The festival commemorates the 1619 landing of Capt. John Woodlief and 37 men who sailed from England and made their home in Virginia on what is now Berkeley Plantation. The men fell to their knees and gave thanks to God for safe passage, thereby beginning what is the American tradition of Thanksgiving. This is the re-enactment that takes place at the festival and will be joined this year by THE GODSPEED from Jamestown Settlement. The program ends with the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers inviting everyone to participate in the Friendship Dance.