Our View: Downtown Winchester alive, thriving

Main Street was abuzz once again Friday evening, this time with the soulful sounds of Lexington-based trio Boogie G and the Titanics.

The show was the second installment in the Rock the Block summer concert series, which turns Main Street in front of the Clark County Courthouse into a lawn-style concert venue.

Along with the concert, Rock the Block offers games, food trucks and, most importantly, fellowship.

It would be hard to argue that downtown Winchester has seen an incredible rebirth in the last five years. Besides the plethora of new locally-owned businesses, the city and Main Street Winchester programs have worked hard to bring more people downtown — whether through shopping, dining or visiting a special event, like the concert series or the Beer Cheese Festival.

No matter the season, a quick look at any community calendar boasts various happenings in downtown Winchester. Beyond the concerts and beer cheese, there’s Wine About Winter, Main Street Clean Sweep, Spring into Downtown, Sip & Strolls, Halloween MAINia, Holiday Hop, Small Business Saturday, the Christmas parade. That list grows when you consider special marketing events to encourage shopping downtown, like the recent MAYhem on Thursday nights.

This resurgence of activity in downtown Winchester is proof that the work developing an implementing a downtown master plan is time well spent.

With another installment of Rock the Block planned this summer — a performance by Prime Cut in July — the community still has time to get in on the fun.

And if you can’t make it to Rock the Block, there are a plethora of reasons to visit downtown Winchester. Don’t miss out on the great things happening to keep downtown alive and thriving.