Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Hosts Holiday Tea "Dressing the Part" Celebrating Costume and Cinema with CUT!

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Nestled in the middle of Winchester, Virginia, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley can compete easily with DC and New York’s medium size metropolitan museums. Occupying the largest green space inside of the city of Winchester, the museum has beautiful gardens, an 18th century historic home, and the museum galleries hosting collections and exhibitions.

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CUT! Costume and Cinema

Surprising Sophistication in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is known for many things including its involvement in the Civil War but when one is thinking of hi-quality museum exhibitions, one looks to the big cities not to the Shenandoah Valley. Therefore, what a surprise it is to visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley also known as MSV and find an exhibition from Loudoun, England celebrating the costume design industry “CUT! - Costume and the Cinema!”

“Perhaps my favorite traveling exhibition we have brought to the museum,” said Nancy Huth, Deputy Director of Arts and Education at the museum. CUT features forty-three period costumes worn by famous film stars including Johnny Depp, Date Winslet, Robert Downey Jr, Keria Knightly, and Heath Ledger. The art of making costumes for period films plays the starring role in CUT! The exhibit depicts five centuries of style and will be on view through February 28, 2016.

Films represented in the exhibition depict history, drama, comedy, fantasy, and adventure from the 1500s to the 1900s. In all, more than 30 actors and 24 films are represented including Pirate of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility, The New World, Gosford Park, Sherlock Holmes, and The Phantom of the Opera.

CUT fits beautifully in our strategy. Right now we are also showcasing Face to Face, an exhibition on portraits from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection.” said Huth. This exhibition includes works by renowned artists, such as Rembrandt Peale, George Romney, Gilbert Stuart, Sir Henry Raeburn, John Singleton Copley, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Pompeo Batoni, and Thomas Gainsborough. Portraits included feature men, women, families, and children from the 1600s through the 1800s. Most of the paintings are British, with some works by American and Dutch painters also to be included.

“Our emphasis on arts and education centers around MSV’s educational programs, exhibitions, and collections. MSV’s strategy is to number one to be an attraction. The museum offers the most comprehensive museum experience next to Washington DC,” said Huth. From the concerts and performances, the galleries housing the collections and exhibitions to the beautiful Glen Burnie Gardens and the Glen Burnie House that was built by Robert Wood, son of James Wood, the founder of Winchester, visitors come all seasons to enjoy life at the museum. From April to October over 60 percent of MSV’s visitors come from out of the area.

“From bringing my grandchildren to my sister to my ninety year old aunt, the museum is enjoyed by all generations. It is a wonderful place to visit if you are on a multi-generational family travel trip,” said Nancy Craun, owner and founder of Go Blue Ridge Travel.

Plan to attend a Holiday Tea and "Dressing the Part" . Enjoy tea, petite sandwiches, and desserts on December 8th as MSV Deputy Director of Arts and Education Nancy Huth presents an illustrated program and discusses select costumes from CUT!

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. 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 galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through October. Admission is $10 or $8 for seniors and youth ages 13 to 18. General admission is always free to youth ages 12 and under and to MSV Members, and, thanks to generous sponsorship from Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., it is free to all every Wednesday. Additional details and information about programming related to CUT! Costume and the Cinema are available at or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.

Launched in December 2011, Go Blue Ridge Travel (GoBRT) is an e-commerce marketing company using digital internet channels to both create a travel ecosystem community for the northern Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley of VA, WV, and MD. In 2014, the Kids Trail was launched to promote multi-generational family travel.
Founded and owned by Nancy Craun who grew up in the area and has 30 years of experience in the event planning, restaurant, hotel, and marketing arenas. GoBRT covers 160 plus mile radius of the Interstate 81 Corridor spanning the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and President and Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com

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