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If you’re interested in live music, good food, dancing and drinks to liven up your weekend, Mango’s Bar & Grill is bringing all this and more to you every Friday and Saturday.

Mango’s Bar and Grill is located in Bridgewater Plaza at
16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy
Moneta VA 24121

Mango’s opens at 11:00 am each day and has karaoke from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm every Thursday.

This weekend, Iron Horse featuring Keith Bryant is headlining on both nights. Their set will start at 7:30 pm and last until 11:30 pm. You must be 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for patio seating after 6:00 pm. Bring friends and family for dinner, dancing, and drinks on Smith Mountain Lake.

For more information, visit:
Mango's Bar & Grill Events
or call (540) 721-1632

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If you’d like to come out and support our local volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Dive department here at Smith Mountain Lake, what better way to do it than with a delicious meal of chicken and barbeque and bluegrass music?

The dedicated members of the Scruggs dive team will be cooking the flavorful par-boiled chicken, and the meal will also include biscuits, beans, potato salad, beverages and dessert. It is all-you-can-eat and will be going on rain or shine.

When/Where: The fundraiser dinner takes places on Saturday, June 25th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Volunteer Fire, Rescue and Dive station, at the intersection of Scruggs Road and Bluewater Drive.

Fee: There is no entry fee, but guests can make a free-will donation to go toward the Scruggs volunteers.

Live Music: Not only will there be delicious food, but there will be door prizes and live bluegrass music played by the Johnathan Dillon Band.

A portion of the event's proceeds also go to toward equipment purchases, such as a generator that will allow the facilities to serve as disaster emergency shelters for the community.

Come out and help the people who volunteer their time to help keep our community and its members safe!

For more information visit http://www.smithmountainlake.com/events/lakerWeekly/wb/290120.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Powerboating Association is bringing us their annual PWC Only Poker Run on Saturday, June 25th.

This event is unique because personal watercraft operators will travel the lake on their jet skis, picking up playing cards and competing with others for the best hand.

The proceeds are to benefit the Smith Mountain Lake Rescue Volunteers. Come gamble for a good cause!
In order to participate, you must pay an entry fee and captains must be at least 18 years old.

Entry Fees included are:
Captains: $75 (Includes poker run participation, Awards banquet)
Riders: $75 (Limit 1 rider per jet ski. This includes poker run and awards)
Rider/Guest: $15 (Limit 1 rider per jet ski, and includes awards banquet)

To pre-register for this fun-filled summer event, you can go in person to Mango’s Bar & Grill or come early for regular registration to the Webster Marine Center on the day of the event.

Pre-Registration: Mango’s Bar & Grill, June 24th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration: Day of Event, at the Webster Marine Center June 24th 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The first wave of jet skiers will depart at 11:00 am.

Cash prizes will be given to the winner with the best hand at the end of the day! Complimentary food will be served for all participants.

Prizes available:
1st place will receive a $750 prize
2nd will receive $500
3rd will receive $250
4th will receive $150
and 5th will be given $75

All winners will also receive a medal along with their cash awards.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy beautiful Smith Mountain Lake on jet skis, with plenty of free food, cash prizes and poker fun!

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So much is happenin' at Smith Mountain Lake these days!!

You are cordially invited to attend the First Annual Smith Mountain Lake "Rockin' Brews & BBQs" on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from Noon to 5:00 PM in downtown Moneta, on Route 122 across from Mayberry Hills. The site of the SML Business Expo will be transformed from tents filled with businesses into tents filled with tasty BBQ and rockin music.

"A variety of barbecue will be served from North Carolina to Kansas City and everything in between. The event will feature live Rockin' music with Corey Hunley, Justin Prilliman and C.U. and the Kidd. Activities include the YMCA’s huge inflatable play area for kids, a local magician, balloon art and a ‘Rockin’ Corn-Hole Tournament. Admission is $5." -- www.visitsmithountainlake.com

For more information, contact Jim Shauberger at 540-721-1203 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo is happening on Friday, April 29, 2011 from Noon until 5:00 PM.  Over 140 businesses will be represented!  Under three huge tents, plan to attend and talk to many of the business folks and learn what Smith Mountain Lake has to offer.  Many new businesses are sprouting all over the lake, many old businesses are growing all over the lake.  The Expo is located in downtown Moneta, southwest side of Rt. 122 and Rt. 608 - across from Mayberry Hills.  This event will definitely give you information on what the local businesses have to offer that you may have never known!  For more information, contact Jim Shauberger at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (540-721-1203) for more information.
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VISIT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE'S STATE PARKS - http://traveltips.usatoday.com/state-parks-smith-mountain-lake-29164.html

Although only one Virgina state park is on the shores of Smith Mountain lake, two memorial parks are a short distance away and offer excursions to historic sites off the lake. Visitors can turn back the clock to what "Time" magazine dubbed "The Greatest Day" with a visit to the D-Day Memorial or step back further in time at Booker T. Washington's birthplace.


Visit Smith Mountain Lake's State Parks







lake image by Alison Bowden from http://www.fotolia.com

Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor fun in Virginia.


Smith Mountain Lake State Park

On the shores of the lake, Smith Mountain Lake State Park accommodates overnight visitors with its variety of options. Whether you decide to pitch a tent, stay in a cabin, or reserve a bunk in the Camping Lodge Bunkhouse, you're sure to enjoy the park's many amenities, which include hiking along marked trails, swimming, boating and fishing. Smith Mountain Lake State Park 1235 State Park Road Huddleston, VA 24104 540-297-6066 www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Seventeen miles from Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Booker T. Washington was born and spent his formative years on Burroughs Plantation, now Booker T. Washington National Monument. Visitors can take part in a guided tour or walk the grounds on their own. Those who are interested in exploring can take the Plantation Trail, which passes the reconstruction of a 19th century farm, then stop by the farm and garden areas to learn how farms of the day operated. Booker T. Washington National Monument 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway Hardy, VA 24101 540-721-2094 www.nps.gov/bowa

National D-Day Memorial Park

The National D-Day Memorial details the enormity of World War II in Bedford, Virginia, 22 miles north of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Visitors can take in the Landing Beach tableau, which includes artistic recreations of a landing craft, beach obstacles and exploding fountains to depict defensive fire, and the Richard S. Reynolds Sr. Garden, which offers statues and busts of the day's greatest heroes. National D-Day Memorial 3 Overlord Circle Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-3619 www.dday.org

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As seen in USA TODAY TRAVEL (http://traveltips.usatoday.com/fishing-smith-mountain-lake-virginia-37587.html)
  • Overview

    Situated in Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, 20,600-acre Smith Mountain Lake is nationally recognized for its bass and striper fishing. The lake sees considerable fishing pressure, but with 500 miles of largely undeveloped shoreline, you should be able to find a quiet spot to drop a line, even on a busy weekend.
    Bass fishing at Smith Mountain Lake
  • Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images
    Smith Mountain is a nationally recognized bass lake.
  • Fish Species

    Bass dominate the sport fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, with largemouth being the most sought-after species. Largemouth bass outnumber smallmouth bass by a considerable margin, but a few big smallies are pulled out every year. Fishing for striped bass -- also called striper or rockfish -- can also be excellent. Crappie are also present, including some big fish, but they are not as abundant as in some other Virginia reservoirs. Bluegill, in contrast, are common but typically below average in size. The lake also hosts a healthy population of flathead and channel catfish.
  • Fishing Tips

    Spring and early summer offer peak bass fishing, with largemouths inhabiting the lake's many shallow coves and arms. Spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Trap style lures catch their share of bass, and the fish also might fall for small, soft plastics flipped under and around piers and boat docks. By the heat of summer, most bass head for deep water, but striper fishing picks up in deep water in the lower lake starting in June and continuing into fall. Live shad are the bait of choice among local striper fishers. Crappie fishing is at its best from March to May and October to November; try casting small jigs and live minnows around trees and brush in the upper lake.
  • Licenses and Regulations

    Smith Mountain Lake is subject to state limits and seasons, a complete guide to which is available for free at bait shops across Virginia. You also can find the regulations in PDF form on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website. You need a Virginia fishing license to fish at Smith Mountain Lake; licenses are available online or at bait shops and sporting goods stores in the state. As of 2011, an annual license costs $18 for Virginia residents, $36 for nonresidents.
  • State Park

    You can access the lake through Smith Mountain Lake State Park, located at the north shore of the lake. The park offers boat launch facilities and a fishing pier, as well as considerable shore access for fishing. Tent and RV campsites are available as well as cabins. The park also includes a swimming beach, picnic areas and miles of hiking trails.
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Posted by on in Smith Mountain Lake Fun

One of the most interesting places to visit at the Lake is American Electric Power’s Smith Mountain Lake Dam. At the Visitor Center overlooking the Dam, you’ll enjoy learning how electricity is generated in a pumped storage and hydroelectric project. There are hands-on exhibits and computer models to try, a theatre with audio-visual presentations, and a three-dimensional terrain map, which shows the lake area as if viewed from an altitude of 25,000 feet. Outside the Visitors Center there are overlook areas providing spectacular views of the dam, gorge, and lake plus picnic facilities with charcoal grills located near the base of the dam. So make a day of it at this great attraction that created the lake back in 1966. -- www.visitsmithmountainlake.com

 Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitors Center, Phone: 540.985.2587

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Spring is springing here at Smith Mountain Lake.  The trees and flowers are starting to show their colors and not too far from Smith Mountain Lake is a winery that is coming alive after the winter.  With award-winning wines, Brooks Mill Winery is a must visit on your next trip to the Lake.  It is a small farm-fruit winery that opened in December of 2008 after being H.T. and Rhonda Page's hobby for over ten years.  On the farm the Page's grow blackberries, blueberries, pears, plums, peaches, apples, and cherries.  Producing eight different fruit wines, two (blackberry and blueberry) won awards at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.


For more information or to schedule a tasting:

Brooks Mill Winery
6221 Brooks Mill Road
Wirtz, Virginia 24184
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Mother Earth News magazine's “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list features Floyd, Virginia as one of those places.  Set aside a day trip while vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake and visit this wonderful place. Known for folk music, craftsmen, wineries, and artists, Floyd was one of six communities listed in the February-March issue.

Floyd County is bordered on the eastern side by 31 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The current county seat, originally named Jacksonville after our seventh president Andrew Jackson, was changed in 1896 to Floyd.  Downtown Floyd has many unique shopping opportunities such as The Country Store, The Jacksonville Center, The Pickin’ Porch, County Sales, 16 Hands, The June Bug Center, and The Harvest Moon just to name a few.  On any given Friday night, The Country Store hosts the "Friday Night Jamboree" featuring famous musicians playing gospel, bluegrass, and old time music.

Floyd, County is also home to Chauteau Morrissette, a southern inspired hospitality winery and restaurant.  Buffalo Mountain, with an elevation of 3971 feet, is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia.  It boasts an amazing 13 rare plant occurences, 3 rare animal occurences, and 6 significant natural communities. The combination of high-elevation, wind-exposed openings at the summit, and magnesium rich soils make it unlike any place else in the Commonwealth.

Floyd, Virginia is located 40 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia on US Route 221.

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Poplar Forest, a National Historic Landmark and Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat, will be opening its 2011 season on March 15.  Plan a visit to the first octagonal home (believed to be) in America that was designed and built by Jefferson.  Tour the home and visit the landscape, both currently being meticulously restored back to Jefferson's design using early 19th century techniques.   Learn about architecture, preservation and life in the early 19th century. Ongoing excavation and artifacts from the plantation community that lived and worked at Poplar Forest can be viewed while visiting Poplar Forest. One will discover his vision for his gardens, ornamental plantings and farm at Poplar Forest as it emerges through archaeology.


Poplar Forest is open for visitors from March 15 through December 15 (closed Thanksgiving Day).  Group tours can be arranged year round.  March 19 marks the first of many events throughout the year.  "This Old Tool" Roadshow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, by the Early American Industries Association, will include a tour of the house, a behind-the-scenes restoration workshop, and networking with other tool enthusiasts.  For more information on the continuing events, go to http://www.poplarforest.org/events. 


Poplar Forest is only 40 minutes from Moneta, Virginia and is a wonderful day trip while visiting and relaxing at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.

Jefferson's Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road (GPS)
Forest, VA 24551-0419
Telephone (434) 525-1806



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'Tis the season to start planning trips to Smith Mountain Lake, for a weekend, a week, or if you are so lucky, for a month or two. The Lake is waking up after a long winter, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is getting busy with visitors enjoying an afternoon hiking or sitting and watching the birds around the lake or just enjoying an afternoon on your deck or dock sipping your favorite drink and enjoying the sunlight.  Evenings are becoming abuzz with activities as well.  May 4 through May 8, the Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" is coming to Roanoke's Civic Center Coliseum. "The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it." - http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/alegria/.

Alegría has an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries and showcases breathtaking acrobatics. "Acts include the Synchro Trapeze and the intense and high-energy Aerial High Bars in which daring aerialists fly to catchers swinging more than 40 feet above the stage. The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track, a brilliant display of synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. In Russian Bars, artists fly through the air and perform spectacular somersaults and mid-air turns, landing on bars perched on the sturdy shoulders of catchers." - www.roanokeciviccenter.com

After a dinner at one of our wonderful local restaurants, enjoy the show!

May 7 Showtimes:  3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

May 8 Showtimes: 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM 

Purchase Tickets:
877-HTB-TIXNow (877-482-8496)

540-853-LIVE (540-853-5483)
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The Blackwater Cafe at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta has live jazz on the third Thursday of each month featuring The Charlie Perkinson Trio.  Charlie is the host of the local NPR Jazz Radio Show on WVTF 89.1 FM.    The Trio changes from time to time to include other local jazz musicians.  The music is played at a comfortable level and is a good accompaniment to the great food and ambiance that the Blackwater Cafe has to offer.  The evenings featuring the Trio are usually sold out so reservations are recommended.


The Blackwater Cafe also hosts a monthly Wine Dinner on the second Tuesday of each month September through May.  These dinners have become so popular it is usually a sell out crowd a few months ahead of time.  The evenings get great reviews for the food, wine, hospitality and the guest speakers.  If you like great food paired with excellent, interesting wines and the company of other wine connoisseurs call and make a reservation.  The local Wine Club also meets at the Blackwater Cafe on the third Tuesday of each month and many are regulars from the Wine Dinners and vice versa.


The Blackwater Cafe

4730 Scruggs Road
Moneta, VA 24121
(540) 721-4333

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Are you a World War II history buff?  Plan to visit Smith Mountain Lake and while there, visit Bedford's National D-Day Memorial. On February 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM, the Memorial will feature a lecture regarding segregation in the military during World War II, as told by Frank Bolden, one of two accredited black war correspondents during the war.  Also featured will be his interviews with Mahatma Ghandi, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Madam and General Chiang Kai-shek.  You will learn of the 92nd Infantry Division and the China-Burma-India theater of operations.  The lecture, complete with a slide presentation and discussion will be held at the Bedford Welcome Center.  Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.  For more information - Bedford Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford - 540-587-3619 - www.dday.org



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Smith Mountain Lake's boating season is just around the corner, why not get a new boat to kick it off?   February 25-27 at the Roanoke Civic Center, dream boats will be available along with boating accessories, and boating services.  This event has doubled in size over the last couple of years and represents a unique, once-a-year opportunity to see every dealer on Smith Mountain Lake.  The show is the place to buy as all dealers offer the best selection and special manufacturer boat show only promotions!  Free admission is being offered on Friday February 25 only, all other dates will cost $7.50 for an adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.  Hours are Friday 1-7 PM, Saturday 10-7 PM, and Sunday 10-5 PM.

Need information about the show? Contact Show Director Darrel Ross at (434) 610-5991.

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World is located in Natural Bridge in Virginia, approximately two hours from Smith Mountain Lake.  Constructed by nature, 20 stories of solid rock exudes history as you pass under the mammoth archway.  The Blue and Gray of the Civil War, Washington, and Jefferson are just a few of the legends that have passed through this bridge and are said to have traveled along the beautiful Cedar Creek Trail.  Open during all four seasons, (limited access to some of the attractions during the winter), be sure to visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, Cedar Creek Trail, the Native American Village, the Toy Museum, and the Wax Museum.  Evenings during the summer is a special time to visit the night pageant at the Bridge as special lighting makes the mountain sides form a vast stage. "Scenes move and change with the mood of gripping music in a spectacle which takes the onlooker back into the eternal ages"...(http://www.naturalbridgeva.com).


For more information:

P.O. Box 57, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
1-800-533-1410 • 540-291-2121
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Dead of winter and nothing to do while at Smith Mountain Lake?  Wrong!  Wintergreen Ski Resort is within 87 miles of  Smith Mountain Lake.  Many different types of winter sports can be enjoyed at Wintergreen.  If its skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and/or ice skating that you crave then this is the place for you.  Wintergreen is a family fun area with kid areas and big kid areas.  Wintergreen offers lessons in skiing, boarding, golf, and tennis. This is a place for year round fun with spas, tennis, golf, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and many fine restaurants, there is always something to do.   For more information, check www.wintergreenresort.com.  It is a good idea to purchase your tickets online prior to your day trip.  After a day there, come back to Smith Mountain Lake and sit by the lake while sipping on some of the area's fine wine.
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Within an hour's drive of Smith Mountain Lake, the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is located atop Liberty University's 5,000-acre mountain in Lynchburg, Virginia. Never before offered in the U.S., the complex has synthetic slopes offering year-round skiing, snowboarding, and tubing using a new technology called Snowflex, The Centre caters to snow sport enthusiasts during all four seasons of the year. Snowflex is comprised of several layers of carpet-like material and simulates the slip and grip of real snow. The patented misting system keeps the surface moist providing speed and edge control. The ski slope has beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. For Freestyler enthusiasts the complex features an elevated cornice drop, triple kickers and a colossal quarter pipe. Young and old can enjoy Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre.

Call for more information regarding prices and hours of operation

Admission Fee: rate varies

Children Welcome

Phone: (434) 582-3539 or (866) 504-7541

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Website: www.liberty.edu/snowflex

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The Nutcracker - "To Clara, the Christmas Eve celebration at the Silberhous household was always a special time. Then Herr Drosselmeyer arrives with special gifts and magic, making this Christmas one she will cherish forever.

Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they battle giant mice, dance with snowflakes and journey to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains them with exotic dances from around the world."  - Southwest Virginia Ballet

The Roanoke Performing Arts Center is located just 45 minutes from Smith Mountain Lake.  This is a wonderful ballet for the holiday season.  Treat you and your family or friends to a sensational experience.

Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 12th at 3:00 pm

Roanoke Performing Arts Center
Box Office (877) HTB-TIXNow
Tickets can be purchased online

Adults: $17, $24, $31 & $41
Children (18 and under) $13, $18 & $23

More Information:


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♪..♪.♫..Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Smith Mountain Lake!!.♪.♫..

Every Saturday from November 27, 2010 until Christmas, Santa Clause will arrive by boat to the lower level of Bridgewater Plaza to meet and greet the children.  Hours are from 1 pm until 4 pm.  Be sure to bring a camera and your list for Santa....but only if you have been a good girl or boy this year!  Visit the restaurants for a wonderful lunch or dinner after doing your holiday shopping in the wonderful stores at Bridgewater Plaza.  There is always something to do at Smith Mountain Lake.

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