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INCREDIBLE LAKE HOME WITH AWESOME UPGRADES-COMPASS COVE - $939,900 This home has it all with main level living, 4294 Sq. Ft. Finished, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Beautiful Views and Fantastic Location on the Lake, Huge Open Gourmet Kitchen w/Custom Cabinets & Granite Counter Tops, Formal Dining Room, Breakfast Bar, Special Designed Dining Area overlooking the lake, Great Room w/Cathedral ceiling, Stacked Stone fireplace, Built In Bookshelves & Wood Floors. Open Den adjacent to Kitchen, Large Master Suite on Main Level with Dramatic Master Bath, Doorless Tiled Shower & Whirlpool Tub, Spacious Family Room w/Unique Oversized Custom Bar that is fantastic for Entertaining, Home Theater Room, 2nd Master Bedroom, Office (could be overflow 5th bedroom) Alarm System, Huge Covered Boat Dock with Cabana. MLS #824993

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Gardening columnist Catriona Tudor Erler shows how bee hotels can be easy and inexpensive to make.

One of Rocky Mount’s most recognizable landmarks is transformed from a private home to a boutique hotel.

Hardy-based American Pride Flagpoles has been helping SML homeowners show their patriotism for the past five years.

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Check out our extensive calendar of events such as the New Year’s Day hike, SML Photo Club meetings, live music and more.

Laker magazine captured scenes from the SML Rotary Club’s Nite at the Races, SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival and more.

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The results are in as the winners of the 17th annual Best of SML Awards, in 73 categories, are announced.

Newlyweds Stephanie and Pat Zimmerman of Florida share details of their memorable wedding day at SML.

Our vendor services directory can help newly engaged couples plan for their special day at the lake.

84 LODGING GUIDE Check out the lake area’s array of accommodations, including hotels, cabins, campsites and B&Bs.

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In this issue of Laker magazine, meet Stephanie and Pat Zimmerman, who chose to make their wedding a weekend-long, family-friendly celebration. For newly engaged couples who need guidance on planning their big day, our wedding guide highlights services such as photographers, caterers, florists, wedding venues and more. In addition, our lodging guide can help you find the perfect place for guests to stay while visiting the lake. Also in this issue, take a field trip to Rocky Mount for a tour of Early Inn at The Grove, a boutique hotel that is steeped in Franklin County history. Plus, check out a family flagpole business in Hardy. Finally, the results are in for the Best of SML Awards 2018! Read about your favorites starting on page 46. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Molly and Bob Banta of SML and Raleigh, North Carolina took the Laker on a trip to Belgium and Germany following the 1945 route of the Monuments Men, who located and returned treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

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Becky and Randy Camden of SML, along with Kurt and Billie Jean Elmer of Bedford, took the Laker to Denali National Park last June.

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John and Ann Yearick of Christiansburg and Union Hall, and Mary and Jeff Crawford of Fort Wayne, Indiana, took the Laker when they visited Italy. Stops included Pompeii, Sorrento, Montecassino, Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Sienna, Florence and Venice.

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Lynn, Maddy and Frank King took the Laker to the 3,200-year-old circular stone fort Dun Aonghasa, which is on the cliffs of Inis Mor in the Aran Islands of Ireland. Lynn and Frank were celebrating their anniversary where they honeymooned 20 years earlier.


SEND US YOUR PHOTO! Take the Laker with you on your next adventure and email us your photo with a famous landmark, unusual attraction or stunning scenery in the background. And if you run into anyone famous, be sure to include him or her in the fun. Submit to letters@smithmountainlaker.com. Don’t forget to leave your magazine behind so others can discover Smith Mountain Lake!

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Casey Johnson (from left), Phyllis Johnson, Charlene Jones and Barbara Brooks took the Laker with them during a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on their trip to Brisbane, Australia.

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Bill Hammond, Jim Campbell and Richard McGann went sailing for two weeks on the Chesapeake Bay and took the Laker magazine with them.

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Dennis Newton and Kaye Chandler took the Laker to Blair Castle in Scotland in May.

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Mike and Linda Mangus of Goodview celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary by taking a 12-day, 10-port Mediterranean cruise that included stops in Italy, France, Spain and Monaco. While in Rome they met Giovanni Poggi, owner of La Botticella, a Pittsburgh Steelers bar that broadcasts games and is decorated with U.S. sports memorabilia.

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Carol Brewer (left) and Ruthie Eaken took a photo with the Laker just before they went ziplining while on a trip to Alaska. They also went horseback riding, rode all-terrain vehicles, went glacier and whale watching and took part in numerous other activities while on their twoweek adventure.

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Jo Ann and Walt Droge took the Laker and a cruise to the Southern Caribbean in November 2016.


CANADIAN ROCKIES

Dick West and Fran Burns recently enjoyed an adventure in the Canadian Rockies. Included were visits to Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia. On the first day of summer, they stood on the Athabasca Glacier in a blizzard. One of their favorite stops was Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

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Dick (from left) and Geri Church, Jerry and Ferne Hale and Cathy and Mike Underwood visited France in June. After a river cruise in the Bordeaux Region, they went to Paris where they posed with the Laker in front of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel near the entrance to the Louvre Museum.

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Dale (from left) and Cathy Bleier, Wayne and Laura Kaufman Moore, Linda and Tom Higgins, Jean and Ken Hurt, friends from the Cottages at Contentment Island, took a three-week tour of France, including a day at Omaha Beach in Normandy. While there, they learned that the street leading into Omaha Beach had been renamed to honor the town of Bedford for the sacrifice the Bedford Boys made on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The picture was taken under the street sign.

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Wayne Gentry, Matthew Gentry and Emily Maschauer took the Laker to Scotland for a photo on the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews Links. SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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Merideth and Mark Maslow of Huddleston took the Laker along on their family vacation last summer to Greece. Among their stops were the Old Venetian Harbor in the town of Chania on the island of Crete as well as Santorini and Athens.

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Gary and Kathryn Rudolf of Moneta traveled to Peru with a group led by Dr. Humberto Rodriquez-Camilloni, professor at Virginia Tech, last July. This picture was taken at Sacsayhuman, which means “valley of the falcon.� Built over many decades and completed in the mid-1400s, it is a masterpiece of Inca construction with stones measuring more than 4 meters tall and weighing more than 100 tons. The setting of the rocks and the shaping of them were so precise that mortar was not necessary, and the walls have withstood numerous earthquakes over the years.

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Jeff and Trish Orange of Montvale took the Laker with them when they took a family vacation with daughter Ashley to Disney World. One of the stops on their trip was a visit to Epcot.


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While on vacation to Paris and Lyon, France, this summer, George (from left) and Karen Murphy of Moneta, along with their daughter, Megan, and her boyfriend, Justin Tirrell, took a copy of the Laker to Mt. Blanc in the French Alps.

Bill and Brenda Gray of Lynchburg took their extended family on a 10-day trip to California in June. The itinerary included hiking at Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks as well as sight-seeing in San Francisco. Laker magazine editor Karen Dillon considers herself lucky to be a part of this family.

Karen Burroughs and her great-grandson Daunte Harris took the Laker with them on their trip to Disney World in June. “It was Daunte’s first time at Disney, and we had such a good time,” she said.

Lynn and Mike Krepich of Union Hall carried the Laker from one end of Hadrian’s Wall to the other. This photo was taken at Bowness-on-Solway at the end of their 84-mile walk.

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The PERFECT lake get away! Gentle Waterfront lot with dock an amazing, well cared for 1973 El Dorado, 3 bedroom 2 bath single wide mobile home. Fully furnished, replacement windows and numerous upgrades. Screen porch, bedroom and fantastic deck additions. Carport and storage building included. Wonderful get away or perfect lot for your permanent lake home. Community boat ramp. Well and septic already installed. MLS# 843015 $165,000

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Country Estate on the Lake with all the bells & whistles. Southern Living Floor plan with sunshine dancing through all of the wonderful windows! Immense arched Anderson upgraded windows/ tilt in for easy cleaning! Open floor plan with access to rear deck for entertaining. Formal Dining room and living room. Park-like acreage is stunning and perfect for a wedding venue or entertainment event. Featured on the 2001 SML Charity Home Tour! Exterior doors are wider than usual to be handicap friendly. Community Boat Launch, Private Dock & Picnic Area, Boat Storage w/ Secure Community Lock! Complimentary home staging when you list with us! MLS# 828173 $849,900

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Gorgeous Evening Sunsets & Moon Rise! Top Floor Deck!! Condo with Wonderful Design Panache! Totally Renovated for Lake Living at its BEST! Just Bring your Bathing Suit & your Tooth Brush! Copper Sink in Bath! Furnishings Available! Community Pool, Day Slips, Boat Ramp, Trailer/Boat Storage, Picnic Cabana Area, Tennis, etc. Just minutes to Restaurants, Convenience Store, Medical, Shopping, Cinema, Pharmacy and Golf! Your Special Lake Package this Summer! Short Term Rental Great! 2-10 (1 year) Home Warranty $505 at Closing! Furnishings negotiable! Complimentary home staging when you list with us! MLS# 838620 $109,000

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Stunning 144 acre farm with valley and mountain acreage. Multiple creeks including a 30 ft waterfall on the property. Fantastic Hunting trails throughout. Breathtaking views from the mountain top. Several sites perfect for building a new home or you can renovate the charming vintage cottage on site. Hear the sound of trickling water from your kitchen window. State maintained gravel road. $515,000

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ationwide, people are becoming bee hoteliers, setting up nesting sites, called bee hotels, to attract a variety of bees. The targeted guests are members of the various genera and species of small, non-aggressive mason and leafcutter bees. Known as tunnel-nesting bees, they look for dry tunnels in which to lay eggs, seeking out hollow plant stems, abandoned borer-beetle holes and similar spots. Both mason and leafcutter bees lay their eggs in existing holes and do not damage structures to make their nests. Both genera also stay close to home, foraging for pollen and nectar within 300 feet of the nest. Unlike honeybees that live communally in hives, these mild-mannered bees that rarely sting are solitary, going about their business of preparing for the next generation without social interaction. However, they like nesting near other members of their species. Thus the bee hotel, which is simply a collection of hollow materials mounted in a frame and covered by a roof to keep out the rain. These hotels provide a dry environment that mimics the conditions bees prefer. There is a wide selection of bee hotels on the market; it also is easy and inexpensive to make your own.

These hotels provide a dry environment that mimics the conditions bees prefer.

RIGHT. This impressive bee hotel was designed by Karen Blair, an artist based in Crozet. It is both a work of art and a haven for nesting bees. BELOW. The large tube filled with bamboo is tucked under the eaves to keep the nests dry. Notice the sealed holes where eggs have been laid.

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The design of your bee hotel or hotels is limited only by your imagination and the needs of your apian guests.

Resembling a dollhouse, this hotel built by Jody Tullis Piecas is filled with a beautiful assortment of materials, adding interest to the design and functionality for the bees.

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Lifecycle of tube-nesting bees

Most mason bees are spring pollinators, emerging from their nests early in the season when temperatures warm to approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Leafcutters emerge later in spring or in early summer. Spring-emerging mason bees are excellent pollinators for orchard fruits and nuts, berries and early springblooming flowers. Summer-emerging leafcutters are superb pollinators of summer vegetables and flowers. Immediately upon emerging, both mason and leafcutter females mate and begin looking for nesting sites. Once a mason bee female finds a suitable tunnel, she seals up the back end with mud (ergo the common name mason bee) and begins collecting pollen and nectar. Leafcutter females do the same, except they seal off the individual cells with leaves and flower petals. The female carries the pollen-nectar mixture to the nest, rolls it into a ball, positions it at the end of the tunnel and lays an egg on top so the emerging larva will have nourishment. She then seals off the cell, repeating the process until she’s filled the space. Once she has completed one tunnel, she will begin filling another. This routine will continue for four to six weeks, after which she dies. During her short lifetime, she will pollinate and cross-pollinate thousands of flowers.

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Once the male has mated, he is dispensable. To ensure future generations, females control the gender of each egg they lay. Female-bearing eggs are laid at the back of the tunnel where they are less likely to be killed by predators. The male eggs are laid near the opening, so they are the first to emerge, and they can be standing by to mate as the females come out. The next generation of mason bees will remain in the nest until the following spring. Some leafcutter larvae go into winter hibernation, emerging as adults the following summer. Others hatch right away and emerge as adults the same summer they were laid. These are called second generation bees.

Building your own bee hotel

The design of your bee hotel or hotels is limited only by your imagination and the needs of your apian guests. Online you’ll find hundreds of inspiring images of these structures. The more elaborate ones double as works of art in the garden. Most are attractive, creating a pleasing, patterned focal point in the garden. Being a bee hotelier is an easy way to boost the population of local pollinators. As a bonus, you’ll have a front row seat to watch the fascinating lifecycle of these remarkable creatures.


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Practical tiPs for bee hotels Different genera and species of bees require different diameter tunnels. To attract a wide selection, use a variety of materials. Tunnel-nesting bees are attracted to reeds, bamboo, raspberry, thistle, cow parsley and other hollow or pithy stems, as well as drilled blocks of wood and paper tubes. Use a sharp bit for drilling holes in untreated wood blocks, as splinters can be fatal to native bees. Six-inch long, 5/16-inch diameter tunnels that don’t pierce through the opposite side are ideal for mason bees. Build a solid, overhanging roof over the bee hotel to protect the nests from rain. Face the bee hotel south to benefit

from warm morning sun; place it near blooming, pollen-rich plants so the bees can optimize their egglaying time without having to forage far afield. In the wild, eggs are laid in natural cavities, which are rarely re-used. To avoid parasite and disease problems, clean or dispose of manmade nests after one or two seasons of use. An excellent reference book on keeping bees and attracting pollinators is “Pollinator Friendly Gardening” by Rhonda Fleming Hayes. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation website (xerces.org) also is a valuable resource.

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ABOVE. The library, with the inn’s only working fireplace, is a comfortable place to unwind and relax. RIGHT. An original plastered medallion adorns the ceiling in the parlor of the Early Inn.

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Three families lived in this house before Bryan Hochstein purchased it in December 2013 with the idea of transforming it into a bed and breakfast. “It was fairly dilapidated when I bought it,” said Hochstein of the home that sat vacant for eight months before he purchased it. The interior of the home boasts some eye-catching details. The stairs, railings and floors (the floor planks on the main level run the entire length of the room) are all original and the ceilings are more than 12 feet high.


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A Wonderful Waterfront lot w/ a lovely view, and it’s cleared and ready to start your Lake Home in The Boardwalk subdivision. Fabulous community w/ wide main channel views, Peaks of Otter and Smith Mountain! Seller offering $25,000 towards your NEW DOCK! An upscale neighborhood which is very well maintained and considered a very desirable location, between the S-Curves and Bernard’s Landing, on the Lake and convenient to Westlake.

MLS 837778 $474,000

540-529-3575 Genie Rust

Incredible point waterfront lot so close to Smith Mountain you feel like you can reach out and touch it! Unparalleled view of the lake from this property at the very end of Alpha Drive. Now is the chance to build your dream lake house on this one of a kind lot.

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Walking paths, lush landscaping, streetlights, and some of the lake’s most stunning views from waterfront and water access lots await you in a competitively priced subdivision developed to the highest standards. Initial purchasers in South Harbour may join The Waterfront Golf & Country Club, located minutes away, with initiation fee waived.

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Private country cottage nestled on 16 Park-Like acres. Convenient to Smith Mtn. Lake, Rocky Mount and Roanoke. Cedar siding with brick to grade, hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, cedar lined closets and large covered deck for entertaining. All casement windows, solid interior doors and finished walkout basement. XL detached 2-car garage, separate work area & carport, plus other out-buildings. Borders Maggodee Creek for over 1000+ feet.

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621 SPREADING SPRING RD Captivating! Nestled in the heart of breathtaking Botetourt county, come explore this 8 acre scenic escape situated on a knoll and take in the stunning panorama of mountain views. The quality craftsmanship of the 3875 SF lodge style log home sets it apart; just miles away from the Daleville Town Center. You’ll appreciate the details that make this custom home truly amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq4uYBdImsc

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BEAUTIFUL POINT LOT with stunning sunset views! Home completely remodeled in 2007. Open floor plan, perfect for large family. All but 2 rooms have lake views, massive windows for the WIDE WATER VIEW. Large kitchen. Screened in porch with high bead board ceiling and recessed lighting. Beautiful new hardwood floors on all levels. Wonderful large office overlooking lake. Walk way to lake has security gates for small children, lights to dock, storage boat house. This home is ‘’THE PERFECT LAKE HOUSE’’, A MUST SEE!!! Immaculate Home.

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1185 OUR COVE RD Move in ready, well maintained spacious cove home, offers a perfect style of comfort. designed to capture the natural beauty of the views of Smith Mountain and golf course. Located in Mariner’s Landing community that offers lots of amenities to keep you entertained; pools, tennis, fitness center, paved walking trails, sandy beach, fishing piers, boat slips, public golf, restaurant. Indoor heated pool for year around enjoyment. It’s time to enjoy where you live.

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645 LAKESTONE RD The VIEWS are not the only thing this home has to offer! Custom built 3 BR, 3 BA home with 2 covered boat slips and party deck, on 250 ft of deep water shoreline. Gentle slope w/easy walk to dock. Wall of windows facing the lake w/full wide water view! Expansive deck across the full length of home and stamped concrete patio area offers a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of room for guest. The lower level can be used as an add’l apartment, guest suite, or recreation space. It has a kitchen, and bath! A major renovation in 2007 w/new siding, roof, gutters, windows and HVAC.

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In the parlor, the now-electric chandelier had once burned whale oil. There’s also an original egg and dart plaster design medallion adorning the ceiling. Just off the parlor is a breezeway with a bar that opens onto an outdoor patio, all of which is amenable to socializing for overnight guests and drop-ins alike, especially on weekends and before shows at The Harvester Performance Center, a music venue just a short walk away. Next to the bar is a library filled with books, old record albums, as well as comfy sofas and leather chairs for relaxing and enjoying the gas fireplace. Four of the inn’s five guest suites are on the upper level, accessed via the sweeping stairway near the front door. All of the suites have their own climate control, overhead fans, satellite TV and decorative fireplaces. The suites are also named. There’s the Harvester, Wanderlust, Magnolia, Keister Greer — named after the home’s late resident and well-known lawyer who wrote the book “The Great Moonshine Conspiracy

TOP. The patio, just outside the bar, is a pleasant spot for a drink before a show at Harvester Performance Center, which is nearby. ABOVE. The Early Inn’s facade with brick pathway leads toward downtown Rocky Mount.

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Originally known as The Grove, The Early Inn was constructed in 1854 as John Stafford Hale’s homeplace.

ABOVE. The original water pump can still be seen outside the General’s suite.

ABOVE. A king-sized bed adorns the Keister Greer suite. Most of the bedrooms are 18 feet by 18 feet and are quite roomy.

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Trial of 1935” — and the General’s suite, which has the home’s original water pump outside its window. When it was renovated, the house was re-plumbed and the bathrooms were enlarged and updated with heated tile floors and instant hot water. Period furniture pieces, in the bedrooms and in the common areas of the house, look so well-suited for the space that one would think everything came with the house. “Oh no!” Hochstein said. “It may look old, but everything is really new reproductions.” The home’s decoration is enhanced by lush fabrics surrounding the oversized windows. “We had some help getting the look just right,” Hochstein said. The new commercial-grade kitchen in the main house is primarily for food preparation for guests

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LEFT. The largest bathroom at the Early Inn has a soaking tub and two-person shower as well as a heated tile floor.

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT. The bar at the Early Inn features a view into the library. Since former owner Keister Greer was very tall, the bar was too high for the average person so a lower bar was added. A king-sized bed, side table and bench in the Wanderlust suite look original, but these items and all the furniture at the Early Inn are new. A tent on the grounds can accommodate more than 200 people for wedding receptions and other events.

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LEFT. Homeowner Tom Tanner helps Mike Link pour concrete around the new flagpole’s base. TOP LEFT. The flagpole at the Tanner home in Baywood is now a permanent backyard attraction. TOP MIDDLE. Mike Link and Tom Tanner hoist a new American flag. TOP RIGHT. Mike Link drills holes in the mast for attaching the hoist-rope keeper.

“There’s just something about flags popping in the breeze with blue water in the background. They look great from the water, too.” Mike link

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lying America’s flag is a way to show patriotism and to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom. For the last five years, Mike Link has owned and operated American Pride Flagpoles in Hardy, a business his father started after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service. Nearly all of Link’s flagpole installations are in Virginia. “Anything over 30 feet tall requires a state contractor’s license, and I would need separate ones to work across state lines,” Link said. He’s done several commercial installations in Northern Virginia, but the travel time required is hard with his schedule since he also works full time as a delivery driver for a freight company in Roanoke. Smith Mountain Lake is one of Link’s favorite places to install flagpoles. “The end results, often with lake and surrounding mountain backdrop, tend to be spectacular,” he said. “There’s just something about flags popping in the breeze with blue water in the background. They look great from the water, too.” Link recently installed a 40-foot pole at the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s new SML Water Treatment Plant and has installed another half-dozen for lake homeowners. Tom and Ginger Tanner hired him to install a 20foot staff on the lake side of their new home in the Baywood community near Scruggs. Tom Tanner, who works at the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, met Link as a client and found his flagpole enterprise intriguing. “We had a pole at our previous Baywood home, but it was a shorter, DIY affair,” Tanner said. “This time, we hired Mike to do it right.” That involved purchasing a tapered spun aluminum pole (as opposed to cheaper, untapered aluminum or galvanized steel poles found at home stores) and using a ground sleeve that is at least 10 percent of the pole’s height. At the Tanners’ home,


theirs is 6 inches in diameter and 24 inches deep. The sleeve sits atop a steel lightning rod, which doesn’t come with a store-bought pole set. Sand is packed around the pole and sealed with several inches of hydraulic concrete to keep rainwater out. A dozen or so bags of regular concrete are mixed to anchor the sleeve. “The pole itself can be broken free and moved if necessary, but that sleeve is in the ground to stay,” Link said. “This is no temporary flagpole.” Link also helped the Tanners choose a location for their flagpole that doesn’t interfere with the view of the lake from their home. “It’s in the view, but not directly in the sight line,” Ginger Tanner said. Will and Barb Nocera, who live in The Overlook community, chose a 25-foot pole due to the steep slope of their lot, as well as a nautical motif in keeping with planned proximity to the waterfront and boathouse. Installing a flagpole was Will Nocera’s pet project. “Because I’m a gung ho American,” said Nocera, who served 12 years in the Air Force plus a 35-year

ABOVE. Mike Link mixes concrete after digging the hole for the flagpole. It took a dozen bags of concrete to properly anchor the Tanners’ 20-foot pole. RIGHT. Mike Link checks to make sure the fitting for the flagpole is level. BELOW RIGHT. Mike Link has owned and operated American Pride Flagpoles in Hardy for the last five years. It’s a business his father started after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT. Mike Link and Tom Tanner carry a 20-foot flagpole to its waterfront location. Link uses a gaspowered auger to create a hole where the flagpole will be installed. Tanner and Link put the flagpole in place outside the Tanners’ home.

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career supporting defense intelligence agencies. “My family raised me to be patriotic, and everywhere I’ve traveled in Asia and Europe has made me that much more appreciative of living in this country.” At first, Link was reluctant to tackle the Noceras’ project because of their steep lot. “Getting the pole down near the water — much less erecting it — seemed a bit daunting,” Nocera recalled. “He [Link] came with his son and another helper, and they wrestled the pole down the hill and dug the hole by hand. But as it turned out, the steep slope actually made getting the pole upright easier.” The Noceras display a smaller Virginia flag beneath their 4-foot by 6-foot U.S. flag. The staff’s nautical crosspiece allows for another one to be flown (They plan to add a custom-designed Lago Bella flag there — it’s the name they’ve given their property.). Will Nocera said he is looking into adding lighting, which will allow the flag to be flown through the night. “Lowering it every night at dusk and hoisting it again in the morning was really cool at first, but it has lost its novelty,” he said. Joe Hock, who has lived in The Waterfront community since 2010, found American Pride from an internet search about three years ago. He had Link arrange custom fabrication of a 40-foot nautical pole, with a yardarm where he also can fly German and Swedish flags that pay tribute to his and wife Carolyn’s ancestry. “I just knew the nautical look would be right for our property,” Hock said. “I wanted it done right, and Mike quickly convinced me that’s how he’d do it.” Hock’s installation also inspired another lakefront pole — at the Park Place home of Rocky and Patti Hartman. “We’ve had a flag flying at our place in

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Greensboro and like how it represents the freedom, democracy, security, pride and opportunity we enjoy in America,” Rocky Hartman said. “Seeing Joe’s nautical pole said to me, ‘That’s just what we need at our new SML home.’” The Hartmans positioned their flagpole to be in the view from their porch and master suite and pruned some trees to make it more visible from the lake. In addition to Old Glory, the Hartmans also fly the flags of Virginia and North Carolina. “The states we especially love,” Rocky Hartman said. And while they take the flags down in the offseason because the winter winds can cause the flags to tear, Hartman said, “They fly full time throughout


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nnGold onSilver pnBronze

Best New BusiNess (OpeNed iN 2017) nnBy Design Interiors onThe Copper Kettle Co. pnBlind Bill’s Restaurant Honorable mention: Moss & Vine

Boutique, The Pavilion at Blackwater Junction

Best CustOmer serviCe nnCapps Home Building Center onSML Hearing Center pnBy Design Interiors Honorable mention: Dillon Docks Inc., Westlake Cinema, Varsity Landscaping

Best AutO serviCe nnWestlake Automotive Service

2018 AwArd winners After several weeks of online voting, the results have been tallied for the 17th annual Best of Smith Mountain Lake Awards! You’ll find winners in 73 categories — our largest crop ever — representing business, food and drink, lifestyle, activities, organizations, events and entertainment on the following pages. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for their favorites! Congratulations to all the Best of Smith Mountain Lake Award winners!

onAbsolute Collision of SML pnLiquid Lube & Wash Honorable mention: TNT Auto Body Repair and Service Centers, Pagan’s Garage

Best mAriNA nnBridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals onGills Creek Lodge and Marina pnWebster Marine Center Honorable mention: Mitchell’s Point

Marina, Bayside Marina and Yacht Club, Crazy Horse Marina

Best plACe tO Buy A BOAt Or persONAl wAter CrAft nnWebster Marine Center onBridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals pnVirgil Naff Lynchburg Kawasaki Yamaha and Sea-Doo Honorable mention: Bayside Marina &

Yacht Club, Smith Mountain Boat & Tackle, Hughes Marine Service


Business Best FisHing cHarter nnCaptain Bert’s Fishing Charters

Best Landscaping and Lawn care

onCaptain Dale Wilson

nnTop Notch Lawn Care

pnKenny’s Striper Guide Service

onD&P Landscaping

Honorable mention: The Shad Taxi,

pnSeven Oaks Landscape & Hardscape

Spike’s Prime Time Fishing, Rock On

Honorable mention: Ruggieri Lawns,

Best dock BuiLder nnPlyler Homes & Docks

Varsity Landscaping, Southern Landscape Group

BEST NEW BUSINESS

BY DESIGN INTERIORS Jessica Byrd, a Franklin County native and Smith Mountain Lake

onDillon Docks Inc.

Best pLumBer

pnDock Solutions

nnArchie’s Plumbing

Honorable mention: Turner’s Building,

onWisler Plumbing and Heating

in interior design and flooring,

pnSmith Mountain Lake Plumbing

opened the business in early 2017.

Honorable mention: Billy Dudley

By Design Interiors specializes in

Smith Mountain Dock Building, W.E. Shoreline Construction

Best Home BuiLder nnFloyd Enterprises Inc. onJeff Tester Construction pnM.H. Eades Inc. Honorable mention: Brockworks Inc., Plyler Homes and Docks, Southern Heritage Homes

Best reaL estate company nnRe/Max Lakefront Realty onBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Plumbing, Long Plumbing, Jacob Chittum

design, flooring, cabinetry and

nnRonald Young Electric

countertops, lighting, furniture,

onNaz Electric

decor and window treatments.

pnJ.M. Blair Company pnMoser Electric Electric, Southern Trust Home Services

Best Heating/VentiLation/air conditioning

Honorable mention: Town & Country

onWestlake Heating and Air

Realty, Watermark Realty, Wainwright & Co. Realtors Smith Mountain Lake

pnCundiff Heating and Air

Best reaLtor

Heating and Air, Carter’s Heating & Cooling, McKinney Heating and Air

pnDana Montgomery Honorable mention: Glenda McDaniel, Jessica Gauldin, Vicki Millehan and Debbie Shelton

courtesy of by design interiors

Honorable mention: Gary Williams

nnDavis Heating and Air

onPhyllis Johnson

residential and commercial interior

Best eLectrician

pnLong & Foster Smith Mountain Lake

nnTricia Johnson

resident with 12 years of experience

Honorable mention: Commonwealth

Best pLace to Buy Home decor/FurnisHings nnBy Design Interiors onGrand Home Furnishings pnDesigner Solutions Honorable mention: The Cottage Gate, Capps Home Building Center, Reclaimed

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Business Best InterIor DesIgner

Best PlaCe to Buy an sMl souvenIr

nnJessica Byrd, By Design Interiors

nnGifts Ahoy

onMiranda Dudley, Designer Solutions

onThe Cottage Gate

pnKris Willard, Interiors by Kris

pnThe General Store

Honorable mention: Blinds and Beyond,

Honorable mention: Bridgewater

Janice Thurman, Envisions Distinctive Interiors, Pat Cundiff, P.A.C. Interiors

Marina and Boat Rentals, Crazy Horse Marina, SML Discovery Shop

Best general ContraCtor

Best PlaCe to Buy art

nnTBS Construction

nnThe Little Gallery

on M.H. Eades Inc.

onArtfully Framed at the Lake

pnRobert R. Bauer Building Contractors

pnReclaimed

pnCooper Contractors

Goose Creek Studio

Honorable mention: The General Store,

Honorable mention: Price Building, Construction Marketing LLC

Best PlaCe to Buy ClotHIng anD aCCessorIes nnComfort & Joy onBridgewater Sportswear pnThe Cottage Gate Honorable mention: Gifts Ahoy, Goodwill, Smith Mountain Wake Company

Best PlaCe to Buy Jewelry nnHaywood’s Jewelers, Westlake

onHair Designs by Whitney and Brandy pnEmma Williams Hair Studio Honorable mention: Westlake Salon

and Spa, taiBella Salon and Spa, Salon at Westlake

Best naIl salon nnModern Nails onMimi Nails pnEric & Company Premiere Salon

pn Comfort & Joy

Honorable mention: taiBella Salon and

The Little Gallery, Gifts Ahoy

Spa, Westlake Salon and Spa

Best skIn Care or Day sPa

Best PlaCe to Buy a gIft

nnWestlake Salon and Spa

nnThe Cottage Gate

onTrue Organics

onGifts Ahoy

pntaiBella Salon and Spa

pnThe General Store

Honorable mention: Eric and Company

Honorable mention: Southern Roots, Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals, Smith Mountain Flowers

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nnEric & Company Premiere Salon

onCarter’s Fine Jewelers and Gifts Honorable mention: The Cottage Gate,

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Best HaIr salon

Premiere Salon


nnGold onSilver pnBronze

Best Place to Work out

Best laW Firm

nn Franklin County Family YMCA Smith Mountain Lake

nnStanley & Houchens LLC

onUnderground Fitness

pnVogel and Cromwell

pnBody Shoppe Fitness Honorable mention: Jazzercise, Booker T. Washington National Monument, Bedford Area Family YMCA - Moneta

onGilbert, Bird, Sharpes and Robinson Honorable mention: Gentry Locke, Davis Davis Davis and Davis

Best insurance aGency

Best Pet GroominG/sittinG/ BoardinG service

nnSimmons Insurance Agency

nnBark Avenue Grooming

pnHogue Insurance Agency

onWestlake Veterinary Medical Center

Honorable mention: Debbie Robbins,

pnSmith Mountain Lake Animal Hospital Honorable mention: Clip and Dip, All American Kennels, Lake Country Grooming and Kennel

Best PHysician nnDr. George Chaconas onDr. Steven Lewis pnDr. Brandon Cox

onPhil Hager Insurance Agency

Shoppers can browse a selection of

nnNicole Colwell Photography

bridal sets, fine diamonds, custom

onJollyJen Photography

and designer jewelry, watches and

pnTaylor-Made Photography

more. The full-service jeweler also

Honorable mention: Heather Turner

offers appraisals, custom design

Photography, Amy Ellis Photography, Cressell Photography

nnBedford Landings Bed and Breakfast

serving the community since 1953.

and on-site repairs. karen dillon

onMariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

pnDr. William Morris

pnBernard’s Landing and Conference Center

Honorable mention: Dr. Sheila Hardee,

Honorable mention: Gills Creek Lodge

Best Bank/mortGaGe comPany

Best HearinG center

Dr. Millard Radford , Dr. David Black

Towne Center and downtown

Best PHotoGraPHer

Best dentist onDr. Vishal Shah

With two locations, Westlake Rocky Mount, Haywood’s has been

Best Place to stay overniGHt

nnDr. Brian Sicher

Haywood’s Jewelers

State Farm Insurance, Virginia Farm Bureau, Holley Insurance Agency

Honorable mention: Dr. Todd Delhi, Dr. Eric Bourhill, Dr. Virginia Blanks

BesT place To Buy Jewelry

and Marina, Halesford Harbour Inn, Lake Inn

nnAmerican National Bank and Trust

nnSML Hearing Center

onHometown Bank

pnMiracle Ear Westlake

onConnect Hearing

pn SunTrust Honorable mention: MemberOne

Federal Credit Union, Bank of Botetourt, BB&T

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food and drink

nnGold onSilver pnBronze

Best cHef

RestauRant seRvice

nnBruno Silva, The Landing Restaurant

nnThe Blackwater Cafe

onJason Hardy, Kroger

pnCancun Mexican Restaurant and Grill

pnMichael Liga, The Blackwater Cafe Honorable mention: Sonny D, The

Copper Kettle Co.; Scott Cooper, The Westlake; Michael Havlik, The Landing Restaurant

onOld Oak Cafe

Honorable mention: The Landing

Restaurant, The Copper Kettle Co., Benny Adelina’s Pizza

Best BReakfast

new! Best cateReR

nnOld Oak Cafe

nnFarmhouse Catering and Meals to Go

pnCJ’s Coffee and Sandwich Shop

onMichael Liga, The Blackwater Cafe pnIppy’s Restaurant pnScott Cooper, The Westlake Honorable mention: Old Oak Cafe,

Center Stage Catering, Barnyard Catering

onHot Shots Bar & Grille Honorable mention: Sugar and Slice

Confections, Carl’s Place, The Westlake

Best LuncH nnMoosie’s Restaurant onHot Shots Bar & Grille pnJake’s Place Honorable mention: Old Oak Cafe, The

BEST cATERER

FARmhoUSE cATERiNg ANd mEAlS To go Since 2015, Nora Barker of Farmhouse Catering and Meals to Go has offered the SML community ready-to-eat meals, including lasagna, meatloaf, pork barbecue, soups, salads and more. Farmhouse Catering also provides side dishes such as baked beans, coleslaw and salads, along with pies and cobblers, all made from scratch.

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food and drink Best Buffet

Best Burger

nnJoe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

nnThe Blackwater Cafe

onSML Family Restaurant

onHot Shots Bar and Grille

pnLa Trattoria

pnThe Westlake

Honorable mention: The Copper Kettle

Honorable mention: The Copper Kettle

Best sandwicH/deli

Best wings

nnMoosie’s Restaurant

nnHot Shots Bar and Grille

onThe Westlake

onPortside Grill and Bar

pnHot Shots Bar & Grille

pnJake’s Place

Honorable mention: CJ’s Coffee and

Honorable mention: The Westlake,

Co., Blind Bill’s Restaurant

Sandwich Shop, Hawk’s Country Store and Deli, The Blackwater Cafe

nnThe Blackwater Cafe onOld Oak Cafe pnHot Shots Bar & Grille Honorable mention: The Landing

Located in Westlake Towne Center, Benny Adelina’s has quickly gained a reputation around the SML community for serving up ginormous 28-inch pies and largerthan-your-head slices of pizza. During the summer months, it’s not unusual to see large crowds dining outside the restaurant on the patio.

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Restaurant, The Westlake, The Copper Kettle Co.

BEsT pizzA

Waller’s, Ippy’s Restaurant

Best Pizza

Best salad

BENNY AdEliNA’s

Co., Mango’s Bar and Grill, Waller’s

nnBenny Adelina’s Pizza onTuscan Tavern pnNew York Pizza Honorable mention: Jake’s Place, Hot Shots Bar & Grille, Pizza Pub


nnGold onSilver pnBronze

Best steak

Best sHort-order Grill

Best Place to coMe By Boat

nnThe Blackwater Cafe

nnHot Shots Bar & Grille

nnBridgewater Plaza

onThe Landing Restaurant

onThe Westlake

onJake’s Place

pnIppy’s Restaurant

pnMoosie’s Restaurant

pnPortside Grill and Bar

Honorable mention: Olde Liberty

Honorable mention: CJ’s Coffee and

Honorable mention: The Copper Kettle

Station, Hot Shots Bar & Grille, The Copper Ketttle Co.

Best seafood nnThe Blackwater Cafe onThe Landing Restaurant pnIppy’s Restaurant Honorable mention: Edo Grill and Sushi,

Sandwich Shop, The Copper Kettle Co.

Best frozen treats nnHomestead Creamery onDairy Queen pnSweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt Honorable mention: GumBo’s Ice

Co., The Landing Restaurant, Mexico Viejo at Crazy Horse Marina

Best Bar atMosPHere nnMango’s Bar and Grill onJake’s Place pnHot Shots Bar & Grille

Waller’s, The Copper Kettle Co.

Cream, Sugar and Slice Confectionary, Ice Cream Boat

Honorable mention: Sunken City

Best asian fare

Best Bakery/sweet treat

Best cocktail

nnEdo Grill and Sushi

nnHomestead Creamery

nnThe Blackwater Cafe

onTeriyaki House

onSugar and Slice Confections

onHot Shots Bar and Grille

pnMin’s China City

pnKroger

pnMango’s Bar and Grill

Honorable mention: Peking Chinese

Honorable mention: CJ’s Coffee and

Honorable mention: Waller’s, Jake’s

Restaurant

Sandwich Shop, The Blackwater Cafe

Brewing Company, Waller’s, Bottom’s Up

Place

Best italian fare

Best coffee

Best wine selection

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wedding guide 2018 With bold, green mountains looming in the background and rippling waves lapping at the shoreline, Smith Mountain Lake offers one of the most majestic wedding settings around. Each year, dozens of couples choose the lake as their preferred wedding location. In the following pages, you will meet Pat and Stephanie, who chose Mariners Landing as their spot to say “I do.� Plus, check out our guide for help planning that perfect wedding.

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Stephanie and Pat Zimmerman held their wedding outside on the lawn overlooking the lake at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center in June. After the ceremony, the couple departed by pontoon boat.

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tephanie and Pat Zimmerman could have planned their June 2017 wedding in their home state of Florida, a place many couples might consider a wedding location dream come true. Instead, this bride and groom opted for a less chaotic, but just as stunning, location to gather with friends and family — Smith Mountain Lake. “Knowing a lot of our guests would travel from out of town, we first looked into Tampa, Florida because of the large airport, but were quickly overwhelmed by the wedding industry there,” Stephanie recalled.

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“My parents, Bill and Carolyn Koontz, moved to Smith Mountain Lake a few years ago, and it felt more like home for us.” Stephanie and Pat, both biologists, who met while working at an Air Force base, chose the lawn overlooking the lake at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center in Huddleston to say their “I do’s.” Pat said having the ceremony outside fit the couple’s outdoorsy personalities. “The wedding was perfect,” he said. “My dad performed the ceremony, the weather was great, and I showed up on a boat. Our friends and family


Florida residents and biologists Stephanie and Pat Zimmerman chose an outdoor ceremony on the lawn at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center in Huddleston in June. “The wedding was perfect,” Pat said. “My dad performed the ceremony, the weather was great, and I showed up on a boat. Our friends and family commented that it was one of the best weddings they’d been to because of the laid-back atmosphere.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR RIGHT. Pat and Stephanie Zimmerman enjoy a stroll along the beach at Mariners Landing in Huddleston after their wedding ceremony on the lawn overlooking the lake. With family and friends coming from out of town, the Zimmermans honored them with the full Smith Mountain Lake guest treatment. “Many of our guests turned the wedding weekend into a vacation so we actually got to see them all three days,” Stephanie said. Treats served at the reception included minicupcakes. As a tribute to family, Stephanie’s wedding ring included diamonds from her grandmother’s ring.

commented that it was one of the best weddings they’d been to because of the laid-back atmosphere.” Pat’s father performing the ceremony (unofficially, as the couple was legally wed in Florida prior) was just one part of many aspects that made the event a true family affair. In fact, Stephanie said the theme of the entire weekend was about family. “Pat has three children from a previous marriage, and we wanted to include the kids as much as possible since this was not just a union of him and I, but of all of us,” Stephanie said. “The kids stood with him during the ceremony, walked down the aisle with the wedding party, and even poured some sand with me for the sand ceremony.” The bride also paid tribute to family legacy with the help of her mother and some special heirlooms. “As Pat and I are both older, all of our grandparents have passed away, and I wanted them to be with me as much as possible, especially the women in my life that have made me who I am,” Stephanie said. “My dress was made of my mother’s wedding dress, and she made it for me. I wore one of my grandmother’s necklaces she left to me, and my ring has diamonds from my other grandmother’s wedding ring. I also wore a bracelet from my aunt, and had lapel pins

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Fine-tuning the details Sisters Felecia and Donna Fischell brought their two decades of event planning experience to Smith Mountain Lake with their business, An Affair to Remember, about four years ago. Felecia Fischell was hired to help coordinate Stephanie and Pat’s wedding and shares advice on the advantages of using a wedding planner. What all did you do for Stephanie and Pat’s wedding? For their wedding, we were a “day of the event” planner, which means we tied all the loose ends together and made things flow smoothly. There’s a huge checklist, but some of the more prominent things we do are coordinating timing, overseeing vendors and catering, ensuring the right amount of seating, placing signage and equipping bathrooms with baskets filled with things like needle and thread to toothbrushes and toothpaste, so every possible need is covered.

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“My dress was made of my mother’s wedding dress ... I wore one of my grandmother’s necklaces ... and my ring has diamonds from my other grandmother’s wedding ring.” STEPHANIE ZIMMERMAN

TOP LEFT. Guests at Pat and Stephanie Zimmerman’s June wedding celebrated after the ceremony with a group photo. TOP RIGHT. Pat’s three children from a previous marriage were an integral part of the ceremony. They walked down the aisle with the wedding party and poured sand with Stephanie during a sand ceremony. RIGHT. ”My dress was made of my mother’s wedding dress, and she made it for me,” Stephanie said of her mother, Carolyn Koontz.

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from Pat’s grandmothers pinned in my bouquet.” For family and friends who came, the couple wanted to honor them with the full Smith Mountain Lake guest treatment. “Many of our guests turned the wedding weekend into a vacation so we actually got to see them all three days,” Stephanie said. “All of our guests arrived by Friday night for a welcome barbecue hosted by Pat’s parents, and about half stayed through Sunday morning for a brunch at Mariners. They appreciated having things to do while we were busy on the day of the wedding, as well as both sides getting to meet and interact for more than just the reception.” As for other couples planning their own SML wedding, Pat and Stephanie offered the following advice: “Just remember the day is meant for you and your fiance, so do what you want,” Stephanie said. “Have fun and enjoy it, don’t worry about all the small stuff or the things you can’t control,” Pat added. Both also reiterated the value of having their special day at Smith Mountain Lake. “It’s a beautiful landscape so take advantage of the backdrop.”


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Timing is everything. Making award-winning wine takes time. Roger Furrow, owner of Hickory Hill Vineyards in Moneta, is grateful for the gift of time. Five years ago, Roger went into cardiac arrest after a routine stress test at Centra Medical Group Stroobants Cardiovascular Center in Moneta. Chad Hoyt, MD, and Laura Bollard, RN, sprang into action, performing CPR to save his life. Within minutes, the Centra ONE helicopter landed and they were flown to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital where cardiologists discovered three blockages and Roger underwent a triple bypass heart surgery.

Above: Roger Furrow, owner, Hickory Hill Vineyards Top (L to R): Chad Hoyt, MD, Roger Furrow, Laura Bollard, RN

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The winemaker treasures every day on the family vineyard. Each grape harvested builds upon a craft requiring patience and time. Roger credits his cardiologist, surgeon and nurses for giving him more of the latter.

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wedding guide 2018 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.

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Affordable Home Outlet / A Shade Brighter

1123 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540-297-6440 On Facebook

Jewelry, home accessories, SML-related gifts

Antique Mall at Mayberry

1170 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540-297-7770 On Facebook

Centerpieces, gifts for bridal party, jewelry, china, punch bowls

Appalachian Images & Framing

13029 N. Old Moneta Road, Moneta

540-632-9599 On Facebook

Custom picture framing, handmade crafts and wood furniture

Artfully Framed at the Lake

13699 Booker T. Washington Hwy., #202, Moneta

540-721-1218

Art Visions Gallery & Studio

120 Scruggs Road, Suite 215, Moneta

540-798-0313 artvisionsstudio.blogspot.com

Art gallery by local artists; art classes and painting parties

Bridgewater Sportswear

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

540-721-1040 On Facebook

Casual clothing, swimsuits, SML T-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories for men, women and children.

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 Tpke., #117, Rocky Mount

540-483-0779 On Facebook

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

Comfort & Joy

16483 Moneta Road, Suite H, Moneta

540-297-3406 On Facebook

Shabby chic/country furniture, ladies’ clothing, jewelry, home decor

Diamond Hill General Store

1017 Diamond Hill Road, Moneta

540-297-9309 diamondhillgeneralstore.net

Wine shop, gift shop, garden center; Boar’s 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 giftsahoyfudge.com

Jewelry, kids’ toys, home decor, Vera Bradley, Spartina 449, Tervis Tumblers, gourmet foods, truffles, personal care products from Thymes, Crabtree and Evelyn and Naked Bee; Simply Noelle, Simply Southern and Lake Girl apparel, fresh fudge

Haywood’s Jewelers - Smith Mountain Lake

13020 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy

540-721-2210 haywoodsjewelers.com

Fine jewelry, bridal sets, 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 On Facebook

Local gift items

Moss & Vine Boutique

13105 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite A-7, Hardy

540-493-6140 On Facebook

Home decor, gifts, clothing and accessories

Pacabella

1799 Jubal Early Hwy., Wirtz

540-890-8364 pacabella.com

Home decor, clothing, organic felted soaps, lotions and more

Perfectly Picked

510 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

540-482-0348 On Facebook

Home decor, gifts and collectibles

Southern Roots

400 Scruggs Road, Suite 1100, Moneta

540-814-0604 southernrootssml.com

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

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The Cottage Gate

84 Westlake Road, #13, Hardy

540-721-5622 On Facebook

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

The General Store

213 Scruggs Road, Moneta

540-721-3009 generalstoresml.com

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

The Gilded Lion

7317 Old Franklin Tpke., Glade Hill

540-589-7662 On Facebook

Gifts, including jewelry, accessories, pillows, home and garden decor

The Little Gallery

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

540-721-1596 thelittlegallerysml.com

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

The Southern Goat Boutique

40 Village Springs Drive, Hardy

540-719-1191 On Facebook

Shabby chic/country French furniture, ladies’ clothing, jewelry, home decor, custom florals, shirts, custom linens, wedding signs and monogrammed wedding items

U.S. Alpaca Company and Alpacas of SML Farms & Gifts

540-719-0281 13105 Booker T. Washington usalpacacompany.com Hwy., Hardy; Morewood Road, Hardy (farm) smithmountainlakefarm.com

Alpaca products, Pendleton blankets, organic and specialty items

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

611 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke

540-493-6812 freshbakedva.com

Custom wedding and celebration cakes

Kupkakery

140 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

540-493-2212 kupkakery.com

Custom gourmet cakes and cupcakes

Southern Gypsy Cakery

16483 Moneta Road, Moneta

540-915-4678 On Facebook

Custom cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies and pastries

Stacy’s Sweet Spot

Smith Mountain Lake

540-798-0830 stacysstweetspot.com

Custom cakes and chocolates

Sugar & Slice Cupcakery and Confections

96 Builders Pride Drive, Hardy

540-721-2253 sugarandslicesml.com

Gourmet custom cupcakes, custom birthday and tiered cakes

The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St., Bedford

540-586-4622 On Facebook

Wedding and special event cakes

Barnyard Catering

16463 Moneta Road, Moneta

540-297-4634 On Facebook

Bedford Social Club

124 S. Bridge St., Bedford

Blue Ridge Catering

522 Salem Ave., Roanoke

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17 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount 1017 Diamond Hill Road, Moneta

Farmhouse Catering and Meals 13300 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta to Go Fine Dining at Early Inn Heath’s Waterfront Grill Hot Shots Ippy’s Restaurant Kupkakery

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540-586-9454 bedfordsocialclub.com 540-982-7700 blueridgecatering.net 540-489-7827 centerstagefood.com 540-297-9309 diamondhillgeneralstore.net 540-330-8630 farmhousecateringmealstogo. com 844-327-5946 earlyinn.com 540-632-0163 heathswaterfrontgrill.com 540-719-1547 smlhotshots.com 540-489-5600 ippysrestaurant.com 540-493-2212 kupkakery.com

Hand-rubbed smoked meats, all food homemade Customized menus for corporate events, milestones and weddings Full-service catering Full-service catering Boar’s Head catering Full-service catering, customized menus Historical inn hosting weddings, receptions, parties; catering Full-service catering Full-service catering Full-service catering, customized menus Off-site catering


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BUSINESS Mariners Landing Resort Community & Conference Center The Blue Lady Trading Company

ADDRESS 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston 321 W. Main St., Bedford

PHONE • WEBSITE 540-297-4100 weddingsatsmithmountainlake. com 540-586-4622 On Facebook 540-721-3028 thelandingsml.com

SERVICES AND SPECIALTIES Full-service catering Full-service catering

The Landing Restaurant

773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

Aztec Rental

14070 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-4070 aztecrental.com

Full-service event rentals

Big Sky Rents & Events

100 Commerce St., Danville

434-822-1100 bigskyrents.com

Full-service event rentals

Grand Rental Station

1000 Vineyard Road, Vinton

540-343-1000 grandrentalvinton.com

Full-service event rentals

Bella Rose Plantation

1220 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg

434-933-3300 bellaroseplantation.com

Vintage plantation, romantic creekside 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

Burwell-Holland Homeplace

600 Jacks Mountain Road, Glade Hill

540-520-4307 burwell-hollandhomeplace.com

Historic brick federal home featured on the National Registry of Historic Places with spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, a rustic cabin and an event barn

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

Heath’s Waterfront Grill

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-632-0163 heathswaterfrontgrill.com

Restaurant at The Pointe at Mariners Landing, featuring separate banquet space for up to 150 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 Ave., 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

Hot Shots

13360 Booker T. Washington Highway, Moneta

540-719-1547 smlhotshots.com

Outdoor pavilion available for weddings and receptions

Jake’s Place

1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta

540-297-4732 jakesplacesml.com

Casual lakeside restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating; docking facilities

Katherine Grace Manor

1639 Poteet Road, Wirtz

540-493-1533 katherinegracemanor.com

Historic Colonial featuring acreage and mountain views

Mariners Landing Resort Community & Conference Center

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-297-4100 weddingsatsmithmountainlake. 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

Seven Doors Winery

5800 Johnson Mountain Road, 540-589-9530 Bedford sevendoorswinery.com

Sierra Vista

Bedford

434-841-2013 sierravistava.com

Outdoor wedding venue on 300 acres. Pre-event accommodations available as well as a handcrafted barn that seats 150

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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

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

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The Blue Lady Trading Company

321 W. Main St., Bedford

540-586-4622 On Facebook

Victorian home offering country to elegant weddings

The Depot

52 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

540-489-0948 depot@rockymountva.org

Main hall with kitchen can accommodate 93

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 Pavilion at Black Water Junction

356 Bethel Lane, Union Hall

540-420-5625 thepavilionatbwj.com

Seats up to 200, plus outdoor patio, fireplace, kitchen, wifi and views

The Waterfront Country Club

275 Anchor Drive, Moneta

540-721-2653 smlweddings.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 smlweddings.com

Event site, including upscale clubhouse, charming chapel or waterfront locations; variety of packages available

The Westlake

360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy

540-721-3845 smlweddings.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”

Willow Creek Country Club

10500 Virgil H. Goode Hwy., Rocky Mount

540-483-0797 willowcreekva.com

Outdoor wedding venue or indoor for approximately 140 guests

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

775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

540-721-2759, ext. 0 skelton4hcenter.org

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

White Rock Vineyard, Winery and Brew Haus

2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview

540-890-3359 whiterockwines.com

Indoor space accommodates 60; outdoor space available; pergola overlooks vineyard, pond

Smith Mountain Flowers

1100 Celebration Ave., Suite 214, 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 On Facebook

Flowers and decorating services

The Cottage Gate

84 Westlake Road, Suite 13, Hardy

540-721-5622 On Facebook

Flower arrangements, decorating to fit any style, centerpieces

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2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540-989-7100 amrheinshop.us

Full-service bridal shop

Affordable Home Outlet/A Shade Brighter

1123 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540-297-6440 downtownmoneta.com

Mother-of-the-bride dresses and jewelry

Antique Mall at Mayberry

1170 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540-297-7770 On Facebook

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

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

540-366-8360 promspageantsandprettythings. com

Full-service bridal shop; gown alterations and preservations

Proms, Pageants and Pretty Things 5325 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke at the Bride’s House

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13840 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite C-1, Moneta

540-525-2004 mkauffman.dreamvacations.com

Destination weddings, honeymoon planning, vacation planning and consulting

Martin Travel

3615 Franklin Road, Roanoke

540-343-5400 martintravel.com

Vacation planning and consulting

Time Travel Biz

144 Shad Run Drive, Moneta

540-493-1220 timetravelbiz.com

Vacation planning and consulting

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111 Saunders Point Road, Huddleston

540-293-1124 804-928-9283

Vacation planning and consulting

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ADDRESS PHONE • WEBSITE SERVICES AND SPECIALTIES I n v I tat I o n s / P r o g r a m s /a n n o u n c e m e n t s

Carter’s Fine Jewelers and Gifts

400 Old Franklin Tpke., Suite 117, Rocky Mount

540-483-0779 On Facebook

Invitations

Print-N-Paper

70 Scruggs Road, Suite 104, Moneta

540-719-7277 printnpaper.com

Wide variety of invitations, programs

Rapid Printing

113 N. Bridge St., Bedford

540-586-1243 rapidprt.com

Invitations

J e w e l r y/ w e d d I n g r I n g s AmRhein’s

2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540-989-7100 amrheinshop.us

Fine jewelry, engagement rings, wedding bands

Antique Mall at Mayberry

1170 Celebration Ave., Moneta

540-297-7770 On Facebook

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 - Smith Mountain Lake

13020 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy

540-721-2210 haywoodsjewelers.com

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

Lyon’s Jewelers

1128 East Lynchburg-Salem Tpke., Bedford

540-586-5966 lyonsjewelers.com

Custom-designed jewelry

Quintessence Strings

Roanoke

540-772-0416

Customized classical ensembles

Sound Dawgs

Smith Mountain Lake

540-815-3379

Music for weddings, business events, lake parties, etc. Music from ’50s to present

Carter’s Merle Norman

400 Old Franklin Tpke., Suite 117, Rocky Mount

540-483-0779 merlenorman.com

Bride and bridal party makeovers

Diva Nails and Spa

14807 Moneta Road, Suite D, Moneta

540-296-0889 On Facebook

Full-service nail salon, skin care

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

Envi Salon

204 South St., Bedford

540-586-1983 On Facebook

Paul Mitchell Focus Salon focusing on creative haircare services, including color, cuts and facial waxing

Family Hair Care

11545 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

540-297-5812

Full-service haircare services, nail-spa services, waxing and tanning

Hair Designs by Whitney & Brandy

1123 Celebration Ave., 104B, Moneta

540-297-2762

Formal hair styling and updos

Mary Kay, Diane Lovell

235 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount

540-493-3170 marykay.com/dlovell4

Skin care and make-up

Mary Kay, Evelena Mullens

175 Panford Lane, Moneta

540-719-3237

Skin care advice, free makeovers

Mimi’s Nails and Spa

13697 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-719-3239

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

Modern Nails Spa

400 Scruggs Road, #1300, Moneta

540-719-1100

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

Oasis Salon and Spa

360 Old Franklin Tpke., Rocky Mount

540-482-0742 On Facebook

Full-service haircare services, nail care

taiBella Salon and Spa

13105 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite A-4, Hardy

540-719-0025 salononesml.com

Massage therapy, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing

True Organics

130 Scruggs Road, Suite 104, Moneta

540-719-8783 trueorganicsspa.com

Massage and pampering spa

Westlake Salon and Spa

Westlake Towne Center, 84 Westlake Road, Suite 112, Hardy

540-719-4247 westlakesalonandspa.com

Facials/makeup, massage, waxing, wedding gift certificates

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ADDRESS PHONE • WEBSITE SERVICES AND SPECIALTIES PhotograPhers/VideograPhers Smith Mountain Lake

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

Audra Lynne Creative

Smith Mountain Lake

434-481-4716 audralynnecreative.com

Wedding, engagement and event photography

Heather Turner Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540-814-2878 heatherturnerphoto.com

Weddings, engagements, portraits, children and family sessions, special events, boudoir

Jolly Jen Photography

6675 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz

540-521-1378 jollyjenphotography.com

Weddings, families, high school seniors, special events

Lesley Wray Photography

305 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

540-420-5151 lesleywrayphotography.com

Engagement sessions, bridal portraits, wedding day and other photography

Matt Ross Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540-798-0822 mattrossphotography.com

Weddings, engagement, portraits, animals, landscapes, cuisine

Nicole Colwell Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540-580-1021 nicolecolwellphotography.com

Wedding, engagement and events photography

Noah Magnifico Photography

Roanoke

540-382-1600 www.magnificophotography.com

Weddings, fun families & amazing portraits

Simple Times Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540-204-2774 simpletimesphotography.com

Weddings, family portraits and events

Stephanie Klein-Davis Photography

Smith Mountain Lake

540-312-7752 klein-davis.photography

Wedding and event 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

3528 Hatchett Road, Penhook

540-576-2451 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

434-933-3300 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

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

Accommodates large groups; flat-screen TVs, full bar

Fine Dining at Early Inn

50 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount

844-327-5946 earlyinn.com

Historical inn hosting weddings, receptions and private parties; overnight stays; catering

Heath’s Waterfront Grill

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-632-0163 heathswaterfrontgrilll.com

Located at The Pointe at Mariner’s Landing, accessible by land or water, offering fresh seafood, burgers and steaks.

Ippy’s Restaurant

1760 N. Main St., Rocky Mount

540-489-5600 ippysrestaurant.com

Private banquet area available for up to 70; dinner options include steak, seafood and barbecue served with an array of sides, soups and salads

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

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-297-4100 weddingsatsmithmountainlake. 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 sevendoorswinery.com

The Bedford Columns

812 East Main St., Bedford

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SERVICES AND SPECIALTIES

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 Copper Kettle Co.

2033 Morewood Road, Hardy

540-912-0116 thecopperkettleco.com

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

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 smlweddings.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 smlweddings.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 smlweddings.com

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

540-297-0000

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 Vineyard, Winery & Brew Haus

2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview

540-890-3359 whiterockwines.com

Indoor space can accommodate 60; outdoor space available, pergola overlooks vineyard and pond

Black Tie Trolleys

5106 Waterlick Road, Forest

434-933-3300 blacktietrolleys.com

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

Prestige Limousine & Shuttlebus

Roanoke

540-342-8049 prestigelimoinc.com

Limousine and shuttlebus transportation services

Spring Valley Farm

1190 Horseshoe Bend Road, Moneta

540-309-6884, 540-685-3249 svhorsefarm.com

Horse drawn carriages

AmRhein’s

2740 Ogden Road, Roanoke

540-989-7100 amrheinshop.us

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 davidsonsclothing.com

Tuxedo sales and rentals

Men’s Wearhouse

4757 Valley View Blvd. NW, Roanoke

540-563-9860 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

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Wedding planning, corporate events, concierge services

Center Hill Designs

1623 Center Hill Drive SW, Roanoke

540-353-8054 On Facebook

Personalized wedding and event planning and direction

Everlasting Memories Event Planning/Brenda Taylor

3038 Sedgefield Road, Roanoke

540-314-6228 everlastingmemoriesep.com

Full-service event planning

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Finding an ideal vacation spot also means finding that perfect place to stay. From Bedford to Rocky Mount and all points in between, the Smith Mountain Lake area offers many options for accommodations.

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Bed ANd BreAkfAsT INNs | HouseBoATs | CAmpgrouNds HoTels ANd moTels | resorTs ANd CoNfereNCe CeNTers VACATIoN reNTAl CompANIes | INdIVIduAl VACATIoN reNTAls Easily locate accommodations by matching the number in the Map ID column below to the map on pages 104105. 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).

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Almost Home

612 Longwood Ave., Bedford

540-425-2221

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Angle Guest House

215 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount

540-489-1893 airbnb.com

NA

NA

1 BR, 2 BR suites

No

No

Yes

$100-$150/night

Bedford Landings

1995 Buccaneer Road, Moneta

540-488-4600 bedfordlandings.com

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D10

4 BR

No

Yes

Yes

$120-$200/night

Cedar Pointe

216 Mountwood Drive, Huddleston

540-520-5868 cedarpointebandb.com

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2 BR suite

No

Yes

Yes

$175/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

$99-$189/night

2379 Capewood Drive, Huddleston

540-297-8617 homeaway.com/p335285

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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

Vanquility Inn and Peaks View Cottages

105 Angus Terrace, Bedford

540-587-9113, 540-761-3652 vanquilityacresinn.com

NA

NA

2 BR suite plus 3 cottages

No

No

Yes

$100-$275/night

Arrowhead Campground LLC

5625 Smith Mountain Road, Penhook

540-420-7625

B1

G11

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Yes

Yes

$20-$40/night $1,800-$2,800/year

Blue Ridge Campground & Marina

8131 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz

540-721-3866 blueridgecampground.com

G5

G8

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Yes

No

$35/night $2,500/year

Camp Karma LLC

2056 Stone Mountain Road, Bedford

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

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No

Yes limited

$25/night

Eagle’s Roost Campground

15335 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston

540-297-7381 smleaglesroost.com

R11

F11

125+

Yes

Yes

No

Halesford Harbour RV Park

1336 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta

540-297-9000 halesfordharbour.com

R28

C8

24 plus 1 lakeside cabin

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

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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

Campsites $20-$35/night See website for cabin rentals

Sweetwater RV Park

4474 White House Road, Moneta

540-296-0522 sweetwaterrvpark.com

NA

B10

24 plus 1 BR cottage

Yes

No

No

$25-$47/night $300 cottage

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SML Lodging guide Hotels/Motels Camber Inn

200 McBride Lane, Gretna

434-656-9000 camberinn.com

NA

NA

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No

No

Yes

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Comfort Inn

1730 North Main St., Rocky Mount

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

NA

NA

61

Yes

No

Yes

Call for rates

Days Inn

921 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford

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

NA

NA

75

Yes

No

Yes

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Gills Creek Marina and Lodge

790 Fox Chase Road, Wirtz

540-721-2451 gillscreekmarina.com

G2

G9

4

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Halesford Harbour Inn

1336 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta

540-297-9000 halesfordharbour.com

R28

C8

25

Yes

Yes

Yes

$64-$170/night

Holiday Inn Express Rooms & Suites

395 Old Franklin Tpke., Rocky Mount

540-489-5001 hiexpress.com

NA

NA

63

Yes

No

Yes

Call for rates

Lake Inn Motel

45 Enterprise Lane, Hardy

540-721-3383

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

Parrot Cove Boat Rentals & Sales

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 R28

ResoRts and ConfeRenCe CenteRs Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center

775 Ashmeade Road, Moneta

800-572-2048 bernardslanding.com

R11

F10

50

No

Yes

Yes

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

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-297-4100, ext. 1 smlvaca.com

C6

E11

100

Yes

Yes

Yes

$99-$325/night

W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center

775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

540-721-2759 skelton4hcenter.org

B40

I7

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No

No

Yes

$50-$100/night

By the Lake Vacation Rentals

16503 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

CB Rentals & Sales

1027 Waterwheel Drive, Moneta

Lake & Land Property Rentals

V a C at i o n R e n ta l C o M pa n i e s 540-425-0555

R28

C8

8

Varies

Yes

Varies

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

540-297-7000 cbrentals.com

R28

C8

75

Varies

Yes

Varies

$900-$5,200/week

16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Suite 17, Moneta

540-721-6005 rentalsatthelake.com

R28

C8

5

Varies

Varies

Varies

Visit website for rates

Lake Retreat Properties, Inc.

6760 White House Road, Huddleston

540-297-6002 lakeretreat.com

NA

C11

70

Varies

Yes

Varies

$480-$8,750/week

Lakeshore Rentals & Sales

16483 Moneta Road #M, Moneta

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

NA

C8

60

Varies

Yes

Varies

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

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SML Lodging guide Long & Foster Vacation Rentals

14807 Moneta Road, Suite K, Moneta

866-395-2038 lfvacations.com

NA

E7

50

Varies

Yes

Varies

$750-$5,500/week

ML Hospitality

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston

540-297-4100, ext. 1 smlvaca.com

C6

E11

100

Yes

Yes

Yes

$99-$325/night

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P.O. Box 50, Huddleston

540-797-0460 smithmountainlakeproperties. org

NA

NA

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Yes

Yes

Varies

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

RSI Rentals Inc.

16525 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

540-721-9797 rsirentals.com

R28

D7

60

Varies

Varies

Varies

$575-$4,500/week

Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals Inc.

6728 White House Road, Huddleston

877-773-2452 smithmountainlakerentals. com

NA

C11

38

Varies

Yes

Varies

$500-$5,600/week

V a c at i o n R e n ta l s - i n d i V i d u a l H o m e s 1000 Cedar Key Lane, Huddleston

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

R1

E12

2 singlefamily cabins

Yes

Yes

Yes

$150-$220/night $800-$1,350/week

4331 Hales Ford Road, Moneta

540-425-4321 homeaway.com/218083

R28

C8

4 BR home

No

Yes

Yes

$220/night $1,495/week

Dream Come True

1141 Diane Drive, Moneta

336-337-0815 homeaway.com/p157812

R20

D10

4 BR home with loft

Yes

Yes

Yes

$430-$450/night $4,500/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-$1,600/week

Elegant Home

1012 Cedar Key Lane, Huddleston

703-623-0463 smithmtnlakerentals.com

R1

E12

3 BR home

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

$1,000/month

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 On Facebook

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

540-685-3249, 540-309-6884 svfarm.wixsite.com

NA

A7

5

Yes

No

No

$75/night

The Fox Home

110 Water’s Edge Lane, Moneta

homeaway.com/3935902

R27

D9

4 BR home

Varies

Yes

No

$375 average per night

Wind Rentals

Smith Mountain Lake

843-810-2076 windluxuryproperties.com

W1, R20, C6

F11

3 homes

No

Yes

Yes

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JANUARY 1 FIRST DAY HIKE | Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston will kick off the new year with a ranger-led hike along Beechwood Trail and Walton Creek/Striper Cove. Bring your hiking staff and binoculars to help spot birds and other wildlife. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and must be leashed at all times. Meet at the Visitor Center. 1-2:30 p.m. Free but regular parking fees apply. 540-297-6066, dcr.virginia. gov OPEN HOUSE | Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston will host a family-friendly open house after its First Day Hike at the Discovery Center. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. 540-297-6066, dcr. virginia.gov

2 SML PHOTO CLUB MEETING | The club is dedicated to improving the photography skills of its members and is open to any skill level. 7-9 p.m. Moneta/SML Library. Free

4 PAINTING WITH ED GOWAN | At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. The subject will be water lilies and all supplies will be provided. Advanced registration required. $85 non-members, $75 members. Register at 276-632-3221 SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-5 mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. playfranklincounty.com

5 RIK EMMETT (OF TRIUMPH) — ACOUSTIC DUO WITH DAVE DUNLOP | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $32, general admission, $47 gold section, $62 VIP meet and greet with gold section ticket

6 CHARLES ESTEN AND CLAIRE BOWEN | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $101.50 general admission, $127 gold section

ELIZABETH WISE | Live music at the Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7:30-9:30 p.m. bowercenter. org. $12 in advance, $15 at the door

7 JACOB JOLLIF BAND | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $22

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9 BUSINESS BASICS | An introduction to owning your own business. 4-7 p.m. Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, 210 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke. $20 pre-registration required at www. roanokesmallbusiness.com 100+ WOMEN WHO CARE — SML MEMBERSHIP IMPACT MEETING | Guests are welcome

18 SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. playfranklincounty. com

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11 SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Hammer & Forge Brewery, Boones Mill. playfranklincounty.com

Dance volunteers and SML Fitness. No heels allowed, bring water. 6 p.m. Free

EDNA CURRY - JOHN BOWER EXHIBITION | Entry form deadline is Jan. 10. Exhibit runs through March 3. Entry fee is $25 for up to three works of art. Awards for first place $300 and a solo exhibit, second place $200, third place $100 and three awards of merit $50. bowercenter.org

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12 WHEN SWING WAS KING: TRIBUTE TO BENNY GOODMAN | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $25 early bird, $28

24 TAJ MAHAL (SOLO) | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $54.50 general admission, $74.50 gold section

25 RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $38.50 general admission, $54.50 gold section

SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3.6-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Grassy Hill Trail, Rocky Mount. playfranklincounty.com

SELLING IN TODAY’S MARKET JAN. 27 | Realtor Jada Turner will discuss the real estate industry’s

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13 HENRY ROLLINS — TRAVEL SLIDESHOW | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $31.50 general admission, $41.50 gold section, $166.50 VIP meet and greet

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SWING DANCE CLASS | A class to prepare for SML Good Neighbors’ Valentine’s Dance. This is the last class in a six-part series by Swing Roanoke & Dance volunteers and SML Fitness. No heels allowed, bring water. 6 p.m. Free GAELIC STORM | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $34.50 general admission, $48.50 gold section

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BODY BASICS: CHAIR EXERCISE | A 12-week, low-impact class that focuses on strength training and balance for adults only. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. Preregistration is required. $10. 540-4848569

FLOOR FITNESS | An 8-week, beginner exercise program to increase strength and stability. $5. carilionclinic.org

FEBRUARY 1 PAINTING WITH ED GOWAN | At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. The subject will be “Roses” by Gary Jenkins. All supplies will be provided. Advanced registration required. $85 non-members, $75 members. Register at 276-632-3221

SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-5-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. playfranklincounty.com

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2 MONSTER ATLANTIC/ APPALACHIAN SOUL/VIRGINIA ELECTRIC | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $17

3 AIMEE MANN | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $46.50 general admission, $61.50 gold section BALANCE BIKE BONANZA | Children from walking to 5 1/2 years can try out a balance bike. Sponsored by Franklin County Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Essig Center, Rocky Mount. playfranklincounty.com

5 SML PHOTO CLUB MEETING | The club is dedicated to improving the photography skills of its members and is open to any skill level. 7-9 p.m. Moneta/SML Library. Free

8 SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Hammer & Forge Brewery, Boones Mill. playfranklincounty.com

10 BALANCE BIKE BONANZA | Children from walking to 5 1/2 years can try out a balance bike. Sponsored by Franklin County Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Franklin County Public Library, Rocky Mount. playfranklincounty.com

VALENTINE’S DANCE WITH THE LET’S DANCE BAND | Hosted by SML Good Neighbors Inc. at the Franklin County Family YMCA’s SML location. Bring your own food and drink. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. $25

MARC BROUSSARD | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $30.50 general admission, $41.50 gold section


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MARDI GRAS WITH CHRIS SHARP AND THE DIXIELAND BAND | Live music at Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford. 7:30-9:30 p.m. bowercenter. org

ART OF THE STORY FAMILY DAY AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN | Sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English, community members are invited to read excerpts from their favorite African American authors. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring a book. Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. piedmontarts.org

13 BUSINESS BASICS | An introduction to owning your own business. 4-7 p.m. Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, 210 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke. $20 pre-registration required at www. roanokesmallbusiness.com

14 ARLO GUTHRIE REGENERATION TOUR | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $59.50 general admission, $79.50 gold section

15 CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS | At Piedmont Arts, Martinsville. This presentation will examine depictions of the multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of “race” and American identity in the artistic production of African American artists. Artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis, among many others, will be discussed. 7 p.m. Free. piedmontarts.org

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SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN | 3-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. playfranklincounty. com

17 BALANCE BIKE BONANZA | Children from walking to 5 1/2 years can try out a balance bike. Sponsored by Franklin County Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Westlake Library. playfranklincounty. com

20 BLUES TRAVELER WITH LOS COLOGNES | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $30.50 standing room only, $44.50 general admission, $64.50 gold section

21 TOWER OF POWER (50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR) | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $70 general admission, $90 gold section

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24-25 SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BOAT SHOW | Area dealers will display the newest models of boats and personal watercraft at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. A variety of other recreation and home-maintenance equipment and service providers will also display their wares. Sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association. 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. roanokeboatshow.com. Free admission all three days

THE 70s: A ROCK AND ROLL EXPLOSION WITH JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY | With the accompaniment of a small rock band, Jefferson Choral Society singers will present the mind-bending sounds of 1970s rock and roll. Concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Timberlake United Methodist Church, Lynchburg. Adult, child and group tickets available. 434-528-5700, jeffersonchoralsociety.org

24 BLACKBERRY SMOKE WITH LUKAS NELSON | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT

SHINE RUNNERS PUB RUN |

SELLING IN TODAY’S MARKET |

3.6-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Grassy Hill Trail, Rocky Mount. playfranklincounty.com

Realtor Jada Turner will discuss the real estate industry’s latest trends for selling your home in today’s market. 1 p.m. Phil Hager Insurance, Seminar Room, 13840 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta. Free. Pre-register at jadaturnerrealtor.com

23 TAPE FACE | (From America’s Got Talent) Comedy at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $27 general admission, $37 gold section, $125 VIP meet and greet

28 URIAH HEEP | Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $40.50 general admission, $54.50 gold section


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struggle to my feet …” It was that five-word writing prompt that won aspiring writer Leah Weiss $150 in a short-story writing contest six years ago. It’s also the opener of Weiss’ debut novel, “If the Creek Don’t Rise,” which has garnered national and international acclaim since its official release last August. “It’s been a crazy ride,” Weiss said when reached by phone at her home in Lynchburg. Centered on life in the small, fictitious Appalachian town of Baines Creek, the novel begins as main character, newlywed and mother-to-be Sadie Blue, has just taken her latest beating from husband, Roy. “From the moment the prompt fell on my page, Sadie appeared in my mind as a complete person and personality, from her slight form and pale skin, to her mountain voice and her birth in Appalachia,” Weiss wrote in a Q&A section in the book. For 24 years Weiss worked as executive assistant to the headmaster at Lynchburg’s Virginia Episcopal School before retiring in 2015. She had written articles for a local magazine back in the 1980s and special letters to family and friends that often ended up framed, but Weiss never considered herself to be a writer. It wasn’t until 2004 when a friend complimented Weiss on her style that she reconsidered. “He said, ‘Gosh, you have a distinct wit and way with words,’” she recalled. “He challenged me to try my hand at writing, and I thought about writing about my mother’s extraordinary life.” Weiss began documenting the life story

of her mother, Lucy, one of 15 children born on a tobacco farm in North Carolina with no electricity or running water. Just four months after capturing those memories, Lucy died of lung cancer. Just 10 months after that, Weiss’ companion of 14 years died. Now 70, Weiss said those losses 14 years ago spurred a “creative awakening” in her. “I filled all that time I would have spent with them writing,” she said. “I began as a novice not having any idea about the rules.” After having received a copy of “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout from a friend, Weiss became inspired to write a larger work. “I loved the format,” she said. “Its unique short-story structure turned novel, and the dark character of Olive inspired this book about richly flawed folks.” When it came time for Weiss to fully develop her novel, she did her homework, talking to published authors, attending the Wildacres Writers Workshop in the mountains of North Carolina and researching extensively on topics, including moonshine, coal mining, exorcisms and Loretta Lynn. “No detail was too small to bring authenticity to Baines Creek residents in 1970,” Weiss wrote in the book’s acknowledgments. Not only is the Appalachian vernacular meant to transport readers, but how the words flow rhythmically is intentional, too. “My family history is steeped in music,” Weiss said. “I brought the importance of music and lyricism to this book on purpose. It’s delightful when it’s read out loud.” Written in first-person present tense,


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the book’s characters are meant to seem more real. “What I think that choice ended up developing is a much more intimate perspective,” Weiss said. And readers have noticed. With hundreds of five-star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, they are heaping praise on Weiss. “I couldn’t put this book down,” one reviewer wrote. “If you have any ties to Appalachia, this book will really hit home. If you don’t have ties to the area, open your mind and allow it to teach you about the mindset of those who live the daily struggles of life in the mountains here.” After its release last August, best-selling romance author Maya Rodale wrote in a review for NPR: “‘If The Creek Don’t Rise,’ by debut novelist Leah Weiss, paints a fascinating, gripping portrait of the interconnected and often unseen ways people help each other get by in this remote Appalachian town. While ‘If The Creek Don’t Rise’ is Sadie Blue’s story, Weiss tells it through the perspectives of those who help — or hurt — her, delving deeply into each character’s point of view and backstory and creating a different, perfect voice for each character.” As for what’s next, Weiss recently married Dave Harpster, whom she’d dated for 18 months, and who also had joined her on her cross-country promotion of her book. Now that she’s back home in Lynchburg, Weiss is already in the thick of research for her next book, but doesn’t have any firm timeline in mind for it. “I would love to be able to write as quickly as my readers read,” she said. — Karen Dillon, Editor

“Shooting Creek and Other Stories” compiles award-winning short stories from area author Scott Loring Sanders. They are part mystery, part horror, part family drama, all of literary quality. The book is, at its core, Appalachian fiction. Most of the stories are set in Virginia, and Sanders wrote all of them while living in Christiansburg. Sanders evokes place with details, which are generous but not so complicated as to distract the reader from the stories themselves. Cultural clues such as flora and fauna, local town names and Southwest Virginia dialect connect with local readers. Similarly, clues as to the era — whether they be cellphones or Nazis — let readers know when stories are set without disrupting the flow of the text with overt references. Authentic characters are at the heart of Sanders’ stories. There are a number of disturbed women, but Sanders is at his best when depicting down-and-out men who have tough decisions to make. Despite their similarities, each main character has his or her own voice. Sanders takes readers inside their heads as they grapple with ethical dilemmas. Readers can feel characters teetering on the precipice, such as in “Joyride” where a teenage boy is caught between the straight and narrow life his mother has created for him and the treasure that the dark side, in the person of his older criminal cousin, could bring him. This love of money is the root of evil in several stories. While that description is cliche, Sanders’ stories are anything but. Having read this book on the heels of “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, I could not help but make connections. Most of Sanders’ characters are not purely evil but rather, as in Vance’s nonfiction portrayal of Appalachia, folks often see few ways out except the amoral. Sanders shows just how far folks

will go for a fortune — or, as in “The Pawn,” for five dollars. It is the weakest story in terms of compelling character interactions and plot as it focuses on just one character while lacking the grotesque elements that make the other stories more thrilling. And perhaps it hits too close to reality as it taps into the drug epidemic in Appalachia. A fascinating component of Sanders’ stories are family dynamics. The title story “Shooting Creek” is the strongest and interweaves unrequited love, a mother’s devotion to her son and a marriage gone stale. This is the only story that is told from different viewpoints, a successful vehicle given that each character is written as distinct and has his or her own motivations. Sanders injects dark humor into his stories, which keeps them from seeming too twisted. Salty language adds flash, while also giving the stories a realistic, believable quality. The stories are well-written, rich with figurative language and descriptive words. Each story also seems to be the right length; it is a true accomplishment with the format of short stories to develop realistic characters, plot and theme in about 20 pages. Sanders is an expert in bringing readers with him on the journey by making every word count. As with most short story collections by one author, these pieces are best consumed separate from one another. They can start to run together when read in tandem given their similarities in setting, characterization and storyline. While the stories will keep readers awake at night, they are not scary in the typical “gotcha” way. Moral ambiguity is the real essence of the book, and readers will ponder what the best course of action is in these sometimes unwinnable situations that Sanders creates for his characters. — Jennifer Poff Cooper, Christiansburg SMITHMOUNTAINLAKE.COM

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There are certain indisputable truths that we must all face as we move through our lives. We cannot cheat death. We each carry an expiration date and try as we might, we will in fact, someday, leave this world. We must also pay our taxes. Now, you might be able to cheat on your taxes, but really, why put yourself through that? Paying taxes is our commitment to our social fabric. Finally, we will all, eventually, utter these words: Back in my day… Especially at the beginning of the year, as we’ve just exclaimed adios to 2017 and are viewing 2018 through the lens of optimistic declarations (my new running shoes lay by the front door as I type), there’s a temptation by those of us sitting in Club 50 (or beyond) to wax poetic about how much better we had it, back in the day. There are, in fact, a few things I wish we could bring back. As we’ve evolved, we’ve left behind a few gems that I believe deserve a second chance and should be brought out of retirement. Disco. I’m well aware that I risk a deluge of hate mail by even insinuating that disco should rise from the ashes. But, disco was fun! It wasn’t just the fabulous music, it was also the clothes (OK, the glittery headbands looked a bit ridiculous on everyone), the dance moves and the sheer joy of a Saturday night filled with gyrating ‘til your feet ached — because, disco heels! Why did disco ever die? Mix tapes. There was a time when the ultimate declaration of one’s undying love could be easily encapsulated in the confines of a small plastic object the size of an index card.

Many a night I toiled over the creation of the perfect collection of songs to bestow upon my boyfriend du jour. Of course, the re-emergence of the cassette tape would necessitate that we also bring back cassette tape players, but we can leave that to the audiophiles. Air travel that doesn’t suck. Yes, my friends, there was a time when boarding a plane and flying off to some distant destination was actually enjoyable. I know, hard to believe. Planes were designed with ample leg room, lunch or dinner was served, and sometimes there was even an adult beverage provided — at no charge! Especially after the 2017 holiday travel spectacle we’ve just survived, we most definitely need to elevate this one to the top of our “Bring it back!” priority list. Gas station attendants. I really don’t understand why we ever did away with this merry tribe of do-gooders. As you pulled into the gas station you were greeted by a smiling kind soul who not only pumped your gas, but also checked your tires, washed your windshield AND looked under the hood for good measure. I would gladly tip handsomely for this kind of service today. There are so many good things we did better back in the day, but, I’ve got to go now — I must go shoo those darn kids off my front lawn. 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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