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March 22, 2016

Martha Stewart Graces Spring Cover of Colonial Williamsburg's Hot New Title “Trend & Tradition”

The spring issue of Colonial Williamsburg’s revamped quarterly mag “Trend & Tradition: The Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg” features an iconic portrait of America’s foremost lifestyle expert, Martha Stewart.

The bestselling author, entrepreneur and Emmy Award-winning television show host sports an 18th-century-style “cocked cap” on the Gardens Issue cover, and in a special feature joins Executive Chef Travis Brust of the Williamsburg Inn in a conversation about gardening and how to “Build a Menu from the Ground Up.” She also recalls fond memories of visits to the Revolutionary City.

“I remember clearly my first visit to Williamsburg with my husband and being tremendously impressed not only with the architecture and furnishings but also the landscape and the gardens,” Stewart told the magazine. “Years later, I took my 11-year-old daughter and her friends to Virginia to visit Colonial Williamsburg and we had the most amazing time. The kids all loved visiting the workshops, eating in the Williamsburg Inn, and tasting johnnycakes and fresh veggies from the gardens.”

Alongside vivid features that explore colonial-era America through the lens of historical research, collections, interpretation and tradecraft, “Trend & Tradition,” which launched this year, highlights the full range of Colonial Williamsburg’s offerings, shining a light on the enduring cultural, intellectual, and political relevance of America’s birthplace by showcasing the links between its storied history and 21st-century life.

“With our 70th Gardening Symposium approaching in April, this spring issue of the magazine celebrates gardening — here in the Historic Area, and as an art form practiced and beloved everywhere,” said Catherine Whittenburg, editor-in-chief. “It’s a subject that represents many things to many people, so we explored it from a range of perspectives, from the historical to the purely practical. We’re especially excited to feature a conversation with Martha Stewart — an icon in the worlds of gardening, cooking and décor — about the importance of garden-to-table cooking.”

Other spring 2016 issue highlights include:

  • A look back at the history of the Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium, which convenes April 24-26

  • Sustainable gardening tips from Joe Lamp’l, host of PBS’ “Growing a Greener World”

  • Garden-to-table recipes from the Williamsburg Inn’s culinary team and the domestic arts staff at Great Hopes Plantation, showcasing one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vegetables

  • An in-depth look at the first garden book ever published in North America – and which was written by John Randolph of Williamsburg, Virginia’s last royal attorney general

  • Perspective on Colonial Williamsburg’s semi-annual naturalization ceremonies from Elisabeth Reiss, a naturalized U.S. citizen and wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss

  • A chat with Jill Ellis, coach of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team and an alumna of the College of William & Mary

“Trend & Tradition” is mailed quarterly to more than 100,000 individuals and organizations that donate $35 or more a year to the charitable, tax-exempt, and publicly supported Colonial Williamsburg Fund. It is also available for purchase at Colonial Williamsburg retail locations and at selected newsstand locations. An online version of the magazine highlights several stories from each issue, offering additional images, and occasionally audio and video clips.

Note: A high-resolution image of the spring cover is available here.

Media Contact:
Joe Straw