The month of September at Smith Mountain Lake is going to have several interesting events. Below are just a few of the neat activities coming up are listed below.
Sep 7 – Sep 8 – Peaks of Otter – Demonstrations of Appalachian Culture – National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the cultural history of the Southern Appalachians. Come by to visit and to talk. Demonstrations may include quilting, gourd carving, Appalachian toys, Appalachian dolls, dulcimer playing, or basket making. – Peaks of Otter, Milepost 86, Blue Ridge Parkway – 540-586-4496
Sep 8 – Grandparents Day at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest – Special tours (1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.) focusing on Jefferson and his grandchildren. Grandparents accompanied by a grandchild receive $2 off admission. Hands on History Center will be open from Noon until 3 p.m. Admission Charge for Grounds and House Tour. – 434-534-8110 – www.poplarforest.org
Sep 9 – Oct 6 – Quilt National Exhibit – Normal Business Hours – Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quilt making as what it always has been — an art form. The works in a Quilt National exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quilt making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement. Quilt National ’05, the fourteenth biennial competition, drew more than 1223 entries by nearly 560 artists from 47 states and 21 foreign countries. This traveling exhibit contains 20 quilts. – Bedford Central Public Library, 321 North Bridge Street, Bedford – 540-586-8911 – www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org
Sep 9 – Second Sundays Concert Series – Old City Cemetery will begin a summer concert series in the newly-built Chapel on the grounds starting in June and continuing every second Sunday through September. The concerts are free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so come early. – Old City Cemetery, 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg – 434-847-1465 – www.gravegarden.org
Sep 9 – Sunday Afternoon Program: “Fine Swine and Bovine” – Noon to 5:00pm – Learn about the important historical uses of hogs and cattle. Regular admission rates apply. Note: Jamestown’s September theme is Agriculture and Harvest. – Virginia’s Explore Park, Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway – 540-427-1800 – www.explorepark.org