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"At Christmas be mery"

Guests Bring in the Holiday Season in the Tradition of the 17th-century Colonists at Historic Jamestowne

November 15, 2011

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Sir George Yeardley, Virginia's Governor in 1620, invites guests to a holiday program, 'At Christmas be mery': A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne, at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Jamestown's Memorial Church.

Gov. George Yeardley listens attentively as Rev. Richard Buck offers a prayer in the candlelit Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne during the Dec. 21 program, "At Christmas be mery."
Gov. George Yeardley listens attentively as Rev. Richard Buck offers a prayer in the candlelit Memorial Church at Historic Jamestowne during the Dec. 21 program, "At Christmas be mery."
Departing from Colonial Williamsburg's Visitor Center shuttle bus terminal, guests travel along the Colonial Parkway with a guide who offers insights into early English Christmas traditions and gives hints of what the earliest Jamestown settlers expected during their Christmastide.

Upon arriving at Historic Jamestowne, guests are met by the Captain of the Guard who escorts the "new arrivals" along a cresset-lit path to an early Virginia Christmas celebration. After a welcome by Governor Yeardley and singing carols in the historic church, guests go outside where, in the shadow of the old fort, they herald in the season by the bonfire with light refreshments and the firing of the Christmas guns!

Participants will be walking approximately a half mile in the course of the program.

Tickets are $19.95. Ticket price includes round-trip motor coach, admittance fees and light refreshments. For more information and tickets, call 1-800-HISTORY.

This unique Christmas program is presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Va.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit www.HistoricJamestowne.org or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia's Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg's website at www.history.org.

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