Saturday, August 16, 2014

Music Festivals Featured in Williamsburg this September

Williamsburg is hosting three music festivals during September, each of which provides a unique way to experience this historic destination.

Early Music Festival
The Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival is scheduled for September 23-26, 2015. Each day the festival will have concerts featuring various instruments prevalent in colonial Virginia. The Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host afternoon demonstrations, while evening concerts in historic area buildings and folk music performances in colonial taverns will showcase the musicians of Colonial Williamsburg. This years theme is “From Britain to America: Music, Musicians and Musical Events in Colonial Virginia.”

Rhythms on the Riverwalk
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, then kick back and relax during these concerts under the stars.  Jazz, Big Band and Country Music is featured during Rhythms on the Riverwalk each Friday night September 5 through October 3, 2014.  Get your toes tapping to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series. Located at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA. 

America’s Music Series at Colonial Williamsburg
Discover the origins of music that we know and love as essentially American–much coming to us from distant shores. Each week, September 2-30, explore this fascinating musical history with performers. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments. Tuesdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  Included with Colonial Williamsburg admission. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You're Invited to the Yorktown Wine Festival

Get ready for a Virginia wine festival worth its grapes.  A variety of fine wines are featured at the Yorktown Wine Festival, scheduled for October 4, 2014, from noon to 6pm.  The festival offers you the opportunity to sample wines from premier wineries throughout the Commonwealth.  Set at the inviting Riverwalk Landing, the atmosphere and natural riverfront beauty of the area makes the event even more appealing.

Entertainment, art and food vendors are also planned for the festival.  Headlining entertainment will be The Hark.  Based out of Williamsburg, The Hark is a high energy act combining rock, soul, folk and dance music from the 60s to today.  They put a unique spin on some of your favorite songs, creating an eclectic act perfect for the Yorktown Wine Festival. 
A few of the participating wineries are: 
  • Athena Vineyards
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • Belle Mount Vineyars
  • Montdomaine
  • Jefferson Vineyards
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Attimo Winery
  • Davis Valley Winery
  • Democracy Vineyards
A special dinner event will take place after the festival.  Held at the Riverwalk Restaurant, across from the festival site, dinner guests will be treated to a four-course dinner, with two wineries pouring for each course.  Eight wineries from the festival will bring special wine selections for each wine pouring.  The dinner begins at 7:30pm. 

Wristband tickets for Yorktown Wine Festival go on sale August 15 at various stores and restaurants throughout the Hampton Roads area.  Sample tastings are $25 in advance and $30 at the festival.  Cost includes sampling privileges and a souvenir wine glass.  The dinner event is $75 per person.  If you would like to pre-purchase tickets, click here for ticket locations. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Terror Lurks at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream

Busch Gardens Williamsburg transforms into a terrifying Halloween haunt known as Howl-O-Scream beginning Friday, September 12, 2014.  During the increasingly-popular event visitors can engage in a full seven weeks of scares.  This event promises to put the scream back in Howl-O-Scream.  The 16th annual event features fan favorites from years past as well as new haunted houses, scare zones and scary shows centered on the theme The Dark Side of the Gardens. 

Some of the new things planned for Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2014 include:

Terror-tories:  Massively themed Terror-tories take over England, France, Germany and Italy.  These areas of the park will be transformed into over-the-top thematic experiences that transport guests to another time and place full of startles and frights.
  • Ripper Row in England 
  • Vampire Point in Germany
  • Demon Street in France 
  • Ports of Skull in Italy
Howl-O-Scream also offers a killer selection of food and drinks thanks to five, all-new, highly themed dining experiences and spirit bars.
  • Blood Banquet: Germany
  • Demon Drinks: France, Demon themed
  • Inoculation Station: Ireland, Fiends Nurses themed
  • Pirate Baarrrgh: Italy, Pirate themed
  • Open Casket: Germany, Vampire themed
The 16th edition of Howl-O-Scream is highlighted by frighteningly fun haunted houses and shows.  With the purchase of Busch Gardens tickets, you’ll also be able to experience all of the following:

How-O-Scream Shows:
  • Fiends: The wacky doctor and his manic nurses are creating the ultimate Fiend, and there’s not a bad seat in the lab.  The voltage is high, and so is the fun as they sing, dance and bring you along on the operation of a lifetime.
  • Night Beats: Things that go bump in the night sing, dance and transport you on a musical journey. From the devilish sounds of the roaring '20s to vamping it up with the music of today, this show is filled with dazzling dance numbers, sizzling singers and a barely live band that will leave your heart … beating.
Howl-O-Scream Haunted Houses:
  • Dead Line: Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.
  • Bitten: Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
  • 13: Your Number's Up: For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up.
  • Root of All Evil: The seeds of evil have been sown. Venture if you dare into a decrepit greenhouse. Experiments here have not gone as planned and evil has taken control. Botanists, landscapers and staff all poisoned by the very plants they created. In this maze of foliage, you are ripe for the pickings.
  • Catacombs: Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
More shows and terror-stories will be announced soon.

The park is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday  September 12 through October 26, 2014.  After 6pm, the event is not suitable for young children as it can be very frightening. During the day, however, Busch Gardens’ younger guests are treated to Halloween fun during the day with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Williamsburg Events: September 2014

Check out these Williamsburg events planned for September 2014:

September 2-30:  America’s Music Series at Colonial Williamsburg
Discover the origins of music that we know and love as essentially American–much coming to us from distant shores. Each week, explore this fascinating musical history with performers. Learn about ethnic influences and a variety of different instruments. Tuesdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  Included with Colonial Williamsburg admission. 

September 2:  In The Trenches Tour
Guests get an “inside the ropes” tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history.  Join Dr. William Kelso, who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996, for unique moments of discovery. Cost is $40 per person.   

September 5 – October 3:  Rhythms on the Riverwalk
Jazz, Big Band and Country Music is featured during Rhythms on the Riverwalk each Friday night.  Get your toes tapping to fantastic sounds during this five-week concert series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating at the Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.
September 5-27: The Taste Studio at Colonial Williamsburg
Talented culinary artists of Colonial Williamsburg partner with Historic Gardeners to give you a closer look into the historic gardens of the Revolutionary City with the Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting Series.   Held every Friday and Saturday in September. Cost is $25 per person.

September 12 – October 26:  Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
The annual horror fest features scare zones, frightening shows, and gruesome creatures lurking around the park.   The park transforms for Howl-O-Scream every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Included with Busch Gardens tickets. 
September 18: To Support & Defend” 6th Annual Constitution Day Event
Merchants Square and Colonial Williamsburg celebrate the founding of the U.S. Constitution with “To Support and Defend,” the sixth annual event. Through powerful, moving music and the spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government and cherished founding document will be honored on the anniversary of its adoption.
September 19: "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe"
September 19 marks the opening of this year long exhibit at Jamestown Settlement.  Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats.

September 20: Community Day: On the Riverfront    
In connection with “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” special exhibition in partnership with The Mariners' Museum, discover the progression of log canoes through the centuries during special exhibition tours, shanty musical performances, maritime programs, Powhatan-style dugout canoe demonstrations, children’s crafts and hands-on activities at Jamestown Settlement.
September 20:  Reflections on Bacon's Rebellion
Guests meet Governor William Berkeley to hear an accounting of his time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that led to the rebellion at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm & 3 pm. During a special evening tour at 7 pm, "The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion," guests are lead through the colonial town site and see the dramatic events unfold through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a Burgess in 1676.  Free with Historic Jamestowne admission. 
September 23-26: Colonial Williamsburg’s Early Music Festival
Join Colonial Williamsburg for four very special afternoon presentations all centered on the theme “From Britain to America: Music, Musicians and Musical Events in Colonial Virginia.”

September 27: Star Spangled Banner Anniversary
A day of programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writing of our national anthem.
September 28:  Third Annual Yorktown Art Stroll
September is Arts Month and you can view artwork by some of the area’s finest artists during the Yorktown Art Stroll. Art galleries, shops, Watermen’s Museum, and Riverwalk Landing Freight Shed will be filled with art that you can browse. Enjoy lunch and dinner specials from Yorktown restaurants. Event goes from noon-6pm.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Join Colonial Williamsburg for The Taste Tradition

You’re invited to The Taste Tradition in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The 2nd Annual Colonial Williamsburg food and spirits event is scheduled for August 29-31, 2014.  Enjoy a tasteful weekend of wine seminars, culinary time travels, special dinners, wine tastings and other exclusive events during The Taste Tradition. 

The best way to experience this special event is by reserving specially packaged passes.  Options include:

Connoisseur Bundle — $375 per person 
Bush and Barrel Dinner/Tasting in Market Square
Choice of two (2) Seminars
Choice of one (1) Saturday Dinner Event
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience

The Experience Bundle — $255 per person 
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience
Choice of two (2) Seminars
Choice of one (1) Saturday Dinner Event

Taste Bundle — $135 per person 
Choice of one (1) Tasting Room Experience
Choice of one (1) Seminar
Mr. Shields 18th Century Pig Roast (Saturday)

If you choose to stay two or more nights at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel between August 29-31, 2014, you’ll receive over 15% off on one of our passes for Colonial Williamsburg’s The Taste Tradition. 

The Williamsburg Lodge also has a special Taste Tradition Package available to visitors.  For only $130 a night (per person), the exclusive package includes: 
  • Nightly accommodations at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel
  • Champagne & Oysters Welcome Reception
  • Garden & Gun Event “The Cult of Bourbon”
  • Length-of-stay Tickets for Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and art museums
Some of the dinner events planned during The Taste Tradition include Bushels and Barrels, an inspired culinary tour led by Colonial Williamsburg chefs featuring a fusion of tastes from the past and present, as well as Feast of the Hunt, which features fresh game and harvests from the Virginia countryside, and the Marquis de Lafayette Wine Dinner, an evening with a four-course dinner and conversation from this Frenchman who was a friend of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  Seminar events focus on flavors of Virginia, colonial times and the practices perfected to create beverages like ale and wine.  Additional weekend events are available too.  Feel like savoring a scotch and cigar?  Or maybe having mimosas with an executive chef?  There’s a full schedule of activities and events planned to make your Williamsburg culinary weekend a delightful one.  

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Yorktown's Rhythms on the Riverwalk Jazzes Up September

For the 10th consecutive year, York County is bringing back Rhythms on the Riverwalk. This 5-week concert series will feature different jazz or big band music the first three weeks, then showcase classic country.  The weekly concerts will be held on the performance stage overlooking the York River at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown.

Concerts will be held on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 beginning September 5, 2015. The complete concert schedule is as follows:
  • September 5 - Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing Orchestra
  • September 12 - Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Mann
  • September 19 - Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra
  • September 26 - The Kevin Mac Experience
  • October 3 - Boot Rooster
All concerts are free and guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food will be available for purchase and there is free parking available at the Riverwalk landing parking terrace and other public lots throughout Yorktown.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Experience the Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour

Williamsburg is known as America’s Historic Triangle and for good reason.  It is the birthplace of our nation and home to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown Battlefield.  Many speculate it is also home to wandering ghosts and plenty of folklore plays into to the ghosts of Williamsburg theory.

You can find out for yourself by attending a Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour.  The walking tour is of Williamsburg’s Historic Area and blends local folklore, ghost stories, historical information and trivia together for an entertaining evening.  During the tour, your guide will lead you through the streets of Williamsburg VA by candlelit lantern.  The tour is based on the book The Ghosts of Williamsburg by L. B. Taylor and weaves many of his tales into the experience. 
Tours are offered at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in January and February and nightly March through December. Additional tours also are offered at 8:45 p.m. June through August.
Tickets can be purchased at the Williamsburg General Store.