Vanish Point Gives Giant Wedgie at Water Country USA

The weather was so nice on Saturday that I couldn’t resist a swing by Water Country USA to renew my annual pass, get my walk in for the day, and take a look at the new ride: Vanish Point. A couple of big men who rode it appeared to be staggering a little when they got up, so I asked a brave twenty-something young woman what the ride was like. She said, “it was fun! My heart is still pumping.” Then, I asked, “how hard was the landing?” and she replied, “not too bad, but it did give me a giant wedgie!” Here’s a short video to get you in the mood for summer fun:

Jamestown Day is May 14th

Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement are jointly hosting Jamestown Day on Saturday, May 14, 2011. In honor of the 404th anniversary of the settler’s landing at Jamestown in 1607, you can watch the mid-morning departure of the Godspeed, a replica of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607, as it sets sails in the James River. There will be military drills, archaeology, and programs on English and Powhatan Indian contact and exploration.

Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to Historic Jamestowne is $10.00 for people over age 15, free for people under 16. Jamestown Settlement admission is $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for ages 6 through 12, free for children under 6. A combination ticket is available for Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Victory Center. Parking is free.

Williamsburg’s Gorgeous Spring

Don’t delay your trip to Colonial Williamsburg if you want to see beautiful spring flowers. I shot this video a week ago, so you can imagine that the gardens are even more vibrant now. We’re now seeing the dogwoods and azaleas blooming, making this week the perfect time for a visit!

We started our walk near Bassett Hall at the east end of town, then walked up Duke of Gloucester Street past the colonial garden, where master gardener Wesley Greene was watching over his work of art. Then, we went behind the Taliaferro-Cole House, where the garden seldom disappoints through three seasons. We finished up behind the Dean House to see one of the sweetest spring time gardens in Virginia. One of my earliest Williamsburg memories is walking in that garden with my mom, after we had “fed” the chickens behind the Wythe House.

The music is “Barley Field” from Enjoy!

Williamsburg Christmas Decorations

I took a walk through Colonial Williamsburg to video my favorite door decorations, then drove through a couple of neighborhoods with fun light displays. Enjoy the video!

Lighting Williamsburg’s Community Christmas Tree

The big Christmas tree on Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg is a joy to see each year as we drive down Francis Street after dark. The lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Don’t stress if you’re running late, because community leaders do a bit of “speech-a-fying” before they flip the switch. I remember waiting a good 30 minutes in the cold the last time I went. But it was worth the wait. Enjoy!

Fireworks at Grand Illuminantion, Colonial Williamsburg

When I saw a dusting of snow on the ground Sunday morning, I got excited about going to Grand Illumination. The historic area is so beautiful in the snow! Alas, the snow melted, but temperatures were back to the low 30s by the time we made it downtown around 4:30 p.m. We fared far better this year because my friend Leslie bought us Grabber Foot Warmers for our shoes. They kept us toasty!

I was really impressed with the fireworks this year—I think Colonial Williamsburg outdid themselves. I’m glad I had my video camera so I can share them with you. [Read more…]

Fun at Christmas Town, Busch Gardens

A romp through Christmas Town Friday night with my friends Kim and Rhonda was a perfect way to decompress from our busy work weeks. The staff at Busch Gardens has done a fabulous job with the lights and decorations. I loved seeing all of their creative variations on the theme, including lots of blue lights! My favorite area was Pompeii, with its formal gardens and white lights. We saw four of the five shows, skipping A Sesame Street Christmas because we didn’t have any kids with us. We enjoyed O Tannenbaum, Deck the Halls, and Miracles. Not all of the rides are operational, due to the temperature this time of year, but make sure you do the Flight of Lights to see the magic of the lights from above.

Make your own holiday wreath

After you attend the Williamsburg Christmas Parade and buy your handmade girl scout ornaments Saturday morning, head over to New Quarter Park from Noon to 2 p.m. for a special program where you’ll learn to make your own decorations from pine, boxwood, apples, and other live material. [Read more…]

Grand Illumination is Sunday, Dec. 5

I’m looking forward to attending Colonial Williamburg’s Grand Illumination again this year. See the fun my friend Leslie and I had last year. The official event begins at 4:45 p.m. with colonial programs. Fireworks start at 6:15 p.m. There’s an interesting “behind the scenes” article on CW’s web site. The weather forecast is for cold and clear weather, so get your boot warmers fired up and put your mittens on for a great start to the Christmas season.

Laurie Brown portraying Lady Dunmore at the Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, VA, 1993

As I was checking CW’s web site for times, I came across this photo of me taken in 1993. Those were fun times. They never did succeed at teaching me the Minuet, though!

Free CW Passes for Military Members and Dependents, Nov. 11-14

Colonial Williamsburg will honor military service with a parade at 4:30 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The museum is also offering special free admission passes to active duty military, guard and reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents from Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11-14. Details are posted on CW’s web site.