Instead of an event-based project, like a street fair or parade, this year the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) dedicated Sunday, September 13th, to an unusual promotion they called “Woodstock Gives Back: A Coordinated Day of Giving”.
DAVID F. ASHTON - Friends of Trees Deputy Director Brighton West, here with the organizations mascot, stood outside The Joinery. This company builds sustainable furniture, using wood, West pointed out. The idea is, when you buy a piece of their furniture it lasts for a lifetime or more; so it’s definitely not a waste of a tree. Friends of Trees benefited that day from any sales in the store.
At last count, about 28 Woodstock-area businesses set out to raise funds and create increased awareness for the charity or nonprofit of their choice. Participating businesses also offered sales and coupons as a draw for customers.
The Woodstock Farmers Market appeared to be a nexus of activity in the central area of the Woodstock business district. Meantime, the west end of the district was the “entertainment zone” – with food, music, and ice cream, provided by Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market, Woodstock Wine & Deli, and All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Hundreds of families took a Sunday stroll through the neighborhood business district on that day, and the businesses they visited gave a needed boost to the worthy causes they had chosen to benefit. The promotion is expected to repeat, at about the same time of year, in 2016. Keep an eye on:www.woodstockbiz.com – for details.