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Veterans Day Observance at National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will be hosting a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Saturday, November 11th from 10am-12p. The program will feature music, guest speakers, recognition of veterans, and dedication of the latest installment of Veterans bricks.

Admission for this event is free until 12p, and guests are asked to bring their own chairs. More information can be found at

Chili Festival Promises a “Hot” Time

The 15th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th, and area participants are prepping their entries in hopes of taking home the top prize.

Held at Bridgewater Plaza and accessible by car or boat, this event gives guests the chance to sample chili from a number of participants vying for placement in one of three categories: Best Chili, People’s Choice, and Showmanship.

The SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under six are free. For more information, go to

Stargazing at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Stargazing at Poplar Forest, scheduled for Saturday, October 28th at 7pm, is a guided exploration of the night sky the south lawn of the president’s famous retreat. Led by Dr. Neal Sumerlin, the former director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg College, this event studies Saturn and other notable celestial bodies. Admission is $10 per person.

Advance registration is required for this event. Reservations can be made by calling Poplar Forest’s Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. The award-winning “historic restoration in progress” allows guests to explore the personal history of Thomas Jefferson, including the free and enslaved people who lived at his plantation.

For more information on Poplar Forest, visit