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folk fair

Meadows of Dun Community Association Annual Meadows of Dunn Folk Fair Held across the town of Meadows of Dun on Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm.


There is a new series in the Blue Ridge Regional Library. “At Home: Cooking”. On Saturday at 2:30 pm, Darla Main-Schneider, owner of Rising Star Breads, teaches us how to make a classic summer recipe. Participation is free, but registration is required: Phone 276-403-5430.

class “canned soup, etc.” It will be held at the Spencer Penn Center on September 10th and/or September 24th at 9am. For those who have experience with canning. All equipment will be provided. The class on September 10th is almost full. The cost is $20. Call 276-957-5757 to register.

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Piedmontese Arts “Savory September: The Art of Tailgating” Jake Earles plays music. The cooks for the event are Connie and Elliot Stone from Stonehaus Farms. Beth Marshall and Brian Stanley. Melissa and George Alderman. Lucy Coleman and Donna McGarry. Chef D. Wilson. Clifton Barrow at Roosky’s. Larry Luck of Manny’s Restaurant. Susan Critz and Will Gravely. Keisha Rivalte; King’s Grant chef Luke Polom; Tickets are $50 for him at Raffle tickets include tickets to Virginia Tech vs. Wofford football game, North Carolina vs. Texas Tech game with hotel stay, 4-day admission to Rooster Walk 13, complimentary TAD space rental, lounge chairs , Bassett Furniture cushions, Bassett Furniture bookshelves, prize packages.

relay of life

Relay for Life of Martinsville Henry County It will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 3-7pm at the Smiths River Sports Complex in the Festival Area. Food will be prepared. Music is played by Jus’ Cauz and students from Teresa’s School of Dance dance. For more information, please visit


series 4 Free Genealogy Classes Held every Tuesday from 10am to noon in October at the Bassett Historical Center. Each class builds on the information from the previous class, incorporating resources and materials found in the Center, navigating through his website on Family Trees, and more. There is something for all levels of “genealogists” and family researchers. The series of classes will be taught by Center Cindy Haden. This series of her four classes will be limited to twelve of her. Call 276-629-9191 to reserve a spot.

Rockin’ River Fest

of Rockin’ River Fest TGIF on Friday, Smith River Fest on Saturday and Uptown Music Fest on Saturday night for $30 per ticket ( This combined ticket includes admission to each event, one free drink at each event, a ‘Silipinto’ and a Rockin’ River Fest T-shirt.


of Smith River Fest It takes place Saturdays from 10am to 4pm at the Smiths River Sports Complex. Activities include river races, mud runs, live music, demo pools, climbing walls, magic shows, petting zoo, food, free tubing, children’s areas, and free river shuttles. For more information, please visit

of Bassett Heritage Festival It will take place on September 10th from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Dye Shop Fire Brigade will hold this event. 50th Anniversary Community Day Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. See Tracks and Equipment. There is a free bouncy house and free hot dogs for kids.

Hosted by the Spencer Pen Center MHC is for Book Lovers Book-fest Friday 16th September and Saturday 17th September. The first day is a dinner with the author. Day 2 will feature vendors, food trucks, authors and activities from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free.

The MHC Veterans Services Organization veterans appreciation day October 8th from 10am to 2pm at Jack Dalton Park. Veterans and their families are invited to hot dogs and chips. Games such as cornhole and badminton are prepared and music is played. The main purpose of this event is to introduce the veteran to his various VSO organizations such as DAV, VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps League.

Hosted by the Spencer Penn Center 2022 Fall Festival Saturday, October 15th from 10am to 2pm. Games, children’s activities, vendors and more. For vendor inquiries, please contact or 276-957-5757.

arts and crafts

Sticks and Chicks Knitters who meet at Piedmont Arts every other Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Bring your own tools to knit with your buddies. $5 for non-members of Piedmont Arts. The next one is August 23rd.

a barn quilt class It will be held at the Spencer Penn Center on Sunday, September 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Pricing is based on project size. 12 x 36 inches, $75. 25 inches square, $65. 36 inches square, $85. Register by September 16th at 276-957-5757.

Virginia Foothills Quilter Guild Held at Piedmont Arts on the first Tuesday of each month (September 2nd) at 9:30 am and the second Tuesday at 6:30 am.


Oldskool on a Friday night Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, 7-9:30 p.m. on Huntington Trail 3561. Admission is $8. The next band is his August 26th Jus ‘Cauz.

Ann open jam It takes place every Friday at 7pm at the Willis Gap Community Center at 144 The Hollow Road.

mountain highway The concert will be held at the HJDB Event Center on Friday from 7-9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

next TGIF concert Presented by the Martinsville Uptown Rotary Club with the Kings on Friday at 7:00 pm in the parking lot on Bridge Street, Martinsville. His final TGIF concert of the year will be at Slick Jr. & the Reactors on September 16th.

2nd Annual Uptown Music Fest Hosted by the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation on Saturdays from 7-11 pm at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Starring George Hodges, Matt Crowder, Martin and Kelly, and The Magnificent Band. Dining options include Hugo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Bahama Sno Shack, Childrenres Vineyards, Scuffle Hill Brewing Company and Mountain Valley Brewing. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 on the day at

Music Night at Spencer Penn Gap Civil will be featured on Friday, September 11th. Doors open at 5pm, performance starts at 6:15pm. Admission is $5. Stalls such as hot dogs and barbecue will be sold.

Moved to Martinsville, Music in the Box On Wednesday, September 14th at 8pm, play rain or shine at Hamlet Vineyards with music featuring Blake Christiana of Yarn. The cost is $15 per person for her, and tickets are available at Pickles & Ash has food trucks from 6-8pm.

of 8th Annual Wine by the River Festival It will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 2-7pm at the Smith River Sports Complex hosted by the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation. Tickets are $10-15. It features food, artisan vendors, various wineries, and multiple beer vendors. For more information, please visit

Third Thursday

The Martinsville Uptown Partnership isThird Thursday in UptownThursday, August 18 and September 15, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot below the Black Box Theater.

blues, brews, stews

Blues, Brews and Stews of the Piedmontese Arts will be held at Piedmont Arts on Friday, October 14th at 6pm. It features a fire pit, Brunswick stew, a cash bar serving craft beer and wine, and live music by the Griffin Haley Band. Brunswick stew, cornbread, banana pudding, and tea from Hylton’s Wood-Cooking Grill are included in your ticket price. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the Piedmont Museum.


“Luke, Music & More” Every Friday from 10am to noon at the Bassett Ruritan Club on Philpot Dam Road, a fun and relaxing time where people come together to play games, do puzzles, make crafts and play rooks is. Feel free to bring whatever you want to do or food to share.

front porch fest

front porch fest It will be held at Spirithaven Farm in Stuart on the afternoon of September 1-4. Includes The Vagabonds, Larry Keel Experience, Consider the Source, Little Bird, Big Daddy Love, Erin & The Wildfire, Into the Fog, Tim Sawyer, The Judy Chops, Striking Copper, The Get Right Band, The Freeway Jubilee, Free Union will be , Slick Jr. & The Reactors, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Annabelle’s Curse, Oh Christoperh, Dirk Quinn Band, GOTE, Isaac Hadden Project, Fluidity Performance Troupe, The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs. Ticket options include his four-day general admission of $130.

museum display

Piedmontese Arts Current exhibits include: “Private Domain,” a large-scale oil-canvas figure painting by Virginia Derrybury exploring the contemporary side of alchemy. “Continuity (Color & Texture)”, a pattern piece by Davis Choun of his in Raleigh, NC. And “Seasons and Colors of the Appalachian Trail” is a photo of Bill Booz hiking the entire 2,160-mile trail.

The exhibition “Forgiven but not Forgotten” by the Martinsville 7 Initiative Fayette Area Historical Initiative Museum211 Fayette St., Martinsville.

of Virginia Museum of Natural History‘s newest exhibition, The Science of Flight, runs until December 22nd.