First Friday Art Opening – Eastern Mennonite School Interact Student Art

Each month on the First Friday we host a new artist art opening in our building’s 2nd floor gallery at the Chesapeake Western Depot at 141 W. Bruce St. (second floor entrance is on Chesapeake). Artwork will remain on exhibit through the month. Come view the show and get a tour the Depot! We will have food and drink available!

December 7, 2018

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Gaines Group Architects

141 W. Bruce St. Suite 201

Harrisonburg, VA

Depot Holiday Party

Please join us to take your own picture with Santa, listen to Red Wing Academy students perform, and purchase art work from Eastern Mennonite School students at this month’s open house. We will have cookies and drinks available. Note the special hours!


Title: EMS Seasonal Student Artwork
Media: Photography, Drawings, & Mixed Media
Artists: Eastern Mennonite School Student Work

EMHS Rotary Interact

Bio: We Serve is a student-led organization at Eastern Mennonite School which focuses on service projects and events in the local community. The club is sponsored by Rockingham County Rotary as a chartered Interact Club. Previous outreach projects include meals for the Open Doors shelter for the homeless, volunteer work at Anicira (the local no kill animal shelter), meals for Ronald McDonald House families and a local road clean up. Students raise money each year to help fund these projects that benefit our community.

This year, EMS students have created various forms of artwork for display and sale to support their future projects. In appreciation of the changing seasons, many of the pieces will celebrate the fall, winter, and upcoming holidays.


Visit with Santa in the R.S. Monger & Sons Window and Door Showroom, then come upstairs to check out the goodies.

Santa at the Depot


We are also thrilled to welcome back Red Wing Academy students to our space again this year.

Red Wing Academy

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, July 12th, 2019, the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Email or call 540-588-0332 for more information.

Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held at Eastern Mennonite University on July 7-10, 2019.

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