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Two Wonderful New Movies To Be Filmed In Virginia

October 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments

watermenTwo fabulous new films are in the making at two separate locations in Virginia.

The first is “The Shoeless Wonders”, a true tale of a team of shoeless orphans from Lynchburg, Va. who played fabulous football. Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Producer. Life Out Loud Films LLC Phone: 818-509-0699.

The second is “Chesapeake” starring Keith Carradine and is being filmed in the Chesapeake bay region of Virginia. This story is centered around the threatened Watermen culture of the coastal areas. Contact Info: Amy Quick at or by phone at 434-327-9821.

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Life Out Loud Films is in development on a film based on actual
local events

Lynchburg, Virginia (October 2, 2013) – Life Out Loud Films is currently in development on a film based on a true story out of Lynchburg. This news comes on the heels of announcing that its last film, Wish You Well, based on the novel by David Baldacci and starring Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy, and is an Official Selection at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. The film was shot on location in Giles County and is a collaboration between Life Out Loud Films, Copper Beech Productions and Baldacci Entertainment.

Life Out Loud Films has partnered with the Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and the Family Alliance of Lynchburg to develop a feature film that will tell the true story of The Shoeless Wonders, a barefoot football team of orphans who lived at the Presbyterian Homes and who ruled the Lynchburg gridiron and went unbeaten and unscored on from 1922-1930. This inspirational story is currently in the research and script development stage and is projected to shoot in 2015.

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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 (You can also come free if you are a Volunteer Helper! To sign up, call Lauren at 540-721-1203 or email

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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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Homeowners Insurance

September 27th, 2013 · Comment Now!

house_by_the_lakeGood insurance policies are getting a little tricky to come by these days. We definitely want to talk about this before closing on a loan.

When purchasing a home, you will need to acquire homeowners’ insurance. In fact, all lenders will require a policy be in force prior to funding the loan. Make sure you have enough coverage, should anything happen. Policies refer to “replacement costs” that may not cover everything.

You should ask your insurance agent a lot of “what if” questions. The deductible amount also plays a big part in setting your premium. Higher deductibles lower the number of claims, and reduce your insurance costs. A great online resource can be found right here

Check with your insurance agent for more information on these issues, and any others. If you don’t have an insurance agent, we have access to several top-notch agents we can refer you to with confidence.

Taken from Paul Moore’s Book, “The Definitive Guide to Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate”. Check out the website as well at

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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 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 to reserve and confirm your chalet.

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

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Changing Seasons And Fun Events

September 5th, 2013 · Comment Now!

270569_354605537963547_1101802493_nSummer is not quite over, but the kids are back in school and teachers and college students are hard at work. So while we may not be quite ready to relinquish warm weather, the season has begun it’s transition. Instead of vacations we are thinking about ball games, band practice and maybe weekend camp-outs. Not quite ready to winterize the boat and water toys, but that will soon be on the list of projects as well.

Thankfully at Smith Mountain Lake we can enjoy the beautiful views all winter long and many fishing enthusiasts can be found on the water every month of the year. In fact I am told some types of fishing are better in cooler weather. It has been a strange year weather wise with so much rain and unusual humidity. Many of us are hoping for a more normal fall with warm days and cool evenings and perhaps not slogging through any mud for a time.

Changing seasons are a wonderful thing really. They give us a chance to slow down and reflect on where we have been and where we are and plan for where we want to be. It gives us a change of scenery as well. In the next month or so there will no longer be a need to mow the lawn or weed the garden, so we can enjoy the leaves beginning to change color, design our cool weather flower beds and such.

At SML September brings a new set of fun events and activities, more than there is even room to mention on here. Things like Franklin County Civil War Days, Wine Festivals, Rock the Block Music (a variety of concerts incl. gospel, contemporary, folk, etc.), Antique Farm Days, Alpaca Farm Days and so much more. (Check out the Calendar of Events Here). Every season at the lake is full of things to appreciate and enjoy…… have a wonderful September!

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Laws For Virginia Employees

August 31st, 2013 · Comment Now!

taxes1Do you know the laws that govern your rights as an employee in Virginia? Are you aware of the laws that apply in the workplace? How aware are you of the new laws that may affect you on your job? If  you are like the average American you don’t really keep up with all the laws that may affect you. Most of us just try to behave with common courtesy and assume we will be treated the same way by our employers. And perhaps more often than not, things work out ok by that code.

But unusual situations can arise. And of course sometimes employers are not all we had hoped they would be. It seems like it is just wisdom to try and stay up to date with at least the most basic laws that could affect us on our jobs. For instance one of the newer laws is the Virginia Worker Privacy Law. What does that mean to you? Well Virginia Code §40.1-28.7:4 states that “employers shall not, unless a listed exemption applies, be required to release, communicate, or distribute to a third party, any current or former employee’s personal identifying information.”

As to what all that means in a more practical sense……you may want to check out all the details at Virginia Workplace Law, a great site I found recently. The information on the site comes from employment lawyers at Sands Anderson. They provide analysis and news on employment laws for businesses in Virginia and North Carolina. This is a good site to increase your knowledge from and be prepared for the unexpected.

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Waboba Ball: Fun In The Lake

August 25th, 2013 · Comment Now!

If you are ready for a new water sports game, check out the Waboba Ball! A Waboba Ball is made to bounce on water.  Sound impossible? Not at all really. The ball’s secret is its composition from different types of Polyurethane, covered in Lycra, allowing it to bounce and float. This makes for some fantastic possibilities in the water because unlike beach balls and other floating balls, the Waboba is close to the same density at water. So not only does it float, but when you throw it, it bounces high and accurately toward it’s target! Sounds like it would make for some great fun on a Saturday at Smith Mountain Lake.

This ball is made to endure some rough handling, but is not designed for bouncing on solid surfaces such as walls or concrete. While you can play with the ball in any creative manner that you wish in the water, there is an actual game plan for it as well……

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Golf Courses Worthy of Mention

August 16th, 2013 · Comment Now!

greenThere are a number of noteworthy golf courses at or near Smith Mountain Lake which are avidly attended by golfing enthusiasts. Each course has it’s own personality and charm and will appeal to a variety of players. Tournaments are held at various times of the year and there is something for everyone.

Westlake Golf and Country Club
Borders beautiful Smith Mtn. Lake
Dress code, Semi-Private, bent grass
Hardy, Va 24101
Phone: (540) 721-4215

Willow Creek Country Club
Private club since 1960
Dress code, water hazards, bent grass
Rocky Mt, VA 24151
(540) 483-0797

Mariner’s Landing Golf and Country Club
Wooded Course, Semi-Private, Great views
Dress Code, bent grass, water hazards
Huddleston, VA 24104
Phone:(540) 297-7888

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Tax Free School Supply Weekend

August 2nd, 2013 · Comment Now!

school busIt seems impossible that it is almost Back To School Season again at Smith Mountain Lake. But sure enough, August is upon us and it won’t be long before another school year begins. One thing you don’t want to miss out on is your 3 day window of opportunity to buy certain school supplies and clothing with no added tax!

Today and tomorrow and Sunday you can purchase “school supply” items that are commonly used by a student in a course of study (this may not include computers and computer related things depending on where you shop) tax free!

“Clothing” means any type of apparel and typical footwear intended for daily use. It does not include equipment/shoes that are for athletics and not for everyday wear.

The holiday began at 12:01 a.m. today, Aug. 2 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 4. All school supply items included in the tax free list must be $20 or less and clothing related items must be $100 or less per item. You can find more details and a list of all the items that are included in the term “school supply exemption” here.

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