Parade of Trees at Mariner’s Landing


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Ring In The New Year at Heath’s Waterfront Grill


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Bedford Artisan Trail Event


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Event features free pictures with Santa, live entertainment, toy drive and $1,000 Shopping Spree Giveaway. 

Christmas_Tree_LightingThe Willard Companies announced plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert event at Westlake Towne Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.Westlake Towne Center’s free, family-oriented event will feature live music, light refreshments, tree lighting, photo opportunity with Santa, and the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.

In addition, the Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert will also coincide with the annual toy drive to benefit WE CARE of Franklin County. The first 150 individuals who donate a new, unwrapped toy to WE CARE of Franklin County during the event will be given a complimentary ticket to a special showing of “Elf” at Westlake Cinema showing immediately after the tree lighting event at 8 p.m.Collection boxes for toy donations will be located inside the retail stores during the event and movie vouchers can be picked up after toy donation.

“The Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert are activities that awaken the sprit of the holiday season, so gather the family and come enjoy the most wonderful time of the year,” said Christopher Finley, director of marketing and communication for The Willard Companies.

Activities taking place during the event include:

  • Special arrival of Santa on a fire truck
  • Free photos with Santa sponsored by Your School Photos
  • Live concert by The Parrot Pan Steel Band
  • Live concert by Marie Anderson
  • Live concert by Lakeside Singers
  • Live concert by Johnny and Luna Bender
  • Live concert by EastLake Community Church members
  • Live concert by Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • WE CARE of Franklin County Toy Drive
  • Free holiday coloring books to children donated by Carilion Clinic

To be eligible for the $1,000 Shopping Spree Giveaway, attendees can register once at each of the following businesses during the event: Kroger, SweetFrog, Westlake Library, Lighthouse Gifts & Books, Westlake Salon & Spa, Just Made Scents, Teriyaki House, Benny Adelinas and Cottage Gate. One winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the event. Recipient must be present to win.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert, contact Christopher Finley at 540-721-5288.

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Captain’s License Course at Smith Mountain Lake


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Downtown Moneta Christmas Parade at Smith Mountain Lake

10730975_10204566457742660_1064181528181222726_nGet into the spirit of the Christmas Season in Downtown Moneta on Friday, Dec. 5th from 6pm to 10 pm.  

We’ll have Fire & Rescue vehicles, Boy Scouts, horses, majorettes, classic cars, radio stations, music, Santa, and so much more. Come to see the floats decorated in the theme of “What Christmas Means to Me”. The Salvation Army bell ringers will be here to accept your donations for those in need. We’ll have vendors downtown before, during, and after the parade selling gifts, Christmas trees, decorations, and goodies, so don’t miss it. It’s Friday, December 5th, from 6-10pm. 

If you’d like to be in the parade, just download the registration form and the rules and mail in your completed form and fee. If you register by November 20th, the registration is only $5.00. If you’d like to be a vendor, just download the vendor registration form and mail it along with your fee. Early registration for vendors is just $25.00. You can also register in person at A Shade Brighter and Affordable Home OUTLET in Downtown Moneta – open 11am to 6pm. Proceeds benefit the Moneta Fire Department. 

Feel free to share this event with your friends. See you December 5th!!!

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Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Shop Annex


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12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival – Nov. 1

SML_Chili_logo-JewelThe 12th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bridgewater Plaza. Admission to the festival is $5 per person. Children 6 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The festival, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chili-tasting begins at noon. Last year, more than 2,000 festival-goers enjoyed the chilies in the competition, shopped for a variety of crafts and enjoyed the on-site entertainment.

This year promises even more crafts and entertainment, including Jennifer Rose, the face painter for the New England Patriots football team.

Cooking teams are still forming for this year’s chili festival. If you have a favorite family recipe or you are an adventurous chili-cooking experimenter, then build your team of family, friends, neighbors or co-workers and incorporate your own chili recipe to join the challenge.

Prizes will be awarded for the coveted “Smith Mountain Lake’s Best Chili 2014,” “People’s Choice Chili” and “Outstanding Showmanship” awards.

Registration forms are available online at Click on the “Chili Cooker” icon to print out an entry form, or call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at (540) 721-1203 for more information.

Complete details are outlined on the entry form.

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Pirates’ Faire at Smith Mountain Lake Farms

unnamedPirates’ Faire! October 25th
Calling all Pirates & Princesses to the Family Treasure Hunt: Pumpkin Painting, Activities, and Demonstrations, and the Hay Maze! Come dressed like a Pirate or a Princess! $5 pp. Children under 5 Free with a parent. Treasure Hunt for Pirate Facts and Alpaca Facts!
Go through the hay maze and play pumpkin games. Learn how to spin! Spinning demonstrations, Natural Yarn Dying demonstrations and hands-on activities. See the alpacas and learn all about them. Feed them and even hug the babies! Ongoing lectures all day! See you at the farm for Scallywag fun!Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas & GiftsMorewood Rd, Hardy, VA , Across from the Westlake Country Club! 540-719-0281

Please leave your swords at home!

(Reg. Tours resume Oct 26th 12-5 at Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas & Gifts)

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Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

SML_Chili_Fest_LogoName: 12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival
Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Event Description:
Enjoy a full-day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off, with awards for Best Chili, People’s Choice, and Showmanship!  Held at Bridgewater Plaza, it’ll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake.  Savor the essence of fall with ‘chili…just the way you like it’ at the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival.  This event, slated for Saturday, November 1st, is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and it captures the best of everything with plenty of activity, great chili for tasting, craft vendors, awards and a beautiful lakeside setting
Bridgewater Plaza,
Route 122
Moneta, VA
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, November 1 – 11 am – 4 pm
Contact Information:
For more information – 540-721-1203
$5 Admission
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