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 without power so do call ahead if you are unsure.
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!
2—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. 10:00 a.m.
3—Sunday—5K Run to Cure Diabetes. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the Reynolds Homestead will open its private course to raise money for JDRF at 2:00 p.m. All ages and experience levels (even walkers!) are encouraged to participate. T-shirts will be available for the first 75 who register for the event. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students and all proceeds will go directly to the JDRF. T-shirts are donated by Ray and Nancy Dietz. Nancy will also be serving as honorary Chairperson of the Run to Cure Diabetes. Special hand-made diabetes awareness awards will be presented to the top 3 male and top 3 female runners, as well as the top runner in each age category. The course is a hilly, beautiful mountain and woods trail that is only open to the public twice a year. It will be a gorgeous run in the fall and for a great cause. Because the trail runs through forestry research property, it is rarely available for general usage. The course is well-maintained and marked, thanks to forestry staff Kyle Peer, Clay Sawyers, and Debbie Bird. On-site registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. Run begins at 2:00.
3—Sunday—Hook-in-Hand Exchange. Open to anyone interested in the art of hand hooking wool rugs. Learn about dyeing techniques, special patterns and more. This is our newest exchange and it has an enthusiastic following. 2:00 p.m.
4—Monday—Yoga with Rebecca Adcock. Practice the basic tools of yoga - such as relaxation breathing and gentle postures – as a way to enhance your quality of life and ease suffering caused by many ailments, including arthritis, chronic pain, and heart disease. Yoga helps improve flexibility and reduces aches and pains. Rebecca will also offer alternative moves to fit any fitness level. Bring a yoga mat and towel and wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Continues on Mondays throughout November. 10:00-11:00 a.m. $20.00 or pay-as-you-go for $5.00 per session.
4—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography; no experience required. Each month’s meeting will feature a photography lesson and a photo contest. 6:30 p.m.
5—Tuesday—Morning Stretch and Tone with April Pendleton. Work on toning and stretching with concentration on upper body strength, light cardio, and toning abs. Bring a towel, 2-3 lb. hand weights, a workout ball and a mat. April will help you be toned and healthy so you can enjoy all the great fall activities that will be going on! Continues on Tuesdays throughout November. 9:00-10:00 a.m. $20.00 or pay-as-you-go for $5.00 per session.
6—Wednesday—The History Around Us: Cockram Mill in Meadows of Dan. Co-sponsored by the Reynolds Homestead and the Patrick County Historical Society, the program will feature a talk on Cockram Mill, a historic mill located in the community of Meadows of Dan, in Patrick County, Virginia. Cockram Mill is an example of a historic gristmill, built around 1885, which produced cornmeal, grits, buckwheat flour, livestock feed, wooden boxes, lumber, and electricity by the utilization of water power. It was unique within the local Appalachian area because of its capacity for mass production. The mill was able to clean and shell grain, a new and innovative process at that time. In the 1930s, the mill was also the only facility to privately produce electricity for sale. Speaker Gary Cockram, is an authority on the property’s history and a descendant of W. A. Cockram who purchased the mill in 1921. Gary, assisted by his brothers Garland and Ron, will show photographs of Cockram Mill, as well as discuss the history, the owners, and the present use of the property. The program usually lasts about an hour, so bring a bagged lunch and enjoy learning about this fascinating place in Patrick County’s Meadows of Dan. Free to the public and no reservations required. 12:00 p.m.
6—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. Our volunteer base is always growing, and this is your occasion to come and learn about volunteer opportunities available in the next couple of months. If you plan to attend the History program prior to this, please contact Lisa Martin and she will provide you a bag lunch. 1:00 p.m.
7—Thursday—Tai Chi with Sharon Mason. This ancient art is designed to revitalize, circulate and balance the natural vital energy of body and mind through slow, careful, simple and gentle ‑owing movements of arms and body. Coordinated with breath work and visualization, Tai Chi helps release stress and blocked energy through strengthening and toning the muscles responsible for coordination and control. This class is designed to leave you calm, centered, refreshed, and prepared to meet the challenges of your day. Suitable for those of any skill level. Continues on Thursdays throughout November (except Thanksgiving). 9:30-10:30 a.m. $15.00 or pay-as-you-go for $5.00 per session. NOTE: Save by taking more than one class. If you sign up for all 3 fitness classes throughout November, pay only $40 (save $15); sign up for 2 classes for $30; or take one class at the advertised price, or just pay-as-you-go for those with busy schedules at $5 per session.
11—Monday—Veterans’ Day Holiday. The Reynolds Homestead and Continuing Education Center will be closed.
13—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. George Pugh will surprise the club with his topic for presentation. Open to the public. 7:00 p.m.
14—Thursday—Arts Fusion Open Session. Open to early and mid-stage patients with memory loss and their caregivers, Arts Fusion offers the chance to use the arts as a starting point for discussion, laughter and fun, as a break from the ordinary routine. Registration is required by calling 276-694-7181. The program is free and open to the public. 2:30 p.m.
17—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange. The group will be making ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree in the Continuing Education Center. 2:00 p.m.
17—Sunday—David Oliver Presents “America’s Political Crack-Up” This 2-part series addresses the anxiety, paranoia, and demonization that is so prevalent in politics today. Part 1, “How People Divide” addresses the hidden biological forces behind polarization and division, and the genetic and cultural legacy that leads to groupish behavior and competition. Part 2 will address “How People Come Together” on December 1. Refreshments provided. 3:00 p.m.
18—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Project to be announced. Bring supplies and lunch. 9:30 a.m.
19—Tuesday—Volunteer Docent Trip to Abingdon. To celebrate the hard work that our docents do each tour season we have a trip scheduled to visit Heartwood, a tour of the historic house on Main St., the Art Gallery in the old school on the hill, and lunch. If you plan to attend, contact Beth Ford by Friday, November 15.
21—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “Today’s Special” (2009, Rated R). After he gets passed over for promotion, haute cuisine sous chef Samir quits to pursue his dream of cooking in Paris, but an emergency forces him to take over his family’s shabby Indian restaurant in Queens. Dinner will feature an Indian-style menu created by Lisa. 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.
27-29—Wednesday-Friday—Thanksgiving Holiday. The Reynolds Homestead and Continuing Education Center will close at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
1—Sunday—Hook-in-Hand Exchange. Open to anyone interested in the art of hand hooking wool rugs. Learn about dyeing techniques, special patterns and more. This is our newest exchange and it has an enthusiastic following. 2:00 p.m.
1—Sunday— David Oliver Presents “America’s Political Crack-Up” Part 2, “How People Come Together” offers a discussion of the forces that foster cooperation among people. Humans have evolved powerful ways to cooperate in the face of contention. Refreshments provided. 3:00 p.m.
2--Monday--Woodland Certification: Dinner Meeting for Local Landowners.If you are a landowner who owns woodlands and who might be interested in learning more about woodland certification for your property, you are invited to attend an informational dinner meeting at the Homestead on Monday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. During this three-hour program foresters from the Virginia
2—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography; no experience required. Each month’s meeting will feature a photography lesson and a photo contest The group will meet downstairs this month. 6:30 p.m.
3—Tuesday—Victorian Christmas at the Reynolds Homestead Presents: “Holiday and Classical Pops” with the Rainier Trio and Guest Soprano Leslie Mabe. Our annual presentation is a mix of some movie tunes and Christmas favorites, including “Lara’s Theme,” “Nutcracker Suite,” “Ave Maria” and many more classical tunes to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. In addition, the historic home will be decorated in Victorian Christmas splendor and open for your enjoyment. Pick up your Christmas apple and then enjoy the performance. The house will be open for viewing at 5:30, and the performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Reservations requested. $8 adults; $5 students.
6—Friday—Patrick County Chamber After Hours at the Reynolds Homestead. Chamber members are invited to mingle and network, enjoy refreshments and visit the historic home. Register by calling the Chamber at 276-694-6012. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
7—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. Annual Christmas luncheon. 11:00 a.m.
7—Saturday—Victorian Christmas Open House at the Rock Spring Plantation Invite friends and family to visit the free open house at Reynolds Homestead's Rock Spring Plantation. Costumed guides will lead you on a tour the plantation home decorated in Victorian Christmas splendor, enjoy hot apple cider and old-fashioned Christmas cookies in the plantation kitchen, and create your own Victorian Christmas card or ornament. FREE. 1:00-4:00 p.m.
7—Saturday—“The Polar Express” Family Christmas Dinner. Enjoy our annual pajama party and movie experience. Dinner is provided and there will be lots of goodies and gift bags for the kids. $8.00 per person and reservations are required as seating is limited. Reserve a spot for you and your family today! 6:30 p.m.
8—Sunday—Second Sunday American Music Series featuring “Holidaze!” Our favorite music series is back and this time with a Victorian Christmas edition! Suzanne and Jim Hale will regale the audience with Victorian Christmas music and the True Life Travelers will contribute additional Christmas tunes. $12 adults; $6 students; under 5 free.
11—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Annual Christmas party. 7:00 p.m.
12—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “Muppet Christmas Carol.” Bring your family to enjoy a traditional holiday meal with turkey, rice, dressing, sweet potatoes, and green beans and carrot cake for desert. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Then stay for The Muppet Christmas Carol beginning at 7 p.m. A treat for all ages, you'll find yourself getting in the spirit of the holidays as the Muppets along with Michael Caine (portraying Scrooge) provide a musical and comical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Dinner is $14 for Adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under and begins at 6:00. The movie is free and starts at 7:00 p.m.
16—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Annual Christmas luncheon. 11:00 a.m.
December 23-January3: The Reynolds Homestead and the Continuing Education Center will be closed for winter break. We will reopen on Monday, January 6. Happy holidays and a wonderful new year to all!