CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March - April 2014

 

All events listed are open to the general public and free except where a fee is noted. Donations to the Patrick County Food Bank are accepted.

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of inclement weather, information about program cancellations will be available through local radio stations and e-mail alerts, Facebook postings, and also by calling the Homestead at (276) 694-7181. Remember - we have a lot of power outages here and when the power is out, our phones do not work! Generally, if there is falling ice or snow, or a strong forecast for such, events will be cancelled or postponed.

Class Reservations and Cancellations:  Classes at the Reynolds Homestead will require a deposit to secure a reservation and ensure that we have the minimum number of students needed for the class to make. A decision as to whether or not to have the class will be made no later than one week prior. Any student cancellations after that time will result in a forfeit of deposit. If a class is cancelled due to a lack of interest, deposits will be refunded.

WE ARE NOW ABLE TO TAKE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS IN PERSON AT THE REYNOLDS HOMESTEAD!

March

1 - Saturday - Homestead Quilters Exchange. Charlotte Gardner will continue her Jacket project. 10:00 a.m.

1 - Saturday - Empty Bowl Event. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Reynolds Homestead and the Patrick County Food Bank are partnering together to host an Empty Bowl event at the Rotary Building in Stuart. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. All proceeds go to support the PC Food Bank. $10 fee includes a lovely handcrafted bowl, your choice of 10 soups, bread and water. Lisa Martin will be making Cheese Tortellini and Kale soup! Healthy and delicious.

2 - Sunday - Hook-in-Hand Exchange. Open to anyone interested in the fiber art of rug hooking. 2:00 p.m.

2- Sunday - Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Snow date, Saturday, March 8)
We’re having a party, it’s truer than true. We want to celebrate and party with you! You would not, could not, should not miss a birthday such as this! Seuss-themed food, crafts, a photo booth and of course, read-alouds of his most popular books. $5.00 per person. REGISTRATION CLOSED.

3 - Monday - Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in learning about photography. From beginner to professional welcome. 6:30 p.m.

4 & 5 - Tuesday and Wednesday - Fast Track 2014. Come vist our booth #707 & 709 and see what's up! This year, the highly anticipated showcase will have a new home — the old Tultex building directly behind the Clocktower Building. This spacious  new floor plan will entertain 150+ exhibitor spaces with wider aisles and expanded booth sizes for all. VIP Business Night will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This opening night is by invitation only, which promotes networking among business-to-business contacts.  On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Fast Track is open to the public to allow for business-to-consumer contacts.

5- Wednesday - Volunteer Inservice: Jennifer Doss, "Experiental Tourism." Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville/Henry County Economic Development, will do an In-service for Staff and Volunteers of the Reynolds Homestead on March 5th, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.  Her topic of discussion will be Experiential Tourism, “the art of creating memorable events” for the tourists and program participants who visit the Reynolds Homestead.  Experiential tourism has become the current term that encompasses a variety of tourism and traveler categories, including the following: cultural tourism, ecotourism, educational travel, experimental tourism, heritage tourism and nature tourism, where activities are environmentally sensitive, displaying respect for the culture of the host area and looking to experience and learn rather than merely stand back and gaze. Experiential tourism involves active participation, involvement, even immersion.

Staff and Volunteers at the Reynolds Homestead do a superb job in providing information, tours, and a variety of educational and artistic events for our many visitors.  Jennifer’s insights and ideas will add to and enhance the experiences of all who come to the Reynolds Homestead for the varied programs and will help to equip the volunteers and staff with new ideas and techniques for bringing Experiential Tourism to the Reynolds Homestead and Southwestern Virginia.

Volunteers planning to attend, please RSVP to Beth Ford or Lisa Martin so we can prepare lunch for you!

5 - Wednesday - Monthly Volunteer Meeting. Learn about the opportunities available for volunteering at the Reynolds Homestead. All talents and abilities - and muscle! - are welcome. Call to register and lunch will be provided. 1:00 p.m.

9 - Sunday - Homestead Hikers - March Hike: Fairy Stone State Park - Turkey Ridge Trail. This new organization at the Homestead invites anyone who wants to get outdoors and enjoy hiking to join us. $10 individual memberships or $15 for a household. Click here for a membership form. Hikes will be monthly and hikers of all skill levels are welcome. You must be a registered member to hike. 2:00 p.m.

9 - Sunday - Second Sundays Music Series: "Ladies Reign." The fourth concert in the 2014 Second Sunday American Music Series presented by The Reynolds Homestead will feature six notable women from our southern Virginia region. This concert is titled “Ladies Reign!” and will include nationally recognized bluegrass singer and bassist Jeanette Williams. Rounding out this exciting concert program are fiddler Montana Young, vocalist Marcie Horne, local performer Mary Jo Leet, Rachel Blankenship of the popular “After Jack” group and Courtney Clapp, acclaimed banjoist from North Carolina. The Second Sunday Series offers these women an opportunity to perform together as well as offer their unique talents to the program!
In addition to these fine women players and singers this concert includes “The World’s Best House Band”: Ron Pendleton, Tommy Morse, Tony Cockram and Phillip Clapp. This promises to be the best concert of the year to date! $12 adults; $5 students. 2:30 p.m.

12 - Wednesday - Homestead Postcard Club. Beth Ford will present a program on "Flowers." 7:00 p.m. Open to anyone interested in antique postcards.

13 - Wednesday - Rural Music Coalition presents Master Series Workshops. Second Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Open to all interested musicians, the workshops will provide expert instruction in such areas as music theory, application of voice and lyric reaction, using equipment to enhance performance and music law. The RMC Masters Series will be directed by Les Moore and David Oakes. All musicians are encouraged to attend the workshops and become involved in this exciting project. FREE

16 - Sunday - David Oliver Presents "The Mystery of Consciousness III." Join David for the conclusion of his exploration of consciousness that includes both the intangible and the physical. This lecture will go beyond all human consciousness to the consciousness of the universe as a whole Refreshments served. FREE. 3:00 p.m.

16 - Sunday - Homestead Weavers Exchange. Spinning demonstration. 2:00 p.m.

17 - Monday - Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Carol Elliott Will lead a class on painting a bunny on a pillow. Bring your usual supplies and a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.

20 - Thursday - Dinner and a Movie Night: "42." The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. Lisa will prepare gourmet dishes famous in ballparks across the country. Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 meal. The movie is free and begins at 7:00.

29 - Saturday - Reynolds Homestead Legendary Bicentennial Kickoff: Wine and Cheese Reception. Saturday, March 29, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Rescheduled)
The Friends of the Reynolds Homestead invite you to join them at a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the kickoff of the Homestead’s bicentennial in 2014. Find out more about the exciting events coming up to celebrate, and hear a variety of speakers, including Mary Sue Terry, talk about the history and future of one of Patrick County’s National Historic Landmarks. Registration requested. FREE

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April

2 - Wednesday - The History Around Us: The Phoebe Needles Center. The Phoebe Needles Center began in 1901 as a mission school for mountain children and as a church.  The two story school had two classrooms and the upper story provided housing for the teachers, serving as many as 120 children at times.  In 1903, Emmanuel Church was built and a decade later destroyed in a snowstorm. In 1915, construction was begun on the new church, Saint Peter’s, owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.  In 1917, Arthur C. Needles, President of Norfolk and Western Railroad, donated money to build a new school and named the school in memory of his daughter, Phoebe, who died of meningitis at age six.  Throughout the decades, twelve teachers served the school until it became a mission center – and later serving as a conference center and summer camp up until the present time.  The Rev. John H. Heck, the Rector of Saint Peter’s-in-the- Mountains, as the church is known, will be the speaker for History Around Us, providing the interesting details of the people and circumstances that came together to form this lasting legacy. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy. Noon. FREE

2 - Wednesday - Monthly Volunteer Meeting. Learn about the opportunities available for volunteering at the Reynolds Homestead. All talents and abilities - and muscle! - are welcome. Call to register and lunch will be provided. 1:00 p.m.

5 - Saturday - Homestead Quilters Exchange. Ruby Clark will teach an applique project. 10:00 a.m.

6 - Sunday - "The Sound of Music" Sing-A-Long. Admit it – you know most of the lyrics – so join us for the "Sound of Music" Sing-a-long, a fun event for the entire family. Enjoy the classic film on our big screen and sing along to all of the songs using the subtitles if you forget a few words here and there. Dress in costume for a chance to win prizes ranging from Silliest Costume to Most Serious Costume.
The movie is free, but donations to the Reynolds Homestead Barn-raising fund are most welcome. Popcorn, candy, sodas, and water will also be available for purchase. For more information call Julie at 276-694-7181 x 23. 2:30 p.m.

6 - Sunday - Hook-in-Hand Exchange. Open to anyone interested in the fiber art of rug hooking. 2:00 p.m.

7 - Monday - Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in learning about photography. From beginner to professional welcome. 6:30 p.m.

8 - Tuesday - 'Round the Mountain Snack and Share with special guest Randall Rose. All artisans are invited to attend this free session to learn more about the Artisan Trail of southwest Virginia, upcoming events, and case studies of successful community collaboration. Bring a snack to share and enjoy the presentation. 3:00 p.m.

9 - Wednesday - Homestead Postcard Club. "Recipe Postcards" by Suzie Pugh. Open to anyone interested in antique postcards. 7:00 p.m.

10 - Thursday - Rural Music Coalition presents Master Series Workshops. Second Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Open to all interested musicians, the workshops will provide expert instruction in such areas as music theory, application of voice and lyric reaction, using equipment to enhance performance and music law. The RMC Masters Series will be directed by Les Moore and David Oakes. All musicians are encouraged to attend the workshops and become involved in this exciting project. FREE

12 - Saturday - Second Annual 3.2 Run in Remembrance. Held to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007, the event strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members. The Reynolds Homestead course will take you through private research property that is not generally open to the public. The first 75 to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Registration forms available by clicking here.

12 - Saturday - Homestead Hikers - April Hike: Hanging Rock State Park. This new organization at the Homestead invites anyone who wants to get outdoors and enjoy hiking to join us. $10 individual memberships or $15 for a household. Click here for a membership form. Hikes will be monthly and hikers of all skill levels are welcome. You must be a registered member to hike. 10:00 a.m.

13 - Sunday - Second Sundays American Music Series: Banjo-Rama. Repeating the success of last year’s event, Banjo-Rama will feature Kinney Rorrer and The New North Carolina Ramblers and old-time banjo playing the music of Charlie Poole and the recounting the history of his enormous influence on music and musicians of his day! $12 for adults and $6 for students. 2:30 p.m.

14 - Monday - College for Older Adults Begins. Our signature program for adults ages 50+ begins its 10th term this spring on April 14. Register by Friday, April 4 and the cost is only $50! After April 4 the cost will be $60. Choose from a variety of classes including Beginning Watercolor, Self-Defense, Lose and Tone, Yoga, World Religions, Mosaics, Healthy Cooking, Hiking, and more! Schedules will be available March 7; if you are not on the Reynolds Homestead e-mail list, please call to have a schedule mailed to you. After March 7, click here for a schedule.

17 - Thursday - Dinner and a Movie Night: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011). British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 meal. The movie is free and begins at 7:00.

21 - Monday - Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Edie LeMons will be teaching the class. Bring your usual painting supplies and a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.

27 - Sunday - David Oliver Presents: "The Beauty and Creativity of Thought: Mathematics and Poetry, Part I." In “Logics and Mathematics” David will unfold the beauty of logics and mathematings - please forget all you ever knew about mathematics in preparation! FREE. The final lecture in this series will be Sunday, May 18 at 3:00.