Disco Party Returns with Expanded Format as “Thursday Night Live ‘70s Dance Party”
The Festival is pleased to announce that the ever-popular Grove’s Harley-Davidson Disco Dance will, of course, return for another successful year; but, with a slight twist. Festival Organizers have wanted for some time to loosen up the format a little bit…..to move on from a focus on one particular dance style to embrace the whole crazy era. And so, from the decade that brought you Fonzie and the Brady Bunch, Pet Rocks and the leisure suit, the Festival brings you the Grove’s Harley-Davidson Thursday Night Live ‘70s Dance Party. Please wear fringe and bell bottoms, head bands and feathers, and party like a hippie to one of the country’s best ‘70s bands, the pride of Virginia Beach: the Right On Band! The event holds down its familiar spot in the Festival Schedule on Thursday night, April 28th, with the doors opening at 7:00pm. Advance orders for tickets may be placed now at Apple Blossom Headquarters; or, on line at the Official SABF Online Store. On Monday, April 4th, 2016, the Festival’s Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet will open at 212 East Cork Street.
2016 Location for Festival’s Official Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet
Festival Organizers would be the first to admit that the Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet seems to lead a nomadic existence. The problem is simple: the Store is only open for business for one month a year; and, few landlords are looking for a one-month tenant. Over the years, the Store has moved from one temporarily vacant facility to another, rarely staying more than two years in any one spot. Because of the Festival’s heavy identification with Old Town Winchester, Organizers like for the Store to be in or near Old Town; to be on a busy thoroughfare; and, to have convenient parking. This year’s Store location certainly fits that bill. With Mountain Trail’s move to the Loudoun Street Mall, the old 7-11 Store location at 212 East Cork Street became available this spring; and, Festival Organizers grabbed at the opportunity. Directly across the street from the Winchester Moose Lodge, the location offers high visibility and easy accessibility in an Old Town location. The Store opens for business at 10:00am on Monday, April 4th, 2016. The public is asked to note that the Store will only be open for three weeks before Wine Festival Weekend; and, four weeks before Parade Weekend. Inventory is broad, but not deep; and, the public is advised not to wait too late to do their Bloom shopping. Store updates will be posted frequently at the Festival’s web site.
Weekend-in-the-Park Makes Admission Fee Adjustments
There will certainly be many more Weekend-in-the-Park updates; but, with the Festival Store opening in the near future, Festival Organizers thought it was timely to remind the public of some changes made last fall in the admission fees for the 2016 event, so that no one is surprised at the gate this year. This information was actually released with the Ticket Brochure back in November of 2015. The admission fees to the event were last raised in 2002, fourteen years ago. This year, the one-day admission will go up one dollar from $5.00 to $6.00. The two-day collectible admission pin will go up fifty cents, from $7.50 to $8.00. It has also been announced that the “child exclusion” has been reduced from “children 11-and-under admitted for free,” to “children 5-and-under admitted for free.” In all facets of the Festival, fees, permits, licensing and general event costs continue to skyrocket. The Festival is a non-profit; but, it cannot afford to lose money. Organizers hope that the Bloom Nation understands what has to be done for the Festival to stay viable in the 21st century!