First Night Winchester debuts celebration plans

The City of Winchester announced their plans for New Years on Tuesday.

The City and Old Town partnered with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Winchester Economic Development Authority and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival to put together a celebration which will run begin at 10 am on New Year’s Eve through the morning of New Year’s Day.

MSV will host free family oriented entertainment from 10 am to 5 pm on December 31st with magic shows, visitors from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, and the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest.

Winners from each age group will receive a prize and have their work displayed in the gallery.

Starting at 5 pm, Old Town will welcome musical performances, fire jugglers, and much more.

From 6 pm till midnight, the Court House lawn will host a glow party, laser light show, and live DJ concluding with a Winchester staple, the Apple Drop.

Then race into 2024 in a healthy way with a New Year’s Day Fun Run starting at 8 am back at MSV.

Click here for a full list of activities or to sign up for the Fun Run. 

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MSV hosts Annual Orchid Show and Sale

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The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is hosting their Annual Orchid Show and Sale today from 10 am to 5 pm.

Guests can check out a wide array of prize winning orchids, purchase some for your own garden, or learn about caring for orchids from the experts in the Lord Fairfax Orchid Society.

They will even offer advice on your problem plants or have them repotted for a small fee.

Free lectures will also be held on topics including How to Grow Orchids in Your Home, Repotting Your Orchid, and an Orchid Adventure Trip to Columbia.

Admission to the show is free but the regular fee applies to the gardens and galleries.

For more information, click here.

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Annual Gourd Show returns to MSV

Virginia Lover’s Gourd Society’s Annual Gourd Show, Sale and Competition returns to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley this weekend.

Admission is free to the show and sale which will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Gourd artisans will sell their creations and raw gourds will be available for your own crafting needs.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Gourdigami” which pays homage to MSV’s Origami in the Garden exhibit which is in its final days at the museum.

The galleries and gardens will be open during the event with their regular fee structure.

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HRLS and MSV bring back kid’s program

The Handley Regional Library System and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley are bringing back their program Tiny Tales.

The program is intended for children up to 6 years old and their caregivers.

On the second Wednesday of each month until December, a different story theme will be chosen that complements exhibits in the museum.

Scheduled programs include the Harvest Hoedown, Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Holidays Around the World.

Admission to the program is free and there is no registration required. For more info, click here.

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Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival takes over MSV

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival is today from 1 pm – 7 pm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

There will be numerous local wineries and vineyards represented as well as craft and food vendors.

Live music will be playing all day with 3 different bands including Randy Black and Friends, Spencer Hatcher and The Ol’ Son Gang, and Don’t Look Up Band.

Tickets are $35 at the gate and include entrance to the galleries and gardens including the new Origami In The Garden Exhibit.

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Juneteenth celebrations in the Valley

Juneteenth celebrations are taking place throughout the Valley this weekend.

Hood-Love and the Handley Black Student Union hosted speakers and had live music at the Civil War Museum Friday evening.

The Clarke County Fairgrounds will hold a Freedom Day Celebration on Saturday.

The event will include educational, historic, and entertainment activities throughout the day such as interpretive dancers, musicians, and poets.

Then on Sunday, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will celebrate with a performance from Souled Out, black owned food trucks, and a new exhibit sponsored by the NAACP titled “ Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery.”

Other exhibits include Contributions: African-Americans in the Shenandoah Valley and Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

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New origami exhibit opens at MSV

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has a new exhibit.

Today at 10 am is the grand opening of OrigamiintheGarden.

The exhibit will remain open through November 13th, 2022.

Artist Kevin Box takes origami to another level with his metal sculptures.

He has pioneered his own processes and works closely with foundries, fabrication shops, and studio staff.

This exhibit created by Kevin and Jennifer Box features their original masterpieces as well as collaborations with renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fuu, Beth Johnson, and Michael G. LaFosse.

The works will be placed around the botanical gardens to draw a connection between the paper for origami coming from plants.

For more information on the new exhibit, head to www.themsv.org

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MSV welcomes kids for Gallery Explorers

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is inviting children for their next installation of their Gallery Explorers program.

Today’s session starts at 10:30 am and will focus on how settlers of the Valley created their own textiles, ranging from spinning their own thread and yarn to quilting bees.

MSV’s lead educator Sarah Perks will lead the course and participants will create a cross stitch decoration to take home.

Please register online before arriving and if you can’t make it today, another session will be held on Tuesday.

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MSV Day at Museum of Shenandoah Valley

Today is MSV Day at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester.

Admission is free to the galleries and exhibitions from 11 am to 4 pm.

This is one of your last chances to see National Geographic’s Photo Ark exhibit by the renowned photographer Joel Sartore.

The exhibit leaves MSV on Sunday.

Guests are also invited to explore The Trails which go through 50 acres of museum grounds including fields, woods, wetlands, and art installations .

The Trails open from 7 am to dusk and are free year round.

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52nd annual charity doll auction

The Henry and William Evans Home for Children 52nd annual doll auction will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley tomorrow from 2 pm – 4 pm.

A variety of one of a kind creations will be for sale in categories like historical, patriotic, plain and sensible, fancy and frilly, and everything in between.

They also will have outfits for the always popular American Girl dolls.

All proceeds will go to the Evans Home for Children which is a non profit group home for foster and homeless children.

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