April, 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.



1—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.

1--Wednesday--Monthly Volunteer Meeting. Join us to learn about all of the great opportunities there are to assist the staff in fulfilling the Reynolds Homestead's mission to the community. RSVP by clicking here so we can provide lunch! 1:00 p.m.

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

4--Saturday--The Civil War Comes to the Reynolds Homestead: Stoneman’s Raid and Our Patrick County History. A military campaign during the Civil War, Stoneman’s Raid was led by cavalry troops under the command of General George Stoneman. In 1865 they were charged with the duty of destroying the southern regions without fighting battles. Through North Carolina, into Virginia and Tennessee, Stoneman’s raiders covered 600 miles and dismantled train and military depots and inspired the classic song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

Gen. Stoneman and his raiders arrived in Patrick County on April 8, at that time in Taylorsville (now Stuart). According to Chris J. Hartley, author of “Stoneman’s Raid 1865,” “many Patrick County residents lost possessions to the raiders. Among the victims was Hardin Reynolds, the county’s wealthiest planter. One of Reynolds’s sons was future tobacco tycoon Richard Joshua Reynolds. Fifteen-year-old ‘Dick’ saved the plantation’s horses by hiding them in the woods, but he could not prevent the raiders from looting Rock Spring.”

In remembrance of the 150th anniversary of Stoneman’s Raid at the Rock Spring Plantation, the Reynolds Homestead will be hosting a Confederate History Day on Saturday, April 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This free event will host Chris Hartley to talk about the famous raid that helped end the war and salvage the career of Gen. Stoneman. Also speaking will be David Minter and Tom Perry; Perry wrote “Extraordinary Service,” the story of his friend Minter’s life and family whose military service spanned from the Revolutionary War to the present war in Iraq. On exhibition will also be Minter’s collection of Civil War memorabilia. Minter is a Martinsville resident.

Life long Civil War enthusiast and longtime preservation activist Chris Owens of Stuart, will present a talk about the current fight to save and preserve the historic Civil War battlefields in Virginia. Development and modernization has threatened battlefields across the country, where nearly 20 percent have already been destroyed. Find out more about the effort to save this important part of American history.

Also on display will be an exhibition on loan from the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, a series of 10 panels outlining the life and history of Patrick County’s own J.E.B. Stuart.

“This will be a great afternoon devoted to the history of Patrick County and the Reynolds Homestead,” said program manager Lisa Martin. “It also gives us a chance to honor David Minter, whose life has been devoted to preserving America’s military history.”

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The historic Rock Spring Plantation house will be open for tours which will also be free to those who attend the event. FREE! 2:00 p.m.

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

8--Wednesday--Homestead Postcard and Collectibles Club. Open to anyone interested in collecting. 6:30 p.m.

11--Saturday--The Legacy of Kitty Reynolds. Mt. Olive Church, Critz. Nanny of the Reynolds children who grew up on the Rock Spring Plantation, Kitty Reynolds also had a tremendous influence on Civil Rights history, playing a significant role in the landmark legislation Ex Parte Virginia. Her great, great grandson Jay Kimble Reynolds, along with African American historian John Whitlow will discuss the tremendous legacy of this amazing woman. 3:00 p.m.

12--American Music Series: Old Time Concert and Dance with the Dry Hill Draggers. In the late 1970s, some neighbors and friends started gathering to play old-time music which had been passed down from generations before. Most of these gatherings were in the Dryhill and Ferrum areas of Franklin County, VA. One day while playing music and having fun, some of the musicians were falling behind and Edgar Crowe said since they were dragging behind on their timing, he was going to call the group the “Dryhill Draggers.” Refreshments will be served. $12 adults, $5 Students. 2:30 p.m.

13--College for Older Adults Spring Term Begins. Our 10th term commences with terrific classes that include fitness, health and nutrition, chair caning, painting, studying the Prophets of the Bible, hiking, golf lessons, a variety of crafts, and much, much more! This event is the hottest ticket in town for adults ages 50+. A low membership fee of $50 enables you to choose from among 25+ classes for the coming term. A full class schedule and registration forms will be available the first week of March. Make friends, have fun, and continue life-long learning that has been proven to have tremendous health benefits. Click here for the Spring Schedule. Click here for a registration form. Click here for a Physical Release form for fitness classes.

13--Monday--ARTS 145: Elements of Design. RESCHEDULED.Part of our Artisan Center series of classes at the Reynolds Homestead, Elements of Design with instructor Pepper Martin is designed to take ANY artist of ANY medium to the next level. Students will explore the fundamental principles of design that are inherent in all forms of art. The class will focus on hands-on application of these principles, as well as a thorough understanding of terminology and the implication of these principles onto the individual artist's creations. Meets consecutive Mondays for 5 weeks, skipping Monday, April 6. This class can be applied towards an Artisan Certification. To register, contact the Artisan Center at 276-656-0343. $65. 6:00-9:00 p.m.

16--Thursday--Dinner and a Movie Night: "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (2013, PG-13). Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Dinner is $14 per person and reservations are required. The meal begins at 6:00 p.m. The movie is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend dinner to come and enjoy the movie.

18--Saturday--3.2 for 32 Run in Remembrance. On this day, the Virginia Tech community reflects on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007. This community run/walk throughout the trails at the Reynolds Homestead strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members.

This year the event begins not with a launch of balloons, but with a silent tribute to commemorate the lives lost on that fateful day. White balloons will be on display with the names of those who lost their lives, and maroon and orange balloons will be available for runners to sign to show their support for the Virginia Tech community. The run then begins with a silent start. The Reynolds Homestead supports the university’s decision to not litter and endanger wildlife with released balloons; instead, participants will be able to take their commemorative balloons home with them.

Commemorative race bibs and t-shirts will be provided to the first 60 who register. The Virginia Tech Alumni Association will also be present with free goodies for participants as well. Registration is FREE and forms are available on the Reynolds Homestead website or by calling 276-694-7181. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Continuing Education Center.

Donations to the Patrick County Food Bank are requested from participants. Anyone who would like to volunteer to assist with the event—helping with registration, refreshments, being a spotter, etc., —can register online at VolunteerSpot:

Registration is FREE and forms are available by clicking here.

19--Sunday--David Oliver Presents: The Intelligent Universe. David continues his series. Refreshments served. FREE. 3:00 p.m.

20--Monday--Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Bring your usual painting supplies and a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.

22--Wednesday--Administrative Professionals' Day. This is our 6th year of honoring those administrative professionals who are the backbone of every organization. Our program will feature a professional speaker to offer fun and useful information about how to strengthen your own position within your company and ensure that your value is continually on the upswing. $25 per person includes a delicious luncheon, door prizes, and all handouts. 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

25--Saturday--Rug Hooking Workshop. Hosted by the Hook-in-Hand Exchange and instructed by Nancy Z. Parcels, this one-day workshop will begin with students learning the basics of rug hooking, then moving on to techniques, tips and tricks for successful hooking. The workshop is designed for all ability levels and Parcels will tailor instruction to each person, even the true beginner. Participants need to bring a bag lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day. If you have a frame and hooks, please bring them. This will be a full-day immersion in the ancient art of rug hooking that is seeing a resurgence today. Registration is required and the class is limited to 12 participants. NEW low price - $85! Click here for a registration form. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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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


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!


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!!

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