Saturday Evening

“I should like to dine with him; I dare say he gives famous dinners.”
                                                                                               —Northanger Abbey, Chapter 12

In Williamsburg, we are accustomed to eating and entertaining the 18th-century way. We have selected our banquet offerings carefully so as to provide variety and accommodate modern needs, all while acknowledging our colonial heritage.

The evening will begin with a Social Hour from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Virginia Foyer and on the Lawn. We will then make use of the Lodge’s several sizeable dining-parlors—the Virginia Room or the more intimate Allegheny Room. After registration, please watch your email for banquet table sign-up instructions and other important notes to assist you in your planning.

Whichever venue you repair to for your meal, you may expect to be seated shortly after the social hour and enjoying your first course, taken from the Banquet menu below.

Colonial Chop House Salad
baby greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, croutons
buttermilk dressing on the table

Spoon Bread

Pan Seared Fillet of Salmon
sweet corn and braised leek relish, whipped sweet potatoes, wilted greens,
lemon herb baby carrots, tarragon butter sauce (all Gluten Free)
Virginia Ham Crusted Chicken Breast
whipped sweet potatoes, lemon herb baby carrots,
wilted greens, cider jus (all Gluten Free and Dairy Free)
Roasted Acorn Squash
edamame and corn risotto, braised greens, chickpea romesco,
arugula pesto (all Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

Mini Colonial Tavern Rum Pie
chocolate crust, whipped cream, chocolate sauce

The banquet will conclude in time for the musician-led Promenade. See if you can spot characters from Northanger Abbey strolling among you! Meanwhile, the Virginia Room will become our ballroom, while the Allegheny Room will be reset for cards and games. Dancing, under the expert eye of our caller Jenna Simpson, will commence once the space has been converted, with music provided by the delightful three-piece ensemble Hot Toddy.

If neither cards nor dancing suit your fancy, there will be special interest sessions in a third room to keep you agreeably engaged. First, Sue Dell will give an illustrated presentation about the lovely community quilt made by people from all over the world (including a square from JASNA) to mark the bicentenary of Jane’s death in 2017. Then, join select cast and crew from Friday night’s Northanger Abbey the Musical for a lively “Talkback” session and learn all about the experience of bringing this project to fruition, from 2013 to the present.