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departments

Contents May 2019

11 Editor’s Note 15 Love The Lake 16 Travels 59 Marina Guide 60 Dock & Dine 70 Calendar 78 Out & About 81 Just For Fun 82 Shore Story 89 Dock Tale Hour

GARDENING

Plants Reach New Heights A rooftop garden can help lower your energy bills, increase biodiversity in your neighborhood and transforms any building into a part of the landscape. 18

ON THE WATER

What’s Big in Boats From high-tech creature comforts to a PWC made for fishing, we explore the latest trends in watercraft. 32

HISTORY

D-Day’s 75th Anniversary The most crucial day of the 20th century reaches a milestone. 24

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Contents

May 2019

DAY TRIP

A Topiary Trip To Remember Harvey S. Ladew is said to have introduced America to the art of garden sculpture known as topiary in the 1930s. Our gardening columnist took a tour of his fantastical home and grounds. 38

LAKE HOMES

Bar Association Handy homeowners around the lake are creating brag-worthy home bars. 50

HISTORY

Looking Back at Moneta Few communities have been so tied to the lake’s fortunes. 66

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Editor’s Note May 2019

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s a kid, this was the time of year I looked forward to the most. With school almost over, we would make plans to spend our summer at the lake. Even today, there’s an energy—or a vibe, if you will—around here reminding us that we’re finally shaking off those winter blues and gearing up for time on and around the water. Included in this issue of Laker magazine, you’ll find a listing of places to dine by boat, as well as our annual guide to area marinas for all your on-the-water needs. Check them out starting on page 57. If you’re in the market for a new boat, area dealers offer insights on the latest and greatest vessels for a variety of recreational activities. The gadgets and colorful lighting are sure to catch your eye. Plus, in a nod to do-it-yourselfers everywhere, we talk to two homeowners who were willing to show off their homemade bars and discuss all the work that went into making them bragworthy. If you’re a gardening enthusiast, you might be interested in making the six-hour drive to Maryland to check out the Ladew Gardens after reading our feature that starts on page 38. Our gardening columnist promises that it’s worth the trip! Don’t forget you can stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings at www.smithmountainlake.com.

Smith Mountain Lake is home to many favorite on-water pastimes. On any given day, it’s not unusual to see anglers of all ages out on the lake trying to reel in a citation-sized striper.

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our contributors Sunshine and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing — summer is here! Check out the latest information on amenities available at area marinas and dockside eateries that are ready to serve you.

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David Brown, Catriona Tudor Erler, Heather Turner COPY EDITOR

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Travels S M I T H M O U N TA I N L A K E R

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This month, Bill and Dot Landon and several friends traveled to Nice, France, a distance of about 4,372 miles from the lake!

1. france Bill and Dot Landon, Joe and Patricia Barta, David and Mary Stevens and Dave and Tracey Cox and a friend took the Laker with them to Nice, France, in October.

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2. norway Phillip and Deanna Sheridan of Moneta and Anthony and Joan Konopka of Penhook stopped for a photo at the North Cape with the Laker while visiting Norwegian fjords. 3. florida Vicky Creasy took the September/October issue of the Laker when she traveled to Anna Maria Island, Florida, to visit family. 4. alaska Mechelle Logan took the Laker to Barrow, Alaska. She’s been working at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital and is due to arrive back to the lake this month.

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5. spain Chuck and Babette Wedler of Bellview Bay toured Spain in October. They took the Laker to the Gothic Seville Cathedral in southern Spain’s Andalusia region. 6. spain & portugal Molly and Bob Banta of Huddleston enjoyed touring southern Portugal and Spain, highlighted by the Alhambra in Granada, Gibraltar, Ronda and the Royal Palace in Madrid. 7. new mexico In October, Dennis and Laurie Stamis and Kathy and John Coulahan of Huddleston, traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the largest in the world with more than 500 balloons of all shapes and sizes.

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YOUR ROOF Rooftop gardens can lower your energy bills while increasing biodiversity around your home Story and Photography by catrionia tudor erler

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It wasn’t easy being green 10 years ago when Richard Meyer and Martie Goebel of Annandale wanted to put a living roof on the garden shed they were building. It took months of resourceful research to find the information they needed to build the small-scale roof successfully. Today the idea for small-scale green or living roofs has taken off. Information and resources abound, making it easy for homeowners to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful living roof in their own backyard. Green or living roofs have their roots in ancient times when sod roofs were used as insulation for cottages. It was in Germany in the 1960s that the ancient concept was reintroduced. Today a large percentage of commercial buildings in Germany — and in many other European countries — have living roofs. For example, Munich

has more than 3 million square meters of green roofs, approximately the same size as Munich’s famous park known as the Englische Garten, one of the largest urban parks in the world. Stuttgart has 1.21 million square meters and Hamburg 1.25 million square meters of green roofs. In 2016, San Francisco was the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings, including bus stop shelters, be built with green roofs.

Multifold Benefits Green roofs are beautiful, replacing a hard surface roof with a raised garden bed. Environmentally, they are wonder workers. The insulation they provide reduces energy costs, a fact that will save significantly on heating and cooling for, say, an

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Two Types of Living Roofs There are two kinds of living roofs: extensive systems and intensive. Extensive roof systems typically have a 6-inch deep growing medium that can support a range of shallow-rooted plants such as sedum, chives and meadow grasses. These roofs can be either modular, where the vegetation and planting medium are contained in special trays covering all or most of the roof, or non-modular, where the planting medium is a continu-

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ous layer over the entire space. This is the type that most homeowners would choose for a garden structure or even the roof of their house. The installation and maintenance costs are relatively low, and the prices are dropping as more people are building them. Intensive green roofs are deeper and can sustain a complex landscape of small trees, shrubs, ponds and fountains. Buildings crowned with intensive systems must be built to support much more weight than an extensive system and are much more expensive to install. This type of system is suitable for commercial buildings and apartments.

An ordinary garden shed becomes an eye-catching feature in the garden with its succulent-covered roof.

Building Your Own Living Roof There are books and manuals on the market with detailed instructions for building a living roof. Briefly, the roof is built with a series of layers that insures the system performs properly. The layers will vary slightly depending on the builder, but typically

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In June, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will honor a major milestone in the fight for global freedom Story by anne reynolds


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Only 30 minutes north of Smith Mountain Lake is a monument to one of the most crucial days in the 20th century: the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II. On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces landed more than 150,000 troops onto heavily fortified beachheads in Normandy, setting in motion the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany. The effort was truly international: though most of the troops were from Britain, Canada and the United States, they included participants from Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland. Designated Operation Overlord, the invasion was the largest air, land and sea operation ever undertaken. Beginning in the predawn hours of June 6, the Allies came ashore at five landing points, codenamed Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach. In the week that followed, the Allies secured the beaches and more than 300,000 additional troops, 50,000 vehicles and 100,000 tons of equipment landed at Normandy and began to move inland across Nazi

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The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is dominated by the Overlord arch. Its height, 40 feet, 6 inches, is intended to recall the date of the invasion, June 6, 1944.

The town of Bedford is the home of the National D-Day Memorial. At the time of the war, Bedford’s population was 3,200 people, and 32 of its sons took part in the D-Day invasion. By day’s end on June 6, 1944, 19 of them, known as the “Bedford Boys,” were dead. Four more would perish during the Normandy campaign, resulting in the largest per capita loss of any community in the United States. Congress recognized in Bedford a symbol of all communities that had sacrificed its citizens to the cause of freedom in the D-Day operation, and decreed that it would be the home of the memorial to those communities’ troops.

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The memorial commemorates American participation in the Normandy invasion.

occupied France. Though the campaign was ultimately successful, the attack was not accomplished without a grievous loss of life. The United States D-Day Memorial Foundation estimates that the Allies suffered more than 10,000 casualties in the operation, with more than 4,000 dead.

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In June, Bedford will open its arms to host a historic commemoration. June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and during the week of June 5 through 9, the memorial will serve as the centerpiece of The Final Salute, a special program designed to observe the anniversary and honor its veterans. “The 75th anniversary of D-Day is a really important milestone in not only the nation’s history but global history,” explained Angela Lynch, associate director of marketing for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. “When you think of the sheer impact of that invasion of June 6, 1944, that one day in global history, it’s a day that was the turning point. The day that essentially saved the world, in many respects, that helped lead to the Allied victory in Europe.” Planned as the memorial’s largest event since its dedication, The Final Salute is envisioned as potentially the last large gathering of D-Day veterans from around the world. “It’s really important to be able

Cast bronze tablets adorn the walls of the circular plaza and include the names of more than 4,400 members of the Allied Expeditionary Forces killed on D-Day.

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to honor the veterans that we still have with us in an appropriate fashion, in a way that really lets them know that, though we’re so many decades past, that we’re still appreciative, we’re still thankful and that we still understand — perhaps more so now than ever before — the enormity of that sacrifice,” Lynch said. The memorial, dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001, hosts an average of 60,000 visitors each year. Its grounds are situated on 88 acres near the heart of Bedford, crowning a hill that offers views of fields and mountains in every direction. At its center is a 44-foot arch that overlooks a reflecting pool reminiscent of the perilous journey faced by those who fought in Normandy on that day. Gardens, architecture and artwork offer a reverent, solemn tribute to the Allied troops who came together to turn back Nazi tyranny.

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planned a host of activities surrounding the June 6 anniversary date. On June 5, visitors can witness the dedication of a narrative plaque honoring the U.S. Naval Academy. On June 6, an aerial tribute kicks off a commemorative service and a Normandy veteran roll call. Visitors can stop by for a tour of the memorial on June 7, as well as enjoy a 1940s-style outdoor concert and canteen, reminiscent of USOhosted social events. June 8 will feature a vintage victory parade through Bedford’s streets to honor veterans and celebrate the freedom they have ensured, and June 8 and 9 will offer

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two showings of “Tuesday Mourning,” an original stage play that tells the story of the Bedford Boys from the standpoint of the men who served in Normandy on that day. Finally, on June 9, the memorial will host a WWII-style field chapel service. The memorial’s website contains details such as the schedule of events and hotel information, as well as a chance to register for The Final Salute. “We do want folks, especially if they’re traveling with a veteran, to register so we know ahead of time,” Lynch said. “If they’re a Normandy veteran, we really want to get them on our list for our roll call, we want to get an accurate count of

how many veterans are with us that day.” This year is a particularly fitting time for a visit to the memorial. “We’re treating 2019 as the commemoration year,” Lynch said. “So if there are folks out there who have never been to the National D-Day Memorial or they haven’t been in a while, we have some new things going on that we’re really excited about this year. This is the year to come learn and then move forward, because we’ve got some big plans down the road.” More information, including a schedule of events for The Final Salute, is available at www.dday.org.

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boat manufacturers have spent the last year working toward introducing features and functionality that will appeal to new boat buyers.

Mike Ratcliff of Conrad Brothers Marine, which has dealerships at Smith Mountain and Claytor lakes, is enthusiastic about Mercury’s new 5 horsepower propane-fueled outboard. “Designed as a sailboat kicker that runs off the same fuel used by the boat’s requisite barbecue grill, this clean-burning engine puts an end to fuel degradation issues that plague sail boaters who often go weeks or months without running their out-

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boards,” Ratcliff said. For the avid angler who doesn’t want to spend a lot, Tracker Boats has refined its Heritage entry-level offering of a fully-rigged aluminum bass boat, complete with a 50 horsepower Mercury, a fish finder, a bait well and a trailer, for $10,995. And for useful tech, Ratcliff also likes Mercury’s “Vessel-View Mobile” app that uses Bluetooth technology to keep owners informed about engine performance and maintenance status. Andy Yeaman of Hughes Marine Service of Danville points to the recent return of outboard power as one of this year’s cool features. “Big outboards — Yamaha is offering 425 horsepower and 375 horsepower V8s this year — are the rage for large tri-toons, runabouts and offshore center consoles,” he said. “Outboards maximize space inside the boat and can be operated year-round with no need for winterization. Fuel efficiency and noise level have been markedly improved as well.” In addition, he said, “Yamaha has also expanded its line of jet-drive runabouts, powered by engine/drive

get out A new crop of outboard motors have better fuel efficiency, are quieter and can be operated year-round. Mobile apps now even keep owners up to date on engine conditions.


units that are tucked unobtrusively under the cockpit floor to create fully-accessible swim platforms and usable floor space equivalent to larger boats. And, like the outboards, the jets self-drain so no winterizing is required.” Higher-end boats feature touchscreens with accessory icons and integrated sound and light systems, which

some might liken to a disco parlor. Yeaman also likes Yamaha’s WaveRunner personal watercraft add-ons for fishing functionality and cruising comfort that can be retrofitted to models from the past couple of years. Also for fishermen, Virgil Naff of Virgil Naff Sea Doo/Yamaha and Mark Mills of Webster Marine point to the new purpose-

designed fishing edition SeaDoo with an extended aft platform, a large cooler, a fish finder, a bait-cutting board, rod holders and a bench-style seat with side-saddle foot rests. “Combined with a PWC’s shallow draft and quick-to-the-destination performance, it makes for an attractive solo fishing platform,” Naff said. Mills also noted the “highly evolved” floor plan on Bennington’s line of pontoon and tri-toon boats with plush seating and other creature comforts such as innovative

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storage and mood lighting. Sea Ray models offer wakesurfers “active trim” that automatically helps heavily-ballasted boats achieve a proper running angle, and Nautique Boats is offering its Nautique Integrated Steering Assist system, a helm-controlled transom thruster that makes close-quarters maneuvering a snap. “Using either the automatic or manual control mode, inexperienced inboard skippers can negotiate complex docking challenges with confidence,” Mills said. “The boat will spin its own length, either direction, with helm or touch-screen commands.” Tim Wray, owner of Magnum Marine, who recently opened a new showroom and service center on Virginia 122 at Hales Ford Bridge, said extra features found on new boats are all the rage. “Hull and propulsion design are already so highly evolved that the changes from year to year are minimal, so engineers are focusing on creating luxurious surrounds for skipper and crew,” he said. “The fit-and-finish and cosmetics on the new boats are extremely appealing, and you have to see them firsthand to appreciate how pleasant they can make being aboard.”

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including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Richard Rogers, Moss Hart, Noel Coward, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Edna Ferber, Colette, Somerset Maugham and Terence Rattigan. He was a capable artist and famous for his lavish parties and fine sense of humor. But the accomplishment that makes his fascinating life worth remembering is the garden he created at his home, Pleasant Valley Farm, in Monkton. Out of the fields and pastures that came up to the house, he carved out 22 acres for his garden. A novice in garden planning, he drew upon what he had observed in the great gardens of Europe, creating a garden informed by the influences of Gertrude Jekyll and other early 20th century English gardeners, as well as by the garden masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

The art of topiary was virtually unknown in the United States before Ladew began creating them. Once, he was stopped by a woman who said to him, “I saw your lovely garden in Maryland. Those wonderful hedges and all that beautiful Tipperary.” To provide for long vistas, he designed two cross axes. At the intersection, in the center of the Great Bowl, is Ladew’s oval swimming pool. Fifteen garden rooms, each with a different theme, are arranged off the axes. There is the yellow garden featuring plants with golden foliage, a white garden dazzling for its purity and an iris garden overlooked from an Italianate balcony. Ladew dubbed his apple orchard his “Garden of Eden,” and added a statue of Adam and Eve in which Eve offers an apple to Adam who already has two hidden in his hand behind his back. The “sculpture” garden is packed with topiaries of mythical birds atop spiralclipped pedestals, fanciful lyres, Winston Churchill’s bowler hat and another of Churchill’s “V” for victory sign. The terrace garden is hedged with hemlock and yew embellished with pruned garlands and pyramid finials. Another hedge features a flock of swans swimming along the top. The art of topiary was virtually unknown in the United States before Ladew began creating them. He loved to tell the story about the time he was stopped by a woman who said to him, “I saw your lovely garden in

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Maryland. Those wonderful hedges and all that beautiful Tipperary.” “It was hard to keep from laughing,” he said, “and I thought I would never again hear anything as funny about my garden, but when I reached Palm Beach, a man said to me, ‘Mr. Ladew, your name came up the other night at a dinner party. I understand you are the authority on Utopia.’” Ladew’s fascination with topiary began when he was foxhunting in England and came across a hedge with a pack of topiary hounds running across the top after a fox. Vowing to create the scene in his own garden, he went further, creating a tableau that features three mounted horses, one jumping over a gate in a hedge, chasing after a pack of hounds that are in hot pursuit of the fox out in front. This scene has become the iconic symbol of Ladew Topiary Gardens. When the Garden Club of America awarded Ladew its Distinguished Achievement Award in 1964, they praised

him for “creating and maintaining the most outstanding topiary garden in the country without professional help.” In her nomination letter Sibyl Brown wrote, “Mr. Ladew has through the years shaped and clipped the topiary himself.” She went on to describe and praise the many garden rooms: “The proof of the excellence of these gardens. …Is that they all communicate with each other harmoniously.” Before Ladew died at age 89 in July 1976, he established a nonprofit organization he called The Ladew Topiary Gardens Inc. to guarantee Pleasant Valley Farm’s survival into perpetuity. In his book “The Life & Gardens of Harvey Ladew,” Christopher Weeks wrote, “When he started to think about his garden’s future, he charted new territory, for no endowed gardens — as opposed to gardens coincidental to historic houses — existed in Maryland at the time: in 1967, for example, Annapolis’ now famed [18th century] Paca Garden was a parking lot. Even the concept of garden history as a

discipline was, at most, as dormant as a tulip bulb in February: England’s pioneering Garden History Society dates from 1965; the Garden Conservancy, dedicated to preserving historically important American examples of the horticulture arts, dates from 1990. Ladew first opened his garden to the public in 1968 at the time that he was setting up his foundation. He wanted to make sure that the public would indeed be interested in paying to come to see it. He would give the proceeds for this venture to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Writing to the organizers in January of that year, Ladew suggested that they open the gardens on weekends in May when the irises were in bloom. “That is when my garden looks best,” he explained. Nowadays, the house, garden and grounds are open to the public seven days a week between April 1 and Oct. 31. And yes, the public wants to visit the garden. As Ladew himself was wont to say, it’s all “perfectly delightful.”

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everage stations don’t have to be fancy to be functional, but when they’ve been created in some unique way by homeowners themselves, they become real conversation hubs. When Jon and Jean Wisnieski built their home in Waverly in 2011, they left the lake level unfinished as a project for Jon to tackle as time allowed. Intending to create an inviting lake level bar near the foot of the stairs, they had plumbing and electrical feeds roughed in during construction. The design for the contemporary bar was Jon’s, following Jean’s clear parameter: “Whatever you want as long as it goes with the decor in the rest of the rec room.” Jon played it safe and faced the bar with the same com-

bination of stacked veneer stone and mint-green subway tile he had used for the room’s fireplace surround. Jean also specified chemically-etched, leather-looking granite for the countertops, something she noticed at a home that was on the SML Charity Home Tour a couple years earlier. The first step was to lay out the dimensions on the floor with painter’s tape so the couple could evaluate the placement of a full-sized refrigerator, a bar sink and a dishwasher. With that defined, Jon spent about six months laboring on the project. While he had an established woodshop, Jon had never built anything this substantial before. “I looked online to see how it was done,” Jon recalled. “Cabinetry is basically just building boxes — and being sure to measure the diagonals to get them perfectly square.” He purchased a Kreg Jig to guide the drilling of screw holes for the butt joints, ordered cabinet doors and fin-

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ished them with a stain and wash for a pickled gray look that matched bookshelves he had built across the room. The cabinetry plywood and red oak framing material came from a home improvement store. “You can buy in bulk and return any you don’t need,” Jon said. He purchased granite from a store in Eden, North Carolina. “They create a pattern from foam board, then deliver the granite pre-cut, with finished edges,” he added. The hardest step for Jon was installing the rails for cabinet drawers and roll-out shelves. “Next time, I’d mount those before assembling the boxes,” he said. LED strip lighting was recessed into routed channels under the bar top for indirect illumination. The plugin strips can be commanded to dim, flash and change colors with a remote. The Wisnieskis’ bar is frequently used for serving drinks and hors d’oeuvres, but it was subjected to an unplanned stress test in 2015 when daughter Laura’s wedding reception moved indoors during rainfall associated with Hurricane Joaquin, and 100 displaced guests suddenly gathered in the home for a celebration. “It was able to handle that crowd,” Jean recalled, “so we knew then we had gotten everything right.” The ambitious bar and wine room in Rick and Pam McKown’s Park Place home features a more traditional design. “I was after a tavern-style, country pub ambiance,” Rick said. Completed in 2016 as one of the final steps in the couple’s past 13 years of self-finishing a 9,000-square-foot home, the bar stands at one end of a large game room, adjacent to a tiered home theater. “I love the challenge of creating things from scratch,” said Rick, a retired mechanical engineer. Part of the project included a faux-painted bar-toceiling black-marble column that conceals a structural pillar. Rick had practiced the painting technique on a column on the home’s upper level years earlier, and the result definitely fools the eye. The bar dimensions already had been figured out when Rick installed the game room’s flooring months earlier and created a defining border line in the tile that follows the bar’s 45-degree plus 45-degree bend — nearly 16 feet in all and room for six bar chairs. Like Jon, Rick built his own cabinetry boxes, using framing lumber and hardwood maple, stained a rich cherry, for the visible panels and doors. He routed the fluted trim pieces out of maple as well. An iron footrest is attached to the bar front. “Purchased online,” Rick said, “and definitely among the materials you measure several times before cutting.” In addition, there’s an authentic, rounded elbow rail that Rick sanded and finished with silky smooth lacquer. Other exquisite details of the bar include corbels at the tops of the columns, copper-colored ceiling panels,

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indirect LED lighting and hefty multi-layered crown moldings. Rick also discovered that mounting drawer railings before the countertop was installed would have been much easier. “I love detail work, but trying to squeeze tools and body parts into small cabinets is not fun,” he said. Rick’s passion for detail is evident in the wine room that is tucked away behind the bar. The cellar door itself is a work of art — an arched plywood core faced with Brazilian cherry flooring that was left over from the home’s main level — and secures silently with a magnetic locking mechanism that is released by a hidden switch. Inside, Rick has crafted tiers of individual bottle storage racks, jig constructed of interlocked plywood strips fronted with iron-on veneer that creates a solid-wood illusion. There are multi-bottle bins and shelving for cases that features room for more than 500 bottles. Capping the climate-controlled room, at about 11 feet, is a lattice drop ceiling woven with real grape vines plus imitation leaves and fruit. Wall surfaces mimic rust-brown Tuscan-style stucco; the relief pattern was created by troweling a heavy layer of spackling compound over wallboard and faux-finishing with paint and glazing. While most of the creativity and labor for this project belongs to Rick, Pam also pitched in, along with her cousin, Norman, a contractor by trade, who helped with framing in the area. “It’s a labor of love,” Rick said. “I get self-satisfaction from creating something to be proud of.” Pam added, “This has become a spot for friends to congregate — a reason to enjoy our lake level yearround.”

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Bay Rock Marina

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8360 Hardy Road, Hardy

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500 Shoreline Circle, Moneta

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R26

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Blackwater Marine

11750 Old Franklin Tpke., Union Hall

(540) 576-4486 On Facebook

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Blue Ridge Campground & Marina

8131 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz

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Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals

16410 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

(540) 721-1639 bwmarina.com

R28

Captain’s Quarters

16525 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

(540) 721-1175 smithmountainlakeboats.com

R28

Daily 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Craddock Creek Marina

15826 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

(540) 297-7325 craddockcreekmarina.com

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Crazy Horse Marina

400 Crazy Horse Road, Moneta

(540) 719-0620 crazyhorse-marina.com

B10

Crystal Shores Marina

1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta

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Gills Creek Marina & Lodge

790 Fox Chase Road, Wirtz

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15844 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

(540) 297-7347

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629 Lakeside Road, Penhook

(434) 927-5380 On Facebook

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19 Lumpkin Drive, Penhook

(434) 927-5150

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2031 Morewood Road, Hardy

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Magnum Point Marina

2200 Old Salem School Road, Union Hall

(540) 576-4486 On Facebook

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3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston

(540) 484-3980 mitchellspoint.com

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Parkway Marina

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy., Huddleston

(540) 297-4412 parkwaymarina.com

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16441 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

(540) 721-5363 parrotcove.com

R28

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Pelican Point Yacht Club

60 Marina Point Lane, Union Hall

(540) 576-2019 pelicanpointyachtclub.com

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Smith Mountain Dock & Lodge

300 Locust Lane, Penhook

(540) 565-0222 On Facebook.com

R6

Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina

3619 Airport Road, Moneta

(540) 297-7100 vadarecruises.com

R21

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Waterwheel Marina

1229 Waterwheel Drive Office: 193 Riverbay Drive, Moneta

(540) 721-5668 waterwheelsml.com

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1185 Mills Road, Moneta

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Set sail for good eats! Our annual Dock & Dine Guide offers details on the lake’s 18 eateries where you can dock your boat and enjoy waterfront dining and, in some cases, live entertainment. Some are favorite hangouts that have been around for decades, while others are relatively new and worth exploring.

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Bay Rock Marina Cafe $ CHANNEL MARKER: R87 / MAP ID: B4 Located on the north end of the lake, convenient to Roanoke, Bay Rock offers simple, down-home favorites for breakfast and lunch daily throughout the summer. Grab takeout for the boat or dine on the deck. 8360 Hardy Road, Hardy • (540) 890-2194 • www.bayrockmarina.net In-season hours: Open daily but hours vary. Check website for details.

The Copper Kettle $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R37 / MAP ID: D7 A family-friendly restaurant located near channel marker R37 at Indian Point Marina featuring old-fashioned, home-cooked dishes like grandma used to make. Take-out available, group reservations, walk-ins welcome, outdoor seating available. 2033 Morewood Road, Hardy • (540) 912-0116 • thecopperkettleco.com In-season hours: Wed, Thurs, Sun, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Heath’s Waterfront Grill $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: C6 / MAP ID: D11 Heath’s offers lunch and dinner daily; on the weekends, breakfast is also served. The menu includes pizza, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak and seafood. The atmosphere is casual. Dine indoors or out and enjoy the view of Smith Mountain. Entertainment is scheduled every Saturday in season. 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston • (540) 632-0163 • On Facebook In-season hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 8 am.-9 p.m.

Ice Cream Cottage $ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 At Bridgewater Plaza’s Ice Cream Cottage you’ll find Hershey’s brand flavors such as Rainbow Sherbet, Muddy Sneakers and Cappuccino Crunch. Patrons also will want to check out special flavors, which rotate weekly. Hot dogs are also available for purchase. 16430 B.T. Washington Hwy. #3, Moneta (540) 721-1305 • bridgewaterplaza.com In-season hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Jake’s Place $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 A family-friendly restaurant on the water, Jake’s Place offers ample seating, a full bar, TVs, souvenirs and plenty of docking space for boats and personal watercraft. The calendar stays full with specials, theme nights and holiday events, and there is live music most weekend nights in-season. 1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta • (540) 297-4732 • jakesplacesml.com In-season hours: Mon noon-4 p.m; Tues – Fri opens at noon; Sat – Sun opens at 11 a.m.

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The Landing Restaurant $$-$$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R11 / MAP ID: F10 Upscale cuisine in a casual atmosphere is what you’ll find at The Landing Restaurant. Check out the newly renovated dining room and open kitchen, and enjoy the delicious food, full bar and the recently added piano bar. 773 Ashmeade Road, Moneta • (540) 721-3028 • thelandingsml.com In-season hours: Wed-Sun open at 5 p.m.; Wed-Thurs bar opens at 4 p.m.; Fri-Sun bar opens at 3 p.m.

Lumpkins Snack Bar & Grill $ CHANNEL MARKER: B1 / MAP ID: H11 Located at Lumpkins Marina on the south side of SML, this family-owned and operated grill is popular with locals and fans of down-home cooking. Grab a quick bite on your way around the lake or stay awhile to enjoy the beautiful view. Customers can call for seasonal amenities. 19 Lumpkins Drive, Penhook • (434) 927-5150 In-season hours: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Magnum Point Marina $$-$$$ CHANNEL MARKER: B37/ MAP ID: I8 Located in Union Hall, this restaurant serves up a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, in a casual atmosphere. Stop by to enjoy the covered and uncovered patio, indoor seating and spacious accommodations for large parties. 2200 Old Salem School Rd., Union Hall • (540) 576-3001 • On Facebook In-season hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Mango’s Bar & Grill $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 A tropical-themed restaurant at Bridgewater Plaza, Mango’s is a favorite with locals and tourists. While seating is available indoors, Mango’s is known for its spacious patio with umbrellas, live weekend music and an outdoor bar, which serves dozens of types of beer, wine, mixed and frozen drinks. 16430 B.T. Washington Hwy. #20, Moneta • (540) 721-1632 • mangosbarandgrill.com In-season hours: Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Mexico Viejo $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: B11 / MAP ID: F9 A staple at Crazy Horse Marina on the Blackwater, Mexico Viejo offers an extensive menu of traditional Latin fare, as well as cold beer, tasty margaritas, and happy hour specials. A family-friendly spot, Mexico Viejo provides easy docking, inside dining and expanded outdoor dining space that easily accommodates large parties. 404 Crazy Horse Drive, Moneta • (540) 719-1000 • On Facebook In-season hours: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-11 p.m.

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Mexico Viejo Tequila Bar $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 At Bridgewater Plaza, Mexico Viejo Tequila Bar offers delicious Latin fare, as well as tasty margaritas and cold beer. Dine indoors or on the expansive outdoor patio overlooking all the goings-on at Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge. 16440 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta • (540) 719-5001 • On Facebook In-season hours: Sun-Thurs noon-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-11 p.m.

Mitchell’s Restaurant $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: C3 / MAP ID: F12 A casual marina eatery, Mitchell’s features a large outdoor patio, tiki bar and stage with live music every Friday. Enjoy a weekend breakfast buffet, expanded beer and wine selections and nightly specials throughout the week. Campers at nearby Mitchell’s Point Marina receive a restaurant discount. 3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston • (540) 296-0664 • mitchellspoint.com In-season hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Moosie’s Restaurant $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 Open at SML since 1989, Moosie’s is known for its extensive, reasonably priced menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, chicken, ribs and Mexican fare. A full bar occupies one side while the more family-friendly dining room offers ample seating and a view of all the happenings at Bridgewater Plaza. 16430 B.T. Washington Hwy. #16, Moneta • (540) 721-5255 • bridgewaterplaza.com In-season hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Pizza Pub $-$$ CHANNEL MARKER: R28 / MAP ID: C8 Pizza Pub is a family-run pizza joint, serving traditional and made-to-order pies, wraps, subs and salads in a casual atmosphere. Eat inside, at the bar or on the covered patio among the sights and sounds of the plaza. 16430 B.T. Washington Hwy. #10, Moneta • (540) 721-1234 • bridgewaterplaza.com In-season hours: Weekdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Portside Grill & Bar $ CHANNEL MARKER: R21 / MAP ID: E10 This open-air hangout at Virginia Dare Marina offers a tropical feel and is situated right over the water for the whole family to enjoy. Spending the afternoon at Portside is like being transported to Key West with a menu that includes kids’ meals, burgers, Cuban sandwiches and wings. 3619 Airport Road, Moneta • (540) 297-7100 • vadarecruises.com In-season hours: Opens at noon Fri; 11 a.m. Sat-Sun, mid-May through mid-September

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CHANNEL MARKER: R6 / MAP ID: G11 Breakfast is a favorite at this family-friendly waterfront grill, but cheeseburgers are, by far, the most popular menu item. Entertainment is scheduled occasionally on the weekends. Also, find out why the lodge calls itself Home of the Pet Carp. 188 Locust Lane, Penhook • 540-565-0222 • On Facebook In-season hours: Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Waller’s $$ CHANNEL MARKER: R27 / MAP ID: C9 Located at Crystal Shores Marina, Waller’s features a carefree atmosphere where the menu is vast and live entertainment is a staple. Owner Waller Perrow said in addition to live music every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, entertainment includes darts, cornhole, ping-pong and foosball. “There’s always something going on,” Perrow said. 1617 Crystal Shores Dr., Moneta • 540-297-0055 • holleratwaller.com In-season hours: Opens at 11:30 a.m. Thurs-Sun

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Moneta S A REFLECTION OF THE REGION’S FORTUNES Story by ANNE REYNOLDS Photographs courtesy of pete craghead

mith mountain lake’s branches reach far into Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties. The region that surrounds the rivers and creeks that feed the lake is dappled with communities whose stories stretch back for centuries. Though the lake has been a feature of southwest Virginia for little more than 50 years, the area was first populated with European settlers in the early 1700s. This long history is filled with change. Perhaps no community around the lake embodies the waves of fortune like Moneta. Today the name calls to mind a modern shopping district perched on the side of Virginia 122 between the Roanoke River and Bedford. In truth, Moneta’s long past includes farming, industry and of course a brush with Hollywood in the 1990s. The community that became Moneta was first settled in 1858, though records of churches in the area go back to the late 1700s. The seeds of the town were sown by James, John and George Lipscomb’s purchase of a tract of creekside land where their father, Jordan, operated a tannery.


Across the road, John and Bruce Thaxton built a log house and later, a store. By 1860, a one-room schoolhouse and a church joined the community. In the early 1880s, a post office was designated with John Thaxton as its postmaster. It is Thaxton’s wife, Mildred Frances Board Thaxton, who is credited with giving Moneta its name. Though one source suggests that the name reflects a Native American origin, Moneton, others claim that the well-read Mrs. Thaxton named the town Moneta after a character in John Keats’s poem, “The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream.” In the poem, Moneta is a mysterious spiritual figure who guides the narrator on a journey full of challenges. North of downtown, Martintown was established in 1892. It was formed from 182 acres of land that were left to six former enslaved families by Caroline Hancock Martin. Each family received 30 acres. During the Great Depression, however, the residents moved to cities to find work, and the community fell away.

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Moneta Restorant was owned by Nobe Martin (second from right) and his family. Moneta High School was on the site of what is now Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. It was torn down in 1935 The first train depot in Moneta was built along the tracks.


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The development of the railroads brought a significant economic lift to the town in the early 1900s. The Virginian Railway was built to connect the coalfields in Deepwater, West Virginia, to the ports of Norfolk, and construction of the rail line offered high wages and steady work. Passenger service on the line from Roanoke to Norfolk began in 1909 (one legend suggests that humorist Mark Twain was aboard, hired as a goodwill ambassador by the railroad) and continued until 1956, though the coal-carrying trains continued beyond the passenger rail’s demise. As the U.S. population grew in the 1920s, demand for agricultural products boosted prices and incomes for farmers, and the town benefitted from the prosperity. From the 1920s and into the 1960s, the town included a milk depot, a new car dealer, restaurants, farm supplies and a

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Janet Craghead Sellers, Margie Craghead and Iva and Johnny Martin, circa mid-1960s, in front of the Moneta Motor Co., a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer. A group of men congregate on the front porch of Thaxton’s Store. The buildings in downtown Moneta were spruced up for the filming of “What About Bob?” in the early 1990s. Henry Bonds’ store was next to the first Moneta Post Office. Craghead’s Garage serviced cars, including a Model A Ford in the early 1930s.


again in the late 1960s, as the arrival of Smith Mountain Lake began to be felt on its surrounding counties. Located on Virginia 122, a direct route to the new attraction, Moneta benefited from a marked increase in traffic as the lake drew vacationers and visitors in the 1970s and into the 1990s. However, the growing crowds needed more services and larger stores than were available within the small community. It became a novelty town of gift shops, whose fortunes ebbed and flowed with the seasonal traffic to the lake. In 1990, the town’s picturesque buildings offered an attractive backdrop for the Touchstone Pictures film “What About Bob?,” which added a showbiz buzz and stories of celebrity sightings throughout the filming.

Moneta benefited from a marked increase in traffic as the lake drew vacationers.

lumber mill. During the 1960s, efforts to attract business brought the Moneta Dress Factory to town. The factory’s opening, a gala affair that included Gov. Mills Godwin, drew a protest from the Ku Klux Klan, who opposed the governor’s stance on segregation. Though the 40 to 50 hooded Klansman burned a cross as part of their demonstration, they failed to prevent a representative of the factory from presenting Mrs. Katherine Godwin with the first dress off the line. A history of Bedford County, written in 1949, described Moneta as “a thriving village of 400 inhabitants … [with] many successful business establishments, a splendid high school, the post office from which rural routes serve a large area and many modern residences. It is also the center of prosperous farmers, canners, dairymen and others.” This growth leapt

The railroad, which had brought prosperity to Moneta in the early part of the 20th century, struck a decisive blow to its continued viability in the 21st. The Virginia Railroad merged with Norfolk & Western (now Norfolk Southern) Railroad in 1959. Although passenger service had ended in the 1950s, high speed coal trains continued to cross Virginia 122 in the heart of Moneta’s downtown, resulting in hazardous conditions, as well as snarled traffic for both lake visitors and emergency vehicles that were stopped as the trains crossed. In 1997, the Virginia Department of Transportation completed the Virginia 122 bypass that is familiar today, and in 2000, closed the automobile crossing at Old Moneta Road. Jersey barriers on each side of the tracks split Moneta’s original downtown. Today, a modern Downtown Moneta development is located near the bypass. It offers apartments, homes, shopping and a site for local events. Sharing in the recovery from the economic downturn of the early 2000s, it also offers a 21st century take on a small town, with a nod to the community that serves as its model.

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2019 Calendar Find more events in Laker Weekly and online at smithmountainlake.com

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what’s ahead Terry and jerry, the fuzzy duo Live music at Mango’s Bar

sml fishing tournament

(Through May 5) The 51st annual tournament, sponsored by Challenger Little League Baseball, will be at Gills Creek Marina in Wirtz. Prizes up to $15,000 will be awarded in six categories. 540721-2451, gillscreekmarina.com

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(Through May 30) An art exhibit at Westlake Library and presented by the Soup Group.

Karaoke thursdays at mango’s Weekly karaoke music

at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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fuzzy logic Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

SHINE runners pub run

3- to 5-mile run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. On Facebook

business expo The 16th annual event will be indoors at the Franklin County Family YMCA’s SML location. The trade show brings together more than 100 SML-area businesses and organizations to showcase products and services. Hosted by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, the event is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. 540-721-1203, visitsmithmountainlake.com dustbowl revival Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $24 general admission, $28 day of show

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take pride in sml clean-up MAY Annual clean-up event, sponsored by Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission, SML Regional Chamber of Commerce and Smith Mountain Lake Association, that lasts throughout the month to encourage the community to spruce up the lake and shoreline. Work as an individual or group. 540-721-4400, 721-1203, www.takepridesml.com


happy birthday to the blues Live music at Harvester

Performance Center. 8 p.m. $17

steve guidus Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m. brews & bbq

This familyfriendly event at Franklin County Family YMCA’s SML location, will feature food vendors, craft breweries, live music and children’s play area. $25 ($35 at the gate). Children 6 and younger admitted free. No coolers. 1 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce. 540-7211203, visitsmithmountainlake.com

trinity treasures MAY 4 Annual outdoor spring sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical

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Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta. Featuring sales of sporting equipment, boating, fishing and lawn and garden items, as well as lawn mowers, boats and furniture. The event raises money for the church and local charities.

cheer on your favorite athlete in this annual event organized by Virginia Amateur Sports held at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston. Participants swim 750 meters, bike 20 kilometers and run 5 kilometers through the park. 9 a.m. commonwealthgames.org

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston. Entry fee is $100 per boat. Grand prize: $5,000. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration: www.dollarenergy. org/fishing

creative community markets Crafts made by local

artisans. Rain or shine. Mama Ann’s Gifts and Goodies (formerly The General Store), 213 Scruggs Road, Moneta. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 540-721-3009

jodie davis Live music at

EMILY WOLFE Live music at Harvester Performance Center’s Landing Pad Stage. 8 p.m. $17

architectural restoration behind-thescenes tours (Through May

12) Discover how the restoration architects, architectural historians and craftsmen are restoring Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state” during this hourlong tour. Poplar Forest. $20 per person, $25 at the door. Reservations encouraged. poplarforest.org

barn dance at the cider barn Real country music on a

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

fishing for a cause tournament Sponsored by

Appalachian Power and Conrad Brothers Marine. Parkway Marina,

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at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $34.50 general admission, $48 gold section

Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

Join Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy for presentations about space. Learn the basics of how to photograph Peaks of Otter and the sky while visiting. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Peaks of Otter Lodge, Bedford. 866-387-9905, peaksofotter.com/things-to-do/ events-calendar

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here come the mummies with joe hertler Live music

Mango’s Bar and Grill for Cinco de Mayo. 2 to 6 p.m.

so you want to be an astrophotographer

Montvale Saturday Night. $10 at the door. Adults only. Chapel Creek Farms, 4915 Pike Road, Montvale. 8 to 11 p.m.

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3-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m.

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jerry wimmer Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m.

zach wiley with john pence Live music at Harvester Performance Center’s Landing Pad Stage. 8 p.m. $14 general admission, $17 day of show.

$5 shake Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

annual strawberry festival Downtown Rocky

Mount. Featuring fresh strawberries, live music, activities for kids. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

second friday in bedford An opportunity to experience the shops, restaurants and art venues in Bedford’s Centertown. The event is free and open to the public. 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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10 michael martin murphey Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $37 general admission, $50 gold section

ZACH WILEY WITH JOHN PENCE Live music at Harvester

Performance Center’s Landing Pad Stage. 8 p.m. $14

11 world hunger auction golf tournament 15th

annual 18-hole captain’s choice golf tournament at The Westlake. Lunch begins at noon; play at 1 p.m. Prizes for top three, team scores, longest drive, closest to the pin and more. 540-721-4214, bmcbride@thewillardcompanies. com

spring sunset saturdays

Saturday evenings in the spring vineyard ring with music, conversation and dancing fireflies. Each Saturday in May at Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery in Moneta. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 general admission. 540-296-1393, smlwine.com

the past 200 years. Admission is free for mothers all day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 434-525-1806, poplarforest.org

Library is a 40,000-square-foot experience where you’ll discover the life and legacy of America’s pastor. Also, guests have a chance to reconnect with nature at the botanical gardens. $99 per person. Sponsored by Bedford County Parks & Recreation. Call 540-586-7682 to register

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Treat Mom to a cruise aboard the Virginia Dare. Reservations required. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 540297-7100, vadarecruises.com

Tom maynard memorial poker run (Through May 18)

15 alejandro escovedo Live

music from Harvester Performance Center. Postponed from Jan. 13. 8 p.m. $38.50 general admission, $51.50 gold section

Organized by the SML Boating Association, the Poker Run is a charity event where participants boat to various restaurants and marinas around the lake to collect playing cards. Prizes are awarded in numerous categories, including best poker hand, worst poker hand, best appearing crew and boat. smlba.com

16 SHINE runners pub run

3-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Brooks Mill Winery, Wirtz. On Facbook

100+ women who care — sml Spring Impact Meeting at

Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, 3061 Hendricks Store Road, Moneta. Come hear about local charities and how they contribute to the well-being of all SML area residents. 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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annual Ramble Weekend kicks off at 5 p.m. with dinner, bluegrass and a 3-mile float down the Blackwater River in the dark. Float starts at 7:30 p.m. Shuttle service is provided for registered boats and paddlers. 305 New Plant Road, Rocky Mount. 540-4839293, playfranklincounty.com

gretna strawberry and wine festival Strawberries,

BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY AND DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN The Billy Graham

live music At Mango’s Bar and

pigg river rumble 5k

the chilly brothers Live

MAY 18 Annual 5K run/walk at Waid Park, Rocky Mount, to benefit the cross country teams at Franklin County High and Benjamin Franklin Middle schools. 9 a.m. $20 ($15 for students and faculty of Franklin County Public Schools). On Facebook and runroanoke.com

wine and music. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 434-656-1522 Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

forest bbq and brews festival At Apocalypse

Ale Works, 1257 Burnbridge Road, Forest. Noon to 5 p.m. endofbadbeer.com

jody ensor Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 2 to 6 p.m. tommy cox Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m. mother’s day and women of poplar forest tours

The women of Poplar Forest come to life during tours offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Meet the mothers and daughters, its mistresses and the enslaved women who lived and toiled on the property over

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black collar Live music at Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m. cosmic charlie with mad iguanas Live music at Harvester

Performance Center. 8 p.m. $19 in advance, $22 day of show

the east pointers Live music

at Harvester Performance Center’s Landing Pad Stage. 8 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 day of show

the ryan perry band Live

music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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event starts at noon with the Great Rubber Duck Race followed by an 8-mile trek down the Pigg River for racers and a 4-mile course for floaters. Barbecue and an outdoor movie will follow. 540-483-9293, playfranklincounty.com

national kids to parks day A daylong series of events,

including hay wagon rides, tracking games and an osprey hike at the Discovery Center at Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with fee for parking. 540-297-6066

sister hazel Live music from

Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $30 general admission, $42 gold section

7 mile ford Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. tuck & doss Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

summer concert with sam austin Live music Sedalia Center as part of its Summer Concert Series. sedaliacenter.org

15th annual agape open

the day is past and gone: a trilogy of slave life at poplar forest Local

armed forces day 5K At

big otter mill spring barbecue Music by the Brown

A golf fundraiser for the Agape Center. Captain’s choice, shotgun start. 1 to 5 p.m. The Westlake. $65 per person, $260 for a foursome. 484-888-1856, agapecentersml.org the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. 8 a.m. 540-586-3329, dday.org

playwright Teresa Harris’s original trilogy about slave life at Poplar Forest. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15 per person. 434-525-1806, poplarforest.org

Brothers, barbecue and fixings by the Masons, mill tours, beer, wine and sodas. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. bigottermill.com

National d-day Memorial Annual concert MAY 24 An inspiring concert of patriotic music performed by the Jefferson Choral Society accompanied by a band and designed to celebrate the freedoms Americans prize. Opening act features the Let’s Dance Band guaranteed to get the audience on its feet and moving. A family-friendly event to honor veterans and active duty military in an aweinspiring hilltop setting. Tickets are $8 for adults or $10 at the door. Tickets are $5 for students (ages 6 to 18) or $7 at the door. Children under 6 are admitted free. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers or pets are allowed. For more, visit www. dday.org or call 540-586-3329.

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vessel safety check On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free courtesy safety inspection to ensure your boat has all the required safety equipment and that it is in a serviceable condition. Crazy Horse Marina (channel marker B10)

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breakfast on the blackwater 3-mile floating/

marie anderson Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 2 to 6 p.m.

music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

painting party Enjoy hors

d’oeuvres while painting a beautiful lake scene on the Virginia Dare. Reservations required. 2 to 4 p.m. 540-2977100, vadarecruises.com

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annual crooked road dulcimer festival

(Through May 26) With more than 60 workshops, the four-day festival at Ferrum College offers an array of learning experiences for mountain dulcimer players of all levels. 540-365-4412, crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org

steve and robin Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

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fuzzy logic Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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little texas Live music from Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $37 general admission, $52 gold section

tim and brian Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Hot Shots Bar & Grille. 7 p.m.

robin and linda williams MAY 25 Live music from Harvester Performance Center with Scott Miller. 8 p.m. $27 general admission, $32 day of show

fuzzy logic Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7 to 11 p.m.

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4-mile trail run/walk. Free. 6 p.m. Grassy Hill Nature Preserve, Rocky Mount. On Facebook

mended fences Live music at Mango’s Bar and Grill. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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the babys Live music at Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $27 general admission, $42 gold section

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from Carilion Clinic and the Cooperative Extension office will lead various walks and engaging talks at Booker T. Washington National Monument. The 1.5-mile walk is rated easy to moderate. Appropriate clothing and footwear are required. Sunscreen, hats and bottled water are recommended. Free. 9:45 to 11 a.m.

Harvester Performance Center. 8 p.m. $32 in advance, $37 day of show

Recognition of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom with music by Brass 5 and keynote speech from author and journalist Alex Kershaw. 11 a.m. to noon. Free admission until noon. Bring a chair. 540586-3329, dday.org

paddling event down the Blackwater River. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., float begins at 10 a.m. 540-483-9293, playfranklincounty.com

david owens & co. Live

CARILION CLINIC HEALTHY WALKS AND TALKS Leaders

Live music at Waller’s. 2 to 6 p.m.

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128 Freeboard dr One of the finest properties in Westlake. 1.65 acres of a half point lot with 550 ft of rip-rapped shoreline. Extremely private with wide water channel views including Peaks of Otter, Blue Ridge Mountains, sunrises, and nearby island. Feels like your own private getaway/estate.

MLS 857123 $1,749,900

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97 Lighthouse LN Very well kept, upgraded home. Property has the best water view in the neighborhood. Beach and dock are close and very easy to walk. This is a must see for anyone looking for a maintenance free villa on the Scruggs Road peninsula.

MLs 856966 $624,900

1993 Buccaneer rD Make this aviator’s destination dream home your Smith Mountain Lake getaway! Imagine a home situated directly off the runway, where you can taxi into your 40’x40’ plane hangar. This 2559 sq ft, single story home boasts superior quality construction and 4 BR, 3.5 BA.

MLS 856873 $499,000

540-484-3234 Margaret craye

607 Lakestone RD Enchanted lake cottage; original cabin built in 1900. Additions and updates done. Beautiful pine floors, tongue and groove ceiling, exposed beams and logs. It is truly the most charming cottage on the lake. You absolutely have to see the land and the home, both are very special. Level lot, amazing views.

MLs 855065 $699,000

540.493.1690 Jane Horne

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43 VENTNOR AVE Wide water lake & mountain views from this Park Place home’s large windows, deck & covered patio. Waterfront dining room, sunroom, large great room with cathedral ceiling. Gentle slope to dock; covered slip with deck, cabana, remote control boatlift.

MLS 853734 $824,900

540-400-9882 Jan McGraw

1157 Barnhill ln Log home in Hickory Cove, fully furnished and movein ready. Wide channel views, protected from main channel. Single slip dock with spacious decking. Screened pavilion for entertaining. Call for info about rental income & weekly reserved rentals for 2019.

MlS 857555 $625,000

540-520-2401 Vicki Millehan

84 ST CHARLES PL Custom Park Place home in cove with main channel and Smith Mountain views, close to amenities and Franklin County State Park. Hardwood floors, walk-in shower, full kitchen on LL. Long-term rental available. Owner financing may be available. Furnishings negotiable.

MLS 842057 $754,000

540-520-2401 Vicki Millehan

300 Chestnut Bluff ln If you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is it! This spacious home has tons of room for you to entertain your family and friends, sit on the screened porch and enjoy the nature like setting. Just relax!

Mls 855974 $414,500

540-580-3510 Amelia Gerner

MerriMan’s run New oversized, minimally restricted building lots in a small four lot subdivision located in one of the most desired areas of Smith Mountain Lake, minutes to Westlake and Bridgewater. Surrounded by a wellestablished community.

MLs 845148, 845134, 845135 $379,500

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120 Lands End Rd

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Active Water’s Edge club membership for this home with gentle sloped lot in cove with wide channel views. Vaulted ceilings, brick fireplace in great room. Main floor master. Touchless cover for boat installed at dock. Furnishings, Cobalt boat negotiable (separate bill of sale).

The ONE. An entertainer’s dream home, 4000 +|- sq ft boat dock, and a 14+ car ‘’Garage Mahal’’ that would make even Jay Leno swoon!

MLs 855298 $729,000

MLS 848648 $2,950,000

540-520-2401 Vicki Millehan

20 Lands End Rd

540-484-3234 Margaret craye

51 Brooke Dr

375 Cambridge CT The perfect location - this townhouse has it all! No maintenance living will allow you to relax as soon as you pull up to your unit! Sunset views, deeded boat slip - what more could you ask for?

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540-580-3510 amelia gerner

25 Lands End Rd

The Water’s Edge Country Club community hosts this home with stunning views, natural sandy beach, huge dock and a level lot. Open floor plan with walls of windows to enjoy the lake all year long! Furnishings available with separate bill of sale.

This cul-de-sac unit at The Cottages at Contentment Island is located near the clubhouse and amenities. All custom drapes and blinds, audio video wired. Assigned boat slip with storage to convey. Level lot, easy access to water. Partially furnished (ask for details).

Wonderful lakefront home on cul-de-sac in prestigious Water’s Edge community. Beautiful level lot with wide water views and dock renovated in 2010. Open floor plan is great for entertaining inside and out! Club amenities include golf, tennis, dining, stables, pool, and gym.

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MLs 854339 $857,900

MLS 851672 $599,900

MLs 846072 $795,000

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2820 Waters edge dr

540-520-2401 Vicki Millehan

Lot 17 Lakestone RD

Wide channel and mountain views, gentle slope to double boat dock and sandy beach. Multiple stone masonry fireplaces, open floor plan. Main floor master, family room with wet bar on LL. Screened porch and open deck off eat-in kitchen and great room.

4 acres of beautiful lakefront ideal for waterfront estate. Level lot with amazing views across miles of water. Southern exposure, wooded, private. Located in Kennedy Shores on south side of SML. Adjoining lot available; see MLS 849144.

MLs 857615 $975,000

MLs 849147 $399,000

540-520-2401 Vicki Millehan

540.493.1690 Jane Horne

540-493-8659 Van Casteel daniel

South harbour Developed to the highest standards, with walking paths, lush landscaping, streetlights, and stunning views. Initial purchasers may join The Waterfront Country Club, located minutes away, w/initiation fee waived. Water access lots start at $49,500. Waterfront lots start at $224,500.

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105 Blackwater cIr

150 Southern Key

WOW! Gorgeous unobstructed views of wide water hosts a large dock. Spacious great room with a wall of windows and 20’ ceilings. Lovingly and recently renovated. Truly one of the prettiest houses on Smith Mountain Lake. A MUST SEE!

Exeptional quality and architectural details throughout this home in premier Southwind Key. Spacious main level includes master suite, great room with cathedral ceiling & waterfront formal dining room. Gentle slope to dock, peaceful cove off main channel.

MlS 848144 $2,250,000

MLS 854869 $699,900

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270 Upland SHoreS dr

540-400-9882 Jan McGraw

141 South View Ct Custom built home in The Water’s Edge with privacy & incredible water views off the inviting porches. Open floor plan featuring stone fireplace in LR & FR. Four master suites & 2 addl unfinished. Active club membership.

MLS 834421 $1,399,000

1100 BremBle Dr

540-525-4510 Pete Roberts

700 BremBle Dr

Frank Lloyd Wright open design home located at mouth of large cove with big mtn and water views. Gentle slope to large boat dock. Open kitchen. Master on main. Two fireplaces. Two large decks (394 sq ft each). Very large unfinished area in lower level.

22+ acres on SML with 300+ feet of waterfrontage and creek running through the property. 3200 SF storage building sold as-is with 12 ft ceilings, office, metal roof, roughed-in bath. Great location near medical, shopping, etc. Adjoining 72+ acres also for sale.

This one-of-a-kind property sits on 72+ acres of rolling hills with a creek. Built in 1952, the home was fully renovated in 2016 along with a $30K sunroom addition. An old estate behind the home would be an amazing location for a new home. Property is in land use.

MlS 840627 $999,000

mlS 847539 $349,950

mlS 847633 $599,900

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540-798-3151 Kim & Parker Waters

Lot 191 • SiLver tee Dr

131 Park Place Dr

540-798-3151 Kim & Parker Waters

645 Lakestone RD

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At over 5500+ sq ft, this stunning home sets the standard for elegance in the neighborhood. The home features masterful brickwork, custom cabinets, crown molding throughout, granite counter tops & 10’ ceilings. Even the dock carries elegance to the lake w/custom features and fantastic sunset views.

Looking for the perfect lot to build your dream home? This is it! Located in the beautiful Waters Edge Country Club, the amenities include golf, tennis and fine dining! A big water view and a natural sandy beach make this lot stand out from all the rest!

Waterfront cottage nestled in a Union Hall bay features 230’ of deep waterfront and a main channel, wide water view. 3BR, 3BA home has been recently remodeled with many upgrades. Entertain and enjoy the views from the full length deck and stamped concrete patio.

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MlS 854388 $1,295,000

MLS 848574 $329,000

MLs 851089 $589,900

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Gamefest The annual fundraiser, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club was April 3 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. Nearly 150 participants played games, including pinochle, mah-jongg, marbles and bridge. In addition to lunch, there were sales of books and knitted items. Proceeds from the event will be donated to area charities. The group meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month at The Westlake at 10:30 a.m.

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About 400 people attended the annual Reverse Raffle, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club on April 13 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz. The event is an elimination-type drawing with cash prizes awarded throughout the evening. At the end of the night, four winners shared the grand prize of $5,000. 1. Tandy (from left) and Carol Amburgey, Dorita LeMaster and Susan Savage

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1 Writers 5 Bearlike marsupial 10 Super-impressed 14 Numerical suffix for “about” 17 Fast Northeast train 19 Severe distress 20 Greater 21 Usually well-compensated leader 22 Animated image of Santa repeatedly going down the chimney? 24 Adorn 26 Owie spot, maybe 27 Burdens 29 Windshield sticker 30 Cashew family shrubs 33 Garage service 34 Extract with a solvent 35 Crew member 38 Robert who sang the role of Figaro 46 times at the Met 41 Fruity neckwear? 43 Votes at a beer convention? 45 Smaller 46 Socially challenged one, often 47 Rural skyline standouts 48 Hereditary 50 Japanese pond fish 52 Beach volleyball team 53 Woman’s name that means “pleasure” in Hebrew 55 Country sound 58 Sam or Wiggily 62 Cruller coating 64 Words before a view 66 Muffin grain 67 First catch the fly, then eat the fly? 71 Indication of growing impatience? 73 Valentine card hugs 74 Popular school cafeteria item 76 Immerse (in), as maple syrup 77 Togo neighbor 79 Sharpening tool 80 Fare-well link 82 Maker of Aspire laptops 85 “Sorry, lad” 87 How Sitka, Alaska, ranks as the largest U.S. city 89 Wedding party 90 Trojan War god 93 Small-time British crook 96 Social newcomer who won’t go away? 99 Basic banking rule? 101 Plague 102 USCG officer 103 Courage 104 __ even footing 106 __ network 108 Meaningless 109 BP, pulse, etc. 112 Causes of traffic jams ... or ways to avoid them 116 The “there” in “Don’t go there” 118 Subjecting to a basic haunting strategy? 121 Heart test letters 122 Hunger remedy wrongly attributed to Marie Antoinette 123 Means 124 Hard work 125 Poor grade 126 Is indebted to 127 Principle 128 Goes off

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Spotlighting Local Authors And Reviews From The Community

Guns Of The Lost Canyon Mike Hundley, a Franklin County native, has no plans to slow down in writing his popular westerns Guns Of The Lost Canyon: Blood In Lawless Creek By Mike Hundley Heaven and Hell Western Publishing. 246 pages. Paperback. $8.99

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ust after he’d written his first western, “Gunsight Justice,” Mike Hundley wasn’t sure he had another novel in him. As it turns out, he was wrong. Since his initial release more than two years ago, Hundley has written three additional westerns with another one in the works. His books include “Guns of the Lost Canyon,” a follow-up to “Gunsight Justice,” (part of the Peacemaker Trail series) and “Texas Lawman — Will Justice” and “Gunfights at the Boomtown Saloon,” which are part of the Texas Lawman Series.

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The King becomes a fascinating symbol for the U.S. in World War II Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield By Brian McAllister Linn Harvard University Press. 464 pages. Hardback. $29.95

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n the large field of history, there are popular books, and then there are scholarly books. This one by professor Brian McAllister Linn of Texas A&M is of the latter. According to a story posted on Texas A&M’s website, Linn said in 2014, “My next book is about how the U.S. Army tried to ‘transform’ itself to meet the challenges of the atomic bomb. It is also about the American experiment with a large peacetime, short-service citizen-soldier force and conscription. The idea that someone as famous and controversial as Elvis could be drafted and become a symbol of the U.S. military and the nation’s commit-

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ment to the defense of the free world fascinates me.” And that, with a few illuminating comments, fairly well sums up what remains of this review. The author of four previous volumes on military history, Linn has probed deeply into the psyche both of the Army’s top leadership and the national consciousness, buttressing his conclusions not with a formal bibliography, but 81 pages of chapter notes, 19 photos and illustrations and six necessary pages of government abbreviations and acronyms. The book outlines, both in broad brushstrokes and minute detail, the steps taken to redefine and reorganize the Army into a force capable of existing and prevailing in the Atomic Age. From the end of World War II to the Army’s fateful entry into Vietnam, it was a trial of monumental proportions. Linn’s use of Elvis Presley’s exemplary military service is well chosen, for that young man quietly accepted the call to duty, raised his hand and took the oath, wore the uniform and performed soldierly tasks

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Hundley, a Franklin County native and Vietnam veteran, insists it’s not him doing the writing. “The characters are the ones writing the story,” he said. Before “Gunsight Justice,” the former telecommunications sales executive had never written anything other than letters and business correspondence. His friend, Galen Pedersen, urged him to try his hand at fiction writing. Recently, when he spoke with Pedersen by phone, Hundley recalled joking with his friend: “I said to him, ‘This is all your damn fault.’” “Gunsight Justice” is currently ranked in the top 100 westerns on Amazon, and for a week, Hundley was listed as the No. 1 best-selling author in Australia. Since its release in August 2016, the book continues to receive positive ratings and comments. “This was a really good story that holds all the action and adventure that you can get in one story,” John Shearer wrote on Amazon in early April. “The story is about what to do to make things right and to what end some will go.”

Set in the post-Civil War era, the story centers around the Garrison family as they make their way from Virginia to Colorado. In “Guns of the Lost Canyon,” patriarch and Colorado rancher Will Garrison is faced with an enormous bill for current and back taxes on the property he acquired. Strapped for cash, the solution of building a silver mine leads to other challenges and hardships. Good Reads reviewer Dick Rowland gave the sequel five out of five stars. “You will be pleased with the story of the west, silver mine, horses and the people who help shape the west,” Rowland wrote. “Mike, please continue to write these stories and share your insight of the west.” As of now, Hundley has no plans to stop. “It’s an awesome experience when I’m writing,” he said. While some writers create outlines and flowcharts to find out what happens next in their plots, Hundley’s methodology is different. “I’m going fishing to see what the hell’s going to happen next,” he

said with a laugh. “I pride myself on being untrained as a writer and instead have a ‘let-it-happen’ attitude that allows me to write in a free and unhinged passion.” Hundley also credits his upbringing on a tobacco farm in Snow Creek for the courage to start writing novels late in life. “I’m not afraid to write it, and readers obviously like it,” he said. “I think it’s the passion and the stories written from the heart.” Looking forward, Hundley, who turns 77 this month, is planning his third western in the Peacemaker Trail series and also hopes to host some book signings similar to one he held in the Snow Creek community, where he donated the proceeds of his book sales to the local rescue squad. When asked what Hundley’s advice would be to budding authors, he didn’t hesitate to offer an answer. “Don’t wait until you’re 74 to write your first book,” he said. “Flip the laptop open and let the characters go.”

as well as he had cavorted on the stage before adoring teenyboppers. Two years and three stripes later, he would reprise that service in Hollywood’s “G.I. Blues.” He was practically the symbol of an age. Not so simple and straightforward were the extraordinary convolutions of the newly created Department of the Army, as both civilian and military leaders strove, often unsuccessfully and under agonizing budget constraints, to create an Army fit to survive and win on the atomic battlefield. They also sought to provide a mass of untrained and often poorly moti-

vated conscripts with enough dedicated and experienced officers and noncoms to meet situations beyond imagination only 10 years before. Yet they succeeded in this regard: no nuclear exchanges with the prime adversary, the Soviet Union. Even the Korean conflict was strictly conventional. Thus, after years of unremitting effort, the all-volunteer force that many call “the best Army this or any other nation has ever fielded” has come to face new enemies, new challenges with, if not sublime confidence, at least sturdy resolu-

tion. In considering the long hard period of transformation, one ponders the profound commentary of Elvis Presley’s first sergeant: “By submitting to the draft and entering the Army as an ordinary private, Elvis accepted the discipline of an institution that had come to play a vital role in transforming men from assorted backgrounds into soldiers and Americans.” A condensed version of those lines might stand as a pretty good inscription on Elvis’s tombstone.

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UBS: “Hey, where did you put my keys?” ME: “Where did I put your keys? I didn’t touch your keys. You just had your

keys.” “No, you said, ‘Honey, I have your keys.’” “What? Why would I have your keys?” “That’s what I said! ‘Why do you have my keys?’” “This is silly. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my own keys. Where did you put your keys?” “I don’t know, I’m going to be late. Can you help me find my keys?” “Sure. By the way, I asked you to remind me to do something today — what was that?” “I told you to write it down.” “It was one thing! You needed to remind me to do one thing!” “Look, we’ll get back to the one thing in a minute. Can we first find my keys?” “Pockets?” “Nope.”

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“Kitchen table?” Hubs peers over to the kitchen table. “Nope.” “Under the newspaper on the kitchen table?” Hubs saunters to the table, lifts up the newspaper and waves the sports section over his head like a manic school crossing guard directing traffic at 7 a.m. “Nope.” “OK, where were you in the house before you asked for help finding your keys?” “Sam’s Club!” “You were at Sam’s Club?” “No, the thing that I was supposed to remember to tell you was that while you’re in Roanoke today you should also stop by Sam’s Club. You said we need toilet paper.” “That’s right! And kitty litter, we definitely need kitty litter. You want me to also get steaks? We can grill this weekend.” “Sure. Can you also pick me up some shaving cream? You better write this down.”

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“Good point. Let me find a pen and a piece of paper.” “Pens are in the kitchen drawer.” “I know that.” “Oh yeah, well do you know where my keys are?” “So, at Sam’s Club today I need to pick up kitty litter, steaks, and shaving cream. Wasn’t there something else?” “Dang, what was that?” “Hmm, I think we need paper towels. We could use some new washcloths, too.” “Don’t get white ones, you always get mad at me when the white ones get dirty.” “I do not get mad at you about dirty white washcloths.” “Sure you don’t.” That sarcastic eye roll from Hubs is going to get him killed some day. “Kitty litter, steaks, shaving cream, paper towels and washcloths. Something is missing…” “Toilet paper!” “Yes, that’s it! Thank you!” “Hey, I still need my keys. I swear the little people hide my stuff.” “Well, last time you were looking for them they were hanging in the keyhole of the front door.” “Oh yeah.” Hubs walks to the front door. “There they are! Thanks, Babe.” No one ever warns you that once you’ve reached a certain age and after you’ve been together for a decade or more, couples often display signs of single-brain-itis. Between the two of you, you might have one fully functioning brain. Being able to remember anything becomes a team sport. On this upcoming Memorial Day, please take a moment to remember all those who have sacrificed for our country and offer up a solemn thank you for those who have died in service and their families. Each Memorial Day I’m reminded to be forever grateful that my soldier came home. 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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SMITH MOUNTAIN

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may 2019

Set Sail For

Summer Find Fun on the Water with our Marina & Dock & Dine guides Plus: 2 0 19 ’ s L at e s t B O AT I N G T R E N D S

75th Anniversary

Head Off On A

Looking Back At

TOPIARY TRIP

M O N E TA ’ S P A S T

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