There are many places you might not be eager to visit in the cold dark days of winter, but Colonial Williamsburg should not be on that list; geographically its on that north/south cusp; yes, they do have the occasional flurry-who hasn’t had one of those this week, but more often than not, its winter ‘lite’. And, more importantly for miniatures lovers, IGMA holds its annual winter study program in Colonial Williamsburg over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend each January. The study program in January 2015 offers you the choice of 3 classes, two in furniture making and one in accessories, and the location offers you a chance to see life, as it might have been lived in this country, two centuries earlier.
Very little is completely dormant in the winter time here, even the colonial garden still shows signs of life, especially those plants snug and warm under their protective bell jars. If you are interested in textiles, the winter brings out a whole new set of materials for clothing the humans and their surroundings, thick wools and cozy quilts; knitting needles are busy making warm hats and mitts as seen on the living history cast bustling about town. Various crafts people are still at work in their workshops and the tavern keeper is still serving food and pouring libations. Activities may be fewer than during the high season, but there are still many and varied experiences to take in and plenty of time to talk to the residents and get a real feel for the way life was then. Yes, January is a wonderful time to visit this charming settlement.
The Guild has negotiated special hotel pricing for the weekend of the Study Program, come early and stay late if you wish, for the same, really reasonable, rates. We stay right on the grounds and the price of the program includes admission to everything there!