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The 17th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is schedule for May 3, 2014 and will be held at the Smith Mountain Lake Park.

Participants will compete in a 750 meter swim, 20k bike race and a 5k run.

For more information call 540.297.6066.

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The 2014 Oakley Big bass Tour Open Tournament will kick-off Friday, April 25th at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta.

This year’s event is scheduled to host close to 400 anglers and will be televised on the World Fishing Network and Fox Sports West. Registration is Friday, April 25th from 3pm-7pm. Participants may sign up for a one-day entry ($100) or a two-day entry ($150.)

This year’s grand prize is a 2014 Nitro Z7 valued at $30,000.

For more information, visit http://oakleybigbass.com.

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Downtown Moneta will be hosting a “trick-or-treat” style Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12th from 1p-3p.

Each participating business will have a large basket full of Easter eggs that each child will get to select from. One lucky child will choose an egg stuffed with a crisp $100 bill.

The “trick-or-treat” style of hunt affords each child the chance to get the same amount of eggs while introducing attendees to area businesses.

This is a rain or shine event.

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If you’re looking for renovation inspiration, then make plans to attend the 44th annual Spring Home Show and Better Living Expo March 28-30 at the Salem Civic Center.

Admission is $8 and free for children under 18.

The Spring Home Show showcases over 160 local vendors specializing in home-related products and services including home décor, landscaping and contractors.

A special breakout session on extreme couponing will also be featured.

For more information, visit www.rrhba.com.

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Residents and tourists alike fall in love with Smith Mountain Lake for its natural beauty, charming atmosphere and private lifestyle. To be able to step out onto your balcony to enjoy a cup of coffee as the sun rises, surrounded only by trees and sparkling shorelines, is dream turned reality in this secluded safe haven. However, an added benefit to living at Smith Mountain Lake is the area’s proximity to metropolitan areas—making traveling to and from Smith Mountain Lake easy and affordable.

Known as “The Star City,” Roanoke, Virginia is an easy drive from Smith Mountain Lake and is home to a host of restaurants, museums, theatres and festivals. The Roanoke Regional Airport offers flights to and from most major cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.

Reputable colleges and universities such as The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, The College of William & Mary and Georgetown are also easily accessible.

As you make your checklist for favorable living locations, consider all that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer: a breathtaking view, southern hospitality and a private lifestyle with all of the amenities of a metropolitan area.

Search www.SmithMountainLakeProperties.org for listings and video tours of Smith Mountain Lake.

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Congratulations to Roanoke City, named #6 on the Top 10 Best Places to Retire list, by Livability.com , a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. Roanoke was the only Virginia City to make this list.

Roanoke was chosen "because it exposes older adults to new experiences -- keeping them active, engaged, healthy and inspired. The City offers a host of quality of life amenities appealing to seniors -- from arts and cultural activities, outdoor recreation opportunities, top-notch medical facilities to economic assets, such as continuing education and lower cost of living."

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National predictions are for homes sales to hold steady in 2014, while prices continue to rise, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, speaking at the November NAR Convention. He expects the national median existing-home price, currently at $197,000, to increase nearly 6 percent next year.

Mortgage interest rates are expected to trend upward and reach 5.4 by the end of next year. With higher mortgage interest rates, he expects refinancings to collapse in 2014 to the lowest level in at least 15 years, and hopes purchase applications will begin to rise. He noted that "even with cheap mortgages for the past four years, all-cash buyers stayed high, accounting for over 30 percent of sales nationwide."

Limited supplies remain a big factor, with inventory bouncing around 13-year lows, and seriously delinquent mortgages have been trending steadily down. "Housing starts are the only way to alleviate inventory shortages. Housing starts need to rise 50 percent to meet underlying demand," according to Yun.

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The 2013 Flotilla for Toys Boat Parade of Lights has been scheduled for Saturday, November 30th from 7p-9m.

Participants adorn their boats with holiday decorations, lighting up Smith Mountain Lake with festive holiday lights.

The flotilla begins at Virginia Dare Marina at 7pm, arriving at Halesford Bridge at approximately 8pm before circling back to port.

The annual event is coordinated by the Virginia Dare and Lake Christian Ministries to collect toys for local children of need. 

If you’d like to register your boat to be a part of the Flotilla, call 540-297-7100 or click on the “Ask a Question” tab on the website.  Captains and guests must bring at least one new, unwrapped toy as a donation.

Tickets are also being sold for those who would like to ride aboard the lead boat, the Virginia Dare, with Santa and Rudolph.  Adults are $35 and children 12 and under are $25.  The price includes the two hour cruise, hors d’oeuvres and a host of holiday-themed treats.  A cash bar will also be available. 

For more information, visit www.VADareCruises.com/Flotilla.

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Some area charities are certainly smiling a bit brighter this week thanks to a substantial donation from the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour. 

Proceeds from the tour totaled $155,305 and was distributed to eight Smith Mountain Lake charities.  This year’s payout will be recorded as one of the highest in tour history and has shown a substantial increase over the last two years.

The SML Charity Home Tour shines the spotlight on luxury homes in the Smith Mountain Lake area.  A ticket to the event allowed visitors to tour the homes inside and out, giving them the opportunity to see unique architectural layouts and innovative designs inspired by a breathtaking view of Smith Mountain Lake.

This year marked the 23rd year of the Tour.  Over 250 Smith Mountain Lake homes have been featured and the event has raised over 3.2 million for Smith Mountain Lake charities.

Planning for next year’s event, which will take place on the weekend of October 10th-12th, is already under way.  The Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour is held annual on Columbus Day weekend.

For more information on the SML Charity Home Tour, including way in which you can donate or volunteer, visit www.SMLCharityHomeTour.com.

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With over 100 paintings in competition, the Smith Mountain Arts Council named the finalist in their 24th annual competition.

The event was held between October 25th and October 27th at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta.  Forty-eight artists and fourteen students showcased their works using a variety of mediums.

“Best of Show” was awarded to Whiney C. Brock for “Cherry Grove.”  The People’s Choice Award was given to Penny Simmons for her 3D model “Musical Bones.”

Awards were also given in the categories of Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel and Mixed Media.  Students also competed in a separate category.

For a complete list of award winners and a gallery of participants, visit www.SmithMountainArtsCouncil.com.

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Tour magnificent homes and marvel at stunning interior decor during the SML Charity Home Tour, Friday, October 11th thru Sunday, October 13th.


The tour features eight luxurious homes located within various destinations of Smith Mountain Lake.  Advance ticket prices are $20 with all proceeds benefitting charities that help the needy in the Smith Mountain Lake area.  Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for $25.


All homes are accessible by land or by water.  For a complete listing of homes on the tour and to purchase tickets, visit www.SMLCharityHomeTour.com.

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Are you planning to come? Next week is the SML Chamber Business Expo and the Rockin’ Brews and BBQ Festival.  Come learn about all that SML has to offer on Friday from noon – 5:00 PM then have some SML fun with barbecue, music and fun on Saturday from 11:00 – 6:00 PM.  

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The 6th Annual Johnny CASA 5-Miler/5K Walk will take place at Lake Watch Plantation in Moneta, VA on September 8th starting at 8:30 am

The event’s goal is to make this race a quality fundraiser that appeals to runners, walkers, and recreational athletes of all ability levels. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Southern VA CAC.

Protecting the best interests of children at risk from abuse, neglect, or abandonment, the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center was established in August 2001. The center provides a rapid response to children and non-offending family members who have been impacted with the immediate and long-term trauma associated with child abuse and neglect. Services at the CAC include on-site medical evaluations, clinical assessment and treatment services, forensic interviews, state victim compensation claims filing, education and prevention, victim advocacy, and victim case management.

The 5 mile run is designed for runners of all levels, passing through the rolling terrain of Lake Watch Plantation, a 479 acre rural village center development. Online registration will be open now until 3pm on September 7th. Once online registration closes, race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until 8:15 a.m. Not a runner? Walk the 3.1 mile course. Free performance t-shirts with every registration!

Through Aug. 31, fees are: $20 for individual runner/walkers, $75 team 1-5 people and $140 team 6-10 people. After Aug. 31, add $5 per individual and $10 per team. For more information, visit www.johnnycasa5miler-5kwalk.com.

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Up, up and away! The 2nd Annual Smith Mountain Lake Hot Air Balloon Classic takes place in Downtown Moneta (1123 Celebration Ave., Corner of Route 122 and 608 (White House Road) Moneta, VA 24121) on September 7, 2012 from 5- 7pm.  Bring the whole family to enjoy $5 tethered balloon rides featuring 6 to 8 hot air balloons.

The Annual Smith Mountain Lake Hot Air Balloon Classic has both morning and evening flights planned throughout the weekend. (Please note that the event is weather dependent and is subject to change without advance notice). Be sure to visit the shops at Celebration Square and have a bite to eat or grab some ice cream while you are there too!

All proceeds are to benefit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 540-297-4900 or visit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Website at: www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council is presenting "Baroque, Bluegrass, Bluejeans" with David Wiley, Adelaide Muir Trombetta and Jeff Midkiff on Sep 9, 2012, 3pm at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. Tickets are $20 at outlets (Visitors Center, General Store, Radio Shack) or by mail $5 for children 6 and under and 17 for SMAC members by mail (SMAC, PO Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121 ; enclose self-addressed stamped envelope.

This special (afternoon) concert presented by SMAC will explore the deep and exciting connection between Baroque, Classical and Bluegrass styles. From the classic mandolin concerto by Antonio Vivaldi to modern Bluegrass masterpieces, the music will bridge the gap between traditional and original compositions with innovative and fun musical combos.

Selections include: Ms. Trombetta singing Samuel Barber’s beloved “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” and Schubert’s lovely “The Shepherd on the Rock” accompanied by Maestro David Stewart Wiley at the piano and Jeff Midkiff on the mandolin and clarinet. The crossover musical event is the perfect combination for our lake region, as we celebrate the music of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Come dressed in your comfortable blue jeans for an afternoon of great music, and get your tickets early, this concert is likely to sell out! For more information, contact Marty Bowers at 540-297-0965 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Just a reminder, if you are looking for a delightful early autumn day trip or overnight destination, then the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is the perfect event for aficionados of wine as well as fans of outdoor concerts and craft festivals. The 24th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held September 29th and 30th, 2012. 27 Wineries are participating as well as 85 craft and food vendors. The wide array of Virginia wines is sure to offer flavors and styles to please every wine lover’s palette!

This year’s festival will be held at Southwest Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta on Route 122 across from the Lakewatch Plantation, 27 wineries will participate with 85 juried craft and food vendors.

The two-day festival will be held rain or shine. Tickets are available for tasters and non-tasters and can be purchased in advance. Taster tickets are $18 and designated driver admission is $12. These special discount prices remain in effect until September 28, 2012. Prices at the gate are $22 for taster and $15 for designated driver. Parking is free. For more information visit www.smlwinefestival.com or call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540.721.1203.

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On the shores of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake this Fall, eight elegant homes with unique architectural designs, creative interior decorating, spectacular scenic views, unusual collections and antiques, and finely manicured landscaping, will open their doors for you and other visitors to enjoy during the 22nd annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.  This year’s tour takes place Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th.

The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour has identified the eight homeowners who have agreed to open their homes for the 2012 Tour. The tour may be taken by either (private or rented) car or (private or rented) boat. By land or by water, your day is sure to be memorable.  Directions and a list of the homes are available at: www.smlcharityhometour.com. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm.

While on the tour, be sure to take part in the Special Home Tour Luncheon Cruise aboard SML's Virginia Dare sightseeing 'Paddle-Wheeler' on Sunday, October 7th from 2-4 P.M.  On the cruise you get to hear Home Tour background presentations and view several of the homes from the water. The price is $37 for Home Tour ticket holders. For more information about the cruise or the tour, visit www.smlcharityhometour.com.

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Boats! Boats! Boats! Whether you rent your boat at a local marina or bring your own use one of the six public docking areas or a marina to launch, with so many miles of water, you can get totally away from the crowd and anchor in a quiet cove for a day of fishing, swimming or just picnicking.

If you don't happen to have a boat, or just don't have enough experience to drive a boat, Smith Mountain Lake is a great place for beginners to take a course in boat safety visit www.smlba.com or go to www.smlsailing.com for information on learning how to sail.

But you don’t have to be the captain to enjoy time on the water. Check out the SML Boating Association's activities and events too! Another organization, Blackwater Yacht Racing Association at the Pelican Point Yacht Club is a non-profit organization made up of members who enjoy sailing and sailboat racing. Activities include regular spring, summer and fall races, and sponsored invitational regattas. If you have a sailboat and would like to participate in the BYRA races, learn more by visiting www.byrasailing.org.  No matter whether you are a boat owner, experienced sailor or just testing the waters of Smith Mountain Lake for the very first time, there is a boating activity for you!


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Hickory Hill Vineyards is inviting the public to help them celebrate 11 years as a winery at Smith Mountain Lake. The winery started as a hobby vineyard and was planted in 1984 by Roanoke natives, who owned property at Smith Mountain Lake. Since then, Hickory Hill has grown over the next 28 years into a highly successful, 3rd generation, family-owned vineyard with a wide selection of wines and regional distribution in local stores and restaurants. Along with a popular “Lake series” of wines made in a light & fruity style, the vineyard offers vintage, estate-grown Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc and their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Visitors to the winery are encouraged to tour the 1923 farmhouse tasting room and gift shop and to enjoy the available picnic area. Wine tastings are complimentary for those age 21 and up. Tours and tastings are 11am- 5pm, Thursday through Monday from April to November. For more info call 540-296-1393 or visit www.smlwine.com.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will be taking part in the first annual Governor's Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge Food and Fund Drive. The "Governor's Bowl" campaign began May 28th and will run until July 4th, and serves to help keep Virginia's food banks stocked during the summer, which are typically much slower for food donations.

Due to children being out of school, summertime is typically a slow time for food donations in the area. Parents of children who would normally be receiving free or reduced-price meals at school are in need of other resources to help feed their children. Over 80,000 children in Southwest Virginia are food insecure.


Persons wishing to make donations may bring them to the lake chamber at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitors' Center at Bridgewater Plaza. The Smith Mountain Lake Chamber reminds businesses and individuals of the need in the community. For more info Food and Fund Drive, call the chamber office at 721-1203.

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Leslie Becker, AIA, AIPP, FIABCI, NAR
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