‘Up! We Go!’ event will benefit the Discovery Museum

Posted: October 9, 2012

The Winchester Star

Winchester — If proceeds from an event are ever going to mirror its theme, organizers hope it will happen with the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s upcoming gala fundraiser, “Up! We Go!”

Plans are in place for a night of whimsy and fundraising to bring in money for the museum’s daily operating budget, Executive Director Mary Braun said.

“It helps keep the lights on and the children happy,” she said.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the former Valley Lumber building, 302 N. Cameron St.

Tickets are $100 and are being sold at the museum.

In the spirit of museum, the evening will be about fun and play, only this time for adults, said Rossi Selzer, event chair. The event will feature food, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, and the unveiling of a new exhibit that will go on display when the museum moves to its new location on Cork Street.

The theme is an homage to “Up,” a 2009 animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, which inspired both decorations and activities held throughout the night, said Selzer, who volunteers at the museum.

Entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with progressive folk music by Mark “Mr. Mark” Lawson, the museum’s early childhood educator, Selzer said. While he performs, people will come in and register for the auctions.

The silent auction will have jewelry and about 20 pieces of art by artists, such as Don Black, Trisha Adams, Dee Dee Volinsky Liz Dunning, Julie Read, and Cindy Savarese. There also will be two trips, one a six-day fly-fishing and river-rafting adventure for two people to Idaho and the other is two badges to the 2013 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

The silent auction also will have “some very fun opportunities” to support the museum, drawing from one of the characters in “Up,” merit badge obsessed Wilderness Explorer Russell, Selzer said.

“You could buy all of our toilet paper for a year, and for that, you would get your toilet paper badge that says ‘I’m on a roll, please join me,’” Selzer said with a laugh. “If you want to help pay the electric bill for a year, your badge will say ‘I turn you on.’”

The live auction starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes Disco, a 13-week old puppy; a custom playhouse that looks like the house featured in “Up;” a dinner for eight at the Valerie Hill Vineyard prepared by Chef Adam Policinski, and artwork by sculptor Ryan Royston and artist Eugene Smith. There also will be three trips — a stay at a private home in Montego Bay, Jamaica; a white-water rafting adventure for two in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and a beach house vacation in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Other activities that will raise money for the museum include a sketch artist doing portraits, a heads-and-tails paddle raffle and “cones of shame,” Selzer said. The last, again referencing the film, will involve artistic cones of shame created by Kelly Kremer that can be purchased for another guest to wear.

“She has made them really comfortable,” Selzer said. “People can still drink, eat and dance in their cones of shame.”

The main band for the night is Jumptown, a dance and R&B band that will play most of the night, she said.

The evening’s top secret activity will be the unveiling of a new exhibit that will be displayed in the museum once it moves to its new location at 19 W. Cork St., Braun said. The only hint she would give is that the exhibit will “make a big impression” when guests interact with it.

She also will give guests a sneak preview of the preliminary renderings done by Reader and Swartz Architects of Winchester of the new location’s layout, she said.


The Up! We Go! Gala and Auction will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the former Valley Lumber building, 302 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Admission is $100. For more information, call 540-722-2020 or go to the museum at 54 S. Loudoun St.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com.