Arts + Entertainment

2013 Celebration & Reception: In Photos

It is truly amazing what can be achieved when a group of people come together with a shared purpose to create something better than what originally existed. At Celebration & Reception last Monday, February 25th at Clementine, members of the Harrisonburg community came together to celebrate a transformation that has been slowly evolving and awakening the downtown area over the past 10 years. Guests were able to toast to another year of downtown’s successes, hear exciting plans for the future, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Awards were presented for Design Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. This event also kicked off our annual Friends of Downtown membership program.

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Thank you to Clementine for hosting! Photo by Shannon Essad.

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Intern Katie manning the table where guests could purchase posters and t-shirts. Photo by Shannon Essad.

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Harrisonburg posters for sale. Photo by Shannon Essad.

We are so thankful for our volunteers! Photo by Shannon Essad.

We are so thankful for our volunteers! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Clementine provided the menu – bruschetta, sandwiches, and cheese, fruit, and veggie platters.

Clementine provided the amazing food. Photo courtesy Shannon Essad.

Bruschetta, provided by Clementine. Photo by Shannon Essad.

HDR Director Eddie Bumbaugh shared the accomplishment from the past year, and the exciting plans for the future. Photo by Shannon Essad.

HDR Director Eddie Bumbaugh shared the accomplishments from the past year and exciting plans for the future. Photo by Shannon Essad.

HDR’s Design Committee determines Design Excellence Award winners through careful consideration of those projects that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and beautification of the downtown district. Four categories were identified and winners were selected from a pool of 31 projects:

  • Design Excellence Award for Creative Renovation: Larkin Arts
  • Design Excellence Award – Honorable Mention: MODdisplays

HDR also recognized the collaborative efforts and incredible dedication of its volunteer and partner organizations through the Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year Awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Current and Former HDR Board Members
Larkin Arts received a Design Excellence Award. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Larkin Arts received a Design Excellence Award. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Thanks to all who came to Celebration & Reception! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Thanks to all who came to Celebration & Reception! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Overall, the event truly was a celebration of revival for the downtown Harrisonburg community. We can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring!

Shannon Essad is HDR’s first Social Media Intern for Fall 2012-Spring 2013 and a senior Communication major with a concentration in Organizational Communication at James Madison University. 

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