Celebrate ‘National Days’ locally

A day to salute steak. A day to seize for cheese. (Actually, many days.) There is a National Beer Day and a National Superhero Day. Have you embraced an antique lately? Not to worry; there is a national day earmarked just for that.

Read on to see how you can bring a local vibe to these national day celebrations.

April 7: National Beer Day – Winchester’s only craft brewery celebrates the day with its Fourth Annual Night Market. That’s right, Abettor Brewing Company turns four years old and they’re throwing a party on Thursday, April 8, 5-9 p.m., with 30-plus vendors, food trucks and more.

April 9: National Cherish an Antique Day – Over 75 booths arrayed with antiques, primitives, collectibles and more? Yes, please! At The Old Red Barn, even the building that houses these treasures (the old McCammish Manufacturing building) was repurposed.

April 11: National Pet Day – On this day set aside to remind us of the joy pets give us, let’s remember Cola the dog—the only pet buried in the Winchester Cemetery. Find his final resting place on the cemetery’s Walking Tour: Section 1, next to Mausoleum (Central 3, Lot 18).

April 11: National Cheese Fondue Day – We can be forgiven if we seem a little obsessed about melted cheese here in the Birthplace of Beer Cheese, particularly about melted beer cheese. While you may not find cheese fondue per se on Winchester’s Beer Cheese Trail, you will find signature dishes featuring melted beer cheese. Download the Cheese Logand dig in!

April 12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – Another opportunity for a cheesy feast? Bring it! Make it lunch with the family at Engine House Pub & Pizza. Grilled cheese with ooey-gooey Velveeta on a panini for the kids and the Original Chomp with melted Swiss and hot ham for the big people.

April 15: National Glazed Spiral Ham Day – Winchester can go one better with a Smitty’s Country Ham with brown sugar and spice glaze from Gaunce’s Café & Deli. (P.S. They’re currently taking orders for Easter for in-store pickup. Call 859-744-8664.)

April 16: National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day – A reason to stay in our jammies? We’ll take it! At Betsey’s Boutique Shop, you can style a loungewear set online ($36-$58) and find other equally comfy duds—like Quarter Zip Cinched Bottom Hoodies ($42) in black and navy and So Soft Joggers ($38) in dusty teal and salmon—in the store on North Main Street. Now where did we land on bedhead? 

April 17: National Cheese Ball Day – Cheese balls, cheese spreads . . . both get their due today. Make a beeline to Beech Springs Farm Market and pick up a container or three of their special-recipe beer cheese spread.

April 22: National Earth Day – Come to the 30-acre Legacy Grove Park for the Third Annual Earth Day Celebration. (More details included in Winchester’s April newsletter.) Activities include a litter clean up, interactive booths, games, live music, food and more.

April 23: National Picnic Day – Pack a picnic hamper, grab the kids and head to one of Winchester’s many beautiful parks. Several, including Melbourne, Fairfield and Lykins, have playgrounds among many other amenities.

April 25: National Telephone Day – Dial up some history with a visit to the Bluegrass Heritage Museum and the Mac Starnes Bell South Telephone Room to see what phones looked like before they could fit in your hand. And that big red box in the corner? (It’s neither Superman’s dressing room nor Dr. Who’s TARDIS.)

April 26: National Pretzel Day gives a shoutout to one of America’s favorite snacks—the humble pretzel. If you weren’t able to hop on Winchester’s Beer Cheese Trail for National Cheese Fondue Day and missed National Cheese Ball Day, here is yet another opportunity to revel in cheese. Download the Cheese Log and head to Abettor Brewing Company where the signature trail dish is beer cheese and pretzels.

April 27: National Tell a Story Day – Hearing a great story makes it easier to tell a great story. Listen in as an Always Original tale of skirmishes, raids, captured supplies and escapes unfolds on Winchester’s Civil War Fort at Boonesboro Cell Phone Tour.

April 27: National Prime Rib Day – Steak lovers, rejoice! On this special day set aside for steak enthusiasts, DJ’s Steakhouse is the place to be with its tantalizing menu of certified Angus beef prime steak options: ribeye sandwiches, sirloin, New York strip, filet mignon, 3/4-inch thick queen ribeye, 1-inch thick king ribeye.

April 29: National Superhero Day – Mason on Main has just the thing to celebrate the superhero in your life: colorful, handmade bowties ($25) in colors and patterns that pay tribute to the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man and other “guardians of the galaxy.”