WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – The band Hanson had to cut a holiday performance at the Williamsburg Winery short Sunday afternoon. And it’s a good thing they did or they may have been MMMbopped when the tent they were performing under partially collapsed.
This was their last concert of the year, and the band posted on Instagram that they were feeling festive as the snow fell outside. But the winter storm conditions quickly worsened and the snow total increased so they ended the performance early and got everyone out of the tent. The heavy snow later caused the tent to partially collapse.
10 On Your Side reached out the James City County Fire Department, which confirmed there were no injuries reported. Battalion Chief Alton Catlett said the biggest problem was people had trouble getting out of the parking lot.
The Super Doppler 10 weather team reports five inches of snow fell in Williamsburg Sunday.
Mary Kathleen Grady was at the concert. She told 10 On Your Side there were hundreds of cars stuck in the dirt parking lot, including hers, but a group of strangers helped push her vehicle out to the road. Sarah Brock Mooney shared a similar story and provided this photo.
Monday afternoon, as word of the collapse spread, the Williamsburg Winery posted on their official Facebook page:
“We want to express our sincere gratitude for everyone who attended and was involved with yesterday’s Uncorked and Unplugged with Hanson, Brynn Elliott and Heather Murphy and thank you to our partners in Hampton Roads (94.9 The Point & 101.3 2WD) and in Richmond (Mix981Richmond& Q94 Richmond). The weather conditions that arose unexpectedly after the forecast called for a dusting to a 1/2 inch of snow followed by rain, certainly brought about some challenges. Our primary focus all day, especially when the snow increased, was to make sure everyone got out of the venue safely.
We are so grateful for our Winery team, our Radio partners and our community partners at James City County for working tirelessly all day monitoring the situation and taking the necessary measures to ensure everyone’s safety. A huge thank you to you, the fans, for your passion, feedback and for braving the elements and being patient during the snowfall. We know that the elements brought about less than ideal situations and unexpected circumstances.
Please feel free to contact our radio partners with questions about the show at 757-965-2368.
Thank you and happy holidays