December 5, 2011
Families Explore Holiday Traditions from Around the World with New Programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Families can enjoy several new programs that celebrate holiday traditions through music at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.“On Christmas Day in the Morning” features Barry Trott and Lee Welch for a delightful program of carols, songs and stories of Yuletide for the young and young at heart performed on a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments at 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. A $6 ticket is required in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“Wassail!” is a children’s Christmas concert featuring such unusual and fascinating instruments as the serpent, musical saw, trombone, sitern, Jew’s harp, Irish flute, comb and paper, bagpipes and more! Join Stephen Christoff and Gabe Stone for a fun-filled musical journey and learn how to make music from most anything at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. A $4 ticket is required for adults and children in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“Mr. Jefferson’s Musical Family” allows guests to experience songs and musical pieces on period and reproduction instruments of the type that Thomas Jefferson and his family owned and enjoyed at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 22. A $5 ticket is required for adults and children in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“Bagpipes, Serpents and Pochettes, Oh My!” gives guests the opportunity to join John Turner and Gabe Stone to learn about 18th - century instruments that are little used or seen today at 4 p.m. on Dec. 19. A $6 ticket is required in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“Christmas on the Home Front” allows guest to join Southern Horizon on a musical journey through 19th-century popular and holiday music. During the times of turmoil in our country’s history, music expresses the sentiments of the people. The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 23. A $6 ticket is required for adults and children in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“The Twelve Days and Night Before Christmas” brings two classic Christmas stories to life at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. A free reservation is required in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
“Pillowcases, Parades and Puddings!” celebrate Irish children’s Christmas traditions in song, story and dance with Kelly Kennedy and friends at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. A $4 ticket is required for adults and children in addition to a Historic Area or museum admission pass.
Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.
For reservations or more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.