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August 7, 2007

Williamsburg Farmers Market celebrates fifth anniversary with presentation of commemorative print

On Sept. 15, the Williamsburg Farmers Market continues the celebration of its fifth anniversary with the presentation of a collectible print of the market. The print is a colorful poster-size photo original created in digital photo media by Fred Miller, owner of Prince George Graphics. The Williamsburg Farmers Market Anniversary poster will be first shown and sold from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and can be signed by the artist.

As part of the celebration, This Century Gallery will have 10 artists stationed around the market creating works of art. Gallery President Michael Kirby sees “the setting of the farmers market in Merchants Square as a natural community interaction between the organizations.”

Artists for the Saturday morning event will include Connie Desaulniers, Sharon Parker, Maggie Sobataka, Lori Jacubow and Archie Fripp, who will take photos of people and activities in the market and project them on his laptop for shoppers to see.

Chef Jim Kennedy of Dudley's Farmhouse Grill will offer a cooking demonstration featuring produce from the market at the Chefs Tent at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mr. Little's Big Jazz Band will be performing for this special day during the market.

The farmers market, located in Merchants Square, is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon from May through Oct. 27.

Parking is available at Prince George Street garage for $1 an hour. The Francis Street parking lot will continue to be free on Saturdays until noon. All other lots are posted as one-hour or two-hour parking and are patrolled from 8 a.m.

For farmers market visitors needing Internet, Williamsburg Wifi Internet can be accessed for free by visiting www.williamsburgwifi.com.

The Founding Sponsors of the Williamsburg Farmers Market are The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg. Additional sponsors for 2007 are: the Riverside Hospital System with marketing support; Towne Bank, sponsors of the Chefs Tent; and Ukrop’s Super Markets, which supports musical entertainment.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market was established for growers and producers of Eastern Virginia to sell fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents and guests in the Greater Williamsburg area.

For a complete list of vendors and events, visit www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com, or contact Libbey Oliver at loliver@williamsburgva.gov.

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 as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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 www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

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