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June 28, 2011

Discover What’s New After Dark in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with Live After 5

When the lights go down, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area doesn’t go dark. Through “Live After 5,” guests enjoy new Historic Area and dining programs every night.

Celebrate America through the new program, “A Salute to the Nation,” a stirring tribute to our nation that includes Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and military staff. The program concludes with a short fireworks salute. This program spans 250 years of ideas that have created a unique spirit and identity – the American identity – in its infinite variations, and it is that spirit that we invite you to honor with us at 9 p.m. Fridays July 8-Aug. 26. No admission ticket is required.

Guests can experience cresset lighting every night in the Historic Area as the town comes to life while choosing from a variety of evening programs including “A Grand Medley of Entertainments,” “The 18th-century Play Series – Polly Honeycombe,” “African American Music” and “Pirates Amongst Us.” Bring your family and walk back in time every evening from July 5–Sept. 2. A separate admission ticket is required to attend all evening programs. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

New to Shields Tavern this summer is “High Life Below Stairs.” What goes on “below stairs” after the master and mistress of the house retire for the evening? Enjoy a three-course meal at Shields Tavern and witness firsthand what happens as the servants don their attire for farce and folly Tuesdays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. through Aug. 30. Reservations are required.

Chowning’s Tavern garden transforms into a beer garden where guests gather for an entertaining evening of lively music, visits from characters of Williamsburg’s past, a colonial magician and 18th-century games 5-7 p.m. nightly through Sept. 1. Guests enjoy casual, quick fare.

Guests also can experience Gambols nightly inside Chowning’s Tavern. Balladeers lead guests in rousing period sing-alongs and costumed servers provide instructions for playing popular games of the day – a perfect way to end a “historic” day. Guests snack on Virginia peanuts, light fare, a wide variety of other refreshments, and local wines and ales.

To learn more about Live After Five and other programs offered throughout the summer, visit

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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 website at

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