Top Three Things to Know for Williamsburg TURN Fans – plus pics

TURN – the AMC show about Revolutionary War spies- is takin’ over Williamsburg. Monday, they shot part of season 2 right in front of the Governor’s Palace. There were about two dozen extras toting effigies, a carriage, and people on horses. They even sang a song- something about freedom . . .

Photos by Fred Blystone

Photos by Fred Blystone

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If you are a big fan of this AMC show, I’ve got a few of pieces of good news for you:

1. You can be an extra

Yes, you! I talked to a nice crew member at the filming site today and she said they still have an open casting call for locals. Go to Arvold Casting to sign up (just keep in mind that they do have some limitations on physical types they will accept- and they prefer people with flexible availability). You get to wear a costume and everything.

2. There’s a discussion with cast and crew next week at William and Mary

Next Tuesday, February 3, W&M is hosting a discussion entitled, “Television, History, & Revolution: A discussion with producers and cast from AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies and William & Mary professors.” Here’s the panel:

Barry Josephson, Executive Producer of TURN: Washington’s Spies
Craig Silverstein, Executive Producer of TURN: Washington’s Spies
Alexander Rose, Author of book Washington’s SpiesSusan Kern, Executive Director of the Historic Campus and History Professor
Arthur Knight, Associate Professor, American Studies, English, and Film & Media Studies
Karin Wulf, Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Joshua Piker, Editor of the William & Mary Quarterly and History ProfessorModerated by Class of ’38 Professor of History and Chair: Cindy Hahamovitch
[no- she’s not 97 years old- her position is sponsored by the W&M class of 1938]
Now, here’s the deal- if you want to go, IMMEDIATELY RSVP here. The site asks for RSVPS by Wednesday, Jan 28- so there’s only a couple days left. (However, if you’re reading this after that date- go ahead and try to RSVP and show up. There might be some people that don’t end up coming).
3. You can be a spy, too!
Stay tuned for the next edition of RevQuest– Colonial Williamsburg’s cell phone spy game. (Which is free with your Good Neighbor Pass) You get to interact with costumed interpreters and advance in the mission by answering history questions on your cell phone. It usually comes out around spring break for the visiting school kids- so look for it around March.

Sneak Peek: Dec 15-21

Between your shopping and bustling, take some time for yourself! Here are some things to do in Williamsburg this week:


Meditation Class at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church, 7pm- Free


Taking some time for meditation may be just what you need during the busy holiday season. This free Monday night class is great for beginners and the more advanced alike. The teacher will walk you through the process and you can talk with classmates about your challenges and experiences. When I’ve gone, I left feeling calm and more in control of my life. I hope you will feel the same!


Ballroom Dance Lessons at Seasons, 7:30 pm- Free


Guys, trust me when I say a man who can dance is very impressive. Also? There is almost ALWAYS  a lack of men at dances! So get out to Seasons and learn some new moves. Dancing is just fun.

One caveat- I haven’t been to these free lessons at Seasons, so if someone goes, please let me know how it is!

Featured Event this Week! (I will be there, come join if you like!)


Good Fires, Good Company, and Diversons: The Compliments of the Season at the Powell House 10am-5pm

Photo by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Photo by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

This is an event at Colonial Williamsburg that requires a ticket, so grab your Good Neighbor Pass! You do have one, right?

Let’s find out how families (well, at least upper-to-middling families) in the 18th century prepared for Christmas! We’ll observe them cooking special meals, making decorations, and hopefully some singing and dancing. I’ll be there from 10:30-11:30 am if you’d like to join.


“It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Kimball, 7pm- $3


Thanks to some really nice people who are sponsoring this event (Dennis Kiser, Donna Crinklaw, and Middle Peninsula Insurance), this holiday classic is being shown at the Kimball for only $3 this Saturday. It’s a Williamsburg tradition, apparently! I would advise you to call ahead, though, and see if you can get your tickets ahead of time, as it’s sure to be very popular.

As always, more free and affordable things to do in Williamsburg available to view on the calendar. Have a great week, all!

Sneak Peek: Thanksgiving Week

For many of us, we will spend this week traveling, eating, and talking to relatives we haven’t seen since last year. But, for the days you’re in town, here are some cool things to do right here in Williamsburg:


Featured Event This Week! 
(in other words, I will be there covering it for the blog, so come join if you want)

Trivia at Green Leafe – 8pm

Green Leafe

An oldie but a goodie. Questions are all written and hosted by local trivia buffs and the questions can be pretty hard- but hey, why do trivia if it’s not challenging? Usually there are 5 rounds: the 4th round is a picture round (you get a sheet of paper with pictures on it and have to identify the item/character/etc) and 5th round is a music round- hear the song, name the artist and title of the song. Also- Green Leafe runs burger specials on this night, they are $5 or $6. Fries are extra, though.

Wednesday and Friday, and then every day for awhile

Iceburg Skate Rink

Iceburg Skate Rink

Ice skating! (click on the link above for hours) I’ve heard it’s a synthetic rink, FYI . . .
Daily Admission (includes Skate Rental)
Child 5 and under: FREE
Youth 6-17 and Senior 55+: $5 for residents/ $7 for non-residents
Adult: $7 for residents/ $8

Thursday (and Friday and Saturday)

Food and Feasts of Colonial Virginia


Now, I have never been to this, but I have always wanted to go! Best of all, it’s FREE for Williamsburg/JCC/York County residents (bring your driver’s license with your address on it):

Long before microwaves, electric stoves and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and iron kettles over hot coals and preserved by smoking, salt curing and pickling. This Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

If you have been, please leave a short review in the comments- thanks!


Traditional Music for St. Andrew’s Day – 3pm


Scottish fiddle and guitar music by some of this area’s best traditional musicians (John Turner is awesome, if you haven’t heard him). With your Good Neighbor Pass, this *should* be $6 (regular price $8).

Also, Merchant’s Square will be positively hopping this weekend with things to do so- if you are raring to go for Christmas in Williamsburg, go and check out the market, all the pretty greenery and red ribbons, and the “A Christmas Carol”-in-a-box. If you are not ready for Christmas? Stay away- you’ve been warned!

Everyone please travel safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you! Especially my fabulous followers!