September - October, 2014


Patrick County

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: The 39th Annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show opens on Thursday, September 4 and will be on exhibition through October 30. This year hosts the largest number of artists and the most entries ever, showcasing talent from Patrick, Henry, and surrounding counties. Come by and vote for your favorite piece to win the People's Choice award.

1—Monday—Labor Day Holiday. The Continuing Education Center will be closed.

3—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. Join us for our monthly volunteer meeting to see what exciting opportunities are available to assist the Reynolds Homestead in its mission to our area. Lunch is provided. To RSVP, contact Lisa Martin. 1:00 p.m.

4—Thursday—39th Annual J.E.B Stuart Art Opening and Reception. Over $2,000.00 in prizes will be awarded to winners of the J.E.B. Stuart Art Show. Come view the exibition, vote for the People's Choice Award, and enjoy the always delicious refreshments. 6:00-8:00 p.m.

6—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. Teresa Boaz will lead a project called "Turning 21." 10:00 a.m.

7—Sunday—Hook-in-Hand Exchange. Open to anyone interested in learning more about rug hooking. 2:00 p.m.

8—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. Each month's meeting includes a lesson in a photographic technique and a photo contest. 6:30 p.m.

10—Wednesday—"Diabetic Health and You" at the Landmark Center. The Reynolds Homestead will be present with information about our diabetes-related programs coming up in November as part of Diabetes Awareness Month. Stop and see us and register to win a prize! 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Doug Stegall will present a program entitled, "Back to School in the 1800s." 7:00 p.m.

13—Saturday—Sasquatch in Virginia: Have You Seen One? Is there a large, bipedal creature roaming the forests of Virginia?  Have you had a sighting or encounter with this creature?  This presentation will include reported sightings in Virginia, alleged sounds and vocalizations and film/video footage.  What is Bigfoot / Sasquatch?  Over the years, many researchers have gathered information from eyewitnesses and have noticed some common features, the presentation will discuss these common features as well as suggest some common theories discussed in the research field today.

Billy Willard of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia will be one of the presenters.  We invite all those interested and all those who have had a sighting or encounter with this creature to be present.Willard is president of an environmental consulting firm and has an education in environmental science.  He oversees various types of environmental assessment and cleanup projects (e.g., leaking underground petroleum tanks, environmental site assessments, and soil/groundwater remediation) and has been in this profession for over 20 years.  Billy is an OSHA HAZWOPER Supervisor and holds many other credentials. 

Billy became interested in the Bigfoot phenomena early in life as a kid after watching such movies as the Legend of Boggy Creek and the Creature From Black Lake.  In 2005, Billy and his son’s Josh and Tim formed Sasquatch Watch of Virginia.  Billy is currently director of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia.

Billy hosts an internet radio program every Tuesday night at 9 pm Eastern on the Blogtalk Radio Network called Sasquatch Watch Radio.  Each week he has guests from around the world that include Bigfoot researchers and eyewitnesses.  The past shows are archived and available for listening.
Billy has been a speaker at many conferences, those which include the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, the East Coast Bigfoot Conference, the Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo, Cabela’s “Strange, Rare and Unusual Sightings”, Creature Weekend and numerous other events in the State of Virginia.

Billy has investigated many sighting locations and interviewed many eyewitnesses since 2005.  Billy has also logged many hours in field research. 2:00 p.m. Refreshments served.

14—Sunday—Jazz on the Lawn featuring The Sharp Four. Enjoy an afternoon of jazz on the lawn of the historic home featuring The Sharp Four: Austin Janey on guitar, Sam DuFour on trombone, Willie Greene on drums, and Ted Alt on saxophone. Bring a picnic and a favorite bottle of wine. There's no more beautiful spot that the Homestead to sit back and enjoy great music against the backdrop of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and students with ID. 3:00 p.m.

14—Sunday—Homestead Hikers. Homestead Hikers will hold its annual meeting and club picnic at I.C. DeHart Park in Woolwine. A hike will follow lunch. 2:00 p.m.

15—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Nan Speakman will teach a Wildlife Santa. Bring a bag lunch and your usual painting supplies.

16-20—Tuesday-Saturday—Patrick County Agricultural Fair. Support the Stuart Rotary Club and enjoy the wonderful agricultural fair. Stop by the Reynolds Homestead booth and see what's new!

18—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: "The Intouchables" (French, 2011). After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Julie will prepare a French-themed meal to accompany the dinner. Reservations are required, seating is at 6:00 and dinner is $14.00 per person. The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free.

26-28—Friday-Sunday—Living History Civil War Camp. Become a Civil War soldier for a weekend and learn drills, maneuvers, skirmishes and other fun lessons. You will be assigned roles int he camp and can earn rank and promotions for good work. All meals are provided from dinner on Friday night through breakfast on Sunday morning. A parent is welcome to attend as well. A special drill presentation for parents and friends on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Bring extra clothes, a sleeping bag, and a pillow. Camp will be held rain or shine; the Continuing Education Center will be available for shelter if rain or storms make being outside unsafe. For boys and girls ages 7-12. $40 per student; $20 for accompanying parent or adult. Registration and 50% deposit required by September 12. To register, call the Reynolds Homestead.

28—Sunday—Poetry Reading and Book Signing. Local poet and storyteller Robert "Bobby" Bailey has just published a work of poetry entitled "Random Thoughts from the Gunk Room." Please join us in honoring Bob at a reception. He will read from his work and sign copies of his book which will be avialable for purchase at $12.00 each. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. We will do this on the lawn of the historic home if weather permits; inside the Continuing Education Center if not. 3:00 p.m.

28—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange. (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!) The group will be dyeing. 2:00 p.m.



1—Wednesday—History Around Us: Edgewood: The Sam and Carolyn Davis House. Sam and Carolyn Davis will present a talk on “Edgewood,” an imposing 1830s manor house, located on Old Stage Road in Stanleytown, Henry County, Virginia.  First constructed for Major John Redd, Edgewood had ten previous owners before the Davis family acquired it in 2003.  Major renovations were conducted in the 1950s under the famed architect W. Roy Wallace.  The beautiful home, a Palladian three-part form, with flanking wings and six fireplaces, is made of Flemish bond brick.  During the 19th century, Old Stage Road was known as the Great Wagon Road, used for travel from Salem, Virginia to Salem, North Carolina.  Previously, in the mid-1700s, this road was used by the Moravians coming from Pennsylvania to establish their settlement in Bethabara, NC.  Bring a bagged lunch, sit back, and learn through photographs and discussion about this unique home and the history that surrounds us. FREE. Noon.

1—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. Join us for our monthly volunteer meeting to see what exciting opportunities are available to assist the Reynolds Homestead in its mission to our area. Lunch is provided. To RSVP, contact Lisa Martin. 1:00 p.m. or immediately following the history program.

4—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. The group will carpool to the Floyd Quilt Show.

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

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

8—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. The program will be "Postcrossings" by Becki Turner. 7:00 p.m.

9—Thursday—Friends of the Reynolds Homestead Annual Meeting and Membership Appreciation Dinner. The staff of the Reynolds Homestead will provide dinner for members of the Friends in appreciation for all you have done for us throuout the year. Catch up on events and happenings and see if there are opportunities for you to help. Please RSVP so we can plan for your attendance. 6:00 p.m. Note: The Board will meet at 4:00 p.m

11—Saturday—First Annual Family History Institute. 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.

11—Saturday—Homestead Hikers. This will be a special outing with a Full Moon Hike at the Reynolds Homestead through Forestry property. Time to be announced.

12—Sunday—Jazz on the Lawn featuring the L'Tanya Mari Trio. Well respected on the East Coast as an inventive jazz singer, arranger, songwriter and educator, L'Tanya Mari is back for her second appearance at our Jazz on the Lawn event. Bring a picnic and a favorite bottle of wine. There's no more beautiful spot that the Homestead to sit back and enjoy great music against the backdrop of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and students with ID. 3:00 p.m.

16—Thursday—Dinner and a Movie Night: "Argo" (2012). Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. This outstanding film won three Academy Awards including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Writing and Best Achievement in Film Editing. Lisa will prepare a fragrant traditional meal to accompany the dinner. The menu includes: Borani-e Bademjan (Eggplant and Yogurt Dip), Kufteh (Herb Meatballs in Tomato-Plum Sauce), Shirin Polow (Iranian Rice Pilaf), Kuku Sabzi (Leek and Herb Frittata) and Torshi-e Piaz (Red Onion and Herb Pickles). Reservations are required, seating is at 6:00 and dinner is $14.00 per person. The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free.

17—Friday—25th Annual Senior Health and Craft Fair at Rotary Field. The Reynolds Homestead will be present with a booth demonstrating the wonderful activities and programs we have devoted to health and wellness. Be sure and stop by to register to win a prize! 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. FREE (Brunch and Lunch provided)

17—Friday—Scarecrows at the Stuart Farmer's Market. The Reynolds Homestead will be hosting the scarecrow contest at the Farmer's market this year, so bring yours by for a chance to win prizes. Scarecrows will be used to decorate the town for the Apple Dumpling Festival on Saturday, October 18. 8:00 a.m. to noon.

20—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Bev Larson will conduct a class painting Christmas geese on a wooden plate. Bring your usual painting supplies and a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.

29—Wednesday—College for Older Adults Luncheon. Let's celebrate another successful term of COA with a cookout on the lawn of the Historic Home (weather permitting). We'll enjoy food and fellowship and then talk about classes we would like to have in the spring. If the weather is not conducive to a cookout, we'll have lunch indoors. 11:30 a.m.




The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce and the Reynolds Homestead are cosponsoring the county’s second leadership training class. Leadership Patrick County is an innovative program designed to develop the leadership potential of adults in the county. The program identifies emerging leaders, or those interested in simply learning more about the workings of and opportunities in Patrick County, and broadens their perspectives on civic leadership and community issues through direct interaction with community leaders and agencies in our area.

This nine-month program will give participants a chance to interact with community leaders and institutions. Each monthly session will be a day-long focus on different aspects of the community, including town and county government, education, arts, business, nonprofit organizations, and tourism.  

The program emphasizes leadership skills through multiple approaches such as site tours, lectures, small and large group discussions, panels, and hands-on activities. The program begins with a retreat focused on team building and identifying leadership styles and culminates with a graduation ceremony to celebrate each participant’s commitment to Patrick County, and includes a visit to Richmond to see our local delegate and senator in action. 
The program selects a group of men and women from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, each possessing strong potential as a future community leader. Applicants must be at least 21 to take part and, if employed, have the permission of their employer to participate.

Those interested need to complete an application (click here to download) which includes a commitment to participate in each session and in an outside-of-class community service project which includes planning, fundraising and beginning the project prior to completion of the class and graduation.

Tuition to Leadership Patrick County is $125 for Chamber members or $175 for non-members. Tuition covers all meals and materials. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 Leadership Patrick County class and are available by contacting either the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce or the Reynolds Homestead.

Delegate Charles Poindexter, who hosted last year’s group in Richmond and who attended and spoke at their graduation, had this to say about the event and program, “I attend many functions but I want to let you know last Thursday evening was one of the best I’ll ever been involved with.
It was also most personally enjoyable!!!  Well done, great group of young leaders, and I congratulate you and your sponsors for this undertaking.”

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in participating. Applications are due to the Chamber office by Friday, September 5, 2014. The program is limited to 15 participants, so early application is encouraged.


Family History Institute. Program and registration form will be available for download the week of September 1. 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.

The Reynolds Homestead is no longer accepting artwork for this year's show. Please join us at our opening on September 4 at 6:00 p.m.