Free Admission for Active Military & Their Families

$10 Ticket Includes Live Music, Children’s Activities, and Admission to Museum Galleries 

Winchester, VA 9/04/15…Music from ’80s tribute band The Reflex, free activities for children, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight this summer’s final Gardens at Night event at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, September 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, beer, and wine. [Tickets are sold at the door for this event.]

According to MSV Community Programs Coordinator Autumn Gray, September’s tribute to the 1980s caps off a Gardens at Night concert series that has celebrated the best of popular music from the 1960s to today. Gray notes that the event is a fun and affordable evening for families. Admission to Gardens at Night is free to ages 12 and under and—thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union—admission to the concerts is also free to all active military personnel and their families. Admission to Gardens at Night remains free to MSV Members. The ticket price for all others, which includes the concert and admission to the MSV six-acre Glen Burnie Gardens and galleries, is $10.

Based in Fairfax, Virginia, The Reflex bills itself as “the ultimate ’80s tribute band.”  The five-member band includes bass player Darron Morfino, drummer Marc Taylor, guitarist Bill Ruddy, and vocalists Martha Krabill and J.R. Russell. A popular band that has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, The Reflex regularly headlines large outdoor festivals and has shared the stage with well-known bands including Naked Eyes, Survivor, Uncle Kracker, and other ’80s icons. For its MSV performance The Reflex will recreate the sound and look of the 1980s and play songs made famous by Bryan Adams, Blondie, Duran Duran, Prince, the Go-Go’s, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and others.

Along with live music, Gardens at Night features free children’s activities. From 6 to 8 p.m. children may play a variety of lawn games, including Frisbee, hula hoops, and bean bag toss.

Before the concert and in recognition of the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the concert will begin with a presentation of the flag by the City of Winchester Fire and Rescue Honor Guard. Honor Guard members participating in the presentation include Lt. Gerald Bohus, firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) Jeremy Greenbacker, and firefighter and paramedic Jeffery Hartman.

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 $10 per plate that will include barbecue chicken, corn dogs, pasta salad, local whole peaches, and cookies. Cheese, cracker, and grape trays will be available for $5. Drinks available for purchase include bottled water and soda ($2), domestic and craft beer ($5), and wine by the 10-ounce glass ($8) or bottle ($25). Wine from Shenandoah Valley winery Veramar Vineyard will also be available for purchase by the bottle only ($35). Cash sales are preferred. No outside food or drinks will be permitted in the concert area. [Tickets are sold at the door for this event.]

The gates, gardens, and galleries 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. In the event of rain, the musical performance will take place in a tent and children’s activities will move inside to the Museum’s BB&T Learning Center.

The 2015 Gardens at Night series is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Shenandoah Country Q102.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes the Museum, 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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[Tickets are sold at the door for this event.]