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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Old Town celebrates 10th Annual Chocolate Escape

Today is Old Town Winchester’s 10th Annual Chocolate Escape.

From 2 pm to 5 pm today, over 20 different restaurants, retailers, and professional services will have specials, discounts, sales, and of course, chocolate.

This is a great opportunity to explore Old Town while getting some Valentine’s Day shopping done or make a reservation on the spot.

Follow the red heart-shaped balloons to help you spot the sweet deals.

Some of your favorite locations like 50/50 Taphouse, Kimberly’s, and Roma Old Town are participating.

For a full list of specials and deals or for more information, click here.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes through Old Town

The Laurel Center is hosting the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence.

The event will begin at 11 am on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester near Water Street Kitchen.

Male participants will then walk a mile in high heels through downtown.

This march helps raise awareness in the community about the causes, effects, and remediation of sexual violence against women.

The men participating also help acknowledge how women are not the only ones affected by sexual violence.

No registration is required and donations are encouraged.

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Old Town Winchester holds a fundraiser for Ukraine

Old Town Winchester announced that a fundraiser for Ukraine will be held tomorrow Mar. 26 and Sun. Mar. 27.

This Stand With Ukraine event will be held in front of the Market St. United Methodist Church at 131 S. Cameron St. and in front of the First Presbyterian Church at 116 S. Loudon St. Winchester.

A number of items from bake goods to traditional Ukrainian items will be on sale.

On Sat. the fundraiser will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun. it’s a 1 to 4 p.m. event.

The event is sponsored by the Multicultural College and Friends of Ukraine.

All proceeds will go to the United Methodist Community on Relief and go directly to the people of Ukraine.

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Old Town Winchester has a full year of events in 2022

An email from Winchester’s Communications Director Amy Simmons announced the first full year of events since the pandemic.

The official Old Town Winchester major events calendar includes seven major events and two ongoing events through Dec..

The events to be held downtown in our immediate future include this weekend’s Feb. 5 Chocolate Escape.

The Celtic Fest event is scheduled for Mar. 12.

A full slate of events are planned for Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival including the annual Wine Fest which starts Apr. 22 in Old Town Winchester.

KidzFest returns May 14 this year in Old Town as well.

Here is a link to calendar which will be added through the year.

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WPR hosts holiday open house

Winchester Parks and Recreation is hosting a holiday open house today from 9 am – 11 am at the Rec Center in Jim Barnett Park.

The event is free and will feature a variety of activities including an adult Zumba class set to holiday music.

For the kids, their will be an elf scavenger hunt, ornament decorating, and more.

A Gingerbread House station will be open but will require pre-registration.

Raffles will be held to benefit the Winchester Parks Foundation.

Some of the prizes include gift cards to Old Town Winchester Businesses, Shenandoah University and Winchester Royals gear, and more.

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Old Town Winchester is set to celebrate the holidays

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According to a social media post the City of Winchester is ready for the holidays with the return of the Christmas tree lighting in 2021.

The post relays that the lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree will take place this year Fri. Dec. 3 at 6:30 at the 1840 Courthouse on Loudoun Street Winchester.

Then on Dec. 11 starting at 9 a.m. a procession led by Santa Clause will take place starting at Jim Barnett Park down to Old Town Winchester.

A list of activities are scheduled on the 11th including breakfast.

Click here for the list of activities scheduled on Dec. 11.

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Oktoberfest returns to Old Town Winchester

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Old Town Winchester and Literacy Volunteers of Winchester present Old Town Winchester’s Oktoberfest on September 24.

The event is a German Oktoberfest type celebration complete with the music, dance, food and drink of Germany.

This popular German inspired beer festival will feature not just local breweries but breweries from around Virginia.

The breweries will be lining the Old Town Walking Mall of Loundoun Street from 5 to 10 p.m. next Fri.

Reduce rate advance tickets for both tasting and or just attending the event are available here.

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9/11 Memorial Walk stops in Winchester

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The CEO of Tunnel to Towers, Frank Siller, is walking from the Pentagon, to Shanksville, PA, and concluding at the World Trade Center in memorial of 9/11.

The first stop in his 500 mile journey is in Old Town Winchester.

He will be greeted with a parade starting at 11 am today.

Following the parade, a barbecue will be held behind City Hall.

There will also be a mobile 9/11 memorial.

Tunnels to Towers is dedicated to helping families of fallen or severely injured first responders, service people and Gold Star families.

They provide mortgage relief and help accommodate homes for serious injuries.

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