Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wine for Thanksgiving

Try a new Thanksgiving tradition his year: Forget about trying to find a wine that pairs as well with a drumstick as it does with a sweet potato. It's pointless.

A better strategy is to look for crowd-pleasers that won't overpower your palate--or your head--during the long meal.

The first piece of advice: relax. Ignore the traditional wine-pairing rules of the other 364 days of the year (red wines with roasted meats; light whites with salad). Forget about every food that's on the Thanksgiving table, actually.

All these rules have pigeonholed creativity, It's OK; try different things. Have fun with it, don't be intimidated by it.

From there, keep two factors in mind. One, Thanksgiving is a long day. So, if you're going to be drinking wine, be sure to pick varieties or styles you know you can drink all day--in other words, wines that are lower in alcohol and lighter in weight.

Second, drink the varieties and styles that you know you like from past experience--regardless of whether a critic gave it a high score, your in-law recommended it or it was on sale at the wine shop. If you and nobody else coming to dinner likes merlot, for example, there's no point in drinking it on Thanksgiving Day.

10 wines that are crowd-pleasers, in part because they're lighter bodied and (mostly) lower in alcohol so they can be poured well before the gravy's been made.

Prime Picks
For whites, all $21 and under per bottle. Two, the Valdesil Montenovo Godello from Spain and the Tiefenbrunner Pinot Bianco from Italy are light and fruity, so they'll be great before dinner (and certainly good with it, especially the cranberry sauce).
The Hortus La Bergerie Blanc, a blend of several white varieties, and the Albrecht Gewürztraminer Reserve, on the other hand, will be a bit heavier. These wines are likely to be more friendly with the food than the aforementioned two whites, but not too heavy to open up and drink before dinner hits the table. Somewhere in the middle is the Dr. Karl Christoffel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, which has a touch of sweetness and lower alcohol, so it works equally well as an aperitif, with dinner and with dessert.

Just remember, when looking at white wines, keep in mind what you like and what your guests like and let that inform whether to get wines on the lighter or heavier end of the spectrum.

Wines that are fruity and tangy with acidity. The more acidic the wine, the more you salivate, which is especially helpful with dry turkey and stuffing. But these types of wines are also simple and easy-drinking; no silly wine pontification required here.

The Clone 5 pinot noir from California and the Starry Night Lodi Zinfandel, sing with food and the Bacio Divino Pazzo, an Italian-style wine made in California, with a touch of the white variety Viognier blended in to mellow it.

From Europe, the Pieve Del Vescovo Piovano from Umbria (be sure to open this one an hour or so before you start pouring it), as well as the Potel-aviron Moulin A Vent Vv from Beaujolais. The latter is not a Nouveau, those cheap, colorful-label, soda-tasting wines released on the same day every year. This is the serious, well-made wine from the region that costs just a touch more than the Nouveau, but over-delivers on flavor--the kind of wine that will make any Nouveau drinker look at Beaujolais in a new light.

If they can satisfy all the different people around the table (always much easier said than done when families get together), that makes for one pretty happy Thanksgiving.

Have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving!

Remember, we still have rooms available here at
Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg Virginia. Join us for your most comfortable holiday accommodations

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas in Williamsburg this year is sure to be amazing as it is each and every year here.

With temperatures being cool and crisp enough to enjoy a roaring fire on the street corners of Colonial Williamsburg but yet not so cold that you don't want to go out side and take in a horse drawn carriage ride, it is a perfect place to celebrate the holidays with friends, family or that special someone.

Between Thanksgiving and the first weekend in January, choose from hundreds of holiday dining, program, and music events—including many that highlight coffee, chocolate, and hospitality to celebrate Charlton’s Coffeehouse opening. ’Ties the season to experience the Historic Area’s rich traditions and exquisite decorations and enjoy this romantic interpretation of Christmas two centuries ago. The options to build special memories here are endless. And remember, with your visit, you’re also giving back, by helping to support The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Christmas in Williamsburg is pure magic. It’s a walk down cobblestone streets, admiring colonial homes proudly festooned with garlands of fresh apples, magnolia and pine. It’s hot cider on a cold, blue-skied day. It’s the sound of a fife-and-drum concert, the harmony of traditional carolers, the ringing of real jingle bells on a horse-drawn carriage. When you visit America’s Historic Triangle during the holidays, you step into an enchanting place at a most enchanting time of year.
New for 2009, Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration creates the anticipation of the season and fills visitors’ senses with all things Christmas. Beginning Nov. 27, visitors will experience all-new attractions, shows and shopping filled with the holiday spirit. From more than a million twinkling lights, the smell of fresh baked Christmas cookies and one-of-a-kind gift ideas to a spectacular 45-foot, light-animated Christmas tree, Christmas Town will have park-goers saying, “Now this is Christmas.” Christmas Town will add a unique holiday tradition to Virginia. Check out Christmas Town for the latest information.

It’s a wonderful place to create new traditions with your family, even as you discover the world of Christmas past. Watch the night sky come to life with the blast and sparkle of 18th century fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination. Try a roasted chestnut at the Christmas Market in Yorktown. Or, greet the season with a tour at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center during “A Colonial Christmas” that lets you see the holidays through the eyes of a Jamestown settler, a battle-weary Revolutionary War soldier, or a colonial farmer.
On every street corner you’ll see something new and exciting, from holiday parades and concerts, to special children’s events and unique shopping opportunities. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without lights—glowing from the boughs of beautifully decorated trees, shining across the water at the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, and flickering in candlelit windows.

When you plan your holiday visit to the Williamsburg area, you’ll unwrap a classic Christmas getaway that you and your family will remember forever. And there’s no better gift than that.

Allow us here at the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast to make your holiday stay the most comfortable and memorable yet.
Holiday Special! Stay 3 nights in December and receive 2 FREE bounce tickets to explore Europe and America this Christmas season.

Experience the fun European flair of Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration , then travel back in time to early America with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

Our Christmas Bounce Ticket gives you up to three days of unlimited access to American history and a Busch Gardens Christmas

Available from 11/27 to 12/27

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Williamsburg Wine Lovers B&B Getaway

Slip away for a few days with your special someone and take advantage of this fabulous package.

This special "Wine Lover's Getaway" includes:

Two nights lodging in one of our elegant and romantic guest rooms or luxurious suites. Welcome fruit and cheese plate & bottle of Williamsburg white of red, Fresh Roses in take home vase. Turn-down service with Godiva Chocolates. Gourmet breakfast each morning, wine tour, tasting & lunch at the Williamsburg Winery. Any Room Tax included only $500! Call us now!

Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Things to do while in Williamsburg over Thanksgiving

Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia November 26-28, 2009  Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and iron kettles over hot coals and preserved by smoking, salt curing and pickling. This Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event November 26-28, 2009, at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. Visitors will be able to see venison, turkey and other game roast over an open fire, while stews of corn, beans and squash cook in clay pots in the re-created Powhatan Indian village. Visitors can learn how the Jamestown colony was provisioned by hauling cargo aboard re-created ships, and within the re-created colonial fort, learn about the culinary skills English colonists brought to Virginia, including the processing of an entire pig into hams and bacon, and the preservation of meat with salt. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen. Among the highlights, visitors to the Continental Army encampment will see how soldiers turned meager rations of dried beans, salted meat and hard bread into nourishing soups and stews during the war, and on a re-created 1780s farm, witness the bounty of field and garden transformed into stews, pies and breads. Farm interpreters also will share preservation methods of the farm harvest for the long winter ahead. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, except for Christmas and New Year’s days. A combination ticket to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center is $19.25 for adults and $9.25 for ages 6-12. Admission to Jamestown Settlement is $14.00 for adults and $6.50 (6-12), and to the Yorktown Victory Center, $9.25 for adults and $5.00 (6-12). Children ages 5 and under are free. Food preparation in the museums’ interpretive areas is for demonstration purposes only. The Jamestown Settlement Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009. The menu includes oven fresh roast turkey, homemade stuffing, sweet potato casserole, red bliss mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry relish, assorted rolls and butter, a selection of fresh pies, and a choice of fountain beverage, coffee or hot tea. The cost is $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 12 and under, plus tax. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Jamestown Settlement Cafe at (757) 253-2571.

Berkeley Plantation

Plantation on the James River.

Berkeley is the most historic plantation on the James River. Visit the site of the first official Thanksgiving (1619), as well as the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison and President William Henry Harrison, our 9th president. Taps was composed here (1862) at the Civil War headquarters of General McClellan. Enjoy the 1726 mansion, an architectural gem with exceptional antiques. Five terraces of restored boxwood and flowered gardens offer breathtaking vistas of the James River. Costumed guides, museum and gift shop.
The original Georgian mansion, built in 1726 of brick fired on the plantation, occupies a beautifully landscaped hilltop site overlooking the historic James River. The date of the building and the initials of the owners, Benjamin Harrison IV and his wife, Anne appear in a datestone over a side door. The mansion is said to be the oldest 3-story brick house in Virginia that can prove its date and the first with a pediment roof. The handsome Adam woodwork and the double arches of the ‘Great Rooms’ in the mansion were installed by Benjamin Harrison VI in 1790 at the direction of Thomas Jefferson.
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides in period costumes conduct tours of the original 1726 mansion, furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques. The tour includes an audio-visual program and museum. The museum collection includes Civil War artifacts as well as a unique collection of paintings by artist Sydney King.

Explore the magnificent gardens and grounds at your own pace. Five terraces of restored boxwood and flower gardens offer breathtaking vistas of the James River. Benches are arranged throughout the gardens to sit and enjoy this delightful and peaceful setting.

Berkeley is open daily 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

by Mark G. Stith

Sunrise and fresh-baked bread warm up a cool, crisp day at Colonial Williamsburg. The alluring mix tempts the morning's first visitors to follow the costumed bakers to the Raleigh Tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street (shortened to "Dog" Street by locals). There you'll find baskets filled with goodness. You couldn't ask for a more appetizing start to celebrating Thanksgiving's bounty at Colonial Williamsburg.

Sobering current events at home and abroad renew and strengthen our ties with family, faith, fellowship, and national pride. Restore and rejuvenate those bonds by sitting down to lunch or dinner at one of the four dining taverns in the Historic Area.
All of them offer superb holiday fare, costumed servers, roving minstrels, authentic furnishings, and a pleasant atmosphere. Our favorite meal has to be the sumptuous offering for Thanksgiving dinner at King's Arms Tavern. Start with cream of Virginia peanut soup, so rich, flavorful, and filling that they could serve it as the main course. But then there would be no room for the roasted young turkey served with giblet gravy, cornbread dressing, Carolina candied yams, and cranberry chutney.
Dessert can't be any better than their warm mincemeat pie. But you might be talked into tasting their seven-layer chocolate cake. In recent years, the restaurant added wines from French vineyards visited by Thomas Jefferson. They're not inexpensive, but consider the company. This special Thanksgiving feast is rather pricey also ($59.95 adults, $24.95 ages 11 and under), but you'll get a meal and a memory that you'll savor.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chocolate and Coffee Spa Services...WOW!

There's just something wonderful about Chocolate and Coffee!!

Chocolate & Coffee Spa Services
Mention this blog when making your reservation here at Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg and receive a FREE tray of Chocolate covered strawberries with your nightly turn down service. Call us at 800-886-9715 to reserve your room!

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg celebrates the opening of the R. Charlton Coffeehouse with an espresso coffee scrub, which combines the earthy notes of coffee, pumice and clay to exfoliate the skin, with a relaxing massage to finish. For a sweet treat for the feet, a chocolate and peppermint pedicure includes an exfoliating coffee scrub followed by an invigorating peppermint foot balm. The coffee and chocolate spa services are specially priced through Nov. 30. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-688-6479 or 757-220-7720.

This fall, Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse—the only authentic 18th-century coffeehouse in the United States—will open in the Historic Area.

To commemorate this exciting event, the Spa will join the rest of the Foundation in A Celebration of Coffee and Chocolate. This month, choose from several delectable autumn specials:

•Coffee Body Scrub and Massage: espresso coffee scrub combines earthy notes of coffee and pumice and clay to exfoliate, followed by a relaxing massage—60 minutes for just $99 or 90 minutes for just $159
•Chocolate and Peppermint Pedicure: chocolate exfoliating scrub with an invigorating peppermint foot balm—just $60
The Spa will also be featuring a Warming Glow Massage (60 min.) and Holiday Resurfacing Facial—just $179
Begin with this seasonal hot stone massage that will warm your body and soften your skin. Enjoy a sense of well being, boost your energy, and clear your mind with our invigorating blend of cardamom, jasmine, orange, and ylang ylang. Then, bask in the glow of a holiday resurfacing facial—a winter tune-up for your face.

Don’t miss these limited-time offers—they’re only available through November 30, 2009.

Call for your appointment today!
1-800-688-6479 or (757) 220-7720.
Please be sure to mention the chocolate and coffee offer when making your reservation.

*Prices do not include gratuity. By appointment only. Subject to availability. Valid through November 30, 2009.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What to do in Williamsburg Virginia on a Rainy day

Well now, anyone who has looked at the weather around here knows it is raining cats and dogs outside, making for many poodles? I know, showing my age.

I thought I would focus today’s blog on what great things there are to do in town even if you have to take a boat to get to them.

There’s always the old stand by movies to go to but here in Williamsburg you have choices and I don’t mean just the features. Williamsburg has added a new venue for watching movies and dining at the same time. The Movie Tavern at High Street. And it is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon enjoying a burger and beer or wine and nachos. The seating is spacious and comfortable the table in front of you is perfect for food and drink. You order as you go in and wait staff brings it to you in the theater.

If you’re holding a ticket for Colonial Williamsburg, you could spend a few hours at the different Museums they have

Bassett Hall, a two-story, 18th-century frame house located on 585 acres of gardens and rolling woodlands, is a part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. It was in this house that John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller made their home during the early restoration of the Historic Area, a restoration they themselves financed.
20th-century family home
Today the house looks much as it did in the 1930s and 40s when the Rockefellers restored and furnished it to be a comfortable family home. Bassett Hall reflects both its 18th-century heritage and the neighborly comfort that was part of the Rockefeller's 20th-century life in Williamsburg. The garden blooms in the spring and fall, just as it did during the Rockefeller's seasonal visits. Extensive conservation work recently completed included the addition of more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, and ground cover, which returned the gardens to their 1940s-era appearance. Trails the Rockefellers established in the woods behind the home are still maintained.
Bassett Hall is located near the Capitol, on the south side of Francis Street at the end of a long, tree-lined approach. Admission to Bassett Hall is included in Colonial Williamsburg admission pass. This site is not a ticket sales location so please purchase your pass ahead of time.

18th-century frame house
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
March 16, 2009- January 3, 2010, open 10-7 daily.
Colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life, making novel and effective use of the materials at hand. Bold colors, simplified shapes, and imaginative surface patterns can be seen in the variety of paintings, carvings, toys, needlework they create.
The Folk Art Museum offers changing exhibitions of American folk art from its permanent holdings and museum loan shows.
The Museum Store features an array of distinctive gifts. Items ranging from folk art by contemporary artists to note cards and books complement the museum's collection of American folk art.
The Museum Café offers sandwiches, soups, beverages and desserts. Open 11-4 daily.

326 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
March 16, 2009 - January 3, 2010, open 10-7 daily.
Opened in 1985, this museum is home to an extensive collection of American and British antiques. See furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Attend lectures and musical performances in the Hennage Auditorium.
Enter through the Public Hospital of 1773, a three-part exhibit on mental illness and treatment methods.
The Museum Store offers a range of books, music, jewelry, gifts, and accessories reflecting the museum's collection of 18th and early 19th-century decorative arts.
The Museum Café offers sandwiches, soups, beverages and desserts. Open 11-4 daily.

326 West Francis Street Williamsburg,
Search for hidden treasure at the Williamsburg Antique Mall
Antiques and the museum collections of Colonial Williamsburg would seem to be synonymous, but until recent years, there were few places in the area where an individual could purchase an antique.
Since 1997, the Williamsburg Antique Mall has been a special niche in the antique market. Conveniently located off of 199 on Lightfoot Road, the Williamsburg Antique Mall has become a destination for those wishing to purchase antiques as well as view them in this historic colonial setting.
La Petite Tea Room, located in the building, serves gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
Now even though it is Raining here in Williamsburg, you can still enjoy last minute specials at our dry and warm Bed and Breakfasts which feather in room fireplaces and lovely gourmet breakfasts, complimentary umbrella's and lots of hot chocolate! 800-886-9715

Monday, November 9, 2009

Special Fall Military Invitational at the Golden Horseshoe

Fall Military Invitational
November 14 & 15, 2009
Celebrate the military at the Fall Military Tournament at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club . The tournament will consist of 36 holes played on the Green Course. Designed by Rees Jones, Jones Sr.’s son, and opened in 1991, the Green Course is carved from the same terrain but is simultaneously longer and more forgiving.
18 Holes
Yardage: 7,120
Par: 72
Slope Rating: 134
Saturday’s format will be captain’s choice and Sunday’s will be four-ball (two-person, best ball). Handicaps will be used to determine Saturday’s pairings. Flights will be determined by Saturday’s scores. For additional information, call 757-220-7696.
Make sure to call about rooms and suites available for your Williamsburg Virginia Stay! 1-800-886-9715

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Today In Williamsburg Virginia

The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Did you know that Ripley's Believe It or Not! Owns the largest collection of the Berlin Wall in the world?

Monday, November 9th, 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came down. Built with barbed wire and concrete in August of 1961 by the Communist East, The Berlin Wall, stretching for about 30 miles, was a Cold War symbol which separated East and West Berlin, preventing people from leaving East Germany. According to the “August 13 Association” which specializes in the history of the Berlin Wall, at least 938 people – 255 in Berlin alone – died, shot by East German border guards, attempting to flee to West Berlin or West Germany. It stood for 28 years as a division between the Soviets and the Allies. The wall was torn down after Communism collapsed in 1989. During the summer of 1989, tens of thousands of East Germans fled the communist regime. The photos below show the initial building of the Wall in 1961, the fall of the Wall in 1989 and how the sections of the Wall look today. The last group of photos shows comparisons of how Berlin looked with the Wall and how the city looks now that the Wall is gone.
With the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching museums around the world will have historic sections of the wall on display, including the Vatican, John F. Kennedy Library, the United Nations headquarters and 13 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museums.

Yes - Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's owns what is likely the largest collection of Berlin Wall sections in the world - 16 10-by-10 foot sections of the wall, most of which are on display at its museums around the world. So how did a company famous for oddities acquire 160 feet of the Berlin Wall?

"Like most of the country, we were watching the events unfold on TV," said Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits for Ripley's Believe It or Not! "A couple of people in our company had the idea that something significant was about to unfold and we should get over there as fast as possible."
Meyer was part of a small Ripley's team that was soon on the ground in Berlin. Meyer said "It was one of the most emotional things I have ever experienced. To walk in and out of holes in the wall and experience something that had been impossible for nearly 30 years was truly amazing."

As people around him stuffed chunks of the wall into suitcases, Meyer started scouting for the most interesting sections he could find and prepared to make offers to buy them.

"It was a bit of a free-for-all, because no one really owned the wall," he said. "We received assistance from an American diplomat who shall remain nameless, and we dealt directly with the German military."
Ripley's was soon the proud owner of 160 feet of Berlin Wall - 16 sections that each weighed about 2 tons.

"Buying it was easy. Getting it home was the hard part," laughed Meyer. The sections were taken down and put on a barge and floated up the river to Hamburg and eventually placed on a shipping vessel and sent to the U.S. Meyer won't reveal the purchase price, but says "it cost us about 50 times more to ship the collection to the U.S. than it did to buy it."

Today most of the sections are popular exhibits at Ripley museums around the world. Two of the sections not currently on display will eventually head back overseas to go on display at proposed Ripley museums in Bahrain and Korea.

"We were there for one of the most historic events of the 20th century," said Meyer. "And our collection still serves as a living history lesson today."
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum and 4D Theater in Williamsburg is your destination for the strange, unusual and bizarre. Call 757-220-9220 for more information or click here for more information.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Great Things Happening in Williamsburg This Weekend

Whether you live in Williamsburg or are visiting there is always something fun and interesting to do here.

Fri, Nov 6, 2009
Nutcracker Act II (6:00 PM)
Colonial Heritage
The Williamsburg Ballet Theatre company performers from the Institute for Dance will present Act II of "The Nutcracker Ballet." Join us for dinner from 6 - 7 pm followed by the performance from 7 - 8 pm. Please RSVP by November 3. For more information, please contact Jennifer Norman at 757-645-2001.
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Cost: $20 inclusive per person for dinner and performance

The Three Jolly Coachmen: A Benefit Concert (7:30 PM)
Kimball Theatre
The Williamsburg-based group proudly proclaims its music is 100% recycled work of the Kingston Trio. Whether you are a baby boomer, a teenager, or anywhere in between, you will enjoy this KT tribute group that faithfully and exuberantly reproduces. their lively, infectious music. When the performance ends, youll leave the theater with a smile on your face, a bounce in your step, and happy feelings that the price of your ticket will help the young people of KIDS N GRIEF who have suffered the loss of one or more loved loves. Proceeds from this event will go to fund Mikeys Camp and ensure that anyone needing the services of KIDS N GRIEF will receive them for free.
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Cost: All seats $16

An Evening in Provence (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Prince George Art Frame
There will be a reception in the gallery for The Edwin L Green: Plein Air en Provence exhibit on November 6 -- the exhibit will be on display though December 19. Please join us for An Evening in Provence! There will be refreshments.

Exhibition Special Event - Lecture by Gerard Malanga (5:00 PM)
Muscarelle Museum of Art
In conjunction with the Deeply Superficial exhibition on Andy Warhol, there will be an opening night lecture by Gerard Malanga, Warhols closest studio assistant. Malanga was a major contributor to Warhols output in the 1960s, and he is also an accomplished poet. The Deeply Artificial exhibit runs from November 7 - January 24. See website for details.
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Cost: Included in Museum Admission, $10 (W&M faculty, students, museum members and children under 12 free)

Louise Chartrand Gallery Opening (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
8655 Merry Oaks Lane, Toano, VA
Come out and browse through a treasure of French paintings, sculptures and antiques. During this event, there will be a 20% discount offered. To confirm your presence, please call 757-250-3234. For examples of Louises works, please visit the website.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Just another reason to visit Williamsburg this week.

Just another reason to visit Williamsburg this week.

In addition to free admission to Colonial Williamsburg for Americas Veterans and their families Here at Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast on Williamsburg’s historic corridor, All Veterans and Their Families will receive 25% off on regular rates!

Colonial Williamsburg honors the sacrifices and dedication of U.S. veterans, active duty military personnel, guard and reservists, and their dependents during special Veterans Day programs on Wednesday, Nov. 11,2009.
On Veterans Day, a military parade honoring America’s veterans will be held at 4:30 p.m. and will begin at the Capitol. All veterans of service in America’s armed forces are invited to participate in the parade. Groups will begin forming at 4:15 p.m. A ceremony will follow the parade at the Courthouse on Market Square recognizing all veterans of American service.
As part of the tribute, Colonial Williamsburg offers special free admission passes to active duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents from Friday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-11. The Honoring Service to America pass includes admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and museums, including the Capitol, Governor’s Palace and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Foundation benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The pass also includes an Orientation Walk, a walking tour that provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg and its restoration, free shuttle bus service to and from the Visitor Center, a viewing of the movie, “Williamsburg, The Story of a Patriot,” and parking at the Visitor Center.
The service member need not be present and free passes will be provided to immediate family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, DD Form 214, as identification of service. These tickets are available only at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales windows.
Call us here at Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast If you would like some help planing your stay and itinerary.