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Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Education Coordinator

Thursday June 16, 2016
Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Education Coordinator

Becki Williams Vasquez joins museum staff as the new Education Coordinator. 

Let's Give Deserving Kids an ULTRA Summer

Thursday June 16, 2016

"Giving Kids an ULTRA Summer" is a donation program that strives to give children with serious medical conditions the summer experience of a lifetime.

Area Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” Awards

Monday May 23, 2016

45 local businesses featured

2016 Dick's Sporting Goods Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday May 19, 2016

SRSC to host 30 youth lacrosse teams

Gatlin Brothers To Headline Celebration 2016

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Iconic Country Music Trio

Rooster Walk is just 10 days away!

Monday May 16, 2016

May 26th-29th

Virginia Tech and Ohio Added to Tournament Bracket

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Four teams to play at Hooker Field this week

Hometown Author Celebrates Release of Second Novel

Friday May 6, 2016

Kristen-Paige Madonia, published author, returns to hometown to celebrate the release of second novel, Invisible Fault Lines.

MHC Garden Day 2016: Books that Bind

Wednesday April 6, 2016

The Haley home 

Open Door Tour in the City of Martinsville and Across Henry County

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Smith River Artisan Trail 

Will the Easter Bunny Visit the Martinsville Speedway?

Saturday March 26, 2016

More than 100 campers arrive a week prior to the STP 500 Race Weekend. Will the Easter Bunny make a special appearance? 

Deadline Quickly Approaching for Mia Hamm Camp

Thursday March 24, 2016

June at the SRSC

Racing College of Virginia to Host Open House

Wednesday March 23, 2016

On April 1st 

Bassett, Pioneering the Future

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016

Call to Artists: “Expressions 2016”

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Entries accepted for annual exhibit

Two New Family Attractions to Open

Monday March 21, 2016

Driving Range & Water Slide Opening 

Craig “Rocky” Rockwell Honored by American Recreation Coalition

Friday March 18, 2016

Philpott Lake Operations Project Manager Receives Prestigious “Legends” Award 

“Collecting Prints” at Piedmont Arts

Saturday March 12, 2016

"Collecting Prints" features selections from James W. Hyams Collection and provides an in-depth look at print collecting.

Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016

Inaugural Youth Lacrosse Jamboree

Friday March 4, 2016

Inaugural Youth Lacrosse Jamboree at Smith River Sports Complex.

“A Light History of the English Language”

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Professor Elliot Engel 

The Smith River Sports Complex to host 29 teams in the 2016 Commonwealth Cup

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Commonwealth Cup Returns to Martinsville

TWO concerts this weekend at the Rives!

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Friday and Sunday 

Asteroid Dedication Ceremony Honors “Big Mike” Schottland

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Under the Stars at P.A. 

Fishing Championship to Come to Philpott Lake

Friday February 5, 2016

Area will host 90 fishermen 

Patriot Players’ Singing Telegrams are Back

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Once again, the Patriot Players’ will deliver a song, rose, and card to a person of your choosing. 

Alpha Energy Solutions To Sponsor Both Martinsville Speedway Truck Series Races

Saturday January 23, 2016

Three-year agreement with Alpha Energy Solutions

NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace Speaks at MHC Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Thursday January 21, 2016

Wallace returned to Martinsville 

Lettuce and Sam Bush to headline Rooster Walk 8

Thursday January 7, 2016

May 26-29, 2016 

Team First Soccer Camp with Mia Hamm coming to SRSC

Wednesday January 6, 2016

June 3-5 at the Smith River Sports Complex

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass

Friday December 11, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass and community supporters include incentives.

National Event Boosts Local Economy

Wednesday December 9, 2015

National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Soccer Championship was held Nov. 16-21 at the Smith River Sports Complex

Give the Gift of History & Culture this Holiday Season

Thursday December 3, 2015

Tickets to Spring Garden Tour Available for Advance Holiday Purchase 

Getting to Know MHC

Wednesday December 2, 2015

Tour Focuses on the History & Culture of Bassett, Virginia.

Gearing up for Garden Week: Bassett Post Office

Monday November 30, 2015

Blog Story by Susan Morten

A unique gift that keeps giving: PHCC gift cards

Monday November 23, 2015

PHCC gift cards available

Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County Receives Donation from Martinsville Speedway

Friday November 20, 2015

Funds will help support the Brighter Christmas Program and others 

Grand Opening for new Dining Room and Patio at Hugo's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Friday November 20, 2015

Grand Opening for new dining room and patio at Hugo's Restaurant & Sports Bar on November 20, 2015.

Philpott Marina Recognized as Best New Facility

Thursday November 19, 2015

Philpott Marina received Best New Facility award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Blog by Susan Morton

PHCC Patriot Players kick off Christmas Parade with 2016 Season Teaser

Wednesday November 18, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players kick off Christmas Parade with a 2016 season teaser.

Dan River Basin Association Hosts Hike at Lauren Mountain Preserve

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Dan River Basin Association Hosts Hike at Lauren Mountain Preserve in Bassett, VA. 

The Harvest Foundation Awards PUP grant to PHCC

Wednesday November 11, 2015

PHCC is the recipient of the PUP grant for the 2015 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks”

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks" is the second Thursday of every month. 

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre on November 19, 2015.

Cardinal Cup Lacrosse Classic Visits Martinsville This Weekend

Friday November 6, 2015

Cardinal Cup Lacrosse Classic Visits Martinsville This Weekend for their Youth Lacrosse Tournament. 

Martinsville Speedway Already Gearing Up For 2016

Thursday November 5, 2015

The STP 500 weekend is April 1-3, 2016

Series Show: Mandolin Orange & Lizzy Ross this Wednesday!

Monday November 2, 2015

Season passes accepted 

Jeff Gordon Wins Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Monday November 2, 2015

Gordon clinches a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase 

Goody’s® Launches New Fan Contest, ‘Ride with Dale Jr’ at the 2015 Goody's® Headache Relief Shot® 500

Sunday November 1, 2015

Two New Goody’s® Products Also Introduced for the First Time to Fans at the Martinsville Speedway 

American Cancer Society Honorary Starter at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 29, 2015

American Cancer Society to Represent Millions of Cancer Survivors as Honorary Starter at Martinsville Speedway

For Keselowski Being a Team Owner Is All About The Future

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Keselowski talks winning at Martinsville 

Danville Residents Tour Through Time in MHC

Wednesday October 28, 2015

19 visitors with the “History United” program toured Martinsville Uptown

Holman Says Patience Vital For Good Run At Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Holman is ready for the Kroger 200 

Martinsville Speedway’s a Family Affair for the Kenseths

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Matt & Ross Kenseth are ready for Martinsville Speedway 

NASCAR Legend Ned Jarrett Named Honorary Pace Car Driver at Martinsville Speedway

Monday October 26, 2015

Ned Jarrett returns to Martinsville Speedway 

After Bristol Heartbreak, Martinsville Next Up For Holman, Henderson Motorsports

Thursday October 22, 2015

Holman has his sights set on the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway 

Hemric Reads to Students

Wednesday October 21, 2015

Daniel Hemric Stops By Martinsville to Read to Albert Harris Elementary Students

Tickets available now for the NJCAA DI Soccer National Championship

Tuesday October 20, 2015

National soccer tournament only a month away!

Advances in Technology Keep Busch's Martinsville Strategy Ever Changing

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Kurt Busch says rear grip has taken the place of saving brakes, when it comes to being in contention at Martinsville

Joey Logano Donates New Roof to Local Domestic Violence Shelter

Thursday October 15, 2015

As a part of Logano’s Chasing Second Chances program

Peters Ready For Hometown Track in ValleyStar Credit Union 300 At Martinsville Speedwahy

Thursday October 8, 2015

Timothy Peters looking forward to  Sunday's ValleyStar Credit Union 300 

Brewster Walk to feature more than 50 craft beers plus hard ciders, wine

Friday October 2, 2015

Don't miss the first annual Brewster Walk

Macy Causey Follows Her Grandmother’s Tire Tracks

Thursday September 24, 2015

Her grandmother, Diane Teel, became the first female ever to start a (now) Xfinity Series race, the Dogwood 500 at Martinsville in 1982.

Timothy Peters Will Attempt Unusual Double

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Trucks In Vegas On Saturday, Late Models In Martinsville On Sunday

Martinsville Speedway Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Marketing Leverage Program to aide the Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Open on Saturdays

Monday September 21, 2015

Stop by even on Saturdays to pick out your seats

Martinsville Uptown Hosts Oktoberfest

Friday September 18, 2015

Martinsville Uptown hosts the 36th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

Thursday September 17, 2015

The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) will be hosting the inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 19, 2015. 

Paul Menard Visits Uptown Martinsville

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Martinsville-Henry County welcomed Menard

Martinsville Speedway Offers Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket Package

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Perfect for Johnson fans and STEM education enthusiasts

Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton to meld rock energy and R&B grooves this Friday

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Jarekus Singleton at the Rives Theatre

Tourism Revenue Reached $66 Million in Martinsville-Henry County in 2014

Tuesday September 15, 2015

 All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $22 billion 

Paul Menard To Parade Through Uptown Martinsville on Tuesday

Sunday September 13, 2015

Menard in Martinsville

ValleyStar Credit Union Donates $25,000 to Racing College of Virginia

Thursday September 10, 2015

ValleyStar Supports Racing College of Virginia

PHCC Among Top Ten Community Colleges in US

Friday September 4, 2015

PHCC receives national recognition as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation

Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday August 24, 2015

Don't miss the inaugural Brewster Walk

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model Stock Car Race To Have New Format

Monday August 24, 2015

Changes are set and excitement builds

Clint Bowyer Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Tuesday August 18, 2015

Bowyer fans, don't miss this opportunity

August Has Arrived at the Smith River Sports Complex

Thursday August 13, 2015

As autumn approaches, the fun heats up at the SRSC

Martinsville Speedway: The Place for the Chase

Wednesday August 12, 2015

An exciting treat for your small business or group

Donna the Buffalo at the Rives

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Tickets now on sale for Donna the Buffalo w/ Peter Rowan at the Rives Theatre

Inaugural Wine Festival tickets available at Smith River Fest

Thursday August 6, 2015

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

On a Roll

Thursday August 6, 2015

A Guide to Biking in Southern Virginia

Major and the Monbacks will play the farm this Saturday!

Wednesday August 5, 2015

The Morgan Wade Band will open at 7:30 p.m.

Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Wednesday August 5, 2015

Kurt Busch will join Jeff Gordon for pre-race Q&A

Martinsville Speedway Offers Fans a Jeff Gordon Ticket Package

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Jeff Gordon fans this offer is for you

Barbecue, Beer and...Bugs?

Monday July 27, 2015

Inaugural VMNH Cookout is to be held Friday, August 14.

Higher Achievement Richmond Tours Southern Virginia

Thursday July 23, 2015

47 guests from Richmond toured Danville and Martinsville-Henry County

Higher Achievement: Richmond Makes Stop at Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Martinsville Speedway offers life lessons from NASCAR's Diversity Programs

Arts-based Community Development Investment for Martinsville, VA

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Piedmont Arts/City of Martinsville is one of 69 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide

Speedway's Smith Honored by Martinsville and Henry County

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Mike Smith will be missed in the MHC Community

Discover the Great Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Thursday July 9, 2015

SRF Saturday, August 8, 2015

Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

The third tournament in the Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series to be played this Saturday at SRSC

Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions


Jeff Gordon Scheduled for Green Flag Experience Prior to Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Jeff Gordon to make appearance at the Green Flag Experience for November Race at Martinsville.

Area to be Showcased on WSLS 10’s “Daytime Blue Ridge

Friday June 19, 2015

Host Natalie Faunce Explores Day Trip Opportunities in MHC

Martinsville Speedway Hosts Relay For Life

Wednesday June 17, 2015

There were laps made around Martinsville Speedway, but not by race cars.

Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans

Third Friday Art Walks Begin June 19

Monday June 1, 2015

Two fun Uptown events combine

Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 8, 2015

58 local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

Godwin named "Influential Woman of Virginia"

Friday May 8, 2015
Godwin named

Godwin Named Among The Class of 2015 Influential Women of Virginia

Ultimate Frisbee Championships at SRSC

Thursday April 23, 2015

28 teams from all over the Atlantic Coast Region will be competing

Houses, Gardens to Welcome Visitors for Historic Garden Week Tour

Thursday April 16, 2015

Historic Garden Week in Southern Virginia

FAB Lab Fun: Week 6

Thursday April 16, 2015

Fascinating Fun!

Two Jazz Heavyweights Perform Friday at the Rives

Wednesday April 15, 2015

Grammy winning jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at the Rives

Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is back

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Don't miss the second Martinsville Mini Maker Faire

First Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Monday April 6, 2015

Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series kicks off this weekend

Fab Lab Fun: Week 4

Thursday April 2, 2015

The fun continues

Tickets Still Available for Grapes & Grains at VMNH

Thursday April 2, 2015

Get your tickets while you still can!

Hamlin Holds Off Keselowski

Monday March 30, 2015

Hamlin captures his 5th Martinsville Speedway win

Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition

Friday March 27, 2015

Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition

U.S. Army Herald Trumpet Band to Perform Anthem before STP 500

Monday March 23, 2015

U.S. Army Herald Trumpet Band to Perform Anthem before STP 500

Visitor Center to Serve as Box Office

Friday March 20, 2015

Tickets for TheatreWorks and Patriot Players Available

Truck Series Rookies Get Track Time at Speedway

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Rookies get a feel for Martinsville Speedway

Numbers Don’t Lie: Action, Excitement Always High At Martinsville Speedway

Monday March 16, 2015

Martinsville Speedway is full of excitement

Great Seats at Great Prices Still Available for STP 500

Friday March 13, 2015

The STP 500 race weekend is two weeks away

SRSC Announces 2015 Corn Hole Tournament

Friday March 13, 2015

SRSC presents the Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series

Harvick Says He’s Looking Forward To Getting Back To Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Harvick is Ready for Martinsville

'You better have everything together by Martinsville'

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Stewart's Crew Chief: 'You better have everything together by Martinsville'

A Taste of Southern Virginia

Friday February 27, 2015

Enjoy dining your way across Southern Virginia

NASCAR's Number Three Will Have Big Presence at Green Flag Experience

Friday February 27, 2015

Two with ties to the iconic number Three added to the Green Flag Experience

National Day of Unplugging

Wednesday February 25, 2015

What will you do when you unplug?

Little Free Libraries Project

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Project enhances community assets

Ultimate Frisbee Starts SRSC's Season

Friday February 20, 2015

The Commonwealth Cup Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Plans to Play this Weekend at SRSC

Discover the Arts Through The Artisan Center

Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Artisan Center Offers Something for Everyone

Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours Beginning Saturday

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Extended hours for your convenience

ValleyStar Credit Union 300: New Name For Late Model Race

Friday February 6, 2015

Great Sponsor, Great Fun

Students from Italy and Carlisle School Tour Area

Friday February 6, 2015

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County

Move Over Dale Jr. and Make Some Room for Jimmie Johnson

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Johnson joins Dale Jr. in the Green Flag Experience

Military Discounts

Monday January 26, 2015

Military Discounts

Celebrate Black History Month in MHC

Monday January 26, 2015

Black History Month 2015

Speedway’s Mike Smith Recognized for “Helping Others”

Monday January 26, 2015

Smith named the 2014 recipient of the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award

NCBA Baseball Tournaments to Return in Spring 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Tournament Officials Renew Partnership Agreements with City

Green Flag Experience Ticket Holders Get To Hear From Dale Jr.

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Green Flag Experience to Include Dale Jr.

PHCC & Reynolds Homestead to Partner on Programming

Monday December 22, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College will partner with Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech, 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 area. 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 schedule. 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 early January 2015. Students may 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.


2014 in Review

Friday December 19, 2014

A look back on the past year...

Martinsville Speedway's Christmas Toy Drive Raises over $13,000

Wednesday December 17, 2014

The holiday season is a time for giving and Martinsville Speedway’s 18th annual Christmas Toy Drive showed that the NASCAR community is willing to do just that. The toy drive raised more than $13,000 and saw 200 toys donated for the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.

A network of more than 100 area churches, the Grace Network will use the money to provide toys and clothes to underserved and underprivileged children in the area.

 “Being able to donate more than $13,000 to the Grace Network is going to help bring smiles to a lot of kids’ faces on Christmas morning,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Martinsville Speedway is proud of our community and our fans. While the speedway presents the check, it truly is a community donation.”

The Grace Network gets lists of names from the churches in the network and then is able to take the money raised and shop according to each child’s needs and wishes.

“Being able to bring joy to children in this season is a blessing,” said Simone Redd, a Grace Network board member and the one who heads up the shopping. “The generous donations and toys received allowed us to spread the spirit and true meaning of Christmas throughout the community.

“Christmas is a special time of the year and we, at Grace Network, appreciate the opportunity to participate in the toy drive with the Martinsville Speedway.”

This year’s toy drive reached a bigger audience than ever before, thanks to some ticket packages that were put up for auction. Race fans from all over the country bid on race experiences like getting a picture taken in Victory Lane with the STP 500 winner or the opportunity to ride in the Official Pace Car for the start of the race.

However, it wasn’t all about change. Like in years past, fans had the opportunity to drive their personal cars around the track, in exchange for a new toy or a $10 donation. Different from years past though, the laps were spread out over two weeks, instead of being limited to one day. This gave fans from as far away as New Jersey and South Dakota the opportunity to participate.

For more information on how to support the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County visit http://www.gracenetworkmhc.org/.

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the 2015 season with the STP 500 race weekend, March 27-29. Tickets to the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race, the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series Race and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.


Rooster Walk 7 & Rives Theatre Pre-Season Ticket Sale

Tuesday December 9, 2014

Area Concerts to be featured at MHC Visitor Center’s Holiday Hot Ticket event

"Adventure on the Smith River Book Signing at Binding Time Cafe

Monday December 1, 2014

Jennifer Gregory, Tom Perry & Dan River Basin Association will be present

Ryan Newman's Chase Inspires Martinsville High Football Team

Thursday November 13, 2014

When Ryan Newman visited Martinsville High School as part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America tour, he found himself 16th in points and an underdog in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Ten weeks later, Newman now finds himself as one of four drivers in the Championship Round, with a chance to win the title Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The school’s football team is now using Newman as inspiration, as they too find themselves in an underdog role heading into the state playoffs.

“Where he is winless and was still able to get to the Championship Round is a big deal for us,” said Bulldogs center Harrison Toole. “We have one win. Nobody’s expecting us to go anywhere in this tournament, but yet, if we tried hard and play our best we still have a possibility of winning the championship.

Much like Newman, the Bulldogs enter the tournament as a 16th seed. Their first round game Friday night is against Giles County, the defending state champion and a team that has won 25 straight games.

“We’re taking him (Newman) and using it as an ‘anything can happen, anything’s possible,’” said Nigel Preston, the team’s nose guard. “It doesn’t matter about winning. What matters is effort and how well you play.”

Kicker Emily Martin, who beat Newman in the kicking portion of the Punt, Pass and Kick contest during his visit, said that Newman played a role in the team getting to the playoffs.

“The fact that he was the underdog and we are the underdog, we can compare ourselves to him,” she said. “We used him as inspiration to get to the playoffs, to play hard and to get the points that we needed to get there.”

While a football game only lasts four quarters, the players will take what they learned from Newman and apply it to life off the gridiron, as well.

“It goes along with life too,” Toole said. “Because if you try hard and give it your best you have a chance to go far and be the best you can, in life.”

Newman will return to Martinsville Speedway March 27-29, 2015 for the STP 500 weekend. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.


(Photo: Ryan Newman talks with members of the Martinsville High School football team, during his September visit. Credit: Ken Childs)

PHCC Professor Opens Exhibition at Taubman

Friday October 31, 2014

An art professor from Patrick Henry Community College is showing an exhibition representing three years of work in a new show at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

Gerry Bannan’s “Vanitas” is described as a collection of still life arrangements connected to the art tradition vanitas, which comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible from a passage that states: “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.”

“The point behind this is the idea that the word vanity is referring to futility,” Bannan said. “When someone says, ‘all my efforts were in vain,’ it’s more about the futile than being egotistical. The purpose, spiritually, is to remember and be humble in the face of your own mortality. The vanity refers to the efforts and achievements that one makes in life, but one should always remember in the end that your earthly life is finite.”

Bannan used BIC brand crystal ballpoint pens to create nine pen and ink drawings on Mylar, a form of polyester material.

“A lot of people found that fascinating because these pens are such a common, every day, mundane writing tool,” he said. “But I have found them to be wonderfully versatile at art making in that they have a great range of tonal quality… People are familiar with them. When they look at my drawings and think about their experiences with BIC pens, I think it connects them to the work in a way that you don’t get connected to a bronze sculpture because it’s not something people do every day.”

Bannan’s drawings in the exhibit range in size from 12-by-16 inches to more than six feet long. The largest is 20 inches high by 72 inches long.

“People often ask how long they take to create, and they can take a very long time to make,” he said. “It takes months for some of the larger ones. Art making takes a lot of time, and sometimes people don’t realize the actual time that an artist needs to put into the creation of their work. People may think if a person is talented then the work just happens, but there’s always an element of actual time that needs to be put into developing the work.”

Bannan said his drawings also include a great deal of memento mori imagery, which is Latin for “remember death.” He said this is depicted by symbols including skulls, fading flowers, ribbons and scissors.

In addition to his drawings, he’s also displaying two still life tableaus from the setups he used in creating the artwork.

“Building up these collections of objects is part of the drawing process,” he said. “The curator visited my studio and said she would like to have one or two of them included in the exhibition. It’s really great because it makes me think of them differently as maybe artworks in themselves, whereas before, I always thought they were in service of the drawing.”

Bannan received his bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. and his master of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s participated in solo and group exhibitions in several states including Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Bannan also owns BanG Studios in downtown Roanoke, a fine arts gallery and studio he operates with his wife Betsy Bannan.

“Vanitas” will be on display until March 21, 2015. Bannan will give workshops and gallery talks in connection with the show, some of which are planned for early next year. Check www.taubmanmuseum.org for details.

Amy G. Moorefield, deputy director of exhibitions at Taubman, curated this exhibit. To find out more about Bannan’s work, visit www.gerrybannan.com.

Explore MARTinsville

Thursday October 30, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.

Shilling Returns Home as Part of Turn 5 Concert Series

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Shilling Returns Home as Part of Turn 5 Concert Series Beside Martinsville Speedway

Keselowski Ready For Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Monday October 20, 2014

Keselowski Hopes to Improve at Martinsville Speedway

Defending MDCU 300 Champ Lemons Putting Pressure on Himself

Thursday September 25, 2014

The pressure and anticipation for the MDCU 300 builds

Cowan to Bring Star-Studded Cast to Thursday's Concert

Tuesday September 23, 2014

John Cowan, John McFee & Friends at the Rives this Thursday 

Tourism Revenue Grew in MHC in 2013

Wednesday September 10, 2014

All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $21 billion

Martinsville Culture Crawl This Weekend

Thursday September 4, 2014

Martinsville Culture Crawl is this Saturday in Uptown Martinsville

Earnhardt Jr. Wants His Own Martinsville Speedway Grandfather Clock

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Jr. looks to add grandfather clock trophy to his collection

Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints Opens at Piedmont Arts

Friday August 29, 2014

Featuring Works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and More  

Take Back Your Vacation

Thursday August 21, 2014

Escape to Philpott Lake

See Art and History Come Alive This Weekend

Thursday August 21, 2014

Art Demos and Guided Tours Offered at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center

Fans Can See Earnhardt Jr. Up Close

Monday August 18, 2014

Q&A Session +Seat for $88

Lizzy Ross, Major and the Monbacks Perform Saturday

Monday August 18, 2014

ART to host its annual outdoor summer show

Harvick Added to the Green Flag Experience

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Harvick to join pre-race fun prior to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

MDCU to Sponsor NASCAR Late Model Race at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday July 15, 2014

MDCU & Martinsville Speedway Join Forces for the MDCU 300

Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway Will Offer More Fun

Friday May 16, 2014

More rides, more music, more entertainment

Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 9, 2014

More than forty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

The College of William & Mary Win at Hooker Field

Monday May 5, 2014

The College of William & Mary District III Champion

Local Business Featured in Statewide Competition

Friday April 11, 2014

Be sure to vote for Dippers Ice Cream

PHCC to Host National Tournament at SRSC

Thursday April 10, 2014

2015 National D1 Soccer Championships Coming

Corn Hole Tournament Begins Saturday at Smith River Sports Complex

Monday April 7, 2014

Saturday is the kick-off to the series

Alpha Energy Sponsors Pole Day at Martinsville Speedway

Friday March 21, 2014

Alpha Energy Solutions to Sponsor Pole Day

Annett, Gaulding Testing at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday March 20, 2014

The two give it a first time try at Martinsville Speedway

Warbirds to Perform Flyover at Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday March 19, 2014

The Warbirds will offer an encore performance for the STP 500

Dale Jr. Added to Party Plaza Lineup

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Jr. fans be sure to get your tickets to the Party Plaza

Jeb Burton, ThorSport Back Together For Kroger 250

Thursday March 6, 2014

Jeb Burton, ThorSport Back Together For Kroger 250 At Martinsville Speedway

Wild Ponies Headline RW's "Martinsville Monday" Band Addition

Monday February 24, 2014

Wild Ponies, plus others named to line-up

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

Wednesday February 12, 2014

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

Not-So-Quiet Revolution Brewing

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Guest blogger Lisa Lynn Snedeker on the music scene in Martinsville

Clay Campbell, Ken Schrader Join Forces For Daytona, Talladega ARCA Races

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Campbell to drive two superspeedway events in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series

Piedmont Arts Presents Henry "Box" Brown

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Mike Wiley as Henry "Box" Brown

A New Year of Experiences

Tuesday December 31, 2013

An Overview of January Events in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

NASCAR on Fox's Mike Joy Finds Great Joy At Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday December 18, 2013

NASCAR on Fox's Mike Joy Finds Great Joy At Martinsville Speedway

VisitMartinsville Goes Mobile

Tuesday December 17, 2013

EDC's Tourism & Film Division Launches Mobile App

Warm Hearts Make Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive A Success

Monday December 16, 2013

Community generosity made toy drive a success

Smith River Sports Complex Discussing Lacrosse Program

Monday December 16, 2013

Lacrosse program being considered

Uptown Sweets Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Wednesday December 11, 2013

New Business Takes Advantage of Grant Funds from EDC

Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Mall Madness

Wednesday December 11, 2013

Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Battling Mall Madness

"Taxonomy and You" Presentation At VMNH

Tuesday December 10, 2013

Dr. Judith Winston Presents "Taxonomy and You" for VMNH 2nd Thursday Science Talk

"Ain't Misbehavin'" Auditions at PHCC

Tuesday December 10, 2013

"Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical" is coming to Patrick Henry Community College

Martinsville Native Johnny Selman To Show At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 26, 2013

Martinsville Native Johnny Selman Brings Critically Acclaimed Poster Series To Piedmont Arts

Become A Winner By Purchasing Martinsville Speedway Tickets

Tuesday November 26, 2013

For the next 24 days you can win great prizes when you purchase your tickets

DRBA Ends 2013 With Martinsville Hike

Tuesday November 26, 2013

DRBA Ends 2013 With Martinsville Hike Of Three Sections of Smith River Trail System

Midnight Madness Highlights 2014 Martinsville Mustangs Schedule

Tuesday November 26, 2013

Midnight Madness Highlights 2014 Martinsville Mustangs Schedule

Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Monday November 25, 2013

Variety Of Exciting Events During The Holiday Season In Martinsville-Henry County

Come Celebrate the Holidays in Uptown Martinsville

Wednesday November 20, 2013

Holiday Events Coming to Uptown Martinsville in 2013

Broadway Star Joins Piedmont Arts Holiday Pops Concert

Friday November 15, 2013

Broadway Star Joins Ensemble For Piedmont Arts On Stage Holiday Pops Concert

Fans Leave No Doubt Martinsville Speedway Is Favorite Track

Monday November 11, 2013

Fans Leave No Doubt Martinsville Speedway is Their Favorite Track

USA South Conference Soccer & Volleyball Championships

Wednesday November 6, 2013

USA South Conference Championships Held At Smith River Sports Complex and PHCC

Tickets On Sale For STP 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 31, 2013

Tickets Go On Sale For 2014 STP 500 Sprint Cup Race At Martinsville Speedway

Gordon Loves Martinsville Speedway's Tradition

Wednesday October 30, 2013

Gordon Loves Martinsville Speedway's Tradition And On-Track Action

Cardinal Cup Classic

Wednesday October 30, 2013

The Second Annual Cardinal Cup Fall Classic Tournament Is This Weekend At SRSC

2013 Fall Sports Festival

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Athletes Return To The Smith River Sports Complex for Division III USA South Conference

Turn 5 Organizers To Donate $10,000 From Concert Proceeds

Monday October 28, 2013

Turn 5 Organizers To Donate $10,000 From Concert Proceeds For Regional Nonprofits

Jeff Gordon Snaps Martinsville Drought With Goody's 500 Victory

Sunday October 27, 2013

Jeff Gordon Snaps Martinsville Drought With Goody's 500 Victory

Darrell Wallace, Jr. Scores Historic Victory At Martinsville Speedway

Saturday October 26, 2013

Darrell Wallace, Jr. Scores Historic Victory At Martinsville Speedway

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Friday October 25, 2013

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Halloween Festivities in Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday October 24, 2013

Halloween Festivities Throughout Martinsville-Henry County

Trick-or-Treating in Uptown

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Trick-or-Treating Event in Uptown Martinsville

Maurice Petty To Be Honored At Speedway

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Maurice Petty To Be Honored For Driving Career at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR's Wallace Jr. Speaks At Martinsville High

Thursday October 17, 2013

Darrell Wallace Jr. Goes Back To School With Visit To Martinsville High

Junior Johnson Named Grand Marshall For Upcoming Race

Thursday October 17, 2013

Junior Johnson Named Grand Marshall For Goody's 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Celebrate with Patriots Racing

Tuesday October 15, 2013

Racing Patriots Showcase To Be Held At PHCC

Warbirds Flying Over Speedway

Tuesday October 15, 2013

Warbirds To Perform Flyover For Goody's 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Fall Exhibits in Martinsville-Henry County Museums

Monday October 14, 2013

Summary Of Exhibits And Galleries In Martinsville-Henry County Museums

Bassett and Fieldale Areas Featured on Regional Television

Friday October 11, 2013

Area Promoted on Daytime Blue Ridge’s “In A Day’s Drive”

Lizard Lick's Amy Shirley To Be Honorary Starter For Goody's 500

Thursday October 10, 2013

Lizard Lick's Amy Shirley To Be Honorary Starter For Goody's 500

Sprint Cup Drivers at Speedway for Testing

Tuesday October 8, 2013

Eleven Sprint Cup Teams Keep Martinsville Speedway Busy With 10 Hours of Testing

Lemons Has Sweet Day at VIFRL300 at Speedway

Sunday October 6, 2013

Lemons Has a Sweet Day at Martinsville Speedway with Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Win

Teams Invade Martinsville Speedway for VIFRL300

Friday October 4, 2013

Late Model Teams Invade Martinsville Speedway for Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300

Martinsville Speedway Party Plaza Ready

Wednesday October 2, 2013

Martinsville Speedway's New Party Plaza Ready for Oct. 27 Opening

Fall Fling Corn Hole Throw Down

Wednesday October 2, 2013

Corn Hole Tournament Will See Bags Flying at the Sports Complex

Martinsville Uptown Hosts Oktoberfest

Friday September 27, 2013

Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 5th in Uptown Martinsville

Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 Coming To Speedway

Friday September 27, 2013

Late Model Drivers Have Sights On Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Speedway

More Bands Join Turn 5 Lineup

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Madrone, E.T.A. put finishing touches on Turn 5 Concert Series lineup

New Amenities at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday September 24, 2013

Fans Will Find New Restrooms, Concession Stand At Martinsville Speedway

Eventful Weekend at SRSC

Thursday September 19, 2013

Carlisle Classic, PYSL Recreation, and more happening this weekend at Complex

N.C. State Band To Perform Anthem At Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday September 17, 2013

N.C. State University Marching Band To Perform Anthem At Martinsville Speedway

VisitMartinsville Welcomes Hoffman

Friday September 13, 2013

Heather Hoffman to serve guests at MHC Visitor Center 

Piedmont Arts Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday September 13, 2013

Piedmont Arts Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Special Programs

Fans Make 500-Mile Round Trip to See Kahne

Friday September 13, 2013

Kahne Fans Make 500-Mile Round Trip to See Him in Chase Across America Event

VisitMartinsville Promotes Area to Interstate Travelers

Thursday September 12, 2013

Area Promoted in Virginia Welcome Center Marketing Blitz

Virginia Fusion 4.0 Returns to Smith River Sports Complex

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Teams travel to Martinsville-Henry County for Ultimate Frisbee Competition 

Guitarist Gary Hoey Bringing His Music To Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday September 4, 2013

Gary Hoey Playing at Martinsville Speedway on Race Day - October 27

Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Back Into Martinsville Speedway

Thursday August 29, 2013

Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 October 6th

Martinsville Speedway Bringing Sprint Car To Roanoke

Wednesday August 14, 2013

NASCAR Sprint Cup Car To Make An Appearance in Roanoke

Blackberry Smoke to Headline the Turn 5 Concert Series

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Blackberry Smoke will be headlining concerts near Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.

Anglers Choice Marine Named Number One

Wednesday July 31, 2013

Anglers Choice named number one dealer in nation for single market by Ranger Boats

Local River Steward Receives Natonal Honor

Friday July 12, 2013

River network announces 2013 river heroes awards to celebrate those who protect and care for waterways

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions

Sunday July 7, 2013

Annual event to be held July 11th-14th.

Ultimate Frisbee is Back This Weekend

Friday June 21, 2013

SAVAGE Summer Series bringing Old Dominion Qualifier to SRSC

New Fan-Friendly Website for Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday June 19, 2013

NASCAR fans will enjoy the new Martinsville Speedway website

Papa Grows Funk To Perform at Rives Theatre

Friday June 14, 2013

Farewell Tour Concert Wednesday at the Rives

Celebration 2013 Less Than Three Weeks Away

Friday June 14, 2013

Join Martinsville Speedway for Celebration 2013

New Party Plaza at Martinsville Speedway

Friday June 7, 2013

Party Plaza will offer fans plenty of pre-race excitement

New Restrooms Being Added at Martinsville Speedway

Friday May 31, 2013

Construction is underway on new restrooms

Hammerhead Youth Lacrosse Tournament this Saturday

Thursday May 30, 2013

Youth Lacrosse Tournament this Saturday at SRSC

Now's The Time To Get Your Goody's Fast Relief 500 Tickets

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Order your Goody's Fast Relief 500 tickets

VACA Tournament This Weekend at SRSC

Thursday May 16, 2013

SRSC Hosts VACA Tournament

Portraits by Martinsville High School Students Travel to Rwanda

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Local Art Travels to Rwanda

Celebration 2013 Promises to Really Rock

Thursday May 9, 2013

Night Ranger Will Headline Celebration 2013

Rooster Walk Named Best "Underground Festival"

Wednesday May 8, 2013

BRO Magazine named Rooster Walk "Best Underground Festival"

Virginia Living's Best of Virginia 2013 issue is now on newsstands

Wednesday May 8, 2013

32 MHC area businesses won a total of 44 awards

Places for "Best of" Winners Announced

Wednesday May 8, 2013

18 area businesses win first-place awards in Southwest Vrignia

Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 3, 2013

More than thirty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

Ultimate Frisbee D-I College Regional Championships

Thursday April 25, 2013

Ultimate Frisbee returns this weekend

Summer Art Camps at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Enroll your 5-8 year olds now

Expressions to Open at Piedmont Arts

Thursday April 11, 2013

Local and Regional Art on Display

It Took Some Time, But Earnhardt Jr. Figured Out Martinsville Speedway

Thursday April 4, 2013

Statistically, Martinsville is Earnhardt's best track

Chris Duarte Group to bring Texas blues to Martinsville

Thursday April 4, 2013

Chris Duarte Group in concert Saturday night at the Rives

Don't Miss Out on These Amazing April Events

Thursday April 4, 2013

Earth Day and Elastic Park

The Rookie's Guide to Race Day

Wednesday April 3, 2013

A first timers guide to visiting Martinsville Speedway

VT Head Football Coach Frank Beamer Named Honorary Pace Car Driver

Wednesday April 3, 2013

Beamer to drive pace car at STP Gas Booster 500

Rockapella Brings Motown & More to Piedmont Arts On Stage

Wednesday April 3, 2013

Let the sounds take you back in time

KBM Truck Drivers Have Eyes On A Solid Martinsville Finish

Thursday March 28, 2013

KBM Drivers looking foward to the Kroger 250

Piedmont Arts' Bus to Broadway Heads to DPAC

Thursday March 28, 2013

Tickets are now on sale

Falwell To Offer Invocation Prior to the STP Gas Booster 500

Thursday March 28, 2013

Rev. Falwell to offer prayer of safety and encouragement

Newman Hopes For Successful Defense of Title

Tuesday March 26, 2013

Ryan Newman is hopeful for success in the STP Gas Booster 500

Sing-a-Long A Sound of Music this Friday at the Rives Theatre

Wednesday March 20, 2013

Piedmont Arts presents Sing-a-Long A Sound of Music

Grand Marshals Named For STP Gas Booster 500

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Mark Burnett & Roma Downey to serve as Grand Marshals 

Mustangs to Raise $10,000 for Non-Profits

Tuesday March 19, 2013

Mustangs offer first fundraising program

Summerlin Honored at Dedication Ceremony

Monday March 18, 2013

Late Henry County Administrator Honored by Smith River Sports Complex 

Leftover Salmon & Dumpstaphunk top lineup at Rooster Walk 5

Saturday March 16, 2013

Headliners Announced for Rooster Walk 5

Two guitar ‘wizards' to play the Rives on Friday night

Thursday March 14, 2013

Two guitar ‘wizards' to play the Rives on Friday night

Mario Lopez Honorary Starter For STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday March 14, 2013

Star of "Extra" and "Saved By the Bell" to visit Martinsville

Ultimate Frisbee Returns to SRSC

Wednesday March 13, 2013

Teams to Compete in the Virginia is for Layouts

Community Welcomes Mo!

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Welcome to Martinville-Henry County Mo!

Travel Back in Time: A Civil War Weekend

Tuesday March 12, 2013

A Civil War Weekend March 23- March 24

Virginia's Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Coming to Martinsville

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Tractor-trailer "museum on wheels" is filled with interactice exhibits and activities.

Sing-Along to the Sound of Music

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Piedmont Arts Brings Sing-Along Version of The Sound of Music to Rives Theatre

New National MOU with FLW

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Philpott Lake announces new  national partnership with FLW

Virginia Is For Layouts 2013 Schedule

Monday March 11, 2013

An overview of the Virginia Is For Layouts 2013 weekend at the Smith River Sports Complex!

Piedmont Kite Festival set to fly high March 16

Friday March 8, 2013

The Virginia Museum of Natural History wants you to Go Fly A Kite!

Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Begins Weekend hours Feb. 23

Friday February 8, 2013

Reserve your favorite seats now!

Martinsville Speedway Memories Perfect Gift For Valentine's Day

Friday February 8, 2013

Take advantage of special pre-season pricing.

Textile Heritage Trail Ribbon Cutting Planned

Wednesday February 6, 2013

New trail is part of 700-mile National Heritage Corridor

Speedway Officials Take To The Sea

Friday February 1, 2013

NASCAR hosts Distinguished Visitor tour of the USS Harry S. Truman

Martinsville Mustangs Announce Season Sponsors

Friday February 1, 2013

Autos by Nelson Named as Presenting Sponsor

Meet The Wagamans from West Virginia

Thursday January 24, 2013

There Is No Place Like Martinsville For Retired West Virginia Couple

Martinsville Half-Marathon Lodging

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Special rates and offers for runners and spectators

Mustangs Announce 2013 Schedule

Monday January 14, 2013

2013 schedule is highlighted by three Fireworks Shows

Smith River Sports Complex Travels to Recruit

Saturday January 12, 2013

Complex staff attends multiple sporting conventions to recruit tournaments to the area 

Virginia 500 At Martinsville Speedway Right Around The Corner

Monday January 7, 2013

With New Sprint Cup Season On Horizon, It's An Exciting Time For Race Fans

Philpott Lake to be featured on NBC Sports Network

Wednesday December 12, 2012

"FLW Outdoors" to highlight area recreational amenities

The Artisan Center Launches New Website Using Tourism Grant

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Shopping for locally made art is easier than ever before

Speedway Toy Drive a Success

Monday December 10, 2012

Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive A Hit For ‘Kids From One To 92’

Get Your Virginia 500 Tickets

Thursday December 6, 2012

Looking For An Exciting Christmas Gift? Virginia 500 Tickets Are Just The Ticket

Take a Drive at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Great Forecast Should Mean Great Day For 16th Annual Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive

Meet Patricia "Sister" Barnes

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Barnes of Sister Schubert Rolls fame to appear in Martinsville

Martinsville Speedway Toy DRIVE

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Experience The Thrill Of Martinsville Speedway And Put A Smile On A Child's Face

Registration Open for Martinsville Half-Marathon

Sunday November 25, 2012

Event registration would make a great gift for the runners on your list!

Darrell Scott to Perform in Martinsville

Monday November 12, 2012

Grammy winner Scott brings honest songwriting to Rives on Friday

Annual Curb Appeal Awards

Friday November 2, 2012

Gateway Accepting Curb Appeal Award Nominations

The Art of the Quilt

Thursday November 1, 2012

Biennial Quilt Exhibit a Patchwork of Styles at Piedmont Arts

Moore Receives Extra Mile Award

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Martinsville Speedway's Billy Moore Receives Extra Mile Award

MHC on The Motorhead Traveler

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Area featured on international travel program

Fight for the 2012 Fall Sports Festival Title

Monday October 29, 2012

Over 400 college athletes will compete for the NCAA USA South Athletic Conference Soccer and Volleyball Championships

More Musicians to Perform at Turn 5

Friday October 26, 2012

Montana Young, Dean Smith added to Turn 5 lineup

Fall Race Week Events

Thursday October 25, 2012

There's Racing And Much More Around Martinsville Speedway This Week

Martinsville Walmart to host NASCAR Events

Tuesday October 23, 2012

Walmart to Host NASCAR Events in Martinsville October 27th

Philip Morris wins Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

Sunday October 21, 2012

Morris Becomes First Three-Time Winner Of Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Offers Big Pay-off

Saturday October 13, 2012

Va. is for Racing Lovers 300 At Martinsville Speedway Could Produce Biggest Pay-Off Ever

Martinsville Speedway Turns Pink

Friday October 12, 2012

Gale Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Turn Martinsville Speedway's Curbs Pink

Turn 5 Concert Series

Sunday October 7, 2012

Rooster Walk announces country concert Oct. 26-27 near Martinsville Speedway

Family Concert at Rives

Saturday October 6, 2012

Trout Fishing in America Brings Family Music with a Sense of Humor to Rives Theatre Concert

Literary Humorist to Speak

Friday October 5, 2012

Engel to speak on Life and Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hooray for Oktoberfest!

Tuesday October 2, 2012

The 2012 Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest

Friday September 28, 2012

The 2012 Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Yarn to Perform Saturday

Friday September 28, 2012

Yarn Brings Alt-Country Sound to Rives on Saturday 

Kyle Busch Visits Martinsville Speedway

Thursday September 27, 2012

NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Gives Media The True Feel Of Racing Martinsville Speedway

Lee Pulliam on Racing at Martinsville

Thursday September 27, 2012

Pulliam Hopes To Be First Back-To-Back Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 Winner

Fairmont Wins FLW College Northern Conference Championship

Friday September 21, 2012

Fishing tournament highlights Philpott Lake

Martinsville Speedway Announces 2013 Sprint Cup Dates

Wednesday September 19, 2012

The Sprint Cup schedule at Martinsville Speedway will have a familiar look

Kristen-Paige Madonia to Visit MHC

Friday September 7, 2012

Author with Local Ties Visits Piedmont Arts for Book Signing

Save a Life = Get a Free Ticket

Thursday September 6, 2012

Martinsville Speedway To Host Red Cross Blood Drive On September 17

Tourism Revenue Grew in Martinsville-Henry County in 2011

Thursday September 6, 2012

All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $20 billion

Fun for Spectators at the FLW College Fishing Championship

Wednesday September 5, 2012

Public Invited to Tournament Take Offs, Fan Expo and Weigh-Ins

National Guard FLW College Fishing Tournament at Philpott Lake

Friday August 31, 2012

Summer-to-fall transition may challenge anglers

Martinsville Speedway & PepsiCo Extend Multi-Year Sponsorship

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Renewal celebrates 65-year partnership

Governor McDonnell Announces 60 New Jobs in Henry County

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc. to invest $5.45 million in second expansion

Sports Complex to Host Relay for Life

Saturday August 11, 2012

Event planned for 2013 in new location

Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Headline Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone

Friday August 10, 2012

Ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to the #88 Driver on Race Day

The Motorhead Traveler Visits Martinsville-Henry County

Friday August 10, 2012

Area Featured on International Travel Program

5th Annual Smith River Fest

Friday August 3, 2012

Outdoor Recreation Festival to be Held August 11th.

65th Anniversary Ticket Special

Sunday July 29, 2012

Martinsville Speedway Helping Fans Celebrate 65th Anniversary With Special Ticket Package

Upcoming Arts & Culture Events

Thursday July 26, 2012

An overview of great exhibits, performances and events to mark on your calendar

Piedmont Arts Uses Technology to Heighten Gallery Experience

Friday July 20, 2012

Exhibit encourages use of smartphones

Virginia Quilt Shop Rally a Success

Thursday July 19, 2012

More Than 800 Quilt Enthusiasts Participated in the Event 

In A Day's Drive: Martinsville

Wednesday July 18, 2012

Area featured on regional TV program

Area Featured in National Apparel Catalog

Monday July 16, 2012

VF Jeanswear Selects Area for Spring 2013 Catalog Photo Shoot

Martinsville-Henry County Welcomes Visiting Quilters

Thursday July 12, 2012

More than 400 quilters from around the region expected to visit area for VA Quilt Shop Rally

Piedmont Arts Opens Retail Gallery for Studio 107 Artists

Thursday July 12, 2012

A retail gallery for the sell of work by Studio 107 artists has been installed at Piedmont Arts, offering patrons a new way to experience local arts.

Schedule Change for Fall Race

Thursday July 12, 2012

Qualifying Moves Back To Friday For TUMS Fast Relief 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Darryl Worley to Perform at Celebration

Friday June 29, 2012

Worley Guarantees Celebration 2012 At Martinsville Speedway Will Be Fun, Patriotic

MHC Welcomes the Cardinal Cup

Wednesday June 27, 2012

Smith River Sports Complex hosting 31 lacrosse teams from 3 states

3rd Annual "Border Bash" Football Passing Tournament

Monday June 18, 2012

The Smith River Sports Complex hosts local and regional high school teams

Park Naming Contest

Thursday June 14, 2012

Help Rename the Uptown Spur Trail & Park

Martinsville Uptown TGIF Hosts West Street Band

Monday June 11, 2012

Martinsville Uptown welcomes West Street Band to this month's TGIF Concert Series 

New Fishing Tournament Venue Opens

Monday May 14, 2012

Twin Ridge Fishing Tournament Facility Now Open

DRBA Honored by South Atlantic Division Corps of Engineers

Friday May 11, 2012

Dan River Basin Association Recongized for Partnership with Philpott Lake

Area Businesses Win "Best Of Virginia" Awards

Thursday May 10, 2012

More than forty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

National Club Baseball Association Comes to Martinsville

Wednesday May 9, 2012

Four College Teams to Face Off in Mid-Atlantic, Division I Tournament

Rockfish Valley Natural History Center becomes affiliate of VMNH

Monday May 7, 2012

Partnership to include shared exhibits, collaborative programs

Uptown Farmers' Market to open May 12th

Thursday May 3, 2012

Enjoy fresh, local produce and other products. 

VMNH Provides Disaster Relief to Partner Museum

Wednesday May 2, 2012

VMNH staff members travel to Gloucester, VA to provide conservation assistance for recent flooding

National Club Baseball Association Comes to Martinsville

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Four College Teams to Face Off in District III, Division II Tournament

Are You Tuff Enough?

Monday April 30, 2012

Tuff Strutter 5K Trail Run added to Rooster Walk offerings

Grammy Nominated Artist Visits Area

Sunday April 29, 2012

Gospel Singer/Songwriter Scott Wesley Brown Enjoys Stay in Fieldale/Martinsville Area

Local Organizations Share the LOVE of Art

Friday April 20, 2012

Public Art Installed at the MHC Visitor Center and Artisan Center to Celebrate the Arts

NASCAR Teams Bowl to Benefit Area Veteran

Thursday April 19, 2012

Event Raised More Than $1,300 to Help Build Cpl. J.B. Kerns' "Smart Home"

Celebrating 65 Years At Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday April 18, 2012

Earles Was A Pioneer Who Helped Mold Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR

Gary Sinise to Open Rooster Walk

Monday April 16, 2012

Gary Sinise and His Lt. Dan Band to open the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival

Artisans Leading the Way

Thursday April 12, 2012

Artisans Center of Virginia announces Studio School in Martinsville, VA 

Celebration 2012 Performers Announced

Thursday April 12, 2012

Worley, Murphy, Bice To Headline Celebration 2012 At Martinsville Speedway

Third Bay Cafe' Earns High Reviews

Thursday April 12, 2012

Local Restaurant Visited by Celebrity Food Critic

Meet Craig "Rocky" Rockwell

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Operations Project Manager of Philpott Lake 

Poco & Pure Prairie League

Sunday April 8, 2012

Country-Rock Legends Play Concert in Martinsville

Events Focus on Mark Twain Classics

Saturday April 7, 2012

Senior Citizen Day/Family Day Celebrate Mark Twain Classics

Binding Time Book Festival

Thursday April 5, 2012

More than a dozen authors to be present for book signings.

Newman wins Goody's 500

Monday April 2, 2012

Ryan Newman Makes Most of Wild Finish For Goody's Fast Relief 500 Win

Post to Appear on "Cooking with Paul"

Tuesday March 27, 2012

NASCAR Radio Reporter to Share His Favorite Race Day Recipes

Artist Scott LoBaido to Paint American Flag in Martinsville

Monday March 26, 2012

Artist to paint flag mural in efforts to salute Cpl. J.B Kerns

Trio of Truck Drivers Step Back in Time 

Wednesday March 21, 2012

Drivers Enjoy Tour of Virginia Museum of Natural History

Action Packed Weekend at the Sports Complex

Tuesday March 20, 2012

Men’s College Soccer, High School Soccer Jam and Football all at the Complex this Weekend

Ryan Newman Visits Martinsville Speedway & SPCA

Friday March 16, 2012

Newman Makes Animal Friends, Talks Racing At Martinsville Speedway

Speedway Silent Auction Will Be A Race Fan's Delight

Friday March 16, 2012

Auction At Lt. Dan Band Concert On March 31 Will Benefit American Hero J.B. Kerns

Piedmont Kite Festival set to fly high March 17

Friday March 16, 2012

Free public festival provided by VMNH and Henry County Parks and Recreation through the MHC Community Nature Initiative

Speedway Autograph Sessions Announced

Thursday March 15, 2012

Hornaday, Sauter To Headline Martinsville Speedway Truck Autograph Session

Want to See Dale Jr.?

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Earnhardt Jr. To Appear In Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone

Studio 107 Launches New Brochure

Friday March 9, 2012

Studio takes advantage of tourism marketing grant offered by the EDC

Spend a Stormy Evening with Mark Twain

Friday March 9, 2012

Piedmont Arts Presents "Mark Twain at Large"

Ultimate Frisbee returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Friday March 9, 2012

Virginia is for Layouts tournament will bring over 600 athletes to our area

Gary Sinise Selected as Grand Marshal for Goody’s® Fast Relief 500

Wednesday March 7, 2012

Local Hero, Marine Cpl. Josh “J.B.” Kerns, to Wave the Green Flag on April 1

Virginia Storm Semi Pro Football

Wednesday March 7, 2012

Semi-Professional Football Team to play this Saturday

Governor McDonnell Announces New Jobs for Henry County

Monday March 5, 2012

GSI Commerce to expand its Martinsville fulfillment operations

All-Stars Return to Mustangs

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Two Coastal Plain League All-Stars to Return to Mustangs

Piedmont Arts Presents: "Norman Rockwell"

Tuesday February 21, 2012

Norman Rockwell Exhibit Features Illustrations of Tom & Huck

Speedway Ticket Office Open

Monday February 20, 2012

Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Now Open On Weekends

Governor McDonnell Announces 30 New Jobs in Henry County

Monday February 20, 2012

Laminate Technologies to invest $2 million in manufacturing operation

Lodging Options for the Goody's 500

Friday February 17, 2012

Rooms are still available!

Two Summer Music Camps Opening on Philpott Lake

Friday February 17, 2012

Youth to learn about music during week-long camps.

Shop Local Survey Kicks Off

Wednesday February 15, 2012

Survey to determine business needs for area. 

Virginia Late Model Triple Crown

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Late Model Drivers Will Be Gunning For Bigger Bucks At Martinsville, South Boston, Langley

Smith River T-Ball League at Sports Complex

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Smith River Sports Complex now manages Smith River T-Ball

RaceSaver Nationals at Fork Mountain Raceway

Tuesday February 14, 2012

New partnership forges IMCA RaceSaver Sprint class

Virginia Natural History Day held in Richmond

Monday February 13, 2012

Virginia Museum of Natural History statewide event held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond

Actor Gary Sinise to Perform Benefit Concert

Thursday February 9, 2012

Actor Gary Sinise Announces Fundraiser To Help Build Home
For Young Martinsville-Area Soldier Who Is Triple-Amputee

"Live at the Rives" Concerts Announced

Friday February 3, 2012

Concert series to debut in February

65th Anniversary Ticket Package Offered

Monday January 30, 2012

Ticket Special Gives Fans Reason To Celebrate Martinsville Speedway's 65th

Area on Civil War Trail

Friday January 27, 2012

Martinsville-Henry County Included on Virginia Civil War Trail

Community Nature Initiative a Success

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Virginia Museum of Natural History's Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Initiative exceeds expectations and reaches 13,000 participants through 247 programs since 2008

Wilde Production Comes to Martinsville

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Clever High Jinks and Romantic Comedy Rule in "Earnest" 

"Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives"

Tuesday January 17, 2012

Piedmont Arts Program on Theater and Culture 

DRBA to Hike at Fairy Stone State Park

Tuesday January 10, 2012

Public is invited to attend free hike

Campbell Loses Sugar Bowl Bet

Monday January 9, 2012

Martinsville Speedway President Will Serve Hot Dogs To Media In Michigan

Dianne Smith: Surface & Soul

Monday January 9, 2012

Exhibit Features Work By New York Artist; Images, Documents from Civil Rights Movement 

Speedway Construction Moves Ahead

Tuesday January 3, 2012

Latest Martinsville Speedway Construction Project Progressing Smoothly

Sweet Wager

Wednesday December 28, 2011

Martinsville Speedway squares off against MIS in Sugar Bowl bet

Public Invited to Hike

Wednesday December 28, 2011

DRBA Opens 10th Year with Hike on Fieldale Trail January 7

Martinsville Half-Marathon Receives Grant

Friday December 16, 2011

Half-Marathon Launches Marketing Tools Using Tourism Grant

Speedway Toy Drive a Success

Monday December 12, 2011

Martinsville Speedway Toy Drives Brings Christmas Cheer To 200 Children

Perfect Weather for Toy Drive

Thursday December 8, 2011

Perfect Weather On The Way For Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive, Fundraiser

Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive

Monday December 5, 2011

After 14 Years, Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Still A Date To Circle On Calendar

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

Friday December 2, 2011

Roanoke Symphony brings holiday concert to Martinsville.

Brad Daugherty Visits Martinsville

Thursday December 1, 2011

Former NBA Star Daugherty Stands Tall In Martinsville Speedway Truck Test

2012 Upgrades at Martinsville Speedway

Monday November 28, 2011

Construction Set To Begin On New Restrooms, Wider Concourse At Martinsville Speedway

MHC Visitor Guide Wins Marketing Award

Wednesday November 23, 2011

2011 Visitor Guide wins MarCom Gold award

Martinsville to Host 2012 NCBA Tournament

Monday November 21, 2011

National Club Baseball Association to bring Mid-Atlantic tournament to Martinsville

Piedmont Arts Launches New Marketing Tools

Thursday November 17, 2011

Art gallery launches new resources for visitors

Restaurant Receives Review from Blogger

Wednesday November 2, 2011

A foodie review of Wild Magnolia

Fieldale Heritage Festival Named in "Top 20"

Friday October 28, 2011

Heritage festival named one of the "Top 20" in the Southeast

McLeod Wins "You'll Love the Pace!" Sweepstakes

Tuesday October 11, 2011

Couple to enjoy relaxing, yet exciting weekend in Martinsville-Henry County

Comfort Inn Employees Awarded for Service

Thursday August 25, 2011

Excellent customer service is appreciated by Tourism Division

Doss to Become "Tourism Marketing Professional"

Wednesday August 24, 2011

Director of Tourism, Jennifer Doss, participates in STS Marketing College. 

"The Cake House" Featured in Weird Virginia

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Local home showcased in Weird Virginia

Volvo Print Ad Shot in Martinsville-Henry County

Wednesday December 1, 2010

 Beautiful scenery and unique landscapes is what brought Thompson Creations, to the Martinsville-Henry County area. Their sole purpose was to use the Martinsville Hydro Plant Bridge as the backdrop for a Volvo Truck print advertisement or possible commercial. While in town the crew from Thompson Creative, Blackhorse Studios and Volvo enjoyed delicious food from area restaurants, had a rejuvenating nights sleep at an area hotel and experienced great hospitality.

Martinsville-Henry County Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Tuesday August 31, 2010

MHC Featured in "Going South in August"