Arts + Entertainment

Renaissance Night Celebrates Downtown, Millennium-Style

Renaissance Night 2013 logoTomorrow night, Saturday, May 11th, community members will come together to celebrate the revitalization of downtown Harrisonburg and support the work of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance at its annual fundraising gala, Renaissance Night.

This event, held from 6:30-11:00 pm at Capital Ale House, will feature a Millennium theme, complete with a costume contest with prizes in four categories: Artistic, Glitzy, Wacky, and Most Y2K. Guests are invited to wear Millennium-era garb, business attire, or black tie ensembles. Dinner, drinks, dancing, and music with DJ Neals Barkley will provide a full evening of entertainment.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on items from local businesses and artists, as well as a number of vacation packages. A silent auction will take place until 8:30 pm, followed by a live auction at 8:45 pm. A raffle will also be held to win one of three trips for two to Chicago, the Caribbean, or Mt. Rushmore, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone.

Guests bid on silent auction items at Renaissance Night 2012. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

Guests bid on silent auction items at Renaissance Night 2012. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

Some featured items in this year’s auction include:

  • Engraved sterling die-struck bracelet set with three diamonds and matching ring set with one diamond from Hugo Kohl Custom Jewelry
  • Limited edition print of East Main Street by Peggy Anderson
  • Spanish Paella Dinner with Taste. A Food Company
  • Tandem skydive from Skydive Orange
  • A week-long stay at a rustic bed & breakfast in Costa Rica
  • Nationals Baseball and Sail Boating, followed by a stay at the Courtyard Marriot
  • Donations for a living wall on the Elizabeth Street Parking Deck
  • and more than 100 other great items and services!
Photo courtesy of HDR archives.

One of the auction items is a week-long stay at this rustic bed & breakfast in Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of HDR archives.

The silent auction will feature over 70 items in a wide variety of interest areas, including (click each link for a listing of offerings):

ART

CULINARY DELIGHTS

GETAWAYS & TOURS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

PARTIES & ACTIVITIES

WORK & PLAY

One of the art pieces available in the silent auction - Tattoo by Lynda Bostrom. Photo by Sydney Felker.

One of the art pieces available in the silent auction – Tattoo by Lynda Bostrom. Photo by Sydney Felker.

The revitalization efforts of HDR have helped develop programs and projects for economic development, beautification, historic preservation, promotions, and special events. To continue funding these efforts, money raised from Renaissance Night will go to the operations of these and other programs.

Decked out in black tie attire, HDR Volunteer Pat Rooney welcomes guests to the 2012 Renaissance Night event. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

Decked out in black tie attire, HDR Volunteer Pat Rooney welcomes guests to the 2012 Renaissance Night event. Photo by Nicole Martorana.

HDR is very thankful for all Renaissance Night sponsors. Special thanks go out to the event’s platinum and gold sponsors: Ameriprise Financial – Huggins & Associates, Capital Ale House, Edward Jones Investments – Ken Surber, Matchbox Realty & Management Services, Newman Avenue Associates – Jenny Kuszyk, Union First Market Bank, Brown, Edwards & Co., Classic Kitchen & Bath, Denton Family Charitable Foundation, Evans Law Group, PLC, Friendship Industries, Inc., Laura A. Thornton, PLC, Lenhart Obenshain, PC, Valley Renovators, Inc., VBS Mortgage, Virginia Eagle Distributing, and Whitesel Music.

Tickets for Renaissance Night are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by phone or in person through HDR. For further details, please call (540) 432-8922 or visit downtownharrisonburg.org.

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

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