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November 19, 2009

CW Art Museum's offer family-centered activities from learning nursery rhymes to ornament making

The Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums offer family-centered activities this season ranging from do-it-yourself holiday decorations and cards to musical performances. The programs include:

  • A Family Celtic Holiday. Virginia Sky presents a concert for kids of all ages featuring the hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, mountain dulcimer, flute, pennywhistle, psaltery, percussion and the rare bowed dulcimer in historic music of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the Celtic Islands. 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $3 plus museum admission.
  • Season’s Greetings. Create a greeting card inspired by an object in the collections during this drop-in program. Guests may enter from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
  • Ornaments. Design an ornament for your Christmas tree inspired by objects in the folk art collections during this drop-in program. Guests may enter from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
  • Child’s Play. Drop in and devise a toy or game inspired by an object in the collections. Guests may enter from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
  • Folk Art Afternoons. Create your own folk art object to take home based on folk art from the collections during this drop-in program. Guests may enter from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
  • Lucy Locket. On a guided tour of the “Quilted Fashions” exhibition, learn the nursery rhyme about Lucy Locket and discover 18th-century pockets on view. Then design your own pocket to take home. 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
  • On Christmas Day in the Morning: Christmas Songs and Stories. Join Barry Trott and Lee Welch for a delightful program of carols, songs and stories of Yuletide for the young and the young at heart. Performed on a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $3 plus museum admission.
  • The Magic of the Celtic Musician. Join Fynesound for an unforgettable trip around ancient Scotland, singing and dancing as you go! 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $4 plus museum admission.
  • The Twelve Days and Night before Christmas. People from the past bring two classic Christmas stories to life. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. A free reservation is required. Admission included with any ticket that includes museum admission for this program.
  • Colonial Music for Children. Through guessing games, sing-alongs, and show and tell, musicians and music historians David and Ginger Hildebrand draw children into the world of colonial music and period instruments. The 45-minute program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $3 plus museum admission.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museum ticket is required to enjoy these musical programs.

    Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    Entrance to the museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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