Top Chef Harrisonburg

 

2018 will host the first annual Top Chef Harrisonburg even–a friendly competition amongst seven Chefs from local Harrisonburg restaurants–on Saturday, March 24 from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Bluestone Vineyard.

The evening will feature Bluestone Vineyard wine, live entertainment by Ben Kunkle from The Hackens Boys, and door prizes. The event will be emceed by WHSV News Anchor, Kyle Rogers.

All of the ticket proceeds and sponsorship fees that we charge businesses to participate will go directly to Blue Ridge CASA. Blue Ridge CASA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency which trains community volunteers to advocate for local children who have been abused or neglected. The proceeds will provide funding for a full-time advocate manager for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area. This staff person will recruit, train, and supervise the volunteer advocates. The advocates work directly for Judge O’Donnell in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

At each Chef station, two hors d’oeuvre style dishes will be provided. To keep a level playing field, one item is required to be vegetarian and one item is required to be a protein.

The winning Chef will receive the title of “Top Chef Harrisonburg”and a top of the line Chef’s knife.

Tickets are on sale now and are $60 per person. These include the food from the competing Chefs and 2 drink tickets. Ticket prices will increase to $75 Friday, March 9. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire.

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To purchase your tickets or to make a donation, please visit topchefharrisonburg.com.

Barre at the Bar

Join Breath Studio at Three Notch’d Valley Collab House for Barre at the Bar! Every month go an enjoy an energetic workout that fuses techniques from dance, pilates and yoga that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. Barre is the perfect combination of strength and flexibility that will have you sweating and begging for more!

Barre at the Bar will happen one Sunday per month starting at 10:30am. The tough and fun-filled 55 minute special edition workout is $10 per person and includes one pint of delicious Three Notch’d beer at the end of class!

**Please bring your own Mat & Water Bottle!**

Pay at the bar. No need to sign up online.

Lola Mo’s Delicatessen is Officially Open in Downtown Harrisonburg

Located in the newly renovated Keezell building, Lola Mo’s is a delicatessen and gourmet market bis finally open and bringing you the best of fresh, homemade and international meats, cheeses, desserts, and beverages, plus all the deli classics: gourmet condiments, seasonal soups, coleslaws, pasta salads, and chilled side-dishes!

They offer a grand selection of crackers, pretzels, assorted snacks and treats, and other specialty items like maple syrup, honey, pickles, olives, mustard, capers, vinegar, and fruit spreads.

Sip on wines, specialty sodas or munch you way with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Lola Mo’s also features house-made pastrami, smoked tofu, and assorted rubs. And to better things off their dessert options are like no other — pies, scones, cheesecake, tarts, chocolate salami, and cookies.

The wait for a deli in the heart downtown Harrisburg is finally over! Find them at 122 South Main Street, Suite 103 and taste what everyone’s raving about.

DIP OFF! Recipe Contest at Friendly City Food Co-Op

Do you have a Dip recipe that everyone raves about? Is your Salsa always the life of the party?

In preparation for “The Big Game” Friendly City Food Co-Op invites you to share your favorite Party Dip.

On Saturday, Jan 27th from 2-4pm, join us at this years Dip Off! An event where you get to share your best recipe with Friendly City customers. They taste and vote on their favorite party dips. The top three winners will receive a Co-op Gift Card.

If you’re interested in entering, you can sign up for the Event on their website or in-store by Jan 24th. The contest is FREE to enter, taste and vote.

Meowmaste – Cat Yoga

Are you a cat and yoga lover? Well get ready for one of the best opportunities in town – Meowmaste! Join the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA and Veronica Whales Jones from The Center Yoga for a yoga session with cats!

Veronica will be conducting the class while adoptable, furry friends are roaming the room. What better way to get some exercise and relax than with an adorable cat!

Register for Meowmaste at  http://signup.com/login/entry/196983653432348041.

Participants are being asked to bring a donation of Purina Cat or Kitten Chow in order to participate.

Resolve to Love

Now through January 31st all adoptable cats and kittens are $100 at Cat’s Cradle! Cat’s Cradle is a local nonprofit cat rescue, specializing in cat adoptions, spay/neuter assistance, and helping people keep their animal companions. They seek to ensure and maintain a safe, compassionate community for cats in Shenandoah Valley.

Stop by today to adopt a new furry friend! Cat’s Cradle is now located at 122 South Main Street in the newly renovated Keezell building along with The Yellow Button and Lola Mo’s.

8 Downtown Events You Won’t Want To Miss This NYE

Ring in the New Year at one of your favorite downtown hotspots. From dance parties to dinners, there will be something for everyone!

1. New Year’s Eve Party at The Golden Pony

Harrisonburg’s premier New Year’s Celebration Party is upon us! We will celebrate with great music, dancing, champagne, delicious food and some GOOD CHEER! 2018 will be welcomed with hopefulness, happiness and good faith that we are all headed for greener pastures. Come celebrate with us and DJ Ryan Clark. We promise you’ll have a wonderful evening. So lets be elegant, hopeful and fun loving and expect the best from 2018! Get here early to get some cool 2018 glasses and other fun swag! 21+ /$10

2. New Year’s Eve dinner at LOCAL Grill and Chop House

Start your New Year’s Eve Celebrations with dinner at the Local Chop & Grill House! Join us for a creative four-course menu with tempting choices at each course! The menu features creations form executive Chef Brian Bogan and House Pastry Chef Alicia Barger. Reservations start at $65 per person and are limited so call (540)801-0505 today or book online with OpenTable.com

3. Clementine & Ruby’s New Year’s Eve Party with DJs Barkley & Fayo

Two Floors of DJs! Ring in the New Year right with DJs Fayo and Barkley. Formal Garb strongly encouraged! Champagne Toast at Midnight! 21+ /$10

4. NYE Disco Dance Party with DJ Zach Taylor at Billy Jack’s Wing and Draft Shack

NO COVER DISCO DANCE PARTY!! When’s the last time you got your boogie down at BJ’s? That’s about to change. DJ Zach Taylor will be spinning on the 1’s and 2’s and get 2017 out of here with a bang! We’ll also be serving up Monday Brunch to cure all of your bubbly-induced hangovers!

5. Cocktails and Classics New Years Rockin’ Eve at The Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge

$5 “Cocktails and Classics” event 8-10:30
$10 Advance Ticket for “Cocktails and Classics” event and New Years Eve Party (make your reservation now with eventbrite)
$15 At the door

Join the Artful Dodger family this New Year’s Eve and dance your way into 2018! Throwback a few Cocktails to Classics from 8PM to 9PM. Rock n Roll with “1964” as they perform hits from their namesake’s era, and dance from ’64 to ’18 from 9PM-10:30PM. DJ U4IQ dropping in at 10:30 PM until 2 AM. Catch your breath and raise your glass with a Champagne Toast while watching the Live Stream of “New Years Rockin’ Eve” Times Square Ball Drop.

6. Lafah Cafe’s New Year’s Eve Party

Come celebrate with us! Kids will eat free with paying adult. We will have kids activities and happy hour specials until 8pm. Half-priced bar bites all night!

7. NYE Party with The Sustainers at Pale Fire Taproom

Ring in the new year at Pale Fire! We’re staying open late to welcome 2018 so plan to spend your evening with us. We’ll have live music from 10pm until 12:30am – The Sustainers, a local rock and blues cover band, are sure to entertain. Festive attire and dancing shoes are encouraged!

We’re providing party hats and noisemakers, plus we’ve aged our Naive Melody Nelson Sauvin Saison on champagne lightly toasted oak for a midnight toast! (There are rumors of an Auld Lang Syne performance, too!). No cover, no tickets.

DIY Your Stocking Stuffers at WithSimplicity

This Christmas make your stocking stuffers unique and special! Join WithSimplicity for a fun afternoon making exfoliating lip scrubs and moisturizing lip balms for your loved ones. Each scrub and lip balm will be customized by you with organic ingredients.

The event cost is $45, but it includes 5 lip scrubs and lip balm sets, ingredients, and of course refreshments! Purchase your tickets now for Sunday, December 17 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

We’re Raffling Off A Pelican 50-Quart Cooler!

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Help us support Relay for Life by purchasing a raffle ticket to our Pelican 50-Quart Cooler giveaway!

Your raffle ticket purchase funds life-saving cancer research, patient support services, prevention and education information, and detection and treatment programs.

Raffle tickets are $5 each. Each ticket is once chance to win!

The drawing will take place at Matchbox Realty during our fundraiser auction: January 19, 2017. Winner does not have to be present to win.

Handmade Holidays Weekend Workshops

Make your holiday gifts extra special this year by signing up for one of Harrisonburg’s Handmade Holidays weekend workshops offered now through December 24th!

Holiday Led Lanterns at Explore More Discovery Museum – November 25th, 10am-12pm

Pre-registration required. Cost: Members $8.00 / Visitors $12.00.

Earring making at Horizon Gifts – December 2nd, 2-4pm

Cost: $10

Stained Glass Angels at OASIS Art Gallery  – December 10, 2-4pm

Cost: $5. First come, first served!

Pet Portrait Ornaments at Larkin Arts – December 16th, 2-4pm

Cost: $35
Adults Only. All materials are included. Register by calling: 540-236-4223

Stocking Stuffers at WithSimplicity – December 17th, 3-5pm

Cost: $45. Only 10 spaces available!

Gingerbread Houses at Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg – December 23rd, 2pm

Cost: $20 per house (groups of 1-4 people). All materials provided.

Origami Boxes at Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing – December 24th, 1-3pm

Cost: Free. Donations are welcome.

For more information or to register for these workshops, visit http://downtownharrisonburg.org/handmade-holidays/

Lafah Cafe Brings Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine To The ‘Burg

Lafah Cafe, a quick grab-and-go lunch spot with an Eastern Mediterranean concept, is now open on the corner of Mason and East Market Street. The cafe offers select street foods such as Kebabs, Falafel, their signature Lafah Bread, decadent pastries, and local alcoholic beverages. This over-the-counter restaurant will have outdoor seating and a take out option.

Veterans Parade

Image via Facebook - Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Image via Facebook – Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

On Sunday, November 12 at 2:00pm, line the streets of Downtown Harrisonburg to honor our veterans. The Veterans Parade will begin at the Rockingham County Administration Center, 20 East Gay Street, and will travel South on Main Street to City Hall, 345 South Main Street.

Want to participate in the Veterans Parade? Follow the link to this entry form: http://bit.ly/2zgySDZ

Join Us For Our Relay for Life Paint Night

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Many in our lives have been lost or are fighting a battle that they never dreamed they would have to. They imagined that this was someone else’s disease. There are so many stories of survival, so many stories of loss and so many stories of pain. We, as a community- as a nation, can help change this horrible pattern for ourselves and for our families. One way is by participating in this event. Why not get together to create a masterpiece and have some fellowship for a worthy cause?

Matchbox Realty cares about you and your family and we want the hurt to end. This Paint Nite will help our Relay for Life event in May of 2018.

Join us as we raise glasses and funds for this worthy cause! When you buy a ticket to this event, $15 will be donated to the charity above. To date, Paint Nite has helped raise over $3.5 million for those in need with lively creative events that feel more fun than philanthropic. Feel good about giving as our local artist guides you and your friends through two hours of painting, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time!

Cats Cradle & Lola Mo’s Delicatessen Are Coming to Keezell

Image via Facebook - Lola Mo's Delicatessen

Image via Facebook – Lola Mo’s Delicatessen

We recently welcomed The Yellow Button back to South Main, and in early November the boutique will welcome two new neighbor’s–Cats Cradle and Lola Mo’s Delicatessen! All three local businesses will be located on the ground floor of the Keezell Building. For more information on building updates, follow them on social!

4 Spoocktacular Events Happening This Weekend!

Fun for the whole family!

Skeleton Festival – Saturday, October 21 4 pm – 8 pm

The second annual Skeleton Festival is back! Trick-or-treat at local businesses throughout downtown from 4-6pm. Pick up a Candy Map at the Visitor Center in the Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main Street, to see the list of trick-or treat locations and look for the orange balloons outside businesses!

Then join us for an all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion & Park from 6-8pm! Festivities include: kids, dogs, and adults costume contests; music; food trucks; a community ofrenda; trunk-or-treating; wacky shacks, goober blobs, whisker biscuits, and more!

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Zombie Run for Brains 2017 at Fear Forest – Saturday, October 21 11 am – 1 pm

Can you navigate your way through the gounds of Fear Forest with out getting infected by the zombies that lurk along the way? Each participant will be given a flag football belt at the beginning of the race. Make it through the course and finish with at least one flag and you’ve survived! End the course without any flags left, you’ve been infected and will need to be “disinfected” before you can rejoin society.

Register at www.ZombieRunForBrains.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-run-for-brains-2017-tickets-36797213456?aff=es2

*Proceeds benefit Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc. A nonprofit organization that provides information, resources and services to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury in the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Bath, Rockbridge and all the cities included within so they can lead independent and productive lives.

Children’s Harvest Festival 2017 at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum -Saturday, October 21 11 am – 2 pm

The Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, JMuke, free children’s crafts, dancers, local musicians, and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the EJC Arboretum, for the 2017 Children’s Harvest Festival! Free admission!

Additional parking will be available. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels this outdoor family event. Visit our website: www.jmu.edu/arboretum for more information.

Fall Foliage Carriage Ride at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum – Sunday, October 22 1 pm – 4pm

Reservations are highly recommended as this event is often sold out in advance. Call our office at (540) 568-3194 during business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00 to reserve your ride.

BEFORE CALLING, please read through the pricing options and maximum number of seats per ride at https://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/events.shtml.

Meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center. Each carriage ride is approximately one mile in length and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route.

The Mac and Cheese Off!

Join us on Sunday, October 15th from 4 pm – 6 pm for the Mac And Cheese-Off. The event is a day to gather, eat and raise money for awareness of local hunger and other ministries that serve Harrisonburg and the surrounding community.

Local amateurs and local celebrity chefs from your favorite Harrisonburg food establishments bring their own twists on mac and cheese for the public to try. The winner of the amateur chef competition will receive a gift certificate to one of the downtown food establishments represented by the local celebrity chefs! And the winner of the most popular mac and cheese recipe wins bragging rights until the next Mac and Cheese-Off.

Hosted  by RISE, the event will raise money for Love Packs, RISE & Shine, Stop Hunger Now, Gleaning, and College Outreach.

Want To Sign Up To Bring Your Mac And Cheese? Fill out the form at: www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon

Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-mac-cheese-off-tickets-37400975324

If you’re a local business and would like to participate, sign up on our website at www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon or email Denise at dlee3596@gmail.com.

Bring Your Own – Grand Opening

Join us during First Fridays downtown to celebrate the Grand Opening of Harrisonburg’s first zero-waste store, Bring Your Own! The first 25 people will receive a door prize and others will have the chance to enter to win giveaways!

Bring Your Own brings awareness to the amount of waste that is created in our communities. Bring Your Own hopes to inspire and educate others to reduce their waste and plastic use by providing practical and sustainable, non-disposable products, offering zero-waste classes, and home and business consultations.

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!

Rocktown Kitchen Was Named One of 25 New Restaurants In Virginia You Need To Try

Image via Rocktown Kitchen Facebook

Image via Rocktown Kitchen Facebook

Rocktown Kitchen was named one of 25 new restaurants in Virginia that you need to try! Rocktown kitchen opened in Downtown Harrisonburg in April 2017 and it’s already getting recognized for their locally sourced, elevated American cuisine. Here’s what they had to say:

“Harrisonburg has undergone a foodie revolution in the past few years, especially in the downtown area. The latest restaurant to join the movement is Rocktown Kitchen, which opened in April of 2017. And like many of the newest restaurants in Harrisonburg, the restaurant focuses on supporting farms and producers in the Shenandoah Valley Region. Décor in the restaurant brings together chic elements like tufted leather benches with industrial touches such as the exposed brick walls and metal pipe accents on the booths. They are open every day except Mondays for lunch (try the Kale Caesar), dinner (go for the Chicken & Waffles), and on Sundays, brunch (they have an incredible Crab Omelet). And with an affordable kid’s menu, you can dine out with the whole family at Rocktown Kitchen without emptying your wallet.”

Read more at Virginia Is For Lovers.

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.

Hope Field – All you can pick sunflowers

It is almost that time of year again! Join us on Saturday August 26th from 8AM-6PM and again on Sunday August 27th from 8:00 AM-Noon for a day of picking sunflowers and providing hope for people who are battling cancer.

This year Hope Field is partnering with the RMH Foundation‘s Hope Fund which ensures someone’s financial position does not determine whether or not they get the cancer care they need. Donations will help provide preventive screenings for those without insurance and medications for patients who cannot afford them.

Location: 2704 Spotswood Trl, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-2213, United States

**The field is not open to the public until August 26th and 27th. Please refrain from trespassing and respect the property, as well as neighbors, in the area.**

Back to School Bash

Calling all parents! Join us on Saturday August 19th for our very first “Back to School Bash”!

The first 100 Kids will receive FREE BACKPACKS stuffed with school supplies and coupons for free food and ice cream! Plus, it’s FREE ADMISSION! Back to school never sounded so fun!

A fire truck will be on site and child carseat checks will be provided upon request. There will also have free food, ice cream, face painting, games and other give aways.

Come on out and see what Harrisonburg Community Health Center is all about!

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!

Win a Red Wing Roots Music Festival campsite or a 3-day pass!

 

Need a reason to come downtown? Bella Luna is giving away a Red Wing Roots Music Festival campsite or a 3-day pass!

You can enter to win one of these prizes every time you dine with Bella Luna and spend $50 or more.

The raffle begins Wednesday, June 21st and closes Thursday, July 6th. Winners will be drawn on Friday, July 7th at 1pm. Stay on the lookout because you might be one of the lucky winners!

Total prizes to be given away: 12 three-day passes and 2 group campsites. One entry per $50+ check; group campsites accommodate up to 12 people.

Valley Fourth

Spend the fourth in the valley! Nothing says July 4th better than great food, music and entertainment, a 5K, kids activities, an art market, craft beer garden, and fireworks finale. And don’t forget about Friendly City Fortune! They’re giving away $250,000 in cash and prizes – one prize every five minutes for four hours (1-5pm). You could be one of the lucky winners! 

Schedule of Events: 
8AM: Valley Fourth RUN
8AM – 1PM: Harrisonburg Farmers Market
Noon: Reading of the Declaration Independence by the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (at Court Square)
1-5PM: Friendly City Fortune $250,000 Raffle
2-9PM: Art Market, food trucks, beer garden, craft vendors and kids’ activities
5-9PM: Live music with The Judy Chops and Super Doppler
5-9PM: Classic Car Cruise-in
9:15 – 9:30PM: Fireworks Begin

Barre at the Bar

Join your fellow barre lovers once a month at the Pale Fire Tap Room for Barre at the Bar! The event will happen one Sunday per month starting at 11:45am all summer long! Tickets are $15 per person and include a one pint of delicious Pale Fire beer at the end of the 45 minute class. Please bring your own mat & water bottle! Reserve your ticket today!

Rocktown Kitchen is open and serving the best food possible

Located in downtown Harrisonburg, Rocktown Kitchen is an intimate, farm-to-table restaurant serving elevated American cuisine in a casual fine-dining environment. Offering a lunch, dinner, brunch, kids, and a dessert menu, Rocktown Kitchen focuses on using locally sourced products. They also feature an extensive wine list and local craft beers.

With several different seating areas, which include bar/pub, dining room, and patio, Rocktown Kitchen gives you the opportunity to host private dining events and holiday parties.

Take advantage of this unique dining experience and reserve your table today!

Rocktown Kitchen is located in downtown Harrisonburg at 217 S. Liberty Street #101 and can be reached at (540) 217-2425.

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.

Black Tie Art Crawl

The Arts Council of the Valley is inviting you to a classy evening full of coattails, cocktails, and artistic celebration! Join legendary artist aficionados Valerie Smith and Laura Thompson this Saturday, June 3 from 4:00 PM  to 6:30 PM for the Black Tie Art Crawl.

This event is a fun and fancy opportunity to support the arts of Harrisonburg. Ticket holders are encouraged to dress up for a stroll through Harrisonburg’s thriving downtown district. Tour highlights include ACV’s Smith House Galleries, Ruby’s Arcade, Oasis, Larkin Arts, and Court Square Theater.

At each stop, ticket holders will enjoy drinks and appetizers while learning from and engaging with Harrisonburg artists on some of the community’s newest creative projects. The Crawl kicks off at ACV’s Smith House Galleries with local artist Joshua Miller before continuing through downtown Harrisonburg.

Tickets are $50; all proceeds benefit the sustainability of the Arts Council of the Valley.

Breakfast on the Farm

Come out to Arbogast Farms this Saturday, May 27 from 9 AM – 12 PM for Breakfast on the Farm! Learn a little bit about agriculture, where your food comes from and take a tour!

On the menu: Pancakes and sausage, milk and fruit. Yum!

For those planing to attend the event, you are asked to park at Lacey Springs Elementary school and take the shuttle bus to the farm. Tickets are FREE, but REQUIRED. We look forward to meeting you!

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!

Friendly City Fortune

It’s your chance to win big! The Shenandoah Valley is giving away $250,000 in cash and prizes on July 4th! A prize will be drawn every 5 minutes for 4 hours making it the largest raffle in the valley!

Here’s how it works: only 500 tickets are available for $100 a ticket. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, but don’t have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted and posted at www.downtownharrisonburg.org

Tickets are sold at the following locations with CASH or CHECK only:

BlueRidge Powersports
Glen’s Fair Price
Harrisonburg Ford
Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Hugo Kohl
James McHone Jewelry
Midtowne Market
Rockingham New Holland
Rocktown Bicycles
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
Steven Kia
Steven Toyota
Walkabout Outfitter

Raffle proceeds will support the vitality of Downtown Harrisonburg through beautification projects, community-building initiatives, and business assistance programs.

To purchase a ticket or check out the list of prizes, click HERE.

Harrisonburg Happynings

Check out what’s going on downtown this Friday for First Friday! Here’s the line-up so far:

ACV’S SMITH HOUSE GALLERIES • 311 South Main Street • Flowers and Swans • Oil on canvas by Nadia Louderback

292 NORTH GALLERY AT THE CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION • 292 North Liberty Street • Watercolors by Anita Walter Cooper • Live music

THE ARTFUL DODGER • 47 Court Square • Rock Stars • Photography by Bob Adamek

HARDESTY-HIGGINS HOUSE VISITORS CENTER • 212 South Main Street • Chocolate Walk!

 

THE GALLERY AT LAUGHING DOG • 82 South Main Street  • Jorge Escobar’s photography exhibit titled “Nevermore”

WILSON DOWNTOWN GALLERY AT KLINE MAY REALTY • 83 South Main Street • Paintings by Amanda Dicken

OASIS FINE ART & CRAFT • 103 South Main Street • Contemporary quilling by Deb Booth • Artist demonstration accompanied by live music and a Chocolate Walk station

PALE FIRE BREWING CO. • 217 S. Liberty St. #105 • Descent to Rising: 18 years of photography created while in the midst of fighting depression • Photography by Angela M. Carter • Free samples served by Paella Perfecta

SHENANDOAH JOE • 64 South Mason Street, Suite 100 • Mixed media by Madeline Martinez

SPITZER ART CENTER • 486 West Market Street • The Secret Life of Typewriters •Photography, painting, and sculpture by Howard and Nicole Zehr

ST. STEPHEN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST • 358 South Main Street  • Hear one of the Valley’s most popular groups, the Harrisonburg Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus, produce fine music for all ages • 5:30-6:10pm

 

VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM • 301 South Main Street • Textile and fiber art and quilts • Work accompanied by the Chocolate Walk, featuring specialty chocolates and chocolate-inspired textile and fabric dyes from the VQM Hospitality Committee Chocolatiers

Also, the 6th annual Chocolate Walk! 5 – 8 at multiple downtown locations.

For more info and a list of more business that could be participating, click HERE.

6th Annual Chocolate Walk

Join the Collins Center tomorrow for the 6th Annual Chocolate Walk supporting victims of sexual assault.

From 5 – 8 pm participating businesses and organizations in Downtown Harrisonburg will open their doors and invite you in to taste the mouth-watering chocolates including truffles, fudge, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.

Registration and day-of ticket purchase will take place in the driveway of the Ice House at the Check-In Tent between 5:00 – 7:00pm, where participants will pick up their maps and trays to collect chocolate at 15 different stops nearby. You may go to as many stops as you like between 5:00 – 8:00 pm and do not need to participate for the entire 3 hours.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds with benefit the Collins Center.

For more information or questions, please contact Jess Balac at jess@thecollinscenter.org or 540-432-6430.

Many Thanks to Harrisonburg Water and Harrisonburg Electric Commission

Our staff here at Matchbox Realty & Management Services, and on behalf of our tenants, would like to recognize and send a huge thanks to the Harrisonburg Water and Harrisonburg Electric Commission staff for their hard work, patience, and dedication.

We work closely with these utility providers to keep utilities running when properties get turned for new residents.

Our tenants are well-served by your extra efforts. We wouldn’t be the customer-oriented company we are today if it weren’t for you. Thank you!

FanLogic is coming to Harrisonburg this July

So by now you all must be asking yourself, “who is FanLogic”? Fanlogic is a digital promotions software company that utilizes its patent pending technology to provide brands and agencies the ability to create unforgettable moments by connecting consumers to the brands they love.

Starting July 1, 2017, FanLogic will be located in the Urban Exchange building (233 E. Market) in downtown Harrisonburg.

For more information on the company and what they offer, check them out online at http://fanlogic.com/.

Harrisonburg Easter Egg Hunt

Come out to Westover Park on April 15th at 10:00am for the annual Harrisonburg Easter Egg Hunt! The event, open to city residents only, will have four age divisions: toddlers, 3 years old – kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd & 4th grade.
Kids will have the chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and win special prizes! Keep in mind that this event goes fast. Please arrive early and be prepared to start at 10:00am. Don’t miss out!
For additional information contact Brittany Clem at 540-433-2474 or Brittany.Clem@harrisonburgva.gov
Construction work at Rocktown Kitchen in the Harrisonburg Ice House

New Restaurant Opening in Downtown Harrisonburg!

Rocktown Kitchen Logo

Rocktown Kitchen Logo

Rocktown Kitchen is coming to Harrisonburg with an upper-casual concept that focuses on fresh local ingredients all served with refreshing local brews and wines. But it gets better! The restaurant is currently hiring for all hourly staff! Candidates with prior experience in line/prep cook, serving (waiter/waitress), greeting (host/hostess), bartending, dishwasher/utility are encouraged to apply.

If you need any more convincing, Rocktown Kitchen’s team is led by an award winning Executive Chef with close to two decades of culinary experience!

With interviews starting soon, the team wants you to apply NOW for consideration. If interested in this high energy experience, all applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter to mira.rocktownkitchen@gmail.com.

Stay tuned! More about Rocktown Kitchen, including an opening date, coming soon! 

Construction work at Rocktown Kitchen in the Harrisonburg Ice House

Construction is under way at the new Rocktown Kitchen coming into the Harrisonburg Ice House!

Skyline Literacy’s Downtown Trivia Crawl

It’s time for the second annual Food 4 Thought Downtown Trivia Crawl! This Saturday, April 1st join Ruby’s Arcade, Capital Ale House, Jess’s Lunch, Pale Fire, and Bella Luna for trivia questions and scavenger hunts!

Eat, drink and think for a good cause! In teams of four, visit local downtown restaurants to enjoy amazing food and a chance to win great prices! All proceeds benefit Skyline Literacy, a local nonprofit helping community families improve literacy skills.

For more info on tickets follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-4-thought-downtown-trivia-crawl-tickets-31900198352

Check-in and awards will be at Capital Ale House Harrisonburg!

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!