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Lamplighter Spring 2011

Lamplighter Spring 2011

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Owner newsletter from Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg
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The Lamplighter
Your Colonial Crossings Newsletter
Upcoming Events forThe Historic Triangle
Colonial Williamsburg’s
The Revolutionary City”Programs begin 10:00 a.m. daily startingMarch 15
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
2011 Opening Day March 26Park opens at 10:00 a.m.
Water Country USA
2011 Opening Day May 21Park opens at 10:00 a.m.
Special Offers from Quality Time
Virginia Beach, VA (Feb. 12-19) -1 bedroomfrom $325.00 per week!Orlando, FL (Feb. 11-18) -2 bedroom from$455.00 per week!Ocean City, MD (Mar. 18-25) -1 bedroom from$345.00 per week!To make your reservation, logon towww.travelqualitytime.com or call (757) 941-1540 today!
Battle of Big Bethel Civil War Re-enactmentEndview Plantation, Newport News
April 2 -3, 2011Learn about Civil War camp life and whatsoldiers did during quieter times. Details areavailable at www.endview.org .
The Easter Bunny and Great Egg Huntat Lee Hall, Newport News
April 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.The Eater Bunny will be visiting with childrenup to age 12 during the 5
th
annual Easter EggHunt While there, learn about the Antebellumsouth and tour Lee Hall Mansion. Admission is$5.00 per childColonial 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. Allevents noted are subject to change withoutnotice.
Spring 2011
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Dear Colonial Crossings Owners,We are very fortunate to be located in such an historic area, aplace rooted right in the heart of the original American dream.“America’s Hometown”is more than an advertising slogan forColonial Williamsburg, it describes a living, breathing, three-dimensional look at the very foundations of our nation. At thetime of the American Revolution ( 1776 1783 ) , the worldwas ruled by kings, queens, emperors, sultans, chiefs and othertitled individuals ; no country had ever successfully achievedwhat was called “The American Experiment”. Our system of representative government turned the world on its autocraticear and as we look at governments around the world eventoday it seems like a miracle . Just the fact that for over200years we have peacefully made governmental changes everyfour years is unmatched in history . That said , our membershave a unique opportunity to spend time in “America’sHometown”roaming over 300 acres of reconstructed colonialbuildings. Just walking down Duke of Gloucester Street willtransport one back in time ( a morning walk through this areabefore anyone is out is fascinating ) as you look at homes ,shops and impressive government buildings . But ColonialWilliamsburg is much more than bricks and mortar, it is thehuman story of sacrifice and loss to achieve man’s lofty goalof freedom. As the capital of Colonial Virginia, a successfuland powerful British colony , Williamsburg became anepicenter of the American Revolution . Luminaries such asGeorge Washington, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson ledthe effort for freedom from the city , but scores of unknownWilliamsburg patriots lived and died for the cause . Historycan be a difficult subject ( I recently saw a college-educatedgameshow contestant fail to name the country that is separatedby the Great Lakes from the U.S.A. ), but being able to see itfirsthand brings it to life and can be a wonderful educationaltool . The Revolutionary City in Colonial Williamsburg is anexceptional re-creation of the period of 1765 1781 , withvisitors transported back in time by meticulously costumedactors portraying all facets of Colonial life. Discuss the meritsof revolution with George Washington or listen to slavestrying to decide which side they would be on in a war. Mostpeople know that we had a war and we won ; RevolutionaryCity shows the human aspect of 
how
it came about . Beyondthe street dramas taking place on the very streets where theyreally happened , visitors can get a taste of colonial life by joining the militia and learning how to march , then followingthe Fifes and Drums down Duke of Gloucester Street .One thing you’ll learn is that the American War forIndependence was much more than a few battles; it was thestory of common men and women seeking a new way of lifeand how they changed the course of history. That is what isunique about “America’s Hometown”and our members havethe opportunity to see it up close and personal , all just a shortdistance from Colonial Crossings!
 
Colonial Crossings Spring Activities
Here’s to the start of another Vacation Season at Colonial Crossings!This year we will be expanding uponlast year’s activities. Spring Break brings with it the warmer weather and outside fun with Busch GardensWilliamsburg opening for weekend fun on March 26.Hopefully, you have all been watching your email for updates to the
Activities Schedule
. To give us youremail address, go to the email subscription page on the Owner's Clubhouse section of our website(http://colonialcrossings.com/subscribe.html).Remember; even if you are not on property you are alwayswelcome to attend the resort activities. Please register in advance as space is limited for most events.Feb 12 -
Wine and Cheese for Valentines
! Owners and guests, please join us for tasting of the grapes oftheWilliamsburg Winery along with various cheese and valentine goodies. $6 per person includes 3 winetastings (additional glasses of wine may be purchased). The raffle of a bottle of reserve wine completes theevening and all proceeds benefit the
Make-A-Wish Foundation
.Feb 19 -
Red Dress Dance for the benefit of the American Heart Association
. You’ve heard of the RedDress Ball, now there's the Red Dress Dance at Colonial Crossings. Wear your red dress (or tie) and join inan evening of dancing for a good cause. A Chinese auction will be featured. $6 per person.Mar 5 -Come to CCW's
Casino Night
and try your luck to benefit the
American Red Cross
. Blackjack,Roulette, Craps and Texas Hold'em tables await you! Use your winnings to purchase tickets for the Chineseauction where prizes include trips, rounds of golf, spa days, movies/entertainment, dinners and more. $15per person entrance fee gets you 10 tokens to start and additional tokens are available for $5 each.May 21 –
Bridles & Bow Ties 2011
for the benefit of Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich TherapeuticRiding Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dream Catchers providestherapeutic riding and other horse-related activities to special needs individuals in a caring and safe environment. This event providesscholarships for the Dream Riders Program and is an evening which includes: tours of the facilities, astudent riding demonstration, an elegant dinner and a live auction, which includes fabulous trips! For moreinformation about Dream Catchers, therapeutic riding, or Bridles& Bow Ties 2011, please visitwww.dreamcatcherswilliamsburg.org .
Upcoming Tidewater Events
Feb 128From Africa to Virginia Theme MonthJamestownFeb 11Adults Chocolate CampWilliamsburgFeb 17202011 Williams & Mary Global Film FestivalWilliamsburgFeb 18-19Storm on the Horizon: Slavery, Dominion,and the Roots of the Civil WarColonial WilliamsburgFeb 20-2463rd Annual Antiques ForumColonial WilliamsburgFeb 25Beer Doggin in SmithfieldSmithfieldFeb 26James City County Destination Recreation Expo WilliamsburgFeb 26-Mar 15 Homeschool ProgramsJamestown & YorktownMar 52011 Dancing with the Williamsburg StarsWilliamsburgMar 19-20Military Through the AgesJamestownMar 12Williamsburg Farmers Market BeginsColonial WilliamsburgMar 13`Corks & Canvas: Wine, Art and JazzVirginia BeachMar 13-16Costume Accessories: Head to ToeColonial WilliamsburgApr 10-1165th Annual Garden Symposium: TimelessIdeas for Todays GardensColonial WilliamsburgApr 12-May 30 Virginia Arts FestivalNorfolApr 14-24Fee Free Days at National ParksJamestown & YorktownMay 710th Annual Antique Show & Flea MarketWilliamsburgMay 14 15 Ramp Jam at Busch Gardens WilliamsburgMay 17A Taste of New Kent Wine FestivalNew KentJune 1-30Seed to Stalk”Theme MonthJamestown & YorktownJune 7 and 18Virginia Indian Heritage LecturesJamestownJune 11Summer Celebration Wine FestivalNewport News
 
Breaking News From The Historic Triangle
Want a way to beat the springtime Virginia heat? Lookno further than
Water Country USA
, themid -Atlantic’s largest water theme park. Located close to both Busch Gardens and Colonial Crossings,the park commences its 2011 season on May 21. Water Country USA is set to a 1960’s surf theme andfeatures water-based fun for the entire family, from heart-stopping pipelines to lazy river adventures. Newthis year is Vanish Point, a water thrill ride that gives park goers two drop options; a 75 –foot high boxwhere the bottom drops out, or a 300 –foot speed slide. The park also offers dining, shows and shopping, sobring the family for a full day of sun and fun!
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
will open its gates on March 26 for the 2011 season. The park has beenhonored for the 20
th
straight year by being named “The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park”by theNational Amusement Park Historical Association. The park features more than 50 thrilling rides andpresents daily entertainment in an old European-style setting. Busch Gardens is famous for its roster of roller coasters, such as the floorless Griffon and perennial favorite Curse of DarKastle. A new ride willdebut for thrill seekers this year, the 240-foot high Mach Tower. The park’s tallest ride with lift 30 riders toa spectacular view of the park before dropping them at a heart-stopping speed. Mach Tower is located inOktoberfest village and is part of a total revamp of this section of the park. Special events for 2011 includeRamp Jam (an event that showcases the ASA Action Sports World Tour’s skateboarders, BMX racers andin-line skaters) and the Christian music showcase Glory at the Gardens. Also scheduled for 2011 is the verypopular IllumiNights celebration of music, special effects and fireworks. Busch Gardens offers many ticket-purchasing options such as season passes, combination passes with water Country USA and militarydiscounts. Additional information on the park is available at www.buschgardens.com .Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle is rich in history, but it is also rich in shopping opportunities.Whether you see shopping as a break from the history or history as a break from the shopping, you’ll findmore than 200 retail and designer outlet stores in close proximity to Colonial Crossings. Merchants Square,adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, is home to over 40 shops and restaurants. You’ll find everything frompewter to lace here, as well as souvenirs of the local favorite collegiate team William and Mary. PrimeOutlets at Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Outlet Mall and Patriot Plaza Premium Outlets offer more“traditional”shopping choices. Top that off with the Williamsburg Antique Mall with its extensive group of dealers and you could spend your whole vacation looking for bargains!
Virginia Beach
is well-known for its summertime fun, but the city welcomes Spring each year with a wideassortment of festivals and concerts.
The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
takes place on April 30; this family-friendly event includes a “Best Kite”contest and demonstrations of kite building and flying techniques.May 6 -7 brings the
PANorama Caribbean Music Fest
, a musical adventure set to the soothing sounds of steel pan music. The festival’s casual atmosphere appeals to the island community and people of all ageswho are intrigued by the unique sounds and style of steel drum music, and gives patrons the opportunity tosavor some of the most flavorful food imaginable. The American Bus Association ranks the event in its Top100. Admission is free to the public.
Beach Music Weekend
follows on May 12 -15 and brings back dancing under the stars to the “oldies”witha series of free concerts! Featured performers include The Embers, Band of Oz and The Tams ; the eventwill be held along the beach at 30th Street with Thursday and Friday evening concerts followed by all dayshows on Saturday and Sunday. Also during the weekend of May 1314 is
GospelFest
, held at 24th StreetPark. Attendees will be treated to inspiring Southern Gospel, urban contemporary and praise music.Virginia Beach will also host the all-new
Pirate Party on the Beach
on May 21 where the family can bepirates for a day, and
Remember the Music, Remember the Heroes
(a “Star-Spangled”salute to greatmusic from the past and present, good food and our American military). This event takes place May 27 29and features military and other styles of music. The beach fun will continue into the summer months, socheck the summer edition of the
 Lamplighter 
for updates.

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