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September 13, 2006

Museums offer packed schedule of concerts, workshops for 2006 season

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will mark this year’s holiday season with a series of celebratory concerts and decorations programs.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the first U.S. institution devoted exclusively to collecting, exhibiting and researching American folk art, and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, which displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts.

The museum will be closed October 30-December 15 due to remodeling of the Introductory Gallery. The Public Hospital will remain open during this time. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Folk Art Museum plan to re-open December 16, 2006. For construction updates, please check the Colonial Williamsburg Web site at

Due to continuing maintenance work at the Museum Complex, all museum-sponsored holiday programs have been moved to the Bruton Heights School Lane Auditorium or the Kimball Theatre at Merchants Square. Programs include:

  • St. Andrew’s Day Celebration, 4 p.m. Thursday, November 30 – Bruton Heights School Lane Auditorium. Scottish fiddling master John Turner teams up with talented singer/guitarist Cliff Williams to celebrate Scotland’s patron Saint with songs and stories. (1 hour) $7.
  • A Celtic Grand Illumination Celebration, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 3 – Lane Auditorium. Build up to the Grand Illumination fireworks with Celtic band Edsall Road. Music, dance and stories come together for a lively celebration of family and the start of the holiday season. (1 hour) $9.
  • A Williamsburg Christmas, 3 p.m. Monday, December 4 – Kimball Theatre. Join Trio String Wind (Timothy Seaman, Ardie Boggs and Phillip Skeens) for a heartfelt and compelling blend of seasonal music ranging from Celtic through classical with a wide variety of traditional instruments. (1 hour) $9.
  • Decorating for a Williamsburg Christmas, 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 5 and 12, Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7, Friday, December 8 and 15, Monday, December 11 – Lane Auditorium. Enjoy the lively, informal demonstrations by talented member of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape staff. Learn how to make a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decorations using fresh greens and fruit. (45 minutes) Included in Colonial Williamsburg admission but requires a reservation (available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location).
  • Fiddling Away The Holidays, 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 5 – Lane Auditorium. December 12 and 19 – Kimball Theatre. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg tradition by singing, playing and laughing in the holiday season. Don’t miss his “Twelve Days of Christmas,” featuring his own eclectic collection of whistles and instruments. (1 hour) $6.
  • Decorating the Private Homes in the Historic Area, 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 6 – Lane Auditorium. Join us to recognize Historic Area residents for their holiday home decoration. Award winners for the decorating contest will be announced and interesting facts about what goes into decorating the Historic Area are sprinkled throughout. (45 minutes) Included in Colonial Williamsburg admission.
  • An Appalachian Christmas, 3 p.m. Thursday, December 7 – Kimball Theatre. Join Kelly Kennedy and friends as they musically travel to Appalachia with a variety of instruments; playing tunes and songs of the Christmas season as heard in America along with stories and journals of the early settlers themselves. (1 hour) $10.
  • Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew, 4 p.m. Friday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 20 – Lane Auditorium. Join John Turner and Michael Monaco as they take a fresh look at familiar carols and hymns from Christmases past. (1 hour) $6.
  • Songs and Stories for a Virginia Fireside, 3 p.m. Saturday, December 9 – Kimball Theatre. Recording artist Bob Zentz explores Virginia’s rich and diverse musical heritage, with songs, tales and tunes designed to “drive the cold winter away” played on a variety of usual and unusual acoustic instruments. (1 hour) $9.
  • Celtic Whispers, 4 p.m. Monday, December 11 and 18 – Lane Auditorium. Join Ardie Boggs on the Celtic harp as she travels with music and verse, from Ireland to the Holy Land, tracing the Pagan Celt’s conversion to Christianity. (1 hour) $5.
  • Here We Come a Wassailing, 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 13 – Lane Auditorium. Lee Welch and Barry Trott celebrate winter and the spirit of the holiday season with good-humored and high-spirited music sung and performed by a variety of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. (1 hour) $6.
  • I Saw Three Ships, 2 p.m. Thursday, December 14 – Kimball Theatre. Uniquely dynamic and varied, Virginia Sky (Timothy Seaman and Ann Robinson) commemorates the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in a distinctly seasonal manner on hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, flutes and whistles. (1 hour) $8.
  • An Irish Christmas Celebration, 3 p.m. Friday, December 15 – Kimball Theatre. Join Kelly Kennedy and friends as they demonstrate the energy and beauty of Irish music at Christmas. On fiddle, bodhran, concertina, guitar and voice enjoy jigs, reels, hornpipes along with stories guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the season. (1 hour) $10.
  • A Yuletide Celebration with the Itinerant Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17 – Kimball Theatre. The Itinerant Band presents traditional yuletide music, performing the tunes and songs from the old world and new. (1 hour) $8.
  • Profound Joy, 4 p.m. Thursday, December 21 – Lane Auditorium. Multi-instrumentalist Timothy Seaman celebrates the great wonder of the holiday season with early American and old European as well as new compositions. Winter, Christmas and Hanukkah themes are heard on the hammered dulcimer, octave whistle, bamboo flute and psaltery. (1 hour) $5.
  • Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection, 3 p.m. Friday, December 22 – Kimball Theatre. Enjoy sonatas, ballads and songs that Thomas Jefferson collected, played and enjoyed in his travels here and abroad as they are sung and performed on violin, cello and guitar. (1 hour) $10.
  • Bottom of the Punch Bowl, 3 p.m. Saturday, December 23 – Kimball Theatre. The band Fynesound takes you back a couple of hundred years with traditional tunes played in the heyday of Scottish and Irish music. Fiddle, harp, cello and voice will lead you in a whirl around the centuries complete with Highland and Irish dancing. (90 minutes) $10.
  • The Wistful Celts at Christmas, 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 26 – Lane Auditorium. Ardie Boggs, Lee Welch and Sarah Glosson revisit childhood memories in a sentimental journey back home for the holidays. The cello, harp and guitar together evoke the wistful emotions of yearning and longing to be home again. (1 hour) $7.
  • Seller of Songs, 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 27 –Lane Auditorium. Stephen Christoff explores early American music both seasonal and year-round, telling the story of Americans and their struggle for freedom from the 18th century and beyond using instruments both familiar and unfamiliar. (1 hour) $5.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season, 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, December 28 – Lane Auditorium. Musicians and musical historians David and Ginger Hildebrand present a lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes with colonial songs and dance melodies, all performed on appropriate period instruments, including violin, harpsichord, hammered dulcimer and English guitar. (1 hour) $7.
  • An Acoustic Christmas, 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 29 –Kimball Theatre. The Miller-Rowe Consort from Spartanburg, South Carolina, presents a concert of carols and music of the season, especially arranged for the unique combination of hammered dulcimer and classical guitar. (1 hour) $9.
  • Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year Celebration, 3 p.m. Saturday, December 30 – Lane Auditorium. Celebrate the winter festival, a re-enactment of the struggle between good evil, with Ardie Boggs and Timothy Seaman as they relate stories and songs about ancient traditions to bring good luck for the New Year. (1 hour) $6.

    For program information, call (757) 220-7724 or visit us on the Internet at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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