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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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As the weather warms up, Smith Mountain Lake begins brimming with fun activities that showcase all that this amazing location has to offer.

The Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo (April 25) gives residents and visitors the opportunity to learn more about products and services offered by area vendors. This year’s event will be held in Downtown Moneta from 12p-5p.

Another exciting annual event that is growing in popularity is “Rockin’ Brews and BBQs,” which is also located at Downtown Moneta. The event takes place on April 26th and will feature delicious barbecue in a variety of styles as well as live music, crafts and play areas for kids. Rockin’ Brews and BBQs is from 12p-6p and admission is $5 for adults and free for children 6 and under.

Information on both of these events can be found at www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com

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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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Whether you’re thinking of relocating or looking for an investment property, this home is a must-see…because it will not stay on the market long.

This five-bedroom, 3.5 bath home features a spacious, open floor plan ideal for friendly family gatherings and celebrations, but cozy enough for simple evenings at home. Private decks and balconies offer a perfect place to catch those Smith Mountain Lake sunsets and the custom dock will be where all of your summer memories are made.

Fully landscaped grounds, private acreage and sweeping lake views. What are you waiting for?

Call Leslie Becker at 540.797.0477 to schedule your tour of Hickory Cove.

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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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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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Smith Mountain Lake has been a favored destination for wine enthusiasts for decades.  The popularity of the annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival as well as the growing number of notable wineries has given tourists and locals alike the ability to sample an impressive selection of vino.


This year, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine awarded two area wineries with platinum, gold and silver awards: Chateau Morrisette and Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery.


The panel of judges sampled entries from all across the Commonwealth in a double-blind flight.  Each entry was scored based on its own merits using the UC Davis 20 Point System.  This system assigns a number to each category including color, aroma and aftertaste.


Here is a list of the awards given to both wineries:



Chateau Morrisette, Cabernet Franc 2011



Chateau Morrisette, Chardonnay 2011/Frosty Dog White Blend 2011--Dessert/ Petit Verdot 2009

Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery, Vidal Blanc, 2011/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009



Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Smith Mountain Lake Country Red--Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot/Smith Mountain Lake Sweet Red Sail--Red Blend, Chardonnay 2009 Estate, Smith Mountain Lake--White Blend, Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Chardonnay 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc 2008, Chardonnay 2010 Estate


Both Chateau Morrisette and Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery offer year-round events and make a great day trip for wine lovers.


For more information on visiting these fine wineries, visit Chateau Morrisette at www.thedogs.com and Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery at www.smlwine.com.

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Show your love for the Smith Mountain Lake community by casting your ballot in the 13th Annual Best of Smith Mountain Lake Awards.


This competition, hosted by Laker Media, gives locals the chance to sing their praises for everything from favorite restaurant to favorite dog groomer in this highly anticipated annual competition.


With 23 new categories added, voters will have their hands full choosing the best that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer.


The Best of Smith Mountain Lake award winners each receive a plaque to be placed in their business.  Previous winners are noted on the ballot by an asterisk. 


To cast your vote for the Best of Smith Mountain Lake, visit www.smithmountainlake.com/best.

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Guests and residents of Smith Mountain Lake have the entire community right at their fingertips.

"My Chamber App," brought to you by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, allows users to search for area chamber member businesses from their smartphone.

Users may search by category (i.e. "restaurants") or by the business name.  

Chamber members have the option to customize their listing within My Chamber App to include video, coupons and special incentives to lure patrons to their business.


The app is free and is available on the Apple App Store or via Google Play.

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It’s a double header weekend for the family at SML!  Come explore the SML Business Expo on Friday then return on Saturday for the Rockin’ Brews and BBQs Festival. Go to www.visitsmithmountainlake.com for more information.

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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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Have you made your plans?  The Smith Mountain Lake Rockin’ Brews and BBQs Festival will be here soon on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 – 6:00 PM.  The Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual event that boasts the best music, brews and barbecues with various sauces.  There are also activities for the kids and the always beautiful backdrop of Smith Mountain Lake.  So bring the family and meet us in Downtown Moneta at Route 608 and 122.  Admission is $5.00.  Children 12 and under are free.

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Leslie Becker, AIA, AIPP, FIABCI, NAR
Licensed in the State of VA


P: 540.797.0477 | F: 866.507.5289
PO Box 50
Huddleston, VA 24104

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