Category: Harrisonburg culture
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.
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.
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.
Seven people sit in a room in the basement of Park View Mennonite Church on a recent evening. In the center of the room is a large, taped-off circle, encompassing a desk, a chair, and one actor. Outside the circle and scattered around the room, sit five other actors. Some use their scripts (or “on-book” in theater talk), and some are off-book.
Pamela Tittle’s portrait had sparkle. This year, with the help of her husband, she fashioned lights behind her painting of fellow artist Frank Marshman. Marshman’s image seemed to appear like a genie from within an antique folding camera, and guests could change the effect of the lights with the press of a remote. And the other artists took notice. “Did you see the one with lights?” they asked each other while perusing the gallery Thursday evening.
Organizers hope to bring back ‘bigger and better’ International Festival in 2024 after using this year to regroup
While organizers of Harrisonburg’s International Festival pulled the plug on this fall’s event, they’re hoping to regroup to plan a better one in 2024.