Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Under flowering trees, serenaded by conversing ducks and harmonizing pollinators, Peg Sheridan often teaches watercolor to exploring artists in the making.
As Jason Starr’s spring semester as a political science and studio art sophomore came to a close, he was neck deep in plans to travel Europe, documenting the refugee crisis in film. Suddenly, the world was placed under lockdown within weeks and his summer project pivoted to photographing the…
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Friendly City Food Co-op is beginning a new online ordering service for customers called Co-Go.
During lazy summer days, Phil Duntemann would experimentally roast coffee beans on his porch. Within three years, those dog days of hobby roasting evolved into an operational cafe serving downtown Harrisonburg pedestrian traffic through Agora Market.
Whether in a pinch to grab fresh produce for meal prep, picking up tasty treats for gifts or dashing through for dinner, Bridgewater’s new market has it all.
Poetry as an artform can serve in manifesting connection between strangers and unity between identities.
Monday, September 14, 2020
The Arts Council of the Valley is adding a new funding category to its fall 2020 Advancing the Arts grant application cycle to support artists experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Back in the day when I first discovered Amazon (my first order was in 1995), I thought what a great place to get some books. Amazon started in July 1995 as a website that sold books and nothing else. The creator of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, thought about the future of the company as having fantast…
MOUNT SOLON — Pink, mud-stained frock billowing around her ankles, 11-year-old Brenna Campbell trudges up the muddy hillside to the cow pasture before the sun has a chance to fully awaken from its evening slumber. After feeding the cattle each day, she goes to school before coming home, sitt…
Friday, September 11, 2020
Say ta-ta summer this weekend with cars and concessions under the shade of parting summer clouds.
Ever wondered what on Earth is going on inside some people's heads? Well, now is the time to find out.
Harrisonburg’s International Festival is an annual display of global flavor, designs and rhythms highlighting the mosaic of history and diversity in the Friendly City.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Top 10 Billboard contemporary Christian music artist Jason Gray is returning to the Valley for his "The Singer & The Songs" acoustic tour.
Another week has gone by, and it’s already time to write this column and get it on its way to my editors. Once again, I’m pushing the deadline. It must be that I work better under pressure because it seems I so often push it off until the last minute. Or maybe that is what a lot of mothers d…
“… if it is from Christ that we are to learn how God relates himself to sin, suffering, evil and death, it would seem that … sin he forgives, suffering he heals, evil he casts out and death he conquers. And absolutely nowhere does Christ act as if any of these things are a part of the eterna…
MCGAHEYSVILLE — Spinning in a circle, arms outstretched, your fingertips may easily brush against each corner of the Waldrops’ kitchen. The long and narrow living room is barely wider, but the driver’s seat up front at least offers additional seating.
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
On an alternate timeline without the pandemic, bikers would be gearing up to ride 25, 50 or 100 miles on Sunday across the paved back roads of the Valley, taking in scenic vistas, grazing farmlands and golden hillsides.
The Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center will host “The Church in Black and White,” a one-day symposium on the racial history and future of the Brethren and Mennonite churches on Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at Eastern Mennonite University and virtually via Zoom.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Bold, colorful and flavorful — Food.Bar.Food took patrons on culinary destination vacations with each bite, from the tropical shores of Brazil to the avant-garde metropolitan of Chinatown. After six years of inviting Harrisonburg to traverse the world with global comfort food, the journey is…
A happy 15th birthday to the last of our eight children! Son Kevin’s birthday is today. It’s amazing how the years fly by. I thought it would be interesting to share the column daughter Elizabeth wrote to help me out after Kevin was born. She was 11 years old and in fifth grade.
Google Meetings (which I have written about before) has experienced some changes since I spoke to you regarding it back toward the start of COVID. Here is the original article (ghtech.site/gmeet), which still contains great info if you are interested.
Saturday, September 05, 2020
Dogs are often credited as man’s best friend, but for several Valley residents, horses are the ultimate companion. With barns closed and races canceled, opportunities to spend time with fellow horse riders and steeds are few and far between.
Come fall, most gardeners clean up the garden and put it “to bed.” But if you care about our natural world, you should consider leaving it alone. Numerous kinds of wildlife are getting ready for winter, and a hands-off attitude in autumn will benefit them. They will repay you next year when …
Friday, September 04, 2020
Accept what people offer, drink their milkshakes, take their love. — Wally Lamb
In hard times, people often look for the silver lining. If finding the good in the pandemic has been a weary, dreary search, then join Restless Moons Brewing in embracing the bad.
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Back Home on the Farm kicks off its annual fall festival today with a family theme.
Two weeks ago, dust, sweat and smiles brought life to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds as crowds gathered for livestock sales and to gorge on fried delicacies.
For over 40 years, Harrisonburg resident Bruce Gray has considered himself a gamer. Diabetic and obese, Gray has not been able to play in-person role-playing games for months for health concerns.
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Good food, broken down simply, requires three things: nourishment, comfort and fullness.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Lawn signs have grown in popularity in recent years to display everything from birthday wishes and pregnancy announcements to politician patronage and political campaigning.
Cave Hill is a sixth-generation, 359-acre farm at the base of Massanutten Mountain that has sheltered hundreds of cattle, poultry and croplands under the ownership of a local family dating back to 1759. Over the centuries, the farm has undergone major changes.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Let The Golden Pony be thy chapel and rock be thy savior this weekend.
Friday, August 28, 2020
With each gentle brush stroke, Rebecca Ryan paints the world around her: high green grasses, delicate orchard blossoms and dazzling blue skies. Amid the long hours of labor through acres of land, the co-owner of Ryan’s Fruit Market in Timberville said she sees beauty all around her.
I had a great question from Teresa, one of my readers, last week. She, like all of us, copies and pastes things in her computer all the time.
Since seminary, Bridgewater Baptist pastor the Rev. Roger Austin’s mind was filled with fluttering lyrics. Thirty years later, Austin took those harbored melodies into a studio to record his first album, “Between the Dragon and the Lamb,” in 2017. Now, he’s back.
Sometimes, I’ve been tempted to collect things, like Hummel figures, Christmas tree ornaments or souvenir spoons.
Before resigning to fall, the last few weeks of summer are riddled with sweltering, brilliant days to be missed when autumn's chilly breeze blows through. But saying goodbye to summer does not have to mean parting ways with vibrant, lush foliage and botanicals.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
On 22 acres of rolling hills along the city-county line, the brick Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center quaintly sits before several remnants of the community’s past dating back to the 18th century, quiet aside from the occasional traffic blowing past at the foot of the hill. Once a year, …
A busy time of the year — we are in the midst of canning season. We are filling lots of jars and freezers with a bountiful harvest. Many meals will be made from the harvest, the fruits of our labor. Do we appreciate enough what the good Lord provides to us? We have so much to be thankful for…
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
If black cats and unexplained shadows leave you tossing and turning in bed at night, beware. For those whom October cannot come fast enough, Elkton is getting an eerie twist this weekend.
Every Monday morning, A Bowl of Good operates like a mullet: business in the front, party in the back.
Near the corner of Mason and Main streets, a group of teens and young adults loiter on the sidewalks in front of a stationed police car. Across 30 feet of open lawn at Our Community Place at the next corner, Young Jupiter Market Garden sells produce picked from the affiliated patch.
Monday, August 24, 2020
I have used several online sales tools in the past. Sometimes for real and other times testing for information. There are many out there that provide you with the best or better prices than what a site may offer.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Every year, the Ham family of Staunton organizes a motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention in memory of Zachary Ham, who died by suicide at 19.
Friday, August 21, 2020
When Harvey Yoder approached his 80th birthday, he knew he wanted to dedicate the celebration to something bigger than himself. As a Mennonite pastor, Yoder spent years learning and working to support refugees around the world, so he dreamed of walking 8 miles for each decade of his life and…
Growing up in Grottoes, Adam Frye’s family did not have many means and Frye learned early on to make the most of what he had. Adopting creativity and self-reliance as tools to survive poverty, Frye grew to forge a passion for living organically, apart from the industrialized and modernizing world.
Best friends, band mates, blood brothers — Zach Williams and Josh Hebdon’s intimate connection dates back to middle school days of angst and the Ramones, and the fruit of their friendship, the band Magister Ludi, is genre-fluid, riddled with obscurity and electric fun.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
The mercury on the thermometer dipped down to a chilly 55 degrees this morning. Son Joseph, 18, just came in from doing the morning chores. He said it’s pretty chilly out there this morning with the wind. His driver should be here any minute. I made him an egg and cheese sandwich for his bre…
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance launched its fourth annual Friendly City Fortune Raffle on Aug. 7.
Jumping hurdles from the health and education systems is an endless mental and emotional exercise for Amanda Morris as she works to provide care for her 13-year-old son, James, who sustained an acquired brain injury from hypoxia. In the era of COVID-19, most support systems and resources hav…