Hello to all of our wonderful followers and supporters of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. My name is Katie George and I will be interning with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance for the next few months. It is hard to believe that we are already well into the month of September, as last week’s drizzly weather so kindly reminded us. But the coming of the fall season also means that many of downtown Harrisonburg’s annual events are just around the corner. In no time at all, pumpkins and outrageous costumes will flood the streets and shortly after, so too will the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Seasonal foods will grace the Saturday farmers market and twinkling holiday lights will brighten beautiful Main Street. We are also pleased to announce that the Block Party in the ‘Burg, which was unfortunately canceled in August, is rescheduled for October 21st. It will be a great opportunity for college students to see local bands, enjoy great food, and get to know more about the community.
With so many traditions to look forward to, however, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the smaller-scale advancements and new additions that take place in downtown every week. New restaurants, shops, and exciting businesses quickly fill the nooks of downtown and we want nothing more than for the Harrisonburg community to discover these places and support downtown.
So, as a new season presents the opportunity for a fresh start, so too do we present a new feature to this blog and a way to reinvigorate your enthusiasm to enjoy all that this town has to offer. Starting this fall, we will have posts that feature businesses in downtown, both old and new, to give you an inside look. Learn about not only what they tangibly have to offer but why they are a part of this community, how they came to downtown, and the fun stories they would like to share. We will also include some visual views into these businesses with photos and maybe even some video. And of course, this blog will remain as your source for event details and photos, Q&A, and the many other tidbits of downtown information that we want to let you know. And please use this blog as a way to provide us feedback as well. We love to hear your comments and welcome any suggestions on things you’d like to see featured.
So stay tuned and follow along as I take you on a really exciting look into Downtown Harrisonburg.