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Vintage romance A white, horse-drawn carriage adds flair to lake-area weddings

Civil War Letters

Tourism at SML

Wedding Guide

Lodging Guide

Gardening And Deer


50 years

Weave through more than of history at Smith Mountain Lake with our four-part series, which will be published throughout Summer 2016. Each month, Laker magazine will delve into the turning points of SML's creation and development, starting at the planning stages of the dam itself. We will have first-person historical accounts, archival photos, profiles of key figures and original news articles from the last five decades — the past, present and future of Smith Mountain Lake delivered in detail.

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Editor’s Note

CONTENTS January/February 2016

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Love the Lake

LAKE HOMES Jim and Debbie Mould have turned to the SML Discovery Shop to find the decorative touches to complete their Franklin County lake home.

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LAKE & GARDEN John Rupnik has erected a black net fence specifically designed to discreetly disappear into the landscape while keeping deer off his Huddleston property.

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ANCESTRY While cleaning out a relative’s house, Ned and Susan Coryell discovered a box containing 12 neatly folded letters that were written during the Civil War by two of Ned’s ancestors.

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TOURISM For 2016, the Virginia Tourism Corporation has redrawn its regional boundaries, meaning that Smith Mountain Lake will no longer be a void just beyond the outlines of separate regions.

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BEST OF SML Check out the winners in our 14th Annual Best of Smith Mountain Lake Awards.

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Contents January/february 2016

Special Sections

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WEDDINGS Spring Valley Farm uses its white horsedrawn carriage in weddings that cover a variety of styles.

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Our comprehensive list has everything you need to make your big day a smooth one.

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LODGING GUIDE From quaint B&Bs to full-service conference centers, SML offers a wide variety of accommodation options.

Social Seen

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CALENDAR Best bets for January and February events as well as a list of what to look for to celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary

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OUt & AbOUt Visitors flocked to the SML Chili and Craft Festival, as well as several holiday events.

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DOCK tALE HOUR Humor columnist Kimberly Dalferes talks about how difficult romance can be after 9 p.m.

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Fifty years. You’re going to hear that a lot in 2016. On March 7, 1966, Smith Mountain Lake — a unified body of water borne out of a patchwork of rivers and creeks — had reached full pond. Next up was the pursuit of its full potential.

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Ryan Tipps ryan.tipps@smithmountainlaker.com

At its heart, the creation of the lake was about power. The pumped-storage system that involved both SML and Leesville Lake was a hydroelectric marvel of its day. But Smith Mountain Lake grew to be so much more than that as an economic driver for the region.

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Janette Saviano janette.saviano@smithmountainlaker.com PHOTOGRAPHER

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Recreation, home ownership and businesses all expanded over time, and with those things came a sense of community, of place.

SALES MANAGER

That is largely what’s being celebrated this year: the fact that we all have this place that draws us in for a weekend or a season or a lifetime, and it’s home to us. Smith Mountain Lake was an amazing place long before it reached 50 years old; now we get to be reminded of how great things are here.

Alicia Lovern alicia.lovern@roanoke.com SALES EXECUTIVE

Mishelle Brosinski mishelle.brosinski@smithmountainlaker.com

Laker magazine will be doing its part to celebrate the lake. In a fourpart series coming this summer from May through August, we will weave through the region’s history and deliver the past, present and future of Smith Mountain Lake in detail. We plan to have first-person historical accounts, archival photos, profiles of key figures and original articles to mark the lake’s evolution.

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Carol Craighead carol.craighead@smithmountainlaker.com SALES EXECUTIVE

Tim Dye tim.dye@smithmountainlaker.com

Because full pond was reached in the wee hours of the morning, just after 5 a.m. that March morning so long ago, it’s unlikely the milestone was met with the immense fanfare we will see this year, now that 50 summers have gone by.

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ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

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CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS

Donna Csolak | Kimberly Dalferes | Amy Dye Catriona Tudor Erler | Ferne Hale | Kathryn Orth

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ON THE COVER

A great way to get carried away for your wedding day is to, literally, get carried away. More on Spring Valley Farm’s horses can be found on Page 68. Photography by Nicole Colwell

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Vintage romance

Nicole Colwell | Catriona Tudor Erler | Emily Shafer

A white, horse-drawn carriage adds flair to lake-area weddings

Civil War Letters

Tourism at SML

Wedding Guide

Lodging Guide

Gardening And Deer

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Saturday Mini-golf, Barbecue and Bluegrass Hosted by SML Good Neighbors. Dinner served by Hot Shots and music provided by Common Ground. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Good Neighbors’ summer learning programs, which include reading, arts, math, science, nutrition and peace, nature and global education for children in Bedford and Franklin counties. Where: Hot Shots Family Fun Center, 13360 Booker T. Washington Highway, Moneta When: 3 to 5 p.m. mini-golf, followed by awards and door prizes Cost: $25, $10 for children 12 and younger, free for children who wear their Good Neighbors T-shirts Contact: smlgoodneighbors.org

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Part-time SML resident Matthew Richuk, 14, rides a Kawasaki XXR (90 horsepower) Jet Ski at the National Watercross Championships.

CALENDAR Thursday Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner Chef David has created an extraordinary Vintner Dinner featuring: Mussels Bianco, Athenean Pepper Salad, Oscar Duet and a Sweet Finish dessert. Reservations required. Where: Peaks of Otter Lodge, 85554 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford When: 6 to 10 p.m. Cost: $110 Contact: 866-387-9905 Blue Ridge Ribbon Ready Presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Carol Haynes. For anyone who wants to enter an exhibit in the Franklin County Agricultural Fair this September, Haynes will give tips on how to make your item stand out from the rest, and what judges look for as they look over each entry. Where: Franklin County Library, 355 Franklin St., Rocky Mount When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: 483-3098 Tumbler Style Compost Workshop Build your own composter for your home. Pre-registration is required. Where: Coopers Cove Community Center, 37 Penick Place, Hardy When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $90 Contact: Kathy Smith, 483-5341, ext. 117 Business After Hours Explore your creative side. Bring extra business cards to make a mini masterpiece and trade with a business connection. Where: Bower Center for the Arts, 305 N. Bridge St., Bedford When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce members, $15 nonmembers Contact: Susan Brown, 586-9401, sbrown@bedfordareachamber.com SML State Park Pontoon Boat Tour Ride along with a park ranger and explore the history of SML and the state park. Pre-registration required by today. Where: SML State Park (meet at boat ramp), 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston When: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: Free, regular parking fees apply Contact: 297-6066

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The 14-year-old took home two first-place finishes at the National Watercross Championships in West Virginia. By Jerry Hale Special to Laker Weekly

Matthew Richuk, 14, a parttime lake resident, who also lives in High Point, North Carolina, recently scored a pair of first place finishes in Junior Ski Stock 13-15 Year and Junior Ski Ltd. divisions at the National Watercross Championships in Charleston, West Virginia. The two-day event, held Aug. 15 and 16, was Richuk’s first national competition and his third organized racing outing, preceded by a pair of events in Florida earlier this year on oceanfront courses, according to his father, Phil Richuk. The sport of watercross involves racing laps around a set of course buoys using standup Jet Skis. Each lap takes about two minutes to complete, so a typical four- to six-lap race is completed in about 10 minutes. “He did amazingly well, especially considering he com-

Conner, 20, along with friends Ken Hayes and his son, Kenny, on SML and Claytor lakes. Because Virginia law requires personal watercraft operators be at least 14 years old, Richuk has had only a few chances to ride legally until this year, while competitors from some other states have been riding since age 10, Phil Richuk said. While Richuk’s mother, Karen, doesn’t attend all of her son’s races, she does catch the live feeds on the Pro Watercross Racing website. Of his wins in West Virginia, she said, “He’s gotten really good with Photo courtesy of Phil Richuk water sports like wakeboarding Matthew Richuk holds his two first place trophies following wins and barefoot skiing, but learned at the national championships in Charleston, W.V. on Aug. 15 and 16. those more slowly. Jet skiing has been a sudden passion for peted in both classes on the ing ability and good technique him, and we’re a bit surprised stock 2008 Kawasaki XXR (90 made up for relative inexperi- at how rapidly he’s progressed.” horsepower) that he’s been ence and lack of top-end speed.” Richuk is sponsored by Steve riding for fun from our dock,” Matthew’s training has been Booth of STB Enterprises, a Phil Richuk said. “Several of limited to informal practice friend of the family and Jet Ski the other juniors had faster runs on makeshift courses with machines, but his natural rid- older brothers Brandon, 18, and See WATERCROSS, 2

Bedford County Fair finalizes schedule, opens Friday By Karen Dillon karen.dillon@ smithmountainlaker.com 721-4675 (ext. 407)

After nearly a half-century hiatus, the Bedford County Fair opens on Friday at 1 p.m. The event, a partnership between the county’s Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board and Tourism Department, will take

place at Glenwood Center, 2074 Smith Mountain Parkway, in Huddleston. Mid-way rides, music and a wine-tasting garden (Friday and Saturday, 3-6 p.m.) are just a few of the activities that will take place. Fair entries will be accepted on Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, 7 to 9 a.m. Judging will start at 9 a.m. on Friday. The fair schedule is as

follows: Friday 1 p.m.: Fair opens 1:30 p.m.: Plowing and seedbed preparation with draft horses BEA members, and presentation by Bedford Hunt Club 2 p.m.: Horse shoe demonstration by Eric Hilgartner 3:30 p.m.: Side saddle riding by Heidi Opdyke 4 p.m.: Logging with draft horses by India Nichols

and equine dentistry talk manship and demonstration with 1 p.m.: Market lamb and veterinarian Dr. Heather ewe show Hilgartner 1:45 p.m.: Goat showman5 p.m.: Equine parade of ship breeds 2:15 p.m.: Market goat and 9 p.m.: Fair closes doe show 9 p.m.: Fair closes Saturday 10 a.m.: Fair opens Sunday 10:30 a.m.: Beef show- 1 p.m.: Fair opens and manship antique car show begins 11:15 a.m.: Steer and heifer 5:30 p.m.: Award ceremoshow ny for car show 12:15 p.m.: Sheep show- 6 p.m.: Fair closes

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Phil and Tammy Brimer of Hardy traveled to Alaska, getting to see Denali. The mountain, the tallest in North America with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet, is located in the 6.2 million acre Denali National Park. “At about 18,000 feet, the baseto-peak rise is considered the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level. We were truly blessed to get this picture as only 10 percent of Alaska visitors get to see the whole mountain!” the couple said. Denali’s name was formally changed from Mount McKinley in August.

Stephen and Nancy Fitzgerald of Goodview traveled with the July/August 2015 issue of Laker Magazine to Alaska. They went with their daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria, British Columbia, on the Carnival cruise ship Legend. The Fitzgeralds were celebrating 40 years of marriage.

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Sue and Dick Robertson of Moneta visited the historic town of Bruges, Belgium. They also visited northern England, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Trier, Germany. The couple traced Dick’s heritage, through Annstruther, Scotland, South Shields and Liverpool, England, meeting cousins in the latter, recently found through Ancestry.com.

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Romania Dan and Nan Jones of Moneta, Ken and Wendy Ralph and Bill and Gale Taylor of Union Hall and Bob and Joyce Clement of Victor, New York, spent 10 days touring Romania along with tour director Aaron Garber and tour guide Emil Toader. Among the beautiful places in Transylvania they visited was the unusual Turda Salt Mine. They also visited Albu Iulia one of the oldest known settlements in Romania, with inhabitants dating back to 106 B.C., much of which has been beautifully restored. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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The Moulds have remodeled much of their Franklin County home since they purchased it, and a large number of the decorations have come from the SML Discovery Shop, where Debbie Mould volunteers. 24 January • February 2016 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER


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replaced two small windows with a new, big slider, and from the Discovery Shop, Mould bought a dresser that she painted and a bench that she had recovered. The couple reconfigured and updated the master bath. The stairway landing en route to the second floor sports a sofa table, lamp and a vase, all from the shop. In the upstairs guest bedroom, Mould’s Discovery Shop items include a formerly rust-colored wall sculpture that she repainted, a mirrored headboard, a mirror around which she added rope, and a side table she repainted to which she added matching rope. In the lower level family room, a comfy chair with ottoman and tall wooden table came from the Discovery Shop, as did the large palm-tree painting. Remember, Mould said she likes “big” and “drama.” The guest bedroom features a large mirror from the shop. 26 January • February 2016 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER


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“I love mirrors,” Mould said. “They really brighten up a room.” There are also two decorative mirrors in the kitchen. The Moulds’ most recent project has been adding a bigger deck outside the master bedroom. Jim Mould was working and pounding on the deck during a tour of the house. And they are having an outdoor kitchen installed in the patio beneath that deck. Now Debbie Mould will be hunting for outdoor art to fill out the decorative spaces. Imagine what she will discover at the Discovery Shop.

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John Rupnik installed his black net fencing himself. He said the project took about three days to complete.

High deer population statistics won’t come as a surprise to gardeners who despair when deer nibble their hostas to nubs, nip tulip flowers the night before they open and gobble up hydrangeas and other tasty plants.

Inland Fisheries continued to import white-tailed deer for 66 years, finally stopping in 1992. Meanwhile, each doe gives birth to two to three fawns annually, making it possible for the population to continue growing exponentially. High deer population statistics won’t come as a surprise to gardeners who despair when deer nibble their hostas to nubs, nip tulip flowers the night before they open and gobble up hydrangeas and other tasty plants. Deer are a problem. What’s a gardener to do? The Rupniks have found a solution that — so far — is working well. John built a fence, enclosing approximately 3/4 of an acre of his land. This was not one of your costly, visually enclosing wooden fences or an unsightly chainlink. Instead John Rupnik opted for a heavy-duty black net fence specifically designed to discreetly disappear into the landscape while keeping the deer out. Rupnik installed the fence himself, a relatively easy project that took about three days to complete. He began the fence at the water’s edge. He wove 1034 January • February 2016 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER

foot rebar through the net mesh before hammering it about 2 1/2 feet into the ground. Once the rebar was firmly rooted in the ground, he threaded 1/2-inch diameter PVC utility tubes over the rebar and made sure the 7 1/2-foot net came all the way down to the ground. The process continued, with the rebar spaced at 10foot intervals. Wherever there was a tree, he tied the net to the trunk, thus avoiding the need to use rebar. To block access from the driveway, he has a length of the net fence that he attaches to a tree with large plant hooks so it can be unhooked and opened when anyone needs to drive in or out. Eventually Rupnik plans to install a gate, which will cost more than the entire net fence installation. Once the fence was up, he watched to see how the deer, which are creatures of habit, would react to having their trail blocked. Occasionally deer did get in. Their ingress varied. Sometimes the driveway gate had not been properly closed; sometimes a fawn would creep underneath and the does would follow; sometimes rabbits gnawed


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The white-tail deer population has made a dramatic rebound in the past century. Around 1900, deer hunting for food and hides brought Virginia’s deer population almost to the point of extinction. However, as the deer population has grown in the commonwealth, so has the human population and the number of homes in what were once rural regions.

Tips for successful deer fencing • Enclose the entire area. Deer will find a way around partial fences. • Measure the planned fence line length to determine how much material is needed. Fence netting can be purchased in 330- and 100-foot sections. • Pull the fence tight between support posts and trees. Deer leap over any stretch that sags. • If additional support is needed, weave a tension wire along the top and bottom of the fence, securing it to the supports. • Tack the fence bottom to the soil with garden staples every few feet to keep deer and rabbits from crawling underneath. • Consider using a double layer of fencing as reinforcement where frequently traveled paths exist.

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through the plastic netting to gain access and the deer would squeeze in, too, and sometimes they went around the fence at the water’s edge. One time, Rupnik startled three deer that had found their way inside. They ran off in a panic and entangled themselves in the net, ultimately ripping it as they broke free. Through a process of trial and error, Rupnik learned that he must be vigilant about making sure there are no breaches in the fence. He mends any tears or places where the rabbits have eaten holes, with zip ties. He learned that the deer are uncomfortable walking over more than a few feet of rip-rap, and created a “T” fence running perpendicular to the main fence about 7 feet to each side along the water. The deer are daunted; that ingress has been effectively sealed. To keep fawns from crawling underneath, he has clamped the fence to the ground with sod staples. Over time there have been fewer and fewer breaches. “Deer are smart — and incorrigible. The whole objective,” Rupnik explained, “is to change their migration and feeding patterns.”


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ed and Susan Coryell almost threw away the little cardboard box. It was just an old greeting card box, tattered and worn, tucked away in a drawer at Ned’s mother’s house. But on the box, in faded pencil, were the words “Old Letters.” Ned recognized his mother’s handwriting and opened the box. In it he found a family treasure. The box contained 12 neatly folded letters, written during the Civil War by Ned’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Franklin Stover, and Stover’s brother, John William Stover, both Confederate soldiers. Most of the letters were written from the field to family members in Page County and contain descriptions of battles, marches and camp conditions, and news of friends. The box also contained an 1863 letter from a Washington College student to his cousin, who may have been a member of the Stover family, and Joseph Stover’s disability discharge. The letters amazed them. “When I opened this box and read a letter for the first time, it was like it had been written three days ago,” Ned Coryell said. Susan Coryell agreed. “What got us was how immediate the writing is. You are just there. There is one in which two men froze to death. They didn’t have blankets. They didn’t have coats,” she said. Joseph Stover, who wrote nine of the letters, joined the 33rd Virginia Infantry, part of the Stonewall Brigade, SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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“[A] great many of our poor fellows have suffered severely from cold and hunger. Two poor fellows froze to death on the Potomac whiles we were there,” one letter said. in 1861 and was seriously wounded in 1862. John Stover, the writer of three of the letters, was a member of Turner Ashby’s 7th Virginia Cavalry. Although Ned Coryell knew that his great-greatgrandfather had been wounded in the Civil War and had suffered from the wound the rest of his life, he did not know the letters existed until his mother died. The Coryells, Fairfax County natives who now live in Huddleston, were clearing out her house when they discovered the letters. “You can almost follow the path of the war” through the letters, Susan Coryell said. On Aug. 25, 1861, Joseph Stover wrote from Camp Harman, east of Centreville, to his sister, Annie, describing a march to Fairfax Courthouse to fight Union troops. The battle did not take place,

Susan and Ned Coryell, Fairfax County natives who now live in Huddleston, were clearing out a house when they discovered the Civil War letters. 42 January • February 2016 | SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKER

and the 33rd Virginia returned to Camp Harman, having marched 12 miles. “So we had our tramp for nothing,” Joseph Stover wrote. “I can not finish letter as we have just now order to march. All is hurry now again. Goodbye to all. I may never see you again but hope for the best.” Returning from that march after only 2 miles, Joseph Stover added to the letter, asking his sister to send him a coat at the first opportunity as nights were cool. Stover wrote to Annie again Sept. 4, saying he sat writing in his tent with his knapsack on his knees after returning from drill. “[W]hilest we were out we hear the ‘war dogs howling’ (as we call them) down in the direction of Alexandria,” he wrote. On Nov. 1, Joseph Stover wrote to his brother, John, telling him he was pleased with the way John was conducting business at the family farm near Luray. “I also think it a good plan to hold onto the hogs until you can get a good price for them (say some seven or eight cents per lb gross),” he suggested. Within days, things were beginning to heat up for the 33rd Virginia. Later in November, Joseph Stover wrote to Annie again: “I did not get to see any of the Yankees, although we were pretty close to them. Could hear their Drums quite plainly and see their Balloon ascend every day. ... [It] went up to an enormous height & appeared when in the midst of a cloud like a blazing star.” The regiment had just received orders to pack up and move, Stover told his sister. On Nov. 17 he wrote to brother John Stover that the regiment was encamped at Kernstown, and the weather was cold: “The woods here belongs to a widow Lady who has been so stingy with her wood that she would suffer from cold. & now the soldiers are slaying it at the rate of about fifty loads per day,” he wrote. On Jan. 8, 1862, in the midst of the Romney campaign, Joseph Stover wrote to his younger brother, David, praising his handwriting and describing the strenuous marching his unit was enduring. “Our brigade commanded by Gen. Garnett left camp Stephenson near Winchester at an early hour New Year’s morning & marched about 18 miles in a north westerly direction & camped for the first night,” he wrote. Days of marching and skirmishing in freezing weather followed. “[A] great many of our poor fellows have suffered severely from cold and hunger. Two poor fellows


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froze to death on the Potomac whiles we were there,” he wrote. It was impossible to get the supply wagons to the camps, because of bad roads, he wrote, comparing their situation to the hardships of the American Revolution: “We can now begin to realize the sufferings of the revolutionary soldier. But I suppose we are better clad than they were.” The people living in the area through which they are marching, about 20 miles west of Martinsburg, are mostly Union sympathizers, he wrote, and so their cattle and winter stores are being confiscated to feed the Confederates. “I have seen more of the horrors of war in the last week than I saw in the six months before. Families eaten out of house & home & left in a pitiful condition,” Joseph Stover told his brother. On March 23, 1862, he was wounded at Kernstown, sustaining a wound to his thigh that never healed properly and caused him to limp for the remaining 39 years of his life. Although Joseph Stover had hoped to hire a substitute for his brother John, in case he was drafted into the army, John joined the 7th Virginia Cavalry. John wrote to Joseph from camp in Greenbrier County near Lewisburg: “I guess we have travelled a thousand miles. . . We burned the bridges from Oakland to Cairo on the Baltimore and Ohio railrode. We destroyed a fine iron bridge at Fairmount which cost several hundred thousand dollars. . . I am still riding Billey, although he is tired and his back is soar.” John survived the war, as did David Stover, who also joined the 7th Virginia Cavalry. Though the letters describe events in Ned Coryell’s family, they hit home with Susan Coryell as well.

When they found the letters, she was halfway through the writing of her second Southern Gothic mystery, “Beneath the Stones,” a sequel to “A Red, Red Rose.” Both books are set at fictional Moore Mountain Lake and involve a Southwest Virginia family with ties to the Civil War. She was surprised to realize how well the letters fit into the plot she had constructed for “Beneath the Stones.” She had already used a Stover family home in Page County — a German “Flurkuechenhaus” with a vaulted cellar — as the basis for a setting in the novel. Characters in the book find that their lives are affected by the actions of ancestors, two cousins who served in the Civil War. The letters helped flesh out the characters of the Civil War soldiers in the book, Susan Coryell said. She used excerpts from Joseph Stover’s letters as parts of fictional letters, including one in which a soldier expresses his homesickness to his sister: “It is now night & I am setting in my tent with my knapsack on my knees writing. Our Fifer is passing away the tedious hours by playing on his flute. The soft music flows gently with mournful cadences upon the evening breeze which reminds me of my much loved home & the loved ones I left there.” The Stover letters helped to cement one of the book’s major themes, Susan Coryell said. “We understand ourselves better when we know where we came from and what happened in the past,” she said. “There are layers of history that make us what we are. And to think we almost tossed [the letters] out.”

The Coryells’ Civil War letters were found in this box, which was nearly tossed in the trash during a move. The letters were writte by ancestors Joseph Franklin Stover and John William Stover. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation has redrawn its regions, giving a better presence to Smith Mountain Lake.

By Kimberly Dalferes

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Virginia Mountains is a newly added region to the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s map.

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HC SVNT DRACONES - Here Be Dragons Legend has it that ancient map makers inscribed the words “here be dragons” along the edge of their maps to denote the ends of the known world. Until recently, the Smith Mountain Lake region found itself relegated to this netherworld of unknown exploration, lying outside the charted boundaries of southern Virginia. However, a big change has finally occurred: starting in 2016, SML will no longer be a void just

beyond the outlines of the Virginia tourism maps. To many, this may seem to be of little note. However, for those who worked tirelessly for more than a decade, they know wholeheartedly the significance of Smith Mountain Lake, finally, being on the map . “My job is about tourism, and tourism is about the lake,” said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. But how could Gardner do her job if the tourism maps were incorrect? SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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The flow of the Roanoke River along Smith Mountain was eyed as a potential dam location four decades before construction actually began. Work was underway in the early 1960s, and the resulting lake reached full pond at 5:03 a.m. March 7, 1966.

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Smith mountain Lake — the beginning

As early as the 1920s, proposals were developed to plan for and create a hydroelectric dam across the Smith Mountain Gorge that intersects the Roanoke River. However, another 40 years would pass before Appalachian Power Co. would begin the Smith Mountain Pump Storage Hydroelectric Project in earnest in 1960. For more than three years a small army of workers cleared “hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of mountainside and poured about 175,000 cubic yards of concrete,” according to Appalachian’s website. Finally, in 1966, the resulting two lakes from the dam project, including Smith Mountain Lake, reached their normal “full” water levels. The birth of SML, the largest manmade lake in the western part of Virginia, created hundreds of miles of shoreline across three Virginia counties: Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania.

SmL aS a farming and houSing community

For much of the 1960s and ’70s the SML region remained a mostly agricultural area, with large swaths of farmland dedicated to growing tobacco and other crops. The SML dam churned out its hydroelectricity in a peaceful and rural environment where the population changed little. For example, Franklin County’s population in 1960 was 25,925, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and by 1970 had increased to only 26,858. Bedford County actually experienced a 14 percent decrease in its overall population during this same timeframe, and Pittsylvania County’s population remained about the same. However, all three counties experienced considerable growth in the 1980s as the SML area began its transition into the recreational area we know today. The area slowly evolved into upscale housing, condominiums, lake front homes and golf course communities. “When I first moved to the lake and started selling real estate in 1986,” noted SML Berkshire Hathaway real estate agent Jane Sullivan Horne, “most prospects were investors and people looking for second homes. A lot of real estate was sold off the hood of our cars with maps rolled out showing where new lot lines would eventually be.” Horne added that, “prices escalated quickly. Investors and buyers who originally came looking for second homes fell in love with the lake lifestyle and decided to make this their permanent home.” This growth steadily continued as SML evolved into a tourism hub. DON PETERSEN

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The SML of present is certainly different from the landscape of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Today, the lake has transitioned into a robust tourist destination. Each year event calendars are filled with fishing tournaments and chili cook-offs, pirate days and wine festivals, home tours and Christmas boat parades (for a full list of SML events, see smithmountainlake.com/ calendar). SML’s unique combination of access to water sports, boating, hiking and fishing has encouraged the birth of local vineyards and wineries, breweries, artisan coops and entertainment venues such as the Harvester in Rocky Mount. The dam itself has become a tourist attraction, which includes a visitor center and tours. However, SML has been plagued by a unique dilemma: It’s been misrepresented on Virginia’s most prominent tourism maps.

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Are you familiar with the marketing slogan “Virginia is for Lovers”? DON PETERSEN

SML had long been plagued by a unique dilemma: It’s been misrepresented on Virginia’s most prominent tourism maps.

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This far-reaching and popular catchphrase, in use since 1969, is branded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (though the slogan itself is now considered to be in the public domain). Virginia can thank this creative organization for working diligently to improve the commonwealth’s economy by specifically promoting Virginia as a tourist destination. Annual travel guides, brochures and maps (which are available online and in print) produced by the Virginia Tourism Corporation highlight scenic drives, resorts, golf course, historic civil war excursions, water adventures and much more. When Gardner became executive director of the SML chamber in 2002, she realized quickly that her small agency budget could get a big boost by highlighting the lake in the materials developed annually by the tourism corporation. Imagine Gardner’s dismay when she discovered that a mapping problem was literally making SML disappear. “Smith Mountain Lake has over 500 miles of shoreline that encompasses Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties,” explained Gardner. “Way back in 1967 when the regions of Virginia were first designated, SML was just newly formed,” she said. “The Virginia Tourism [Corporation] bisected the lake into several map regions. Of particular note was that Hales Ford Bridge, near Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, and which crosses the lake, was used as a natural separation


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The Smith Mountain Lake area has grown from a quiet farming community in the mid 20th century to a booming tourism destination for people from across Virginia.

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for what VTC called the Central Virginia region and the Blue Ridge Highlands region. This caused SML to look more like two long or narrow bodies of water on the edges of two regions, instead of a lake overlapping three counties.” Gardner quickly surmised that the tourism maps would need to be redesigned. If she was going to achieve any success at the chamber, with its mission to promote tourism and business growth for its members and the community, SML in its entirety would need to be highlighted as the recreational jewel of the commonwealth. “Every $1 spent on efforts to promote tourism results in $5 return on investment,” she said. “For financial reasons alone we needed to be able to promote the lake as a tourist destination.” However, Gardner soon realized that changing map boundaries and designated regions would be no small nor easy task. “We were going to have to go to every direct marketing organization in the affected area and get them to sign off on any mapping redesigns,” Gardner said. “The time and effort involved to do something of that magnitude was daunting. And we’re a small chamber with a limited budget.” Gardner remained persistent, but made little headway for the next several years.

The soluTion

In 2010 Gardner was delivered a champion by

way of the new president of the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Landon Howard. Gardner joined forces with Howard, who agreed that the tourism maps needed to be changed. “Landon [Howard] understood the value of promoting this beautiful lake,” noted Gardner. “The lake is just 30 minutes from Roanoke, which makes it a tremendous selling point for tourism in the area .” Through persistence, hard work and support and dedicated staffing from Howard, in combination with the cultivation of a positive working relationship with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Gardner’s dream is about to become reality. This month, new tourism maps, to be published and distributed by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, will illustrate one new big region titled “Virginia Mountains Region” and include almost all of the Smith Mountain Lake area. “This is a vast improvement for promoting our region and will better shape our marketing direction,” Jerry Craig, director of tourism for Bedford, said when the change was announced. “We now have a group that we can market collectively,” Gardner said with a clearly proud tone in her voice. “Our common history, combined with our recreational assets, our rural charms and our growing metropolitan Roanoke area, allows us to offer tourism attractions across a broad base. From clay to a masterpiece, I’m so proud that we’ll be known as the Virginia Mountains Region starting in 2016 .” SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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When asked what the next 50 years will bring to Smith Mountain Lake, Gardner responded with a resounding, “We need a community center.” Gardner noted that SML continues to progress into a year-round community. As the infrastructure has evolved — schools, roads, medical centers, etc. — Gardner sees a tremendous unmet need in there being no substantial central meeting place that can serve more than 200 people. “We need a large facility to meet our ever-increasing demands. We need to be able to accommodate events such as trade shows, performances, legislative forums, retreats, conferences — the potential

Vicki Gardner, executive director of the SML chamber, has used last summer’s shooting as a motivator to get Vicki’s Vision completed.

is limitless,” Gardner stressed. “Smith Mountain Lake can become a meeting planner’s paradise, but we need a community center in order to make that leap. We need to no longer be a community of nomads.” Gardner envisions that the community center will also house the chamber, be a venue for adult education and be of adequate size to house annual events such as the Business Expo and arts events such as those sponsored regularly by the Smith Mountain Arts Council. Gardner, who was the victim of, but survived and is recovering

from, a violent shooting in 2015, is using the tragedy toward a positive solution in the creation of Vicki’s Vision. The outpouring of support and contributions that ensued after Gardner’s near fatal shooting is being channeled into efforts to bring the proposed SML community center into focus. In 2016, to coincide with the celebration of SML’s 50th anniversary, a planning committee will organize a fullscale approach to make the community center a reality. To learn more about Vicki’s Vision, and the creation of a SML community center, visit facebook.com/GetWellVicki/. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Gold

 Silver 

Bronze

BEST NEW BUSINESS OPENED IN 2015 

SML Hearing Center

 Stacy’s Sweet Spot 

Mongolian City BBQ

Honorable mention: Mattress Clearance Center, True Organics, Dock It Grille and Bar, Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE 

Just Made Scents

 Westlake Cinema 

Capps Home Building Center

Honorable mention: Crazy Horse Marina, Jessica Wimmer (Designer Solutions), Westlake Salon and Spa

BEST AUTO SERVICE 

Westlake Automotive Service

 TNT Auto Body Repair and Service Center 

Absolute Collision of SML

Honorable mention: Liquid Lube and Wash, Pagan’s Garage, Tuck’s Tire and Auto Center


SML HEARING CENTER Lisa McArdle recently opened SML Hearing Center in Downtown Moneta and offers free hearing evaluations and a full range of digital, BEST MARINA 

Crazy Horse Marina

 Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals 

Bayside Marina and Yacht Club

Honorable mention: Mitchell’s Point Marina, Webster Marine Center, Gills Creek Lodge and Marina

BEST PLACE TO BUY A BOAT OR PERSONAL WATER CRAFT 

Webster Marine Center

 Smith Mountain Boat and Tackle 

Bayside Marina and Yacht Club

Honorable mention: Virgil Naff

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

 ReMax Lakefront Realty 

Long and Foster Smith Mountain Lake

Honorable mention: Watermark Realty

Town & Country Realty, Wainwright & Co. REALTORS Smith Mountain Lake, Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group

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Joan Griffith

BEST LANDSCAPING AND LAWN CARE

Captain Bert’s Fishing Charters

BEST DOCK BUILDER 

Dock Solutions

 Turner’s Building 

Plyler Homes and Docks

Honorable mention: Michael

Dillon Custom Docks, W.E. Shoreline Construction, Smith Mountain Dock Builder

BEST HOME BUILDER 

Virginia, McArdle has built a vibrant presence on Facebook to help her connect with customers.

BEST NEW BUSINESS

Phyllis Johnson, Dana Montgomery

PHOTO BY TASHA EAST

Top Notch Lawn Care

 D&P Landscaping 

Southern Landscape Group Inc.

Honorable mention: Seven Oaks

Landscape and Hardscape, Ruggieri Lawns LLC, Crockett’s Lawn Maintenance

BEST PLUMBER 

Billy Dudley Plumbing

 Wisler Plumbing and Heating 

Smith Mountain Lake Plumbing

Honorable mention: Long Plumbing,

Archie’s Plumbing, Southern Trust Home Services

Floyd Enterprises Inc.

 M.H. Eades Inc. 

dispensing hearing aids in

Tricia Johnson

BEST FISHING CHARTER Rock On

years of hands-on experience

 Vicki Millehan & Debbie Shelton Honorable mention: Jessica Gauldin,

 Captain Dale Wilson

In addition to having 15

BEST REALTOR

Lynchburg Kawasaki Yamaha and Sea-Do, Hughes Marine Service, Grandpa’s Marine

programmable hearing aids.

Brockworks Inc.

Honorable mention: Noonkester

Construction, Jeff Tester Construction, Plyler Homes and Docks

BEST ELECTRICIAN 

Moser Electric

 Ronald Young Electric 

Southern Trust Home Services

Honorable mention: Proud

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Bronze

BEST PLACE TO BUY CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES 

The Cottage Gate

 Smith Mountain Wake Company

BEST GENERAL CONTRACTOR 

M.H. Eades Inc.

LightHouse Gifts & Books

Honorable mention: Goodwill,

Bridgewater Sportswear, Kara’s Closet

 TBS Construction 

Price Building

Honorable mention: Bauer

Construction, Benson Home Services

BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY 

 LightHouse Gifts & Books 

BEST HEATING/VENTILATION/AIR CONDITIONING 

Moneta Heating and Air

 Cundiff Heating and Air 

Davis Heating and Air

Honorable mention: Westlake Heating & Air, Carter’s Heating & Air

Haywood’s Jewelers, Westlake Carter’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts

Honorable mention: Gifts Ahoy, The Cottage Gate, The Little Gallery

BEST PLACE TO BUY A GIFT 

Just Made Scents: The Bath and Body Shop of SML

 The Cottage Gate 

LightHouse Gifts & Books

Honorable mention: Gifts Ahoy, The

BEST PLACE TO BUY HOME DÉCOR/ FURNISHINGS 

Envisions

 Designer Solutions 

The Cottage Gate

Honorable mention: Grand Home

Furnishings, LightHouse Gifts & Books, Capps Home Building Center

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER 

Janice Thurman, Envisions Distinctive Interiors

 Jessica Wimmer, Designer Solutions 

Kris Willard, Interiors by Kris

Honorable mention: Miranda Shotwell

(Designer Solutions), Blinds and Beyond, Pat Cundiff (PAC Interiors)

General Store, Stacy’s Sweet Spot

BEST PLACE TO BUY AN SML SOUVENIR 

Gifts Ahoy

 Crazy Horse Marina 

LightHouse Gifts & Books

Honorable mention: The Cottage Gate, The General Store, Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals

BEST PLACE TO BUY ART 

ArtVisions Gallery

 The Little Gallery 

Artfully Framed at the Lake

Honorable mention: SML Gallery,

Crowning Touch, The General Store

BEST HAIR SALON 

Westlake Salon and Spa

 Emma Williams Hair Studio 

Eric and Company Premier Salon

Honorable mention: Hair Designs by

Whitney and Brandy, Salon at Westlake, Salon One

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BEST NAIL SALON 

Modern Nails

 Mimi Nails 

Westlake Salon and Spa

Honorable mention: Nails by Tina, Eric and Company Premier Salon, Oasis Hair Salon

BEST SKIN CARE OR DAY SPA 

Westlake Salon and Spa

 Westlake Massage and Spa 

True Organics

Honorable mention: Carter’s Fine

BEST DENTIST 

Dr. Sheila Hardee

 Dr. Brian Sicher 

Dr. Vishal Shah

Honorable mention: Dr. William Morris, Dr. Millard Radford, Dr. David Black

BEST BANK/MORTGAGE COMPANY 

BB&T

 Bank of Botetourt 

Hometown Bank

Honorable mention: American National

Jewelry and Gifts, SML Massage and Spa

Bank and Trust, Suntrust, MemberOne Federal Credit Union

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT

BEST LAW FIRM

Franklin County Family YMCA — Smith Mountain Lake

 Jazzercise 

Underground Fitness

Honorable mention: SML Zumba,

Bedford Area Family YMCA — Moneta, Curves

BEST PET GROOMING/SITTING/ BOARDING SERVICE 

Smith Mountain Lake Animal Hospital

 Westlake Veterinary Medical Center 

All American Kennels

BEST PET GROOMING/ SITTING/BOARDING SERVICE

Vogel and Cromwell

 Gilbert, Bird and Weston 

Davis Davis Davis and Davis

Honorable mention: Stanley, Houchens and Griffith

BEST INSURANCE AGENCY 

Phil Hager Insurance Agency

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE ANIMAL HOSPITAL The facility, located near Eastlake in Bedford County, is equipped with full, in-house diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for pets. The staff is committed to continuing education to develop new skills and make the latest developments in pet care available for clients. The office also offers grooming and boarding services. PHOTO BY RYAN TIPPS

 State Farm Insurance (Debbie Robbins) 

Simmons Insurance Agency

Honorable mention: Virginia Farm

Bureau; Holdren, Eubank and Stanley; Holley Insurance

Honorable mention: Bark Avenue

Grooming, Lake Country Grooming and Kennel, Clip and Dip

BEST PHYSICIAN 

Dr. George Chaconas

 Dr. Steven Lewis 

Dr. Eric Bourhill

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER 

Heather Turner Photography

 Nicole Colwell Photography 

JollyJen Photography

Honorable mention: Amy Ellis

Photography, Cressell Photography, Charlie Atkins

Honorable mention: Dr. Todd Dehli, Dr. Leonard Cohen, Dr. Michael Priest

BEST PLACE TO STAY OVERNIGHT 

Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast

 Bernard’s Landing and Conference Center 

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

Honorable mention: Lake Inn, Halesford Harbour Inn, Westlake Waterfront Inn

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FOOD AND DRINK 

Gold

 Silver 

Bronze

BEST BUFFET BEST CHEF 

Jason Hardy, Kroger

Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

 Jonathan’s Restaurant 

Chopsticks

 Bruno Silva, The Landing Restaurant 

Devon Abrell, The Blackwater Café

Honorable mention: Tony (Ole School

Sports Pub), Jonathan Willard (Jonathan’s Restaurant), Adam Morse (The Landing)

BEST SANDWICH/DELI 

 CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop 

BEST LUNCH

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE 

Mexico Viejo

 The Landing Restaurant 

Old Oak Café

Honorable mention: The Blackwater

MOOSIE’S RESTAURANT

Café, CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop, Cancun Mexican Restaurant and Grill

With daily lunch specials and an array of hot and cold dishes,

BEST BREAKFAST

Moosie’s is a midday staple

of Bridgewater Plaza. A full

 CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop

bar occupies one side of the restaurant, while the more family-friendly dining room offers ample seating and a view of the water.

Old Oak Café Carl’s Place

Honorable mention: Hot Shots, Stacy’s Sweet Spot, Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

BEST LUNCH 

Moosie’s Restaurant

 CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop 

Old Oak Café

Carl’s Place

Honorable mention: Hot Shots, Jake’s Place

Moosie’s Restaurant Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

Honorable mention: Hot Shots, Hawk’s Country Store and Deli, Jake’s Place

BEST SALAD 

Mexico Viejo

 Jonathan’s Restaurant 

Old Oak Café

Honorable mention: The Landing Restaurant, The Blackwater Café, CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop

BEST BURGER 

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

 Jonathan’s Restaurant 

Jake’s Place

Honorable mention: The Landing

Restaurant, Mango’s Bar and Grill, The Blackwater Café

BEST WINGS 

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

 Hot Shots 

Jake’s Place

Waller’s

Honorable mention: Portside Grill and Bar

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BEST MEXICAN FARE BEST PIZZA 

Benny Adelina’s Pizza

 Tuscan Tavern 

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

Honorable mention: Joe’s Pizza and

Italian Restaurant, New York Pizza, Hot Shots

BEST STEAK 

The Landing Restaurant

 The Blackwater Café 

Jonathan’s Restaurant

Honorable mention: Old Liberty Station, Casa D’Amici, Heath’s Waterfront Grill

 Mexico Viejo 

Waller’s

 The Landing Restaurant 

El Toreno

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

 Waller’s 

Hot Shots

Honorable mention: Moosie’s

Restaurant, CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop, The Westlake

BEST FROZEN TREATS Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

 Homestead Creamery 

Dairy Queen

Chopsticks

Honorable mention: Mongolian City

BBQ, Min’s China City, Peking Chinese Restaurant

Tuscan Tavern

 Benny Adelina’s Pizza 

Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Honorable mention: Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria, Casa D’Amici

Sugar and Slice Cupcakery & Confections Homestead Creamery

Honorable mention: CJ’s Coffee and

Bridgewater Plaza

 Mexico Viejo 

Portside Grill and Bar

Honorable mention: Jake’s Place, Waller’s, The Landing Restaurant

BEST BAR ATMOSPHERE 

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

 Waller’s Sunken City Brewing Company

Honorable mention: Mango’s Bar and

BEST COCKTAIL 

Mexico Viejo

 Ole School Sports Pub and Grill 

The Blackwater Café

Sandwich Shop, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, Kroger

Honorable mention: Jonathan’s

BEST COFFEE

BEST WINE SELECTION

BEST ITALIAN FARE

BEST PLACE TO COME BY BOAT

Grill, Hot Shots, Jake’s Place

 Stacy’s Sweet Spot

The Landing Restaurant

Honorable mention: Mango’s Bar and

BEST BAKERY/SWEET TREAT

BEST ASIAN FARE  Teriyaki House

Edo Grill and Sushi

 Jake’s Place

Honorable mention: Ice Cream Boat

Jonathan’s Restaurant, Casa D’Amici

Mexico Viejo

BEST SHORTORDER GRILL

The Blackwater Café

Honorable mention: Edo Grill and Sushi,

BEST OUTDOOR DINING 

Grill, Portside Grill and Bar, Waller’s

BEST SEAFOOD

Cancun Mexican Restaurant and Grill

CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop

 Crazy Horse Marina 

Stacy’s Sweet Spot

Honorable mention: Old Oak Café,

Sugar and Slice Cupcakery & Confections, Bojangles

Restaurant, Waller’s, Hot Shots

Kroger

 The Landing Restaurant 

The Blackwater Café

Honorable mention: Jonathan’s

Restaurant, Diamond Hill General Store and Garden Center

BEST WINERY 

Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery

 Brooks Mill Winery 

Ramulose Ridge Winery

Honorable mention: Peaks of Otter Winery, Valhalla Vineyard

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LIFESTYLE AND ACTIVITIES 

BEST CHARITY EVENT OR SERVICE PROJECT

Gold

 Silver 

Bronze

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A SUNSET 

SML CHARITY HOME TOUR From its beginnings in 1991, the all-volunteer home tour has been helping people in need around the lake community. To date, about $4 million has been given to local charity operations; this past year alone, checks totaling $187,000 were presented to eight charities.

BEST CLUB OR CIVIC ORGANIZATION 

SML Regional Chamber of Commerce

 Lake Christian Ministries 

Friends of SML State Park

Honorable mention: SML Boating

Association, SML Newcomers, Smith Mountain Lake Association

SML Charity Home Tour

 Wake the World SML 

SML Good Neighbors Day Camp

Honorable mention: SML Wine Festival, PHOTO BY RYAN TIPPS

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, Charity Chug

BEST ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENT 

Vineyards and Winery, near Smith Mountain Dam, Bernard’s Landing and Conference Center

BEST PLACE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE Crazy Horse Marina

 Bridgewater Plaza 

Sunken City Brewing Company

Honorable mention: Jazzercise, Ole

School Sports Pub and Grill, Mango’s Bar and Grill

BEST HISTORICAL SITE 

Booker T. Washington National Monument

 National D-Day Memorial 

Jubal Early Homeplace

Fourth of July fireworks

 Pirate Days 

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Honorable mention: Hickory Hill

BEST CHARITY EVENT OR SERVICE PROJECT

On the water

 Crazy Horse Marina

SML Wine Festival

Honorable mention: SML Charity Home Tour, Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, SML Chili Festival

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A VISITOR 

Westlake Cinema

 On the water 

Bridgewater Plaza

Honorable mention: Booker T.

Washington National Monument, Ole School Sports Pub and Grill, Smith Mountain Lake State Park

BEST KID/FAMILY OUTING 

Westlake Cinema

 Bridgewater Plaza 

On the water

Honorable mention: Smith Mountain

Lake State Park, Hot Shots, Stacy’s Sweet Spot

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BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

OLE SCHOOL SPORTS PUB AND GRILL

BEST LOCAL BAND 

Barefoot West

Ole School opened in 2012

 The Worx 

and quickly became a hot-spot

Fuzzy Logic

for the lake’s live music scene

Honorable mention: Dragonfly, The Willies, Riverbank Ramblers

— hosting bands as well as karaoke multiple times each

BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC 

week. The pub, located on

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

Burnt Chimney Road in Wirtz,

 Mango’s Bar and Grill 

Sunken City Brewing Company

Honorable mention: Waller’s, Hickory

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BEST PLACE TO PLAY GOLF 

Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club

 The Westlake 

The Water’s Edge Country Club

Honorable mention: The Waterfront

Country Club, Ballyhack Golf Club, Willow Creek Country Club

BEST HIDDEN JEWEL AT SML THAT MORE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT 

Just Made Scents

 Crazy Horse Marina

THANK YOU TO BUSINESSES THAT DONATED

$100

GIFT CERTIFICATES Absolute Collision Capps Home Building Center

Ole School Sports Pub and Grill

Haywood’s Jewelers, Westlake

Honorable mention: Elizabeth Doucette

Moneta Farm & Home Center

L.M.T. Best Massage Therapist, Peaks of Otter, Sunset Saturdays at Hickory Hill

BEST THING NOT ON THIS LIST 

Wilson’s Painting

 #SMLStrong 

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Moneta Heating & Air Ramulose Ridge Vineyards The Little Gallery Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina Names of gift-certificate winners were chosen at random from all eligible entries and have been contacted.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Specialist

Glenda McDaniel

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Picture Perfect Lake Estate

Glenda McDaniel

Top Lake Agent for Long & Foster Steven McDaniel, Realtor

Immaculate Golf Course Home $379,500

Gorgeous Views of Pond and Golf Course, Great Rm with Hardwood Floors, Sunroom Den, Family Rm, Entry Level Master,3 Guest Rooms, Custom Kitchen with Granite Tops MLS 813681 $375,000

Nestled on 2.23 Acres you will find your Dream Home. Great Room with towering windows Gourmet Kitchen, Sunroom,Fantastic Gazebo Entry Level Master Suite, Family Room, Covered Dock. MLS 813269

Charming Lake Home with Dock

Great for your Weekend getaway, Rental Investment or Full Time Lake Living. Large Sunroom, Covered Boatdock, Custom Paver Patio and Firepit, Dbl. Garage $395,000 MLS 809349

Waterfront Condo with Covered Porch

Beautiful Lakefront home NOW $559,000

Covered Boatdock and Jet ski lift Great Room with wet bar, 2 bedrooms 2 baths, entry level unit MLS 819633

Large double slip party dock with cabana Great room and entry level master suite large family room with entertainment kitchen Great Rental potential MLS 806525

Spacious Lakefront Home

Large Country Kitchen with Breakfast Nook Huge Great Room with lots of windows and Open Dining area, Entry Level Master Suite Family room, Covered Dock, ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY INCLUDED. $650,000 MLS 808255

Adorable Lake Home for $329,500

Priced to sell! Large Garage,Covered, Boatdock, Great Room with Open Kitchen, Screen Porch, Family Room, MLS 803511

LAKE ESTATE WITH 6 Car Garage w/lift $699,500 Over 600’ of shoreline, Triple lift dock, two waterfront lots totaling 4.5 acres, Contemporary Lake Home with gorgeous wide water views MLS 819191

STUNNING LAKEFRONT CONTEMPORARY Beautiful Point Lot with 232’ of Gentle Shoreline

Over 4000 Sq Ft of Open Design with Entry Level Master Suite, Great Room with Hardwood Floors and Fireplace, Gourmet Kitchen with Island Prep Bar, New SS Appiances, Large Sunroom, Covered Boatdock with Storage Cabana and Jet Ski Lift Large Family Room, 4 Bedrooms Plus Office/Den Gorgeous Wide Water Views MLS 817550

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Beautiful Waterfront lot with Dock Mountain and Lake views, septic installed Gentle slope, deep water MLS 809482

POINT LOT WITH 300’ of WATERFRONT Gorgeous views Gentle Slope $295,000 MLS 815604

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Glenda McDaniel

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Glenda McDaniel

Top Lake Agent for Long & Foster Steven McDaniel, Realtor

Beautiful Waterfront Contemporary

NEW “Cottages Style” Homes

Beautiful Mountain and Lake Views, Covered Boatdock, Wrap Around Screen Porch, Great Room and Large Family Rm New SS appliances, Custom Kitchen with Granite Counter Tops. MLS 804894

Gated Waterfront Community, Main Level Living, Covered Boatdocks with Lifts Available, community boat ramp, Great Location to shopping and dining, Carefree Lifestyle with Low Maintenance living on Smith Mt Lake

REDUCED

Immaculate Lake Living For $389,500 Over 3200 Sq ft, Huge Great Rm with Fireplace and Open Kitchen, Spacious Master Suite, Includes Covered Dock Community Pool and Tennis, Gated 815371

STARTING AT $349,500!

Stunning Views of Smith Mountain & Lake

Builders Custom Home - Double Slip Covered Dock

Adorable Lake Home with Florida Room

Stunning Custom Built Lake Home

Beautiful gentle lot, Contemporary Lake Home, Great Room with Stone Fireplace, Family Rm with Bar, Covered Boatdock, Newly Remodeled Kitchen Cabinets w/Granite Tops, New Hardwood Floors, New Bath Vanities. MLS 813412 $699,500

Well Maintained, Great Remodeled Kitchen, Lower Level Family room with Wet Bar, Party Deck Boatdock. Sweeping Mt Laurels, Detached Oversized Garage. $569,500 MLS 815416

Lots of extra features including stackedStone Fireplace, Custom Kitchen with Granite, Doorless walkin Shower, Family Room with Large Bar and Fireplace,Home Theater, Beautiful Views MLS 812374 $995,000

Neslted on 1.19 Acres with 275’ of shoreline, Over 5700 Square Ft. Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counters, 3 Car Garage, Covered Boatdock with Automatic Boat Cover, Sandy Beach MLS 811530

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Custom Craftstyle Lake Home with Dock Gourmet kitchenquartz counters, farmers sink, Huge Sunroom w/heated floors and a wall of windows, Fantastic Views Great Room w/fireplace,Only $675,000 819580

19 Waterfront Acres with 361’ of Shoreline Lots of Potential for this Acreage Waterfront tract Great location Investment potential Only $525,000 Beautiful Tract Build Your Future MLS 817260

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Spacious Lake Townhome with Dock

Hardwood floors, Large Kitchen with Granite counters, Entry Level Master Suite, Den or Formal Dining area, Family Rm, 2nd Master Suite plus Beautiful views, Community pool & tennis. MLS 818445

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Glenda McDaniel

TheLakeSpecialist.com • 540-797-2247 • glendamcd@aol.com

Glenda McDaniel

Top Lake Agent for Long & Foster Steven McDaniel, Realtor

16869 Moneta Rd. • Moneta, VA 24121 • See all of these featured properties and more at www.GlendaMcDaniel.com

Beautiful Custom Built Brick Lake Home

Gorgeous Interior with Hardwood Floors Custom Kitchen with Granite Counter Tops, Main Level Master Suite and 2nd Guest Suite Large Great Room with Fireplace and Open Dining room overlooking the lake. Huge Family Room with Bar and fireplace, Workshop Double Covered Boatdock. MLS 802473

Stunning Lake Home On 6 Acres - 500ft of Shoreline

Adorable Lake Home with Great Dock

Custom Built with Beautiful Gourmet Kitchen, Large Sunroom overlooking the lake, Handicap Accessible, Main Level Master Suite and Guest suite Plus office, 3 sided stone fireplace, Covered Balconies, Huge Family room with 2nd Entertainment Kitchen 2nd Master Suite with private bath and 4th guest bedroom, Huge Party Deck Boatdock plus 1,000 sq ft guest cottage with bath. MLS 813236 $897,500

Great Lake Home with Boatdock

Fantastic Lakefront Condo ONLY $259,900

Adorable Lake Cottage with Dock

Adorable Lakefront Home Large Party Deck Boatdock $639,500

Nestled on a 1.97 Acres, New Kitchen Florida Room, Two Screen Porches Double Garage, Large Sundeck,Large Family room and plenty of storage MLS 813208 ONLY $497,500

Great Room with Stone Fireplace, Entry Level Master Suite, Great Island Kitchen, Sunroom, Family Rm, Workshop, Large Sundecks, 3 car garages $529,500 MLS 802947

Only $269,500 Two Bedrooms and Two Bath Previous Covered Dock Permit Screen Porch, Great Room with Fireplace, Almost level walk to dock MLS 817950

Tremendous value, 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths Fully furnished, screen Porch, covered sundeck and Covered Dock 819771

Entry level Master suite. Towering Fireplace in Living Rm, 3 guest rooms Family Room 3 1/2 baths, Dining Rm MLS 813424 $639,000

Immaculate Lakefront Home on 3.67 Acres

Covered Boatdock, Low Maintenance Home and Decking, Glass Railings, Hardwood Floors Very Spacious, Granite Counters,Great Location MLS 816849

Waterfront Lot with Covered Dock ONLY $199,500 1.26 acres. MLS 802904

Fantasy Point at Contentment Island

Adorable Lake Home ONLY $549,500

New Roof, New Deck, Freshly painted, Great Lot with Mountain Views, Covered, Dock, Great Room with Fireplace, Family, Room with Fireplace, 4 bedroom design MLS 814748 $549,500

Adorable Lake Log Home

Full length Covered Porch Overlooking wide water views, Party Deck Dock Rock Seawall, Gentle Slope, Entry Master Suite, Extra Entertainment Kitchen ONLY $450,000 MLS 807008

One of the Best Point Lots available on Smith Mountain Lake with 426’ of Gentle Shoreline. Stunning 180 degree views, Riprapped. Located in a Gated Island Community with Community Clubhouse, Pool and Tennis. $895,000 MLS 791255

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2016

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Wedding Guide Smith Mountain Lake caters to several walks of life: couples wanting to relax in retirement, families raising their children and visitors seeking the fun of summer vacation. These people choose SML in part for the memories the lake helps them create. The welcoming and nurturing atmosphere is important, and for some young couples, it helps to kick off their lives together on their wedding day. Laker magazine’s guide helps to plan the perfect wedding and to send newlyweds happily down life’s journey.

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Spring Valley Farm’s white horse-drawn carriage helps to make a wedding day even more memorable.

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ven if he’s met a couple only weeks or months before their wedding, Chad Simmons admits that he’s cried at a few ceremonies. As the owner of Spring Valley Farm, Simmons and the white horse-drawn carriage he drives get to be a unique accent to a wedding — together, they channel a vintage romanticism that is right at home on the five-decade-old Smith Mountain Lake. “I love it. It’s fun to be a part of these couples getting married,” said Simmons, whose 500-acre family farm is in the Diamond Hill area of Bedford County. Spring Valley carriages have pulled Santa Claus in the Bedford Christmas Parade, revelers at Roanoke’s Dickens of a Christmas, young children at the Scott’s Strawberry Festival and fathers and daughters at a celebration event at the Taubman Museum of Art. Until about 15 years ago, Spring Valley had done only a handful of weddings using a horsedrawn carriage. The farm then purchased a white carriage from the Lexington Horse Center, and weddings became a more regular event. Simmons and his fiancee, Michelle Rose, said they do 10 to 12

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weddings a year. “It’s really nice because that’s a person’s big day,” Rose said. “They’re going to remember that forever. It is really special.” Spring Valley takes part in weddings that cover a variety of styles. Country weddings, complete with cowboy boots and an on-farm venue, are one part of the business; high-style weddings at locations such as The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center make up the other part. For either type, the horses and the wedding carriage are often decorated with flowers, while the animals’ manes are braided. For his part, Simmons’ wardrobe can vary greatly to best reflect the wedding theme. Most of the weddings that Spring Valley Farm takes part in are within two hours of the farm — an area that includes all of the lake. Simmons has been around the farm his whole life, and his parents have deep ties to the agricultural community, too. His expertise is reflected in the temperament of the horses and how well he drives the carriage. “I was training other people’s ponies since I was 6 years old, and my dad was training horses since he was about 6 as well,” Simmons said. Simmons and Rose have about 100 horses on the


Spring Valley Farm purchased its white horse-drawn carriage 15 years ago in Lexington and has used it in weddings from Smith Mountain Lake to the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas. The carriage’s driver, Chad Simmons (at left), owns Spring Valley Farm, which has been in his family his whole life.

farm and conduct trail rides, birthday parties and other events there. During the summers, they are busy setting up shop at festivals in the region. That exposure, combined with the fact that Simmons’ brother hosts auctions at his adjoining property, means Spring Valley is able to get a lot of word-ofmouth business. Rose, who began working at the farm in summer of 2014, promotes the company on Facebook and through local publications. The farm has also recently updated its business card and printed brochures. Rose also handles much of the scheduling and management around the farm. At times, guests at a wedding will book the white carriage on the spot. “Sometimes when you ride by, the wagon’s so pretty and the horses are so pretty, people’s mouths drop open and they’re staring,” Simmons said. The two horses that Spring Valley uses most often during weddings are named Pixie and Comanche. “Our horses have done really well during the weddings,” Simmons said. “And when you finish it, and the horses are happy and the bride and groom are happy, that’s when you really feel good.” Simmons and Rose can relate to those whose weddings they are a part of — the couple got engaged in November. Rose said she enjoys asking couples how they proposed. “I eat it up because I’m a romantic,” she said. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Tying the wedding Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography Wedding dress and tuxedo: The Newfangled Bride Jewelry and rings: Haywood’s Jewelers Cakes: Geri’s Confections Floral design: Gloriosa: Unique Florals & Events Vintage rentals: Nicole Colwell Hair: Lindsay Sink — Roots Salon Makeup: Cady Garst — Lash Etc. Location: Special thanks to the Koch family and Crazy Horse Marina Models: Jordyn Lamb and Ben Colwell

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The vendor guide on the following pages offers local resources to help brides and grooms plan the Smith Mountain Lake wedding of their dreams. To find guest accommodations, turn to our Lodging Guide, which starts on Page 84. Business

Address

Phone • Website

Services and Specialties

At t e n d A n t / PA r e n t G i f t s Affordable Home Outlet / A Shade Brighter

1123 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540.297.6440 downtownmoneta.com

Jewelry, home accessories, SML-related gifts

All Fired Up

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #5, Moneta

540.400.2712 allfiredupsml.com

Ready-to-paint ceramics, thousands of styles to choose from

Bridgewater Sportswear

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #9, Moneta

540.721.1040 bridgewaterplaza.com

SML items, clothing, gift items

Brooks Mill Winery

6221 Brooks Mill Road, Wirtz

540.721.5215 brooksmillwine.com

Wine, wine-related gifts, SML souvenir T-shirts

Carter’s Fine Jewelers and Gifts

400 Old Franklin Tnpk., #117, Rocky Mount

540.483.0779 facebook.com/ cartersfinejewelersandgifts

Bridal registry, gifts for all, Merle Norman Gold Medallion Studio, fine jewelry

Diamond Hill General Store

1017 Diamond Hill Road, Moneta

540.297.9309 diamondhillgeneralstore.net

Wine shop, gift shop, garden center; Boars Head catering; Bedford Artisan Trail venue

Emerson Creek Pottery

1068 Pottery Lane, Bedford

540.297.7884 emersoncreekpottery.com

Handcrafted ceramic pottery for kitchen, bath and more

Gifts Ahoy

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #15, Moneta

540.721.5303 bridgewaterplaza.com

Vera Bradley purses & travel accessories, candles, cards, SML-related items, jewelry, truffles, fudge

Haywood’s Jewelers Westlake

13020 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy

540.721.2210 haywoodsjewelers.com

Fine jewelry, bridal sets, giftware, watches, clocks and other gifts; Pandora and other select designers, custom design

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta

540.296.1393 smlwine.com

Wine and wine-related gifts

Homestead Creamery

7254 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz

540.721.2045

Local gift items, ice cream cakes

Just Made Scents

84 Westlake Road, Suite 108, Hardy

540.719.9571 On Facebook

Hand-crafted gifts, candles, body care products, gift baskets

Kara’s Closet

16545 Moneta Road, Moneta

540.296.1110

Women’s apparel, shoes, accessories

Lighthouse Gifts and Books

84 Westlake Road, Suite 106, Hardy

540.721.4438 On Facebook

Gifts, books, jewelry, candles, personalized items

Southern Roots

400 Scruggs Road, Suite 1100, Moneta

540.814.0604 southernrootssml.com

Silk flower arrangements, home & dock decor, gifts, jewelry, clothing, silk centerpieces

The Cottage Gate

84 Westlake Road, #13, Hardy

540.721.5622 thecottagegateonline.com

Metal alloy serving pieces, home furnishings, frames, favors, gourmet gift baskets, centerpieces

The General Store and Quilt Shack

213 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.721.3009 generalstoresml.com

Laser engravings, local food items, local artists, quilting items, engraved and personalized items

The Little Gallery

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #6, Moneta

540.721.1596 thelittlegallerysml.com

Handmade wedding jewelry, literary calligraphy, blessing bowls, handcrafted items and fine art

VitaZen

12787 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #103, Hardy

540.721.9365 vitazen.net

Soy candles, Himalayan salt crystal lamps, essential oils, bath and body items

CAkes Brenda Maus Signature Cakes

500 Pell Ave., Rocky Mount

540.483.8655

Custom designed wedding cakes, groom’s cakes

Diane’s Cake Creations

416 Avenel Ave., Bedford

540.586.5978

Custom cakes

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Silk Flower Arrangements, Home Décor, Gifts and Clothing

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Business

Address

Phone • Website

Services and Specialties

KupKakery

140 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount

540.493.2212 kupkakery.com

Custom gourmet cakes and cupcakes

Ruthie’s Kitchen

2603 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.721.2413

Custom cakes, homemade butter mints, finger food catering

Stacy’s Sweet Spot

1035 Mercantile St., Moneta

540-297-5683 stacysstweetspot.com

Custom caskes and chocolates

Sugar & Slice Cupcakery and Confections

96 Builders Pride Dr., Hardy

540.721.2253 sugarandslicesml.com

Custom cakes and cupcakes

The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main Street, Bedford

540.586.4622 cakeflowers@hotmail.com

Wedding and special event cakes

Barnyard Catering / Smokehouse Restaurant

1123 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540.297.4646 barnyardcatering.com

315 Franklin St., Rocky Mount 1017 Diamond Hill Road, Moneta 2033 Morewood Road Hardy Mobile truck serving Smith Mountain Lake 1760 N. Main St., Rocky Mount 140 Franklin St, Rocky Mount,

540.489.7827 centerstagefood.com 540.297.9309 diamondhillgeneralstore.net 540.912.0112 sockitgrilleandbar.com

1037 Whitetail Drive, Huddleston

855.765.8222 marinerslanding.com

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Center Stage Catering Diamond Hill General Store Dock It Grille & Bar Hot Stones Pizza Ippy’s Restaurant Kupkakery Mariners Landing Resort Community & Conference Center The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St., Bedford

540.263.3202 540-489-5600 ippysrestaurant.com 540.493.2212 kupkakery.com

540.586.4622 cakesflowers@hotmail.com 540.721.3028 thelandingsml.com

Hand-smoked meats, all food homemade Full-service catering Boars Head catering Full-service catering, customized menus Wood-fired pizza Full-service catering, customized menus Off-site catering Full-service catering Full-service catering

The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

Custom gourmet menus; full-service catering on or off site

Aztec Rental

14070 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540.721.4070 aztecrental.com

Full-service event rentals

1000 Vineyard Road, Vinton

540.343.1000 grandrentalvinton.com

Full-service event rentals

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Ceremony/reCeption Venues Bella Rose Plantation

1220 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg

434.385.1827 bellaroseplantation.com

Vintage plantation, romantic creek side ceremony site, historic three level mill house, brick mansion

Bernard’s Landing Resort & Conference Center

775 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

540.719.1031 bernardslanding.com

Indoor/outdoor event location; Utilize the catering company of your choice

Early Inn at the Grove

50 Floyd Ave, Rocky Mount

844.327.5946 Earlyinn.com

Historic Greek Revival home offering weddings for up to 200 people

Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery

1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta

540.296.1393 smlwine.com

Outdoor setting overlooking the vineyard

Historic Avenel Plantation

413 Avenel Avenue, Bedford

540.586.1814 historicavenel.com

Historic home that accommodates up to 300 for indoor reception, 80 for seated banquets and 400 with use of porches and grounds

Jake’s Place

1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta

540.297.4732 jakesplacesml.com

Casual lakeside restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; docking facilities

Mariners Landing Resort Community & Conference Center

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540.297.4100 marinerslanding.com

Lakeside ceremony services, indoor and outdoor reception facilities, catering

Old Chapel Church

436 Old Chapel Road, Penhook

540.483.0687

1769 historic restored church for wedding chapel, extensive grounds for events

Parkway Marina

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy, Huddleston

540.297.4412 parkwaymarina.com

5-acre point surrounded by water with pavilion and docking

Ramulose Ridge Vineyards

3061 Hendricks Store Road, Moneta

540.309.6375 ramuloseridgevineyards.com

1,110-square-foot event space with full kitchen and fireplace; 1,100-square foot patio with fans, pergola and mountain views. 20-by-30-foot pavilion in vineyards

Savoy Lee Winery

5800 Johnson Mountain Road, 540.589.9530 Bedford savoy-lee.com

The Bedford Columns

812 East Main St., Bedford

540.586.1407 thebedfordcolumns.com

Circa 1848 restored home can accommodate 200 guests; expansive patio with mountain views

The Blackwater Cafe

4730 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.721.4333 theblackwatercafe.com

Customizable gourmet menus, indoor and outdoor options, can accommodate up to 110

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Phone • Website

Services and Specialties

The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St., Bedford

540.586.4622 cakesflowers@hotmail.com

Victorian home offering country to elegant weddings

The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

540.721.3028 thelandingsml.com

Custom gourmet menus, lakeside setting, wedding coordination

The Old Mill Farm Venue

3705 Chestnut Fork Road, Bedford

540.537.2886 theoldmillfarmvenue.com

Outdoor wedding venue on scenic former dairy farm; pond, barn, 1800s log cabin; covered facility can accommodate 300

The Waterfront Country Club

275 Anchor Drive, Moneta

540.721.2653 thewaterfrontcc.com

Full-service event site including upscale clubhouse; variety of packages available

The Water’s Edge Country Club

1825 Waters Edge Drive Penhook

540.576.1556 thewatersedgecc.com

Full-service event site including upscale clubhouse, charming chapel or waterfront locations; variety of packages available

The Westlake

360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy

540.721.384 golfthewestlake.com

Ceremony & reception venue

West Manor Estate

3594 Elkton Farm Road, Lynchburg

434.525.0923 westmanorevents.com

Traditional Southern wedding atmosphere. Winner of “Central Virginia’s Best Wedding Venue”

Virginia Dare Cruises

3619 Airport Road, Moneta

540.297.7100 vadarecruises.com

Customizable services aboard a 19th century replica side wheeler

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

755 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

540.721.2759, ext. 0 skelton4hcenter.org

Full-service ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venue; indoor or lakeside

White Rock Vineyards & Winery

2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview

540.890.3359 whiterockwines.com

Indoor and outdoor space accommodates 100-200; pergola overlooks vineyard, pond

McMillan & Wife Photography & Flowers

340 Windridge Parkway, Hardy

540.427.5129 mcmillanandwifephotography. com

Day-of-wedding directing, flowers and decorating services

Smith Mountain Flowers

14477 Moneta Road, Moneta

540.297.6524 smithmountainflowers.net

Full-service florist. Floral arrangements, delivery

Southern Roots

400 Scruggs Road, Suite 1100, Moneta

540.814.0604 southernrootssml.com

Silk flower arrangements, decorative accessories

The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St., Bedford

540.596.4622 cakeflowers@hotmail.com

Flowers and decorating services

The Cottage Gate

84 Westlake Road, Stuite 13, Hardy

540.721.5622 thecottagegateonline.com

Flower arrangements, decorating to fit any style, centerpieces

AmRhein’s

2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540.989.7100 amrheins.com

Full-service bridal shop

Antique Mall at Mayberry

1123 Celebration Ave., Suite 103, Moneta

540.871.0321 On Facebook

Bridesmaid and Mother-of-the-bride gowns, flower girl dresses, formal wear

Bessolo’s Wedding Attire

513 Jefferson St., Roanoke

540.798.6288 bessolosdesigns.com

Custom-made clothing for all occasions

Celebration Bridal and Formal

920 Main St., Lynchburg

434.237.5557 celebrationbridal. com

Full-service bridal shop

David’s Bridal

4873 Valley View Blvd., Roanoke

540.563.5800 davidsbridal.com

Full-service bridal shop

Proms, Pageants and Pretty Things at the Bride’s House

5325 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke

540.366.8360 promspageantsandprettythings. com

Full-service bridal shop; gown alterations and preservations

Cruise One

13840 B.T. Washington Highway, Suite C-1

540.525.2004 mkauffman@cruiseone.com

Vacation planning and consulting

Time Travel Biz

144 Shad Run Drive, Moneta

540.493.1220 timetravelbiz.com

Vacation planning and consulting

Touch of Paradise Travel

111 Saunders Point Road, Huddleston

540.293.1124 804.928.9283

Vacation planning and consulting

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400 Old Franklin Tpke., Ste. 117, Rocky Mount

540.483.0779 On Facebook

Invitations

Print-N-Paper

70 Scruggs Road, Ste. 104, Moneta

540.719.7277 printnpaper.com

Wide variety of invitations, programs

Jewelry/weDDing rings AmRhein’s

2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540.989.7100 amrheins.com

Fine jewelry, engagement rings, wedding bands

Antique Mall at Mayberry

1123 Celebration Ave., Suite 103, Moneta

540.871.0321 downtownmoneta.com

Jewelry, bridal gifts

Arthur’s Jewelry Inc.

111 North Bridge St., Bedford

540.586.8034 arthursjewelry.com

Fine jewelry, diamonds, Bedford Time Co. watches, custom design

Carter’s Fine Jewelers and Gifts

400 Market Place, Suite 117, Rocky Mount

540.483.0779 On Facebook

Bridal registry, wide array of gift items

Haywood’s Jewelers Westlake

13020 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy

540.721.2210 haywoodsjewelers.com

Fine jewelry, bridal sets, giftware, watches, clocks and other gifts, custom designs

Lyon’s Jewelers

1128 East Lynchburg-Salem Tpke., Bedford

540.586.5966 lyonsjewelers.com

Custom-designed jewelry

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Address

Phone • Website

Services and Specialties

music Quintessence Strings

Roanoke

540.772.0416

Customized classical ensembles

Sound Dawgs

Smith Mountain Lake

540.815.3379

Years of professional touring experience. Provides music for weddings, business events, lake parties, etc. Music from 50s to present

Carter’s Merle Norman

400 Old Franklin Tpke., Ste.117, Rocky Mount

540.483.0779 merlenorman.com

Bride and bridal party makeovers

Emma Williams Hair Studio

13699 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite 206, Moneta

540.719.2217

Full-service hair care

Eric & Co. Premiere Salon

13351 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy

540.721.7336

Full-service salon

Hair Designs by Whitney & Brandy

1123 Celebration Ave., 104B, Moneta

540.297.2762

Formal hair styling and updos

Mary Kay, Evelena Mullens

175 Panford Lane, Moneta

540.719.3237 marykay.com/ emullens

Skin care advice, free makeovers

Massage Works

13455 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite 107, Moneta

540.721.5528

Full-service massage services

Modern Nails Spa

400 Scruggs Road, #1300, Moneta

540.719.1100

Manicures, pedicures, waxing, nail art, foot spa, gift certificates

Salon One

400 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.719.0025 salononesml.com

Massage therapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing

SML Massage and Spa

400 Scruggs Road, Moneta (inside Salon One)

540.300.0398 smlmassageandspa.com

Holistic, full-service day spa offering massage, spa services, hair services, facials, manicures, pedicures and body wraps

The Salon at Westlake

13105 Booker T. Washintgon Hwy., Hardy

540.721.3141

Full-service haircare services for brides and bridal parties

Westlake Massage & Spa

70 Scruggs Road, #106, Hardy

540.525.9106 westlakemassage.com

Massage and pampering spa

Westlake Salon & Spa

85 Westlake Road, Suite 112, Hardy, Westlake Towne Center

540.719.4247 westlakesalonandspa.com

Full-service salon and spa

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography

724 Commerce St., Lynchburg

434.665.4018 adambarnes.com

Fine art imaging for weddings and other special events

Christi Austin Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540.451.1809 • christiaustin.com

Weddings, portraits, boudoir

Jolly Jen Photography

6675 B.T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz

540.521.1378 jollyjenphotography.com

Weddings, families, high school seniors, special events

Lesley Wray Photography

305 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount

540.420.5151 lesleywrayphotography.com

Engagement sessions, bridal portraits, wedding day and other photography

McMillan & Wife Photography & Flowers

340 Windridge Pkwy., Hardy

540.427.5129 mcmillanandwifephotography. com

Two-camera coverage, photojournalism style, printing and framing

Nicole Colwell Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540.580.1021 nicolecolwellphotography.com

Wedding, engagement and events photography

Noah Magnifico Photography

Southwest Virginia

540.382.1600 www.magnificophoto.com

Wedding photography

Stone Blue Productions Photo and Video

Bedford Hills, Lynchburg

434.420.2583 stoneblueproductions.com

Wedding and events photography; HD videography, custom paper products

Studio Belle Visage

300 Old Mountain Road, Penhook

540.576.1370 studiobellevisage.com

Studio and location engagement sessions, bridal portraits, wedding day photography collections

Taylor-Made Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540.493.7267 mytaylormadephotography.com

Wedding photography

Bella Rose Plantation

1220 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg

434.385.1827 bellaroseplantation.com

Vintage plantation, romantic, historic three level Mill house, Brick mansion

Bernard’s Landing Resort & Conference Center

775 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

540.719.1031 bernardslanding.com

Indoor/outdoor event location; utilize the catering company of your choice

Casa D’Amici Italian Restaurant

1100 Celebration Avenue, Suite 107, Moneta

540.296.1329 casadamicisml.com

Celebration room seats 150+

Dock It Grille and Bar

2033 Morewood Road, Hardy

540.912.0112

Waterfront restaurant with docking facilities. Lake front deck with view of quiet cove. Accommodates up to 75 indoor seating. Customizable menu

Edo Grill and Sushi

1035 Mercantile St., Suite 104, Moneta

540.297.6888

Seats up to 80 for Asian cuisine, including fresh sushi

El Toreno Mexican Restaurant Bar and Grill

40 Village Springs Suite 14, Hardy

540.721.3821 540.296.0800

Accommodates large groups; flat-screen TVs, full bar

Jake’s Place

1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta

540.297.4732 jakesplacesml.com

Casual lakeside restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; docking facilities

Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

130 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.721.2422 joespizzasml.com

Italian-oriented food

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Address

Phone • Website

Services and Specialties

Jonathan’s Restaurant

50 FirstWatch Drive, Suite 101, Moneta

540.719.1212 jonathansatsml.com

Full bar, custom food, accommodates groups up to 50

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

1037 White Tail Drive, Huddleston

855.765.8222 marinerslanding.com

Indoor and outdoor event locations; upscale atmosphere; lake and mountain views; versatile menu; off-site catering available

Mango’s Bar & Grill

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540.721.1632 mangosbarandgrill.com

Casual indoor/outdoor dining with full bar and stage for live entertainment

Seven Doors Winery

5800 Johnson Mountain Road, 540.589.9530 Bedford On Facebook

The Bedford Columns

812 East Main St., Bedford

540.586.1407 thebedfordcolumns.com

Circa 1848 restored home can accommodate 200 guests; expansive patio with mountain views

The Blackwater Cafe

4730 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540.721.4333 theblackwatercafe.com

Customizable gourmet menus, indoor and outdoor options, can accommodate groups up to 110

The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

540.721.3028 thelandingsml.com

Custom gourmet menus, lakeside setting, luxury events, wedding coordination

The Waterfront Country Club

275 Anchor Drive, Moneta

540.721.2653 thewaterfrontcc.com

Full-service event site including sophisticated clubhouse; variety of packages available

The Water’s Edge Country Club

1825 Waters Edge Drive, Penhook

540.576.1556 thewatersedgecc.com

Full-service event site including sophisticated clubhouse, intimate chapel or waterfront location; variety of packages available

The Westlake

360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy

540.721.3845 golfthewestlake.com

Full-service ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venue

Tuscan Tavern

16483 Moneta Road, Moneta

540.297.8900

Full bar, Italian-style dinner venue; call for availability

Virginia Dare Cruises

3619 Airport Road, Moneta

540.297.7100 vadarecruises.com

Bridal showers, formal dinners, customizable range of services

Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria

16547 Moneta Road, Moneta

540.297.000

Private room for up to 40 people, restaurant holds up to 150. Customized Italian menu

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

540.721.2759, ext. 0 skelton4hcenter.org

Full service-ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner venue; Indoor and lakeside options

White Rock Wines & Brewery

2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview

540.890.3359 whiterockwines.com

Indoor and outdoor space to accommodate 100-200; pergola overlooks vineyard and pond

Black Tie Trolleys

1220 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg

434.385.1827

Unique transportation including trolleys, party buses

Executive Town Car & Limousine Service Inc.

616 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke

540.366.4644 etclimo.com

Limousine transportation services

Premier Limousine Service

3727 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg

434.385.8400 premierlimousineservice.net

Limousine transportation services

Prestige Limousine & Shuttlebus

701 Irvine St., Roanoke

540.342.8049 prestigelimoinc.com

Limousine and shuttlebus transportation services

Spring Valley Farms

1190 Horseshoe Bend Road, Moneta

540.890.3747 Svfarm.wix.com

Horse drawn carriages

AmRhein’s

2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540.989.7100 amrheins.com

Tuxedo sales and rentals

Celebration Bridal and Formal

920 Main St., Lynchburg

434.237.5557 celebrationbridal. com

Full-service bridal shop

Davidsons

4235 Electric Road,Suite 103, Roanoke

540.774.1644 fineclothiers.com

Tuxedo sales and rentals

Men’s Warehouse

4757 Valley View Blvd. NW and 4802 Valley View Blvd. NW, Roanoke

540.563.9860 540.366.1889 tmw.com

Full-service men’s formal attire, children’s formal rentals

Mr. Tuxedo

5325 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke

540.366.8360 promspageantsandprettythings. com

Full-service bridal, preservations and alterations performed on site; tuxedo and suit rentals and sales

Intimate groups or up to 65 can be accommodated in an open floor plan setting

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Wedding planning, corporate events, concierge services

Everlasting Memories Event Planning/Brenda Taylor

3038 Sedgefield Road, Roanoke

540.314.6228 everlastingmemoriesep.com

Full-service event planning

The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St, Bedford

540.586.4622 cakeflowers@hotmail.com

Wedding and reception planning

Information for the 2016 SML Wedding Guide was compiled from business submissions, telephone interviews and SML Regional Chamber of Commerce records. Businesses outside of the immediate area have been included in categories where service is limited or not available at Smith Mountain Lake. Laker Media deems it to be accurate but makes no guarantees.

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Pets

Dock Privileges

Wi-Fi

Address

Almost Home

612 Longwood Ave., Bedford

540-425-2221

NA

NA

Call

No

No

No

Call for prices

Angle Guest House

215 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount

540-489-1893

NA

NA

3 BD suites

No

No

Yes

$100-$150/night

Bedford Landings

1995 Buccaneer Road, Moneta

540-488-4600 bedfordlandings.com

R20

D10

4 BR

No

Yes

Yes

$110-$190/night

Cedar Pointe

216 Mountwood Drive, Huddleston

540-520-5868 cedarpointebandb.com

W1

E12

2 BR suite

No

Yes

Yes

$150-$175/night

Claiborne House

185 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount

540-483-4616 claibornehouse.net

NA

NA

5 BR plus cottage

No

No

No

$110-$165/night

Early Inn at the Grove

50 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount

844-327-5946 earlyinn.com

NA

NA

5 BR or suites

No

No

Yes

$100-$115/night

Sans Souci at Smith Mountain Lake

2379 Capewood Drive, Huddleston

540-297-8617 homeaway.com/p335285

W1

F12

1 BR suite

No

Yes

Yes

$180-$225/night $1,190-$1,470/week

The Forget-Me-Not

733 Peaks St., Bedford

540-420-0703 forgetmenotbnb.com

NA

NA

1 BR suite

No

No

No

$125/night

The Inn on Avenel

416 Avenel Ave., Bedford

540-586-5978 innonavenel.com

NA

NA

4 BR

No

No

No

Call for prices

NA

3 BR suite plus 2 cottages

No

No

Yes

$125-$250/night

Phone Website

Channel Marker

Business Name

Number of Units

Map ID (Pages 104-105)

Easily locate accommodations by matching the number in the Map ID column below to the map on pages 104-105. The number also corresponds to the larger, more detailed Laker Map produced each year by Laker Media. Free copies are available in racks around the region and at our offices, 272 Westlake Road, Hardy (behind Kroger).

Rates (taxes not included)

B e d & B r e a k fa s t I n n s

Vanquility Acres

105 Angus Terrace, Bedford

540-587-9113 vanquilityacresinn.com

Arrowhead Campground LLC

5625 Smith Mountain Road, Penhook

540-420-7625 540-420-8462

B1

G11

140

Yes

Yes

Yes

$20-$40/night $1,700-$2,600/year

Blue Ridge Campground & Marina

8131 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz

540-721-3866 blueridgecampground.com

G5

G8

104

Yes

Yes

No

$35/night $2,500/year

Camp Karma LLC

2056 Stone Mountain Road, Bedford

540-297-5762, 540-297-5067 campkarmavirginia.com

NA

NA

37

Yes

No

Yes

$25/night

Eagle’s Roost Campground

15335 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston

540-297-7381 smleaglesroost.com

R11

F11

125+

Yes

Yes

No

Call for rates April 2015

Halesford Harbour RV Park

1336 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta

540-297-9000 halesfordharbour.com

R28

C8

18

Yes

Yes

Yes

$35-$75/night Call for long term rates

Mitchell’s Point Campground

3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston

540-484-3980 mitchellspoint.com

C3

F12

83

Yes

Yes

Yes

Annual lease

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

1235 State Park Road, Huddleston

540-297-6066 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/ smi.shtml

R19

E10

70

Yes

Yes

Varies

$20-$35/night

Sweetwater RV Park

4474 White House Road, Moneta

540-296-0522 sweetwaterrvpark.com

NA

B10

24

Yes

No

No

$25-$45/night

NA

Campgrounds

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Wi-Fi

Phone Website

Number of Units

Pets

Address

Comfort Inn

1730 North Main St., Rocky Mount

540-489-4000 choicehotels.com/hotel/va120

NA

NA

61

Yes

No

Yes

$80-$105/night

Days Inn

921 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford

540-586-8286 daysinn.com/hotel/13119

NA

NA

75

Yes

No

Yes

$53-$85/night

Gills Creek Marina and Lodge

790 Fox Chase Road, Wirtz

540-721-2451 gillscreekmarina.com

G2

G9

4

No

Yes

Yes

$89-$129/night $395-$695/week

Halesford Harbour Inn

1336 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta

540-297-9000 halesfordharbour.com

R28

C8

24

Yes

Yes

Yes

$64-$170/night

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Channel Marker

Business Name

Map ID (Pages 104-105)

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Rates (taxes not included)

HOTELS/MOTELS

Hampton Inn

200 McBride Lane, Gretna

434-656-9000

NA

NA

81

No

No

Yes

From $93

Holiday Inn Express Rooms & Suites

395 Old Franklin Tpke, Rocky Mount

540-489-5001 hiexpress.com

NA

NA

63

Yes

No

Yes

$95-$180/night

Lake Inn Motel

45 Enterprise Lane, Hardy

540-721-3383 lakeinnmotel.com

NA

E7

60

Yes

No

Yes

$58-$86/night

Westlake Waterfront Inn

2050 Morewood Road, Hardy

540-721-3307 westlake-waterfront-inn.com

R37

D7

26

No

Yes

Yes

$60-$135/night

16441 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-5363 800-488-4516 parrotcove.com

D7

17

No

Yes

Yes

$765-$3,100/week

H O U S E B O AT S Parrot Cove Boat Rentals & Sales

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RESORTS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS R11

F10

50

No

Yes

Yes

1-3 BR condos: $100-$300/night Homes/townhomes: $174-$345/night

NA

NA

80

Yes

No

Yes

$100-$200/night

540-297-4900 or 540-892-6391 marinerslanding.com

C6

E11

100

Yes

Yes

Yes

$99-$325/night

540-721-2759 skelton4hcenter.org

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93

No

No

Yes

$50-$100/night

8

Varies

Yes

Varies

$80-$375/night $800-$2,700/week

C8

75

Varies

Yes

Varies

$900-$5,200/week

R28

C8

5

Varies

Varies

Varies

Visit website for rates

NA

C11

70

Varies

Yes

Varies

$480-$7,800/week

540-297-5610; 800-572-6098 lakeshorerentals.com

NA

C8

60

Varies

Yes

Varies

$100-$500/night $500-$2,500/week

866-395-2038 lfvacations.com

NA

E7

50

Varies

Yes

Varies

$750-$5,500/week

Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center

775 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

800-572-2048 bernardslanding.com

Elba Inn

200 McBride Lane, Gretna

434-656-9000

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

By the Lake Vacation Rentals

16503 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-425-0555 bythelakevacationrentals.com

R28

C8

CB Rentals & Sales

1027 Waterwheel Drive, Moneta

540-297-7000 cbrentals.com

R28

Lake & Land Property Rentals

17 Bridgewater Plaza, Smith Mountain Lake

540-589-3741 rentalsatthelake.com

Lake Retreat Properties, Inc.

6760 White House Road, Huddleston

540-297-6002 lakeretreat.com

Lakeshore Rentals & Sales

16483 Moneta Road #M, Moneta

Long & Foster Vacation Rentals

14807 Moneta Rd., Suite K Moneta

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Channel Marker

Pets

Business Name Premier Vacation Rentals at SML

P.O. Box 50, Huddleston

540-797-0460 smithmountainlakeproperties. org

NA

NA

26

Yes

Yes

Varies

$70-$600/night $850-$4,500/week

RSI Rentals, Inc.

16525 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-9797 rsirentals.com

NA

D7

75

Varies

Varies

Varies

$575-$4,500/week

Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals, Inc.

16451 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

877-773-2452 smithmountainlakerentals.com

R29

D7

40

Varies

Yes

Varies

$895-$2,195/week

Captain Bert’s Waterfront Lodging

208 Stripers Landing, Moneta

540-721-5788 captainbert.com

G10

G9

1 BR condo

Yes

No

No

$325-$500/week

Cedar Key Cabins

1000 Cedar Key Lane, Huddleston

336-317-0229 336-454-3042 cedarkeycabins.com

R1

E12

2 singlefamily cabins

Yes

Yes

Yes

$150-$175/night $800-$1,200/week

Paradise Point

4331 Hales Ford Road, Moneta

540-425-4321 homeaway.com/218083

R28

C8

4 BR home

Varies

Yes

Yes

$165-$205/night $1,120-$1,400/week

Coveside Cottages

1054, 1090, 1110 Coveside Circle, Moneta

540-297-3221 covesidecottages.com

R28

C8

3

Yes

Yes

No

$100-$250/night $595-$995/week

Dream Come True

1141 Diane Drive, Moneta

336-337-0815

R20

D10

4 BR home with loft

Yes

Yes

Yes

$395-$430/night $2,800-$3,900/week

Enchanting Lakefront Cabin

1023 Cedar Key Lane, Huddleston

703-623-0463 smithmtnlakerentals.com

R1

E12

2 BR cabin

Yes

Yes

Yes

$225-$275/night $1,000-$1,500/week

Enchanting Lodge

1012 Cedar Key Lane, Huddleston

703-623-0463 smithmtnlakerentals.com

R1

E12

3 BR lodge

Yes

Yes

Yes

$325-$450/night $2,100-$2,800/week

Hickory Hollow Log Home

1564 Homeplace Road, Bedford

540-586-2238 affordablebedfordgetaways. com

NA

NA

2 BR lodge

No

No

No

$100/night $600/week

LoveStone Vacation Villa

100 Summer Lane, Huddleston

540-296-0510 vrbo.com/407871

C5

E11

5 BR house

Yes

Yes

Yes

$3,350/week

Parkway Marina

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston

540-297-4412 parkwaymarina.com

R8

G11

2

No

Yes

No

$129-$179/night $799-$979/week

Silver Bay View Cottages

111 Bay Terrace, Huddleston

434-953-6747 silverbayview.com

R1

E12

4

Yes

Yes

Yes

$780-$3,150/week

Smith Mountain Dock & Lodge

300 Locust Lane, Penhook

540-565-0222 petcarp.com

R6

G11

8

Yes

Yes

No

$89-$150/night

Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’

4067 Hales Ford Road, Moneta

540-297-5611 spikesprimetimefishin.com

R30

C8

2

Yes

Yes

Yes

$98-$338/night $800-$1,950/week

Spring Valley Cabins

1190 Horseshoe Bend Road, Moneta

540-297-0950 spgvalleyfarm.com

NA

A7

5 cabins

Yes

No

No

$65-$75/night

The Dome Home

214 Mountwood Drive, Huddleston

540-797-4686 homeaway.com/p208665

R19

E12

3 BR home

Yes

Yes

Yes

$175-$214/night $975-$1,550/week

The Fox Home

110 Water’s Edge Lane, Moneta

540-297-3477 homeaway.com/3935902

R27

D9

1

Varies

Yes

No

$2,100-$2,500/week

Phone Website

Rates (taxes not included)

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Information for the 2016 SML Lodging Guide was compiled from business submissions, telephone interviews, Internet searches and SML Regional Chamber of Commerce records. To be added to the list for Laker 365 of next year’s Laker magazine, please email editor@smithmountainlaker.com.

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1 FIRST-DAY HIKE | Smith Mountain Lake State Park will kick off the new year with a ranger-led hike along the Tobacco Run Trail. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats after the hike. Free but regular parking fees apply. 1-3 p.m. 540.297.6066, dcr.virginia.gov

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BEER-TASTING DINNER | Jake’s Place, Moneta. Reservations required. 540.297.4732, jakesplacesml.com

10 SML GLACIER PLUNGE | Glacier plunge to benefit SML YMCA held at Bernard’s Landing Resort. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 minimum pledge to enter the plunge. Post Plunge Party at The Landing Restaurant with raffles and music. visitsmithmountainlake.com, facebook.com/SML Glacier Plunge

12 WINE-TASTING DINNER | Themed wine dinner at Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. 540.721.4333. theblackwatercafe. com

16 JANUARY WINTER WHITES | Jan. 16, 23, 30 | Fireside Open House at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery in Moneta. First of two wines commemorating the lake’s 50th anniversary will be released. Complimentary wine tastings, browse gift shop. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 540.296.1393, smlwine.com

22 JOHN ANDERSON “ACOUSTIC TOUR” WITH LOGAN BRILL | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $52 gold section, $37 general admission

23 LEGACY MOTOWN REVIEW | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $17

29 THREE DOG NIGHT | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $74 gold section, $62 general admission


BEST BET

1 BLACK HISTORY MONTH | Feb. 1-28 | Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy. Call or check the park website for details. 540.721.2094, nps.gov/bowa AN EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7 p.m. $10

FEB 26-28 | Area dealers will display the newest models of boats and personal watercraft at the Berglund Center. A variety of other recreation and home-maintenance equipment and services providers will also display their wares. Sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association. 1-7 p.m. Friday, free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $7.50 for adults, free for children 12 and younger with an adult. roanokeboatshow.com

BEER-TASTING DINNER | Jake’s Place, Moneta. Reservations required. 540.297.4732, jakesplacesml.com

5 GAELIC STORM ON THE LANDING PAD STAGE | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $34.50 RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $51.00

6 FEBRUARY RED HEARTS | Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 | Fireside Open House at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery in Moneta. Second of two wines commemorating the lake’s 50th anniversary will be released. Complimentary wine tastings, browse gift shop. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 540.296.1393, smlwine.com

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13 TAB BENOIT | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $30

february

8 ARLO GUTHRIE “ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY” – NIGHT ONE WITH SARAH LEE GUTHRIE | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $64.50

9 WINE-TASTING DINNER | Themed wine dinner at the Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. 540.721.4333. theblackwatercafe.com ARLO GUTHRIE “ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50TH ANNIVERSARY” – NIGHT TWO WITH SARAH LEE GUTHRIE | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $64.50

12 KEN KNOX & COMPANY (KCO) | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7 p.m. $10

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GI JIVE DANCE | A fundraiser for the National D-Day Memorial. 6-10:30 p.m. at Trivium Estate, Forest. 1940s dress or black tie encouraged. Music by The Swing Beans featuring Karen Nichols and Scott Walker. Wine and champagne tasting, silent auction, dinner, and dance contest with prizes. $80 per person, $150 per couple. dday.org GRAND WINTER GALA | Starry, Starry Night theme. Gourmet dinner prepared by Chef John Hanek, live music by UBU. 6-11 p.m., The Waterfront Country Club. $75 per person. Benefits lake-area charities. grandwintergala.com

SONNY LANDRETH & CINDY CASHDOLLAR ON THE LANDING PAD STAGE | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $31

23 DON WILLIAMS | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $67

24 COREY SMITH | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $24.50

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FOUR BITCHIN’ BABES | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 7:30 p.m. $31

SOVA WINTER WINE FEST | Virginia wineries offer tastings at the Olde Dominon Agriculture Complex indoor area in Chatham. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Food and live music. 434.432.8173, sovawinetrail.com

PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE & FIREFALL | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $57 gold section, $42.50 general admission

AN EVENING WITH THE MACHINE – A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD | Live music at the Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $37

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DINE • PLAY • SHOP • STAY at Smith Mountain Lake.

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On March 7, 1966, Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond – a launching point for energy, recreation, business, residential living and FUN in the Blue Ridge. Join us for a wealth of events in 2016 that will stretch from start to finish.

Find a complete list of activities for 2016 at visitsmithmountainlake.com/sml50. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Residents, businesses and visitors can celebrate the lake’s 50th anniversary throughout the year! The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of events that are tied to honoring SML’s anniversary. The important milestone for this community has opened up the opportunity for several unique events, while helping to showcase some of the region’s most energizing annual gatherings. These events are just the early highlights; the list will surely grow.

FEBRUARY

BEST July 29-30 BET SML Cardboard Boat Regatta The regatta kicks off with a picnic jamboree concert on July 29 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center Willard Amphitheater, where there will be live music, food trucks and beverages. Visitors can check out the teams and boats that will hit the water on July 30 and vie to stay afloat the longest.

Feb. 13 | Grand Winter Gala, Waterfront Country Club

May 6 | SML Business Expo

Feb. 26-28 | Southwest Virginia Boat Show

May 7 | SML Triathlon, SML State Park

MARCH March 7 | 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake; SML historical marker dedication, CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop March 26 | Franklin County Easter egg hunt March 26 | “Carnivale” steel drum concert, SML YMCA

APRIL April 1-2 | Lake Quilters Guild Show April 2 | YMCA Dam 50 Festival — 50K, 5K and fun run, SML Dam April 9 | Inaugural Osprey 10K/5K Race, SML State Park April 9 | Gross’ Orchard Apple Blossom Festival, Bedford

Please check future issues of Laker Magazine, Laker Weekly or smithmountainlake.com for location information and the specific times of these events, as well as to keep up to date on any changes.

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MAY

April 22-24 | SMAC’s John Faber Memorial Photo Contest April 23 | Chug for the Jug 5K April 23 | Friends of Booker T. Washington “Legacy Dinner”

May 7 | Rockin’ Brews & BBQ May 7 | Take Pride in SML Spring Cleanup May 7 | 50th Anniversary Spring Festival – The General Store May 7-8 | Optimist Club Fishing Tournament May 9-15 | ’60s Week – New Crusty Minstrels’ Concerts (May 13 and 14), ‘60s comedy play (May 12), SML YMCA; ‘60s Film Fest (all week), Mayberry Drive-In; Vintage Plane/Car Show (May 14), SML Airport May 13-15 | Pigg River Ramble Weekend May 14 | Pigg River Rumble 5K Trail Run May 20 | Roanoke Symphony Orchestra concert with music composed for the 50th anniversary May 20-22 | Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run May 28 | SML Community Park Beach opens May 30 | Wreath laying at National D-Day Memorial, Bedford


BEST Mar BET 7 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake

JUNE June 3-4 | Lakeside Singers concerts June 4 | Jersey Girls “Walk for the Animals” – proceeds to establish an SML Dog Park

At 5:03 a.m. March 7, 1966, Smith Mountain Lake officially reached full pond. The project was years in conception and took the entire first half of the 1960s to complete. This year on March 7, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and local government officials will give remarks at a dedication ceremony for three new historical highway markers that recognize the economic significance of SML. One marker will be placed in each of the counties bordering the lake — Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania. The speeches will be given at CJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop.

June 6 | Wreath Laying at National D-Day Memorial, Bedford June 11 | Beach Bash Sip-n-Shag, Mariners Landing June 12 | SML 50th Birthday Party Celebration, Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina June 16-19 | Fourth annual “Lyrics on the Lake” Songwriters Festival June 18 | Juneteenth Celebration, Booker T. Washington National Monument June 19 | SML Steel Drum Band, SML Parrot Pan and Toucan Pan Bands Father’s Day concert June 25 | Smith Mountain Stand Up Paddle Board Race

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July 1 | Independence Festival, Rocky Mount

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

July 4-5 | Fourth of July Celebrations – Parkway Marina and Mitchell’s Marina in Huddleston and Downtown Moneta

Sept. 9-11 | Downtown Moneta Balloons & Tunes Festival

Oct. 7-9 | 26th annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

July 9 | Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Bedford

Sept. 10 | 26th annual SML Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival

Oct. 1 | Oktoberfest, Sunken City Brewery

July 15-17 | Pirate Days

Sept. 12-17 | Franklin County Agricultural Fair

Oct. 8 | Kids Fishing Derby / JAKES Event

Sept. 17 | Jim Cameron Memorial Walk

Oct. 15 | Gross’ Orchard Apple Harvest Festival, Bedford

Sept. 17 | Harvest Festival at Booker T. Washington National Monument

Oct. 22 | Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum

July 29-30 | SML Cardboard Boat Regatta

AUGUST Aug. 6 | SML YMCA Guinness Record Challenge, Bernard’s Landing

Sept. 24-25 | 28th annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

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BEST Aug BET 6 SML YMCA Guinness Record Challenge There will be an attempt at Bernard’s Landing to break the Guinness World Record for most number of people floating on inflatables on a lake at one time. The event is organized by the SML branch of the Franklin County Family YMCA.

Nov. 5 | Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival Nov. 11 | Wreath laying, National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Nov. 11-12 | SML Harmeneers Chorus 50th Anniversary Concert, “Music Around the Lake” Nov. 19 | Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, Poplar Forest Nov. 25 | Franklin County Courthouse Christmas tree lighting, Rocky Mount Nov. 25-26 | SML 50th Anniversary Open House, The General Store Nov. 26-27 | Crooked Road 24-Hour ultra race, Franklin County

DECEMBER Dec. 1 | Westlake Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 2 | Downtown Moneta Christmas Parade & Light-up Night

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Dec. 2 | Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas Dec. 9-31 | English Meadows-Elks Home Campus Christmas lights


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34. Bewitch 35. Anger 36. Balaam’s mount 38. Sped forward at full speed 39. “How ___!” 40. Beloved of Aphrodite 42. Tapioca plant 44. Discordant 45. Stop on a crawl 47. Divisions 48. Arm 49. “Silly” birds 50. Central pillar of a spiral staircase 51. “All kidding ___...” 52. Remus ____ (Harry Potter character) 53. Conquers 57. Abandon 59. Fla. neighbor 61. Arid ANSWERS ON PAGE 104

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ldercare expert Barbara McVicker implores families not to delay discussing plans for the care of elderly parents: “It’s never too soon; it can only be too late.” She knows that because she has first-hand experience. The Union Hall homeowner was working fulltime for a nonprofit and raising two kids when she was called upon to be the primary caregiver for her parents, a role she filled for about 15 years. “In the middle of doing that, I met so many other adult children taking care of their parents, and in hearing their stories, I thought that their stories needed to be told,” McVicker said. McVicker had the means to make it happen. She has done nonprofit fundraising in the past and had experience with research and public speaking. Her goal was to help people navigate the uncertain waters ahead. The result was a book titled “Stuck in the Middle: Shared Stories and Tips on Caring for Mom and Dad,” which included nine caregiving

stories, with notes at the end of each one to help people with the knowledge and resources they need. Almost by coincidence, she said, she found herself on the forefront of the caregiving discussion. McVicker viewed this work more as a ministry than as a profit-making machine. It wasn’t long before her speaking engagements took off and became her primary focus. “I love speaking in front of caregivers because they are so thankful for any kind of lifeline that you provide,” she said. She then wrote another book, “Before Things Fall Apart: Preparing to Care for Mom and Dad,” as well as a workbook. Then came her PBS special a couple of years ago. “One of the big things I talk about is how it affects families, not only the primary caregiver. It becomes a family situation,” McVicker said. “The rub that we haven’t figured out is: Mom and Dad want autonomy; they want to stay independent. … And the adult child, out of safety and love,

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Daimones By Massimo Marino Imagine waking up one morning to find you and your family members are the only humans left on earth — or at least you think you are. That’s the premise of this intriguing novel, which explores the mechanics of everyday post-apocalyptic survival, as well as a variety of emotional, moral and ethical issues. While sci-fi is not my usual genre, I found “Daimones” thought-provoking and emotional and look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy. — Andie Gibson

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Bettyville: A Memoir By George Hodgman Many of us have cared for elderly parents — many of us still do. There is no one who does it with so much insight, honesty and aplomb as Hodgman. This is a funny memoir from a middle-aged former New Yorker caring for his mother, Betty, a strong-willed woman stuggling against the breakdown of her mind and body. An elder-care book that focuses on goodness and hope in spite of the caregiver’s insecurities and dark nights of the soul. A droll comedy. — Linda Kay Simmons

What’s the best book you’ve read recently? A classic? Bestseller? Suspense? Biography? Non-fiction? Email the title, author, a brief synopsis and reason you would recommend it to other Lakers to editor@smithmountainlaker.com.

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thinks Mom and Dad should have in-home care coming in or that they should move. This becomes a huge struggle, not just between generations but between siblings as well.” Adding to the challenge is that adult children are often spread out, couples may both be in the workforce, caregivers may not have any medical training and caregiving is becoming a duty that lasts years upon years. “You could be taking care of your parents as long as you had taken care of your kids,” she said. The problem for many families, McVicker said, is that the conversation often never gets going until there’s a crisis. By that point, no one is on the same page. “We need to have those conversations much sooner,” she said.

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A Walk in the Woods By Bill Bryson On the heels of the film adaptation, it’s time to revisit the wit and wonder contained in this travel classic — or, if you’ve never read it before, to experience it for the first time. The journey of author Bill Bryson and his pseudonymed hiking partner Stephen Katz from Georgia northward along the Appalachian Trail is a humorous one — deciding on gear, meeting a cast of unique characters and pushing themselves to their physical limits, clumsily at times. On top of that, they’re forced into a long-term situation of mutual reliance amid personality clashes. The pair, both much closer to retirement age than to college age, find that they’re struggling to navigate life just as much as they’re trying to navigate the trail itself. — Ryan Tipps

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CATEGORIES:

FLOTILLA FOR TOYS The 18th annual Flotilla for Toys set sail for the last time on Dec. 5 with the Virginia Dare and nearly a dozen boats. Photos by Karen Dillon. 1. Jim and Terri Stanley of Moneta 2. Annette and Chuck Revens of Charlotte, North Carolina 3. Barbara Okes (left) and Cindy Huber of Lynchburg

Architectural Design Services Attorneys/Title & Settlement Companies Banks/Mortgage Lenders Builders/Contractors Building Supplies Developers Dock & Deck Contractors Electrical Contractors Excavating & Earth Moving Contractors Exterminating Flooring Handyman Service Heating & Air Conditioning Home Inspection

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From our hospitals to our pediatric offices to the educational programs we offer throughout the region, Carilion Children’s is dedicated to the brave kids, the strong kids, the big and small kids—all kids.

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ROTARY'S NITE AT THE RACES

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Nite at the Races, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake, took place Oct. 17 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz. It offered a packed evening of video horse racing, dinner, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a highly competitive ladies’ hat parade contest. Photography by John Leitz. 1. Margaret Reed (from left), Breda McAuliffe and Susan Kincannon were the hat-parade winners. 2. Gary Stout (center) shows off his winnings while waiting his turn to place a bet. 3. The betting table was bustling.

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WESTlAkE TREE lIgHTINg Westlake Towne Center's annual holiday event took place Dec. 3. Photography by Karen Dillon. 1. Jasmine Bowman (from left), Lesley Bowman and Afton Cooper of Smith Mountain Lake

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50th Anniversary of SML

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Seven Oaks Landscape/Hardscape

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Absolute Collision of SML

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Arrington Construction

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Smith Mountain Lake Dental Practice

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Atlantic Bay Mortgage

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Southern Roots

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Sunken City Brewing Company/ Sunken City Tavern

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The Little Gallery

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TopNotch Lawncare

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Turner’s Building

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Westlake Towne Center

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Aztec Rental Center

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Bartlett Tree Experts

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Blinds & Beyond

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Carilion Clinic

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Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital

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Craft Collision

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Designer Solutions

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Groundscapes

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Homestead Creamery

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RSI Rentals

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McDaniel, Glenda Long & Foster REALTORS

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Johnson, Phyllis and Basham, Tim RE/MAX Lakefront Realty, Inc. Jordan, Cameron & Angie SML Sales, Inc.

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here are phrases that, when uttered aloud, almost always get me into trouble: “That doesn’t smell right.” “Sure, why not? Make it a double.” “I dare you.” It’s this last pronouncement, spoken by Hubs, which resulted in our standing naked and wet on the dock, in the dark, holding our breath. Allow me to explain. On a late Saturday evening, like most Saturday evenings, Hubs and I found ourselves snuggled on the couch in our lake house living room, watching the news, struggling to stay awake to watch the “Saturday Night Live” monologue. It’s not that romance is dead, it’s just that, at our age, romance needs to happen before 9 p.m. A full moon bathed the backyard in a lovely glow, bright enough that we could look through the back windows and see the flag fluttering in a slight breeze. “Geez, we’re old,” I said sleepily. “It’s just past 11 p.m. and we can barely keep our eyes open.” “Well,” pondered Hubs, “look how pretty it is outside. Let’s grab a drink and go down to the dock.” “In the dark?” “Why not?” “Hmm … OK, why not?” Cocktails in hand, we padded down the back stairs and across the lawn. We plunked down on the floating dock and playfully dangled our feet over the edge and into the surprisingly warm water. “See, isn’t this nice?” Hubs asked as he draped his arm around my shoulders, sipped his drink, and splashed his toes back and forth across the top of the water. “Yeah, look at us! Aren’t we just a pair of badass fifty-somethings?” “Well, if we were real badasses, we’d be skinnydipping right now. Just sayin’.” “Oh, you daring me?” Hubs cocked his eyebrow and replied, “I. Double-Dog. Dare. You.” What is it about the Irish? Why is every dare a personal

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assault on our life’s being? I stood up, stripped off my clothes, and without hesitation slipped over the dock’s edge and into the lake. “OK big boy, you’re next.” “Don’t have to tell me twice!” As we friskily splashed around in the cove, a noisy rustling sound emerged from the woods to our right. “What the heck was that?!” I whispered. “Do you think someone has been watching us?!” We scrambled back onto the dock [that must have been a fun sight!] and grabbed our clothes. Damn, towels would have been a good idea! The noise grew louder, as if someone, or something, was indeed crashing through the woods and heading straight for us. “Whoa, that sounds big. Don’t move,” instructed Hubs. “Don’t move, are you nuts? I’m naked here!” “Don’t. Move.” Out of the woods emerged a massive creature, black, furry, and the size of a large truck tire. In the moonlight we could see the telltale sign of the white streak along and down the monster’s back and tail. “Oh, $^&#,” I whispered. “That is the largest friggin skunk I’ve ever seen!” “Shhh! Seriously, don’t move. If we spook him we’re going to get sprayed!” Skunkzilla lumbered across the back lawn, coming within a few feet of the dock. At his closest he lifted his head and seemed to look directly at us. I imagined him thinking: Aren’t y’alls a little old for this? Get a room! Pepe Le Pew then turned and ambled away, back into the woods on the other side of our property. He saved his spray for a more worthy opponent. Wishing everyone out there, young or old, a romantic and skunk-free Valentine’s Day. You’ll probably find us on the couch — where it’s safe. At least we’ll smell good. Kimberly Dalferes is the author of “I Was In Love With a Short Man Once” and “Magic Fishing Panties.” Her humor blog, “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats,” is online at kimdalferes.com.


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