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Holiday Happenings by Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Enjoy the Holiday Season with numerous events by Piedmont Arts.


Updated PHCC Patriot Players Annie Performances

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Sunday's performance rescheduled 


December Events at The Rives Theatre

Tuesday December 4, 2018

The Rives Theatre will be hosting a wide variety of events this December.


Movie In The Spencer Penn Library/After Party

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Free Movie 


Winter Fun in MHC

Saturday December 1, 2018

Enjoy tons of winter fun in Martinsville - Henry County!


The 2018 Christmas Toy Drive

Thursday November 29, 2018

The Martinsville Speedway will host The 2018 Christmas Toy Drive Saturday, December 8th.


Music Night at Spencer Penn!

Wednesday November 28, 2018

The Spencer Penn Centre will be hosting a one of a kind music night Friday, December 14th..


Martinsville Mustangs Cyber Monday Sale Through Friday

Tuesday November 27, 2018

The Martinsville Mustangs are giving their fans the opportunity to purchase discounted season ticket packages this week.


VMNH Winter Science Camp is Saturday, December 8!

Monday November 26, 2018

VMNH is offering a science and fun filled camp for children ages 6-12.


Lawless (R) – Thur., Dec. 6th by Arts at the Rives Theatre

Monday November 26, 2018

The Rives Theatre will be showing the film Lawless, partnering with Twin Creek Distilleries for a bootleggers twist.


Martinsville Speedway’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive Scheduled for December 8

Friday November 16, 2018

All proceeds benefit Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.


PHCC’s Jazz Band Holiday Concert: Dec 14

Friday November 16, 2018

The PHCC Jazz Band is ringing in the season with its third annual Holiday Jazz Concert on Friday, December 14. The band – comprised of PHCC students and local musicians – will be performing Christmas favorites with a jazz twist.


Holiday Pops, Christmas Tree Lighting, Handmade Holiday Market and More!

Thursday November 15, 2018

Piedmont Arts has a lot of exciting Holiday events coming up for you.


Piedmont Arts Presents Annual Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, Dec. 9

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Broadway star Rob Gallagher to join Symphony in concert.


Winter Fun in MHC

Tuesday November 13, 2018

Just because winter is approaching doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down in Martinsville-Henry County! Beat your winter woes while (re)discovering some of the hidden gems of our community. From exploring award-winning museums and experiencing live theatre to participating in themed footraces and sipping local concoctions at our wineries and brewery, you can find a variety of reasons to return to MHC all season long.

The colder weather of the winter months offers a wonderful opportunity to discover one (or all eight) of Martinsville-Henry County’s museums. You can uncover history and discover a new passion at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Piedmont Arts, the MHC Heritage Center & Museum, FAHI African American Museum & Cultural Center, the Bassett Historical Center, the MHC Historical Museum, Rucker’s Communication Museum and at the Philpott Lake Heritage Exhibit. Dive into the history of our natural world at the Smithsonian-affiliated Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). VMNH offers award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections and transformational educational programs for all ages as well as special events such as Reptile Day on January 19th! You could also immerse yourself in the fantastic world of fine art at Piedmont Arts. Affiliated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, this exhibit space is an award-winning art museum that curates thought-provoking exhibitions by international, national and regional artists. They also bring a full schedule of arts events to take part in such as gallery receptions, painting classes for all ages, concerts and performances. These are just a couple of examples of the fabulous museums available to explore throughout Martinsville-Henry County.

Uptown Pinball, the area’s only arcade, is a family-friendly hotspot that is ideal to visit during the upcoming cold season. Home to 5 of the 10 top ranked pinball machines in the world (as ranked by pinside.com's top 100) and other favorites such as Skee Ball and Air Hockey, the arcade offers limitless fun. An all-day pass allows you to play however much you want, when you want. There’s also a VIP gaming lounge and laser tag. Uptown Pinball isn’t just for kids - adults love the games too!

You can also escape the hum drum winter blues by delving into captivating stories during live theatre performances. Martinsville-Henry County is home to two theatre companies presenting the talents of local and regional citizens: Theatre Works Community Players and the PHCC Patriot Players. Fulfill your desire for music, drama and suspense this winter with scheduled performances that include Scrooge Macbeth (November 23-25 and November 29 - December 1) and Don’t Drink the Water(February 21-23 and March 1-3) by TWCP and Annie presented by the Patriot Players (November 29 - December 2 and December 6-9).

Wine and craft beer connoisseurs should make plans to visit Hamlet Vineyards for a delicious wine tasting and lunch on Sundays or stop by Mountain Valley Brewing on weekend for a refreshing pint of seasonal craft beer to warm the soul and forget about the cold. Mountain Valley Brewing also hosts musical events most evenings (Thursday-Saturday) as well as other events such as paint parties, stargazing and more. There are also a wine and beer events held at local venues such as Wine Tasting Wednesdays and Beer Release Thursdays at Daily Grind Café in Martinsville Uptown.

For those looking for opportunities to stay active during the season, the Miles in Martinsville will offer multiple themed footraces to enjoy. The Light up the Night 5K on December 8th will benefit theGirls on the Run & STRIDE and is a family friendly event that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Dress in your best Christmas attire or your wackiest and tackiest sweater and head for the finish line. You can also participate in The Nail the Rail 9 Miler on February 9th, presented by VisitMartinsville, which will be held on the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail.It’s a simple concept really. Start at the zero-mile marker of the Dick and Willie Passage and run all the way to the 4.5 marker at Mulberry Creek, then turn around and run back. The question is how fast can you Nail the Rail? If you’re not looking to run, but still want to be outdoors, you can still have a good time throughout the colder months in MHC through biking, hiking, paddling and more. Just remember to stay warm and safe!

For more information on planning a winter trip to Martinsville-Henry County, visit our website at www.VisitMartinsville.com, call toll free 888.722.3498, or simply come by and see us at our Visitor Center located at 191 Fayette Street Martinsville, VA 24112 Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.


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.


New Orleans Jazz Tonight at the Rives Theatre

Wednesday November 7, 2018

John "Papa" Gros returns to the Rives Theatre to perform live New Orleans style Jazz music.


Christmas Tree Brings Sparkle to Art Garden this Holiday Season

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Piedmont Arts hosts first Christmas tree lighting in Gravely-Lester Art Garden.


Tickets On Sale For STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Tickets start at $40 and payment plans are available for as little as $10 down.


Live Music tonight at the Rives Theatre

Friday November 2, 2018

Slick Jr. and The Reactors to perform at the Rives Theatre for the Martinsville High School class of 1978, as well as some upcoming events at the Rives Theatre.


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Piedmont Arts presents "The Master of Mayberry" with Dr. Elliot Engel as well as other upcoming events


Spencer-Penn's Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 31, 2018

Spencer-Penn Centre is offering a wide variety of upcoming events.


Joey Logano Wins First Data 500

Monday October 29, 2018

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship hopeful scores first career Martinsville Cup Series win, locks No. 22 team into Championship 4.


Rives Theatre Has a JAM-packed Month For You

Monday October 29, 2018

Month long entertainment at the Rives Theatre.


Bubba Wallace Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Pre Race Experience

Tuesday October 23, 2018

The driver of the famous No. 43 will take part in a moderated question-and-answer session prior to Sunday’s First Data 500.


Martinsville Speedway Grandfather Clock Stands Out Among Trophies

Monday October 22, 2018

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers want to add the unique trophy to their collection.


Allman Brothers Tribute Band this weekend at the Rives!

Monday October 22, 2018

If it’s vintage Allman’s that you crave, look no further,  Skydog is it!


Playoff Drivers Confident Heading Into Texas Roadhouse 200

Monday October 22, 2018

The winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race could be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship Race.


Dragon Festival is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at VMNH!

Friday October 19, 2018

A Renaissance Fair atmosphere


Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Open Every Day Through October 28

Thursday October 18, 2018

In addition, Martinsville Speedway Campgrounds open this Saturday.


Martinsville Speedway 101

Wednesday October 17, 2018

New to Martinsville Speedway? Here's some tips to help during your race experience.


Chamber Music Recital returns to PHCC

Wednesday October 17, 2018

The Chamber Music Ensemble is returning to PHCC this month. Explore a wide variety of chamber music with the ensemble on Sunday, October 28.


Virginia is for Racing Lovers To Sponsor Martinsville Speedway’s SkyDeck

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Virginia is for Racing Lovers SkyDeck Experience includes access to exclusive area above Turn One and Two suites, live music, lounge seating, food and beverages and more.


Martinsville Speedway’s Free FanFest Event Returns on Saturday, October 27

Monday October 15, 2018

Fan-focused event to feature multiple Monster Energy Cup Series drivers the night before the First Data 500.


Skydog (Allman Brothers Tribute Band) – Sat., Oct. 27th by Arts at the Rives Theatre

Friday October 12, 2018

If it's vintage Allman's that you crave, look no further, Sky dog is it!


Martinsville Speedway Hauler Parade Set For Return On Friday, October 26

Friday October 12, 2018

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series transporters will travel down US 220 South and into the track.


Chase Elliott Headlines Group Set to Join the First Data 500 Pre Race Experience at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 11, 2018

Hendrick Motorsports championship contender, Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Whitt and Hermie Sadler added to star-studded event already slated to include Kyle Busch and William Byron.


Flipping the Switch: Martinsville’s Lights Made Big Impression in Final Hour of 2017 First Data 500

Tuesday October 9, 2018

The LED system will again be on for the final stages of the critical Round of 8 Playoff race.


Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In for “Race Night”

Tuesday October 9, 2018

Bassett Cruise-In, Saturday, October 20, 2018

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (Note earlier starting time)


C.E. Falk III Wins ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Sunday September 30, 2018

Veteran racer claims first Martinsville win after 13 attempts.


Tonight at Pop's Farm: Kat Wright and Prosperity's Folly

Friday September 28, 2018

Kat Wright and Prosperity's Folly performing tonight at Pop's Farm.



ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Will Be Streamed Live on FansChoice.tv

Thursday September 20, 2018

 Feature race will also be carried nationally on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.


Savory September: Start Your Engines is This Friday

Wednesday September 19, 2018

NASCAR Chic! 


Wine by the River Wine Festival Tickets on Sale Now

Saturday September 15, 2018

Smith River Sports Complex hosts 4th Annual Wine by the River Wine Festival Saturday, September 22



ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Test Day Postponed Due To Hurricane Florence

Thursday September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 27 will now serve as test day for nation’s best Late Model Stock Car teams.


Tourism Revenue Reached 70.8 Million in Martinsville – Henry County in 2017

Thursday September 6, 2018

All of Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $25 billion


Score Some Fun This Fall at Smith River Sports Complex

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Stay in the Loop! 


“Art Class Confidential” Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


Governor Northam Announces Expansion by Henry County Farm Brewery

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Mountain Valley Brewing to create new jobs, double production


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

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Local chefs whip up “NASCAR chic” appetizers


September's Bassett Highway 57 Cruise In

Friday August 31, 2018

Bassett Highway 57 Cruise In to be held Saturday, September 15.


Patriot Players Announce Next Season With Sneak Peeks

Friday August 31, 2018

Patriot Players' Season 6 announced at Patrick Henry Community College.


Dead Heat Atop Virginia Late Model Triple Crown Standings Heading Into Martinsville

Wednesday August 29, 2018

Philip Morris and Peyton Sellers are tied for first with one race remaining.



7 Ways to Get on the Water at Philpott Lake

Monday July 30, 2018

Philpott Lake is a natural sanctuary in Southwest Virginia that provides a locals and visitors alike a welcome escape from the everyday workings of modern life.


A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake

Monday July 23, 2018
A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake

There are a multitude of options for exploring this picturesque paddling destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2018

Monday July 23, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Festival set for August 11th


How to Experience the Best Trails and Ales Near Philpott Lake

Friday July 13, 2018
	How to Experience the Best Trails and Ales Near Philpott Lake

Explore the trails along Virginia's Philpott Lake and discover the area's local breweries, wineries, and distilleries while you're at it.


An Angler’s Guide to the Fishing Scene at Philpott Lake

Tuesday June 12, 2018

An Angler’s Guide to the Fishing Scene at Philpott Lake


Blueways and the Blue Ridge: Why a Visit to Philpott Lake is a Must

Thursday May 31, 2018

Cradled by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge, Philpott Lake might just be the most spectacular body of water in Virginia. Located just northwest of the town of Martinsville, the 3,000-acre lake spreads into Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties, framed by 7,000 acres of mixed hardwood forest. Besides the beautiful scenery, the lake is studded with nearly a dozen parks and recreation areas, offering an enticing buffet of Blue Ridge adventures.

MILES OF PRISTINE PADDLING

Philpott Lake provides paddlers 100 miles of undeveloped shoreline to explore—with the feel of pristine wilderness. You’ll be treated to tumbling waterfalls, secluded coves, and stunning stretches of shoreline along the Philpott Lake Blueway, a 25-mile water trail linking natural wonders, boat launches, and recreation areas. The bulk of the nine recreation areas scattered along the water trail also offer campgrounds, scenic trails, and serene swimming areas. You can find more information and a guide of Philpott Lake on the Martinsville County website.

The Smith River Trail System, which starts just below the Philpott Dam, is also a great option for paddlers. A 44.5-mile section of the Smith River starts at Philpott Lake and travels all the way to the North Carolina border. There are 11 river access points along the scenic byway as it travels through the towns of Bassett, Stanleytown, Fieldale, Martinsville, and Ridgeway. Along the route you’ll see some impressive rock outcroppings, and during peak water generation from Philpott Dam you can enjoy whitewater rapids (click here to learn more about the water-release schedule).

ADVENTURE OFF THE WATER

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Adventure Off the Water The scenic land around Lake Philpott offers plenty of options for hikers, runners, and cyclists. Virginia State Parks

While paddling might be the main attraction, Philpott Lake is infused with a host of outdoor adventures. Hikers and runners can cover plenty of terrain on the 10-mile Little Mountain Trail System in the neighboring Fairy Stone State Park. Mountain bikers can head to the Jamison Mill Recreation Area, spread along the northwestern corner of the Philpott Lake. The six miles of forested singletrack take off-road riders past century-old historic sites, including the original location of the namesake Jamison Mill. Meanwhile, between Philpott Lake and Martinsville, road cyclists can explore bucolic country roads framed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge, or they can ride the 4.5-mile Dick & Willie Passage, a rail-trail tracing the route of the Danville and Western Railroad, which is also undergoing an expansion to increase its length. Cyclists looking to get the lay of the land can join the local Henry County Bike Club, which leads Sunday afternoon road rides beginning from the Ridgeway Library.

FISHING AND WILDLIFE

Beyond the breathtaking backdrop, Philpott Lake is also a hotspot for anglers of all types. While renowned as one of the premier walleye fisheries in Virginia, the lake’s pristine waters also harbor largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, and black crappie. One highlight is trying to hook one of the lake’s legendary walleye in Runnett Bag Creek during the spring spawn. Another is night fishing: After sunset, walleye, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass congregate in the lake’s sheltered, shallow-water coves, giving anglers ample opportunity to hook a trophy fish by moonlight.

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The vast woodlands buffering the lake also provide the opportunity to spot scarcer species like ruby-throated hummingbirds.  Kevin Winn

In addition to the fish lingering beneath the surface, Philpott Lake is a hotspot for a wide array of wildlife, especially birds. Belted kingfishers and lanky killdeer troll shallow stretches of shoreline, while emerald-headed mallards are abundant throughout the lake. On dry land, the mixed forests of oak, maple, hickory, cedar, and pine are home to familiar woodland species like pileated woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, and cedar waxwings. The woodlands surrounding the lake also provide the opportunity to spot scarcer species like ruby-throated hummingbirds, indigo bunting, and American goldfinches. There’s also a good chance you’ll spot a bald eagle, as they are increasingly common on the lake. Don’t forget the binoculars.

CAMP UNDER THE STARS

At Philpott Lake, campers have a smorgasbord of options, from rustic waterfront tent sites shaded by leafy hardwoods and fragrant pine trees to family-friendly campgrounds loaded with amenities like hot showers and swimming beaches. Campsites edging Philpott Lake provide stunning views of the Milky Way after dark, and campers seeking seclusion can soak up the scenery at the lake’s Goose Point Recreation Area. For a unique experience, paddle to Deer Island to snag one of waterfront campsites accessible only by boat. Meanwhile, families after kid-friendly facilities can opt for one of the campsites at the Horseshoe Point and Salthouse Branch recreation areas. Boaters can take advantage of the Philpott Marina and Group Campground in Bassett, which features 42 boat slips in addition to 10 camping spaces. The spots include water, electric, and sewer hook-ups, while the campground features a picnic shelter and tables, fire rings, and a bathhouse facility with restrooms and showers.

FAIRY STONE STATE PARK

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Fairy Stone State Park is a pristine spot for paddling and fishing.  Virginia State Parks

One of the original six parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia, Fairy Stone State Park—located adjacent to Philpott Lake—is named for cross-shaped, staurolite crystals found within its boundaries. According to legend, the ancient stones are the crystallized tears of the fairies once said to inhabit the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Beyond the mythical mystique, the parks are filled with recreational opportunities.

The bulk of the park’s Little Mountain trail system is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The 168-acre Fairy Stone Lake harbors largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, and stocked rainbow trout, plus you’ll find a family-friendly swimming beach and seasonal boat and SUP rentals. The park offers some of the coziest accommodation options in the region—including waterfront cabins, homey yurts, and the five bedroom Fairy Stone Lodge, complete with a gas fireplace and restful rocking chairs on the front porch.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Four miles of trails are fun to explore at the Stuart’s Knob area of Fairy Stone State Park.  Virginia State Parks

Whether your idea of fun is hitting the water before dawn or longing lakeside, there’s plenty for the whole family at Philpott Lake. Weekend warriors can warm-up on the four miles of trails at the Stuart’s Knob area of Fairy Stone State Park, and then spend the afternoon on an SUP in the middle of sun-soaked Fairy Stone Lake. At the Salthouse Branch Recreation Area, tots can roam the half-mile Salthouse Branch Nature Trail searching for spicebush and swallowtail butterflies before heading to the kid-friendly swimming area. Meanwhile, family members with four-legs can explore the 4.5-mile Dogwood Glen Trail, also accessible from the Salthouse Branch Recreation Area.

THE PERFECT PARKWAY PIT STOP

Philpott Lake is an idyllic detour for road-trippers exploring the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Located just 30 miles from the parkway’s Rocky Knob Visitor Center (milepost 167), the lake is a picturesque place to take a break from the road. Plan a picnic at the Twin Ridges Recreation Area, hit the beach at Horseshoe Point Recreation Area, or cast for walleye from the shady shoreline at the secluded Ryans Branch Recreation Area.

Besides the bucolic beauty, the region surrounding Philpott Lake also has a rich history of craftsmanship, renowned for the production of furniture and textiles. In historic Fieldale, once a textile producing hub, the walking tour of historic downtown provides a glimpse into the region’s industrious past, while in Martinsville, the collection of galleries and studios dotting the Smith River Artisan Trail showcase the area’s continued tradition of the arts.

Whether on the water or off, the Philpott Lake region has plenty to love for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Written by Malee Baker Oot for RootsRated Media in partnership with Martinsville County.

 

Philpott Lake Blueway Officially Open

Thursday May 10, 2018

An official Opening Ceremony was held Sunday for the Blueway.


Spring Carnival at Infinity Acres Ranch

Thursday May 10, 2018

Come out to the Infinity Acres Spring Carnival Fundraiser May 19. 


#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! 


The Martinsville Speedway Mile

Friday April 20, 2018

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


NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Friday April 13, 2018

Area to host Division I Regional Tournament!


An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley and Members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Friday April 13, 2018

Trio to perform classics, jazz at Piedmont Arts concert!


Carlisle School’s ZipZapZop Brings Spring-themed Program to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 11, 2018

More than 100 preschoolers take part in Preschool in the Galleries!


Free Talk Answers Age-Old Question, “Why is that Art?”

Thursday March 22, 2018

Emily Smith to discuss history of modern art at Piedmont Arts, March 29.


Work by Javier Tapia, ART 180 and CHILL MHC participants, local artists on display

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Work by Javier Tapia, ART 180 and CHILL MHC participants, local artists on display


Martinsville-Henry County EDC Receives VTC Grant for Tourism Marketing

Friday March 9, 2018

#VisitMartinsville receives grant.


Visitor Center Celebrates 10 Years

Friday March 2, 2018

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Serving Community for 10 years!!


Martinsville Speedway Races Voted By Fans As Top Two of 2017

Thursday January 4, 2018

First Data 500 and STP 500 take top spots in Jeff Gluck’s “Was It A Good Race Poll.”


Quilt and Textile Exhibit Closing December 30 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Last chance to view Needle & Thread, Studio Group of Rockingham County!


Mayhem returns to Martinsville for STP 500 on March 25, 2018

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Riding a wave of momentum, the Speedway is already gearing up for a banner year.


PHCC crowned the second Miss PHCC!

Sunday November 12, 2017

Lewis wins Miss PHCC 2018!


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Thursday November 9, 2017

Elementary school students show work in museum’s Foster Gallery.


61 Soccer Teams Set to Visit Martinsville

Thursday November 9, 2017

Smith River Sports Complex hosts Piedmont Shootout Soccer Tournament November 10-12.


Gaither Vocal Band and Medal of Honor Recipient to Headline Patriotic Prerace Ceremonies for First Data 500

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Grammy Award winning gospel group and Col. (Ret.) Jack Jacobs are set to play key roles at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.


Quilts, Textile-based Sculptures on Display in “Needle & Thread”

Friday October 20, 2017

Exhibit features work by Virginia artists Linda Fiedler and Page Turner.


Art @ Happy Hour Explores Art of the American Indian

Wednesday October 4, 2017

Free happy hour event at Piedmont Arts, Oct. 12.


Pink for the Week Yoga Class at Piedmont Arts

Thursday September 21, 2017

Museum supports local breast health initiative.


Governor McAuliffe Announces $2.2 Billion Growth for Tourism Industry Since 2014

Friday September 8, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces $2.2 Billion Growth for Tourism Industry Since 2014

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that Virginia’s tourism revenue has grown by $2.2 billion since taking office in 2014 with a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 percent.  Tourism is an instant revenue generator for the Commonwealth, representing almost $23.7 billion in revenue in 2016, a 10.2 percent increase from 2013 when the tourism industry generated approximately $21.5 billion in revenue. 

“Virginia’s tourism industry is a critical component of the new Virginia economy, providing jobs for our citizens and funneling millions of dollars back into our communities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We have traveled across the globe to promote Virginia as a premier travel destination, showcasing our beautiful scenery, rich history, and incredible culinary offerings, in addition to our outstanding oysters, wine, craft beer, cider, and distilled spirits. I am committed to the continued growth of this important industry, and to showing the world why Virginia is for Lovers.”

Today, visitor spending in Virginia supports 230,000 jobs with 16,000 of those added during Governor McAuliffe’s tenure, representing a 7.6 percent increase. Virginia’s tourism industry also provides $1.7 billion in state and local taxes, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.6 percent. Virginia welcomed more than 45 million visitors from across the United States last year, a record high for domestic travel to the Commonwealth.

“As the fifth largest private employer in Virginia, the travel industry is an important sector of the Virginia economy, contributing to the quality of life for our residents and making Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family," said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "That's why the McAuliffe administration, working in close partnership with the private sector, the General Assembly, and others, has been dedicated to growing the tourism industry by encouraging more economic development and new product, which help Virginia compete to be the best place in the country to visit."

Since taking office in January 2014, Governor McAuliffe has encouraged and overseen important tourism product development projects across the Commonwealth, creating thousands of jobs and bringing millions of investment dollars into Virginia communities. The number of new tourism products and their impact on Virginia’s economy has grown exponentially under the leadership of Governor McAuliffe, as Virginia witnessed an influx of new hotels, breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, sports complexes, artisan trails, agritourism businesses, outfitters, museums, and more.

Additionally, Governor McAuliffe has awarded more than $3.3 million in matching tourism grants across the Commonwealth, helping localities leverage limited marketing dollars and maximize their ability to compete in an overly saturated, overly competitive market. Due to Governor McAuliffe and his administration’s support of tourism development and marketing, every region in Virginia has reported economic growth annually during his tenure.

In 2016, domestic travelers spent nearly $65 million per day across the Commonwealth. Employees in Virginia’s travel industry earned $5.6 billion in payroll income, representing a 5.4 percent increase over 2015. The largest increase in travel expenditures was in the food and lodging sectors, with a $630 million increase compared to 2015. In recently released data, all regions across the Commonwealth saw tourism growth in 2016.

“Governor McAuliffe’s leadership has encouraged unparalleled growth for Virginia, helping to advance every sector of the tourism economy,” said Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “The Governor’s passion and enthusiasm for our great Commonwealth is infectious, and he has been an outstanding ambassador by promoting the Virginia is for Lovers message across the globe. We are grateful for the Governor’s dedication, support, and leadership, as he has piloted us year after year towards record-breaking visitor spending, job creation, and economic growth.”

Governor McAuliffe has also demonstrated a commitment to Virginia’s growing agritourism industry. In April, he announced the economic impact of the agritourism sector in Virginia, a growing division of the tourism industry. The study, conducted by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, showed that Virginia’s agritourism industry accounts for $2.2 billion in economic activity. The report also showed that the economic activity attributed to the Commonwealth’s 1,400 agritourism businesses supports 22,000 jobs, contributes $840 million in income, and injects $135 million in state and local taxes. The study was the first statewide benchmark report to measure the economic and fiscal impacts of Virginia’s agritourism industry.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is the state agency responsible for marketing Virginia as a premier travel destination and promoting the 48-year old “Virginia is for Lovers” brand, the longest-running state tourism slogan in the country. VTC operates as a fully-integrated marketing unit charged with increasing brand awareness through owned, earned, and paid media opportunities, as well as social media strategies.

VTC receives its annual economic impact data from the U.S. Travel Association. The information is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per-person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home. To view detailed economic impact data by locality, please visit https://www.vatc.org/research/economicimpact/.

Plan your next vacation in Virginia. Visit www.virginia.org discover why Virginia is for Lovers.


Wine by the River Wine Festival Tickets on Sale Now

Friday August 25, 2017

Smith River Sports Complex hosts 3rd Annual Wine by the River Wine Festival September 30.


Fall Fun in Martinsville-Henry County

Saturday August 19, 2017

From beer and wine tastings to a Reptile Day Festival and theatre shows, there is a fall event for everyone to enjoy in MHC!


Cris Jacobs Band

Thursday August 17, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT: Cris Jacobs Band at Pop's Farm - Season Pass Show


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Thursday August 10, 2017

  • Indigenous Opening • Thirty-One Bingo • Family Day + more!


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday July 26, 2017

Indigenous • Family Day • Thirty-One Bingo + more!


The FabLab Family Days

Tuesday July 25, 2017

PHCC brings families together with fabrication and manufacturing workshops.


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Friday July 14, 2017

Expressions • Thirty-One Bingo • Art Classes + more!


Ohio Players Ready To Take The Stage at Martinsville Speedway

Friday June 30, 2017

Legendary funk band will play a free concert during Celebration 2017.


Piedmont Arts Hosts Garden Party with Jason Springs

Thursday June 22, 2017

Event to feature live music by Danville-based songwriter and local craft beer.


Josh Shilling at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Jam out with Josh this Friday!


VMNH Summer Adventure Camp Listing

Wednesday May 24, 2017

**Registration deadline for June 5-9 camps extended until Monday, May 29**


Mosaic Murals Installed on Art Garden Sign

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Community helps create murals at Art Garden Community Day


NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday April 20, 2017

Area to host Division I Regional Tournament


3rd Annual Spring Carnival: Infinity Acres Ranch

Saturday April 15, 2017

Don't miss the 3rd annual Spring Carnival at Infinity Acres Ranch!


Create a Lasting Work of Art at Piedmont Arts’ Art Garden Family Day

Friday April 14, 2017

Art Garden Family Day, April 22.


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Elementary school students show work in museum’s Foster Gallery.


Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 22, 2017

SOVA's Got Talent • Christmas in April • Scholarships + more!


VisitMartinsville Launches Snapchat Geofilter Design Contest

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Help us design a fun M-HC filter.


Art in Bloom: Automotive Art

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Garden Day 2017 


New Student Work on Display at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Elementary school students show work in museum’s Foster Gallery.


Piedmont Arts Upcoming Events

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Richmond Ballet II • Scholarships • SOVA's Got Talent + more!


Fantastic Festivals in MHC

Wednesday March 15, 2017

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


Christmas Cards Feature of New Exhibit at Little Post Office

Wednesday March 15, 2017

40 years of Christmas cards by Wanda Prillaman on display.


Exhibit Honors Art and Life of Wanda Prillaman

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Works by local watercolor artist are showcased in Piedmont Arts exhibit


"Dreamgirls" Cast Feature

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Article featuring "Dreamgirls" cast member Angelica "Geli" Holmes


Carlisle School’s Zip Zap Zop Performs for Preschoolers at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Preschool in the Galleries –  Zip Zap Zop Theatre Co.


TheatreWorks Community Players Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Thursday January 19, 2017

TWCP Awarded Funds for New Website.


Final Audition for SOVA’s Got Talent Set for Jan. 21

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Martinsville High School Auditorium


Piedmont Arts Galleries Transform into Salt Marsh in New Exhibit

Wednesday January 4, 2017

Art installation re-creates marsh habitat using video and sound.


Martinsville Speedway Debuts New Logo for 70th Anniversary

Wednesday December 14, 2016

Historic track will brand itself “The Original” celebrating its status as the only track remaining from NASCAR’s first season.


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


35 Soccer Teams Set to Visit Martinsville

Wednesday November 9, 2016
35 Soccer Teams Set to Visit Martinsville

SRSC hosts Piedmont Shootout Soccer Tournament November 12-13


Mary Poppins cast to sing and serve at Wild Magnolia

Tuesday November 1, 2016

Come enjoy a unique dining experience Thursday, November 10.


Actress Tricia Helfer To Give Fire Engines Command at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 27, 2016
Actress Tricia Helfer To Give Fire Engines Command at Martinsville Speedway

Star of FOX drama “Lucifer” and NASCAR fan to say most famous words in motorsports.


Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

Tuesday September 27, 2016
 Eastman Foundation Donation to Help Revitalize Fieldale Business District

$125,000 donated to the effort to revitalize the Fieldale community.


Piedmont Arts Donates to Charity

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Piedmont Arts donates funds from Savory September: India to charity.


Showdown on the Stateline Coming to SRSC

Wednesday September 21, 2016

The Piedmont-Triad’s First Outdoor Functional Fitness Competition


Martinsville Speedway Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Speedway receives $50,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation


Busy Weekend Ahead for the Sports Complex

Wednesday September 21, 2016

The Smith River Sports Complex will be hosting two events in two days this Saturday and Sunday


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


PYSL Fall Soccer Season Kicks Off

Wednesday September 7, 2016

PYSL Fall Soccer Season kicks off an 8-week season this Saturday, September 10th, at the Smith River Sports Complex.


Get Active in MHC

Thursday September 1, 2016

Challenge Yourself to Try a New Outdoor Activity in September


“Art Class Confidential" Showcases Artwork by High School Seniors

Thursday September 1, 2016

Piedmont Arts exhibit features work by 36 local students


What is Geocaching?

Thursday August 11, 2016

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices such as smartphones to discover hidden containers scattered across communities, the country and around the world. To play, you simply navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache, or container, that is hidden at that location. Geocaches come in different shapes and sizes and the difficulty of finding them varies. According to www.Geocaching.com, there are over 200 geocaches to be discovered in Martinsville-Henry County!

To begin discovering geocaches yourself, simply log on to www.Geocaching.com, register for your free account, choose the geocache that you want to find and begin your hunt! They also have a smartphone app that you can download to help you along the way. What you will find will vary, but be sure to sign the log book inside and log the find into your account. Explorers before you may have even left behind a trinket just for you and if you like, you can leave a little something behind for the next. After discovering and logging the geocache, be sure to hide it exactly the way you found it.

VisitMartinsville currently has two active geocaches and the newest one is named “FORE in Horsepasture!”

There are more than 1.4 million geocaches around the world and August 20, 2016 is International Geocaching Day; making it the perfect day to get outside, find new geocaches and even introduce the game of geocaching to someone new. Be sure to post your photos to Instagram with the hashtags #Geocaching16 and #VisitMartinsville.

Geocaching is fun for everyone and can be enjoyed year-round! Aren’t you curious if there’s one around you right now?


Kasey Kahne Joins Green Flag Experience at Martinsville

Friday August 5, 2016

Mtn Dew and Hendrick Motorsports Driver to Take Part in Q&A.


Getting into character for the Patriot Players’ The Color Purple

Friday July 22, 2016
Getting into character for the Patriot Players’ The Color Purple

Why would a pastor agree to portray a violent and unfaithful husband or an abusive and unloving father?


Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

Friday July 22, 2016
Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

David Lunt wins Expressions 2016 People’s Choice Award for artwork.


Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Thursday June 9, 2016
Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Meet a young professional shaping MHC's future 



Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Wednesday June 8, 2016
Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Nine grants awarded 


Three Receive Tourism Ambassador Certification

Monday June 6, 2016
Three Receive Tourism Ambassador Certification

Three area residents named Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassadors



Fantastic Flight at Dippers

Wednesday June 1, 2016

A Flavorful Adventure


Kid's Area- Rooster Walk

Thursday May 26, 2016

Kids' Coop 


Grand Opening set for SRSC Driving Range

Wednesday May 25, 2016

The Smith River Sports Complex will open its driving range June 2 at 11 a.m.


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


Antiquing Around

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Calling all antiquers 



Virginia Tech and Ohio Added to Tournament Bracket

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Four teams to play at Hooker Field this week


Along the Trail

Tuesday May 10, 2016

A local teen's love for running.


Infinity Acres Ranch Spring Carnival

Wednesday May 4, 2016

Don't miss a good time for a great cause at Infinity Acres Ranch.


Living Legends in Southern Virginia

Tuesday May 3, 2016

Stories from the racing career of Brice “Spider” Stultz




Bassett HWY 57 Cruise-Ins Scheduled

Monday April 25, 2016

In Downtown Bassett 


Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 



Earth Day 2016 in MHC

Tuesday April 19, 2016

How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? Plan to attend the Earth Day Festival 2016.

 


The Flavor of Garden Day

Tuesday April 19, 2016

MHC Garden Day 


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 


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

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Smith River Artisan Trail 



Deadline Quickly Approaching for Mia Hamm Camp

Thursday March 24, 2016

June at the SRSC


Art Scholarships Available to Students from MHC

Thursday March 24, 2016

Piedmont Arts scholarships


I-85 Rodeo Comes to Martinsville

Wednesday March 23, 2016

The Smith River Sports Complex will be hosting 11 teams in the 2016 I-85 Rodeo


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 


7th Annual Piedmont Kite Festival

Friday March 18, 2016

Don't Miss Out! The Piedmont Kite Festival is this Saturday at Jack Dalton Park!


Craig “Rocky” Rockwell Honored by American Recreation Coalition

Friday March 18, 2016

Philpott Lake Operations Project Manager Receives Prestigious “Legends” Award 


PHCC's Sue Ann Ehmann is internationally recognized choreographer

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Dance with Sue Ann Ehmann 


Bengal Bash Soccer Jamboree Saturday at SRSC

Thursday March 10, 2016

The Smith River Sports Complex will be hosting 40 high school soccer teams this Saturday


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



Now THIS Is A Suite Deal!

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Don't miss this deal 


Beth Stinnett Achieves Film Commissioner Certification

Thursday February 25, 2016

Through the Association of Film Commissioners International


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

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Commonwealth Cup Returns to Martinsville


Dick Beardsley to Speak at Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday February 21, 2016

Beardsley will run the Half Marathon 


MHC Garden Day Tour 2016: A Job and a House

Thursday February 11, 2016

Tour of Bassett, VA 


Lovers and Losers at Love

Wednesday February 10, 2016

An Afternoon of Chamber Music


Sweets, Treats, and Eats for Your Valentine

Monday February 8, 2016

Fantastic ways to surprise your valentine this February!


Fishing Championship to Come to Philpott Lake

Friday February 5, 2016

Area will host 90 fishermen 


Students from Italy Say “Ciao” to MHC

Thursday February 4, 2016

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County.


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 


Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on


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! 


Get Outside Ride-Walk-Run

Wednesday January 6, 2016

A group of avid bikers with the Henry County Bike Club have gotten together on New Year's Day to start the new year with a bike ride.


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 


Piedmont Arts Announces DFTA Teams and Coaches

Monday December 21, 2015

Piedmont Arts recently announce the team and coaches participating in the 2016 "Dancing for the Arts" fundraiser


School Children’s Choir Brings Holiday Cheer to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 16, 2015

As part of the Preschools in the Galleries program



Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Raises More Than $10,000

Sunday December 13, 2015

The 19th Annual Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive raises more than $10,000 and more than 300 toys for Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.


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 


Santa & Ms. Claus to Visit Historic Courthouse

Wednesday December 2, 2015

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Announces Holiday Event 


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


Local Author Hosts Book Signing

Monday November 30, 2015

Mary Clark Dalton Debuts New Children’s Book for Holiday Season


Martinsville Speedway Gears Up for 15th Annual Christmas Toy Drive

Monday November 30, 2015

Come drive the Martinsville Speedway with a donation to help a child in need.


Rooster Walk announces early lineup, puts tickets on sale

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Tickets are on sale now for Rooster Walk 8


A unique gift that keeps giving: PHCC gift cards

Monday November 23, 2015

PHCC gift cards available


71 Soccer Teams Set to Visit Martinsville

Saturday November 21, 2015

SRSC hosts Piedmont Shootout Soccer Tournament November 21-22


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 


Martinsville Resident Heading to Homestead to Fight for a Championship

Thursday November 19, 2015

Martinsville resident, Brendon Shreve, is heading to Homestead-Miami for Smithfield Whole Hog Challenge.


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


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. 


Tournament Schedule for NJCAA

Friday November 13, 2015

Schedule for the NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer National Championship


Martinsville Speedway Already Gearing Up For 2016

Thursday November 5, 2015

The STP 500 weekend is April 1-3, 2016


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 


Matt Crafton Wins Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

Saturday October 31, 2015

Matt Crafton survived three late-race restarts in the last fifteen laps to win the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race 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 


Patience Is Key at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 22, 2015

Driver says patience is key at Martinsville Speedway 


Halloween Happenings in MHC

Wednesday October 21, 2015

"Halloween Happenings" for the entire family to enjoy!


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



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


New MHC Tourism Ambassadors Named

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Two area residents receive MHC Tourism Ambassador recognition


Piedmont Arts Exhibits Celebrate Latin American Arts and Culture

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Cuban artist makes U.S. debut in Martinsville



Green Living Market FAQ

Thursday October 8, 2015

Green Living Market October 9-11, 2015 


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


Clint Bowyer Races Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell

Wednesday October 7, 2015

Clint Bowyer and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell go side-by-side at Rush Hour Karting, outside of Raleigh, in advance of the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1.


Save Your Soles For The Center

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Help raise funds for the Bassett Historical Center by donating your shoes. 


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

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Join us for dinner...if you dare! 


ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Postponed Until Sunday, October 11

Thursday October 1, 2015

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 postponed for inclement weather and state of emergency


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


Newcomers’ Reception Planned for October 13

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Organizations to host networking reception for new and prospective area residents.


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


Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship Reaches Endowed Status

Thursday September 17, 2015

Scholarship for PHCC's  Media Design and Production program


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


ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Purse Totals $100,000

Tuesday September 15, 2015

There's lots of money to be won at this year's ValleyStar Credit Union 300


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


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



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


Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday August 18, 2015

The final tournament in the Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series to be played this Saturday at SRSC, Championship Tournament will follow immediately


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


Martinsville Speedway Offers Fans a Jeff Gordon Ticket Package

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Jeff Gordon fans this offer is for you


Higher Achievement Richmond Tours Southern Virginia

Thursday July 23, 2015

47 guests from Richmond toured Danville and Martinsville-Henry County


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2015

Wednesday July 22, 2015

8th Annual Outdoor Recreation Festival to be Held in August


Higher Achievement: Richmond Makes Stop at Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Martinsville Speedway offers life lessons from NASCAR's Diversity Programs


Two area residents receive first Tourism Ambassador recognition

Friday July 17, 2015

Two area residents named MHC Tourism Ambassadors


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

 


Virginia Master Naturalist Offers Annual Basic Training

Monday July 6, 2015

Virginia Master Naturalist Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Offers Annual Basic Training


Throw Back Thursday to Raise Funds for Patriot Players

Thursday July 2, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players to be singing servers at Wild Magnolia for special event


Celebration 2015 Attendees Can Help Restock Area Food Pantries

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Bring non-perishable food and personal care items to help those in need to Celebration 2015


Celebration 2015 to Feature 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Celebration 2015 to have place for remembrance of the events of 9/11


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.


Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday June 23, 2015

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


Speedway Second in Top-10 Poll

Monday June 8, 2015

Martinsville Speedway Moves To Second In Top-10 NASCAR Track Poll


Ordering MHC Event Tickets

Friday June 5, 2015

Ordering event tickets through the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center is convenient and easy!


Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans


The Great Outdoors in MHC

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Explore the many ways to explore the great outdoors in Martinsville-Henry County


Hammerhead Frenzy Youth Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday May 28, 2015

Smith River Sports Complex hosts Youth Lacrosse Tournament this Saturday


Martinsville Speedway Reading Program

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Students Big Winners in Martinsville Speedway Reading Program


Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A list of local Martinsville-Henry County area 2015 Kids Summer Camps


Shred-A-Thon a Success

Tuesday May 19, 2015

50,000 Pounds of Documents Collected for Shredding At Martinsville Speedway


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.


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


Mother's Day From MHC

Wednesday May 6, 2015

For mom, with love


Second Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday May 5, 2015

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


NCBA Returns to Martinsville-Henry County

Monday April 27, 2015

Eight teams in the National Club Baseball Association to Visit Area



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”


Open House Planned for Visitor Center

Friday April 17, 2015

State-Certified Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Open for Residents and Visitors


Grand Opening at Infinity Acres Ranch

Friday April 17, 2015

 Looking for something new, exciting and fun to do this weekend? Join Friends of Infinity Acres at the FREE Open House event, featuring a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new "One Room Schoolhouse" classroom at Infinity Acres Ranch! 

 

The free event is open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and feature activities to inform guests of the many opportunities and activities in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.  Meet a variety of animals, hear some favorite songs by entertainer Elliott Stone, facepainting by artist Gordon Drews, try free samples of Essential Oils, play games, free prize drawings and several information booths!   Staff will also be on hand to enroll youth into ANIMAL ADVENTURE Summer Camp and join the Alpaca/Llama 4-H Club, schedule tours, and introduce our  year round ENABLE program for adults with disabilities(waiting list starting!) . 

 

In addition to the fun activities, there will be hotdogs, sodas & baked goods for sale with proceeds benefiting "Friends of Infinity Acres Ranch" 

 

"Discover the Joy, Feel the Love" is the motto of Infinity Acres Ranch. Animals and people find unique ways to connect and communicate.  It brings out emotions, respect and pride as participants and volunteers learn from the animals and visa versa.

 

According to Rick Steere, Co-founder of Friends Infinity Acres Ranch “This organization has been  built with a lot of love, a lot of work, and gratefully, a lot of community support and donations,” He added that the Martinsville-Henry County area has a network of wonderful non-profits and that he appreciates being a part of that collaborative system.

 

Guests attending the April 18th event are encouraged to park on Joppa Rd or in the field. Signs are posted for directions to 136 Joppa Rd, Ridgeway.  For additional information call 276.358.2378 or find Infinity Acres Ranch online at www.InfinityAcres.org


Houses, Gardens to Welcome Visitors for Historic Garden Week Tour

Thursday April 16, 2015

Historic Garden Week in Southern Virginia


My Martinsville Party Will Return for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Weekend

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Party for loyal ticket holders will Return for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 weekend.


First Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Monday April 6, 2015

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


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


Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition

Friday March 27, 2015

Tourism Marketing Efforts Win National Recognition


Martinsville Speedway Honors Mike Wray

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Martinsville Speedway Honors Longtime Martinsville Bulletin Photographer Mike Wray


Bowyer Ready for Martinsville Win

Tuesday March 24, 2015

With Learning Curve Behind Him, Bowyer Ready for Martinsville Win


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


Harvick Has Momentum as Headed to Martinsville

Friday March 20, 2015

Harvick Has Momentum and More on His Side Headed to Martinsville


Truck Series Rookies Get Track Time at Speedway

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Rookies get a feel for Martinsville Speedway


Piedmont Kite Festival

Wednesday March 18, 2015

Rain put a halt to the 6th annual Piedmont Kite Festival last Saturday, but the museum is hoping this Saturday's promising forecast comes to fruition and kites can fly high.

On Saturday, March 21, the museum and Henry County Parks and Recreation are hosting the Piedmont Kite Festival at Jack Dalton Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The free festival encourages residents to get outside and enjoy the spring weather.  The festival includes a kite building station, games, crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos, and live music by Kim and Jimbo Cary, who perform using all-natural instruments that children can play alongside them.  Of course, festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own kites, too.

“The Piedmont Kite Festival is a great way to kick-off spring,” said Sara Reichert, museum educator and coordinator of the festival.  “The weather is turning warmer, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the Kite Festival is a fun way for everyone to reconnect with the outdoors after a cold and snowy winter kept so many of us inside.”

The festival is a part of the museum’s Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Network, which works with community partners to help residents reconnect with the outdoors.

“A significant aspect of our programming involves incorporating outdoor elements,” said Dr. Denny Casey, director of education and public programs at the museum.  “We believe it’s important to reconnect everyone with nature from educational, health, preservation, and stewardship perspectives.  Studies frequently show a disconnect with nature, especially in young children, and events like the Kite Festival are ways we hope to help counter that."

The 6th annual Piedmont Kite Festival is sponsored by American Global Logistics, helping keep attendance to the festival free of charge.

“We are thrilled once again to be able to offer the Kite Festival free of charge," said Ryan Barber, deputy director of the museum.  “Offering events for as little cost as possible to attendees is something we always strive for when planning our programming.  The generous support from our local and regional business community, like what American Global Logistics has provided, is exactly what we need to continue to offer high quality events for as little as possible.”

For more information about the Piedmont Kite Festival and other upcoming museum events, visitwww.vmnh.net.


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


Jimmie Johnson Jogs With Students

Thursday March 12, 2015

Jimmie Johnson Jogs A Lap Around Martinsville Speedway With Students


PRO Partners with Sandy River Equestrian Center

Thursday March 12, 2015

PRO Partners with Equine Management Training Center at Sandy River Equestrian Center


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


Fishing Philpott Lake

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Fishing Philpott Lake


NASCAR’s King in Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Wednesday March 4, 2015

NASCAR’s King to Take Part in Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience


'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?


Bandit Flight Team to Take Part in STP 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Bandit Flight Team to Take Part in STP 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies


Snow Couldn't Keep Ultimate Frisbee from SRSC

Sunday February 22, 2015

Teams participate in Commonwealth Cup Ultimate Frisbee Tournament despite conditions


Ultimate Frisbee Starts SRSC's Season

Friday February 20, 2015

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


Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours Beginning Saturday

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Extended hours for your convenience


New Sports Coming to PHCC

Thursday February 12, 2015
New Sports Coming to PHCC

New Sports Coming to PHCC


Patriot Players to Offer Singing Telegrams

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Patriot Players to Offer Singing Telegrams


First-Grader Scores High Marks For Martinsville Speedway Project

Tuesday February 10, 2015

First-Grader Scores High Marks For Martinsville Speedway Project


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


Chase Elliott Will Debut at Speedway in STP 500

Friday January 30, 2015

Chase Elliott To Make Sprint Cup Debut At Martinsville Speedway In STP 500


PHCC Welcomes New Art Exhibition

Friday January 30, 2015

New exhibition features paintings titled “Nature Nurture” by Nancy Stroud


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


Speedway President Clay Campbell On Gordon's Last Full Season

Thursday January 22, 2015

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell On Jeff Gordon's Last Full Season


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

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Green Flag Experience to Include Dale Jr.


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


My Martinsville℠ Program Will Reward Martinsville Speedway’s Most Loyal Fans

Tuesday January 6, 2015

My Martinsville℠ Program Will Reward Martinsville Speedway’s Most Loyal Fans


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.

 


Give the Gifts of Beauty, Baseball & Music this Holiday

Wednesday December 17, 2014

2015 Pre-Season Event Tickets Available at the MHC Visitor Center this Week


Martinsville Speedway Begins Construction Of New Restrooms

Friday December 12, 2014
Martinsville Speedway Begins Construction Of New Restrooms

Martinsville Speedway Begins Construction Of New Restrooms


Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Offers Something For All Kids

Tuesday December 9, 2014

Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Offers Something For Kids Of All Ages


Come enjoy "2nd Thursday Science Talks" at VMNH

Tuesday December 9, 2014

December's "2nd Thursday Science Talk" is “Stream Temperatures as a Guide to Restoring Habitat for Virginia’s State Fish”


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


National D1 Soccer Tournament to Have Impact on Area

Friday December 5, 2014

National D1 Soccer Tournament to Have Impact on Area


Give the Gift of Arts & Culture in MHC

Thursday December 4, 2014

Piedmont Arts to be featured partner at the MHC Visitor Center’s Holiday Hot Ticket


"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


Win a Foodie Getaway Package

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Click for full details


Small Town Life, Big City Fun

Monday November 24, 2014

The arts are alive in Southern Virginia


PHCC to Host Chamber Music Concert

Friday November 21, 2014

PHCC to Host Chamber Music Concert


Holiday Hot Tickets

Friday November 21, 2014

Check off your holiday shopping list with great event tickets at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Has New Look, Same Goals

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Has New Look, Same Goals


Rooster Walk’s Turn 5 Concerts Raise $10,000 for Local Charities

Friday November 14, 2014

Rooster Walk’s Turn 5 Concerts Raise $10,000 for Local Charities


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.  


Lights, Camera, Action!

Friday November 7, 2014

Learn about the MHC Film Office and how you can get involved


USA South Conference Soccer & Volleyball Championships

Wednesday November 5, 2014

Athletes storm into Martinsville-Henry County for the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference Championships


Four-star General to Visit PHCC

Wednesday November 5, 2014
Four-star General to Visit PHCC

Four-star General to Visit PHCC


Virginia Tourism and Local Leaders Participate in FAM Tour

Friday October 31, 2014

Twenty-one people toured Martinsville-Henry County on FAM Tour. 


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.


Tourism Ambassador Training Begins

Friday October 31, 2014

Local residents have the opportunity to become Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Ambassadors.


Cardinal Cup Fall Classic

Thursday October 30, 2014

The Third Annual Cardinal Cup Fall Classic LAX Tournament will kick off a busy November for SRSC


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.


USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites

Tuesday October 28, 2014

USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites


Earnhardt Captures First Martinsville Speedway Win

Sunday October 26, 2014

Earnhardt Holds Off Gordon To Capture First Martinsville Speedway Win


Wallace Delivers Memorable Kroger 200 Victory

Saturday October 25, 2014

http://www.visitmartinsville.com/events/details/id/5670/goody-s-headache-relief-shot-500Wallace Delivers Memorable Kroger 200 Victory In Special Tribute Truck


Hamlin's Chase Strategy Changes at Martinsville

Thursday October 23, 2014

Hamlin's Chase Strategy Changes at Martinsville


Edwards Hopes To Avoid Drama and Win at Martinsville

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Edwards Hopes To Avoid Drama and Win at Martinsville


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.


Gordon’s Martinsville Success May Give Him Goody’s 500 Edge

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Gordon’s Martinsville Success May Give Him Goody’s 500 Edge


Keselowski Ready For Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Monday October 20, 2014

Keselowski Hopes to Improve at Martinsville Speedway


Speedway Home Away From Home For California Couple

Saturday October 18, 2014

Martinsville Speedway Home Away From Home For California Couple


NASCAR Drivers Still Pine for a Martinsville Clock

Friday October 17, 2014

Fifty Years Later, NASCAR Drivers Still Pine for a Martinsville Clock


NASCAR Legend Richard Petty Named Grand Marshal

Thursday October 16, 2014

NASCAR Legend Richard Petty Named Grand Marshal at Martinsville


Miesha Tate Will Wave Green Flag at Martinsville

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Mixed Martial Arts Star Miesha Tate Will Wave Green Flag at Martinsville


Wallace, Scott Speak To Students

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Wallace, Scott Urge Students To Work Hard In School And In Life


Tar Heels Performing Anthem at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday October 14, 2014

The Marching Tar Heels Set To Perform National Anthem at Martinsville Speedway


Mears Grows Fond of Martinsville

Tuesday October 14, 2014

After Rough Beginning, Mears Grows Fond of Martinsville


Historic Aircraft Set To Fly Over Martinsville Speedway

Friday October 10, 2014

Historic Aircraft Set To Fly Over Martinsville Speedway


Larson Leans on McMurray at Martinsville

Thursday October 9, 2014

Larson Leans on McMurray at Martinsville


Martinsville-Henry County Gets a Fresh New Look to Promote Tourism

Thursday October 9, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Gets a Fresh New Look to Promote Tourism


Bowyer Loves The History, Tradition Of Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Bowyer Loves The History, Tradition Of Martinsville Speedway


Newcomers' Reception Planned

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Organizations to host networking reception for new and prospective area residents.


Experience Fall With The Family At Martinsville Speedway

Monday October 6, 2014

Experience Fall With The Family At Martinsville Speedway


"Seniors on the Move" Tour Martinsville

Friday October 3, 2014

Twenty-six guests from Danville tour Martinsville-Henry County.


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.


Defending MDCU 300 Champ Lemons Putting Pressure on Himself

Thursday September 25, 2014

The pressure and anticipation for the MDCU 300 builds


Healing Herbs from The Herbitage

Thursday September 25, 2014

Sample the healing and relaxing products available from this local agri-artisan


McMurray Shows Off Planes, But Has Martinsville Speedway On His Mind

Tuesday September 23, 2014

McMurray Shows Off Planes, But Has Martinsville Speedway On His Mind


Multiple Events at SRSC This Weekend

Friday September 19, 2014

Field Hockey, Soccer and Football will all be played at the Complex this weekend


Kyle Larson Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience Lineup

Thursday September 18, 2014

Kyle Larson Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience Lineup


Hall-Of-Fame Inductee Wendell Scott To Be Honored At Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Hall-Of-Fame Inductee Wendell Scott To Be Honored At Martinsville Speedway


Area Residents Participate in FAM Tour

Saturday September 13, 2014

Familiarization tour introduced Martinsville-Henry County residents to area attractions


Virginia Fusion 5.0 This Weekend

Thursday September 11, 2014

12 College Teams will compete at the Smith River Sports Complex in an Ultimate Frisbee Competition


Ryan Newman Gets Enthusiastic Chase Send-Off In Martinsville

Thursday September 11, 2014

Ryan Newman Gets Enthusiastic Chase Send-Off In Martinsville


Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Hours Beginning Saturday

Thursday September 11, 2014

 Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Hours Beginning Saturday


Classic Cars Cruised Through Area

Thursday September 11, 2014

Twenty-two classic cars toured through Martinsville-Henry County


Tourism Revenue Grew in MHC in 2013

Wednesday September 10, 2014

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


Charity League’s Touch-A-Truck At Martinsville Speedway Saturday

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Charity League’s Touch-A-Truck At Martinsville Speedway Saturday


Earnhardt Jr. Wants His Own Martinsville Speedway Grandfather Clock

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Jr. looks to add grandfather clock trophy to his collection


Mayhew Joins EDC Staff

Thursday August 28, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Division Hires Group Sales Coordinator


Earnhardt Jr. Loves Racing At Martinsville Speedway And The Results Prove It

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Earnhardt Jr. Loves Racing At Martinsville Speedway And The Results Prove It


Hamlet Vineyards

Wednesday August 27, 2014

A Visit to this Southern Virginia Hotspot


Martinsville Speedway’s 2015 Dates Include Tradition, Excitement

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Martinsville Speedway’s 2015 Dates Include Tradition, Excitement



Despite Martinsville Success, Testing Critical To Gordon, Johnson

Wednesday August 27, 2014

Despite Martinsville Success, Testing Critical To Gordon, Johnson


Changes Announced For MDCU 300 Qualifying, Race-Day Format

Friday August 22, 2014

Changes Announced For MDCU 300 Qualifying, Race-Day Format


Take Back Your Vacation

Thursday August 21, 2014

Escape to Philpott Lake


Fans Can See Earnhardt Jr. Up Close

Monday August 18, 2014

Q&A Session +Seat for $88


Tasty Treats and Technology

Friday August 15, 2014

The Fab Lab and Dippers Making Appearances This Weekend At MHC Visitor Center


New Resources Available to Promote MHC

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism Division Launches New Activity Guide and Map Pad


Championship Corn Hole Tournament this Saturday

Wednesday August 13, 2014

The last tournament in the Autos by Nelson Corn Hole Tournament Series is this Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex


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


Virginia Farmers’ Market Week in MHC

Wednesday August 6, 2014

Explore Local Products With A Visit To Local Farmers’ Markets


Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season

Monday August 4, 2014

Piedmont Arts Announces 2014–2015 Performing Arts Season


“See-It Saturdays” and “Sample Sundays” Coming Soon

Thursday July 31, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Hosting Local Business Presentations


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2014

Friday July 25, 2014

7th Annual Outdoor Recreation Festival to be Held in Area


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


Martinsville Speedway To Host First Party In The Plaza August 22

Friday July 18, 2014

Martinsville Speedway To Host First Party In The Plaza August 22


MDCU to Sponsor NASCAR Late Model Race at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday July 15, 2014

MDCU & Martinsville Speedway Join Forces for the MDCU 300


Introductory Lacrosse Clinics will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex

Friday July 11, 2014

Introductory Lacrosse Clinics will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex


The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Speedway

Thursday June 26, 2014

The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Celebration At Martinsville Speedway


Celebration 2014 At Martinsville Speedway A Homecoming For Domino

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Celebration 2014 At Martinsville Speedway A Homecoming For Domino


Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

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


Down Syndrome Rally Makes Successful Stop At Martinsville

Monday June 16, 2014

Down Syndrome Rally For Research Makes Successful Stop At Martinsville


Corn Hole Tournament this Saturday

Monday June 16, 2014

3rd Tournament in Corn Hole Tournament Series is this Saturday at SRSC


Hamlin Has Eyes On Goody's 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Hamlin Has Eyes On Goody's 500 At Martinsville Speedway


National Trails Day

Saturday June 7, 2014

Celebrate with a walk, bike, or hike along the Smith River Trail System


Fishing At Its Finest

Thursday June 5, 2014

Fishing for fun, memories, and more in Martinsville-Henry County, VA!


Get to MHC and Get Outdoors

Monday June 2, 2014

Outdoor fun for June


Hammerhead Frenzy Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday May 29, 2014

Smith River Sports Complex hosts Lacrosse Tournament this weekend


Summer Adult Soccer League

Wednesday May 28, 2014

PYSL's Adult Soccer League will play at the Smith River Sports Complex this summer


Local Talent Opening Performer For Celebration 2014

Friday May 23, 2014

Celebration 2014 To Showcase Local Talent Opening For National Headlining Act


Patriot Players Go Big For "Shrek"

Friday May 23, 2014

Patriot Players Go Big For "Shrek"


Virginia Business Leaders Visit Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Virginia’s Top Business Leaders Have Educational Visit To Martinsville Speedway


Martinsville Speedway Joins Fun At Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest

Monday May 19, 2014

Martinsville Speedway To Join The Fun At Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest


From Genetics To Genealogy

Friday May 16, 2014

Daphne Wayson's Story of Finding Her Roots at the Bassett Historical Center


Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway Will Offer More Fun

Friday May 16, 2014

More rides, more music, more entertainment


MHC Artisan Trail Special Events

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Martinsville/Henry County Artisan Trail Hosting Special Events This Week


Corn Hole Tournament This Saturday

Tuesday May 13, 2014

The Second Tournament in the Auto by Nelson Corn Hole Tournament Series is this Saturday at SRSC


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


6 Places To Find Your Inner Foodie

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Tantalize your taste buds with a culinary adventure in Martinsville-Henry County


Dippers Advances to Final Round of Culinary Madness

Friday April 25, 2014

Local Business Representing Martinsville-Henry County in Statewide Competition


News From The Smith River Sports Complex

Friday April 25, 2014

Upcoming events, festivals, and more from Smith River Sports Complex!


Dan River Basin Association Plans Smith River Float May 3

Tuesday April 22, 2014

DRBA First Saturday Outing On Popular Section 


Earth Day Every Day

Monday April 21, 2014

Treat every day like Earth Day


Dippers Advances to Round Three of Culinary Madness

Friday April 18, 2014

Local Business Representing Martinsville-Henry County in Statewide Competition


Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Monday April 14, 2014

Visiting a museum can be fun for all ages.


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


Reserve Your Seat For Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Now

Wednesday April 2, 2014

$10 Will Hold You Seat For Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 At Martinsville Speedway


Pomerstone Classic College Club Women's Lacrosse Tournament

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Nationally ranked Collegiate Women's Lacrosse travel to SRSC


29th Army Band to Perform National Anthem at STP 500

Wednesday March 26, 2014

29th Army Band Set To Perform The National Anthem For The STP 500


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Honorary Starter For STP 500

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Honorary Starter For STP 500 


Kurt Busch Hopes For Martinsville Speedway Revival With New Team

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Kurt Busch Hopes For Martinsville Speedway Revival With New Team


Fun Away From The Track

Monday March 24, 2014

More fun outside the speedway


Martinsville Madness With STP 500 Weekend

Saturday March 22, 2014

It’s Time For Some Martinsville Madness With STP 500 Weekend


Alpha Energy Sponsors Pole Day at Martinsville Speedway

Friday March 21, 2014

Alpha Energy Solutions to Sponsor Pole Day


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 Rebrands Motorsports Program

Friday March 14, 2014

PHCC Rebrands Motorsports Program


The Infamous Stringdusters Join RW6 Lineup

Thursday March 13, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters Join Rooster Walk 6 Lineup


PHCC to host "Shrek" auditions

Thursday March 13, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College to hos "Shrek" auditions


Kenseth Hoping Recent Martinsville Success Leads To Solid STP 500 Finish

Thursday March 13, 2014

Kenseth Hoping Recent Martinsville Success Leads To Solid STP 500 Finish


Spring Into Festival Fun In MHC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

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


Corn Hole Tournament Series at SRSC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

The Smith River Sports Complex presents the Autos by Nelson Corn Hole Tournament Series


Ultimate Frisbee Returns to SRSC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Virginia is for Layouts tournament will bring several college D-III teams to our area


Move to the Music in MHC

Thursday March 6, 2014

Enjoy the music


Jeb Burton, ThorSport Back Together For Kroger 250

Thursday March 6, 2014

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


Semi Pro Football Gearing Up

Wednesday March 5, 2014

The Virginia Storm Football Team Returns to the Smith River Sports Complex


UNC Football Coach Honorary Pace Car Driver

Tuesday March 4, 2014

UNC Football Coach Larry Fedora Honorary Pace Car Driver For STP 500


PHCC, DRBA to Extend Trails

Tuesday March 4, 2014

PHCC, DRBA to Extend Trails


Anders Osborne Added to Rooster Walk 6 Lineup

Friday February 28, 2014

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


Grand Marshals Named For STP 500 At Martinsville Speedway

Thursday February 27, 2014

Petty, Inman Reunited As Grand Marshals Of STP 500 At Martinsville Speedway


Particle to Play Late-Night Set at Rooster Walk 6

Thursday February 27, 2014

Particle to Play Late-Night Set at Rooster Walk 6


Martinsville Speedway Party Plaza Adds Hall-of-Famers Petty and Inman

Thursday February 27, 2014

Martinsville Speedway Party Plaza Adds Hall-of-Famers Petty and Inman


More Bands Announced For Rooster Walk 6

Wednesday February 26, 2014

L Shape Lot, The Shack Band, Sunliner, Empire Strikes Brass, Major & the Monbacks Join Lineup!


William Walter & Co. Added To RW6 Lineup

Tuesday February 25, 2014

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



Get Up, Get Moving

Friday February 21, 2014

 Activate MHC Offers Community Fitness Programs


PYSL Merger with SRSC

Friday February 21, 2014

Smith River Sports Complex and Piedmont Youth Soccer League Join Forces


Easterns Qualifier At Smith River Sports Complex

Thursday February 20, 2014

College Open Ultimate Frisbee Teams Travel To Area To Compete For One Spot


Drivers Scheduled For Party Plaza Prior To STP 500

Monday February 17, 2014

Kahne, Kenseth Scheduled For Martinsville Party Plaza Prior To STP 500


Philpott Marina Open House Rescheduled

Sunday February 16, 2014

Philpott Marina Open House Rescheduled for Sunday, February 23.


Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

Wednesday February 12, 2014

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County


Qualifying Changes Bring Excitement To Martinsville Pole Day

Wednesday February 12, 2014

Drivers Say Qualifying Changes Will Make Martinsville Pole Day Exciting


Visit FAHI African American Heritage Museum

Monday February 10, 2014

Preserving history at FAHI


New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education

Friday February 7, 2014

New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education


Trip Advisor Top MHC Restaurants

Thursday February 6, 2014

Customer Reviews Of The Tripadvisor Top Five Martinsville-Henry County Restaurants


Martinsville Speedway Offers Great Prices For STP 500

Thursday February 6, 2014

Martinsville Speedway Offers Great Family, Youth Prices For STP 500


Not-So-Quiet Revolution Brewing

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Guest blogger Lisa Lynn Snedeker on the music scene in Martinsville


Celebrate Black History Month

Friday January 31, 2014

Black History Month in Martinsville-Henry County


Chase Changes Should Make Martinsville Speedway More Exciting Than Ever

Thursday January 30, 2014

Chase Changes Should Make Martinsville Speedway More Exciting Than Ever


Area Projects Win National Recognition

Thursday January 30, 2014

Textile Heritage Trail Signage and MHC Activity Guide honored at MarCom Awards


Welcome to Spencer-Penn Centre

Saturday January 25, 2014

Discover the many functions of this historic venue.


STP 500 Soon Roaring Into Martinsville Speedway

Friday January 24, 2014

STP 500 Sprint Cup Race At Martinsville Speedway Roaring Into View


Wallace Has Great Memories of Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Rusty Wallace Has Great Memories Of His Dominant Days At Martinsville Speedway


Rediscover the Past at the MHC Historical Museum

Monday January 13, 2014

MHC Historical Museum; more than a visit, an Experience


Family Research

Thursday January 9, 2014

Peter Ramsey of Franklin County Shares on Family Research


The King Speaks About Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday January 7, 2014

The King Says Martinsville Speedway Awesome Place To Watch A Race


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


December Discoveries: MHC Heritage Center & Museum

Monday December 16, 2013

Honoring the ingenuity, resilience and fortitude of area manufacturers.


Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Moved To Sunday

Thursday December 12, 2013

17th Annual Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Moved To Sunday Because Of Weather


Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Mall Madness

Wednesday December 11, 2013

Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Battling Mall Madness


"Ain't Misbehavin'" Auditions at PHCC

Tuesday December 10, 2013

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


December Discoveries: Snow-Yaking

Monday December 9, 2013

Don't let winter weather stop you from using your kayak or canoe!


DRBA Ends 2013 With Martinsville Hike

Tuesday November 26, 2013

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


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Monday November 25, 2013

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


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


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


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 


Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours

Friday September 13, 2013

Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours Beginning This Weekend

 


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


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


Fall Into A New Skill In Martinsville-Henry County

Sunday September 1, 2013

New Fall Classes Offer Educational Opportunities in Martinsville-Henry County


Simple Sunday Fun

Monday August 26, 2013

Enjoy Old Fashioned Fun at Billy's Jamboree


Goody’s 500 Two Months Away, But Chase Field Shaping Up For Martinsville

Monday August 26, 2013

Fans Getting Better Idea of Who is in the Chase for the Sprint Cup



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.