As the Fourth of July holiday nears, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) would like to remind residents that public fireworks displays are the safest and most suitable alternative for viewing fireworks. Public display fireworks are established under a controlled setting, safety regulations, and monitored by public safety organizations.
Are you interested in utilizing your residence for short-term rental purposes, such as through an online platform such as AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.? If so, then please be advised of the following information.
City Council recently adopted an ordinance enabling property owners to potentially utilize their residences for rentals of 30 consecutive days or less. The ability to rent out a room or the entire dwelling on one of the many online platforms is dependent on a few zoning considerations. The adopted ordinance has two tiers of short-term rental uses:
Celebrate America’s birthday early at the sixth annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town Winchester on Tuesday, July 3 from 5:00-11:00 pm. Rockin’ Independence Eve is a free, family-friendly event offering live entertainment and a fireworks display. The Taylor Pavilion in Old Town will host live bands and a beer and wine garden, and the popular Snow White Grill hamburger eating contest. Admission into the pavilion is free and beverages sales benefit the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.
The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday:
In honor of National Flag Day today, members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a certificate to the City of Winchester to recognize the flag display at the Piccadilly Street and National Avenue intersection (photo attached).
“It is a great honor for me to see a display such as this that honors our country, the state, the City of Winchester, and all patriotic Winchester,” stated SAR Chapter President, Dale Corey, at the certificate presentation ceremony. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has been hired and will begin on July 9, 2018.
Gene Fisher, Chairman of the Airport Authority, states, “When you have a very dedicated, long-term employee who is retiring, like our current Director, Renny Manuel, it’s tough to fill the position. We had good candidates and believe we have found someone that will be a good fit for our organization and will help guide our airport into the future.”
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its inaugural North End Summer Kick-Off on Friday, June 8 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Park in Winchester.
“The North End Summer Kick-Off is an addition to the series of successful community outreach events that the WPD has offered in the past year,” stated Lt. Amanda Behan. “We are looking forward to connecting with area middle and high school students with the fun activities that we have planned.”
Old Town Winchester’s Classic Movie Night series at the Taylor Pavilion is back for a fourth summer. These FREE outdoor movies are held at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm) every second Saturday in June, July and August and screened by Magic Lantern Theater. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – June 9 (Rain location Grace Evangelical Church)
As of June 1, 2018:
The Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool will open for the season on Friday, June 8 (noon-6:45 pm).
As of May 25, 2018:
Please note that the outdoor pool resurfacing project has further delayed the opening of the outdoor pool which will not be opening on June 2 as previously announced (see below). At this time, the opening date is to be determined. Check the Winchester Parks and Recreation website or the City’s social media sites for updates.