FC Dance Band honors Count Basie

The popular Ford’s Colony Dance Band will perform on the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre Stage on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Dewey Decibel Concert Series.

The band will salute big-band royalty with its “Tribute to Count Basie,” a 90-minute set featuring favorites like “April in Paris,” “Shiny Stockings,” “Cute,” “Hay Burner” and “Jive at Five.” Admission is free, but a free-will donation will be taken to benefit the band. You can follow the band via its Facebook page.

The Dewey Decibel Concert Series is in its 20th anniversary season. It offers an eclectic mix of popular jazz, bluegrass, folk, Americana and classical music acts. All shows are at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Future 2019 shows are Peninsula Concert Band, Holiday Concert Dec. 3; the Jae Sinnett Zero to 60 Quartet Christmas Special, Dec. 13; and the LCV Project, An Acoustic Christmas Dec. 19

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Vote Williamsburg for Best Small Town in the South

Williamsburg has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and to visit. 

As part of its search for the “Best of the South 2020,” Southern Living magazine has nominated Williamsburg for the title of “Best Small Town.”

There are 32 other towns on the list, located throughout the south and as far west as Oklahoma. Besides Williamsburg, however, only Fredericksburg was nominated from Virginia. 

The magazine is polling readers for their favorites among such diverse and fun things as bars, restaurants, new and historic hotels, barbecue joints, resorts and chefs. 

Jill Pongonis, media relations manager for the Williamsburg Tourism Council, told the WY Daily the nomination alone significantly raises the city’s profile. 

“They survey about 65,000 readers so the impact of the voters is definitely awareness and reaching a target market that is interested in this destination,” she said. “We do try to get our public relations team out there to . . . work with travel writers to expose them to the wonderful experiences they have here. It’s not by chance, it’s a collaborative effort.”

You can take the magazine’s online survey as often as you wish. Voters are eligible to win a grand prize of $2,500 for doing so. Voting is open until Sept. 16.

Vote for Cafe Provencal as USA’s best winery restaurant

Here in Williamsburg, we live near one of the finest winery restaurants in the United States. Is it THE best? We’ll soon find out!

Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery is among 20 similar venues nominated by USA Today as the nation’s best winery restaurant.

Readers, patrons and especially food and wine lovers may vote once a day for Cafe Provencal as their favorite over the next couple weeks.Voting in the contest — officially USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award — ends Monday, Aug. 12. The winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 23 — and then later on USA Today. The place to vote is here.

USA Today’s nomination reads: “Chef David McClure takes the helm at Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery with a menu highlighting local farmers, watermen and “agri-artisans.” This farm-to-farm menu includes dishes like ham and pea soup made with Edwards Country Ham, butter-poached lobster tail salad, seared diver scallops with local purple rice and grilled swordfish with lemon basil polenta and a mustard cream sauce.”

Yum, to all of that!

Fun on the Williamsburg 4th!

Fireworks soaring above the Governor’s Palace

It’s true. July 4th fireworks just look and feel brighter and better in Williamsburg!

The annual chills-inducing Independence Day highlight is Colonial Williamsburg’s evening celebration launched from behind the Governor’s Palace. 

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a performance by the CW Fifes and Drums, patriotic sing-a-longs and of course the awesome, bursting fireworks above the Palace Green.

That performance caps a full day that starts with the Fifes and Drums and young Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration off the Capitol West Balcony at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by a salute to the original 13 states with a display of each state’s flag amid cannon and musket fire.

At 1:30 p.m. visitors and history buffs can meet and talk with one of our many “Nation Builders” enactors at the Charlton Stage.

Following that at 3:30 p.m. will be a performance of “Created Equal,” an exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.

Check all these details and more 4th of July goings-on at visitwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown also features a full day of events beginning at 8 a.m. with an 8K run and a 5K walk before by a parade along Main and Water Streets.

Enjoy music, the beach, the American Revolution museum and shopping, then close the evening with a patriotic concert, bell ringing and brilliant fireworks over the York River.

Visityorktown.org has all the information about a fun day on the 4thin Yorktown.

Casa Pearl and Precarious Beer are fun, delicious additions to the Williamsburg food and beverage scene.

Williamsburg’s expanding profile as a foodie haven has grown even more with the addition of two exciting additions – the delectable dining gem Casa Pearl, and the newly opened Precarious Beer Project beer hall.

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Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos opened six months ago in a renovated Texaco station on Merrimack Trail, near the Virginia Beer Company and such local favorites as Cochon on 2ndand Second Street American Bistro.

Husband-and-wife team Mikey and Chelsea Maksimowicz are formally trained chefs who became steeped in oysters while working in Charleston, S.C. They created their unique oysters and taco concept to offer a fun, relaxed experience to patrons of all ages, one that marries the fruits of the Chesapeake Bay with inspired taco creations.

Naturally, the delicious fried oyster taco is a signature dish at Casa Pearl. But do yourself a favor and also try the baked Chincoteague clams, among the many tempting options on the menu. Good luck stopping at just one order of either item, though!

It’s a great place to eat that’s always packed, so plan your visit. You can read all about the menu and the creations of this inspired restaurant/ bar at Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos.

Precarious

Precarious Beer Project is the next ambitious offering from the crew – Andrew Voss and Chris Cook — who brought the wildly popular Amber Ox Public House to Prince George St.

A few blocks over, on the bustling corner of Francis and S. Henry St. at Merchants Square, now comes Precarious Beer. The latter was space that used to be part of Amber Ox that the ownership team aims to turn into a thriving presence of its own.

The inviting, 9,700-square foot space is filled with communal tables, a long bar with a huge variety of brews and arcade games, including vintage pinball machines, and of course the 10-barrel brewing equipment.

Live music is also on tap at Precarious, as well as Electric Circus, the hall’s indoor “taco truck.” Outdoors is a 1,100 square-foot patio with a gas fireplace and room for 50 customers. Precarious opened this past weekend, the 8th of June, so stop by soon and check out the cool vibe you feel immediately upon walking through the doors.

Complete information about Precarious Beer Project can be found at its website here.