November 2, 2004
Bring ye, bring ye all to CW's "A Kid's Holiday Weekend" Dec. 11-12 and 18-10
Colonial Williamsburg’s magical holiday atmosphere will especially appeal to families with young children the weekends of Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 as the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg invites them to enjoy the holiday season with special holiday traditions of yesteryear. Weekend programs include:
All day Saturday program:“Dressing up for the Holidays,” Peyton Randolph site. During tours of the Randolph property guests interact with the Randolph ladies as the ladies prepare to attend a holiday ball. Guests then go outside to learn about household chores and witness storytelling in the laundry.
All day Saturday and Sunday programs:“A Place of Good Cheer,” Raleigh Tavern. Families experience 18th-century entertainment including music, dance, storytelling and a puppet show.
“Keeping in Touch,” George Wythe House. Children review 18th-century letters during the holiday season and then create their own letter using a quill.
“Faith and Family: An Anglican Tradesman’s Family Holiday,” James Geddy site. Families are invited to celebrate several religious traditions at the Geddy House, including singing carols, preparing for life passages and children’s moral education. Grandma Geddy and others will tell stories about family gatherings and the life celebrations the holiday season brings – marriages and christenings.
“Good Fires, Good Company and Diversions…The Compliments of the Season,” Benjamin Powell House. Families participate in food preparation and food service in the kitchen and dining room as well as a variety of leisure activities such as Loo (a popular card game).
“The Governor’s Family Celebrates the Holidays,” Governor’s Palace. Families are introduced to the British holiday traditions during tours of the Palace.
Scheduled programming: “Growing Up in the 19th Century,” Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum. Families discover what it was like to experience the holidays as a 19th-century child. Children will create a folk art toy to take home similar to the toys children would receive for the holidays in the 19th century. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
“A Holiday Conversation for Young Patriots with Thomas Jefferson,” Kimball Theatre. Thomas Jefferson reminisces about holiday experiences among his family and friends. 2 p.m. Saturday.
“Round about the Fire,” Governor’s Palace Wheelwright. The wheelwrights light their fire using flint and steel to chase the chill away. 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“A Rare Opportunity,” Benjamin Powell House. Learn about the wonderful Rare Breeds conservancy programs. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“Recruiting for the 2nd Virginia Regiment and the Christmas Guns,” Magazine and Guardhouse. Children and adults alike gain an understanding of the discipline necessary to an 18th-century soldier including the use of military music to communicate. Guests will discover the tradition of noisemaking (Christmas Guns) as a means of celebration. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
These programs are included in all Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.
Guests can enhance their children’s holiday weekend experience with “A Kids Holiday Memories” day package for $32 per child and $10 per adult with any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. The package includes all regular programming plus a “Holidays Traditions” tour at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., where families will discover where the first Christmas tree was placed in Williamsburg, how colonial Virginians spent Christmas, if 18th-century children received holiday gifts as children do today, if slaves received gifts and much more. In the afternoon, children can take the special items they have collected around the town to the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum where they can create their special Holiday Memory Book.
Families also receive a cookie voucher and special reservations to the “Colonial Kids” evening program. The “Colonial Kids” evening program at the Hennage Auditorium beckons families to enjoy the history of Williamsburg through the eyes of children. Fast-paced, fun-filled and interactive, this hour-long program takes guests from the earliest days of the town’s history through the American Revolution. Highlights include a puppet show, 18th-century dance, a fencing lesson and African-American music and storytelling, all performed by kids for kids.
Lorraine C. Brooks