Friday Roundup: Door a Day October

October is almost here, and that means it’s almost time for our official launch of the “More Doors of Historic Winchester” poster! To celebrate, PHW’s social media for October (and a little bit of November) will feature a door a day from the poster. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Mastodon to see the individual photographs used in the creation of the poster.

October also means we start our Harvest at the Hexagon House membership renewal event. We hope to see many of you at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St., between 4-6 PM each Friday in October, either to renew your membership to PHW or to pick up a copy of “More Doors of Historic Winchester.” Our first event is next Friday, October 6. Join us for a relaxed fall party for your first chance to buy a “More Doors of Historic Winchester” poster signed by the photographers. Light refreshments will be available.

For renewals or new membership dues paid at the event, you can pick one item from a table of thank you gifts of books, pins, note cards, and art prints, while supplies last. Dues or poster sales may be made in cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.

We’re ready for Harvest at the Hexagon House!

Friday Roundup: Late Summer Newsletter

The next edition of PHW’s newsletter has been mailed, and a digital copy is also up now at our website. We were hoping to have different news to share about the blighted property on South Loudoun Street, but the owners had a different idea of what they felt was in their best interest versus the well-being of the Historic District as a whole.

Harvest at the Hexagon House
Each Friday in October, 4-6 PM. Renew your membership, purchase a “More Doors of Historic Winchester” poster, and have fun!

We’re also working right now on our Harvest at the Hexagon House setup for October. For those familiar with the interior of the Hexagon House, we have two tables in the PHW Office being stocked with neat items for you to pick as a thank you gift for renewing. We’re splitting the gifts into individual/family/small business levels ($30-55) and the larger membership categories ($100+).

As you may also know, the “More Doors of Historic Winchester” poster will be for sale during the Harvest at the Hexagon House Fridays as well. We’ve had a few out of town requests for posters; at this point we don’t have an estimated shipping cost, but if you know you’ll be by the Hexagon House for the Bough & Dough Shop in November/December, drop us a note and we’ll pull a poster for you for pickup during the Shop.

Friday Roundup: Harvest at the Hexagon and Bough & Dough Shop Artists

We’re excited to bring back a classic PHW event of yesteryear in a new format! Visit the PHW Office at 530 Amherst St. Friday afternoons in October to join or renew your membership and receive a thank you gift for free! Items include pins, small posters, books, and more—while supplies last!

Our first Friday event will also feature the public launch party of “More Doors of Winchester” poster sales. Stop by to pick up your copy for $15 plus tax. The photographers will be on hand if you’d like your copy signed!

Mark your calendars for October 6, October 13, October 20, and October 27 between 4-6 PM at the Hexagon House, 530 Amherst St. for four afternoons of fall fun!

We are also pleased to announce our selection of artists for the 2023 Bough & Dough Shop:

  • Angel’s Roost Quilts
  • Blooming Hill Lavender Farm and Gift Shop
  • Nina Burke
  • Lorraine Candell
  • Capers in Crochet
  • The Card Shop Bakers
  • George Davis
  • Double D’s Bees
  • Eye of the Needle Embroidery
  • Gustafson Glass
  • Hailewatercolors
  • Heathen Works
  • Dave Hickman
  • J&W Farm
  • Susan Keenan
  • Lighthouse Woodworking
  • The Merry Beader
  • Ornamentally Creative
  • Libba Pendleton
  • Very Merry Mittens
  • Waterlilly

The Shop this year will be held Wednesdays-Sundays at the Hexagon House, November 17-December 10, 10 AM-5 PM. To coincide with some other holiday events happening in Winchester, the Bough & Dough Shop is rolling with a theme of an old fashioned general store this year. We hope to have fantastic products as well as a fun visual experience for shoppers. We’re also excited to test out our Laidlaw Amphitheater space for our greenery and wreath sales – hopefully there will be a little less bending down to pick your boughs this year. Look for more information as we move into November!

Friday Photos: Scenes from a Speakeasy

Just one week ago, PHW put together a speakeasy-themed Memberfest celebration. The event was a huge success, with over 70 guests in attendance at various points in the evening. Thank you to our hosts at Below the Fringe for the perfect speakeasy location, The Bob Larson Trio for the evening of jazz, and the crew from the Winchester Little Theatre who helped with check ins and performed the readings.

If you missed the fun, enjoy a few images of the event on Flickr.

PHW Speakeasy Memberfest

The Speakeasy Is Tonight! Here’s What You Need to Know.

Memberfest 2015

Time: 6-10 PM

Place: 137 South Loudoun Street. Look for the fence with the PHW banner. The speakeasy will be held in the basement of this building.

Parking: The Palace and Hable lots off Indian Alley and the Cork Street lot at the corner of Cork and Loudoun Streets are the closest public parking lots to the event venue. These lots are FREE to park in after 6 PM. Map of downtown parking lots.

Admission: There will be an outdoor admission table with staff for check ins. If your PHW membership dues are current, you need only give your name (or your business name, if you are a small business/corporate member) to be checked in.
If you need to pay dues:
You may pay your dues on PayPal prior to coming to the event. Bring your receipt from PayPal as proof of purchase for any renewals made today. We will NOT have access to PayPal to verify your purchase at the event venue.
We will be accepting cash or checks only at the door tonight. Exact change is preferred!

Event Capacity: There is room for approximately 50 attendees inside the event. Please feel free to leave the event for a time and have dinner or walk around the downtown.

Entertainment: The Bob Larson Trio will play between 7-10 PM. The stories of Winchester’s time as a dry town will be read in two sections, one at 8 PM and one at 9 PM.

Silent Auction Items: In addition to the three prints (framed Ruth’s Tea Room, 1968 by Jane Caspar, framed George Washington’s Office by Eugene B. Smith, and Winchester Celebrates signed artist proof by Don Black), there will also be four gift baskets, with 1920s themed goodies and snacks, custom items with our attractive flapper poster girl from the event advertising, a Winchester: Limestone, Sycamores & Architecture book, Holiday House Tour Preview Party tickets, and more! You need not be present at the end of the evening for your high bid to win.

Please note: The PHW office will be closing around 4 PM on Friday to begin the event setup. We will not be available to answer emails or phone calls after this time.

PHW’s Silent Auction Items at Memberfest

PHW is pleased to bring you a preview of some of the items which will be available at the silent auction on October 23 as part of PHW’s Memberfest.

A framed Ruth’s Tea Room, 1968 print by Jane Caspar, 41/50
Ruth's Tea Room

A Eugene B. Smith print of George Washington’s Office
George Washington's Office

A signed artist’s proof 5/20 of Winchester Celebrates by Don Black, 1996
Winchester Celebrates

As well as several themed gift baskets for 1920s Christmas gifts and architectural goodies from PHW.

Please note we had reported incorrectly last week the items at Memberfest would be raffled; all items will be sold at silent auction.

More Information on PHW’s Speakeasy Memberfest, Oct. 23

Memberfest 2015 As we draw closer to the event, we have a few more tidbits of information to pass on:

RSVPs and Admission Questions:
There are no tickets being sold to this event. RSVPs to the PHW office, 540-667-3577 or, are appreciated but not required. Current PHW member names will be on a guest list at the entrance – your name is your password.

For new or renewing members, there is a membership information card to fill out so that you can be added to our membership roster (includes a receipt which doubles as your PHW membership card). We also strongly recommend exact cash or checks (made out to PHW) for your payment methods.

For this reason, we strongly suggest you renew or join PHW prior to the night of Memberfest to help you enter the event as quickly as possible. Join now via PayPal, or click here for a copy of our membership form to mail in with a check.


The Bob Larson Trio will play 1920s and 1930s jazz from 7-10 PM. During the intermissions, volunteers from Winchester Little Theatre will share stories from Winchester’s time as a “dry” town. A tips jar for Winchester Little Theatre to benefit their Restoration Campaign will be available as a thank you to their support of PHW at this event.

Silent Auction Items:
Ruth's Tea Room, 1968 We are happy to report that, similar to the Memberfest held at EBS Gallery, we will have several gift baskets and other interesting items up for silent auction. The silent auction proceeds will benefit PHW.

One of the items in the auction is a framed print of Ruth’s Tea Room on East Cecil Street. This high quality print of Jane Caspar’s painting of Ruth’s Tea Room, 1968 is reproduced from the original oil painting on fiberboard. The print measures 13 x 17 with a white border, at the bottom of which is printed:

Ruth’s Tea Room, 1968
128 E. Cecil Street
Winchester, Virginia
Oil on fiberboard by Jane Caspar

The prints are part of a fundraiser to support Vivienne Jackson’s ongoing living expenses. If you are not lucky enough to win the framed print at Memberfest, prints are available at Jim Riley’s office, 121 S. Loudoun St.
Unsigned print: $45 (+$5.00 S&H)
Signed print (limited to 50): $90 (+$5.00 S&H)
If you wish to pay more for the print, all the extra goes to Vivienne.

Please feel free to contact PHW at 540-667-3577 if you have questions not covered here.

PHW’s Memberfest 2015 Is a Secret . . .

Memberfest 2015

Shhh…it’s a speakeasy!

Join us on Friday, October 23, 2015 for an evening of 1920-30s jazz by the Bob Larson Trio, finger foods, wine and homebrew beers at PHW’s 2015 Memberfest at Below the Fringe, 137 South Loudoun Street. The first 50 guests through the door will receive a souvenir mason jar for your drinks during the event. Tales of Winchester’s time as a “dry” town will be told during the musical intermissions. Even better, the event is FREE for our current PHW members as a thank you for your continued support!

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Place: Below the Fringe, 137 South Loudoun Street

Dress: Casual cocktail or flapper attire (check out Glamour Daze,, Victoriana Magazine, and Vintage Dancer for men and women’s 1920s fashion ideas.)

Cost: FREE to current PHW members, or
$30/single, $55/couple (includes 1 year membership to PHW)

PHW Membership (Yearly Subscription)

If you prefer to mail a check, click here for a copy of our membership application form to return with your dues. One time credit card payments can be made in person at the PHW office or by using the PayPal Donation option.

PHW Fall Program Updates

We’ve been quiet at PHW lately…because we’re hard at work on Holiday House Tour! All the houses are set this year for the December 7 and 8 event. There are still a few things we’re working on to bring the tour together, however, and here’s where you can help:

Ad space is still available in the program booklet (prices range from $75 to $250) and a Major Sponsor slot at $1000. The deadline to get an ad in the booklet is October 31; email us at if you have questions or want to place an ad.

Volunteers are always needed. If you are willing to be a docent on December 7 and 8, or if you want to be added to PHW’s list of volunteer decorators to work in the houses before the event, please send your contact info to with your job preferences.

But that’s not all on our events calendar! Don’t forget the Membership Signup Contest is going on until Dec. 6. Our next Lunch and Learn Lecture with Maral Kalbian on “How to Research Your Historic House” is set for noon at the 126 N. Kent St. on Oct. 29, to be followed on Nov. 12 by David Logan with “How to Restore and Repair Historic Wood Windows.”