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June 28, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg's Summer Coolers Provide Various Programs for Armchair Historians

Colonial Williamsburg’s Summer Coolers give armchair historians an opportunity to enjoy a variety of programs in the air-conditioned comfort of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium now through Sunday, Aug. 31. All programs are included in museum admission.

During Summer Coolers, audiences will enjoy concerts of 18th-century music, meditate on views of colonial religion and meet the nation’s Founding Fathers. Programs include:

  • Fiddleworks! 2 and 4 p.m. Mondays. Performers Dean Shostak, Kelly Kennedy and Lance Pedigo combine music, stories, songs, dance and audience participation to create a high-energy concert experience for all ages. 45 minutes.

  • Gowan Pamphlet: God Is My Rock. 4 p.m. Tuesdays. July 8, 22, Aug. 19 and 26. Gowan Pamphlet, a slave belonging to local tavern owner Jane Vobe and known locally as a popular preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion and freedom. 45 minutes.

  • The Glass Harmonica. 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Hear the sounds of Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica by Williamsburg's world-renowned performer, Dean Shostak. This rare opportunity combines an amazing and mysterious story with the music of Mozart, Saint-Saens, Pachelbel and others. This multimedia concert is a winner for all ages. 45 minutes.

  • White Goes First. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Thomas Jefferson instructs his manservant Jupiter in the game of chess. During the course of the game, Jupiter questions his master about the ironies of slavery. 35 minutes.

  • Soul of a Sharecropper. 2 and 4 p.m. Fridays except July 4. A former slave shares tales of hope and despair in this moving performance. 45 minutes.

  • The Roots and Branches of American Music. 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, July 4. Folk musician Bob Zentz explores the origins of Americans songs and tunes that are coupled with the history behind the instruments on which they are played. 60 minutes.

  • The Art of Military Music. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5. This special program highlights military signal instruments interspersed with classical repertoire from the 16th through the 18th centuries. 60 minutes.

  • A Conversation with Young Patriots. 2 p.m. Saturdays. Young guests and their families have an opportunity to talk with Founding Fathers Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson about growing up in Virginia before the American Revolution, how they were educated and what they did for diversion. 45 minutes.

  • A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Take this time to talk to one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. 45 minutes.

  • The First Lady Greets the Children. 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29 and July 6 and 13. America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, talks with children and their adult companions. 45 minutes.

  • The First Lady’s Wardrobe. 4 p.m. Sundays, June 22, 29 and July 6 and 13. Martha Washington relives important events in her life as she remembers the various fashions she wore over the years. 60 minutes.

  • Whoop and Holler! 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays, July 20, Aug. 3 and 17. Learn the history of the Virginia banjo from the 18th century to the present. 45 minutes.

  • From Corelli to the Cookstove: Women’s Music in the New World. 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 and Aug. 24. Join Kelly Kennedy and friends for a delightful program of songs, tunes, stories and dances from the perspective of the early women in America. 45 minutes.

  • Tumble Up! Tumble Up! 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. Join us for the sights and sounds of 18th-century itinerant entertainers. An informative and entertaining show-and-tell program that details the life and performance practices of early American traveling performers. 60 minutes.

    Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg ticket. Reservations are required for all performances and can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet, including the Wallace Museum Shop.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg, displays the foundation’s exceptional collection of English and American decorative arts. The museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For program information, call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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