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June 24, 2005

Celebrate our nation's birthday with a picnic at CW's Governor's Palace

The Revolutionary War was no picnic for the colonists or the Red Coats. This July Fourth, Colonial Williamsburg invites you to come see what all the fighting was about. After all, this is the only place in America where you can celebrate independence with a sumptuous picnic on the lawn of the former British Governor’s Palace.

Don’t worry, the 18th-century governor left town long ago and 21st-century picnickers will have the Palace’s formal gardens and maze all to themselves.

The Governor’s Palace Picnic begins at 7:15 p.m. along with dancing, storytelling, puppet shows; a private performance by Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes & Drums and reserved seating for the fireworks. The price is $45 for adults and $25 for children 6-12. Reservations for the picnic must be made by June 29.

Not the average box lunch, this exclusive picnic affair will serve an adult, vegetarian and yummy kids menu. A tasty sampling of the adult presentation features tender roast beef on Kaiser Roll, quarter Southern fried chicken, Virginia ham biscuit, Orzo pasta salad, herb marinated olives, aged Cheddar and Gouda cheeses, Colonial Trifle, a Colonial Williamsburg ornament and a coupon for fresh brewed coffee at Shields 18th-century Coffeehouse on Duke of Gloucester.

Vegetarian picnic guests may indulge in an herb wrap with zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, caramelized red onions, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and Shiitake mushrooms. And for the kids, the ever-popular peanut butter and jelly sandwich, crisp fried chicken fingers, potato chips, applesauce, bag of baby carrots, Oreo cookies and Wet Wipes Meal Kit. Ants not included.

Plan to arrive early in the day to hear the Declaration of Independence read by Patrick Henry at the colonial Capitol at 10:45 a.m., inspect Revolutionary War armaments at the Powder Magazine from noon to 4:30 p.m., listen to 18th-century music and enjoy the spirited merriment of colonial America.

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Carol C. Godwin
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