Museum to Offer Music, Face-Painting, and Appearance by Ronald McDonald. Activities Free to Kids; Admission Free to All Wearing a First Night Button.

Winchester, VA 12/27/13…The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) will celebrate the approaching new year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, with a day full of family-oriented activities, including a one-man band, face-painting, balloon-sculpting, and an appearance by Ronald McDonald.

As a partner in the First Night Winchester celebration, the MSV will offer free admission and activities on December 31 to all those wearing First Night buttons, as well as youth ages 12 and younger and Museum Members.

On that day, Ronald McDonald will stop by the MSV to interact with visitors from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., free face painting by Glitterbugz and free balloon creations will be offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and one-man-band and children’s musician Peter McCory will perform at 1 and 3 p.m.

A one-man band, McCory plays the guitar, kick drum, snare, cowbell, harmonica, kazoo, train whistle, and mouth siren, all at the same time. During his musical performances, McCory also discusses instruments, songwriting, and music from around the world. Based in Warrenton, Virginia, McCory has recorded three CDs of original children’s music. His recordings have won praise from national library journals and the Parents’ Choice Foundation.

Along with enjoying the entertainment and celebrating New Year’s Eve, those attending First Night activities at the MSV may also celebrate one of the Shenandoah Valley’s most widely known cultural icons by touring Becoming Patsy Cline in the MSV Changing Exhibitions Gallery.

On view through July 6, 2014, the special exhibition was organized by the MSV in partnership with the Winchester-based organization Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc. (CPC). Becoming Patsy Cline uses objects, rare photographs, video and audio recordings, and clothing—much of which is on first-time public display—to illustrate Patsy Cline’s Shenandoah Valley story. Becoming Patsy Cline received critical underwriting support from Grove’s Winchester Harley–Davidson, Shenandoah Country Q102, and Winchester Printers, Inc.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. On December 31, MSV admission—which includes the music, face-painting, balloon-sculpting, and gallery admission—is free to ages 12 & under, anyone wearing a First Night Winchester button, and MSV Members. For all others, regular MSV admission rates apply ($10; $8 youth/senior).

On December 31 the Museum Café by Bonnie Blue will be open serving lunch and freshly made desserts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just for ages 12 and under, the café offers a special grilled cheese lunch for $5.95.

First Night buttons are now available for purchase in the Museum Store. Admission is not required to visit the Museum Store, which will is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information is available at or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235. The full entertainment schedule for First Night Winchester 2014 is available online at