Arctoberfest – Harrisonburg’s German Beer & Wine Festival

You are invited to Arctoberfest, Harrisonburg’s first ever German beer and wine festival! The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Turner Pavilion in Downtown Harrisonburg.

This inaugural, family friendly event will be benefiting The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham Inc. and promises to be a fun-filled day with music, dancing, carnival games, food trucks and vendors and of course a German beer garden.

Tickets will be available in advance via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/Arctoberfest
*Adults 21 and over – $15 per person includes a keepsake beer stein and one pour
*20 years of age and under – Free of Charge

Tickets available at the door:
*Adults 21 and over – $20 per person includes a keepsake beer stein and one pour
*20 years of age and under – Free of Charge

We hope to see you there!

The Wooden Trout Grand Opening

Calling all art lovers! Stop in to help celebrate the grand opening of Harrisonburg’s newest art gallery, The Wooden Trout, tomorrow Friday, September 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be appetizers, live music, kids activities, and local and regional art for sale.

The Wooden Trout is located in Agora Market in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Rocktown Chili Throwdown

It’s the Rocktown Chili Throwdown to benefit VAIL !

Join us as local restaurant Chefs battle it out for chili glory. There’ll be live music from Shenandoah Alley and Many Nights Ahead, hot pepper eating contest, family-friendly activities, an indoor silent auction, chili tasting and more!

It all takes place Sunday, August 13th from 1-6pm in the lot by Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom$8 entrance at the gate. Children under 12 are FREE.

Fore more information on the event click HERE.

Virginia Wine, Oyster & Artisan Festival

Enjoy tastings from valley wineries, coastal oysters and an array of craft foods as you explore curated, local artisan booths at On Sunny Slope Farm’s Inaugural “Virginia Wine, Oysters & Artisans at the Cultural Crossroads of the Shenandoah Valley” Festival. The festival is taking place this Sunday August 6th from 11 am – 5 pm. There will be live music and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-festival-tickets-30049567064?aff=es2

Event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/923805257751716/

Midsummer Night’s Scream – Summer Halloween Party

Come join us for a spooktacular time at The Artful Dodger‘s annual summer Halloween party! The event is taking place this Saturday July 19th from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am. There will be a $5 cover or get in for FREE if you come in costume. Lets just say that costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! DJ Crums will be taking the stage to make this one unforgettable night!

Lavender Farm to Table Wine Dinner with Gypsy Jazz

Tomorrow, from 6:30 PM  to 8:30 PM, the White Oak Lavender Farm & Purple WOLF Vineyard will be collaborating with Executive Chef Brian Gooch from Bridgewater College for their Lavender Farm to Table Wine Dinner.

The event will take place rain or shine with a gypsy jazz celebration on the Lavender Deck with french style Hors d’oeuvres to match the ferver of Gypsy Jazz. There will be a four course meal with a wine to match each course! Lavender is included in creative ways!

For the detailed menu list, purchase tickets and register for the eve click HERE.

Harrisonburg Strawberry Festival 2017

The Harrisonburg Strawberry Festival is back in town! This is a community fundraiser is being hosted by local Rotary Clubs for local park initiatives.

Admission to the event it FREE, but there will dessert sales to raise funds. $5 for your choice of strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries or strawberry sundae. To purchase a dessert ticket, click HERE.

There be live music by Strong Water and Who Shot John.

Join us this Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

Taste of the World 2017

Taste of the World is NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center’s annual fundraiser. Every year, the event features an evening of food and music from around the globe.

This year, Taste of the World will feature the region of Southern Asia! (This includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangledesh, Madlives, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan).

Join NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center at Park View Mennonite Church at 6:00 pm on the evening of Saturday, March 25th, 2017 for food and silent auction.

Doors open at 5:30 followed by a silent auction from 5:30-8:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

Purchase your tickets now! They are going to go FAST.
$65.00 per plate
$464.00 for a table of 8
Feel free to send a check to their office (64 W. Water Street, Harrisonburg VA 22801) made payable to NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, or find them online on our Square online store:
https://squareup.com/store/newbridgesIRC

Note: Ticket prices are higher online due to processing fee. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Thank you!

George Clanton with Negative Gemini

What better to do on a Thursday night than help George Clanton and Negative Gemini kick off their VA tour at The Golden Pony? You know it’s going to be a wild ride of a night so don’t miss it! $10 (All Ages)

Zooanzoo will also be releasing their new album – ‘LOUD MOUTH’ – brought to you by Lagom Audio/Visual. The album will be available in cassette form at the show!

Jimmy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Are you a total fan of the New Years Eve celebrations? Jimmy Madison’s is having a “Back to the 80’s” NYE party and you are invited!

A special dinner menu is planned with special cocktails, a DJ spinning your favorite 80’s hits, dancing, party favors (while they last) and a champagne toast at midnight! Doesn’t get nay better than that! Get some friends together and go spend New Year’s at Jimmy’s!

The party starts at 11 am on December 31st! Happy New Year!

Skeleton Festival

Start off Halloween week on the right foot by joining the Harrisonburg community this Saturday, October 22nd for the Skeleton Festival! The event will take place from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Turner Pavilion and Park. Activities will kick off with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and will conclude with an all-ages party featuring kids, dog, and adult costumes contests, face painting, fire dancing, food trucks, live music, video art, “trunk-or-treating”, wacky shack, goober blobs, and whisker biscuits.

Bro’s Coffee Fest

Do you like coffee, breakfast food, and beer? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three, it’s time to mark your calendars! This is your chance to join Brother Craft Brewing on Saturday, September 17th for their 2nd annual Coffee Fest!

From 10 am – 11 pm (yes, a whole thirteen hours) Brothers Brewing will be serving you the best in caffeinated drinks with coffee vendors, food trucks serving up coffee and breakfast inspired dishes, and of course, coffee inspired beer.

But wait! It gets better! There will be live music from 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm and guests will also have the opportunity at playing cornhole and giant Jenga!

Live music:
Mike Howdyshell (12:30-1:30)
Delaplane (2:00-3:00)
Britton James – Singer/Songwriter (4:30-7:30)

Coffee vendors:
Friendly City Food Co-op
Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg
Nova Coffee Labs

Food:
Rocktown Slops (serving breakfast inspired slops all day)
Mashita (serving lunch/dinner from 1:00 on)
Heritage Bakery & Cafe

Tap list:
Drunken Mornings
Coconut Vanilla Daylight Cravings
The release of Local Roast (Coffee Oatmeal Stout)!
Coffee pin (more info TBA)
Coffee infusion (more info TBA)

Welcome Bach!

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

Did you know that June 8th – June 15th marks the 22nd Season of Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival?   As part of the festival’s week long events (a celebration of all things Johann Sebastian Bach), there will be daily concerts beginning at noon at First Presbyterian Church (17 Court Square) in Downtown Harrisonburg!   It almost sounds too good to be true, but it gets better.   There are no set ticket prices meaning you can contribute as much or as little as you can.   But something tells me after hearing a soaring version of Bach Festival’s events.

Concert at Turner Pavilion Tonight!

Downtown Harrisonburg

Downtown Harrisonburg

It’s Wednesday on the week after Memorial Day and now that everyone is fully recovered from family fun activities and honoring our vets, it’s time to start enjoying Downtown Harrisonburg once again.  Tonight from 6:00pm to 8:00pm will be a rockin’ concert at Turner Pavilion (228 South Liberty Street) featuring Final Hour.   Music events at Turner Pavilion are held fortnightly (once every two weeks, yes, I googled it), and serve as a fundraiser for our local SPCA.

So if you love dogs or cats or bunnies or live music or being outside, this is the event for you.  If you prefer to stay inside sitting in silence with your pet rock, that’s cool too, but know that there are a few other options out there.

136 W Elizabeth St. Redevelopment Project

New Matchbox Project on the Horizon

Matchbox is excited to announce a new project for 2015, the renovation of 136 West Elizabeth Street. 136 West Elizabeth features 18,000+ square feet of one of a kind space near the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. Located just behind the iconic Hess Furniture building, this project will involve an extensive renovation element as well as a complete aesthetic makeover while installing functioning electrical and plumbing to make the space useful within the modern context.

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

The property sits on a great piece of land just west of Liberty Street with full views of downtown and ample green space surrounding the building structure. Here at Matchbox, we think the space would be best used as a commercial space either holding one large company or several small companies along with a retail/restaurant element. The beauty of this project is that we are able to create unique spaces that fit the exact needs of our clients rather than trying to fit clients within pre-existing build-outs.

For more information on 136 West Elizabeth, please contact Michael Jaffee at 540.208.0723 or by email at mjaffee@matchboxrealty.com.

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

 

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

136 W Elizabeth St. Harrisonburg, Va

Blue Nile Event Calendar for April

Blue Nile April Events

Blue Nile April Events

As you may recall, we already declared Blue Nile the Best Coffee and Breakfast in Dowtown, but it turns out they also have top notch music shows and arguably the best music venue in all of Harrisonburg.   Luckily, Blue Nile has posted their event calendar for April and we can all now plan our lives accordingly.   So what’s on tap?   Here are some highlights:

–          April 17th (TONIGHT!) –  The Deems (Jam Funk, $5 cover)

–          April 25thTitus Andronicus (Indie Rock, $10 cover)

–          April 26th – Rocktown Afterparty feat. Dead Professional (Rock, $4 cover)

Now get out and enjoy all that Downtown Harrisonburg has to offer!   If you don’t, you never know what great moments you may miss.

Open Mic Night at Clementine

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open mic night at clementine

How many times have you sat and watched American Idol or The Voice and thought, “I could totally do that if someone gave me a chance. All I need is one shot.”

Well, it looks like you’re all out of excuses because tonight is Open Mic night at Clementine (153 South Main Street). Battling with Little Grill Collective for most prestigious and infamous Open Mic night in the area (Little Grill’s events are held every Thursday), Clementine’s open mic pitches itself as a singer/songwriter showcase giving an opportunity to anyone with a voice and a lot of confidence.

The mic opens tonight at 9:00pm and is held on the basement level of Clementine in Ruby’s. In the immortal words of B. Rabbit from 8 Mile:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

Well technically, the opportunity comes once a week, but you get the point. Make sure to check out Clementine’s tonight and seize your moment!

Capital Ale House Downtown Harrisonburg

Capital Ale House “Steal the Glass & Meet the Brewers” Night

Located in the heart of downtown at 41 Court Square, Capital Ale House has long supported Harrisonburg breweries and businesses through its use of local beers  and ciders.  Tonight’s event at Capital Ale will feature a “Steal the Glass” theme where patrons will receive a free pint glass from each brewer when purchasing a beverage of their choice.  The brewers scheduled to attend the event are both local, Harrisonburg’s own 3 Brothers brewery and Dominion brewery.  Each brewer will serve a multitude of beers ranging from 3 Brother’s Belgian Stout and Vanilla Porter to Dominion’s Baltic Porter and Oak Barrel Stout.

You can find more information about the event at Capital Ale House’s website and event announcement.

City Exchange Downtown Harrisonburg

City Exchange

The 1908 City Produce Exchange Building is one of the largest warehouse/industrial buildings in Harrisonburg, with over two acres under roof.

The City Produce Exchange (CPE), a product of the poultry trade, was formed by brothers Emanuel and Gabriel Blosser and partner Hershsey H. Weaver. The principals are thought to have acted as their own contractors in the construction of this poultry processing plant in 1908.  Harrisonburg’s agriculturally based economy developed in the years leading up to the Civil War and became well established following the extension of the Valley Railroad in 1874. Feed and seed merchants and wholesale grocers built many large brick warehouses that lined the railroad tracks in the Harrisonburg Downtown Historic District.

According to Emanuel Blosser’s daughter, her father claimed the plant was the largest poultry processor east of the Mississippi. In 1943, historian John W. Wayland states that the plant was “one of the largest of its kind in the United States.” A 1927 business directory claimed that Rockingham County was the second largest poultry producing area in the United States with a total value of poultry production in excess of $3 million per year and that the CPE was “the largest fattening and packing plant in the world.” The 1927 directory also noted that the plant could fatten 65,000 birds at one time. Wetsel Seed Company purchased the bulding in 1949 and used it to store orchard seed. According to Robert Wetsel, Emanuel Blosser closed his poultry plant in 1949 due to labor difficulties.

Matchbox and its partners purchased the City Exchange in 2005 and completed renovations just nine months later.  The new owners, Andrew Forward and Barry Kelley worked with Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources and Harrisonburg’s Downtown Historical Council to ensure the building was restore in a thoughtful and innovative manner.  To that end, a tremendous amount of materials used in the building’s renovation were reclaimed from the original site and refurbished to fit within modern loft apartment aesthetics.

The Flats at City Exchange currently enjoys 100% occupancy and features one of Harrisonburg’s most influential restaurants, Local Chop & Grill House.

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For for more information please visit City Exchange Flats and Local Chop & Grill House

Artful Dodger Harrisonburg

Happy Feet Mondays @ Artful Dodger

Need to dance away your case of the Mondays?

The Artful Dodger in downtown Harrisonburg has a perfect solution.  The Dodger will host a FREE dance lesson this evening, beginning at 7:00pm.  The session will be led by local legend Reza Mina and will teach students the choreography behind Applause, Lady Gaga’s recent platinum hit.

You can find the Artful Dodger in the heart of downtown, here:

47 Court Square

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

EMU’s Annual Gala Concert this weekend!

One of the Valley’s most anticipated musical events will happen this weekend as Eastern Mennonite University performs its Annual Gala Concert on Saturday, November 16th beginning at 7:00pm.

The event features a wide variety of music performed by the University’s world renowned music department.  Joan Griffing, the music department chair of EMU, notes, ““There will be a wide range of musical styles and musical groups, an eclectic mix of music.  The concert will have something for everybody.”  The hits include everything from the Beatles to Beethoven.

In lieu of admission prices, the music department is accepting donations on behalf of the music scholarship fund with a suggested donation of $10.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Mennonite University music department at 540.432.4225.

Source: EMU News

Blue Ridge Architect's office. Harrisonburg, Va

Bruce St.

Bruce Street, formerly known as the Ewing building, is another Matchbox renovation property where we have taken a rundown, outdated building and installation and turned it into something downtown Harrisonburg can be proud of.

Matchbox purchased the properties and are currently in the process of renovating both buildings.  Blue Ridge Architects was the first of the new tenants to take occupancy and Matchbox provided a brand new installation to fit their needs:

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Matchbox preserved the concrete floors, open ceilings, and large windows and created an open work environment where Blue Ridge could host clients and entertain on occassion.

However, Blue Ridge Architects only occupy half of 126 Bruce Street.   The other half will be a brand new restaurant, foodBARfood, which was created by Jeff Minnich (Clementine’s executive chef) and Amanda Cannon (bar designer/manager of Local Chop & Grill House).  The restaurant will serve global comfort food and provide a dynamic bar menu to cater to the after work crowd.  Expected opening date is early 2014.

Also, we are thrilled to announce that Approved Colleges, the online education portal, will be relocating from 111 East Market street to occupy the entire 128 Bruce Street building.  With just over 4,500 square feet, the facility will have a brand new installation including an open bullpen area for employees, perimeter offices and a large glass conference.  Occupancy for 128 Bruce Street is slated for January 2014.

These leases, as well as the renovation Bruce Street as a whole, will add even more value to downtown Harrisonburg and the people that live and work here.

Blue Ridge Architect's office. Harrisonburg, Va

Blue Ridge Architect’s office. Harrisonburg, Va

The Gospel of Craft

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/866411100/the-gospel-of-craft

Hugo Kohl, an antique jewelry manufacturer in downtown Harrisonburg, has started a Kickstarter campaign to finance his new endeavor. Hugo wants to open a ‘living museum’ in the Ice House this coming year where he will use his collection of antique, hand-engraved hubs, dies, and rolls to design one of a kind pieces.

Hugo writes, ” I want to change the world by offering people the opportunity to have an intensive “making” experience in my factory that will inspire them to share The Gospel of Craft wherever they go.”

To learn more about Hugo Kohl and to donate, please visit:

The Gospel of Craft by Hugo Kohl

Downtown Harrisonburg: New Restaurant Preview 2014

We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge two new restaurants going into downtown Harrisonburg that we at Matchbox are very proud to announce:

foodBARfood (126 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA)

and

Bella Luna Pizza (80 West Water Street, Harrisonburg, VA)

foodBARfood will bring together two of Harrisonburg’s finest restaurant minds, Jeff Minnich of Clementine’s and Amanda Cannon of Local Chop & Grill House, to form a new innovative restaurant and bar in the newly renovated Ewing building. The focus of the restaurant will be on global comfort food and a stellar drink menu to offer diners a truly unique downtown experience.

Bella Luna Pizza is opening downtown this winter and will offer Harrisonburg’s only wood-fired pizza. Bella Luna’s new space will be a brand new build-out featuring over 60 dining seats and will also feature a large private dining area that can be reserved for parties. Bella Luna will be housed within the newly renovated Livery Building which will also feature a new Shabby Love furniture showroom.

126 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA

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84 West Water Street, Harrisonburg, VA

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