BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum are accepting ticket reservations for the St. Patrick’s Day Bash on March 19, from 6-8 p.m.
“Night Crossing” will provide entertainment to accompany a selection of Irish-themed dinner options and a wine tasting with MountainRose Vineyard. The St. Patrick’s Day Bash offers an opportunity to enjoy a taste of Ireland in the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Victorian Parlor with an evening of flavorful foods and delectable music.
Night Crossing began as a one-off performance to inaugurate a downtown Marion restaurant’s Friday music series. Since then, the group of Smyth County educators have produced two CDs, appeared on Tim White’s award-winning Song of the Mountains television show, performed for Celtic festivals in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee and provided music for numerous other public and private events.
Marion native Denise Hoots, an artist and art instructor, sings and plays high whistle. Mark Merz, a preschool teacher originally from Louisville, performs on various instruments, sings and provides harmony arrangements. South Boston native Stacey Perkins plays guitar and sings. She works as a P.E. teacher. Dawn Grant, Night Crossing’s newest member, is a classically trained violinist/fiddler. She is a newcomer to the area and performs with Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre productions. Together, their musical experience ranges from the self-taught to a family bluegrass band to formal training and membership in college and professional orchestras and ensembles.
The wine tasting will be provided by MountainRose Vineyard of Wise, Virginia. MountainRose produces a small number of cases of wine annually from hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes to ensure quality. Most of the grapes go to their classic “mines to wines” series with fun coal seam names, such as Jawbone and Pardee, and the rest head to the new varietal line of premium wines, such as Riesling and Cab Franc. MountainRose entered their first wine, Autumn Gold Vidal Blanc, into competition in 2007, winning a gold medal in the dessert wine competition and Best of Show in the Virginia State Fair. They have also won two Best of Shows and one Best of Reds as well as many individual awards.
The ticket price for the St. Patrick’s Day Bash is $20 per person, which includes dinner and the show. Beverages provided by MountainRose Vineyard must be purchased separately. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is limited to 44 participants, so purchase your ticket today.
All proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Bash support the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum is to act as a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) in assisting to identify and promote activities to conserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural and historic resources of the Southwest Virginia Museum.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.