Sip and Stroll, concert return Thursday

Published 12:26 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The annual Sip and Stroll event in downtown Winchester will have an unexpected element this year: live music.

Following the threat of storms for the final Rock the Block Concert last week, organizers moved it to Thursday night with Sip and Stroll, a wine tasting event among downtown businesses.

Main Street Winchester Director Rachel Alexander said the recent combination of a farmers market barbecue festival, grand opening of an art gallery and an ice cream fundraising on a recent Saturday was a huge day for downtown. Hopefully, Thursday’s pairing will be another busy night in downtown, she said.

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“We were thinking about that when we rescheduled Rock the Block,” she said. “You’ve heard of wine pairings. Now we have event pairings.”

Sip and Stroll will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at dozens of businesses through downtown. Six regional vineyards, including Clark County’s Harkness Edwards and Hamon Haven, will participate, Alexander said. There will be a total of 25 vendors scattered throughout downtown, and 22 existing businesses are participating as well, she said.

About a dozen vendors will be inside the new Clark County Child Development Center on North Main Street in the former Thoroughbred Gymnastics location.

“People can get a sneak peek of that space when it is a day care and community center,” she said.

Local favorite The Classics are scheduled to take the state at 7 p.m. in front of the Clark County Courthouse. The concert is free and people are welcome to bring chairs or blankets.

Elsewhere, there will be food trucks and Red Door Vintage, a vintage clothing shop in a converted camping trailer, she said.

Both events are scheduled to end at 9 p.m.

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