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Military History Weekend 2012 W. Britain Collectors Event

MHW figureMilitary History Weekend 2012 is right around the corner! We’re looking forward to presentations by notable veterans, seeing the living historians and vintage vehicles, and of course The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Annual Open House.

In conjunction with the weekend events, W. Britain will host a can’t-miss collectors’ event! The Military Enthusiast & W. Britain Collectors Evening Event will take place on Saturday October 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The W. Britain collectors’ event will include dinner, drinks, guest speakers, and a special event figure. This year’s guest speakers are authors Monte Akers and Joe Wallis. The Military Enthusiast & W. Britain Collectors Evening Event gives attendees the rare opportunity to hear about their work and speak with these renowned authors.

Mr. Monte Akers is the author of Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862–June 1863 (Casemate Publishers, 2012). Mr. Akers is an attorney practicing in Austin, Texas but his passion since childhood has been American history, particularly the Civil War. That passion has led him to become a collector of artifacts, a relic hunter, a song writer, a re-enactor, a movie extra, and the author, in addition to Year of Glory, of the following books: Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community (University of Texas Press, 1999 & 2011); Tales for the Telling: Six Short Stories of the Civil War on CD (Cold Creek Productions: 2005), The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure, (Texas Tech University Press: 2010). He was a featured author at the Texas Book Festival in 2011, and is a frequent speaker at state and national legal conferences, a former Adjunct Professor for Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University, and is the author of numerous legal papers and articles regarding municipal law, water law, environmental law, utility law and related topics.

It is also our honor to have renowned W. Britain authority and author of Regiments of All Nations Joe Wallis on hand to discuss W. Britain figures from 1946 to 1966. Mr. Wallis’ first published ROAN in 1981 and released a hardback color version of this classic last year. His knowledge of this period in W. Britain’s long history is without peer.

The 2012 Military History Weekend event figure (above) depicts a British Ensign of the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, Regimental Colour in 1815. This special event figure, limited to 450 pieces, is valued at $38.00 and included in the evening event ticket price.

If you are a toy soldier collector or just interested in military history join us for this special event. Tickets for this event are $55 per person (for W. Britain Collectors Club members) and $60 per person (for non-club members) and can be purchased directly from W. Britain at 1-888-771-5576 (toll-free from the USA only) or 1-563-582-2071. This year’s event is being held at the Holiday Inn Patriot, 3032 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. Special room reservation rate of $89 just mention the show when you call 1-800-446-6001.

You will want to reserve your spot at the Military Enthusiast & W. Britain Collectors Evening Event as soon as possible; this popular event is filling up quickly! If the event has not sold out, tickets will also be available at The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House as well as at Military History Weekend.

MHW speaker flyer

Living in Williamsburg, Virginia

Living in Williamsburg, Virginia is a daily photo blog created by two Williamsburg locals. Darryl and Ruth explain that they are not expert photographers but love taking pictures. Their blog certainly reflects this as each day it highlights another wonderful detail about Williamsburg, VA.

They explain that Williamsburg is one of the most historically significant and beautiful areas of the country and that they love living here. Their blog provides a “daily peek” through photographs of the Historic Triangle which includes Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown.

Their images and posts capture everything from unique scenes found only here in Williamsburg, VA to the tiniest details of our city. From bird bottles to pomegranates to favorite restaurants to carriage rides, Darryl and Ruth capture both big and small here in Williamsburg, Virginia. Their attractive posts even include fun facts about each of their subjects like how they were used in Colonial times or when the image was taken. Living in Williamsburg, Virginia even offers an extensive list of links to favorite restaurants, stores, and attractions.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the Historic Triangle, this blog is a must read. See Living in Williamsburg, Virginia now.

Handmade Mob Cap

The Handmade Mob Cap is a Toymaker of Williamsburg Favorite. It is also part of the classic colonial woman’s outfit. You will love the handmade design of this colonial mob cap for costume parties, kids dress up, or your next visit to Colonial Williamsburg! Hand made caps vary slightly in design.

See the mob cap and all of our Toymaker of Williamsburg Favorite toys on our official site now.

Handmade Mob Cap

Handmade Mob Cap

Handmade Mob Cap

Jet Stroller

The Toymaker of Williamsburg just restocked the red and black Jet Stroller – Elegance. This sleek stroller is perfect for pushing little ones around Williamsburg, Virginia. Stop in our store on Merchants Square to see it today.

Jet Stroller – Elegance is a red and black stroller that is easier for you and more comfortable for your baby. This durable stroller is lightweight, portable, and comfortable. It has a wider seat base that will be more comfortable for your child…and keep them happily riding for longer. The five point harness also ensures that your baby is securely fastened in their seat.

The Jet Stroller has eight wheels that are 6” in diameter. These allow your black and red stroller to glide over any surface. This stroller is equipped with a fully adjustable and removable canopy to shade your little one. The seat of the stroller also reclines for comfortable snoozing.

Parents love the Jet Stroller too. Its taller handles make for a more comfortable walk for parents as well. It also has a large upper storage console which allows for easy access to personal effects.

When you’re done strolling, the Jet Stroller can be easily folded up with one hand and weighs only 11 pounds so it’s portable as well. Jet Stroller measures 30” L x 19″ W x 39.5″ H.
 
Jet Stroller

Jet Stroller

Jet Stroller

Open House and Military History Weekend

We’re in the countdown! The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House and Military History Weekend are quickly approaching. If you missed our previous posts about these exciting events, read the highlights below or click on the titles to check out our detailed posts.

 

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

When: Friday October 12, 2012 3:00-6:00p.m.

Open House Highlights:

    • Meet W. Britain General Manager Richard Walker
    • Door prizes every hour
    • FREE plastic W. Britain toy soldier for the first 100 children at the event
    • Preview the newest Toymaker of Williamsburg exclusive W. Britain figure

 

Military History Weekend 2012

When: Saturday October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    and Sunday October 14, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MHW Highlights:

    • Boot camp for kids (ages 4-12)
    • Presentations from notable veterans
    • Display of vintage military vehicles
    • A large vendor area

 
Display of Vintage Military Vehicles
See some photographs of vintage vehicles that appeared at our Open House in past years below.

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze is classic toy from Hape. Squiggle, swoosh, shimmy, and slide. You kids will love making beads dance through this endless maze.

Hape Toys is one of the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Their products represent the next generation of play with a focus on sustainability, education, innovation and fun. Natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.

Developmental benefits of Original Supermaze include improved

  • Dexterity
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Imagination
  • Cooperation
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding of cause and effect

 

The Original Supermaze received many awards including Parents Magazine Pick of the Best Toys, Parenting Magazine Toy Hall of Fame, and Parents Choice Classic Doing and Learning Approval. Original Supermaze is made from wood, steel wire, and water based paint and measures 40.6x33x51.4cm.

See all of our environmentally responsible and developmentally beneficial toys from Hape on our official site now!
 

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze

Classic Toys

Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts on the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is a respected independent consumer review of children’s media. It was founded in 1989 as the only independent consumer review of children’s media by mother daughter team and child development experts Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim.

Entrants for consideration in The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are not charged entry fees. Winners are selected by noted experts in child development, children’s literature, and education. They choose their award winners based on a number of criteria. Some of their topics of consideration include:

  • What is the product designed to do and how well does it do it?
  • Does it invite active doing and thinking or simply passive watching?
  • Is it safe and well-designed, and can it withstand the unexpected?
  • Does it “fit” the developmental needs, interests and typical skills of the children for whom it was designed? What message does it convey?
  • What will a child learn from this product?

 

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys posts about Thoughts on Toys from the Founder of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts. Stephanie talks about how important it is to bring home toys with lasting play value. These toys “place your child at the center of the play experience” and often tend to be the more open ended, classic toys.

When taking an inventory of your toys, Stephanie suggests that parents pay attention to these criteria:

  • Does your child have variety in their types of toys? For a well-rounded play experience, kids need many different types of toys.
  • Are your child’s toys gender-free? Gender specific toys often teach a specific type of lesson. Having gender free toys introduce kids to a variety of lessons.
  • Does your child have art supplies? Art supplies encourage creativity during play.
  • What about family games? Games are one of the best ways to play together.

Read more toy tips on Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys and see some of our favorite classic toys below.

 
Classic Toys

Magnetic Art Easel

Magnetic Art Easel

Do Art Watercolor Pencil Art

Do Art Watercolor Pencil Art

Circa Baseball

Circa Baseball

Carrom Game Board

Carrom Game Board

Arts Month in Williamsburg VA

It’s Arts Month in Williamsburg Virginia from Labor Day through October 7th. Special events are happening all month long and many of our Merchants Square shops and restaurants are celebrating with specials.

Aromas on Prince George Street has Guest Artist, Ginny Fisher, displaying her contemporary art of a variety of subjects, both still life and aquatic.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill welcome art lovers with daily specials.

The Jazzy Giraffe is featuring two American jewelry artists this Fall. Kathleen Noward Tucci’s jewelry is made from recycled rubber from bicycle and motorcycle inner tubes. Sarah Canvender is an American artist whose jewelry is all based on metal working with brass screening.

The Cheese Shop celebrates Arts Month with Artisan cheeses, handcrafted breads small batch specialty foods, handmade to order sandwiches, wines, beers and so much more!

At The Fat Canary, guests can enjoy handcrafted, artful and memorable dining seven nights a week in an atmosphere filled with carefully selected artwork.

Read about weekly Arts Month events on Williamsburg Weekends and make sure to stop by The Toymaker to check out our arts and crafts for your little artist.

 
Art Supplies for Kids

Learn to Paint Set

Learn to Paint Set

Do Art Color Pencil Art

Do Art Color Pencil Art

Young Artist Finger Painting Set

Young Artist Finger Painting Set

Magnetic Art Easel

Magnetic Art Easel

Color GRIP Watercolor Pencils

Color GRIP Watercolor Pencils

Drawing Power Art Set

Drawing Power Art Set


 
See these and all of our Art Supplies for Kids on our official website now!