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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Introduces South Harbour

 

The Willard Companies and its real estate division, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, announced a formal partnership with the Amos Estate to complete and market South Harbour, a newly planned residential community located on Dudley Amos Rd. off Scruggs Rd. at Smith Mountain Lake. The property, formerly known as The Lakewatch Club, is part of a 250-acre farm that has been in Amos family prior to the lake being filled.

“We are very excited our companies were selected to work with the Amos Estate to finalize the development as well as manage the sales and marketing of the South Harbour community. We’ve already been hard at work rebranding the project with the new name as well as consulting with the estate to offer prospective buyers premium investment opportunities,” stated Ron Willard, president of The Willard Companies. In addition, the companies are currently constructing a commanding Colonial brick entrance accented with nautical inspired lighting which will welcome residents and their guests to a community infused with spectacular views and walking trails. Hundreds of native hardwood trees are planned along with manicured landscaping and state-of-the-art street lighting.

Willard added, “Highlighting the area will be a landmark observation deck built around a historic red oak tree at South Harbour’s highest point where rustic wooden Adirondack chairs and whimsical lighted spheres will welcome casual conversation with neighbors and friends. In addition, the community will showcase three restored tobacco barns located throughout the project.”

Encompassing approximately 100 gently sloping acres, South Harbour is planned for a total of 40 properties. Current properties for sale include 21 waterfront lots ranging from 1 to 2.5 acres ranging from $224,500 to $1,399,500 and 10 water access cottage lots averaging 0.5 acres ranging from $49,500 to $74,500.  A convenient common area is located within South Harbour which will enable access to Smith Mountain Lake for water access cottage lots. Boaters can find South Harbour between the B10 and B11 channel markers on beautiful Blackwater River overlooking Sailaway and Chimney Islands.

In addition, ownership at South Harbour presents the opportunity to join The Waterfront Country Club with no initiation fee. The Waterfront Country Club, just minutes away, offers championship golf, tennis, swimming, fine dining and social activities. This opportunity perfectly blends luxury living with all the recreational amenities that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer.

For sales information, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at 540-721-8659 or visit the community website at www.SouthHarbourSML.com. For media inquiries, contact Christopher Finley, marketing and communication director, at 540-721-5288.

November 20, 2014   Comments Off

Smith Mountain Lake Sellers: Itemize What You’re Taking With You

Believe it or not, after months of searching countless Smith Mountain Lake homes, finding the perfect one, negotiating price and finally agreeing to a deal, a sale can fall apart over a disagreement about curtains.

When striking a deal to sell a Smith Mountain Lake home, it’s important that you are perfectly clear about what you are taking with you and what you are leaving behind. The general rule is that if something is attached to the structure or the ground, it is real property and stays with the house.

If removing the item would ruin or disfigure the walls, the item generally stays. If you need a tool to remove it, it stays.

Legally, these are called fixtures, which include everything permanently attached to the property such as a fence, built-in appliances, ceiling fans, flowerbeds and shrubs.

Conversely, if you can disconnect, unhook or detach an item from the home with bare hands, it’s free to leave when you do. This is known as personal property and should never be assumed to be part of the sale.

Items that fall into this category are furniture, potted plants, free-standing appliances and an outdoor grill.

A good rule of thumb is to not show your home with any fixtures you are planning to take. Replacing them is the better option.

Every real estate agent has a story about a deal falling through because of an argument about what a buyer thought was staying. For this reason, you should walk in each room with your agent and make a list of things that you will be taking with you.

If you decide to leave the curtains, chandeliers or are open to giving up some of the outdoor furniture, it may just help with a sale. People appreciate the notion of getting something for free, and a savvy agent will hint to a prospective buyer that fixtures and furnishing may be negotiable. Unless the items are really important to you, let them go with the home. Use them to get the price you want and then replace the items in your new home.

By itemizing and discussing all the things that stay and go at the outset, there will be no miscommunication on closing day.

June 3, 2013   No Comments

Sunken City Brewing Company Grand Opening on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

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Sunken City Brewing Company, Southwest Virginia’s newest craft brewery located in Westlake Towne Center on Rt. 122 at Smith Mountain Lake, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, May 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Bruno’s GastroTruck will be on-site for the celebration as well as the band Barefoot West who will perform around 5:30 p.m. Come out and meet Sunken City Owner, Jerome Parnell and Brewmaster, Jeremy Kirby.

Sunken City will be selling 20-oz. imperial pints during the opening including two of their signature beers Dam Lager and Red Clay IPA. Dam Lager is an American-style amber (4.7 percent ABV) and Red Clay IPA is an amber-colored India Pale Ale (7 percent ABV).

In the near future, Sunken City plans to brew additional beers with hopes to distribute their beer throughout the state.

Officials and business leaders broke ground on Sunken City Brewing Company back in August 2012 and is Franklin County’s first microbrewery. The $2.3 million, 8,800-square-foot project, features a features a 25-barrel brewhouse, automatic canning distribution, a tasting room, pub and an outdoor beer garden. Sunken City Brewing Company, named for the villages that were submerged when Smith Mountain Lake was created, is expected to create 20-25 new jobs within five years.

May 7, 2013   No Comments

A for Accessible

When purchasing a Smith Mountain Lake home there are many considerations – space requirements, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location, proximity to work and services. Additionally, there are the aesthetics, the style of the home, its condition, and price. However, there are other important considerations that many people overlook – and these fall into the realm of Accessibility.

The term Accessibility is often used in relation to public buildings and public transportation, and we know about it largely because of a piece of important legislation called “The Americans with Disabilities Act”, or ADA. The ADA provides the framework that ensures that public structures are able to be used by a wide population, including people in wheelchairs and those who have other physical challenges, to ensure their success in a wide range of “major life activities”.

If you have ever tried to go somewhere or reach something that was essential to your well-being, but beyond your grasp, you know the frustration and helplessness that this can evoke. Imagine facing this time and again, in your own home. Whether you are facing a physical challenge due to an accident, or aging and can no longer move and achieve as you used to, your home should be a place where you can live, work and play in a way that is easy for you. Sometimes this means that issues of “accessibility” are at play.

Accessibility can also come into focus when you have a visitor to your home that uses a wheelchair or walker, is blind, or cannot use stairs for some reason. Aged or injured guests benefit from a home that is thoughtfully designed with accessibility as a focus.

While it is possible to retrofit or remodel a home to make it more accessible, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Some of the principles of accessibility to consider when purchasing a home include:

  • Can everyone, of all ages and abilities, use the home equally well?
  • Are the rooms “flexible” – can they be used for a variety of activities?
  • Are items in the house simple and intuitive to use?
  • Is it easy to see where you are in the house?
  • Do the entrances make sense?
  • Is storage easy to find and use? Are closets in the right places?
  • Is it a safe place?
  • Are there railings and places to hold on to, at heights good for all ages?
  • Do stairs, windows, and hallways make sense? Are bathrooms where you expect them to be?
  • How much physical effort is required for day-to-day activities?
  • Has effort been made to make it easy to see and get to all features?
  • When a home is designed and built, it should meet the needs of people despite their age or ability. The ability for it to be flexible and adaptable is an important factor, so that as needs change the home does not create obstacles for the inhabitants or guests. Modern architecture began following the adage, “Form follows function” early in the 20th century, and home buyers are advised to evaluate homes in light of functionality as well as style.

Difficulties arise when homes present barriers to the people who live in or visit them. If the owner ages significantly and loses abilities that made living in the home possible, then something must change. If babies or children enter the scene who might be hurt by stairs or other hazards, those dangers must be addressed. Accidents or other medical issues can result in sudden changes in mobility or self-sufficiency requiring adjustments to improve accessibility. In short, it might be prudent to consider accessibility when buying, building, or remodeling a home.

Looking at a building’s “bones” enables you to understand right away where barriers might occur. Pay attention to hallways, doorways and stairs – even when there are just one or two steps, as each of these elements can be an obstacle to someone who has mobility or sight issues. While doorways can be widened, hallways are more difficult to modify. Additionally, hallways can be dark areas and “wasted” space. Is there a good place for a lift-chair or elevator should someone in a wheel chair have to go up stairs? How easy will it be to control the light, reach counters and cabinets, enjoy the grounds, live daily life?

Cabinets, doors, faucets and switches can be difficult to operate, but easy if you think clearly while choosing these options. As you move around your home, look at these features and how it would feel to use each of these should your hands become stiff or painful. Traditional doorknobs can be replaced by lever-style “knobs” that could even be operated with an elbow or chin in an emergency. Faucets that operate with levers are also useful, as are switch-plates that operate with a simple touch – but beware that they are intuitive to use.

When you are buying a home that might require “adjustments” to afford the accessibility that you desire, consider the spaces and structure of the home. Is there enough property to create ramps to the entrance? Is it feasible to enjoy the best areas of the home and property if mobility is impaired? Are there steep inclines on the property or is the property exposed to extreme weather conditions that could increase hazards seasonally? Look at the approach to the property and how close you might bring a car to the entrance. Are the walkways easy to traverse?

Understanding the more challenging issues around a home or property might not rule it out, but will give you insight into the cost of overcoming these potential obstacles. Pay close attention to bathrooms and stairwells to ensure that you would have the space you need to adjust bathtubs and showers, or to install lifts. Is there a bedroom or office on a lower floor? In the event that it is needed, having an option to create single-level living arrangements could be a boon to your family.

Homes are designed to shelter people and their possessions, provide space for cooking and eating, hygiene, and sleeping. Entertaining in your home is a luxury for some, and a necessity for others. In each function, age and physical ability must come into play, and so architects and builders who consider accessibility up front will usually build more adaptable homes. If you believe that accessibility could be an issue for you or members of your family, consider taking the time to have an expert evaluate a property that you would like to buy. There is a list of professionals in the area of accessibility through the National Council on Aging In Place (NAICP.org). Going in with your eyes open will result in long-term satisfaction and a plan for the house and people alike.

May 6, 2013   No Comments

Prudential Real Estate’s Q1 Consumer Outlook Survey

Prudential Real Estate’s Q1 Consumer Outlook Survey, conducted in February 2013, showed that Americans’ sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable. Buyers and sellers alike said they are motivated for the spring buying season, attracted by low mortgage rates, attractive home prices and other factors. Here are key survey findings:

MARKET ON THE MEND

  • 77% of consumers feel confident about the housing market and property value recovery; a 4 point improvement  from our year-end results and a 7 point increase over the same period a year ago.
  • This confidence is exceptionally high among Millennials (80%) and Generation X (79%) and in recovering  residential real estate markets like the South (81%) and West (79%).
  • Favorability of the U.S. real estate market also has increased to 65%, its highest level in a year.
  • However, Americans are cautious and 42% of those surveyed believe the housing recovery will be slow.
  • Ultimately, owning a home is still important to 96% of Americans and exceptionally important to Millennials (97%), Generation X (98%) and women (78%).
  • For those who’ve been watching market fluctuations in recent years, 74% of respondents say that interest rates are historically low and 87% say the time to buy is now while mortgage rates and average home prices are attractive.

SPRING BUYING SEASON

  • Finding a good deal in a home (80%) and job stability (59%) are the most important factors for prospective homebuyers this spring.
  • Respondents who feel it will be easier to buy a home this spring feel that way because market conditions are right and “homeowners want to sell.”
  • Prospective buyers are motivated; 48% of respondents said they are willing to explore neighborhoods they hadn’t previously considered to find their home.
  • Prospective home-sellers indicated that “finding the right house to buy first” and “making a profit” were the primary reasons they would list their homes this spring.
  • 87% of sellers are committed to seeing a sale through if their home doesn’t sell quickly.
  • 62% of sellers are willing to make repairs or redecorate in order to attract more interest in their properties.

CONTEMPLATORS

  • “Contemplators” are defined as those who have considered buying or selling real estate in the past year but didn’t. Contemplator confidence in the real estate market and property values continues to rise with a 12 point increase from mid-2012.
  • Additionally, contemplator favorability of the real estate market has jumped 10 percentage points since mid-2012.
  • Primary reasons why contemplators haven’t made a move include “waiting for the right opportunity” and “haven’t found the right home.”

May 2, 2013   No Comments

Future Renovation Plans at The Waterfront Country Club

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The Willard Companies, owners of The Waterfront Country Club, a private golf and country club at Smith Mountain Lake, unveiled future club expansion and long term renovation plans at a vision meeting with its membership last week in conjunction with a new membership campaign.

The Willard Companies partnered with Richard Mandell Golf Architecture to develop a proposed land plan for the Clubhouse and hired Architect Antonio Veloso to design a new fitness center and pool building. The Willard Companies main goal will be to update existing Club amenities such as relocating the swimming pool in closer proximity to the Clubhouse complex, incorporating a new state-of-the-art fitness and recreational area for members, and creating a new short game area for the club. Expansion features include the following: zero entry pool, lap pool and diving area, lounge area in pool, outdoor bar, fitness center (group exercise and weights), 4 Pickle Ball Courts, 2 tennis courts, and a short game area between the club and range. Estimated costs for the renovation are projected around $1.4 million.

Timeframe for the groundbreaking and construction start on the renovation project hinge on membership growth. The company recently launched a new membership campaign offering prospective members lower initiation fees with financing options, reduced social dues structure, and new Under 40 classifications with special pricing. The company goal is to reach pre-recession membership at around 400 members in order for the vision to become reality.

According to Ron Willard II, Vice President of The Willard Companies, the Private Club Industry is in the process of finding its niche again and clubs are being forced to adapt to the demands of membership and potential members. “The Private Clubs that are going to survive in the decades to come must change and adapt to the market demands,” said Willard.

For media inquires or for more information, please contact Christopher Finley at 540-721-5288 or email chris@thewillardcompanies.com.

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The Waterfront encompasses 750 acres and 8.5 miles of shoreline. The 18-hole, PGA Championship Golf Course was designed by George Dillon of the Fazio Group. The course offers a very fair but challenging layout. Preserving the history of the land used was at the top of the list of priorities when this course was built. It offers incredible vista views and follows the original topography of the land. The 22,000 square foot clubhouse was planned by The Willard Companies in cooperation with Robert Bradley, AIA and Associates. Club amenities include tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness center, driving range, pro shop and fine dining. The Waterfront Country Club opened in 1981. Visit online at www.thewaterfrontcc.com.

The Willard Companies is the umbrella for Willard Construction of Roanoke Valley, Inc., Prudential Waterfront Properties, The Waterfront, The Water’s Edge and The Westlake Golf and Country Clubs. The company is involved in country clubs, building, developing, marketing and real estate. The Willard Companies is also affiliated with Westlake Towne Center, Westlake Cinema, Westlake Salon & Spa, Window and Door Design Gallery and Smith Mountain Building Supply. Visit online at www.thewillardcompanies.com.

April 15, 2013   No Comments

Water Watch: Where You Want It, and Where You Don’t

While April showers might bring flowers, when water is concerned, a homeowner should be on high alert. Having water where and when you want it can be a blessing, but it must be properly controlled and monitored so that you are fully aware of its presence in your environment.

When moisture is not dealt with appropriately homes can become contaminated with molds, rot and other issues that can be costly to repair. Floors can buckle, doors and windows can warp, and electrical issues can occur. Yet we all want and need water for our homes. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, and other pleasures like fountains and water features in landscaping, hot tubs and pools, pets, all require water and as homeowners we should understand everything we can about how water works in our homes.

Generally, we have two jobs: First we need to understand how to manage water and moisture from outside forces like rain and groundwater that might threaten our structure. Secondly, we need to understand the water that we choose to bring into our homes and use for landscapes through plumbing systems.

Rain should be guided off the roof and into gutters that drain away from the home and foundation. The condition of the roof must be monitored and maintained so that leaks don’t occur; if leaks do occur they should be fixed as soon as possible. Gutters should be cleaned and downspouts fixed with extensions as needed to ensure that water is guided appropriately and safely away from foundations, crawlspaces, and basements. Windows and doors should seal properly and roof areas that collect debris should be swept free of leaves, pine needles, moss or other elements that impede water flow.

When groundwater is present, measures should be taken to ensure that water isn’t collecting near the foundation, under the house, or in the basement. If water collects in any of these locations, steps should be taken immediately to correct pooling/collection issues to prevent damage. Curtain drains or culverts may aid this process, but getting qualified help to assess the situation and help in engineering a solution is advised. Look at the entire system to ensure that you are not creating more problems for yourself or other people as you seek to improve an immediate issue.

In areas where groundwater might enter basements or crawlspaces, consider keeping a sump pump handy in case of emergency. If your home relies on a septic system, ensure that there is a tank alarm and that it is in working order. Should your septic system fail, this alarm can alert you of high water in the system prior to a release of sewage into the environment.

Sometimes we do invite water into our homes. Running water is considered to be a critical factor in determining whether a home is suitable for habitation. Plumbing that carries water, whether it be clean or waste water, represents one of the most important systems in your home. Like the electrical system and the heating and cooling system, the plumbing is a system that has mechanical parts that can fail. Excessive heat or cold, age, the quality of the pipes, and water quality are all factors that can contribute to the overall health of your plumbing.

Understanding how water gets into your home and your responsibilities around that is another area to investigate. If you are on a private or shared well, public water system, a water district, or have other arrangement for getting your water, it is critical that you understand who is responsible for the pipes that bring water to your home and how your system generally works. Do you know who to call in the event of a water emergency? Failure in pipes that bring water to your home can lead to expensive water bills, property damage, and disrupt your landscape if repairs require uncovering them. Knowing where water pipes are located leading to your home helps you avoid damaging them when driving heavy machinery or vehicles on your property.

When pipes, faucets, toilets, or appliances that use water inside our home begin to leak, there is opportunity for water to make its way into areas where damage may occur. Periodically checking the seal around your bathtub surround and shower, sinks, toilets, and grout in tiled areas that receive water can prevent undetected water damage. Don’t forget to inspect your water heater regularly. Many hot water heaters hold as much as 50 gallons of water, and should they fail, could result in substantial water damage. If you are unsure about the condition of your water heater or its connections, have a plumber inspect it for you.

Check dish washers, clothes washers, ice-makers and other appliances that are connected to water. Be vigilant and do an annual inspection in and around your home, and you might catch a problem before it starts. Know how to turn off water to an area or to your home if needed, and repair leaks and seals as soon as you find signs of deterioration.

Do you have a fish tank? These habitats can contain many gallons of water – and that is water that should not be ignored. Ensure that fish tanks are secure and non-leaking, and inspect them periodically. If you live in a part of the country prone to earthquakes, or if you have small children or active pets, take extra precautions to prevent tipping or hitting of the glass. Consider the water issues around filling, emptying and cleaning these tanks, as well.

In areas where there are freezing temperatures, ensure that pipes are protected from cold and that systems can be drained if needed to keep pipes from bursting. Insulation or heat-tape around pipes that carry water in colder climates is an investment worth making. Heat lamps can be another powerful tool to have handy should your area face an unusual cold snap and you are dealing with frozen pipes. Many people advocate leaving one faucet in the house running slightly because running water will keep the pipes free of ice. If you are unsure about where to place insulation, heat-tape or a heat lamp, get professional advice from a plumber.

We also utilize water outside our homes in the form of watering systems, pools, fountains, hose bibs, holding tanks, rain barrels and other garden features. Water in these situations can be a wonderful thing, though we should also ensure that it is well contained, and able to be drained and cleaned as needed. Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, thought to carry West Nile Virus in some areas, so ensure that there is adequate flow and pay attention to the overall health of the water you collect close to your home.

If any of these outdoor elements fail, what is the consequence? Could a leaking fountain create slippery walkways? Ensure that proper safety precautions are in effect should water in or around your home potentially pose a threat to children, pets, or others.

Finally, water is not the only moisture to consider – some moisture can actually come from the air. Steam from showers and cooking and even our own breathing can affect the air and health of our homes. Ensure that mold and mildew don’t take hold in your living space by having proper ventilation in your home, bathrooms and kitchens. Excessive moisture in the air in wetter climates can be removed with a dehumidifier. However, don’t forget to empty the reservoir in your dehumidifier to prevent it from overflowing.

April 4, 2013   No Comments

Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association Boat Show

The annual Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association Boat Show will be held at the Roanoke Civic Center Friday, February 22, 1pm – 7pm, Saturday, February 23, 10am – 7pm, and Sunday, February 24, 10am – 5pm. For more information about the site, visit online at  http://roanokeboatshow.com

For more than 30 years, The Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association has hosted this Boat Show. 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 SVBDA is making a huge effort to draw the BIGGEST crowd yet to this event, including exciting exhibits of boating equipment, related products and services and MUCH more.

RETURNING THIS YEAR: Free Admission Friday.

Adults $7.50

Children 12 and Under Free with an Adult.

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

February 11, 2013   No Comments

Save-the-dates! 2013 Smith Mountain Lake Calendar of Events

April

April 12, 13  –  College East Super Regional Bass Tournament – Over 100 to 125 College teams from Texas to New York come to SML to compete for a chance to go to the Bassmaster Classic at Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta. Va. Tech alone has over 10 teams and bass fishing currently is the only nationally ranked sport that VA Tech has. Televised on ESPNU.

April 19, 20, 21  –  (Oakley Tour) Blue Ridge Big Bass Classic Open Big Bass Tournament at Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta. Last year 269 anglers entered our first tournament. This year we expect 350 to 400 anglers.  Registration is Friday, April 19  from Noon – 8pm. Entry Fee – $100 One Day Entry – $150 Two Day Entry. Grand Prize: 2013 Nitro Z7 valued at $25,000. Televised on WFN – World Fishing Network and Fox Sport West will be a new market for us.

April 26  –  10th Annual SML Business Expo Sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, this annual event showcases member businesses, service providers and their products. Public invited. Held at Downtown Moneta.

April 27 – Rockin Brews & BBQ’s an annual spring ‘music, food and fun’ event in the Smith Mountain Lake area.  Held at Downtown Moneta, Route 608 and 122, Noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27. $5 Admission, Children 12 and under free.

May

May 3, 4, 5 – Optimist Club Fishing Tournament The 43rd Cave Spring Optimist Club Fishing Tournament participation may get a boost from the BASS Elite Series on SML that created excitement and turned up a bunch of bass. One advantage for Optimist anglers: they can fish at night if they choose. Held at Foxport Marina, at the mouth of Gills Creek on the Blackwater River. CATEGORIES: The competition is for the largest fish in categories for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, catfish, crappie and striped bass. PAYOFF: The tournament offers prizes that total $15,000. In each category, the heaviest fish is worth $1,000 in cash; second, $500; third, $300; fourth, $150.

May 4  –  16th Annual SML Triathlon

Come participate or cheer your favorites in swimming, biking and running events at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park located in Huddleston off of the Smith Mountain Lake State Parkway (Route 626).

May 4   –  26th  Annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup  Day This event marks the 26th annual lake-wide clean-up effort. Volunteers from the entire community get involved in sprucing up the lake and shore for the coming summer season. Volunteers can register individually, as a group or organization.  Call the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center for more information at 540.721.1203.

May 17 – 19—Pigg River Ramble   The Pigg River Ramble is a 3-day whitewater packed weekend full of excitement and adventure. You can race against other Ramblers or simply float for fun down the Pigg River. Friday, May 17 at 9:00pm kicks off the Pigg River Ramble weekend with the fun of a night-time float on the Blackwater River with the “Blackwater Blackout.”

Saturday, May 18, at 10:00am the Annual Pigg River Ramble kicks off with a competitive style float down the Pigg River, with canoeists/kayakers from all over the East Coast.

Sunday, May 19, at 7:00am Breakfast on the Blackwater starts off with a homestyle breakfast and wraps up the weekend with one more float down the Blackwater River. Info: www.franklincountyva.org/parks

May 17, 18   –  Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run

Special charity event that involves playing poker from watercraft.   Prizes are awarded for both winning and losing hands and best “decked out” boat and crew.  The Poker Run is dedicated to good fun and all proceeds go to a worthy cause.  Other special events surrounding the Tom Maynard Poker Run weekend include a welcome dinner with entertainment as well as a special boating safety orientation class.

June

June 15 – Juneteenth Celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument

Freedom is the focus of this emancipation celebration for the whole family. Tour the Burroughs Plantation – music performed by local gospel groups. Free admission. www.nps.gov/bowa, 540-721-2094.

July

Independence Day Celebration  — Thursday, July 4th, Downtown Moneta

Start the Fourth of July holiday in grand style. Enjoy the music of The Worx band from 6pm to 10 pm and then see our spectacular fireworks show! Food, drinks, children’s games and more will be available. All proceeds benefit Moneta Fire Department.

Independence Day Celebration  –  Saturday, July 6th(Raindate – Sunday, July 7)

Loaded with fun, entertainment and grand fireworks for all to see, this major event takes place at Parkway Marina in Huddleston to celebrate our nation’s independence.  No Pets will be allowed on the Point!

July 19, 20, 21 — Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days….All 3 counties Franklin, Bedford & Pittsylvania, surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, participate in creating a 3-D Pirate experience. The theme is simple and ‘family friendly’, a great way for area businesses to connect their marketing efforts to create a memorable Smith Mountain Lake experience.

September

September 13 & 14  –  Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show

In and out of the water antique and classic boats, a display of antique automobiles and a great selection of quality craft vendors.  The event will be held at Mariners Landing in Huddleston, VA.  For more information contact SMLRCC at 540.721.1203 or visit www.woodenboats.net.

September 28 and 29   — 25th  Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival This amazing weekend event includes 28 Virginia wineries participating offering their finest vintages. Try wine tastings, more than 85+ quality food and craft vendors plus live entertainment— it’s one of the lakes truly GRAPE events!

October

October 11, 12, 13   –  Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour Visit eight beautiful waterfront homes reflecting a variety of architectural and decorating styles. Tour the featured homes by car or boat.

October 19 — A Night at the Races, The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s Fall Fundraiser will be held Saturday night October 19, 2013, at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center. This will be a very exciting evening of trumpets blaring, horse racing, dinner, refreshments, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, race card winner’s drawing for prizes, and even a woman’s hat parade and contest.

November

November 2  –  11th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

Enjoy a full-day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off, with awards for Best Chili, People’s Choice and Showmanship!  Held at Bridgewater Plaza, it’ll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake.  Savor the essence of fall with ‘chili…just the way you like it’ at the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival. The event is slated for Saturday, November 2nd at Bridgewater Plaza. This will be the tenth fall event sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and it captures the best of everything with plenty of activity, great chili for tasting, craft vendors, awards and a beautiful lakeside setting.

November 30 –  16th Annual Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade

An evening event, with a parade of boats ‘decked out’ for the holiday season with lights and displays.  The boats leave port from the Virginia Dare Marina at 7 p.m., travel to Halesford Bridge at Bridgewater Plaza, circle past the SML State Park and return to the Virginia Dare Marina. This event is a local toy drive with all gifts distributed by the Lake Christian Ministries.

Additional Events: Many other events take place at Smith Mountain Lake throughout the year. Feel free to call our SML Visitor Center for an update of the latest lake happenings.  Call 540.721.1203 for more information.

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors the “Business After Hours” program for its members the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 -7:00 PM at scheduled business locations.  “Business Before Hours” are also held periodically.  The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce also hosts annual business educational seminars and other noteworthy events for the benefit of its membership. To learn more about the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, click on “Chamber of Commerce” on the website or call 540.721.1203.

February 8, 2013   No Comments

Thanks Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for the Regional Advocate Award!

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet in 2013 with the theme, “Blur the Lines-One Community” at the 12th Annual Chamber Awards Dinner. Organizers created an Academy Awards inspired event, for all who attended, with television cameras, TV screens, elegant décor, an excellent meal and full award regalia.

In addition to gathering the membership to kick off the 2013 business year in grand style, the dinner also served as a platform to recognize the work of area individuals and businesses for outstanding achievement.

The Willard Companies and Prudential Waterfront Properties received the Regional Advocate Award. This award goes to a SML Chamber member or business who has exhibited creativity in promoting this region as well as their business and has used many levels of marketing to significantly impact growth in the region as well as promote products, services, and this region.

In addition to the Regional Advocate Award, The Norma Jean Teass Award for community leadership went to Teresa Tyree, SML Animal Control. Print-n-Paper was named Business of the Year. Emerging Entrepreneur Award went to Laker Beverage & Tobacco. The Enduring Enterprise Award was awarded to Capps Home Building Center and the Service Excellence Award went to The Landing Restaurant.

February 7, 2013   No Comments