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Steep Canyon Rangers to headline Brewster Walk!

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The GRAMMY award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers will headline the second annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts! The beer festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 8th in uptown Martinsville, Va., on the street in front of the Rives Theatre (215 E. Church St., Martinsville). The event is supported by AutosbyNelson and BB&T.

The event will feature more than 60 delicous craft beers, plus live performances from the Rangers, The Trongone Band and Relacksachian.

Gates open to VIPs at 1 pm and to GAs at 2 pm. The music will end at 6:45 pm (last call) and the beer festival will officially conclude at 7 p.m.

A total of 500 General Admission tickets will be made available. GA tickets cost $30 and will include the commemorative Brewster Walk sampling glass, 15 3-oz.samples of delicious beer, admission to the event beginning at 2 p.m. and all three concerts.

We’re only selling 150 VIP tickets to Brewster Walk. VIP tickets cost $50. Gates will open one hour early for VIPs (1 p.m.). VIP ticket holders also get the commemorative glass, 25 samples of delicious beer and access to the Rives Theatre (our VIP Hospitality Area). Plus all three concerts. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

The event is open to patrons age 21 years and older.

Volunteers still needed for Beer Fest this Saturday

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Rooster Walk is excited to partner with the Martinsville Mustangs once again for their Ballpark Beer Fest from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th at Hooker Field. The event will feature 60 craft beers, plus food and a full night of live music from The Low, Low Chariot!

We’re still  in need of volunteers to help us pour beer during the festival. Early shift volunteers will help from 5-9 pm, and when you’re off the clock at 9 you get to stick around as our guests and drink unlimited free beer samples until 11 pm. Second-shift volunteers will help us from 8:30-12:30am; in exchange, we’ll give ya a free ticket to the July 15th concert at Pop’s Farm, featuring Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, plus Left Hip Pocket.

To sign up as a volunteer, or to get more information, email roosterwalk-at-gmail.com. Thanks!

Jones named 2016 Penn-Shank Scholar

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Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones, a senior at Martinsville High School, has been selected as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship winner for the current graduating class at MHS. The scholarship is worth up to $4,000 over the next four years.

Jones, who will attend Old Dominion University beginning in the fall, was senior class president at MHS and a Wendy’s High School Heisman award recipient. An avid swimmer, he qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2013 as a member of the USA Swim Team. A team captain of the MHS swim team since 2012, he broke school records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard Individual Medley. He was also a member of the Martinsville Marlins club swim team and of the Bulldogs’ varsity indoor/outdoor track team, according to his scholarship application.

Jones plans to major in criminal justice at ODU with the goal of becoming a police officer and ultimately a member of the strategic task force unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he stated in his application essay. In 2016, he interned at the Martinsville Police Station.

Jones is the son of Jovita Saunders-Jones and the late Carlton Jones.

The Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of the late Edwin G. Penn IV and Walker Shank, each of whom graduated from Martinsville High School in the spring of 2000. Penn, an Eagle Scout, went on to become a skilled carpenter and woodworker for Burr Fox Specialized Woodworking. Shank, who graduated from the University of Virginia with an economics degree in 2004, was a mortgage specialist living in Long Island at the time of his passing.

The merit-based scholarship is funded by Rooster Walk Inc., a community non-profit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville and Henry County. In seven years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $50,000 to the scholarship fund, plus an additional $40,000 to other local and regional charities, including the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program. The company’s keynote event, the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, takes place this weekend.

RW8 named one of state’s top 5 festivals!

Virginia’s best outdoor rock music festivals: LAVA, Rooster Walk, Red Wing Roots, Floyd Fest & Lockn’ this summer

With a 151-acre music venue in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rooster Walk in Martinsville is a favorite with families and music lovers alike. The multi-day festival offers food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, camping, craft beer and wine, a six-hole disc golf course, guided float trips on the Smith River and more.

“Rooster Walk is a little more rockin’. We went last year and had a blast,” Jeter said. “They have a beautiful kids’ area and a very family-friendly vibe.”

The festival’s motto is to “appreciate the present” with music, family and friends in a laid-back setting. Performers this year include Lettuce, Sam Bush, Perpetual Groove, The Revivalists, as well as more than 40 other bands and musicians.

Cost: single-day tickets $25-$55 in advance, $30-$65 at the gate; $120-$150 for three- and four-day passes; extra fees for parking and camping. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

Float the Smith River during RW8!

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Ticket for two costs just $45!!

Smith River Outfitters is offering a Float Trip on the Smith River on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm! The cost is only $45 per couple.

Paddlers will meet at the festival’s Outdoor Headquarters in the New Belgium Pine Grove at 9:45 am, and be shuttled to and from the Smith River. Boats, paddles, safety equipment and shuttle service are provided with the ticket SmithRiverOutfitters Logo_2016fee. Children under the age of 14 are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Check out the River Float Trips page for all the info!

Memorial Hospital: First 100 runners to sign up get FREE Sunday ticket!

Tuff Strutter Memorial HospitalThanks to the generosity of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, the first 100 runners to sign up for the Tuff Strutter 5K Trail Run will receive a free Sunday ticket to Rooster Walk 8!

The race, which only costs $25 if you sign up before May 14th, will take place on Sunday morning of the festival and wind through the wide, well-maintained trails of Pop’s Farm. The race and its subsequent awards ceremony will conclude before the first band begins playing that day, but now runners have a chance to stick around for more than 12 extra hours of music, fun and games FREE OF CHARGE! To learn more, check out our Tuff Strutter Page.

That’s right, if you’re one of the first 100 registrants for the Tuff Strutter, you will also receive a free Sunday-only ticket to Rooster Walk 8, courtesy of our friends at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, who are the title sponsors of the race.

In addition to the free Sunday-only ticket, all runner who sign up before May 14th are also guaranteed a Free Tuff Strutter Tshirt!


RW co-founder is Dancing for the Arts!

Dancing for ArtsDid you know that Rooster Walk co-founder William Baptist is competing in a dancing competition similar to Dancing with the Stars?

That’s right, William and teammate Lindsey Bryant will compete in Dancing for the Arts, a fundraiser for the Martinsville-based Piedmont Arts Association.

Their final score will be tallied using a combination of overall votes and their performance scores. The competition will take place  at 7 pm, Saturday, April 16th in Martinsville High School auditorium, but they’re asking for votes now! Please VOTE HERE for William & Lindsey to help support the arts in Martinsville-Henry County. If you want to see them strut their stuff, you can BUY TICKETS HERE to see Dancing for the Arts.

Good luck William & Lindsey!!

The Dutch Inn is our local hotel partner!

Dutch InnWe’re happy to partner with the Quality-Inn Dutch Inn in Collinsville, Va., for the seventh time in eight years. We will also be partnering with one hotel (TBD) in Danville, Va. Our free fan shuttle will run on a constant loop to and from the festival venue to both partner hotels.

Mention Rooster Walk when booking your room to receive the special discounted rate of $75 per night!

Quality Inn – Dutch Inn
2360 Virginia Ave.,
Collinsville, Va. 24078
Festival room rate: $75/night + tax
Phone: 276-647-3721
Web: Click HERE.

Walker Shank Memorial Golf Tourney set for April 30th

Walker Shank tee shotPlease join us for the Walker Shank Memorial on Saturday, April 30th at Chatmoss Country Club. Walker was an avid golfer throughout his life, and competed on the Martinsville High School varsity team four years, helping them to four straight Piedmont District titles and Region IV titles.

The tournament will feature a Captain’s Choice format with 4-person teams. This will NOT be a shotgun start. The first team will tee off at 11 a.m., with a new team teeing off every 10 minutes after that.

To download a team registration form, click this link: Golf registration form 2016. Feel free to submit the form via email [email protected] (However, we will still need your registration fee to be mailed in advance to Rooster Walk Inc., P.O. Box 601, Martinsville, Va. 24114).


$100 per hole sponsor. Please [email protected] if you’re interested in being a sponsor. Thanks!