Music & Memories: A walk down memory lane

Bright Box Theater in Winchester will host the first Music & Memories: Stories of Winchester on Saturday as a benefit for the Winchester Main Street Foundation.

Several local musicians and comedians will come together at 1 p.m. Saturday at the theater to tell tales about growing up in Winchester during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Marilyn Finnemore, owner of Bright Box Theater, said she has wanted to bring a story festival to Winchester for a long time.

“Music & Memories: Stories of Winchester will be the beginning of an annual storytelling festival that gives viewers a deeper insight into our wonderful, quirky city,” she said.

Area bluesman Terry Oates will emcee the event. Others joining him during the day include Joe Boyd, Darla Frye-Guevremont, Boo Snyder, Dick Helm, Amanda Grace Wilkins, Robin Braithwaite, and Jay Foreman. Guests are encouraged to ask questions, share their personal stories and speak with the performers afterward.

“They’ll be playing or performing songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and the audience will hear about local music legends like Mod and the Rockers, what it was like to hang out at teen night or go to a ballgame in the summer, what happened when Willy Nelson came to town, and a cavalcade of other nostalgic details about our beloved home town,” Finnemore added. “The audience can sing along, ask questions, laugh, share their own story, or just reminisce and enjoy.”

She said ticket revenues for the event will benefit the Winchester Main Street Foundation. According to their website, “”>, the nonprofit organization focuses on “bringing quality events, beautification projects, and youth education programs to build Winchester’s unique brand, improve the quality of life in Winchester, support and work with other nonprofit organizations, and build our Main Street Community.”

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If You Go
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
Cost: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at A full lunch menu and bar selection will be available throughout the event.