'Full Pond Day' at SML Highlights Lake's 50th Anniversary

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

logo-50MONETA - Fifty years ago, on March 7, 1966, Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond. The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the anniversary with a variety of events. Below is an outline of what's in store...

Objective: Hold a celebratory event to mark the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake reaching “full pond” for the first time 50 years ago (March 7, 1966).

Date/Time: Mon., March 7, 2016, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Venue: Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Discovery Center, 2679 Interpretive Trail, Huddleston

Invited guests: Federal, state and county officials, Va. Department of Historic Resources, 50th Anniversary Steering and Historic Committees, media and community members.

Event Features:

1)     Dedication/unveiling of three historical highway markers for Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania Co.;

2)     Reading of the Virginia General Assembly H.J. Res. 36, commending Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th Anniversary;

3)     Announcement of the winner of the 50th Anniversary Quilt; and

4)     Announcement of the Essay Contest/Time Capsule Project.


  • 11:00 a.m.: Arrival of guests at Discovery Center
  • 11:05-11:40 a.m.: Ceremony

o   11:05-11:08 a.m.: Live playing of “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge” – Jerry Hale & local musicians.

o   11:09-11:12 a.m.: Bill Piatt, 50th Anniversary Chair (MC) – Welcome, recognition of VIP’s, upcoming 50th events, and schedule for “SML Full Pond” event.

o   11:13-11:15 a.m.: Congressman Robert Hurt

o   11:16-11:18 a.m.: Delegate Charles Poindexter – Reading of H.J. Res. 36, commending Smith Mountain Lake on its 50thAnniversary.

o   11:19-11:20 a.m.: Mr. Chris Collins, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

o   11:21-11:22 a.m.: Mr. Isaac Sarver, Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner

o   11:23-11:26 a.m.: Vicki Gardner, SMLRCC Executive Director – Reflections on SML, announcement of quilt raffle winner.

o   11:27-11:29 a.m.: Larry Jackson, Manager of External Affairs, Appalachian Power – Salute to SML, announce Essay Contest/Time Capsule, intro historical markers

o   11:30-11:32: Michael Pulice, Architectural Historian, Western Region Preservation Office, Va. Department of Historic Resources – dedication of three SML historic road markers.

o   11:33-11:35: Franklin Co. Administrator Brent Robertson – dedication of Franklin Co. marker.

o   11:36-11:38: Bedford Co. Administrator Carl Boggess – dedication of Bedford Co. marker.

o   11:39-11:41: Pittsylvania Co. Administrator Clarence Monday – dedication of Pittsylvania Co. marker.

o   11:42-11:43: Bill Piatt:

1.     Invite guests to attend afternoon (1:30 p.m.) unveiling of the LOVEworks sculpture at Westlake Towne Center;

2.     Direct guests outside for removal of the “ceremonial cover” on the Bedford Co. marker and photo opp., followed by refreshments back inside.

  • 11:45-11:50: Outside unveiling of Bedford Co. marker and photo opp.
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Refreshments served inside; entertainment by local musicians.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Event ends.


Later that day, at 1:30 p.m., Westlake Towne Center in Hardy will hold a ribbon cutting for the new SML LOVEwork sculpture. The LOVEwork program is a destination marketing campaign sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corp. Lake resident and Carilion Clinic official Karen McNew McGuire headed the project, hiring Dalton Owens of Atomized Concepts of Roanoke to bring the fiberglass sculpture to life. Smith Mountain Building Supply will construct the platform on which it will be displayed. The community is invited to join the ribbon cutting. The sculpture spells out the word LOVE using lake-themed symbols, such as water skis and a golf ball. It provides is a fabulous photo op for television or print media.

For updated information on 50th anniversary activities:

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