First, we want to share two events are taking place Saturday. While inclement weather cancelled Celebracion, Winchester Main Street Foundation is on again for a rain or shine event! Start your morning at the North End Community Clean Up. Meet at Highland Memorial Presbyterian Church, 446 Highland Ave. about 8:30 – 9 a.m. to receive your tools and instructions. Lunch will be provided at the end of the event. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring work gloves if you have them. Find more details at the City website or on Facebook.
Don’t forget City of Winchester Planning Director Tim Youmans will host a repeat performance of his in-depth history of Winchester on Saturday as well. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Handley Library at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Handley Regional Library auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St.
On to the curated reading! If you need some talking points for a local official before making a decision November 6, try 10 Questions to Ask Someone Running for Local Office from Strong Towns for some good preservation-minded questions and things to listen for in answers.
It is also that time of the year for flu season. While not exactly preservation related, some of you may be interested in a recap of the different ways outbreaks react in large and small cities at City Lab.
Are you working on a project or for an organization involving history and need some ideas on how to make your statements, fundraising, videos, impact reports, or newsletter reflect your values in a way easy for those outside your target audience to understand? You may want to visit History Relevance and take a look at their Toolkit page to see examples in action.
I greatly enjoyed the excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places reprinted in A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities, which will release October 15. I look forward to picking up the book and adding it to our design shelf at PHW. (Remember, if you would also like to order the book through Amazon, sign in through our AmazonSmile link and PHW receives a small percentage of the purchase price. The donations add up, so thank you to anyone who has supported us this way!)
We are also delighted to note the Bough & Dough Shop brochure will soon have a second printing with an updated artisan list. Download the second edition now, and keep an eye out for physical brochures around town!