The Harvest Foundation provides a grant to the Black History Museum in Martinsville; After . . .

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Harvest Foundation awards grant to Martinsville Black History Museum

The Harvest Foundation of Martinsville awarded a grant of $254,468 over three years to the Fayette Area Historical Initiative to increase the museum’s capacity to develop and implement a focused strategic plan. The museum also plans to invest in board development and training while creating a marketing and business plan.

“FAHI’s preservation of African American history is vital to our community, and its presence in the Fayette Business Corridor is necessary for successful uptown revitalization,” said India Brown, program manager for the Harvest Foundation, in a statement. communicated. “Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, FAHI has seen more visitors, more schools taking field trips, and more people using the facilities for meetings and small gatherings. We have the opportunity to set a gold standard for investing in African American history. Visitors who come to FAHI expand their cultural knowledge and join the effort to eliminate systemic racism. When we embrace factual history and discover the contributions of African Americans to our society, we create a community where all can feel appreciated, valued, and seen.

FAHI opened its current location, the former Imperial Savings and Loan Bank building, in 2011. It includes exhibition space and special collections of artifacts. The museum plans to offer additional opening hours and days as it expands its infrastructure.

Visitors are welcome on Wednesdays and every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will organize group tours upon request. Call (276) 732-3496 or visit to learn more.

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Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will feature wines from outside of Virginia for the first time

For the first time in its 32-year history, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will feature wineries from outside the state of Virginia, including top brands such as Caymus, Catena, Zuccardi and Yalumba.

“In our efforts to keep the Wine Festival fresh and exciting, the committee has decided to expand the offering so that attendees have new and different brands to sample,” said Andy Bruns, Executive Director of the Regional Chamber of Commerce. SML in a press release. The chamber will host the event September 17-18 at Mariners Landing.

Representatives from Wagner Family of Wine, Winebow Fine Wine + Spirits and Wine Sellers LTD will be conducting tastings in the tent hosted by Bottles & Bites, Mariners Landing’s gourmet wine shop.

Saturday’s headline band will be The SteelDrivers, a Nashville-based bluegrass band that has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and won Best Bluegrass Album in 2015. On Sunday, eight-piece soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones will perform in the headlining spot.

Also slated for Saturday is The Suffers, a soul band from Houston that mixes elements of classic American soul and rock and roll to dance-loving crowds. Local favorites The Eric Wayne Band and Blueprint round out the lineup.

North Carolina-based brass funk band Empire Strikes Brass and Three Sheets to the Wind, a popular yacht rock band from Richmond, will open for St. Paul and the Broken Bones on Sunday.

An assortment of vendors will be on hand selling handmade jewelry, leather goods, clothing, accessories and gifs A full list can be found at

Tickets are on sale now at General admission tickets are $65 and VIP tickets are $195. Additionally, a limited number of boat ramps can be rented for $95 per day.

The Wine Festival is the Chamber’s largest non-paying fundraiser, with proceeds used to develop and expand programs to promote tourism and business in the lake region. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to

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The SML pavilion will open in Moneta on October 1

The SML pavilion will open on October 1st. Located in downtown Moneta, the pavilion has ample covered space for events.

A ribbon cutting with the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce will take place at noon on October 1st as part of a free grand opening party.

The pavilion space will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. A community jam session will take place from the 1st to the 4th. Musicians from the community are invited to take the stage and share their talents.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Every event held at the pavilion will benefit local nonprofits, according to a statement from SML Pavilion, the nonprofit organization behind the venue.

The pavilion includes a 40×100 tent with seating and rain and sun protection. There is seating for 220 people and space for up to 450 guests.

The site offers information and a calendar of events. Local talent and vendors interested in participating in pavilion events are welcome to register on the website.

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Milk Carton Kids sold out at Lime Kiln

The Lime Kiln Theater concert with The Milk Carton Kids and Kaia Kater opening on Saturday September 17 is sold out. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m.

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