Walter and Cheryl Gaffney, above, enjoy a picnic meal and some wine while waiting to watch the Valley Shakespeare Festival production of \u201cMuch Ado About Nothing\u201d on Thursday, the opening night, at Shelton\u2019s Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk). Their daughter, Megan Emery Gaffney, has one of the lead roles in the outdoor play. Opening night attracted a large crowd, with people bringing blankets and lawn chairs as well as food and refreshments. The weather is supposed to be ideal for the two remaining shows as well, with low humidity and comfortable temperatures. Performances continue Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. at the park in downtown Shelton. The park opens for picnicking at 6:30. Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation. Jessica Recce of Shelton was among those venturing out to see the opening night show, arriving with friends. \u201cI\u2019m excited to see the play,\u201d said Recce, an English major at Marist College in New York. She said it would be nice to see the William Shakespeare comedy brought to life on stage, rather than just read it on a page.