First Night Winchester concludes its run

An email from The First Night Winchester Board of Directors announced the decision to dissolve its operations.

The factors that led to that decision included unseasonable weather, COVID-19 and reduced sponsorship among others.

For the past 35 years the family oriented celebration of the New Year has been held in Old Town Winchester.

Proceeds remaining from admission sales to the event have been donated to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV).

The Museum was chosen because of their mission to preserve the cultural life and heritage of the Valley.

The MSV has been a long standing partner of the First Night Celebration with a variety of children’s activities each year.

The First Night Winchester board hopes the MSV will be able to carry the torch and re-image the event for future celebration.

Deputy Director of Communications of the MSV Julie Armel said it is too early to tell what  the event will be like in the future.

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News Maker Christine Germyer on First Night Winchester and COVID protocols

First Night Winchester returns to downtown Winchester after a virtual event last year.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the event Christine Germyer about the event in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Christine tells us where and when the events take place this year.

Christine also tells us about the ticket or wrist band procedure for the event.

She also tells us that this year there will have to have COVID-19 protocols.

Click here for Christine’s interview.

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