Thursday, November 01, 2012

Laker Calendar

Best bets for events in November and December 2012


SML FALL CHILI AND CRAFT FESTIVAL  | Music, crafts and a competitive chili cook-off presented by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce. $5. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza. 540.721.1203, visitsmithmountainlake.com

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY | Enjoy a cruise and lunch aboard the Virginia Dare while a ranger from SML State Park discusses wildlife at the lake. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Virginia Dare Marina, Huddleston. 540.297.7100, vadarecruises.com

BARBERSHOP CHORUS CONCERT | Nov. 9-10 | The SML Harmeneers will present “Barbershop Buffet,” a medley of the group’s newest songs, as well as audience favorites, on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumentical Parish, Moneta. Featured quartet Da Capo will also perform. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 540.721.9600, smlharmeneers.com

NOV 10
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT | At Gethsemane Baptist Church, Burnt Chimney. Activities include a variety of speakers, lunch, a reenactment of the 1862 Frazier’s Farm and 1864 Piedmont battles, a period church service, pig roast and the opportunity to visit the Jubal Early Home. 540.721.3361, dnaflory@aol.com.  

NOV 15
FIRST TAKE | Live jazz at The Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. 6-9 p.m. 540.721.4333, theblackwatercafe.com

NOV 16
WINERY OPEN HOUSE | Nov. 16-18, 23-25, 30 | Peaks of Otter Winery, Bedford. Noon-5 p.m. 540.586.3707, peaksofotterwinery.com

NOV 17
MARINE CORPS EVENT | SML Marine Corps Association will celebrate the corps’ 237th birthday with a reception, dinner, live music and dancing at The Waterfront Country Club, Moneta. Featured speaker will be Jahue Monday,  a veteran of the battles at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and available at Radio Shack, from any member or by arrangement at the door. 540.721.7600, smlmarines.com

NOV 21
HOLIDAY TREE DISPLAY | Nov. 21-Jan. 2 | The Bedford Festival of Trees will feature trees decorated by various organizations on display at the Bedford Welcome Center. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Dec. 7, 14 and 21, the display is open until 9 p.m. with children’s activities, hot chocolate and cookies. Free. 540.587.5681, visitbedford.com

NOV 23
WINERY OPEN HOUSE | Nov. 23-25 | Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Moneta. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 540.296.1393, smlwine.com

CHRISTMAS TRAIN EXHIBIT | Nov. 23-Jan. 15 | Model trains on display at the Bedord Museum and Genealogical Library, Bedford. 540.586.4520, bedfordvamuseum.org

NOV 24
SANTA AT BRIDGEWATER PLAZA | Santa arrives by boat to pose for photos and hear wish lists. 1 p.m. Free. 540.721.1596, thelittlegallerysml.com

VIRGINIA DARE FLOTILLA FOR TOYS | A lighted boat parade that kicks off the holiday season at SML while facilitating the collection of toys by Lake Christian Ministries (LCM). The flotilla starts at 7 p.m. at Virginia Dare Marina, cruises up to Bridgewater Plaza (arriving around 8), circles back by the SML State Park (approximately 8:45) and returns to the marina at approximately 9. Anyone who participates in or watches the flotilla is encouraged to donate a new toy, which LCM will distribute directly to children in need in Bedford and Franklin counties. In addition to Virginia Dare Marina, Flotilla for Toys boxes are located at Bridgewater Plaza (SML Visitor Center, Chopsticks and Moosie’s), SML State Park, Capps Home Building Center, both Dollar General stores, Franklin Community Bank, Stellar One, Hot Shots, Moneta Farm & Home Center, The General Store, Westlake Auto, Sea Tow and LCM. For more information on how to enter your boat, become a sponsor or donate toys, call 540.297.7100 or visit vadarecruises.com.

NOV 30
PARADE & TREE LIGHTING | Moneta Volunteer Fire Department and Moneta Square Association will sponsor a Christmas parade through Downtown Moneta starting at 7:30 p.m. followed by the lighting of the development’s tree. Free. Craft vendors, music and more. To participate in the parade or as a vendor, call 540.871.0321. downtownmoneta.com


WINERY OPEN HOUSE | Dec. 1, 8, 15 | Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, Moneta. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 540.296.1393, smlwine.com

GALLERY OPEN HOUSE | Dec. 1-2 | The Little Gallery, Bridgewater Plaza.  540.721.1596, thelittlegallerysml.com

LIVING HISTORY EVENT | “An Old Virginia Christmas” at Booker T. Washington National Monument in  Hardy will feature costumed interpretive lantern tours, light refreshments and entertainment. Free. 3-8 p.m. 540.721.2094, nps.gov/bowa

CRAFT WORKSHOP | Learn to make a holiday centerpiece using natural materials. 1-4 p.m. at SML State Park, Huddleston. $15. Pre-registration required. 540.297.5998, dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml

WESTLAKE TREE LIGHTING | Westlake Towne Center’s free, family-oriented event will feature live music, light refreshments, tree lighting, photo opportunity with Santa, special holiday movie showing at Westlake Cinema and the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. Toys will also be collected for We Care of Franklin County. 5:30-8 p.m. with the tree lighting at approximately 7:15.  721.5288, westlaketownecenter.com

DEC 14
HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY | Dec. 14-31 | Drive through and enjoy the extensive decorations and approximately 50,000 lights that adorn the grounds at the Elks National Home in Bedford. Opens daily at 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 31. Free. 540.586.8232, elkshome.org

DEC 15
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM | The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s David Wiley will perform with local vocalists Philip and Tara Bouknight at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta. $20 per person, $5 for children 6 and under. 540.297.0965, mybowers@moneta-va.com

DEC 20
FIRST TAKE | Live jazz with a holiday theme at The Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. 6-9 p.m. 540.721.4333, theblackwatercafe.com

DEC 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY  | At The Landing Restaurant and Bruno’s GastroPub. Live music by the Ben Trout Trio, special menu, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. 540.721.3028, thelandingsml.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY | At Jake’s Place. Special menu and events to ring in the new year. 540.297.4732, jakesplacesml.com