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November 28, 2005

Seasonal programming at CW's Wallace Museum spans three centuries

Yes, Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum is offering a delightful array of holiday programming this year that range from 300 years of musical tradition and storytelling to the secrets to creating natural holiday decorations. Programs are included in museum admission unless otherwise noted.

  • A Celtic Christmas, 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Join Celtic band Edsall Road for a lively celebration of family and the season. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • Christmas in Williamsburg, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. A video program details the extensive preparations, elaborate decorations, sacred and secular holiday music, and fanciful and festive foods that are part of yuletide in Williamsburg. (30 minutes)
  • Celtic Whispers, 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12. Join Ardie Boggs on the Celtic harp, as she uses music and verse to trace the pagan Celt’s conversion to Christianity. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Seller of Songs, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, Sunday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 14. Stephen Christoff explores early American music telling the story of Americans and their struggle for freedom from the 18th century and beyond. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Scots and the Declaration of Independence, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were natives of Scotland, but nearly half of the signers were of Scottish descent. Hear music that was popular in Scotland and America in the 1770s, sung and played on fiddles, kits, guitar, whistles and flutes performed by John Turner and Cliff Williams. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • A Woman’s Place: An Early American Christmas Journey, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and 15. Join Kelly Kennedy as she tells through song, story and journals how women kept Christmas alive and gave us fresh traditions in a new world. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • I Saw Three Ships, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 16. Timothy Seaman commemorates the founding at Jamestown four centuries ago and the route toward Independence, through distinctive hammered dulcimer and flute music of the period and of the holiday season. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Strings, Sticks and Songs, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Join Lee Welch and Lance Pedigo for holiday music performed on a variety of percussion and stringed instruments. $4 in addition to museum admission.
  • Grand Illumination Celebration, noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Bob Zentz, Ken Hicks, Skye Zentz and Jack Nelson perform songs and tales, for and about, the people, places and times that shed love, laughter and light. Includes a special, guest appearance by one of literature's more enlightened time travelers and humorists. (1 hour) $10 in addition to museum admission.
  • A Williamsburg Christmas, 2 and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Join Trio String Wind (Timothy Seaman, Ardie Boggs and Phillip Skeens) for a heart felt, compelling blend of seasonal music ranging from Celtic through classical. (1 hour) $7 in addition to museum admission.
  • Decorating for a Williamsburg Christmas, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 13, Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 14, Thursday, Dec. 8 and 15, Friday, Dec. 9 and 16 and Monday, Dec. 12. Enjoy informal demonstrations by a member of Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape staff and learn how to make a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decoration using natural greens and fruit. (45 minutes) Included in museum admission but free reservation required at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet.
  • Fiddling Away the Holidays, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition by singing, playing and laughing in the holiday season. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • Decorating the Private Homes in the Historic Area, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Join us for our 13th annual celebration of the efforts by Historic Area residents. Find out who won the decorating contest and have some fun. Award winners for the private homes decorating contest are announced, and interesting facts about what goes into decorating the Historic Area are sprinkled throughout. (45 minutes)
  • Here We Come a Wassailing, 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Join Lee Welch and Barry Trott for traditional tunes and tales that celebrate winter and the spirit of the colonial holiday season. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 21. Join John Turner and Michael Monaco as they take a fresh look at familiar carols and hymns from Christmases past. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Bottom of the Punch Bowl, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Fynesound, which is comprised of Sharon Knowles, John Knowles, Karin Loya, Kim Tupper and Linda Rice-Johnson, takes you straight to Scotland and Ireland for an unusual holiday experience. (1 hour) New in 2005. $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • 300 Years of Christmastide in America, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Jim and Maggi Dalton, musicians and musical historians, celebrate the season with music from 300 years of American history interspersed with the words of a variety of Americans, illustrating the many diverse attitudes toward the yuletide season. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Holiday Strings, 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. John Turner and Wayne Hill team up for classical guitar/violin duos for a rich tapestry of interwoven Christmas melodies. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season, 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Musicians and musical historians David and Ginger Hildebrand present a lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes along with colonial songs and dance melodies, all performed on appropriate period instruments. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • The Wistful Celts at Christmas, 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Join Ardie Boggs, Lee Welch, Sarah Glosson for a joy-filled and sentimental trip home for the holidays. (1 hour) $6 in addition to museum admission.
  • Profound Joy, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Timothy Seaman brings an array of refreshing and moving music of the season on hammered dulcimer and flute. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.
  • Yuletide Strings, 2 and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. John Turner, Timothy Seaman and Ardie Boggs celebrate a Scottish Christmas with melodies old and new played on fiddle, whistles, pipe and tabor, psaltery, hammered dulcimer, flutes and Celtic harp. (1 hour) $8 in addition to museum admission.
  • A Christmas Journey with the Colonial Singers, 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. Join the Colonial Singers of Williamsburg as they celebrate the joy of the Christmastide and newfound independence in song. $8 in addition to museum admission.
  • Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection, 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Join Bill Barker, John Turner, Lee Welch and Sara Glosson for music that Mr. Jefferson collected, played enjoyed in his travels here and abroad. $8 in addition to museum admission.
  • An Irish Christmas Celebration, 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. Kelly Kennedy brings together an exuberant host of rare musicians and dancers for a boisterous celebration of Christmas in the Irish tradition. (1 hour) $8 in addition to museum admission.
  • Hogmanay—A Scottish New Year Celebration, 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Ardie Boggs and Timothy Seaman perform songs and tell songs about ancient traditions that are still practiced with hopes of enjoying good luck in the New Year. (1 hour) $7 in addition to museum admission.
  • It’s About Time, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Bob Zentz, folk musician and storyteller, explores our preoccupation with time, change and memory in this multi-instrumental time travel adventure through past, present and future to welcome the coming year with a sense of history, humanity and humor. (1 hour) $5 in addition to museum admission.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British and American decorative arts. Entered through the reconstructed Public Hospital of 1773, the museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Christmas Day when the museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is included in any multi-day Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or separate museums ticket. For program information call (757) 220-7724.

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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