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August 31, 2004

CW hosts "A Folk Art Christmas"

Experience a bit of holiday magic at Colonial Williamsburg during the special Yuletide conference, “A Folk Art Christmas.” Lectures and demonstrations will illustrate the extensive array of holiday folk art at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum as well as the museum’s delightful collection of holiday toys and games, plus a history of the Christmas tree as a sign of plenty and a presentation of American silhouettes.

Hands-on workshops will focus on the world-renowned Williamsburg style of natural holiday decorating that was inspired by the elegantly crafted fruit and foliage designs of 15th-century Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia and the colorful renderings of fruits and flowers by 18th-century English nurseryman Robert Furber.

“A Folk Art Christmas” will be held Dec. 6-8. Participants also will be treated to a special after-hours tour of “Child’s Play: A Celebration of Antique Toys” on display at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum throughout the season and featuring four dollhouses, including the dollhouse owned by the beloved illustrator of children’s books Tasha Tudor, and a 10-foot tree adorned with hand-made ornaments inspired by the museum collection.

A holiday concert, “Threefold Joy,” performed by Trio String Wind (Timothy Seaman, Ardie Boggs and Phillip Skeens) will provide heartwarming entertainment for conference attendees with a Celtic to classical music selection performed on hammered dulcimer, flute, psaltery, Celtic harp, guitar, harmonica, whistles, melodica (a keyboard wind instrument) and bodhran (a traditional Celtic drum).

An assortment of optional afternoon classes will include demonstrations of traditional and metal-form holiday centerpieces, folk art tree ornaments, 19th-century cutouts, holiday cedar sachets, a sampling of holiday sweets from marzipan to baked goodies, and a guided walking tour of the Historic Area to view seasonal exterior decorations.

A registration fee of $189 per participant covers the cost of all regular programs and presentations, receptions, coffee breaks and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket valid for the length of the conference. Optional classes are extra and range in cost from $25-35 each per person. Pre-registration is required and may be done by mail, fax (757) 565-8921 or online at Call toll-free (800) 603-0948 for instructions on how to mail your registration.

A special program wouldn’t be complete without a special lodging package, and participants are welcome to take advantage of some very special rates at any official Colonial Williamsburg hotel by calling toll-free (800) 261-9530 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special conference rates at the Williamsburg Lodge are $142 and $194 per night (superior and deluxe rooms) plus taxes; rates at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites are $105 and $120 (superior rooms and suites) plus taxes.

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