Annual Christmas Celebration & Tree Lighting at Smith Mountain Lake

HARDY, VIRGINIA, November 10, 2017 – The Willard Companies is proud to present the annual Christmas Celebration & Tree Lighting at Westlake Towne Center on Dec. 7, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Special holiday festivities include live concerts, free pictures with Santa, kids’ crafts and entertainment, light refreshments, and some incredible gift card giveaways to Westlake Towne Center businesses. In addition, the first 150 guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy to We Care of Franklin County during the event will receive a complimentary ticket to a one-time-only showing of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Westlake Cinema at 8 p.m. that evening.

In past years, one winner has received a $1,000 shopping spree at Towne Center businesses. This year, Westlake Towne Center is offering our guests several chances to win prizes, so multiple names will be drawn for various prizes generously provided by Towne Center businesses. Please like the Westlake Towne Center Facebook page, and find our Facebook event for the Christmas Celebration there. Please share: http://tinyurl.com/yarw8a6z

 

To register to win one of the sweepstakes drawings, patrons can visit participating stores during the Christmas Celebration & Tree Lighting event – no early registrations are available. There is no purchase necessary to sign up for the drawing, and you must be present to win. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

 

Toy Drive

Patrons of Westlake Towne Center businesses may donate a toy to the We Care of Franklin County toy donation program at participating businesses at any time between Friday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Dec. 15. The first 150 who donate a toy on the day of the Christmas Celebration (Dec. 7) will receive a free ticket to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Westlake Cinema immediately following the event.

 

Shop Local 

Patrons who spend $60 at any participating Westlake Towne Center business between Black Friday (November 24) and December 23 will receive two free movie passes to Westlake Cinema. Patrons must bring their qualifying store receipt to The Willard Companies’ main office at 75 Builders Pride Drive, Hardy, VA, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up their passes. Passes are valid on any movie showing between January 1-March 31, 2018. Limit two passes per person. Some studio restrictions may apply.

 

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The Willard Companies is the umbrella for Willard Construction of Roanoke Valley, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, The Waterfront Country Club, The Water’s Edge Country Club and The Westlake golf course. The company is involved in country clubs, building, developing, marketing and real estate. The Willard Companies is also affiliated with Westlake Towne Center, Westlake Cinema, Westlake Salon & Spa, Smith Mountain Building Supply, The Cabinet Gallery, and Window and Door Design Gallery.

 

 

Gretchen Tipps

Director of Marketing

gretchen@thewillardcompanies.com

The Willard Companies

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www.thewillardcompanies.com

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Smith Mountain Lake Waterfront Home for Sale, 4 BR, 2 Baths

Waterfront Home for Sale at Smith Mountain Lake.  4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2400 square feet, new roof, new HVAC, freshly painted, move in ready!  You can check it out here.

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203 S Hickory Hill Drive at Smith Mountain Lake For Sale

100_0196Sited on a lovely wooded lot with a huge variety of enormous hardwoods, this charming country home at 203 South Hickory Hill Drive in Moneta boasts a terrific view of a serene and peaceful cove.

The home itself features over 3000 sq ft of finished living space on 3 levels, including 4 bedrooms (3-bedroom septic), 2 bathrooms, 2 or 3 family rooms, 2 fireplaces, 2 stationary docks, 1 10×20 floating dock, and 1 covered boat slip. Terrace level is all fun with a full size pool table, ping pong table, air hockey table, and fooz ball table. New roof installed in October 2016.  Located in beautiful High Point subdivision, this home is centrally 100_1668located to everything at Smith Mountain Lake – by land or water!

The home is perfect.  It’s delightful inside and out with a terrific floor plan that has places for everyone and everything!  Just call 434.825.6546 for more information or for a showing.

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Fun Is Yours To Make At Smith Mountain Lake

1239087_362130577325852_6751284922657722289_oFun Is Yours To Make At Smith Mountain Lake10454443_303144183224492_5533592165923668318_n is a coloring book about the lake.

This coloring book was written and illustrated by Marva Joy Dansberry. It is being sold at area retailers – including Oar Knot (at Bridgewater), Moneta Farm & Home Center (Garden Center),The Virginia Dare Cruises, Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge, Mitchell’s Point Marina, and The Whitehouse Corner Store. This first Smith Mountain Lake Coloring Book is great for children and adults alike. It includes pages about lake activities, challenges and area history.

It is a great commemorative gift for vacationers and local residents alike.And, its out just in time for the Lake’s upcoming series of 50th Anniversary celebrations!

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Smith Mountain Lake Farm

Looking for a fun activity at Smith Mountain Lake for your entire family?  Check out Smith Mountain Lake Farm and the beautiful Alpacas!

Looking for a fun activity at Smith Mountain Lake for your entire family? Check out Smith Mountain Lake Farm and the beautiful Alpacas!

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Impressive Lake Views for Osprey 10K/5K/Walk at Smith Mountain Lake

7af1cbaa-51f1-45b8-a815-9e80d8002e012016 is a significant year for the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park.  They are celebrating their 20th year as a non-profit corporation formed to help the park in its mission.  To celebrate, they decided to hold a race they called the Osprey 10K/5K/Walk to coincide with the annual return of the osprey to their nest at the park.  The race is set for Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. at the State Park.

Dave Gearhart, President and Co-Organizer said they wanted to hold an event that would attract visitors to the park and continue to grow every year.  Gearhart, who runs in the Boston Marathon, said “Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a perfect location for a 10K/5K race.  It’s and out and back route entirely within the park.  It has some of the most beautiful sights you’ll find in a race – a wooded route with numerous views of the lake.”  Bernie Tipton, Co-Organizer for the event and also a runner who has run the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg 40 times, said that running is easier than organizing.  He is helping layout the coarse and received help from Run-About Sports in Roanoke.  “It’s probably considered a moderate course, with a couple of slow easy-up hills about ½ mile long.”  

Race organizers say that the turn-around point at the 3.1-mile mark occurs at the Discovery Center.  That location is arguably the best place on land to see Smith Mountain Lake because you can see for miles, both upstream and downstream.  Organizers plan to have a television monitor at the finish line with live feed from the osprey nest, as well as other tables that have information available about the park.  There will also be recovery drinks, fruit, energy bars and awards.

The osprey 10K and 5K races are sanctioned by U.S.A. Track & Field and will be chip-timed by Run Roanoke.  The organizers hope to have a first-class event that runners will want to participate in every year.

For more information about the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, or the Osprey 10K/5K/Walk, visit www.smlspfriends.com.  Paper and online race registration are available on the website as well.

This is the view at the turnaround in the Osprey 10K/5K races, which is considered one of the lake’s best views on land.

By: Jim Gerhart, Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

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“Color Guard” Will Run The Osprey 10K Race While Carrying Flags

 

6b10320c-fd12-4f3f-8187-c38f119d15c2On April 9, at 9 a.m. the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will have their inaugural 10 K/5K, walk to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping the park in its mission.  The “Color Guard” will be running the 10K while carrying flags.  Their goal is to bring honor and awareness to our troops serving and in harm’s way.  They will each carry a flag; United States, Virginia State, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Steve Bozeman, the organizer of the Color Guard, said that shortly after 9/11, he put out a “Call to Run” to see if there was interest in raising public awareness about the military and their sacrifices.  “We got a great response and just weeks after the 9/11 attack on our homeland we started running the Virginia Ten Miler in Lynchburg.  That was the beginning of a great tradition.”  He said, “We do this to bring awareness that our freedoms are at a cost to those who serve in the five military branches and their families, who have made many sacrifices over the 241 years of being a free nation.  Bozeman said they have about 30 patriotic runners in the group and will have enough volunteers for the Osprey race, to carry the seven flags.  

George Broman, who will be carrying a flag said, “I’ve never served our country in the Armed Forces.  I am a proud American who has travelled and lived overseas as an adult, and have a deep appreciation of just how wonderful this country is and can be.  I carry the flag for two reasons:  It’s a way for me to honor those who have served, and all too often given their lives to secure this country and way of life so many take for granted.  Secondly, to call people to everyday patriotism, to honor and be proud of this country, and to do their part to keep it great.”

To register for the race, go to www.smlspfriends.com, or arrive early and register on the day of the race.

By: Jim Gerhart, Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

 

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Happy Full Pond Day – Smith Mountain Lake – March 7th 1966 – 2016

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Celebrating 50 Years of Full Pond at Smith Mountain Lake

dt_common_streams_StreamServer-300x245March 7th marks the 50th anniversary of “full pond” at Smith Mountain Lake.  The News & Advance has published some great pictures showing the history of the dam and the lake being filled.  Click here to enjoy these photos.

 

 

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Smith Mountain Lake 50-Mile Bike Trail

56c326b5ad93d.imageAs much as recreation is a part of the lake, so, too, are the sweeping water and mountain views. Now all of those elements have been combined into a 50-mile bike trail on the Bedford County side of the lake.

Mike Dittrich, a part-time lake resident, came up with the idea for the trail as another way to celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary.

“I tried to pick a route that would offer as many scenic vistas of the lake, but would still be part of a contiguous route,” he said.

Beginning at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston, the route meanders along several of the county’s less-traveled roads, Dittrich said.

“I’ve ridden every part of the route several times,” he added.

Now, thanks to $7,500 from the 50th anniversary’s steering committee and a matching grant from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors, signs will soon be posted along the route to direct riders.

Jerry Craig, the county’s director of tourism, presented the request to the county supervisors, which was granted Feb. 8.

The money, Craig said, “will cover the cost of 50 signs, the installation of those signs and the maintenance of the signs over a period of time.”

The next step will be reaching out to the Virginia Department of Transportation to determine who will install the signs and where they’ll go, Dittrich said. “The idea is to put up signs pretty much where we can use existing street signs.”

Once the signs are in place, Dittrich said he hopes to host a kick-off group ride.

“I want to get the thing open and running and letting people know about it,” Dittrich said.

The route is ideal for all levels of bicyclists, Dittrich said, and gives riders the option of only doing a portion of the trail or the entire route.

Several times as he was putting the route together, Dittrich said people would stop him to ask about places to ride around the lake.

“I think it’ll be nice for experienced riders, but it’s also going to be nice for beginners,” Dittrich said.

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