The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in Middleburg is pleased to announce Open Late, a free summer concert series that will take place every fourth Friday from April through September. The event series features regional performers, craft beers, and local wineries; guests are invited to stroll through the Art Museum to enjoy changing exhibitions and permanent collections or to spread out picnic blankets and lawn chairs for the open-air concert. During the Open Late events, the Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m.
Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director of the National Sporting Library & Museum explained, “We’re very excited to announce that this year, on the first Friday of April, May, June, July, August and September, our facilities and our campus will be open late to allow the public to visit and enjoy our treasures. All are invited to picnic and relax on our campus lawn, enjoy music concerts, and try regional wines and Virginia craft beers. We’ve planned these events with young families in mind and with the hope that those passing through Middleburg heading east or west after work will join us.
“Knowing how difficult it is to take time out of busy schedules during the day, we thought staying open late would give people more opportunities to explore the exhibitions and collections on view in the art Museum,” continued Mathewes. “When I discussed it with our board and staff and members of the Middleburg community, I was delighted that everyone was excited to make the idea a reality. We decided to encourage the community to spend a couple of hours here each month this summer.”
Open Late is free and open to the public; picnics are welcome and a cash bar will be available. The event will be held rain or shine, and no outside alcohol will be permitted on premises.
Open Late Calendar
April 24 : Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Night featuring Difficult Run Jazz Band, South Street Brewing and Three Fox Vineyards
May 22: featuring Tara Mills Band, 3 Brothers Brewing and Naked Mountain Winery
June 26: Virginia Tech Alumni Night featuring Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Forge Brew Works and Cana Winery
July 24: George Mason Alumni Night featuring George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Otium Winery
August 28: featuring Reckless Island, Mad Fox Brewing Company and Boxwood Winery
September 25: Friends and Family Night Foxcroft School, The Hill School, Middleburg Academy, Middleburg Community Charter School, and Wakefield School, featuring Lisa Lim Band Legend Brewing and Market Salamander
The National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Founded in 1954, NSLM holds thousands of books on sporting topics including hunting, angling, equestrianism and horseracing, among others. The Library collection dates from the 16th-21st centuries. The Museum houses exhibits of American and European animal and sporting fine art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m
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