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Step Back In Time During Franklin County Civil War Days

Whether you're a history buff, a reenactment aficionado or just curious as to what life was like during Civil War times, you won't want to miss the much anticipated Franklin County Civil War Days, a three-day event that gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Civil War era.

The event takes place September 6th-8th at Lakewatch Plantation in Moneta and will include living history presentations, military demonstrations, fashion show, redneck polo and a dinner and barn dance.

Event admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under age 12.  Camps opens daily at 9am.  For a full list of events visit www.FranklinCountyCivilWarDays.org.

This event is coordinated by the Franklin County Civil War Sesquincentennial Committee in conjunction with the Franklin County Office of Economic Development.

 
October is Virginia Wine Month!

Coming off of the heels of the Smith Mountain Lake wine festival, area wine enthusiasts are undoubtedly gearing up for more local events showcasing the best in Virginia wine.  Besides, October is Virginia Wine Month and what better way to celebrate than by visiting Virginia wineries?

In case you need a rundown, here's a list of upcoming wine festivals so that you may plan accordingly.  Cheers!

Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival

Fredericksburg, October 12-13

Carytown Food and Wine Festival

Richmond, October 6

Taste of Culpeper

Culpeper, October 13

Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

Amherst, October 12-13

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival

Norfolk, October 19-20

Powhatan's Festival of the Grape

Powhatan, October 19

Chesepeake VA Wine Festival

Chesapeake, October 12

For more information on these and other Virginia events, go to www.virginia.org.


 
Third Annual Smith Mountain Lake Hot Air Balloon Classic Comes To Mariners Landing

Get a bird's eye view of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake as Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center hosts the third annual Smith Mountain Lake Hot Air Balloon Classic September 6th and 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

Tethered balloon rides are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

A Balloon Glow Event will be featured on Saturday, September 7th at Downtown Moneta and Mayberry Hills (intersection of route 122 and 608.)  Admission is free.

For more information and updates, check out the 3rd Annual SML Hot Air Balloon Classic on Facebook or call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at (540)721-1203 or online at www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.

 
SML Wine Festival Tickets On Sale For A Limited Time!

Advance tickets for the 25th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival are on sale now!

Through the month of July, tickets are available online at www.SMLWineFestival.com or can be picked up at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for the discounted price of $15 per taster ticket and $12 per non-taster ticket.

Those waiting to purchase tickets at-the-gate will pay $25 per taster ticket and $15 per non-taster ticket.

Funds from the event directly benefit the members of the SML Chamber of Commerce.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the popular event taking place on September 28th and 29th.  Historically, the SML Wine Festival is always held on the last weekend of September, rain or shine.

For more information, visit www.SMLWineFestival.com or call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540.721.1203.

 
Appalachian Power Plans New Boat Ramp Project

A one-million dollar boat ramp project has just been approved by Appalachian Power Company near Halesford Bridge at Smith Mountain Lake.

The double-boat ramp will allow greater public access to the lake and will include a 62 space parking area, walkway and fishing pier.

Construction on the pier will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in spring of 2014.

The facility will also utilize dusk-to-dawn lights and will be "dark skies" compatible, meaning that none of the light will shine on other properties.

The boat ramp will be maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

 
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