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May 4, 2010

Music, dining at Williamsburg Lodge fitting finale to Festival Williamsburg Memorial Day weekend

Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Arts Festival continue their successful partnership, bringing nationally known performers to Williamsburg with Festival Williamsburg Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – 30. The weekend features special music and dining events that complement performances in the Virginia Room of the Williamsburg Lodge and other venues in Williamsburg and includes a hotel package for those who want to spend the weekend immersed in the Festival.

Internationally known talent Alisa Weilerstein (May 27 and 30), Béla Fleck with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer (May 28), Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara and Rob Fisher (May 29), and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (May 30) headline the eighth annual Festival Williamsburg presented by the Virginia Arts Festival.

Colonial Williamsburg’s executive chef Rhys Lewis and his team have created enticing dining opportunities worthy of the musical talent performing all weekend. Popular local duo Me & Jo will accompany both a beer pairings dinner and Tapas and Tunes in the lounge Friday night, with the sound of music filling the Williamsburg Lodge. Three-course prix fixe dinners precede the official Festival Williamsburg events each night of the weekend, while the Friday night Seafood Feast, Saturday’s Wine, Wit and Wisdom and a Symphony of Flavors Sunday brunch round out the dining offerings.

For a complete schedule of concert and dining events, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com. For tickets to Festival Williamsburg events, visit Ticketmaster or www.vafest.org or call 800-982-ARTS (2787).

For dining reservations for Friday evening’s Pints, Pairings and Coffeehouse Rock, pre-concert dinners Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Friday night seafood feast, Saturday’s Wine, Wit and Wisdom or Sunday brunch call 800-447-8679. For hotel reservations or information about the Spring Stories Package, which includes daily breakfast, admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s museums and Historic Area and a $100 activities/gift card, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the restored Williamsburg Lodge.

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 website at colonialwilliamsburg.com. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280



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