Volume I | March 6 2021
Threads of Connection
A Community that Knits Together Stays Together
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is teaming up with the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Parks and Rec., the River District Association, the Dan River Basin Association, and Sovah Health - Danville, as well as many other civic organizations, on one of the largest and most ambitious community knit projects in the region. 
This fiber, knitting & crocheting collaboration by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, recognizes the building of community found within the age-old practice of gathering to assemble fabric and knitted pieces in small groups. This interactive winter and spring community project, produced from January through June, celebrates and reflects people’s many different backgrounds and experiences. Participants are invited to collaborate in the making of a "Yarn Bombing" Art installation along the Danville Riverwalk, and share their COVID19 stories. 
Register HERE To Participate
Download the Flyer
Spotlight on New Knitting Partners
Collidescope is here to give LGBTQ+ members in the region, whose perspectives produce a vibrant spirit in the area, visible emotional and physical support through events, mentor-ships, affirming faith groups, supportive businesses, and community resources. Collidescope says: Volunteer your time and talent to help us Yarn Bomb the Riverwalk Trail! Have unfinished knitting or crochet projects? We'll take em! Don't know how to knit, no problem. We will set you up with videos and free lessons.

Email Liz or Monie at collidescope434@gmail.com to join COLLIDESCOPE.
Crochet Guild of Prince William County
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is delighted that the Crochet Guild of Prince William County will be participating in WANDERLOVE: A Stitch in Time! 
Crochet Guild of Prince William County is a local chapter of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). CGOA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of crochet by educating the public about crochet, providing education and networking opportunities, and setting a national standard for the quality, art and skill of crochet through creative endeavors.

The Crochet Guild of Prince William County Says: We love supporting efforts like WANDERLOVE as it gives us the opportunity to hit those “other yarns” we have collected over the years or attack our scrap vessels.For more information about Crochet Guild of Prince William County call 571-247-1868 or 703-791-1449.

You can also email Jim Holtman HERE
Danville and Its Long History of Textiles
How much do you know about Schoolfield?
By the early 1900s, Riverside Cotton Mills in Danville was the largest textile mill in the South. Riverside developed a mill village for workers employed in its Schoolfield mills. Taking the name Schoolfield, this village was independent of Danville City until annexation in 1951. Completely self-sufficient, the village would eventually include its own post office, police department, hotel, hospital, businesses, nursery, welfare building, YMCA, school, and bandstand. In 1903, Riverside began building the village in order to house the numerous workers the company had recruited. Within 10 years, the village encompassed over 400 houses and had a population of more than 5,000 people. To read more about this fascinating history click HERE:

Did you or anybody you know grow up in Schoolfield. We want to hear your story. Please contact us at info@danvillemuseum.org
Shout out to First Responders!
WANDERLOVE Knitters and children are not the only ones working with lines… DMFAH wants to give a big Shout Out to our Dan River Region LINEMEN
First Responders, Rescue & Fire Departments, Uitily workers and Winter Storm Volunteers
Davenport Energy made over 13,400 deliveries to residential and commercial customers during the difficult storm month of February. On the Monday after the ice storm, they handled over 1,000 call-in orders (compared to 500 on a normal cold winter day). We appreciate the efforts of Danville Utilities, Mecklenburg, Appalachian and Dominion Virginia for their impressive efforts to give us power and light during a cold and difficult month! Their dedication to the task at hand and their perseverance in the bitter cold made us more comfortable and able to take care of our own businesses and our families.
Musical Tapestries From the Appalachians
The DMFAH presents the 2021 March Musicians in Residence
Banjo & Fiddle Narratives/Authentic Regional Sounds
Event Date: March 20, 2021
Time: from 2-5pm
Location: 536 Craghead Street Gallery Space, Danville, VA

Musical Duo Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness perform duets of traditional music from the Appalachian South and elsewhere with clawhammer banjo, fiddle, fingerstyle guitar, and vocals. Their engaging program will appeal to players and fans of old-time music as well as those who may be getting their very first taste of this captivating genre. Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style. Raised on a tobacco farm in Caswell County, North Carolina, Beth Williams Hartness began singing, and taught herself to play the guitar at the age of twelve, influenced by her mother's passion for early 1960s folk music.
Please note the COVID19 Guidelines for the event: The DMFAH will encourage 3-5 people to enter the gallery at any given time between 2pm and 5pm. We will ask all audience members to wear masks and to have their temperatures taken before entering the gallery. We also ask that you keep a six-feet distance from the musicians others in the gallery. We look forward to welcoming you for this exciting event.
Let the LAWN Games Begin on Saturday March 20, 2021
Croquet for Everyone: Pull out your mallets and put on your lawn shoes, and let the games begin on March 20! The museum lawn will be divided into three gaming sites. While croquet is played internationally, it is, perhaps the most quintessentially English game imaginable: a game of croquet & a glass of Pimm’s & a cucumber sandwich. Croquet’s first rules were registered in 1856, although there are suggestions similar games were played as early as the 1600s. This event is Free to family, friends and organizational groups so gather your teams for 6 - feet distanced outdoor fun - but dress warmly it is still a little chilly. And do bring your Mallets and your Croquet set.

Croquet Slots

Saturday March 20 from 12 noon to 5pm

12 noon to 1:30pm / #1 East lawn (patio) #2Front Lawn #3West Lawn Rose Garden
1:30 to 3:00 pm/ #1 East lawn (patio) #2Front Lawn #3West Lawn Rose Garden
3:00 to 4:30 pm /#1 East lawn (patio) #2Front Lawn #3West Lawn Rose Garden
Volunteers and Interns Needed
This is an exciting time to be an Intern or a Volunteer at DMFAH
.The Danville Museum is currently gearing up to offer a summer camp like no other! But we need your input. The museum will be partnering up with Summerstack and Swanson Studio as well as other community camps in the River district to provide an unforgettable summer experience for you. We are also reaching out for summer volunteers and interns to assist us with programming for the summer.

If you are interested in gaining knowledge about Museum Best Practices and learning how objects are cared for, regional stories are told for best effect, and if you want to meet interesting and exciting new people.