MSV plans variety of events

Posted: November 30, 2012

Star staff report

Winchester — Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will host holiday events.

The festivities begin Saturday with demonstrations featuring some of the Museum Store’s holiday gifts.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a representative from Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville will offer samples of products, including the monastery’s fruitcake, creamed honey, fraters (slices of fruitcake smothered in dark chocolate), and monastery truffles.

In addition, from 1 until 4 p.m. Frederick County artisan Ed Bender will carve wooden Santa figures.

The celebration continues into Saturday with Dixieland jazz concerts at 7 and 8 p.m. by the band Dixie Rhythm.

An ensemble of seven members of the Clarke County Community Band, Dixie Rhythm includes vocalist and pianist John Hudson, drummer Lydia Lewis, trombonist Steve Stephens, bass trombonist Ralph Pagington, clarinetist Julie Staggers, trumpeter Dave Compton, and tenor saxophonist Mark St. Amann.

A regional favorite, the members of Dixie Rhythm have performed together for more than 10 years at area events.

The performance will feature holiday numbers, such as “White Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Welcome Christmas,” an original song written by band member John Hudson.

The band will play the same set of music in two, 45-minute performances. Tickets for both performances will be available beginning at 4 p.m. at the MSV Visitor Information Desk.

Seating is limited and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The concerts are free to members and children ages 12 and under. The fee for all others — which also includes gallery admission — is $5.

From 5 to 9 p.m. that day attendees may purchase wine or beer in the lobby for $5 a glass, as well as dinner and dessert in the Museum Café.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Museum Store will host a book-signing and sale featuring Winchester author Jerry Holsworth and his books, “Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, Virginia” and “Civil War Winchester.”

This book signing is hosted in conjunction with the last day that the special exhibition “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia — Waging War” will be on view in the Changing Exhibition Gallery.

Organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Waging War includes 73 objects and interactive state-of-the-art audiovisual programs to tell the stories of the Union and Confederate soldiers and sailors who experienced the Civil War in Virginia. Civil War firearms, technology, naval warfare, mapmaking and the role of immigrants and African Americans in both the Union and Confederate armies are among the topics highlighted in the exhibition.

The museum galleries will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free to MSV members and children ages 12 and under. For all others, admission is $10 for adults or $8 for youth or seniors. Admission is not required to attend Sunday’s book-signing event.

The holiday concert series continues with country music by Bryan Shepherd Dec. 8, the Yesterday Swing Orchestra Dec. 14, Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers Dec. 16, and chamber choir Winchester Musica Viva Dec. 22.


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. The MSV complex — which includes galleries, the Glen Burnie House, and six acres of gardens — is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum galleries are open year-round.