Martinsville, Virginia


May & June at the Spencer Penn Centre

Sunday Music Matinee

Sunday, May 7, 3:00pm

The Yesterday Project was created from a desire to accurately present the music that became the voice of a new generation. The Yesterday Project   has been in the works since 2014 carefully selecting songs, equipment, and personnel to produce music that will be immediately recognized - and prompt the spirit of your youth to sing along with each number. 

Although our program is heavily weighted towards the Beatles, other great songs are featured by Bread, The Eagles, CCR, The Hollies, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young, and many more! 

The current group consists of Nick Joyce (percussionist), Jess Lovell (bass and harmonica), and Bobby Dean (guitar and vocals). There is no charge for the concert, but donations for the band appreciated.  The public is invited       

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre

Friday, May 12.  Doors open at 5pm. 

Open MIC is at 5:30, bring your instrument and join the group.  At 6:20, Changing Lanes Band will take the stage for some great bluegrass music.  Don Smith & The Foggy River Boys will be on at 7:10.  Skyline Drive will be on at 8:00. It’s sure to be a great night of music and dancing.  Dust off your dancing shoes, grab a friend and come hungry.  Concessions will be available.  A $4 donation is requested for admission.  Call the Centre for more information, 276-957-5757

The Spencer-Penn Centre’s Book Club  

Meet the third Thursday in the Hylton Library at 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome, this is a free program. 

May 18:  Grandma Gatewood's Walk:  The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery.   This woman's story brought attention to the Trail and bolstered its maintenance and probably saved it from extinction.

June 15:  Wish You Well by David Baldacci.  In the 1940's two children from New York City move to live with their great grandmother in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

July 20: The Color of Water:  A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride.  This is a memoir of a family of fourteen and the remarkable woman who kept it together.

August 17:  Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen.  The first book in the Molly Murphy mystery series brings Molly Murphy to New York in the early 1900's and involves her in a murder at the Statue of Liberty.

Want to Babysit?

May 31, 9am to 3pm

Includes Lunch and snack; learn how to care for children ages 2-10 years.  Students will learn activities they can use to entertain youngsters, will learn safety measures, learn basic recipe choices and will make a first aid kit for each student to use if needed.  Carol Haynes, Franklin County agent, instructor;  $40/members, $45/non-member

Oil Painting with Ed Gowen

Saturday, June 10th, 10am to 4pm

Spencer-Penn Centre is excited to welcome   Ed Gowen back for another “Bob Ross Painting Workshop”.  The class will be held on Saturday, June 10th, 10am to 4pm. Class fees are $75.  This includes instructions, & the use of paints & brushes and a 16x20 canvases. 


Spencer-Penn Centre P.O. Box 506 Spencer, VA 24165 276-957-5757 (Voice) 276-957-5757 (Fax)