Winchester ready to ‘wriggle’ tonight

Winchester Herald-Chronicle
Courtney Stachel, Staff Writer
March 20, 2015

Tennessee Main Street Program

There are plenty of things to do tonight on the historic Winchester Square – namely “wriggling” through a series of artistic, musical and shopping opportunities.

The Winchester Downtown Program Corp. is hosting its first spring season Wriggle, and organizers are optimistic the first chapter will pave the way for other great Wriggles, hoping to mirror the success the fall version had last September.

The City of Winchester and WDPC have joined forces once again after receiving an overwhelming response from the last Wriggle.

Tonight, from 6-9 p.m., join the businesses on the Square to celebrate art, music and the spring season.

Jerry Sharber, executive director of WDPC, said the committee first met last November to plan for the spring Wriggle.

“Naturally the weather was discussed, so we all decided that having chimineas outside for heat and luminaries for unique light sources will augment the music and art in Downtown Winchester.”

Stagger Moon will headline with tonight’s music, Ms. Dogwood (Rachel Holder) will be at Belles & Beaus, Joe Bailey, Hunter Wolkonowski Band will be at Kathy Bennett Photography.

Ben Ayers will be featured along with other musicians in places like Orr Décor and the Swafford Property Shop.

The art crawl will include fine art in various businesses. A juried art show with the theme “One Nature” will be in the back of San Miquel’s.

For those who want to paint, an Arty Party will be taking over Center Stage tonight during the festivities.

Sharber said the Winchester Wriggle has become known statewide with other Main Street Communities.

“Other communities are learning from Winchester,” he said. “Come tonight and everyone can learn why. There might even be dancing in the street again.”

Sharber recently made the decision to step down from his position as executive director and will be moving with his wife, Rebecca Sharber, Franklin County director of schools, to Florida after her contract is up with Franklin County Board of Education.

Margaret Lynch, WPDC chairman, said the committee is pleased and delighted to announce a new lead to fill Sharber’s position.

“A national search was conducted for a replacement for Jerry, and we are proud to welcome Abby Pickett to lead us.” She said, referring to the Franklin County mayor’s administrative assistant.

Pickett will assume the executive director position the second week of April.

In her position with the County Mayor’s Office, Pickett quickly found her passion in serving the citizens of Franklin County through volunteer work, community promotion, event planning and economic improvement.

Pickett said she is very glad to be granted this position with WDPC and hopes to bring fresh ideas to downtown Winchester.

“I am excited for the opportunity to be the Winchester Main Street executive director,” she said.

“I am ready to tackle the organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring of the Winchester Downtown to continue to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort,” Pickett said.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Pickett is a graduate of Leadership Franklin County and the regional leadership program, as well as holding a seat of the board of directors at Gattis Leadership.

During Pickett’s business career, she has obtained certification of professional behavioral analyst, sat on the Board of Franklin County United Way, been a member of the Franklin County Health Council, Franklin County Prevention Coalition, Franklin County One Day Community Outreach Steering Committee and served as an ambassador to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.