Museum to host movie night

Posted: August 16, 2014

Star staff report

WINCHESTER —Nighttime gallery access and an outdoor showing of a documentary will highlight tonight’s festivities at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

The museum galleries will be open from 7 to 8 p.m.

The documentary, “Moving Midway,” which is being sponsored by the MSV in partnership with Magic Lantern Theater, will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Admission, which includes the movie and admittance to the museum galleries, is $5 for MSV and Magic Lantern members, free to ages 12 and under, and $10 for all others.

Written, directed and produced by Godfrey Cheshire, “Moving Midway” is a documentary (unrated; 98 minutes) that tells the story of moving Cheshire’s ancestral home — a North Carolina plantation house called Midway — and the move’s impact on those both black and white.

The film documents the elaborate and controversial preparations for the move of the plantation’s buildings over a visually spectacular landscape of fields and a rock quarry, while also telling the story of the extraordinary impact of the southern plantation on American history and culture. Those attending the film must bring their own seating. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside in the museum reception hall.

From 7 to 8 p.m., prior to the film, all the museum galleries will be open for tours.

On view in the Founders Gallery is “Moveable Feasts: Entertaining at Glen Burnie,” which tells the story of the entertaining that took place in the Glen Burnie House and Gardens during the 1960s.

The Shenandoah Valley Gallery explores a broad sweep of Valley history and features the new exhibition, “Safes of the Valley.”

The display tells the story of a cherished Shenandoah Valley furniture form and includes 45 food safes (commonly known as pie safes), most from private collections and many on first-time display in the museum. Nearby, the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery presents a collection of furnished miniature houses and rooms.

Bonnie Blue will provide refreshments throughout the evening.

The next outdoor movie showing will be Sept. 26, with a showing of “Waste Land,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about how slum dwellers in Rio created art from materials recycled from the world’s largest landfill.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst St. 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.

Additional information is available at  or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.