Community Notebook: CW Chooses New Board Members, Storytelling Concert, Literary Contest Winners and More

March 31st, 2011 by karenadmin


The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Mark J. Kington of Alexandria, Va. to serve as a trustee of the Foundation. Also, Ed Grier, dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, joins the board of Colonial Williamsburg Company, the Foundation’s wholly-owned business subsidiary.

Kington is managing director of X-10 Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm focused on public equities. He was a founding member of Columbia Capital LLC, a venture capital firm.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark Kington, an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur, as a trustee of the Foundation,” said Colin Campbell, president of Colonial Williamsburg. “In addition to his business acumen, Mark brings a special passion for historic preservation, education and museums which will contribute importantly to the mission of Colonial Williamsburg.”

Kington serves on the boards of numerous organizations. He is a director of Dominion Resources and a member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. He also serves on the board of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and INOVA Health System Pension and Investment Committee.

Kington and his wife, Ann, are directors of the Kington Foundation which supports arts and culture, historic preservation, education, museums and the environment. Together they established the Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professorship in Environmental Change at the University of Virginia.

Kington is a former board member of the National Public Radio Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Virginia Historical Society, Woodlawn Plantation Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency, the University of Virginia Foundation, UVa Investment Management, and the Northern Virginia Health Foundation. He also has served as a special advisor to the Investment Committee of the National Gallery of Art.

A native of Tennessee, Kington earned a degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Ed Grier, dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, joins the board of Colonial Williamsburg Company (CWC). CWC oversees the operations of Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality, products and commercial real estate businesses.

Grier is a former senior executive of the Walt Disney Company. His work with Disney spanned 29 years including assignments in Tokyo and Paris and service as President of Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim, California.

He worked as a CPA and auditor at Ernst and Young before joining Disney. He served as commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, a member of the California Economic Recovery Task Force and a board member of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California. He serves on the board of Brandman University in Irvine, California. He was named dean at VCU in March, 2010.

“Ed Grier brings extensive experience in brand management, administration, finance and planning, marketing and public relations and employee relations, all within the context of the travel and tourism industry,” said Campbell. “We are delighted he is in the Commonwealth and will lend advice and counsel to Colonial Williamsburg’s operations.”

Storytelling at the Kimball

The Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative will be presenting the premier concert of the 2011 benefit concert series.

“Stories That Make a Difference: The Company of Animals” is a ‘pay what you can’ event in support of the Heritage Humane Society. All proceeds from this event will go to the Heritage Humane Society for the care of unwanted dogs, cats, and other local animals.

Celebrate the joyous companionships that animals can offer through the performance of fun stories by members of the Williamsburg Storytelling Collaborative, a group of storytellers dedicated to making a difference in the community.

The performance will be held on Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square. Tickets are required but are free of charge and can be picked up at the theater or any other ticket office of Colonial Williamsburg.

For more information about the concert or the collaborative visit their website. For more information on Heritage Humane Society visit its website.

Winners of York Library’s Literary Competition

The York County Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Juried Literary Competition for Poetry and Short Stories:

Poetry Division

First place: Julie Leverenz, Williamsburg, for “On Friendship”

Second place: Alice McClanahan, Yorktown, for “Ordeal by Roses”

Third place: Richard Howell, Yorktown, for “The Night Before Shrimp Season”

Short Story Division

First place: Bill Glose, Poquoson, for “Coming Up Aces”

Second place: Kate Staron, Yorktown, for “Resolution”

Third place: Narielle Living, Yorktown, for “Just Lucky”

The Poetry and Short Story Division first place winners will receive $150, the second place winners will receive $75 and the third place winners will receive $50. Winners will have their work published on the York County Public Library website, and in a commemorative booklet.

The community and competition participants are invited to the Winners’ Reception and Public Reading on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Tabb Library meeting room. Prizes will be awarded, and the division winners will read their entry.

Civil War Concert

The York County Historical Committee invites everyone to come out for a free Music of the Civil War Era concert to be held this Sunday, April 3, at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown.

The event was developed in cooperation with the York County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee and is one of many events planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The concert will be “entertaining, enlightening and educational,” according to the Historical Committee. Music was a large part of life during the Civil War, both in the camps and at home. Not only was it a source of entertainment, it was also a way to voice feelings of the time.

The concert is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday. Grace Church is located at 111 Church Street in Historic Yorktown. For more information, call 890-3508.

Library Needs Volunteers

The York County Public Library Youth Services Department invites teens ages 13 and up to help with the summer reading program.

Volunteers are needed from June 20 through August 5. Teens must be willing to work a minimum of four of the seven weeks and attend a mandatory training session. Duties include registering participants, distributing prizes and preparing crafts.

Applications will be available beginning March 28 at the Youth Services desk, on the library’s Web site, and at York County middle and high school guidance offices. Applications will be accepted from April 18 through May 20 and must be submitted to a Youth Services staff member at the Tabb or Yorktown Library.

For more information, contact the Tabb Library at 890-5110 or Yorktown Library at 890-3236. The Tabb Library is located 100 Long Green Blvd., at the intersection of Hampton Highway (VA Rt. 134) and Long Green Blvd. The Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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