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December 1, 2006

CW's holiday dining events have guests feasting on colonial tradition

This holiday season, enjoy dinner with Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Purdie, experience the bounty of a groaning board or enjoy traditional tavern fare with family and friends. Mr. Shields invites guests to enjoy his holiday feast, which is new in 2006. Taste selections from a regional holiday menu. You may be visited by a tavern cook, other people of the past or even Mr. Shields himself. The Shields Tavern Holiday Feast is offered December 3, 10 and 16-31. Call for seating times. Cost is $55.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.

On December 4, 14, 21 and 28, guests can enjoy an Evening of Lyrics and Lore at Christiana’s Campbell’s Tavern. The evening includes traditional tavern entertainment with taletellers and balladeers as they regale you with 18th-century stories. Seatings take place at 5, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. Cost is $52.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.

Williamsburg’s postmaster and editor of the Virginia Gazette will enlighten guests about holiday happenings during An Evening with Alexander Purdie December 14. Seatings take place at 5, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. Cost is $50.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.

The Williamsburg Lodge offers the opportunity to feast with colonial patriots and enjoy many other exciting and entertaining dining experiences throughout December. On December 16, 23 and 27, the Lodge presents its Groaning Board dinner. The “groaning” board refers to how the cupboards on which the food was served in colonial times groaned under the weight of so much delicious food! True to this description, the Groaning Board is a bountiful spread of food, presented family-style with beautiful platters and loaves of circular bread. The meal is complemented by fine ales and music by the Fifes and Drums and is available for $58.95.

On December 22 and 29, Thomas Jefferson himself joins the festivities at An Evening of Music and Memories with Thomas Jefferson. This celebration features one of the most admired Founding Fathers and offers family-style service and music. Servers are even dressed in colonial costume. Cost of this event is $65.

Holiday dining events are available on Christmas Day, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate these special occasions. On December 25, the Lodge offers its Christmas Hunt Breakfast Brunch for $25.95. From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the hunt breakfast serves everything from crepes to Virginia ham to poached eggs, all in the traditional colonial style of course.

Guests can ring in the new year with the Williamsburg Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Gala on December 31. Guests will experience a lively evening of dancing, dinner and an elegant dessert cabaret. Live music and a complementary midnight glass of champagne top off this extraordinary gala, available for $125.

The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St. and for more information or to make reservations for any of these events, call 1-800-HISTORY.

As our taverns and restaurants are very popular dining choices, guests are encouraged to make reservations early to assure choice. Reservations for Colonial Williamsburg restaurants may be made at the Visitor Center Dining & Lodging Reservations Desk, or by calling 1-800-TAVERNS or (757) 229-2141 and are subject to availability.

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