Of the last five Memorial Day weekends in Henry County, Virginia, we’ve had rain or threat of rain on four of them. Somehow, this has never been able to really put a dampener on the weekend – at least for us.
There are so many things to do around here on Memorial Day weekend that it would get a little ridiculous to list them. However, there are a couple of events that are a lot of fun that you might not hear about unless you just stumble across them.
Yard Sales & The Local Flea Market on Highway 58
The first is the stretch of Highway 58 between Martinsville and Stuart that fills up with yard sales. This is apparently one of the very best kept secrets in the area. There are a number of individual yard and garage sales at private homes along the highway and then there is one large flea market-style sale just next door to Larry’s Variety (which is a good spot to find new and used furniture). The flea market is not promoted online that I can find and I’ve looked. It shouldn’t be this hard to find, especially when you already know it exists. All I can truly tell you is that it is a large area and it usually has a good attendance regardless of the weather. The flea market rents spaces for $15 a day and I’d guess that they normally have around two acres covered with vendors. I believe that it is put together by an area Methodist Church, but I can’t find which one. There is $1 paid parking but a lot of people park along the highway. The driveway in and out is topped with rock and the parking itself is grass so, even with rain, mud is not really an issue. If someone local has any idea about who puts this on, please let me know.
Although we do not typically go to yard sales, I do make a point to go to this one. There is a lot of kitsch and a lot of junk but there are also some handmade things there from time to time. I usually find at least one thing there each year. One year I found a hand-painted pie safe for $15. Vendor turn out was down this year (70% chance of rain on Saturday and it looked fierce) but we still went and found some home-canned pickles from Moose Country Farm, a local farm that also specializes in goat milk lotion with essential oils. Their dill pickles are delicious and their spicy pickles mean business! They sell a variety of things through their Facebook page. It did not rain on us.
Mountain Valley Brewing’s Anniversary Party
The second is a newcomer. Memorial Day weekend happens to also mark the anniversary of Henry County’s first Craft Brewery, Mountain Valley Brewing, and 2018 was their first anniversary. They had two bands lined up and they tapped the raspberry wheat that weekend.
Virginia Brew Hub, a Roanoke-based magazine that covers all things craft, was on hand with their drone and took the following footage over the course of the day.
It was a great day and, while we only intended to stay for a couple of beers, we ended up listening to the whole set by Faded Travelers (and buying their CD). The video below is just a snippet to give you an idea of the feel of the band.
Mountain Valley Brewing is growing so fast. They started out with just the tap room. Could that really have only been a year ago? Then came the pavilion. Then the covered deck off of the tap room. Now lawn games like corn hole are showing up and I understand that DAM Good Equipment, a Martinsville-based company making hammocks, tents, backpacks and sleeping bags, is planning on putting in a hammock garden. They’ve already put in a couple (see the first video). Take a look at their site too (https://www.damtough.com). Besides their products, they are taking their own photos and not using stock images on their website. It’s fun to guess where the pictures were taken. Hoorah to DAM Good Equipment for that.
I’ve never seen a hammock garden. Have you?