July - August 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! Summer storms often leave us powerless!

Class Reservations and Cancellations:  Classes at the Reynolds Homestead will sometimes 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.



On Exhibition:  In/finite Earth.  In/finite Earth is the 12th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America's annual Emerging Young Artists Program. This longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities to receive national recognition at the start of their careers. In/finite Earth asked Emerging Young Artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. In/finite Earth is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future. The 15 recipients were awarded a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen.

The exhibition debuted at the Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center in fall 2013 and will be on display at the Reynolds Homestead throughout July and August 2014. It will open to the public on Wednesday, July 9.

For a link to The Kennedy Center's information about the exhibition, click here.

 Peanut Butter from Heaven Drive.  In cooperation with Feeding America Southwest Virginia, the Reynolds Homestead will be participating in a drive to collect peanut butter for those in need. Peanut butter is one of the most needed food items but one that is rarely donated. Every single jar donated will be such a blessing to a struggling family or individual. Creamy peanut butter is the best as much of this is going to the elderly. Throughout July, we will be collecting peanut butter, so when you come by, please drop off a jar for the Patrick County Food Bank.

Anyone making a donation will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to either a Dinner and a Movie Night or a Jazz on the Lawn Concert. Winner’s choice!

4—Friday—Independence Day Holiday. The Continuing Education Center will be closed.

4—Friday—FlowFest 2014 at Fairy Stone State Park.  A wonderful community collaboration is planned to celebrate Fourth of July! The Rural Music Coalition and the Reynolds Homestead are presenting “FlowFest,” a mega-musical program at Fairy Stone State Park to benefit the Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County. FlowFest will present a full day of concerts by gifted and well-loved musicians including: After Jack, The Les Moore Trio, The F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M., OmBrew, Slick Jr. and The Reactors, Southern Remedy and P.B. & J., and Marcie Horne with David Oakes & Joe Owens and Cathrine Conner. The music runs the gamut from the old-time and percussive sounds of the exciting After Jack band to the blues and jazz of The Les Moore Trio and the Piedmont Blues and Jazz band along with plenty of traditional music for everyone! The concert is free to the public, but park admission rates apply. FlowFest staff will be accepting donations to support the Caring Hearts Free Clinic. Food Vendors including Hylton’s BBQ, Kona Ice, King Creole (Louisiana cuisine) and more. Fourth of July fun for the whole family. Bring your favorite lawn chair and relax to your favorite music in the out of doors. Rain or shine. Noon until.

Sponsored by Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, EMI Security LLC, Reynolds Homestead, Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, Bassett Furniture, Boyce-Holland Veterinary Services, and Walmart.

5—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange.  Janette Hall will present a Note Pad Holder project. 10:00 a.m.

7-11—Monday-Friday—Outdoor Explorers Summer Nature Camp. Students ages 9-13 will explore all things nature-related this summer. Learn about the ways past explorers survived, as well as what we can discover in nature when we get outside and become explorers ourselves. Students will have an opportunity to create nature crafts, discover the world of insects, plants and water…and much more. Nature Freaks founder Chad Lange will be leading the camp. Bring a bag lunch; snacks will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather each day.  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $65

7—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m.

9—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club.  “Patrick County:  Then and Now” is the program by Marvin Keene. Open to the public.  7:00 p.m.

13—Sunday—Homestead Hikers.  Bryan Thompson will be coordinator for the Hike to Byrd’s Ledge. 2:00 p.m.

14-16—Monday-Wednesday—This Land Is Our Land:  Exploring Nature’s Melodies Summer Nature Camp.  Children ages 5-8 will investigate all of the sounds and music encompassed in nature. Students will learn about and investigate animal sounds, use items found in nature to create musical instruments, and participate in crafts and games.  Nature Freaks founder Chad Lange will lead this camp that encourages youngsters to explore nature’s music.  Snacks provided.  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  $35

17—Thursday—Dinner & A Movie Night: “Ratatouille” (Animated, 2007).  A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. Dinner will feature a French menu prepared by Julie. The meal begins at 6:00 p.m. and reservations are required. $14 per person.  The movie is free and begins at 7:00 p.m.

21-24—Monday-Thursday—Jump Out of the Box! Summer Art Camp. Patrick County art teacher Grace Helms will lead this exciting week exploring art in various ways. Students will create a Hula Hoop Weave, a mixed media project, a watercolor landscape, and explore color by creating a Minion design from the popular “Despicable Me” movie. Bring old t-shirts, ribbons or hay rope to add personal touches to the Hula Hoop Weave. For ages 7-12. Thursday will feature an art show for parents. Snacks provided. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $40

20—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange. The group will explore basket weaving. 2:00 p.m.

21—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange.  Rose Ropp will present a folk art angel for a pillow. Bring your lunch and your regular painting supplies.  9:30 a.m.

29—Tuesday—Introduction to Alcohol Inks with Cindy Howe.  Alcohol inks are fast-drying, transparent dye inks specially formulated to create a colorful, polished effect that can be created on a variety of surfaces. All of the supplies needed for creating the project will be provided, and Cindy will also have additional supplies available for purchase for anyone who might like to continue working with these special inks. The class is suitable for those of any skill level; no previous artistic experience is needed. Since the class begins at 6:00, light supper refreshments will be provided. The class is limited to 20 participants, so call to register today. $20


On Exhibition:  The VSA Exhibition In/finite Earth continues through August 22.

J.E.B. Stuart Art Show Seeking Entries:  Plans are in the works for the hosting of the 39th Annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show at the Reynolds Homestead. More than 3,000 visitors will see the show which is on exhibition during September and October. All work must be your original work, completed within the past three years and not shown in a previous J.E.B. Stuart Art Show. Artists must reside in Patrick, Surry, Stokes, Henry, Franklin, Floyd, or Carroll county. Natives of Patrick County and members of Bull Mountain Arts living anywhere may enter. Two works of art may be shown. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 per artist for adults and $10.00 per artist for students. Please make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. Artists 18 years of age or older are entered into the adult category; high school students in grades 8-12 are eligible for the student category. See below for more information.

1—Friday—Cooking Demonstration at the Stuart Farmer’s Market.  Join Lisa Martin at 9:30 a.m. for a cooking demonstration using local available foods. Take a taste of peach salsa, cucumber relish, and other goodies. Recipes available.

1—Friday—The Homestead at Fairy Stone State Park featuring the Free Range Possums.  Join the Free Range Possums at the amphitheater at Fairy Stone for a rollicking evening of eclectic music ranging from swing to fiddle jigs to saucy jazz. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in a nearby shelter. The music is free but park admission rates apply. 7:00 p.m.

2—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange.  Patsy Palmer will demonstrate a Joy Wall Hanging. 10:00 a.m.

4—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m.

6—Wednesday—The History Around Us. Program to be announced. Bring a bag lunch. 12:00 noon.

6—Wednesday—Monthly Volunteer Meeting. Our volunteers help make the Reynolds Homestead a fantastic place for vistors and staff alike. Come to our monthly meeting to see how you can lend your gifts and talents to this organization whose mission is to serve our community. If you plan to attend, please let Beth Ford know so we can have a lunch prepared for you. 1:00 p.m. or immediately following the history program.

9—Saturday—Homestead Hikers. Hike coordinator and destination to be announced. Stay tuned or join their Facebook page to keep up with the latest hiking information. 10:00 a.m.

13—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Annual club picnic and postcard sale. Bring a dish to share. 7:00 p.m.

15—Friday—Peach Festival Cooking Contest Drop Off.  If you are planning to enter a peachy dish in the Peach Festival Cook-Off, please bring it to either the Reynolds Homestead or the Stuart Farmer’s Market today for judging at the Festival. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

16—Saturday—Family History Institute:  A Genealogy Conference. For the beginner to the experienced genealogist, historian, author or researcher, this first annual Family History Institute at the Reynolds Homestead will have something for everyone to learn. The theme of this first event will be “Exploring Local and State Resources” and will feature speakers from surrounding counties about the genealogical and historical resources there and how to access them. Also, learn how to tell the difference in valid and fake on-line resources. After dinner, the keynote speaker will be Cassandra Farrell, Map Specialist and Senior Reference Archivist from the Library of Virginia. Most people are unfamiliar with the resources available through LVA and the fact that much can be accessed from a computer at home. Also on hand will be book sellers and other displays. This promises to be a rich day full of information. Contact the Reynolds Homestead for a registration form.  $55 for full day, dinner and keynote; $25 for dinner and keynote only.

18—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange.  Carol Elliott will be the instructor and the project will be announced before the meeting. Bring your lunch and your usual painting supplies.

19—Tuesday—Alcohol Inks II:  Delving into Technique with Cindy Howe.For those interested in taking Alcohol Inks to the next level, Cindy will be working with you on developing your own technique and working with tools. You will need to have your own materials for the class, including: inks, alcohol, blending solution, Yupo paper, tools such as small paint and foam brushes, and a can of canned air. The class will work on an underwater scene. A light supper will be provided. 6:00-8:00 p.m. $20

21—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “Central Station” (Brazil, 1998). Dora is a retired schoolteacher who has become embittered. She works at Rio de Janeiro's Central Station, writing letters for illiterate customers, in order to make ends meet. She can be impatient with her customers and sometimes does not mail the letters she writes, putting them in a drawer or even tearing them up. Josué is a poor 9-year-old boy who has never met his father, but hopes to do so. His mother sends letters to his father through Dora, saying that she hopes to reunite with him soon, but when she is killed in a bus accident just outside the train station, the boy is left homeless. Dora takes him on a trip to find his father.  Lisa will prepare a traditional Brazilian dinner including feijoada (black bean stew with sausage) served with sautéed collard greens, empadao (a baked chicken casserole with vegetables), and pave de biscoito (chocolate cookie tart). Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 meal. The movie is free and begins at 7:00 p.m.

22—Friday—The Homestead at Fairy Stone State Park featuring Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge.  Perennial favorites Simple Gifts from the New River Valley sing and play hammered dulcimers, guitars, flute, bass, and percussion. Simple Gifts performs traditional American, British, and Irish folk music, with some world music and original compositions thrown in.  Their repertoire ranges from train songs ("The Wreck of the Old Ninety-Seven") to contemporary favorites ("Waltzing with Bears”) and love songs ("The Oak and the Ash ").  Included also are Appalachian fiddle tunes ("Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm"), early American hymns ("Babylon Has Fallen" and "Amazing Grace"), Irish tunes ("Planxty Irwin"), and original compositions like Marya's hammered dulcimer duet "Mountain Mists." The concert will be held at the amphitheater at Fairy Stone State Park, with the covered picnic shelter available in the event of rain. The concert is FREE but park admission rates do apply. 7:00 p.m. 

Summer Camp Information

Outdoor Explorers Summer Nature Camp. July 7-11, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Students ages 9-13 are invited to explore all things nature, including how past explorers survived. Create nature crafts, discover the world of insects, plants, water and much more! Click here for a camp flyer and here for the registration form. $65 per student.

This Land Is Our Land: Exploring Nature’s Melodies. July 14-16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Students ages 5-8 will explore the wonderful music and melodies encompassed in nature. Campers will learn about and investigate animal sounds and use items found in nature to create musical instruments and more! Click here for a camp flyer and here for the registration form. $35 per student.

Jumping Out of the Box Art Camp. July 21-24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students ages 7-12 will have an exciting week exploring art in various ways including creating a Hula Hoop Weave, a mixed media project, painting with watercolors and exploring color. Click here for a camp flyer and here for the registration form. $35 per student.

For more information about summer camps, contact Sarah Wray at 276-694-7181 ext. 27 or e-mail her.

Family History Institute. Program and registration form will be available for download the week of July 7. Please check back!


J.E.B. Stuart Art Show. The Reynolds Homestead is pleased to announce the 39th Annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show will be held September 4- October 30, 2014. The Art Show Opening Reception and Awards will be held on Thursday, September 4, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. People's Choice voting will continue throughout the exhibition with the winner announced on Tuesday, November 4.

This year's judge is Meaghan Dee, a practicing graphic designer and artist who teaches full-time for the Visual Communication and Design department at Virginia Tech. Dee’s research focuses on generative methods of mark-making and the human interpretation of form. Additionally, she investigates the creation and analysis of glitch imagery. Dee received her Bachelors at University of Illinois, with a focus in Graphic Design, and a Masters of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, with a focus in Visual Communication Design.

Who May Enter: The show is open to adult artists ages 18 and older or student artists in grades 8-12. All work must be your original work, completed within the past three years and not shown in a previous J.E.B. Stuart Art Show. Artists must reside in Patrick, Surry, Stokes, Henry, Franklin, Floyd, or Carroll county. Natives of Patrick County and members of Bull Mountain Arts living anywhere may enter. Two works of art may be shown. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20.00 per artist for adults and $10.00 per artist for students. Please make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. Click here to download an Adult Entry Form.

Click here to download a Student Entry Form.

Entry Delivery Dates:
Thursday, August 21, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.*
Friday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.*
Sunday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.*
Monday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, August 26, 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.*
*Please bring art to the rear of the building for check in.

Entries will not be accepted at any other time or location.