Author: Kyle Kirby

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From a duck in a drain to the walls across Hburg — a mural artist’s journey

Since Andre Shank’s humble beginnings painting a duck a drain tunnel, he has gone on to create several more prominent murals across Harrisonburg and was among the first to embrace a trend of sprucing up walls and flat surfaces around town.

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Local wig company makes it big

As a nascent business in 2017, IN2GR8ION and its founder Chad Walters got the kind of social-media fueled national exposure that entrepreneurs dream about.

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

Behind the screams in the Fear Forest

Shrieks filled the air as night finally fell on Fear Forest, a local haunted attraction near Cross Keys. As the last of the ghouls filed in under the enormous skull that serves as the Forest entrance, a line of customers began to form, eager for the all-in-good-fun terror that awaited them.

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‘So that we remember who we are.’ Poetry stars celebrate Furious Flower’s legacy

WASHINGTON — Beginning with gospel baritone, then transitioning into spoken word then back to song, poet Avery R. Young paced back and forth across the stage. He held onto the podium as if it were his only support, then leapt back up with vigor, as he performed one of his poems for the audience of nearly 200 gathered before him in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Local company and volunteers’ elbow grease spruce up key walkway

A pattern of black diamonds grew slowly in the alley outside Finnigan’s Cove Seafood Bar & Grill, thanks to the helping hands of volunteers partnering with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance this week.

What Pride means in the Valley

Gay pride parades and festivals attract attendees for all sorts of reasons. Many are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Others come to show support for their loved ones, or just to be entertained at a big, outdoor drag show. Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, Harrisonburg festival-goers told The Citizen what “Pride” means to them.

Strength in Peers hopes to extend reach in the Valley to help with addiction, homelessness

Strength in Peers — the resource center devoted to helping people recover from substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness — opened a new location in Luray last week as it seeks to expand its reach across the Valley.

Amid political turbulence, Furious Flower aims to let black voices flourish through poetry

Joanne V. Gabbin first heard about President Donald Trump’s comments slamming Baltimore as a “rodent infested mess” while listening to WMRA. 

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