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Holiday Shopping Guide

Monday December 7, 2020

You can get everyone crossed off your list with a shopping weekend in Martinsville – Henry County.

Lattes & Llamas

Wednesday November 25, 2020

Warm up and head out! 

#DineSmall campaign kicks off Tuesday, November 17th

Friday November 13, 2020

Residents and visitors encouraged to dine at local small restaurant

Welcome to Imagination Lavender Farm

Thursday November 12, 2020

Now open for the 2020 holiday season 

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Thursday November 12, 2020

Holiday-themed barn quilts, virtual watercolor and more

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday November 4, 2020

Christmas Tree Lighting • The Art of the Quilt • Classes + more

Christmas Tree Lighting in Art Garden

Wednesday November 4, 2020

Piedmont Arts Lights Up The Night at Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Plan a Family Fun Weekend in MHC

Monday November 2, 2020

We have your ultimate guide to a weekend full of family fun that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 28, 2020

Upcoming Events at Piedmont Arts

The Art of the Quilt Opening Friday, October 23rd at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 21, 2020

The Art of the Quilt Opening

Stargazing in MHC

Friday October 9, 2020

Look up! 

Music to Your Ears: Songs From a Bard

Thursday October 8, 2020

TheatreWorks goes live for you




New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Thursday October 1, 2020

Quilt artists from across the Southeast exhibit work in “The Art of the Quilt”

Southern Virginia Girls Trip

Monday September 21, 2020

Come see us in Southern VA! 

Say W.H.A.T.?: On Air With Seymore Less and Lunay Bird

Thursday September 10, 2020

TheatreWorks Community Players go live for you

Chalk Fest Family Day Rescheduled

Friday August 28, 2020

Chalk Fest Family Day Rescheduled for September 12th

TheatreWorks Community Players - Aunt Pearl Is Back

Thursday August 27, 2020

Aunt Pearl returns yet again!

Southern Virginia Girls Trip

Friday August 14, 2020

Girls, grab your BFFs and hit the road! 

Hold on to Your Seats: 20 Musicals in 20 Mintues!

Thursday August 13, 2020

TheatreWorks Community Players go live for you!!

Doggie Days in MHC

Wednesday August 12, 2020

Four-legged fun 

50 Things to LOVE in MHC!

Friday July 17, 2020

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

Explore Blue Ridge Crafts by 16 Hands at Art at Happy Hour

Tuesday July 14, 2020

Free gallery tour at Piedmont Arts, July 23

Piedmont Arts Named Best Art Gallery in Southwest Virginia

Friday July 10, 2020

Piedmont Arts has again been named the Best Art Gallery in Southwest Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living.

Biking in MHC

Monday July 6, 2020

Find your path 

Virtual Farmers' Market Coming Soon...

Tuesday June 30, 2020

Virtual Farmers' Market Coming Soon... Thanks to the Harvest Foundation!

Dining Options in MHC

Thursday June 18, 2020

Hungry? Check this out! 

New Exhibits On Display At Piedmont Arts

Wednesday June 17, 2020

On display through July 25th, admission free

Uptown Martinsville Farmers' Market Now Open on Wednesdays & Saturdays

Monday June 15, 2020

Uptown Martinsville Farmers' Market Now Open two days for shopping.

Camel Baby Shower at Infinity Acres

Wednesday June 10, 2020

Join Infinity Acres for Camille the Camel's Baby Shower

Calendar Events | Piedmont Arts

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Updates from P.A. 

Have Virtual Fun with the Y

Monday April 13, 2020

On behalf of the MHC Y 

Feel-Good Fridays - April 10th

Friday April 10, 2020


Shop Now for Future Fun Experiences in MHC

Thursday April 9, 2020

When you are ready, we are here!

Feel-Good Fridays - April 3rd

Friday April 3, 2020


Shop Local - Online

Thursday April 2, 2020

Support your favorite local shops! 

Go Outside and Play! 24 Hours in Martinsville - Henry County

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County.

Spring Break Fun in MHC

Monday March 9, 2020

Low-Costs, BIG Fun 

National Day of Unplugging is March 6th-7th, 2020

Thursday March 5, 2020

The 2020 National Day of Unplugging is March 6th-7th from sundown to sundown

March at Mountain Valley Brewing

Monday March 2, 2020

March Newsletter for Mountain Valley Brewing

LEAPing into the Year

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Roughly every four years, a special day occurs around the world: leap day!

Piedmont Arts Scholarship Applications Due May 1

Thursday February 13, 2020

Area high school, college students eligible to apply for museum’s art scholarships

Sweets, Treats, and Eats for Your Valentine

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Fantastic ways to surprise your valentine this February!

#LOVE is in Bloom in MHC this Valentine’s Day

Tuesday February 4, 2020

Valentine’s Day is here and, for many ladies, so is the moment they have been waiting for! The VisitMartinsville team is here to help you from your proposal, to your wedding day. Valentine’s Day is a fun and loving day for many people and we want to take the work out of it for you. From the jeweler to the “I Do” venue, let us help you start those plans!

It all starts with a ring! Martinsville – Henry County is home to two locally-owned and operated jewelry stores that can help you pick the perfect engagement ring for your soulmate. Whether you prefer a modern style, a ring with a vintage flare, or you want to design your own, our local jewelers are ready to help. You can also shop for wedding bands and gifts for your wedding party.

The Jeweler’s Edge offers more than 30 years of experience in jewelry sales and repairs. They are also a member of the Diamond Council of America and are certified in Diamonds and Gemstones. Stop by the store to browse their extensive collection, including estate pieces, or to have them create a one-of-a-kind piece for your future bride. You will also find an assortment of jewelry that will make perfect gifts for your groomsmen and bridal party.

Mark’s Jewelers, located in Uptown Martinsville, is owned and operated by local goldsmith Mark Gillipsie who has 32 years bench experience. Drop in and say hello and see what treasures are available. 

You bought the ring, she said yes, now it’s time to pick the perfect venue for your perfect day! What’s your wedding style? Elegant and chic? Charming and rustic? Outdoors and fun? Martinsville – Henry County is home to numerous venues that offer the perfect setting for your perfect day. Consider these venues:

The Bassett Train Station Event Center is located in the renovated historic train station in Bassett, Virginia. The Event Center has a historic appeal with added modern amenities.

The Heritage Conference & Event Center is located on the grounds of the former Bassett Country Club, which opened in 1926. The Lester Group has since modernized the former clubhouse and renamed it.

The Historic Little Post Office is located on a spacious wooded lot in the heart of Martinsville’s Arts & Cultural District. The building and grounds are full of historic charm. The small, gable-front building is lushly detailed in the Queen Anne Style, with beautiful ironwork and an original stained glass door, providing a beautiful backdrop for exhibits and events.

Mountain Valley Artisan Barn offers 7500 square feet of barn space and endless mountain views for the perfect country setting for your perfect day.

Stoneleigh Estate is a 1926 Tudor mansion nestled in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking 56 acres of manicured lawns, forest, and recently refurbished formal gardens. It is crafted out of stone from the nearby Smith River. The interior décor is European chic with modern conveniences. Stoneleigh is listed on the National Historic Registry and once the home of former Virginia Governor Thomas B. Stanley. (Featured in the Weddings edition of Virginia Living Magazine in 2018) 

Then comes the perfect reception venue! If you are looking for a venue for your reception, away from your wedding venue, consider these:
The Baldwin Building
Forest Park Country Club
Grand Fiesta Event Venue

Historic John D. Bassett Special Events Center
Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center& Museum
Mountain Valley Brewing
Piedmont Arts

Spencer Penn Centre
The Uptown Ministry Center
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Need lodging options for your out-of-town guests? Local options include a historic estate, elegant b & b’s, hotels and camping. Find information on the venues below, and others, at VisitMartinsville.com/stay.
Baymont Inn
Comfort Inn
The Fishel Cottage
Hampton Inn 
The Ketchie House
One Starling
Quality-Dutch Inn
The Simmons House

Contact the VisitMartinsville team for more information on local wedding venues and to find out how we can make your planning a little easier. Be sure to ask about obtaining welcome bags for your out-of-town guests by calling (276) 632-8006 or visit us online at www.VisitMartinsville.com/event-planning


February Newsletter from Mountain Valley Brewing

Monday February 3, 2020

February Newsletter

Romantic Getaway in MHC

Monday January 27, 2020

As a couple, spending quality time together away from the realities of everyday life is important for every relationship. If you need a relaxing, fun weekend together, we have a guide for you to have a perfect weekend with that special someone!

January Newsletter from Mountain Valley Brewing

Monday January 6, 2020

January Newsletter

Fun Ahead in 2020

Monday December 9, 2019

Plan Ahead 

Mountain Valley Brewing December Newsletter

Friday December 6, 2019

Mountain Valley Brewing Winter Events

A Weekend of Holiday Fun in MHC

Thursday December 5, 2019

The holidays are here and what better way to spend your weekend than enjoying our areas “Holiday Happenings”.

Mountain Valley Brewing Celebrates Inaugural "Small Brewery Sunday"

Thursday November 21, 2019

Mountain Valley Brewing Celebrates Inaugural “Small Brewery Sunday”
Sunday, December 1st

November Newsletter Mountain Valley Brewing- Check out all our latest updates

Tuesday November 12, 2019

Join us for our 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off

Here's To A Tasty Thanksgiving

Friday November 8, 2019

Thanksgiving is upon us and we have food on our mind.

New Exhibits Opening October 18 at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday October 9, 2019

New works by Jill Jensen, Barbara Kobylinska and more!

New Exhibits Opening at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Quilted works by Jill Jensen, sculptures by Barbara Kobylinska.

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.

September Is Self-Improvement Month

Friday September 6, 2019

Self Improvement through relaxation and retail.

New Art Classes at Piedmont Arts

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Get inspired! 

Spend Your Summer on the Smith River

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Brian Williams & VisitMartinsville 

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.

Local Businesses Win “Best of Virginia” 2019 Awards

Saturday May 18, 2019

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

Spring Happenings at Mountain Valley Brewing

Tuesday May 14, 2019

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

Relax at Rick's

Friday March 8, 2019

Book your getaway now! 

Songwriters Showcase! Bells Hopslam!

Thursday March 7, 2019

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

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.

Rooster Walk 11

Friday February 1, 2019

Get Your Tickets Now!

Polls are open! Vote Now!

Friday January 11, 2019

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

Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne Join Breast Cancer Survivors to Paint Martinsville’s Curbs Pink

Thursday October 4, 2018

The Paint The Curbs Pink event helps raise breast cancer awareness and money for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

Tickets at Martinsville Speedway $25 for Youth 17-and-Under Throughout Facility

Thursday October 4, 2018

Pricing that started in spring remains in place for First Data 500 on October 28.

October Music Night at SPC

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Featuring Jason Harris & Friends

Love Beats Rhymes – Thurs., Oct. 4th

Tuesday October 2, 2018

At the Rives Theatre 

Savory September: Start Your Engines is This Friday

Wednesday September 19, 2018


Retail Store Rural King to Present Motor Racing Network’s Coverage of ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Wednesday September 12, 2018

America’s Farm and Home Store recently opened a location in Martinsville

Score Some Fun This Fall at Smith River Sports Complex

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Stay in the Loop! 

Governor Northam Announces Expansion by Henry County Farm Brewery

Wednesday September 5, 2018

Mountain Valley Brewing to create new jobs, double production

Brewster Walk is this Saturday!

Tuesday September 4, 2018

On the 200 block of E.Church St.

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

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Local chefs whip up “NASCAR chic” appetizers

Savory September: Start Your Engines | Tickets On Sale Now!

Wednesday August 22, 2018

$35 General Admission 

Folk Tales Family Day Celebrates Art of Storytelling at Piedmont Arts

Tuesday August 21, 2018

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


Brewster Walk – Sat., Sept. 8th

Tuesday August 14, 2018

Get Tickets Now

7 Ways to Get on the Water at Philpott Lake

Monday July 30, 2018

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

Countdown to Smith River Fest 2018

Monday July 23, 2018

Outdoor Recreation Festival set for August 11th

NCBA Final Tournament Bracket Set

Monday May 7, 2018

NCBA at Hooker Field this weekend

#VisitMartinsville Photo Contest!

Wednesday May 2, 2018

For the Month of May 2018

2018 Summer Camp Guide in MHC

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Summer's coming...enroll now! 

Visitor Center Celebrates 10 Years

Friday March 2, 2018

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

A Tasty Holiday in MHC

Wednesday November 1, 2017

The Countdown is on

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

Tuesday June 27, 2017

With local Opener The Delics

Angler’s Choice Marine Named to 2016 Boating Industry Top 100 List

Wednesday December 14, 2016

Angler’s Choice Marine recognized as one of the top boat dealers in North America.

New Resident Finds Fun in Record Time with Activity Guide

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

Sheila Dye visits a variety of Martinsville-Henry County attractions

PYSL Fall Soccer Season Kicks Off

Wednesday September 7, 2016

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

What's Your Big IDEA?

Tuesday June 28, 2016

30 Day Challenge

The Color Purple Cast Slated to Serve Dinner at Wild Magnolia

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

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

Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Thursday June 9, 2016
Millennial Highlight: Billy Russo

Meet a young professional shaping MHC's future 

Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Wednesday June 8, 2016
Area Businesses Awarded Tourism Marketing Grants

Nine grants awarded 

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 

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.

Martinsville Speedway Once Again Played Host to MHS After-Prom

Sunday May 8, 2016

The Prom Ended, The Fun Didn't 

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 

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

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 

Craig “Rocky” Rockwell Honored by American Recreation Coalition

Friday March 18, 2016

Philpott Lake Operations Project Manager Receives Prestigious “Legends” Award 

Next 'Science Talk' is Thursday

Wednesday March 9, 2016


Wine & ’Shine, Design & Sign

Tuesday March 8, 2016

Highlights of Historic Garden Week 2016

The Lure of Martinsville Speedway

Monday March 7, 2016

Guest Post by Brooks Taylor

Tonight: Welcome to Hoonah and Ghost Eagle

Friday March 4, 2016

At Rives Theatre 

Now THIS Is A Suite Deal!

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Don't miss this deal 

“A Light History of the English Language”

Wednesday March 2, 2016

Professor Elliot Engel 

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

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Commonwealth Cup Returns to Martinsville

Patriot Players celebrate women in latest show

Tuesday February 23, 2016

Love, Loss and What I Wore

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 

PHCC Fosters Local Entrepreneur

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Davis to open business soon

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

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

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

Thursday January 21, 2016

Save the Date

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

Thursday January 21, 2016

Wallace returned to Martinsville 

Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on

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

Thursday January 14, 2016

Biodiversity and your place in it

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

Wednesday January 13, 2016

2016 Season Passes Accepted

Patriot Players’ Upcoming Auditions Announced

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Join the on-stage fun 

Historic Garden Week: A Rail Line Runs Through It

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Article by Susan Morten

ACV Celebrates Inauguration of the Smith River Artisan Trail

Monday January 11, 2016

The "Smith River Artisan Trail" Welcomes You! 

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 

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

School Children’s Choir Brings Holiday Cheer to Piedmont Arts

Wednesday December 16, 2015

As part of the Preschools in the Galleries program

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass

Friday December 11, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass and community supporters include incentives.

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 

Getting to Know MHC

Wednesday December 2, 2015

Tour Focuses on the History & Culture of Bassett, Virginia.

Gearing up for Garden Week: Bassett Post Office

Monday November 30, 2015

Blog Story by Susan Morten

TheatreWorks Presents "The Wiz"

Monday November 30, 2015

Get your tickets now

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 

Grand Opening for new Dining Room and Patio at Hugo's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Friday November 20, 2015

Grand Opening for new dining room and patio at Hugo's Restaurant & Sports Bar on November 20, 2015.

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 

The Harvest Foundation Awards PUP grant to PHCC

Wednesday November 11, 2015

PHCC is the recipient of the PUP grant for the 2015 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks”

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Virginia Museum of Natural History’s “2nd Thursday Science Talks" is the second Thursday of every month. 

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Piedmont Arts presents The Last Ice Merchant and Andes Manta at Rives Theatre on November 19, 2015.

Cardinal Cup Lacrosse Classic Visits Martinsville This Weekend

Friday November 6, 2015

Cardinal Cup Lacrosse Classic Visits Martinsville This Weekend for their Youth Lacrosse Tournament. 

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 

"Fast Food" with Steve Post

Thursday October 29, 2015

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

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 

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!

Piedmont Arts Recognized for Excellence in Arts Education

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Museum receives Virginians for the Arts 2015 Dominion ArtStars Award 

Tickets available now for the NJCAA DI Soccer National Championship

Tuesday October 20, 2015

National soccer tournament only a month away!

Advances in Technology Keep Busch's Martinsville Strategy Ever Changing

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Kurt Busch says rear grip has taken the place of saving brakes, when it comes to being in contention at Martinsville

Area Attractions Receive Tourism Marketing Grant

Friday October 16, 2015

Piedmont Arts and Patriot Players Launch New Marketing Tools with Grant

Joey Logano Donates New Roof to Local Domestic Violence Shelter

Thursday October 15, 2015

As a part of Logano’s Chasing Second Chances program

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

Wednesday October 14, 2015

Piedmont Arts Celebrates Latin American Arts and Culture

Green Living Market FAQ

Thursday October 8, 2015

Green Living Market October 9-11, 2015 

Get the Picture

Wednesday October 7, 2015

A Photo Walk Through the Martinsville Uptown Historic District

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

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Join us for dinner...if you dare! 

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

Friday October 2, 2015

Don't miss the first annual Brewster Walk

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.

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.

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

Thursday September 17, 2015

The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) will be hosting the inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 19, 2015. 

Paul Menard Visits Uptown Martinsville

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Martinsville-Henry County welcomed Menard

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

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Jarekus Singleton at the Rives Theatre

Tourism Revenue Reached $66 Million in Martinsville-Henry County in 2014

Tuesday September 15, 2015

 All Virginia regions saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $22 billion 

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

Tuesday September 15, 2015

Wine by the River Wine Festival on September 19, 2015.

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

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

Tuesday September 8, 2015

3rd Chamber Music Recital: An Afternoon of Dances

PHCC Among Top Ten Community Colleges in US

Friday September 4, 2015

PHCC receives national recognition as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation

Brewster Walk to be held Oct. 10 in Uptown Martinsville

Monday August 24, 2015

Don't miss the inaugural Brewster Walk

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

Monday August 24, 2015

Changes are set and excitement builds

Clint Bowyer Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Tuesday August 18, 2015

Bowyer fans, don't miss this opportunity

August Has Arrived at the Smith River Sports Complex

Thursday August 13, 2015

As autumn approaches, the fun heats up at the SRSC

Martinsville Speedway: The Place for the Chase

Wednesday August 12, 2015

An exciting treat for your small business or group

Inaugural Wine Festival tickets available at Smith River Fest

Thursday August 6, 2015

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

On a Roll

Thursday August 6, 2015

A Guide to Biking in Southern Virginia

Kurt Busch Joins Martinsville Speedway’s Green Flag Experience

Wednesday August 5, 2015

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

Major and the Monbacks will play the farm this Saturday!

Wednesday August 5, 2015

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

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

Wine by the River Wine Festival

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Smith River Sports Complex hosts inaugural Wine by the River Wine Festival September 19

Barbecue, Beer and...Bugs?

Monday July 27, 2015

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

Higher Achievement: Richmond Makes Stop at Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday July 22, 2015

Martinsville Speedway offers life lessons from NASCAR's Diversity Programs

Speedway's Smith Honored by Martinsville and Henry County

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Mike Smith will be missed in the MHC Community

Discover the Great Outdoors at Smith River Fest

Thursday July 9, 2015

SRF Saturday, August 8, 2015

Third Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

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

Bonerama plays this Saturday

Tuesday July 7, 2015

New Orleans rock/funk band with tri of trombones 

Hundreds of Quilters to Visit Region this Week

Monday July 6, 2015

Quilt Shop Rally to Highlight Virginia Attractions


Virginia Master Naturalist Offers Annual Basic Training

Monday July 6, 2015

Virginia Master Naturalist Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Offers Annual Basic Training

Summer Events Not to Miss

Thursday June 4, 2015

Start making your MHC summer plans

Third Friday Art Walks Begin June 19

Monday June 1, 2015

Two fun Uptown events combine

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

PRO Partners With Equine Management Training Center

Tuesday April 28, 2015

PRO Partners With Equine Management Training Center

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

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

2nd Thursday Science Talk: "The Gravely House"

Tuesday April 7, 2015

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

First Corn Hole Tournament in Series this Saturday

Monday April 6, 2015

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

Fab Lab Fun: Week 4

Thursday April 2, 2015

The fun continues

Tickets Still Available for Grapes & Grains at VMNH

Thursday April 2, 2015

Get your tickets while you still can!

Hamlin Holds Off Keselowski

Monday March 30, 2015

Hamlin captures his 5th Martinsville Speedway win

Fab Lab Fun: Week 3

Thursday March 26, 2015

A FABulous Experience

The Arts at The Artisan Center

Thursday March 26, 2015

Creativity in full bloom

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

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

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

PRO Partners with Sandy River Equestrian Center

Thursday March 12, 2015

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

Harvick Says He’s Looking Forward To Getting Back To Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Harvick is Ready for Martinsville

Mustangs Announce Community Jersey Signing Event

Tuesday March 10, 2015

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

Closures & Cancellations

Thursday March 5, 2015

Closures & Cancellations for March 5, 2015

'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?

Singing Nuns Take Over Local Restaurant

Sunday February 22, 2015

The "nunsense" fundraiser was a success. 

Ultimate Frisbee Starts SRSC's Season

Friday February 20, 2015

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

Discover the Arts Through The Artisan Center

Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Artisan Center Offers Something for Everyone

Martinsville Speedway Ticket Office Extends Hours Beginning Saturday

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Extended hours for your convenience

Get served by Patriot Players’ singing ‘nuns’

Sunday February 15, 2015

The PHCC Patriot Players would love to serve you

ValleyStar Credit Union 300: New Name For Late Model Race

Friday February 6, 2015

Great Sponsor, Great Fun

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

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Johnson joins Dale Jr. in the Green Flag Experience

New Year New You New Mindset

Sunday February 1, 2015

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

Military Discounts

Monday January 26, 2015

Military Discounts

Speedway’s Mike Smith Recognized for “Helping Others”

Monday January 26, 2015

Smith named the 2014 recipient of the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award

NCBA Baseball Tournaments to Return in Spring 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Tournament Officials Renew Partnership Agreements with City

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

Tuesday January 20, 2015

The Green Flag Experience to Include Dale Jr.

A New Year of Experiences

Thursday January 15, 2015

Experience Something New in 2015

Martinsville Speedway Offers High Level Of Action For Small Price

Monday January 12, 2015

Get a little for a lot at Martinsville Speedway

Winter Fun: Spencer Penn Centre

Tuesday December 30, 2014

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

2014 in Review

Friday December 19, 2014

A look back on the past year...

Season of Giving in MHC

Thursday December 18, 2014

Give to great Martinsville-Henry County institutions this holiday season

Winter Fun: Dale's Cafe

Wednesday December 17, 2014

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

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

Wednesday December 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rooster Walk 7 & Rives Theatre Pre-Season Ticket Sale

Tuesday December 9, 2014

Area Concerts to be featured at MHC Visitor Center’s Holiday Hot Ticket event

"Adventure on the Smith River Book Signing at Binding Time Cafe

Monday December 1, 2014

Jennifer Gregory, Tom Perry & Dan River Basin Association will be present

Win a Foodie Getaway Package

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Click for full details

Small Town Life, Big City Fun

Monday November 24, 2014

The arts are alive in Southern Virginia

Piedmont Shootout Soccer Tournament

Thursday November 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHCC Professor Opens Exhibition at Taubman

Friday October 31, 2014

An art professor from Patrick Henry Community College is showing an exhibition representing three years of work in a new show at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

Gerry Bannan’s “Vanitas” is described as a collection of still life arrangements connected to the art tradition vanitas, which comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible from a passage that states: “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.”

“The point behind this is the idea that the word vanity is referring to futility,” Bannan said. “When someone says, ‘all my efforts were in vain,’ it’s more about the futile than being egotistical. The purpose, spiritually, is to remember and be humble in the face of your own mortality. The vanity refers to the efforts and achievements that one makes in life, but one should always remember in the end that your earthly life is finite.”

Bannan used BIC brand crystal ballpoint pens to create nine pen and ink drawings on Mylar, a form of polyester material.

“A lot of people found that fascinating because these pens are such a common, every day, mundane writing tool,” he said. “But I have found them to be wonderfully versatile at art making in that they have a great range of tonal quality… People are familiar with them. When they look at my drawings and think about their experiences with BIC pens, I think it connects them to the work in a way that you don’t get connected to a bronze sculpture because it’s not something people do every day.”

Bannan’s drawings in the exhibit range in size from 12-by-16 inches to more than six feet long. The largest is 20 inches high by 72 inches long.

“People often ask how long they take to create, and they can take a very long time to make,” he said. “It takes months for some of the larger ones. Art making takes a lot of time, and sometimes people don’t realize the actual time that an artist needs to put into the creation of their work. People may think if a person is talented then the work just happens, but there’s always an element of actual time that needs to be put into developing the work.”

Bannan said his drawings also include a great deal of memento mori imagery, which is Latin for “remember death.” He said this is depicted by symbols including skulls, fading flowers, ribbons and scissors.

In addition to his drawings, he’s also displaying two still life tableaus from the setups he used in creating the artwork.

“Building up these collections of objects is part of the drawing process,” he said. “The curator visited my studio and said she would like to have one or two of them included in the exhibition. It’s really great because it makes me think of them differently as maybe artworks in themselves, whereas before, I always thought they were in service of the drawing.”

Bannan received his bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. and his master of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s participated in solo and group exhibitions in several states including Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Bannan also owns BanG Studios in downtown Roanoke, a fine arts gallery and studio he operates with his wife Betsy Bannan.

“Vanitas” will be on display until March 21, 2015. Bannan will give workshops and gallery talks in connection with the show, some of which are planned for early next year. Check www.taubmanmuseum.org for details.

Amy G. Moorefield, deputy director of exhibitions at Taubman, curated this exhibit. To find out more about Bannan’s work, visit www.gerrybannan.com.

Explore MARTinsville

Thursday October 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goody's Expands Partnership with Earnhardt Jr.

Sunday October 26, 2014

Goody's Expands Partnership with Earnhardt Jr.

Shilling Returns Home as Part of Turn 5 Concert Series

Tuesday October 21, 2014

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

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

Tuesday October 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keselowski Ready For Beating and Banging at Martinsville

Monday October 20, 2014

Keselowski Hopes to Improve at Martinsville Speedway

Sample a Taste of MHC

Friday October 3, 2014

Locally made Hooper’s Sauces to be available at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center

Defending MDCU 300 Champ Lemons Putting Pressure on Himself

Thursday September 25, 2014

The pressure and anticipation for the MDCU 300 builds

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

Tuesday September 23, 2014

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

Area Residents Participate in FAM Tour

Saturday September 13, 2014

Familiarization tour introduced Martinsville-Henry County residents to area attractions

Classic Cars Cruised Through Area

Thursday September 11, 2014

Twenty-two classic cars toured through Martinsville-Henry County

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

Earnhardt Jr. Wants His Own Martinsville Speedway Grandfather Clock

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Jr. looks to add grandfather clock trophy to his collection

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

Friday August 29, 2014

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

Food, Foliage, and Furry Friends

Thursday August 28, 2014

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

Hamlet Vineyards

Wednesday August 27, 2014

A Visit to this Southern Virginia Hotspot

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 Resources Available to Promote MHC

Wednesday August 13, 2014

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

Virginia Farmers’ Market Week in MHC

Wednesday August 6, 2014

Explore Local Products With A Visit To Local Farmers’ Markets

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

Thursday July 31, 2014

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center Hosting Local Business Presentations

MDCU to Sponsor NASCAR Late Model Race at Martinsville Speedway

Tuesday July 15, 2014

MDCU & Martinsville Speedway Join Forces for the MDCU 300

Discover the Great Outdoors

Tuesday June 17, 2014

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

Get to MHC and Get Outdoors

Monday June 2, 2014

Outdoor fun for June

Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway Will Offer More Fun

Friday May 16, 2014

More rides, more music, more entertainment

Area Businesses Win “Best Of Virginia” Awards

Friday May 9, 2014

More than forty local businesses featured in Virginia Living magazine

A Three-Day Escape

Monday May 5, 2014

Enjoy a long weekend in Martinsville-Henry County

6 Places To Find Your Inner Foodie

Tuesday April 29, 2014

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

First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday April 29, 2014

First Friday Art Walk Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Martinsville Uptown

Dippers Advances to Final Round of Culinary Madness

Friday April 25, 2014

Local Business Representing Martinsville-Henry County in Statewide Competition

Earth Day Every Day

Monday April 21, 2014

Treat every day like Earth Day

Dippers Advances to Round Three of Culinary Madness

Friday April 18, 2014

Local Business Representing Martinsville-Henry County in Statewide Competition

Tour-ific Southern Virginia Museums

Monday April 14, 2014

Visiting a museum can be fun for all ages.

Local Business Featured in Statewide Competition

Friday April 11, 2014

Be sure to vote for Dippers Ice Cream

Corn Hole Tournament Begins Saturday at Smith River Sports Complex

Monday April 7, 2014

Saturday is the kick-off to the series

Fun Away From The Track

Monday March 24, 2014

More fun outside the speedway

VMNH Presents Jefferson Awards

Friday March 21, 2014

8 Recipients Honored at 27th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards

Visit FAHI African American Heritage Museum

Monday February 10, 2014

Preserving history at FAHI

Trip Advisor Top MHC Restaurants

Thursday February 6, 2014

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

Rediscover the Past at the MHC Historical Museum

Monday January 13, 2014

MHC Historical Museum; more than a visit, an Experience

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.

Uptown Sweets Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

Wednesday December 11, 2013

New Business Takes Advantage of Grant Funds from EDC