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Historic Christ Church
A historic landmark gets a new look in a new year.
|Historic Christ Church steps boldly into 2009|
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The Christ Church Gallery is being doubled in size.
For an attraction that has been around for 300 years, give or take, the changing of the calendar from one year to the other is not such a big deal. But at Historic Christ Church in Irvington, the dawn of 2009 brings a sense of excitement.
The staff at the Lancaster County landmark, finished in 1735, have a full calendar of events planned for the year. The big event is April 25, when Christ Church opens its new Interpretive Gallery, twice the size of the existing one.
“We think this is really going to wow people,” said Executive Director Camille Bennett. “It’s going to have something for everyone, from high-tech interactive exhibits to low-tech fun stuff.”
The Gallery will help tell the story of Christ Church, which was the most finely crafted Anglican parish church in all of colonial Virginia. The church’s detailed brickwork, particularly the molded-brick doorways, had few rivals in Virginia and perhaps colonial America.
Christ Church sponsors many activities for young people, and this year kicks off the season in late March with a History Fair.
“A History Fair is a lot like a science fair,” Bennett said. “The children produce history projects which will go on display.”
Historic Christ Church provides other activities for children throughout the year, including a summer Hands On History Day and two “Second Saturday” programs in July and August, featuring an ice cream social, as well a colonial games.
“In the fall our major event is a formal concert and we are currently working on that,” Bennett said.
Last year the Virginia Symphony Ensemble performed to an enthusiastic audience, and Bennett said she expected the 2009 concert to feature a similar performance.
In addition to planning a full calendar of events, there have been major improvements to the site, including a new Administration and Volunteer Building and expanded parking.
“We’ve made these improvements, but have not disturbed the
visual elements of the campus,” Bennett said.
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