Renaissance Night Set To Return For 11th Year

Posted: May 8, 2014

Daily News-Record

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Executive Director Eddie Bumbaugh narrates a program on the improvements of downtown during Renaissance Night on Oct. 22, 2007. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R, File)

For the past decade, Renaissance Night — an annual fundraiser hosted by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance —has proven to be a popular draw among fans of the Friendly City.

The 11th annual Renaissance Night will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. May 17 at Capitol Ale House in historic downtown Harrisonburg.

When it was held at Dave’s Taverna originally, the event benefiting the nonprofit sold out consistently. Even before the downtown staple closed, HDR had moved the event to a larger venue in order to harness the crowd that sometimes tops 200 attendees.

Each year, those who come out for the event range from college students to businessmen and council members to retirees. But they all have one thing in common, the desire to celebrate HDR’s accomplishments and support the future of downtown Harrisonburg.

“It’s a neat mix of people, whether it be our friends of downtown, sponsors that come, residents, people that just really care about downtown or people that live downtown,” said Trisha Blosser, HDR director of resources. “You get that feel good, community downtown vibe when you’re there.”

In addition to the sense of community the event evokes, it serves a duel role benefitting HDR, as well.

 “Renaissance Night is Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s primary fundraising event,” explained HDR Executive Director Eddie Bumbaugh. “It’s a great opportunity to support downtown revitalization, to experience a wonderful social occasion and to look for wonderful items to purchase in the live and silent auction.”

Those auctions will feature 70 packages, including tickets to Mount Solon’s upcoming Redwing Roots Music Festival planned for July 11-13, brewery tours, jewelry and gift certificates to downtown businesses.

“There will also be a bike donated by Shenandoah Bicycle and golfing packages available [as part of the auction],” said Blosser, adding that flowers and “beautiful plants” will also be on the block.

“You name it, it’s there.”

Additionally, there will be some “fun games” available throughout the evening, says Blosser, coupled with hors d’oeuvres and main courses, as well as drinks, all of which are included in the ticket price. A DJ will be set up on the patio and dancing is encouraged, says Blosser.

“This is a full night out that includes entertainment, drinks and dancing,” she pointed out.

Event proceeds are allocated to HDR’s projects, whether current or potential.

“People who attend this event say this is one of the best galas in the community,” explained Bumbaugh.

Tickets are $75 before May 12 or $100 at the door. For more information, visit or call 432-8922.

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