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2nd Annual SML Civitan Club Golf Tournament

March 15th, 2016 · Comment Now!



Join us at the SML Civitan in a fun filled day of Golf!! The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs. This is accomplished through an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. This NON PROFIT Golf Tournament and FUNDRAISER will assist the SML Civitan Chapter to further that mission.

Captain’s Choice
April 22, 2016 Limit: 25 Teams of 4
11:00 AM – Registration & Practice
11:45 AM – Lunch
1 PM – Announcement
1:15 PM – Play Golf!

The event will be held at The Westlake Golf Course, 360 Chestnut Creek Dr., Hardy, VA 24101.
For more information, call Joan Griffith @ (540) 588-5180 or email: joanatthelake1@gmail.com.


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Free John Grisham E-Book

January 28th, 2016 · Comment Now!


Virginia Business.com has made us aware that bestselling author John Grisham, a Virginia resident, has written “The Tumor,” a Kindle e-book showing how an emerging medical technology could be used to treat various disorders.

Grisham, who lives in Albemarle County, is a board member of the Charlottesville-based Focused Ultrasound Foundation. The foundation promotes the adoption of focused ultrasound, a noninvasive therapy being developed to treat more than 50 medical conditions.

The book follows a fictional 35-year-old patient named Paul, who is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He dies nine months after his diagnosis despite undergoing brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Grisham then offers an alternative narrative to the story. Paul again is 35, but he is diagnosed with the same brain tumor in 2025, nearly a decade later.

Doctors use focused beams of ultrasound energy to destroy the tumor without cutting into his skull. They also use ultrasound on the surrounding brain to activate nanoparticles that deliver high concentrations of chemotherapy while minimizing side effects. When the tumor returns a couple of times, Paul is retreated with the same approach.

In a news release, Grisham said he wrote the book to raise awareness about focused ultrasound and the efforts of the foundation. The e-book is available for free on Amazon.

Reprinted from Virginia Business


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Christmas and New Years at Smith Mountain Lake

December 20th, 2015 · Comment Now!


christmas-bow-with-holly-mdMagic is in the air and there is never a dull moment at Smith Mountain Lake! You don’t want to miss the Holiday Events happening all around the area Christmas Week and New Years Eve and Day! From LIVE Nativity to Grief Support Groups to New Years Day Hikes….there is something for everyone!

Vitalize Church members have assembled a manger for a live Nativity, which will be held Dec. 18 to 24 in the field near Sunken City Brewing on Virginia 122. On the 24th at 8 p.m., we will gather around the Nativity for a candlelight communion. For those unable to attend the live Nativity, the set will include cut-outs during the day so that passers-by can still enjoy the Nativity. More information about Vitalize Church is available at www.facebook.com/vitalizechurch.

Christma Alpaca Visit – December 21st from 12am to 5pm. Help to feed those who are less fortunate.  So please help fill a “goodie bag” of food to bring to those families this holiday season. Free Admission with your non-perishable food items. Smith Mountain Lake Farm and Alpacas, Smith Mountain Lake, Hardy, Virginia. Need more info. call  540-719-0281. Tours will also be available by reservation. Only $5 pp. Children under 5 are free with paid adult.  Tours are 90 mins long and hands-on with alpaca feeding, hugging, and learning all things alpaca, including how we make things!  Great Family Activity, good for all ages!

Peaks of Otter Lodge is open weekends this winter! Join us to ring in 2016 with a bountiful buffet, live music from the Blue Ridge Rangers, and a champagne toast atmidnight as you watch the NYC ball drop on an 8 foot screen! Peaksofotter.com or 888-454-7711 for reservations. http://www.peaksofotter.com/New-Years-Eve-Package.aspx

Mariners Landing fun event!
December 1st - January 2nd Parade of Trees at The Pointe and vote for your favorite, winnings go to charity.

Call 540-297-4100 for tickets

Holiday Light Display – December 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Drive through to enjoy extensive decorations and approximately 50,000 lights that adorn the grounds and buildings at the Elks National Home in Bedford. 540-586-8232, www.elkshome.org

Companions to the Bereaved (grief support group that meets every Wednesday)
December 23 and Dec. 30th 2015 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Holidays are not a happy time for everyone…..Grief Support Group meets every Wednesday 11 a.m to 12 noon at Flora Funeral Service Arrangement Center, Smith Mountain Lake, 12787 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA. For more information, call 540-721-3835.

Date: December 31, 2015 – January 1, 2016 Doors Open at 8pm
Event Description: New Years Celebration!
Blackwater Entertainment Presents a New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Dance Party!
For ticket prices and more info. Click HERE.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park: First Day Hike, January 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Start the year off right with a ranger-led hike along Tobacco Run Trail.  Enjoy treats, hot chocolate courtesy of Friends of SML State Park. Event is free & parking fees waived 1/1/2016. For more information: call 540-297-6066.

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Family Paint Party in Rocky Mount

November 21st, 2015 · Comment Now!


Rocky Mount Center for the Arts at the Grainery is hosting its very first family painting party. Come on out with your young ones, or by yourself, to learn how to paint Van Gogh’s beautiful “Sunflowers”.


Take some time this Fall season to let your creative side be unleashed and best of all create something memorable with the family.
When: Monday, November 30th, 6:00pm – Cost: $40 per adult (+ one child) / $25 each additional child.

Your instructor will be Miranda Banks. Call or email to sign up.
220 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-1317


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Virginia is for…….Smart People! And Other Interesting Facts!

November 2nd, 2015 · Comment Now!


It seems that Financial fitness website Nerd Wallet recently compiled a list of places in the U.S. where intelligent people tend to settle down. Out of the 100 cities they have named eight Virginia communities to the Most Educated Places in America list. And one VA community, McLean, was even in the Top 10! To compile the list, NerdWallet analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data on the educational levels of residents in more than 2,000 locations.


That is some pretty cool information in our book. Here are some other interesting and encouraging facts about our beautiful state!

- A survey by the consumer services website Thumbtack, ranked 95 U.S. cities on the ease of starting a business, tax codes, and training and network programs (among 10 other things). One Virginia city came up pretty high in the results at #3! Richmond ranked third in the nation for being one of the friendliest cities for small businesses just starting up. Virginia also ranked very highly for Over-All Friendliness, Health & Safety and Environmental issues to name a few others.


- According to the Virginia Employment Commission, Unemployment continued to fall in almost all of Virginia’s metro areas during September. The VEC reported on Wednesday that jobless rates fell in 10 of the commonwealth’s 11 metro areas. September was the third consecutive monthly decline. Over the year, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.7 percentage point from September 2014. At 4.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at its lowest level since September 2008 when it was also 4.3 percent. While the labor force continued to decline in September, household employment again remained essentially unchanged. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which was unchanged in September at 5.1 percent.

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- Virginia Business online says that Northern Virginia has surpassed the Tri-State New Jersey/New York region as the largest data center market in the U.S., according to a report from JLL. The company’s annual Data Center Outlook says the region has nearly 20 percent of the market share in enterprise demand year-to-date in 2015. Northern Virginia’s competitive utility rates, tax incentives, abundance of power and a robust fiber network compared to other Tier 1 markets  — such as New York/New Jersey, Northern California, Chicago and Dallas  — have made the region the most attractive global data center market for enterprise users of all sizes.


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Employment Opportunity at SML Chamber of Commerce

October 29th, 2015 · Comment Now!


The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce has an exciting opportunity currently open for someone to join our dynamic team to handle accounts receivable – office coordinator. Expertise with Quickbooks and Microsoft Office are essential. This is a great position for someone looking to work part-time in a fast-paced office environment. Hours are family friendly – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Please submit a signed cover letter and resume to Lauren Parcetich, Acting Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, 16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #2, Smith Mountain Lake, VA 24121 or emailinfo@visitsmithmountainlake.com.

Thank you,

Lauren Parcetich
Acting Executive Director
Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce


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Musicians Wanted for SML Symphony & Chorus

September 12th, 2015 · Comment Now!



Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will resume rehearsals,
beginning after Labor Day. Both ensembles will operate this year in the
capacity as community ensembles; repertoire selection will be at a capability
level commensurate with a community ensemble – i.e. not nearly as difficult at
last year’s repertoire, yet still magnificent music. All choral music will be
in English (No German this time).

All musicians and singers are invited to
attend the first few rehearsals to try it out. If you plan on attending the
first rehearsal, please let me know, so I know what instrumentation to

Rehearsal Schedule:

Smith Mountain Lake Symphony
Monday, Sep 14, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, Sep 21, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sep 28, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, Oct 05, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, Oct 12, 7:00 -
Monday, Oct 19, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, Oct 26, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Nov 02, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Monday, Nov 09, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Thursd, Nov 12, 5:00 -
9:00pm, Dress Rehearsal
Friday, Nov 13, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Final Dress
Saturday, Nov 14 Christmas Concert, 7:30pm

Items to bring:
- Your
- Pencil
- Chair
- Your Music Stand
- Music Stand Light

Mountain Lake Symphony Chorus
Tuesday, Sep 15, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Sep 22,
7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Sep 29, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Oct 06, 7:00 -
Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Oct 20, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Oct 27, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Nov 03, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Nov 10, 7:00 -
Thursdy, Nov 12, 5:00 – 9:00pm, Dress Rehearsal
Friday, Nov 13, 6:00 -
9:00pm, Final Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, Nov 14 Christmas Concert,

Items to bring:
- Pencil
- Chair
- Music Stand, if you

Rehearsal Location (Orchestra & Chorus):
Bender Conservatory of
Lakewatch Plantation
58 First Watch Drive
Moneta, VA 24121
(located in
between Jonathan’s Restaurant and Mongolian City BBQ)

To view a clip from
last year’s exciting SML Symphony & Chorus concert, with approximately
four-hundred audience members in attendance, click here:

Here are clips of my previous

do me the favor of passing this message to your friends and neighbors by
forwarding through email or posting this link to your social media:
http://smlsymphony.com/musician_interest_form, to get the word out, so
interested instrumentalists and singers can know about it. See you

Warm regards,
Johnny Bender
Founder & Conductor
Smith Mountain Lake
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Moneta, VA 24121
ph: (540) 624-2983


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Day Of Remembrance on Sept. 19th

September 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments


There will be a “Day of Remembrance” at Bridgewater Plaza on Saturday, September 19th to honor the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward and to encourage the continued healing of Vicki Gardner. Shuttles from Lakewatch Plantation to Bridgewater Plaza will begin at 9am. The event will be from Noon until 10pm.

The day will begin with a dedication of a permanent memorial. Following the dedication, everyone present will circle around the Plaza holding hands and boats will be lined up in the cove to embrace the Plaza. All participants are encouraged to purchase and wear an #SML Strong t-shirt. A helicopter will fly overhead with photographers to capture the aerial view of this special moment. Rose petals will be dropped from the helicopter as we remember Alison and Adam. The SML Chamber is selling the #SML Strong shirts.

Please stop by the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center starting TODAY, Thursday, September 10th to purchase the shirt before the September 19th event.

After the dedication of the memorial and aerial photographs are completed, live entertainment will commence at Mango’s Bar & Grill. A host of bands will play for the remainder of the evening with silent auction updates announced during the breaks.

There will be no charge to attend the event – only donations. There will also be a silent auction throughout the day, and all donations/proceeds will be divided among the scholarship funds for Alison and Adam and the fund set up for “Vicki’s Vision” at Smith Mountain Lake.


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PBS Film Premiere 50th Anniversary SML Red Carpet Event

July 31st, 2015 · Comment Now!


Whether you live, work or just simply “LOVE” Smith Mountain Lake, you will want to be part of the Blue Ridge PBS Film Premiere 50th Anniversary Red Carpet Event. This one hour documentary by award winning PBS will tell the story of Smith Mountain Lake’s evolution. General admission tickets for the film are $10 each. They go sale August 1, 2015 at the Visitor’s Center/SMLRCC.

A pre-party will be held October 24, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:00, immediately prior to the film’s screening. The pre-party is only available to SML 50th Anniversary Sponsors, Patron Sponsors and Individual Sponsors.

$75 – Individual Sponsor receives admission for one to the Red Carpet Pre-Party celebration featuring music by the SML Steel Drum/Parrot and Toucan Bands, one ticket to the film screening, champagne toasts, slice of the huge 50th Anniversary Cake.

$250 – Patron Sponsor receives admission for two to the Red Carpet Pre-Party celebration featuring music by the SML Steel Drum/Parrot and Toucan Bands, two tickets to the film screening, champagne toasts, slice of the huge 50th Anniversary Cake, a digital photo by JollyJen Photography, a special gift bag, special seating, and be recognized in the event program.

For more information please contact: Jackie Davis, Event Chair 4jackiemdavis@gmail.com or Barb Nocera, barb@visitsmithmountainlake.com



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Smith Mountain Lake Versus The Beach

June 5th, 2015 · Comment Now!


Lakefront living has many advantages over living near the ocean!

I will detail several of these advantages shortly, but let me start by giving you one simple reason. In general, oceanfront property became popular decades before lakefront, so the prices at the ocean skyrocketed to (often) many times that of lakefront homes. In the last decade, the popularity of lakefront property has exploded as well. But it is still not as fashionable as oceanfront…yet. As a result, the appreciation potential of a lakefront home is greater, in the opinion of many investors, than that near the beach.


One person who helped clarify this for me was the man I mentioned earlier, David Stevens, the former Senior Vice President of Freddie Mac, and one of the most astute individuals in the nation on real estate trends, especially as they affect the financial markets. For years David had been looking for a second home at the Outer Banks, and was very pleased with the value of similar homes here at Smith Mountain Lake. He said the home he purchased here would cost many times more on the water in the Outer Banks. After spending a number of vacations here, he also realized that there was actually more of what his family really wanted to do here!

One of the reasons he gave is the opportunity to have a powerboat, jet ski, canoe and sailboat just a few steps from his back door. Though this may be remotely possible in rare situations in an oceanfront setting, this is the norm for homeowners here at Smith Mountain Lake. My dock and boathouse area include a Hurricane deck boat, a Hobie Cat sailboat, my friend’s wakeboard boat, two Sea Doos and a canoe. My neighbor on one side has a paddle boat for more leisurely rides and the other neighbor has a fishing boat.

David said his family didn’t want to spend big money and time docking their crafts at a local marina, as he would at the ocean. This is a hidden cost that many don’t think about when making a comparison. The convenience of having these vessels right at hand has provided David – and countless others here – the joy of a true waterfront experience.

Another reason that many now prefer SML to the ocean is the absence of hurricanes here in Southwestern Virginia.

Since I wrote the first edition of this book, one of my readers wrote me an email on this topic. He said:

Another selling point of lake vs ocean. The salt water is much more harmful to the metals and finish on houses and water vehicles. I have to rinse my boats off after each use or pay a price in engine repairs and extra wax.
Patrick Stover
Annapolis, MD

I hadn’t thought of this one, and I guess it isn’t something one would think of unless they were living it. Thanks for the tip, Patrick!

I believe that Smith Mountain Lake holds many advantages over oceanfront living. I admit I am a little biased – but so are thousands of others from New England to California! One of my recent lot buyers has lived in seven or eight locations around the nation. He currently lives in a beautiful home near San Francisco. He was part of successful software company that went public and his wife is vice president of a national retail chain. He called me last summer and said that in all of his travels he’d never seen a place like Smith Mountain Lake, and though he could afford to live at the ocean or in the mountains, this is where he wanted his residential journey to end. His family had visited here only briefly while living in North Carolina years before, yet they decided that this is where they would one day build their retirement home.

He informed me that he was prepared to spend up to $1.5 million on a premier waterfront lot here with deep water, privacy, a direct view of the mountains, and a nearly flat building site. After going back and forth for months online and via phone, he traveled here for four days.

On day one, we took a boat tour of the lake. With map in hand, we surveyed the various features and home styles of the different sections of our “Jewel of the Blue Ridge.” We enjoyed a great view of many lots from the vantage point that only the water can give. On day two, we went by car and got a different view of the various waterfront lots that we had narrowed down in previous months. By sunset, we narrowed it down to the top four. On day three, we rented a private plane and flew over the lake, getting a breathtaking aerial perspective of the waterways, neighborhoods and lots we had been reviewing.

My new friend was more impressed with the lake than he had previously imagined, and was especially pleased that he was able to go home with a lot that exceeded his expectation at a little over half of what he anticipated from California. He has now told other Bay area residents of our beautiful secret and I am preparing to take his friends on a similar tour here soon.

David and my new West Coast friend are thrilled with their property purchases at Smith Mountain Lake. Are you ready to enjoy a similar experience? If you want to join people from all over the United States who now call this place home, please contact a local Smith Mountain Lake REALTOR® today.



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