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Halifax Names Town Events Coordinator

The Halifax Town Council Business Development Committee and Town Manager Carl Espy have chosen Erin Throckmorton Shaughnessy as the town’s events coordinator.

Shaughnessy was selected from a field of 10 respondents for the part-time position, Espy said. She will be contracted on an event-by-event basis, he added.

A native of Halifax County, Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in drawing and printmaking, from Longwood University in 2004. After graduation she worked four years as an art teacher in a number of schools in the Halifax County School System.

In making the selection, Business Development Committee Chairman Bill Confroy said, “Erin offers a broad range of work and volunteer experience, creativity, a fresh bank of new ideas and a positive attitude to collaborate with others.”

Shaughnessy’s role with the town will be to work directly with the town manager and serve as facilitator for at least four annual events, and she will report directly to the Business Development Committee, Espy said.

The four events will be a partnership among the town and existing businesses, local volunteers, clubs and organizations, including the Halifax Village Business Association, Convergence Art Guild, Halifax County Improvement Council, Halifax Farmers Market, Halifax Woman’s Club, Southside Master Gardeners Association, Banister River Garden Club and many others, Espy explained.

“Erin also proposed to us some wonderful ideas to create new and exciting events that will not only spark interest, tourism and the economy in downtown Halifax,” Espy said, “but will help make the historic county seat a destination.”

Shaughnessy will begin focusing immediately on coordinating a spring event that will celebrate the area’s creative talent and rural culture within the historical background unique to the Town of Halifax and its environs, Espy said.


Erin Shaughnessy is married to Dan Shaughnessy, who teaches at Halifax County Middle School. The couple has two children, three-year-old Jude and one-year-old Eden.