Colonial Calendar: What to do when you don’t want to study


The weekend before finals is the time when the College of William and Mary’s music ensembles hold their spring concerts. The Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Paul Bhasin, will be performing in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The program features music from the College’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence Kareem Roustom as well as well-known composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Roger Nixon. The concert will be a preview of the ensemble’s May 2015 tour of China and admission will be free to students.

The William and Mary Choir, Botetourt Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus will be performing in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The program includes a variety of music, originating from the early Catholic Church to Appalachian folk music. Tickets cost $3 for students.


The Kimball Theatre will show “Match,” a film adaptation of a Tony Award-nominated play. The film stars Patrick Stewart as an eccentric Manhattan ballet instructor with a secret, and is rated R. The cost is $8 per person, and the film will be shown at 4:30 and 6:15 on May 1 and 6:30 and 8:15 on May 2.

“What We Do in the Shadows,” a film about four vampire roommates and their shenanigans and misadventures caused by living on their ‘strict diet’ in the modern world, will be shown at 4:45 on May 1 and 3, at 6:30 on May 1 and 3, and at 6:45 and 8:30 on May 2. The cost is $8.


Great Hopes Plantation will be hosting an event called “African American Music” at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on May 1, May 8 and May 15. The event will feature the diverse rhythms, songs and dances traditional to African American colonial plantation life. This interactive walk through the plantation will cost $18.

At 7 and 8:30 p.m. on May 6, May 13 and May 20, the courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg will be hosting an event called “Papa Said, Mama Said.” The cost is $18. This interactive program brings to life the fables and other oral traditions passed down throughout African American history.


The Taste Studio will be hosting a walking tour of the Kings Arms and Wythe House historic gardens and a tasting of dishes prepared by Colonial Williamsburg Executive Chef Rhys Lewis. The event is called “The Beauty of Basil” and as such, the dishes will feature creative uses of the herb. The cost is $33.50 and the event will take place at 10 a.m. on May 2.

At 8:30 a.m. on May 8, N1Health Vice President and Certified Nutritionist Michele Drielick will be presenting in Tidewater A/B in the Sadler Center. Her presentation is called “Eat for Health” and will focus on eating a balanced diet, personal nutrition and how to improve overall wellness through food choices.


At 11:30 a.m. on May 2 and 4:00 p.m. on May 5, the Hennage Auditorium will be hosting an event entitled “Why Aren’t They Smiling? A New Look at Civil War Photographs.” There is no ticket required for this event that examines unusual and intriguing wartime photographs and the myths surrounding them.

Have you ever wanted to learn to spin wool? The Secretary’s Office in Colonial Williamsburg will be hosting a drop spindle spinning class at 5:30 p.m. on May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20. The cost is $25 and all supplies will be provided, including a drop spindle to keep.


  1. Students who show their Collegiate Pass (free CW pass for WM students- actually get cheaper rates at some CW programs and Kimball films. Students receive a 25% discount on evening programs (like Papa Said, Mama Said) and $7 tickets at the Kimball.


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