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Constitution Day, Innovation Award, and More: News Briefs for Sept. 17

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on important news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

Free Constitution Day Event at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a free event on Saturday, Sept. 17, on the lawn in front of the Art Museums from 5:30 – 7 p.m. “To Support and Defend,” will bring America’s governing document to life through music and the spoken word.

The program features a combined ensemble of members of the USAF Heritage of America Band, the USA Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, the USN Fleet Forces Band, and Marine Corps musicians from The Navy School of Music playing works by eminent American composers. In addition, the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will perform. The program will feature Colonial Williamsburg interpreters Ron Carnegie as George Washington and Bryan Austin as James Madison. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg said its 41st Shrimp Feast was a “tremendous success.” (Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s Deems 41st Shrimp Feast a Success

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg called its 41st Shrimp Feast, held for the first time at Jamestown Settlement, a tremendous success. The organization said over 1,500 hundred pounds of shrimp were served, all to raise money for the club’s “Headliner” organizations: Colonial CASA, Dream Catchers, Grove Christian Outreach, Williamsburg Regional Library Kids Idea Studio and Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs) in elementary, middle and high schools and college, including, K-Kids, Builder’s Club, Key Club and CKI.

Over 200 volunteers gave their time and talents. Working alongside Kiwanians were members of the College of William and Mary CKI, Swim and Baseball Teams; the Walsingham soccer team; staff and supporters from the “Headliner” organizations; Jamestown and Lafayette High School Key Club; and caring community members.

The 42nd Shrimp Feast is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023 at Jamestown Settlement.

City of Williamsburg’s COVID Budget Strategy Wins Innovation Award 

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) awarded the City of Williamsburg with the 2022 Innovation Award in the category of Risk Management for its Reserve Protection budget strategy through the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide competition recognizes innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation, and improved services to citizens. This is the second consecutive year the City has won an Innovation Award. The City won the award in the same category last year for its drive-thru voting system. VML received nearly 80 entries, from which judges selected one winner in each of the eight categories. One of the category winners will be chosen to receive the President’s Award, which will be announced at VML’s annual conference on Oct. 3. 

Williamsburg Native Receives Award for Achievements in Cancer Advocacy

Beverly Weigand was awarded the American Cancer Society Partner of the Year award by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her exceptional work to help make fighting cancer a national priority. This annual award is given to an American Cancer Society staff member who collaborates with the organization’s advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, to advance its mission to reduce the cancer burden through public policy change.

The award was presented on Sept. 11 as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 600 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones met in person for the first time since 2019 with their elected officials on Sept. 13 to urge them to make cancer a national priority.

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