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Tuesday December 31, 2013

If you are looking to learn a new skill, try out a new hobby or explore new subjects Dino Dayin 2014, January is the perfect time to get started!

There are a variety of activities offered in January for both residents and visitors to check out and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Tourism & Film Division (VisitMartinsville) has details about these and other events on their calendar at VisitMartinsville.com.

One of the biggest events of the month will be the annual Dino Day (pictured at right) at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. This spectacular family festival, held on January 11th, will feature the exhibits "Dinosaurs" and "Dinosaur Discovery." It will also include fun educational activities and informative presentations by prominent scientists.

If you enjoy music, there are plenty of opportunities for singing, playing and listening throughout the month. The Pickers and Fiddlers Bluegrass Gospel & Mountain Music Songfest is held on the second Saturday of each month at Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church and every Sunday afternoon musicians and dancers gather at Billy’s Flea Market, also located in Bassett. You can enjoy live music with your breakfast each Tuesday morning at the Stanleytown Hardee’s or shop while listening to the Mountain Music Jam at Fieldale Antiques each Friday. The late-night crowd can enjoy belting out hits at Wild Magnolia’s weekly karaoke night each Wednesday.

Expand your knowledge of the world by attending some of the educational lectures and workshops this month. The Virginia Museum of Natural History will host guest presenter Dr. Paul Marek of Virginia Tech on January 9th and author Dr. Billy Wayson will speak about his new book at the Bassett Historical center on January 14th. Participants can learn about “Herbs for Stress” at The Artisan Center on January 20th and local genealogy expert Cindy Headen will give a presentation on researching with computers on January 28th at the Bassett Historical Center.

A variety of opportunities are available for those wanting to explore arts and crafts. Throughout the month, The Artisan Center will offer classes in BeadingPhotographyStained GlassQuiltingGlass FusingDecorative PaintingWoodturningKnitting and Pottery. Piedmont Arts will host a painting party on January 3rd and The Sewing Studio will offer their monthly Quilt Block Day on January 7th. On the 25th of the month, Piedmont Arts will send a chartered bus of participants to see the Hollywood Costume Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

If fitness is your goal for the new year, then you can sign up for a 10-week training program, beginning in January. The program, presented by the YMCA, teaches the fundamentals of running and prepares participants for the Martinsville Half-Marathon, 5K & Relay in March.

Additional activities offered in January include live auctionspool tournamentspoker tournaments, bingo and a meeting of the Martinsville-Henry County Newcomer’s Club. Information on all activities can be found online at www.VisitMartinsville.com, at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center on Church Street or by calling 276.632.8006.

According to Jennifer Doss, Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County, “The VisitMartinsville calendar is a great resource not only for visitors to the area, but also for local families looking for activities. Our community hosts a wide variety of events and we are pleased to help promote all the things to see and do locally to potential visitors.”

Businesses and organizations wishing to list eligible 2014 events on the VisitMartinsville.com calendar may do so, at no charge, by calling 276.403.5945 or emailing Tourism@YesMartinsville.com 

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