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Evince Magazine

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November 2010

Editor's Note

Lindsay Bowman Poteat and Mandi Merricks, two women featured in this month’s Evince, have probably never met, but they share an important trait. Lindsay personifies commitment to community (Her story is on page 3.) and Mandi epitomizes commitment to customer service (See page 9). Neither woman would ever do a job halfway and our community is better because of that. Just think what could happen if all citizens were 100% committed to doing what is best for themselves, their families, and the community. Linda Lemery has some thoughts about that in Reflecting Forward: Commitment, Community and Us on page 8. Christine Baggerly has some suggestions in It Takes a Village to Save the Local Economy on page 15. Sunday, November 7, is 25-hour day, thanks to the end of Daylight Savings Time. Use that extra hour to reflect on how you can make your world a better place and then make a promise to never give less than 100%.

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Editor’s Note


Keeping Up with Lindsay Bowman Poteat by Joyce Wilburn


She Said He Said / Food Fight by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham


Edge by Telisha Moore Leigg


Second Thoughts Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About by Kim Clifton

Ve ince THE

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Editor Joyce Wilburn (434.799.3160) Associate Editor Larry G. Aaron (434.792.8695) Contributing Writers

Diane Adkins, Christine Baggerly, Lynne Bjarnesen, Jane Brown, Kim Clifton, Joey Faucette, Wendy Fuller, Dena Hill, Diane Kendrick, Sarah Latham, Telisha Moore Leigg, Linda Lemery, Karen Maute, Larry Oldham, Joyce Wilburn, Annelle Williams, Joan Wood


Reflecting Forward Commitment, Community, and Us by Linda Lemery


Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Joan Wood




Whom Do You Help? by Dr. Joey Faucette

Sales Manager Larry Oldham (434.728.3713)


Book Clubbing / The Loose Leaves Book Club by Karen Maute

Sales Associates Kim Demont (434.836.1247)

From Slave to Union Soldier by Sarah Latham

It Takes a Village to Save the Local Economy by Christine Baggerly

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Keeping Up with

Lindsay Bowman Poteat

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rriving 15 minutes early for our interview, a confident and impeccably dressed Lindsay Bowman Poteat strolls through the parking lot and offers a friendly greeting. To the casual observer, it might appear that she has nothing better to do on a late Saturday morning in October than to chat for a few minutes. Au contraire! Our rendezvous has been sandwiched between a late Friday night singing gig with the well-known local band, Backstreet, and a noon singing engagement at the Art on Main festival. “It helps me as a performer to sing at different venues and I love singing with a live band,” says the 2009 Miss Danville-Pittsylvania County who started singing at age 4. Flashing a quick, easy smile she quips, “I’ll sing the national anthem anywhere and everywhere I can. I love to sing and entertain people” Her first chance to sing the Star Spangled Banner to a national audience came last year on SPEED TV. As the winner of the Kroger Idle Competition, she performed during the opening events at the NASCAR Truck Series Race in Martinsville. (Yes, idle is correct—a pun for racing car fans whose cars are rarely idle except when Lindsay is singing.) She was also selected as a contestant on the Fast Track to Fame traveling talent/variety show filmed at the Texas Motor Speedway and shown on SPEED TV. “The experience was just great. To see how a live national TV show is produced…” her voice fades at the awesome memory. Lindsay’s racing connection dates back to 2005 when the Seaford, Virginia native was Miss Langley Speedway, a track in Hampton, Virginia. “I sang almost every weekend for two years,” she remembers. A career involving race cars seemed like a viable option, so Lindsay enrolled in the sports management degree program at Averett University and graduated in 2007. “I was offered a job with NASCAR in Charlotte and worked with the official fan club helping with tours of the pit area and garages. It was a lot of fun because I travelled all over the U.S. to the different tracks,” says the 24 year-old Danville resident who is celebrating a first wedding anniversary this month with husband Travis. When the NASCAR job was eliminated, a new opportunity appeared. Lindsay’s mother, Brenda Bowman, introduced her to Charles Poindexter, who had just been elected to his first term in the Virginia House of Delegates representing Franklin, Floyd, and North Pittsylvania Counties. “My mother offered to help him in Richmond and suggested that I be an intern,” she says, explaining how the internship eventually led to a job as a full-time legislative assistant. Parental support has always been essential to Lindsay’s success. She and her mother work and sing together often and her father, Ken, the Economic Development Director

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for Pittsylvania County, is their selfproclaimed roadie. Whether it’s constituency services in a Delegate’s office or public relations at a race track or a singing gig, Lindsay is using her people skills to make situations better. “In NASCAR I worked with fans and now I work with people trying to solve their problems—anything from needing a new guardrail on their road to wanting a new piece of legislation on autism,” she continues. Lindsay will be starting her fourth session as an aide in January and will be in Richmond when the General Assembly convenes in January. Typical for Lindsay, the weekend before she leaves for the two-month stay in the state capital will not be quiet. On January 8, she and her mother are directing the 2011 Pre-Teen, Teen, and Miss Danville-Pittsylvania County pageants; the latter being the preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America Pageants. Brenda became the new director of the Miss D-PC pageant in September. Lindsay explains, “I can’t officially take it over until I’ve been out of

competition for three years.” Listing several reasons for assuming yet another responsibility, she adds, “The pageant was probably going to fold and I wanted to see it continue. The Miss America Pageant is such a great promoter of young woman and the largest provider of scholarship money for women. (The winners) are good role models for kids and others who need someone to look up to.” Yes, we are fortunate to have Lindsay Bowman Poteat, to look up to. That is not difficult. Keeping up with her? That’s another story. • For more information about the local pageants call 434.724.4343 or visit • The deadline to register for the Tiny Miss Danville-Pittsylvania County Pageant (ages 0-9 years) is Wednesday, December 1. The pageant will be held on Saturday, December 18, at Chatham High School. • The deadline to register for the Miss Danville-Pittsylvania County is Wednesday, December 15, 2010. • Find Lindsay on facebook or visit

stress, anger and other symptoms of decreased psychological health. Humans are social creatures and we need to communicate. Helen Keller said that blindness separates you from things; deafness separates you from people. Losing the ability to communicate due to hearing loss isolates people from friends and family. People with untreated hearing loss avoid social situations and withdraw from activities. This withdrawal from interaction increases sense of isolation and feelings of depression and loneliness. Using hearing instruments reconnects people to family and friends. It is known that using hearing instruments decreases the negative affects of hearing loss. Hearing instrument users have better interpersonal relationships and have decreased feelings of depression, isolation,and frustration. Untreated hearing loss is being recognized as a significant health risk in this country. Obtaining hearing instruments as soon as a hearing loss is recognized can prevent depression and anxiety. The fact that hearing instruments greatly improve quality of life is well documented. With the advances in digital technology we aren’t using grandpa’s hearing aids. The hearing instruments are designed, both in form and function for today’s world. For more information on the effects of hearing loss on our quality of life please visit the website of Better Hearing Institute at

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She Said

he Said

Food Fight

At this particular restaurant, we were given two rolls. You picked up a roll first because I am a gentleman and ladies goes first. I chose the second roll, which was quite fresh, soft and delicious I might add. I saw that you took one bite and put your roll down and stopped eating. When I asked what was wrong, you said the roll was too hard to eat. I immediately asked the waiter to bring you another roll and when he did, he apologized profusely and later the owner came over, apologized, and brought us another basket of rolls. He explained to us that if customers don't point out the problems, the restaurant can't correct them. On the way home I didn't hear you complaining about my decision to ask for a soft, fresh roll, which by the way, you had no problem consuming. Without my bringing this to the owner and waiter’s attention, you would not have had fresh bread and the owner would never have known why you almost lost a tooth. Your reasoning is that I am just a complainer with nothing to do except harass the help and vie for the owner’s attention. I have run a retail store and the only way you can correct bad situations is if you know about them. I know I embarrass you sometimes when I complain and send food back. You think of me as a troublemaker. I figure I am a hero and am worshiped as a great quality control expert for every restaurant in town. Most of the waiters are climbing all over each other trying to serve at my table. I have never left less than 20% tip, if I receive quality service and most of the servers know it. As a matter of fact, it would not surprise me if some of the managers are trying to beat the wait staff to my table so they can wait on me.

by Larry Oldham

by Dena Hill

We were in Chapel Hill last month checking on sites for a wedding rehearsal dinner (not for us, for my son). We ordered dinner in the restaurant and Larry’s meal was not quite done to his satisfaction. He does this in almost every restaurant we visit. His food is either too cold or too hot-- like one of the three bears in Goldilocks. Sometimes he doesn't have enough ice in his drink; his fries are overcooked; it took too long to receive his food; the server brought his food before he finished his salad. I've seen him make a mental note of when the next people are seated and heaven help us if they are served before he is. The list just goes on and on. If I'm not satisfied with something, I just chalk it up to an off-night and keep quiet, but not him. In fact, at most of our favorite restaurants, the wait staff will run to take their breaks, when they see him charging through the door. I have thought about going in while he is parking the car, finding a table, ordering my food, and eating my appetizer before he comes in, just so I won't be associated with all his peccadilloes. Just kidding, but he does seem to demand perfect food and service in the classier restaurants. He expects impeccable service, food cooked exactly the way he likes it, and even though he does not demand it, he does like for the manager to come by our table so he can complain. He seldom complains at fast food restaurants. Don't get me wrong; he can be very complimentary to the wait staff for a job well done, to the manager if the food is cooked right, and he even tells the manager and wait staff to give his compliments to the chef. That happens once or twice a year. All of this sure is a pity because he really is a sweet guy. This doesn't mean that restaurants are the only places he complains though; he complains about many things, but I am sure if you read this column each month, you already know about that. By the way, if you're looking for me, I'll be under the table.

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Evince Magazine I’m going away, Mike Thaxton thought. And for the first time, as he admitted that he had no control over his life’s time, he relaxed. He thought of what he could control. And of the things he could control, Mike Thaxton did three things every morning: checked his blood pressure, drank 8 ounces of Sun-Maid prune juice, and got the news of the Daily Sustain. Every morning, never deviated. If he were away from home for business, he carried his blood pressure machine. If he were on vacation, he went to a convenience or grocery store and bought the juice. And if he couldn’t find his local paper, someone told him what was in the paper. He liked that best of all—that voice from home over the distance, hesitant, a little unsure, paraphrasing hometown important and happenstance. He liked going over the obituaries, moving through print, sifting. That voice who told him the news was his wife, Regina, and although still married to her, he’d retired now, wasn’t away much for business or pleasure, always got the paper just as the boy threw it from the blue Ford Taurus as the edge of light moved over his neighbor’s roof. So it wasn’t necessary anymore, the reading, the voice, the distance brought closer. He missed needing that. This morning included, Mike felt Regina’s eyes on him. She didn’t used to do that, drop her eyes when he came around. He knew Regina thought they were drifting, but he knew the sea didn’t leave the shore. He couldn’t tell her that. Three years in the Marines, two years semi-professional boxing, and a father who put his foot through any sweet word of sentiment to Mike’s mother, made that kind of communication impossible. Mike gave Regina what he had: a house to show her friends, the sweetness of a child at breast raised and taken care of, the mortgage paid. He had never strayed. “I’m going out later,” Mike said, as Regina scraped the egg whites and toast from his plate and quietly left the room, as he opened the paper. He read slowly pulling the town inside him. So Mike Thaxton knew about the robberies on Northerly Street from the paper. Recently, he knew about Mr. Roderick Hankins, 86, who lived alone, whose military medals were stolen, who had to search with a cane and crippled fingers to find, in what was left of late November grass beside his garbage can, one medal that had been dropped. The caption in the paper said, “Honor Restored.” Mr. Hankins’ eyes squinted into the camera while holding the medal up to the photographer; he looked frail behind the medal; his daughter (not young herself), who was taking him away from the old neighborhood, had her hand on his shoulder. Mike knew about the back window broken for someone to get

Edge fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg into Rosemary Reynolds’ home, the picture of the pane substituted with wet plywood, how Teniqua Watkins, 24, mother of two, said she wasn’t coming home until things “was made right.” She balanced a small child on one hip. Paper said she asked repeatedly, “We ain’t got nothing; why they messing with us? Make you ‘fraid of the dark.” At two, Mike thought he’d get a move on and take his shower if he were still going out. The paper said the police were moving closer to catching the culprits and Mike believed them. Mike knew the value of things lost, things taken, trampled dreams; he followed that through the lines of ink to the pain. He sat pulling at a button on his shirt and rubbed his right arm, the heart pill from his front shirt pocket, its soft weight an anchor in his fingers before he put it on his tongue. At five, Tim came by. Regina opened the door. He guessed it was awkward, Tim’s being divorced from Regina’s sister. He and Tim were going to Saul’s Bar and Grill; he could have met Tim at the bar and spared Regina but he didn’t. He looked at her, her lips pursed tight, until her eyes slid to the side. “Leaving now,” Mike said as he and Tim made it through the front door and into Tim’s pickup and then down the driveway, neither he nor Tim speaking. Mike was going to have that beer that he wasn’t supposed to, followed by the tobacco also not advised. Tim was going to watch because he didn’t do either. When Mike said, “Take the next turn,” it was already turning to dusk. “Where we going, man? I didn’t put enough gas to drive out of town.” “Just drive, man; I’ll put the gas in.” Tim tightened his hands on the steering wheel, but he turned. They didn’t make it to the bar, instead went to Crossings Field out in the county just past one of the high schools.

“Went to the doctor yesterday.” “And?” Mike remained silent. “It’s no better?” Then, “You tell Regina?” “Just drive, man.” Mike turned his eyes out into the field. Tim, divorced, no girlfriend, no work for the next day, no one to come home to, sat grateful for Mike’s friendship after the divorce. They drove back into the city late, didn’t get back until the morning, didn’t get back until they startled the paper boy as he moved in the last licks of dark. Mike sat on the stoop as Tim pulled off. At 58, Mike knew his life wasn’t falling apart but there wasn’t anything pulling him here anymore. If he were a religious man, he would pray. But he guessed he wasn’t and he guessed he wouldn’t start. On his stoop, he felt that confusion of time and blessings, guessed he was supposed to have an affair now, spray the bald spot coming at the back, maybe buy the new car, but the energy for this mischief he just didn’t have. Two things clicked then: Mike’s father who died of a stroke at 49 and that old Hankins man, they were both the same. Mike wondered how Mr. Roderick Hankins found that medal, how he must have scratched the dirt, gnarled and determined for anything the robbers had left, still grieving the one he lost—how he thought it could be still out there too, ground up or given away. You could tell by the picture he wanted to stay. And Mike knew then he felt like that. He too wanted to stay here, but Mike rubbed his arm again, tingling from pressure and cold. He thought you can’t make the sun shine at night. So he went inside, to the guest room and without preamble pulled Regina into his arms; she stiffened but went to him. As he held her, he wanted to tell her how the line of the sea and the sand only traded direction, each edging back and slightly full of the other’s secrets. “I might be away in the morning,” Mike whispered as he put his forehead to her sloping shoulder as she slept. And Mike thought of all the things that he couldn’t control: time, whispers of fate, how his success in life was like the dark, the stars, just something you imagined you knew, something that felt close but was as far as the moon. Mike thought about infinity/mortality like a dog peeks at his face in the mirror barking, thought how his heart was just thumping out the time he had left, like coffee beans measured, how now nothing felt as if it were for business or pleasure, and even though he could never say or explain it, saw his leaving like he was just a fringe of light that crept, edging over his neighbor’s roof. He thought to tell his father then that he knew now the inside of distance, how it comes closer, but often times, the heart is blinded by so many tears you cannot see.

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About It’s official. Oprah’s calling it quits soon with ABC. It’s hard to believe, that when it’s five o’clock somewhere, this network icon won’t be on regular TV. What’s stranger, though, is that the verdict is in and the current Nielsen ratings say that Judge Judy is the new Queen of Daytime. I’m not buying it. The court of public opinion knows that women prefer Oprah. Anyone who says, “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with,” has my vote. She gets it. Moreover, she gets us. Because she’s still one of us…even to the point of letting it all hang out. She knows what it’s like to lose 67 pounds and then find 40 of them back again. I love Oprah. I do. I just don’t watch her. I don’t watch anyone’s talk show for that matter. I think staring at two people having a conversation is weird. Try that in a restaurant and see how long it takes before someone calls the manager.

Second T houghts by Kim Clifton ©2010

I’ve tried other shows, but they didn’t work either. Larry King’s set made my mind wander too much. The colored dots in the background reminded me of the Lite-Brite kit my friend, Lisa, and I played with as kids. Larry could be talking to a legend like Brando, but my eyes won’t see anything but Hasbro™. I do enjoy the monologues from both Letterman and Leno, but I can’t focus past that. I have more important questions than the ones they fire off to their guests. I want to know who has to wash the coffee mugs after each show. I want to know why they hire a band if nobody’s going to dance. But mostly, I want to know why they need a camera crew when nothing’s happening on stage.

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Sitting and talking is not TV. That’s radio. I’ve never watched Conan, but I can tell from the commercial promos that everyone’s excited he’s coming back. I never knew he left. The only Conan I can identify with is from the movies. You know the one… Conan the Barbarian…who married into the Kennedy clan, and later became the governor of California. Maybe if they talked about something that interested me, I might tune in instead of out. Trouble is I’m not intrigued with discovering how Martha Stewart went back to prime time after doing hard time. Or finding out which actresses Tom’s cruised. The networks will always put these shows in the lineup, so even without Oprah, people will keep talking. Let Judge Judy have her day—it won’t last. Besides, Oprah’s coming back, this time on cable. Except that I won’t be watching her program…or any of the others. I guess I’m sort of like the Midnight Cowboy when it comes to talk shows… everybody’s talking at me, but I don’t hear a word they’re saying.

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he word commitment, the theme of this month’s Evince, is a word that draws us together and brings out some of the best qualities in the human species. We commit to spouses, family, friends, community, environment. Readers will undoubtedly think of more. A primary example of commitment is the bond between two people who promise to love and honor one another. After the first blush of coming together, the fact that these people remain together over time and support each other through life’s tribulations is evidence of a deepening and evolving relationship. Only through this evolution can the relationship move forward. The evolution shapes who the people become. Along with committing to a spouse, we commit to family and friends who form our innermost network of support. We lean on these people and draw from their strength in times of trouble. We commit to them; they commit to us. None of us can survive, let alone grow into the fully developed people we are meant to become, without support.

Reflecting Forward Commitment, Community, and Us by Linda Lemery

We also commit to community. The people among whom we live form that next layer of support. We serve their needs and by doing so, our own needs are met. We make the world a better place through this interlocking support. Our community is one of the ecosystems in which we live. We touch each other through our decisions and actions in ways that we may not ever know, fathom, or anticipate. Some of our actions raise efforts, results, and eventually goals to a higher level. Thus, contributing to community raises us up in ways we cannot achieve on our own. Another ecosystem, the environment, also deserves our commitment. To knowingly foul our life space or refuse to minimize our environmental impact, displays an appalling ignorance, selfishness, and lack of foresight. To not commit to supporting the environment means to not commit to each other and to not support future

generations. I have no patience with people who toss litter out the car window, who walk their dogs but don’t clean up after them, who throw their cigarette butts into the street. These actions represent a lack of commitment to other people, to community, and to the environment.

As I write this column, some of the ideas seem familiar. Reflecting backwards, elements such as the power of relationships with family and friends and service to community resonate with an Evince column I wrote two months ago on sources of transformation. The fact that these elements are common to both themes -transformation and commitment -- testifies to the power these themes have in our lives and how inextricably they intertwine. We simply cannot have one without the other. Commitment is not a snapshot of a single moment measured by calendar or clock. In each of the examples listed above, “to commit” means “to stay the course over time.” Ultimately, it can mean nothing else. Through this realization and the choices we make, we learn about others … but especially, and most valuably, about ourselves. Truly, in this month of giving thanks, this is something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving. About the Author: Linda Lemery grapples with life’s questions at and away from her work as Circulation Manager for Mary B. Blount Library at Averett University in Danville.

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To encourage exceptional customer service, the Dan River Hospitality and Travel Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince will recognize those who give it. When you experience exceptional customer service, tell us about it in 300 words or less. Include your name and phone number. Email your story to or visit; click What's New - Customer Service Award Nomination.

Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Joan Wood

I would like to nominate Mandi Merricks, the receptionist at Animal Medical Center of Danville, 2815 Riverside Drive, for the Exceptional Customer Service Award. On July 5th, my sweet “granddog” Bailey passed away. My heart is still broken. Animal Medical Center is my veterinary service and Bailey's body was taken there to be cremated. It was such an emotional time, I forgot to remove Bailey's collar. It wasn't until a day later that I called to see if they could retrieve her collar for me. Before I could even finish my request, Mandi said that she, personally, would call to see. She called just in time and was able to recover Bailey's collar for me. Mandi went the extra mile and now I have something of Bailey's to hold when I miss her. Thank you, Mandi Merricks; I will be forever grateful to you.

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November Calendar


Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires Row, The Secrets Inside. 434.770.1974.

Through November 7

Art Exhibits – Suzanne Stark & Glenn Scarboro. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) – 434.793.5644.

Through January 2

Danville Science Center Exhibits (DSC) – The Healer Within & Genomics eXplorer. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm: Sun 1–5 pm. – 434.791.5160.

Through January 8

Eyes on Earth Exhibit. Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH), Martinsville – 276.634.4141.

November 1

Youth Basketball Registration Begins. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

November 1 (thru December 9) DHS Holiday Tour Advanced Ticket Sales See story page 18.

November 1 (thru 29)

Better Health for Pre-Teens. M/W, 3:305 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Boogie Monday – East Coast Swing II. Mondays 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

November 1 (thru 30)

Domestic Violence Advocacy Program. – Learn safety planning, information and referral. M-TH 9am-2 pm. YWCA – 434.250.7402. AU Art Exhibit See story page 18. After-School Childcare. M-F until 6pm. Ages 5-12. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Youth Fitness Classes – Zumba, HipHop, Mixed Martial Arts. 4-5 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Youth Swim Team – M-TH Times vary. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Fitness Classes – Water Aerobics, M-F 8-9 am; Aikido, MW 6-8 pm; Zumba, Tu 6:45-7:45 pm; Twinges & Hinges, Tu/Th 11 am-12 pm; Swimming, Tu/Th 6:30-7:15 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Water Fitness Classes – Water Aerobics, Water Rehab & Zumba Aqua. Days/times vary. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Fitness Classes – Zumba, Spin, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Intervals, Spin. Days/times vary. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

November 2 (thru 23)

Drawing in Color – All-American Art. Ages 9-18. Tu 3:30-4:45 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

November 2 (thru 30)

Koates Kids Pre-School Program – Different themed activities introduced each week through events, games, arts, and crafts. Ages 3-5. T/W 9:30 am–12 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. International Cooking Class. Tu or Th 10 am-12 pm. YWCA – 434.250.7402. Chicks w/ Sticks – knitting & crocheting class. T/Th 11:30 am-1 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848. Belly Dance Class. Tues. 5:30-6:30 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Intensive Fusing & Kiln Forming. TU 6-9 pm. Southern Virginia Artisan Center (SVAC) – 276.632.0066. African Dance Ensemble – Learn African Dance. Tues 6:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

November 2 (thru Dec. 12)

Zumba with Jennifer. Tu/W/Sun Times/ locations vary. 434.797.8848.

November 3

Alzheimer’s Presentation – Maintain Your Brain. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x237. Food Safety for the Holiday. 12:451:45 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

November 3 (thru 24)

RiverCity Toastmasters. Wed. 1-2 pm. National College. 434.793.6822. Guitar Basics Weds. Youth Ages 5-17, 5 pm. Adult, 5:30 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848.

November 4

Bob Ross Painting Class – Rowboat on the Beach. 10 am–3:30 pm. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Walk the Labyrinth. 6-8 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

November 4 (thru 25)

Aquacize – Aerobic workout that is easy on knees, ankles and other joints. Thursdays 8:15 am. YWCA. 434.797.8848. Curiosity Corner – Make crafts, play games. Ages 3-5. Th 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.799.6564. 57 Express Bluegrass Concert. Thursdays 7 pm. Community Center, Chatham –

November 4 (thru 27)

Live Bands & DJ Music. Wed-Sat. Back to Bogies – 434.791.3444.

November 5

First Friday Art Walk – Visit the art studios, meet the artists. 5-7 pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107.

November 5 (thru 7)

Carolina Home Show See ad page 5.

November 5 (thru 28)

Designer Home Showcase See story page 18.

November 6

5K Run & Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast. 7 am-12 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Art Workshop See story page 18 . Annual Pilot Club Bazaar. 9-11 am. Sacred Heart School – 434.793.2656. Holiday Farmers' Market. Danville Community Market. 434.797.8961. Country Gathering Craft Show. 9 am3 pm. Gretna Fire Department. 434.656.6311. Advanced Photoshop. 9 am-4 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Memory Walk. 10 am-12 pm. King’s Grant Lake. 276.634.1475. DRBA's First Saturday Outing – Fall River Trip on Scenic Mayo River. 10 am. 336.547.1903. Indoor Car & Bike Show. 10 am-5 pm. AAF Tank Museum – 434.836.5323. Fall Frolic.10 am-6 pm. Fairy Stone State Park. 276.930.2424. Bob Ross Painting Class – Rowboat on the Beach. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848. Southside Writers Reading Series – Featuring author Telisha Moore Leigg. 11 am. Danville Public Library. 434.792.3223. Auto Racing. 1 pm. South Boston Speedway. 877.440.1540. Soundworks. 7:30 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

November 6 (thru 20)

Special Saturdays – 11/6-Legos 3D & Beyond, Ages 8-11; 11/13-Fall into Fun, Ages 7-9 & Seasons and the Sun, Ages 9-11; 11/20-Day in the Life of Native Americans in the 1600s. 10 am-12 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185.

November 6 (thru 27)

Power Katz – Self defense classes for children. Sat 10 am-1 pm. YWCA. 434.728.4100.

November 7

Meet the Author – Rebecca Skloot. 3 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339. Tunstall HS Band Booster Fundraiser. 5-8 pm. Wendy’s Piney Forest Rd. 434.710.4408.

November 8

Focus on Fixed Income. 6:30-8 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

November 8 (thru 29)

Hand Sewn Quilts Class – M 6-8 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

November 9

Trip to Concord Mills. 6 am-7 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Coffee and Crayons – Creative fun for your kids and networking with other parents 9-10 am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Polliwogs & Science Stars – Take a nature walk to gather evidence of the autumn changes in nature. Ages 3–4, 1–2 pm. Ages 5–7, 3:30–4:30 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160. Community Christmas Dinner Planning Meeting: 6:30 pm. Senior Center, Ballou Park.

November 9 (thru 30)

Beginning Metal Jewelry Fabrication. Tue. 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Sewing w/ Kitty. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.799.6564.

November 10

Homeschool Wednesdays – experimenting w/physical science. Ages 6-10 & 11-18. 10-11:15 am. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Fall Holiday Luncheon. 11 am-2 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Life Lines-The Intersection of Poetry and Medicine See story page 18

November 10 (thru Dec. 1)

Youth Adventure Series – Enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing and gain valuable skills and hands-on experiences. Wed. 3:30-5 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.

November 11

Book Discussion See story page 18. How to Cook with a Dutch Oven – 6-8 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Sky Search – Explore the stars and planets; learn the parts of a telescope and more. Ages 8-12. 6-8 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.

November 11 & 18

The Zen of Chocolate – Relax while preparing chocolate dishes. 6-8:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

November 11 (thru Dec. 2)

Knitting Christmas Socks. 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

November 12

In The Mood. Caswell Co. Civic Center 336.694.4591 The Art of the Quilt. 5:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

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VMNH Lecture - Looking at Ourselves from Far Away. 6 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4141.

November 12 & 26

Danville Shag Club Dance – 8-11 pm. The Dance Space 1010 Piney Forest Rd..

November 13

Fall Craft Fair – 8 am-2 pm. Ascension Lutheran Church 314 West MainSt. Community Health Fair See ad page 13. Whittling-Christmas Cut Ups. 9 am4 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Veterans' Day Saturday – Free admission for veterans. 9:30 am–5 pm. DSC 434.791.5160. Metropolitan Opera Performance – Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. 1 pm. Danville Stadium Cinema – 434.792.9885. Youth Volunteer Orientation Session. 1-4 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Brew Fest. 2-8 pm. Community Market. 434.793.4636. Fred Hughes Trio. 7:30 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

November 13 & 14

Holiday Living Show. 11/13-9 am. 11/14-1 pm. Halifax County High School. 434.489.6407.

November 13 & 20

Restful Mind Meditation – 10-11 am. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

November 13 (thru Dec. 30) The Art of the Quilt Exhibit. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

November 14

Avant-Garde Writers. 2 pm. Averett University Library. 434.251.1062. Pool Blitz – Swimming and fun. 2-4 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. 7:309:30 pm. Martinsville HS Auditorium. PAA – 276.632.3221.

November 15

Smart Choices in Retirement. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

November 16

How to Build an Outdoor Brick Oven – advice and options from local professional builders. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Advanced Digital Photography. 9 am4 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

November 16 (thru 24)

Festival of Trees. Auction 11/20-1-3 pm. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

November 16 (thru Dec. 7)

Craft Studio Pottery. Tu 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

November 17

Science on a Sphere and GIS Day. 9:30 am–1:30 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160. Doodle Bugs – Eyes on Earth. 10 am & 3 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Alzheimer’s Presentation – Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x237.

November 18

Intro to Map and Compass – Learn how to read a compass, orient a map, shoot bearings, read elevation change, determine hiking speed and more. 6-8 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Healthy 30 Minute Meals from Around the World. 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

Evince Magazine Sky Watchers – Observe Jupiter and its four largest moons, the constellations Cassiopeia, Pisces, and the famous Double Cluster in Perseus. Nightfall. DSC – 434.791.5160.

November 18 (thru 20)

The Shadow Box. See story page 18.

November 18 (thru 28)

To Kill A Mockingbird. Times/days vary. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

November 18 (thru Dec. 9)

Holiday Cake Decorating – Learn how to make buttercream icing, level a cake, create different types of borders, flowers and figures. Th 6 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

November 19

Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith – Speaker Tracey Allred and music by Caroline Windstead-Bagley. 11 am-1 pm. Mary’s Diner. 434.793.8140. Tree Lighting Ceremony. 7-9 pm. Downtown Reidsville.

November 20

Peaks of Otter Hike -. 8 am-5 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Holiday Bazaar. Danville Community Market. 434.797.8961. Wood Lathe Pen Turning. 9 am-12 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Larry Aaron Book Signing – The Wreck of the Old 97. 3-4 pm. DMFAH – 434.793.5644. Christmas Parade. 5 pm. Uptown Martinsville, Church St. 276.632.5688.

November 21

Christmas Open House. 1-4 pm. Downtown South Boston. 434.575.4209. Recital-Vocalist Jay Arnn. 4 pm. Moffett Memorial Baptist Church – 434.799.5402.

November 21 (thru Dec. 19)

Danville Art League Juried Exhibition See story page 18.

November 22 (thru Dec. 13)

SVAC Classes – finishing techniques, 6-9 pm. 11/29-lampworking, 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

November 28

A New England Christmas. 3-4 pm. South Boston-Halifax Co. Museum – 434.572.9200.

November 30

Alzheimer’s Presentation – Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x237. A Caribou Christmas. 4-7 pm. VMNH – 276.634.4141. Lessons and Carols. 7:30 pm. Pritchett Auditorium, Averett. 434.791.5600.

November 30 (thru Dec. 30)

Swimming Adventures for Beginners – Learn water games, floating, and basic swimming strokes. Ages 6-12. T/Th 3:304:15 pm. YMCA. 434.799.5215.

Upcoming Events November 2

Alzheimer’s Presentation – Elder Law Specialist.

November 3

Luminary Trail Walk. Riverwalk Trail

November 4

Danville Concert Association See story page 18 and ad on page 7. Ballou Tree Lighting Festival

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Whom Do You Help? by Dr. Joey Faucette

For the first time in our married lives we found ourselves catless. Maybelle left us, dying in my wife’s arms late one night. Norman followed soon after. I’ll always believe he grieved himself to death, missing Maybelle. Life just wasn’t right. No one to weave between my legs as I tried to grab my laptop and coffee carafe and get out of the car. No one to chase falling leaves in the autumn. No one to leave mouse-carcass presents on the back porch. Life just wasn’t right . . . until the New Guy moved in. His previous owners said he didn’t get along with their other cat who adopted them first so he had to go. “Something is just wrong with this cat,” their daughter told ours. “He’s stupid.” New Guy moved in anyway. His previous owners called him Scout. Thinking he needed a new name for a new life, my wife named him Boo Radley. Scout / New Guy / Boo Radley took to his new life as if he were a predestination-believing, once-savedalways-saved Presbyterian-Baptist. “This is where I have belonged since birth,” his prance around the farm suggested. Boo and I first became acquainted as I planted annual flowers one Saturday morning. It was already hot enough

to fry an egg on my bald head, and here came Boo Radley, meowing his “Good morning!” as he sauntered over. Immediately he started digging up a marigold I had just sunk into the ground, pulling up the roots and all. I yelled something at him and he scampered away. I thought that was the end of that. But no, here he came again, slinking back over, meowing ever so softly, as if to say, “Sorry about that.” “OK, me, too,” I said. “Now if you’re going to help, you have to do something useful like help me dig the holes.” With that, I plunged my spade into the ground. The next thing I knew, Boo Radley walked over to the hole I had just dug, stuck his paw into it, and began digging. Fast and furious. Then he stopped, looked up, and said, “Meow?” Naturally since then Boo and I are best of friends. I guess it was predestined that we save each other. Adapted from Dr. Joey’s latest book, Listen to Life with Your Pet: The Pet Lover’s Guide to a Positive Life, available at the Listen to Life Shoppe beside The Market, Kentuck Road.

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Book Clubbing The Loose Leaves Book Club Submitted by Karen Maute

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Who: The Loose Leaves Book Club is a small group who hopes to increase membership so more readers can enjoy lively discussion and fellowship. We ask that you bring a bagged lunch and beverage and be prepared for discussion. It’s amazing how our discussions twist and turn and something new is always discovered. It’s like being on a hunt with the same map, yet everyone finds a different treasure When: Loose Leaves meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Center, 108 West Main Street, (parking in rear of building). Recently Read: The NO.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. The main character, Precious Ramtswe, becomes the first female private detective in Botswana. In her investigations, we discover the beauty and culture of Botswana. Her sense of pride in her country and the simplicity of her life are refreshing. We are invited to become involved in the mysteries and crimes that Ramtswe is asked to investigate and there is humor along the way. A favorite paragraph reads: “Now constipation was quite a different matter. It would be dreadful for the whole world to know about troubles of that nature. She felt sorry for people who suffered from constipation, and she knew there were many who did. There were probably enough of them to form a political party-with a chance of government perhaps--but what would such a party do if it was in power? Nothing she imagined. It would try to pass legislation, but it would fail.” What’s next: November 16: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry; December 21, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein Contact: and visit Editor’s Note: Please send info about your book club to

From Slave to Union Soldier by Sarah Latham

The Civil War was a pivotal time in American history.  Many people in this area have ancestors who fought in the war and have heard the family stories that recount their experiences.  What must have been the emotions and experiences of black soldiers as members of the United States Colored Troops?  On Friday, November 12, you are invited to find out. The Danville Committee for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War is bringing historic interpreter, Jerome Bridges, to the city for two performances.  In the morning, Bridges will perform for juniors at George Washington High School.  In the evening, his performance will be open to the public, free of charge. Jerome Bridges brings to life the true story of Civil War Private Harrison Woodson.  Born a slave in 1839 in Louisville, Kentucky, Woodson was “volunteered” by his master as a substitute for service in the Union Army.  Both Woodson and his master understood that if he survived the war, he would gain his freedom.  The young man served in the 122nd Regiment, Company G, United States Colored Troops. Woodson trained at Camp Nelson, which in 1864 served as the second largest camp for the training of black troops during the Civil War.  After his training, Woodson was assigned to General Butler’s Army of the James and saw action near Richmond and other towns in Virginia.  He later was stationed at Newport News Point where he helped to guard captured Confederates. U.S. Colored Troops were the forerunners of the famous Buffalo Soldiers.  The U. S. War Department created a Bureau of Colored Troops in May, 1863 to recruit African-Americans to serve in the Union Army.  Eventually 178,000 African-Americans, both slave and free, joined in the fight.  Their story was most compellingly told in the 1989 film, Glory. Some members of the U.S. Colored Troops were among those held as prisoners of war in Danville.  A number of them died, primarily from smallpox, and are buried at our U.S. National Cemetery on Lee Street. Their tombstones are distinguished by the engraving of U.S.C.T. n Jerome Bridge’s public portrayal of Private Harrison Woodson will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 12. n Call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at 434-793-5644 for location and more information. n From Slave to Union Soldier is sponsored in part by the Womack Foundation, The J.T. Minnie Maude Foundation and the Danville Historical Society.

It Takes a Village to Save the Local Economy by Christine Baggerly

Last week when I was scurrying around Danville doing random errands and generally going about the business of daily living, I began to think about all the people who make my tasks a little more convenient and my life a lot more enjoyable. It turns out it takes more people than I realized – it realistically “takes a village.” Think about it…your day may start off at the Danview with Judy checking-in on you or Keith and Alice making sure you are well-fed with tasty home cooking. Or, maybe you start your day with a jolt of gourmet coffee and coffee cake at Main Street Coffee Emporium. On my way to work, I swing through Majestic Cleaners where they know me by name and I don’t even have to get out of my car. After arriving at First Piedmont where I work in Chatham, I might decide it’s a good day to do something special for my co-workers. All I have to do is call Ron and Suzanne Brown at Chathamooca and voilà – everyone is on such a sugar high from their

home-baked pastries that I can hear a high pitched hum coming from the cubicles. The Browns are so great; they even brought me a special hot dog sauce I remember from my childhood when they returned from their recent vacation in Maine. After work, it’s off to Virginia Boot Camp with Dave Gluhareff on the River Walk. (Please, don’t tell him about the pastries.) Dave and Ken Jones inspire everyone with running, kettle bells and more running. Dave is great. He and his wife, Yenni, open their home to us, and share pictures and hilarious stories of their two adorable sons. Sometimes, he’ll meet us on the weekends at Yenni’s restaurant in Brosville, Nuestra Hacienda, but I’m careful what I order when I’m with him. He’s a 24/7 trainer and I’ll have to do more – you guessed it –running! Last night my hairdresser, Mary Beth, called. She had just finished her last customer and was checking on a perm she recently gave me. She offered more

Evince Magazine pointers for taming my Tina Turner wannabe hair and I invited her to Sal’s for my husband’s birthday party. Mary Beth is definitely in my village So far, in this one ordinary day, I have relied on at least 8 people in my village to smooth and improve my life. I know it takes money to build a village. I can spend my money where I don’t know the person behind the register and in the kitchen or I can choose to spend my money where the people care about me not just my money. We can all engage in relational consumption. We need things and services, but more importantly, we need people to provide them. Most of the time, a locallyowned business will meet your needs the best. With local business owners, you can build a relationship. They want to help; they want to be in your village. It’s not just a transaction. What about you? Who’s in your “village”? Without them, wouldn’t you be lost? I know I would. • Think about 3 independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Buy something. • Join the 3/50 Project. Spend $50 each month in independently owned businesses. Visit to learn more. • For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spent online—nothing comes home. • It only takes one person to start a trend—you. • Send a story about your village to

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Two Meals in One by Annelle Williams

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I cook with leftovers in mind. It just makes sense, especially when the leftovers morph into dinner the next night. I love my time in the kitchen, but making a big dinner every single night isn't always practical. I've found some great recipes that use yesterday's leftovers in ways you won't even recognize when you bring them to the table the next day. My Monday night meal was Pan Roasted Chicken and Mushrooms served with a mixed green salad. Cutting the breast pieces in half shortened the cooking time, and made it easier to prepare the extra chicken. Tuesday night I took the leftover chicken south of the border and made Mexican Chicken and Corn Chowder served with a cheese quesadilla and chopped tomato salsa. Cooking the extra chicken gave me two meals in one and saved lots of time. This chowder recipe also works really well with leftover turkey. The need to bring our families back to the table, especially amid our very busy lives, has never been more important. It's good for our nutritional health as well as our emotional well-being. There's no better place to build and strengthen the family bond than around the table. Have a peaceful, grateful Thanksgiving and enjoy the love around your table.

Mexican Chicken and Corn Chowder

2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 4 slices of lean bacon, diced 1 sweet onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, diced 1 T butter 2-3 cups cooked chicken, diced (or turkey) 1 small can green chilies 1 teaspoon cumin (or more, to taste) 1 T hot sauce ½ tsp. salt 2 (15oz.) cans white and yellow corn, drained (or fresh or frozen corn) 32 oz. chicken broth 2 cups Half and Half 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or your choice of a flavorful melting cheese) chopped fresh cilantro to garnish lime slices to garnish extra shredded cheese to garnish extra hot sauce to garnish

Pour olive oil into soup pot over medium heat. Add diced bacon and cook for a couple of minutes. Add diced onion and cook for another couple of minutes, stirring. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add butter. When melted, add diced chicken and stir to combine. Next add green chilies, cumin, hot sauce and salt, along with corn and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and add Half and Half. Add cheese and stir until melted and combined. Taste and adjust for salt and hotness. Serve with chopped cilantro, lime slices, extra cheese and hot sauce as garnish.

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Ponderings by Torrey Blackwell

Your Dealer for the People

Wonderful ideas come pouring into our minds on a daily basis. If we made time to reflect on them, it would be much easier to use these ideas. The worst idea in the world that benefits the community and is implemented is better than the best idea that is left on the table. Our community is reading SwitchHow to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Following the advice in the book, I hope that many new ideas are implemented and we can begin the rebirth of a magnificent Danville. My fear is that new ideas will be rejected as stupid or a waste of money. Some people hate change and would rather not rock the boat, but continue doing things the same old way. I think same is lame. If we want Danville to become a community of excellence, then our mindset must change. We must implement new ideas and stop being pessimistic. We must help one another, rejoice in our successes and learn from our failures. Danville has wonderful citizens. Let’s work together to find solutions to our problems, stop wasting time analyzing why they will not work, and make things happen. Torrey Blackwell is a Christian businessman and consumer advocate. He has spent his life fighting the negative stigma that plagues car dealers around the world. He does this by fighting for the consumer as a car dealer who advises people and helps them buy the quality vehicle they want and deserve in a positive and safe environment.

Where Can I Find an Evince?

Ten thousand copies of Evince are distributed each month at over 100 locations in Danville, Martinsville, South Boston, Chatham, Gretna, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, and in Yanceyville, Pelham, Roxboro, and Eden, North Carolina. Find your copy at: Danville Office Plus / 840 Memorial Drive Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History 975 Main Street YMCA / 810 Main Street Averett U Student Center / Woodland Ave. Danville Science Center / 677 Craghead St. Chatham Area Shadetree Rare Books / 26 South Main St. Chatham Public Library / 24 Military Drive

South Boston Area Southern Va. Higher Ed Center / 501 Bruce St. Distinct Impressions / 309 Main Street Martinsville Area China Buffet / 970 Memorial Boulevard Mi Ranchito / 1212 Memorial Boulevard South Yanceyville The Drug Store / 106 Court Street Yanceyville Chamber of Commerce 15 Main Street East

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Calendar Clips Clip it. Post it. Do it.

Here are a few highlights of activities you don’t want to miss this month. Cut out the ones that interest you; post them on your refrigerator as a reminder; enjoy a new experience. For more activities, see the calendar on page 10.

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Designer Home Showcase

The Parsons-Bruce Art Association in South Boston presents Home for the Holidays: Designer Home Showcase. Each room in the featured house has been decorated by a local or regional designer. Proceeds will benefit the Prizery. “Parsons-Bruce has long been a Prizery partner,” states Pat Burgess, copresident of the local arts organization. “We have been supporting the Prizery through our biennial art shows and this year we wanted to take a different approach and try something that we have never done before. We look forward to a nice month-long event that will be fun for the community and meet our goal of helping support the Prizery.” The featured house is the former home of the W.W. (Ted) Bennett family located at 5141 Halifax Road in Halifax. The grand opening event on Friday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. includes an evening filled with delicious food, beverages and fun. Tickets are $40 for an individual or $75 per couple. Tickets may be reserved by calling 434.572.2432 or 434.575.7000. The home will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (including Thanksgiving weekend) between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $12 at the door. Furniture and artwork displayed in the home will also be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going to support classes, tours, exhibits and the Gallery of Parsons-Bruce Art Association. Tickets can be purchased at the Parsons-Bruce Gallery, Three Women No Truck and Electric Service Company in South Boston. and at Triangle Florist in Halifax . For more information, call 434.579.7547. (Submitted by Wendy Fuller)

Monday, November 1- Thursday, December 9 DHS Holiday Tour Advanced Ticket Sales

A special once-in-a-lifetime open house of the White Mill/Dan River Mill #8 on Memorial Drive is the highlight of the 38th Annual Danville Historical Society’s Vintage Collection Holiday Tour the weekend of December 11-12. Seventeen sites are on the tour including a Designer Showcase at The Burton on Bridge Street, two homes in the historic district, the senior apartments in the former Schoolfield School and Westmoreland School and Moseley Memorial United Methodist Church on Berryman Avenue. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Foxglove, 1011 West Main Street; The GingerBread House,1799 Memorial Drive and The Invitation Destination, 411 Main Street. For more information visit or call 434.770.1974.

Monday, November 1- Tuesday, November 30 AU Art Exhibit

Heather Reynolds, senior art student at Averett University, will exhibit a selection of work in Jut’s Café, located on the ground floor of the Student Center at the corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street. She is an excellent draftsman and enjoys printmaking and working in pencil. Her selection of work for her senior exhibit will offer a sampling of her skill in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, pottery and jewelry making. Works will be for sale and she does commissioned work. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. To 5:30 p.m.; reopening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed Saturday. Open on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. (Submitted by Diane Kendrick)

Saturday, November 6 Art Workshop with Suzanne Stryk

From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Stryk will teach basics of drawing and journal writing aimed at encouraging a more personal engagement with the natural world. She will share her own sketchbooks, demonstrate drawing techniques, and discuss ideas about what might be written in a journal. Translating Nature into Art, Drawing from Nature: Keeping a Sketchbook of Your Observations is for children 12 and older (8 to 12 accompanied by an adult), adults or seniors. The workshop will take place in the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History galleries , 975 Main Street, with a variety of naturalistic objects to draw – nests, pods, insects, birds – and on the Museum campus, where students will find subjects for field drawings. Inside, Stryk will provide basic exercises and demonstrations; outside, students will explore, draw and write. Fee is $40 for

Museum members; $50 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call 434.793.5644. (Submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Wednesday, November 10 Danville Wednesday Club

At 3:45 p.m., an award-winning poet Grey Brown will present Life Lines: the Intersection of Poetry and Medicine. Since 1986, Brown has had the unusual job at Duke Medical Center of offering writing workshops to oncology patients and others. She also works with other writers throughout the state of North Carolina and the region. Brown grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, majored in English at Appalachian State University, and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s creative writing program. Through that program, she first came in contact with the healing possibilities of writing. On her website,, she reports working with famed poet Sharon Olds to teach creative writing to patients at New York City’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital (now Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital). Today Brown is Director of Literary Arts for the Health Arts Network at Duke. “I currently serve five patient populations holding weekly journaling classes and distributing free journals,” she writes. “ I encourage patients and family members to write to cope with the stress of extended hospital stays, for diversion, to engage themselves creatively, and to help them plan for life changes.” Brown teaches creative writing at Duke University as a visiting lecturer. Brown is a widely published poet who has won a number of awards. Her latest book, When They Tell Me, was published in 2009. Brown has local connections, too. Danville is her father’s home town. Brown’s presentation at The Wednesday Club, 1002 Main Street, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 434-792-7921 or visit (Submitted by Jane Brown)

Thursday, November 11 Pittsylvania County Public Library Book Discussion

What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth by Wendell Berry will be discussed starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Chatham Railway Depot on Whitehead Street, just off Depot St (Highway 57) in Chatham. Berry calls for an economics that supports stable communities and addresses common human realities. He doesn’t shrink from pointing out failures, but he offers a perspective that is hopeful and sustainable. For more information, call 434-432-3271 or email (Submitted by Diane Adkins)

Thursday, November 18 – Saturday, November 20 AU Theatre

In The Shadow Box, three tales of individuals battling cancer unfold, at first serially, and then towards the end of each of the play’s two acts, simultaneously. Each tale features a person who is dying and surrounded by loved ones. All are trying to face and make sense of death. In 1977, the Broadway production of this play won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium on Mt. View Avenue. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 senior citizens and students. For more info, call 434.791.5712 or visit

Sunday, November 21 Danville Art League Annual Juried Exhibition Opening Reception

The public is invited to this free event, co-sponsored by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The juried show is open to artists with principal residence in the cities of Danville, Martinsville, South Boston, and Lynchburg and the Counties of Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin, Bedford, Campbell and Halifax, Virginia, and Caswell and Rockingham Counties in North Carolina.. Eligible works are two-dimensional and three- dimensional pieces including painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, photography, pottery and sculpture. In a juried exhibition, not all works submitted will be selected to be in the exhibition. A juror, either a professional artist, art educator, gallery owner or arts administrator, will make the selections based on good principles of design and composition, use of materials and creativity. Award-winning works will then be chosen by the juror from the over-all juried show. The exhibit runs until December 19. For more information, call 434.793.5644. (Submitted by Lynne Bjarnesen)

Upcoming Saturday, December 4 Danville Concert Association

Spanish duo-pianists, Elena Martin and Jose Melito will perform in Averett University’s Pritchett Auditorium on Mt. View Avenue starting at 7:30 p.m. They have been called Spanish fire and ice on Steinway grands. For more information, visit or call 434.792.9242.

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Epiphany Episcopal School Open Houses for Parents Thursday, November 11 6:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday, December 2 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Children Welcome) If you are concerned your children are not being motivated to reach their full academic potential, please come to one of our two open houses over the next two months. You will learn how we bring our students to full potential individually with highly experienced teachers in classes of 10 or fewer students. If you are now convinced your child needs to be in a better educational environment immediately simply call us today for an appointment with Suzanne Miller, our Dean of Students at 434-7924334. We can accept a limited number of immediate transfers in grades Pre-K-8. We often accept immediate transfers without waiting for a new school term to begin.

A special message to those parents with 8th graders now‌ Our new 9th grade opens for the first time next September 2011. The new EES High School will add an additional grade each year. Our first graduating class will be in June 2014. We are starting our new high school because grades 9-12 have been enthusiastically requested since EES opened in September 2 years ago. We will admit only twenty 9th graders for September 2011. We will start with two 9th grade classrooms of only 10 students each. Everything about EES High School will focus on genuine preparation for college.

Please apply early because enrollment is limited. Come to one of our two open houses or call for an appointment.

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Evince Magazine November 2010  

The November 2010 issue of Evince Magazine.