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Reynolda House Kicks off Summer Season June 9 with Summertime Social

by YES! Weekly staff

Reynolda House Museum of American Art kicks off its summer season Thursday, June 9, with one of its most popular events of the year, the annual Summertime Social. The event, part of the Reynolda After Hours series, will feature a live performance by Zoe & Cloyd, an Asheville duo whose 2015 album was named one of the outstanding duos of the year by “No Depression” magazine.The Summertime Social is from 6 to 9 p.m. and is held on the north lawn of Reynolda. Lawn games will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets for seating. Several vendors will offer food and drink for purchase, including Method + Standard Vodka, Foothills Brewing, Sunshine, Food Freaks NC, and Cafe Gelato. Because entry is through the museum, pets are not allowed. Tickets include admission to “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light,” the museum’s exclusive exhibition of Ansel Adams photography on view through July 17.Advance purchase is recommended at reynoldahouse.org/rah. Tickets are $15; $10 for members of the museum and students. Reynolda After Hours passholders can use their pass for admission. More information about the Reynolda After Hours (RAH pass) is available online at reynoldahouse.org/rah.Play: “Proceed Moon”Reynolda House is partnering with the Peppercorn Theatre and the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem on a production written by Harry Poster inspired by Reynolda’s history and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The play will be performed several times at the museum starting Friday, June 10.Called “Proceed Moon,” the play is set in 1919 and depicts the children, teachers and managers of the Reynolda estate preparing an extravagant production of Shakespeare in the formal gardens. In this fictional play, everyone on the estate is getting involved to put on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” except young Rosalie, who finds herself dreaming on her own. But when something goes missing within the play, Rosalie’s vision is awakened.”Proceed Moon” is appropriate for all ages. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 10, 11, 17 and 18; and at 3 p.m. on June 12 and 19. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students ages 5 and up, and $5 for members of Reynolda House or the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Tickets are available online at reynoldahouse.org or at the door.Summer Camps for KidsLimited spaces are still available for the museum’s popular Summer Adventures half-day camps for children. Art and writing camps are available starting June 27 and continuing through July for students who have completed grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and an advanced writing workshop camp is offered for students who have completed sixth through ninth grades. All camps include exploring the full museum and grounds, and swimming in the historic pool. Find more information and register online at reynoldahouse.org/summer-adventures.Blue Star Museums Program for Military FamiliesReynolda House will again participate in the Blue Star Museums Program from Memorial Day through Labor Day by offering free admission to members of the military and their family. The Winston-Salem museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across the country to offer free admission to military families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. This is the seventh year Reynolda House has participated in the program.The free admission offer is available May 31-Sept. 4 to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members) including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.Reynolda House extends free individual admission year-round to active and veteran military personnel.Free with Museum AdmissionReynolda House fills with music each day around 2:45 thanks to the home’s original Aeolian Organ. Visitors who plan their visit in the afternoon can hear the organ played as part of their admission. The museum continues its monthly talks on an object from the collection the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. The talks are free with museum admission.• June 1 – the recently restored Forecourt Garden, a talk by Director of Collections Management Rebecca Eddins and Director of Program & Interpretation Phil Archer• July 6 – “For Internal Use Only,” by Stuart Davis, a talk by Director of Education Kathleen HuttonOn Thursday, June 23 at noon, Curator Allison Slaby will give a gallery talk on the exhibition “Living with Beauty: Works on Paper from a North Carolina Collection.” The small exhibition on view in the historic house includes works of art that range from classical figure studies to elegant portraits and from expressive landscapes to quiet marine scenes by some of America’s most respected artists.The museum is located at 2250 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150. Connect at @CurateReynolda or Facebook.com/rhmaa.

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