"It used to be dead. Shops were boarded up. Buildings were boarded up," said Rachelle Carter Crim, who grew up in the area, and used to work in a shop downtown.
On the verge of losing their historic downtown, the community stepped in and transformed it into a walking mall.
"[Now] this is a gathering place,” said Brenda Johnston, who performs often with her band Push to Start at different venues throughout the walking mall. “Lots of folks come down here to the
"We are down here probably three to four times a week now,” said Carter-Crim, who had her father, and two young children in tow. “And we live out in the county, so it's a little bit of a drive to come down,” she said with a laugh. “But it's so nice to have this as ours."
"We’re not only getting people from Frederick-Warren-Clarke county [area], but we're really pulling people from the Eastern Panhandle, Western Loudoun, as well as south of us," said Dario Savarese, the Special Event Prompter for the City of
Many, like Savarese, believe one of the keys to
"You know what's unique about Friday Night Live, and other events we're hosting in
And if you haven't taken in the transformation in
"If people haven't experienced Old Town Winchester, then I encourage them to come down. There's so much more going on,” said Savarese. “We're a little bit of
Follow the link for upcoming events in Old Town Winchester.
Friday Night Live for July 18th
(North end to South end of
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live music by: The Robbie Limon Band, Push to Start
Illusionist: Mario Orsini
Beer and Wine Available
Tickets: $5 advance; $10 day of
(Tickets available at: Winchester Community Federal Credit Union, Old Town General Store, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Espresso Bar & Café and online.)