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January 2, 2018

3,000 visit GumDrop Square over 3 weekends

File Photo/Cassandra Brown
GumDrop Square features great decorations, visits with Santa and a shop for children to buy inexpensive gifts to give.
The Old Town organization has chosen banker and Warrenton resident Amelia Stansell as its chairman.
More than 3,000 people visited GumDrop Square over three weekends before Christmas, according to Experience Old Town Warrenton leaders.

That represents a 20-percent increase from 2016, when GumDrop Square drew 2,532 visitors on three December weekends.

“It takes a lot of helping hands to make the event happen, and we are so grateful for the volunteers and sponsors who made this another successful year,” said Lachelle Yoder, an ETOW board member who chaired GumDrop Square.

Nearly 150 volunteers transformed the John Barton Payne Building into the attraction that included Santa’s Secret Workshop, where elves helped children select inexpensive gifts to give.

“GumDrop Square and the Christmas Parade in Old Town are the most magical events,” said Meleana Moore, co-owner of Framecraft on Main Street. “Our clients love the quaint feel the events bring to our town.”

EOTW also installed new board members Lucia Coffey, Jennifer Puffenbarger and Amelia Stansell. Ms. Coffey will lead fund development; Ms. Puffenbarger will focus on event fundraising, and Ms. Stansell will succeed Bailey Dabney as chairman.

Mr. Dabney last month took a job as publisher of a group of small newspapers in Florence, S.C.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve on the board of Experience Old Town Warrenton from its inception,” the former Fauquier Times publisher said. “I love this town and Main Street, and I know that moving forward you will see great things from both.”

Ms. Stansell, a Middleburg Bank vice president, said: “I was honored to be elected by the board to lead EOTW as we execute the strategic plan we set forth. As a town resident who has the opportunity to live and work in our community, and as a mom of two young daughters who love all of the events and shopping in Old Town, I know that the investment of our time and resources we make today will be felt for generations to come.”

The organization works “to foster and inspire an environment in Old Town Warrenton that enhances economic vitality while preserving the historic character of the community; and to promote a rich and appealing cultural atmosphere to live, play and do business.”
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BJ · January 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm
This is such a wonderful event! It's a lot of work and we as a community are lucky to have such giving people in our midst.
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