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SMAC in the News

Oct 26, 2015

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) bridge tournament for 2014 completed another successful year raising $680for the SMAC scholarship fund. Ths high scorers for the tournament were:

  • ladies flight 1 -- Mary Seagel and Holly Goings
  • ladies flight 2 -- Ellen Beck and Brenda Rowell
  • couples -- Charlotte and Richard Sours

The 2016 tournament will kick off soon. If you have any questions or want to participate, please contact Jan Ruehle jlruehle@aol.com.

Oct 27, 2014

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) bridge tournament for 2014 completed another very successful year raising $1120.00 for the SMAC scholarship fund.

We concluded this month with a luncheon at Edo's restaurant, a bridge finale and awards. The high scorers for the 2014 tournament were:
  • ladies flight 1 - Dot Finger and Jean Frederick
  • ladies flight 2 - Ellen Beck and Brenda Rowell
  • couple's flight 1 - Linda and carl Boast
  • couple's flight 2 - Brenda and Chuck Rowell
  • men's flight - Don Ruehle and Bart Frankena

Many thanks to all the participants for making the 2014 tournament such a success. The 2015 bridge tournament will be kicking off shortly. We all look forward to another fun year of bridge while supporting the SMAC scholarship fund.

Nov 25, 2013

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) Special Events Coordinator, Mike DeGiorgi, talks with Heather Hutzler, Producer, Daytime Blue Ridge (WSLS TV Roanoke) about what's in store for 2014. 

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Photo courtesy of Daytime Blue Ridge/WSLS

Nov 20, 2013

Jan Ruehle, SMAC Bridge coordinator

The Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council (SMAC) bridge tournament

The Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council (SMAC) bridge tournament completed another successful year of bridge raising $630.00 for the SMAC scholarship fund. We ended this month with a luncheon at Edo's restaurant, bridge finale and awards.

The results for the 2013 tournament were:

  • Ladies flight 1 - Vanetta Beckman and Karin Jones with 13480 points
  • Ladies flight 2 - Marcia Kowalchick and Lois Wieloch with 15610 points
  • Men's flight - Phil Servidea and Joe Lawless with 14420 points
  • Couples' flight - Ken and Ginny Thelan with 16810 points.

Many thanks for all the participants and for making the 2012-2013 tournament such a success.

The 2014 SMAC tournament is even larger with 22 teams. This year $1120.00 will be donated to support the SMAC Scholarship fund. We look forward to another fun year of bridge.

July 16, 2013

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) President, Mike Dittrich, talks with Heather Hutzler, Producer, Daytime Blue Ridge (WSLS TV Roanoke) about SMAC and how the organization serves the community. 

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Photo courtesy of Daytime Blue Ridge/WSLS

April 16, 2013

Do you have a story to tell? Do you dream of having one published? If the answer to these questions is yes, here's your opportunity to fulfill these dreams.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2013.

March 19, 2013

Lake Players Need Your Help

SMAC needs your help to keep Lake Players alive. We've already cancelled the photo show this year because we didn't have any volunteers to lead and work on the committee to produce the show.

We don't want to see this happen to Lake Players. With three to four shows a year, Lake Players have produced everything from play readings to memorized staged plays including "Fox on the Fairway" and "Home Games." These sold out. And now we have nothing scheduled for 2013 because we don't have a committee.

Connie Canova and Nancy King retired from leading Lake Players at the beginning of this year. Because of their dedication to the arts, they invite you to a planning meeting on Monday, April 15th at 3pm at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive, Moneta, to create a committee and identify volunteers willing to work on and lead it.

No one has to do everything. We need the following roles filled:

  • Overall committee leader (becomes part of the SMAC board)
  • Play and music selection, including ordering scripts, etc.
  • Venue selection capable of handling 100-300 people
  • Casting, including identifying musicians as needed
  • Director and assistant director
  • Rehearsal manager, who sets the rehearsal schedule, finds rehearsal space
  • Reservation/ticket manager
  • Refreshments coordinator
  • Set manager, who gathers a group to set up and strike the set
  • Transportation manager, responsible for getting the stage, sound equipment, sets and props to the venue
  • On-site set up of tables, decorations, ticket/money collection
  • ABC manager, if needed

See? No one has to to do it all. We have some volunteers already if we want Lake Players to continue providing great performances, we need your help.

Please volunteer...

Feb 14, 2013

Smith Mountain Arts Council and the Friends of the Franklin County Library will sponsor author Wiley Cash at the Westlake Library on Tuesday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m. for a presentation and book signing.

Cash's novel, A Land More Kind than Home, is a New York Times bestseller which has been described as a "literary thriller" thick with characters connected by faith, infidelity, addiction, and a sense of hope that is as tragic as it is unforgettable. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

It has received superb reviews from fellow writers:

"This book will knock your socks off...a beautifully written hit..." Clyde Edgerton

"...only superlatives can convey the tenor of my thought: This is one of the most powerful novels I have ever read." Fred Chappell

"This novel has great cumulative power. Before I knew it I was grabbed by the ankle and pulled into a full-blown Greek tragedy....I can just imagine the intense work-and the love-that has gone into this." Gail Godwin

"...beautiful prose...He is very familiar with this part of rural North Carolina...He knows the people-their customs, work habits, religion, everyday lives..." Ernest J. Gaines

From: Whitney Brock
To: "info@smithmountainartscouncil.com"
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:15 PM
Subject: SMAC Art Show

To all the hard working people involved with SMAC,

I would like to thank you all for your countless hours of devotion to the arts!
I have been entering the SMAC art show for years and have always found it to be more like a family reunion. Full of friendly faces, tons of support, and the always evident crew that does all the heavy lifting! But this year was different for me, due to encompassing 4 of my students into this enriching world of reward and sometime heart ache. This experience has changed some of them forever in a positive manner.

What I want to say is, our responsibility as facilitators, teachers and mentors is a challenge to stay focused on, but somehow ALL of you stay true to the objective there within. THANK YOU!

Whitney C. Brock

Oct 26, 2012

The 2011-2012 SMAC Bridge Tournament concluded October 26th with a luncheon and bridge at Edo's restaurant. This year the tournament raised $390.00 for the SMAC scholarship fund. The tournament consisted of 13 teams playing in 2 flights. Each flight played 5 or 6 rounds of bridge. Cumulative scores were reported to the coordinators throughout the year. The winners of Flight 1 were Juanita Trotter and Carol MacMullanwith 11490 pints. The winners of Flight 2 were Gay Carpenter and Sandy Merriman with 22170 points. Congradulations to all the participants!

The 2012-2013 tournament begins November 1st. This year there are two flights of women's teams and one flight of men's teams.

We look forward to another successful and fun year of bridge and supporting the SMAC scholarship fund.

Creative Outreach "Rides Again"

Special Film Screening for artists and those who live with artists, "Who Does She Think She Is?"

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11am -- 82 minute film followed by discussion, lunch and visit to SMAC exhibit at the Bower Center and "Itsy Bitsy" exhibit above Bedford Hardware. Bedford Central Library, 321 N Bridge St, Bedford VA

Music Director and Pianist Return to Lakeside Singers for Annual Show

May 11, 2012 -

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) is proud to announce Lakeside Singers annual show on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive in Moneta. Friday’s show will begin at 7:00 pm; the Saturday afternoon matinee will begin at 2 pm.

“Savor the 70s,” this year’s theme, brings back favorites from Roberta Flack, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, Three Dog Night and the Jackson Five.

Returning again this year are Velshera Johnson, the musical director, and Susan Spataro, pianist. For the seventh year in a row, Ms. Johnson leads the two-hour weekly rehearsals and is an important member of the leadership team. Educated at Central Missouri State University in opera and musical theater, Ms.Johnson moved to the area in 1998. When asked why she returns annually to lead the mixed chorus, she says, “so many people want to get together and make music. We have so much fun and work very hard.”

And hard work it is, because the group rehearses two hours a week for twelve weeks. “There won’t be one song in this concert that people don’t know. A song can take you back to a wonderful time,” says Ms. Johnson.

Pianist Susan Spataro returns for her twelfth year in a row. She holds a B.A. in music from Moravian College and a Masters in piano performance from Temple University. She is currently associate professor of music and coordinator of the music program at Ferrum College. Like Ms. Johnson, Ms. Spataro finds “the people really enjoy what they’re doing. Velshera and I work well together.”

Once again, Ms. Spataro’s son, J.T. Spataro, 18, will play the guitar and Jared King will be on bass. “If you enjoy singing, come out and join Lakeside Singers. We enjoy putting together the show,” says Ms. Spataro. The audience should be prepared for an enjoyable evening with audience participation.

SMAC Affiliate: New Crusty Minstrels - "Margaritaville - Open Rehearsal

May 1, 2012 - Due to the sold out situation for both shows, the Crusty minstrels have decided to offer an “open rehearsal” on Wed., May 16 at SML Gallery (next to Food Lion, Westlake ) beginning about 6:30.

This will be our final rehearsal and we’ll be doing most of our songs over the space of 2 hours or so, complete with the sound system set-up.

It’s a chance for folks to browse the art on display at SML Gallery and enjoy the music, or bring a chair, sit and sing along with the favorites from Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys.

SMAC at the Business Expo


April 27, 2012 -

Betsy Ashton and Mike Degiorgi
staffed the SMAC table at the SML Business Expo.

The traffic was great.

Many people stopped, got the new brochure,
the activity sheet and discussed events SMAC presents at the lake.


Nov 28, 2011 -

Violin Students Holiday Concert, Dec 3, 2011

Students in the Violin Program of the Franklin County School System will present the 2011 Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m. at Franklin Heights Baptist Church.

Oct 25, 2011 - 

SMAC is pleased to offer a popular program to help SMAC members get to RSO performances by chartering a bus and offering a special dinner at the Hotel Roanoke.

There are still seats available to the Roanoke Symphony Master Works concert series. Bus ticket prices are dependent on the number of passengers -- price of the charter bus is $600.00 and we currently have 30 riders signed up at $20.00 per ticket. The goal is to have 40 riders signed up, reducing the bus ticket cost to $15.00.

The Hotel Roanoke is offering the SMAC/RSO bus group a special fixed price menu -- $29.00 including all taxes and tip -- with four entrée options. You do not have to be season ticket holders to ride the bus. The option is available on a per concert basis.

The opening season concert is Monday, October 3, 2011.

September 1, 2011 -

Attention All SMAC Members

The Taubman Museum is a new affiliate of Smith Mountain Arts Council. It is offering a special guided tour of the newest exhibits on September 16, 2011 at 3 pm for all SMAC members. The meeting with museum officials and guided tour are free for SMAC members.

Aug 15, 2011 - 

Dynamic Labor Day Weekend Concerts

Once again, Maestro David Stewart Wiley has put together two exciting musical events to occur at Smith Mountain Lake during the Labor Day Weekend.

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March 14, 2011 - 
Franklin County Violin Program to Perform with Roanoke Youth Symphony String Ensemble

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO), in partnership with Franklin County Public Schools, will present a concert featuring the Roanoke Youth Symphony String Ensemble and the violin students of the Franklin County Violin Program. The performance will take place at Franklin Heights Baptist Church and begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free.

Updater on the SMAC-RSO bus to the Symphony.html

Lake Writers attend the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference

Whitney Brock

Whitney Brock featured in International Artist Magazine

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