Glen Burnie Day also includes Children’s Activities, Free Concert,

Makerspace Open House and LEGO® Car Display

Winchester, VA 7/11/16…This Saturday, July 16, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) will offer free admission to its seven-acre gardens, Glen Burnie House, and museum galleries during Glen Burnie Day. The family-oriented event, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., will also include an antique and modified car show, children’s activities, a display of a life-sized car made of LEGO® bricks, an open house of the new MSV Makerspace, and an outdoor concert by the Clarke County Brass Quintet, all FREE of charge.

An annual event at the MSV, this year’s Glen Burnie Day is sponsored by Don Beyer Volvo and Volkswagen of Winchester. As part of its sponsorship, the Winchester dealership will display a life-sized Volvo XC90 made of more than 201,000 LEGO® bricks. Weighing 2,930 pounds, the LEGO® SUV is one of just two in the world and has been displayed across the country.

Saturday’s event also includes, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Antique and Modified Car Show. Coordinated by the Shenandoah Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (SRAACA), the show will take place on the lawn in front of the Glen Burnie House and in the field between the museum and gardens. A popular part of Glen Burnie Day, the show will showcase antique and modified cars that are at least 25 years old. According to SRAACA member Angie Yonally, nearly 120 cars are registered for this year’s event, including a 1935 Studebaker, a 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster, a 1969 Mustang Mach 1, a 1979 Excalibur, and a 1980 Triumph. The SRAACA will present awards to car show participants from 2 to 3 p.m. Glen Burnie Day attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite car on display, and the car garnering the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

Before or after touring the car show, families are encouraged to stop by the garden carriage house to take part in a free, car-themed craft. Also to complement the car show and taking place at noon, the Clarke County Brass Quintet will play traditional music and popular songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in a free, one-hour concert in the gardens.

According to MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, those attending this year’s Glen Burnie Day will have the opportunity to see the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau and be the first to see the new MSV Makerspace.

On view in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau features the work of Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), considered by many to be one of the most significant artists of the Art Nouveau movement. At the MSV only through July 31, the exhibition presents more than 70 objects from the holdings of the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, California, one of the most significant private collections of Mucha’s work in the United States. Sponsored by WINC 92.5 FM, the exhibition is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California.

Throughout the day, visitors may stop in the new MSV Makerspace for a look at the new activity center. Located on the first floor of the MSV, the makerspace is scheduled to open to the public on September 11, 2016.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. In addition Strites Donuts and Jordan Springs Market will offer food for purchase. Before leaving for the day, all visitors will also want to enter a free drawing in the lobby to win a one-year Family Membership to the MSV (a $75 value). The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the day; winners are not required to be present.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. On days other than this Saturday’s Glen Burnie Day, admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members. Thanks to sponsorship from Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., admission is free to all every Wednesday. Through August 31, the MSV is open free of charge each Wednesday until 8 p.m.  For inquiries call 540-662-1473, ext. 235. –END–

About Glen Burnie House and Gardens:

The Glen Burnie House sits on land that Winchester-founder James Wood settled in 1735. Wood’s son Robert built the oldest portions of the house in 1793 and 1794. Descendant Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) became the house’s sole owner in the 1950s; with partner R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), he transformed the Glen Burnie House into a country retreat surrounded by acres of formal gardens. After Glass’s death and as a condition of his will, the house and gardens opened to the public in 1997. Along with interpretive panels telling the house’s story a fully furnished miniature model of the house is on view. House and garden tours are self-guided.