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Beautifying Within The Rules


andscaping any home requires careful planning with an eye for year-round appeal and an understanding of maintenance. Landscaping property in a lake community comes with an additional set of challenges.


Like it or not, owning a home in a lake community means having a place on display to many visitors. Owners want a lake property to look good—and private—from the water. They also want to make certain nothing obstructs their view to the lake and nearby mountains. In addition,

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Within the 800-foot contour, no sandy beaches or retaining walls can be constructed. Pathways are not allowed, and plants and trees cannot be removed without a permit that includes a plan for restoring the area. Requirements also have been set for the kinds of plants and trees that can be used within the contour. Mainly, this means native plants and trees. While the Smith Mountain Lake Buffer Landscape Group, of which Maslow is a member, hopes to persuade AEP to expand the list of acceptable plantings as part of a current revision of the plan, the current restrictions are in place. The projects featured here address those restrictions, as well as homeowner needs.

In the 800-Foot Contour at Smith Mountain Lake landscaping work must be compatible with the guidelines of the Shoreline Management Plan developed by the lake’s owner, AEP. To these requirements add the trend toward outdoor living spaces, and any landscaping project becomes a major component of lake living, says Mark Maslow, co-owner of Southern Landscapes in Evington. Maslow and his partner David Moon, both Virginia Tech graduates, established their presence at the lake a decade ago. They have seen their business evolve to meet the new trends and changing restrictions on what can be accomplished near the water.

An example of a landscaping project within the 800-foot contour guidelines is the home featured here. The owner has an office on the lower level and wanted an unrestricted view to the water and the mountain. The house is close to the lake, which meant its vegetative buffer along the shoreline had to feature native plants. The solution? An uncluttered plan that made use of natural stone along the water and native plants such as Virginia sweetspire, clethra, juniper and crape myrtle.

In 2005, the Shoreline Management Plan was adjusted to establish new guidelines for the type of landscaping appropriate below the 800-foot contour of a property. The 800-foot contour is measured from the center of the lake; where this “line” crosses property, making changes to that portion below the contour must adhere to some restrictions. A steep lot doesn’t extend much into this contour, but a gently sloping lot can mean the contour is measured well into the homeowner’s yard. Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine / Spring 2011


Terracing for Steep Backyard The outdoor plan for this home had to satisfy several needs. The home was being expanded (the two A-frame sections) and an upper terrace was needed to accommodate the project. That terrace was added first and included a retaining wall made from dry-stacked segmental (interlocking) stone. The pavers of interlocking concrete allow the use of ice melts. The border and circle designs use different color pavers to break up the expanse. The plan also called for a seamless transition from the upper terrace down to the water. The intent was to avoid hard turns, so this section was heavily planted to create softness. Closer to the water, shorter plants were used to avoid obstructing the view. Plantings in the project included knockout rose. sedum, coneaster, Virginia sweetspire, juniper, calamagrostic (ornamental grass), English ivy, and boxwood. 6

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Adding a Landscape Water Feature The homeowner wanted a koi water pond at the front entrance of the house that also included a water element down the slope. The water pump in the back pond recirculates the flow to the front koi pond. This pond also collects run-off from the side of the house. Plantings here include weeping Japanese maples, iris, juniper and Karl Foerster ornamental grass. Here, too, annuals are planned to add seasonal color. Petunias and impatiens are replaced in the fall with pansies.

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Permit Needed for Tree Removal This project involved the removal of multiple trees larger than 12” diameter below the 800-foot contour. In order to be permitted to remove those trees, Southern Landscape designers had to develop a remediation plan that met or exceeded AEP’s requirements according to the Shoreline Management Plan. “After some extensive design work and involvement with AEP, we were able to create a riparian landscape buffer along the lake shore that not only complemented the home, but met AEP’s requirements for replacing the trees,” says Mark Maslow. The landscape also created a natural buffer that will prevent sediment and run-off from entering the lake. The vegetative buffer, which helps keep the water clean, was planted with: Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster), Betula nigra “Dura Heat” (River Birch), Calamagrostis acutiflora “Karl Foerster” (Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass), Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed), Echinacea purpurea “Kim's Knee High” (Coneflower), Ilex glabra “Shamrock” (Shamrock Inkberry Holly), Ilex verticillata “Red Sprite” (Winterberry Holly), Ilex verticillata “Southern Gentleman” (Winterberry Holly), Iris siberica (Caesar’s Brother), Iris versicolor (Blue Flag Iris), Itea virginica “Henry's Garnet” (Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire), Panicum virgatum “Shenendoah” (Red Switchgrass), Phlox paniculata (Fall Phlox), Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan). 8

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Top Tips for Smith Mountain Lake Gardens Story and Photos by CATRIONA TUDOR ERLER


mith Mountain Lake is an area of great natural beauty, a jewel among East Coast lakes. Those who live on its margin are blessed indeed. But with that blessing comes the responsibility of stewardship. One way we can exercise that responsibility is by creating home and gardens that are in harmony with the local environment. That doesn’t mean that your lakeside garden has to be the botanical equivalent of a retro hippy granny gown, but it does mean we need to be aware of the consequences, both visual and ecological, of the “improvements” we make to the land. We are not living in a slice of suburbia, nor are we in the French countryside or Cape Cod. Design your outdoor living spaces to celebrate the intrinsic native beauty of the region.

Here are some tips for do’s and don’ts to create a lakeside landscape that is in harmony with the setting, giving your garden the benefit of a sense of place.

Stairways to Heaven Native trees thinned, but many left to frame view. Loblolly pines in silhouette create a Japanese ink drawing look.

straight line to the water’s edge or dock. The result usually looks like a scar on the landscape, and lacking variation or change in pace, the journey up and down becomes exhausting and tedious. DON’T choose prefabricated stair flights. They stand high above ground level, dominating the landscape. Because these stairs generally are more than 30 inches off the ground, the building code requires that you also install a handrail, another intrusive element. Stairs that follow the contour of the slope and hug the slope are more harmonious, avoiding the look of an ugly scar on the landscape.

DO follow the contours of the slope and insert a landing when the steepness changes to vary the journey, provide a resting point and allow for a change in the step rise.

On steep lots, the stairs from the house to the dock are a major landscape focal point. For those who are up and down steps to the water several times a day, it’s also an important thoroughfare. You want to get it right.

DO spend the extra money to finish the face of the stair riser so you don’t see the structural underpinning. The finished look is much more attractive.

DON’T run a set of stairs down a steep slope in a

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It takes 10 minutes to cut down a small tree and decades to regrow it. Lawns that sweep from the house to the water’s edge are a monoculture that does not thrive in the heavy, clay soil that surrounds much of the lake, and lawn and garden fertilizers pollute the water. There’s a better way. DONT cut down every tree on your property on the theory that you’ll have more view. The result is stark and ecologically damaging to the lake. DO thin out trees, removing some as necessary to enhance the view and open windows to the water. Leave some trees to frame the view and to provide a foreground that adds a pleasing sense of depth. DO prune trees that have branches that are blocking the view. A pattern of bare tree trunks can create a pleasing composition, enhancing the overall vista from your property to the lake. DONT strip the land of all native vegetation. It is important for erosion control, wildlife habitat, and keeping the lake water unpolluted.

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DO follow the time-honored custom of landscaping immediately around your outdoor living spaces, then allowing the landscape to become more informal and more native as it moves further from the house. DO plant a lawn if you wish, but do it with design intent as a special feature in your landscape, not as the default ground cover all the way down to the water. DO plant a riparian buffer zone if the native vegetation has been stripped away from the water’s edge. A 12-foot to 25-foot deep border that runs along the shoreline and is planted with a variety of native perennials, grasses, and shrubs - or even non-native ornamentals - helps to filter runoff water before it gets into the lake, in the process removing excess fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals that contaminate the water. They also are an important habitat for shoreline wildlife and butterflies.

Plant to Thrive One of the most direct ways to have an easy-care garden that looks good is to choose plants that are going to thrive in their environment with little care. After all, even the most avid gardener wants time to enjoy the lake. DO improve the soil before you plant, especially for perennials and annuals. With a strong, healthy foundation of good soil, the plants will grow better, be more drought, disease, and pest resistant, and look prettier. DO choose plants that deer are less likely to eat (in a pinch they’ll eat just about anything). Check with your favorite nursery, online, or with the local Cooperative Extension for lists of plants that local deer avoid.

DO use large pots that will hold more potting mix, thus making them more drought tolerant as well as making a bolder design statement.

DO notice what other people are growing that does well at the lake. Among the many possibilities are crape myrtle, butterfly bush, iris, and daffodils.

DO use a mixture of small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and annuals in your pots for a variety of textures and a succession of bloom.

DO consider introducing native plants into your garden. Many, such as cardinal flower, perennial phlox, and Joe Pye weed are extremely attractive and garden worthy. DONT plant trees, shrubs, perennials, or annuals that require frequent pruning or dead heading, that require a regular regimen of spraying for pest and disease control, and that require lots of water (unless you’ve got a lowlying wet area in your garden). All these factors translate into lots of time, money, and possibly poisons spent on looking after them.

Pots for the Docks Enliven your dock or patio and give the gift of floral color to passersby on the water with large pots and planters filled to overflowing with flowers and vegetation.

DO add water absorbent polymers (also known as hydro gels, polymer crystals, or water gels), to your potting mix to enhance water retention. DO use time-release fertilizer in your pots to give a continuous feed to the plants during the growing season. DO mix in peat moss to container potting mix to help prevent the containers from drying out. With a little care and planning you can have a beautiful garden design that is in harmony with our lake setting, enhances the value of your home, and makes spending time outside all the more delightful. Catriona Tudor Erler, a freelance garden writer and photographer, is the author of nine garden books. Her most book recent is Landscaping for your Home (Creative Homeowner Press, December 2010). She makes her home in Charlottesville and at Smith Mountain Lake. Her website is

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Community Art gains a foothold in downtown Rocky Mount with the opening of galleries, studios

The Grainery, Center For Arts Expand Opportunities For Artists Rogers’ daughter Carolyn, a glass blower, was the inspiration for the center, which includes glass blowing equipment built by Tim Burke, who has his studio, Vitroyoyo Glass Studio, in Floyd. The non-profit Center represents a creative use of the old Franklin Grocery & Grain building at 220 Franklin Street. Artists can show for free, and already participants include a variety of talents. Among them are Karen Aneris, whose glass, copper and polymer sculptures, some life size, have been sold all over the world; Nell Fredericksen, who creates jewelry, pottery and stained glass; Mimi McHale, who mainly works in acrylics, and furniture maker Douglas Alan Terrill of Endicott. Carolyn Rogers, a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and co-director of the center, has a variety of works on display. She also is seeking apprentices in glass blowing. (continued on page 16)

Joan Rogers, founder of The Grainery and the Rocky Mount Center for the Arts

ROCKY MOUNT -- The inlaid mirror pattern in the walkway into The Grainery announces something special is going on in this building. And, indeed it is. Inside are displays of fine arts from furniture to blown glass. Joan Rogers of Ferrum, long a breeder of Arabian horses, spent two years renovating the former mill into a gallery and the Rocky Mount Center for the Arts. The Center has working space for artists and is equipped for classes in conjunction with Patrick Henry and Virginia Western Community colleges and Ferrum College. Classes are planned in ceramics, acrylic and watercolor painting, batik, screen printing, charcoal and cartooning. The Center will also offer instruction in working with glass (stained glass, lampworking, fusing), jewelry and metalsmithing. 14

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Leslie Santapaul at work in Center studio

Old mill timbers create interest as backdrop at The Grainery

Leslie Santapaul of Smith Mountain Lake on a recent day was working over her drawings in a second-floor studio. She said the Center is a great opportunity for local artists and a powerful encouragement to participation in the arts community. “I felt that having an artist's studio was always such a ‘pipe dream,’” she said. “When I saw the studios at the Center, it suddenly became possible. Now I'm focused on my art and meeting creative people every day. This is one of the most self-affirming things I've ever done.” The Center is next door to The Artisan Center along the Crooked Road, which also features a variety of artists and their creations. It is next door to the Antiques & Collectibles of the Crooked Road. Both were established as private enterprises by Jim and Mary Wray. The collection of art and antiques is not far from the Farmers Market in the heart of Rocky Mount’s Enterprise Zone, and it is near the Visitors Center housed in a former railway station. To contact The Grainery and the Center for the Arts, visit or call 540-483-1317 to sign up for classes. To reach the Artisan Center, visit or call 540-482-0005. The Artisan Center along the Crooked Road will hold an arts and craft show May 7.


Display at The Artisan Center along the Crooked Road

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Volunteer Lake area residents thrive on giving back to the community

Discovery Shop shows what volunteers can do


f ever there was an example of perfection in volunteering, it must be the Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake. This retail store, housed at The Plaza, is not only a meeting center for cancer support groups, it is the only such shop in the country operated entirely by volunteers.

And what a group of volunteers! Seventy of the 150 men and women who give their time in the shop to raise money for cancer research have been there from the beginning. The shop was six years old as of last October. Its sales hit $1 million in December, according to Debbi Thomas, one of the founders and co-manager for its first two years.

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Lifestyle Growing up with the Lake Was its Own Adventure

Lake Relocated Childress Family, But Not Far By SARAH COX

Jeanette Mitchell Childress visiting Mitchell’s Point Marina, where grandfather started Mitchell’s Snack Bar in early days of lake. Family homesite now 80 feet underwater in area over her right shoulder.


or those who came from the lake and grew up in the counties surrounding it, life was a quiet, rural existence where grocery shopping was a trip into town, farming was the way of life, and the cash crop was tobacco. That is, until Appalachian Electric Power conceived and then executed the plan to build Smith Mountain Dam for hydroelectric power. Once the dam was built, the land was flooded, reaching “full pond” on March 7, 1966, when the 20,600-acre Smith Mountain Lake was 795 feet above sea level. Even then, it took a good 15 years before the placidness of the area picked up to a frenzy of property buying and developing. 18

Jeanette Childress, born in 1952 at the family home on the banks of Craddock Creek (now about 80 feet under water), was eight years old and in the fourth grade at Huddleston Elementary School when her father sold AEP the right to flood his land. More than 70 acres were taken by water as it crept higher and higher, proving a spectacle to those who drove for miles to see the lake form over two years. Childress remembers the dust created as cars drove to the end of road, past their new home at the upper end of her family’s remaining farm land. People would stop to watch the water lap at the edges of what is now

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Mitchell’s Point Marina, which her father developed from the waterfront property he retained. At first, the marina was a collection of docks and a small store – “what we called Mitchell’s Snack Bar,” said Childress. “He sold gas at the dock and gas for cars. The people would come up and buy hot dogs and ice cream. We were open from six a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer. It was long hours and hard work, because we ran it ourselves,” she recalled. The entire family pitched in – all six children, mom and dad, doing all the cooking and cleaning. Her father would allow people to moor their boats in the cove, and then he’d fetch them in his jon boat to come to shore. When they were ready to return to their boat, he’d take them back out. March to October the Childresses worked, closing the business and resting in the winter. But, like the other lake residents, they were also learning to swim and water ski, many for the first time in their lives. “We all had to learn how to be lake people,” said Childress. “It was great fun.” The original Childress home is now at the bottom of a huge cove, but there are no regrets. Childress remembers that her father was “pretty open-minded about it, welcomed it, but did not sell his land outright to the power company.” He gave AEP the right to flood the land, so

Jeanette Childress with granddaughter, Abigail Woodford

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Older photos courtesy of Jeanette Childress Distant shot of Mitchell's Snack Bar (as it was called then); today it is known as Mitchell's Point Marina

Patsy Mitchell, Jeanette’s sister

Snack Bar looking out across parking lot; water is Craddock Creek

that if the dam did not happen, he would get his farm back. “We, as a family, still own the land under the water, and you’ll find that is true for various families.” The family sold the marina many years ago. Childress said she recalls that the general atmosphere surrounding the building of Smith Mountain Dam was one of excitement, not resentment, but the dam changed everything: the gravel roads were paved, cars were plentiful, people came from all over the country, and the economy grew. At first, she said, no would see another person all day long on the lake. That changed in the 1970s and early ‘80s when developers started cutting up pieces of land. “It just caught on and really took off in the 1980s,” she said. Ron Willard of The Willard Companies developed The Waterfront Country Club. Dave Wilson, who bought property from the Bernard family and wrote the contract on a paper napkin on the hood of a car, built Bernard’s Landing. “Then, the whole East Coast opened its eyes to the lake. It was on a national scale.” When Childress, broker of Lake Retreat Properties in Huddleston, first delved into real estate, her first lot sale was for $40,000. This would now go for about $400,000.That was in 1986 and at that point, “it got fast 28

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and furious. There was a snowball effect. Prices kept getting higher and higher, and it seemed as if escalating prices were not going to stop.” At first, homes were used for vacations, said Childress, but that changed with the internet. Weekenders figured out that they could work from their homes. “That has really boosted our area and made it a lake where you can be here, communicate with the world, and run a company from the shores of Smith Mountain Lake,” she pointed out. A community of clubs, churches, restaurants, and stores has formed into a “true melting pot. In any subdivision, people who grew up all over the U.S. and foreign countries have moved here. This lake has been a magnet for a diverse group of people.” Childress said people come to be inspired by the lake’s beauty and have discovered something else – a pace of life that sets them back into an earlier time. Newcomers often ask

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Childress what there is to do around the area. “I say, ‘Don’t worry, you are going to spend time on the lake, out on the water, down on the dock, fishing and grilling on your deck, and you might go over to the state park and take a hike. You’re not going to a shopping mall, you’ll go to Bridgewater or the state park.’ I assure them they will have plenty to do, but they will not be walking around in a mall, and they don’t seem to miss that.” People have become protective of their new home. Col. Leo Bourassa, who arrived in the 1960s and built Cedar Key Resort, which was 10 fishing cabins and a lodge, became an advocate for clean water. “He spearheaded the Smith Mountain Lake Association and got people together to watch the water quality. He forced Roanoke, in the early 1970s, to build a $1 million water treatment plant, because water sewage, dumped into the Roanoke River, was coming into the lake. You didn’t do anything above the bridge because of the raw sewage. Nobody built or swam.”

Jeanette Childress

which carried groceries, fresh vegetables and, in the spring, tomato plants. “It was a rural, country feel. Now we can get anything we need up on State Road 122.”

Later, Bourassa (now deceased) donated land to the Commonwealth that became a 288-acre state forest and wildlife preservation. To further protect the lake’s beauty, in 2009 AEP gave 5,000 acres of land in Bedford and Pittsylvania counties to the Commonwealth for a conservation easement that is co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The land contains more than 10 miles of shoreline. Another milestone happened about 15 years ago when short-term rentals in Franklin County were banned, said Childress. This forced investors looking for rental property to come to Bedford County. “This means that the vacationers stay in Bedford County, primarily. This was a huge boost to the county.” Before the lake, Childress remembers a depressed economy in an area 35 miles from town lined with gravel roads. She remembers going to Cocke’s General Store in Moneta, where not only food but also shoes were stocked. She recalls the Smith Mountain Trading Post, Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine / Spring 2011



In Search of the Striper

Fishing is year-round recreation and serious business at Smith Mountain Lake

Captain Danny Dudley with 39-pound striped bass Photo Courtesy of Danny Dudley


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ay, June and July are ideal times to bring the family to the Lake and a great time to use the services of a qualified fishing guide. Having a professional along, especially in a spacious boat, simplifies everything for the vacationers and greatly increases the chance of bring home a box of fillets for a cookout. For the vacationer the only responsibilities are to dress appropriately for the weather and bring your fishing license, available at numerous locations on the Lake. Boat, rods, bait, fish-finding sonar and knowledge of where the stripers go and when are the responsibility of Danny Dudley, a Coast Guard-certified boat captain who has been striper fishing more than 30 years and started his guide service a couple of years ago.

“Just the size of the bait tells you the potential size of the fish you may catch,” Dudley says. “In the last three years, we have caught citation fish on every July 4th weekend.” Anglers often ask Dudley for a one-hour tour of the lake at the end of the fishing day, just to soak in its beauty. At the end of the year, Dudley sends a DVD of anglers with their catch to each charter group, just in case your neighbor doesn’t quite “believe” your fishing story. Dudley can be reached at

Other Smith Mountain Lake fishing guides, some listed at, include The Shad Taxi at Dudley, a local native and the owner of Striper Mountain and Spike’s Primetime Fishing at fishing guide service, has seen the smiles and excitement of a young person or a beginner as they land that first Other guides include striper. Some of those fish can be large, but a 10 –15 Toby Tester at pounder is a common catch here. The Lake record is just Captain Mike Snead at under 50 pounds, and there are almost certainly larger fish Dale Wilson at finning silently about in its cool, deep waters. Travis Fitzgerald at Dudley says that if May temperatures at the surface are and Daniel Berthiaume at between 50 and 70 degrees, the most productive fishing may be at the 15 – 20-foot level. As summer continues to move in through June and July, the surface temperature rises and the stripers seek deeper, cooler water. Then the best level may move down to 35 – 80 feet. Average depth of the Lake is about 50 feet, with the deepest areas more than 240 feet. RITS of SML is dedicated to providing our modular home and custom “There is a great deal of tree cover on the bottom and stripers love trees,” Dudley says. “It is good habitat and a great place to find fish when the weather is hot. It takes some care and attention to bring a good striper up out of those trees, but it’s a lot of fun.”

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Where is the next Lake striper record fish? “It may be in the Roanoke River Arm, from Hales Ford Bridge to Bernard’s Landing,” the guide says. “But, it could be anywhere.”

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Getting the bait to the fish, which are usually visible on the onboard sonar, is done with a downfishing rig using a two or three-ounce sinker, or a planer board, which drives the bait to further depths and can cover more area than downfishing. Live bait is preferred in fishing for stripers; Dudley often uses gizzard shad and alewives from 5 to 13 inches in length. These silvery baitfish that can be irresistible to stripers. Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine / Spring 2011

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The shop’s address is 400 Scruggs Road, Moneta, less than a mile down Virginia 616 from its intersection with Virginia 122. Its phone number is 540-721-0050, and hours are 10 a.m. 5 p.m. MondayFriday and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Current managers (from left) Dotty Agee, Margot Realmuto and Suzie Tornatore with Ann Shelton and Debbi Thomas, two of the shop founders

year. Currently, Dotty Agee, Margot Realmuto and Suzie Tornatore have those roles. Dee Kropf is the volunteer financial person, and JoAnne Haymore oversees shop displays. Part of the success in sales can be attributed to the volunteers’ ability to get donations from participants in the Southern Furniture Market, an international showing of new designs held twice a year in High Point, N.C., area about an hour from the lake. Samples of new designs are displayed in room settings, and volunteers visit the wholesalers in person to ask for the samples for Discovery Shop. A team will travel to the market in April, and merchandise they secure should be on the store floor a couple of weeks after the market ends.

Volunteer Kris McKenzie, a lake newcomer, prepares a rug for customer

An electronic newsletter compiled by Darlene Bowen tells about new acquisitions and specials. It goes to persons who add their names to a mailing list and is also online at a website,, which the Lake shop shares with the Discovery Shop in Roanoke. Many of the volunteers at the lake have been affiliated with the Roanoke shop. Ann Shelton was one of the founders for Discovery in Roanoke and at the lake. The lake facility is a satellite of the Roanoke one. 32

Dee Kropf, here with Dotty Agee, handles finances

JoAnne Haymore serves as shop decorator

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Writer’s Corner Featuring local talent Wartime Memories Relived in Flamm Book

Mushko Pens Another Book For Young Readers

t has been only slightly more than a year since Marshall Flamm, the 85year old Bedford writer and former U.S. Marine aerial photographer, published “The Crystal Well.” The book affirmed that what is best in us will last forever and presented the story as a moral fable. Flamm has now published “Before The Tide Runs Out,” 358 pages of European wartime memories relived in the late 1960s by protagonist Neal McKenna.

eteran Lake writer Becky Mushko has done it again, publishing yet another book for young people. This one is titled “Stuck.” Cedar Creek Publishing, which brought out Mushko’s retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale in the form of “Ferradiddledumday” last year, published the book. It will be availability in April. Mushko is a retired English professor who has been a freelance writer since 1990.


McKenna travels back to Normandy to keep a vow. He wants to find the woman who saved him from certain death when he had parachuted into Normandy with the vaunted U.S. 82nd Airborne Corps 25 years earlier. At 75 pages, “The Crystal Well” was impressive. But “Before The Tide Runs Out” is Flamm at full-bore on plot and character development and will prove time well spent for readers of this genre. The book was designed and typeset by R.P. Publishing of Salem, with a cover concept by Margaret Sue Turner Wright. Flamm’s own imprint, Silver Dolphin Press, published the book. It is available at


“Stuck “is the story of Jacie, an 11-year old girl who cannot shake the grief left by her mother’s death; she is “stuck.” And she’s more than a little riled that her father plans to remarry just six months after her mother’s death. Then she encounters Callie, a ghost who is “stuck” on earth and – well, let’s not spoil the story but suffice to say that it has a variety of memorable characters (including a wicked stepmother, a bully, a horse and a dog), a locket with a history, a mystery, and much of the location background is here at the Lake. The book is written for 9 to 12-year olds, but Mushko says it will probably make good reading for mothers and grandmothers who would like to share the book with their daughters and granddaughters. The book provides a sensitive presentation of issues often faced by young people, such as loss, adjustment to a stepparent, and leaving home. The book is available from

Join Lake Writing Group Lake Writers meets at 10 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the Moneta/SML Library on Virginia 122 in Moneta. The group also meets 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth Friday of each month at the Westlake Library in Westlake Center. For more information, contact Jim Morrison, president, at 540-721-1991. The writers’ group is the literary branch of the Smith Mountain Arts Council. Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine / Spring 2011


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Country Club Chefs Share Some Favorites From corned beef and cabbage to Lobster Shepherd’s Pie and Pan Seared Scallops, diners at the private Water’s Edge and Waterfront country clubs at the Lake are used to good eating. And, it can only get better, says John Hanek, the new corporate executive chef for the Willard Companies, which owns the two golf communities. Hanek, previously executive chef at the Waterfront, now oversees two club chefs—Bob Koester at The Waterfront and John Kim at Water’s Edge. Each club chef has the freedom to develop signature dishes, but that does not mean Hanek is completely out of the kitchen. He regularly makes the 23-mile trek between the two golf facilities helping out with special menus or lending a hand where needed. In addition to overseeing food services at the two clubs, Hanek also teaches a course in Purchasing and Procurement in the Culinary Program at Virginia Western Community College and classes in American Regional Cuisine at Patrick Henry Community College. The father of three also is a regular on the career day circuit for local schools and recently teamed with an area cardiologist to present a heart healthy program at Westlake Library. He is also planning a "Lunch with the Chef" at the Waterfront Country Club, which will be a cooking/demo class with him, Chef John. Cooking has changed much in recent years, says Hanek who began his career with Walt Disney at the Grand Floridian. From there, he helped design the kitchen and opened the private country club, Grandezza in Estero, Florida. When Hurricane Charley swept cruelly through the area in 2004, Hanek and another executive chef from the same company organized food services for volunteers, helping the area back from the damage caused by the storm. That storm, and others that hit the area, also prompted Hanek’s in-laws, who lived in Blacksburg, to begin lobbying for him and wife Amy to leave Florida. When 34

John Hanek, Corporate Executive Chef for The Willard Companies, gives a food demonstration at Westlake Library

they sent him a clipping about a chef’s job at Water’s Edge in Penhook, Hanek applied. The family, including Emma, now 14; Cameron, 12, and Madison, 10, relocated to the area in 2006. Now storms may be less of a concern for the chef, but the public’s increasing interest in food – largely fueled by multiple cooking shows on television – keeps him challenged. “The public is more curious. The shows excite the palate,” he says. Hanek, who grew up on Julia Child and “Frugal Gourmet” cooking shows, still watches some of the programs on Food Network. He also regularly visits and recommends that website to others. Responding to the energized interest in food, Hanek and the club chefs are developing new menu items, some of which they have shared with Discover Smith Mountain Lake. Enjoy!

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Chef Bob—The Waterfront

Medium Size Fresh Oysters, Flour, Jack’s Breading, Buttermilk, Oil for frying Start by making a seasoned flour mixture. If Jack’s breading is not available, a seafood breader will suffice. Mix equal amounts of plain flour and seafood breader together in a large pan. You will need room to roll the oysters around. Take the oysters directly from their own liquid and place into buttermilk. Oysters can dry out quickly. They can sit in the buttermilk for several minutes. Preheat oil either in a deep fat fryer or a large heavy pan. Remove oysters from buttermilk and put them into the flour mixture. Using your fingers, roll the oysters in the breading for several seconds. Make sure to coat well and do not squish the oysters. Let the oysters fall through your fingers as you roll them. When oysters are well coated, carefully drop them into frying oil, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil and let drain. Oysters are best when served immediately.

Char grilled chicken breast- 1 per sandwich Vine-ripe Tomato Pesto Mayonnaise 1-2 slices provolone per sandwich Fresh Basil leaves Foccacia or Ciabatta Bread Cut your favorite crusty foccacia or ciabatta bread into sandwich size and then in half. Brush with olive oil and lightly grill until golden brown. Season a 6 oz. chicken breast with salt and pepper and place on grill. Chicken could be pan-grilled if a char grill is not available. While chicken and bread are cooking pick four to five fresh basil leaves per sandwich. When chicken is almost done, place basil leaves evenly to cover chicken and cover with 1-2 slices of provolone cheese. While cheese is melting, slice your tomatoes. Build your sandwich by starting with bread bottom, a light spreading of pesto mayo (recipe below), the chicken basil and cheese, slices of fresh vine ripe tomatoes, and the top bread with a light spreading of pesto mayo. Cut in half and enjoy.

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THAI BEEF SATAY 4 oz fresh basil

Chef John Kim of The Water’s Edge

3-4 garlic cloves


3 T. grated parmesan cheese

1 ½ lbs. Top Sirloin cut into flat strips

Pinch of salt and pepper

¼ c. soy sauce

2 anchovies

¼ c. fish sauce

¼ cup pine nuts (pignolias)

½ c. brown sugar

½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 T. vegetable oil

Place all ingredients except oil into a food processor. Pulse to mix. Then slowly pour oil into mixture while running processor. Mixture should be smooth. Scrape sides of processor if necessary.

1 T. ground coriander 1 tsp. each of ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground ginger, Asian chili paste, minced garlic 1 yellow onion cut into strips Bamboo skewers Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour. Mix all ingredients in a non-reactive dish. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours

PESTO MAYONNAISE 1 part Pesto 2 parts Mayonnaise Mix well in bowl. Store in glass jar.

Wipe excess marinade off beef and skewer the meat. Grill beef on flame grill for 2 min on each side. Garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds and enjoy. Serves: 4 (continues on page 40)

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A Spot to Visit Got a favorite lake area place you want others to see? Tell us about it.

A Garden Grows at Booker T. Washington Bits of green are already popping through the ground in the Heirloom Garden at Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy. The garden is planted annually and radishes, horseradish, turnips, kale, spinach, asparagus, onions, garlic, snowpeas and strawberries are already in the ground. Tours are offered when growth reaches its peak. Already scheduled on May 28 is a “Food, Fiber and Flowers Garden Tour” at 10 a.m. Visitors will see the garden and learn about gardening techniques and cultivated plant varieties of the 1850’s, when Booker T. Washington lived on the plantation as a slave. Washington was born on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs on April 5, 1856. His mother, Jane, was the Burroughs’ cook. After the Civil War, his family was freed and he grew up to found Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now Tuskegee University, in Alabama. Washington was the most influential AfricanAmerican of his time, and the Hardy park is a center of history of his time and his life.

Other upcoming events at the park: April 23: Blue Ridge Wildflower Society Hike, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; join a guide from the Blue Ridge Wildflower Society and walk the Jack-O-Lantern Branch trail to discover the bounty of wildflowers in the park. May 8: Mother’s Day program, “Women’s Mid-19th Century Etiquette” begins at 2 p.m. and features a tea party similar to the custom of tea taken on farms and plantations in the 1860s. See a display of the original silver plated tea set owned by the Burroughs family and watch etiquette in action as volunteer living historian and costume expert Meg Carter talks about women and girls clothing, social pastimes and tea customs in southwestern Virginia. May 14, 15: “Seeing Through the Eyes of Booker T. Washington,” 2 p.m. Join Park Ranger Melissa Johnson in a walking tour of the old Burroughs plantation and discover the life and times of one great man who rose up from slavery.

Plants become part of story-telling at historic park Photo Courtesy of Booker T. Washington National Monument

May 21: Have you ever wondered what happened to the Burroughs family from Hales Ford community after the Civil War? We know much about Booker T. Washington after he left the plantation, but what about his family— his mother, Jane, his sister, Amanda and brother, John? What happened to them? Hear the answers beginning at 2 p.m. from Ranger Janet Blanchard who will present a program on Booker’s family and the 14 Burroughs offspring. June 4: Book Review of “Booker’s Books”; read the book, “Giants, The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln” by John Stauffer, a Harvard University professor and award winning author. Come to the park at 2 p.m. to discuss the two famous people of the 19th century who had a huge impact on ending slavery. JUNETEENTH, June 18: Special event, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; features gospel music, Tears of Freedom Tour and food vendors. Beginning Memorial Day, weekend tours or orientations are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, staff and weather permitting. Contact the park at 540-721-2094 or check information on the website at

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Events Let us hear from you about upcoming gatherings.

May 7 24th Annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup Day; volunteers can register individually, as a group or organization. Call the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center for more information at 540-721-1203.

May 13-15 Pigg River Ramble; May 13, night float on the Blackwater River with the “Blackwater Blackout“; May 14, 10 a.m. competitive style float down the Pigg River, with canoeists/kayakers from all over the East Coast; May 15, 7 a.m. breakfast on the Blackwater and one more float down the Blackwater River. Info:, 540-483-9293.

May 20 April 30 in Moneta

The Kings & The Eberly Brothers, Mango’s Bar & Grill, Downtown Moneta, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.

April 30 Rockin’ Brews & BBQs, Downtown Moneta, site of SML Business Expo on Route 122; sponsored by the SML Chamber of Commerce. Noon – 5 p.m.; varieties of BBQ include North Carolina and Kansas City. Music with Corey Hunley, Justin Prilliman and C.U. and the Kidd. Activities include YMCA’s inflatable play area for kids, a local magician, balloon art and a Rockin’ Corn-Hole Tournament. Admission $5, children 12 and under free.

Wildlife Wednesday Cruise sponsored by SML State Park and Virginia Dare Cruises. Enjoy a family lunch while hearing about the local wildlife. Noon – 2 p.m.; boat boards at 11:30 a.m. at Virginia Dare Marina, 3619 Airport Road, Huddleston. For reservations, call 540297-7100, or visit

June 4 VISA Yacht Club; 9:30 – 11 a.m. board meeting; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., social with Commodore Cathy Hurst.

May 7 14th Annual SML Triathlon, swimming, biking and running events at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park.


June 1

June 4 Youth Fishing Clinic, ages 6 to 14; learn to cast, identify fish, choose bait and tie it on the line. Tackle and lunch free to participants; lunch for parents $3 per person. Parents

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welcome and may be assistant group leader. Casting contest judged by age level. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register at Bedford County Parks & Recreation 540-586-7682.

Discounted overnight accommodations available; call 540-297-4900, or visit

Independence Day Celebration

June 10-12 School’s Out Weekend! with kid’s movie night, boat tours of the Lake, pool games and family sandcastle competition; call (540) 297-4900 or visit

July 2 (Raindate-July 3), Parkway Marina in Huddleston; no pets allowed on the Point!

July 7 Wildlife Wednesday Cruise; See June 1 listing.

June 11 Aspiring Anglers Tournament open to young people through age 14; sponsored by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Take your own pole and bucket and come to the Boat Ramp; bait is free. Age group competitions plus a “lunker” trophy for the largest fish. Pre-register from 8 – 8:45 a.m.; continues to noon. 540- 297-6066.

July 9-10 Region 4 Federation Open Fishing Tournament; SML State Park Open Bass Tournament, 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. Entry fee $80 per boat, five (5) fish limit. For information, contact Chuck Hart at 540-3147354 (cell) or email him at

Aug. 3 June 18

Wildlife Wednesday Cruise; See June 1 listing.

Juneteenth Celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument; emancipation celebration; tour the Burroughs Plantation – music by local gospel groups. Free admission., 540721-2094.

June 25 Great American Backyard Campout at SML State Park; meet the interpreter at Campsite #48 for activities including “Dueling Dutch Ovens,” fling & steel campfire lighting, marshmallow roasting. Programs run 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are free. Regular parking and camping fees apply. Register at 540-2976066.

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Original Cobb Salad From Corporate Executive Chef John Hanek Salad Method:

Salad Ingredients: ½ head of lettuce 1 bunch of watercress 1 small bunch chicory, about 2 ½ cups ½ head romaine, about 2 ½ cups 2 med. Peeled tomatoes 6 strips of crisp bacon 2 breasts of boiled chicken 3 hard cooked eggs 1 avocado ½ cup crumbled Roquefort cheese 2 tbsp. Chopped chives 1 cup Original Cobb Salad Dressing

• Cut lettuce, half the watercress, chicory and romaine in fine pieces and arrange in a large salad bowl. • Cut tomatoes, bacon, chicken, eggs, and avocado in small pieces and arrange, along with the crumbled Roquefort cheese, in strips on the greens. • Sprinkle finely cut chives over the Cobb salad and garnish with the remaining watercress. • Sprinkle finely cut chives over the Cobb salad and garnish with the remaining watercress. • Just before serving mix the salad with the Cobb salad dressing.

Salad Dressing Ingredients: ¼ cup of water ¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ tsp. Sugar 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp. salt ¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper ¾ tsp. Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp. dry English mustard 1 small clove garlic, finely minced ¼ cup full-flavored olive oil ¾ cup salad oil 40

Salad Dressing Method: • Blend all ingredients together, except oils. • Add olive oil and salad oils. • Mix well and blend together again before mixing with the salad.

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Lifestyle at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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Lifestyle at Smith Mountain Lake, VA