MSV announces change in leadership

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The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley announced a change in leadership this week.

After fourteen years as the Executive Director and CEO of MSV, Dana Hand Evans is leaving to become the CEO and President of Middleton Place Foundation, a National Historic Landmark in Charleston, South Carolina.

Since Evans began her tenure, she lead a variety of visionary plans including:

  • renovations of the historic battlefield at Kernstown and Rose Hill Farm
  • renovation and reinterpretation of the MSV Glen Burnie House
  • conversion of under-utilized spaces to a Makerspace for community engagement
  • significant remediation of the administration building and main exhibition galleries
  • achievement of accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums
  • partnerships with organizations like the City of Winchester, Frederick County Parks and Recreation, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

MSV Board President Philips said an interim director will be selected to lead staff and assist the Board of Directors during the nationwide search for new leadership.

To read the MSV’s full announcement on the transition, click here.

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FCPRD unveils new registration software

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Frederick County Parks and Recreation announced their partnership with CivicPlus, a leading provider of technology solutions for local governments, to implement their state of the art parks and recreation management software.

This will enhance the accessibility of recreational activities and streamline the registration process for residents.

The cloud-based solution will also help with the payment process and provide easy access to book community facilities like ballfields, athletic fields, shelters, and meeting rooms.

The new software also provides a mobile option to increase user friendliness on smartphones or tablets.

Residents must have an account set up by April 8th to register for summer basicREC and reserve facilities.

All other summer programs will open on April 15th.

To register for civicREC, click here.

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FCPR moves Someone Special Sweetheart Dance

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The Frederick County Parks and Recreation (FCPR) announced that the Someone Special Sweetheart Dance has been moved to February 24.

The event will be held at the West Oaks Farm and Market on Middle Road with two sessions for your convenience.

The first dance will be held 3 to 5 p.m. with the second dance set for 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration for the event has now been extended through next Friday, February 23.

If you already hold tickets and can’t make the new date you are eligible for a refund.

A link for both registration and refund information is found here.

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FCPRD raises the stakes for the Apple Blossom 10k

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Frederick County Parks and Recreation announced some enhancements for this year’s Apple Blossom 10k.

This year’s winners will see an increase in prize money for both local and overall race winners thanks to the addition of a new sponsor, Monoflo International.

The new payment distribution for male and female overall winners will follow: $1,500 for  first place, $1,000 for 2nd place, $750 for 3rd place, and $500 for 4th place.

Local winners prizes for male and female competitors will follow: $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place to help emphasize the support of the local running community.

This year will also feature a “Beat the Course Record” challenge.

The current records stand at 28:47 for males and 33:25 for females.

If you can beat those records, you will take home $5,000.

The race will take place Saturday, May 4th at 8:30 am on Handley Boulevard.

A link to the full announcement is available here.

To register for the Apple Blossom 10k, click here.

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FCPR Pool pawty postponed to Monday September 25

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The Pool Pawty and Charity Dog Walk for today have been rescheduled.

Frederick County Parks and Rec is thrilled to announce a scaled downed doggie dip for Monday night, September 25th.

This event will solely be a swimming session.

There will be a $5 entry fee per dog.

If you signed up for the charity walk portion of the event, there is a plan for you too!

The dog walk will be held virtually, please pick up your swag on Monday night.

All proceeds from this event still go toward supporting the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter.

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Local NFL product inspires donation to FCPRD

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The Workingman’s Store in Winchester made a generous donation of $2,500 to Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s PLAY Fund which is dedicated to giving every shield the opportunity to play.

The donation was inspired by Millbrook Alum and Kansas City Chiefs Safety Nazeeh Johnson’s trip to the NFL Championship Game.

Leading up to the Big Game, the store donated 13% of all sales, a nod to Johnson’s jersey number, to the PLAY Fund which ended up reaching the $2500 total.

To learn more about the PLAY Fund, click here.

To hear Ryan Rutherford’s interview with Nazeeh Johnson before the Big Game, click here.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland returns to Clearbrook Park

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Frederick County Parks and Recreations annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland opened last night and will remain open nightly through January 1.

The dazzling display spans the 0.5 mile path at Clearbrook Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, displays, and a display synchronized with music.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for nightly appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are available for purchase online or with a credit card at the gate with a portion of the sales going to the Chain of Checks campaign.

Advance ticket sales are encouraged as walk-up entry is not guaranteed.

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FCPRD’s hosts annual Battlefield Half Marathon

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Frederick County Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Battlefield Half Marathon and Relays today.

The 13.1 mile race starts at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester at 8 am.

The course then travels along a scenic stretch of Middle Road which will be closed 7:45 am- 11:00 am.

Portions of Apple Valley, Germany, Shady Elm, Springdale Road and Saratoga Drive will also be closed for the race so plan to take an alternative route if traveling through the area.

Awards will be given for the top competitors individually and relay teams with the top male and female finisher’s taking home $750.

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Christmas in July in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s Christmas in July around the Shenandoah Valley!

The Merchants on Main are hosting the festivities in Front Royal with deals in many of the businesses downtown, live music, and a surprise you will have to be there to see.

There will also be a visit from Santa Clause at the Gazebo starting at 11 am.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation are getting in the holiday spirit as well with a showing of The Grinch at Clearbrook Pool.

The movie will begin at 7 pm and only credit cards will be taken at the gate. 

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FCPRD hosts Battlefield Half Marathon

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The Battlefield Half Marathon and Relay will get started this morning.

The starting line will be in the Kernstown Battlefield and then proceed to a scenic run on Middle Road.

For the protection of the runners, portions of Middle Road and a few adjacent roads will be closed.

If you are supporting a runner or a spectator, a battlefield walking tour will be available.

It will last about an hour and give you plenty of time to get back to the finish line to support your runners.

For more information, head to runatthetop.net.

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