October 31, 2006
CW hosts former President Bush
Tom Spong, director of hotel sales for Colonial Williamsburg’s Hospitality Group, greets former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush at the Williamsburg Inn Oct. 6. In Virginia for the christening of the George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), last of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, were the ship’s namesake and many Bush family members and dignitaries, including Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretaries of State James Baker and Colin Powell.
Northrop Grumman, the ship’s builder, hosted a dinner in the 12,000-square-foot Virginia Room of the newly opened Williamsburg Lodge Conference Center, while the George Bush Presidential Library hosted a gala in the 7,000-square-foot Colony Room the same evening.
The conference center culinary staff served red, white or blue Bellini cocktails from the deck of a six-foot-long ice carving of the carrier, deep fried mushroom ravioli, an assortment of American artisan cheeses, beef tenderloin, Eastern Atlantic rock fish, artichoke medley in vinaigrette and a chocolate aircraft carrier for dessert. The two events required a concerted effort by the entire staff to be sure all protocol and security needs were met while providing first class service in an elegant setting.
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. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates more than 1,000 guest rooms, ten restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 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 Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.goldenhorseshoegolf.com.