CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January - February 2015

Second Sundays American Music Series

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!

We do NOT operate on the school system's schedule, so even if schools are closed our events may be going on as scheduled.

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.

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

January

11—Sunday—Homestead Hikers. This first hike of 2015 will be the trail at the Lauren Mountain Preserve located at 200 Wells Hollow Road in Bassett. The trail is a one mile loop that (unofficially) I would rate an easy+ as it has some incline.  Rock formations next to the beautiful Smith River makes this adventure worth every step. 

11—Sunday—American Music Series Youth Concert. Young musicians are keeping traditional music alive and we are proud to be hosting Gravel Road, The Wildmans, and The Sharp 5 for this event. Come out and see the amazing youth talent in our area. $12 adults; $6 students. 2:30 p.m.

12—Monday—Yoga. Yoga helps improve fexibility and reduces aches and pains. Alternative moves offered. Bring a yoga mat and towel and wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Rebecca Adcock, Instructor.10-11 a.m. Continues Mondays for 8 weeks.

12—Monday—Line Dancing. Line Dancing will keep you moving and grooving your way to aerobic fitness. Oriented towards fun and fitness. Sue Ann Ehmann, Instructor. 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Continues Mondays for 8 weeks.

12—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. Each month’s meeting features a photography lesson and a photo contest. 6:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE OF MEETING!

13—Tuesday—Stretch and Tone. A 45-minute session to tone and strengthen the body and help drive weight loss. Bring an excercise mat and light hand weights. Starts January 13. April Pendleton, Instructor.
10-11 a.m. Continues Tuesdays for 8 weeks.

14—Wednesday—Leadership Patrick County. The Leadership team will meet at the Chamber office at 9:15 for a day of learning about the Non-Profit and Service Organizations in the county, including Pioneer Community Hospital and the Patrick County Food Bank.

14—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard and Collectibles Club. All members and guests are invited to bring items for Show and Tell. 6:30 p.m.

15—Thursday—Tai Chi. This ancient art is designed to revitalize, circulate and balance the natural vital energy of body and mind through slow, careful and gentle movement. Starts January 15. Sharon Mason, Instructor. 10-11:30. Continues Thursdays for 8 weeks.

15—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “The Well-Diggers Daughter” (French, 2012, 105 min.) In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. This movie continues the story of Pascale, the widower and well-digger from “Jean de Florette” and “Manon of the Spring.” Lisa will be preparing a French provencal dinner including a beet, orange and arugula salad, hearty country beef stew and more. Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 meal. The movie is free and begins at 7:00.

18—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange. Meeting agenda to be announced. 2:00 p.m.

18—Sunday—David Oliver presents “The Intelligent Universe: The Secret Intelligence Within.” The humble cell, of which all living creatures are made, is not a mindless, little lump of chemicals. Beneath consciousness, another civilization exists within the human body whose cellular inhabitants are born and go about their lives intelligently and purposefully. They gather information and make decisions that seek nourishment, avoid toxins and predators, engage in the multitude of tasks that sustain our bodies, brains, and minds—and die. In this lecture David will take you into this hidden and fascinating world of which we are hardly aware yet is the basis of all we are and do from moods and feeling to running and heavy lifting. The series will continue on Sunday, February 15. Refreshments served. Refreshments provided. 3:00 p.m. FREE

19—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Annual business meeting. Bring an item not finished from the prior year to work on. 9:30 a.m.

24—Saturday—”Infinite Possibilities” Exhibition Opening Reception. Funded by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, this collaborative exhibition provides a probing exploration of illness and recovery. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. for a chance to meet the artists and see the other amazing pieces in the show. Refreshments will be served.“Infinite Possiblities” will be on exhibition at the Reynolds Homestead through February 27 before going on tour. 1:00-3:00 p.m.

25—Sunday—”Extraordinary Service” Book talk with Tom Perry. To accompany David Minter’s “America at War” Exhibition on the lower level of the CEC, Tom Perry will present the story of his friend David Minter of Martinsville on Sunday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. Minter’s life saw war in Korea, family tragedies and a share of military heritage that spans generations of one family in the United States of America. David is an ordinary man, who along with his family gave extraordinary service to this country. The exhibition features memorabilia from the Korean War through the current Iraqi War, and it will be on display through February 27. Refreshments will be served. 3:00 p.m.

30—Friday—Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. The Reynolds Homestead is pleased to host the annual Patrick County Chamber of Commerce membership banquet. For more information and to make reservations, contact the Chamber office at 276-694-6012. 6:30 p.m. Snow date: February 6.

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FEBRUARY

1—Sunday—Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is our chance to recognize and honor those whose volunteer time has helped us accomplish so much in the past year. Mary Jordan, Executive Director of the Spencer Penn Centre will be out guest speaker, and lunch will be served. Find out who is our Volunteer of the Year! 1:30 p.m. RSVP

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

2—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. Each month’s meeting features a photography lesson and a photo contest. 6:30 p.m.

4—Wednesday--The History Around Us: Steve Sims-Native Americans in Patrick County. Steve will share artifacts and historical information about the Native American populations that populated Patrick County in the early days. Bring a bag lunch. 12:00 noon.

4—Wednesday--Volunteer Meeting. Our monthly volunteer meeting will follow the history program. Find out about opportunities to participate in the exciting events the Homestead has to offer. Please RSVP so that Lisa can have a bag lunch for you. 1:00 p.m.

7—Saturday--Homestead Quilters Exchange. 10:00 a.m.

8--Sunday--American Music Series: Gospel Celebration in Honor of Black History Month. Join Bishop Burgie Penn and the Trinity Choir as they host singers and choirs from around the area in this annual celebration. FREE. 3:00 p.m.

11--Wednesday--Leadership Patrick County. The group will travel to Richmond to visit the Capitol and meet with local congressmen. Meet at the Chamber office at 7:00 a.m.

11--Wednesday--Homestead Postcard and Collectibles Club. Connie and Steve Cassagrand will present a program on Michale Ricker Pewter. 6:30 p.m.

14--Saturday--Homestead Hikers. A fantastic opportunity to hike the private property of No Business Mountain with forestry superintendent Kyle Peer. See views of Patrick County not normally available to the public. 10:00 a.m.

15--Sunday--David Oliver Presents “The Intelligent Universe, Part III." Refreshments served. 3:00 p.m.

16—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Shirley Jasinski will lead a project on creating a Memory Box. Bring your usual painting supplies and a box lunch. 9:30 a.m.

19—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “The Butler” (2013, 132 min.)
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusak. Lisa will present a dinner featuring presidential favorites: John F. Kennedy’s New England Clam Chowder, Dwight Eisenhower’s Barbecue Chicken, Lady Bird Johnson’s Spinach Casserole, and White House Apple Pie. Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 meal. The movie is free and begins at 7:00.

22--Sunday--Volunteer Interpreter Recruitment Tea. Anyone with a love of history-or a love of talking to visitors-is invited to attend this afternoon's tea to learn more about our interpreter training program. Interpreters are used on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from April through October to show visitors on a guided tour through the historic Rock Spring plantation home. There is no commitment by attending the tea, just an opportunity to learn more and see if this is a volunteer position you would like to pursue. 2:00-3:30 p.m.

ARTISAN CENTER PARTNERSHIP

Patrick Henry Community College will partner with Reynolds Homestead to expand offerings of non-credit courses in pottery and weaving at the site in Critz starting in January 2015.

Lisa Martin, senior program manager at Reynolds Homestead, said Patrick County already has a very strong market for these courses.

“We decided that some of the Artisan Center programs might be good ones to bring up to our area because we have a very strong artisan population,” she said. “Traveling all the way to Martinsville to take classes might be difficult for some students, especially if they live in the Meadows of Dan or Ararat areas. It could easily be an hour-and-a-half commute one-way.”

The Artisan Center at PHCC will handle registration and processing for courses while Reynolds Homestead will deal directly with hiring instructors and setting the class schedules. PHCC also will provide equipment including looms and potters’ wheels.

“This is a nice partnership because each of us is providing things that the other can’t – we’re offering a space to bring more people into the program who can’t get to Martinsville, and PHCC is providing equipment that we don’t have so we can expand our offerings,” Martin said.
Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, said she’s excited at this new opportunity to bolster course offerings throughout the college’s service region.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnerships into Patrick County to allow us to offer career credit arts programming,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reach more people and enable them to learn the skills necessary to become artisan entrepreneurs.”

The curriculum will stick to the same guidelines as the artisan certification at the Artisan Center, according to Kim Buck, coordinator of community development at PHCC.

“Students still will be able to receive a certificate of study in artisan entrepreneurship, and they can do so with a concentration in pottery or weaving,” Buck said. “From there, they can expand into other areas and work their way up to take more advanced courses.”

Although the partnership will begin with two programs, Martin said there is a possibility to expand in the future if there’s enough interest.

“We’ll start with courses we know people are interested in right away,” she said. “There’s some interest in woodworking, which may be a challenge because of the equipment involved. But we’re more than willing to expand if the need is there for artists who want to develop and hone their skills, and learn more about the business side involved in being an artisan entrepreneur.”

Martin added, “We’re part of Virginia’s Crooked Road music trail and the Artisan Trail Network, and we’re very committed to the economic development of our area artisans. This program is part of our mission to help our professional and recreational artists.”

Class dates and times will be announced in mid-January. Students will be able to register in person at The Artisan Center at 54 West Church Street in Martinsville, or over the phone by calling (276) 656-5461. A registration form can be emailed or mailed to potential students upon request.

 

Second Sundays American Music Series 2014-15

SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!  HOLD THE DATES!!

The Reynolds Homestead will again host The American Music Series presenting five exciting concerts beginning on December 14, 2014 with a “Holiday Mood Concert” and then held monthly on each second Sunday thru April 12, 2015.

These American Music Series afternoon concerts explore the roots of traditional music –
old-time, bluegrass, blues, jazz and gospel music – with artists from the wealth of talent in Patrick County as well as musicians from this region of Virginia and North Carolina.

Tickets for the entire Series of five concerts are $25 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased at The Reynolds Homestead and The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for individual events will be sold at the door for $12 for adults and $6 for students. The Gospel Concert on February 9th is, as always, free to the public

Refreshments will be served….and dancing is encouraged!

THE 2015 CONCERTS:

January 11th, 2015 - Youth Concert –featuring young bands making musical inroads in the local scene:

  • Gravel Road : bluegrass band
  • The Wildmans – family harmonies and traditional band
  • Sharp 5 – youth jazz ensemble

February 8th, 2015 – Gospel Concert: A Celebration of Black History – A long standing community event hosted by Bishop Burgie L. Penn and The Trinity Choir and including fine gospel singers and choirs from all over the region. AS ALWAYS – free to the public! This event starts at 3:00 PM

March 8th, 2015 – Lew Woodall Quartet – An Afternoon of Jazz – Stretching to include all the roots music that is native to our region, Lew’s style can best be described as driving and passionate.  He cannot read music and plays strictly by ear.   Lew's solos come directly from the heart. 2:30 PM

April 12th, 2015 – The Dry Hill Draggers Concert and Dance – Old-Time “Crooked Road” Musicians presenting great old-time band music and room to dance! 2:30 PM

The American Music Series focus compliments three of the Reynolds Homestead priorities: the historical aspects of our music in SW Virginia; the importance of current performances of banjo, bluegrass, old-time, jazz and gospel music; and the future of these traditions in young musicians and contemporary groups.

These local musical traditions have created a world-wide influence on contemporary music!!

WINTER FITNESS CLASSES: STAY FIT WINTER

Keep those New Year's resolutions to stay (or get) in Shape! Each class lasts 8 weeks and snow days will be made up.

YOGA
Yoga helps improve fexibility and reduces aches and pains. Alternative moves offered. Bring a yoga mat and towel and wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Starts January 12. Rebecca Adcock, Instructor. Mondays 10-11 a.m.

LINE DANCING
Line Dancing will keep you moving and grooving your way to aerobic fitness. Oriented towards fun and fitness. Starts January 12. Sue Ann Ehmann, Instructor. Mondays 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

STRETCH & TONE
A 45-minute session to tone and strengthen the body and help drive weight loss. Bring an excercise mat and light hand weights. Starts January 13. April Pendleton, Instructor.
Tuesdays 10-11 a.m.

TAI CHI
This ancient art is designed to revitalize, circulate and balance the natural vital energy of body and mind through slow, careful and gentle movement. Starts January 15. Sharon Mason, Instructor. Thursdays 10-11:30

SIGN UP TODAY!
There are several ways you can participate. If your schedule is uncertain, you can pay-as-you go for $5 per class session. For one full class the cost is $35; take 2 classes for $60; 3 classes for $75; or all 4 for $90 (Savings of $30!)

Click here to register for any - or all - of the fitness classes.

 

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