Charity Golf Tournament to Support Youth Football and Cheerleading

The James City Jaguars Youth Football and Cheerleading organization (ages 6-14) is holding a charity golf tournament at Ford’s Colony on May 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. They have 150 football players and cheerleaders from the city of Williamsburg. All proceeds from the event will be used for new equipment and uniforms for the players and cheerleaders. The registration form and details are at Businesses can


2012 Grand Illumination Schedule and Map

Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Gazette for publishing the schedule of events for tomorrow’s Grand Illumination. Click the images to see larger PDFs. See you there!

Another Great Turkey Trot 5K to Benefit Local Charity

I had so much fun cheering my friends when they ran in the Blue Talon Bistro 5K Turkey Trot a couple of years ago that I decided to check it out again this year. They’ve almost doubled the number of participants in two years! I’m not surprised, because it’s great exercise and entertainment for the whole family on Thanksgiving morning. Registration money benefits the Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels program, a very worthwhile organization.

Nominate a Giving Person for a Family Thanksgiving Meal

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant seeks nominations to honor a caring, heroic, giving person and his or her family with a Thanksgiving meal. If you know a selfless someone who puts the needs of others first, let Captain George’s know. They’ll treat a deserving individual and  family to a Thanksgiving Dinner.

Nominations will be accepted from now until November 15, 2012 at


Fireworks for a Salute to the Nation

A Williamsburg Native reader asked if Colonial Williamburg is still shooting fireworks on Friday nights. I found current information on Colonial Williamsburg’s web site for the “Salute to the Nation”  program. They also have a calendar that you can search by date or event.

The fireworks will go off between 8:30 – 8:50 p.m. this Friday, August. 24, 2012, weather permitting. It looks like this is the last blast for the season, so don’t miss out. We’ll have to wait until Grand Illumination on December 2nd for the next celebration with fireworks.

First Night Williamsburg 2012

First Night has a great line up of performers this year. You can purchase your $15 admission button at about 20 locations in town. The  First Night web site does a great job of showing the performers, schedule, parking/shuttle  options, so be sure to check it out. The weather forecast is for clear skies and temps around 40 degrees—perfect for enjoying the fireworks at 11:30. See you there!

Final 2nd Sunday of 2011 on Prince George St.

Enjoy a small-scale, low-key outdoor art show and festival from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 on Prince George Street. 2nd Sundays Williamsburg is featuring artist Rob Ingalls of Yorktown and 35 other artisans. There will be hayrides for families through Colonial Williamsburg, Celtic-style music, kid’s crafts, and other fun activities.

Christmas Concerts Dec. 10 – 11, 2011

Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit faster than music and this weekend offers some wonderful options. Today at 2:00 p.m. head to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at 215 Richmond Road for the Virginia Choral Society‘s Family Festival of Carols. They’ll perform contemporary seasonal music and traditional Christmas carols. Tickets are $18 at the door ($15 for mil/sr/stu).

This evening, enjoy acoustic sounds of the season at Lana Puckett and Kim Person’s Christmas Show at 7:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Regional Library. You can hear  Kim Person‘s lyrical voice on her web site.  The concert will feature original and traditional songs from the duo’s  Christmas CD releases  “At Christmas the Heart Goes Home” and “The Gift of Christmas.”  I’ve never been disappointed by groups in the Dewey Decibel series at the library.

Tomorrow, opera fans will love the Williamsburg Choral Guild’s free presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera by Gian Carol Menotti, sung in English. It tells the story of a poor shepherd boy’s meeting with the three kings and the miraculous healing of his lame leg when he gives his crutch to the kings as a gift for the baby Jesus. No tickets required; if you care to take a canned or non-perishable food item, it will be give to Fish or Grove Christian Outreach.Performances are Sunday, December 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4897 Longhill Road.

Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination Dec. 4, 2011

The big event this weekend is the Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg. If the weather is good, you can expect tens of thousands of people to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with you. The Illumination activities begin at 5:15, with fireworks at 7:00 p.m. Get there before dusk so you can stroll Duke of Gloucester Street and enjoy the decorations. Colonial Williamsburg has a full day of activities planned, plus some  a capella programs at the DeWitt Wallace Musem. It’s free to walk around the historic area and enjoy the sights; you need tickets to go inside the exhibits.

Be sure to make your way to Merchants Square, where the following activities are planned:

Dec. 4  Grand Illumination Sunday on Merchants Square

  • A Christmas Carol, Noon–12:30 p.m., 1:30–2 p.m.
  • Santa visits the College of William & Mary Bookstore, 12–3 p.m.
  • Strolling Santa, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Strolling Musical Entertainment, throughout the day
Don’t miss Ed Whitaker’s 15-minute version of A Christmas Carol. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. Not convinced yet? See last year’s pictures.

William & Mary Christmas Art & Craft Show

This annual show is fun to attend and admission is free. Exhibitors from 6 states show and sell fine art, jewelry, folk art, clothing, paper, baskets, pillows, photography, quilts, Christmas decorations, food and more.

Location:  Trinkle Hall at the back of the Campus Center on Jamestown Road (across from the Wren Building).

Dates: Dec. 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Dec. 4, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.