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March 16, 2010

Dance tunes, Fifes and Drums and blues ballads new to CW’s spring evening programs

Music will fill the evening air of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area as three musical performances join the spring evening program lineup.

Musical Diversions: Strike Up the Fiddle & Sing the Song! features the hottest dance tunes and songs of the 1760s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Bill Weldon and Brian Forsman will perform these popular 18th-century songs at the Courthouse in the Historic Area. 7 p.m. March 19, April 30, May 7, May 14 and June 4.

The Art of Fifing and Drumming interprets the life of an 18th-century military musician during the American Revolution. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fife and Drums presents the story and music of their 18th-century counterparts in the backyard performance space of the R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. 7 p.m. March 26, April 23, May 21 and June 11.

New this spring, Musical Diversions: Death, Destruction and Misery, features traditional Virginia ballads and songs from the 18th-century to the Depression. Carson Hudson and friends will perform these tunes of tragedy and woe at the Courthouse in the Historic Area. 7 p.m. April 2, April 9 and May 28.

All evening programs require a separate ticket reservation, which is $12 for adult and youth ages 6-17 and $6 for children under age 6. For more information or reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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