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6 Hours of Sweet Entertainment at Harrisonburg’s First Night Celebration

December 19th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Harrisonburg’s reputation for putting on a fantastic celebration during First Night is proven by its popularity. Several venues around downtown host mini-concerts featuring local bands, fresh food is made on Court Square with a DJ playing great beats, fun activities are available for the littles, you can get pumped up on the dance floor with your best buds (or complete strangers… there’s no judgment here), and of course, a fireworks display will light up the night sky at midnight to start the new year off with a showstopper.

Harrisonburg's First Night Celebration 2015

source: First Night Harrisonburg

Below is the line-up of events for this year’s First Night Celebration, which is proudly sponsored by yours truly… The Harrisonburg Homes Team!

During Entire Event on Court Square (6:30 pm – midnight)
A Resolution Clock Tower with the famous Painted Face Boards
Strite’s Donuts, Crazy Fox Coffee with Tres Leches Cupcakes & Brownies
DJ on the main stage

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
One World, One Sky
at JMU’s John C Wells Planetarium

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Children’s activities, with a street bubble wrap dance party at 9:00 pm
at Explore More Discovery Museum

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Magic Treehouse
at JMU’s John C Wells Planetarium

6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Tanglewood Puppets & Mike Deaton’s Rhythm (alternating every 45 minutes)
at Massanutten Regional Library

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dynamic Earth
at JMU’s John C Wells Planetarium

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Magic of Brian Bence — then he’ll be strolling the streets from 9:30 pm – 11:15 pm, weather permitting
at Wilson Downtown Gallery (our office!)

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers & The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels
at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ

7:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Faithful Men and John Robert (alternating every 45 minutes)
at Asbury United Methodist Church

7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Glick & Phillips and Nothin’ Fancy (alternating every hour)
at First Presbyterian Showker Hall

7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Walking Roots Band and Brian Buchanan (alternating every hour)
at First Presbyterian Sanctuary

7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
The Travelin’ Hillbillies and Everyday People (alternating every hour)
at Court Square Theater

7:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Begging to Differ and This Side Up (alternating every 45 minutes, with a 15 minute break at 9:15 pm)
at Community Mennonite Church

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Back to the Moon
at JMU’s John C Wells Planetarium

8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Little Walter & The Convictions (with a 30 minute break at 10:00 pm)
at City Council Chambers

9:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Acme Swing Mfg. Company
at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ

10:15 pm - 11:45 pm
Beth Matthew
at Asbury United Methodist Sanctuary

MIDNIGHT
Fireworks
from the Municipal Parking Lot

Note: You can view the schedule in spreadsheet format here, and you can learn more about the entertainment here.

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The Inside Scoop on the New Gelato Shop Downtown

December 18th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


It’s hard for us to believe that the downtown staple, Shank’s Bakery, will be closing its doors on Christmas Eve after nearly 10 years of serving Harrisonburg their delicious baked goods.

Shank's
Source: Shank’s Bakery facebook

Shank’s – you will be missed.

But, thankfully, the space will not be sitting vacant for long. Wade Luhn, the man who brought us the ever-popular and beautifully renovated Bella Luna, already has a lease on the space.

So what can we expect as the newest resident of Water Street?

Bella Gelato & Ice Cream

I got to talk to Wade about what his plans are for the new place. Take a look!

What is the estimated opening date?
WL: March of 2015

Why did you decide to serve gelato?
WL: Gelato is Italian ice cream. I’ve tried it in a lot of other cities. It’s just such a great product.
It’s simple and fresh – I can stay with the local and seasonal theme [that we have at Bella Luna]. It’s made with whole milk, which means I can use local Shenandoah milk. Since it’s made with whole milk instead of cream, it has half the fat of regular ice cream. There’s not as much air whipped into it, so there’s intense flavors that you can’t get with ice cream. It’s much denser.
Water street has become a very nice vibrant restaurant scene. I think it will be a nice addition to an already vibrant portion of downtown.

Have you decided on flavors yet?
WL: We’ll have a lot of classic and seasonal flavors – probably 18 different flavors at any given time that will rotate pretty frequently.

What are 1 or 2 flavors you’re most excited about?
WL: Salted caramel. We’re going to be having some sorbettos as well – made with ice, no dairy. As summer rolls around we’ll feature some great fruit flavors. Another great one I’ve had in the past that we’ll try is chocolate with chili pepper.

What will you serve besides gelato?
WL: We’re going to have a coffee morning business. I’m coming up with really great croissants, muffins, scones… We want to show our gratitude for what the Shank’s have done. We’ll change things up, but there will be some crossover.
We’re going to revamp the coffee and espresso program. So in the morning we’ll have pastries and espresso and we’ll keep doing artisan breads. We’ll probably do another hearth bread as well. All the breads that we make in the restaurant we’ll now be making in the bakery.
Then in the afternoon and evening will move into more of a dessert thing. We’ll serve some of the same desserts that we have at Bella Luna.
We’re planning to be open until 10pm Monday-Thursday and 11pm Friday and Saturday. The tentative plan is to open at 7am.

What’s your vision for the space?
WL: We’re going to add another bathroom which will allow us to increase the seating capacity. We’ll change and mix it up a bit. With city approval we hope to provide outdoor seating along the west wall.

Though it’s hard to imagine downtown without Shank’s Bakery, we are excited about the new plans for the space and can’t wait to try it out in the Spring!

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43 Places to Shop Local for Your Last-Minute Gifts

December 17th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Do you have some last-minute gifts you need to buy before Christmas? Is that one particular person on your list proving to be difficult to buy for again this year? Or maybe the list of people to buy for is still very (embarrassingly) lengthy. Never fear! We’ve compiled a categorized list of 43 local shops that would be happy to help you out with the outstanding balance on your Christmas list.

When you shop local, you not only get a great gift for the person on your list, but you also make your fellow Harrisonburg-resident (who owns the store) happy, and you give to the Harrisonburg economy, which in turn gives back to you by making this an even better place to live. Seems like everybody in that situation is a winner. So….happy shopping!

Harrisonburg Shop Local
Source: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

Artisan Gifts

SoLace Studios - fine handcrafts, unique gifts, and marbled artwear

Artisans’ Hope - global, cultural gifts from fair trade sources

Oasis Fine Art & Craft - art and crafts made my local artists and artisans

You Made It! - personalize your own piece of pottery or fused glass

Ten Thousand Villages - artisan crafted home decor, personal accessories, and gift items from around the world

Larkin Arts - artwork by local artists and fine art supplies

Clothing

Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing - local, domestic, and international women’s clothing from fair trade sources

The Yellow Button - “Harrisonburg’s clothing boutique for those that want to express themselves with their clothing and accessories”

Bluetique Cheap Chic - “Trendy and affordable clothing and accessories for gameday and everyday”

Jewelry

Elk Run Mining Company - Virginia gem stones that are mined, cut, polished, and placed in handmade settings by the owner

Hugo Kohl - vintage filigree rings and jewelry made using antique equipment

Outdoor Activities Equipment

Walkabout Outfitter - outdoor clothing and gear

The Runner’s Corner - running shoes, apparel, and accessories

Rocktown Bicycles - “offers quality service and great products from top-notch companies”

Shenandoah Bicycle Company - “dedicated to supporting cyclists of all levels by providing the highest quality service, products, and experience”

Quilting

Patchwork Plus - fabrics, gift cards, kits, and patterns for all your quilting needs

Virginia Quilt Museum - the gift store offers “an ever changing array of beautiful gifts for the quilter in your life”

Music

Hometown Music - guitars, amps, drums, ukuleles, keyboards, and musical instrument accessories

Health & Wellness

Kate’s Natural Products - natural health store carrying foods, supplements, and beauty products

White Oak Lavender Farm - lavender-based soaps, lotions, creams, and aromatherapy made from lavender grown locally, on-site

The Isle Co. - a candle and bath & body retail store

Food & Drink

Friendly City Food Co-op - healthy, organic meats and produce grown by farmers in the Shenandoah Valley

Greenberry’s Coffee Co. - coffee, merchandise, gift cards, tea, and gift boxes

Grandma’s Pantry - bulk foods

The Country Canner - locally homemade and handmade canned goods

Three Brothers Brewery - local brews

Bluestone Vineyard - locally produced wine

Downtown Wine & Gourmet - wines, craft beers, homebrew equipment, foods, chocolates, and gift baskets

Vintage Wines - wine, beer, gourmet, and collectibles

Also, be sure to check out all the Harrisonburg restaurants for gift cards for your “foodie” friends.

Local Gifts & Souvenirs

The Heritage Museum - gifts and books reflecting local history

Rocktown Gift Shoppe - local gifts and souvenirs

Pet

Blue Ridge Dog - dog supplies and treats

Home Decor

Snow & Ice - Christmas and seasonal decor

Shabby Love - upcycled, vintage, handmade, and reclaimed home decor and furniture

The Lady Jane Shop - vintage home decor

Zola’s - silk floral arrangements, home decor, bath and body items, jewelry, and scarves

Toys

Explore More Discovery Museum - educational toys and games

Timeless Toys - “specialty toy store where imagination is key to learning”

 Kitchen

Kitchen Kupboard - “everything you need for the kitchen”

“Catch-all”

Glen’s Fair Price Store - “everything from costumes to cameras”

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops - from jewelry, to clothing, to furniture

Gift & Thrift Shop - good quality used items

Shenandoah Heritage Market - contains a variety of stores selling everything from antiques, to toys, to souvenirs

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: November 2014

December 15th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


November ended up providing us with another great month for the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market. Though sales dropped for the month, year-to-date sales compared to 2013 are up 2.6%. Sales prices and price per square foot are also on the rise, and days on market has dropped by an average of 20 days! Read on for more details…

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: November 2014

 

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: November 2014

Sales in November dropped by 39.3% compared to October, but overall throughout the year, sales have increased by 2.6%. Average sales price has risen by 1.6% year-to-date, and price per square foot is up by $3.88 compared to 2013. Homes are also selling 20 days faster on average this year, giving sellers nearly a month less of a mortgage payment to make!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: November 2014

Contracts are up nearly 10% compared to last year!

 

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: November 2014

 

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Price per square foot has proven steady all year, remaining healthier than the last four years. This is good news for sellers because this, along with a shorter time on the market (by 20 days on average) and the fact that they’re getting about 96% of their final asking price, they can list their home with confidence in today’s local real estate market. Contracts are higher this year than 3 of the past 4 years, too. Buyers are committing to purchase residential properties, even during these winter months. We’re excited to see what December brings to the Harrisonburg area real estate market to wrap up 2014!  Stay tuned for more market trends

 

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Harrisonburg Farmers Market Now Offers EBT Matching Program

December 10th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Harrisonburg Farmers Market now offering EBT Matching Program

The Harrisonburg Farmers Market is now offering a program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, which, according to the USDA website, “offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.” Plus, all SNAP qualified customers will benefit from a matching grant allowing the farmers market to double their monies up to $10.00 per customer per market visit. 

Here’s how SNAP works at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market:

  1. Bring your EBT card to the ATM stand at the market.
  2. Exchange your SNAP benefits for market tokens.
  3. With the matching program, $10 EBT = $20 tokens!

To learn more, read about the benefits of SNAP, and watch this short video produced by a group of students at James Madison University:

Harrisonburg Farmers Market EBT Matching Program

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Cindy Ferek Wins $100,000 For Trail Around Turner Ashby Campus

December 8th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


For two months, the local community rallied together and voted once a day for Cindy Ferek, a Physical Education teacher at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, so that her vision could come to fruition. Her goal was to win the Farmers Insurance Thank A Million Teachers contest — a prize worth $100,000 — so she could construct a mile-long path around the Turner Ashby High School campus.

Well, the results are in, and SHE WON!!!!

Cindy Ferek wins $100,000 to construct mile-long path around Turner Ashby High School campus for special needs youth

Her reaction?

Thank you for voting! We did it and it took each person voting everyday and I want to say thank you so much for coming on board! We are building a trail for our school, promoting physical education, showing how teamwork can accomplish ANYTHING, building partnerships in our community, getting people excited about being physically fit, teaching students to drive using innovative techniques and providing new opportunities for students with special needs! What an incredible journey! Thank you for being a part of my life!

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Shop ‘Til You Drop with 13 Holiday Promotions & Fun Festivities: December 12, 2014

December 8th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


‘Tis the Season to….

 

Harrisonburg Shop 'Til You Drop
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Still need to buy a few Christmas presents? Or maybe you haven’t started yet? Never fear – Harrisonburg has you covered. On December 12th, as part of Harrisonburg’s Shop ‘Til You Drop event, 5 local downtown businesses have some great promotions to get you going.

 

Ten Thousand Villages will have 20% off all store items and will provide coffee and refreshments while you shop.

Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing will have hot drinks, refreshments, music, and gift wrapping.

Midtowne Bottle Shop will be offering $5 off your purchase of $50 or more.

The Lady Jane will have a special of 20% off all furniture and buy one get one 1/2 off on ornaments. Plus, you can stop in to make a free garland from local greenery.

Bluetique Cheap Chic is offering buy one get one free on all jewelry. And while you decide you can enjoy a cupcake.

Downtown Wine & Gourmet is offering 10% off everything. Plus, you can enjoy a free wine tasting!

If you’re one of the first 50 people in the door at Walkabout Outfitter (opens at 10am) you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a hat and a $15 gift card. If you’re not one of the first 50, you can still enjoy Court Square Coffee and get your gifts wrapped by HDR.

At Rocktown Bicycles you’ll find 15% off all children’s bikes and 20% off accessories. They will also be serving cider and cookies.

 

Since you’ll be out and about anyway, make sure to check out the events happening as part of the day as well!

The Rocktown Food Release Party takes place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Visitor’s center. Stop in to pick up your copy of Rocktown Food and get it signed by the creators while enjoying some refreshments and getting pictures with Santa.

Shabby Love will be hosting a Christmas open house complete with food and drinks.

Stop by Massanutten Regional Library for their 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Show from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm to buy crafts and gifts from local artisans.

Shenandoah Yoga is offering a free community yoga class from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

You can drop your kids off at You Made It from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Kids’ Night Out where they will eat pizza and dessert and do a fun craft (the cost is only $26.25. To register, call 540-434-4500).

Mark your calendars!

 

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Don’t Miss It! Rocktown Food Release Party

December 5th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Have you ordered your copy of the beautiful, Harrisonburg-produced Rocktown Food Book?

Harrisonburg Rocktown Food
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

If you haven’t, you can pre-order it here. And if you have, don’t miss the Rocktown Food Release Party on December 12th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Visitor’s Center downtown. The talented team of writer (Kirsten Parmer), photographer (Brandy Somers), and designer (Lynda Bostrom) will be at the event to sign copies of your book.

The Holiday Spirit will be in full force at the event with an appearance from Santa himself. Plus, you can warm yourself up with baked goods and hot drinks (courtesy of Court Square Coffee).

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New Life at the Old Nile Location

December 4th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Good news for any of you who are missing the cultural and social hub that was the Blue Nile – the building will be taking on new life as….

The Golden Pony

 

Harrisonburg’s very own Paul Somers is gearing up to open the restaurant/bar in February.

Harrisonburg The Golden Pony
Source: Old South High

Read more about the plans for the new spot here.

What’s one of the things that we are most excited about for this new downtown spot? They plan to serve breakfast from midnight to 5am every Friday and Saturday night. Mmmmmm – Sounds perfect for those late night cravings!

To help get the new Pony on its feet, you can donate to Paul’s Indiegogo Campaign.

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Before the Downtown Holiday Parade: Hot Cocoa, Cookies, & Live Watercolor Painting at Wilson Downtown Gallery

December 3rd, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


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YOU are invited to join US for a fantastically festive evening on December 5th!

The Wilson Downtown Gallery (that’s us!) will be open from 5-8pm for the First Fridays Tour. We are currently displaying 30 works from 3 different members of the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society (Deborah K. Nees, Martha Mobley, and Nick Terry). It’s a must-see show!

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But wait, it gets better! The artists will be painting right there in the gallery for us all to watch. It’s not everyday you get to see talent at work.

As if that weren’t enough, we’re also hosting a Holiday Open House. We’ll provide light refreshments, warm drinks, and cookies while you browse the gallery.

Did we mention that December 5th is also the annual Harrisonburg Holiday Parade and that our office is right on the parade route?

Harrisonburg Holiday Parade
Source: virginia.org

So here’s the agenda for the evening:
stop in and warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies under the light of our Christmas tree,
admire the beautiful paintings adorning our walls,
watch the artists paint,
bundle up to go outside and watch the parade at 7:30,
head to Court Square for the tree lighting ceremony,
and then finish the night enjoying a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes.

Could there be a better way to spend a cold December evening? We think not.

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Your Chance to Tour Three Incredibly Unique Homes in Downtown Harrisonburg

December 2nd, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


Holiday Tour Hburg
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

It’s just about time for the Annual Downtown Holiday Tour presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!

Do you ever walk or drive by those beautiful houses in Old Town and wish you could just take a peek inside? Well, on December 6th you have the opportunity to tour 3 Old Town Homes:

“The Retro House” at 641 Ott Street, full of vintage charm and history.

“The Organ House” at 530 Mason Street, where this two-story pipe organ will be played at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Organ
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

And, “The Tree House” at 315 Grattan Street, an energy efficient house built around the lot’s existing trees. This house, complete with a rooftop deck in the trees was built with kids in mind…although it just might make anyone feel like a kid again.

Tree house
Source: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Plus, the tour will take you inside two Historic Renovation Projects: the Ice House and the Old Livery Building.

And don’t miss the carolers at the Ice House (11:30am and 1pm) and the Livery (2pm and 3pm).

To purchase tickets and for more information, go here.

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11 Reasons to Visit Jimmy Madison’s, As If You Needed Any

November 21st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


We went to Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar with camera in tow, ordered some appetizers and drinks, and had a good ol’ time in the comfortable, casual atmosphere of Harrisonburg’s newest restaurant. Here are 11 reasons… er, photos… to visit Jimmy Madison’s yourself. We recommend going soon. Very soon. It’s true what they promise on their menu:

Relax and let yourself be taken back to a time and place where life was slow and sweet, and troubles were checked at the door.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Mural on the farthest wall of the bar area… Jimmy’s always watching with that smile on his face.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

The view toward the bar from the front entrance, with hostess stand on the left.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Classic liquor label art graces the walls.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

That’s a lot of whiskey behind the bar.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Plenty of room upstairs for a large party.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

As a crowd gathers on the second level, folks dine downstairs at the bar.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

A view of the bar from the second level.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Fondue, and Southern Poppin Shrimp.

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Smoked Bourbon Wings

 

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Smoked Bourbon Wings, Baked Crab Dip, and Fried Green Tomatoes

 

And, of course, we couldn’t pass up photographing the whiskey…

Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Four Roses Small Batch Whiskey

 

Now that we’ve whet your appetite, try out Jimmy Madison’s for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think of it!

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The Only Film Festival of its Kind in the World, Right Here in Harrisonburg

November 19th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Super Gr8 Film Festival

Image source: Super Gr8

You walk into Court Square Theater. It’s a packed house. You wait expectantly in your seat. Raw video footage filmed around Harrisonburg pops up on the screen. A ban on post-editing gives you an appreciation for the talent — or at least guts — of local souls behind these numerous short films. It’s the 5th Annual Super Gr8 Film Festival, and it’s super popular… and unique:

The Super Gr8 Film Festival is the only film festival of its kind in the world and it happens in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our creative community has come together and welcomed the festival by pooling their collective abilities, talents, ideas, and visions. The medium of film is a great meeting ground for actors, directors, cinematographers, designers, musicians, and artists.

Get a glimpse of what this event is all about, get a more in-depth look behind the scenes, and get your tickets here — there is a color night and a black & white night — and they’re cheaper in advance.

All that’s left is to ask the obvious question… ARE YOU SUPER GR8?

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6 Things to Do in Harrisonburg around Thanksgiving

November 14th, 2014 by Emily Marsh · No Comments


There’s nothing like some cold weather to herald the coming of the Holidays. While you’ve been busy pulling out the scarves, gloves, warm blankets, winter decorations, and Thanksgiving dinner recipes, Harrisonburg has been prepping for the Holidays as well. We’ve compiled a short list of Thanksgiving week happenings in the ‘Burg.

6 Things To Do in Harrisonburg Around Thanksgiving

Before the craziness of mashing potatoes, hosting family, and Black Friday chaos begins, take a moment to relax at Friendly City Food Co-op while getting a massage and listening to soothing music at their Relax and Shop event the day before Thanksgiving. Aaaahhhh….

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: Friendly City Food Co-op

Then, start off your Thanksgiving morning with an invigorating run in the Rocktown Turkey Trot.

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: VAMomentum

Completing this 4-mile course will absolutely justify that extra helping of buttery mashed potatoes and at least one more slice of pie. Plus, if you have kids, make it a family affair with the Gobble Gobble Kids Dash around Court Square.

The races take place early enough in the morning to allow plenty of time to get back home for Thanksgiving dinner.

Once you sleep off all the food and family festivities, it’s time to start shopping for Christmas! Harrisonburg has some amazing local shops that can help you with your Christmas list.

Harrisonburg Thanksgiving
Source: Harrisonburg Tourism

November 29th is national Small Business Saturday, but why not start early and visit some of our local shops during your shopping frenzy on Black Friday?

To really get into the Holiday mood, check out Gypsy Hill Park’s Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights. It runs from November 24 to January 1st from 5-11pm each evening.

And, you can take your child or furry friend to get pictures with Santa at the Valley Mall in plenty of time for your Christmas card.

Well, Harrisonburg, it looks like it’s time to bundle up and get our Holiday spirit on!

 

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Harrisonburg Area Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

November 11th, 2014 by The Harrisonburg Homes Team · No Comments


We are pleased with how the Harrisonburg real estate market fared in October. Entering the final quarter of the year usually begins the “leveling off” of both contracts and sales because folks are gearing up for the holiday season, but this year, October remained surprisingly strong. Sales were boosted to over 2%, contracts are up nearly 6%, and average price per square foot increased by $3.69! Read on for more details…

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 Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

October had another gain in sales, bringing the year-to-date change to +2.1%. This is due to the healthy number of contracts written over the past few months. Other key stats here are a significant 3.6% increase in average price per square foot — thanks to the higher average selling price — and a shorter time on the market (about a month!).

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

 

Contracts jumped by 5.7% over last year at this time, with an average list price of those homes going under contract at $215,269, which is 3.4% higher than a year ago. These homes are also slightly larger than last October, and sat on the market for about a month less time.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report: October 2014

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Sales prices in October were higher than any other October over the past four years, which means the economy is strengthening. Buyers are continuing to commit to purchase properties for higher amounts of money and at a quicker pace. Sellers, be confident in listing your home! The current local market has proven over the past year that sales are strong, and sellers are getting nearly 97% of their final asking price, while having their home on the market for an average of roughly five and a half months. (Not to mention the increase of $3.69 in average price per square foot to $105.94.) Buyers, there are a wealth of homes to choose from, but beware… the great homes at great values don’t stay on the market for long.  Stay tuned for more market trends

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Mashita + Bella Luna = A Delicious 4-Course Collaboration

October 31st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza is teaming up with Mashita, a favorite local food truck serving Korean inspired dishes, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to offer a fabulous four course dinner. That is four courses, two favorite local dining hot spots, at $45 a person. Amazing!

What’s on the menu, you ask?

Mashita + Bella Luna = A Delicious 4-Course Dinner | November 4, 2014

image credit: Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza

DROOL.

Reservations can be made by calling 540-433-1366. Space is limited, so act quickly!

Event Details

4-Course Collaborated Dinner
Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza [map]
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7:30 PM
$45 per person
Remember to make a reservation (see above)

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Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Downtown Harrisonburg: November 9, 2014

October 31st, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Veterans Day Celebration, Downtown Harrisonburg & Harrisonburg High School | Sunday, November 9, 2014

The City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance will be honoring our nations heroes at the annual Veterans Day Celebration in downtown Harrisonburg. On Sunday, November 9, head to Main Street for a parade beginning at 2:00 PM. Flags will line the streets and patriotic floats will glide through town, marching bands will fill the air with music, a convoy of military vehicles will drive through, and more!

Following the parade, at 3:30 PM, a ceremony honoring the veterans will take place at Harrisonburg High School. As part of the ceremony, the high school’s music department will present a Veterans Day Concert at 4:30 PM. The Harrisonburg High School Symphonic Band and Honors Choir will perform patriotic works celebrating the men and women who have served our country.

Looking for more information? Check out HDR’s website.

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Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry

October 23rd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Wilson Downtown Gallery’s rotation of artists continues with the taking down of Denise Kanter Allen’s paintings and showcasing a new set of paintings for the months of November and December. For the first time, we’ll be displaying works from a group of artists: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry. The show will be called “Our Viewpoints,” and each artist will bring their unique viewpoints to their individual watercolor subjects. Remember to stop by the gallery during First Fridays on November 7 for a FREE artist’s reception and refreshments!

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014

Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014 Wilson Downtown Gallery: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry | November & December 2014

FIRST FRIDAYS ARTIST RECEPTION

Our Viewpoints: Martha Mobley, Deborah Kay Nees, and Nick Terry
Wilson Downtown Gallery
83 South Main Street, Harrisonburg [map]
November 7, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Light refreshments provided
FREE!

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Shop for a Good Cause at Wilson Downtown Gallery: November 8, 2014

October 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Oates · No Comments


Festival of Gifts @ Wilson Downtown Gallery: November 8, 2014 | Proceeds benefit Relay for Life

We are excited to host a fun event for a great cause in our downtown office space, AKA Wilson Downtown Gallery! Stop by on November 8 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM to peruse the Festival of Gifts. The Relay for Life team Smiles for a Cure is putting on this shopping extravaganza, and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Vendors at the Festival of Gifts include:

You’ll also be able to purchase baked goods and crafts. Come and shop for gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

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How to Eat Out on the Cheap in Harrisonburg

October 16th, 2014 by Lisa Oates · 10 Comments


If you know us at all, you are fully aware that we love food. The fact that our office is nestled in the heart of the downtown Culinary District makes our hearts (and bellies) sing. Eating, for us, isn’t a problem. The problem comes when we want to dine on our favorite dishes but the budget doesn’t allow for it. So, another good reason to have an office downtown means that we can stay on the pulse of where the best deals are at our favorite restaurants.

How to Eat Cheap at Popular Harrisonburg Restaurants

Here is a list of some of the best dining deals we’ve found in Harrisonburg, and how you can eat out on the cheap in the ‘Burg:

Union Station serves $1.95 “bar bites” with a drink purchase every day during specific hours (they change depending on the day).

Capital Ale House has $2 burger night on Mondays from 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, with a beverage purchase.

Bella Luna’s $5 pizza happy hour every day is truly one of the best deals in town.

A Bowl of Good has you covered on Saturday mornings with an $8 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Local Chop & Grill House serves 5 for $6 until 7 – that is, 5 menu items for $6 until 7:00 PM Tuesdays – Thursdays.

Clementine offers $4 appetizers from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Mondays – Fridays.

Ruby’s (in the basement of Clementine) offers $2 Barbecue on Tuesdays, $3 Burgers on Wednesdays, and $3 Wings on Thursdays.

Corgans’ Publick House has 50 cent wing night on Mondays, and stop by on Wednesdays for $5 burgers.

The Artful Dodger has a buy one get one deal for appetizers from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Billy Jack’s serves $2 sliders on Tuesdays and $3 sticky nuggs on Thursdays.

Cuban Burger features a different burger each day (Monday – Friday) that you can get for ½ off from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Food.Bar.Food offers happy hour specials from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tuesdays – Saturdays, including half bowls and small plates for $4 – $6.

Joshua Wilton House has a $55 date night special on Thursdays, which includes a shared appetizer, two entrees, and a shared dessert.

The Baker’s Dozen serves an all-homemade daily (from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM) all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $6.99.

And, of course, another way to eat out on the cheap in Harrisonburg is to visit one of the many food trucks in the area!

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Do you know of any other fantastic, can’t-pass-it-up deals on dining in Harrisonburg? Let us know in the comments!

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