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September 13, 2006

CW's Storytelling Festival gives families a chance to rediscover a piece of their heritage

Colonial Williamsburg’s second annual Storytelling Festival, “Spinning Stories/Spanning Time: A Weekend of Stories Old and New,” September 15-17, features a new program that allows families to explore their own heritage. The Story Keepers Project allows guests to interview a member of their family about their experiences in another place at another time.

The Story Keepers Project tent will be located on the grounds of Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Guests can make an appointment for a 20-minute interview and will be given a list of questions to ask. Following the interview, guests will be given a CD copy of the interview to take home.

Interviews can be scheduled September 15-17. Interviews will be conducted September 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Story Keepers Project is open to those who have purchased a Storytelling Festival ticket.

A variety of festival ticket options are available. A Weekend Pass features day programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Friday evening olio, and either the family storytelling or ghost storytelling events on Saturday and the closing olio for $65 for adults and $33 for youth ages 6-17. A Single Day Pass is available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and includes admission to all day programs for the selected day for $29 for adults and $15 for youth ages 6-17. An Evening Pass provides admission to one evening program for $15 for adults and youth ages 6-17 and $8 for children under age 6. Guests can choose from a Friday evening olio, and a family storytelling performance and ghost storytelling performance on Saturday.

School groups are invited to attend day programs on Friday at a cost of only $10 for teachers and $5 for students. Guests staying at any Colonial Williamsburg hotel property can purchase any festival ticket at a discounted price of 50 percent off. Good Neighbors receive 50 percent off of any festival ticket. Senior citizens and students who are not with a school group may purchase any festival ticket at a discount of 10 percent off.

To purchase tickets, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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