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April 3, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Evening Performances Bring New Meaning to Night Life

So you think you can dance? Try a few 18th-century dance steps with Colonial Williamsburg’s new evening program, “A Collection of Colonial Dance.” Enjoy a demonstration of minuets, country, popular and theatrical dance in the historic Governor’s Palace ballroom accompanied by live music played on period musical instruments. There will be an opportunity for audience participation at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Governor’s Palace on April 7, 14 and 21. Tickets are $18 for adults and youth and $9 for children.

Other evening programs offered on selected dates in April, May and June include:

  • “Cry Witch” invites guests to be part of the jury in this candlelit inquiry into the charges of witchcraft brought against Grace Sherwood in 1706. Ask questions of the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children. All tickets are $18.
  • “Ghosts Amongst Us” takes guests to meet ghostly inhabitants and those who have lived to tell of their supernatural experiences during this one-hour walking tour. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children. All tickets are $15.
  • “Pirates Amongst Us” takes guests on a walking tour to meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their own unique tales of knowing and working with the famous pirate, Blackbeard. Due to subject matter, this program is not appropriate for young children. All tickets are $15.
  • “African American Music” explores the diverse nature of African American musical culture in colonial Virginia. Help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs and dance the dances adapted from the West African people during the colonial era. Weather permitting. Tickets are $18 for adults and youth and $9 for children.

    For more information on times, dates and places, visit the Calendar section on www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

    Colonial Williamsburg Annual, Good Neighbor, Collegiate Pass members, as well as Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests, receive a 25 percent discount on evening programs. Tickets can be purchased at the Merchants Square Ticket Office, the Lumber House Ticket Office, Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

    The Marianne and Randall Tobias Music Endowment Fund, which supports musical programs at the Governor’s Palace, and the Lynne R. Murphy Memorial Endowment Fund, which supports musical programs throughout the Historic Area, help underwrite Colonial Williamsburg’s music programs.

    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, 20th and 21st 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 www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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