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Recent OldTownist Features

Capturing Memories in Metal: The Story of Christian Caine Design

Tucked away just before the elevators and the grand entrance to the ballroom of the historic George Washington Hotel, there lies a gem (pun intended) – the jewelry studio of Christian Caine Design. This boutique shop, designer-led and locally owned, is the brainchild...

Winchester Artist Sam Grantham

Sam Grantham's passion for art has been a constant presence throughout his life. Sam’s artistic journey began in third grade when he won the school's calendar art competition, securing the October spot with a captivating portrayal of witches, goblins, and concealed...

Navigating Holiday Stress and Mental Health Issues

Winter holidays can be associated with emotions of loneliness, isolation, bereavement, and melancholy, even for those without clinical depression. This is true despite the brilliant lights and joyous celebration that come with the season. Depression and trauma can...

Strengthening Community Policing

We sat down with the Frederick County and Winchester City Law Enforcement Foundation, to delve into their inspiring journey, goals for 2023 and beyond, and the vital role they play in supporting community policing initiatives. Caroline Barron, the Community Outreach...

Unraveling the Art of Tea – The Tea Cart

Allison Ritter and her mother Sue Whitbeck loved the tradition of afternoon tea, and today they share that love with guests in Berryville, and their new location of The Tea Cart at Old Water Street Inn on Boscawen St. While the Berryville location is reminiscent of...

The Winchester Ghosts Amongst Us

Winchester has a rich history that predates the Revolutionary War and extends through the Civil War and beyond. While historic symbols and architecture remain, others believe spirits also keep us company. Walking around old town, one can almost envision the men and...

T-Bones Bar and Grill: Food For The Soul

Where did Fats Domino, Ray Charles, James Brown, and Little Richard perform when they came to Winchester in the 1940-1950's? The Finley Recreation Center at 567 N Kent St. Opened by Dr. Taylor W. Finley in 1939, the town's only black dentist at the time, the building...

Faces of Winchester

Faces of Winchester – Jasmine Frye

Jasmine, please tell us about yourself! Hi I'm Jasmine Frye, born and raised in Winchester by my father Dale Fry and late mother Barbara Jean Frye. I attended Basshoover, Aylor and Millbrook, cheered varsity all 4 years, and then attended WVU. After graduating I...

Faces of Winchester – Anita Jenkins

Anita - tell us about yourself! My first experience on a volunteer board was when I was appointed to the Winchester City School Board in the late 1970’s. At the time of my appointment, I had taught school for several years, and was taking a few years away from my...

Faces of Winchester – TJ Young

TJ - Please tell us about yourself! I currently live in Stephens City with my Wife, Gena and 2 children (Austin, 12 and Olivia, 8). I work for an IT support services firm called Virasec and have been a Sr. Account Manager with them for 6 years. I am the classic story...

Faces of Winchester – Kristin Moore

Kristin - please tell us about yourself! My name is Kristin and I am married to my husband John who is a personal trainer and we own a training studio called MPT Now Health and Fitness. I still train too but very part time, and have limited it to a few clients. I...

Faces of Winchester – Meredith Hancock

Meredith, please tell us about yourself! I have been a Winchester resident with my husband (Marine Corps veteran) since 2008. I have a bachelor's degree in digital design and own and operate my own business, Hancock Media. I get to help small businesses and non...

Faces of Winchester – Elise Stine-Dolinar

Elise - please tell us a bit about yourself! I currently live in Winchester and serve as the Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester program coordinator. As an employee of the school system, I manage school donations, source emergency physical goods, manage the weekend...