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TECH / family maters Straight talk about technology from a plugged-in mom by christinA tynAn-wood

3 Options Worth Considering Glympse   There’s a Glympse app for just about every smartphone and the Web, which is why it’s the default for my crew. Best for an older child who feels more secure with you watching her back—if she wants you to follow virtually as she walks or drives, she sends you a Glympse with a couple of taps, opting to share her location. The Glympse expires automatically after a designated period of time., free

Life360   Install this app (iOS or Android) on your teen’s phone and yours, then create a circle for your family. You can see where your son is in real time and where he’s been, and receive alerts if he enters or leaves any specifc areas. He can see where you are too. (Anyone can turn off location tracking on their own phone at any time, though.) Premium service ($5 per month) puts a one-button emergency call on the phone to request help from a live person., free

Amber Child Safety

  This is a complete parental control tool for iOS, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. Install it on your child’s phone and go online to get her current and past locations, set time limits, monitor social media and more. She cannot uninstall it or turn off location tracking., $9.95 per month

turning a smartphone into a safety net Not long ago, my husband and I brought our 14-yearold daughter and her friend on an outing to Colonial Williamsburg. Like most teens, they were itching to explore on their own. Even though it was dark and we were in an unfamiliar town, I strongly believe that— helicopter-mom instincts aside—kids her age need freedom in order to truly grow up. So before Dan had time to say “No!” I said, “Yes, if you send me a Glympse.” Ava whipped out her phone, loaded the Glympse app and shared her location with me. In an instant, I could see her whereabouts in real time on my smartphone. Excited, the girls set of to visit the historic sites around the area and I kept a virtual eye on them, thanks to the map on my screen. Meanwhile, we enjoyed a pleasant teen-free meal. Each now-and-then glance at my phone assured me they were staying within the agreed-upon limits. “Looks like they’re headed straight for the candy store,” I told Dan. Still kids, after all. Forty-fve minutes later, Ava called. “Mom! We’re lost!” She sounded panicked, but the map showed me they were only a few blocks away. “No, you aren’t,” I told her. “You’re close by.” She was anxious, though, and we stayed on the phone so I could give her turn-by-turn

directions until she said, “Oh, there’s the hotel. Bye!” Reassured, she hung up and they went back to wandering. Incidentally, this same technology is personally useful to me as an avowed walker—if I want to do a few miles after dark, Dan can easily track my whereabouts. If I have to make my way home from the train station on the late side, a panic button on my phone can call 911 with a tap to the screen. And any time my son, 17, takes the car on a long or unfamiliar route, he and I both like for me to monitor his progress so I know he’s arrived safely. These days, there are many options for mobile

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parenting. Some apps, such as Glympse, require my kids to actively choose to share their location with me at any given time. Others track their location passively, meaning, without their taking any action. Some even alert me if my teens enter a zone I had previously fagged as dangerous. Of course, it’s possible to end up going overboard with technology in the name of safety. However, that’s not the relationship I want with my son and daughter. My goal is to raise kids who are ultimately capable of taking care of themselves in the world. I trust them to do the right thing, even if they might make some mistakes. In my mind, these tools are no diferent than training wheels—smart and useful when needed. feb 2014 59

Be a Revolutionary War Spy in Colonial Williamsburg Latest installment of popular RevQuest spy game By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher 3/17/14

Learning about the Revolutionary War will be even more fun for kids and families visiting Colonial Williamsburg this summer. On March 31, the popular 18th-century living history site is launching “RevQuest: The Old Enemy,” the latest installment of its popular text-message based alternative reality game where players become agents of the Committee for Secret Correspondence. Using a smartphone or other device with texting capability, families become spies navigating through the streets of the Revolutionary City in search of secret meeting spots, hidden messages, and most importantly, an ally critical to saving the American Revolution. It's the newest chapter of the “RevQuest: Save the Revolution!” series, which turns visitors into agents working covertly to help their fight for independence from Great Britain. Fighting has already begun though the fledgling nation has no professional army or navy, facing a struggle against the most powerful military force in the world. You can start your spy mission before leaving home at, by virtually navigating the streets of Williamsburg and interacting with residents to find foreign agents who may be able to help. After arriving at Colonial Williamsburg, you can continue your quest, breaking codes and avoiding detection, and discovering that not everyone is as he or she seems. “RevQuest: The Old Enemy” is based on true events and builds upon the success of three earlier chapters, which together have been enjoyed by nearly 83,000 guests since the game first debuted in 2011. “RevQuest: The Old Enemy” runs from March 31-November 30, 2014. The game is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

Pocahontas wedding to be re-enacted Site was identified in 2010 By Steve Vaughan 3/14/14

The interpretive skills of Colonial Williamsburg and the archaeology of William Kelso's team at Historic Jamestowne have made a re-enactment of the wedding ofPocahontas and John Rolfe on the very spot that it happened 400 years ago possible. That event, on April 5, will be part of "The World of Pocahontas Initiative," a series of public programs, lectures and an exhibit highlighting the anniversary of the marriage, jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates Historic Jamestowne under contract with Preservation Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg spokesman Jim Bradley said, as far as any one knows, this is the first time that the wedding has been re-enacted at Historic Jamestowne. He said the woman who will portray Pocahontas is a member of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. The World of Pocahontas Initiative focuses not only on the wedding, but also Pocahontas' capture by the English settlers at Jamestown and her trip to England after she was married. It provides a window on the interaction between the settlers and Native Americans in the early 17th century. The wedding will be celebrated on the site of the 1608 church at James Fort, which was rediscovered by Historic Jamestowne archaeologists in 2010. Other World of Pocahontas programs include:,0,2302916.story

•"For the good of the Plantation"— Capt. Samuel Argall relates the current state of affairs of the Virginia colony in 1614. An experienced sea captain, Argall lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. An attempt to ransom her failed, and she then adopted many of the customs of the English. Presented at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. •"A firme peace forever"— Edward Brewster, the captain of the guard at James Fort, meets with two of Pocahontas' "brothers," Aquinton and Keyghaughton, to discuss the pending marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe. Presented at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15. •"A gentleman of approved behavior"— Martha Sizemore, housekeeper to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, shares the recent occurrences in her master's household. It has been a year since Capt. Argall brought Pocahontas to Jamestown. Rev. Whitaker took an interest in Pocahontas' spirituality, ministering to and eventually baptizing her. She took the English name "Rebecca." Presented at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29. •"a thing acceptable to Powhatan"— Two days before the wedding, Edward Brewster, the captain of the guard at James Fort, meets with Aquinton and Keyghaughton, two emissaries of Chief Powhatan. The two emissaries are convinced that Pocahontas is "very well and kindly treated," and have promised to persuade Powhatan to "conclude a firm peace forever." Presented at 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3. •"to give her in the church"— Rev. Alexander Whitaker discusses tomorrow's wedding of John Rolfe to Pocahontas with Aquinton and Keyghaughton, emissaries of Chief Powhatan. He hopes that the conversion and marriage of Pocahontas will bring peace and good fortune to Jamestown. Presented at 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, April 4. •"done about the fifth of April"— Rev. Whitaker's housekeeper, Martha Sizemore, shares her thoughts on the recent marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas. Martha relates many of the conversations she has overheard. Presented at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, and 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, April 18. • "no reason why the Collonie should not thrive"— The marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe was to establish a lasting peace between the native peoples of Virginia and the colonists. Edward Brewster, James Fort captain of the guard, meets with two emissaries of Chief Powhatan, to discuss what must be done to maintain the current peace. Presented at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12. •"our established friendship with the Naturals"— The April 5 marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe established a peace between the native peoples of Virginia and the colonists. Meet Capt. Argall as he relates his role in the events that brought about this peace. •Argall is an experienced sea captain who in 1613 lured Pocahontas onto his ship and brought her to Jamestown. Presented at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Historic Jamestowne's World of Pocahontas lectures during March and April are: •"From the Hill of Priestly Divination to the Place of the Antler Wearers: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake"— Anthropologist and author Martin Gallivan offers an alternative perspective,0,2302916.story

on the history and culture of the Powhatan and other native societies in the Chesapeake. Beginning with the 1607 Jamestown's settlement, the history and culture of the native societies in the Chesapeake had been framed largely by colonists' documents produced for European audiences, but Gallivan offers an alternative perspective on this history that draws from recent archaeological discoveries and from collaborative research with contemporary native communities. Gallivan is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. Presented at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13. •"Pocahontas and Rolfe: Old Worlds and New Worlds"— Historian and author Daniel Richter as he offers a perspective on our definitions of "old" and "new" worlds. The marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe united people from the Old World and the New. For Pocahontas, America was the old world and England was the new one. Presented at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Both lectures are held in the Hennage Auditorium of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Admission to each lecture is $6 for adults. Students are admitted free, subject to space availability. For tickets, telephone (855) 296-6627. Adult admission to Historic Jamestowne is $14, and includes Yorktown Battlefield. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Youngsters under age 16 receive free admission to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, telephone (757) 229-4497 or visit,0,2302916.story

Virginians can buy a one-day CW ticket, get rest of 2014 for free 3/18/14 Colonial Williamsburgannounced a new ticket offer Tuesday offering Virginia residents the opportunity to pay for one day and get the rest of the year free. The Salute to Virginia promotion encourages the purchase of a Colonial Williamsburg pass for the price of a single day admission — a 30 percent savings. The offer is valid from March 21-May 31. “This promotion was very well received by Virginia residents last year,” said Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of consumer strategy, in a press release. Salute to Virginia offer is designed to appeal to Virginians who love history and want to experience Colonial Williamsburg season by season, the release notes. Highlights for 2014 include: •

Daily presentations of Revolutionary City¿, the award-winning interactive outdoor street-theater presentation,

The newest alternate reality game — RevQuest: The Old Enemy, available through Nov. 30.

A groundbreaking new exhibition in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, “A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South,”

Entertaining and engaging evening programs, and

Signature events such as Independence Day and Grand Illumination.

Salute to Virginia Pass benefits: •

Unlimited admission to the Revolutionary City and its 35 exhibition sites and 19 Historic Trades shops,

Access to Colonial Williamsburg’s world-class museums,

Complimentary shuttle bus service,

Free special walking tours (reservations required),

25 percent discount on most other tours and evening programs,,0,7846015.story


Seasonal discounts on admission tickets for family and friends, and


Advance information about coming attractions and new events.

Visit or telephone (855) 296-6627.,0,7846015.story

The man who made Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens world-famous By Mark St. John Erickson 3/14/14

Just 18 days after forming Colonial Williamsburg Inc. and the Williamsburg Holding Corporation on Feb. 27, 1928, preservation pioneer W.A.R Goodwin made one of his most important hires. Over the following 13 years, landscape architect Arthur A. Shurcliff would not only help define the look and feel of the emerging Historic Area but also make Colonial Revival garden design a nationally influential force in shaping the 20th-century American landscape aesthetic. "From the very beginning, Williamsburg's restorers appreciated the importance of reconstructing the gardens and greens as well as the houses and shops," write M. Kent Brinkley and Gordon W. Chappell in "The Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg.",0,1320047.story?page=1

Arthur Shurcliff was the original and principal architect behind the Colonial Revival gardens that helped make Colonial Williamsburg's landscape design worldfamous. (Lombardi; Barbara Temple / February 4, 2009) And the "clear, simple, direct, energetic and, personally, very charming" Shurcliff -- as he was described by his colleague and lead restoration architect William Graves Perry -- served not only as the original and principal architect of the Historic Area's world-renowned landscape but also -- as Brinkley and Chappell note -- "a pivotal figure in the development of the discipline of landscape architecture in America." Educated in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in art history, design and horticulture at Harvard University, Shurcliff began his career in 1896 working in the famed Brookline, Mass. office of Frederick Law Olmsted — the father of landscape architecture in America. In 1904, he set up his own practice in Boston, where he drew national attention for his work on the layout of Old Sturbridge Village and the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, among many other projects. He also was influential in the early development of the American Society of Landscape Architects, where he served two terms as president (1928–1932). Shurcliff had more than 30 years experience, in fact, when he began developing designs for Colonial Williamsburg on March 17, 1928, and he was well known for an academic style marked by its fondness for symmetry and geometric features. But long before such distinctive elements began to show up in the Historic Area, he conducted an intensive investigation of nearly 40 surviving colonial-era gardens in the Virginia Tidewater, measuring and photographing plans that reflected the period's conservative fondness for the formal Anglo-Dutch tradition born nearly a century earlier.,0,1320047.story?page=1

He also made an exhaustive study of the detailed garden maps and sketches left by French cartographer Claude Joseph Sauthier in 1769 after studying towns in northeastern North Carolina. Shurcliff traveled to historic Charleston, South Carolina, too, in addition to exploring surviving period gardens in England. He then combined these critical sources with the physical evidence being unearthed by Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists as they explored the Historic Area. With gardens and open green spaces making up nearly 30 percent of this 300-acre expanse, the impact of Shurcliff's synthesis was felt almost immediately in a design vocabulary characterized by brickbat, marl and oyster-shell paving; evergreen and flower plantings; and symmetrical geometric patterns laid out in fence-enclosed spaces. So great was the influence of the resulting gardens that Colonial Williamsburg has been cited as one of the Top Ten gardening sites in the world, Brinkley and Chappell note. Though some critics later complained that Shurcliff's designs did not reflect the colonial era as accurately as originally believed, they still rank among the most influential and widely recognized examples of the American Colonial Revival style that grew out of Colonial Williamsburg's efforts. In 2006, five of the Historic Area's most scenic formal gardens -- including those at the Orlando Jones House and the Custis Tenement -- were endowed by donors to insure the preservation of Shurcliff's legacy. "(He) has by extensive investigation and rare imagination recaptured the form and beauty of the colonial gardens," Godwin wrote, "and created vistas of loveliness to intrigue the thought and vision of visitors to recapture a vanished past.",0,1320047.story?page=1

Spring break at home: A calendar of fun in Hampton Roads By Nicole Paitsel 3/15/14

So Disney World isn't in your plans for spring break. And you won't be heading to the Outer Banks this year. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the time off at home. Most Peninsula public schools, including Newport News,Hampton, James City County and Gloucester, have pegged the week of April 7 for spring break. Here are a few ideas to stay busy. Monday, April 7 Colonial Williamsburg annual pass holders, Good Neighbor pass holders and collegiate pass holders can bring friends and family for $15 from April 1 through April 30. There is a limit of 10 reduced price tickets per household. In addition, this spring Colonial Williamsburg will introduce a new "RevQuest: Save the Revolution" game — "RevQuest: The Old Enemy.",0,1320047.story?page=1

"In the past, we ran the game from the previous summer during spring break only and did not introduce the new game until mid-June," says Barbara Brown, a spokeswoman for Colonial Williamsburg. "This year, we are introducing the new game in the spring and will offer it until the end of November.",0,1320047.story?page=1

Pay for a day, return all year to Colonial Williamsburg By Nicole Paitsel 3/18/14

Colonial Williamsburg is bringing back its "Salute to Virginia" pass, which allows Virginia residents to pay for a day and return for unlimited visits throughout the year. “This promotion was very well received by Virginia residents last year,” said Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of consumer strategy. “We listened to our fellow Virginians. We heard how honored they felt with this special offer, so we are bringing it back because of its overwhelming success. The James Anderson Armoury complex reconstruction is complete, including the new Tinsmith Shop, and we’ll soon begin reconstruction of the Market House. Our museums are opening new exhibitions, plus families will enjoy playing the newest version of our popular alternative reality game, ‘RevQuest: The Old Enemy.’” The offer is valid from March 21 through May 31. •


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The Salute to Virginia Pass includes the following benefits, according to a news release: •

Unlimited admission to the Revolutionary City and its 35 exhibition sites and 19 Historic Trades shops,

Access to Colonial Williamsburg’s museums,

Complimentary shuttle bus service,

Free special walking tours (reservations required),,0,6898422.story

25 percent discount on most other tours and evening programs,

Seasonal discounts on admission tickets for family and friends, and

Advance information about coming attractions and new events.

Salute to Virginia Passes are valid through the end of the calendar year. For more information or to purchase Salute to Virginia Passes, visit or call 855-296-6627.,0,6898422.story

Colonial Williamsburg Partnership Makes Rare Book Images Available for Home Décor By Brittany Voll 3/13/14

Beneath the marble-printed covers of more than 200-year-old books in Colonial Williamsburg’s collection lay the pictures being used as inspiration for a new line of home decor prints. In the fall of 2012,Colonial Williamsburg partnered with Richmond-based World Art Group to produce prints for sale online and in Colonial Williamsburg stores. The more than 12,000 rare books collected since 1928 for the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library’s Special Collections serve as the inspiration for the prints. A new spring line being prepared for launch in April will include bird and animal prints, some of which are by early 19th-century painter John James Audubon who is best known for his work “The Birds of America.”

The venture with World Art Group is one of several projects under Colonial Williamsburg’s licensing program, which first started in 1930. Various companies have worked with Colonial Williamsburg over the years to use its design archives as inspiration for merchandise. Rockefeller came up with the idea to work with companies for licensing products, and Raleigh Tavern is one of the first examples. As archaeological work was being executed on the site, pieces of dinnerware were found in the dirt. Colonial Williamsburg partnered with Wedgwood to manufacture new dinnerware of the same pattern. Once produced, the Wedgwood collection was sold across the country, including Colonial Williamsburg. World Art Group has taken its licensing project to a different level with the rare book prints; some prints have a pop art look and others a chalkboard effect. While some prints are colored differently from the original pictures in 18th- and 19th-century books, others look as if they were lifted off the page. During an interview, the books that inspired World Art Group’s prints were spread across a table in the Rockefeller Library. Kris Fischer, director of product licensing, pointed to a tulip-covered page in the undated “A Booke of all Kinds of BEASTS in their Severall Shapes, Postures and Proportions, being the third part of the View of the Creation …” “We loved this page in this book,” Fischer said. “We took the heads of the tulips and put them on backgrounds of punchy colors. … These have been selling very well for World Art.” The backgrounds are more than just “punchy colors,” though. A cross-hatched pattern in varying color depths adds texture to the prints. The early 18th-century book, “The Theory and Practice of Gardening…,” which the library has in both the original French and English printings, was used to create several prints of formal garden designs. Fischer said the book’s author, Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville, was a “gentleman gardener,” someone who studies the practice of gardening but does not garden himself. “These [garden prints] have been very popular in the marketplace in the last couple of years … I think [gardening] is one of the top three hobbies in the country,” Fischer said. The architects who built Colonial Williamsburg donated several of the books in the library’s special collection. In 1999, William Graves Perry’s widow donated about 3,000 books to the collection. Perry, along with Thomas Mott Shaw, Andrew Hopewell Hepburn and landscape architect Arthur Asahel Shurcliff, was responsible for planning Colonial Williamsburg’s reconstruction.

This turkey image from the 1825 book “American Ornithology” by Charles Lucien Bonaparte was used for Wold Art Group prints. (Photo courtesy Colonial Williamsburg) The 1802 Dutch book, “Magazijn van tuin-sieraaden” by G. van Laar, came from Perry’s collection. Several drawings from the book were used as inspiration for prints in the World Art Group collection as well as for bedding sold in Colonial Williamsburg’s stores. More than 4,000 prints from the World Art Group collection were sold in 2013, which was the first full year of the collaboration. The prints currently for sale on World Art’s site range in price from $25 to $115. Colonial Williamsburg cannot disclose the amount of revenue earned from the art sales, which is used for general operations. A small percentage is used to acquire new objects and documents for Colonial Williamsburg’s collections.

Colonial Williamsburg to Host Global Leaders for European Debate By Brittany Voll 3/16/14 Williamsburg will play host to world leaders beginning Monday as part of a discussion about the state of European affairs in the second installment of a global forum. Politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, economists and media representatives will descend on Colonial Williamsburg for the second Williamsburg-CSIS Forum, made possible through a partnership with the Center for Strategic International Studies and the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William & Mary. This year’s forum — “A Crisis and a Crossroads: A Dis-United or United States of Europe?” — will focus on Europe’s political union, leadership, economy, debt crisis and foreign policy. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s an issue that relates very much to our initiative to be relevant to the 21st century and actually to draw attention to the legacy and ideals of the revolution and how they continue to have an impact, not only on our own country but on countries overseas,” said Dr. James Horn, vice president of research and historical interpretation and the Abby and George O’Neill director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg. Several private discussions where officials can “debate the issues of the day in a relaxed and nonpartisan atmosphere” will take place over the course of the multi-day forum, because “to have the kinds of discussions we want to encourage, they can’t always be held in public,” Horn said. There will be one discussion open for public attendance and webcasting, as well as one solely webcast discussion. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday, viewers can tune into “A Union’s Greatest Challenges: Europe’s Future Path toward Economic Growth, Global Competitiveness and Addressing Debt.” Speakers include Ambassador Robert Hormats, former U.S. Department of State undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment; David Marsh, chairman and co-founder of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum; and Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times associate editor and European economic columnist. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Colony Room of the Williamsburg Lodge at 310 S. England St. will host New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, as he moderates “The Great European Debate: A United States of

Europe?” Germany’s Deputy Minister of Labor, Jörg Asmussen, will debate the issue on the affirmative against United Kingdom House of Commons member Liam Fox, also former secretary of state for defense. During the public discussion Tuesday, attendees will be able to submit written questions to the panelists. The forum will move to Washington, D.C. later in the week, where CSIS will host two public discussions: “President Obama’s Trip to Europe: A Journalist Roundtable Discussion” and “The State of the European Union: The Crisis in Ukraine, Europe’s Integration Prospects and the Impact of the Upcoming European Parliament Elections Considered.” The topic of next year’s Williamsburg-CSIS Forum discussions will deal with sub-Saharan African countries attempting to write constitutions and develop democracy.

Celebrate the Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe By Emily Ridjaneck 3/18/14

You’re invited to the wedding event of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, Saturday, April 5, on the site of their 1614 wedding at Historic Jamestowne in honor of the 400th Anniversary. In addition to the wedding day recreations, Historic Jamestowne is presenting a series of special events, programs, and a new exhibit exploring Native American peoples and their relationship to the English settlers throughout 2014. Click here for more information on this special celebration.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Earned Media Coverage - March 20, 2014  
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Earned Media Coverage - March 20, 2014  

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