Author: Stephanie Spernak
Interested in chess in Harrisonburg? Here’s your opening.
In an age of seemingly online everything, Harrisonburg’s local chess club continues to attract new members — and strong competition — in part because many of the players prefer playing their opponent across the table rather than across cyberspace. And at the Harrisonburg Chess Club, which has been a fixture in the city since about 1985, that competition is friendly and recreational with casual instruction mixed in, but also can be intense with some well-established experts among its regulars.
This sound of music is for the birds
Local pianist Anna Showalter will headline a May 5 free concert with music inspired by birdsongs. The event will close out this year’s “A Book for the ‘Burg” program, co-sponsored by the James Madison University Institute for Stewardship of the Natural Environment.
The fun of getting out: Local escape room taps into our love of puzzles, fear
A Harrisonburg escape room business has some interactive, collaborative puzzles — with new ones on the way. Here’s the story of how Escapism Escape Rooms came about and why we humans like these (sometimes scary) activities so much.
Why socks and not teddy bears? Annual donation to RMH helps young patients in many ways
Steven Faught has delivered about 12,000 pairs of socks to children hospitalized at Sentara RMH since he began this volunteer project in 2017.
Greenhouses deliver holiday cheer to those in hospital
Hundreds of brightly colored poinsettias arrived at the Sentara RMH Medical Center and Hahn Cancer Center on Friday afternoon, just in time for Christmas weekend.
Hospital leader warns of new COVID wave as part of ‘perfect trifecta’ of viral diseases
A Virginia hospital leader warned that the area could be nearing another surge in COVID-19 cases, at a time when the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), have also been affecting residents at high rates.
Augusta Health marks one year of collaboration with Mayo Clinic
As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Augusta Health physicians and their patients for the last year have had access to the Minnesota-based clinic’s medical resources right here in the Valley.
Sisters allow Valley flower farm to bloom — and are opening a new store
Starting up a farm is a tough business. Shipping fresh cut flowers offers its own set of challenges. Doing all of that just before the onset of a global pandemic — it’s almost a recipe for failure. Yet, at every challenge, a pair of entrepreneurial sisters have not only helped their business survive but thrive while establishing their farm in the Valley as one of the country’s top online shippers of fresh, direct-from-farm flowers.