 18th-century capital of Virginia. Guests will stroll to the Capitol to enjoy an evening of “full various and devicefull musick” performed on the viola da gamba and harpsichord featuring music by Handel, Telemann and Abel.

Both concerts feature a three-course dinner at King’s Arms Tavern. Guests select one dish from each of three courses reminiscent of an 18th-century tavern dinner. Dinner begins with Mrs. Vobe’s peanut soupe, a hearty vegetable stew or romaine salat. The main course features three tempting entrees – prime rib of roast beef with popovers, grated fresh horseradish and claret jus; pan-seared seasoned boneless chicken breast served atop apple-raisin cornbread stuffing with salty ham and vanilla-scented mashed sweet potatoes; or grilled rockfish topped with a Bloody Mary sauce and served with roasted red potatoes. Guests will end their meal on a sweet note with the choice of rice pudding with rum-drunk raisins and warm vanilla sauce, Williamsburg pecan pie or Williamsburg ice creams.

Cost for adults and youth ages 6-17 is $49.95 and children under six are $15.95. For reservations, call (757) 229-2141.

King’s Arms Tavern originally catered to Virginia’s gentry and the politically influential before, during and after the Revolution. Today, the tavern continues the tradition of fine dining as guests enjoy Southern favorites such as fried chicken, peanut soup and roast prime rib of beef.

The tavern offers a full bar menu of ales, wines, cocktails and specialty drinks such as mint julep, “rummer” and punch royal. Delectable desserts including the 18th-century favorite syllabub complete the dining experience.

The tavern is located at 416 E. Duke of Gloucester St. between Botetourt and Blair streets, near the Capitol.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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