Heather Lindstrom is a single mother who has worked full time as a bus driver for Harrisonburg City Public Schools for three years to support her family. When COVID-19 brought schools to a close, Lindstrom did not want to ask for government aid and instead turned to the internet and a lifelo… Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Heather Lindstrom is a single mother who has worked full time as a bus driver for Harrisonburg City Public Schools for three years to support her family. When COVID-19 brought schools to a close, Lindstrom did not want to ask for government aid and instead turned to the internet and a lifelo…
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
When 80-degree days have you melting in the sun, nothing sounds peanut butter than a stop at Kline’s Dairy Bar.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
At the foot of the bed rests a glittery blue drum set and lodged between a worn leather sofa and his desk are four instruments crammed, but within arm’s reach. Boundaries between personal, private and work life have become obsolete for many, but Valentin Prince has chosen to embrace the chao…
Friday, May 22, 2020
Broadway-based Martha Henderson has always been a painter, but due to the confinements of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is depending solely on her imagination and turning to the mundane for inspiration behind her oil landscapes.
Things are slowly, cautiously, hopefully starting to open up.
March would have marked the beginning of wedding season, but with loved ones under lockdown and restrictions cutting down group sizes from festival proportions to 10, many brides- and grooms-to-be have opted to postpone the celebration or settle for a ceremony sans fanfare.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Arts Council of the Valley and Rockingham Fine Arts Association are collaborating with Riner Rentals on a fundraiser to paint the town with abstract images of health care employees as a salute to those on the front lines while raising money for both artists and essential workers.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
For 20 years, Court Square Theater has hosted a hodge-podge of talents and offered a space for ideas to unfold and evolve in downtown Harrisonburg, but the performing arts venue may soon be dethroned as the fiscal burdens of the pandemic suffocate its operations.
In the past, you might have met your best friend sitting side-by-side on the bleachers at a sporting event or partnered in grade school. But the 21st century has invited technology as an alternative means of connecting, bonding and establishing friendships. For Taylor McNelis, meeting Billie…
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
For six years, the Shenandoah Valley Come In Get Acquainted Regularly (CIGAR) Club has connected professional and retired people with monthly socials attended by dozens to collaborate and exchange ideas. When the pandemic eradicated any means of massive congregations, Dick Halterman took to …
Monday, May 18, 2020
Dating back to the fourth millennium B.C., people have chosen to paint their skin with tattooed words and designs for various reasons, or sometimes for no reason at all beyond the fascination of living art.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Two years ago, Dawn Davis Womack organized her first comedy show as the founder of X2 Comedy at Restless Moons Brewing with a dream to establish the reputation and respect for stand-up comedians as seen in New York and Los Angeles in her own town.
Last Sunday was Mothers’ Day and I totally neglected to write a column about it.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Brothers Craft Brewing’s Cask for a Cause is back today with a benefit pour for OASIS Fine Art & Craft.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Fog crawls across the stage floor as the band interrupts the warm neon lights filtering the air. Slowly, the acoustic guitar, sedated bass and rolling percussion set the scene before Cheryl Sule’s vocals kick-off the first song Gypsy Town has performed in months.
Abandoned in a forgotten field, a decrepit barn in the woods could easily audition for the role of a fairy-tale woodland witch’s home. But Brad Wroblewski surveys the faded and feeble structure as a prize.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Birds chirping on beat to the steady strums of an out-of-view guitar guide Kate Trammell as she sways center stage of the back porch. In the background, the morning grass is still dewy and gentle sunbeams filter through the tree branches, but the camera only has eyes for Trammell’s dramatic …
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Sometimes, you just have to go out. Like, in the car.
Stiff muscles, shortness of breath and trembling are all signs that the body is tired and needs rest. You may recognize these symptoms after a difficult workout and listen to your body, giving it time to recover, but the same signs can also be linked to feelings of anxiety and should be trea…
Saturday, May 02, 2020
In the southeastern United States, we’re fortunate to have the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) growing extensively in our midst. (Although also known as Yellow or Tulip Poplar, it’s a member of the Magnolia, rather than Poplar, Family.) The shape of its leaves and flowers makes us think…
Since she was a little girl, Davina Potratz has been fascinated by makeup. Growing up, she watched with wonder as her mother blended bold bronzes and painted her eyes in heavy eyeliner; makeup was the paint, the face an artwork.
Friday, May 01, 2020
Morgan Fink Paixão is an abstract painter in the Shenandoah Valley who recreates oil and gouche renditions of the blended textures and shadows seen in nature.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
We are in week number six of the coronavirus lockdown here in Michigan. A time in our life that will never be forgotten. The fact that we are having a few days of rainy weather doesn’t do much to improve the mood. But oh how much more we appreciate those nice sunny days! We cannot control th…
Meanwhile, nature here is being spring.
Over the years, Mary Hanlon has become a familiar face to Bridgewater families as a cafeteria worker at John Wayland Elementary School. On Wednesday, Hanlon turned 80, but the town was determined to not let social distancing keep Hanlon from a proper celebration.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
After weeks of lounging in sweatpants, Makenna Stergion stepped into a formal gown and delicately blended her stage makeup before standing in front of the ring light, crowning her figure in a ray of warm light. Last year, thousands of eyes were set on her as she sang but now there was only a…
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Set a heavy-bottomed saucepan at medium-high on the stovetop and fill with oil, just enough to cover the bottom. Once you have gauged the pot is sufficiently hot by sacrificing a kernel for combustion, pour in the rest of your kernels and cover with a lid, shaking occasionally to ensure bott…
It’s been comforting, over the past six weeks, having my sewing machine out on the dining table, along with all the accouterments of a sewing project.
In 2016, Greg Yoder of The Walking Roots Band wrote a song about the wildfires that raged across more than 10,000 acres in Shenandoah National Park. On Sunday, Yoder and his bandmates are sharing that hauntingly familiar sound of hope in defeat for the first segment of Sofapalooza.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Fifty years ago on this day, the nation celebrated the first Earth Day as a homage to Mother Nature and in recognition of environmental action. To commemorate the historical milestone, the streets bear no marchers or celebrations, but within their homes, nature lovers are finding ways to rec…
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Picture the last to-go meal you ordered — maybe it arrived in a greasy paper bag carrying the weight of a steamy meal encased in foil, maybe it was a sheer plastic carrier loaded with crisp appetizers. Once a treat or means of grabbing a meal between chores, takeout food has evolved from a s…
Monday, April 20, 2020
You know, we, just like you, are getting cabin-fever and ready to get out of the house. My wife, Robin, had a great idea the other night. She told me, “Hey, since we are getting five to six weeks to a full tank of gas so far, why don’t we go for a ride around the area?” I said, “Sure!” and o…
Friday, April 17, 2020
While this is only the third week since the official “stay home” order from the Virginia governor, I’ve been working from home for five weeks.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
We are all still home from the “stay home, stay safe” order due to the coronavirus.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I have an update for you from last week’s comments regarding Zoom Bombing. First, I apologize, as I was told by several of you that I did not provide a link to Zoom; although, they found it by googling. They were correct so here you go, Zoom.us.
Saturday, April 04, 2020
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Sadly, many of the plants that show up in spring are viewed as “weeds,” a word suggesting “pestiferous” and/or “useless.” But these native and naturalized plants are either necessary food plants for some kinds of organisms, such as butterf…
Friday, April 03, 2020
Panicked poetry dedicated to an afflicted infant, classical music tuned to a sensory-friendly level and a guide to lead wanderers through the creations downtown.
Most people are tucked away at home, but that does not mean First Friday is over. Armchair Artwalk is taking over as a virtual means to keep the community and artists connected today while isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Here we are at the end of week three of our COVID-19 quarantine, with no definitive end in sight.
Behind the meticulous lawns, a landscaping team; behind the stocked cafeteria, a truck driver delivering crates of food. Every day, countless workers keep life running at Sunnyside Retirement Community during the COVID-19 pandemic, so residents decided to share a thumbs-up in recognition of …
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
As skyrocketing unemployment rates leave families questioning what can survive the shopping list, food distribution sites are staying open and reducing income requirements to connect more individuals with food.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Whether racing down the sidewalk, maxing out the treadmill or adding miles on the bike, people around the Valley are refusing to let isolation measures keep them from racing season.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Gravel road crunches underfoot leading to long trays of foliage as Buddy the border collie eagerly awaits pets.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
School may be out, but plenty of learning can still be done. A James Madison University music project, JMUke, took to the internet this weekend to extend ukulele lessons to an isolated world.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
On Friday night, Alysia Davis laid out her 8-year-old daughter’s yoga mat and miniature kettle bells so together they could work out. Social-distancing has meant increased family time across the globe and, together, households in the Valley shared a drink and a workout yesterday for a virtua…
Friday, March 27, 2020
On Liberty Street, people are lining up outside Pale Fire Brewing, but they are not there in search of a pint. The taproom has been transformed into Pale Fire Helps, a food bank for restaurant workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every year, the Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference brings together underground creative energy and spunky spirits for a weekend of independent music and fun. Due to the new coronavirus outbreak shutting down venues and isolating artists, MACROCK has decided to cancel its 23rd annual festi…
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
“Pale Fire Helps” is a pop-up food bank providing restaurant workers with access to nonperishables during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release. Today, the food bank opens its doors for the first time from 1 to 6 p.m. and will remain those times every Tuesday through Saturday.
Armed with a guitar and song, Amy Martin took to Facebook to redefine togetherness in times of isolation.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Harrisonburg’s service industry is banding together to overcome financial fears by asking the community to pool resources and distribute wealth to those in need.