Legacy Nights finale provides thrills and chills

Published 1:30 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

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Legacy Nights went out with a bag and the hint of a spine-tingling chill on Tuesday at Legacy Grove Park in Winchester.

Park officials were pleased with this year’s turnout.

“I want to, first of all, thank all of you and all our sponsors for coming to the show, for showing up for our community this summer and this fall, and for bringing the community to Legacy Grove Park,” said Deborah Jackson, the executive director of Legacy Greenscapes.

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The Allman Butter Band served as headliner for the concert series finale.

A tribute band covering music from the famous Allman Brothers Band, the group played songs including “One Way Out,” “Midnight Rider”, and “Black Hearted Woman.”

The group were happy to be at Legacy Nights.

“[Deborah] is a fan of our band and comes to see us when we play in the region…she asked us to come”, said guitarist Eric Cummins. “I like playing outside [because of] the open-air setting.”

Along with the dozens gathered, numerous businesses and organizations set up tents and information available for the public.

During this past season, nonprofit organizations from the community were invited, with many – including Clark County Community Services and Leeds Center for the Arts.

Zachary Combs, a board member at the Leeds Center, spoke.

“It’s been great. I think that this event is awesome to bring the community together”, Combs said. “This is the third time me and my family have been out here. [It’s] just an event that you can bring the kids to, a safe place [where] they can go play at the park if they want to…but also just enjoy music and be with other members of the community.”

Local businesses, including Woods Realty Group, Ancient Aromas, and Blue Rose Designs by Terri, have frequently appeared during the summer and fall.

Making their second appearance of the season was Treeshine Designs, which makes clothing and accessories from eco-friendly fabrics.

“Treeshine Designs is sensory-friendly organic clothing handmade and designed by me,” said owner Tiffany Roundtree. “I grew up in Winchester, and there was never anything like this other than on Main Street. I think it’s really good.”

With Halloween around the corner, there were plenty of thematic decorations.

Numerous booths were decorated accordingly, and a costume contest with winners in several categories occurred.

Winchester resident Tiffani Hays came dressed as Daphne from “Scooby Doo” with her young son, Avin, as the lovable cartoon dog.

She tied with Sarah Maupin in the category of best overall costume in the adult category.

“We thought that this would be a great family costume”, Hays said. “Winchester has always been talked about as not having anything to do in it, but I totally disagree because of all these fun events that happen at Legacy Grove and all the other places.”

Many other costumes were worn throughout the event, including a dinosaur, skunk, Harley Quinn, Spiderman, Mario and Pikachu.

With yet another year in the books, Jackson also emphasized that there are reasons for excitement in the future.

“We know we’re doing the right thing when people show up and continue to support us, and we’ll keep doing it as long as the people want it to happen,” Jackson said. “I think tonight just proves to us that we’re [going to] buckle down over the winter and plan next year’s event.”