Alpaca Fashion & Jewelry Show at Smith Mountain Lake

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual Peruvian Links Alpaca Fashion & Jewelry show! Tickets sell out quickly so do not wait. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 540-719-0281. This year Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas & Gifts will unveil their own private label, available for the first time, along with many other fabulous Alpaca Fashions at the best prices of the year, only given at the show! Don’t miss out on the custom jewelry by Sterling Peacock!


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60′s Weekend Organizers Needed by Smith Mountain Lake 50th Anniversary Team


By JERRY HALE – Special to the News-Post

The Steering Committee planning the celebration of Smith Mountain Lake’s “full pond” milestone in 2016 is seeking help to organize a “60s Weekend” in May of 2016.

SML first reached full pond status on March 7, 1966 — ready to be fully enjoyed by residents and vacationers alike. Many of today’s lakers have pleasant childhood, high school, college or early career memories from that celebrated decade.

Creating a “throwback” weekend, featuring 60s music, cars, costumes and food, will provide numerous opportunities to relive those memories while ushering in the summer of 2016.

SML’s New Crusty Minstrels will present one of their popular sing-along, dance-along concerts on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. But several volunteers and a chairperson to lead the effort are needed to make other aspects of the weekend come together.

If you are a “child of the 60s” or just have a fascination for this great period in America’s cultural revolution, this could be the perfect way for you to get involved in staging SML’s 50th anniversary celebration. 

Volunteers interested in helping with this or any other aspect of the celebration are encouraged to contact Annette Stamus or Barb Nocera at the SML Chamber at 721-1203 or Jerry Hale, events coordinator, at 721-7222 or email 

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“The Cry of Christ” at Smith Mountain Lake

C of C  0217 C of C  0138 C of C  0071“The Cry of Christ” Easter drama is offered free to the community for the seventh

Elias is a young man who is proud to do whatever is necessary to provide for his family, making a dishonest living along the way. Elias finds himself intrigued when he meets a man named Jesus, but is it
too late for him now?

Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz, VA will be offering to the community the seventh annual, “The Cry of Christ”, a fully staged and costumed drama. Each year, over two hundred HBC members come together
to produce the area’s only fully staged Easter drama. Each year it is met with enthusiastic response, some groups in attendance even travel from out of state to watch this community production. The production is a continuous yearlong work in progress at Halesford Baptist with the desire to present this unique drama to our local community.
Due to high demand, two weekends of performances are offered. Performance times are as follows:
Friday, March 27th at 7pm, and Saturday, March 28th at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, March 29 at 3pm.
The following weekend performances are for Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm, Friday, April 3rd at 7pm and Saturday, April 4th at 3pm and 7pm. FREE ADMISSION with seating reservations strongly suggested. The seating reservations and other information will be available beginning March 1st at
Those without Internet access may call 855-415-4447.
Please join us for this captivating and remarkable recount of Christ’s story.

Rhonda Ellis – 540-537-0893

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Smith Mountain Chapter of American Association of University Women Offering Scholarships

collegeThe Smith Mountain Chapter of the American Association of University Women (SMAAUW) is offering two $2,500 scholarships in 2015 to women to assist them in continuing their education.

To be eligible, you must:

1. Be a woman who graduated from high school (or GED);

2. Reside permanently in Franklin, Bedford or Pittsylvania counties; and

3. Be currently enrolled in a university, college or community college in Virginia and completed at least one semester at this institution. This is in order for you to provide at least one letter of recommendation from a current professor.

This is a one-time award that will be forwarded directly to the recipient’s chosen college for tuition only. There is no restriction on academic area of study. Achievement, financial need, potential and character may all be considered in selecting the award recipient.

Applications are due April 1 and may be obtained from

Send completed application to the same email address or to

Pamela Hain at 720 Boardwalk Drive, Moneta VA 24121.


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Smith Mountain Lake Singing Valentine’s – Feb. 12, 13, 14

Harmeneers-valentineMany years ago, the Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers barbershop chorus began a scholarship program to aid area high school graduates who intend to continue their interest in music and performance.

From a modest beginning of a single monetary award, the program has grown considerably. This scholarship program, financed by all those who purchase one “singing valentines,” now provides awards to graduates of five area high schools. To date, the program has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.

Singing valentines are being offered this year on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. For $50, a barbershop quartet in fancy dress will show up anywhere your “sweetie” happens to be, serenade your “sweetie” with two or more songs and present a rose and a card.

To reserve a singing valentine, call 540-721-1437, 540-297-4112 or 434-851-9300.


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Smith Mountain Lake 50th Anniversary T-Shirt Contest

10577043_761377667254917_7137669619268189686_nThe steering team for the 2016 celebration of “50 Years of Making Memories at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge” will host a competition to design the official celebration t-shirt for the event. Artists, designers and others who wish to enter ideas for a t-shirt are encouraged to submit their suggestion for evaluation by the steering team. All entries received at the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce office by March 1 will be eligible for a $250 prize.

T-shirts bearing the winning design are expected to be on sale at selected locations around the lake by this Memorial Day weekend. Profits from the sale of the shirts will be used to help fund celebration activities during 2016.

In addition to the cash prize, whoever submits the winning entry will receive appropriate recognition in a news release to local media. The winner will be announced no later than March 15, at a time and place to be announced.

A complete list of official rules for the competition is printed below:

1. Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce staff are not eligible to participate.

2. The 50th Anniversary logo (available at must be used in the front pocket area of the shirt.

3. Entrants’ unique design should be restricted to the back of the T-Shirt and incorporate the phrase: “50 Years of Making Memories”

4. Entries must be submitted unframed and in color.

5. Submissions should be a minimum of 8″ x 10″ and not exceed 11″ x 14.”

6. High resolution (minimum of 300 dpi) digital files must also be provided.

7. A maximum of three entries per person will be accepted for judging.

8. Entries should be submitted with the understanding that the selected artwork becomes the property of the SML 50th Anniversary Steering Committee and may be used to produce T-Shirts, posters and other collateral materials in a variety of media.

9. If a photo is used as a submission, any persons depicted in the photo must sign a release for their image to be used.

10. Winners will be selected by the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee and announced no later than March 15, 2015. One (or more) winning entries will receive a $250 prize.

11. Entries must arrive no later than 5 p.m. on March 1, 2015.

Entries should be submitted to Barb Nocera, SMLRCC, 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Ste. 2, Smith Mountain Lake, VA 24121.

For more information, call Barb at 540-721-1203 or email


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The 2nd Annual Glacier Polar Plunge at Smith Mountain Lake

Video of The Glacier Polar Plunge at SML.


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Cooking With Bruno at Smith Mountain Lake

10915166_10152456564881642_4759985110826033490_nSunday, January 18th, is the first Cooking with Bruno class for 2015!!
Pasta is the keyword!!  
Its not to late to sign up, call (540) 721-3028 — with Bruno Silva and Tiffany Silva at The Landing Restaurant.

The Landing Restaurant is located at 773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta, VA.

Phone:  540.721.3028

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SW Virginia Boat Show Feb 20-22


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Smith Mountain Lake Glacier Plunge 2015


The 2nd Annual Smith Mountain Lake Glacier Plunge will be held Saturday, January 10th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bernard’s Landing in Moneta. Take the plunge into freezing water and swim to the Glacier for a variety of prizes, including genuine pearls. The event also features a fire pit, arctic volleyball and a post plunge party at The Landing Restaurant with music, a themed menu, and complementary hot chocolate.

First 100 participants will receive a Glacier Plunge beach towel. For more information, visit or contact Andrea Fansler or Lauren Acker at (540) 721-9622.

Admission Fee: Glacier Plunge: $35 min. pledge/ Post Plunge Party: $5 min. donation
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