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Area attractions partner to offer packages

Four central Virginia tourist destinations – Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Monticello, Michie Tavern and Amazement Square – have partnered to offer family packages, Wednesday through Friday nights through Aug. 30.

Families can explore the world of Thomas Jefferson while staying in both Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

An overnight stay at the designated lodging in either city includes tickets to Monticello and his retreat, Poplar Forest; an 18th-century dining experience in the Ordinary at Michie Tavern; and admission to Amazement Square, the area's first hands-on children's museum.

Package prices start at $139 and vary according to party size and ages.

To book a travel package, contact: The Kirkley Hotel, in Lynchburg, 866-510-6333; or The English Inn, in Charlottesville, 800-786-5400;

Movie on the lawn Winston-Salem

Cinema under the stars at Reynolda House

Reynolda House Museum of American Art continues its outdoor summer film series with a showing of “Ghostbusters,” 9 p.m. Aug. 23.

The event starts at 8 p.m., so bring the family, a picnic basket, blankets or lawn chairs and settle in for the classic 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission: $5; $3 for students. Reynolda House is at 2250 Reynolda Road. Details: 336-758-5150;

Art exhibit Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Brookgreen Gardens hosts annual exhibition

Brookgreen Gardens is hosting the National Sculpture Society's 75th annual Awards Exhibition through Aug. 24, featuring 56 works made from stainless steel, bronze, marble, wood and/or cast glass.

This year's gold medal went to Stephen Lane of Philadelphia for his wood sculpture, “Iron Child.” Brookgreen's People's Choice Award, voted on by those who visit, will be announced Aug. 23 at a members' reception. The exhibit is free with regular admission.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, S.C. Admission to the gardens: $12; $10 for 65 and older; $5 for ages 6-12; free for 5 and younger. Details: 843-235-6000; www.brook Rochelle Reynoldson