$10 Ticket Includes Live Music, Children’s Activities, and Admission to Becoming Patsy Cline; Refreshments Available for Purchase Include Wine, BBQ, and Pizza

$10 Ticket Includes Live Music, Children’s Activities, and Admission to Becoming Patsy Cline

Refreshments Available for Purchase Include Wine, BBQ, and Pizza

Winchester, VA 9/10/13… Music from the 1970s by the Robbie Limon Band, activities for children, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, September 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase wine from Veramar Vineyard and food from Bill’s Backyard BBQ and River House Pizza.

The 2013 Gardens at Night series has been expanded to include an October concert and, along with nighttime garden tours, gallery admission has been added to the experience. Also new this year and due to the preservation project on the Museum’s Glen Burnie House, the concerts will take place on the lawn by the MSV and the adult ticket price has been raised to $10 to help cover the cost of keeping the Museum galleries open for the event. Admission to all remains free to Museum Members and youth ages 12 and under.

A popular Shenandoah Valley musician and award-winning entertainer who mixes solo and band appearances with acting and singing roles at professional theaters, Robbie Limon has been part of the Valley’s music scene for ten years. He has recorded six CDs and portrayed, to great acclaim, both Hank Williams Sr. and Buddy Holly in shows at the Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Virginia. A musician who brings his love of 1970s-era songwriters to each performance, Limon and his band will play an eclectic mix of music by the Eagles, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doobie Brothers, and more at the Museum this Friday.

Along with live music, Friday’s event will feature free children’s activities. Throughout the evening 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 lawn games including Frisbee and hula hoops.

Visitors this Friday evening also will experience the MSV’s six-acre Glen Burnie Gardens illuminated by dramatic lighting and tour the Museum galleries, including the newly opened exhibition Becoming Patsy Cline. 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. The exhibition describes the singer’s family history, examines her early influences, and introduces the people whose support and guidance helped Patsy realize her dream of becoming a professional singer. On view in the MSV through February 2, 2014, Becoming Patsy Cline received critical underwriting support from Grove’s Winchester Harley–Davidson, Shenandoah Country Q102, and Winchester Printers, Inc.

Those attending Gardens at Night at the MSV also may purchase wine from Veramar Vineyard, and food from Bill’s Backyard BBQ and River House Pizza. Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle or glass. No outside food or beverages will be permitted in the concert area and the gardens; those bringing picnics are welcome to enjoy them in the picnic area next to the garden entrance. All those who plan to listen to the musical performance at Gardens at Night should bring their own chairs.

The 2013 Gardens at Night series is sponsored by Q102. Following this Friday’s concert, the series will conclude on October 11 with Shag and a concert of pop-rock classics and originals.

Admission to Gardens at Night is $10; MSV Members and children aged twelve and under are admitted free. The gates and Museum galleries will open at 6 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the musical performance will take place in a tent.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes the Museum, the Glen Burnie Historic House (closed until 2014 for preservation), and the gardens—is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Additional information is available by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235, or referring to www.theMSV.org.