Apple Blossom Festival: Winchester Ciderworks Tasting and Orchard Tours

Half-hour walking tours of the orchards will begin at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Winchester Ciderworks is a local cidery that specializes in the burgeoning new market for gourmet hard ciders. This event consists of a two-part tour of the orchard and cidery followed by a cider tasting.

During the orchard tour, guides will dispense a wealth of information on the planting and growing of fruit trees, temperature sensitivity for blossoms, spraying and pruning and using the latest “green” methodology to protect the trees and promote tree and fruit growth, when and how to harvest, and much more. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Following the tour, participants can enjoy going into Winchester Ciderwork’s wonderful tasting room to sample different hard ciders that are made right on the premises.

Delicious food options will be available for purchase from various vendors on site as well as live music.

The Cider Tastings & Orchard Tours is an outdoor event at Winchester Ciderworks. This is a rain or shine event.

COVID-19 Statement: Ticket holders will be required to follow CDC guidelines and mandates in order to participate in events.

    Apple Blossom Festival: Bloomin’ Wine Fest

    Enjoy live entertainment, great food, spectacular Virginia wines, and wonderful company. Join us to “Uncork the Bloom” at the official kick-off of the 94th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®.

    New for 2021, the United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest has been expanded to a three-day event and a new outdoor venue – Frederick County Fairgrounds.

    There will be wine gardens featuring over 20 of Virginia’s finest wineries offering wines sold by the glass or bottle. Craft beer lovers can also enjoy beer by the glass. There will also be artisans bringing their own special flair, tasty Festival foods, and regional musical talents. The admission fee includes a souvenir wine glass and access to wine and beer tastings. No outside food or drinks will be allowed inside the event area. All items (including, and without limitations, backpacks and purses) are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. No pets are allowed in the event area. Sale of unopened bottles and cases will be available.

    COVID-19 Statement: Ticket holders will be required to follow CDC guidelines and mandates in order to participate in events.

    ​Ticket block times include:
    Friday, April 23 1 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm
    Saturday, April 24 Noon to 4 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm
    Sunday, April 25 1 pm to 5 pm

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    First Battle of Kernstown Tour

    On April 17, 2021 the Kernstown Battlefield Association (KBA) will host a walking and driving tour of the First Battle of Kernstown. KBA docents Larry Turner and Mike Cannane (pictured) will lead this tour starting at 10am. Attendees should meet at the Visitor Center and dress appropriately for walking across fields, pastures and woods.
    The morning will consist of a walking tour of the Kernstown Battlefield property with descriptions of cavalry and artillery actions from the perspective of Union forces on Pritchard’s Hill and Confederate forces from Apple Valley Road.

    The afternoon driving portion begins at 1pm near Old Town Winchester with a detailed description of Confederate cavalry reconnaissance and the wounding of Union Maj. Gen. James Shields. This will be followed by visits to the Confederate artillery park south of the Opequon Church and discussions at our “Jackson’s Lookout” viewing platform about the Confederate maneuvers and Jackson’s decision to attack. We will then travel on to Rose Hill Park and Sandy Ridge for continued discussions on the battle during the afternoon of March 23, 1862.
    KBA will arrange a lunch for purchase to be delivered at noon. It is suggested that you bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Masks will be required and social distancing observed.


    To comply with Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you pre-register.

    Civil War Tour

    The Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable will hold a tour of Civil War Winchester at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

    The tour will meet at the pedestrian mall entrance of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (old Court House) at 20 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester. Note that extra time will be needed to park off site and walk to the meeting place. Guide Jerry Holsworth will lead the tour around Old Town Winchester, with a focus on sites that made the city a crucial part of the Civil War story.

    After the walking tour (around 7:30 p.m.), there is an opportunity for a curator-guided tour inside the nearby Stonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum at a charge of $4 per person. This will only be offered if an ample number reserve, so those interested should note their desire for this extra experience when they reserve a space for the walking tour.

    This tour will involve walking and standing on flat, paved surfaces. Masks are required, and social distancing will be encouraged. There is no charge for the walking tour, a head count is required and numbers will be limited.

    To reserve your space, contact Chris Craig at or 304-433-1260.

    Orchid Show

    DUE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THIS IS NOW A VIRTUAL EVENT. Log on to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s Facebook page on April 2 & 3 to see a display of prize-winning orchids and learn about growing orchids from the experts in the Lord Fairfax Orchid Society.

    Follow the Star – Living Nativity Drive Through

    December 12 and 13, 5-9pm

    Follow the Star is a dramatic and immersive live nativity experience celebrating its 11th year in Winchester, Virginia.

    This year Follow the Star will be a drive through Nativity, in the Parking Lot of Fellowship Bible Church. You will be greeted by traffic attendants who will show you where to drive and you will experience Follow the Star from the warmth and safety of your vehicle. Expect delays when you arrive, but we will have Christmas music for your listening enjoyment. The audio portion will be through a Spotify link given to you when you arrive- or a CD, if that’s your preference. There will be live drama- including animals- for your enjoyment as you drive through the event.

    Open to the public. All are welcome!

    Free admission!

    Inclement Weather Dates • December 12 & 13

    Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    November 27-January 3

    You’ll be delighted by this light show that lets you see fantastic displays and music along the paved path at Clearbrook Park. Take your time enjoying the sights and sounds of the season along the magical stroll through a winter wonderland. Clearbrook Park’s annual light show is a tradition sure to create lasting memories!

    Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

    Regular Admission
    Ages 3+: $5
    Ages 0-2: FREE

    Showtimes: 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:00 pm

    Pre-registration is required this year. More information and Register HERE

    TICKETS : Tickets will be emailed to you after completing the registration process and are needed for admission using a touch-less scanning system when entering the show. Please make sure you have your tickets ready to scan when entering Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Thank you

    Please observe social distancing guidelines while attending this event. Leashed and friendly dogs are welcome on Sunday evenings only.

    PARKING : Please enter at the Clearbrook Pool parking lot entrance via Brucetown Road.
    130 Poolside Drive, Clear Brook, Virginia 22624

    Third Winchester Living History Programs

    The Third Battle of Winchester was the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Today, over 600 acres of the battlefield have been preserved and are open to the public.

    There will be living history throughout the day, including artillery demonstration, infantry demonstrations, and camp set-up. Held in the fields adjacent to the parking lot for the Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center at 541 Redbud Road, Winchester.

    Hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

    Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference


    The Civil War on the Water

    Tentative Schedule

    8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check-in at Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium, Shenandoah University
    9:15-9:40 a.m.: Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Unveiling of “So Much to Say”: The Civil War Letters of Corporal Robert Bradbury, Battery D, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
    9:40-10:40 a.m.: Jonathan A. Noyalas (Shenandoah University), “The Eagle Cowering to the Feet of the Lion”: The Trent Affair and the Freedom of the Seas
    10:40-10:50 a.m.: Break
    10:50-11:50 a.m.: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University), Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War
    11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lunch in Allen Dining Hall
    1-2 p.m.: Anna Gibson Holloway (SEARCH), Raising the Merrimack: Rescuing the Memory of a Civil War Vessel
    2-2:10 p.m.: Break
    2:10-3:10 p.m.: John Coski (American Civil War Museum), Commander Hunter Davidson: The Travels, Travails, Triumphs, and Tribulations of a Naval Life
    3:10-3:25 p.m.: Break and Book Raffle
    3:25-4:00 p.m.: Karen Needles (The Lincoln Archives Digital Project), Bringing Federal Records Online: Prize Cases During the Civil War
    4-4:15 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

    Registration fee of $50 covers cost of all presentations and lunch.

    $25 for students with valid identification (please note students who wish to register must first email for a special discount code)

    For questions about the conference, contact Jonathan Noyalas at or 540-665-4501.