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July 8, 2011

“The Great Virginia Fiddle Contest” Brings More Energy to Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

“The Great Virginia Fiddle Contest” re-creates an 18th-century fiddle contest with a fake monetary prize at the end. Guests can see their favorite fiddlers in this battle of talents at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 31 (except July 20) at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

Dean Shostak, a local musician who performs regularly at the Kimball Theatre and originally conceived the idea of the show, says the premise of the program is that three fiddle players compete for one prize and the audience decides the winner.

“The aim of the program is to give guests the opportunity to better understand 18th-century music,” Shostak says. “We want them to enjoy the program by allowing for constant interaction between the musicians and the visitors.”

All seats are $5.

For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater.

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. 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. 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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Penna Rogers
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