However…

Can you please let me know if this sentence is grammatically correct?
The Partner Pavilion is scheduled from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM; however, we encourage partners to stay for the night’s festivities.
Leslie D., New Hartford, NY

Answer: Yes, the sentence is punctuated correctly. Considering that this is a gracious and encouraging invitation, it would be nice to avoid the negative tone of “however.” I suggest something like the following: The Partner Pavilion is scheduled from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM; festivities will follow, and we encourage partners to stay for the evening.

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