In her free time, she raises money for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Congratulations to Kaile. You make Smith Mountain Lake PROUD!!!
In her free time, she raises money for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Congratulations to Kaile. You make Smith Mountain Lake PROUD!!!
2014 Happenings at Smith Mountain Lake
April 25, 26, 27 — (Oakley Tour) Big Bass Classic Open Big Bass Tournament at Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta. Registration is Friday, April 25 from 3pm – 7pm. Entry Fee - $100 One Day Entry – $150 Two DayEntry. Grand Prize: 2014 Nitro Z7 valued at $30,000. For more information call 877.958.8687, http://oakleybigbass.com/events/smith-mountain-virginia/
April 25 — 11th Annual SML Business Expo Sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, this annual event showcases over 120 member businesses, service providers and their products. Public invited. Held in Downtown Moneta.
April 26 – Rockin Brews & BBQ’s an annual spring ‘music, food and fun’ event in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Held at Downtown Moneta, Route 608 and 122, Noon – 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26. $5 Admission, Children under 6 free.
May 2, 3, 4 – Optimist Club Fishing Tournament The 46th Cave Spring Optimist Club Fishing Tournament participation may get a boost from the BASS Elite Series on SML which created excitement and turned up a bunch of bass. One advantage for Optimist anglers: they can fish at night if they choose. Held at Gills Creek Marina and Lodge at the mouth of Gills Creek on the Blackwater River. CATEGORIES: The competition is for the largest fish in categories for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, catfish, crappie and striped bass. PAYOFF: The tournament offers prizes that total $15,000. In each category, the heaviest fish is worth $1,000 in cash; second, $500; third, $300; fourth, $150. For more information call Gills Creek Marina (formerly Foxport Marina) at 540-721-2451.
May 3 — 17th Annual SML Triathlon
Come participate or cheer your favorites in swimming, biking and running events at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park located in Huddleston off of the Smith Mountain Lake State Parkway (Route 626).For more information call (540) 297-6066,www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml.
May 3 — 27th Annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup Day This event marks the 27th annual lake-wide clean-up effort. Volunteers from the entire community get involved in sprucing up the lake and shore for the coming summer season. Volunteers can register individually, as a group or organization. Call the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center for more information at 540.721.1203.
May 16 – 18—Pigg River Ramble The Pigg River Ramble is a 3-day whitewater packed weekend full of excitement and adventure. You can race against other Ramblers or simply float for fun down the Pigg River. Friday, May 16 at 9:00pm kicks off the Pigg River Ramble weekend with the fun of a night-time float on the Blackwater River, the “Blackwater Blackout.”
Saturday, May 17, at 10:00am the Annual Pigg River Ramble kicks off with a competitive style float down the Pigg River, with canoeists/kayakers from all over the East Coast.
Sunday, May 18, at 7:00am Breakfast on the Blackwater starts off with a homestyle breakfast and wraps up the weekend with one more float down the Blackwater River. Info: www.franklincountyva.org/parks, 540.483.9293.
May 16, 17 — Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run
Special charity event organized by the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association involves playing poker from watercraft and promoting boat safety. Prizes are awarded for both winning and losing hands and best “decked out” boat and crew. The Poker Run is dedicated to boating safety. All proceeds go to a worthy cause. Other special events surrounding the Tom Maynard Poker Run weekend include a welcome dinner/reception and entertainment on Friday night at Mango’s Restaurant; Saturday’s event and Poker Run will be held at Mariners Landing as well as a special boating safety orientation class. Registrations for the 2014 Poker Run are now being taken at smlba.com, click on poker run, then click registration. You can complete entire process on line via Paypal, or download registration form and mail in with your check. Call (540) 761-5147 for more information.
June 6 — Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
The opening of the spring golfing season at the lake is a much-anticipated event by golfers from the surrounding communities. The tournament will be held Friday, May 23rd at The Westlake Golf & Country Club. This annual event is an excellent way to showcase your company, meet new business prospects and entertain top clients – all while enjoying a day of relaxation on one of the area’s finest golf courses. RAINDATE: Friday, June 13, 2014
June 14 – Juneteenth Celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument
Freedom is the focus of this emancipation celebration for the whole family. Tour the Burroughs Plantation – music performed by local gospel groups. Free admission, 11am – 5pm. www.nps.gov/bowa,540.721.2094.
Independence Day Celebration – Friday, July 4th(Raindate-Saturday, July 5)
Loaded with fun, entertainment and grand fireworks for all to see, this major event is organized by the Saunders Volunteer Fire Department and is held at Parkway Marina in Huddleston to celebrate our nation’s independence. No Pets will be allowed on the Point! For more information call (540) 297-4412, http://www.smlfireworks.org.
Independence Day Celebration –July 5th, Downtown Moneta, Start the Fourth of July holiday in grand style. Enjoy the music of The Worx band from 6pm to 10 pm and then see our spectacular fireworks show! Food, drinks, children’s games and more will be available. Admission $5. Free parking. All proceeds benefit Moneta Fire Department.http://www.monetafire.com
July 18, 19, 20 – Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days….All 3 counties Franklin, Bedford & Pittsylvania, surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, participate in creating a 3-D Pirate experience. The theme is simple and ‘family friendly’, a great way for area businesses to connect their marketing efforts to create a memorable Smith Mountain Lake experience
September 5, 6, 7 – Franklin County Civil War Days
The annual event will feature living history, military drills and demonstrations, battle re-enactments, the Ladies of the Lake Singers, a Ladies Program/Fashion Show and Tea, and much more. Location: LakeWatch Plantation, Smith Mountain Lake, 14734 Booker T. Washington Hwy. Moneta, VA 24121. Admission is $5.00 age 12 and up; $2.00 ages 5-11; and free for ages under 5. The event also features a Dinner and Barn Dance event, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.00/individuals and $25/couples.
For more information visit www.VisitFranklinCountyVa.org or call (540) 483-3030.
September 12, 13, 14 – 24th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Show
In and out of the water antique and classic boats, a display of antique automobiles and a great selection of quality craft vendors. The event will be held at Mariners Landing in Huddleston, VA. For more information contact Mike Russell, 630.696.6052; email, email@example.com or visit www.woodenboats.net.
September 27 and 28 — 26th Anniversary Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival This amazing weekend event includes 27 Virginia wineries participating offering their finest vintages. More than 85+ quality food and craft vendors, plus popular local bands— it’s one of the lakes truly GRAPE events!
October 4 – Downtown Moneta Fall Festival, Join us in Downtown Moneta to help us celebrate Fall, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ,www.DowntownMoneta.com
October 11- Bridgewater Fall Festival, Drive or boat to Bridgewater Plaza, Smith Mountain Lake, on Oct 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Fall Festival. Shop all your favorite stores, as well as local craft vendors, and dine at your favorite restaurants! Also enjoy live entertainment on Mango’s stage and Honey Tree Learning Center face painting.
October 10, 11, 12 — Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour Visit eight beautiful waterfront homes reflecting a variety of architectural and decorating styles. Tour the featured homes by car or boat. For more information contact 540-297-8687, http://www.smlcharityhometour.com/
October 18 – A Night at the Races, The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s Fall Fundraiser will be held Saturday night, October 18, 2014, at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center. This will be a very exciting evening of trumpets blaring, horse racing, dinner, refreshments, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, race card winner’s drawing for prizes, and even a woman’s hat parade and contest. Contact Brian Raub at 540-721-1405 or Tom Cosgrove at 540-721-7838 for more information.
October 18 — Octoberfest & 5k Trail Race, The Willard Companies, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Oktoberfest from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event under tent. Adults $5. Children 13 and under are admitted free.
November 1 — 12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival
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. The event is slated for Saturday, November 1st at Bridgewater Plaza. This will be the tenth fall event 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, www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.
November 29 — 17th Annual Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade
An evening event, with a parade of boats ‘decked out’ for the holiday season with lights and displays. The boats leave port from the Virginia Dare Marina at 7 p.m., travel to Halesford Bridge at Bridgewater Plaza, circle past the SML State Park and return to the Virginia Dare Marina. This event is a local toy drive with all gifts distributed by the Lake Christian Ministries. For more information call 540-297-7100,www.vadarecruises.com.
December 4 – Westlake Tree Lighting, Held at Westlake Towne Center in front of the Westlake Library, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
December 5 – Downtown Moneta Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, 3rd Annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting will be held in Downtown Moneta to benefit the Moneta Fire Department, 6pm – 10pm. Join in the fun and festivities to include a guest appearance by Jolly Old St. Nick! Entrants and vendors please make plans to register early!
A BIG thank you to all who participated in our Valentine’s Day Restaurant Gift Card Give-Away. Happy Valentine’s Day to SAMANTHA WATERS!!! Samantha is the lucky winner of our gift card. Samantha, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
Winter is here as well as the potential for snow and ice storms; and while some of us thoroughly enjoy being snowed in, others may start to experience cabin fever and seasonal depression, especially if living alone. If you find yourself suffering from such, here is a helpful guide from a fellow solo flier.
If you’re a workaholic and/or heat conservative, this could be perfect for you. Since I despise of cooking during the week, every Sunday I make full use of the kitchen by partially cooking several meals at once. A hearty pot of soup on the stove top, meatloaf with all the fixings in the oven while a savory roast with carrots and potatoes tenderize in the slow cooker. Now your home is heated and aroma-filled, belly is full (since you know you taste tested everything) and no stress about cooking after working a 12 hour shift later on!
Didn’t realize that bottle of blue cheese dressing expired 3 months ago? Or that your local food bank could really use those 2 cases of Ramen Noodles you haven’t touched in just as long? Now is a great time to get organized while helping others in the community, so grab a box and get busy! Just remember to check those expiration dates and dump the past due’s.
Egh, I know, who wants to work if they’re able to enjoy an unscheduled day or two off? But there is no better time then the present to get caught up on such or plan future events. ‘Snow Days’ for me are a perfect time to plan specials for Spring (think warm thoughts), send e-mails to over due clients (I’m sure some of you have a few aches) and search for upcoming charity and local events to participate in. What future incentives is your business offering?
If the above suggestion is completely unappealing to you, then why not allow yourself some well deserved pampering? Winter is the perfect, much needed time to replenish and rehydrate dry, lackluster skin; so treat yourself to an at home Facial or all over Body Exfoliation. Enhance your ‘me time’ with a warm, bubbly Calgon moment equipped with candles and a glass of wine (or Chamomile tea) and finalize your aha moment by immersing yourself in your favorite body cream and Snuggie. You will thank you!
Take your Spaah Day to the next level or just skip the above (most men do) and head straight to the couch! Silence the phones, turn off the computer and pop a pizza in the oven. This is the perfect time to watch that movie everyone else raved about 6 months ago or to catch up on all 15 seasons of Breaking Bad or Vampire Diaries that has filled your DVR. No DVR? No worries, Netflix usually offers a 7 day free trial so pass the popcorn.
As Mom always said, ‘Fresh air never hurt anyone’, so pack on the parka and throw a fleece on Fido. During our last snow, Tragen and I had a grand time having a snowball fight, despite the fact that he doesn’t have opposable thumbs. The goal was for me to make another snowball before he broke the one I already tossed and before he ran back onto the deck. Needless to say, I lost the game miserably, but won in the long run since I had a pooped out pooch and some much needed exercise for myself. If still bored afterward, you could always mop the puddles off the floor and wash your wet clothes and towels you used to dry your doggy, but I vote to save that for another snow day!
There’s no need to travel far to capture a few scenic snow shots. From flurries sticking to a window pane, to icicles hanging from a rail, to your neighbor’s kid imitating Flick (the boy who stuck his tongue to the flag pole in A Christmas Story for you youngins); your own back yard can be a blissful backdrop. So grab your camera and be one with nature. Just don’t overdue it on the ‘selfies’.
Since the old adage, ‘So much to do, soo little time’ doesn’t really apply on days when you are snowed in, you might as well scratch a few items off the infamous list. From Spring cleaning in the Winter to organizing the garage, there is always something to do when you have a house or an apartment and you might even be surprised that there was as much dust on that shelf as there is snow outside. One of my favorite things to tackle is the closet. Grab 2 boxes (or bags) and label 1 for the Goodwill and the other for disposal. Go through your clothes, shoes, purses, coats, etc. and keep the keepers, but loose the moo-moos. You could even make a full day of such and put on your own fashion show. Hey, that lime green top really does look good with those plaid pants!
I’m sure every family has at least one relative that knows all the latest gossip or talks longer then a Chatty Cathy doll, so why not give him or her a call and catch up on old times. You could even start working on that family tree while conversing or find out the real story behind your Aunt Janet’s teeth floating in the Atlantic Ocean. If for some reason this section doesn’t apply to you, feel free to ask me for my Aunt’s number. Her new dentures arrived and she will be more then happy to let you know why Japanese soap operas are better then American ones.
You never have to go far to enjoy a great getaway. From State Parks to local lakes and landmarks, there are always places to go and things to see that don’t require a lot of money and traveling long distances. Why not go online and check out travel and hotel specials in your area and plan an upcoming weekend road trip? If you’re seeking something a bit more extravagant, then take advantage of the many discount travel sites, available via the internet, and schedule a sabbatical in St. Lucia. Maybe you can afford it, maybe you can’t, but at least your thinking warm thoughts on a cold, snowy day.
Unfortunately, most of us either don’t make the time to find our inner peace, are frightened of it or simply find it difficult or uncomfortable to be with only ourselves, relying on distractions such as work, t.v., other people or electronic devices to occupy our being. In such a busy, crazy world, it’s all too common for us to neglect ourselves spiritually or to allow for mental clarity. When my son left home, I initially thought I would have anxieties from being alone. This was further intensified from the constant reminders (of others) that I would later suffer from ‘empty nest syndrome’. However, upon arriving home, I heard the immediate sound of silence and felt the instant lull of peace. I knew, at that moment, I did my job of raising my child and it was time for me to enjoy me. I embraced the inner calm and still rejoice in having the house to myself…finally! So, turn off the devices, dim the lights, burn a scented candle and accept the serenity and the peace from within!
Stay warm and well,
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Dinner and Dancing to Benefit the Animals
Through Freedoms Last Chance Inc
Pet food Pantry, Pet Sanctuary, and Spay and Neuter Assistance
McKelevy’s Hall 14197 Moneta, VA
Music by the FAT DADDY BAND
For Tickets and More Information Visit :
or call(540) 493-7880
Tickets: $65 person Includes Appetizers and Meal
Cash Bar, 50/50, Silent Auction
Just in time for Valentine’s Day …The Smith Mountain Lake Show is giving away a $25.00 Gift Card to the restaurant of your choice. Just share this post …and be sure to let us know that you shared…and we will enter your name in the drawing.
Winner will be announced on Friday, February 14th. There are so many wonderful places to dine around the lake. So..start sharing for your chance to win this gift card. You can share everyday for more chances to win.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The quartets will deliver an unforgettable valentine experience to your sweetheart on Thursday, Feb. 12; Friday, Feb. 14; or Saturday, Feb. 15.
For $50, your valentine will include two or more songs, a rose and a card.
To arrange delivery of your unique valentine, call 540-721-1437 in Franklin County, 540-330-3448 in Bedford County or 434-851-9300 in Lynchburg.
All proceeds from these valentines support the Harmeneers music scholarship program for local high school graduates. To date, the group has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarship aid from the Singing Valentine program.
For more information, visit smlharmeneers.com.