- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 21, 2007

If you intend to attend America’s 400th Anniversary weekend next month, plan ahead.

Tickets for the celebration of America’s permanent English settlement, established in Jamestown in 1607, will remain on sale until the May 11-13 event or until they are sold out, spokesman Kevin Crossett said.

Admission is $30 for adults, $15 for 6- to 12-year-olds and free for children under 6.

The tickets cover admission to performances by such artists as three-time Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers and R&B; artist Chaka Khan as well as admission to Anniversary Weekend’s three sites — Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and Anniversary Park. The tickets include the cost of satellite parking and shuttle transportation, cultural presentations, guided tours, craft-making and other features.

The Williamsburg area still has hotel rooms available, but there’s no guarantee the situation will stay that way, said Colonial Williamsburg spokesman Tom Shrout, the event’s official lodging and reservations coordinator.

“To avoid disappointment, any time you’re planning to attend a major event like that, you want to plan ahead and get tickets and reservations made,” he said.

Harry Kenyon, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Hampton Roads District, put it another way: “Know before you go.”

Mr. Kenyon advises travelers to expect above-average traffic on interstates and other roads in the area — and not just because of the weekend festivities.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association is scheduled to host a tournament May 10-13 at Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, and the amusement park Busch Gardens draws large crowds, he said.

VDOT plans to post traffic updates on electronic signs along the interstate.

Mr. Kenyon also advised travelers to tune in to radio station 610 AM for traffic advisories, or to call 511 for up-to-date information.

The weekend events could attract as many 90,000 visitors — a limit of 30,000 a day, Mr. Crossett said.

No visitors will be allowed to reach Jamestown by vehicle. They must park at one of eight satellite lots, which will have shuttle services to the event. Visitors will receive in the mail tickets and brochures with parking and shuttle details, he said.

For security reasons, visitors are not allowed to bring coolers to the event.

Eighteen months of “Signature Events” also are being held in conjunction with the 400-year celebration:

• “World of 1607” exhibit at the Jamestown Settlement museum, in Williamsburg, April 27 through next April.

• Smithsonian Folklife Festival focusing on “the Roots of Virginia Culture,” on the Mall, June 27 to July 1 and July 4-8.

• Virginia Indian Heritage events, in Hampton, Va., July 21-22.

• Virginia Black Expo: A Cultural and Commerce Exposition, in Charleston, S.C., Aug. 24-25.

• Forum on the Future of Democracy, in Williamsburg, Sept. 16-19.

For an updated schedule, ticket availability and other information, visit www.jamestown2007.org.

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