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July 17, 2007

Concert at CW's Wallace Museum commemorates America's 400th Anniversary

During the concert “400 Years,” musicians Ardie Boggs and Timothy Seaman will celebrate America’s 400th Anniversary with their new CD releases “Jamestown to Williamsburg, the Road to Liberty” and “Jamestown: On the Edge of a Vast Continent.” The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Both Boggs and Seaman are seasoned Colonial Williamsburg performers. Boggs is a musician and songwriter from Williamsburg. She has played the Celtic harp for nearly 20 years and studied under the United States National Scottish Harp Champion Sue Richards. She has appeared at the Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Wren Chapel, Jamestown Settlement donor events and An Occasion for the Arts. Boggs also plays for charitable events as well as for numerous local organizations. She plays several of her own compositions during concerts and has recorded six CDs, including "Celtic Whispers," "The Wistful Celt at Christmastide" and "Scotland’s Legacy, Glencoe."

An expressive player of hammered dulcimer, flutes and psalteries, Seaman earned a bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary and in 1994 left a 19-year English teaching career to operate a music business focusing on themes of Virginia parks, nature, history and Christmas. Seaman’s 14 recordings include collaborations with Shenandoah National Park, Virginia State Parks, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Williamsburg 300th Anniversary Commission. Current projects include a disc of folk hymn interpretations for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Seaman performs 200 times a year for various state and national audiences, and at the Wallace Museum for the past decade. His local appearances have included the Williamsburg Inn, An Occasion for the Arts and the Trellis Restaurant.

The recordings “Jamestown to Williamsburg, the Road to Liberty” and “Jamestown: On the Edge of a Vast Continent,” can be purchased at the Museum Store following the performance.

The one-hour concert is included in museum admission or by a separate museums ticket.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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