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June 7, 2002

CW's Summer Coolers provide escape from dog days of summer

Escape the dog days of summer with lively indoor programs, known as Summer Coolers, at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Summer Coolers take place daily in the Hennage Auditorium, Monday, June 10 through Sunday, Sept. 1.
Summer Coolers offer a wide range of programs that include:
  • Fiddleworks! 2 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays, June 10-Aug. 26. Performers Dean Shostak and Kelly Kennedy combine music, stories, songs, dance and audience participation to create a high-energy concert experience for all ages. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • From Head to Toe. 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 18-July 30 and 3:30 p.m. only Tuesday, June 11 and Aug. 6-Aug. 27. Meet a lady who is preparing to go to a ball and needs the assistance of a tradeswoman to dress her “from head to toe.” 30 minutes. Reservations required.


  • The Glass Harmonica. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 12-Aug. 28. Hear the sounds of Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica by Williamsburg's world-renowned performer, Dean Shostak. Kelly Kennedy joins Shostak as a vocalist and instrumentalist on guitar and spinet. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • Scottish People, Places and Things. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 13 and July 25 and 3:30 p.m. Fridays, June 28 and July 19. Join John Turner, Scottish fiddling champion, as he explores the history, geography, culture and inhabitants of Scotland through music and stories. 45 minutes.


  • Pulling All the Stops: The Conservation of the Wren Chapel Organ. 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 14. John Watson, Colonial Williamsburg’s conservator of instruments and mechanical arts, describes the process used to restore the Wren Chapel organ. 30 minutes.


  • A Conversation with Martha Washington. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16 and 23. Speak with the original first lady. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • Civil War Williamsburg. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, July 11 and Aug. 8. On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Williamsburg was fought outside the colonial capital of Virginia. Carson O. Hudson Jr. of Colonial Williamsburg’s program development department recounts the tragic, comic and mundane events that made up life in Williamsburg during that time. 45 minutes.


  • It’s Not an Insignificant Instrument. 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 21. John Turner and Michael Thompson offer a close look at “pochettes” or 18th-century dancing master’s fiddle kits. One hour.


  • A Conversation with George Washington. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Visit with this Founding Father and first American president. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • Whoop and Holler! 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 27, July 18 and Aug. 15. Join Carson O. Hudson Jr. of Colonial Williamsburg’s program development department to learn the history of the Virginia banjo from the 18th century to the present. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • The Art of Military Music. 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 5. This program highlights military signal instruments interspersed with classical repertoire from the 16th-18th centuries. Learn how Revolutionary War troops communicated orders. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • Four Centuries of Williamsburg Women. 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, Aug. 2 and 30. Colonial Williamsburg’s interpreters portray eight different women and celebrate their contributions to the town. Reservations required for the July 5 performance. One hour.


  • A Conversation with…Thomas Jefferson/George Washington/Patrick Henry/Martha Washington. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31, and Sept. 1. Visit with one of the Founding Fathers or the original first lady. 45 minutes. Reservations required.


  • Conservation of Jefferson’s Model of the Capitol of Virginia. 3:30 p.m. Fridays, July 12 and Aug. 16. John Watson, Colonial Williamsburg’s conservator of instruments and mechanical arts, discusses the conservation and replication of Thomas Jefferson’s plaster architectural model for the Virginia capitol. 30 minutes.


  • Making Music. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 22 and 29 and Friday, July 26, Aug. 9 and 23. Foundation staff musicians discuss early string, wind and keyboard instruments. 45 minutes.

  • Programs are included in museum admission. Reservations for programs that require them can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet, including the Wallace Museum Gift Shop.

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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