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Department 56 Collectors Meet Artist Jeff Junkins and Display Designer Craig Cook Oct. 15

Department 56 artist Jeff Junkins signs pieces from the WILLIAMSBURG Village Series, a collection of porcelain lighted buildings and accessories, at an artist signing on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon at WILLIAMSBURG Revolutions at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

Display designer Craig Cook shares ideas on decorating with the new village series from 9 a.m. – noon at WILLIAMSBURG Revolutions in the Visitor Center and from 3 –5 p.m. at WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations in Merchants Square. In the afternoon session, new 2012 introductions will be unveiled.

Collectibles are available for purchase and the signing is open to the public. Only Department 56 items purchased from a WILLLIAMSBURG store can be signed. Guests are asked to show their receipt from one of the official Colonial Williamsburg stores to secure their place in line. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center.

Participants can register to win a new King’s Arms Tavern building, coordinating balladeer, accessory and a $100 gift card toward a tavern dinner for two, a total prize valued at $225. The drawing will be around 5 p.m. at WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations locations in the Henry Street Shops of Merchants Square, 110 S. Henry St.

The WILLIAMSBURG Village Series, launched in 2010, was the first new Department 56 Village Series to be introduced since 1998. To date, the company has produced six historic buildings for the series that include Bruton Parish Church, Taliaferro-Cole House, Taliaferro-Cole Shop, King’s Arms Tavern, Tarpley’s Store and R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. Accessories include Going to Church, Caroling in Williamsburg, Telling Stories, Carter Coach, Church Fence, Fifes and Drums, Tavern Balladeers and Tarpley’s Store Shoppers. The Color Guard is a brand new piece debuting at the event and is exclusive to the Official Stores of Colonial Williamsburg.

Working with Department 56 since 1998, Junkins has designed over 100 different village pieces for Department 56 Villages. He has worked on “The Original Snow Village,” “Christmas In The City,” the “Literary Classics Collection,” “Legendary Ballparks,” “American Pride,” the “Historical Landmark” Series” and the new “Williamsburg” series. “I enjoy designing both real and inspired pieces,” he said. “Those that are inspired by real places such as Williamsburg, are a challenge to see how close I can get to the buildings in the Historic Area.”

When designing a new collection, Jeff meets with the creative director and learns as much as he can about the building before he begins to work on a design. He needs to know how the item will fit into the series, what size restrictions might exist, accessories that will accompany the piece and color palette.

Department 56, the leader in lighted collectible villages, is part of the Enesco family of brands and is located in Eden Prairie, Minn.

For more information about the artist signging, visit

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. 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 website at

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