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What’s It Like to Be ... An Actor at Colonial Williamsburg? I think history is fascinating! I was really excited to get to talk with Katrinah Lewis, an actor-interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg. She “interprets” history to visitors at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. There, actors act out history before your eyes, live on the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. As a guest, you are immersed in history in a replica city of Historic Williamsburg in the 18th-century, before the Revolutionary War. Keep reading to learn more about Lewis’ role at Colonial Williamsburg. Truman: What is your role at Colonial Williamsburg? Lewis: I’m an actor-interpreter portraying Lydia Broadax, who is an enslaved housekeeper for George Wythe, a signer of declaration of independence. She eventually received her freedom and went on to run her own business later in life. I also portray Jenny, an enslaved woman on a plantation owned by the Randolphs. And sometimes I portray a woman named Hannah, an enslaved woman who worked in the Governor’s Palace under the last royal governor, Lord Dunmore, at the eve of the revolution. Truman: What does it take to become an actor of living history? Lewis: A love of history — a love of learning and sharing history. And also a love of research. We have to do a lot of research on the time period we are portraying. You have to be creative, because you have to take the history and share it in a creative way. You have to have a strong body and a strong speaking voice. We are outdoors with a lot of walking. My background is in theatre but a lot of the interpreters have an education in history. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and studied theatre performance. You also have to be friendly, love talking with the public, and be able to work very well with other people, both your coworkers and the public. It’s a different sort of customer service. A good sense of humor is also good to have and a positive attitude is always helpful. Truman: What’s the difference between an actor and an interpreter? Lewis: As an interpreter, I’m playing a character that actually lived. And I’m playing that character all day, every day, for 8 hours a day. It requires a lot of improvisation and thinking on my feet. If a visitor asks me a question, I have to think ‘how would this character act in this situation?’ It’s very different than being in a musical or play where I know what I’m going to do and say, and I’m only playing that character for 2 hours. (There are also reenactors. They are usually hobbyists who do reenactments at special events, and who love history but are not professional actors.) As an interpreter, you really become that character. I have even found myself saying “Good day!” — our greeting here at Colonial Williamsburg — to people when I’m out and about as myself in Richmond. I do have to try to turn that off when I leave here, or I get strange looks from people.


Truman: When, and why, did you first become interested in working at Colonial Williamsburg? Lewis: One of the supervisors at Colonial Williamsburg was a classmate of mine at Virginia Commonwealth. He had been working here for some time and contacted me when they were looking for actors. I thought it would be a fun and interesting place to work. And, also the opportunity to tell an important story. I came here as a child and remembered it as a beautiful place, but I never thought I would actually work here. It turns out it was a great fit for me. Truman: What do you do every day as part of your job as an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg? Lewis: I get here bright and early at about 8:45, after an hour drive, and put on my colonial clothes. Then we have a morning meeting where we talking about what will take place during the day. I’m a cast member of the show called “Revolutionary City.” It’s a scripted show that is performed in the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. When we are not involved in the scenes of the show, we are out and about on the streets talking about the lives of our characters and what’s going on at the time in history. We also will have, particularly in the winter, the opportunity to do a lot of research and development on our characters. Truman: What’s the hardest part of your position? Lewis: I’d say, for me, the fact that I play enslaved characters. That subject matter is difficult; it’s a difficult part of our history. It’s hard to put on those clothes and try to teach people about that time in our history. But that’s also what makes it very rewarding. Dealing with the weather is also a difficult part of the job – when it’s 105 degrees and you are trying to be pleasant with the public while you are sweating buckets. And then also when it is very cold out — being out in the elements can be difficult. Research is also sometimes difficult; there’s a lot of information to try to digest and sometimes we don’t have as much time as we’d like to read and look for primary sources to help with our work here. We do have historians here that help us, but I like to do it myself sometimes too.

Truman: What is one accomplishment in your career of which you are most proud? Lewis Being an actor is difficult. There are a lot of set backs and rejections. You get some and you don’t get others. The biggest accomplishment for me is not giving up on what I wanted to do. To be able to say I am an actress and that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. So many people give up on their dreams and I’m proud that I never gave up. Truman: What is your favorite hobby or thing to do when you are not working? Lewis: I love to read novels. I love to practice yoga. I love to play my guitar. Even though it’s my “work,” I do a lot of plays and theatre when I’m not at Colonial Williamsburg. I do a lot of singing at events, concerts and church. Truman: What advice would you give to kids who are interested in pursuing a career as an actor or living history interpreter? Lewis: Look for opportunities to perform in plays and musicals at school or in the community. Do a lot of reading. Play close attention in history class. Always ask a lot of questions and learn how to find out the answers to those questions yourself. Don’t always take someone else’s answer, find out for yourself. Come visit us at Colonial Williamsburg, and talk to people at living history museums to find out more about this kind of work. Truman: Thank you so much for telling me all about your career as an interpreter of living history! Readers, for more information about Colonial Williamsburg visit

Truman: What’s the best part of your position? Lewis: For me, it’s being able to be a fulltime actress. That’s been my passion as long as I can remember. For that to be my full-time job is a blessing. I also like talking to people and sharing. People from all over the world come here, so I might be talking to people from Japan or Washington state across the country. It’s fun to talk to diverse people. I get to share about our history but also find out about their lives and that’s fun and interesting.

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“Colonial Williamsburg plans Veterans Day march and ceremony” 11/11/13 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Colonial Williamsburg is honoring with a march and a ceremony on Veterans Day. Monday’s tribute also includes free admission for veterans, active duty military personnel and their dependents. Colonial Williamsburg says in a news release that veterans are invited to participate in the march with the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drums and military programs staff. The march is scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m. at the Capitol. A commemoration ceremony will be held at the Courthouse on Market Square following the march. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

“After 50 years, Golden Horseshoe's Gold Course remains a masterpiece” By: Steve Pike 11/09/2013

Colonial Williamsburg is a time machine that takes visitors back to 1774 – America’s pre-revolution days when George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry walked its streets. As he sat in a comfortable high-back chair inside the Williamsburg Lodge,Rees Jones’ thoughts went only as far back as 1963 – the year he graduated from Yale University and the year his father, legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., opened the Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. “He loved this job,” Jones said. It’s easy to see why. While Colonial Williamsburg is a living museum and great example of the vision of the Rockefeller family, the Gold Course is a living testament to Jones Sr.’s design genius, from its routing through the rugged Virginia terrain to its runway tee boxes and four par-three holes, which might be the best set of par-three holes in the country.

The shortest of the par-3 holes – the 16th – plays only 169 yards from the back tees, but with its elevated tee box and kidney- shaped island green, it’s the hole most associated with the course that has been referred to as Jones Sr.’s “masterpiece.” “I think that he probably routed those par threes first. I think he found them first,” said Jones, who was in Colonial Williamsburg earlier this month as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Gold Course. “He would put X’s all over the map and marked where the green locations should be, the tee locations, and then I bet you he found – I’m sure he found – the 16th hole first. That wasn’t the first island green (in the world), but it certainly catapulted the idea of the island green, not just on par threes, into the forefront in years to come. “The runway tee was his thing because he really could give the golf course much more flexibility. When he started putting sand on the tee tops, you could actually put in a hole, and have a practice green at the back of the tee, which really gave the back tee some usage, because most players and resorts and clubs don’t play the back tees. I’m not sure if that was his innovation or if it was something that was just a trend.” The Gold Course is one a several courses Robert Trent Jones, Sr., designed for the Rockefeller family, who along with the Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, in 1926 began re-recreation and reconstruction on what is now the 301-acre Williamsburg Historic District. The Gold Course, however, stands above them in most peoples’ minds in terms of classic Jones, Sr., design, largely because of what he accomplished on a routing that is slightly more than 6,800 yards long. “I think what most people who play golf courses and analyze them don’t understand, as my father did, that a piece of property like this can create a spectacular result,” Jones said. “On a rugged piece of ground, somebody has to lay out the holes, actually find 18 holes that work. The reason that you have a lot of funny holes in New England is that they have rugged land but there are a couple of throwaway holes. “This golf course fits the terrain on every hole. This is the type of golf course that we’re going to have in the future, not overly long, a golf course that fits the terrain, because we’re not going to have as much money to build a golf course as we did in the ‘70s and ‘80s when the business was booming.” Because of its high routing, tree-lined fairways, smallish greens and 634-yard, par-five 15th hole, the Gold Course seems to play longer than on the scorecard, particularly for average players. The course can play less than 5,500 yards from the front tees, so it’s a layout that can be navigated by players of all skill levels. “This is a finesse golf course,” said Jones, who has designed more than 170 courses worldwide, including the Green Course at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. “It has smaller greens than my father usually built in that era. He was lengthening golf courses and he was building bigger targets for the longer shots. When he re-did the 11th hole at Augusta, he added the tee and added the pond. Ben Hogan was hitting a two iron in there, and recently Tiger Woods was hitting a wedge. But Ben Hogan said ‘If I hit the green

then I want you to know I miss-hit the shot,’ meaning he wasn’t even going to try for the green. So that’s why dad was building bigger greens at that time. “Here he built the smaller greens because of the shorter golf course, more of a finesse golf course. I think that’s why it has stood the test of time. And for 50 years this is still regarded as one of the best golf courses in the whole of Virginia and Mid-Atlantic area. “ But it all started, Rees Jones said, with the land. The Rockefellers, “gave dad a wonderful piece of property,” to work with, Jones said. “It took a knowledgeable architect to know how to route the golf holes on a pretty rugged piece of ground. But my father used to say, 'The more rugged the land, the more spectacular the result,' and I think that’s what he achieved at Golden Horseshoe.”

“Replica of Gen. George Washington’s tent to be displayed in Colonial Williamsburg” 11/13/2013 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Colonial Williamsburg will display a recently completed replica of a tent that served as Gen. George Washington’s field headquarters during the American Revolution. The 15-by-22-foot fabric tent will be on display Friday through Sunday. It was made by hand for the Museum of the American Revolution, which is set to open in Philadelphia in 2017. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says the museum also owns the original marquee tent. The museum wanted a replica made for a variety of uses, including the testing of the mounting system for the original artifact in advance of the museum’s opening. Some of the fabric used in the reproduction was woven by Colonial Williamsburg artisans. The original sleeping and office tent was one of two made for Washington in 1778. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

“Rees Jones says brown is a good color for golf courses” By: Steve Pike 11/12/2013

Rees Jones in 1991 designed the Green Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club – sister to the Gold Course designed by his legendary father, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. But on a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Rees Jones talked about another color – brown. “I think we’re going to have to learn to deal with lesser conditions,” said Jones, who has designed more than 170 countries worldwide is called the “Open Doctor” for his work on several U.S. Open venues the past few years. “We’ve gotten spoiled. “When I was a kid, we had no fairway irrigation. We played holes differently in August than we did in May because we lost all the poa grass. We had to deal with the ball going into the woods, and you have to hit a good shot. I think we are going to have less water usage and we’ll have more brown conditions. Some of these turf grasses are going to use less water and we’ll choose the turf that we can. “

The problem, of course, is that most golfers, particularly American golfers, want the same perfect conditions they see on PGA Tour courses. “I think we’ve got to get away from that,” Jones said. “The USGA will have to work with its resources to convince people that ‘brown’ is good. Even brown on greens is not bad. My wife is from a little town south of Pinehurst (N.C) and every time we go, we play on this little push up golf course - it’s the only place I ever broke par. There’s no irrigation, the Bermuda grass goes dormant in the summer, but it doesn’t die it comes back. “So, we’ve got to get used to having less turf, less manicured turf, rough, bluegrass rough that maybe gets thin in the summer in the North, and not have perfect conditions. “ In regards to course design, Jones said he believes that in the next decade, architects will build more low-profile greens. “Greens that feed into the fairways more,” Jones said. “We’re going to try to emphasize the ground game. We just did Carmel Country Club in Charlotte over and dropped a lot of the greens. Then we took the sand from the old bunkers and we played at all the approaches to the greens with sand, so that you can play the ground game as well as the aerial game. I think we’re going to find more open entrances and find interesting green contours to protect the scores. “At Torrey Pines (in San Diego), where they played the U.S. Open and the Farmers Insurance Classic, the green contours are very well done. When we rebuilt the golf course in 2001 to get ready for the Open, there’s a lot of open entrances. The average golfer can play the golf course without much trouble and when he three-putts he blames himself. But when the pros three-putt, they blame me. So, the green contours are going to be important in the golf course of the future. You see some of the young architects being really creative with green contours now.”




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“Veterans Day events and offers in Hampton Roads” 11/11/2013 EVENTS - The 2013 Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will be held today at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. The procession starts at 9 a.m. at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ends at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street. A ceremony will be held at the memorial at 11 a.m. - A Veterans Day ceremony will be hosted by the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Veterans Affairs at 2 p.m. today at Nauticus, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy William H. Plackett will speak. - A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial in front of City Hall, 306 Cedar Road. - First Landing State Park will host a care package drive for deployed troops. Packages will be assembled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Trail Center. A flag retirement ceremony conducted by local Boy Scouts starts at 2:30 p.m. at the picnic area. - Today, a military march will be held at 4:20 p.m., starting at the Capitol building in Williamsburg. Info: or 800-447-8679. SPECIAL OFFERS - Free admission is being offered to the The Mariners’ Museum for active-duty and retired military personnel and their families today. Valid for up to four people with military ID. 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. Info:, 596-2222. - Free admission to Colonial Williamsburg will be available to veterans and their dependents today. Free tickets for dependents of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Veterans can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork as identification of service. - Virginia state parks will waive parking fees today and will offer special programming during the holiday weekend. For a list of programs: - In honor of veterans, everyone can enjoy free admission to all national parks today. The National Park Service will also honor vets with special events, including the annual illumination of 6,000 grave sites of Union soldiers in the Poplar Grove National Cemetery at Petersburg National Battlefield. A full list of National Park Service events can be found at

- Brides Across America is teaming up with Maya Couture, 12 Best Square in Norfolk, to provide military brides the opportunity to receive a free wedding gown from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. To register, go to and complete the registration form. The event is by appointment only. - With the purchase of a service today, Great Clips will hand out a free haircut card to give to a veteran. The cards are redeemable at any U.S. Great Clips through Dec. 31, with proof of military service. Limit one card per customer. - Krispy Kreme is giving veterans a free doughnut and free small coffee today at participating U.S. locations. - Olive Garden is providing a free entrĂŠe from a special menu for all vets today and a 10 percent discount for family members dining with them. - Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is offering free all-you-can-eat pancakes to active, inactive and retired military personnel from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today with a valid military ID.

“GUIDE: Veterans Day freebies and discounts” By: Nicole Paitsel 11/08/2013 Dozens of local and national retailers and restaurants are offering discounts and freebies to veteran and active duty military members for Veterans Day. Here is a look at some of them. Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents will receive free admission to Colonial Williamsburg Friday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 11. Special events will take place throughout the weekend. You can find more information about the free offer at All national parks, including Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, will offer free admission for all visitors Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. Find more information at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News will offer free admission to active-duty and retired military personnel and their families Saturday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 11. You must show a valid military ID in order to receive free admission. The admission is valid for up to four people. The Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton will offer free exhibit admission to veterans and retired military Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10. Call 727-0900 for more information. Krispy Kreme will offer veterans and active duty personnel a free doughnut and free small coffee on Monday, Nov. 11. No purchase is necessary. Olive Garden, Applebees, Golden Corral, Chilis, T.G.I. Fridays, Subway, Denny’s and California Pizza Kitchen, among other national restaurant chains are offering free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Monday. You can find more details about the free offers, and information about other restaurants, Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Yorktown will offer a free lunch to veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.,0,4755183.story

Tucanos Brazilian Grill, which has a location in Newport News, will offer a free Churrasco meal to all active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans on Monday, Nov. 11. Reservations are highly recommended. On Veterans Day, customers who get a haircut at any Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive, or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members also can get a free haircut on Veterans Day or pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of service, any day before Dec. 31, 2013. The seven DAV Thrift Stores in Hampton Roads will celebrate Military Appreciation Week by offering all active duty, veterans, and retired members of the military and their families a 20 percent discount on their purchases beginning on Sunday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 16. A valid military ID or Veteran ID must be presented. Jennifer Borgstrom, a Peninsula-based military wife, has posted a comprehensive list of local and national freebies and discount offers for Veterans Day on her website Copyright Š 2013, Newport News, Va., Daily Press,0,4755183.story

“Thousands honor vets in Colonial Williamsburg: Kaine, Campbell, Washington honor vets” By: Steve Vaughn 11/12/2013

WILLIAMSBURG — Thousands of spectators and hundreds of veterans turned out Monday afternoon in Market Square of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area for a ceremony honoring those who have served in the nation's military. Veterans were treated to cannon and musket salutes and speeches by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Colonial Williamsburg president Colin Campbell and an interpreter playing the part of Gen. George Washington.,0,4424022.story

The ceremony was preceded by a march down Duke of Gloucester from the Capitol to the Courthouse of 1770 led by a Colonial Williamsburg color guard and the Fifes and Drums. They were followed by representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 39 and American Legion Post 1776. Those groups were joined on one side of Market Square by Colonial Williamsburg employees who are veterans. At the invitation of master of ceremonies Tom Hay, a Colonial Williamsburg employee, veterans in the crowd were asked to cross and stand on the side of the colors. More than 100 crossed the field. "This is really cool, y'know?" one of the vets said quietly as he walked across the square to an ovation from the crowd. Campbell told the crowd how 15 regiments had ultimately been mustered at Williamsburg during the course of the Revolutionary War, as well as units elsewhere in Virginia and a state navy. "But eight years later, after independence was achieved, all of those units were disbanded, as they were elsewhere in the country," he said. "That reflected General Washington's concern that the citizen not be forgotten in becoming asoldier." Campbell emphasized that independence was won not by mercenaries or a standing army, but by "citizen soldiers," and that was uniquely American. Kaine said that as a former governor of Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first to be inaugurated in Williamsburg since Thomas Jefferson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a current member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he knows how closely Virginia is tied to the military. "If you look at a map of Virginia, that's a map of the military history to the United States, from Yorktown to Appomattox, from Bull Run to Fredericksburg, to the Wilderness," he said. And, he said, Virginia's ties to the military continue. "There are 27 military installations in the commonwealth." And one in particular. "In Hampton Roads we have the greatest assemblage of naval power anywhere in the world," he said."And in Northern Virginia we have the Pentagon, where the attack on9/11 happened, and the Marine Museum at Quantico." As the father of a Marine, Kaine said the birthday of that service last Sunday was particularly meaningful to him. Washington, after doffing his cap and saluting the assembled veterans with his sword, thanked them for their service and called for a cannon salute to the troops followed by the playing of "Yankee Doodle." More salutes, to the tune of "My Country 'Tis of Thee," concluded the program. Campbell said afterward that the Veterans Day ceremony is always among the most moving moments at Colonial Williamsburg each year.,0,4424022.story

Vaughan can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343. It was Veterans Day and I was taking my usual walk in the Historic Area. Suddenly, President George Washington, in full regalia, came up to me and in an 18th century official tone said: "Sir, I would like to thank you for your wartime services." I was a bit stunned and replied, "But I have not served in the War of Independence." President Washington replied, "No, no, I am referring to the Second World War and your service in the Resistance against the Nazis." Still surprised, I asked, "How did you learn about my activities during the Second World War?" "I read the Virginia Gazette, and I am well informed," President Washington said. I wonder whether he was referring to the current Gazette or the one in existence since 1736. 窶認rank Shatz,0,4424022.story

“Local Veterans Day Events Honor Military” By: Hannah S. Ostroff 11/08/2013 Veterans Day is Monday, but there are a host of events this weekend and Monday for military members, their family and supporters.

The York County War Memorial honors service members who made the ultimate sacrifice (York County) Parks Historic Jamestowne, the Yorktown Battlefield units of Colonial National Historical Park and all other National Park Service sites will offer free admission to everyone Nov. 9 through Nov. 10 in honor of all U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. At Waller Mill Park, November is Military Appreciation Month and all military personnel get half-price boat rentals all month. For more details, click here. Colonial Williamsburg Active duty military, guard, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents can receive free admission to Colonial Williamsburg today through Monday. The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and most daytime programs. The ticket also includes free parking at the Visitor Center, access to the short movie, “Williamsburg—The Story of a Patriot,” and complimentary use of Colonial Williamsburg shuttle buses.

Colonial Williamsburg will provide tickets to dependents of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork as identification of service. Tickets will be available only at the Regional Visitor Center and on-site ticket sales locations including the Lumber House Ticket Office, the Dubois Grocer in the Revolutionary City and the ticket window in Merchants Square. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will be on hand for Monday’s events, along with Colin Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation president and CEO. At 4:20 p.m., a military march honoring America’s veterans will step off from the Capitol. All veterans of service in America’s armed forces are invited to participate in a march along Duke of Gloucester Street with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and military programs staff. Groups begin forming at 4:10 p.m. Veterans unable to walk the distance can join the march near the Magazine. A commemoration ceremony honoring America’s Veterans will follow at the Courthouse on Market Square, including remarks by Campbell and Senator Kaine. For more information, click here or call 800-447-8679. York County Memorial Service “Letters from War” is the continuing theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony held in Historic Yorktown, which focuses on veterans from York County. The county’s Historical Committee will hold a service noon Monday. It will include a tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, laying of honors, and “Taps.” There will also be a special recognition of all veterans of the Armed Forces. Immediately following the ceremony, musician Timothy Seaman will present a colorful and informative tribute to the music of the Civil War period. Seaman is an internationally known Williamsburg artist who plays the hammered dulcimer, flute, whistle, mountain dulcimer and many other instruments. For more information, call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 890-3500. Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Grace Church in Yorktown Historic Grace Church, Yorktown will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday. The ceremony will honor the 69 veterans from six wars buried in the cemetery, as well as all those who have served in the Armed Services. “Taps” will be played after a brief ceremony. All are welcome, and participants will have the opportunity to replace flags on each grave.

Grace Church is located at 111 Church St. To learn more, call 898-3261. New Town Ceremony The Williamsburg Combined Veterans Organizations will hold a Veterans Ceremony at the Veterans Tribute Tower on Discovery Park Boulevard in New Town. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Tents and chairs will be available. Zpizza Revenue Share Zpizza in New Town will donate a portion of their revenue from Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4639. Mention the VFW and Zpizza will give 10 percent of the check total to the organization. Call 645-3303 for more details.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths Available for Sale Nov. 18â&#x20AC;? By: Emily Ridjaneck 11/08/2013

Starting November 18, handmade Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths will go on sale at the Colonial Nursery in Revolutionary City. Plan to stop by and shop as close to the 18th as possible as this is a once-a-year opportunity, and quantities are limited. The Colonial Nursery is on Duke of Gloucester Street across from Bruton Parish Church. Click here for information on the Colonial Nursery and to view hours of operation.

“Naturopathica Skin Care Mini Facial Event” By: Emily Ridjaneck 11/10/2013

November 16, 10 am – 3 pm Reserve your time today for a complimentary mini-facial at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. This is a great opportunity to learn about products from the Naturopathica line that will best complement your skin type. Enjoy a 15% savings on all Naturopathica products during the event. Call The Spa at 757-2207720. Click here for more information.

“Sen. Tim Kaine, CW President Colin Campbell Address Veterans Day Crowd” By: Gregory Connolly 11/12/2013

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) delivers remarks at a Veterans Day celebration in Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell (seated to the left) also delivered remarks. In the distance are the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and members of several community veterans groups. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily) U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joined Colonial Williamsburg President Colin Campbell and scores of veterans in Colonial Williamsburg on Monday for a ceremony commemorating service members. Kaine and Campbell both addressed a large crowd behind the courthouse in Market Square, with their remarks bookended by performances from the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Kaine, who was the first person to be sworn in as Virginia’s governor in Williamsburg since Thomas Jefferson, talked about Virginia’s prominent role in America’s military history. “The map of our military history is a map of Virginia,” Kaine said, alluding to battles from the Revolutionary War up to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. He had the crowd raise their hands if they were service members, Department of Defense contractors, members of a military reserve corps or family members of those in uniform. By the time each group had been called, many of the hands in the crowd were in the air. Kaine, who has a son in the U.S. Marine Corps, wished that branch of the military a happy birthday. Campbell praised the veterans in the crowd, thanking them for the “willingness of citizens to put themselves in harm’s way for the cause of the nation and the spirit it represents.”

The remarks by Kaine and Campbell were preceded by a march up Duke of Gloucester Street featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and members of several community veterans groups. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily) Before their remarks, local veterans groups marched with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums down Duke of Gloucester Street until they arrived at the courthouse. Kaine and Campbell spoke on a stage in a large grassy area roped off from everyone besides veterans, who stood there as onlookers listened to the speeches and clapped for them. Gen. George Washington, played by a Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, delivered a few remarks after Kaine, praising America’s army of citizen soldiers, which has “never been made of mercenaries or hirelings.” Kaine, who serves on the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee, announced the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement Act of 2013 on Friday. That bill is meant to improve the quality of education service members and veterans receive in a bid to ensure higher quality jobs for them following their time in the military. It requires institutions that accept education benefits from the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense to offer academic or career counseling to students who have served. Those institutions would be required to meet minimum standards to ensure a quality education for service members. Those institutions would also be required to disclose information including graduation rates, program costs and withdrawal policies while providing access to counseling.

In an interview with WYDaily following his remarks, Kaine said he is particularly interested in tackling unemployment among veterans. “This is taking the educational benefits veterans receive either though the DoD or VA and making sure the benefits really help them get the kind of validated degree or credential that will help them get a job,” Kaine said.

Kaine spoke with a few members of the public following his remarks. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily) To accomplish this goal, the legislation would try to prevent benefits from being used in programs that do not generate meaningful credentials. “There are some operators that are frankly not that high quality, so we want to make sure we apply the appropriate standards to programs that are using veterans benefits so that it really means something,” he said. Furthermore, the legislation would allow benefits to be used at places other than community colleges and universities, such as for career and technical programs. “What about Newport News shipbuilding apprentice program?” Kaine said. “If it’s not a traditional community college or college, it still might be a really great job training program.” Kaine plans to introduce the bill in the U.S. Senate this week. He said the bill has attracted co-sponsors from across the aisle.

“This is not the kind of initiative where just one party supports it,” he said. “We find huge bipartisan support for it.” The Serve Act is not Kaine’s first foray into legislation aimed at improving the lives of veterans and service members. He introduced the Troop Talent Act of 2013 in April. That bill, which is currently in committee, is meant to more closely align specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian credentials or licenses required for employment after the military. When asked about last week’s election, he said it was a ratification of the “let’s work together” route as opposed to the “ideological” route. “Virginians, Democrat, Republican, independent, after Election Day they want to pick people who know how to work together to make good things happen, and I think that was probably the message the electorate was sending,” Kaine said. Kaine has been in office for nearly a year. His road to the Senate began in 1994 when he ran for the Richmond City Council. After serving as a councilman and mayor, he was elected lieutenant governor in 2001 under Gov. Mark Warner, who is now his partner in the Senate. In 2005, Kaine was elected governor of Virginia. Like Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, Kaine served as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee until 2011. “You gotta have patience,” he said of working in the U.S. Senate. “I really am enjoying my job. I’m blessed to have good committees and a great staff.” In addition to Armed Services, Kaine is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. “What we most need in Washington is people who want to build bridges, not burn them,” Kaine said. “It’s the relationship building and the working together where Washington is weak. The dysfunctions in Washington, some of them are ideological but more of them are the willingness to work together. We just have to have more people in office all the time who really make the commitment to do that.”

“Celebrate the Wine Region of Rioja with Colonial Williamsburg” By: Emily Ridjaneck 11/13/2013

Join Ana Fabiano, celebrated wine expert and author of The Wine Region of Rioja, as she shares her passion for one of the most celebrated wine regions of the world. You’ll taste the depth, terroir, and history of Spain in the food-friendly wines of Rioja. Enjoy one, two or all three of these unique and tasteful wine-and-dine events, culminating in a traditional Riojan holiday dinner hosted by Ana and Chef Anthony Frank. And don’t miss the Warehouse Wine Sale starting at 10 a.m. on November 30, where you can stock up for your upcoming holiday events. Salud! Wine, Wit & Wisdom - Tapas and Rioja Friday, November 29 – 6:30 pm – Williamsburg Lodge Wine, Wit and Wisdom presents Riojas Spanish style! Enjoy an interactive tasting of the Temperanillo grape while sampling small plates and delicious bites. $55.50 per person including tax and gratuity. For reservations call 757-229-1000 and ask for Dining Reservations. Wine, Wit & Wisdom – Holiday Treats & Traditions from Rioja Saturday, November 30 – 2:00 pm – Williamsburg Lodge Taste the depth, terroir, and history of Spain as it is expressed in these incredibly food-friendly wines. $45.50 per person including tax and gratuity. For reservations call 757-229-1000 and ask for Dining Reservations. Rioja Holiday Traditions Dinner Saturday, November 30 – 6:35 pm – Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge

Experience the modern Colonial Williamsburg culinary revolution and the ongoing search for unknown or unusual wines and traditions. Discover the unique spirit and timeless wines of the Rioja region of Spain as Chef Anthony Frank and Ana Fabiano host a traditional Riojan dinner. Reservations required. $80 per person including tax and gratuity. For reservations call 757-229-1000 and ask for Dining Reservations. Holiday Warehouse Sale Saturday, November 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 am to 1 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Williamsburg Lodge Stock up for the holidays with wines from the Wine, Wit & Wisdom cellars. Choose from a selection of wines from around the world. More than 60 labels are available, but this sale is limited to the stock on hand. Come early for the best selection! Limited to in-stock merchandise only. You must be 21 or older to purchase wine.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Earned Media Coverage - November 14, 2013  
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Earned Media Coverage - November 14, 2013  

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