Free Admission for Active Military & Their Families $10 Ticket Includes Music, Lawn Games, and Admission to MSV Gardens & Galleries 

The Eagles greatest hits, free family lawn games, and admission to acres of gardens and exhibition galleries will highlight the summer’s final Gardens at Night event at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, September 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, beer, and wine.

Making its first appearance at the MSV, the Alter Eagles—a nationally touring Eagles tribute band—will perform classic favorites from the Eagles, including “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Tequila Sunrise,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”  Comprised of professional musicians and known for its accurate recreation of Eagles music, the Alter Eagles has performed at festivals and events throughout the United States and abroad.

According to MSV Community Programs Manager Autumn Gray—thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union—admission to Gardens at Night is free to all active military personnel and their families. Gardens at Night admission is also free to MSV Members and ages 12 and under. The ticket price for all others, which includes gardens and gallery admission, is $10. The summer concert series is also sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

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. families 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, including the just-opened exhibition Under the Appalachian Sky: The Paintings of Barry Vance.  On view in the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, Under the Appalachian Sky presents nearly 40 landscape paintings of the Shenandoah Valley and Potomac Highlands created by artist Barry Vance between 1973 and 2017.  The presentation of Under the Appalachian Sky has been partially funded by the Woltz–Winchester Foundation.

Those attending Gardens at Night at the MSV also may purchase food and drinks at the event. Sodexo catering will serve the following food items, available for purchase à la carte: herb-roasted chicken breast ($6), bratwurst with grilled peppers and onions ($5), potato salad ($2), coleslaw ($1), green bean and tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette ($2), watermelon ($1), chocolate chip cookies ($3), and ice cream novelties ($3). 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.

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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