The Frequently Asked Questions section of the website is being updated for the new operating procedures at the Shop this year. If you’ve wondered about how the Shop will function, give the main Holiday House Tour page a look, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, visit the FAQ page. If there’s still a question you’d like addressed that you don’t see there, be sure to contact PHW through any of our social media channels so we can add it to the page.
We also had new items dropped off at the Hexagon House for the Shop this week. Stop by our online storefront to see what’s new, including small original artworks by Sky Blue Pink by Phyllis. More will be added soon!
It was a hotly contested quarterfinal round last week, but in the end Potato Hill Promenade won! The themed tour of early log homes surpassed last year’s 275th birthday celebration of Winchester’s architecture. Will any tour be able to best the unstoppable Potato Hill? Here is our updated bracket:
It’s time for the last quarterfinal match-up! Which tour will you choose to face down the mighty Potato Hill Promenade in the semifinals? Will it be 1982’s A Candlelight Christmas with its mix of South Loudoun Street homes and businesses, or 1988’s Christmas in the Country tour of Frederick County homes? You can refresh your memory of the tours at the links, and then cast your vote when you have decided. The choice is yours – but remember to vote before midnight on Wednesday!
Things are coming together for 2020’s Bough and Dough Shop! All artist slots are filled this year. Thank you to the new and returning artists who are sharing their wonderful work with us. We are happy to announce our lineup:
Angel’s Roost Quilts
Baker Mountain Crafts
Beading by Marilynn J.
Best in Glass Studio
Blackthorn Estates Nursery
Blooming Hill Lavender Farm and Gift Shop
The Clowser Foundation
George S. Davis
Eugene B. Smith Gallery
Eye of the Needle Embroidery
Norma Fredrickson of Fibergig
Heartsong Hill Designs
Hot Flash Pottery
Klay Haus Pottery
The Merry Beader
Linda Quynn Ross
Donna L. Sheets
Shenandoah Acrylic Resin Art
Siler Country Store and Gifts
Sky Blue Pink by Phyllis
TL Cards and Crafts
Very Merry Mittens
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
As you may have heard, we are preparing an online shop to complement the in-person shopping happening between November 27 and December 23. Some early drop off items have been listed in our store and are ready to purchase. If you are local and want to save yourself postage and time for shipping, remember to enter promo code “curbside” during checkout. PHW volunteers will contact you with more instructions when your order is ready for pickup.
For those who want to shop in person at the Hexagon House to see the items too unique, large, or fragile to ship, that option will be available. Shopping will be limited to ten guests inside the house at a time. Visitors will be asked to complete their shopping in half an hour. Because we anticipate more cleaning needs this year, the shop will close between 2:00 and 2:30 PM for a freshening up break Tuesdays through Saturdays. Remember to arrive before 4:30 PM to complete your shopping by closing time at 5 PM.
As the best-laid plans may still need to change, remember to watch our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Hexagon House after Thanksgiving!
The people have decided the next Holiday House Tour to move on to the semifinals! Tradition and Transformation moves on to face Amble Along Amherst. Thank you for your votes! Here is our updated bracket:
Now it’s up to you to choose which tour will progress to the second set of semifinals. Will it be 2014’s Potato Hill Promenade or 2019’s Through the Centuries? The decision looks to be a tough one between these two popular tours! You can refresh your memory of the tours at the links, and then cast your vote when you have decided. The choice is yours – but remember to vote before midnight on Wednesday!
As a thank you to our readers, we are holding a small contest for some thank you gifts. Comment on this post or any of our social media channels by Wednesday, October 7 for a chance to win one of five prize packs! This includes the 2019 Winchester: Limestone, Sycamores & Architecture book, a vintage Apple Blossom pin, and a notecard pack featuring Winchester buildings. Winners will be selected at random, and you only need to comment once to be entered. The winners will be selected by Friday, October 9. Thank you for being one of our followers, and good luck in the drawing!
Our first quarterfinal round has concluded, and Amble Along Amherst emerged on top once again! Here is our updated bracket:
Now it’s up to you to choose who will face off against the homes and historic buildings of this venerable old Winchester street in the semifinals. Will it be 2012’s Tradition and Transformation or 1981’s Yuletide Traditions? The choice of traditions is yours! You can refresh your memory of the tours at the links, and then cast your vote when you have decided. The choice is yours – but remember to vote before midnight on Wednesday!
Larry Webb shared 27 images of the September 12, 2020 activities celebrating the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Mount Hebron Cemetery. If the weather and social distancing kept you away, check out the album on Flickr to experience the event.
You have chosen the last tour to enter the quarterfinals! Christmas in the Country (1988) emerged victorious over Stroll on Stewart Street (2013). While the first round of voting may be over, the next round of eliminations starts this week as we begin the quarterfinals. Here is the updated bracket:
It’s time for you to pick the first winner of the quarterfinals. Will it be At Home for Christmas or Amble Along Amherst? You can refresh your memory of the tours at the links, and then cast your vote when you have decided. The choice is yours – but remember to vote before midnight on Wednesday!
As the end of the first round draws near, another house tour moves on through the bracket. A Candlelight Christmas (1982) bested Yesteryear & Beyond (2011). Now it’s up to you to choose which tour will face off against it in the quarterfinals. Will it be 2013’s Stroll on Stewart Street, or 1988’s Christmas in the Country? The choice is yours! Here is the updated bracket:
It’s time for you to choose the final tour that will advance to the quarterfinals. Your choices are Stroll on Stewart Street (2013) and Christmas in the Country (1988). You can refresh your memory on the tours here, and take the poll when you’re ready. Voting is open to anyone. The poll will be open until Wednesday, September 23, and results will be posted in the September 27 blog post. Have fun, share the poll and don’t forget to leave comments or replies on the social media channel of your choice that might persuade voters to your favorite tour.
The quarterfinal voting starts next Friday. Our first match is “Holiday Houses on Parade” versus “Amble Along Amherst.” The outcomes may be close as the competition heats up, so be sure to cast your ballot for your favorite tours. The choice of the Holiday House Tour Champion is yours!