Free Admission for Active Military & Their Families

$10 Ticket Includes Music, Lawn Games, and Admission to MSV Gardens & Galleries 

Winchester, VA 6/05/17…A mix of Motown, rock, and today’s hits from The Adrian Duke Project, free family lawn games, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, beer, and wine.

According to MSV Community Programs Manager Autumn Gray, this summer’s Gardens at Night concert series includes a new lineup of bands all making their first appearances at the MSV and—thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union—free admission to all active military personnel and their families. The concert series is also sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102. Admission to Gardens at Night is free to MSV Members and ages 12 and under. The ticket price for all others, which includes the concert and admission to the MSV’s seven-acre gardens and exhibitions, is $10.

A soul band from Charlottesville, Virginia, The Adrian Duke Project will play a high-energy mix of Motown, rock, and today’s pop hits from 7 to 9 p.m. Led by vocalist and keyboard player Adrian Duke, the band also includes bass player Damon Brown, drummer Marcus Parker, guitarist Derek Crowder, and vocalist Theresa Richmond. An accomplished pianist, singer and songwriter, bandleader Adrian Duke has produced and recorded six albums and headlined festival stages throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Combining critically acclaimed musicianship with a wide-ranging repertoire of music, The Adrian Duke Project has performed at concerts and festivals from Atlanta to Baltimore. For Gardens at Night the band will play songs made famous by Aretha Franklin; Earth, Wind & Fire; KC and The Sunshine Band; Prince; The Beatles; Stevie Wonder; and other music greats.

Along with live music, Gardens at Night features free family activities. Youngsters will be able to explore the gardens with a seek-and-find game, Can You Find This? In addition, from 6 to 8 p.m. children may play a variety of lawn games, including Frisbee, hula hoops, and cornhole.


Throughout the evening attendees may experience the seven-acre Glen Burnie Gardens illuminated by nighttime lighting and explore the MSV galleries. Just opened and on view in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Art and the Animal features some of the world’s best contemporary animal art produced by members of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. A traveling exhibition featuring more than 60 paintings, drawings, and sculpture of wild and domestic animals, the tour of Art and the Animal is directed by noted wildlife art scholar and author David J. Wagner, PhD, and the exhibition’s display at the MSV is sponsored by 92.5 WINC FM.

Those attending Gardens at Night at the MSV also may purchase food and drinks at the event. Sodexo catering will serve a buffet dinner for $12 per plate that will include pork barbecue, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, cookies, and ice cream novelties. Cheese, cracker, and grape trays will be available for $5. Drinks available for purchase include bottled water and soda ($2), domestic ($7) and craft beer ($8), and wine by the 10-ounce glass ($8) or bottle ($25). Cash sales are preferred. No outside food or drinks will be permitted in the concert area.

The gates will open for seating at 5:30 p.m. and the gardens, galleries, and food/drink stations will open at 6 p.m. The music will begin at 7 p.m. The concert will take place on the lawn by the MSV. All those who plan to listen to the musical performance should bring their own chairs. The concert will take place outdoors rain/shine and attendees should dress for the weather.

Following June’s concert, Gardens at Night will take place on July 14, August 11, and September 8. In July, Another Level will play R&B and today’s hits. The Real Geniuses will celebrate the music of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s in August, and September’s concert will feature the Eagles tribute band Alter Eagles.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes galleries and exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House (not open during Gardens at Night), and the gardens—is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information is available by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235, or referring to – END –


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