$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 10/09/13… Music from the band Shag, activities for children, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight the season’s final Gardens at Night event at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, October 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase wine from North Mountain Vineyard and food from Shaffer’s and Papa John’s Pizza.

Led by British vocal powerhouse and guitarist Laurence McKenna, Shag includes lead guitarist Dennis Kapoyos, bassist Derek Bond, and drummer Axel Vargas. The band plays a wide range of pop-rock music including originals and music by U2, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who, The Cure, Radiohead, and more. Making their first Gardens at Night appearance, Shag has performed in Virginia’s Jiffy Lube Live amphitheatre as well as at popular Washington, DC, venues such as RFK Stadium, the 9:30 Club, the Warner Theatre, and the Black Cat. The band has performed at major festivals with Jackson Browne, Depeche Mode, Green Day, Sting, Creed, Aerosmith, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, and Trace Adkins.

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 a variety of lawn games including Frisbee and cornhole. In the event of rain, the children’s activities will move inside to the Museum’s BB&T Learning Center.

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 North Mountain Vineyard, and food from Papa John’s Pizza and Shaffer’s (barbecue, desserts, hot cider and more). Pizza will be sold by the slice and 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.

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 2013 Gardens at Night series is sponsored by Q102.

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.