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Virginia 2019 Commemoration’s “Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival” features events statewide through November

Jamestown, VA (November 4, 2019) – Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution ’s Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival will be celebrated across the Commonwealth throughout the month of November and will feature more than 40 events and programs. Presented by TowneBank, the premier events, festivals and special programming will draw on 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture. This month-long, statewide festival will serve as a momentous capstone to the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

The festival is timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first official Thanksgiving in English North America, which occurred in Virginia in 1619. Many people are unaware that Virginia is the true home of America’s first English Thanksgiving, though scholars and U.S. Presidents have recognized the Commonwealth’s role in hosting this significant tradition. In 1619, a group of English settlers arrived safely in Charles City, Virginia and held a ceremony of Thanksgiving for safe passage across the Atlantic, which was to be observed “annually and perpetually” thereafter.

“We invite Americans from across the nation to come home to Virginia this November to enjoy and participate in the many events and special programs the Commonwealth has planned to commemorate 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture,” said Kathy Spangler, Executive Director of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. “In honor of the 400th anniversary of the first official English Thanksgiving, American Evolution is taking back the spirit of Thanksgiving by partnering with area food banks to ensure that no Virginian goes hungry during the holiday season this year.”

Find your local food bank or make an online donation here.

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine featured events and programs will include:

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine signature events and programs will include Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts, Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, 10th Biennial Conference, ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora), Fanfare to the Military & Democracy, Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival. For more information about the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival and to find an event in your area, please visit https://www.americanevolution2019.com/events.

The Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival is a signature event of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. As a part of the 1619 commemorative year, American Evolution has partnered with Virginia institutions and national partners to convene more than 20 events, programs, educational initiatives performances and exhibitions that showcase significant historical events that occurred 400 years ago in Virginia. These 1619 events set our nation on a course towards the ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. For more information about American Evolution’s upcoming events and programs, visit: https://www.americanevolution2019.com/.

About the 2019 Commemoration

The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured programs, events and legacy projects will position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. American Evolution commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Dominion Energy is an American Evolution Founding Partner and Altria Group and TowneBank are Virginia Colony Partners.