November 23, 2007
Experience Profound Joy and Celtic Whispers among other concerts this holiday season at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
Programs at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg will inspire audiences to try new recipes this holiday season. Kelly Kennedy’s folk music program, “How to Cook a Husband and Other Recipes for a Merry Christmas,” features tall tales and traditional songs from Virginia and the Appalachians. All programs are held at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and include:American Christmas Musicworks! 5 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 25, 27, Dec. 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 30. Dean Shostak, Kelly Kennedy and Stephen Christoff showcase American Christmas favorites played on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and about a dozen more instruments. Prior to the show, children can play musical instruments like the ones used in the show. (45 min.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Apples in Winter: Holiday Music in the Colonies, 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 24. Join the Itinerant Band for a musical journey to discover what songs, tunes and dances made the colonial winter gatherings brighter. (1 hr.) $8 in addition to museum admission.
Celtic Whispers and the Nativity, 4 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 10 and 17. Join Ardie Boggs on the Celtic harp, as she travels through the misty space of time, from Ireland to the Holy Land, tracing the Pagan Celts’ conversion to Christianity. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Cleansing Fountain: Early American Folk Hymns, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. Timothy Seaman presents both familiar and rarely heard tunes collected from the folk shape-note tradition of the late 18th and 19th centuries, interpreted in his own dramatic and soulful style on hammered dulcimer, bamboo flute and voice as captured on his new recording. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Fiddling Away the Holidays, 3 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition by singing, playing and laughing in the holiday season. Included is the not-to-be-missed “Twelve Days of Christmas” as only John and his eclectic collection of whistles and instruments can provide. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
Seller of Songs, 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 7 and 14. Stephen Christoff explores early American music, both seasonal and year-round, telling the story of Americans and their struggle for freedom from the 18th century and beyond. You’ll hear instruments both familiar and unfamiliar: the musical saw, octave mandolin, comb and paper, hand-flute, Jew’s harp, spoons and hand-bone. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Strings, Sticks and Songs, 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Join Lee Welch, Lance Pedigo and Wayne Hill for holiday music performed on a variety of percussion and stringed instruments. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Toys from Times Past, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1. History comes alive as participants watch demonstrations of and play with toys dating back to the American colonial period. Included in program admission is a small historical toy kit that audience members get to take home. (45 min.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Grand Illumination Prelude, noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Eastern Virginia Brass celebrates the holidays with a good sprinkling of traditional holiday favorites and beautiful Christmas carols arranged for brass quintet: trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba. (45 min.) $10 in addition to museum admission.
A Williamsburg Christmas, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Join Trio String Wind (Timothy Seaman, Ardie Boggs and Phillip Skeens) for a heartfelt and compelling blend of seasonal music ranging from Celtic through classical with hammered dulcimer, flutes, psaltery, Celtic harp, guitar, harmonica, whistles, melodica and bodhran. (1 hr.) $9 in addition to museum admission.
Decorating for a Williamsburg Christmas, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape staff demonstrates how to make a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decorations using fresh greens and fruit. (45 minutes) Reservations required.
Decorating the Private Homes in the Historic Area, 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Join us for our 14th annual celebration recognizing the seasonal efforts of Colonial Williamsburg staff and Historic Area residents who decorate the public buildings and private homes using innovative, natural ingredients. (45 min.) Included in museum admission.
“How to Cook a Husband and Other Recipes for a Merry Christmas,” 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. Join Kelly Kennedy and friends as they sing and play the old-time songs, tunes and traditions that sprang up in the kitchens of early Virginia and the Appalachians. Hear fanciful tales, familiar songs, recipes, dances and tunes played on fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, gamba and voice. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
An Irish Christmas Celebration, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Enjoy the jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs of the West, the haunting carols of 17th-century Wexford, and the set and ceili dances from all over Ireland on fiddle, bodhran, concertina, guitar, piano and voice. (1 hr.) $8 in addition to museum admission.
Here We Come a Wassailing, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 30. Join Lee Welch and Barry Trott for traditional tunes and tales that celebrate the spirit of the colonial holiday season. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Profound Joy, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Multi-instrumentalist Timothy Seaman celebrates winter, Christmas and Hanukkah themes with the extended range hammered dulcimer and the awe-filled sounds of the octave whistle, bamboo flute, mountain dulcimer and psaltery. (1 hr.) $6 in addition to museum admission.
Christmas through the Centuries, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Join the Colonial Singers for music spanning the past 400 years. Enjoy celebrating the season with the music that many generations of explorers, colonists and Americans sung during the holidays. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
The Wistful Celts at Christmas, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Join Ardie Boggs, Lee Welch and Sarah Glosson as they revisit childhood memories in a sentimental journey back home for the holidays. (1 hr.) $8 in addition to museum admission.
I Saw Three Ships, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Uniquely dynamic and varied, Virginia Sky (Timothy Seaman and Ann Robinson) commemorates the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in a distinctly seasonal manner on hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, flutes and whistles, psaltery and plucked dulcimer. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
An Immigrants' Christmas: Our Ancestors' Songs, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Kelly Kennedy and Wayne Hill sing and play the beloved, now familiar, European songs we’ve come to associate with our American Christmas experience. On classical guitar, harpsichord, voice and violin, using the languages and rich harmonies of the past, they bring to life the beauty and magic of the music we cherish from the lands our ancestors left. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
Drive the Cold Winter Away, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 22. Come all ye and join Fynesound for well loved Christmas carols, dynamic Irish and Highland dancing and our spirited renditions of Celtic jigs and reels. (1 hr.) $10 in addition to museum admission.
A European Yuletide, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23. The Virginia Sky Trio (Timothy Seaman, Ann Robinson and Peter Budnikas) celebrates the Christmas sounds of the many peoples who settled America from Europe, using hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, guitar, highland bagpipes and flutes. (1 hr.) $10 in addition to museum admission.
The Night Before Christmas, 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Meet people from the past and hear the famous story. (30 min.) Reservations required.
300 Years of Christmastide in America, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Enjoy a historical journey across the United States, geographically and stylistically, with Jim and Maggi Dalton on guitar, mandolin and voice. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
An Acoustic Christmas, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 27. The Miller-Rowe Consort from Spartanburg, S.C., presents a concert of Christmas carols and music of the season, especially arranged for the unique combination of hammer dulcimer and classical guitar. (1 hr.) $9 in addition to museum admission.
Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Join Bill Barker, portraying Thomas Jefferson, along with John Turner, Lee Welch and Sara Glosson for music that Thomas Jefferson collected, played and enjoyed in his travels here and abroad. (1 hr.) $10 in addition to museum admission.
Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 29. Musical historians David and Ginger Hildebrand present a lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes with colonial songs and dance melodies, all performed on appropriate period instruments. (1 hr.) $7 in addition to museum admission.
Hogmanay – A Scottish New Year Celebration, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Join John Turner, Cliff Williams and David Gardner as they usher in the New Year Scottish style with traditional tunes, songs and stories appropriate to the season. $7 in addition to museum admission.
Museum admission is required to attend these programs. A separate ticket is required where indicated.
The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.
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 in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 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.history.org.