First Night Winchester debuts celebration plans

The City of Winchester announced their plans for New Years on Tuesday.

The City and Old Town partnered with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Winchester Economic Development Authority and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival to put together a celebration which will run begin at 10 am on New Year’s Eve through the morning of New Year’s Day.

MSV will host free family oriented entertainment from 10 am to 5 pm on December 31st with magic shows, visitors from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, and the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest.

Winners from each age group will receive a prize and have their work displayed in the gallery.

Starting at 5 pm, Old Town will welcome musical performances, fire jugglers, and much more.

From 6 pm till midnight, the Court House lawn will host a glow party, laser light show, and live DJ concluding with a Winchester staple, the Apple Drop.

Then race into 2024 in a healthy way with a New Year’s Day Fun Run starting at 8 am back at MSV.

Click here for a full list of activities or to sign up for the Fun Run. 

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Local organizations host events for International Overdose Awareness Day

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Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and a few local organizations are hosting events to speak on the importance of sobriety and to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose.

13 people have died this year from an overdose in the Northwest Virginia Region.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition will host an event in front of the Civil War Museum in Old Town Winchester from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

There will be guest speakers, a candlelight remembrance ceremony, and resources on prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use.

Rapid Revive Training will also be provided to learn how to stop an overdose.

The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative will also host an Overdose Awareness Day Vigil at the Front Royal Moose Lodge this evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

This event will also feature speakers, a vigil, and a resource fair on how to help those suffering from opioid addiction.

For more information on the NSVSAC event in Winchester, click here.

To learn more about the NPC’s event in Front Royal, click here.

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Juneteenth celebrations in the Valley

Juneteenth celebrations are taking place throughout the Valley this weekend.

Hood-Love and the Handley Black Student Union hosted speakers and had live music at the Civil War Museum Friday evening.

The Clarke County Fairgrounds will hold a Freedom Day Celebration on Saturday.

The event will include educational, historic, and entertainment activities throughout the day such as interpretive dancers, musicians, and poets.

Then on Sunday, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will celebrate with a performance from Souled Out, black owned food trucks, and a new exhibit sponsored by the NAACP titled “ Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery.”

Other exhibits include Contributions: African-Americans in the Shenandoah Valley and Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

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A Civil War walking tour of Winchester

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A walking tour of Winchester Civil War sites is scheduled for Saturday June 12 at 11 a.m..

The tour will be led by Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Park Ranger Wade Custer.

The tour begins at the Civil War Museum at 20 N. Loudoun St.

Advance registration is not required for this event call (540) 542-1145 for additional information.

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