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 Monday, October 20, 2014
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Community support boosts Home Tour donations
Over $100,000 raised for eight local charities
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Exceptional community support enabled the 24th annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour to raise $104,000 in donations from business sponsors and individual patrons, topping last year's total.

Despite rainy weather, more than 1,500 visitors came out last weekend to tour eight beautiful lake homes.

"We had an excellent year for fundraising," said Home Tour Executive Chair Denise Tuttle. "More than 200 businesses and individuals participated as sponsors, an increase over 2013. It was a great event, even with the wet weather."

Rain clouds didn't dampen the spirits of the 1,100 Home Tour volunteers, most of whom are recruited by the eight charities that receive proceeds from the tour. Umbrellas came out as volunteers assisted visitors with parking cars or docking boats. Volunteers at the homes' front doors cheerfully greeted visitors, highlighting homeowner stories about special furnishings, collections and features.

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The Chorus of the Blue Ridge to present ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’

The Chorus of the Blue Ridge will return to Smith Mountain Lake for two concerts during its 14th season.

Under the direction of Aaron Garber, the group will present its fall concert, "Around the World in 80 Minutes," a globe-trotting musical journey of songs from 13 countries on six continents. There will be old familiars and a few songs that will introduce the audience to other countries' musical traditions.

This multi-media concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Founded by Director of Music Aaron Garber, The Chorus of the Blue Ridge has its roots in Salem and first sang as the Salem Choral Society. To reflect its wider audience base, the name was changed to The Chorus of the Blue Ridge. The group presents its concerts in many venues in the region.

Garber is also the director of music ministry at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, as well as music director for the Jefferson Choral Society.

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Friends’ Boat Dedication

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Shortly after the dedication ceremony last Saturday, the Smith Mountain Lake State Park Tour Boat leaves the dock at the Discovery Center, fully loaded on its first tour.

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Lions of Virginia Conference

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Lions of Virginia, District 24-E, held its annual Fall Conference Oct. 3 and 4 at the Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke. The event was hosted by District Governor Jim Newman and the Cave Springs Lions Club.

After the conference, District 24-E Governor Lion Jim Newman (third from right) found time after the banquet for a photo-op with Moneta Lions Club representatives, from left, Del and Pat Bailey, Gloria Guice, and Rob and Sue Senoski.

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Moneta Ruritan Fall Social Set
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The Moneta Ruritan Club will host its fall social event -- a spaghetti supper at Moneta Elementary School -- on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Witcher Creek Band returns to provide live music, and club member Tom Smith has crafted another unique decorative birdhouse, which will be raffled.

The freewill offering event supports the many community endeavors of the club.

Above, diners pass through the serving line during the club's spring event, from right, Kirby Richardson, Lorraine and Ray Judd, and Gretchen Smith.

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What's Coming Up on Lake and Land
Smith Mountain Lake Community Calendar


The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake will host "A Night at the Races" from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center in Wirtz. Visit for more information.

The Skelton 4-H Center will hold a Bob Ross method painting class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee is $60 and covers all instruction, paints, easel, canvas and work clothes. To register, call 721-2759, ext. 264.

The Moneta Ruritan Club will hold a spaghetti supper at Moneta Elementary School with Witcher Creek Band from 4:30 to 7:20 p.m. Freewill offering.


Life for One will host "Eye Care for Seniors" by Kay Ford from Vistar Eye Center at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical parish. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.


A gluten free support group meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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