2017 Old Town Winchester events are announced

Dario Savarese

WINCHESTER – Area residents looking to get in shape this year will be able to participate in a health-oriented series at the Taylor Pavilion one Sunday each month from June through September.

The new event, Shape Up Sundays, is part of Old Town Winchester’s entertainment events scheduled this year.  The lineup of events was announced at a Wednesday news conference by Dario Savarese, event coordinator for Old Town Winchester through Full Circle Marketing.

“I’m very excited to continue working with the City of Winchester and the Old Town Development Board,” Saverese said.

Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell said they are tweaking events to keep up with current trends, leading to increased economic activity in the area.

“I’m excited very much about the 2017 lineup,” she said, adding that these events have bring more people to the downtown area.

Jennifer Bell

Activities for Shape Up Sundays will include free outdoor classes such as yoga, Jazzercise, aerobics, running, climbing, hula-hooping and hiking. Event partners include Valley Health, Dharma Yoga Studio, Mountain Trails and Runners Retreat.

Other events will include the St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest, KidzFest, Friday Night Live, Rockin’ Independence Eve, Family Movies, Classic Movie Night and Oktoberfest.

The St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest will return to Old Town Winchester March 11 and will include Celtic bands, Irish step dancers and Scottish bagpipers. Performers include Capital Celtic, Across the Pond, Sound of Sleat, Lilt and Low Water Bridge.

New this year, the Magic Lantern Theater and Handley Library will co-sponsor a noon showing of “Brigadoon” at the Handley Library during  the St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest.

KidzFest will include fun and educational activivities presented by Valley Pediatrics, Saverese said. Over 60 interactive exhibits will highlight art, education, music and sports on the Loudoun Street Mall.

Friday Night Live has been revamped, he said, to include newer, younger trends to draw in a younger crowd. During Friday Night Live, the Loudoun Street Walking Mall will be filled with music and activities, with the Taylor Pavilion hosting the main performing act every third Friday in June, July and August.

The June event will feature Dynamo, a funk, jazz, alternative rock band from Nashville. Opening for Dynamo will be Threesound.

July’s event will feature Robbie Limon performing hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

August will feature the return of Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe. Opening for them will be West Virginia’s bluegrass band Bud’s Collective.

The free, family oriented Rockin’ Independence Eve that attracts over 4,000 people each year will be held again this year. Live music and kid activities will conclude with a fireworks show July 3.

Family Movies on the Mall will return this summer. Families can gather under the stars to watch blockbuster hits at the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum lawn. A couple movies scheduled so far include “The Secret Life of Pets” and “The Wild Life.”

Mark Lore, coordinator of the Magic Lantern Theater board of directors, said they will return for the third year for the downtown Classic Movie Night.

“American Graffiti” will be shown on June 10 and “Citizen Kane” will be shown on Aug. 12, he said, with July 8 reserved for a viewer’s choice showing. Options include “Some Like it Hot,” “The Band Wagon” or “Moonstruck.” The top movie requested through a Facebook poll will be played at the Taylor Pavilion.

Winchester’s fifth annual Oktoberfest will be heldOct. 13- 14, featuring a Best Dressed Lederhosen and Dirndl Contest. Performers will include the Continentals and Altwashingtonia Schuhplattler Verein. Visit www.ENJOYOTW.com for more information.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com