Stay in the know! Sign up to get Fauquier County news updates delivered to your inbox.
Advertise on Fauquier Now!
FauquierNow.com
Should Congress and the president approve a new economic stimulus program before year’s end? Vote!
HOME OBITUARIES NEWS OPINIONS BUSINESS STYLE CALENDAR CLASSIFIEDS
Free classifieds! Members can also post calendar events, news, opinions and more ... all for free! Register now!
Login · Forgot Your Password?
November 20, 2020 · OPINION

Old Town organization appreciates support

By Tray Allen
Warrenton

Since its inception, Experience Old Town Warrenton has remained dedicated to its mission of enhancing economic vitality while preserving the historic character of the community. We also strive to promote a rich and appealing atmosphere in which to live, play, and do business. In the past two years, we have made fantastic progress in each of these areas.

In 2019, our 1st Friday events from May through October attracted thousands of guests to Main Street, where they enjoyed live music, a beer garden, and vendors, and then stayed to patronize shops and restaurants. From April through November, the weekly farmer’s market featured hundreds of people picking up farm-fresh and homemade products from dozens of local vendors. Gum Drop Square, our longtime and beloved Christmas tradition, brought in visitors of all ages during the holiday season.

New events, including the “Leap Year .5K,” a Cookie Crawl, a “Find Your Heart in Old Town Warrenton” scavenger hunt, a Nutcracker Tea and others — all of which increased the number of visitors to town — are sure to become annual traditions. Things were rolling! Our events were hugely popular, fundraising efforts were gaining traction and we had other ideas and plans that were keeping us on the path to fulfilling our mission.

The pandemic hit suddenly, and we are all too familiar with the results. Many businesses shut down completely. Others remained open but had to severely curtail their services. Stay-at-home orders eliminated the possibility of large gatherings. Experience Old Town Warrenton quickly and effectively shifted from creating and reveling in town opportunities to finding ways to keep its businesses alive.

Luckily, neither our dedication nor creativity waned. We banded together to support businesses offering curbside pickup. We applied for and received community and state grants, launched our own microgrant program, and distributed funds to businesses in need. When the state began to reopen, we created a host of “parklets” on Main Street and side streets to allow for outdoor dining experiences.

Now, we need your help. We are a non-profit organization and, while we are fortunate to have the great support of the Town of Warrenton, The PATH Foundation, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and others, we rely greatly on our events to support our less visible but equally important activities behind the scenes. With the future of these events uncertain, we need your support now more than ever.

We long for the days when we can all come together again and celebrate in our fabulous streets! When that day comes, with your help, EOTW will be here and stronger than ever to bring our events back to life. Together we will #KeepOldTownCharming for years to come.

You can support our work by donating online at or by sending a check to Experience Old Town Warrenton, 26 S. Third St., Warrenton, Va. 20186.

Thank you in advance for helping us to help our community.

The writer serves as the volunteer chairman of Experience Old Town Warrenton, the local Main Street program to promote economic vitality.
Member comments
To comment, please log in or register.
Hison · November 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm
In fact, to make a good business you need to think about how to do it, how it will help and so on. For example, to make the same strategy. I've already done it, and plus I've connected a convenient business solution Salesforce, because now the situation is not easy and you can't do without the help of such business solutions. That's why I recommend you to study salesforce implementation strategy , and I'm very glad that I managed to find a great strategy for Salesforce. I have learned a lot, I hope that I was able to help others with this. Success.
Facebook comments
Enter your email address above to begin receiving
news updates from FauquierNow.com via email.
Tuesday, December 1
New Baltimore resident the second lawyer who wants to succeed Judge Ashwell on local bench
Tuesday, December 1
Fauquier schools report 7 new cases while infections increase 2,228 statewide with 31 more fatalities
Monday, November 30
Georgia man charged Monday in stabbing death of Du Chil Park, a 56-year-old monk and acupuncturist, in home on Free State Road
More Fauquier news
© Copyright 2011-2018

50 Culpeper Street, Suite 3
Warrenton, Virginia 20187
540.359.6574
Crime Log
Obituaries
Business
Add Your News
The Big Picture
Ellen’s Kitchen
and Garden

Features
Real Estate
For Sale
Employment
Automotive
Announcements
Legal Notices
Post an Ad
Advertise
Terms of Service