August 17, 2021 Update from LOVEOrangeVirginia

Back on the Grid I'm sending apologies for the lengthy lapse in corresponding with you, but a LOT has been going on behind the scenes. And, now I'm sharing it with you!

  1. We recently were awarded a $25,000 Downtown Investment Grant grant by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Main Street program, to support development of panels and a placemaking space commemorating the history of African American in Orange and Orange County.

  2. We also recently were awarded a $25,000 Financial Feasibility Grant to determine the highest and best use for revitalizing the former Earl's Glass Shop building.

  3. We published our 2020 Annual Report (if you did not receive it via email, please contact me to receive a copy).

  4. And, we just wrapped up the Retail Study, conducted by Downtown Strategies through a collaboration with the Orange County Economic Development Office. If you've not seen in, you can access the full report and supporting documents, as well as access the video report-out, by clicking here.

  5. So may great things happening in Orange to positively impact our economic vitality!

And, more good news follows... Charlotte Cole, Executive Director


Calling All Trick-or-Treaters...

Yep, it's back on -- HowlOween in Downtown Orange! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 29 from 4 - 6 pm when all our little ghosts and ghouls will take over Main Street!

Calling all businesses to get that candy and treats ready! And, if you're not in the district, but are interested in participating, please give me a call at 540.672.2540 -- or -- send an email to Let's make this event a real Ghoul-a-pa-looza!


Holiday Village Gingerbread Walk

We introduced this great event last year during COVID and it was a hit, so we're bringing it back -- bigger and better than ever! Our wonderful partners, Orange County Parks & Rec and The Arts Center in Orange, are the brainchild behind the Annual Gingerbread House Contest, and last year, we put our heads together to create a new day-long, family-friendly event.

So, mark your calendar for Saturday, December 4 from 10 am - 6 pm for what we're sure will become Orange's "signature" holiday tradition. Look for more details in the coming weeks, but if you're already interested in serving as a gingerbread house display host, just give me a call at 540.672.2540 or send an email to and we'll make sure you're on Santa's "nice" list ! Ho, ho ho!