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Chownings Tavern re-opens as Ale House in Colonial Williamsburg

Benjamin Franklin once said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Returning guests to Chowning’s Tavern are going to be very happy indeed. Chowning’s opens for the season today, reimagined as an authentic 18th-century ale house with a new menu, hours and décor.

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Alewerks Brewing Company has created three craft beers based upon authentic beer recipes from the 18th century. Old Stitch, Dear Old Mum and a brand new selection are served along with other beers, Virginia wines, cocktails, root beer, soft drinks and other beverages. In the arbor garden behind the tavern, a full-service bar and dining tables overlook Market Square.
The interior of the tavern has also had a makeover. “Thanks to paint research, we know more about the interior finishes of taverns and similar structures. What we’ve found is that interiors were much brighter than we previously thought,” said Matt Webster, director of the Grainger Department of Historic Architectural Preservation. “So, we have repainted the interiors to better represent these findings. Using paint from Benjamin Moore’s WILLIAMSBURG color palette, the ceilings are painted hardwood putty, mimicking whitewash, and the woodwork is now a rich cream called bracken biscuit. The dark finish has been removed from the floor, which has been treated to look as if the boards are unfinished as they would have been, even though they do have a protective coating.”
A display cabinet inside the entrance to the ale house holds archaeological fragments from the excavations of tavern sites throughout the Historic Area.
“Our Historic Trades tinsmiths at the Anderson Armoury site have created tin wall sconces which add to the authentic look of the interior,” said Webster.
Chowning’s now opens daily at 11:30 a.m. and remains open until 11 p.m., with no reservations required. Menu changes include shepherd’s pie and light fare served all day, including pork sliders, flatbreads, corn chowder, trenchers and salads. Favorites such as Welsh rarebit are still found on the menu, as are Chowning’s famous desserts.
“We’re located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City,” said Seth Farrell, director of Historic Area hospitality operations. “We invite guests to stop in any time all day long, whether for a full meal, a refreshing drink or a dessert. The atmosphere at Chowning’s is informal and welcoming, but the authenticity of the tavern that people have come to love remains intact.”
On April 18, Chowning’s launches a new beer tasting event, “Beers in the ’Burg,” from 4-7 p.m. in the arbor garden. The featured brewer for the event is Alewerks Brewing Company. Guests will taste 10 different beers, including Old Stitch, Dear Old Mum and a third beer Alewerks created exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets for the event are $25. For those who want to enhance the experience, light fare to accompany the beer tasting will be available for purchase during the event.
Additional Beers in the ’Burg tastings are tentatively scheduled for May 23, June 20, Aug. 8 and Sept. 19. Tickets are available at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations or by calling 855-296-6627 or online at colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/beers-burg/
Chowning’s Tavern is located at 109 E. Duke of Gloucester St. in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Free parking is available in the tavern parking lot located on Francis Street just west of Blair Street any time, or after 5 p.m. in the employee parking lot located on Franklin Street just east of Botetourt Street, accessible via Lafayette Street.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens March 27 for 2015 season

Busch Gardens®  Williamsburg VA opens March 27 for its 2015 season and is celebrating its 40th anniversary with free park tickets for anyone born in 1975. The three-day promotion kicks off March 27 and begins a season of events and celebrations in honor of Busch Gardens’ four decades of thrilling family entertainment.

imageThe free ticket offer is only available at Busch Gardens’ ticket window situated at the front of the park. People interested in taking advantage of the Busch Gardens free ticket offer must show a valid picture ID that indicates their year of birth.

On April 25, Busch Gardens will debut a 21st-century thrill coaster that stands alongside Griffon® and Verbolten® as marvels of modern engineering. Tempesto™ opens April 25 and is Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction. Tempesto’s three launch elements speed the train through the ride’s station house and past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

In addition to multiple launch elements that propel the train forward and backward through the station house, Tempesto’s riders will experience the ride’s signature loop-the-loop, featuring a high-speed inversion soaring 154 feet above the park. Tempesto details are included in a fact sheet provided at the end of this news release.

Busch Gardens has a full lineup of events planned for its 2015 season.

Roll Out The Barrel debuts March 27. This new live performance takes place inside Das Festhaus®. Live musicians, singers and dancers join high-flying acrobats in this interactive musical about intrepid brewers living in a small German village.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival returns May 22 through June 28 with two new menus. The addition of Asia and The French Quarter kiosks expands the culinary cultural reach to 14 geographical regions.

Star Spangled Nights honors the country’s roots with fireworks, all-American food and patriotic décor. Fireworks light up the night’s sky every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 3 through Sept. 6.

Of course, Howl-O-Scream® and Christmas Town™ are returning later this year with new experiences for guests to enjoy.

Many more events are taking place throughout the year, including the special Elmo Rocks! live show this weekend, appearances by renowned animal expert Jack Hanna in April and a new Bier Fest this fall. Visit Buschgardens.com/events for a complete listing of Busch Gardens’ events.       

Now through March 31, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal on a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75 — the same price as a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens — guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7. The offer represents a 25 percent savings off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card. For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.

Busch Gardens Announces new roller coaster 


Roller coaster features multiple launch elements, loop-the-loop inversion

 – Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto™, debuts April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21.

Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

Work on Tempesto began in fall 2014. The construction team bolted the final piece of track in place in late January. The construction phase will come to an end in the next few weeks and the the park’s operations team will begin ride testing.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the expression on our guests’ faces when they watch Tempesto in action,” said Park President Carl Lum. “The speed of this launch coaster, combined with its compact footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”

  • Now through March 31, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal to enjoy Tempesto over and over with a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75 – the same price as a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens – guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7.The offer represents a 25 percent savings off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card. For more information, visitwww.buschgardens.com/va.



Williamsburg ranked among the 50 best college towns in which to live in forever

College Ranker ranked two Virginia towns on its list of 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever.”  Williamsburg VA was  43rd on a list and Charlottesville was #40.

College Ranker’s list highlights 50 college towns around the US that can provide a permanent home for college students after they have completed their collegiate experience. Every city and town in America with a college or university was considered and weighed, and these 50 were chosen based on metrics and statistics involving strength of local schools, vibrancy of the local economy, and family friendliness.

The full ranking can be viewed here:http://www.collegeranker.com/ranking/best-college-towns/


Mackenzi Flannery, the article’s author, had this to say: "Hundreds of cities and towns hope to retain their students after graduation and incorporate their newly acquired skills into the local economy. It’s a competitive environment for attracting college graduates, and these 50 college towns have well positioned themselves to retain their local college students for a lifetime."

College towns like Williamsburg VA are great for more than just the time while you are in school. Many of them have a thriving economy and culture that make them perfect for a long-term commitment to the area. After you are done with your time on campus what factors become more important? Things like community, neighborhoods, schools, these important aspects become pivotal when choosing a place to reside.

Exquisite Dream home now for sale in Stonehouse, Toano VA

Big and Beautiful in Stonehouse

When E and M decided to build their dream home, they knew it had to be large enough to accommodate their elderly parents and have a layout that offered privacy, luxury, and all the amenities for entertaining. They also knew it had to be in Stonehouse, a Toano VA neighborhood located about 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg.


“We love this neighborhood. The people are friendly, it’s quiet, and there’s 50% green space here,” said E , noting he and M had lived in Stonehouse for years before building their home on Mill Pond Run. “When we decided to build a larger home so that our parents could live with us, I walked every lot available in Stonehouse to find the perfect property.” They finally found just the right lot: .88 acres with 3 acres of green space behind it, and a sloping yard to accommodate a walk-out basement.

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Luxury and Practicality. The 7 bedroom, 7.5-bath brick Cape Cod home that E and M built in 2006 is a combination of practical design and luxurious features. It is three-levels, with master bedroom suites on each floor to allow plenty of privacy for the couple and their parents. The house, which is handicap accessible, has separate heat/AC zones on each level. It also includes amenities for a healthy lifestyle, such as a full exercise room with multiple types of equipment, and an indoor lap pool with fit jets that allow swimming against the current.

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For recreation, the lower level of the 7,795-square-foot home includes a 6-seat media room, a den and full kitchenette, and a game room with slot machines, a billiards table, and table shuffleboard. Outside, there is a screened porch as well as several patio areas for relaxing around a stone fireplace, doing a little outdoor cooking, and dining al fresco at a table for 10 under a covered patio. The lushly landscaped yard—which includes a waterfall with colored lights — provides plenty of privacy.

Touches of whimsy. The home’s style is largely traditional, with 9- and 10-foot ceilings, crown molding, wainscoting and ceiling medallions, pocket doors, and traditional window treatments. But E and M also included some whimsical, personal touches. For example, a trip to Venice inspired the design of the upper level master bathroom, which includes columns, tiled arches, and a striking chandelier with colored glass. “I wanted a lot of colors in the house, but my mother didn’t,” E explained. “Instead, I decided to do mainly textures and patterns—such as pebble tiles in the shower—and get my colors though other items such as the chandelier.”

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E took a hands-on approach when he painted the ceiling in the media room to look like the sky. “We have side lights in the room for when you aren’t watching the movie, and up lights that shine on the sky painting when the movie is on,” E noted.


Bring on the cooks. The gourmet kitchen was designed for a cook, and both E and M have skills. “We both like to cook and do grilling and traditional dinner cooking,” E noted. Not so traditional are the dog treats that they make for their twin Schnauzers, Maggie and McDuff, as well as the local humane society. The kitchen includes an island with seating as well as a big table with upholstered chairs. “It’s easy to entertain there, and it’s as comfortable as the dining room,” said E.

Living Smart. The house is wired so the couple can control lights, TVs, outdoor cameras and other features with a swipe on the iPhones. “I personally don’t know all the technology, but I just love the convenience,” E said.


A beautiful day in the neighborhood. It’s easy to see why E and M were set on staying in the Stonehouse neighborhood. The community’s amenities include an award-winning golf course with its own clubhouse that offers Friday night dinners and Sunday brunches. There is a separate Residents Center that includes a pool, playground, exercise room, and full kitchen. There are tennis courts, soccer fields, picnic areas, and a 47-acre lake. “We like to take our kayak out on the lake,” E noted. “And, someone stocked the lake with fish, so we often see people fishing there.”

The neighborhood has a community garden that E once used, but he now gardens on his own property. The community, which is socially active with various clubs, a swim team, and arts and fitness programs, is “a neighborhood where everyone walks” E said. “We often see our neighbors on the bike paths.”

Now that their parents are no longer with them, E and M don’t need such a large home, and have decided to downsize. “I chose John Womeldorf to help sell the house after I found his name all over the Internet.” E said, laughing. “So far, he has been terrific. He’s brought a lot of ideas to the table for selling our home.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

Wayne Harbin Builder named builder of the year by Southern Living.

Williamsburg/Yorktown based Homebuilder, WAYNE HARBIN BUILDER, INC. has been named Custom Builder Member of the Year by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program and will be featured in the June 2015 issue of the magazine.

“Harbin Builder is a family run business which consists of Wayne Harbin and sons Doug Harbin and Brad Harbin who now run the daily operation of the business. They represent the best our Program has to offer,” says Kristen Bryan, Associate Marketing Director, Southern Living. “Their tremendous ability as a builder and their sincere desire to serve their clients well have definitely contributed to their success and set them apart in this profession.”


The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is an invitation-only network of nearly 100 builders across the country. Each member is hand-selected for their outstanding reputation, quality of design and construction, integrity, and stability in the locations they represent.

A member of the Custom Builder Program since 2002, Harbin Builder earned the 2015 Builder Member of the Year award for its successful presentation of their Southern Living Showcase Home “Harrison Place” in Ford’s Colony, Williamsburg, Va. They welcomed 1,300 ticketed visitors to the Showcase Home over 3 weekends last fall. The home was marketed by Liz Moore and Associates and Interior Designer was Christine Vaughan Estep of Jackson Thomas Interiors. Harbin Builder is a custom design build firm that strives to create homes which are beautiful, well built, energy efficient, and suit the lifestyle of the buyer. By working with architects, designers, and interior designers, Harbin Builder offers its clients a multitude of resources to ensure homes of the highest caliber are achieved.

The award was presented during the Southern Living Builder Conference held February 22 – 23 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN.

Happenings in Williamsburg March 2015

March 1 – 8

PechaKucha Night
Mar 7, 7 – 9 pm

PechaKucha Nights are a fun evening of creative sharing. Friends from the community are invited to share their stories, passion, talent in a fast and fun format.

Yorktowns Cabin Fever Concert Series
Mar 5, 7 pm

Wipe the winter blues away with a free concert in the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. Local musicians engage and interact with the audience during this unique experience. 

Berkeley Homeschool Month
March, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily
During the month of March, Berkeley will offer a special rate to homeschooled students and their families. Enjoy a guided house tour and learn 18th century life on a plantation.

19th Annual Williamsburg Film Festival Holiday Inn Patriot
Mar 4 – 7, 10 am – 11 pm

The 19th Annual Williamsburg Film Festival celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood with vintage films, memorabilia dealers, and guest stars from past films and television.

Williamsburg Choral Guild Voices Divine & Sublime
Mar 8, 4 pm

A program that spans four centuries of choral music, with piano, organ and woodwind quintet accompaniment and two vocal soloists. Conductors: Jay BeVille and Garry Sloan.

Next Generations Wine Dinner
Mar 5, 6:30 – 9 pm

Whether your status is Taken, Available or Complicated, youll enjoy tasting, learning about and incorporating some new wines into your social network!

FA Film Showing of  Verdi’s Opera ‘La Traviata’
Mar 6, 5 – 8 pm

Presented by Opera in Williamsburg,  Colonial Italian-American Organization and New Town Art Gallery. This is a film of the live performance by Opera in Williamsburg which took place at the Kimball Theatre on April 23rd, 2013.

The Hard Road Trio
Mar 7, 7:30 pm

Original Southwestern blend of Americana and Bluegrass music from the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. Perfect three-part harmonies, spartan arrangements and awesome mandolin playing are hallmarks of this trio. 

Auntie Ms American Cottage:  Art Workshops -Wet Felted Flower Class with Artist Barb Risucci
Mar 7, 9 am – 12 pm

Join Artist Barb Risucci in this interesting workshop that covers the basics of wet felting and sculpting wet felt into a beautiful three-dimensional flower.

Behind Closed Drawers
Mondays through Mar 30, 2 – 3 pm

Drop in to get a close look at Textiles of the Early South, one of the museums newest exhibitions. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburgs collections.

C.A. Swanson Hornsby Jr. Memorial at Fords Colony
Mar 7 & 8

Junior golf tournament for boys & girls that are High School & Middle School age golfers. Tournament is run by the College Prep Golf Tour.


Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg:

Remember the Ladies
Sundays through Mar 15, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Meet with ladies of Williamsburg as they discuss what the promise of Independence and the coming war means to them.

Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women
Wed through Mar 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Discover and discuss strange and interesting objects associated with women and learn how and why they became part of Colonial Williamsburgs collections.

An Uncommon Soldier
March 4, 12 – 1 pm

This program explores the experience of women in the ranks and on the battlefield.


March 9 – 15

VSO Haydns Sinfonia Concertante
Mar 12, 8 pm

Four stars of the VSO stage join forces to perform Haydns charming Sinfonia Concertante, a work that allows each of them to display their virtuosity as musicians.

Williamsburg Players presents The 39 STEPS
Mar 12 – 28, See website for times

Inspired by Hitchcocks classic tale, this romantic thriller is a fast-paced ride through the signature world of the Master of Suspense. 

Shamrock the Burg
Mar 14, 6 – 10 pm

Get out your GREEN and cheer on SPRING! At the Williamsburg Community Building. Featuring live music by Glasgow Kiss, Guinness Draught and corned beef and cabbage.

Abstractive Landscapes Painting Workshop
Mar 14, 10 am – 4 pm

Bring a landscape photo of your own and painting materials, including a variety of brushes, at least one canvas and acrylic paints.

Shamrocks and Shenanigans at Water Street Grille
Mar 14, 11 am – 10 pm

Celebrate St. Patricks Day with Water Street Grille. Enjoy Irish themed specials, games and live music throughout the day. Call 757.369.5644 for more info.

Symphonique: Swing into Spring
Mar 15, 5:30 – 10 pm

Annual Black Tie Preferred Gala Benefit for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Two Rivers Country Club in Governors Land. Contact: 757.419.8815

Stitching Together a National Identity
Mar 15 – 17

Explore regional variations in American textiles of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and discover the forces that molded them.

Virginia Living Museum presents: Star Party/Laser Light Shows
Mar 14, begins at sunset

Free sky observing begins at sunset. Enjoy music accompanied by dazzling laser light effects in three planetarium shows.

Renaissance Wine Dinner at Giuseppes Italian Restaurant
Mar 15, 5 pm

Its A Tribute to the times of Da Vinci! In honor of the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, we will celebrate with Italian foods enjoyed during the Renaissance.

Frogs! A Chorus of Colors
Mar 14 Sep 7

Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world! View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls.

Gesture: Abstract Expressionists
Mar 9, 7:30 pm

Sarah Eckhardt will discuss the wide range of artists techniques in abstract expressionism through iconic paintings in the VMFA collection.

To Be Seen as an American
Mar 11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet three black women who didnt accept societys limits on what they could accomplish. See website for details.

Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg:

Remember the Ladies
Sundays through Mar 15, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Meet with ladies of Williamsburg as they discuss what the promise of Independence and the coming war means to them.

Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women
Wed through Mar 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Discover and discuss strange and interesting objects associated with women and learn how and why they became part of Colonial Williamsburgs collections.

An Uncommon Soldier
March 11 & 14, 12 – 1 pm

This program explores the experience of women in the ranks and on the battlefield.


March 16 – 22

Military Through the Ages at Jamestown Settlement
Mar 21 – 22, 9 am – 5 pm

Hundreds of re-enactors present centuries of military history in one weekend. Re-enactors, depicting soldiers from 64 A.D. through modern times, demonstrate a variety of weapons and military tactics, field communication and medical treatment.

Williamsburg Players Childrens Theatre presents Happily Ever After
Mar 21, 11 am

This show contains the most hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers iconic works. In this adventure, the engaging performers bring to life Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

What is a Family?
Mar 18, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn about the legal and social challenges slaves and free blacks in colonial Virginia face as they strive to keep family together. At the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Senior Champions Celebration
Mar 19, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of art, music, food and fun! Featuring art from the Innovative Senior Champions Program and art by featured artist of the New Town Art Gallery.

Death from the Skies
Mar 16, 7 pm

Asteroid impacts! Cometary debris! Extinction level events! These are the topics covered in this science-based but fun look at giant impacts from cosmic objects.

Oxen: Source of Power
Mar 18 – Jun 10, 11 am – 12 pm

Oxen played an important role in the lives of 18th-century Virginians. They provided the power to pull plows and move heavy loads.

Open Mic night at Water Street Grille
Mar 17, 6 – 9 pm

Enjoy your evenings with open mic night at the Water Street Grille. Call 757.369.5644 for more information.


Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg:

Remember the Ladies
Sundays through Mar 15, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Meet with ladies of Williamsburg as they discuss what the promise of Independence and the coming war means to them.

Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women
Wed through Mar 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Discover and discuss strange and interesting objects associated with women and learn how and why they became part of Colonial Williamsburgs collections.

An Uncommon Soldier
March 18, 12 – 1 pm

This program explores the experience of women in the ranks and on the battlefield.


March 23 – 29

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Opens for the Season!
March 27, 10 am
Busch Gardens opens for the 2015 season on March 27 and offers fun for the whole family with thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining and shopping options and kid-friendly attractions.

Williamsburg Home Show
Mar 28 – 29, see website for times

This event affords homeowners the convenience of comparative shopping 100 local companies showcasing the latest products and services in remodeling, decorating and landscapingall in one convenient location.

Beer Dinner and Steal the Pint Night at Water Street Grille
Mar 26, 6:30 – 9 pm

Join us for a fabulous dinner topped off with brews from Hardywood Park Brewing Company. Steal the Pint Night featuring the Hardywood Park Brewing Co. Buy the beer and steal the glass

March Wine Dinner at Riverwalk Restaurant
Mar 27, 6:30 – 9 pm

Join us for one or all of our international wine dinners. This months dinner features wines from South Africa. $. Call 757.875.1522 or visit Riverwalk Restaurant for more information. 

Art in the Garden: Adult Plein Air Painting and Sketching
Mar 28, – 11:30 am

Bring your chair, an easel, a sketchpad, or a nature journal and get to know the seasons! Artist Linda Miller will kick off each session with a botany overview for artists. 

Cornhole and Party benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project
Mar 28, 1:30 – 10:30 pm

The Parrotheads of the Philinsula (The Parrothead Club of Williamsburg) annual fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Guitars for Vets.

To Be Seen as an American
Mar 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet three black women who didnt accept societys limits on what they could accomplish. Lydia rose from slave to entrepreneur; Katie Marie was educated but lacked resources; Clara Byrd Baker fought for equal rights in the 20th century.

Lecture The Nabis Painters- Post Impressionists and Modernism
Mar 23, 7:30 pm

Jan Ledbetter will present the Nabis who exerted a major influence on the art produced in France during the late 19th century.

Oyster Roast at Water Street Grille
Mar 29, 12 – 4 pm

Join us for our great Oyster Roast! All you can eat: raw, roasted or steamed. Purchase your tickets in advance and save. 

Watercolor Workshop with Robin Poteet
Mar 28 – 30, see website for times

Special 3-day Workshop. Each day begins with a demo and discussion. Topics include (1) Landscape, (2) Architecture with Figures, (3) Portrait.

Women’s History Month at Colonial Williamsburg:

An Uncommon Soldier
March 25 & 28, 12 – 1 pm

This program explores the experience of women in the ranks and on the battlefield.

Wild, Weird, Wonderful Women
Wed through Mar 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Discover and discuss strange and interesting objects associated with women and learn how and why they became part of Colonial Williamsburgs collections.

March 30 – 31

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks Concert #4 Transitions to Jazz
Mar 30 – 31, 8 pm

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks Concert #4, Transitions to Jazz, featuring works by Bernstein, Schubert and Kurt Weill. 

NASA Science: Looking Outward, Inward, Homeward
Mar 31, 6:30 pm

NASA science pushes the boundaries of our knowledge about Earth, our Solar System and the universe. Learn about it in this talk by Dr. Ellen Stofan, principal advisor on NASAs science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments.


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