Old Town Winchester announces 2018 events

WINCHESTER – The city and the Old Town Development Board announced the lineup of entertainment and events for the 2018 calendar year on Wednesday.

Dario Savarese, founder and president of Full Circle Marketing and special event coordinator for Old Town, said the ultimate goal of the Old Town Winchester calendar of events is to invoke newness each and every year.

“We strive to keep up with the trends and what the city wants,” Savarese said. “We have some new and exciting things we think the community will really enjoy.”

Jennifer Bell, downtown manager, said that the various Old Town events are a wonderful opportunity to support the downtown merchants and restaurants.

“With such a wide selection of cuisines and boutiques, downtown is able to offer something for everyone,” Bell said. “These events only enforce how great our city is.”

This year a portion of food and beverage sales at venues will be donated to the events’ nonprofit partner, the Winchester SPCA.

Lavenda Denney, executive director, said she was thrilled about the partnership and is looking forward to seeing the community support the SPCA.

Bell said that Winchester, especially the Downtown Walking Mall, is so dog friendly.

“The SPCA does such a great job helping all animals in our community, that I know they will rally and help in any way they can,” she added.

Old Town events kick off with the third annual St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest on March 10, when the community celebrates its Irish and Scottish heritage. The festival incorporates entertainment including Celtic bands, Irish step dancers and Scottish bagpipers. All activities are free and open to the public. This year the festival is expanding its venues to include the George Washington Hotel.

KidsFest returns for a day of fun and educational activities presented by Valley Pediatric Dentistry. The May 19 event was created for kids of all ages, and features more than 60 interactive exhibits highlighting education, art, music and sports.

Friday Night Live will feature three bands and singers, performing popular songs from some of the hottest bands of the 70s and 80s in June, July and August. In June the B-Street Band, the original Springsteen Tribute Band, will play a variety of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits. The Kelly Bell Band, which combines hip-hop, funk and blues to create rhythmic harmonies,  will entertain in July, and Winchester-area musician Robbie Limon will serenade music lovers in August.

Other events planned include Shape Up Sundays at the Taylor Pavilion, Rockin’ Independence Eve, Classic Movie Night and Oktoberfest.

New this year will be the focus on the Old Town Winchester app created for mobile devices as a prime resource for discovering Old Town on the go. The app is loaded with features for residents and visitors and provides the ability to keep up with the latest news and events.

For a full list of events, visit www.enjoyotw.com

For volunteer or sponsorship information, contact Full Circle Marketing at 540-722-8700 or 4 S. Washington St., Winchester.