Patsy Cline Historic House
Winchester — The fifth annual Patsy Cline “Sing-a-Song” Contest will be held at 2 p.m. April 16 at Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.
Sponsored by Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., the contest will select one winner who will be featured at the annual Patsy Cline Music Festival over Labor Day weekend.
Contestants are to be prepared to sing three Patsy Cline songs, depending on the eliminations. Music will be provided by Dillon Entertainment and that Locomotion Express with DJ Donnie.
Spectators may attend the contest free of charge.
Judges include Maria Price, winner of last year’s contest; Justin Kerns, Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Ryan Miller, TV Meteorologist in Washington, D.C.
Maria Price, a local vocalist who began singing as a child, has studied guitar and music theory. Her voice ranges from contralto to soprano.
In addition to winning last year’s contest, she was chosen the first place winner for two consecutive years at the Virginia State FFA Talent Competition at Virginia Tech. She was Star Performer at the Stars Over Virginia Contest as well as a Top 20 Artist at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand in the USA Network World Showcase Competition.
Price has appeared on the Barry Lee Show on WINC radio. She has performed with local bands at the Clarke County Fair, First Night Winchester, Walmart’s Country Music Showcase, Berryville’s Bicentennial Celebration, 2015 Patsy Cline Music Festival, garden fairs, senior citizen centers, veterans’ dinners, park concerts, sporting events, weddings, and more.
Not only is she a singer, but also a writer, penning easy-going songs about complicated topics, such as time, love, and family to entertain, uplift, and touch people’s lives. She is inspired by a variety of genres and influences from Patsy Cline to Amy Lee.
While pursuing her love of music, she has been employed by Frederick County for five years. She has a small role in an upcoming short feature film, “Donum,” which be aired in May at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kernstown.
A Virginia native, Justin Kerns has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in tourism management, and is the Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He has visited 49 of the 50 states and number of European and Asian countries. After growing up on a farm in Rustburg, Va. and spending his high school years in the Manassas area, he spent time living in North Dakota, Colorado, Massachusetts and Southern California.
Ryan Miller has been a part of the ABC-7 forecast team for over 11 years and can be found forecasting the weather on both ABC-7 and News Channel 8.
Coupled with his forecasting and broadcasting duties, he is an award-winning teacher in the Arlington Public School System, providing instruction in courses related to high-school and college-level Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, and GIS Mapping at Washington-Lee High School.
His love of all things meteorology began at a very early age growing up in northeastern Ohio; he began his broadcast meteorology career as a weather producer for ABC-7 and News Channel 8.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and an education specialist’s degree from George Washington University. He has also taken graduate level meteorology courses through the USDA Graduate School broadcast meteorology program and is a full member of the American Meteorological Society.
Visit www.celebratingpatsycline.org or call 540-662-5555.
The Patsy Cline Music Festival is almost here! We have some fun things planned for this wonderful annual event honoring Patsy. The four-day event will feature concerts, a movie, special singers, block party, car show and much more. Don’t miss out on these great events. Here is the schedule:
September 2nd (Wednesday) — The first event is a preview that will show the documentary, “Patsy Cline, Remembering Patsy.” The free screening will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Han…dley Library auditorium. The hour-long film is the authorized video biography. The winner of the 2015 Sing -A-Song Contest Maria Price of Berryville will sing Patsy songs before and after the film showing.
September 4th (Friday) — Vocal performances by Fleming, Fleming and Peterson and other singers. Other activities will take place at no cost. This is an acoustic trio made up of Karen Fleming, Mike Fleming and Chuck Peterson.
September 5th (Saturday) — A free block party will be held Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. There will be entertainment including the The Evans Sister from central Pennsylvania, vendors including Greenwood Grocery and Deli, and tours of the house at a reduced cost of $5. DJ for the day is Hampton Thomas of Special Occasions Entertainment.
September 5th (Saturday) — A rock ‘n’ roll dance will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 5 at Best Western Lee-Jackson with the Robbie Limon Band playing. Cost is $15 for single and $25 a couple with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Best Western Lee-Jackson is at 711 Millwood Avenue, Winchester, VA.
September 6th (Sunday) — A Rockin’ in the Park Concert will be held from 4 to 8:30 Sept. 6 at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park with music by the Drifters, and Bill Haley’s Comets. The opening band will be the Texas Chainsaw Horns. A free car show will be held before the concert, and food vendor Jordan Springs Market will sell food. General admission is $22. A limited number of reserved seats are $30. Tickets are available at the gate. Jim Barnett Park is at 1001 East Cork Street Winchester, VA.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the festival events will be used for continuous operation of the house to honor our native singer, Patsy Cline. Please join in celebrating her legacy with these events to honor her musical career.
Make sure to get your tickets for the dance and the concert in the park! Tickets are available at the house located at 608 S. Kent St., Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road or at G&M Music, 2640 Valley Ave.
Visit our website (and sign up for email updates!) at http://celebratingpatsycline.org/