Category: Harrisonburg culture

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A picture of a crowd with type saying: Rocktown friends, we have had an incredible time celebrating craft beer and music with you all since 2010! Harrisonburg is a special place. The 2023 Festival was our last. All good things must come to an end.

After 13 years, here’s why the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is done

An “epic day in Harrisonburg every year” is how Jeremiah Jenkins, long-term Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance volunteer, described the Rocktown Beer and Music festival. 

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JMU alum and Entertainment Tonight journalist returns to Harrisonburg … with a story

Rachel McRady, an Emmy Award-winning journalist at Entertainment Tonight and 2011 JMU grad, will visit Parentheses Books downtown at 7 p.m. on Thursday for a conversation about “Sun Seekers” with Breeze TV reporter Alexa Bonilla.

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Community members urge city council to call for Gaza cease fire; Police seeking collective bargaining rights

Dozens of community members filled in seats at Tuesday’s city council meeting and urged city leaders to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza — an action the city council members sidestepped. 

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From Army dreams to gluten-free sweets: Baker finds a place in town

If you’ve savored BMC Bakes’ pastel macarons, sugar-coated donuts or neatly packed layered cakes in a jar, you might not have realized they were gluten-free. That’s precisely how Sarah Baker prefers it. 

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Summer concert series offers a preview of what’s possible with a downtown park and music venue, advocates say

On a clear Wednesday evening in July, people crowded the sidewalks along South Liberty Street as Mariachi music bounced off the walls of downtown Harrisonburg’s buildings. 

‘Can’t Feel at Home’ returns for a third run and extends the legacies of those displaced … and of the play’s late author

A friend. A clown. A healer. A husband. A father. A playwright. Both literally and figuratively, Dr. John T. Glick wore several hats. For many years, he served the Elkton-Shenandoah area as a doctor, and his loved ones say he could take care of anyone and anything. He was the kind of doctor who wouldn’t just send you home with a prescription; he’d listen to his patients’ stories and ask questions. When Glick became the first acupuncturist in the Shenandoah Valley, long sessions with clients often meant he provided psychotherapy along with pain relief.

Extra caffeinated: New coffee shop Drifters opens in Black Sheep’s former spot

Lexy Shifflett, wearing a green and white tie-dyed Drifters Cafe t-shirt, aligned a fresh countertop while her father-in-law guided the saw. She and her husband, Lukas Shifflett, were hard at work earlier this month transforming the Ice House location, which previously housed Black Sheep Coffee, now relocated at 80 E. Market St. And as of Tuesday, Drifters was open for business, adding to the growing ranks of Harrisonburg’s coffee shops.

Duck trails: City gets a sneak peek at new downtown art that will double as a scavenger hunt

Explore More Discovery Museum will continue celebrating its 20th birthday this year with another artistic addition — the installation of bronze duckling statues spread throughout downtown Harrisonburg, which will create an immersive scavenger hunt for all ages. 

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