November - December, 2014


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.



1—Saturday—Homestead Quilters Exchange.  Sylvia Cummings will share “Easy Christmas Gifts” with the group. 10:00 a.m.

1—Saturday—Homestead Hikers. “The Buffalo.” Bring your binoculars and join the club in hiking one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia that features 13 rare plants, 3 rare animals and 6 significant natural communities. This hike does require an RSVP for members; guests of members are $2.00 each. 10:00 a.m.

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

3-4—Monday-Tuesday—J.E.B. Stuart Art Pick Up. We would again like to thank you for participating. Winning pieces (except for purchase awards) will be taken to the Patrick County Branch Library in Stuart on Saturday, November 1 for display throughout the month. Pick-up for non-winning entries will be at the Reynolds Homestead on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Photography club members may pick their entries up at the photography club meeting on Monday night at 6:30.

If you have someone pick up your art for you, please ensure that it is signed out by that person so we have an accounting of what went with whom! Any art not picked up and with no arrangements made with me will be handled per the exhibition contract.

People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on November 4.

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

5—Wednesday—Volunteer Meeting.  Join us for our monthly meeting to explore the many opportunities to volunteer at the Reynolds Homestead. There will not be a meeting in December, and our Victorian Christmas plans will be outlined. We are always looking for new volunteers! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Martin.  1:00 p.m.

12—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club. The (Reynolds) Homestead Postcard Club first formed in May of 2001.  For the past thirteen years, the Club has enjoyed monthly meetings starting with a covered dish dinner, a short business meeting, and a program given by one of the members or a guest speaker.  Although most program topics involved “postcards”, we soon learned that many of our members collected a variety of items.  Some of these items include coins, books, art work, cooking implements, antique school items, tobacco memorabilia, musical instruments – the list is endless!  In September, the Homestead Postcard Club voted to add other collectables into the Club theme and now open the membership to anyone who is a collector.  We look forward to increased membership and the expansion of individual learning experiences in future program topics. 6:30 p.m.

13—Thursday—Dining with Diabetes, sponsored by Friends of Reynolds Homestead. Guest speaker Stephen Greico, member of the JDRF Great Blue Ridge Chapter Board of Directors, will speak on “Shark Cages, Algorithms, and a Christmas Tree Farmer from Giles County:  How JDRF is advancing the science toward a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.” This program, designed for medical professionals, individuals with T1D, or caregivers for people with T1D, will begin with a diabetic healthy dinner followed by Greico’s presentation on the latest developments in the research to cure Type 1 Diabetes. Reservations are required. $20.00 per person or $15.00 for nursing students. This program is in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month. Click here to make a reservation.

16—Sunday—Homestead Weavers Exchange.  Meeting agenda to be announced. Open to anyone interested in weaving. 2:00 p.m.

16—Sunday—David Oliver presents “Intelligence Everywhere.” This lecture begins a series entitled “The Intelligent Universe:  Intelligence in the Universe from Elementary Particles to Animals and Human Beings.” Explore the natural world and many surprising things about intelligence, including implications for social behavior, the environment, and theology. David always offers a thoughtful look at the world that surrounds us. Refreshments provided. 3:00 p.m. FREE

17—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Edie LeMons will lead this month’s project. Bring your usual painting supplies and a bag lunch. 9:30 a.m.

17—Monday—Volunteer Docent Trip to Berry Hill.  The Berry Hill estate covers 650 acres in historic South Boston, Virginia. The former antebellum plantation estate and (now) National Historic Landmark welcomed its first guests in 1720, and since that time the property has changed hand many times and has witnessed a great deal of American history in the making. This semi-annual appreciation trip for our historic home docents is one of the perks of volunteering at the Reynolds Homestead. Please RSVP to Beth Ford if you plan to attend and to get further details. Click here to let Beth know you're coming.

18—Tuesday—Grounds Clean Up.  This is the time of year we rake leaves, gather fallen branches, and generally get the Reynolds Homestead grounds in good shape for the winter to come. If you’d like to help us get ready, bring your shovel and rake and join us. We’ll feed you lunch!  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

20—Thursday—Dinner & A Movie Night: “Mid-August Lunch” (2008, Italy). In Rome, Gianni leads a lazy life, a glass of wine at hand; his only job is caring for his mother in their condo. The administrator pays Gianni a visit on a hot August day because he hasn't paid the condo fees in years; the association members want Gianni and his mother evicted. The visitor makes an offer: he wants to leave the city for ferragosto, a mid-August tradition, and asks to leave his mother in Gianni's care in exchange for writing off some of the debt. Gianni and his mother agree to do it, and the administrator brings his mom - and his aunt. Then, Gianni's doctor pays a call and asks the same favor. Can Gianni make the best of it, or are real surprises in store? Dinner will be an Italian feast prepared by Lisa, including Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kale, Chicken Marsala, an Italian vegetable bake, and a Caesar salad and dessert. Dinner is $14.00 per person and reservations are required. The movie is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Click here to make a reservation.

26-28—Wednesday-Thursday—Thanksgiving Holiday. The Reynolds Homestead will close at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen for business on Monday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m.


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

4—Thursday—Patrick County Chamber of Commerce Victorian Christmas After Hours.  Members of the Chamber are invited to tour the authentically decorated Rock Spring Plantation House, purchase homemade ornaments from our 20’ Christmas tree, and enjoy refreshments and entertainment. A great chance to network and find some traditional holiday spirit! Contact the Chamber to RSVP: 276-694-6012. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

6—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. Click here to make a reservation.

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

8—Monday—Homestead Decorative Painters Exchange. Annual Christmas luncheon catered by the Reynolds Homestead. $12.00 per person. Please RSVP to Becki Turner. 11:00 a.m.

10—Wednesday—Homestead Postcard Club.  Annual Christmas party and collectibles sale! 6:30 p.m.

11—Thursday—Victorian Christmas Celebrates the Reynolds Homestead Legendary Bicentennial with the Rainier Trio and Guest Soprano Leslie Mabe.  Kevin Matheson and Bryan Matheson have taken the Harriet Beecher Stowe music collection from the historic Rock Spring home and have re-set it to modern instruments, which will be performed by the group. Mixed in will be traditional Christmas favorites. This group is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the music that would have been heard on the plantation 200 years ago!  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. Click here to make a reservation.

13—Saturday—Homestead Hikers. Hike to be announced. 10:00 a.m.

14—Sunday—Second Sundays American Music Series presents “A Holiday Mood.” Join the Fringe Band and the Anointed Gems for an afternoon of traditional holiday music. This is the first in our 5-part series of great American music concerts. Season tickets are $25.00, or individual concert tickets may be purchased for $12.00. Season tickets are a great holiday gift to someone who loves old-time and traditional music. 2:30 p.m.

New this season, Sunday Afternoon Lunch. Make your reservations for lunch before the concert and enjoy a traditional Appalachian Christmas dinner buffet. Today will feature a tossed salad, baked chicken with dressing and gravy and Lisa’s special cranberry chutney, green beans, squash casserole and an assortment of desserts and drinks. Lunch is only $12.00 per person, but seating is limited, so please make your reservations early! Click here to make a reservation. Lunch begins at 1:00 p.m.

December 22-January 2:  Winter Break. The staff of the Reynolds Homestead wishes everyone a very happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!


Continuing with our “legendary” Bicentennial celebration, the Reynolds Homestead will be hosting an exhibition to honor our years of commitment to the arts – so it’s all about US! Any art that you might want to show that either (1) features the Reynolds Homestead in some way or (2) was created here or inspired by the Reynolds Homestead is welcomed for display. We know that many artists over the years have worked here and been inspired by this beautiful setting, and we encourage you to bring any art you have to help us celebrate. The exhibition will be on display from November 6 – December 19 and will be seen by the thousands of visitors we get throughout our holiday season.

Entries will be taken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3-5 any time during business hours (photography club may leave yours after your meeting). Attached is a brief entry form to help us create our exhibition labels for the display.

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate the Reynolds Homestead!

PS: We would particularly love to have artwork that you or your children created in youth art classes here – what fun to show!