Thursday, July 28, 2011

Country Roads: Patsy Cline's Home

Country music isn't always about the songs, sometimes it's about the people and the places they come from. Every now an then I'd like to take the time to spotlight a small town that has special meaning to me and the band. This month, I'd like to talk about Winchester, VA. Its Old Town section is adorable and filled with fun shops and cafes. And for really exceptional dining, walk the extra block to One Block West restaurant. Chef Ed will make your taste buds sing as he works magic with all locally grown foods. There's also two Civil War museums and a "George Washington slept here" type musem. If you like festivals, they've two that stand out: the International Children's Festival in early October, and the Apple Blossom Festival in late April. I recommend the fresh apple butter - get some to go!
But the main reason I'd like to feature little 'ol Winchester is because it is the birth place (and resating place) of Patsy Cline. Before there was Taylor or Carrie, or Reba or Shania, or even Dolly - there was Patsy. She was the first true female country star and her influence is till felt today. Every time you feel your heart strings pulled by a great country ballad, that's the echo of Patsy's "Crazy" coming down through the years. And to honor Patsy Cline the nonprofit, Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., has purchased and renovated Patsy's home in Winchester. The organization will open Patsy's home (where she lived from 1948-1957) at 608 S. Kent St. for public tours starting Tuesday, August 2nd. No word yet on whether they'll feature Waliking After Midnight tours, but you can call for details at 540-662-5555.
-Cousin Barbie

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