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May 1, 2012

Actor Joe Mantegna Leads May 19 Armed Forces Day Salute to the Nation

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area will be alive with activity from early morning until after dark the weekend of May 18 – 20. From the second annual “Run for the Dream” benefiting An Achievable Dream and the Wounded Warriors program to the ninth annual Drummers Call Weekend, there’s plenty of activity for the entire family to enjoy.

Highlighting the festive weekend of special programs and visiting fifers and drummers, Tony-award-winning actor Joe Mantegna hosts a “Salute to the Nation” spanning 250 years of ideas that have created our unique American identity. This moving Saturday night performance honors all who serve our country, especially the wounded warriors in attendance. The event includes a performance by the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and concludes with a torch-lit tattoo and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums host fife and drum units from across the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of military music and special programs highlighting authentic field music from the American Revolution.

The first 6,000 registrants for any of the races receive free admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums. Special hotel rates for race participants are available from $104 at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 105 Visitor Center Drive, and $83 at the Governor’s Inn, 506 N. Henry St. Accommodations at both hotels include an extra early complimentary continental breakfast, wireless Internet, access to a fitness center, walking trails, miniature golf and outdoor pools. Call 1-800-261-9530 or book online.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg presents running coach Jack Daniels sharing his knowledge on the benefits of endurance running from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England St. Named the world’s best coach by Runner’s World magazine and women’s cross country coach of the century by the NCAA, Daniels earned a doctorate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He earned team silver and bronze medals in the pentathlon in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling 1-800-447-8679. The Spa is also offering a 60-minute sports massage for only $99 from May 14 – 25.

Special high carbohydrate meals for runners are included in the Williamsburg Lodge restaurant’s popular seafood buffet Friday and also on Saturday night’s menu and on the à la carte menu at Huzzah! BBQ Grille near the Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

For details on Run for the Dream events, dining and hotels visit the special event page of For course maps, volunteer opportunities or to register for Run for the Dream 8 K or Half Marathon, visit Race watchers and supporters welcome. Tickets are not required for watching the Run for the Dream or Drummers Call events.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit center for history, citizenship and democracy, encouraging audiences at home and around the world to learn from the past. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn – celebrating 75 years of hospitality in 2012 – 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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