Irma and Bernadette

During preparations for the opening of Piedmont Arts' "Expressions 2019" exhibit, painter Irma Smart (left) and Piedmont Arts Director of Exhibitions Bernadette Moore share a laugh. The opening reception for the exhibit, which features work by more than 100 local people, will be at 6-8 tonight.

Patriot Players auditions: Auditions for the Patriot Players’ summer show of “Beauty and the Beast” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the Walker Fine Arts Theatre at Patrick Henry Community College. Those auditioning should prepare a song in their key and be ready for any movement that the director may require. Minimum age to audition is 8. Getting a part commits the actor to 40 rehearsals, 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and then two weeks of performances. Justin Hall will be the director.

Opening Reception: Expressions 2019: The opening reception for Piedmont Arts’ annual open-entry art exhibit, “Expressions 2019,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Piedmont Arts. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served; RSVP to Piedmont arts at or 276-632-3221. “Expressions 2019” will open Saturday. The exhibit features artwork by local people.

Friday Night Jamboree: The New Habit Band of southwestern Virginia and Dan Smith and the Foggy River Boys will perform for the Friday Night Jamboree at the HJDB Event Center (former high school) in Bassett. The event will start with a jam band, followed by Don Smith at 7, then The New Habit at 8. Concessions will be available. Admission costs $5. The center is at 3289 Riverside Drive, Bassett.

Strawberry Festival: The 16th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Stuart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

Fieldale Heritage Festival: The 2019 Fieldale Heritage Festival will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Fieldale Recreation Center at 70 Marshall Way, Fieldale. There will be a pancake breakfast, and an opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The festival will be held rain or shine. Also at the festival will be kids’ activities, antique cars, historic displays, face-painting, live music, a horseless carriage, vendors of crafts and food, souvenirs, hit-or-miss engines, a petting zoo and pony rides. The annual collectors Christmas ornament will be available for sale. Handicapped parking spots make the festival easy to get to.

PCMA Music Jamboree: Destination Bluegrass will be the featured group for the Patrick County Music Association’s Music Jamboree on Saturday; they will take the stage at 7 p.m. The event will begin with an open jam session at 4:45 p.m., followed by By Grace at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available; bring a chair. The Music Jamboree is held in the Rotary Building at 420 Woodland Drive, Stuart.

Smith River Singers: The Smith River Singers will present their spring concert, “Love, In All Its Glory,” at 7 p.m. Monday at Galilean House of Worship, 5078 A.L Philpott Highway, Martinsville. The concert features composers from multiple areas, with an opening number by Sandra Ford of Martinsville. Special performances will include the First United Methodist Church Children’s Choir, as well as the Alma Ensemble, which is comprised of Sarah Wardle Jones on flute, Michelle Smith Johnson on clarinet and Erica Sipes on piano.

Hindi culture: Damanpreet Narula will hold a free Hindi Language class at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Martinsville Library. Traditional Indian food will be served. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 276-403-5430.  

Gardening: The Martinsville Library, in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, will hold a gardening workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday. To register, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.  

L.I.F.E. Series: History of Beaver Creek Plantation: At noon Wednesday, New College Institute’s L.I.F.E. series at NCI will present “History of Beaver Creek Plantation.” Built in 1776, by George Hairston on a 30,000-plus acre royal land grant, this beautiful landmark is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on Virginia Landmarks Register.

Bus to Broadway: ‘Hello, Dolly!’: Piedmont Arts will host a bus trip for the performance of “Hello, Dolly!” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The bus will leave at 4 p.m. The cost is $110 per person, with an additional optional boxed dinner for $10. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and over

Landscaping: The Martinsville Library, in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, will hold a landscaping workshop at 1 p.m. Tuesday. To register, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.  

Rooster Walk 11: Rooster Walk 11 will be May 23-26 at Pop’s Farm on Hobson Road in Axton. Music will be by: Galactic, Sam Bush, Shovels and Rope, The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Steep Canyon Rangers, Turkuaz, King & Strings (Marcus King and Billy Strings), Big Something, Sierra Hull, Ghost Light, The Lil Smokies, The Steel Wheels, Roosevelt Collier Band, Mountain Heart, The Black Lillies, Yarn, “Yarn Morrison,” The Jammy Jan (hosted by The Lil Smokies), Runaway Gin, Kendall Street Co., The Trongone Band, State Birds, Fireside Collective, South Hill Banks, The Vegabonds, Palmpalm, Sanctum Sully, C2 & The Brothers Reed, Disco Risque, Kate Rhudy, Adar, The Folly, Chamomile & Whiskey and After Jack. Artists at Large will be Roosevelt Collier, Josh Shilling, Wallace Mullinax, Prosperity’s Folly, The Drove, Jules & The Agreeables, PHCC Jazz and MHC Praise. The festival features six stages, art, food, beer, camping and kids’ activities.

Mason Via concert: Mason Via & Friends will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. May 25 at Fairystone State Park, as part of the Reynolds Homestead’s 2019 Concert in the Park series.

‘Faith Around the Globe’: On May 28 the Martinsville Library will start a new lecture series, “Faith Around the Globe,” at 5:30 p.m. Martha Woody of Ohev Zion Synagogue give the first lecture, about Judaism. Other speakers will be: Pastor Keith Ritchie of First United Methodist Church about Christianity, on June 4; Damanpreet Narula on Sikhism, on Aug. 6; and Barbara Stein of Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center on Buddhism on Sept. 24. A session on Islam also is in the works.

Infinity Acres Spring Carnival: Infinity Acres Ranch will have its fifth annual Spring Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1. It will include a petting animal area and music. Kids’ activities, with a $5 wristband, include a dunking booth, face painting, corn hole and more. There will be vendors, crafts and concessions llama-walking, games and a hay wagon. An open mic session will be held from 1-3 p.m. Infinity Acres is at 136 Joppa Road, Ridgeway. Vendor spaces are available; call 358-2378 to reserve.

Garden Party: Piedmont Arts’ annual Garden Party will take place from 6-9 p.m. June 6 in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. The band Orquesta Tropikiimba will perform Afro-Latino music: salsa, vallenato, bachata, merengue, calypso, soca, zouk, hi-life, Afro-pop, kalinda and more. Free lemonade and water will be served, and beer and wine will be available at the cash bar. There will be yard games; bring a chair or blanket for getting comfortable. Admission costs $15 and is free for children 12 and younger.

Beach Music Festival: The 38th Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Music Festival will begin at 4 p.m. June 6 at Wayside Park in Stuart and run through 9 p.m. June 9. Bands will include Jim Quiick & Coastline, Band of Oz, Blackwater, The Entertainers and Silk Groove, A three-day pass costs $45 in advance and $55 at the gate, and other ticket options are available; look up the festival on

First Friday Summer Jam Series: The First Friday Summer Jam Series in Stuart will feature South Hill Banks and Chris Owens of Patrick County, beginning at 6 p.m. on June 7 at the Farmers Market. Bootleg BBQ, Basic City Beer Co. and Stanburn Winery will sell food and drink.

Fieldale Recreation and Pools 100th anniversary: The band 220 South will play at the 100th anniversary of Fieldale Recreation & Pools event June 8 in Fieldale, starting at 6 p.m.

Old Fiddlers Convention Best All-Around Performers Concert: Reynolds Homestead will be the site of the Old Fiddlers Convention Best All-Around Performers Concert at 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 10. The event is hosted by Reynolds Homestead programs as well as Mountains of Music Homecoming. Advance tickets, available on, cost $15 adult and $10 child 12 and younger.

‘Flags of the American Revolution’: Eric Monday will present "Flags of the American Revolution" at 10:30 a.m. June 11, at the Bassett Historical Center. 

Clyde Hooker Awards: Piedmont Arts will present the annual Clyde Hooker Awards at 5:30 p.m. June 13 at the museum. Recipients will be George W. Lester II and the Martinsville Speedway. Piedmont Arts also will recognize 2019 Arts in Education Award recipients Meritha Rucker and Brian Joyce as well as the recipients of the 2019 Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.