Hburg Happenings – late October

Brent Finnegan -- October 19th, 2006

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In recent news:

Much to the disappointment of Virginia Democrats and moderates, Mark Warner recently announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. So, you can take those “Warner 08” stickers off your bumpers now.

According to the intermittently reliable rumor mill at Republitarian, conservative Democrat Dan Breeden may challenge Republican incumbent Steve Landes in the 25th district next year.

A recent study by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the city/county population for H’burg and Rockingham has increased by 6.2 percent (almost 7,000 people) since Y2K, for a total of 115,100.

The Mercy House also did a survey this year, and found that 62 of Harrisonburg’s 43,500 people are homeless.


Tonight at 7:00, local historian Bob Sullivan will be at the regional library, will show and discuss numerous old drawings and photographs of downtown H’burg.

Friday the 20th: The annual Fall Museum & Gallery Walk from the Little Grill & JMU to downtown. Event map here.

The 21st: Free concert at the Court Square Theater featuring Michael DeLalla, Andrew McKnight, Madeline MacNeil, Wild Carrot, Debra Cowan, Randy Barrett, and The Unfortunate Rakes to benefit the Everyday Angels Foundation. Bring coats, blankets, and canned goods to donate. Contact the CST for more info.

The Green Valley Book Fair ends on the 22nd.

October 23 – 30: JMU’s UPB is showing three documentary films, Mardi Gras: Made in China, Invisible Children, and Behind the Swoosh for free on campus, as part of their “October Education Month” events. I’ve seen Invisible Children, and recommend catching it if you can. More info at the UPB.

October 24th: At 6pm, Farmers, community leaders, and policy specialists will be at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, taking questions and comments from the community regarding the 2007 Farm Bill.

On the 26th at 4pm, word has it that Mark Warner and Jim Webb will be at Court Square.

Various costume festivals and parties going on Halloween weekend and on the 31st: on the 28th, Shenandoah National Park is holding a Roaring 20s Costumed Ball. On Halloween there’s a festival in Broadway, one in Elkton… probably too many to list. There are also various corn mazes, haunted corn feilds, and haunted caverns going on this month in honor of Halloween. Unfortunately, nothing as scary as Hellbox, but probably more appropriate for kids.

for more local events, check the University Program Board, EMU Events, worthless, Harrisonburg Tourism and GoLookOn.

5 Responses to “Hburg Happenings – late October”

  1. danno says:

    I actually got an email from a kid last week asking if we were doing it again.

    Something to the caliber of Hellbox really takes a tight group of creative people, a good house, a landlord who doesn’t mind that much if we destroy everything (Craig Smith), and a lot of motivation and commitment. We were lucky the Toolbox had that for the two years we did it. It was the only opportunity we had to slaughter pretty girls without getting in trouble.

    I don’t think I’ll go to any of those haunted things, cause I’ll probably be thinking the whole time, wow this thing could use a room full of dead babies, real people hanging from the ceiling, a video of chris waters getting bludgeoned, freshman girls running out crying, and all of our other screwed up antics. Somebody in Harrisonburg needs to seriously keep this sort of thing going every year.

  2. finnegan says:

    Hellbox was definitely a haunted house for everyone that watches horror movies and thinks haunted houses are lame. I remember college girls running out crying.

  3. infolkus says:

    It’s true… former Governor Mark Warner and Democratic candidate Jim Webb have a campaign stop in Harrisonburg on Thursday, October 26. The event starts with music by Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels, and Warner and Webb are expected to speak around 4:15. Following the speeches, they’ll do a “meet and greet” at Calhoun’s around 5pm.

  4. Mollie says:

    do you have to go to JMU to go into the hellbox?
    or what are the age limits; if any?

  5. finnegan says:

    This post is two years old. To the best of my knowledge, Hellbox hasn’t been operational since 2004.

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