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Homestead Creamery in Burnt Chimney has been named the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year. The locally owned and operated creamery that markets its products from the dairy to the table was recognized at the chamber’s 28th annual Small Business Awards dinner on Oct. 2 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The annual awards program showcases the accomplishments of the small business sector which is composed of 95 percent of the area’s business community.
Founded in 2001, Homestead Creamery has marketed its milk directly from the cow to the consumer. Homestead offers a full line of bottled milks, premium ice cream, yogurt, butter, dips and fresh cheeses. “As in years past, the selection committee was faced with a very difficult decision because of the number of outstanding companies represented in the competition,” said Joyce Waugh, president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Small Business Awards selection committee was impressed
Homestead Creamery’s story of preserving two family farms for future generations while using modern technology to process their products, and still deliver their products door-to-door for their loyal customers.” A committee of local businessmen evaluates nominees in terms of increased sales, employee growth, staying power, innovativeness and contributions to the community.
To be eligible for small business of the year title, companies must meet SBA small business standards and be at least 3 years old. Previous small business of the year winners include Roanoke Natural Foods Coop (2013), EHS Support Services (2012), Interactive Achievement (2011), Magnets USA (2010), Home Instead Senior Care (2009), Virginia Prosthetics (2008), and Luna Innovations (2007).
A rare jewel in Virginia automotive history highlights the Thunder in the Blue Ridge “car culture” area at the 41st Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 25 on the campus of Ferrum College.
The festival’s auto show will feature Slick Patterson’s modified 1939 Ford, the oldest known Virginia-built “custom car,” as well as hundreds of hot rods, race cars and restored antique vehicles.
Patterson began work on his dream car in 1948 after seeing the post-World War II customizing craze in California. His radically modified ’39 Ford won honors and appeared in eight automobile magazines in the 1950s.
By 1960, however, the vehicle had been sold and forgotten, and it sat rusting outdoors for 50 years, until a complete restoration by Roanoke-area auto-building masters in 2013. Then the car won the Preservation Award at the 2014 Detroit Autorama.
“Slick Patterson’s Ford broke new ground in Virginia,” said Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Co-Director Roddy Moore. “As our folklife festival shows, traditions are always changing, sometimes slowly and sometimes in a jump. For an instant, Patterson’s Ford was like nothing else cruising up and down the streets of Virginia.”
The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival celebrates an array of folk traditions found in Western and Piedmont Virginia, and the festival’s Thunder in the Blue Ridge show — combined with acres and hours of heritage music, crafts, foodways, games, antique machinery and working animal activities — makes for a full, unforgettable family day of regional folkways. Highlights at this year’s festival include:
•Two special music workshops — -On the Road with Bill Monroe (featuring former Blue Grass Boys trading tales and tunes of traveling with the Father of Bluegrass) and Old-Time Harp Players (masters of the harmonica from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina).
•Three music stages — 21 solid hours of string band, bluegrass, gospel, blues and ballad singing.
•Slingshot masters — Hotshot target shooters from Virginia and North Carolina, plus plenty of slingshots for the public to try.
•Amazing Grace, the movie star trick mule — She acts, she paints, she high jumps, and she can dunk a basketball — just like a mule.
•Wheat threshing and rock crushing demos — The raw power and beauty of dozens of restored vintage tractors, engines and farm/industrial machinery.
•Thunder in the Blue Ridge car show — 300 vintage cars, customs, street rods, racecars and hot rods.
•Working animal contests and demos — Sheep herding, coon dog water races and treeing contests, and horse and mule weight pulling contests.
•Virginia Championship Coon Mule Jumping Contest — Mule jumping as only mules can.
•Real Blue Ridge folk crafts — From guitar making to tobacco twisting, sales and demonstrations by over 50 heritage artisans from the region.
•Country foods — From Brunswick stew to fried apple pies, over 20 traditional Virginia foods
•Children’s folk games — Old-time play, no battery needed.
•Moonshine still and tales — The cats and the mice together on stage trading stories from the heyday of Blue Ridge “spirits.”
Held rain or shine, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is a true one-of-a-kind event and a full day of family entertainment. Priced with the family in mind, admission is $10 for adults; $5 for youth (6-15); and $5 for seniors (60 and over). Advance tickets can be purchased by check or credit card at 540-365-4412. Parking is free.
For more information visit www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org, email email@example.com, or call 540-365-4412.
This weekend only October 2 – 5. 20% OFF everything at The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake! No exceptions, STARTS today, Oct. 2nd. Start your Christmas shopping early! Candles, wax vessels, greeting cards, pottery, plastic serving ware for the dock, scarves, jewelry, snack foods and salsas, fabric, patterns, books, notions, SML mugs, hats, mats, personalized engraving while you wait and so much more! See you soon. Oct 2-5! Mention you saw it on The Smith Mountain Lake Show!
Thurs-Friday 9:30-5:30. Saturday 9:30-5:00 and Sunday 11:00-4:00. Everyone appreciates your support!
In the late 1920s, Appalachian Power began purchasing land and planning for a hydroelectricity dam within the Smith Mountain Gorge that is split by the Roanoke River. After several delays and the completion of engineering studies, construction began in 1960. Construction on the smaller Leesville Dam also began downstream at this time as well. Concrete pouring began in 1961 and in 1962, the re-construction of roads and bridges that would be affected by the reservoir was complete.
Filling of the reservoir, Smith Mountain Lake, began fifty one years ago today on September 24, 1963. On March 7, 1966, the reservoir was full. In 2016, Smith Mountain Lake residents will celebrate FIFTY years of enjoying this beautiful lake.
For those who are new or unfamiliar to the Smith Mountain Lake area, or for lake veterans in search of the best, this dining guide shows off five of the regions best restaurants and their cuisine. Smith Mountain Homes put the post together and graciously offered to share it with all of us. The list includes menu details, various atmospheres, dietary flexibility (like gluten-free) and other details to help visitors know what restaurants they would enjoy. At the end is a map showing the locations of the restaurants. Enjoy!
Providing cuisine with French influence and American sensibility, The Landing is a Smith Mountain Lake hot spot that never disappoints. The Landing also has gorgeous outdoor, waterfront dining options, including a smoke free patio and outdoor bar. Owner Bruno Silva is dedicated to working with the freshest, most local ingredients possible to create the dishes on his menu.
Photo by The Landing
“My goal is to do everything local, not with big distributors,” Silva says, “I’d rather do business with locals, even if it means paying more. Because, at the end of the day, the quality products that our local growers have make amazing dishes!”
The Landing also operates its own food truck, Bruno’s Gastro Truck, which can be found roaming Roanoke, Salem, and other surrounding areas. For more information about The Landing, visit their website.
The Blackwater Café
The Blackwater Café has long been a fine dining fixture in Smith Mountain Lake. Joining French and Italian cuisine, The Blackwater Café serves a variety of steak, seafood, and pasta dishes. And for those with gluten sensitivity, there are ample gluten-free options.
Photo by Robert Donovan
The café’s monthly wine themed dinners are a major local attraction. Fine wines, paired with a five-course menu, are served on the second Tuesday of each month. Be sure to book your spot early, because they go fast! More information about The Blackwater Café and their monthly wine dinners can be found here.
Smith Mountain Lake’s own authentic Italian eatery, Casa D’Amici serves up beloved classics, such as Chicken Parmesan, Manicotti, and Veal Sorrentino. And with its fine ambiance, Casa D’Amici is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or dessert.
Photo by Artizone
For a full listing of Casa D’Amici’s menu, visit their website at this link: Casa D’Amici.
For those times when only a pizza will satisfy, Downtown Pizzeria is by far Smith Mountain Lake’s best spot for pizza. There’s no shortage of toppings either; from pineapple to pepperoni, Downtown has you covered.
Photo by Dennis Wilkinson
Aside from pizza, Downtown also serves several subs, pasta dinners, and salads to accommodate any taste or craving. To see all available toppings and dishes, check out Downtown Pizzeria’s full menu here: Downtown Pizzeria.
Edo Grill and Sushi
Finding quality sushi can be a challenge, especially when supermarket California rolls and subpar sushi are so common. For authentic, fresh, and premium sushi in the Smith Mountain Lake area, Edo Grill is the place to go. With a diverse selection of Maki, Nigiri, and Sahimi, Edo Grill can satisfy even the most discerning sushi fan.
Photo by Linh Nguyen
For the less adventurous, cooked entrees featuring chicken, seafood, and steak are also available. Edo Grill’s menu can be seen here: Edo Grill and Sushi.