“Death cannot kill what never dies: Love,” is the poignant inscription on legendary country music singer Patsy Cline’s final resting place. This year marks the 50th anniversary of her tragic and sudden death that stunned family, friends and worldwide fans. To Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc., a nonprofit corporation committed to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Patsy Cline, this milestone anniversary year is particularly significant to celebrate her enduring legacy through a week of tributes in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.
Fifty years after her last performance, Patsy Cline is enshrined in the hearts of our generation and will go on and on gathering tens of thousands of new admirers in the years to come. Many who are too young to have watched her rise to fame continue to discover Patsy for the first time and through her music they hear reasons why her name has earned far more than just passing mention in the annals of country music.
It was on March 3, 1963 that Patsy Cline made her final performance. She had the flu, but was performing a benefit for a disc jockey that had lost his life in an automobile accident in Kansas City, Missouri. The last song she sang was Moon Mulligan’s “I’ll Sail My Ship Alone.”
Patsy was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. The bronze plaque in her honor reads, in part:
“Patsy will live in country music annals as one of its outstanding vocalists… Her heritage of recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity. (Her) biggest hit, “I Fall to Pieces”… has become a standard… Joined Grand Ole Opry 1960… (which was the) realization of a lifelong ambition.”
Through her music she touched many, and continues to do so every day. For that reason, Celebrating Patsy Cline presents to her devoted fans and the many who love her music a week of tributes to celebrate her incredible life.
Patsy Cline Week of Tributes in Memoriam: March 5-10, 2013
- The Patsy Cline Historic House will open daily to the public for tours from Tuesday, March 5 through Saturday, March 9. Tours are every half-hour between 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (last tour starts at 3:30pm). The Patsy Cline Historic House is located at 608 South Kent Street in Winchester’s historic district. Admission is $8.00 General, $6.00 Senior Citizens, and Active Military will be free. Special arrangements are required for groups of ten or more. The Patsy Cline Historic House is usually closed the entire month of March and is open especially for this week of tributes.
- A Celebration of Life event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. A tribute reception with special music featuring Liz Ruffner, a local Patsy Cline tribute singer, is open to everyone who would like to join us at the George Washington Hotel in the Half-Note Lounge. Beverages and appetizers will be available for purchase. Admission is free. The George Washington Hotel is located at 103 East Piccadilly Street in downtown Winchester.
- In remembrance of Patsy Cline’s life, a Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3:00pm at Omps Funeral Home – South Chapel. The service is open to the public and will be held indoors with plenty of seating available. Reflections of Patsy Cline will be made by people who knew her and by people whose lives her story and her music have touched. After the service, those attending will gather together at Patsy’s interment site to pay homage. Omps Funeral Home – South Chapel and Shenandoah Memorial Park are located at 1260 Front Royal Pike, on Route 522 just south of Winchester.
If you are unable to attend the Memorial Service on March 10th, and would like to send a floral tribute, please arrange to have the florist deliver it to: Omps Funeral Home- South Chapel, c/o Patsy Cline Memorial Service, 1260 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, VA 22602. Phone: (540) 722-2400
For fans travelling to Winchester to attend any of the events and need overnight lodging, the George Washington Hotel is offering reduced rates on a select number of guest rooms, during the week of March 5th-March 9th. Please call the hotel directly, for room rates. When calling to make your reservation, don’t forget to mention that you are booking for Patsy Cline Memorial Week. The phone number for the George Washington Hotel is 540-678-4700