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2017 Depot Holiday Party

Visit with Santa at the Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot First Friday Art Opening

Join us for a very special First Friday night before heading downtown to the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade. On December 1st, Santa will join us at the Depot in the R.S. Monger & Sons window and door Showroom. Take pictures with the kids and start your Christmas celebration early. Then join us upstairs for hot chocolate, cookies, and libations. Red Wing Academy will be performing in The Gaines Group Architects office. Brad Striebig will have his photography on display in our gallery. Everyone is welcome!

Take your picture with Santa!


Listen to the Red Wing Academy

First Friday Exhibit: Scenic Shenandoah Mountain

I grew up in a farming community in Pennsylvania and loved the outdoors. I spent as much time as possible in the mountains and waters along the Appalachian mountain chain, ofter with camera in hand. I love the vibrant colors of the seasons throughout this region.

The photographs in this exhibit represent the beauty of this region’s Shenandoah Mountain. Located west of the Shenandoah Valley in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah Mountain is one of the largest tracts of wild land in the Eastern United States. Shenandoah Mountain provides diverse wildlife habitat, outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and clean water for drinking and aquatic life.  It also helps support our local tourism-based economy.  Friends of Shenandoah Mountain is a coalition of local citizens, businesses, faith groups, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and other forest users working to protect the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain for future generations. To help provide good stewardship for this unique are visit the Friends of Shenandoah Mountain website to endorse a proposal to make this area a National Scenic Area at:

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First Friday Artist: Bradley A. Striebig, Ph.D.

Photography is something I’ve enjoyed since I was about 6 years old, when my father introduced me to to film cameras. I haven’t put the camera down, although the camera has changed quite a bit, since that first brown plastic Kodak I had as a kid.Over the years, my work has been published in newspapers, calendars, magazines, book covers and numerous websites. I have been fortunate to be able to incorporate photography into service work with Engineers Without Borders and other NGOs. Currently I am working with Friends of Shenandoah Mountain to help conserve this rare wilderness in the Eastern US. Photography has played an important role in documenting various projects in Benin, India, Malta, Rwanda and the Nez Pierce Reservation in Montana. I have also worked with local non-profit organizations, donating services to the Lehman Center, a home for children, and the Interfaith Peace Camp at Eastern Mennonite University.

In addition to photography, I am a founding member and professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Prior to joining the JMU Department of Engineering I was a faculty member at Gonzaga University where I helped developed the WATER program in Benin. I am also the lead author of Engineering Application in Sustainable Design and Development, published by Cengage Publishing in 2015.

I’ve been blessed with two children who bring home the importance of pursuing sustainability. They also serve as a constant reminder that the pursuit of one’s curiosity can be a fun, exciting and sometimes downright silly pursuit – and also a meaningful journey.

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Jude Dayton

First Friday Art Gallery opening featuring Jude Dayton – This Friday!

First Friday Art Gallery opening featuring Jude Dayton
Jude Dayton

Each month we host a new artist 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!

Artist: Jude Dayton

Statement: For many years I have experienced great enjoyment from the creation of art. I started with pen and ink drawings, then progressed to the media of watercolor and oil and finally moved to acrylic. That led me to incorporate collage and encaustic into my creations. Later I developed a business in which I transferred prints of my work onto wearable art. My art has been influenced by my study of art history and by learning from other artists.

I had art shows while living in Annapolis and displayed my art in my studios in both Annapolis and Baltimore. In 2002, I had a month-long one-person exhibit at the French Embassy in the District of Columbia. This show emphasized paintings that had been inspired by Cro-Magnon cave art that I had visited in southern France. Some of my work on canvas is currently displayed in a gallery in Tucson where we lived for several years.

I recently moved from Arizona to the Shenandoah Valley and was inspired to return to painting with watercolors. This month’s exhibit includes some of my latest paintings. Also, I have available stationery cards showing some of my watercolors and prints of earlier works that were influenced by ancient cave art.

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Chesapeake and Western Depot

The Gaines Group Harrisonburg office is taking shape.

The Gaines Group Harrisonburg office is taking shape.

Our new office is open and getting into shape.


The interior brick walls along the stair that were once covered in black char from the 80’s fire have been scraped. The stairs have been rebuilt leading to the second floor.


Heading into the second floor, the window and door opening from the fire was preserved showing the fire damage.


Where there once was a hole in the floor, now there is a kitchen finished with Alberene soapstone counters and Wolf Cabinets.


Our signage is installed done by Eddie Edwards Signs.


The front desk is installed using wood from attic fire damaged wood.  The base of the desk was fabricated by Excel Steel.


The high top desks face the Marvin windows.


Our LEED certificates are hung on the wall along with our awards placed on the shelving.


The 100-year-old drafting desk from Ray’s family has been refinished and installed into my office.


My office space is generous enough for a meeting table in addition to my desk. The wall behind is a dry erase board using Sherwin Williams system.


My miniature architect toy is hanging out with my CSI, Interchange, On the Road Collaborative, and CATEC mug.


My World’s Best Boss mug is there to remind everyone.


Several of my old models from college and a few 3-D printed models are on the file cabinets.


In our conference room we have a new table and chairs. What do you think? Again, there was no floor here a few months ago.


Our new old lights have been redone to be energy-efficient and to preserve the patina from years of use. Thanks to Live Wire for their wonderful work.


Maybe best of all, we have a large storage closet with lots of shelf space.

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Stop by and visit. Let us know your memories of the space. If you have any pictures from what the building used to be, we would love to see them.

Architect to expand office space in Harrisonburg

Architect to expand office space in Harrisonburg

We are in process of designing our new office space. Our Harrisonburg architectural firm has grown from my basement office in June 2008 to need more than the two office and conference room we have now. We are out of space and in need of something we can have some design control over. Our new space will be in the historic Chesapeake Western Railway building and will double our floor area.


We will share the second floor of this building with Herr and Company and Estland Design. The first floor will be the Marvin Window and Door showroom.

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The new space will give us the ability to continue to host high school students in our office that are interested in a career in architecture, expand our ability to share our conference room for small groups, and give us the technology upgrades we need to better serve our clients. Let me know what you think of our space so far.

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