CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March - 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.

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

MARCH

1--Sunday--Dr. Seuss Birthday Party. Back by popular demand! We will host our second annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Families will enjoy read alouds of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, make and take crafts, a photo booth, face painting and light refreshments. The admission for this event is $5 per person and we ask that reservations be made for attending by contacting Sarah Wray at 276-694-7181 ex.27 or wrayse88@vt.edu. This is a great event for the entire family. Join us to celebrate the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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

2--Monday--Yoga for Fitness. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing as Rebecca Adcock leads the class in yoga for fitness. $5. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

2--Monday--Line Dancing with Sue Ann Ehmann. Get your dance on and start your week with great aerobic exercise. Wear comfortable shoes. $5. 11:15-12:15.

3--Tuesday--Stretch and Tone. Work those muscles with April Pendleton. Bring a mat, small hand weights, and wear comfortable clothing. $5. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

3-4--Tuesday & Wednesday--Fast Track Business Trade Show. Join us at the annual event in Martinsville to learn more about our upcoming events, make connections to upcoming programs, and chat with staff and volunteers about the site we are so proud of. See the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce website for more details about admission. 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

4--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.

5--Thursday--Tai Chi for Fitness. Sharon Mason leads this soothing fitness class which helps improve balance, flexibility and spirit. $5. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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

8--Sunday--American Music Series Presents: An Afternoon of Jazz with Lew Woodall. To date, Lew has recorded 4 Jazz CDs as a leader. His style can best be described as driving and passionate, with solos that come directly from the heart. Lew Woodall is bringing a great quartet with him to the Reynolds Homestead: Paul (Mickey) Walker on drums, Bob Bowen on bass and Royce Campbell rounds out the quartet on guitar. Don’t miss this truly American music celebration and refreshments will be served. $12 adults, $5 students. 2:30 p.m.

8--Sunday--Homestead Hikers. Semi-Annual Meeting, Lunch & Hike. Meet at the Crooked Road Cafe at Cockram Mill at 2:00 for a meeting followed by lunch at 2:30 and a hike at 3:30. HIke leaders Garland and Margie Cockram will lead a 2-mile hike around the area and share the history of this family-owned mill, memories of the Dan River Queen, a local abandoned church and an operating quarry. This is an RSVP Hike! Click here to let the club know you are coming. 2:00 p.m.

9--Monday--Yoga for Fitness. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing as Rebecca Adcock leads the class in yoga for fitness. $5. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

9--Monday--Line Dancing with Sue Ann Ehmann. Get your dance on and start your week with great aerobic exercise. Wear comfortable shoes. $5. 11:15-12:15.

9--Monday--Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!

10--Tuesday--Stretch and Tone. Work those muscles with April Pendleton. Bring a mat, small hand weights, and wear comfortable clothing. $5. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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

12----Thursday--Tai Chi for Fitness. Sharon Mason leads this soothing fitness class which helps improve balance, flexibility and spirit. $5. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

12--Thursday--Shiitake Mushroom Class. Rescheduled make-up date for the Shiitake Mushroom Class led by Master Gardener Anissa Smart Fulcher. Class is full. $18 for general public. 6:00-8:00 p.m.

15--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.

15--Sunday--Homestead Weavers Exchange. Open to anyone interested in the weaving arts. 2:00 p.m.

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

17--Tuesday--Stretch and Tone. Work those muscles with April Pendleton. Bring a mat, small hand weights, and wear comfortable clothing. $5. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

17--Tuesday--Advanced Alcohol Inks. For those interested in taking Alcohol Inks to the next level, Cindy will be working with you on developing advanced painting techniques. You will need to have your own materials for the class, including: inks, alcohol, blending solution, Yupo paper and/or white tile to work on. If you do not have materials, Cindy will have them available for purchase. Light snacks will be provided. Registration required. $20. 6:00-9:00 p.m.

18--Wednesday--ARTS 306 - Introduction to Weaving: Rugs Rugs Rugs! Weaving, the ancient art of making cloth, is alive and well! Both traditional and contemporary fabrics are being produced by a growing number of people interested in creating the unique and unusual. Callenge your creative side and be prepared to surprise yourself by what you can achieve. Students will be immersed in the process of designing and making their own creations. Introduction to Weaving is designed to give the basics of using a loom and hand weaving a project. Instructor Celie Cassady. Meets consecutive Wednesday nights for 5 weeks. This class can be used to complete an artisan certification in Weaving. Call the Artisan Center in Martinsville to register: 276.656.0343. $89. 6:30-9:30 p.m. ONLY ONE SPACE AVAILABLE, CALL TODAY!

19--Thursday--Dinner and a Movie Night: "Unfinished Song" (2012, PG-13). With his wife Marion terminally ill, 72-year-old Arthur sees a future that's nothing but grim. But when he takes Marion's place in their church's very unconventional choir, he begins to find joy in life again. 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.

21--Saturday--Simple Magic with Chain, Wire, and Beads: New Jewelry Techniques. Pat Coleman will instruct this class where students will be learning how to incorporate wire, chain, 2 sizes of beads and spacers to make a lovely necklace that seems to float around the neck. Everyone will create earrings, a necklace and bracelet in the class. Students should bring their own size 4mm and 6mm beads for use in the class. Registration required. $25. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

22--Sunday--Easter Bonnet Making and Tea. Our third annual event features Kathleen Anderson and friends helping create lovely Easter Bonnets to welcome in the spring season. Then, move upstairs for a formal tea with lots of laughter as everyone wears her new bonnet and enjoys lovely refreshments. A great mother/daughter/granddaughter or sister/sister or even just friend/friend event. If you have any special hat decorations you want to bring, please do so. Registration required. $10 per person, includes supplies and tea. 2:00-4:00 p.m.

23--Monday--ARTS 145: Elements of Design. 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.

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APRIL

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. The date is the sesquicentennial of the visit of General Stoneman’s Raiders to the Reynolds Homestead, just days before the official end of the Civil War. A series of guest speakers including Tom Perry, David Minter, Chris Owens and more will talk about the significance of the event, what happened, and other historical happenings of significance. Browse the Confederate Exhibition collected by Minter and an extraordinary exhibition of panels celebrating our own General J.E.B. Stuart. Refreshments will be served. 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. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive information about COA, please contact Lisa Martin or 276-694-7181 x 22 to ensure that you receive a schedule. Make friends, have fun, and continue life-long learning that has been proven to have tremendous health benefits. Schedules will be available on Tuesday, March 3.

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. Commemorative race bibs and t-shirts will be provided to the first 60 who register. Registration is FREE and forms are available by clicking here. Donations to the Patrick County Food Bank are requested from participants.

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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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!!

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