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Residents give input on Winchester Bloom

By J.R. Williams -- jrwilliams@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A row of chairs at Cork and Braddock Streets -- prime parade territory -- was chained to a power pole weeks ago. Advertisements for parking have been up for just as long. Some veteran festivalgoers parked their trucks along Washington Street months ago, and several groups have roped off sections of sidewalk with tape. Last weekend's Old Town Wine & Fine Arts Festival marked the technical beginning of this year's Bloom, but for many the anticipation began long before. Frederick County residents Deborah Brown and Troy Swartwout were strolling down the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall on a recent warm afternoon. They've lived in Winchester for more than a decade, they said, and look forward to the festival every year. Recently, they've developed a favorite spot. "Last year, we sat down by the Cork Street Tavern for both parades," Swartwout said. "Every Friday it's free." With some of his family coming down for the weekend, he said, the only strategy for his crowd is to beat the crowd. "You've got to get there early. You're never going to be able to change what's going on once you get there," he said. But Brown said... comments
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Apple Blossom schedule of events

Today 8 a.m. -- Westminster-Canterbury Breakfast Walk 9 a.m. -- Apple Pie Baking Contest at Marker-Miller Orchards and Farm Market 11 a.m. -- The Willows at Meadow Branch Young at Heart Dance at the Rock Harbor Tent 11 a.m. -- Valley Health Fast Forward Luncheon at the Sprint Tent 5-11 p.m. -- Apple Blossom Carnival and Powers Great American Midways on Valley Avenue behind Wards Plaza 6 p.m. -- First Bank Queen's Dinner 7 p.m. -- Schenck Foods Firefighters' Reception in the Rock Harbor Tent 8 p.m. -- Thursday Night Fever Disco Dance Party in the Sprint Tent Friday 8 a.m. -- Music Festival, featuring the concert band and jazz ensemble competitions, at Shenandoah University 8 a.m. -- VFIS Fire Truck Rodeo at Millbrook High School 9:30 a.m. -- Knouse Foods Prayer Brunch at Fellowship Bible Church on Middle Road 10 a.m.-11 p.m. -- Old Town Midway on Loudoun Street walking mall 11 a.m. -- Wal-Mart Bloomers' Luncheon in the Sprint Tent at Winchester Medical Center 11 a.m. -- Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon at the Lee-Jackson/Best Western Hotel 11 a.m. -- Men's Commonwealth Luncheon at the Piccadilly Brew Pub, Kent and Piccadilly streets 11:45 a.m. -- Miller Lite Stag Luncheon at... comments
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Apple Blossom Festival parking restrictions, detours

Daily Staff Report Parking restrictions, road regulations and detours for the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which will be held through Sunday in Winchester, have been released by the Winchester Police Department. Parking restrictions today * No parking on Piccadilly Street between Cameron and Braddock streets as of 4 p.m. * Piccadilly Street between Cameron and Braddock streets will be closed promptly at 6 p.m. for placement of concession stands. Parking restrictions on Friday and Saturday Parking will be prohibited from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday on the following streets: * Baker Street between Kent and Loudoun streets. * Boscawen Street between Kent and Braddock streets. * Braddock Street between Handley Boulevard and Valley Avenue. * Braddock Street between Cork Street and Fairfax Lane. * Cameron Street between Southwerk and Commercial streets. * Cork Street between Kent and Braddock streets. * Germain Street between Washington and Stewart streets. * Gerrard Street between Braddock and Cameron streets. * Jefferson Street between Valley and Tennyson avenues. * Millwood Avenue between Kent and Southwerk streets. * Commerce Street, starting at Whitlock Avenue and continuing 850 feet south. * Handley Boulevard between Handley Avenue and Braddock Street. * Kent Street between Boscawen... comments
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Schools, offices close for festival

The following is a list of closings in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: * Public schools: Closed Friday. * County offices: Frederick, closed Friday; Clarke, open Friday. * Winchester city offices: Closed Friday; switchboard open. * Town offices: Stephens City, closed Friday; Middletown, closing Friday at noon. * Frederick-Winchester Judicial Center: Closed Friday. * Libraries: Handley, Bowman and Clarke: Closed Friday and Saturday. * Sanitation: Frederick County Regional Landfill, closing Friday at noon; Winchester recycling and trash collection on regular schedule. * Winchester Transit System: Closed Friday and Saturday. Daily Staff Report... comments
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Winchester gears up to 'Celebrate!' Apple Blossom Festival

WINCHESTER -- Bring in the queen and shut down the streets: It's the biggest weekend of the year. comments

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