Second Annual Martinsville Culture Crawl Set for September 6 in Uptown


Arts and culture will be on full display in Uptown Martinsville from 4 – 8 pm on Saturday, September 6, as the community holds its second annual Martinsville Culture Crawl. During the event, visitors can enjoy music, art, tours, activities, food and special discounts at area businesses and restaurants. The event is designed to celebrate arts and culture in Martinsville by showcasing the many cultural opportunities available in the community.


“The Culture Crawl is an event put together by local arts and culture organizations,” said Piedmont Arts Executive Director Kathy Rogers. “Visitors will be able to experience a wide array of activities during the event as they walk along Starling, Church, Main and Fayette Streets. By purchasing a $10 wristband, they can experience even more, including access to shuttle service, reduced admission to events, and discounts on food and merchandise at various Uptown businesses and restaurants.”

Some of the activities taking place on September 6 include:

  • Press It!, an interactive community exhibition, and live music at Piedmont Arts;
  • Lemonade and tours at the Little Post Office;
  • A fossil dig and free admission to the Virginia Museum of Natural History;
  • Refreshments at The Grey Lady;
  • Sing and dance your fines away at Blue Ridge Regional Library;
  • Left Hip Pocket and Dr. Z and the Riff Raff at the Rives Theatre, discounted ticket for wristband holders;
  • 10% discount on select items for those with a Culture Crawl wristband at Studio 107;
  • 10 to 15% discount on original glass artwork and antiques at Gallery 22; blacksmithing demonstration by Noah Vogler;
  • Improv at The Black Box;
  • Performance by the Patriot Players and mozzarella cheese making demonstration by Stonehaus Farms at The Artisan Center; 10% discount on retail items;
  • Tours of FAHI African American Museum and Cultural Center;
  • Discounts on MHC souvenirs and customer photo at MHC Visitor Center

“We’re excited this year to offer a free concert featuring the band, Crawford, Power & Young, food from local restaurants and drinks on the square at the MHC Heritage Center and Museum,” said Rogers. “This event will be from 6 – 7 pm Those with a wristband will get a free drink.”

Wristbands for the Culture Crawl are now on sale at Piedmont Arts, Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center. All participants will be given a Culture Crawl map, which will outline all activities taking place during the crawl. People can also visit www.piedmontarts.org for a full listing of events.

Martinsville Culture Crawl is made possible through generous sponsorships by Martin Plaza Furniture Outlet, Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation Department of Tourism and Film, Stifel, Artisan Center of Virginia and New College Institute.



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