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Jamestown Settlement Presents 'MY TENACITY!' Weekend Celebrating 400 Years of Tenacious Women in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 2, 2019 — If you’re not one, you know one! Tenacious women, from 1619 to today, are celebrated June 8-9 as Jamestown Settlement presents “MY TENACITY!” with a weekend of female musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists, character portrayals, children’s activities and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special ticketed after-hours outdoor concert from 6 to 10 p.m.

Throughout the day on the Mall Stage, host Lee Anne Rose, who has spent the last 25 years bringing women’s history to life through historical interpretation, will bridge the centuries to introduce the women of “MY TENACITY!” Live entertainment features performances by Meredith Schramm, award-winning American Indian Hoop Dancer; Dance or Die!, a lively 18th-century dance act of colonial merriment; and drums and dancers from ACT Dance Theatre of Atumpan, a nonprofit arts education organization specializing in African culture.

In the Robins Foundation Theater, enjoy a variety of dance and musical acts featuring Time for 2 Violin & Cello Duo, with 14-year-old violinist, Kearston Gonzales, and 12-year-old cellist, Kendall Gonzales; Claves Unidos, with an energetic and rhythmic journey through a coming-of-age tale demonstrating the importance of the African influence on music and dance; and Caroline Scruggs on the theremin, with a mix of both original songs and recognizable tunes as never heard before.

Live performances will enchant and educate in the Gazebo, featuring American Indian tales with Felicity Meza-Luna, story and song with Sylvia Tabb Lee, and tenacious women character portrayals from Darci Tucker as Alice Grierson and Sheila Arnold as Fannie May Hamer. Families can also enjoy face painting, period games and crafts, community tables and activities, plus perfume-distilling demonstrations with Rebecca Suerdieck.

MYTENACITY! Tenacious Women Concert Lineup“MY TENACITY!” continues into Saturday evening with a Tenacious Women Concert from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 8. This special ticketed nighttime outdoor concert features performances by Davina & The Vagabonds, the Truetone Honeys and award-winning vocalist Desirée Roots. Concessions will be available for purchase with food, wine and beer trucks on site, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. A separate ticket to this evening event must be purchased. General Admission tickets are $30, which includes two complimentary drink tickets.

Event details and tickets to both the daytime and nighttime festivities are available at jyfmuseums.org/mytenacity.


Jamestown Settlement features expansive exhibition galleries and films that connect visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown, and historical interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 English ships and colonial fort. Jamestown Settlement is a stage for special exhibitions, events and programs in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, honoring the 400th anniversary of key historical events in Virginia in 1619. The “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition, a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, explores captivating and little-known stories of Powhatan Indian, English and African women in 17th-century Virginia, and is accompanied this year by more than a dozen public lectures, special events and performances.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg. All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12. A separate ticket is required to attend the evening concert and can be purchased at jyfmuseums.org/mytenacity.

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org.