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Lamplighter Autumn 2009

Lamplighter Autumn 2009

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Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg Lamplighter Newsletter
Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg Lamplighter Newsletter

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Your Colonial Crossings Newsletter 
Upcoming Events forThe Historic Triangle
ColonialWilliamsburg’s“The Revolutionary City”
Programsbegin 3:30 PM daily
BuschGardensWilliamsburg
October Hours: 10 AM – 11 PMFriday, Saturday, Sundayonly
Veterans Day CeremonyNewport News, VirginiaNovember 11th
Sponsored by American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post #25, this annual ceremony is heldat 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch, 25th Street &West Avenue in downtown Newport News.After the ceremony, the public is invited learnabout America's rich military heritage at theVirginia War Museum. Visit the museum onVeterans Day and receive $1 off the postedadmissionprices
ColonialWilliamsburg
During the 18th century, half oWilliamsburg's population was black. Thelives of the enslaved and free people in thisVirginia capital are presented in reenactmentsand programs throughout the Historic Area ona daily basis. Learn about Dunmore’sProclamation of Freedom and how the AfricanAmericans living in the town went about theirdailylives.Colonial Williamsburg hosts a wide variety of programs featuring historic re-enactors, plays,films and concerts. Call 1-800-HISTORY andcheck the Daily Schedule upon arrival.
STraveler’s Tips
When planning your international vacation,remember the following to make your trip asmooth one:*Make copies of your passport andotherimportantdocuments before travellingabroad and carry a copy with you in caseyou lose theoriginals. Temporarypassportscan be obtained throughU.S. embassies.*Travel destinationscharge various levies,taxes and fees. Plan ahead by contactingyour destinationresort.
Autumn 2009
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Dear Colonial Crossings Owners,As the leaves begin their autumn display and the Tidewatersummer heat finally changes to cool, crisp nights and temperatedays, Colonial Williamsburg gears up for its signature Holidayseason. The city celebrates the holidays in a traditional Americanfashion and offers a large number of family-friendly activities thathelps it keep it’s reputation as an outstanding family destination.A walk along Duke of Gloucester Street is a wonderful glimpseinto American Colonial history at any time, and the holidaysmakes the Historic District (America’s largest living historymuseum) even more special. A unique way to tour the ColonialCapital of Virginia is by horse-drawncarriage, riding through the streets inthe fashion of Virginia’s notable citizensof the 18th Century. Since the city is“set” in the year 1775, you’ll findmany famous and not-so-famoushistoric re-enactors roaming the streets.Discuss the politics of the day withThomas Jefferson or learn how shoeswere made by cobblers in their shop; you never know who you’llrun into on the streets!As Thanksgiving is celebrated in the All-American City and theChristmas season nears (November 27, 2009 - January 3, 2010),Colonial Williamsburg comes alive with greenery, holidaydecorations, tempting dining experiences and special programsthat will allow you to get a glimpse of what the Christmas seasonmeant to the country’s Founders. Learn to make a wreath of thetype proudly displayed on doors along Duke of GloucesterStreet, join in some caroling, then head out for some greatshopping deals! You won’t want to miss The Grand Illuminationto be held on Sunday, December 6th. Colonial Williamsburg ringsin the Christmas season with candles, fireworks and periodmusic, beginning at 4:45 p.m. at various locations around theHistoric Area. The Fifes and Drums provide period entertainmentas groundworks (the Colonial version of fireworks) explode in celebration.Programs include breakfasts with SantaClaus, the lighting of the townChristmas Tree on December 24th,Colonial dancing in the candlelitGovernor’s Palace, intriguing Christmasdecorations walking tours, concerts andChildrens programs. It would bedifficult to experience all that Colonial Williamsburg has to offerin just one visit! Your family will experience the kind of holidayseason that will be fondly remembered for years as a very specialmoment. Now is the time to begin planning for your family’smagical Christmas. Let us at Colonial Crossings be the first towish you “Happy Holidays”!
 
Manager’s Corner :
.Dear Owners,As the heat and humidity of the summer subsides, it is replaced with the autumn crispness that starts to fillour mornings and evenings. Natures color pallet begins to change with the shorter days and cooler nights.Autumn is nature’s Michelangelo as it paints its own Sistine Chapel. Our autumn guests are not here for thehustle and bustle of Busch Gardens, Water Country, go-carts or the beach, but rather for a more relaxedatmosphere exploring the many documented events of the 17
th
, 18
th
and 19
th
centuries which helped shapethe country we know and live in today. They are here to immerse themselves in the living story of the firstEnglish settlers in the new world, our fight for independence and the brother against brother conflict of theCivil War. Operationally we have also undergone changes and have laid the ground work for increasedwritten and verbal communication with all of our owners. Our goal of providing you with the best serviceand vacation experience possible has not diminished and our commitment has never been compromised. Toaccomplish our goals takes careful planning and hard work. It is the foundation of any successful businessand it requires the help of many people. People like you. Your comments, concerns and ideas are importantto us and we do want to hear them. Please do not hesitate to contact us through our web site or call.On behalf of resort management, I again welcome this opportunity to respond and thank you for yourcontinuing faith, patience, and understanding as we develop Colonial Crossings into one of Williamsburg’spremier resorts.Sincerely,Tony ContiProperty ManagerColonial Crossings of WilliamsburgGeneral Manager
Congratulations:
Anne King and Edward Crawley on the birth of their son:
 Adrian James
People on the Move:
Karen Kornish-
has been promoted to onsite Activities Director for the owners association. She looksforward to seeing you when you visit the resort and participate in the many activiites that she has planned foryou and your family.
New Faces:Operations:
The Colonial Crossings Owner’s Association (CCOA) asks you to welcome your latest onsite employees:Alton White Daniel Cantwell Marketa GaryChad Johnson Varen Haris Polly Battle
Introspection:
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or useit for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. Whentomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind ….. let itbe something good”.
 
Breaking News From The Historic Triangle
Come join in the fun this Autumn in
Virginia Beach
, Virginia’s favorite seaside playground. Kick off theseason with a transplanted German Oktoberfest fall festival on the weekend of October 17 -18. The
Oktober Brew Fest
brings the flavor of the great Munich event to the beach, with dancing, food and fun forall! Pretzels and pizza are served alongside knockwurst, bratwurst, and sausage and peppers in anatmosphere reminiscent of a German bier garden. Entertainment includes a German oompa band, relaygames and the wildly-popular Dachshund beauty pageant. Late Saturday afternoon, Oktoberfest transitionsinto “ROCKtoberfest,” with a rock band and fun lasting into the evening. November 20th heralds theopening of 
McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach,
named by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of it’s Top 20 November Events. The holiday/nautical-themed light extravaganza features a giant 12 Days of Christmas display and a 40-foot Christmas tree, as well as Santa and his elves, jumping fish and playfulporpoises. This is the only time of the year that cars are allowed to drive on the boardwalk; the massivelight display extends over 30 blocks. The show is different every year and visitors receive a free holidaymusic CD to enhance their enjoyment of the displays. Great music, fine food, wonderful family activitiesand Virginia Beach...always a winning combination!
Stratford Hall
on Virginia’s Northern Neck was the home of the Lee family, one of Virginia’s most well-known and birthplace of Southern icon Robert E. Lee. The historic treasure will be hosting its third annual
Historical Haunts
program on Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 6-8 PM. Activities include ghost tours of the Great House, pumpkin painting, various Halloween crafts, picture-taking with Frankenstein and a witch,and an 18th-century fortune teller. Halloween refreshments will also be available. This is a family-friendlyactivity that is suitable for children and adults of all ages; bring along a flashlight! Admission for adults &children 12 & older is $5; children 6-12 $3; and children 5 & under are free. The estate will also hold itstraditional
Thanksgiving
feast on Thursday, November 26th. Call the Dining Room at 804-493-9696 fordinner reservations, but hurry since this event always sells out!The fes
Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s
annual scare-a-thon
Howl-O-Scream
begins its eleventh season onSeptember 25
th
and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 1
st
. Started as a three-weekend concept in 1999, the event has grown to a seven-weekend extravaganza of family-friendly fright.This Halloween-themed festival has become so popular that Howl-O-Scream accounts for nearly 15 percentof the park’s annual attendance. Using universally scary environments like caves, haunted houses, mazesand cemeteries (as well as smells, sounds and temperature changes), park designers and engineers are able toplace visitors in situations that will make even the bravest guest feel uneasy about what may be around thenext corner. The creepy Fall festival at the world’s most beautiful theme park is a sure hit with ColonialCrossings visitors…don’t miss it!Make plans to visit
Colonial Williamsburg
to attend the
Veteran’s Day Parade
on Wednesday, November11th. All veterans of service in America's Armed Forces are invited to participate in the parade beginning atthe Capitol at 4:30 pm, with groups forming up at 4:15 pm. After processing to the Courthouse, there will bea ceremony honoring all veterans of American service. More special events, a daily schedule and the 2009holiday schedule of events are available at www.history.org.
November 26-28, 2009
TWant to learn how the first Virginia colonists celebrated Thanksgiving? At
the Jamestown Settlement
and
Yorktown Victory Center
, colonial food gathering and preparation are featured during a three-day eventbeginning on Thanksgiving Day. At
Jamestown Settlement
, learn how food was gathered, preserved andprepared by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the
Yorktown Victory Center
, learnabout how American soldiers ate during the American Revolution and watch the harvest of a 1780s farmfrom field to kitchen. Further details are available at www.historyisfun.org.
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Sep 11 2009 - Sep 13 2009

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