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Paul Somers and The Golden Pony: Love, Music, and Community

June 25, 2019 by Guest

By Graham Schiltz — When Blue Nile closed in October 2014, downtown Harrisonburg lost more than the only Ethiopian dining option in a 50-mile radius. The restaurant’s basement hosted local music of every genre, from experimental noise to hip-hip to death metal. It was one of Harrisonburg’s only music venues, and it gave musicians a chance to perform and connect with each other. more

Creating a Destination

October 11, 2018 by Lauren Huber

The Destination Downtown Grant was created to beautify, add vibrancy, and introduce new experiences to downtown Harrisonburg. We invited the community to join us in making downtown an ever-stronger destination for locals and visitors alike. It was hard to choose among the 25 applications, but a panel of community members helped us narrow it down so we could award nine grants that will help us put $25,000 directly into the heart of our city. more