The king of King Street will soon have his throne, as the date for the dedication of a sculpture honoring the late Stanley Caulkins has been set.
The longtime downtown business owner, former Town Council member and beloved community steward died in January 2018. Since then, efforts by a group of his friends and community members have been underway to erect a bronze sculpture in his honor outside of his longtime storefront at 11 S. King St., now the home of Be Beauty and Black Hoof Brewery. The sculpture features Caulkins’ likeness sitting on a bench, with his inviting nature welcoming passersby to share a seat with him.
The sculpture will be dedicated by the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, which has served as the fundraising arm for the endeavor, at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The VFW will provide a color guard for the event and the West Point Glee club will have a soloist singing two of Caulkins’ favorite songs. A short reception at Black Hoof Brewery will follow.
Donations are still being accepted for the sculpture, which costs upwards of $60,000. Sunset Hills Vineyard owner Diane Canney, a close friend of Caulkins, has been the driving force behind the fundraising effort, though she is quick to attribute credit to FOLPA, sculptor Jeffrey Hall and the many donors who have made the project possible. Donations from a few dollars to $10,000 have made the dream of honoring her friend a reality.
As a bonus, Hall, through the generosity of an unnamed donor, was able to also create a mold of Caulkins’ bust that will be placed at the Leesburg Executive Airport terminal named in his honor.
Canney is planning a July 4 fundraiser at Sunset Hills and will be selling jewelry to benefit the sculpture project. Donations are still being accepted at leesburgpublicarts.org.