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September 9, 2010

Nationally Acclaimed Storytellers Featured in Three Concerts Sept. 17-18

Colonial Williamsburg continues its storytelling tradition with storytelling concerts throughout September featuring four acclaimed tellers. These concerts feature a wide range of oral traditions from Native American to Appalachian and Scottish.

An Evening with Dovie Thomason will showcase Native American stories at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

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

At 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Kimball Theatre, Spinning Stories-Spanning Time: Colonial Williamsburg Concert features four storytellers –Donald Davis, Dovie Thomason, Megan Hicks and Sheldon Browder.

At 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Kimball Theatre, guests will have the opportunity to see Donald Davis in a solo performance during An Evening with Donald Davis.

Cost for individual tickets is $15 for youth ages 6-17 and adults and $8.50 for children under age 6 for these three performances. Tickets for all three sessions can be purchased for youth ages 6-17 and adults for $37.50 and $20 for children under age 6.

Dovie Thomason of the Lakota and Kiowa Apache Nations has traveled throughout North America and abroad for more than 20 years, sharing wisdom and humor of her heritage in a totally engaging celebration of life and culture. She’s been called “a natural storyteller” for her weavings of traditional stories, untold histories and memories.

Donald Davis recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same western North Carolina land since 1781. He has performed at storytelling festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world, served as chairperson of the board of directors for the national storytelling association, as master teacher of workshops and storytelling courses, and as guest host of American Public Radio’s “Good Evening.” He has appeared on CNN and “ABC News Nightline.”

Megan Hicks is known as a spellbinding storyteller. Her affiliations include Bluemont Artists-in-Education program, CAPs of Fairfax County, the Kennedy Center’s Community Partnership program, Dream On Theatre (Buenos Aires) and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is past president of the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, of which she is also a founding member.

Sheldon Browder, a journeyman blacksmith in Colonial Williamsburg’s Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop, grew up listening to tales of farmers, loggers and millworkers told around the coal stove in his family’s hardware store, family stories shared on the front porch of his grandmother’s house and his father’s stories told at the kitchen table. A member of the storytelling group, Weavers of the Word, Browder has participated in Telebration and First Night. He primarily tells Scottish stories.

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. 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 website at www.history.org.

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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