April 21, 2018 – Open Doors Food Truck Fest On Sunny Slope Farm

April 21, 2018 – Open Doors Food Truck Fest On Sunny Slope Farm

Harrisonburg, VA – Rockingham Country – Open Doors, Harrisonburg and Rockingham’s Thermal Homeless Shelter is hosting their annual fundraiser, Food Truck Fest, at On Sunny Slope Farm on April 21, 2018 from 12pm – 6pm. Tickets are available for $10 on our website and just provide admission into the event. You can also purchase them on the day of the event for $15. Kid’s 12 and under get in for free. All ticket sales go directly to supporting Open Doors and the work that they do in our community.

There will be live music, including performances by Mike Davis from 12pm-2pm; Who Shot John from 2pm – 4pm and The Hackens Boys from 4pm – 6pm. A list of the confirmed Food Trucks and vendors is being updated daily and can be found on the website.

Open Doors is a 501(c) non-profit that provides shelter and support to those experiencing homelessness from November – April every year. With the help of many local faith communities, Open Doors is able to provide shelter, warm meals, and many other resources to anyone over the age of 18 who has nowhere else to go.


Where is Food Truck Fest being held this year?

Food Truck Fest will be held at On Sunny Slope Farm again this year. The Erickson Avenue entrance is the only way to enter the festival! You can use 1000 Erickson Avenue, Harrisonburg Va 22801 to get directions!

What if it rains?

Food Truck Fest will be held rain or shine!

What is included in the ticket price?

The ticket just allows you entrance to the festival. There will be local bands playing all day, local food trucks for you to purchase food from, local wine and cider, plus select brands of beer, and local vendors for you to browse!

If you purchase your tickets before the day of the festival the price is $10.

If you purchase your ticket the day of the event it will be $15.

Kids 12 and under a free at either time.

What does the ticket price go towards?

The ticket price is a direct donation to Open Doors. Food Truck Festival is our annual fundraising event, it helps us raise money to run the thermal shelter each year.

What should I bring with me?

There will be some tables and chairs to sit at, but there is also a ton of space to sit on the grass! Bring blankets, towels, foldable chairs…and sunscreen!

​If you plan on purchasing alcohol you must bring a photo id with you.

What should I leave at home?

Pets, outside food or drink, and bicycles / skateboards / rollerblades will not be allowed into the festival.

Where will I park my car?

Parking will be in the grass. Depending on what time you arrive you may also be asked to park on a hill. Also be aware that to get to On Sunny Slope Farm, you will have to drive on a gravel road and over cattle guards!

​We plan on offering a parking shuttle service again this year.

Kipyn Martin House Show On Sunny Slope Farm

Kipyn Martin, voice of an angel and heart of a saint. And of course, she plays a Gibson and uses a Fishman sound system.

Kipyn Martin, voice of an angel and heart of a saint.

Kipyn Martin House Show On Sunny Slope Farm

Kipyn Martin House Show On Sunny Slope Farm (photo by Greg Tutwiler – Americana Music Magazine)

And of course, she plays a Gibson and uses a Fishman sound system.

Last night was a special night for me and the 20 plus family and friends that gathered with me. I think I understand now where the phrase “packed house” comes from. Though it wasn’t really packed, just full of life and music.

It was the first “Passin’ Through” house show I and Greg Tutwiler, publisher of  American Music Magazine, have hosted. And it was perfect. We sat in the living room of the Home Place on Sunny Slope Farm. In the large living room I built onto the farm house that my great, great grandfather John Wampler built in 1872. We gathered around the fireplace that warmed Kipyn Martin and her guitar as she warmed our hearts & souls and opened minds.

Kipyn Martin is a young artist with a rich, old soul. She grew up in West Virginia, in the low lands of the Shenandoah Valley near the Shenandoah River. Her lyrics run as deep as that river and sore higher than our mountain peaks. She took my heart to places last night it had missed for years. The tears and smiles I saw emerging throughout the evening told me that she was doing the same was happening for others.

Most of her songs seemed to be birthed out of her own life experiences. But somehow, as she sang, I felt as though she was singing my life songs and those of others sitting in the room. Some were infact.

As part of her kickstarter campaigns she uses to raise money for new albums, she writes songs for some of the contributors. Some end up on her albums. She sang a few of those too last night.

I would love to be able to tell you which song was my favorite. But I cannot pick one, not yet. I need to rest in her lyrics and the warmth of last evening. The memory of her words, “I can tell from what I know about Harry and his family, that music has long been in the wood of this house” make me smile this morning.

I can, however, tell you which song was the most poignant to me. It was “God is Love.” Michael Granberry, and Arts Writer stated it well in an article I found this morning as I pondered last evening.

“’God Is Love’ is a song our nation needs to hear, warning of the sin of using religion as a weapon to justify misguided political or social beliefs that do anything but show “God Is Love.” The song closes with lyrics that serve as a gentle but forceful reminder of how it should be, a truth Martin, now 30, said she learned in a loving Presbyterian church that opens its doors to all:

God is love and love abides
And when we meet with the rejected
That our arms can open wide
God is love and love is kind
And when ideas steeped in fear close our hearts
We can open and change our minds.”

There was a story she told for each song. Sometimes, they were so compelling to her and us that she forgot to tune her Gibson guitar, personal pronoun she, during them. But we did not mind and she laughed it away with us as she tuned up and down all six strings like the classically trained guitarist she is. As we chatted at the end of the night and I thanked her, I had to tease her about the precision of her tuning. There was a story for that too.

Kipyn Martin and her life songs inspired me last evening. I think that they will inspire many. One day soon, I imagine, she will become way too big for my large living room. I hope so.

I write this in hopes that my words will move you to listen to her words. So that she might warm your heart & soul and open your mind as well.

Kipyn Martin

Kipyn Martin is “passin’ through” the Shenandoah Valley on January 13, 2018

Kipyn Martin will be “passin’ through” the Shenandoah Valley on January 13, 2018. She will be staying the night on Sunny Slope Farm and honoring us with a house concert that night.

If you are interested in joining us for this unique evening with her then let us know with your RSVP Ticket.

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, Dance Across the Sky), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. 2017 finds Kipyn touring to promote Dance Across the Sky, and traveling to perform Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with duo partner Allison Shapira.

http://www.kipynmartin.com https://www.joanandjoni.com


LOVEworks Letters | 2017 Wine Festival Attraction

The Official LOVEworks Letters will be On Sunny Slope Farm for our 2017 Wine Festival.

Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has created oversized LOVEwork (16 feet wide and 7 feet high) to promote the message that “Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.“

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is offering the LOVEwork on a first-come, first served basis for Virginia tourism destinations/events that promote family-friendly travel experiences. And they have chosen the Wine Festival as their location for the first week in August.

Come out and take a picture with these iconic Virginia is for Lovers letters in front of our signature Shenandoah Valley Views!

Barren Ridge Vineyards | 2017 Wine Festival Winery

Barren Ridge Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Owned by John and Shelby Higgs, the property was originally purchased in 1934 by John’s father James Higgs, an apple grower. John grew up here, picking apples and cultivating an appreciation for the land and for the agricultural heritage of this region. Decades later, after his retirement from Phillip Morris, John and his wife Shelby cleared the overgrown apple orchard and planted a vineyard. They renovated the old apple packing barn and transformed it into a state-of-the-art winery, tasting room, and event facility, using reclaimed wood and preserving the charm and character of the original building. Now they welcome guests from far and wide to enjoy the rustic tranquility and natural beauty of Barren Ridge Vineyards while savoring a glass of one of their award-winning, handcrafted wines.

North Mountain Vineyard & Winery | 2017 Wine Festival Winery

Discover award winning wines, exceptional mountain vistas, and a storybook setting in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia! From the winery deck enjoy the views of our vineyard site that has been farmed since the 1700’s. The first grapes were planted in 1982 and included Chambourcin, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc. Today, our plantings are enhanced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Traminette, and German-Austrian varietals Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt.

North Mountain’s winemaker strives to present a unique array of elegant wines exclusive to our vineyard’s terroir. The charming European architecture of the winery building is the perfect setting for our continental special events, cuisine, and celebrations.

Smiley’s Ice Cream | 2017 Wine Festival Culinary Pairing

Smiley’s Ice Cream began in 2001 to bring the freshest ice cream you can eat, made at your location, to your next event.   We started out at our local Farmer’s Market, but due to requests from customers and businesses to bring ice cream to their events, we became too busy to continue the market on a regular basis.  We currently travel throughout Virginia and surrounding areas to bring our freshly made ice cream to weddings, businesses, street festivals, and private events.  In late spring/early summer of 2017 we will be opening our first ice cream shop on the grounds of Mt. Crawford Creamery.

Whitebarrel | 2017 Wine Festival Winery

Since opening our Virginia winery to the public in the spring of 2011, Whitebarrel has become a place to relax and enjoy our distinctive wines.  Since 2006, Whitebarrel, previously known as Attimo, has grown from a small patch of “test vines” to a large vineyard and tasting room.

Vines have been planted every year, beginning in 2007 through the present with many of our vines bearing fruit beginning in 2010. There are now over 11,000 vines on the property & many thousand raspberry and blackberry plants.