, 2014

Foundation for Historic Christ Church
announces plans for another active year

The 350th anniversary of Robert “King” Carter’s birth will see many special events for visitors to the church he built in 1735 in Weems.

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The 2013 visitor season at Christ Church opens April 1 with a new look to visitor tours and all new items in the Gift Shop, reported publicity chairman Marilyn Hedges.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Virginia’s Garden Week, floral designer David Pippin will return to the campus April 2 to demonstrate “Spring Arrangements from Your Garden.” Pippin’s visit in 2012 filled the church’s Bayne Conference Center and this presentation is again expected to draw a large crowd, said Hedges. Reservations are required and a $10 donation per person is requested.

To help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Foundation for Historic Christ Church has planned a number of special events this year, she said.

In May, Historic Christ Church will offer its annual Spring Symposium Benefit, “The Civil War in Virginia.” Noted historian, author, and lecturer John V. Quarstein will discuss the history and personalities of the seamen who served on the U.S.S. Monitor. The symposium also will feature tours of Fort Monroe and the Mariners’ Museum.

In June, with partners Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, Historic Christ Church will host three presentations by Civil War historians Bill Bryant, Jon Stallard and Steve Harris.

In July, two traveling exhibitions about the Civil War will arrive at the church. The HistoryMobile, a 53-foot tractor-trailer “Museum on Wheels” from the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will make its appearance July 12-14.

A traveling exhibition from the Virginia Historical Society, “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia,” will be on display in the Bayne Conference Center from July 12-28. Historic Christ Church is pleased to be able to offer these to the public, said Hedges.

July 13 will see a variety of events during the day and an evening concert of Civil War music by Ampersand.

To round out a year of Civil War-related events, Historic Christ Church will again partner with the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society and Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library on September 7 to commemorate Robert Carter III’s Manumission of Slaves in 1791.

Many other annual events and activities will be repeated throughout the year, including The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, the Memorial Day Service, an Ice Cream Social for children, and the traditional December carol sing, The Holly & The Ivy.

Volunteers and staff alike are excited about the many opportunities to both learn and be entertained at Christ Church, said Hedges.

The Christ Church campus is at 420 Christ Church Road in Weems. For reservations, or more information, call 438-6855, or visit christchurch1735.org.

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