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March 14, 2008

Revolutionary City®, museum programs and performing arts programs offered week of March 22

You’ve got friends and relatives coming for the spring holidays and spring break. After the festivities are over, what do you do? From Revolutionary City® to special children’s programs to the Kimball Theatre, Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of programming March 22-29 that will delight your out-of-town guests.

Saturday, March 22

  • Business as Usual at the Raleigh Tavern, 10, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45 and noon, Raleigh Tavern. See the daily dramas that take place while operating an 18th-century business through the eyes of patrons, slaves, barkeepers, jobbers and more. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Order in the Court! 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Courthouse. Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Magical Creatures, 10:30 a.m. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns while recording your discoveries in a book to take home. Space is limited. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Highlights From The Collection, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tour with a museum volunteer and learn about some of the masterworks on exhibit. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball, 11:15 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, Lady Dunmore has asked Ariana Randolph, one of Williamsburg’s finest ladies, for information about the colony’s leaders. The burgesses are giving this ball at the Capitol in her honor and she wants to be prepared to meet the legislators and assist her husband in his political aspirations. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Dunmore’s Dilemma, 11:30 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, the Royal Governor is having a vexing morning! Pressures surround him on every front – not least from his superiors in London. Boundary disputes, Indians and even the House of Burgesses seem intent on spoiling his plans. How will he navigate Virginia’s troubled political waters? Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Fifes and Drums March, 1 p.m., Capitol to Palace Green on Duke of Gloucester Street. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, representing militia field musicians, march from the Capitol building to the Palace Green. Ticket: No ticket required. Information: 220-7645.
  • Small Wonders, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tour the exhibition “A Child’s-Eye View” and marvel over toys, including trains, dolls and dollhouses. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Toys! A is for Animal, 2:30 to 4 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Explore the galleries for beasts of all sizes, then drop in and create a beast of your very own. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Collapse of Royal Government, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. From May 1774 to May 1776, events take place in Williamsburg that change Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Resolved: Free and Independent States! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Capitol South Gate. May 15, 1776 – The representatives of the free men of Virginia pass resolutions for independence from Great Britain. With fife and drum fanfare and cannon salutes, they prepare to establish a republican form or government. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Dance, Our Dearest Diversion, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Capitol. “Virginians will dance or die” wrote an 18th-century diarist. What better time than the 21st century to learn a few new dance steps in the candlelit Capitol? Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Sunday, March 23

  • Declaration of Rights, 10, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45 and noon, Raleigh Tavern. Make your voice heard as members of Virginia’s new government debate the forthcoming Declaration of Rights. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Our Common Passage, 11:30 a.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This compelling one-woman drama depicts the lives of four women and their shared experiences of motherhood, childbirth and loss against the dramatic backdrop of colonial America in the days before and during the American Revolution. A gentry woman deals with the loss of a child, a rural midwife celebrates life amid the hardships of war, an enslaved woman reflects on her family and loss, a first-time mother faces fear and isolation of giving birth on Virginia's western frontier. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • An Introduction to Folk Art, noon and 2 p.m., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of whimsical and fascinating selections from Mrs. Rockefeller’s original collection for which the museum was founded. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Stitch Detectives, 3 p.m., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore textiles in the Folk Art Museum and express your creativity with a hands-on activity. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Citizens at War, 1776-1781, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. Between 1776 and 1781, people in Williamsburg face challenges as they create a new self-governing society against the backdrop of war. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • On to Yorktown and Victory! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Courthouse. September 28, 1781 – Guests and townspeople are recruited at the Raleigh Tavern to march to the Courthouse. There the Second Virginia Militia with Fifes and Drums marches in review and General Washington addresses his men and the citizens of Williamsburg as he prepares to leave for Yorktown. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Capitol Concert, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Capitol. Celebrate an evening of 18th-century harpsichord music with Williamsburg’s premier musician, Peter Pelham. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Monday, March 24

  • Meet a Nation Builder: Anne Wager, 10-11:30 a.m., Mary Stith Shop. The Bray Society in England promoted education for enslaved children in the colonies. In Williamsburg, Anne Wager conducted the Bray school in the community. Meet her and learn about her hopes and aspirations for their academic achievement. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Bits and Bridles Walking Tour, 1-2 p.m. This one-hour walking tour takes guests through the stable and carriage facilities and introduces them to Colonial Williamsburg’s Rare Breeds conservancy program. Guests will view the facilities, see some of the animals and view the various vehicles owned and operated by the Foundation. Discussion of animal treatment, training, equipment use and the coach and livestock operation is ongoing throughout the tour. This experience includes some hands-on activities, such as trying out a sidesaddle or inspecting a horse’s hoof. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Small Wonders, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tour the exhibition “A Child’s-Eye View” and marvel over toys, including trains, dolls and dollhouses. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Building a Nation, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. Meet the Nation Builders, who through their Williamsburg connections, helped shape their times and continue today to influence and inspire our ideals and visions of the American dream, the promises of the Declaration of Independence, both realized and unfulfilled. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Looking Forward: A Founding Father Envisions the Future of the American Republic, 4:55-5:15 p.m., in front of the Raleigh Tavern. A Founding Father sums up his experiences in Williamsburg and expresses his hopes for the future of the young republic. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainments, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre. Before the circus and before vaudeville there was the grand medley. Join us and enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Ticket: $12 and children under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Tuesday, March 25

  • Bassett Hall Garden Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bassett Hall. The tour presents a history of the garden, the Rockefellers’ involvement in developing the garden and the garden’s restoration. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Order in the Court! 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Courthouse. Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball, 11:15 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, Lady Dunmore has asked Ariana Randolph, one of Williamsburg’s finest ladies, for information about the colony’s leaders. The burgesses are giving this ball at the Capitol in her honor and she wants to be prepared to meet the legislators and assist her husband in his political aspirations. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Dunmore’s Dilemma, 11:30 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, the Royal Governor is having a vexing morning! Pressures surround him on every front – not least from his superiors in London. Boundary disputes, Indians and even the House of Burgesses seem intent on spoiling his plans. How will he navigate Virginia’s troubled political waters? Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary Stories: Public Audience with a Founding Father, 2 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Enjoy an interactive public audience with a Founding Father of our nation in the historical context of the 18th century, discussing political and social events of the day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Collapse of Royal Government, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. From May 1774 to May 1776, events take place in Williamsburg that change Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Resolved: Free and Independent States! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Capitol South Gate. May 15, 1776 – The representatives of the free men of Virginia pass resolutions for independence from Great Britain. With fife and drum fanfare and cannon salutes, they prepare to establish a republican form or government. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • To Go A’Pirating, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Capitol. In this lighthearted dramatization, guests will meet John Vidal and Martha Farley who were accused of piracy in 1727. Become part of the courtroom comedy of errors as it unfolds and help determine the outcome of the trial. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Wednesday, March 26

  • Wee Folk, 10:30 a.m., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Geared toward children ages 3-7 and their adult friends, this program explores the museum galleries via fun stories and activities. Ticket: Included in any ticket that gives museum admission. Information: 220-7724.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre. Dean Shostak’s ability to combine music, history, art, and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells. French cristal baschet and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. Ticket: $7. Information: 565-8588.
  • Created Equal, But Treated Differently, 12:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Meet Lydia Broadnax, former enslaved cook of George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in an unforgettable presentation that illustrates her thoughts regarding freedom and equality. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Crack the Code, 3 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Join us as we investigate secret codes used during the Revolution, and see if you can’t “crack the code”. Geared for ages 8 and older. Ticket: Included in any ticket that gives museum admission. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Citizens at War, 1776-1781, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. Between 1776 and 1781, people in Williamsburg face challenges as they create a new self-governing society against the backdrop of war. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • On to Yorktown and Victory! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Courthouse. September 28, 1781 – Guests and townspeople are recruited at the Raleigh Tavern to march to the Courthouse. There the Second Virginia Militia with Fifes and Drums marches in review and General Washington addresses his men and the citizens of Williamsburg as he prepares to leave for Yorktown. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Papa Said, Mama Said, 7 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Join enslaved people who share their recollections of stories that teach moral lessons that have been passed down from generation to generation. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre. Before the circus and before vaudeville there was the grand medley. Join us and enjoy the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Ticket: $12 and children under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Thursday, March 27

  • Bassett Hall Garden Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bassett Hall. The tour presents a history of the garden, the Rockefellers’ involvement in developing the garden and the garden’s restoration. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Order in the Court! 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Courthouse. Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Meet the Players, 10:30 a.m., Play Booth Theatre. Learn the importance of the theater and music to the people of colonial Virginia and also learn how we master the skills needed to perform to a full house! Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball, 11:15 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, Lady Dunmore has asked Ariana Randolph, one of Williamsburg’s finest ladies, for information about the colony’s leaders. The burgesses are giving this ball at the Capitol in her honor and she wants to be prepared to meet the legislators and assist her husband in his political aspirations. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Dunmore’s Dilemma, 11:30 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, the Royal Governor is having a vexing morning! Pressures surround him on every front – not least from his superiors in London. Boundary disputes, Indians and even the House of Burgesses seem intent on spoiling his plans. How will he navigate Virginia’s troubled political waters? Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Conversation With a Founding Father, noon, Kimball Theatre. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry played crucial roles in the foundation of the American republic. They were all sons of Virginia and part-time residents of Williamsburg. Reservations required. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card required. Information: 220-7645.
  • An Introduction to Folk Art, noon and 2 p.m., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of whimsical and fascinating selections from Mrs. Rockefeller’s original collection for which the museum was founded. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Collapse of Royal Government, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. From May 1774 to May 1776, events take place in Williamsburg that change Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Resolved: Free and Independent States! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Capitol South Gate. May 15, 1776 – The representatives of the free men of Virginia pass resolutions for independence from Great Britain. With fife and drum fanfare and cannon salutes, they prepare to establish a republican form or government. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • African American Music, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Great Hopes Plantation. As you walk the grounds of the plantation by firelight, help us keep the rhythms, sing the songs and dance the dances adapted from the West African people during colonial America. Weather permitting. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: A Capitol Ball, 7, 7:20, 7:40, 8:20, 8:40 and 9 p.m., Capitol. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, period entertainments and political intrigue against the backdrop of the Revolutionary City. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Friday, March 28

  • Abby’s Art, 10 a.m., Bassett Hall. Visit the Rockefeller’s guest cottage at Bassett Hall and create your own piece of folk art. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Order in the Court! 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Courthouse. Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • A World Turned Upside Down, 10:30 a.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Explore the exciting events leading to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution and create a patriotic souvenir to take home. Geared for ages 10 and up. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre. Dean Shostak’s ability to combine music, history, art, and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells. French cristal baschet and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. Ticket: $7. Information: 565-8588.
  • Art Stop: Prints & Portraits, 2:30-4 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Explore the galleries for portraits and then drop in to create a bookmark using an 18th-century image. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Citizens at War, 1776-1781, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. Between 1776 and 1781, people in Williamsburg face challenges as they create a new self-governing society against the backdrop of war. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • On to Yorktown and Victory! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Courthouse. September 28, 1781 – Guests and townspeople are recruited at the Raleigh Tavern to march to the Courthouse. There the Second Virginia Militia with Fifes and Drums marches in review and General Washington addresses his men and the citizens of Williamsburg as he prepares to leave for Yorktown. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City Concert: The Cobham Consort, 7 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The concert features an exciting mix of vocal and instrumental music on baroque guitar, mandolin, viola da gamba, and various wind and percussion instruments. Concertgoers also will hear the stories behind the songs that were popular in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    Saturday, March 29

  • Mysteries of the Quill Pen, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Post Office. A demonstration of the quill pen. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Order in the Court! 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Courthouse. Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property come into contest. Our guests may take on roles as justices, attorneys, litigants, petitioners or defendants. See how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Magical Creatures, 10:30 a.m. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore the galleries for griffins, phoenixes, mermaids, dragons and unicorns while recording your discoveries in a book to take home. Space is limited. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Highlights From The Collection, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tour with a museum volunteer and learn about some of the masterworks on exhibit. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Lady Dunmore Prepares for the Ball, 11:15 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, Lady Dunmore has asked Ariana Randolph, one of Williamsburg’s finest ladies, for information about the colony’s leaders. The burgesses are giving this ball at the Capitol in her honor and she wants to be prepared to meet the legislators and assist her husband in his political aspirations. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Dunmore’s Dilemma, 11:30 a.m., Governor’s Palace garden. On May 26, 1774, the Royal Governor is having a vexing morning! Pressures surround him on every front – not least from his superiors in London. Boundary disputes, Indians and even the House of Burgesses seem intent on spoiling his plans. How will he navigate Virginia’s troubled political waters? Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • God Is My Rock, 12:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Gowan Pamphlet, a slave locally known as a popular 18th-century preacher, offers his perspective on slavery, religion and freedom. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Fifes and Drums March, 1 p.m., Capitol to Palace Green on Duke of Gloucester Street. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, representing militia field musicians, march from the Capitol building to the Palace Green. Ticket: No ticket required. Information: 220-7645.
  • Small Wonders, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tour the exhibition “A Child’s-Eye View” and marvel over toys, including trains, dolls and dollhouses. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7724.
  • Get Revved!!! Revolutionary City for Young Patriots, 3 p.m., Coffeehouse backyard. Join one of the Revolutionary characters and learn about what is happening that day. Families are given a primer on what to look for and how best to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenes and events that take place each day. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: Collapse of Royal Government, 3-5 p.m., Historic Area east end from Botetourt Street to the Capitol. From May 1774 to May 1776, events take place in Williamsburg that change Virginians from subjects of a distant monarch to citizens of a self-governing republic. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Resolved: Free and Independent States! 5-5:20 p.m., starts in front of the Raleigh Tavern and moves to the Capitol South Gate. May 15, 1776 – The representatives of the free men of Virginia pass resolutions for independence from Great Britain. With fife and drum fanfare and cannon salutes, they prepare to establish a republican form of government. Weather permitting. Ticket: A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card. Information: 220-7645.
  • Revolutionary City: The Gunpowder Incident, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Governor’s Palace gardens. Take a role in this historic event through a fast-paced, interactive walking tour dramatizing the events surrounding the Gunpowder Incident. Ticket: $12, under 6 $6. Information: 220-7645.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card gains access to
    many of these programs.

    For more information on these and other Colonial Williamsburg programs available during the spring holidays, visit us on the Internet at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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