Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate | Vicki Millehan

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

“Go Fest” Gets Roanoke Outside

If you love the great outdoors, then mark your calendar for Roanoke’s 2017 Go Fest, a celebration of all the outdoor activities that Southwest Virginians adore. The event, sponsored by Anthem, has a schedule chock full of events and demonstrations pertaining to recreational activities that are popular in our area, such as hiking, biking, and camping.

One of the more popular events at Go Fest is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, the premier dock jumping dog show in the country. Other popular demonstrations include the Keen Timberworks Lumberjack Show and the ENO Silent Disco.

The event takes place from October 13th-15th at the Rivers Edge Sports Complex, and admission is free. Food and beverages, including craft beer from local breweries, are available for purchase from a variety of vendors.

For more information and a schedule of events, go to

SML Plans Wine Festival

The 2017 Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will take place Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th at Crazy Horse Marina. This marks the second year that the event has taken place on waterfront property.

Widely known as the area’s most popular event, the SML Wine Festival hosts 29 Virginia wineries and over 85 food and craft vendors. Guests may also attend the SML Beer Garden featuring two area breweries, Chaos Mountain and Sunken City.

For added ambience, patrons can purchase a private chalet which includes a tent, banquet and cocktail tables, and a fenced in area.

This year’s musical guests are Barefoot West and Fuzzy Logic (Saturday), and Hip Pocket Band (Sunday).

Admission is $25 for tasters and $15 for non-tasters. Tickets may be purchased online at or in-person at many area businesses. A full list of vendors, as well as details about the event, can also be found on the website.