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November 25, 2011

“The Art-Full Tree,” a Tour Based on One of Colonial Williamsburg’s Newest Books, Highlights Objects in the Folk Art Collections

Guests can enjoy the magic of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg during special holiday programs in November and December.

During the program, “The Art-Full Tree,” guests can enjoy a tour based on the new book, “The Art-Full Tree: Ornaments to Make Inspired by the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.” The book’s authors give guests a tour of the folk art museum to see objects that inspired the handmade ornaments. Guests view the 16-foot tree decorated with 1,000 ornaments and create an art-inspired ornament to take home. Guests can enjoy this program at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 27 and at 11:45 a.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 1-29. A free reservation is required. A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor card provides access to this program.

“Changing Clothes, Changing Fortunes” gives guests a look through the keyhole as a slave helps her mistress prepare for a ball. The night will be festive, but there may be a storm on the horizon. Guests can see this program at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Dec. 2 and 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 23. A $4 ticket is required and a Colonial Williamsburg admissions pass, museums pass or Good Neighbor card.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe,” at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This exhibition features costume accessories from the late 17th through the early 19th century. These objects kept pace with changes in fashion and present a visually rich overview of the period. The exhibition is made possible by Mary and Clinton Gilliland of Menlo Park, Calif., and the Turner-Gilliland Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Guests experience Christmas in the 1890s with a family-friendly “Holiday Memories Shadow Puppet Show.” Before televisions and motion pictures, one way people entertained themselves was by telling stories with shadows on a screen. Warm the hearts of your family with this charming and nostalgic program designed to enchant all ages. The holidays come to life on the screen with special effects, live music and storytelling at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 29. A $5 ticket is required in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admissions pass, museums pass or Good Neighbor card.

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

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. 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., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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