Eclipse party set

Join the Reynolds Homestead and Stanburn Winery for an Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21. (Contributed photo)

The Reynolds Homestead and Stanburn Winery are partnering on an Eclipse Party that will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 21.

All of North America will be treated to a solar eclipse, and while Patrick County is not in the area of totality, the path should provide a 91-95 percent view, according to a release from the Homestead.

The grounds of the historic home will provide an excellent viewing opportunity, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.  There is no charge to attend the event, says program manager Lisa Martin. “If you have your own glasses and want to come out and join us, there is no charge to attend – the more the merrier!”

To make the event more fun, however, gourmet chicken or ham salad picnic lunches will be available for $10 each. Stanburn Winery will be mixing up a white sangria to serve as well, and the cost for the drinks is $4 each. Anyone who purchases lunch will receive a free pair of ISO-certified eclipse viewing glasses, but individual pairs can be purchased for $3.

In the event that the weather is unsuitable for a good view, the Homestead will be able to screen the event through the NASA live Eclipse feed, and everyone can still watch it together inside on the big screen.

This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years. Make plans to attend.

Lunches must be preordered no later than Friday, August 18. Registration is requested so staff can ensure there are enough glasses for everyone planning to attend.  To register, call 276-694-7181.

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