The First Annual Rocktown Beer & Music Festival took place Saturday afternoon at the Turner Pavilion and Park in downtown Harrisonburg. The festival — sponsored by Harrisonburg’s Downtown Dining Alliance, with proceeds benefiting Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance — showcased the growing popularity of craft beers with over 30 breweries from around the country including Dogfish Head, […]
Friday 9 p.m. – I haven’t even gotten my seat belt buckled and Officer Scott Jones of the HPD is explaining to me that our first call of the night is serving a warrant for assault and battery. HPD has dealt with the suspect before who, Jones notes, is known to possess firearms and sometimes […]
Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, is among the reddest Republican strongholds in the Commonwealth. If Democrats in the Virginia Senate have their way in the redistricting process, it could become even redder. Republican Bob Goodlatte has held office in the 6th CD since he was first elected in 1993. But […]
Westover Pool, located at the Cecil Gilkerson Community Activities Center in Harrisonburg, will be closed until at least seven in the morning on Thursday, April 14. The entry doors were damaged early Tuesday morning after trespassers cut a slit in the pressurized pool dome, entered the facility and attempted to exit through the main entrance […]
If success can be measured by the length of the lines waiting to get into packed downtown venues then MACRoCk, Harrisonburg’s homegrown celebration of indie music, was once again a hit. The two day event, which draws bands and spectators from around the East Coast, is also a showcase of local talent and the downtown venues where they […]
On March 22, the City of Harrisonburg announced a crackdown on illegally placed signs and fliers throughout the city: “Public Works crews will be proactively removing signage illegally placed within the city right of way. These are typically yard signs that market businesses, sales, and other events. Placement of such signs in the city right […]
It’s the last week of March and that means that the MACRoCk committee is putting the finishing touches on what will be the 14th iteration of Harrisonburg’s own spring independent music festival. For those unfamiliar with this event, MACRoCk is a festival that originally took place on JMU’s campus, but two years ago moved to […]
“This here is Ducktown,” said Nelson Hess, owner of Hess Furniture on North Liberty Street. “Right here there’s a lot of ‘em.”
The bustling heart of Ducktown is along the stream between Wolfe and Rock streets, where the residents of the nearby Lineweaver apartment building generously, excessively even, distribute bread and other foodstuffs.
Turn west off of VA 259 onto Bergton Road and you drive into the far northwestern corner of Rockingham County. The narrow paved road winds you into a land of sheep pastures and chicken houses, hunting cabins and homes, rolling hills and wooded ridges that rise into the mountain that creates a skyline marking the border with West Virginia. Whether that skyline will someday feature a natural gas derrick is a question that remains unanswered.