Area organizations with similar missions partner with us, using the quaint setting of the Museum grounds for an annual event. Below is information about two of our partner events:
Arts Council Quilt Show: The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten. Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are part of the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities. Music and food and other entertainment are available at this event as well.
Blue Ridge Discovery Center: Dozens of activities to interest children of all ages and their parents and grandparents! BRDC staff set up a variety of inter-active educational stations teaching about the natural world around us, their important relationships, and how they affect all our lives. Field trips are taken throughout the day, exploring the 21 acres of the Farm Museum, and sometimes venturing into the Matthews State Forest which surrounds the Museum grounds. The Museum and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts participates in this fun filled day as well. Refreshments are provided.
BLUE RIDGE DISCOVERY CENTER PRESENTS:
A day at the Matthews Farm Museum, August 20th from 10:00AM until 4:00PM.
- An expanded orienteering event led by the Museum staff (outdoor scavenger hunt with prizes)
- American chestnut tree workshop with Zach Olinger from the Virginia Department of Forestry (morning)
- Guided tree identification walk with Zach Olinger (afternoon)
- Sketching in the outdoors in collaboration with Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (using found objects as subjects, such as leaves, crickets, butterflies, etc.)
- Filed explorations with Dr. Robert Perkins (BRDC's director of a biological survey on the Farm's property)
- BRDC's Fish Bugs program review with living critters (an ongoing project designed to learn about aquatic invertebrates)
We will also have live music from Mike Floyd and Larry Paluzzi, planing their own compositions.
Drinks and snacks will be for sale on site.
This event is free and open to the public. Contributions will be most welcomed. All ages are encouraged to come and join in the fun.