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Tuesday June 11, 2019

“Virginia is For Lovers” was created 50 years ago, and it’s become one of the most beloved and iconic slogans in the world. While it’s meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people over the years, one thing remains the same: LOVE.

In 2019, VisitMartinsville will be celebrating 50 Years of Love with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and we invite you to join us in celebrating all there is to love in Martinsville - Henry County, VA!

Mark your calendars for these special events:
50 Years of Love Art Camp at the Spencer Penn Centre on June 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Spencer Penn Centre will host a day camp featuring local artist, Genie Elgin of Genie’s Art. Children will paint rocks that will be marked with the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s 50 Years of Love hashtags. These rocks will be perfect for children to exchange with their out-of-town guests that will visit this summer!

Tourism Takeover Wine Tasting at Hamlet Vineyards - Sunday, June 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The vineyard will be decorated in 60's-themed decor and the first 100 visitors will receive a souvenir 50 Years of Love wine glass!

Tourism Takeover Night at Mountain Valley Brewing - Friday, July 26th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The brewery will be hosting one of their popular Vinyl nights and this one will feature 60’s music records. The first 50 visitors will receive a souvenir 50 Years of Love pint glass!

Theatre Thursdays at Rives Theatre featuring classic box office hits from 1969:

• June 13th- The Italian Job
• July 11th- True Grit
• August 8th- Sweet Charity

Movies begin at 7 p.m. and admission is only $5.

1960's Sock Hop at Spencer Penn Centre on August 18th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. featuring top hits from the 60’s played by DJ What?, refreshments, and fun 60’s décor.

Piedmont Arts has showcased the love of ART in Martinsville - Henry County for over 50 years. Join them for their annual Savory September event on September 27th. Guests are invited to celebrate the foods that Virginia made famous at Savory September. The event will feature Virginia-themed dishes by local chefs, creative cocktails and an open bar. Savory September is one more thing to love about the Old Dominion. Tickets are $40 and include admission, food and bar.

You can also keep the celebration going with these happenings & such:

Dippers Ice Cream is offering a special Tie Dye Love ice cream whose look will take you back to the 60's! Grape, Lemon and Green Vanilla are swirled together to make this awesome ice cream flavor.

LOVE Truffles are available at Cocoa Trail Chocolates – Collinsville location- featuring a yummy cheesecake filling.

NASCAR fans headed to the Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500 this October can stop by the Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Center for a limited edition giveaway. Since we are celebrating the year 1969 and Richard Petty won both of the races at the Martinsville Speedway that year, we have 50 Years of Love foam cowboy hats!

VisitMartinsville has partnered with Miles in Martinsville to offer a limited edition 50 Years of Love giveaway for race participants. These “brandanas” are specially designed, feature a nostalgic look and provide multiple uses. Quantities are limited and are available at a first come, first serve basis.

Jewelry lovers can register to win a one-of-a-kind Amazonite, Ruby & Diamond ring from The Jewelers Edge & VisitMartinsville. All of the stones were mined in Virginia and the ring is set in yellow gold; the traditional 50-year anniversary gift! Simply stop by the Jeweler's Edge or the Martinsville - Henry County Visitor Center to register to win between June 21st and August 9th. The winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, August 12th.

Look out for awesome #TBT photos, provided by the Bassett Historical Center from Martinsville - Henry County from the year 1969! These photos will be showcased on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the year.

Did you know that Martinsville-Henry County now has their own LOVE letters? We encourage you to take your picture at the LOVEwork at Smith River Sports Complex! When you do, be sure to post them to social media using the hashtags #LoveVA #50YEARSOFLOVE, #SHAREWHATYOULOVE and #VisitMartinsville.

This year, more than ever, there are many reasons to spend some time in Martinsville – Henry County. We’d LOVE to see you here! Stay tuned for more events and details as they are added at www.VisitMartinsville.com/love.

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