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Broadway and Symphony in Roanoke

August 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments

When I first read this in some newsy email about Smith Mountain Lake I had to go and verify that it was true: Liza Minnelli w/ the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra!

Hard to believe someone so famous is going to be just down the road from Smith Mountain Lake. But sure enough you can buy tickets for Friday, September 10th at 8pm at the Roanoke Civic Center to see Maestro David Stewart Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, performing  with Liza Minnelli!

As you can imagine all seats are reserved for this fabulous event. Tickets range from $25 seats in the upper corners of concourse on up to $75 seats at tables (which seat 8 people). Dinner is an extra $25 served by the well-known Encore Catering by Ovations. Dinners are available for purchase in advance and will be served at 6pm. allowing plenty of time to eat before the entertainment.

Tickets on sale through HometownBankTix.com, the Roanoke Civic Center Ticket Office, or charge by phone at (877) 482-8496. For more info. or to see the coming season of events visit RoanokeCivicCenter.com.

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Art Exhibits At the Lake

August 12th, 2010 · Comment Now!

There is a wide variety in taste as far as art goes and the art shows this month at Smith Mountain Lake may not appeal to everyone. However, if you don’t take a look or at least research the artist’s style you will never know what you may be missing.

The Little Gallery is proud and excited to announce an art show by Greg Osterhaus beginning on Saturday, August 7, with a demonstration.  Drawings will be held for an original Osterhaus and other prizes.  The show runs through August 28th. Visit the Little Gallery at www.thelittlegallerysml.com.. If you need more info. you can all them at 540-721-1596.

Goose Creek Studio, 330 W. Washington St. in Bedford, presents an exhibit of works by the Bald Knob Artists – August 13-September 4.  Goose Creek Studio offers quality custom framing and hospitable exhibition space featuring local and regional artists.  Contact (540) 586-8482 or www.goosecreekstudio.com

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Art Show At Goose Creek Studio

July 25th, 2010 · Comment Now!

Smith Mountain Lake boasts many evidences of the arts in a variety of formats for those who enjoy art. While some appreciate modern art in the form of paintings, others like sculpture or watercolors. Whatever your favorite art may be, come and experience something new at the Garden Party in Bedford every day until July 31st.

At Goose Creek Studio, which can be found at 330 W. Washington St. in Bedford, you will find the “Garden Party”. Does Chinese brush watercolors sound interesting? This presentation of beautiful art is by Lee Walker  and will be on exhibition until July 31st. 

Goose Creek Studio offers quality custom framing and hospitable exhibition space featuring local and regional artists.  Contact (540) 586-8482 or visit www.goosecreekstudio.com.

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Lake Effects Movie Gets The Go Ahead

May 18th, 2010 · Comment Now!

Announcement to Smith Mountain Lake Community, from movie Producer Sara E. Timmins:

I am happy to announce that Lake Effects has officially green lighted and will be produced in the Fall of 2010.  

I feel so honored to have such a wonderful group of investors who believe in this film and for the abundance of community support we have received over the last year.
Every investor we have has gone above and beyond to help guide and support me and make sure that this film happens… and it has just amazed me!  I am especially thankful for Bart and Lynn Wilner, who were the first to jump on board with financial support.  Without their leadership and belief I don’t know that we would be making this announcement today, so I am very grateful for them.  
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Grand Winter Gala

January 23rd, 2010 · Comment Now!

red_chair_districtSmith Mountain Lake Christian Academy and Lake Christian Ministries have put together a Grand Winter Gala Charity Art Show and Auction for March 6th, 2010. This creative benefit for the two local ministries promises to be a ton of fun, with a gourmet chef dinner, live entertainment and a very unique auction.

Grand Home Furnishings will be furnishing 12 small bare wood chairs for 12 different artists to paint in their own unique style. The artistically painted chairs will then be auctioned off on March 6, 2010 at The Grand Winter Gala and all profits will be donated to the above listed charities.

The Grand Winter Gala will be held at the Waters Edge Ball Room on March 6th from 7pm. to 11pm. You can purchase tickets in person from Grand Home Furnishings Westlake, Lynchburg, Valley View and Tanglewood, or fill out an online order form to receive your tickets in the mail. Individuals are $60 and couples are $100.

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Little (Art) Gallery Events

November 16th, 2009 · Comment Now!

framed_artThe Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake has a great schedule of fun for the holidays! Over the next few weeks you can join them for a variety of interesting activities. 

On Wednesday, November 18th from 5 to 7:30 at Westlake you can bring your female friends for the Ladies Night Out. Then on Nov. 28 from 1 – 4pm. take the kids to meet Santa at Bridgewater Plaza.

And last but not least is their Christmas Open House on Dec. 5th and 6th. That Sunday afternoon (the 6th) there will be a reception from 1 – 3 to meet the artists on display at the Little Gallery. There will also special holiday discounts and free wrapping available.

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Greek Festival in Roanoke

September 2nd, 2009 · Comment Now!

greek_saladAre there any Greek cuisine lovers at Smith Mountain Lake besides me? If so, don’t miss out on the Greek Festival in Roanoke on September 18th, 19th and 20th from 11am. to 10pm Fri./Sat. and 12 to 7pm. Sun.  I love that a portion of the proceeds for this fun event will go to benefit The Rescue Mission and Center in the Square.

If you have never tried Greek food, then you may be in for a treat. The Greeks don’t go in for drab foods, they love rich flavors and tastes. The culture as a whole is full of loving, intense, laughing, hard working folks. I can’t say I have experienced another culture that I liked better. When I was a kid, we had good friends who were very Greek and my sister and I adored visiting them. They played hard, loved the Lord and were rich in compassion, honesty and ever enjoyed good food. I was exposed to some great new ideas and taste experiences during those visits.

If you love all things Greek or enjoy new things, go check out the Greek Festival at http://www.roanokegreekfestival.com. Besides the great food there will be live music, traditional costumes and dancing, pottery, jewelry, painting, contests, and children’s events. A fantastic time to be had by all!

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“Imagine It’s Spring” Concert

February 25th, 2009 · Comment Now!

music_posterDo you enjoy music? Then join us at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. for the “Imagine It’s Spring” Concert on March 8th. The concert features a local artist, Carmel Vaden and will be a benefit for the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors Program.

You can have some unique fun with this concert by pretending it is already spring and bringing a picnic! Pack your own picnic basket filled with your favorite food and non-alcoholic drinks, bring the family or a favorite friend, relax and enjoy the songs of this popular artist . (Vaden will be accompanied by guitarist Don Larson in several song selections.)

 The concert admission for the concert is FREE, but donations are welcome. So join in the fun for a good cause and come to the “Imagine It’s Spring”  concert on Sunday March 8th at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, Va. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Reservations are required due to limited seating – Call 540-297-7262 or 540-297-4243.

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Culture and Comedy

January 16th, 2009 · Comment Now!

gatheringAre you interested in 5 days of entertainment and interesting education right here in Smith Mountain Lake, Va.? Elderhostel will be hosting a fabulous 5 day program at The Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center, March 15 – 20, 2009.

The Elderhostel Program Itinerary will consist of ‘Trails Across America’, ‘Comedy in Film’, ‘Kings and Queens of England’. Prepare to be amazed, entertained and educated when it comes to any Elderhostel production.

‘Trails Across America’ covers the wide variety of scenic and historic trails in our country and allows you to learn how and why they were created.

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Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre

September 12th, 2007 · Comment Now!

If you live near Smith Mountain Lake and have not visited The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, then you are missing a wonderful night of entertainment and family fun. Located in Ferrum, Va. the BRDT provides an evening of drama and comedy that will keep you laughing and eager to come back again.

The musical element is usually very good with a mix of professional and amateur voices, and in the process of this feast for the eyes and ears, you may even learn little known facts and history about our neck of the woods!

The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre is an outgrowth of the Dramatic and Theatre Arts department at Ferrum College and the Jack Tale Players. Our patrons, area businesses, civic organizations, and Ferrum College provide the many kinds of support necessary to make the BRDT a viable enterprise. Founded in 1978, the BRDT has produced four to five major plays per season as well as a number of other productions. Every year the BRDT also premieres, at least, one original drama.

The BRDT began as an effort to share with Franklin County its past and grew to the present enterprise that celebrates a whole variety of theatrical endeavors. From the beginning, three important principles have guided our work. For the audiences, the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre promises wholesome family entertainment that blends the educational purpose of theatre with the powerful force of drama. For all, the BRDT reminds us that drama began as a religious ceremony and continues best when it keeps the spirit of fellowship and the joys of celebration. Contact them for more info. at (540) 365-4335.

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