2nd Sundays Williamsburg was created by local arts and music enthusiast, Shirley Vermillion. A mother of four boys aged 11-18 she is also a full time dental hygienist at Norge Dental Center. She's also an avid supporter of Performing & Visual Arts!
She was born and raised in the Northern Neck of Va, lived in both Norfolk and Richmond Va for college and spent 8 of the most memorable years of her life(1993-2001) in the Pacific Northwest. When she & her husband made the decision to move to Williamsburg in 2001 to be closer to her family & her favorite Boss(Dr Tim Johnston), she began to go thru withdrawals for the abundance of the family friendly street festivals and live music listening opportunities throughout the Seattle area! She quickly found that artists & musicians were abundant in Williamsburg, but realized they just needed more local opportunity to display,sell & perform! This led her to start a three times a year art bazaar in First Colony, her neighborhood. The bazaars were well attended but she knew the winning formula would be to have a festival near the tourist traffic of Colonial Williamsburg, add stages for live music and to have the festival on a street with lots of great food establishments!
In the Spring of 2010, she asked Chef David Everett of the Blue Talon Bistro(The Trellis, Dog St Pub, and Blackbird Bakery) if when they closed the street during the summer for their EVERY SUMMER SUNDAY NIGHT FREE OUTDOOR MOVIES, they'd ever considered having an Arts Festival on the Street, and that she was interested in planning one there. He welcomed her to come discuss the possibilities and said that he and Adam Steely of the Blue Talon would help her to make it happen. With consent of the wonderful merchants on the street and the City of Williamsburg, 2nd Sundays Williamsburg was born! June of 2010 was the first Festival!
The Festival is proud to call Prince George Street home, with a variety of food establishments and great businesses surrounding the festival on the street. Artisans, musicians & patrons love supporting the Blue Talon Bistro, Retro's Good Eats, Aroma's Coffeehouse, Baskin Robbins, Lokal, Spice & Tea Exchange of Williamsburg, The Peanut Shoppe, Mermaid Books in the 400 block of Prince George Street! We're so excited to have long time Festival Sponsor, Jennifer Raines and her eclectic, whimsical gallery "Quirks of Art" in the Center of the festival in 2017! The 500 block of Prince George Street is growing with wonderful businesses as well! We've loved having The Hound's Tale & Oisshi Sushi & Ramen open just beyond Chef Gonzales' A Chef's Kitchen in the past year and are happy that Rick's Cheesesteaks, Mad about Chocolate, and The Triangle are just beyond theQuirks of ArtMusic Main Stage in the 600 block of Prince George.
Shirley & her team of festival assistants have successfully woven together a family of creativity in Colonial Williamsburg! With a majority of Artisans, living locally(within an hour radius of Williamsburg), & exhibiting or performing frequently, you can feel the warmth of the festival as you walk down the street. Visitors often say something like, "This is the friendliest, FUN FEELING Festival I've ever attended!" The artists and musicians refer their friends to come & exhibit at the Festival for the same reasons! Come out & see for yourself!