H’burg Happenings – Early September

Brent Finnegan -- August 29th, 2006

WHSV and The Breeze reported no JMU riots or “parties gone bad” Friday or Saturday night. CORRECTION: Handgun violation and sexual assault (the Breeze).

The Downtown Renaissance is offering it’s third round of grants for downtown businesses to improve their facades. Hopefully this grant applies to businesses on Water Street.

Alleycats, an event put on the the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Club, is happening today, August 29 at 7:30 starting at Court Square. According to the organizers, “Our alleycats are bicycle scavenger hunts that we have been having in Harrisonburg for about a year now. The main purpose is to help residents and students to realize how easy it is to get around the ‘burg on a bike, but mostly they are just a lot of fun.” Here’s a slideshow from the last alleycats event.

Brick is showing at the Court Square Theater August 31 – Sept 3.

Saturday, September 2: the second annual Block Party in the ‘burg featuring Shapiro, Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels, Red River Rollercoaster, and Nathaniel Baker is happening on Court Square. Starts at noon, runs ’till 5. RRR opens, Shapiro closes. Also on the second, The Massanutten Mountain Bluegrass Festival is happening up on the mountain. 11am – 7pm.

The Green Valley Book Fair is over Sept 4.

Art opening at the Artful Dodger Sept 5 featuring the drawings of Laura Lee Gulledge.

Napoleon Dynamite is playing on the Courthouse lawn Friday, Sept 8 around 8:00.

Sept 9: Worthless Fest at Captain Tee’s. Darkest Hour headlining. Starts at 5pm.

For more events, check worthless, Harrisonburg Tourism and GoLookOn. Also, Charlottesville has some big shows lined up, including The Flaming Lips, The Black Crowes, and Of Montreal.

2 Responses to “H’burg Happenings – Early September”

  1. larsen says:

    Water Street has great potential, once all the construction is done. I’ve recently discovered Shank’s Bakery- a great addition to downtown, but the shop can be hard to find with only a paper sign in the window. It’s on the same side of the street as the parking deck. And when will the sidewalk over Black’s Run be fixed? That was part of the Water Street charm.

  2. finnegan says:

    I completely agree. Shank’s Bakery is great. But as of right now, Water Street is (in my opinion) the most in need of a facelift of all the areas downtown. The Water Street Cafe also has had a temporary sign for as long as it’s been open.

    As for the closed alleyway beside Finnigan’s, my guess is that the city and Randall See will play a game of who will blink first (and pay for repairs) and See will win.

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