Celebración of Winchester

Celabracion of Winchester“Celebración of Winchester” is a one-day, family-oriented free festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in our region. It takes place Saturday, September 21, from 11 am till 6 pm on the Old Town Pedestrian Mall in Winchester, Virginia.

The event will include live music with two Latin musical performance groups, Tierra Firmé and Alegria Musical de Mexico, as well as DJ “Valentin” who will keep the crowd entertained in between the live music.

Other activity includes a children’s art activity tent; Latin dancing lessons and a dance contest, a dance performance by a Mexican children’s dance troupe; an instrument petting zoo overseen by Shenandoah Conservatory music education students; a salsa tasting contest to see who makes the best in the area; artisan tents, “Country” tents (representing different Hispanic countries) and more. Food will be for sale by various vendors as well as beverages, including soda, water, and a variety of Hispanic beers.

Three area nonprofits including the Coalition for Racial Unity (CRU), Shenandoah Arts Council (Council) and the Winchester Main Street Foundation (WMSF) are collaborating in a first-time effort to offer this event to the community.

“The City is no longer doing the Salsa-Fest event they started a few years ago,” says David Smith, owner of Village Square Restaurant and WMSF founder and board member. “Piggy-backing on what was started, and then incorporating activity already being done by the Coalition and the Arts Council, we are excited to plan this fun festival for our community.”

Admission to “Celebración” is free but those who wish to taste the cultural beers will have to provide proof of age at specified tents to obtain ID bracelets. There is a fee for purchase of beverages.

For more information, please contact one of the organizers: Tracy Marlatt, Shenandoah Arts Council, 540-667-5166, or visit www.shenarts.org; David Smith, Winchester Main Street Foundation, www.winchestermainstreetfoundation.com, or wmsfoundation8@gmail.com; or Nancy Tilson Sinback, Coalition for Racial Unity, www.facebook.com/CoalitionforRacialUnity, crubridges@yahoo.com or call 800.708.6448.

The Winchester Main Street Foundation was formed to build Winchester’s unique brand, improve the quality of life in Winchester, support and work with nonprofit organizations, and build our Main Street Community. The Coalition for Racial Unity is an organization of citizens working to educate the community on racial and ethnic issues, partnering with other non-profits to provide seminars, workshops and events that bridge racial and ethnic divides. The Shenandoah Arts Council is a nonprofit arts organization serving the diverse communities of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties, and other areas of the Shenandoah Valley by cultivating the visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, instruction and exhibition.

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