August 28 – September 1

Starting Monday, August 28, dog owners can help turn the top of Culpeper Street into Bark Boulevard as part of a week-long Experience Old Town Warrenton celebration for our four-legged friends.

All week long, anyone with a dog photo, past or present, is welcome to place a photo of their beloved pet along the wall of Culpeper Street by Allegro Community School of Arts to transform the Old Town pavement into an interactive memorial to our furry friends.

The special event hosted by Experience Old Town Warrenton concludes at the end of First Friday on
Sept 1. During First Friday, visitors can visit the Bark Boulevard booth and make a donation to one of three great animal charities in our county, Paws for Seniors, the Fauquier SPCA, and the Fauquier County Sheriff’s office. Money donated to the Fauquier County Sheriff will go toward their working dogs and the Commonwealth Attorney’s therapy dog. All donors will receive a “paw” with their name and any special message they choose to hang on Bark Boulevard to symbolize their contribution to our local animals. Craft activities will be available for children to enjoy during the hours of First Friday.

The idea for the Bark Boulevard project came from Fauquier resident and four-dog owner Jay Pinsky. “I love our community and I love my dogs, I am sure there are a lot of people who feel the same way, so Bark Boulevard gives us all a chance to share a common love. These days, so many people seem to be focused on our differences, when what we should really be focused on is our commonalities. Most people I know like if not love dogs.”

Jay shared the idea with Town of Warrenton councilman Sean Polster, who immediately knew Experience Old Town Warrenton’s Lachelle Yoder, Allegro Community School of Arts, would help turn the idea into a reality. She did just that as word spread throughout Warrenton, and local business owners and community leaders stepped up to make Bark Boulevard a reality.

“Bark Boulevard is going to help a lot of people show how much pride and joy there is in our community for our pets,” Pinsky said. “In the end, I hope it does a lot more than that. I hope it brings us all together, if even for one night. Dogs don’t discriminate with their love, and we shouldn’t either.”

Bark Boulevard begins August 28 and runs all week long. The Bark Boulevard booth will be near Allegro during First Friday on Sept 1. All pets pictures are welcome, fur, fish or fowl. For more information or if you would like to help, contact Jay Pinsky by email: jamespinsky@yahoo.com or by phone at 540-229-9650.

First Friday: Dog Days of Summer

You don’t want to miss out on the biggest First Friday event of the year! The Dog Days of Summer is scheduled for September 1 from 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm. Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments, food and vendors whose businesses cater to our four-legged friends! We look forward to seeing you there!