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Warrenton First Fridays return in May

Tuesday, Feb. 18 | By Jonathan Hunley
Fauquier residents enjoy a First Friday last year. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Partnership for Warrenton Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The birthday means the organization is one of Virginia's oldest Main Street community groups, which aim to promote vibrant historic downtowns.

There are 26 designated Main Street communities in the Old Dominion, including such places as Manassas, Culpeper and Fredericksburg.

The Partnership for Warrenton's anniversary will be celebrated with events throughout the year, including First Fridays, held from May to October, and GumDrop Square just before Christmas.

First Fridays will begin May 2 this year, and will be kind of a kickoff for the partnership's silver anniversary, said Margaret McCann, owner of Simply Social 101, who chairs the group.

They will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street, and each Friday will have a different theme.

Old Town businesses, as well as artists, artisans, nonprofits, and agricultural operations will be featured.

The idea is to draw folks downtown, "to help foster a vibrancy and sense of community in Old Town Warrenton," according to a brochure about the events.

The Warrenton Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow the Partnership for Warrenton to hold First Fridays again this year.

Similar events are held in municipalities of various sizes around the nation.

Depending on the location, the focus could be live music, socializing, networking, or viewing the work of local artists.

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