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Doggie Days in MHC

Monday July 22, 2019

Four-legged fun 


The Martinsville Speedway Mile

Saturday July 6, 2019

Miles in Martinsville, in partnership with Martinsville Speedway, is proud to announce the 2nd running of the Martinsville Speedway Mile.


MOVIE: True Grit – Thursday, July 11th

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Arts at the Rives Theatre presents True Grit, July 11th.


Franks + Dranks Brings Hot Dogs, Music to Art Garden

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Piedmont Arts hosts cook out-themed event, July 19.


Sellers Claims First Leg of Virginia Late Model Triple Crown

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Next leg of Triple Crown will be the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway on July 20.


Dino Festival Is Friday, July 26 And Saturday, July 27!

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Come to the Virginia Museum of Natural History July 26th and 27th for Dino Festival 2019.


Art at Happy Hour Offers Last Chance to View “Expressions 2019”

Tuesday July 2, 2019

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, July 18.


Mountain Laurel Trails to Host Sledgehammer XC Mountain Bike Race

Friday June 28, 2019

VisitMartinsville to Sponsor.


50 Years of Love in Martinsville – Henry County, VA

Tuesday June 11, 2019

VisitMartinsville is celebrating 50 Years of Love in Martinsville-Henry County with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.


RW11 Thank You, plus Pop's Farm Concert June 29th With Camping

Tuesday June 11, 2019

The Trongone Band and PBR will perform at Pop's Farm on June 29th.


Music at Spencer-Penn Centre

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre is Friday, June 14.


Orquesta Tropikiimba Brings Afro-Caribbean Rhythms to Garden Party

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Expressions 2019, Garden Party, Summer Art Camp plus more.


Local Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” 2019 Awards

Saturday May 18, 2019

 Over 80 local businesses were awarded "Best of Virginia" honors.


Orquesta Tropikiimba Brings Afro-Caribbean Music to Piedmont Arts Garden Party

Friday May 17, 2019

Event to feature live music, craft beer, food truck.


Infinity Acres Ranch to host 5th Annual Spring Carnival June 1, 2019

Friday May 17, 2019

Infinity Acres Ranch will open to the community on June 1 for its annual Spring Carnival event - a family fun day for all to enjoy.


Spring Happenings at Mountain Valley Brewing

Tuesday May 14, 2019

There is so much going on at Mountain Valley Brewing that we thought we'd keep you up-to-date on some cool events.



Bands Set for Celebration 2019 at Martinsville Speedway

Friday May 3, 2019

The Worx and Chairmen of the Board will both provide the music at the annual July 4 event.


Kentucky Derby Party plus South Hill Banks is this Saturday at the Rives Theatre!!

Friday May 3, 2019

Derby costume winner gets two tickets to Billy Strings show on May 16th at the Rives Theatre.


May Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre

Tuesday April 30, 2019

The Spencer-Penn Center will be having their monthly Music Night for May on May 10th.


Youth 17-And-Under Admitted Free to ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday April 30, 2019

NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race will be held on October 5.


Expressions 2019 Opens May 17 at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Annual exhibit to feature work by more than 100 regional artists.


Don't miss Lights, Glamour, Auction! this Friday

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Piedmont Arts will host their annual Light, Glamour, Auction! Friday, April 26th!


Rooster Walk ticket prices increase May 1st!

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Ticket prices for Rooster Walk 11 will increase on May 11th.


AXTON ART/CRAFT/MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tuesday April 23, 2019

Here’s what happening at the Axton Art/Craft/Music Festival on May 3rd through May 5th.



Lowest Ticket Prices of the Year for First Data 500

Tuesday April 16, 2019

Tickets for the NASCAR Playoff race at Martinsville start at $40 through May 20.


Get your tickets for Lights, Glamour, Auction!

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Piedmont Arts cordially invites you to Lights, Glamour, Auction!


NASCAR Xfinity Series To Return To Martinsville in 2020

Wednesday April 3, 2019

The race will be a part of a triple-header weekend in the NASCAR Playoffs.


Spencer-Penn Centre to have their 8th Annual Pig Cookin’ Contest

Tuesday April 2, 2019

The 8th annual Pig Cookin' Contest will be held at the Spencer-Penn Center April 13th.


Stoneleigh Estate Rolls Out Red Carpet for Piedmont Arts’ Lights, Glamour, Auction!

Tuesday April 2, 2019

Golden Age of Hollywood-themed fundraiser to benefit Piedmont Arts.


An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley

Wednesday March 27, 2019

Enjoy an intimate concert with Maestro David Stewart Wiley this Thursday.


Roster Walk 11 Daily Band Schedule officially announced!

Thursday March 21, 2019

Bands-by-Day Schedule is Announced for Rooster Walk 11.


50 Things to LOVE in MHC!

Friday March 15, 2019

We composed a list of 50 great things to LOVE about MHC.


"An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley" in the Piedmont Arts Galleries

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Maestro of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to perform classics by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff.


Crawford & Power to Perform at Smith River Fest

Friday March 8, 2019

Fan favorite set to return at this years Smith River Fest.


Songwriters Showcase! Bells Hopslam!

Thursday March 7, 2019

Songwriters Showcase is back at Daily Grind this Saturday the 9th at 7pm.


Band Announcement: Your final RW band lineup is here!!

Thursday March 7, 2019

RW11's Band Lineup is Officially Complete.


Rooster Walk 11 Announces Full Band Lineup

Thursday March 7, 2019

Rooster Walk 11 band lineup completed with additions of Sam Bush, Steep Canyon Rangers, many more.


Janis Little Girl Blue – Friday, March 8th at the Rives Theatre

Wednesday March 6, 2019

Join the Rives Theatre on Friday, March 8th at 8pm for the film about the legendary woman of rock n’ roll, Janis Joplin.


Double the Drama

Wednesday March 6, 2019

PHCC Patriot Players and TheatreWorks Community Players offer year round entertainment in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.


Rooster Walk 11 ticket prices increase THIS Wednesday!! Final band announce almost here!

Monday March 4, 2019

Grab tickets now before they cost more American dollars.


Smith River Provision Company Named Title Sponsor for 2019 Smith River Fest

Thursday February 28, 2019

Sovah Health to  Sponsor New Paddling Demo Pool.


Martinsville Speedway To Recognize Multi-Generational Fan Families During STP 500 Pre Race Experience

Wednesday February 27, 2019

Families who have a grandparent, parent and child in attendance will be able to receive hats, front stretch access and more on race morning.https://www.visitmartinsville.com/events/details/id/18594/stp-500-at-martinsville-speedway


Spencer-Penn Centre March Music Night

Wednesday February 27, 2019

Music Night at Spencer-Penn Centre is Friday, March 8th.


Double the Drama

Wednesday February 27, 2019

PHCC Patriot Players and TheatreWorks Community Players offer year round entertainment in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.


VMFA Exhibits, Art Talk, Artmobile, Classes and more!

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Piedmont Arts will be having a new exhibit coming soon, as well as some exciting new events.


Billy Strings to play RW Preview show at the Rives Theatre - May 16th

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Billy Strings brings his talents to the Rives Theatre before heading to Pop's Farm.


The Commonheart Live at the Rives

Monday February 25, 2019

Arts at the Rives Theatre will host Commonheart live Friday, March 1st.


On Stage Now, Don't Drink the Water!

Friday February 22, 2019

TheatreWorks Community Players present their most recent show, Don't Drink the Water.


Short-Track Star Ryan Preece Eager for Return to Martinsville

Thursday February 21, 2019

Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Contender aiming to add to his lengthy list of accomplishments at short-tracks with Cup win at Martinsville.


"The Firebird" Brings Story of Magic and Love to Stage

Thursday February 14, 2019

Piedmont Arts presents performance by Southwest Virginia Ballet, April 4th.


Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Monday February 11, 2019

On Thursday February 21st, the Rives Theatre will be having an Open Mic Night. 


Acoustic Syndicate TONIGHT!

Friday February 8, 2019

Acoustic Syndicate will be performing tonight at the Rives Theatre.


Rooster Walk 11

Friday February 1, 2019

Get Your Tickets Now!


Polls are open! Vote Now!

Friday January 11, 2019

Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia 2019 Readers’ Survey.


Rooster Walk announces early band lineup

Monday November 19, 2018

Shovels & Rope, Billy Strings top 


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday November 9, 2018

Discover some of the many exciting holiday events happening in Martinsville-Henry County!


AJ Ghent Performing at The Rives Theatre Tomorrow Night

Friday November 9, 2018

The Rives Theatre will have live music tomorrow night with AJ Ghent performing, along with some upcoming shows.



Dragon Festival is Saturday, October 20

Monday October 15, 2018

Dragon Festival is Saturday, October 20 at VMNH from 10 am - 6 pm


October Music Night at SPC

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Featuring Jason Harris & Friends


Piedmont Arts’ Blues, Brews & Stews Set for Oct. 12

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Live music, craft beer and Brunswick stew in Art Garden


Love Beats Rhymes – Thurs., Oct. 4th

Tuesday October 2, 2018

At the Rives Theatre 



Savory September: Start Your Engines is This Friday

Wednesday September 19, 2018

NASCAR Chic! 


Piedmont Arts “Revs Up” for Savory September: Start Your Engines

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Local chefs whip up “NASCAR chic” appetizers


Folk Tales Family Day Celebrates Art of Storytelling at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday August 21, 2018

Jack Tale Storytellers to perform traditional music, stories of Blue Ridge Mountains

 


Brewster Walk – Sat., Sept. 8th

Tuesday August 14, 2018

Get Tickets Now



Countdown to Smith River Fest 2018

Monday July 23, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Festival set for August 11th


Improv Thursday Night, Come Laugh with TWCP

Wednesday July 11, 2018

At BlackBox Theatre 


Camp at Pop's Farm for a Summer Show!

Monday June 25, 2018

First concert is July 7th 




Rooster Walk starts this THURSDAY!!!

Monday May 21, 2018

Ticket Prices Increase at the Gates 


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Expressions 2018 and other events coming soon to Piedmont Arts.


Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In 2018 Schedule Announced

Friday May 11, 2018

Stay tuned for updates! 


Infinity Acres Buzz

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Check out all the fun planned at Infinity Acres Ranch!


Rooster Walk Band Schedule Announced!

Friday May 4, 2018

roosterwalk.com 


The 10th Annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival

Wednesday May 2, 2018

Memorial Day weekend


#VisitMartinsville Photo Contest!

Wednesday May 2, 2018

For the Month of May 2018


2018 Summer Camp Guide in MHC

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Summer's coming...enroll now! 





NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Friday April 13, 2018

Area to host Division I Regional Tournament!


New to Martinsville Speedway? We Can Help!

Friday March 23, 2018

Let us Help You



January 12th & 13th at Spencer Penn Centre

Thursday December 28, 2017

A weekend of fun 


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday November 30, 2017

MHC for the Holidays


Patriot Players Christmas Spectacular Comes to Town

Sunday November 26, 2017

Tickets on sale now at the MHC Visitor Center!


Friday: People's Blues of Richmond at Pop's Farm

Tuesday June 27, 2017

With local Opener The Delics


Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 


Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More


Fantastic Festivals in MHC

Wednesday March 15, 2017

A variety of exciting festivals are held annually in Martinsville-Henry County.


NEW YEAR'S EVE: Mason Via Funk Band and Violet Bell feat. Lizzy Ross

Friday December 30, 2016
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Mason Via Funk Band and Violet Bell feat. Lizzy Ross

Ring (and Rock) in the New Year! 


Christmas Yarn Ball Coming to Rives

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Join Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn for their Christmas Yarn Ball at the Rives Theatre in Martinsville Uptown.


Martinsville Speedway to Give Grandfather Clock Trophy to One Lucky Ticket Holder

Tuesday December 6, 2016

Fans purchasing tickets to the STP 500 will be entered into the Fans 500 Grandfather Clock Contest


A Very TheatreWorks Christmas!

Wednesday November 30, 2016

ThatreWorks Community Players are hosting a very special Christmas production on December 15 and 16th. 


Nonprofit groups Rooster Walk Inc., Arts at the Rives to join forces

Thursday September 22, 2016
 Nonprofit groups Rooster Walk Inc., Arts at the Rives to join forces

The two organizations recently voted to formalize their relationship by combining under the Rooster Walk umbrella.


New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

Friday September 9, 2016
New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

Sheila Dye visits a variety of Martinsville-Henry County attractions


News from the Black Box Theatre

Thursday September 8, 2016
News from the Black Box Theatre

Exciting updates and upcoming events from the TheatreWorks Community Players.


The Color Purple Cast Slated to Serve Dinner at Wild Magnolia

Friday June 17, 2016
The Color Purple Cast Slated to Serve Dinner at Wild Magnolia

The Patriot Players of Patrick Henry Community College will be hosting a singing dinner fundraiser in support of upcoming productions. 


Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Thursday June 9, 2016
Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Meet a young professional shaping MHC's future 



Tickets Now On Sale for Jack's Guitar

Tuesday May 31, 2016

 June 9-12 & 16-19


Kid's Area- Rooster Walk

Thursday May 26, 2016

Kids' Coop 


Area Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” Awards

Monday May 23, 2016

45 local businesses featured


PHCC to host Chamber Music Concert June 5

Friday May 20, 2016

Tickets at the door


2016 Dick's Sporting Goods Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday May 19, 2016

SRSC to host 30 youth lacrosse teams


Auditions for The Color Purple start May 23rd

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Opening July 28th 


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


FRIDAY NIGHT - The Nighthawks & Bob Margolin

Thursday May 12, 2016

At Rives Theatre 


Virginia Tech and Ohio Added to Tournament Bracket

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Four teams to play at Hooker Field this week


Martinsville Speedway Once Again Played Host to MHS After-Prom

Sunday May 8, 2016

The Prom Ended, The Fun Didn't 




Bassett HWY 57 Cruise-Ins Scheduled

Monday April 25, 2016

In Downtown Bassett 


International Dance Day

Monday April 25, 2016

Get into the Groove



Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 


Local family all in for Tarzan

Friday April 22, 2016

Family embraces theatre roles 


The Flavor of Garden Day

Tuesday April 19, 2016

MHC Garden Day 


Piedmont Arts Hosts Talk on History’s Greatest Art Heists

Tuesday April 19, 2016

VMFAs' Speakers on the Arts



Patriot Player’s Tarzan comes swinging into town

Friday April 8, 2016

Tarzan- The Musical 



MHC Garden Day 2016: Books that Bind

Wednesday April 6, 2016

The Haley home 


Rooster Walk 8: ‘More than a Festival’

Thursday March 31, 2016

Music & Arts Abound 



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


Two New Family Attractions to Open

Monday March 21, 2016

Driving Range & Water Slide Opening 


Bingo & Silent Auction to Benefit Girl Scouts

Monday March 21, 2016

April 1, 2016 



PHCC's Sue Ann Ehmann is internationally recognized choreographer

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Dance with Sue Ann Ehmann 


Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016


The Lure of Martinsville Speedway

Monday March 7, 2016

Guest Post by Brooks Taylor



Tonight: Welcome to Hoonah and Ghost Eagle

Friday March 4, 2016

At Rives Theatre 


Now THIS Is A Suite Deal!

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Don't miss this deal 


“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


Patriot Players celebrate women in latest show

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Love, Loss and What I Wore


Piedmont Arts Celebrates African Culture with Free Family Day

Thursday February 18, 2016

Africa Family Day at P.A. 


TWO concerts this weekend at the Rives!

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Friday and Sunday 


VMFA Educator to Speak at Art at Happy Hour

Thursday February 11, 2016

Talk by VMFA's Karen Getty


Lovers and Losers at Love

Wednesday February 10, 2016

An Afternoon of Chamber Music


Piedmont Arts Yo Pros Hosts Masquerade Party

Friday February 5, 2016

For Young Professionals


Singing dining to be ongoing event

Tuesday February 2, 2016

Feb. brings Cabaret.


Love Canon headlines the 2016 Opening Party

Thursday January 28, 2016

This Saturday at the Rives 


Alpha Energy Solutions To Sponsor Both Martinsville Speedway Truck Series Races

Saturday January 23, 2016

Three-year agreement with Alpha Energy Solutions


PHCC to Host Chamber Music Recital

Thursday January 21, 2016

An afternoon of Chamber Music


Opening Party w/ LOVE CANON is SAT, Jan. 30th

Thursday January 21, 2016

Save the Date


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

Thursday January 21, 2016

Wallace returned to Martinsville 


Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on


Next 'Science Talk' is Tonight at 6 p.m.

Thursday January 14, 2016

Biodiversity and your place in it


Friday's Concert: Erin & The Wildfire on MHC Chamber Night

Wednesday January 13, 2016

2016 Season Passes Accepted


Patriot Players’ Upcoming Auditions Announced

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Join the on-stage fun 


Historic Garden Week: A Rail Line Runs Through It

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Article by Susan Morten


ACV Celebrates Inauguration of the Smith River Artisan Trail

Monday January 11, 2016

The "Smith River Artisan Trail" Welcomes You! 


Ready for a Roaring Good Time?

Monday January 11, 2016

Dino Day returns Saturday, January 30, 2016 


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


16 in '16

Thursday December 31, 2015

16 great reasons to visit MHC in 2016 


Yarn on New Year's Eve at the Rives

Wednesday December 30, 2015

Ring in 2016 at the Rives


Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

Monday December 7, 2015

"Dinosaurs and Life Thereafter"


Give the Gift of History & Culture this Holiday Season

Thursday December 3, 2015

Tickets to Spring Garden Tour Available for Advance Holiday Purchase 


Santa & Ms. Claus to Visit Historic Courthouse

Wednesday December 2, 2015

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Announces Holiday Event 


TheatreWorks Presents "The Wiz"

Monday November 30, 2015

Get your tickets now


Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2016

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Blog by Susan Morton


Andes Manta & The Last Ice Merchant Relocated to Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Thursday, November 19th 6-8 pm at Piedmont Arts 


Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Annual Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Museum celebrates 10 years of Holiday Pops in Martinsville 


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.


Martinsville Speedway Already Gearing Up For 2016

Thursday November 5, 2015

The STP 500 weekend is April 1-3, 2016


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 


Series Show: Mandolin Orange & Lizzy Ross this Wednesday!

Monday November 2, 2015

Season passes accepted 


Richard Petty Named Co-Grand Marshal of Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500

Friday October 30, 2015

Richard Petty is named Co-Grand Marshal for Sunday's Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500.


For Keselowski Being a Team Owner Is All About The Future

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Keselowski talks winning at Martinsville 


Halloween Party this Friday! Neil Young Tribute Set!

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Neil Young tribute Friday Night at the Rives 


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 


Piedmont Arts Hosts Día de los Muertos-themed Family Day

Friday October 23, 2015

Free family day features costumed dancers from Latin Ballet of Virginia


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 


Halloween Happenings in MHC

Wednesday October 21, 2015

"Halloween Happenings" for the entire family to enjoy!


Piedmont Arts Recognized for Excellence in Arts Education

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Museum receives Virginians for the Arts 2015 Dominion ArtStars Award 


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


Area Attractions Receive Tourism Marketing Grant

Friday October 16, 2015

Piedmont Arts and Patriot Players Launch New Marketing Tools with Grant


Latin Ballet of Virginia Brings “Dia de los Muertos” to On Stage

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Piedmont Arts Celebrates Latin American Arts and Culture



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

Thursday October 8, 2015

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


Get the Picture

Wednesday October 7, 2015

A Photo Walk Through the Martinsville Uptown Historic District


Cast of “Addams Family” serve up songs with supper at Wild Mags

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Join us for dinner...if you dare! 


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


MURA Announces Oktoberfest Rain Date

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Oktoberfest rescheduled for October 17th 


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 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


Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday September 14, 2015

Get ready for Brewster Walk


Paul Menard To Parade Through Uptown Martinsville on Tuesday

Sunday September 13, 2015

Menard in Martinsville



McConnell Named GM for Martinsville Mustangs

Thursday September 10, 2015

Brian McConnell to led the 2016 Mustangs


20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun


The Annual Bassett Heritage Festival

Tuesday September 8, 2015

Saturday, September 12th in downtown Bassett


When combat boots and folk dances are the path to a Chamber music recital

Tuesday September 8, 2015

3rd Chamber Music Recital: An Afternoon of Dances


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


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


Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Wednesday August 5, 2015

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


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.


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.


Victor Wainwright & Wildroots

Tuesday July 21, 2015

Raucous piano-driven blues at The Rives on Thursday!


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


Bonerama plays this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

New Orleans rock/funk band with tri of trombones 


Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions

 


Virginia Master Naturalist Offers Annual Basic Training

Monday July 6, 2015

Virginia Master Naturalist Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Offers Annual Basic Training


Patriot Players Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Tickets to the Patriot Players' production of "Music from the Movies: 80s & 90s Revue" are on sale now


The Tams Perform at Celebration 2015

Friday June 19, 2015

The Tams will bring their fun, enduring sound to the Martinsville Speedway


Patriot Players Set Auditions for Music from the Movies

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Patriot Players are having auditions for Music from the Movies


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


Concert series is back at PHCC

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Concert series is back at PHCC

“An Afternoon of Chamber Music” is back for the second time at Patrick Henry Community College on May 17 at 3 p.m. in Walker Theatre.

Professional musicians and singers from across the region will perform in the show, which is part of the Chamber Recital Music series. Performers include Julie Brown, Deborah Burgess, Regula Dailey, Michelle Dick, Sarah Wardle Jones, Tom Klingelhofer, Tim Loman, Sarah Martin, Katie Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Robert Moody, Kelsey Newman, David Oakes, George Ray, Julie Shumate and Amy Stuart.

Musical selections include “Ombra Mai Fu (From Serse)” by George Frideric Handel, “Trio Sonata in D Minor, Allegretto” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, “La Captive” by Hector Berlioz, “Duettino Hongrois, Op. 36” by Franz Doppler, “Ode to Trumpet” by Alfred Reed and many more.

Admission is free, but a donation of $5 toward the program is encouraged. To find out more, visit www.patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 638-8777.


Mother's Day From MHC

Wednesday May 6, 2015

For mom, with love


NCBA DI Baseball Comes to Hooker Field

Tuesday May 5, 2015

Teams from Ohio, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia to Visit Area


M’City Jazz, MHS Jazz Band play at the Rives

Thursday April 30, 2015

Jazz at the Rives



LOVEwork Coming to Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday April 23, 2015
LOVEwork Coming to Martinsville-Henry County

Come get your photo! 


Ultimate Frisbee Championships at SRSC

Thursday April 23, 2015

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



Scenic Virginia Kicks Off Virginia Vistas Photo Contest

Monday April 20, 2015

Organization seeks images of “our Commonwealth’s incomparable scenic beauty”


Legendary Beach Music Band The Tams to Headline Celebration 2015

Friday April 17, 2015

The ocean may be hours away from Martinsville Speedway, but that won’t stop Celebration 2015 from having a beach-type atmosphere. The Tams, a Carolina-style Beach Music band from Atlanta, will headline Celebration 2015 on July 3.

 

Best known for the hit “What Kind of Fool” and their version of “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”, The Tams have been recognized as the Beach Band of the Decade and inducted into the Georgia, the Atlanta and the Beach Music halls of fame.

 

“When picking a band for Celebration, we want to find one that not only will people know, but that everyone will enjoy,” Martinsville President Clay Campbell said. “With The Tams, I know we’re getting both. They’ve been around for decades and I think people of all-ages will have a good time with them.”

 

Celebration 2015 is a free event with music, carnival rides and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. In addition to no admission charge, the carnival rides are also free. Concession items will be on sale.

 

In addition to The Tams, more bands will be named later.

 

The music begins at 4 p.m., with The Tams taking the stage around 7 o’clock.  Celebration 2015 kicks off at 3 p.m. when the carnival rides open. The night will culminate with the fireworks display at the conclusion of The Tams concert.

 

Celebration 2015 marks the 17th year Martinsville Speedway has hosted the event.

 

“The community really recognizes this event as a tradition around Independence Day and a family tradition,” said Jeb Bassett, who is in his seventh year of leading the fundraising for the event. “The clean, safe environment that the speedway offers is unmatched anywhere.”

 

Bassett said fundraising for this year’s event is at about 75 percent of the goal, and sponsors are still needed to make the event a success.

 

“The area businesses have been very receptive to continuing their support and most of the new ones we contact are excited to help support the event,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of guys help me that have had some fresh ideas and fresh potential sponsors to contact. Those guys are Eddie White, Tom Prato and Carter Underwood.”

 

The Tams were formed in 1962, making just enough money to buy what has now become a signature look for the band; matching Tam O’Shanter hats. In the years since they have gone on to release more than 15 albums and been honored with one Platinum and two Gold records. They have toured and recorded with Jimmy Buffett and performed with such greats as Gladys Knight, Jackie Wilson and many more.

 

For information on becoming a sponsor for Celebration 2015 contact Jeb Bassett at Bassett Furniture.


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


Global Cuisine with Chef Colleen

Monday April 13, 2015

What's cooking at The Artisan Center?


Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is back

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Don't miss the second Martinsville Mini Maker Faire


2nd Thursday Science Talk: "The Gravely House"

Tuesday April 7, 2015

The Gravely House: A Case Study in 20th Century Archaeology and Material Culture


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!


Area Teachers Join The Cast of Legally Blonde

Thursday April 2, 2015

Area teachers and counselors are participating “Legally Blonde: The Musical"


Hamlin Holds Off Keselowski

Monday March 30, 2015

Hamlin captures his 5th Martinsville Speedway win


Fab Lab Fun: Week 3

Thursday March 26, 2015

A FABulous Experience


The Arts at The Artisan Center

Thursday March 26, 2015

Creativity in full bloom


Tyler Reddick's Ready for Kroger 250 Truck Race

Thursday March 26, 2015

Tyler Reddick is back and ready to race in the Kroger 250 truck race


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


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


Top Ten Events To Attend In April In MHC

Sunday March 15, 2015

Top ten events to attend in April in Martinsville-Henry County


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


Mustangs Announce Community Jersey Signing Event

Tuesday March 10, 2015


Sign Your Name to the Community Jersey on 3/14/15


Closures & Cancellations

Thursday March 5, 2015

Closures & Cancellations for March 5, 2015


'You better have everything together by Martinsville'

Tuesday March 3, 2015

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


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


A Taste of Southern Virginia

Friday February 27, 2015

Enjoy dining your way across Southern Virginia


Little Free Libraries Project

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Project enhances community assets


National Day of Unplugging

Wednesday February 25, 2015

What will you do when you unplug?


Singing Nuns Take Over Local Restaurant

Sunday February 22, 2015

The "nunsense" fundraiser was a success. 


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


Get served by Patriot Players’ singing ‘nuns’

Sunday February 15, 2015

The PHCC Patriot Players would love to serve you


ValleyStar Credit Union 300: New Name For Late Model Race

Friday February 6, 2015

Great Sponsor, Great Fun


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

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Johnson joins Dale Jr. in the Green Flag Experience


Starting Soon at The Artisan Center

Thursday January 29, 2015

Starting Soon: Calligraphy, Herbs, Jewelry and more!


Military Discounts

Monday January 26, 2015

Military Discounts



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.


Winter Fun: Blue Ridge Regional Library- Martinsville

Thursday January 15, 2015

Winter Fun: Blue Ridge Regional Library


A New Year of Experiences

Thursday January 15, 2015

Experience Something New in 2015


Martinsville Speedway Offers High Level Of Action For Small Price

Monday January 12, 2015

Get a little for a lot at Martinsville Speedway


Winter Fun: Spencer Penn Centre

Tuesday December 30, 2014

The Spencer-Penn Centre has plenty of ways to keep your family entertained


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...


Season of Giving in MHC

Thursday December 18, 2014

Give to great Martinsville-Henry County institutions this holiday season


Winter Fun: Dale's Cafe

Wednesday December 17, 2014

A visit to Dale's Cafe at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport


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


Small Town Life, Big City Fun

Monday November 24, 2014

The arts are alive in Southern Virginia


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)


Piedmont Shootout Soccer Tournament

Thursday November 13, 2014

The Piedmont Youth Soccer League (PYSL) in partnership with the Smith River Sports Complex will host the 6th annual Piedmont Shootout Youth Soccer Tournament this weekend November 15th & 16th.

This year's event is the largest shootout yet as well as the largest event the complex has ever hosted with 70 teams registered from NC & VA.  Teams are coming from as far as Northern Virginia, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Richmond.  Hotels in Martinsville- Henry County will be packed and restaurants, and other area businesses will feel the effect of a projected attendance of well over 2,500 visitors to the area.  Boys and Girls ages 8 - 18 will compete with their families watching on.

There of course is also a local draw with the shootout as there are 12 PYSL teams participating in variety of age groups.  This event is a fundraiser for the PYSL and is the culmination of the fall travel and academy seasons.  "This event has become an established tournament in Virginia bringing in several different teams each year from all over" says Enda Crehan, Director of Coaching for the PYSL.  "Our teams have gotten much better over the years, competing at a high level at other events and I expect them to compete on all levels at our home event.  The academy or PYA program has really helped develop our travel teams at a young age and it is really showing up on the field and in the results" says Crehan.

In addition to the 9 fall travel teams competing from the PYSL there will also be a Boys U10 and Girls U10 team made up of fall PYA participants.  "This event gives the academy teams a chance to compete at a high level with teams from outside the area and prepare them for the travel program" says Crehan.  There is also a U12 Recreation all-star team from the PYSL recreation program that will be competing.

The SRSC and PYSL have contracted the services of National Soccer Events (NSE) out of Knoxville, TN to run the shootout this year.  NSE has several years experience with organizing events all over the southeast and they will handle all onsite duties for the event.  "We are thrilled to have an efficient and productive tournament organizer this year with NSE.  With the growth of the PYSL programs over the years it is only fitting that the club's signature event also is growing",  Billy Russo, Director of Operations for the Smith River Sports Complex and PYSL Board Member.  "The shootout gives a chance for the PYSL travel teams and the program as a whole to showcase their talent, program, and their facility", says

For information on the Piedmont Shootout please contact Billy Russo at 276-638-5200 ext. 3 or visit www.nationalsoccerevents.com.  


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.


Goody's Expands Partnership with Earnhardt Jr.

Sunday October 26, 2014

Goody's Expands Partnership with Earnhardt Jr.


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


Patriot Players Present "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Patriot Players at Patrick Henry Community College are putting on a show this fall explores love and acceptance, and has cast members doing a little soul searching of their own.

On the surface, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: A Musical Comedy” is a comedic show that follows a group of pre-teens as they compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime, while also revealing funny and touching stories from their home lives. Director Devin Pendleton said he hopes audience members will walk away entertained but also enlightened about issues affecting youth.

“This show is a first for us in being able to showcase difference,” he said. “I think the show hints to the fact that we can all come together in a diverse way, which is what theatre is. We have the opportunity to forget all the issues that await us outside the theatre door and feel safe – even if it’s only for a few hours.”

Bryan Dunn, a theatre instructor at Magna Vista High School and playing the role of William Barfee, said his character takes nerdiness to a new level.

“He’s someone who has been bullied all his life and feels the only way he can control things is to bully everyone back,” he said. “But in the end, he actually allows people to be nice to him and he allows someone to change him.”

As part of the show, the community will have the chance to give a donation to Stand for the Silent, a group started in 2010 by a group of students at Oklahoma State University after hearing the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Smalley. He took his own life at 11 years old after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully. The group’s mission is to address the issue of school bullying through education and understanding.

“Stand for the Silent speaks to secondary age school kids, which is where school was the worse for me,” Pendleton said. “It wasn’t until high school that I started to develop my way in figuring out who I wanted to be. With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, we're excited to bring awareness to this very important issue.”

Stand for the Silent reports that 60 percent of fourth through eighth graders say they are the victims of bullying. The organization asks that everyone take a pledge to respect each other and help victims of bullying. More information can be found at ww.standforthesilent.org.

“Stand for the Silent is very honored and proud to be supported by the PHCC Patriot Players and their show, ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ Kirk Smalley said. “We are so appreciative of everyone for helping us to take a stand against bullying by raising awareness to it and youth suicide.”

"Spelling Bee" characters run the gambit of personality types seen in school age children, including the loner, overachiever and the dreamer. The role of Logainne S., played by Sarah Webb, is the definition of a “try-hard,” according to Webb.

“In many ways I connect with my character because I do try my hardest to do my best at everything,” she said. “I think about all the pressure I’m under as a student, trying not to crack under it and trying to please everyone. I can definitely relate.”

“Spelling Bee” also deals with characters trying to find their place in the world. Dunn said, “I think I work on finding myself every day. I look at my students and see different parts of what I was and how much I’ve grown, but I also have an understanding of how much more I have to learn.”

Brandi Collins-Burnette, a speller and part of the ensemble, said identifying with the underdog made her want to try out for “Spelling Bee.”

“I suffer from dysautonomia with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or known as POTS, so I know a little about relating to the underdog and dealing with challenges on a daily basis,” she said. “I wanted to do this show to bring a little awareness to that.”

She also added that going through middle and high school, there was a time where she didn’t know who she was as a person.

“I was the chubby kid and I had an eating disorder in high school, but being in theatre in high school and as an adult has really helped define who I am,” she said. “It’s a place of acceptance with open arms for all people. It really has given me a place to find myself.”

Jane Leizer, program director for Patriot Players, said “Spelling Bee” is a show that will make audience-goers laugh, cry, and make them think about issues that young people deal with on a daily basis.

“Let’s face it – growing up is hard,” she said. “Sometimes, kids need to talk and be recognized for the struggles they go through. Hopefully, this show will open up a dialogue among kids, parents and teachers.”

Leizer said with each Patriot Players show, there’s a new issue to tackle.

“‘Purlie’ talked about racism and love, and Shrek taught us that everyone is capable of love – even an ogre,” she said. “We have actors ranging in age from 13 to 62 in this show, and they learn a lot from each other. I’m 63 years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Theatre allows you to look at all the wonderful things you can imagine and see them come to life.”

The show is rated PG-13 for some adult humor and minimal adult language. Performances run Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in Walker Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $12 and available now at the PHCC Switchboard or by calling (276) 638-8777. They also will be available for purchase at the door. For additional information, visit www.patrickhenry.edu/patriotplayers.


Keselowski Ready For Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Monday October 20, 2014

Keselowski Hopes to Improve at Martinsville Speedway


Exploring MARTinsville

Wednesday October 1, 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.


Piedmont Arts On Stage Kicks Off 24th Season with Concert by Nashville's Annie Moses Band

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Piedmont Arts On Stage Kicks Off 24th Season with Concert by Nashville's Annie Moses Band

Virtuosic family band brings Julliard-honed Skill to Nashville-styled music making


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 


Area Residents Participate in FAM Tour

Saturday September 13, 2014

Familiarization tour introduced Martinsville-Henry County residents to area attractions


Tickets for John Cowan, John McFee and Friends Now On Sale

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Tickets for John Cowan, John McFee and Friends Now On Sale


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


Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season

Monday August 4, 2014

Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season


Corn Hole Tournament This Saturday

Thursday July 24, 2014

The Fourth Tournament in the Auto by Nelson Corn Hole Tournament Series is this Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex


MDCU to Sponsor NASCAR Late Model Race at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday July 15, 2014

MDCU & Martinsville Speedway Join Forces for the MDCU 300


The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Speedway

Thursday June 26, 2014

The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Celebration At Martinsville Speedway


Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

"Not all who wonder are lost."- J.R.R. Tolkien 


Tickets On Sale Now For Bushels and Barrels

Monday June 16, 2014

Tickets On Sale Now For Bushels and Barrels


Get to MHC and Get Outdoors

Monday June 2, 2014

Outdoor fun for June


Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway Will Offer More Fun

Friday May 16, 2014

More rides, more music, more entertainment


Shrek Coming to PHCC

Thursday May 8, 2014

"Shrek: The Musical" is coming to Patrick Henry Community College


A Three-Day Escape

Monday May 5, 2014

Enjoy a long weekend in Martinsville-Henry County


The College of William & Mary Win at Hooker Field

Monday May 5, 2014

The College of William & Mary District III Champion


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 5

Friday May 2, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday April 29, 2014

First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Martinsville Uptown


Upcoming Events Presented By Piedmont Arts

Friday April 25, 2014

Don't miss these exciting upcoming events presented by Piedmont Arts!


Earth Day Every Day

Monday April 21, 2014

Treat every day like Earth Day


Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Monday April 14, 2014

Visiting a museum can be fun for all ages.


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


Fun Away From The Track

Monday March 24, 2014

More fun outside the speedway


Local Celebs Dance for the Arts

Thursday March 20, 2014

Piedmont Arts Presents Dancing for the Arts


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


PHCC to host "Shrek" auditions

Thursday March 13, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College to hos "Shrek" auditions


Spring Into Festival Fun In MHC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Five Fantastic Festivals To Enjoy This Spring In Martinsville-Henry County


Patriot Players to Perform "Once Upon a Disney: Music Revue"

Monday March 10, 2014

Disney lovers, this show is for you


Move to the Music in MHC

Thursday March 6, 2014

Enjoy the music


Anders Osborne Added to Rooster Walk 6 Lineup

Friday February 28, 2014

Be sure to get your tickets now. Prices increase at midnight tonight!


Particle to Play Late-Night Set at Rooster Walk 6

Thursday February 27, 2014

Particle to Play Late-Night Set at Rooster Walk 6


William Walter & Co. Added To RW6 Lineup

Tuesday February 25, 2014

Big Fat Gap, Travis Elliott & Friends, and Yankee Dixie Also Join Lineup


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

Monday February 24, 2014

Wild Ponies, plus others named to line-up


New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education

Friday February 7, 2014

New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education


"The Cake House" Featured in Weird Virginia

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Local home showcased in Weird Virginia


Martinsville-Henry County Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Tuesday August 31, 2010

MHC Featured in "Going South in August"