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July 22, 2008

CW's Fourth Annual Storytelling Festival gives guests the opportunity to tell their own stories

Colonial Williamsburg brings history alive with its fourth annual storytelling festival, “Spinning Stories and Spanning Time,” Sept. 19-21. With storytellers from across the globe sharing their own personal histories, poetry, songs, and more, guests can enjoy the storytelling festival at individual venues scattered throughout the grounds of Basset Hall.

The popular Story Keepers Project returns to the festival this year. This program gives guests the unique opportunity to pass on and learn about stories and life experiences from family members and friends. “The Story Keepers Project is a great way for families and friends to share their own stories with each other and preserve lasting memories,” says Todd Judge, sound supervisor for the productions, publications and learning ventures division and producer of storytelling festival CD.

Guests can sign up for 20-minute interviews with a family member or friend. Staff will have a list of questions guests can ask their friend or family member about highlights in their family history. Staff members also will be able to conduct the interviews upon request. The interviews are recorded on a CD for guests to take home to enjoy.

The Story Keepers Project tent will be on the grounds of Bassett Hall during the festival. Guests can sign up for an interview on Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 21 but the actual interviews will take place only on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. All guests with a storytelling festival ticket are encouraged to attend.

A variety of festival ticket options are available. For the best value, book early and save 20 percent on weekend passes and family packages and 10 percent on individual event tickets (excluding a wine and cheese event). A Weekend Pass features day and evening Friday and Saturday programs, and day programs on Sunday. Passes purchased between April 21 and Aug. 31 are $75 for adults and $35 for youth ages 6-17. Passes purchased after Sept. 1 are $90 for adults and $42 for youth ages 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Family Packages for two adults and up to two youth include day and evening Friday and Saturday programs, day programs on Sunday. Packages purchased between April 21 and Aug. 31 are $175. Packages purchased after Sept. 1 are $210. Some restrictions apply, please call 1-800-HISTORY for more details.

Individual event tickets are available for purchase. Passes for day and evening programs on Friday are $45 for adult and $20 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased between April 21 and Aug. 31 and $49 for adults and $22 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased after Sept. 1. Passes for day and evening programs on Saturday only are $65 for adults and $30 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased between April 21 and Aug. 31 and $71 for adult and $33 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased after Sept. 1. Passes for Sunday programs are $35 for adults and $15 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased between April 21 and Aug. 31 and $38 for adults and $16 for youth ages 6-17 when purchased after Sept. 1. Evening tickets for Friday and Saturday can be purchased after Sept. 1 for $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 6-17.

A Wine-and-Cheese Storytelling event is planned 6-8 p.m. Saturday night for adults only. The program features adult stories and space is limited. Cost is $35 per person, including a souvenir Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival wine glass.

Guests staying at one of the Colonial Williamsburg’s hotel properties receive 50 percent off the full purchase price of Weekend Passes and individual event tickets.

School groups are invited to attend programs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at a cost of only $10 for teachers and $5 for students. Stories address portions of the Virginia Standards of Learning – Oral Literature for grades four through six.

For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY or go to www.history.org/storytelling.

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. “Revolutionary City®” - a daily dramatic live street theater presentation - is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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