July 23, 2010
The Stars Come Out at Night During Colonial Williamsburg’s Evening Programs
When the sun sets, Colonial Williamsburg’s live entertainment continues. Programs range from plays and musical performances to re-enactments and walking tours.
Listen My Children: Legends, Myths and Fables for Families. Storytellers share tales and legends of past centuries from European, African and Native American cultures. 6:30 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard, Mondays, July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 24 and Fridays, July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Saturdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 25. Ticket: $12 for youth ages 6-17 and adults and $6 for children under six.
Crime and Punishment. Guests on this walking tour meet people from the past who have had firsthand experience with 18th-century legal punishment. Every 15 minutes 7-9 p.m., Secretary’s Office, Tuesdays, July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter. Tickets: $12.
The Great Theatrical Disaster of 1790. Mr. Murdock’s company prepares their production of “The Old Maid,” but, in true Murdock style, tensions and difficulties emerge. 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre, Wednesdays, July 28, Aug. 11, 18 and 25. Ticket: $12 for youth ages 6-17 and adults and $6 for children under six.
African American Music. Musical expressions were a centerpiece of the 18th-century African American community. Colonial Williamsburg’s musicians have preserved the tradition of the unique rhythms, songs and dances from the West African people during this musical program. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Tuesdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, Great Hopes Plantation. Ticket: $12 for youth ages 6-17 and adults and $6 for children under six.
Murdock’s Miniature Medley. A tavern picnic is followed with 18th-century traveling-show diversions performed by fearless artists. Fun for the whole family. Dinner at Chowning’s Tavern kicks off the evening and is followed by a performance that would have entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. 5:30 p.m., Chowning’s Tavern, Saturdays, July 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Ticket: $25 for youth ages 6-17 and adults and $12 for children under six.
Fashion Before Ease – A Play with Clothes. Clothing in 18th-century courtships certainly put fashion before simplicity. This double love story reveals the challenges it causes across social ranks. 6 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Saturdays, July 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20. Ticket: $12 for youth ages 6-12 and adults, $6 for children under six.
Capitol Concert. Celebrate an evening of harpsichord music with Williamsburg's premier 18th-century musicians. Enjoy selections popular in Williamsburg more than 200 years ago. 7 and 8:30 p.m., Capitol, Sundays, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. Ticket: $12 for youth ages 6-12 and adults, $6 for children under six.
Reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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.
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 www.history.org.