Music Night at Spencer-Penn: Lucky City Bluegrass and Two Young Two Old, along with the Old Dominion Cloggers, will be the featured performers during Music Night at Spencer-Penn tonight at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5., and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hot dogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
Paint a Beach Night: Genie’s Art and the HJDB Event Center will present “Paint a Beach Night” at 6:30 to 9:30 tonight. Each person will paint a beach, following instruction, but personalized. All supplies, plus refreshments, will be provided. The cost is $25.
Wayside Bluegrass Festival: The Wayside Bluegrass Festival will be Wednesday through July 20 at Wayside Park in Stuart. Bands will include Deer Creek Boys, Mickey Galen, Cullen Bridge, Lonesome River Band, Larry Cordel and Lonesome Standard Time. A four-day Adult Pass costs $80, or come for the day. Admission for children is $30. To camp, call Patty Hazelwood at 276-692-4149.
Art @ Happy Hour: Piedmont Arts will have complimentary drinks and light snacks, provided by Piedmont Arts Guild, at 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday for Art @ Happy Hour, a casual gallery walk and talk through Expressions 2019, featuring work by more than 100 local and regional artists. Admission is free.
Patriot Players’ “Beauty and the Beast”: The Patrick Henry Community College Patriot Players will present “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. Thursday through July 20 and July 25 to 27 and 2 p.m. July 20, 21 and 28. Tickets ($15) are on sale and will cost $20 at the door. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available on www.phccpatriotplayers.com/tickets and at the college.
Franks + Dranks: Piedmont Arts will host a casual night of food and music in the museum’s Gravely-Lester Art Garden during Franks + Dranks, at 6 to 9 p.m. July 19. It will feature live music, hot dogs and lemonade, with beer and wine at a cash bar. Tickets are $20, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
Friday Night Jamboree: Larry Sigmon and Friends will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett. Admission is $5.
TGIF: Stone Canyon Band will perform at 7 p.m. July 19 in the Broad Street parking lot for the second TGIF concert of the season. Admission is $7, with children 12 and younger free. Danville Distributing will have drinks, and Hugo’s will sell food.
Music Jamboree: The HJDB Event Center in the old Bassett High School will host a music night at 7 on July 19. Larry Sigmon and Martha Spencer, Unique Sound of the Mountains, will perform.
”Treasure from the Vaults”: A number of local museums and collectors will share items not usually on public display, including some World War II artifacts many don’t realize have local roots. The MHC Heritage Center will join the Virginia Museum of Natural History, FAHI African-American Museum and Cultural Center, The Reynolds Homestead and private collectors Mervyn and Virginia King, Doug Stegall and others to share their treasures at 2:30 p.m. July 21 at the MHC Heritage Center in the former Henry County courthouse. Admission is free, and refreshments will be offered.
Barn Quilt Class: The Spencer-Penn Centre will host a Barn Quilt Class at 1 to 5 p.m. July 21. All supplies will be provided, and the cost is based on size, from $30 for a 12-by-12-inch square to $80 for a 36-by-36. Once payment is received by the center, the student will send a design to the instructors at email@example.com, so that the board can be prepared. For more information, send email to that address or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artspiration: Mandala Painting: Mandala art offers balancing visual elements symbolizing unity and harmony. Instructor Holly Burton will share the use and history of mandalas as she guides students step by step in turning blank canvases into original mandala paintings at 6 to 9 p.m. July 25. The cost is $35. Register up through the day before at PiedmontArts.org or by calling 276-632-3221.
2019 Dino Festival: The Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Dino Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27 at the museum. It will feature life size-cast skeletons of some of the most iconic dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, a huge variety of dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists and dinosaur-themed activities, crafts and concessions.
Dawn and the Deadlock concert: Dawn and the Deadlock will perform jazz, blues and soul music at 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 26 at the HDJB Event Center in Bassett. Tickets cost $12.
Children’s theater: Bright Star Touring Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” and “Maximus Mars” at 1 p.m. July 27 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Each show will last 45 minutes, with a 30-minute break in between. Admission to both shows is $2, and $1 for children 12 and younger. Participants in the center’s summer reading and SPICE programs and summer camps will get in free.
Summer Sunset Series in Ridgeway: “Family fun” is the name of the game at 6 to 8 p.m. July 27 in the Ridgeway Town Park. There will be inflatables, games and fun for all ages. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Opening Reception: Piedmont Arts will hold an opening reception for the museum’s new exhibit, “FLASHPOINTS : Material : Intent : Fused, Ed Dolinger and Life, Love, Art: Works from the Collection of Judy and John Matthews,” at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Admission is free and complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
”Sweet Charity”: VisitMartinsville and the Rives Theatre are partnering to Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia by showing a series of Throwback Thursday films made in 1969 on one Thursday a month at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. The final film of the summer, “Sweet Charity,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.
Music Night at Spencer-Penn: The Shelton Brothers and Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys will be the featured performers during Music Night at Spencer-Penn on Aug. 9 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5, and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hot dogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge: The Reynolds Homestead’s 2019 Concert in the Park series will feature Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Fairy Stone State Park. The concert is free to the public, but park admission rates apply.
Smith River Fest: The Smith River Fest will be at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Smith River Sports Complex. It will feature outdoor activities and events plus vendors.
Remedy in concert: The Mill Whistle concert series in Fieldale on Aug. 10 will feature Remedy. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Fieldale Recreation Center, 70 Marshall Way. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Fieldale Recreation Center and Pools.
”August: Osage County”: TheatreWorks Community Players will open “August: Osage County” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15, in the Black Box Theatre. Following shows will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 25. The show tells the story of the Westons of Oklahoma. A pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring shady secrets unexpectedly reunite after the father disappears, and the family explodes in a whirlwind of repressed truths and unsettling secrets that uproariously expose the dark side of a Midwestern American family. The show is a winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play in2008.
Holly Kozelsky is a writer for the Martinsville Bulletin; contact her at 276-638-8801 ext. 243.