$10 Ticket Includes Concert and Admission to MSV Exhibitions 

Winchester, VA 8/01/18…Motown, funk, and pop favorites from the Soul Expressions band, family lawn games, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) on Friday, August 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, those attending will be able to purchase food, beer, hard cider, and wine.

According to MSV Community Programs Manager Autumn Gray, thanks to the sponsorship of Navy Federal Credit Union, admission is free to all active military personnel and their families and individual retired veterans (military id required). Admission to Gardens at Night is free to MSV Members and ages 12 and under. The ticket price for all others, which includes the concert and admission to the MSV’s seven-acre gardens and exhibitions, is $10. The summer concert series is also sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.

From Richmond, Virginia, the Soul Expressions Band will play a high-energy mix of funk, rock, Motown, and today’s pop hits from 7 to 9 p.m. A Gardens at Night favorite returning to the MSV for the sixth time, this seven-member band includes bass player Wilbert Anderson, drummer Ricky Gray, guitarist William Anderson, keyboard player and guitarist Lenny Holmes, saxophonist Richard D’Abreu, and lead vocalists Tyrone Jackson and Markia Carter. Each of the musicians in the Soul Expressions Band has been performing for more than 25 years, and their collective professional experiences include large festivals to private house parties and more. For Gardens at Night the band will play songs made famous by Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder; The Rolling Stones; KC and The Sunshine Band; UB40; Earth, Wind & Fire; Bruno Mars; and other music greats.

Along with live music, Gardens at Night features free family activities. From 6 to 8 p.m. children may play a variety of lawn games, including hula hoops, cornhole, and a giant Jenga set.

Throughout the evening attendees may experience the seven-acre Glen Burnie Gardens and explore the MSV galleries and exhibitions. The award-winning traveling exhibition Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks is on view in the MSV gardens.

Those attending Gardens at Night may purchase food, beer, wine, and hard cider at the event. The Talk of the Mountain Seafood, Roaming Bistro (see menu), Crash-Test Yummies (see menu), and Sexi Mexi (see menu) food trucks will be at Gardens at Night. Chick-fil-A (see menu) and Stir Krazy Kettle Korn will also be at the MSV selling meals and freshly made kettle corn. Hard cider from Winchester Ciderworks (Malice, 522 and Va-Ginga), wine from Berryville’s Veramar Vineyard (Rooster Red, Chardonnay, and Pink Chicken by the bottle & glass), beer from Winchester Brew Works (American Pale Ale and #Glamping Shandy; 12 oz. pour; $6) and Escutcheon Brewing Co., water ($1), and soda will be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks will be permitted in the concert area. See MENUS below.

The gates will open for seating at 5:30 p.m. and the gardens, galleries, and food trucks/drink stations 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. The concert will take place outdoors rain/shine and attendees should dress for the weather. Overflow parking is available at Calvary Baptist Church, James Wood Middle School, and the Wellspring parking lot. Passenger drop off at the MSV will be available.

Following the August 10 concert, this summer’s Gardens at Night season will conclude on September 14 with the Alter Eagles, an Eagles tribute band.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes galleries and exhibitions, 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 www.theMSV.org. – END –

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