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Ways to Do Downtown this Winter

It’s easy to cuddle up inside and hibernate all winter long, but why not make this winter season one to remember? Put on your parka, long johns, and boots and head out to explore all of the fun that can be had downtown this winter! There are opportunities that will be sure to entice your taste buds, get your endorphins flowing, put a smile on a child’s face, and bring fun to all ages.

First, get in touch with your creative side at You Made It!, where you can paint your own pottery. Enjoy adding your personal touch to glass art, platters, coffee mugs, and more. Get lost in the relaxation of each brush stroke and follow your inspirations wherever they may lead you.  You Made It! is open Monday to Wednesday from 11 am-7 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am-9 pm, Saturday from 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday from 1-6 pm.

You Made It!

You Made It! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Creative types may also enjoy exploring the Virginia Quilt Museum. The museum’s exhibit theme for 2013 is “Designs & Dimensions” featuring quilts that emphasize geometric shapes such as diamonds, hexagons, and stars. The exhibit year just opened last Friday, February 1st, with the exhibit “Doodles, Diamonds and Other Dramatic Designs, with works by well-known artist Dorothy “Dodie” Erlenborn of Amissville, VA. Erlenborn’s quilts are know for their detailed designs and original use of color. Check them out through May 11.

Virginia Quilt Museum

Virginia Quilt Museum. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The winter season also means time off of school for the little ones. Explore More Discovery Museum has plenty of activities this winter season to keep any child entertained. The museum is offering weekday programs from Tuesday to Friday, beginning at 4:15 pm. Tuesdays focus on exploring science, with a different science project featured each week. On Wednesdays, the museum will be exploring the globe in the One World exhibit area to learn about different countries and cultures. Grab a paint brush and smock on Thursdays and learn some new art techniques! On Fridays, it is all about making new friends at Preschool Pals, designed for children ages 3-5.

Photo by Shannon Essad.

Photo by Shannon Essad.

Winter is also a great time to catch up on your reading. While you’re out and about exploring, take a short walk over to Downtown Books and find new and used treasures or visit Massanutten Regional Library to check out something for yourself or the kiddos!

Thankfully, Harrisonburg also has a variety of places to make yourself comfortable and get lost in a good book or conversation. I recommend the New Leaf Pastry Kitchen, Earth & Tea Cafe, or Shank’s Bakery.

Enjoy a warm cup of tea on a cold wintery day. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Enjoy a warm cup of tea on a cold wintery day. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Pick a goody, any goody at Shank's Bakery. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Pick a goody, any goody at Shank’s Bakery. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Explore your heart out; there are so many memories to be made!

Shannon Essad is HDR’s first Social Media Intern for Fall 2012 and a senior Communication major with a concentration in Organizational Communication at James Madison University.

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