By Callie Hietala
The plaza of the historic courthouse in Uptown Martinsville will once again host a favorite local fundraiser with a little bit of flash when the Martinsville Henry County Historical Society (MHCHS) hosts its annual Blue Jeans & Bling on October 16.
The society has been hosting the popular event, which is its largest annual fundraiser, for nearly a decade.
“Proceeds of Blue Jeans & Bling will allow the Historical Society to continue our monthly lecture series and expand our community outreach, to invest in the future by updating our website and supporting Virginia History Day, and to maintain the Historic Henry County Courthouse,” said Johnathan Phillips, president of the MHCHS board.
This year, guests will be treated to a seated dinner of tender pulled pork barbeque, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn bread courtesy of Hugo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. Warm, indulgent peach and apple cobblers will be served for dessert.
Roanoke-based group RagTop—the acoustic duo of Jim and Renee Oliphant—are slated to perform their musical stylings which cover a variety of genres from soft rock, R&B, blues, and classic American standards.
An in-person silent auction will be held during the event. A second silent auction is currently available online and will close on the evening of the event. Auction items include Chick-fil-A gift cards, tickets to Rooster Walk and Floydfest, admission passes to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and a deluxe group wine tasting at Barrel Oak Winery.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, or $250 for a table of eight and can be purchased from any MHCHS board member by visiting the Heritage Center and Museum during its open hours (Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 p.m.), or by contacting the group at (276) 403-5361 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets include dinner, two drink tickets (a cash bar will be available), entertainment, and the chance to show of your favorite blue jeans and brightest bling to fellow Historical Society supporters.
To bid in the online silent auction, visit: app.galabid.com/bluejeansbling2021/items.