Ravenwood Faire

The Ravenwood Faire is proud to announce its first Faire Weekend. Located at the Frederick County Fairgrounds-October 26-27,2019 (10:00am-7:00pm). A wonderful array of wares, artisans, food, drink, and entertainment. Come one, Come all! Children 2 and under are free. Pre-sale tickets are $12.00 or $15.00 at the door. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale July 19, 2019 at their website.

Blanc on Blanc: An Evening at the Louvre

This year our theme is “an evening at the Louvre”. Bring your significant other for this elegant dinner party: our fourth annual Blanc on Blanc! Your ticket includes an elegant catered dinner, live music from the Indigo Experience Band, and a glass of wine, along with a cash bar to follow.

There’s only one rule: wear all white! Get creative and dig out those fancy white suits, blazers, and dresses from the closet to put together a fabulous outfit.

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Belle Grove Wine Fest

Join us on Saturday, August 24 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for Belle Grove’s Annual Wine Fest!

Live music, food vendors, artisan vendors, local wine, cider, spirits, food, and fun!

More details to come.

www.bellegrove.org

 

 

 

 

Richard’s Peach Festival

Family Fun Day on the Farm!

FREE Admission! Join us on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 11am – 4pm for our Peach Festival! We’ll have live music, farm food (our own burgers, farm to crust pizza, hotdogs, peach milkshakes & more), a tasting table, wine & craft beer, and of course, LOTS of apples!

This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and spend the day in the country with us! Have fun in our petting zoo, take a ride on the hay wagon, let the kids cruise around in the barrel train, or just run around til they’re exhausted. We’ll have badminton & corn hole too.

The event is rain or shine, but no worries – there’s plenty of undercover space if a sprinkle happens along.

Winchester Greek Festival

The Annual Winchester Greek Festival will take place on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th, 2019.

Sample our legendary Greek cuisine and experience our renown Greek music and dance. Truly great fun for the entire family! A large selection of tasty Greek food is available.

The Book Store will be open offering religious items and reading material of the Orthodox faith.

Other retail vendors will also be set-up to display their various items for purchase.

Admission is free and ample free parking is available.

Greek cooking offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods that are the culmination of literally thousands of years of good living, cooking, and eating. While each Greek menu item offered is fresh and inviting, it is also a culinary trip to Greece. Our talented ladies of the church work for days in advance of the festival creating delicious Greek food.

Saturday: 11am-7pm
Sunday: 12noon-7pm

 

 

Friday Night Live

Unwind and enjoy all that Old Town Winchester has to offer at Friday Night Live (FNL). Friday Night Live is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, shop, dine and enjoy great live music, street performers and artisans. The Taylor Pavilion will be the main venue for performances every third Friday in June, July and August, however, the Loudoun Street Mall will be filled with music and activities for all to enjoy.

August’s FNL event will welcome back a Winchester favorite, the Robbie Limon Band, who will perform hits from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Limon performs all over region and packs the Taylor Pavilion every time he performs. His mix of cover songs will be sure to have you on your feet dancing and enjoying your night in Old Town Winchester.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate.

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Civil War Weekend

This special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war.

This year, Civil War sites throughout the Winchester-Frederick-Clarke County area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area’s remarkable wartime story. See details about last year’s event, below:

Schedule of Events

Download the Event Flyer 2019 (PDF)

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The 24th North Carolina Infantry, Co. D/10th Battalion, ANV will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum, and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Friday, August 16, 2019, 2pm
Battle of Cedar Creek Driving Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger’s vehicle), covering the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Friday, August 16, 2019, 6pm
History at Sunset – “Free at Last: The Complicated Road to Freedom for Emanuel Jackson”
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
This program will explore how one enslaved man, Emmanuel Jackson, Jr., from Belle Grove Plantation was purchased by his free black father, Emmanuel Jackson, Sr. from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ultimately freed four years later.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9am-Noon
Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Special Tour
National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the struggle for Fisher’s Hill, known as the “Gibraltar of theValley.” The program will be conducted using a car caravan system (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Fisher’s Hill battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30-10:30am
Old Town Winchester Walking Tour – “Quite a Panic”: Winchester’s Civilians During the Civil War’s Bloodiest Year
Meet at Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Join Prof. Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, to explore the ways Winchester’s demographically diverse population confronted, coped with, and navigated the complexities of life in war-torn Winchester during the war’s decisive year in the Shenandoah Valley.
Cost: Free
www.facebook.com/McCormickCivilWarInstitute

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-Noon
“Hands-On History” Youth Event
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Special Civil War youth event where youngsters will to take on different roles – from serving as a member of a cannon crew to a soldier telling his story with Civil War graffiti.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The 24th North Carolina Infantry, Co. D/10th Battalion, ANV will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10am-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs August 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11am
“The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Brian Daly, docent at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, will give an illustrated talk “The Journey to Becoming Stonewall”, a presentation on Stonewall Jackson’s life from birth to the trial of John Brown.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:30am and 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA 22645)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Program at 11am, Photography until 5pm
Wet Plate Photography
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harrington Traveling Photograph Artists will present a program on wet plate collodion photography, demonstrating the techniques used for Civil War-era photography, at 11am. Following the program, visitors will have the opportunity to have their photographs taken using this historic method (fee to purchase).
Cost: Free, fee to purchase photos
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Noon-5pm
“A Soldier’s Life”: Living History
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601)
Living historians will be on the courthouse lawn in front of the museum, portraying a soldier’s life in camp and on the march, and recounting harrowing stories of fighting in the streets of Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1pm
Blue-Grey Sweets: The Unexplored World of Civil War Sweets, (1861-1865)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
We hear the stories of the heroes. The excitement and pain of the battles. But little is known about the role of sugars and sweets of the Civil War, those which the soldiers relished and relied on. Some were new, such as the peanut, others were traditional, such as the horehound candy, part of the American diet since the early settlers. Speaker Susan Benjamin is a candy historian and owner of the nation’s only historic candy stores, located in Harpers Ferry, WV, and Frederick, MD.
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1-4pm
Battle of Cedar Creek, Special In-Depth Tour
Belle Grove Plantation, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645)
This in-depth ranger led tour will examine the Battle of Cedar Creek, the climatic struggle of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The program will be conducted using a car caravan tour (follow the ranger’s vehicle) for this chronological tour across the Cedar Creek battlefield. Some walking involved.
Cost: Free
nps.gov/cebe

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2pm
Civil War Archaeology Program: “United We Unveil, Divided We Bury: How Civil War Archaeologists and Relic Hunters Can Work Together”
Trinity Lutheran Church, (810 Fairfax Street, Stephens City, VA 22655)
Northern Shenandoah Archaeology Society President Mike Kehoe discusses how relic hunting can impact Civil War archaeology, including for the better.
Cost: Free
www.newtownhistorycenter.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3pm
“To Gettysburg and Back”: The Bell Diary
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Harry and Trish Ridgeway present the story of Confederate Private Robert Sherrard Bell as told through his diary entries, including his experiences at the Second Battle of Winchester and the Battle of Gettysburg. Bell was a member of the famous Bell Family of Winchester who lived in Linden Hill (the Bell House), and the uncle of Stewart Bell Jr., Mayor of Winchester from 1972-1980.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4pm
“Linden Hill: The Bell House”: Guided Tour
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Tour the Winchester landmark that was at the center of the town’s wartime and postwar story. The home includes Bell family furnishings and collections which have been passed down for generations, including the famous case clock that was stopped by the concussion of Union artillery fire during the Third Battle of Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10am-4pm
Living History & Tours
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
The 24th North Carolina Infantry, Co. D/10th Battalion, ANV will be at Kernstown Battlefield all weekend. There will be living history demonstrations, battlefield tours, and the Pritchard House, museum and gift shop will be open.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 11am
Artillery Program
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Larry Turner will give a presentation on the artillery of the Battles of First and Second Kernstown, and Third Winchester.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, Noon-4pm
“Civil War vs. American Revolution”
Discover scientific changes between the American Revolution and the Civil War with first person interpretation and hands-on activities! Learn about a soldier’s life in each era with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, plus life on the homefront at historic Clermont farm.
Clermont Farm
801 E. Main Street, Berryville | FREE
www.mosbyheritagearea.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1pm
“Civil War Tales of Old Winchester”
Kernstown Battlefield, (610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601)
Local historian Jerry Holsworth will give a presentation entitled “Civil War Tales of Old Winchester.” It will include interesting stories about Winchester’s unsung heroes and victims during the Civil War.
Cost: Free
www.kernstownbattle.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1-5pm
History Book Sale (Used Books)
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
A mammoth sale of used books and magazines, featuring primarily history-related titles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s library and archives. (Sale runs Aug 3-18)
www.shenandoahatwar.org

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2:30pm
“Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box”
Belle Grove Plantation lawn, (336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown)
A 30 minute overview program on the Battle of Cedar Creek and its impact. This interactive program uses various props and the surrounding landscape features to “create” and explain the battle by literally placing visitors “in the middle of the battlefield.”
Cost: Free
www.nps.gov/cebe

More Information:
Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Open Sat. and Sun. 9am-5pm
Visitor Info & Civil War Orientation
(540) 542-1326

Classic Movie Night

This event provides the opportunity to enjoy dinner at one of 35 Old Town Winchester restaurants, stroll through and shop at over 60 unique shops, and sit beneath the stars to watch a classic movie.

Classic Movie Night is screened by Magic Lantern Theater, Winchester’s classic film experts since 2001.

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring seat cushions, blankets or chairs. Also, feel free to bring a picnic or take-out dinner from one of the many restaurants in Old Town Winchester. This is a perfect event to cuddle up with a special someone and enjoy an old-fashioned dinner and a movie night.

August 10 – Grease (1978)

It’s California in the 50s — Danny (John Travolta) is leader of the black leather jacket-wearing T-Birds while Australian Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls. It amounts to a joyful satire on 50s’ teen culture, punctuated by memorable song-and-dance numbers. Rated PG, 110 m.

 

 

SSMT 2019 Downtown Cabaret Series

Pull up a bar stool and relax with a fun evening of casual cabaret performances featuring members of the 2019 Shenandoah Summer Theater (SSMT) company!

Doors open at 6:30; admission is free, but seating is limited. Come enjoy a beverage and a bite from the extensive menu in the Out of the Box Room at the Bright Box Theater in historic Old Town Winchester.

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Talk on the Archaeology at Belle Grove Enslaved Quarter Site

Matthew Greer, a PhD candidate at Syracuse University will conduct a free talk about his archaeological research in the area where the enslaved men, women, and children owned by the Hite family at Belle Grove lived and worked. Since 2015, Mr. Greer has conducted archaeology of the 1.5-acre site located across Belle Grove Road from the main visitor parking lot. He has confirmed it was inhabited between about 1800 and 1850, that it likely was the home of many of the enslaved at Belle Grove, and that the site included a livestock barn and farm equipment shed. To date, more than 44,000 artifacts have been recovered at this site. The artifacts provide information on how the homes were constructed, how they were situated on the landscape, and what daily life was like for the enslaved at Belle Grove.

This program will follow a free Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program about Judah, one of the enslaved cooks at Belle Grove. Read more here: https://bellegrove.org/calendar/judah