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Fun Ahead in 2020

Monday December 9, 2019

Plan Ahead 


Christmas & Holiday Happenings in MHC

Wednesday November 27, 2019

There's plenty of holiday happenings in Martinsville-Henry County.


It’s Toy Time at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday November 14, 2019

Friday night, December 6 


Young Days in MHC

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Spend your younger days in MHC.


Irisburg Ruritan Club Fundraiser

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Irisburg Ruritan's annual Brunswick Stew and Auction.


Tourism Revenue Reached 74.3 Million in Martinsville – Henry County in 2018

Tuesday September 10, 2019

All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia reached $26 billion.


Fall Treks

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Ways to explore MHC in the Fall.


VisitMartinsville Welcomes Kelly Rowland to Their Team

Friday August 16, 2019

Rowland Named Tourism Marketing & Client Relations Manager.


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2019

Friday August 2, 2019

August 10th at the Smith River Sports Complex.


Doggie Days in MHC

Friday July 26, 2019

Four-legged fun 



Spend Your Summer on the Smith River

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Brian Williams & VisitMartinsville 


PHCC Athletics Offers eSports Summer Camp

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Esports summer camp at PHCC.


Mountain Laurel Trails to Host Sledgehammer XC Mountain Bike Race

Friday June 28, 2019

VisitMartinsville to Sponsor.


50 Years of Love in Martinsville – Henry County, VA

Tuesday June 11, 2019

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


Dedication Ceremony Held for Smith River Blueway

Tuesday June 11, 2019

The River is Calling


Local Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” 2019 Awards

Saturday May 18, 2019

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



Nostalgic Nuptials

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Find the perfect historic location for your wedding day in Martinsville-Henry County!


Every Piece of Furniture Tells a Story

Tuesday April 16, 2019

Furniture found in the historic homes of Martinsville-Henry County tell the story of our history.


Call to Artists: Enter Work in Expressions 2019

Tuesday April 9, 2019

Regional artists invited to enter annual exhibit at Piedmont Arts


Picnicking Around MHC

Thursday April 4, 2019

Spring brings new opportunities to picnic with your family throughout Martinsville-Henry County!


50 Things to LOVE in MHC!

Friday March 15, 2019

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


Martinsville Speedway 101

Wednesday March 13, 2019

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


Crawford & Power to Perform at Smith River Fest

Friday March 8, 2019

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


Double the Drama

Wednesday March 6, 2019

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


Newest LOVEwork announced in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday March 1, 2019

Visitors encouraged to take pictures and share on social media with #LOVEVA.


Relax at Rick's

Thursday February 28, 2019

A naturally fun stay!


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

Thursday February 28, 2019

Sovah Health to  Sponsor New Paddling Demo Pool.


Double the Drama

Wednesday February 27, 2019

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


3 Vows with a View

Friday February 22, 2019

Martinsville-Henry County has some beautiful locations with stunning views for your upcoming wedding.


Every Piece of Furniture Tells a Story

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


VisitMartinsville Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Wednesday February 13, 2019

Latest marketing campaign receives $5,000.


Valentine's Day In MHC

Friday February 8, 2019

Here's ideas to make your Valentine's Day in MHC one to remember!


Tips On How To Wine and Dine Your Valentine

Thursday February 7, 2019

Tips on how to make your Valentine's Day experience a success.


9th Annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K Coming Soon

Wednesday February 6, 2019

The Martinsville running scene flourishes as competitors hit the pavement for the 9th annual Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K.


Rooster Walk 11

Friday February 1, 2019

Get Your Tickets Now!


Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2019

Thursday January 24, 2019

Martinsville-Henry County Garden Day 2019 has a little something for everyone.


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Friday November 9, 2018

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


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.


Score Some Fun This Fall at Smith River Sports Complex

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Stay in the Loop! 


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.


Harvest Moon 5K & 10K Coming Soon

Tuesday August 28, 2018

Enjoy the Harvest Moon 5K/10K and Dancing on Depot on Friday, September 21.


Savory September: Start Your Engines

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Savory September and other upcoming events at Piedmont Arts


How to Pull Off a Memorable Camping Trip at Philpott Lake

Friday August 10, 2018

The medley of recreation areas bordering the lake are also teeming with blissful campsites, providing options for all sorts of campers—from backcountry aficionados searching for a rustic retreat to first-time glampers ready to escape for a weekend.


Yarn at Pop's Farm and Upcoming Events

Friday August 10, 2018

Explore the many upcoming events from Rooster Walk and Rives Theatre!


New Exhibits Open Friday at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday August 8, 2018

and Other Events Coming to Piedmont Arts


Countdown to Smith River Fest 2018

Monday July 23, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Festival set for August 11th


The Secrets of the Smith

Monday July 9, 2018

By Brian Williams & VisitMartinsville 


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


Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Expressions 2018 and other events coming soon to Piedmont Arts.


New to Martinsville Speedway? We Can Help!

Friday March 23, 2018

Let us Help You


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!


Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 


Fun Festivals in MHC

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Music, Heritage & More


Art in Bloom: Automotive Art

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Garden Day 2017 


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.


Global Cuisine with Chef Colleen

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Explore foods from around the world at The Artisan Center


Get Active in MHC

Thursday September 1, 2016

Challenge Yourself to Try a New Outdoor Activity in September


Kasey Kahne Joins Green Flag Experience at Martinsville

Friday August 5, 2016

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


Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Thursday June 9, 2016
Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Meet a young professional shaping MHC's future 



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


Tickets Now On Sale for Jack's Guitar

Tuesday May 31, 2016

 June 9-12 & 16-19



Kid's Area- Rooster Walk

Thursday May 26, 2016

Kids' Coop 


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 


Rooster Walk is just 10 days away!

Monday May 16, 2016

May 26th-29th



IDEA Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Thursday May 12, 2016

Thomas P Dalton IDEA Center


FRIDAY NIGHT - The Nighthawks & Bob Margolin

Thursday May 12, 2016

At Rives Theatre 


Virginia Tech and Ohio Added to Tournament Bracket

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Four teams to play at Hooker Field this week


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




PHCC Student Art Show Awards

Monday May 2, 2016

22nd Annual Student Art Show




Bassett HWY 57 Cruise-Ins Scheduled

Monday April 25, 2016

In Downtown Bassett 


International Dance Day

Monday April 25, 2016

Get into the Groove



Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 



Local family all in for Tarzan

Friday April 22, 2016

Family embraces theatre roles 


Sports Complex Adds Fitness Stations to Walking Path

Thursday April 21, 2016

By Eagle Scout Jonathan Hummer


Fantastic Flight at Dippers

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Gourmet Ice Cream Tasting Event


The Flavor of Garden Day

Tuesday April 19, 2016

MHC Garden Day 


Piedmont Arts Hosts Talk on History’s Greatest Art Heists

Tuesday April 19, 2016

VMFAs' Speakers on the Arts


Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday, April 14th

Wednesday April 13, 2016

6 pm at VMNH 



Patriot Player’s Tarzan comes swinging into town

Friday April 8, 2016

Tarzan- The Musical 



MHC Garden Day 2016: Books that Bind

Wednesday April 6, 2016

The Haley home 


Rooster Walk 8: ‘More than a Festival’

Thursday March 31, 2016

Music & Arts Abound 


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


Tickets still available for April 9 "Grapes & Grains" fundraiser!

Thursday March 24, 2016

Don't miss this annual Virginia Museum of Natural History fundraiser.


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 


Bingo & Silent Auction to Benefit Girl Scouts

Monday March 21, 2016

April 1, 2016 



PHCC's Sue Ann Ehmann is internationally recognized choreographer

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Dance with Sue Ann Ehmann 


Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday

Wednesday March 9, 2016

At VMNH 


Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016


National Genealogy Day

Monday March 7, 2016

Bassett Historical Center


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 


“A Light History of the English Language”

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Professor Elliot Engel 


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

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Commonwealth Cup Returns to Martinsville


Patriot Players celebrate women in latest show

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Love, Loss and What I Wore


Dick Beardsley to Speak at Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday February 21, 2016

Beardsley will run the Half Marathon 


Piedmont Arts Celebrates African Culture with Free Family Day

Thursday February 18, 2016

Africa Family Day at P.A. 


TWO concerts this weekend at the Rives!

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Friday and Sunday 


Asteroid Dedication Ceremony Honors “Big Mike” Schottland

Tuesday February 16, 2016

Under the Stars at P.A. 


MHC Garden Day Tour 2016: A Job and a House

Thursday February 11, 2016

Tour of Bassett, VA 


VMFA Educator to Speak at Art at Happy Hour

Thursday February 11, 2016

Talk by VMFA's Karen Getty


Lovers and Losers at Love

Wednesday February 10, 2016

An Afternoon of Chamber Music


The Magic of Glass

Monday February 8, 2016

Exploring the World of Glass Art

Article by: Aleen Wilson | Photography by: Aleen Wilson & Jennifer Doss


Sweets, Treats, and Eats for Your Valentine

Monday February 8, 2016

Fantastic ways to surprise your valentine this February!


Piedmont Arts Yo Pros Hosts Masquerade Party

Friday February 5, 2016

For Young Professionals


Fishing Championship to Come to Philpott Lake

Friday February 5, 2016

Area will host 90 fishermen 


Singing dining to be ongoing event

Tuesday February 2, 2016

Feb. brings Cabaret.


Love Canon headlines the 2016 Opening Party

Thursday January 28, 2016

This Saturday at the Rives 


Alpha Energy Solutions To Sponsor Both Martinsville Speedway Truck Series Races

Saturday January 23, 2016

Three-year agreement with Alpha Energy Solutions


PHCC to Host Chamber Music Recital

Thursday January 21, 2016

An afternoon of Chamber Music


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

Thursday January 21, 2016

Save the Date


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

Thursday January 21, 2016

Wallace returned to Martinsville 


Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on


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

Thursday January 14, 2016

Biodiversity and your place in it


Area Tour Discovers Martinsville Arts

Thursday January 14, 2016

16 residents and visitors discovered Martinsville art locales as part of familiarization tour


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

Wednesday January 13, 2016

2016 Season Passes Accepted


Patriot Players’ Upcoming Auditions Announced

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Join the on-stage fun 


Historic Garden Week: A Rail Line Runs Through It

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Article by Susan Morten


ACV Celebrates Inauguration of the Smith River Artisan Trail

Monday January 11, 2016

The "Smith River Artisan Trail" Welcomes You! 


2016 Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series

Monday January 11, 2016

Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series open for registration


Ready for a Roaring Good Time?

Monday January 11, 2016

Dino Day returns Saturday, January 30, 2016 


Lettuce and Sam Bush to headline Rooster Walk 8

Thursday January 7, 2016

May 26-29, 2016 


VMFA Exhibit to Open at Piedmont Arts

Thursday January 7, 2016

Blockbuster Exhibition of African Art from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Display at Piedmont Arts


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 


Yarn on New Year's Eve at the Rives

Wednesday December 30, 2015

Ring in 2016 at the Rives


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



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


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

Monday December 7, 2015

"Dinosaurs and Life Thereafter"


Give the Gift of History & Culture this Holiday Season

Thursday December 3, 2015

Tickets to Spring Garden Tour Available for Advance Holiday Purchase 


Santa & Ms. Claus to Visit Historic Courthouse

Wednesday December 2, 2015

The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Announces Holiday Event 


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.


TheatreWorks Presents "The Wiz"

Monday November 30, 2015

Get your tickets now


Shop Small in Uptown Martinsville This Saturday

Wednesday November 25, 2015

Special events, sales, and giveaways in Martinsville Uptown this Saturday when you Shop Small.


Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Piedmont Arts welcomes Brian Stanley and Lea Henderson to its staff.


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


Andes Manta & The Last Ice Merchant Relocated to Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 17, 2015

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


Piedmont Arts On Stage presents Annual Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

Tuesday November 17, 2015

Museum celebrates 10 years of Holiday Pops in Martinsville 


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


Jeff Gordon Wins Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Monday November 2, 2015

Gordon clinches a spot in the Championship Round of the Chase 


Series Show: Mandolin Orange & Lizzy Ross this Wednesday!

Monday November 2, 2015

Season passes accepted 


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.


"Fast Food" with Steve Post

Thursday October 29, 2015

A bucket list of MHC area dining establishments not to miss!


American Cancer Society Honorary Starter at Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 29, 2015

American Cancer Society to Represent Millions of Cancer Survivors as Honorary Starter 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


Halloween Party this Friday! Neil Young Tribute Set!

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Neil Young tribute Friday Night at the Rives 


Holman Says Patience Vital For Good Run At Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Holman is ready for the Kroger 200 


Martinsville Speedway’s a Family Affair for the Kenseths

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Matt & Ross Kenseth are ready for Martinsville Speedway 


NASCAR Legend Ned Jarrett Named Honorary Pace Car Driver at Martinsville Speedway

Monday October 26, 2015

Ned Jarrett returns to Martinsville Speedway 


Reptile Day 2015

Friday October 23, 2015

Reptile Day 2015 is this Saturday, October 24


Trick-or-Treating in Uptown

Friday October 23, 2015

Martinsville Uptown to host trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 31.


Piedmont Arts Hosts Día de los Muertos-themed Family Day

Friday October 23, 2015

Free family day features costumed dancers from Latin Ballet of Virginia


Halloween Happenings in MHC

Wednesday October 21, 2015

"Halloween Happenings" for the entire family to enjoy!


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


Randy Ferguson is now an Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop CS6

Monday October 12, 2015

Ferguson will offer his expertise to the students in PHCC’s new Media Design and Production program


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


Brewster Walk to feature more than 50 craft beers plus hard ciders, wine

Friday October 2, 2015

Don't miss the first annual Brewster Walk


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


MURA Announces Oktoberfest Rain Date

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Oktoberfest rescheduled for October 17th 


Bowling Looking for ValleyStar 300 Win

Monday September 28, 2015

Ridgeway Native Matt Bowling Looks for First Martinsville Win


Macy Causey Follows Her Grandmother’s Tire Tracks

Thursday September 24, 2015

Her grandmother, Diane Teel, became the first female ever to start a (now) Xfinity Series race, the Dogwood 500 at Martinsville in 1982.


Timothy Peters Will Attempt Unusual Double

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Trucks In Vegas On Saturday, Late Models In Martinsville On Sunday


Martinsville Speedway 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


Martinsville Uptown Hosts Oktoberfest

Friday September 18, 2015

Martinsville Uptown hosts the 36th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3rd from 11:00am until 4:00pm.


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. 


Amazing Blues Band in Martinsville this Friday

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton to meld rock energy and R&B grooves this Friday


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


Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton to meld rock energy and R&B grooves this Friday

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Jarekus Singleton at the Rives Theatre


Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday September 14, 2015

Get ready for Brewster Walk


Paul Menard To Parade Through Uptown Martinsville on Tuesday

Sunday September 13, 2015

Menard in Martinsville



McConnell Named GM for Martinsville Mustangs

Thursday September 10, 2015

Brian McConnell to led the 2016 Mustangs


ValleyStar Credit Union Donates $25,000 to Racing College of Virginia

Thursday September 10, 2015

ValleyStar Supports Racing College of Virginia


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



Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday August 24, 2015

Don't miss the inaugural Brewster Walk


ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model Stock Car Race To Have New Format

Monday August 24, 2015

Changes are set and excitement builds


Clint Bowyer Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Tuesday August 18, 2015

Bowyer fans, don't miss this opportunity


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


Donna the Buffalo at the Rives

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Tickets now on sale for Donna the Buffalo w/ Peter Rowan at the Rives Theatre


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


Bugs, Beer & BBQ

Wednesday August 5, 2015

Inaugural museum cookout is next Friday!


Major and the Monbacks will play the farm this Saturday!

Wednesday August 5, 2015

The Morgan Wade Band will open at 7:30 p.m.


Experience the Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Tuesday August 4, 2015

Opportunities for Newcomers to Outdoor Recreation


Martinsville Speedway Offers Fans a Jeff Gordon Ticket Package

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Jeff Gordon fans this offer is for you


Barbecue, Beer and...Bugs?

Monday July 27, 2015

Inaugural VMNH Cookout is to be held Friday, August 14.


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


Arts-based Community Development Investment for Martinsville, VA

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Piedmont Arts/City of Martinsville is one of 69 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide


Women's World Cup Champions to Hold Camp at the SRSC

Tuesday July 14, 2015

US Soccer stars Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini-Hoch to hold TeamFirst Camp in 2016 at SRSC.


Discover the Great Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Thursday July 9, 2015

SRF Saturday, August 8, 2015


Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

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


Bonerama plays this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

New Orleans rock/funk band with tri of trombones 


Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions

 


Virginia Master Naturalist Offers Annual Basic Training

Monday July 6, 2015

Virginia Master Naturalist Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Offers Annual Basic Training


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


Patriot Players Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday July 1, 2015

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


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


Broadway Revue Returns To The Black Box

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Come enjoy Broadway melodies from the talents performers of TheatreWorks Community Players


Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday June 16, 2015

The third of five tournaments in the Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series 


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


Third Friday Art Walks Begin June 19

Monday June 1, 2015

Two fun Uptown events combine


Hammerhead Frenzy Youth Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday May 28, 2015

Smith River Sports Complex hosts Youth Lacrosse Tournament this Saturday


Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

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


Record Breaking Season

Monday May 18, 2015

Mustangs hope to have another record breaking season at Hooker Field.


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.


Shred-A-Thon Coming to Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Martinsville Speedway, WSLS Partner for Free Shred-A-Thon at Track


Trout N About Race Through the Smith River

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Trout N About Race Through the Smith River

Trout N About race coming to MHC on May 30th


Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 8, 2015

58 local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine


Mother's Day From MHC

Wednesday May 6, 2015

For mom, with love


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

Thursday April 30, 2015

Jazz at the Rives


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


Legendary Beach Music Band The Tams to Headline Celebration 2015

Friday April 17, 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Houses, Gardens to Welcome Visitors for Historic Garden Week Tour

Thursday April 16, 2015

Historic Garden Week in Southern Virginia


FAB Lab Fun: Week 6

Thursday April 16, 2015

Fascinating Fun!


Two Jazz Heavyweights Perform Friday at the Rives

Wednesday April 15, 2015

Grammy winning jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at the Rives


Global Cuisine with Chef Colleen

Monday April 13, 2015

What's cooking at The Artisan Center?


Fab Lab Fun: Week 5

Thursday April 9, 2015

Fab Lab Fun: 3-D Designs


Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is back

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Don't miss the second Martinsville Mini Maker Faire


The Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Nature Preserve

Monday April 6, 2015

My journey into history and nature.


First Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Monday April 6, 2015

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


Meet the Martinsville PD Bike Cops!

Friday April 3, 2015

Martinsville Police host the first of what will be a series of community meet & greets.


Fab Lab Fun: Week 4

Thursday April 2, 2015

The fun continues


Tickets Still Available for Grapes & Grains at VMNH

Thursday April 2, 2015

Get your tickets while you still can!


Area Teachers Join The Cast of Legally Blonde

Thursday April 2, 2015

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


Fab Lab Fun: Week 3

Thursday March 26, 2015

A FABulous Experience


The Arts at The Artisan Center

Thursday March 26, 2015

Creativity in full bloom


Great Seats Still Remain at Great Prices For Sunday’s STP 500

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Great Seats Still Remain at Great Prices For Sunday’s STP 500


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


Spencer-Penn Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Saturday March 21, 2015

New Sign Helps Welcome Visitors 


Camping At Martinsville Speedway Spring Ritual for Many Race Fans

Saturday March 21, 2015

 It is a springtime ritual for Timothy Forest, Catherine Taylor and David Laing: Make the 50-mile drive south from Roanoke and set up their tents in a far corner of the Martinsville Speedway campground.

 They were extra-excited Saturday morning. They were the first tent-campers to claim a spot for the STP 500 race week. They were unloading their van and unpacking gear minutes after the campground opened at 8 a.m.

 “We put up the tents today and come back on Thursday and stay until Monday,” said Forest. “We would love to stay the whole week, but we’ve got work and children. We might try to squeeze out a little early and get back down here though.”

 Taylor, known as ‘Cat’ by her friends, was doing most of construction work Saturday morning while her boyfriend Forest, Laing and Scrappy, a chubby part-Chihuahua, part-something else pup, watched.

 “They don’t know how to put them up,” Taylor said, preferring to do the work herself than put up with the help of Forest and Laing.

 The trio of campers is part of a larger group that will return to the site on Thursday to officially begin their race week leading up to next Sunday’s STP 500. There will be at least six, one who has been coming for 13 years, Taylor said.

 The four-night Martinsville stay is a highlight of the year for the group, which has a menu planned that includes barbecue ribs, steak, hot dogs, hamburgers and cold beverages.

 “We mingle with people. We play cornhole and horseshoes Way down there is a spot that has karaoke,” said Laing, pointing to a location about a quarter-mile away. “And I love karaoke. I have the best time over there with those folks.

 “You wouldn’t believe the people from all over the country I’ve met and they invite me in like they have known me forever.”

 Angela and Dean Pruitt arrived early on Saturday also, setting up their camper for the 13th consecutive year. They live barely 25 miles away in Danbury, N.C., but stay in the Martinsville Speedway campground for both races every year.

 “Why do we do it? Oh my God, I love it,” said Angela. “It’s my sport and the campground is my place.”

 The Pruitts have spent an entire week in the campground in past years, but returned home to Danbury Saturday for three days of work before the fun begins.

 “There’s a group I’ve know the entire time we’ve been coming. We don’t camp side-by-side. We’re up on the hill and they’re over in the hollow,” said Angela. “But we all play cornhole together, walk laps in the campground, dance, sing karaoke and pull for Junior.”

 General admission campsites in the Martinsville Speedway campground are available. Cost for the week is just $100.

Advanced ticket prices for the STP 500 start at $45.

Ticket prices increase Monday.

Tickets to the Virginia Lottery Pole Day on March 27, the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race on March 28 and the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race on March 29 can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.


Harvick Has Momentum as Headed to Martinsville

Friday March 20, 2015

Harvick Has Momentum and More on His Side Headed to Martinsville


Fab Lab Fun: Week 2

Thursday March 19, 2015

Discover the hands-on experience of taking a FAB Lab class


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


Top Ten Events To Attend In April In MHC

Sunday March 15, 2015

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


Great Seats at Great Prices Still Available for STP 500

Friday March 13, 2015

The STP 500 race weekend is two weeks away


SRSC Announces 2015 Corn Hole Tournament

Friday March 13, 2015

SRSC presents the Blood, Sweat, and Ears Corn Hole Tournament Series


Fab Lab Fun: Week 1

Thursday March 12, 2015

Discover the hands-on experience of taking a FAB Lab class


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


Swingtime! Starring The Jive Aces with The Tinseltown Jitterbugs

Sunday March 8, 2015

Piedmont Arts On Stage Brings UK's No. 1 Jive and Swing Band to Martinsville


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'


New Year, New You, New Mindset

Sunday March 1, 2015

New Year, New You, New Mindset


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?


PYSL Announces New Director of Goalkeeper Training Sessions

Tuesday February 24, 2015

PYSL announces Rob Baker as new director of goal keeping


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


Singing Nuns Take Over Local Restaurant

Sunday February 22, 2015

The "nunsense" fundraiser was a success. 


Ultimate Frisbee Starts SRSC's Season

Friday February 20, 2015

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


Discover the Arts Through The Artisan Center

Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Artisan Center Offers Something for Everyone


Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours Beginning Saturday

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Extended hours for your convenience


Get served by Patriot Players’ singing ‘nuns’

Sunday February 15, 2015

The PHCC Patriot Players would love to serve you


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


Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Spencer-Penn Centre Hosts 11th Photography Exhibit and Competition


ValleyStar Credit Union 300: New Name For Late Model Race

Friday February 6, 2015

Great Sponsor, Great Fun


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

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Johnson joins Dale Jr. in the Green Flag Experience


New Year New You New Mindset

Sunday February 1, 2015

All about Just Breathe Yoga and Bodyworks and the services they provide


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


Starting Soon at The Artisan Center

Thursday January 29, 2015

Starting Soon: Calligraphy, Herbs, Jewelry and more!



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


NCBA Baseball Tournaments to Return in Spring 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Tournament Officials Renew Partnership Agreements with City


Piedmont Arts Exhibit Celebrates The Studio School

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Work by seven Roanoke artists on display at museum


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

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Green Flag Experience to Include Dale Jr.


Winter Fun: Blue Ridge Regional Library- Martinsville

Thursday January 15, 2015

Winter Fun: Blue Ridge Regional Library


A New Year of Experiences

Thursday January 15, 2015

Experience Something New in 2015


Dar He Brings Story of Emmett Till to Stage

Wednesday January 14, 2015
Dar He Brings Story of Emmett Till to Stage

Piedmont Arts presents one-man play featuring actor and playwright Mike Wiley


Martinsville Speedway Offers High Level Of Action For Small Price

Monday January 12, 2015

Get a little for a lot at Martinsville Speedway


Winter Fun: Spencer Penn Centre

Tuesday December 30, 2014

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


PHCC & Reynolds Homestead to Partner on Programming

Monday December 22, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College will partner with Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech, to expand offerings of non-credit courses in pottery and weaving at the site in Critz starting in January 2015.

Lisa Martin, senior program manager at Reynolds Homestead, said Patrick County already has a very strong market for these courses.

“We decided that some of the Artisan Center programs might be good ones to bring up to our area because we have a very strong artisan population,” she said. “Traveling all the way to Martinsville to take classes might be difficult for some students, especially if they live in the Meadows of Dan or Ararat area. It could easily be an hour-and-a-half commute one-way.”

The Artisan Center at PHCC will handle registration and processing for courses while Reynolds Homestead will deal directly with hiring instructors and setting the class schedule. PHCC also will provide equipment including looms and potters wheels.

“This is a nice partnership because each of us is providing things that the other can’t – we’re offering a space to bring more people into the program who can’t get to Martinsville, and PHCC is providing equipment that we don’t have so we can expand our offerings,” Martin said.

Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, said she’s excited at this new opportunity to bolster course offerings throughout the college’s service region.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnerships into Patrick County to allow us to offer career credit arts programming,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reach more people and enable them to learn the skills necessary to become artisan entrepreneurs.”

The curriculum will stick to the same guidelines as the artisan certification at the Artisan Center, according to Kim Buck, coordinator of community development at PHCC.

“Students still will be able to receive a certificate of study in artisan entrepreneurship, and they can do so with a concentration in pottery or weaving,” Buck said. “From there, they can expand into other areas and work their way up to take more advanced courses.”

Although the partnership will begin with two programs, Martin said there is a possibility to expand in the future if there’s enough interest.

“We’ll start with courses we know people are interested in right away,” she said. “There’s some interest in woodworking, which may be a challenge because of the equipment involved. But we’re more than willing to expand if the need is there for artists who want to develop and hone their skills, and learn more about the business side involved in being an artisan entrepreneur.”

Martin added, “We’re part of Virginia’s Crooked Road music trail and the Artisan Trail Network, and we’re very committed to the economic development of our area artisans. This program is part of our mission to help our professional and recreational artists.”

Class dates and times will be announced in early January 2015. Students may register in person at The Artisan Center at 54 West Church Street in Martinsville, or over the phone by calling (276) 656-5461. A registration form can be emailed or mailed to potential students upon request.

 


2014 in Review

Friday December 19, 2014

A look back on the past year...


Season of Giving in MHC

Thursday December 18, 2014

Give to great Martinsville-Henry County institutions this holiday season


Winter Fun: Dale's Cafe

Wednesday December 17, 2014

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


Martinsville Speedway's Christmas Toy Drive Raises over $13,000

Wednesday December 17, 2014

The holiday season is a time for giving and Martinsville Speedway’s 18th annual Christmas Toy Drive showed that the NASCAR community is willing to do just that. The toy drive raised more than $13,000 and saw 200 toys donated for the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.

A network of more than 100 area churches, the Grace Network will use the money to provide toys and clothes to underserved and underprivileged children in the area.

 “Being able to donate more than $13,000 to the Grace Network is going to help bring smiles to a lot of kids’ faces on Christmas morning,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Martinsville Speedway is proud of our community and our fans. While the speedway presents the check, it truly is a community donation.”

The Grace Network gets lists of names from the churches in the network and then is able to take the money raised and shop according to each child’s needs and wishes.

“Being able to bring joy to children in this season is a blessing,” said Simone Redd, a Grace Network board member and the one who heads up the shopping. “The generous donations and toys received allowed us to spread the spirit and true meaning of Christmas throughout the community.

“Christmas is a special time of the year and we, at Grace Network, appreciate the opportunity to participate in the toy drive with the Martinsville Speedway.”

This year’s toy drive reached a bigger audience than ever before, thanks to some ticket packages that were put up for auction. Race fans from all over the country bid on race experiences like getting a picture taken in Victory Lane with the STP 500 winner or the opportunity to ride in the Official Pace Car for the start of the race.

However, it wasn’t all about change. Like in years past, fans had the opportunity to drive their personal cars around the track, in exchange for a new toy or a $10 donation. Different from years past though, the laps were spread out over two weeks, instead of being limited to one day. This gave fans from as far away as New Jersey and South Dakota the opportunity to participate.

For more information on how to support the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County visit http://www.gracenetworkmhc.org/.

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the 2015 season with the STP 500 race weekend, March 27-29. Tickets to the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race, the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series Race and the Virginia Lottery Pole Day are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 


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


Wildlife of Manhattan finds new home at VMNH

Friday December 12, 2014
Wildlife of Manhattan finds new home at VMNH

Over 230 wildlife mounts donated to VMNH to be used in future exhibits


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


Holiday Music at Reynolds Homestead

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Enjoy holiday music at two events at Reynolds Homestead


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


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


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.


New Art Exhibition at PHCC

Wednesday October 29, 2014

New Art Exhibition at PHCC


USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites

Tuesday October 28, 2014

USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites


Shilling Returns Home as Part of Turn 5 Concert Series

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Shilling Returns Home as Part of Turn 5 Concert Series Beside Martinsville Speedway


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

Tuesday October 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Keselowski Ready For Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Monday October 20, 2014

Keselowski Hopes to Improve at Martinsville Speedway


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


Tar Heels Performing Anthem at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday October 14, 2014

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


Historic Aircraft Set To Fly Over Martinsville Speedway

Friday October 10, 2014

Historic Aircraft Set To Fly Over Martinsville Speedway


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


Experience Fall With The Family At Martinsville Speedway

Monday October 6, 2014

Experience Fall With The Family At Martinsville Speedway


Exploring MARTinsville

Wednesday October 1, 2014

School is back in session but you can still get away for a little weekend adventure. Load up the family for a fun day trip to Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia in search of public art. You’ll be amazed at the variety of exhibits on display throughout the community.

A drive through the historic Uptown District of Martinsville will take you past four significant outdoor murals. The “Circus Mural”, by John Stiles, is located at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in Martinsville. It is a cheerful look back in time to 1920 when the circus came to town. The work depicts a parade of elephants wearing colorful banners as they plodded through the streets to herald the upcoming performance. You can even see an actual photo of this day in time by visiting the nearby Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum on Church Street.

“Old Glory”, located on Franklin Street in Martinsville at the Theatre Works Black Box is a 38’ by 18’ American Flag painted by world renowned artist Scott Lobaido. Just looking at the incredible detail of this mural you can almost see the flag rippling in the wind. The most remarkable thing about it is that the creation was completed in just one day! Lobaido, known for his speed painting techniques, created the patriotic work in honor of local veteran, Cpl. JB Kerns who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.

The “Uptown Farmers’ Market Mural”, by Betty LaDuke, depicts the role of agriculture in society and showcases the people that help bring food to our tables. After the mural was mounted to the wall at the Market on Church Street in Martinsville, a group of high school students under the direction of local artist Celia Tucker created their own interpretations of LaDuke’s work. The student’s wooden painted cutouts of produce and farmers can be seen throughout the Market.

The newest mural in Uptown Martinsville is “June German Ball.” Located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, the mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938. The mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

Just a short walk from Uptown, you can see a variety of sculptures. The brushed steel sculpture, “Kabuki Dancer” by Barry Tinsley can be seen on the grounds of Piedmont Arts on Starling Avenue. Artist Ed Dolinger created a variety of sculptures, inspired by nature, that are found along the Uptown Connection Trail and Silverbell Trail in Martinsville. They include large-scale leaves, Silverbell blooms and small bronze sculptures of native Virginia wildlife. Young children will especially love searching for Dolinger’s bronze animals that are “hidden” along the corridor of the Silverbell Trail. There are eight animals to be found, including a rabbit, frog, turtle and trout.

Just a short drive from Martinsville, in the Village of Fieldale, you’ll find an iconic structure now repurposed as a piece of trail art. The 1931 Fieldale Iron Bridge was a beloved part of the community as many tales revolved around events that occurred on, above and under the bridge. The iron truss bridge spanning the Smith River was slated to be destroyed in 2009 to make way for a more modern concrete bridge until the community rallied together to preserve a piece of it. Located in Fieldale along South River Road, the structure now bears the names of nearly one-hundred past and present residents that cared to see the bridge saved by contributing financially to the preservation effort.

For a more lighthearted category of art, drive around the community to see how many painted brontosaurus sculptures your family can find. Part of the exhibition “Dinosaurs on Parade” you can find the long-necked dinos in a variety of places throughout the community. See if you can locate the cowboy, the student, the mirror-ball dino and even the friendly fellow named “Bud Ice-cream-a-saurus.”

Two of the area’s indoor murals are available for viewing on weekdays. Inside the SunTrust Bank on Church Street, a 73-foot long mural by Richmond artist H. Warren Billings hangs just behind the teller’s counter. The mural, which took a year to complete, highlights Virginia and local history. It features eight detailed scenes from 1705-1832, including: The Capital in Williamsburg; Richmond; The Henry County Courthouse; The Colonel Joseph Martin House; The Major John Redd House; Stratford Hall; Redd House; and Lover's Leap in Patrick County.

One of the most historic works of art in the community is the 1939 fresco, “Manufacture of Furniture” by Walter Carnelli. The mural is located in the historic Bassett Post Office on Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett and it depicts scenes of furniture makers at work. This is one of a series of murals across Virginia that was commissioned by the WPA under the Treasury Department. The fresco technique involved painting onto wet lime plaster. As the plaster dried, the pigments were embedded and became part of the building’s walls.

From industry and architecture to history, nature and culture, the topics of area works of public art are very diverse. Have fun discovering each of these area treasures with your family and who knows - you might inspire a future generation of artists!

If you need help locating any of these public art sites, visit the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) for maps and helpful information. While there, pick up a copy of the Family Fun Passport that will enable you to earn a free t-shirt, just for visiting some of these sites.


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

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

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


Defending MDCU 300 Champ Lemons Putting Pressure on Himself

Thursday September 25, 2014

The pressure and anticipation for the MDCU 300 builds


Healing Herbs from The Herbitage

Thursday September 25, 2014

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


Cowan to Bring Star-Studded Cast to Thursday's Concert

Tuesday September 23, 2014

John Cowan, John McFee & Friends at the Rives this Thursday 


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


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


Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Hours Beginning Saturday

Thursday September 11, 2014

 Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Hours Beginning Saturday


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

Tuesday September 9, 2014

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


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

Tuesday September 9, 2014

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


Sweets in Uptown

Friday September 5, 2014

Try Delicious Treats from Uptown Sweets at the MHC Visitor Center


Martinsville Culture Crawl This Weekend

Thursday September 4, 2014

Martinsville Culture Crawl is this Saturday in Uptown Martinsville


Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints Opens at Piedmont Arts

Friday August 29, 2014

Featuring Works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and More  


Food, Foliage, and Furry Friends

Thursday August 28, 2014

Exotic Animals, Beautiful Plants, and Delicious Treats Featured This Weekend at MHC Visitor Center


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


See Art and History Come Alive This Weekend

Thursday August 21, 2014

Art Demos and Guided Tours Offered at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center


New Street Parking Regulations in the Martinsville Uptown Business District

Wednesday August 20, 2014

New Street Parking Regulations in the Martinsville Uptown Business District


Fans Can See Earnhardt Jr. Up Close

Monday August 18, 2014

Q&A Session +Seat for $88


Lizzy Ross, Major and the Monbacks Perform Saturday

Monday August 18, 2014

ART to host its annual outdoor summer show


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


Public Invited to take a “Walk Through Time”

Thursday July 24, 2014

Historic Walking Tour to Showcase History & Architecture of Uptown


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


Mustangs Host 5K & Midnight Madness Doubleheader

Wednesday July 9, 2014

Mustangs Host 5K & Midnight Madness Doubleheader


The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Speedway

Thursday June 26, 2014

The Cadillac Three Bringing Rocking Country To Celebration At Martinsville Speedway


Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

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


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"


Martinsville Speedway Joins Fun At Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest

Monday May 19, 2014

Martinsville Speedway To Join The Fun At Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest


Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway Will Offer More Fun

Friday May 16, 2014

More rides, more music, more entertainment


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 6

Saturday May 10, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


Shrek Coming to PHCC

Thursday May 8, 2014

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


Ultimate Frisbee D-I College Regionals at SRSC

Friday May 2, 2014

32 teams from the Atlantic Coast Region will compete to move on to National Championship


Bug Daze Festival Is This Saturday

Friday May 2, 2014

Catch the Bearded Bee Man and a myriad of insects this Saturday


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 5

Friday May 2, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


Martinsville to Host National Club Baseball Association

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Martinsville to Host National Club Baseball Association

Four College Teams to Face Off in District III Division II Tournament


First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday April 29, 2014

First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Martinsville Uptown


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 4

Friday April 25, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


Upcoming Events Presented By Piedmont Arts

Friday April 25, 2014

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


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!


PHCC Annual Plant Sale Coming Soon

Thursday April 24, 2014

PHCC Annual Plant Sale Coming Soon


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


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 3

Friday April 18, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


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


Corn Hole Tournament Begins Saturday at Smith River Sports Complex

Monday April 7, 2014

Saturday is the kick-off to the series


Rooster Walk 6 Band Lineup Part 1

Friday April 4, 2014

Learn more about the entertaining bands coming to Rooster Walk 6


Virginia Symphony and "Wandering Minstrel Show" Coming to Martinsville

Thursday April 3, 2014

Piedmont Arts Brings Virginia Symphony and "Wandering Minstrel Show" to Martinsville


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


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


Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Does spring fever have your family itching to get out of the house? Cure that case of the winter blues by visiting a museum. Several options are available right here in Southern Virginia to inform, educate and entertain your restless crew for hours. Here are five suggested museums to check out the next time your kids cry, "We're bored!"

At the Virginia Museum of Natural History, located in Martinsville, guests can experience the natural diversity of Virginia through a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits. Current exhibits such as "Dinosaurs," "How Nature Works" and "Uncovering Virginia" provide lots of hands-on opportunities to explore the topics ranging from demonstrations and puzzles to multimedia experiences. The building is not just a museum but also a working research facility. I personally enjoy watching the staff scientists at work in their labs. An expansive wall of observation windows allows guests to peek in and see scientific discoveries being made. Scientists might be examining a 65 million year old triceratops skull or sifting through buckets of debris for shards of Native American pottery. You never know what you might see them working on. My preschooler loves spending time at the museum's Discovery Reef play area, an indoor ship, complete with a reading nook and climbing wall that offers kids a safe place to play. Moms enjoy this space too because of the comfy couches for lounging and free Wi-Fi. (vmnh.net)

Danville Science Center, located at the historic crossing of the Dan in Danville, is a fun place for families to explore. The museum offers a variety of traveling exhibits such as "From Here to There" and "Bloodsuckers" which are both on display through May. Young scientists, ages 3-7 can explore Spoutsville, a play area designed with activities just for them. Across from the main building, museum patrons can visit the 1899 Southern Railway Passenger Station for additional exhibits featuring both live and preserved animals. The architecture of this historic station is magnificent and my son, who is a fan of trains, enjoys getting to go inside the museum's red caboose on display behind the train station. (dsc.smv.org)

If your family enjoys art then be sure to visit Piedmont Arts, located in Martinsville. Four galleries at the facility each offer a different exhibit ranging from nationally renowned artists to local talent. Every two to three months the exhibits change, so there is always something new and exciting to see. I enjoy taking my son to play in Pallete the Discovery Dog's Art Room. This kid-friendly play space offers opportunities to make music, put on puppet shows, paint, make collages and more. If you stop by the information desk, you can pick up a scavenger hunt and search the galleries for clues left behind by Pallete. Free Wi-fi and an art library are also available. Admission is free. (piedmontarts.org)

If you've ever driven through the Uptown Historic District of Martinsville then chances are you've seen the stately structure of the Historic Henry County Courthouse. While no longer used for legal proceedings, this building dating back to 1824 is now home to the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum. In the restored courtroom on the second floor, you can sit in the jury box and at the judge's bench to hold a mock trial or explore historical exhibits on display in the witness rooms. Do keep an eye out for spirits that roam the building. According to the museum's Executive Director, Debbie Hall, "We do have a ghost here. Sometimes when I am here alone and the doors are all locked, I will hear footsteps coming up the stairway to the second floor and will get up to see who it is before I remember that I am alone, well, except for our ghost. Others have heard our ghost and have also witnessed doors being opened and items being moved, then returned to their original position and then moved again." Downstairs in the clerk's office and vaults, a variety of historical exhibits are on display and are changed throughout the year. One current exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants," details the founding furniture, textile and tobacco industries of the region. Admission is free. (mhchistoricalsociety.com)

Are you old enough to remember party lines? I'm not, so our recent visit to Rucker's Communication Museum in Martinsville was just as informative to me as it was my young son. Located on the mezzanine level of Rucker's Antiques Emporium and Auction House, this museum packs a great deal of information into a small space showing the evolution of telephone communication dating back to a replica prototype of Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone all the way up to modern day cell phones. Seeing telephone switchboards and learning how the operators managed them was fascinating. My son enjoyed seeing the many interesting tools that linemen use when working on telephone poles. For a healthy dose of nostalgia, it's well worth a visit. Be sure to also check out the Wild West Gambling Exhibit located on the first floor to see a replica 1900s game room and some interesting stories both tragic and humorous. Admission to both the museum and exhibit is free. (ruckersantiques.com)

Tips for Visiting Museums with Kids

Does the thought of taking a young child into a museum make you nervous? Did your last trip to a museum result in chasing the kids while hollering, "Wait! Don't you want to see this?" Get creative and plan ahead before your next outing. With the right kind of preparation, kids (and parents) can go into the experience with both enthusiasm and respect.

Here are a few suggestions to try:
• Set the scene and read themed books before you go. Books can provide a point of reference through story preparing children for what they might see and build excitement about the upcoming journey. Christy Deatherage, Museum Education Coordinator, suggests Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton as a great read prior to visiting the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

• Time it right. Plan your visit for a time when the children are well-fed and rested to avoid grumpiness. If they become hungry or thirsty during your visit, take a break to address those basic needs.

• Plan ahead and know what's inside so your child can look for things. Some museums offer activities for kids on their websites or at their information desks. Piedmont Arts offers a fun scavenger hunt featuring Pallete the Discovery Dog. Families can explore the galleries while searching for clues left behind by Pallete. If none of these resources are available at the museum you visit, plan your own scavenger hunt. ("Find an animal with a tail in this exhibit.")

• Get maps for everyone at the information desk or give the kids sketch books to draw what they see - occupied hands are less tempted to wander onto works of art.

• The best way for children to enjoy a museum is to get them involved. Ask thought provoking questions; you might be surprised by some of their answers.
o If you were inside this painting, what would you hear? Smell? Feel?
o What would it be like if you lived when the dinosaurs were alive?
o What shapes do you see? What colors?
o What does this remind you of?


Reynolds Homestead Celebrating Bicentennial

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Reynolds Homestead Celebrating Bicentennial


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


The Infamous Stringdusters Join RW6 Lineup

Thursday March 13, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters Join Rooster Walk 6 Lineup


Exciting Announcements From The Martinsville Mustangs

Thursday March 13, 2014

The Martinsville Mustangs Announce Several Upcoming Specials and Events


PHCC to host "Shrek" auditions

Thursday March 13, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College to hos "Shrek" auditions


Spring Into Festival Fun In MHC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

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


Corn Hole Tournament Series at SRSC

Tuesday March 11, 2014

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


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

Monday March 10, 2014

Disney lovers, this show is for you


Creamer & Kaufman Return to Mustangs in 2014

Friday March 7, 2014

Creamer & Kaufman Return to Mustangs in 2014


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


UNC Football Coach Honorary Pace Car Driver

Tuesday March 4, 2014

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


Anders Osborne Added to Rooster Walk 6 Lineup

Friday February 28, 2014

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


Fab Lab Classes Starting Soon

Friday February 28, 2014

Come Take a Class at the Fab Lab, the Only Lab of Its Kind in the State of Virginia!


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


William Walter & Co. Added To RW6 Lineup

Tuesday February 25, 2014

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


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

Monday February 24, 2014

Wild Ponies, plus others named to line-up



Exhibit Opens Tomorrow At Piedmont Arts

Friday February 21, 2014

Continuum of Being, Imagining Art Opening Saturday at Piedmont Arts


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


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


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


Celebrate Black History Month At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday January 28, 2014

Summary Of Black History Month Events At Piedmont Arts


STP 500 Soon Roaring Into Martinsville Speedway

Friday January 24, 2014

STP 500 Sprint Cup Race At Martinsville Speedway Roaring Into View


Yarn Opens 2014 Live At The Rives

Wednesday January 22, 2014

Yarn Performing At 2014 Live At The Rives Opening Party


Clay Campbell, Ken Schrader Join Forces For Daytona, Talladega ARCA Races

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Campbell to drive two superspeedway events in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series


Patriot Players to Perform Jazz-Age Production

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Patriot Players to Perform the Jazz-Age Production "Ain't Misbehavin'"


Rediscover the Past at the MHC Historical Museum

Monday January 13, 2014

MHC Historical Museum; more than a visit, an Experience


Tapestry at Piedmont Arts

Monday January 13, 2014

A common love of the arts


U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Coming to Martinsville

Friday January 10, 2014

U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Performing Free Concert in Martinsville



2014 Live at the Rives Theatre Series Opening Party

Thursday January 9, 2014

It's a new year and time to renew your Live at the Rives Theatre Series pass for 2014!


Spring Artisan Center Classes

Wednesday January 8, 2014

It's not to late to register for upcoming spring craft classes at The Artisan Center!


"750-Legged Beast" Topic of Tomorrow's 'Science Talk'

Wednesday January 8, 2014

"750-Legged Beast" Topic of Tomorrow's 'Science Talk' at VMNH


Be Part of the Art in mARTinsville!

Tuesday January 7, 2014

Patrons to Piedmont Arts can contribute to a work of public art. 


Enjoy Art & Wine at Piedmont Arts' First Fridays Painting and Pinot

Monday December 30, 2013

A new monthly outing for you and your friends


December Discoveries: Binding Time Café

Friday December 20, 2013

A true beacon of Martinsville-Henry County


December Discoveries: Rising Sun Breads

Friday December 13, 2013

A great bakery is the heart of a community.


Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Moved To Sunday

Thursday December 12, 2013

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


Grammy-Winning Stephane Wrembel To Play Rives

Thursday December 12, 2013

Grammy Winning Jazz Guitarist Stephane Wrembel To Play Rives On Friday Night


Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Mall Madness

Wednesday December 11, 2013

Purchase STP 500 Tickets For Christmas Without Battling Mall Madness


December Discoveries: Disc Golf

Tuesday December 10, 2013

Discover the sport for yourself


"Taxonomy and You" Presentation At VMNH

Tuesday December 10, 2013

Dr. Judith Winston Presents "Taxonomy and You" for VMNH 2nd Thursday Science Talk


"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!


Martinsville Native Johnny Selman To Show At Piedmont Arts

Tuesday November 26, 2013

Martinsville Native Johnny Selman Brings Critically Acclaimed Poster Series To Piedmont Arts


DRBA Ends 2013 With Martinsville Hike

Tuesday November 26, 2013

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


Midnight Madness Highlights 2014 Martinsville Mustangs Schedule

Tuesday November 26, 2013

Midnight Madness Highlights 2014 Martinsville Mustangs Schedule


Holiday Happenings in Martinsville-Henry County

Monday November 25, 2013

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


Come Celebrate the Holidays in Uptown Martinsville

Wednesday November 20, 2013

Holiday Events Coming to Uptown Martinsville in 2013


Broadway Star Joins Piedmont Arts Holiday Pops Concert

Friday November 15, 2013

Broadway Star Joins Ensemble For Piedmont Arts On Stage Holiday Pops Concert


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


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


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


Trick-or-Treating in Uptown

Tuesday October 22, 2013

Trick-or-Treating Event in Uptown Martinsville


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


Teams Invade Martinsville Speedway for VIFRL300

Friday October 4, 2013

Late Model Teams Invade Martinsville Speedway for Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300


A Beginner's Guide to the Martinsville Speedway

Thursday October 3, 2013

New to the Martinsville Speedway? We can help!


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


Martinsville Uptown Hosts Oktoberfest

Friday September 27, 2013

Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 5th in Uptown Martinsville


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


Piedmont Arts Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday September 13, 2013

Piedmont Arts Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Special Programs


Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours

Friday September 13, 2013

Martinsville Speedway Extends Ticket Office Hours Beginning This Weekend

 


Discover Bassett, Virginia

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Tidbits and Trivia About this Southern Virginia Town


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


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Tuesday September 3, 2013

Self Improvement through relaxation and retail


Fall Into A New Skill In Martinsville-Henry County

Sunday September 1, 2013

New Fall Classes Offer Educational Opportunities in Martinsville-Henry County


Summer Send Off

Monday August 26, 2013

Wrap up summer 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


Prof. Elliot Engel at Piedmont Arts with Brilliant and Bizarre Brontes

Friday August 23, 2013

Professor Elliot Engel Giving Lecture on Bronte Sisters at Piedmont Arts


Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Tenured Soul, Added to Turn 5 Lineup

Wednesday August 21, 2013

New Bands Added to Turn 5 Lineup


Martinsville Speedway Can Help With Back-To-School Blues

Monday August 19, 2013

Martinsville Speedway Offering Special Race Ticket Pricing for Families


VIR to Offer New Product to Guests

Thursday August 15, 2013

Innovative New Apparel Technology to be Offered in Southern Virginia


Blackberry Smoke to Headline the Turn 5 Concert Series

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Blackberry Smoke will be headlining concerts near Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26.


New Restrooms Being Added at Martinsville Speedway

Friday May 31, 2013

Construction is underway on new restrooms


Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 3, 2013

More than thirty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine


Nightlife Options This Weekend in Martinsville-Henry County

Thursday April 4, 2013

This weekend in Martinsville-Henry County


The Virginia Home Inn Invites You To Lunch

Thursday March 28, 2013

The Virginia Home Inn is now serving lunch


Meet Kara Carter-Hundley

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Program Coordinator, The Artisan Center


Meet Shamala Donnelly

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Student, Patrick Henry Community College


Meet Matthew Wade

Monday November 19, 2012

Welder, H C Wade Sheet Metal Works


Meet Carol Zimoski

Tuesday November 13, 2012

Retail Coordinator, The Artisan Center


Meet Diane Lowery

Tuesday November 6, 2012

Admissions Coordinator, Blue Ridge Village


Meet Emily Hughes

Tuesday November 6, 2012

Owner, Junkbabies, LLC


Meet Teresa L. Kendall

Tuesday October 23, 2012

Owner, Southern Foothills


Meet Priti Julie Patel

Tuesday October 9, 2012

Assistant Manager, Days Inn


Meet Rhonda Hodges

Tuesday October 9, 2012

Dean, Workforce Development and Continuing Education


Meet John Matthews

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Artist


Meet Ashley Simpson

Tuesday September 18, 2012

Boutique Owner, Pieces


Meet Amanda Gray

Tuesday September 11, 2012

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Smith River Sports Complex


Meet Bea Bullard & Alice Anne Gwynn

Tuesday September 4, 2012

Co- Chairmen, Fieldale Heritage Festival 


Meet Darrin Doss

Tuesday August 28, 2012

President, Smith River Chapter of Trout Unlimited 


Meet Tim Wood

Tuesday August 21, 2012

Pastor, Stone Memorial Christian Church


Meet Chris Oswald

Tuesday August 14, 2012

CEO, Blue Ridge Village


Meet Drew Powell

Tuesday August 7, 2012

Closing Pitcher, Martinsville Mustangs


Meet Steve Luke

Tuesday July 31, 2012

Outdoor enthusiast 


Meet Mike Craig

Tuesday July 24, 2012

President, The Village Spa


Meet Gerald Holman

Tuesday July 3, 2012

Interm Executive Director, FAHI


Meet Tommy Harris

Tuesday June 26, 2012

Vice President, Virginia Blower Company 


Meet Garrett Dillard

Tuesday June 19, 2012

Principal, Bassett High School


Meet Pat Ross

Tuesday June 12, 2012

Director, Bassett Historical Center


Meet Brenda Feeny

Tuesday June 5, 2012

President, The Sewing Studio


Meet Bernadette Moore

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Piedmont Arts


Meet Virginia King

Tuesday May 22, 2012

Co-Owner, King Properties


Martinsville Insiders' Tips Revisited

Tuesday May 15, 2012

The best of past tips from real MHC residents


Meet Debra Buchanan

Tuesday May 8, 2012

Owner, Debra's Antiques & Collectibles


Meet Rick Martin

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Co-Owner, Baseball Heaven


Meet Stephen Holland

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Student, Patrick Henry Community College


Meet Shanan Turner

Tuesday April 17, 2012

Teacher, First United Methodist Early Learning Center


Meet Craig "Rocky" Rockwell

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Operations Project Manager of Philpott Lake 


Martinsville Insiders: Rewind

Wednesday April 4, 2012

A look back at some recent tips from MHC residents in the know.  


Meet Tonya Bredamus

Tuesday March 20, 2012

Blogger and Stay at Home Mom


Meet Liz Secrest

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Assistant Director, Martinsville Uptown


Meet Jim Taipalus

Tuesday March 6, 2012

General Manager, Martinsville Mustangs


Meet Rives Brown Coleman

Tuesday February 28, 2012

Sales Person, Rives S. Brown Inc.


Meet Tamara Johnson

Tuesday February 21, 2012

Kitchen Marketing Manager, Spencer-Penn Centre


Meet Brian WIlliams

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Project Manager, Dan River Basin Association


Meet Laura Bowles

Tuesday February 7, 2012

Executive Director, Martinsville Uptown


Meet Aleen Wilson

Tuesday January 31, 2012

Artist, Studio 107


Meet Mike Smith

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Director of Public Relations, Martinsville Speedway


Meet Jim Woods

Tuesday January 10, 2012

Martinsville Library Branch Manager, Blue Ridge Regional Library


Meet Carrie Denny - Copy

Tuesday January 3, 2012

Executive Director, Spencer-Penn Centre


Meet Carrie Denny

Tuesday January 3, 2012

Executive Director, Spencer-Penn Centre


Meet Roland Guidry

Tuesday December 27, 2011

Artist, Studio 107


Meet Beth Deatherage

Tuesday December 20, 2011

Project Coordinator, HD Web Studio


Meet Tim Hall

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Deputy County Administrator, Henry County


Meet Kris Landrum

Tuesday December 6, 2011

Public Relations Director, Patrick Henry Community College



Meet Roger Adams

Tuesday November 29, 2011

Director, Henry County Parks & Recreation


Meet Scott Wilson

Tuesday November 22, 2011

General Manager, Comfort Inn


Meet Dr. Joe Keiper

Friday November 18, 2011

Executive Director, Virginia Museum of Natural History


"The Cake House" Featured in Weird Virginia

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Local home showcased in Weird Virginia


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.


Martinsville-Henry County Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Tuesday August 31, 2010

MHC Featured in "Going South in August"