PBS travel show films in Winchester

Diane Schnoor, left, museum education specialist for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, talks about cockroaches with PBS' Colleen Kelly, at right, her niece Kelin, second from left, and daughter Shea (in striped shorts). Nathan Budryk/Daily

“Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” a PBS travel show broadcast in more than 90 percent of the country as well as throughout the world, is filming in the Shenandoah Valley.

Kelly and her production team have made stops at Fort Valley, Luray Caverns and White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg. On Wednesday they visited the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester.

The show centers around Kelly and her family exploring different regions of America and abroad in an effort to educate viewers on the joys and diversity of traveling.

The show’s valley expedition marks the first time the outfit has filmed in the Old Dominion, and Kelly said the valley vibe has been wonderful.

“We did some research and our producers said that this was a fantastic area for families and kids of all ages,” she said. “I might come here on my own family vacation … I love it. I really do. I’m looking for a new place to live and this could be it. I think it’s very safe for families and I have kids, which makes it great, but you also have great food here. You’ve got great activities, the history, the culture. You pretty much have everything here.”

Colleen Kelly, host and executive producer of PBS' "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly," takes direction from her cameraman at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester on Wednesday. Kelly and crew are filming various points of interest throughout the valley this week. Nathan Budryk/Daily

Kelly also explained the message behind the show.

“We’re shooting the Shenandoah Valley for season four to show people great family travel destinations, and we also focus on multi-generational – like grandparents,” she said. “We’re very into having all different kinds of families, and diverse types of families are very important to us. We’re just trying to show the United States great destinations for family travel.”

Wednesday’s filming included the Discovery Museum and began with Kelly, along with niece Kelin, 10, and daughter Shea, 11, milling about the museum and playing with the exhibits. Also filmed at the museum was a presentation on cockroaches from Diane Schnoor, museum education specialist. Kelly’s husband and other daughter were en route during the Discovery Museum filming and joined the crew later on Wednesday.

The unique aspects of the valley also left an impression on Kelly.

“We’re really trying to show off what makes the Shenandoah Valley very unique also,” she said. “We went to a lavender farm in Harrisonburg, which we’ve never done for the show. We did Luray Caverns and then we came to Winchester, and this is the prettiest city. It’s just so gorgeous and we love it. It’s going to be so great on television.”

Kelly said it won’t be hard to show off the area to viewers of the show, as the valley’s beauty tends to speak for itself.

“It’s great for other people all over the world to see this area and we (can) possibly make this a family vacation destination for their families.”

The episode that will be created from the filming will air next spring, Kelly said.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com

More Information

More information on Kelly, her family and the show can be found at http://familytravelck.com.