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Dust off those trail running shoes everyone, and get ready for the 2012 Blossom to Bottle 5k, at Peaks of Otter Winery and Johnson's Orchard. Traverse the hills and valleys or the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, while taking in the sights and sounds of Spring. You will cross bridges, streams and pastures full of blossoms and farm animals with their precious new born babies.And then of course, kick back and enjoy a glass (or a bottle) at the Peaks of Otter Winery.

For more information on the race, click here. And for more information of getting into great shape for the race, check out the Couch to 5k training program.

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Forget flowers and chocolate, and forget shopping online. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetie with a DIY gift box, bag, or basket sourced from businesses here at Smith Mountain Lake. Your Valentine will love it, and you’ll be supporting our local economy. Read on for a mix-and-match guide to a perfectly romantic Smith Mountain Lake Valenstine’s treat.

First, pick your Valentine’s poison and head over to Laker Beverage and Tobacco. Their selection of wine and beer can’t be beat in Franklin or Bedford counties, and the knowledgeable staff will set you up with the perfect bottle or craft brew. This is a great place to start because you can begin building your gift basket here in-store.

Then, try The Cottage Gate for some eclectic extras that will really make your gift basket (or bag or box) pop. There is much to see at The Cottage Gate, so take your time and let the perfect gift find you. Maybe a bookshelf-edition board game for two?

Next, check out what VitaZen has to offer your Valentine. With a huge selection of Bean Pod soy candles, Aura Cacia massage oils, and soothing bath salts, you can really up the romance factor here. Through Valentine’s Day take advantage of “The Little Green Bag” package, which includes a candle, massage oil; and a your choice of a sweet, salty, or spicy granola treat all for $20. Another idea is to purchase a package of Yoga classes for two. There are few things more romantic than experiencing the gift of mind and body wellness as a couple. And it just so happens that VitaZen is offering 25% off of all yoga accessories with ticket purchase through 3/31/12. You’ll find everything you need to begin your practice here, from mats and mat bags to blocks and straps.

Finally, let local photographer Christi Austin capture the perfect image of your romance. Consider a gift certificate for a photo session with your Valentine, or book a "boudoir" session featuring just you.

Put it all together and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind gift that’s sure to impress your better half this Valentine’s day.


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There are few things more interesting than tracing one's family history back to its roots. However, the research process may prove daunting without the proper tools and know-how. Luckily for residents of Smith Mountain Lake and nearby areas, the Bedford Genealogical Society will be hosting a class for those interested in mapping out their family tree.

Each course is four weeks long, with Part A geared toward those interested in the basics of getting their research off the ground, and Part B about Internet research techniques. Part A will be held on consecutive Saturdays, February 11 through March 3, 2012; from 9am to noon. Part B will be held on Monday March, 12; Friday March, 16; Monday March, 19 and Friday March, 23 from 7pm to 9pm.

For pricing or more information, visit the Bedford Genealogical Society's website.

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Come by the Westlake Library at 84 Westlake Road, near Kroger, on Saturday, January 21 to meet local author Joe Dye. He will discuss his book, “From Appalachia to the White House: My Life in the Secret Service,” at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Dye grew up in Russell County, and his memoir chronicles his time working for the FBI, Metro Police Department, and the U.S. Secret Service White House Police. He tells of protecting presidents, heads of state, royalty, and religious leaders; plus personal trials and tribulations along the way.

For more information, call the Westlake Library at 483-3098, extension 3.

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For those interested in something a little different in the way of healing and pain management, Ellen Ravis will be hosting a seminar on “Reconnective Healing” at VitaZen, a supplement store/yoga studio at Smith Mountain Lake. The seminar is a free introduction to the practice of Reconnective Healing, and it will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 2p.m. For more information on the seminar, call Brett Keister at 540-721-9365. For more information about Reconnective healing, visit www.thereconnection.com.

And while you’re there, be sure to talk with Brett and Glenda about the yoga classes they offer!

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Jersey Girls Flock to the Lake; Do Good Things

Realizing that they were only a few of the apparent many Garden State Ladies who have flocked to Smith Mountain Lake for a little sun, sand, and tranquility in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains; sister-in-laws Kathy A. and Kathy P. Saleeba along with their cousin Lesley Kocsis decided to recruit their Jersey sisters and form social club.

According to a recent article on smithmountainlake.com , the, “story starts with a bottle of wine.” The Kathy’s got together one night to discuss their Jersey roots, and the rest is history. From there, the club grew organically, mostly through word of mouth. And now, with membership totaling 50, Kathy A. made the decision to receive those interested in joining on a waiting list, so the club avoids becoming too large for its members to socialize.

Socializing isn’t the only thing on the club’s agenda, though. Members meet for dinner, generally at Poppy’s, to discuss potential service projects, like their fund and supply drive benefitting Bedford and Franklin County humane societies. This year, a cookbook is in the works, with proceeds also benefitting the humane societies.

Members are also encouraged to form smaller groups within the club, to focus on common interests, which will encourage the women to build stronger friendships.

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Another holiday season has come and gone, so now let us all take a great sigh of relief, and for making it through in one piece, treat ourselves to an elegantly prepared meal from one of Smith Mountain Lake’s premier places to dine, The Landing Restaurant.

After a season built upon gastronomic overindulgence, celebrating with food may seem counterintuitive; especially since for so many of us, spring training begins in January. But The Landing Restaurant, and her sister, Bruno’s Gastropub, don’t serve up the kind of greasy stuff that tends to cling to our waistlines. Here, only the finest fare is to be had.  And while it’s true that if you’re really counting calories it may be best to avoid the Kobe Beef Burgers and Duck Fat Pommes Frites, a Roasted Golden and Red Beet Salad never (served with a balsamic vinaigrette and warm goat cheese pearls) has never harmed a figure.

For hours, location, and more information on The Landing Restaurant and Bruno’s Gastropub, visit their website , or call (540) 721-3381 to make a reservation. And for a little information about the “Gastropub” concept, click here.

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The fourth annual Charity Chug tour was held this past weekend at various locations around Smith Mountain Lake, to benefit Lake Christian Ministries. This year’s tour was the biggest to date, with eight different train “layouts” to view, each with an “eye-spy” type of checklist of features to spot.

The tour is hosted annually by the Smith Mountain Lake Model Railroad group, which is loosely comprised of model train enthusiasts who were introduced to one another by Radio Shack’s Steve Miller, who realized he had customers with such a specialized common interest who didn’t know one another. Steve organized a lunch for them, and the rest is history.

The train displays in this year’s tour varied from a massive outdoor display of G-Scale (that’s German for grosse, meaning big) trains which wound through live miniature shrubs; to displays in progress, which were particularly interesting to the budding model train enthusiast interested in the process of layout design. Information about this year’s participants can be found here: http://www.smithmountainlake.com/events/lakerWeekly/wb/301896

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If you’re looking for a way to spread a little worthwhile cheer this holiday season, why not start by sharing your Christmas spirit with a child in need right here in Bedford or Franklin county? Lake Christian Ministries, in partnership with Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina, and a handful of local sponsors bring to you, once again, The Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys!

On November 26th, Smith Mountain Lake will be aglow with a veritable parade of boats all decked out in their holiday’s best (and brightest), led by the Virginia Dare herself. Departing the Virginia Dare Marina at 7 p.m., the parade can be seen from the Halesford Bridge at 8 p.m. and from Smith Mountain Lake State Park at 8:45 p.m.

For those who prefer a seat on the main attraction, tickets to ride along on The Virginia Dare are available for $30 per adult and $25 for children under 12, tax included. The price includes the 2 hour cruise, hors d’oeuvres and cookies, and “holiday punch.” Just remember to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy per guest, please. The Virginia Dare will depart at 7 p.m., and return at 9. To book your seat, call the marina at 540-297-7100, extension 0.

And if you still have the urge to give give give, toy donations may be dropped off at the following businesses through the second week in December: Smith Mountain Lake Visitors Center, Moneta Farm & Home Center, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, The General Store, Chopsticks, Capps home Building Center, Dollar General (Westlake), Dollar General (Moneta), Stellar One Bank, Hot Shots, Shoprite, Franklin Community Bank, Anchors Family Restaurant, Moosie's Restaurant, Poppy's Restaurant and the Virginia Dare Marina.

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Imagine coming to Smith Mountain Lake, taking in the breathtakingly picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and watching the serene sunset over miles of water, accented by the lovely lake homes surrounding our pristine area. Now imagine doing all this while floating miles above the water, just drifting amongst the clouds. Mariners Landing is making this dream-like scene possible with their presentation of the First Annual SML Hot Air Balloon Classic, September 9-11, 2011.

Hot air balloon pilots from around the region will be taking to the skies of Smith Mountain Lake, providing airborne adventures for area residents and visitors alike. Tethering rides and other activities are planned throughout the weekend and private flights are available to the general public via advance reservations.

To set up advance reservations and reserve a ride on a hot air balloon for the days of the event, please call (540) 297-4900. The event goes on from 7:00 a.m. on September 9th through 5:00 p.m on September 11th. Don’t miss your chance to reserve tickets and experience the majesty, beauty and excitement of Smith Mountain Lake as never before!

Mariners Landing is located at 1217 Graves Harbor Trail Huddleston VA 24104 United States. For more information visit their website or call the number above.

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Lynchburg, VA's 3rd Annual GETDOWNTOWN Street Festival

For an entertainment experience that’s unique to the Lynchburg area and some exciting live acts the whole family can enjoy, bring everyone out to the 3rd Annual GET!DOWNTOWN Street Festival on September 9 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The festival was created to welcome area college students to Lynchburg and to showcase the opportunities and amenities available downtown for students and their parents. It is conveniently located near Smith Mountain Lake, and the event is completely free and open to the general public. Main Street will be closed to traffic during the event, and the festival will include:

  • Live musicians
  • Dance performances
  • Downtown stores and restaurants to browse
  • Area vendors and crafters to shop from
  • Face painting, caricature and balloon artists, stilt walking and dances for the kids
  • Two stages with street musicians performing all along Main Street
  • Downtown restaurants and food vendors

With more than 10,000 people in attendance in 2010, this year is sure to be even bigger and attract even more exciting performances and vendors. The festival provides a venue for downtown cultural organizations, merchants, restaurants and retailers to reach out to the community and showcase the very best of the Lynchburg area. Come out and get involved in the community,support local musicians, businesses and vendors, and just a have a great time!

Lynchburg 3rd Annual GETDOWNTOWN Logo
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Indulge in a night of wine and romance by taking part in a “locavore” tasting tour featuring a chance to visit all six Mountain Road Wine Experience locations. These locations include Chateau Morrisette, Villa Appalaccia, Blacksnake Meadery, AmRhein Wine Cellars, and Foggy Ridge Cider. “Locavore” means that the wines are harvested or produced on our own crooked mountain roads in the surrounding areas of Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, Bedford, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, and Franklin County!

 At each location you will be able to taste an inventive dish made from local ingredients paired with wine, cider and mead. The cost is $25 to cover dishes such as goat cheese & local herbs, chicken kabobs, zucchini & tomato gratin and tastings at each location. A map is provided and you will be able to have your Mountain Road Passport stamped at each location you visit to receive a free gift.

 The tour is self-guided, and you can enjoy the delicious food and wine paired with expert advice on flavor combinations.

 You may make reservations in advance by phone or purchase the tickets on site the days of the event, August 27th and August 28th from 11 am-5 pm. You can even reserve a private limousine to shuttle you safely from place to place from Prestige Coach and Shuttle at (888) 271-7295 and Helping Hands Transit at (540) 808-9847. You will be riding in sophisticated style and enjoying a relaxing night of refinement as you support our local wineries.

For more information, call (540) 593-2865 or visit mountainroadwineexperience.com 

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Wing-lovers of all ages are invited to come out to Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke from 11 am-7 pm on August 27th to enjoy the Roanoke Wing Fest.

With some of the best wings Southwest Virginia has to offer, you’re in for a treat when you come sample wings from local restaurants and enjoy live music, beer, and tailgate tournaments all day! Choose your favorite wings while you sample, and there will be judges present to pick the official Best Wing in Roanoke.

Wing vendors for 2011 include:

  • Awful Arthurs
  • Blues BBQ Co.
  • Bull & Bones Brewhaus
  • Corned Beef and Co.
  • Kroger
  • Rick’s BBQ & Catering
  • The Village Grill
  • Martins
  • Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles
  • & more! (the list keeps growing)


The Wing Fest will feature some of the area’s best rock music. The concert schedule is not set yet, but you can check back at the event website for updates.

If you’re in a competitive mood, grab a friend and enter your team into the 2011 Tailgate Games at the Wing Fest. Two person teams compete to pick the best Cornhole players. Games start at 2 pm, and the top 3 teams will receive trophies. The winner will receive an unannounced grand prize! To enter your two-man team into the tournament, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition, the event is family friendly so there is also a Kids Tailgate Games area where the kids can play cornhole, sponsored by Woods Service Centers. Keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your wings and other festival fares!

Wing related contests and games will happen all day at the wing fest.

Tickets are only $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. Small sample packs of wings will be sold by each wing vendor so you or your group can try them all!

The wing fest proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, so you will be eating and enjoying the live entertainment for a worthy cause. Learn more about their cause at their website here.

For more information on the Roanoke Wing Fest located closeby to the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, visit the event website at www.roanokewingfest.com.

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Summer may be winding down with fall around the corner, but there are still plenty of exciting events here at Smith Mountain Lake! If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to the beach this summer The Virginia Corvette Club is bringing a mini-vacation to your own back yard. On August 20th at Parkway Marina there will be an array of events including music, dancing, wine, micro brewed beer, food and product vendors as well as live beach music by The Fantastic Shakers and the Virginia Corvette Club car show. All of this is set to the scenic backdrop of Smith Mountain Lake and views of the sunset, with the event going on from 4:00-9:00 pm.


The Corvette Display features Corvettes on showcase along the shores of the lake. The display also has people’s choice voting by all attendees, with trophies awarded. The Fantastic Shakers Band members also select a Corvette to ride up to the Pavilion as their entrance to the event.


If you’re interested in entering your car into the show, the entry fee is only $10 per Corvette, allowing up to 2 people in the car. Entry fees are due by August 16th, and upon paying the entry fee you will receive a corvette event badge which serves as your ticket into the event. Corvettes must be parked by 3:00 pm. Awards are presented during the band’s last break (around 8:00 pm).


If you are interested in event tickets without entering the car show, the cost is $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the gate. The car show and other activities are located at Parkway Marina at 16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway in Huddleston. Consider this an affordable vacation and a break from your hectic schedule and come out to enjoy yourself with family and friends before the summer ends!

For more information about this event, call 540-586-9401.
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Elmwood Park in nearby Roanoke is hosting a huge event this summer-the 14th Annual Microfestivus!

Microfestivus is a micro and craft beer festival with a huge selection of over 100 or more beers from over two-dozen different micro and craft breweries from the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Square Society is bringing Roanoke a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food AND great music on August 13, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm in scenic Elmwood Park.

Microfestivus Poster PDF


In order of their scheduled appearance, the bands that will be playing for the event include:


There will also be food from Blue 5, The Lunch Box, Dogtown Pizza, The Quarter, and various other vendors available to enjoy while you participate in the beer tasting bash.

If you are 21 or over you may choose to purchase tickets that allow you regular admission without beer tasting, a souvenir glass and 10 servings of beer, a souvenir glass and 21 servings of beer, or VIP admission and sponsorship tickets. One serving measures 4 oz, and you can receive 4, 8, or 12 oz at a time in your souvenir glass.

Tickets to the event can be bought online before August 7th in order to receive the best discount. The online sales end at 11:00 pm on Friday, August 12th. You may also buy your tickets at the gate. Ticket prices and information are listed here at the event website.

For directions to the event and hotel accommodation information, visit the site. For any additional information, visit the event website at microfestivus.squaresociety.org.

Smith Mountain Lake and its neighboring communities are full of exciting events such as this one during the summer of 2011. Make sure you aren’t missing out on the fun!

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Saturdays are always a good chance to get out and enjoy your leisure time with your family and friends, especially here at the lake! If you’re not spending your day on the waters of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, you should head over to downtown Roanoke and check out the scene at City Market Saturdays sponsored by Haley Toyota for a variety of entertainment events!

Roanoke, VA City Market Saturday Logo


Every Saturday from 11:00 am-2:30 pm on the downtown City Market the event offers a different experience for families and friends to enjoy. There will be a variety of live entertainment, cooking demonstrations from downtown chefs, workshops, street performers, family days and more. Best of all, all of these activities are FREE and you can browse the surrounding shops or partake in some downtown dining while you enjoy the festivities brought to you by Haley Toyota, Stellar One Bank, and Downtown Roanoke Inc.


The Schedule of Events includes:


  • July 23rd- How-To: Canning by Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • July 30th- Steel Drum Performance by Quest Academy
  • August 6th- Barefoot West Band & Let’s Celebrate “Peach” Day on the Market
  • August 13th- Cooking Demo
  • August 20th- Downing Brothers Band
  • August 27th- Wine Tasting on the Market
  • September 3rd- Dirt Road Travelers Band
  • September 10th- Hotel Roanoke Cooking Demo
  • September 17th- Music by Sharayah Spears
  • September 24th- Haley Toyota’s Harvest Festival
  • October 1st- Poison Bottom Boys Band


With all these activities and more going on so close by, you’re sure to find something every member of your family and your friends will enjoy!

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In Smith Mountain Lake and its surrounding areas, music and entertainment is never in short supply. From concerts to karaoke and everything in between, there is plenty of live entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy, including music from all types of genres. As an integral part of this lively music scene, Hollins University is hosting an event called FiddleFest on its campus all day long each day from July 29th-July 30th.

Roanoke, VA Hollins University Fiddle Fest


FiddleFest is described as “Roanoke’s Celebration of Traditional String Music”. It was founded in 2003 and has since grown wildly in popularity, attracting diverse acts and talents. FiddleFest is a string music festival which is particularly unique because it not only boasts a thrilling concert lineup, but for those of us who also love playing string instruments there will be workshops which allow festival-goers the opportunity to meet with and learn from the performing artists!

The festival features workshops, jams, concerts and more, with vendors selling food, tee shirts, CDs, jewelry, and musical instruments among other things. You can also camp for the 2-day festival, setting up a tent or parking an RV on site and enjoying the company of fellow festival-goers.

The workshops take place during the day, with each one starting at 10:00 am. Here you can learn more about playing techniques and get insight from the artists or just enjoy the chance to sit down and play with your favorite band members. The workshops included on each day will work with the banjo, the mandolin, the guitar, the fiddle, vocals, and bass. For the full workshop schedule and a chance to see which artists will be hosting each workshop, visit the workshops info page at the FiddleFest site.

On Saturday, there will be an informal open jam session for singers, pickers and spectators in the Rathskeller Lounge featuring the Dale Ann Bradley Band.

The Concert Schedule for Friday’s FiddleFest includes:


At Babcock Auditorium in the Dana Science Building (first come, first served indoor seating):
Ticket Price-Included in all two-day passes and Friday one-day passes

  • 1:30-Eastman String Band
  • 2:10-Jim & Valerie Gabehart
  • 2:50-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 3:30-Conner & Miller
  • 4:00-Sierra Hull & Highway 111


At The Tinker Beach Stage (festival seating, outside-bring blankets or lawn chairs):
Ticket Price-$12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate, also included in all two-day passes and Friday one-day passes 

  • 6:00-Jim & Valerie Gabehart
  • 7:10-Eastman String Band
  • 8:20-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 9:30-Sierra Hull & Highway 111


Saturday’s FiddleFest Concert Schedule Includes:

At Babcock Auditorium in the Dana Science Building (first come, first served indoor seating):
Ticket Price-Included in all two-day passes and Saturday one-day passes

  • 2:45-Locust Mountain Boys
  • 3:00-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 3:40-The Travelers


At The Tinker Beach Stage (festival seating, outside-bring blankets or lawn chairs):
Ticket Price-$12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate, also included in all two-day passes and Saturday one-day passes

  • 6:00-Locust Mountain Boys
  • 7:10-Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • 8:20-The Travelers
  • 9:30-Dale Ann Bradley


Tickets for FiddleFest can be purchased in advance with special advance pricing, or they can be purchased at the regular rate at the gate during the festival. For more information on festival pricing visit the ticket page.

Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs with you to the festival. If you are 21+ and would like to drink alcoholic beverages at the event, there will also be a Beer Garden selling beer and wine with great views of the concerts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy talented live acts, learn tips from the artists and have a wonderful time with family and friends in a fun festival atmosphere!

Hollins University and the FiddleFest event are located at 7916 Williamson Road in Roanoke, VA (24019). Click for directions and visit www.roanokefiddlefest.org for more information about the festival, or contact them with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!


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If you’ve ever been interested in art, the Smith Mountain Lake area boasts many venues to explore your creative side. Whether you’re an amateur or an expert artist, a critic or a collector or you just enjoy browsing, there are plenty of resources available in the area to cater to your creative needs. One such venue is The Electric Company located in Bedford, VA.

The Electric Company is a “unique mix of galleries and shops combined with a wonderful café”. The art center boasts classes, workshops, and artists working throughout the building.

The Art on Depo shop features over 30 local artists, with some of the most talented artists in Virginia on display. The venue has artist studios that are open to the public regularly. From July
29-August 31st
, Teresa Dittrich and Vicki Sides will be a part of the first “Featured Artist” exhibition here in Bedford.

If you’d like to see Teresa and Vicki’s exhibit, you are invited to come out to Art on Depo to celebrate the grand opening at 207 East Depot Street in Bedford, Virginia.

The opening event takes place on July 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. There will be a chance to meet both of the artists, as well as enjoy some treats provided by the Artisan Café.

Both Teresa Dittrich and Vicki Sides are well-respected artists with beautiful works worth coming out and enjoying. Take a moment out of your busy schedule to immerse yourself in art and enjoy some free treats!

To learn more, visit the Art on Depot exhibit site or call (540) 586-1990.

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Have you heard about the exciting wakeboarding scene here at Smith Mountain Lake?

Smith Mountain Lake boasts 500 miles of shoreline, making it the perfect venue for water sports and activities. Locals and visitors can always enjoy its many amenities and take part in the opportunity to get out on the lake and try activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, water skiing, wake skating, sailing and more.

Competitively and recreationally, wakeboarding and wake skating are moving up among the ranks of the most popular water sports here at Smith Mountain Lake, with many of our residents receiving sponsorships and traveling around the country to compete with other water sports enthusiasts. Recently a new website has been developed at Smith Mountain Lake Wakeboarding dedicated to promoting the growth and popularity of these sports at the lake. The site includes event info and will soon feature photo galleries, a forum and more.

As their first event, Smith Mountain Lake Wakeboarding is hosting a wakeboarding competition at Indian Pointe Marina on July 16th, 2011 from 10:00 am – 7:30 pm.

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Prizes, trophies and a large cash prize for the open division will be offered. For information on division requirements and entry fees, visit the tribal wake event info page.

For more information on the event or to register to compete or offer sponsorship, visit smlwakeboarding.com or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Not only will you get to see the competitors catch some air and show off some mind-blowing tricks, but all proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society. Come help us make Smith Mountain Lake a center for exciting and competitive watersports, enjoy a great show and spend some time with family and friends in the summer sun while supporting two great causes.

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The Peaks of Otter Winery, known for its “Fruit of the Farm” wines which are made from a variety of fruits such as apples, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, chili peppers, cherries, elderberries and more grown on the farm, will be hosting a “Peachy” open house from July 23-24th, July 30th-31st, and August 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21st.

The open house will provide a chance to sample the fresh peaches, nectarines and apples that they use to make the wine. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the pavilion, orchards and vineyard with family and friends.

Guests are also invited to purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy while admiring the scenic orchards and vineyard at the Peaks of Otter Winery, located in Bedford near the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. You may bring your own glass, purchase a souvenir glass, or taste wine out of a free plastic cup that will be provided.

The event will feature plenty of farm animals for children and families to enjoy together, making this the perfect adult and kid-friendly event. While visiting, be sure to head over to visit the nearby National D-Day Memorial and the Bedford Museum and Poplar Forest.

As always, the winery will also be featuring an assortment of jams and jellies for sale, and U-pick fruit when in season. This includes fresh apples, peaches, blackberries, nectarines, plums and raspberries. The winery is open daily from April-July from 12 pm- 5 pm, August-November 9 am- 5 pm, and December-May they are open on weekends from 12 pm-5 pm or during the week by chance or appointment.

This event is free of charge from Noon-5 p.m. on the scheduled dates. For more information call (540) 586-3703 or contact Danny Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The winery is located at:
Peaks of Otter Winery
2122 Sheep Creek Rd
Bedford, VA 24523

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