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March 21, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg Hosts Preview Day for Annual Pass, Good Neighbor Pass and Collegiate Pass Members on March 31

Colonial Williamsburg Annual Pass, Good Neighbor Pass and Collegiate Pass members are invited to an exclusive sneak preview event 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square, followed by the opening of the James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury in the Historic Area.

“Colonial Williamsburg will preview new events for the spring and summer season,” said Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of admission sales and consumer development. “The Foundation encourages our loyal pass members to be the first to learn about all the new and great reasons to visit this year.”

As a thank you, each pass member will receive a free popcorn, a soft drink, as well as the opportunity to win certificates for carriage rides and prizes from the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg.

Program highlights include the celebration of Colonial Williamsburg’s 75 years of hospitality; appearances by the character, “368,” with hints about RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn, this summer’s new alternate reality game; and selections of Civil War era music to highlight the Battle of Williamsburg weekend in May.

“If you haven’t purchased or renewed your pass this year, you can do it at the March 31 event at the Kimball Theatre,” said Ferebee.

Annual, Good Neighbor and Collegiate Pass members should present their valid passes for entry to the Kimball Theatre preview.

Following the presentation, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will lead the crowd to the opening of the Historic Area’s newest building, the James Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. Following remarks from Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell, guests will encounter some of the citizens of Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution as well as tradesmen representing blacksmiths, coopers, basketmakers, carpenters, masonry trade, armourers and culinary experts from the Historic Foodways program. Guests also will have the opportunity to learn about the excavations, re-creation and future expansion of the armoury from Colonial Williamsburg’s professional archaeology team.

No ticket is required to enter the armoury site before 1 p.m. on March 31. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

For only $10, residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County or the Bruton District of York County are eligible for a Colonial Williamsburg Good Neighbor Pass. The one-year passes can be purchased at the Kimball Theatre on March 31 or anytime online and at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and at the Greenhow Lumber House Ticket Office on Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area. The Good Neighbor Passes are free to children ages six to 12.

The Collegiate Pass, which is good for a year, is free specifically for William and Mary students, faculty and staff. It is available at the Kimball Theatre on March 31. They also are available at or at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center or the Lumber House Ticket Office. Qualified individuals must present identification that shows they are a member of the Tribe family. Parents of William and Mary students receive a 50 percent discount off the regular price of $59.95 and William and Mary alumni receive 25 percent off the regular price of $59.95.

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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. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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

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