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Commonwealth #3: Happy Birthday, Virginia!

We went down for the weekend to historic Williamsburg, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of the Jamestown colony. I'll stop by and update this with the official story of Jamestown, and its significance in early Virginian life (some of which you may not know) sometime in the near future, but for now, here are my photos from the parts of the celebration we went to, on Jamestown Island itself. (We didn't make it to Anniversary Park to see the concerts, but from the schedules I read, it was mostly politically-correct claptrap anyway. I'll take history over celebrities any day!)

The settlers are standing at guard, while their Captain reads the instructions from the London Company, which were sealed in a box for the entire voyage.


Closeup of the Guard.


Reaching the Sky.


Defensive measures, 18th-Century style.


The 300th Anniversary Monument.


Jamestown Church, the key to locating James Fort.


James Fort, reconstructed in its original location.


The Polish American Jamestown Committee passed through unannounced. If it weren't for the Missus pointing them out, I would've missed it completely! This is the closest we got to anything approaching a "dignitary."


This is me being halfway done with standing in line (which swings off to the left in the distance) heading towards the buses off the Island. There could've been a bit better planning involved, but it wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the unseasonably hot weather. (Darn that Al Gore!)


Wire Service Photos


Here's how the real professionals captured these festivities. That's what makes them professionals. Or something like that...

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) walks past actors in period costume as he steps aboard the Susan Constant ship as he tours Jamestown settlement in Virginia, May 13, 2007. President George W. Bush toured Jamestown on Sunday to mark the 400th anniversary of the English settlement, saying the United States must continue to stand by countries struggling for freedom. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)


US President George W. Bush listens to an explanation of the use of a pistol while looking at a display of period weapons during a walking tour of Jamestown Settlement in Jamestown, VA. Bush said Sunday the United States was proud to be leading the "advance of freedom" in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere as he celebrated America's birth 400 years ago.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)


President Bush inspects an old pistol, shown by expert Greg Schneck, at a display of 17th century weapons during a tour of Jamestown settlement in Virginia, May 13, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed


US President George W. Bush (C) and First Lady Laura Bush (R) take part in a walking tour of Jamestown Settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Bush said Sunday the United States was proud to be leading the "advance of freedom" in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere as he celebrated America's birth 400 years ago.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)


President Bush and first lady Laura Bush (L) pose with actors in period costume during a visit to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia May 13, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed


U.S. President George W. Bush (C), Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (L) and other dignitaries including first lady Laura Bush (2nd R) share a laugh with traditional sailmaker Josiah Freitus at work during a tour of the dockside at Jamestown settlement in Virginia, May 13, 2007. President George W. Bush toured Jamestown on Sunday to mark the 400th anniversary of the English settlement, saying the United States must continue to stand by countries struggling for freedom. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)


US President George W. Bush speaks during America's 400th Anniversary Celebration at Anniversary Park in Jamestown, Virginia. Bush said Sunday the United States was proud to be leading the "advance of freedom" in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere as he celebrated America's birth 400 years ago.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)


U.S. President George W. Bush (L) stands at attention alongside an actor dressed as a guard in period costume during his tour of the dockside at Jamestown settlement in Virginia May 13, 2007. Bush marked America�s 400th anniversary celebration with a visit to the site where the British made the first permanent settlement in 1607. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)


Historical interpreters dressed in period dress walk inside James Fort at Jamestown settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, 06 April, 2007. US President George W. Bush will visit Jamestown Sunday to take part in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.(AFP/File/Manie Garcia)


Retired Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, dons a Jamestown cap as she takes in the festivities during the opening ceremonies for the 400th anniversary celebration of America's first permanent English settlement Friday, May 11, 2007 in Jamestown, Va. (AP Photo/Lisa Billings)


James Pegram of Hernando, Fla., purchases Jamestown commemorative stamps and other souvenirs from a U.S. Post Office truck after the unveiling of the new stamp at the Historic Jamestown's Anniversary Park on Friday, May 11, 2007 in Williamsburg, Va. People lined up for more than an hour to buy the first of the new postage stamps recognizing America's first permanent English settlement as the weekend marking the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding kicked off Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Billings)


An image of President Bush is projected above a choir as he speaks during ceremonies marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in Jamestown, Va., Sunday, May 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


President Bush smiles with two sentry guards during a walking tour of Historic Jamestowne in Jamestown, Va., Sunday, May 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)


Hey, we saw these guys:

Stan Szukzewski, and other members of the contingent from the Polish American Jamestown Committee, based in Chicago, stand in line to board a bus that will take them back to the Jamestown Settlement museum area in Jamestown, Va,, on Saturday, May 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)


The Susan Constant, left, and the Godspeed, right, both replicas of the ships that brought settlers to Jamestown, Va., make there way back to their berths at the Jamestown Settlement museum on Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Jamestown. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)


Spectators jam the rocky shoreline a replica of the boat used by Captain John Smith in 1608 to map the Chesapeake Bay area, prepares to set sail Saturday, May 12, 2007, in Jamestown, Va. The shallop's 121-day voyage over 1,500 miles will retrace much of Smith's journey and inaugurate the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the country's first national historic water trail. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)


Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine speaks during the first part of the opening ceremonies kicking off America's 400th Anniversary celebration at Historic Jamestowne on Friday, May 11, 2007, in Jamestown, Va. (AP Photo/Lisa Billings)


The Idiots


We caught a glimpse of these guys as we were driving off the island. I wish I had seen them earlier, so I could've presented my own report to you, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. For the record, there were two "First Amendment Areas" set up for protesters to harangue the crowd from. Fortunately for us, the only one that was "occupied" (pardon my pun) was the one that was far away.

Malik Shabazz, left, president of the group Black Lawyers for Justice, speaks, Saturday, May 12, 2007, while an unidentified member of the New Black Panther Party, right, watches a helicopter fly overhead during a protest rally held at the Jamestown Visitor Center located in Jamestown, Va. Shabazz said Jamestown's founding marked the roots of black enslavement and Indian genocide. (AP Photo/Gary C. Knapp)


We were amongst a full schoolbus-load of people, and I didn't hear a single positive comment about the disruption or their message. That's good news, right?

  Ye Olde Dominion


Comments:

#1 JayDee 15-May-2007
Great selection of pictures and captions, bro. Nice job. I take it you enjoyed yourself immensely.
#2 Brian 15-May-2007
Thank you very much for the kind words, JayDee! We certainly did have a great time, as we always do in Williamsburg!

Regards,
Brian
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