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October 9, 2008

CW featured in 43 pages of special collector's issue of "Paula Deen's Christmas"

Colonial Christmas is the centerpiece of a special collector’s issue of “Paula Deen’s Christmas” due on newsstands October 14. Southern cooking maven Paula Deen, her husband, Michael Groover, and the editorial staff of the magazine “Cooking with Paula Deen” visited the Williamsburg Inn and Historic Area to experience the magic of Colonial Williamsburg and take photographs for the special issue.

A few surprised visitors came upon the sessions, and the gracious Paula Deen greeted those who recognized her with her warm “Hey, y’all” and a big hug, and was happy to pose with guests who wanted a picture of themselves with Deen taken with their personal cameras.

Colonial Williamsburg arranged for Deen to be photographed having afternoon tea with Patrick Henry in the Terrace Room at the Inn, “shopping” in the Prentis Store and the Golden Ball on Duke of Gloucester St., visiting the Anderson Blacksmith and learning from Historic Foodways interpreter Jim Gay how chocolate was made in the 18th century. Colonial Williamsburg’s costume shop fitted Deen from head to toe in colonial dress a fine lady would have worn, and she took a carriage ride, shopped and visited the Margaret Hunter milliner shop, which had created a hand-made black and red changeable silk cloak muff and hat for her.

The special issue showcases Colonial Williamsburg as a destination along with its distinctive holiday décor and cuisine. In addition to enjoying a romantic holiday dinner in the Regency Room with her husband, Paula spent a considerable amount of time with the culinary staff of the Williamsburg Inn. The unprecedented 43-page magazine feature includes many recipes from the Inn, some adapted by Deen and her own chefs. She also learned a few tricks about how the floral staff at the Inn and the foundation’s nursery staff create the famous natural decorations enjoyed by guests every year inside the resort hotels and throughout the Historic Area.

Dozens of staff from throughout the foundation worked on these photo shoots to showcase what Colonial Williamsburg offers, and many Colonial Williamsburg staff members are included in the magazine photos. The resulting photography is sumptuous and presents Colonial Williamsburg to a national audience.

“We are very proud of this issue and happy to promote our country’s history,” said Cindy Smith Cooper, editorial director for “Cooking with Paula Deen” magazine. “I think this special edition will fly off shelves and be a popular keepsake issue!”

The special issue is sure to be a collector’s item for anyone who loves the magic of Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas season. It is available at Colonial Williamsburg retail outlets, local bookstores, on newsstands nationally or from the magazine’s Web site

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 trades people 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 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

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