Coming Friday August 8 . . .

Fringe will perform at August Music Night, along with Swift Creek and The Highway 61 Bluegrass Band. Visit the Events page to learn more about what's happening at the Centre.

The Spencer-Penn School served the small rural community of Spencer for seventy-seven years, not only as an educational institution, but also as the center of civic and social life. Today, in its new incarnation as the Spencer-Penn Centre, the renovated school stands as a testament to the remarkable volunteer spirit of the citizens of Spencer while serving once again as a vital community resource. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, it houses a library and a computer lab, hosts classes ranging from art to yoga, and provides space for banquets, conferences, receptions and concerts. Click here for information on renting Centre facilities for your next event.

Too Young Too Old performing at the third annual SPC Pig Cookin' Contest.


The mission of the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization is to provide an educational and special events center for Spencer and surrounding communities by preserving the structure, facilities, artifacts and history of the Spencer-Penn School. We envision a facility that provides programs to inform people about a variety of subjects, allows them to experience a variety of performing arts, and provides entertainment and healthy activities for their families. This facility also provides a place where they can celebrate special events in their lives.

The John Shackelford Courtyard in bloom.

This facility is operated in a nondiscriminatory manner with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, age or handicap. Complaints of discrimination may be sent to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

Centre News

Dignity Memorial Escape School. The Spencer-Penn Centre is excited to offer the nationally acclaimed Dignity Memorial Escape School for children ages 8 to 12. Presented free of charge by local Dignity Memorial funeral service providers, the program teaches critical abduction prevention and life-saving tactics for surviving in dangerous situations. Dignity Memorial Escape School, featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, America's Most Wanted and Good Morning America, helps to dispel fear by teaching proactive strategies in a fun, nonthreatening manner. Parents are encouraged to attend this beneficial program with their kids to reinforce the knowledge that leads to smart choices. The program discusses topics such as: how to be smart, not scared; how all the rules change in a dangerous situation; how to differentiate between "good" and "bad" strangers; and how to demand help. The Dignity Memorial Escape School program will be presented to kids and parents at the Spencer-Penn Centre on Tuesday, July 8, at 2:30pm.

Pig Cookin' Contest. The Centre's third annual Pig Cookin' Contest was a huge success! You can read about it in this Martinsville Bulletin article. And you can find photos of well-fed attendees here.

The winner of the 2014 SPC Pig Cookin' Contest, Ernest Tisdale, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. (Martinsville Bulletin photo by Harrison Hamlet)

The Photography Club's June Photo of the Month, "Lily," by Louise Covington.

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