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September 28, 2004

CW Folk Art Museum celebrates National Children's Day October 10

Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate National Children’s Day Sunday, Oct. 10, with a selection of hands-on activities, self-guided museum tours and two entertaining performances by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, which plays original music on homemade instruments from locally grown gourds. The musicians, whose official attire includes gourd hats, describe their work as “Paleolithic lounge music that mixes chaos with order.” All events take place at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and are included in museum admission. Come enjoy music, games and gallery activities for the entire family.

This year’s program focus theme, “Recycling Through Time,” provides a unifying focus for the day’s activities. “Waste Not Want Not – Objects From Found Materials,” a self-guided tour of the Folk Art Museum, allows guests to explore objects that are made from found materials -- from Miles Carpenter’s whimsical “Frog” sculpture to the elaborate examples of 19th-century chip carving found in the “Tramp Art and More” exhibition.

From 1 to 4 p.m., hands-on activities will be featured in two separate galleries. In Gallery 17, guests can make their own musical instrument from recycled objects, while in the Sculpture Gallery they can make a memory collage from recycled magazine and brochures.

The children’s homemade instruments will come in handy for the highlight of the afternoon: two performances by the Gourd Orchestra, which will perform at 2 and 3 p.m. on the Folk Art Museum terrace. For more information about this unusual group, visit their website at

The award winning Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is one of the world-class museums belonging to Colonial Williamsburg, which oversees the largest living history museum in the country. The folk art museum is the first U.S. institution devoted exclusively to collecting, exhibiting and researching American folk art. Located on South England Street across from the Williamsburg Lodge, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate one-day or annual museums ticket. For program information, call (757) 220-7724 or visit us online at

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Sophie Hart
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