Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Don’t miss Frederick County Parks & Recreation’s annual light show – memories to last a lifetime! Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. Warm up in the cabin, where you might run into Santa!

Free hot chocolate!

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Peak Night Admission (December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23)
Ages 12+: $10
Ages 2-11: $5
Age 0-1: FREE

Regular Admission
Ages 12+: $5
Ages 2-11: $3
Age 0-1: FREE

Veterans and active duty: $3 on non-peak nights with valid military ID.

Scottish “Backyard” Highland Games

The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland Games of the season.

This low-key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. The games start at 9 am.

Bagpipers will play throughout the day. Refreshments will be for sale by Shaffer’s BBQ. Please bring your own chairs.

Virginia Gourd Show and Sale

Celebrate the craftsmanship and interesting history behind gourd art! Meet the gourd art experts in the Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society and browse displays of gourd art available for purchase. Gourd art available for purchase includes luminaries, birdhouses, oil lamps, bowls, musical instruments, and ornaments.

Raw gourds suitable for arts and crafts or decorating will also be available for purchase. While browsing displays of gourd art, event attendees will also have the opportunity to converse with expert gourd artisans about gourds and see several gourd artists demonstrating gourd art techniques. Winning entries in the event’s annual gourd competition will also be on view.

Free admission to the event. MSV admission fee applies to visit the gardens and galleries.

Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society (VLGS) is the official Virginia chapter of the American Gourd Society and has organized the Virginia Gourd Show, Sale & Competition for fifteen years. Based in Stephens City, the VLGS is dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of gourd gardening, encouraging the use of gourds in arts and crafts, and supporting gourd agriculture.

​Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday: 10am-4pm

VA Cider Week: Bonfire in the Orchard

We will be kicking off Virginia Cider Week with a bonfire in our orchard. Hang out with friends, or snuggle up to someone special under the stars.

Live music and food trucks will round out this special evening.

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History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

“A Prominent Place”: Winchester’s 275 Years in 50 Artifacts

Artifacts provide not only tangible links to the past, but offer a medium through which history’s many complexities can be explored and understood.

“A Prominent Place”: Winchester’s 275 Years in 50 Artifacts, an anthology of 50 essays co-edited by Jonathan A. Noyalas, M.A. ’01, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, will be released with a special event at 6:30 p.m. in Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium. The book, a joint project between Shenandoah University and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society to commemorate Winchester’s 275th anniversary, features essays authored by SU history majors and alumni. Photography for the book was done by history major Jessica Kronenwetter ’20. The book release event will include a panel with selected authors, moderated by Noyalas, and an opportunity to purchase copies of the book. For more information, please contact Jonathan Noyalas at jnoyalas01@su.edu.

Taste of Winchester Food and Drink Festival

Come explore the unique restaurants and breweries that dot the Winchester and Frederick County landscape! Our restaurant partners are preparing fantastic tasting samples for you to try throughout the entire city. Pick and choose at your leisure. This is a great chance to try new places and explore cuisines! We are blessed to have such a wide array of International food options from Thai to Indian, German, Italian, Japanese, pizza, food trucks and more!

Join us for the best food and drinks around! Featuring over 25 restaurants, breweries and food trucks!

The festival will be hosted all over the city and county so you can explore and find new restaurants and breweries while experiencing their unique atmosphere. Your schedule, your selections, your custom tastes!

Some locations will be featuring live music throughout the event!

TICKET PACKAGES
Nibbler, 5 Tastings: $30.00 ($35.00 day of event)
Foodie, 10 Tastings: $45.00 ($50.00 day of event)
Voracious Locavore, 15 Tastings: $60.00 ($65.00 day of event)

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Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour

Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available.

Fee: $5, payable to the guide.

Additional tours are available: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

History and Civil War Walking Tour

Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history.

Make your reservation by calling 540-542-1326.

Cost: $10, payable to the guide.

Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia)

More tours are available. See: https://visitwinchesterva.com/guided-tours/

 

 

 

 

The City of Winchester is celebrating its 275th Anniversary in 2019! Visit their website for details on other special history events and activities throughout the year.
www.winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Battle of Third Winchester Commemoration

On September 21st the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will be hosting a day of free programs commemorating the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester.

Programs will range from a series of stationary programs at different battlefield sites, visitor center grand opening, monument dedication, living history, kids camps, and artillery demonstrations.

Schedule:
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
“Vortex of Battle”: The West Woods – Jeff Felton (SVBF)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Living History at Star Fort

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Grand Opening of Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
“The Earth Seemed to Tremble”: Huntsberry Farm and the Middle Field – Nick Picerno (SVBF)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Star Fort Kids Camp

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Dedication of Alabama Monument – Remarks by Robert K. Krick

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
“The Very Air Was Made to Groan”: Battle’s Attack in the Middle Field – Scott Patchan

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cannon Demonstrations Star Fort

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
“A Continuous, Deafening Wail of Musketry”: Crook’s Attack Across Red Bed Run – Scott Patchan

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
“Like a Thousand Bricks”: Cavalry Attacks at Third Winchester – Peter Dalton

7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Preserving a Battlefield – Third Winchester – Nick Picerno

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