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.
On Exhibition: The Patrick Henry Photography Club exhibit continues through April 26. The Homestead Postcard Club’s exhibit will feature American Historic Houses.
1—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m.
3—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. All volunteers and interested volunteers are invited to attend monthly meetings to review upcoming events and opportunities. Refreshments are served. 1:00 p.m.
6—Saturday—Spring Tea at the Rock Spring Plantation. 2013 has been declared “The Year of the Virginia Historic Home” by Governor McDonnell, and to celebrate, the Reynolds Homestead will open its annual tour season with an afternoon tea on the lawn of the historic Rock Spring Plantation. In addition, the historic home will be open for free tours and decorated in lots of spring finery to show off our excitement! Find out more about our upcoming Bicentennial in 2014 as well. 1:00-4:00 p.m.
6—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. Pillowcases with Gloria Schwarting. 2:00 p.m.
9—Tuesday—Great Conversations. This month’s readings are “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Her First Ball” by Katherine Mansfield. 6:30 p.m.
10—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Becki Turner will discuss the Curt Teich Postcard Museum which is located in the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, and is recognized throughout the world as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials. 7:00 p.m.
13—Saturday—“3.2 Run in Remembrance.” The Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center and Forestry Research Center, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, will be hosting our own “3.2 Run in Remembrance” at 9:00 a.m. This run is held to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. The event strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and families. The course will run throughout forestry property which is generally not open to the public - so this is a great opportunity to get to see portions of the Homestead you wouldn't normally have access to. More details will follow, but Hokies, Friends, Community - save the date to plan to come out and Run in Remembrance! Virginia Tech alum and devoted runner April Pendleton is helping organize this event which should be a fantastic celebration of life! Registration forms are available here. Walk-up registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Click here to download an early registration form.
14—Sunday—Second Sunday American Music Series: Golden Era Musicians and Family Traditions. Performers include Troy Brammer, Junior Cassady, Garland Cockram, Ralph Haden, Cecil Hall, Clarence Hall, Bernard Hylton and more. Ron Pendleton will narrate this concert discussing the family influence that plays such a major role in music traditions. Sponsors for the concert series include Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, the Reynolds Homestead Volunteers, Geobuilt: Star Pavilion and Bose Sound, and Nancy and Ray Deitz. $12.00 adults; $6.00 students. 2:00 p.m.
15—Monday—College for Older Adults Spring Term Begins! One of the best programs for folks over 50 in the area features classes in dance, food safety, survival skills, local history, fitness, rug hooking, hiking, basket making, painting, bird identification – and much, much, much more! Only $50.00 and you can take as many classes as you like. Click here to download the Class Schedule. Click here to download the registration form.
15—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Part I of a two-part project. Valerie Jones will lead the group in painting landscapes on 4 sides of a wooden candle stand. The project is entitled “Winterberry Farm.” Class continues on Monday, April 22. 9:30 a.m.
18—Thursday—Dinner and a Movie Night: “Saving Grace” (2000, Rated R). A widow discovers after her husband's suicide that he has mortgaged everything they own and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Enter her gardener, who is struggling to make a few marijuana plants grow in a hidden location and suggests that she use her green house to help grow the plants and sell them to make the money both need. He wants to get married, but needs capital. What he doesn't know is that his girlfriend is pregnant and thus fears that they will be busted for growing marijuana. While supposedly working, the whole village including the local constable is well aware of the endeavor and is hoping for their success. When the plants come in, Grace takes the crop to London and tries to sell it to a ruthless, but charming drug dealer. Everything busts loose from there. Reservations are required for dinner and the cost is $12.00 per person for seating 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!
20—Saturday—Master Gardener Workshop: Beekeeping. Mark Chorba from the office of Agriculture and Extension Communications will offer this workshop on basic beekeeping. Learn the ins and outs of how to become a beekeeper and help assure that we have adequate supply to pollinate our food. This class will benefit those interested in keeping bees for the very first time, as well as those who have been keeping bees for a couple years. 10:00 a.m. to noon. Free to all Master Gardeners and $5.00 for the general public. Call to register.
21—Sunday—David Oliver presents “Wild Times: Death and the Evolution of Dying”
22—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Part II of the “Winterberry Farm” painting project. 9:30 a.m.
24—Wednesday—Administrative Professional’s Day: "Crafting Your Professional Image." Our annual tribute to Administrative Professionals features speaker Amy Hogan, Assistant Provost at Virginia Tech. Treat your administrative professionals to show your appreciation. “Crafting Your Professional Image”
Amy Hogan joined the Office of the Provost in May 2012. Her responsibilities include senior administrator searches and reviews, leadership development, and metrics. Amy has taught introductory psychology and sociology courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Central Pennsylvania Business College, is a certified Huthwaite International training facilitator, a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner, a certified Emotional Quotient Inventory practitioner, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, with minors in Sociology and Music.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Exhibition: The quilts of Judy Poindexter will be featured this month, including not only quilts made by Judy herself, but also her mother and grandmother. Enjoy this display of a family’s history of quilting through May 31.
1—Wednesday—The History around Us: David Sheley Presents “Patrick County in World War II.” The Homestead and the Patrick County Historical Society welcome local historian and genealogist David Sheley to the Continuing Education Center to speak about Patrick County’s involvement in World War II, a subject he explored as chairman of the Genealogy Society’s popular “Patrick County, Virginia, World War II Pictorial Book,” published in 2005. Sheley will share stories and photos, many of which he has collected through his work as treasurer of the Patrick County Historical Society. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy this presentation at the Homestead. It is free and open to the general public. 12:00 noon.
1—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. All current volunteers are invited to attend this meeting to learn about upcoming opportunities. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is also invited. Refreshments will be served. 1:00 p.m.
4—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange. Gloria Schwarting will teach pillowcases. 2:00 p.m.
6—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m.
8—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Bob Orren will present a program on the Civil War Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. Open to the public. 7:00 p.m.
10—Friday—Mother’s Day at the Stuart Farmer’s Market. Bring the little ones and let them decorate a flower pot and plant a flower for Mother’s Day. Free. 8:00 a.m. to noon.
12—Sunday—Mother’s Day at the Rock Spring Plantation. Bring your mother or grandmother out for a FREE tour of the Rock Spring Plantation on Mother’s Day! The first two dozen mothers will also receive a flower. A great after-lunch activity for the family to enjoy. 1:00-4:00 p.m.
14—Tuesday—Great Conversations. This month’s readings are “Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway and “The Diver” by V.S. Prichett. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
16—Thursday—Dinner and a Movie Night: “Kinky Boots” (2005, PG-13). Inspired by the true story of a traditional English men's footwear factory in Northamptonshire, this film is the story of a drag queen coming to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat. Since “curry” is now the most popular food in Britain, dinner will feature chicken tikka masala with jasmine rice and vegetables, naan bread with assorted chutneys and a fruit salad to start. Dinner is $12.00 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 seating. The movie is free and begins at 7:00.
19—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange. This month’s meeting will feature Japanese shibori dyeing with Glenda George. 2:00 p.m.
20—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Rose Ropp will teach a project featuring fabric chickens on a tray. Bring a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.
27—Monday—Memorial Day. The Reynolds Homestead and the Continuing Education Center will be closed.
29—Wednesday—College for Older Adults Spring Luncheon. All members of the College for Older Adults are invited to attend our closing luncheon. RSVP to Lisa Martin. 11:30 a.m.
Exhibition: Members and guests of Bull Mountain Arts will be the featured exhibition for June and July. BMA members work with Arts on Main, a cooperative of over 20 local artisans with proceeds from sales supporting the mission of serving the schools and community through the arts.
2—Sunday—Annual Book Sale and Art Auction Opening. Join Michael Abraham, a Blacksburg author who writes about the region of the central Appalachians, for the opening of our annual Book Sale and Art Auction Fundraiser for programming. Abraham has published five novels based in the area and is a fantastic speaker as well. Following the talk, enjoy refreshments while browsing the thousands of books and art donated. The book sale continues through Thursday, June 6. 2:00 p.m.
3—Monday—Patrick Henry Photography Club. Open to anyone interested in photography. 6:30 p.m.
5—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting. All current volunteers are invited to attend this meeting to learn about upcoming opportunities. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is also invited. Refreshments will be served. 1:00 p.m.
11—Tuesday—Great Conversations. “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Bashevis Singer and “The Wall” by Jean-Paul Sartre are this month’s readings. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
12—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. Doug Stegall will present a program entitled “Mountain People.” 7:00 p.m.
15—Saturday—Bushels and Barrels Local Food, Wine and Beer Festival. Get your 80s on and support our local growers and producers. The Reynolds Homestead, Spencer-Penn Centre, Field to Friends and the Patrick County Skate Park Association present the first annual festival to salute our local agricultural economy. The day will feature music from After Jack, the Les Moore Trio, and The Reflex, the ultimate 80s tribute band. All concessions will feature local foods and attendees over 21 can enjoy the spirits of Stanburn Winery, Chateau Morrisette, West Wind Vineyard, Preston Ridge Winery, the Homeplace Winery, Devil’s Backbone Brewery, and Aviator Brewery. Prizes for the best 80s costumes and the best 80s couple! Tickets are $25 for VIP access (includes free food and non-alcoholic drinks), $12 advance tickets ($15 day of show), $10 designated driver, and $5 for ages 13-20. Ages 12 and under are free. The first 750 adult ticket holders through the gate will receive commemorative wine glasses. Call the Reynolds Homestead for more information. This event is sponsored by Clark Gas and Oil, EMI Imaging, Burch-Hodges-Stone, Lawrence Distributing, West Piedmont Planning District, Nelson Automotive, Silver Lining Design, and Martinsville Surgical Associates. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for this epic event should contact Lisa Martin at the Reynolds Homestead.
17—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Valerie Jones leads this month’s lesson on how to paint fur. Bring a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.
18—Tuesday—‘Round the Mountain Lunch and Learn. All artisans in the area are invited to this informational session on topics pertinent to ‘Round the Mountain. Bring a bag lunch or order a gourmet boxed lunch for $8.00. Lunch orders must be received by Friday, June 14. Call the Homestead to order.
20—Thursday—Dinner and A Movie Night: “Ocean Heaven” (2010, NR, Chinese). With the kind help of friends and neighbors, widower and aquarium worker Sam Wong (Jet Li) shares a contented life with his 22-year-old autistic son—until Sam learns that he has a terminal illness that will soon leave David orphaned. Now the doting father must begin a quest to ensure that his son will be loved and cared for after his death. Dinner is $12.00 per person and reservations are required for the 6:00 seating. The movie is free and begins at 7:00 p.m.
25-26—Tuesday-Wednesday— “Xpress Yourself! Art Camp. Grace Helms’ art camp will be filled with fun and exciting experiences! Students will explore new and inventive ways to express themselves! We will be painting with our hands and feet. Students will create a Paper Mache mask; make a large textured painting, and a few small projects. Artists will learn to apply texture to works of art using various techniques; as well as learn about modern art. The students will work with lines and discuss art as one of the first languages! Come join us and express as your heart desires!! For ages 7-12. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. Bring a bag lunch. $40.00
Xpress Yourself! Summer Art Camp. June 25-26. 9:00-3:00. Grace Helms’ art camp will be filled with fun and exciting experiences! Students will explore new and inventive ways to express themselves! We will be painting with our hands and feet. Students will create a Paper Mache mask; make a large textured painting, and a few small projects. Artists will learn to apply texture to works of art using various techniques; as well as learn about modern art. Ages 7-12. $40.00. Click here to download a flyer. CLick here to download registration form.