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February 6, 2007

CW's Historic Area offers more entertainment when the sun goes down

See the 18th century by candlelight during one of Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs that feature performances and tours focusing on life on the eve of the American Revolution. Winter evening programs will run through mid-March.

Guests can join in the fight for independence! During Revolutionary Points of View, guests can engage in the most important debate of our nation’s history with one of three people of the past–a patriot, a loyalist or an unconcerned resident. The program is held at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and March 13 at the Courthouse. In Defense of Our Liberty illustrates the life of a common soldier at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Magazine on March 14.

Papa Said, Mama Said shows how enslaved people have learned cultural morals and values from the stories of the past as told by their elders. This interactive program explores the significance of oral African tradition and can be seen at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 and at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and March 7 at the Courthouse and 7 p.m. on March 14 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

Families will enjoy a combination of circus, carnival and vaudeville-like entertainment during Grand Medley of Entertainments. This evening program re-creates an 18th-century traveling show at 7:30 p.m. on March 12 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square.

Guests can learn more about 18th-century Williamsburg during two walking tours. The Lanthorn Tour offers a glimpse into colonial trades at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20, 26, March 3, 6, 8, 10 and 12, and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 15, 16, 19, March 11 and 13. Legends, Myths, Mysteries and Ghosts discusses mystifying tales of the day at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, March 5 and 9, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on March 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, and at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 19, 25 and March 13. All tours leave from the Greenhow Lumber House.

Some of Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs examine how 18th-century law and order were meted out. During Crime and Punishment, guests have the opportunity to meet three people of the past who are familiar with crime and punishment in colonial Virginia. The program can be seen beginning at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Public Records Office. Cry Witch gives guests an opportunity to determine the guilt or innocence of Grace Sherwood, the Virginia Witch, at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, 17, 20, 24, March 3, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 17 at the Capitol. To Go A’Pirating looks at the true story of two accused pirates, John Vidal and Martha Farley. The program will be held at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on March 13 at the Capitol.

Music was a popular pastime in the 18th century. Celebrate an evening of 18th-century music with Williamsburg’s premier musicians at the Capitol Concert at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 4 and March 18. Colonial Williamsburg’s early music ensemble, the Governor’s Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music at the Palace Concert at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on March 13. Guests can learn a few 18th-century dance steps during the program, Dance, Our Dearest Diversion, at 7 p.m. on March 1, 12 and 17 and at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, 15, March 13 and 16. All programs will be held at the Capitol. “Upon a Violl at Sea”: A 1607 Concert discusses the case that John Utie filed against William Taylor for slander in 1624 in Jamestown. Find out what all the fuss was about at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Capitol.

Dates are subject to change without notice.

A separate admission ticket is required to attend these programs.

For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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