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Welcoming Back Becca Graham, Harrisonburg’s Very Own International Spikeball Champion

September 29, 2022 by Danielle Generous

Join downtown Harrisonburg in welcoming back our very own international Spikeball champion- Becca Graham! Becca and her partner Alli Kauffman Rogers just recently returned from Brussels, Belgium where they represented team USA in the first ever roundnet World Championship. After four days of intensive competition against 33 represented countries, team USA destroyed the competition by placing first in each of the five categories! The power duo, Becca and Alli, placed number 1 in the team bracket with a resounding score of 10 wins and 0 losses.  more

Takeover Tuesday — Village Juice and Kitchen

November 9, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

After months of construction, Village Juice and Kitchen has finally made its way to downtown Harrisonburg! more

Freedom to Celebrate: Community Collaboration for Magpie Diner’s Juneteenth Celebration

June 15, 2021 by Kate Harwood

Through the inspiring teamwork of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed and owner of Magpie Diner, Kirsten Moore, Juneteenth will be a celebration for the entire Harrisonburg community. Moore, owner of Magpie Diner, opened the diner in 2020 as an opportunity for the community to connect around food. In addition to being the Mayor of Harrisonburg, Mayor Reed is also a member of The Perch at Magpie and a good friend of Moore's. They struck up a friendly conversation while Mayor Reed was attending a lunch meeting at the diner, Moore wanted to learn more about street closures for events, Mayor Reed pitched an idea for a Juneteenth event. With determination, willingness, and collaboration, planning for Magpie Diner’s Juneteenth Celebration was underway.  Councilman Christopher Jones was brought into the event planning, assisting Officer Westhall and Officer Howard in laying out the event’s footprint, shutting down Gay and Liberty Street, and assisting in selecting the music performances. more

Rocktown Rockstars Take II

February 27, 2019 by Guest

These local businesses and people are the backbone of the downtown Harrisonburg community. Read about their contributions to our city and why they received this well-deserved recognition at this year's Celebration & Reception. more

Oprah Winfrey, Bono and Ten Thousand Villages

September 26, 2018 by Andrea Dono

How big of an impact can you have in helping people in need internationally by shopping and volunteering with a local Harrisonburg business? A lot. Just ask Carmen Miller, a sales associate with Ten Thousand Village – a fair trade nonprofit and retail boutique in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. more

Kline’s: Serving 75 Years of Happiness in Harrisonburg

August 24, 2018 by Jeslyn Stiles

Kline's Dairy Bar is an institution in downtown Harrisonburg. In celebration of their 75th anniversary, we're sharing their story, including how this iconic ice cream shop got its start, the family legacy they've created and the lasting impact they've made on our community. more

Prepare your Bids for the Downtown Dinner Party

May 16, 2018 by Jeslyn Stiles

We're just a few days out from HDR's brand new event, the Downtown Dinner Party, which is taking the place of Renaissance Night. For HDR's 15th Anniversary, we've decided to team up with the Sub Rosa Supper Club event team for a festive and food-filled night in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. The event will feature an elegantly transformed Turner Pavilion with 15 curated bar and tasting stations from downtown restaurants like you've never seen them before and 15 incredible experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Plus, there will be music by DJ Ryan Clark, The Rosy Co. vintage photo booth trailer, craft cocktails and more! more

Friendly City Fortune

May 9, 2018 by Andrea Dono

We’re a month into our second Friendly City Fortune raffle fundraiser and we wanted to continue building excitement by sharing the projects that last year’s raffle is funding. Raffle proceeds contribute towards projects that directly benefit Harrisonburg; align with community values expressed in surveys, Idea Pop Ups, and focus groups; and create a downtown that we all love. Here’s exactly how: more

How to Plan the Perfect Mother’s Day

May 8, 2018 by Jeslyn Stiles

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend the day with your mother, stepmother, grandmother, or your mother figure. Because let’s be honest, your mom does a LOT. Luckily, downtown Harrisonburg is filled with independent retailers and restaurants that are guaranteed to offer your mom the perfect experience on Sunday. more