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The Meadows of Dan Community Association will host the annual Meadows of Dan Folk Fair 10am to 4:30pm on Saturdays throughout Meadows of Dan.


The Blue Ridge Regional Library has a new series, “At Home: Cooking Edition.” At 2:30pm on Saturday, Darla Mein-Schneider, owner of Rising Star Breads, will lead a class on how to make a classic summer recipe. Attendance is free, but registration is required: Call 276-403-5430.

The class “Canning soups and the like” will be held at 9 a.m. on September 10 and/or September 24 at the Spencer-Penn Center. It is intended for people who have experience in canning. All supplies will be provided. The September 10th class is almost full. The cost is $20; call 276-957-5757 to register.

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Piedmont Arts Spicy September: The Art of Coming Home will be held from 18:30-21:30 September 9. Jake Earls will perform music. People cooking for the event will be Connie and Elliott Stone of Stonehaus Farms; Beth Marshall and Brian Stanley; Merita and George Alderman; Lucy Coleman and Donna McGarry; Chef D. Wilson; Clifton Barrow of Roosky’s; Larry Luck of Manny’s Restaurant; Susan Kritz and Will Gravely; Keisha Rivalte; and chef Luke Polom of King’s Grant. Tickets are $50 at PiedmontArts.org. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including tickets to the Virginia Tech vs. Wofford football game, the NC State vs. Texas Tech game (with hotel accommodations), 4-day access to Rooster Walk 13, free TAD Space rental, lounge chair and pillows from Bassett Furniture, Bassett Furniture Bookcase and Prize Pack.


Relay for Life of Martinsville-Henry County will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 17th at the Smith River Sports Complex in the festival grounds. Food will be available. Jus’ Cauz will perform music and students from Teresa’s School of Dance will dance. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/mhcva.


A series of four free genealogy classes will be held in historic downtown Bassett in October, from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. Each class will build on information from the class before it and will include resources and materials found in the Center as well as genealogy website navigation and more. There will be something for all levels of “genealogists” and family researchers. The series of classes will be taught by the Center’s own Cindy Hedden. This series of four classes will be limited to 12 people; to reserve a seat, call 276-629-9191.


The Rockin’ River Fest bands together TGIF on Friday, Smith River Fest on Saturday during the day and Uptown Music Fest at night on Saturday for the price of one ticket: $30 (www.bgcbr.org). This combo ticket includes admission to each event, one free pour at each event, a “silipinta” and a Rockin’ River Fest t-shirt.


The Smith River Fest will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday at the Smith River Sports Complex. Activities will include a river race, mud run, live music, demonstration pool, climbing wall, magic show, petting zoo, food, free tubing, kids’ zone and free river shuttles. For more information, visit www.SmithRiverFest.com.

The Bassett Heritage Festival will be held from 7am to 4.30pm on September 10th.

The Dyer’s Store Volunteer Fire Department will hold a 50th Anniversary/Community Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 17. Meet the firefighters; see the trucks and equipment. There will be free bounce houses and free hot dogs.

The Spencer-Penn Center will host MHC is for book lovers Book-fest Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. The first day will include a dinner with authors. On the second day, vendors, food trucks, authors and activities will be there from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The MHC Veterans Service Organization will host a Veterans Appreciation Day 10am to 2pm on October 8 at Jack Dalton Park. Veterans and their families are invited for hot dogs and chips. Games will be organized, including cornhole and badminton, and there will be music. The main purpose of the event is to introduce veterans to the various VSO organizations such as the DAV, VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps League.

The Spencer-Penn Center will conduct Fall Festival 2022 10am to 2pm Saturday, October 15. It will feature games, children’s activities, vendors and more. For vendor inquiries contact [email protected] or 276-957-5757.


Chix with Stix are knitters who meet from 10:30am to 12:30pm every second Tuesday at Piedmont Arts. Bring your own supplies to knit in company. Cost is $5 for non-Piedmont Arts members. The next one will be on August 23.

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

Virginia Foothills Quilter Guilder meets monthly at 9:30am on the first Tuesday (September 2) and 6:30am on the second Tuesday at Piedmont Arts.


Oldskool will play Friday night at Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, from 7-9:30 p.m., at 3561 Huntington Trail. Admission is $8. The next band will be Jus’ Cauz on August 26th.

Ann Open Jam takes place every Friday at 7pm at the Willis Gap Community Centre, 144 The Hollow Road.

Mountain highway will have a concert from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Friday at the HJDB Event Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The next one TGIF concert will be with The Kings at 7pm on Friday at the Bridge Street Parking Lot in Martinsville presented by the Martinsville Uptown Rotary Club. The final TGIF concert of the year will be Slick Jr. & the Reactors on September 16.

Second Annual Uptown Music Festival is from the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday, at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. It features George Hodges, Matt Crowder, Martin and Kelly and the Magnificents. Food and beverage vendors will include Hugo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Bahama Sno Shack, Childress Vineyards, Scuffle Hill Brewing Company and Mountain Valley Brewing. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door at EventBrite.com.

An evening of music at Spencer-Penn on Friday, September 11, will feature Gap Civil. Doors will open at 5pm and the band will start at 6.15pm. Admission is $5. Concessions will be sold, including hot dogs and barbecue.

Move to Martinsville and Music in the Box will present music featuring Yarn’s Blake Christiana at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 14, at Hamlet Vineyards, rain or shine. Cost is $15 per person, with tickets at hamletvineyards.com. Pickle & Ash will have a food truck there from 6-8pm

The 8th Annual Riverside Wine Festival will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, October 22 at the Smith River Sports Complex, hosted by the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation. Tickets cost $10-$15. It will feature food, artisans, various wineries and numerous beer distributors. For more information, visit www.winebyriver.com.


Martinsville Uptown Partnership hosts the “Third Thursdays in Uptown,” from 3-9pm Thursday, August 18 and September 15, in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot below the Black Box Theatre.


Piedmont Arts Blues, Drinks and Stews will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, October 14, at Piedmont Arts. It will feature a fire pit, Brunswick stew, a cash bar with craft beer and wine and live music by the Griffin Haley Band. Included in the ticket price will be a dish of Brunswick stew, cornbread, banana pudding and tea from Hylton’s Wood-Cooking Grill. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. If it rains, the event will be held at Piedmont Arts.


“Top, Music and More”, every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bassett Ruritan Club on Philpott Dam Road is a fun and relaxing time for people to gather to play games, work on puzzles, make crafts and play bocce. Feel free to grab something to do or food to share.


Front Porch Fest will be held September 1-16 at Spirithaven Farm in Stuart. Bands include 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 , Slick Jr. & The Reactors, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Annabelle’s Curse, Oh Christoperh, Dirk Quinn Band, GOTE, Isaac Hadden Project, Fluidity Performance Troupe and The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs. Ticket options include 4-day general admission for $130.


Piedmont Arts current exhibits are: “Private Domain,” large-scale oil on canvas paintings by Virginia Derryberry exploring contemporary aspects of alchemy; “Continuity (Color & Texture),” Davis Chown Patterns of Raleigh, NC; and “Seasons and Colors of the Appalachian Trail,” photographs by Bill Booz, who has hiked the entire 2,160-mile trail.

The Martinsville 7 Initiative’s Pardoned But Not Forgotten exhibit is on Fayette Area Historical Initiative Museum211 Fayette St., Martinsville.

The Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryThe final Science of Flight exhibit will be open until December 22.

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