Free Admission for Active Military & Their Families; $10 Ticket Includes Live Music, Children’s Activities, and Admission to Museum Galleries


Winchester, VA 6/11/14…Music from Shag, activities for children, and free admission for active military personnel and their families will highlight this summer’s first Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, June 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase wine from Veramar Vineyard and food from Bonnie Blue.

According to MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans this summer’s Gardens at Night concert series includes a great lineup of musicians and—thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union—free admission to all active military personnel and their families. Admission to Gardens at Night remains free to Museum Members and youth ages 12 and under. The ticket price for all others, which includes the concert and admission to the Museum’s Glen Burnie Gardens and galleries, is $10. Evans also notes that this Friday’s Gardens at Night event will be the final nighttime opportunity to experience Becoming Patsy Cline. The exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Changing Exhibitions Gallery through July 6.

Led by British vocal powerhouse and guitarist Laurence McKenna, Shag includes lead guitarist Joe King, drummer Axel Vargas, and bassist and vocalist Derek Bond. 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. McKenna is popular solo artist who performs at Shenandoah Valley venues and 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, hula hoops, and cornhole. In the event of rain, the children’s activities will move inside to the Museum’s BB&T Learning Center.

Those attending Gardens at Night also may purchase wine from Veramar Vineyard and beer and food from Bonnie Blue including barbecue, crab cakes, fruit and cheese plates, and kid’s meals (hot dog w/a side). 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 should bring their own chairs.

Admission to Gardens at Night is $10; MSV Members, children aged 12 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate family are admitted free. The gates, galleries, and gardens will open at 6 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing garden restoration project the concerts will take place on the lawn by the MSV. In the event of rain, the musical performance will take place in a tent. The 2014 Gardens at Night series is sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Shenandoah Country 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 House (not open during Gardens at Night), 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

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