The 4th annual Summer Shindig festival will be held in the Greenville Museum of Art's parking lot and will feature lawn games, live music, food and drink options, a raffle and a silent auction.

The Greenville Museum of Art will be hosting their 4th annual Summer Shindig festival tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., where participants are invited to come out, enjoy local food and listen to live music from The Still Shakers.

Admission is $25, and proceeds go towards supporting the museum. Tickets are encouraged to be purchased prior to the festival through the museum website, but can also be purchased at the door for $30, Trista Reis Porter, executive director at the museum, said.

The festival will be held in the museum’s parking lot and will feature lawn games, live music, food and drink options, a raffle and a silent auction. The Still Shakers will be kicking off the festival at 6:30 p.m., Porter said.

“The music is going to be great this year, and we have even more great food from local vendors such as Shogun, Muscle Maker Grill, Basil’s, Vegan Lion and the usual shrimp boil and barbecue,” Porter said.

According to Porter, participants of past Summer Shindigs appreciate the affordable and casual aspect of the festival, as compared to some of their formal events, such as the Fine Arts Ball.

The silent auction will be supporting local artists, and proceeds go towards supporting the museum’s annual budget so it can stay open and free to the public, Porter said.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it is an amazing value! Tickets include your entry, food and drink, and a chance to win some great raffle prizes,” Porter said.

The silent auction includes prizes such as a hammock from the Hammock Source, artwork from several local and regional artists, gift certificates to local businesses and more, Paul Sheehan, a board member for the museum, said.

According to Sheehan, anyone is welcome to participate in the festival. It is a family-friendly event and a “great way to kick off the summer.” He said this festival is one of the reasons he decided to become a board member of the museum.

“This year will be my third year attending, and this is one of my favorite events that takes place in the summer months in Greenville. The music and food give it a very Eastern North Carolina feel. This event is casual and allows people to connect with the museum who may not in other ways,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan said the museum is proud to reach a wide variety of people and thinks this event will help reach an even bigger crowd. Attendees are welcome to go inside and enjoy the artwork on display, and potentially become members of the museum.

Sheehan said he is looking forward to meeting new people, enjoying the music, and having fun with everyone who attends. He said he always has a great time at events hosted by the museum.

“The reason people should attend is plain and simple: This event is fun. Music, yard games, good food, beverages, on what is hopefully a great weather summer evening. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Sheehan said.

Chris Moody, a resident of Greenville of 17 years, said it will not only will this be his first time attending the event, but he will also be performing with The Still Shakers. Chesson Real Estate Group, Moody's employer, is one of the festival’s sponsors.

According to Moody, he will be playing the mandolin, a traditional bluegrass instrument, as well as singing. He said he is grateful for the opportunity to perform with The Still Shakers.

“I was extremely excited to find out that the band had the opportunity to play. I look forward to connecting with some acquaintances that I don’t typically see around town,” Moody said.

Moody has not been to a Summer Shindig festival before, but has attended other events hosted by the museum and has enjoyed them.

Moody is looking forward to a great turnout and hopes the crowd is “positively energized” by the band’s performance.

“I think that people that aren’t so in touch with what the art museum does are going to find an exciting event and an opportunity to get out and socialize and do good for the museum of art,” Moody said.

For more information on the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit the Greenville Museum of Art’s website, come in during their visiting hours, or call 252-758-1946.

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