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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Smith Mountain Lake Events

May 8th, 2014 · Comment Now!


Spring 2014 brings several exciting events with it to Smith Mountain Lake. Get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, and check out some of these upcoming lake area events.

Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival
When: Sunday, May 10
Where: J.T.’S at the Lavalette
Cost: $13-15 including ticket fees

strawberriesPhoto by Sharon Mollerus

Wine from 28 different vineyards along with a variety of handmade strawberry fare will be available at this year’s Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival. Gretna, VA is just a short drive from the lake. Get your tickets and find out more about the wine list and menu at http://www.gretnastrawberrywinefest.com/welcome.html.


Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run
When: Saturday, May 17
Where: Mariner’s Landing
Cost: $350 for two players

Organized by the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association, the Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run is held to raise funds for boating safety awareness. Boaters cruise the lake, stopping at various “card stops,” in search of cards to build the best poker hand. Several cash prizes are distributed. 70th Anniversary D-Day Commemoration
When: Friday, June 6
Where: National D-Day Memorial, roughly 30 minutes from the lake
Cost: Free
To honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, there will be a USO show and veteran reunion at Bedford’s national D-Day memorial. This is a perfect chance to experience this special national memorial along side our nation’s surviving heroes and their families. To get more information about Bedford’s D-Day memorial and the soldiers to which it is dedicated, visit http://www.dday.org/.
Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
When: Friday, June 6
Where: Westlake Golf Course & Country Club
Cost: Varies

golf_smith_mountain_lakePhoto by Tord Sollie

Hosted by the Westlake Golf Course & Country Club, the annual Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament gives local and visiting players the chance to compete for prizes and enjoy one of the lake area’s premier golf courses. Sponsorships and entry fees can be found at visitsmithmountainlake.com.

Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days
When: Sunday, June 15
Where: Franklin County Recreation Park
Cost: $5, free for children under 12
Held on Father’s Day, the Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days give visitors the chance to see heritage farm equipment and working demonstrations along with games, activities, and other exhibits. This event is perfect for a day of quality father and son time.


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11th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

October 9th, 2013 · Comment Now!


chiliOn Saturday, November 2nd from 11am. to 4pm. you can enjoy a fun full-day lake event in Moneta, Va. The Chili and Craft Festival will feature a wide variety of creative arts & crafts and a delicious competitive chili cook-off. The Chili Cook-Off is more entertainment than a barrel of monkeys and trophies will be given out for  ”Best Chili,” “People’s Choice,” and “Showmanship.”

It’ll be a fantastic day with hot food and fun people at Smith Mountain Lake.  The event is held on the water at Smith Mountain Lake, Bridgewater Plaza near the Hales Ford Bridge. Tickets are $5 at the gate! For more information, go to www.visitsmithmountainlake.com. (You can also come free if you are a Volunteer Helper! To sign up, call Lauren at 540-721-1203 or email lauren@visitsmithmountainlake.com.)


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Fantastic Fall Facts & Festivities

October 6th, 2013 · Comment Now!


KHprofilepic1It is officially Autumn and we see the signs of changing seasons all around us. Even though the weather at Smith Mountain Lake has been unseasonably warm, the leaves are falling by the boat-load, the days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler. For those of you who love the fall, it is an invigorating and fantastic time of year.

Speaking of falling leaves, do you already know why they turn such brilliant colors in the fall? Even though I know the basics, I went to my resources and refreshed my knowledge a bit. As the tree begins to prepare for winter hibernation, it also stops producing the nutrients needed for to grow green leaves. The colors we see in the fall leaves are in them all year round, but when they stop making chlorophyll (that has the green pigment in it), then we see the glowing fall colors for a while before the leaves die altogether and fall off.

The other things that determine the variety and shades of color in the leaves is the temperature and amount of rain that year. Drought can delay the arrival of Autumn; warm, wet days will dim the brightness of the colors we enjoy so much; Harsh frosts kill the leaves before they can turn colors to that they just turn brown and fall off. The very brightest and most colorful Autumn comes when the spring has been mild with plenty of rain, a moderate summer and a warm fall with cooler nights. Lets hope that bodes for the most gorgeous fall ever this year!

And don’t forget the fabulous fall festivities this year either!

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2013 SML Wine Festival and More

September 17th, 2013 · Comment Now!


vineyardThis year at Smith Mountain Lake the 2013 Wine Festival is overflowing with extra fun. First you can join in the 2nd Annual SML Wine Festival Kick Off Party, Friday, September 27 from 5 to 10pm. Tickets are $15 and includes Live Entertainment by Key West, BBQ Plate with two sides, Corn Hole Tournament & Silent Auction. Space is limited so purchase your ticket early! For more information or to purchase tickets please go towww.smlwinefestivalkickoff.com or like our Facebook page SML Wine Festival Kick-Off Party.

Then there are the cool new private chalets being offered for the Festival. These may be just the thing for large groups, parties, corporate events, private picnic for the family, etc.  There are three different size chalets, each including a tent, tasting and non-tasting tickets, banquet tables, cocktail tables, signage, and a private fenced in area. Due to the high demand and the limited amount of chalets (ten per day), please call Lauren Parcetich at 540-721-1203 or email her at  lauren@visitsmithmountainlake.com to reserve and confirm your chalet.

And then of course there is the 25th Anniversary Wine Festival itself!! [Read more →]


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June 30th, 2013 · Comment Now!


horse at festivalThe 9th annual  “Horse and Hound” Wine Festival will be held on July 13, 2013 from 11 am. to 6 pm. at Johnson’s Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery. You can win a pair of tickets to this fun-filled event by being one of the first 5 readers to send an email to Paul.Moore@SmithMountainHomes.com telling us why you would like to win tickets to spend the day at the Horse & Hound Festival! (You must live in Virginia or plan to be in the area on July 13th to enter.)

At the Festival you can enjoy wine from some of Virginia’s finest wineries while listening to good music and visiting the arts, craft and food vendors. Virginia’s most unique wine festival will have numerous events throughout the day with horses and dogs as the primary attractions such as the Parade of  Horses, lure course and muskrat racing.  Families will enjoy this festival because it appeals to both young and old and we have a Kiddie Korral.

The event takes place on the spacious and gracious grounds of Johnson’s Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery 2122 Sheep Creek Rd, Bedford Va., a location that also boasts some spectacular Blue Ridge mountain views. Part of the proceeds will benefit 501-3c organizations that benefit horses and dogs.

Tickets for Tasters $20–Gen. Adm. $15–Children & Dogs $5.  Advance Tickets; Tasters $15–Gen. Adm. $10–Children & Dogs $5. For more info and online advance ticket sales http://www.BedfordWine.com. Or you can call  540-586-3707 or email for more info. appleseed@earthlink.net

Facebook URL:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Horse-and-Hound-Wine-Festival/281090608562



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Gills Creek Marina and Lodge – Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

May 22nd, 2013 · Comment Now!


Lodge-12-1024After 2 years of hard work and rennovations you can now check out the newest Smith Mountain Lake accommodations and boat rentals at Gills Creek Marina and Lodge. They will be showing off their new docks, lodge rooms and more at the Grand Opening this Thursday, May 23 from 4:00 pm. – 7:00 pm. with the Ribbon Cutting at 5:15pm.

There will be music by Steve Guidas, several nice door prizes, and food (BBQ by Scott’s Mobile Café) and beverages served. If you are not familiar with the area here are the directions: Turn onto Scruggs Road (Rt. 616), right on Rt. 834, left onto Burnt Chimney Rd.(Rt. 670) for approximately 4 miles, then left onto Fox Chase Rd. There could never be too many great marina’s or places to stay on the water…….so come on out and enjoy the day and support the Gills Creek Marina Grand Opening!


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Smith Mountain Lake Fall Attractions

October 20th, 2012 · Comment Now!


There is a lot going on at Smith Mountain Lake in the fall, so I thought it was a good time to list some of the fun things you won’t want to miss. You can be part of feeding the hungry, taste delicious chili’s, enjoy musical harmony and much more!

At the top of that list is the 10th Annual SML Chili and Craft Festival on Sat. Nov. 3rd from 11am to 4pm! Enjoy a full-day event featuring crafts and a competitive chili cook-off.  Trophies will be awarded for “Best Chili,” “People’s Choice,” and “Showmanship.”  It’ll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake.  The event is held lakeside at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, near the Hales Ford Bridge.Tickets are $5 at the gate! For more info. visit www.visitsmithmountainlake.com. You can also have fun as a volunteer: To sign up, call Jim at 540-721-1203.

And there are many other events worth noting on your SML calendar as well.

The Harmeneers annual Barbershop Chorus (this year “Barbershop Buffet”) will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. The dates are Friday evening November 9th at 7PM and Saturday afternoon November 10th at 2PM. Tickets are available at Radio Shack and at the SML Visitors Center. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $12 advance purchase.

The Agape Center will be starting their “FEED A FAMILY” Thanksgiving Dinner Program to provide  Thanksgiving Dinners to approx. 450 Families.  The cost to sponsor each family is $20.00. If you are interested in helping, Mail Check To: The Agape Center, P.O. Box 573,   Moneta, VA  24121 or Call Phyllis Johnson at 540-537-5312.

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Smith Mountain Lake $5,000 Prize Raffle

June 29th, 2012 · Comment Now!


What an exciting opportunity to win an awesome prize package and experience Smith Mountain Lake! Here is how it works: Buy a raffle ticket at one of the locations mentioned below.

This raffle ticket (or tickets) will be your possibility of winning a $5000 package at the lake. The package will include a 1 week vacation rental, a 7 day Pontoon Boat Rental, guided fishing trip, gift certificates and local shopping packages and much more!! This is your chance to experience SML in a new way. Tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10 and they will be sold at the SML Visitor’s Center, area events and various outlets around SML. The official drawing will be on July 5th. For more information visit the SML Chamber of Commerce.


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SML Movie Press Release

May 4th, 2012 · Comment Now!


The following press release is currently on wires to more than 17,500 outlets in support of the World Premiere of LAKE EFFECTS filmed at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., a Hallmark Movie Channel Original starring Jane Seymour, Scottie Thompson, Madeline Zima, Jeff Fahey, Ben Savage, Evan Podell, Sean Patrick Flanery and Casper Van Dien, Sunday, May 6 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7c


Scottie Thompson, Jane Seymour, Madeline Zima, Jeff Fahey, Ben Savage, Eyal Podell, Sean Patrick Flanery and Casper Van Dien Star

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SML Is A Great Place To Be In April

April 4th, 2012 · 1 Comment


If you have been hoping for some excitement at Smith Mountain Lake this spring, you will not be disappointed! Here are just a few of the great activities you might want to participate in during the month of April.

Buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win a $5000 package, including 1 week’s vacation rental, 7 day Pontoon Boat Rental, local shopping packages and more, to “Experience SML”. Ticket are $5 each, or 3 for $10! Tickets will be sold at the SML Visitor’s Center, area events and various outlets around SML. Drawing July 5, 2012 (1 in 1500 chance to win).

THE ROCKY MOUNT CENTER FOR THE ARTS, in The Grainery Art Gallery building, 220 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, offers art lessons for adults and children. Classes open for pottery, stained glass, painting and weaving.  Come and browse beautiful arts and crafts by local artists.  Enjoy watching live glass blowing demonstrations. www.rockymountarts.org. 540-483-1317.

Saturday, April 14 - 100 Year Anniversary Titanic Event - Chateau Morrisette invites you to an elegant event aboard the ill-fated Titanic.Dine extravagantly on five courses and wine as our re-enactors animate a momentous evening’s final hours.6:30 p.m. Advance reservations only, $95 per person, includes tax and gratuity.540.593.2865, thedogs.com.

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