A New Years Eve Celebration of the Arts in Historic Winchester, Virginia


The mission of First Night Winchester, Inc. is to bring friends and families together to unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts.


First Night Winchester was started in 1986 by Kathy Nerangis – who believed in the core mission of First Night. Kathy, along with several other friends and local authorities, got together to incorporate what is now First Night Winchester. As we embark on our 31st anniversary, First Night Winchester has become a highly respected family-friendly event for our entire community and the surrounding areas. Thousands come to Winchester to join us in ringing in a New Year.

First Night Winchester is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We are operated by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets year-round to plan this event. With support from the community, we raise 100% of the funding annually in order to produce this celebration.

Current Board of Directors

Executive Officers
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Christine Germeyer Executive Director

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Shannon Ganoe Chair

David André Vice Chair

Gary Ganoe Treasurer


Laura Frappollo Secretary







Board Members
Linda Coffman

Linda Coffman

Corey MacKnight

Corey MacKnight

Jim and Ann Taylor

Jim and Ann Taylor




Not pictured: Jason Pagan


Kathy Nerangis

Kathy Nerangis




Not pictured: B. J. Fawcett