A hearty thanks to all who helped make our 2010 First Night Leesburg a great success. Conservative estimates put the evening's attendance at 3,500-4,000, one of our larger turnouts in the past 25 years. A beautiful, mild evening helped Loudoun neighbors and visitors welcome in the New Year with a truly special celebration of the cultural spirit of our community.
First Night Leesburg presented a wonderful variety of 45 performing groups in 92 performances at 17 indoor sites between 6pm and 12 midnight. A popular tradition here in Leesburg, the midnight Grand Illumination finale brought many hundreds of friends and families together to the center of our beautiful colonial downtown. Together we ushered in the New Year with a candle-lit sing along and a dramatic countdown as the Old Courthouse bell pealed out twelve times for good fortune for us all in 2011.
First Night Leesburg is a non-profit Bluemont community project created each year by more than 120 volunteers and an estimated 750 hours of preparation, presentation, and clean-up. It involves families, businesses and civic organizations from all over our community.
First Night Leesburg is made possible by a broad coalition of public and private support. Our 2010 Partners include Town of Leesburg, County of Loudoun, Bullock & Associates, Loudoun Mutual Insurance Co., Wells Fargo/Wachovia, the Skeen Family Foundation, Middleburg Bank, Loudoun Commercial Title, Palio of Leesburg, Oaklawn at Leesburg, Engle, Paxson & Hawthorne, Salvatore Cangiano, Market Station, Toll Road Investors Partnership, and the Village of Leesburg. Our Major Sponsors include John Marshall Bank, Herd Planning & Design, Ltd., INOVA Loudoun Hospital, Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel, Toth Financial, Waterborne Environmental, Stantec, Mark Humphrey, Cardinal Bank, Inner Quest, Wegmans of Leesburg, and Leo Construction.
A special thanks to our 2010 First Night Leesburg Posse: Bob Sevila, Joe Bullock, Bob Gordon, Tina Johnson, Peter Dunning, Thom Rochford,
Jim Sisley, Tammy Carter, Nancy Reaves, Mike O’Connor, Kate Trask,
E. Prescott Engle, Milton Herd, and Claire Mitchell.
Our full list of 2010 First Night support organizations, donors and volunteers will be recognized in our official “thank you” ad posted in local newspapers and on our website and facebook page later this month.
First Night Leesburg wishes a very happy New Year to all in our community for 2011.
First Night Leesburg is a Bluemont Community Project
First Night Leesburg Committee
PO Box 208
Leesburg, VA 20178
Bluemont, The Cultural Spirit of Our Communities
Phone: (540) 338-4640