Six girls have been selected to serve as Little Maids in the Court of Queen Shenandoah XCVII during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 26th through May 5th, 2024. They are Kiah Nicole Anderson, Audriana Michelle Cartright, Kinsey Virginia Feltner, Presley Jean Luebcke, Magnolia Elizabeth Murphy and Henlee Rebecca Pifer.
Kiah Nicole Anderson is the daughter of Cassie Marcoux and Gerald Anderson, both of Winchester, VA. She is the granddaughter of Shelly Cole of Winchester, Roger Marcoux of Okeechobee, FL and Zelda Anderson of Winchester. She is a fourth-grade student at Garland Quarles Elementary School. Kiah plays short stop and catcher with the Swarm Softball Organization and basketball with Winc City Assault.
Audriana “Audri” Michelle Cartright is the daughter of Alexis LaPorte and Rylan Banks of Stephenson, VA and Margo and Danziel Cartwright of Portsmouth, VA. She is the granddaughter of Michelle LaPorte and Steven Sabol of Winchester and Nikki and Richard Greaux of Leesburg, VA and the great-granddaughter of Willa Banks of Winchester. She is a fourth-grade student at Jordan Springs Elementary School where she is on the All-A honor roll. She is a member of her elementary school choir and received a good citizenship award last year. She plays basketball with Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Audriana is a member of Abundant Life Church.
Kinsey Virginia Feltner is the daughter of Stephanie and Joshua Feltner of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Deborah and Barry Carper and Melanie and Jeff Feltner, all of Winchester. She is a third-grade student at Evendale Elementary School where she is on the All-A honor roll. Kinsey participates in Girls on the Run and plays volleyball with Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Her mother was a Maid of Honor in the court of Queen Shenandoah LXXVII, Cydney Cathalene Chase. Her maternal grandfather is a past president of the festival, serving in 2019 and 2020.
Presley Jean Luebcke is the daughter of Carrie and Christopher Luebcke of Stephenson. She is the granddaughter of Jean and Ben Hallam of Stephenson, Henry “Took” Kern of Winchester, Lois Mitchell of St. Augustine, FL and Nick Luebcke of New Windsor, NY. She is a fourth-grade student at Jordan Springs Elementary School where she sings in the choir. Presley is a member of the Shenandoah Tumblers Xcel Silver gymnastics team and a Ballet and Musical Theatre student at Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. Her maternal grandmother was a Maid of Honor in the court of Queen Shenandoah XLI, Barbara Anne Eisenhower. Her mother was a Princess in the court of Queen Shenandoah LXVI, Elizabeth Noelle Dienert.
Magnolia “Maggie” Elizabeth Murphy is the daughter of Amye and Daniel Murphy of Stephenson. She is the granddaughter of Mary Beth Harrison of Man, WV, Richard Ours of Stephens City, VA, and Karen and David Murphy of Titusville, PA. Maggie is a fourth-grade student at Red Bud Run Elementary School. She plays Hockey with TOP of Virginia Hockey Alliance and enjoys LOGO’s at Opequon Presbyterian Church. Her mother was a Princess in the court of Queen Shenandoah LXXVII, Cydney Cathalene Chase.
Henlee Rebecca Pifer is the daughter of Katie and Brandon Pifer of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Kim Keyser of Middletown, VA, Danny Keyser and Diane and Richard Pifer, all of Winchester. She is a fourth-grade student at Frederick Douglass Elementary School. Henlee plays soccer with Blue Ridge United and is a member of Girl Scouts. Her father was a page in the court of Queen Shenandoah LXVI, Elizabeth Noelle Dienert, and an escort for Queen Shenandoah LXXVI, Katherine Elizabeth Short.
Glow Party, Laser Light Shows, Street Performers, Apple Drop, Family Fun Run and Lots More Planned for 2024 New Year’s Celebration in Old Town Winchester
Winchester, VA – The City of Winchester, VA, Old Town Winchester, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester Economic Development Authority, and Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® have partnered to organize a New Year’s Celebration event throughout the day and evening on Sunday, December 31, 2023 and the morning of Monday, January 1, 2024 at various locations in Winchester, VA.
First Night Winchester at the MSV
Celebrate First Night at the MSV! Enjoy FREE family-oriented entertainment and admission by donation to the MSV galleries, Glen Burnie House, and gardens.
In the galleries building, Magic Shows will take place at 10 a.m. & noon (ticket required), the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center will present programs at 2 & 4 p.m. (ticket required), and balloon animal making & face painting will take place from noon to 3 p.m. (no ticket required).
Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase in the Museum Store from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Artists of all ages are also invited to participate in the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest! This annual MSV tradition includes prizes for the winners from each age group, and the winning coloring sheets will be on display on December 31.
On New Year’s Eve, the galleries building will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and The Trails at the MSV will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk.
Get tickets for the shows at www.themsv.org/fnw24 or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240; early registration encouraged as space is limited.
Ring in the New Year in Old Town Winchester
Make dinner reservations or enjoy live entertainment at one of Old Town Winchester’s many fine dining establishments and entertainment venues. FREE family-friendly entertainment will take place on the walking mall and at several venues from 5 p.m. until midnight including:
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. James Wood High School Jazz Band performance in the Grand Ball Room at The George Washington Hotel, A Wyndham Grand Hotel.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Street performers along walking mall including fire jugglers, magicians, and more.
5 p.m. to Midnight Grab a selfie with friends! New Year’s Eve themed backdrops will be located at Bright Box Theater, The George Washington Hotel, Winchester Brew Works and Vibrissa Restaurant and Brewery. Stop by all four locations to snap and share photos!
6 p.m. to Midnight Glow Party (with DJ) and Laser Light Shows at the Old Court house Civil War Museum
6 p.m. Glow Party with DJ
7 p.m. Laser Light Show (‘60s and ‘70s music)
7:30 p.m. Glow Party with DJ
8:30 p.m. Laser Light Show (‘80s music)
10 p.m. Laser Light Show (‘90s music)
10:30 p.m. Glow Party with DJ
11:40 p.m. Laser Light Show
Midnight Apple Drop
Visit www.thebloom.com for a full listing of activities and events on New Year’s Eve in Old Town Winchester. Local non-profits will be in Old Town selling glow bracelets as a fundraiser for their organizations.
FREE parking is available in the four downtown Autoparks from 12:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 12:00 p.m. New Year’s Day!
Race into the New Year at the New Year’s Day Fun Run
Kickoff 2024 with family wellness by participating in the New Year’s Day Fun Run on the trails at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Runners should plan to arrive at 8 a.m., and the Fun Run begins promptly at 9 a.m. The 2.4-mile course will weave runners through the beautiful and historic MSV campus. Post race, enjoy music by Summit Events and great food from Donut Dive and Billy Sous.
Adults - $35
12 and Under - $25
Sign up online at www.thebloom.com
The Fun Run is limited to 250 participants.
Special thanks to our generous partners: Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Monoflo International, Procter & Gamble, CNB Bank, Partlow Insurance, Valley Health Wellness & Fitness, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber – Young Professionals Group, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Johnny Blue, Summit Events, Mosaic Church, and Emerald Owl Productions.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of springtime and the apple blossoms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley through events and initiatives that enhance community spirit and showcases our local agricultural heritage.