Virignia Governor Ralph Northam announced on August 2 that Winchester will receive a $10,000 Downtown Investment Grant. Old Town Winchester is an original Virginia Main Street Community and has been in the program over 30 years. As an accredited program, we were eligible to apply for a Downtown Investment Grant. We submitted the grant application in March 2018.
National Night Out will be hosted by the Winchester Police Department (WPD) on August 7, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Loudoun Street Mall near the Old Court House. The nationwide event, now in its 35th year, is a “community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the National Association of Town Watch.
Don’t miss the final Friday Night Live of the 2018 season, on Friday, August 17th from 5-11 pm. This popular event series, known as Old Town Winchester’s summer block party, is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, shop, dine, and enjoy great live music, street performers, and artisans.
The Winchester area has been chosen as the host community for the 2019 Harley Owners Group (HOG) Annual Rally, coined as the “Curves to Cores HOG Rally.” The event, held over five days from June 19-23, 2019, will attract in excess of 2,000 attendees per day and result in an estimated direct impact of $3-$4 million in local spending.
Based upon concerns expressed by speakers during the public comment period at the July 24, 2018 Regular Meeting, Winchester Common Council has directed the City Manager to work with City staff to revisit the City’s existing review and evaluation process for the appointment and reappointment of members to the City's various boards and commissions, including the Winchester Public Schools Board. It is the expectation of the Common Council that all Council-appointed boards and commissions follow all applicable laws in the execution of their duties.
Scott E. Kensinger, Assistant Chief of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for the City of Winchester has recently completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) offered by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, a Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Fox 5 D.C. will showcase Winchester during a live broadcast of their morning show on Friday, July 20 from Old Town Winchester’s Loudoun Street Mall. Every Friday throughout the summer, Fox 5 hits the road for a “Zip Trip” to a new city within a few hours of Washington D.C. to feature possible day trips from D.C.
“We encourage local organizations, businesses and residents to come downtown for all the fun and show how friendly and unique Winchester is to the D.C. region,” City Communications Director Amy Simmons.
Unwind and enjoy all that Old Town Winchester has to offer at the second Friday Night Live event of the 2018 season on July 20 from 5-11 pm.
July’s Friday Night Live event will feature the return of the popular Kelly Bell Band (KBB) from Baltimore, Maryland at the Taylor Pavilion. Combining hip-hop, funk, and blues, KBB creates harmonies that make you want to get up and dance. KBB first performed in Winchester for Friday Night Live in 2016 to a nearly sold out crowd.
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) invites residents to attend its body-worn camera community forums that will be held at two convenient locations in the city, each at 6:00 p.m.:
- July 11 - Rouss City Hall Council Chambers, 15 N. Cameron Street
- July 18 - Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, 2210 Valor Drive
During the forums, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Chief John Piper and Major Kelly Rice about the department rollout of body-worn cameras that will take place in early August.