Because you can always go downtown
Food art? A big mural on Liberty Street in downtown Harrisonburg of a dandelion plant (whose leaves are delicious in spring) and a sunny-side-up fried egg.
Man about town: This guy stared down my camera (which was hanging at my side) as I walked up North Main Street in Harrisonburg today. He had just come from Glen’s Fair Price Store. “I was looking for Kodak film,” he said slowly.
Duck about town: This guy, whose blue patch looked black until the sun hit it, dines in Blacks Run in downtown Harrisonburg on a late summer afternoon.
Some of the cooks at the Rock ‘n Wolfe Food Truck Park take a break on a summery Saturday afternoon. That’s Belen of Belen’s Thrill of the Grill on the left and Kathleen Mania-Casey of Grilled Cheese Mania in the middle. Belen (pronounced beh-leen) manages the recently opened food truck court, located at West Wolfe and Liberty Street in downtown Harrisonburg, and he said Back Bay Brewing Company of Virginia Beach has expressed interest in joining the fun. The plan would be for Back Bay (or another beer business) to open a brewery/tap-room in the building on the site. Three food trucks are at Rock n’ Wolfe now, sitting just off the street. Eventually, the trucks will move onto two big lots behind the old car wash (there will be tables and restrooms), and the space in front will be used for parking. Possible additions: a taco truck and a Korean truck.
Man about town: Matt Gira, whom I first met when he was a toothpick teenager at Gold’s Gym. He bulked up, got a job downtown at Bank of America and has a beautiful family. Nice.
A third food truck (cart) has joined Belen’s Thrill of the Grill and Grilled Cheese Mania at the new downtown food park at West Wolfe and Liberty in Harrisonburg … Bareknuckle BBQ
A house in the Simms neighborhood in downtown Harrisonburg, with American and Puerto Rican flags. Simms is the most diverse part of the city, and increasingly attractive. The breakdown is roughly 55% white, 30% Latino, 20% black, 20% others (I’m assuming the figures surpass 100% because Latinos also are classified as black or white). The two links take you to U.S. Census figures for two “block groups” of the neighborhood.
Cue the CNN music … Breaking News: Jerry Hall, the downtown shoeshine guy, says his building has been sold and he’ll have to move out at the end of the month. It’s at the corner of East Market and Main Street on Court Square. No word on what the sliver of space (behind that “OPEN” sign) will become. Jerry has been there about a decade and says he might be back next year with a hot-dog/ice cream cart. On the bright side, he said he had planned to give up the shoe-shine biz in four months, anyway, though he didn’t think that was such a bright side because it’s a big money-making four months.
Many Nights Ahead, a Harrisonburg-area band, plays on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Harrisonburg on Friday evening.
Many Nights Ahead, an interesting Harrisonburg-area band that bills itself as “progressive bluegrass,” plays on Court Square yesterday. (I hope this video isn’t too narrow on your platform — it’s cropped super horizontal on my own page, but it’s fine on the Tumblr feed itself. No idea why.) You can buy music on the bands site, or listen to it on Spotify.
Some of the musicians in Many Nights Ahead, a local (Fulks Run) “progressive bluegrass” band, during a concert on Court Square in Harrisonburg on Friday evening. Plus, a few faces in the crowd by the big maple tree on the Courthouse lawn. The concert is part of a summer-long series, with music starting at 7 p.m. You can buy Many Nights Ahead music on its website or listen to it on Spotify. The musicians (from top to bottom): Drake Cary, Jajuan Sanabria, Amy Haloskey, Austin Shifflett, (fans), Bucky Greenawalt and Drake/Jajuan.
Grilled Cheese Mania gets ready Friday to open at its second location (the West Wolfe and Liberty food truck park) in Harrisonburg. It’ll be serving food Monday. This is the original Mania truck, the owner said, and although it’s a little smaller than the truck at the South High Street food-truck court, it’ll have the same menu. Belen’s Thrill of the Grill is the other truck at West Wolfe and Liberty (he’s been there for weeks). Tasty stuff from Belen — here’s my take on the shiitake mushroom sandwich (and one of my writers loved the chicken/bacon taco special this week).
If you need a midnight piercing or discount tattoo … TJ’s Dermagraphics of Main Street just north of Court Square.
The food truck court on West Wolfe Street (just west of Liberty) has a name: Rock ‘n Wolfe Food Truck Park. I saw the Grilled Cheese Mania owner there today, and she said she plans to have her second truck open for business at West Wolfe on Monday. The Taste of Soul might also have a second truck there eventually, and a taco truck is a possibility. Also, they hope the building behind Thrill of the Grill in this photo becomes a brewery/restaurant.