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September 24, 2010

Dinner Package Offers Tavern Dining, Chamber Music

Guests can enjoy an evening on the town worthy of the Founding Fathers with this fall’s Palace Concert: From the Collection. First, enjoy a dinner fit for colonial gentry at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern at 5:30 p.m., followed by a chamber music concert with Governor’s Musick, Colonial Williamsburg’s resident performing ensemble.

Several instruments from Colonial Williamsburg’s collection will be brought “out of the vault” for the occasion. The concert will feature a rare 18th-century violin built by Nathaniel Cross; a rare 16th-century viola made by Gasparo de Salo; an 18th-century violincello built by Englishman Peter Wamsley; a 1758 Kirckman harpsichord; and a mid-18th-century Adcock and Pether chamber organ.

The concert will take place in the Governor’s Palace ballroom, where the harpsichord and organ reside year-round. Five dinner concerts are offered on Sept. 28, Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2.

Each dinner concert features a three-course dinner at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern. Guests select one dish from each of three courses reminiscent of an 18th-century tavern dinner. Dinner begins with the captain’s sherried crab stew or Christiana’s favourite salet. Featured dishes include Gloucester chicken, crab cakes, petite tenderloin of beef and Molly’s macaroni-vegetable medley. Guests can finish with tempting desserts such as rum cream pie and Williamsburg specialty ice creams.

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

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern was a favorite of well-known colonial Virginians such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Servers of the tavern are on hand to recount stories of George Washington’s favorable diary entries about Mrs. Campbell’s establishment and other noteworthy tales about the colonial tavern.

Free parking is available behind the tavern, located at 101 S. Waller St. across from the Capitol.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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.

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 website at

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