Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate – Debbie Shelton

5 Roanoke Events to Check Out in August

If you’re eager to explore the Star City, here are five fun events that will give you a taste of all that Roanoke has to offer. For additional info on these events, plus many more, check out

First Fridays at Five-On the Border
Dates: August 2, 2019
Time: 5p-9:30p
Admission: $5
Location: Franklin Road between Williamson and Jefferson

Known as “The Original Downtown Party with a Purpose,” First Fridays is the collaboration of local businesses raising money for local charities. The August show features On the Border-The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band. Food and beverages will be available to purchase on site. No outside food, beverages, pets, weapons, popup tents, or umbrellas allowed. IDs are required.

23rd Annual Mountain Valley Cluster Dog Show
Dates: July 31, 2019-August 4, 2019
Time: 8am-4pm
Admission: Free
Location: Salem Civic Center

This event features approximately 5000 dogs representing 145 breeds competing for the top prize. Vendors will be on site offering items and the staff from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be conducing Eye and Cardiac Clinics. Parking and admission are free!

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr
Dates: July 31, 2019-August 11, 2019
Times: Wednesday/Friday-7:30p; Thursday/Saturday-2p and 7:30p, Sunday-2p
Admission: $15/$22
Location: Mill Mountain Theatre

This beloved storybook favorite will be presented as a one-hour production by the Conservatory youth talent and is comprised solely of young, local talent. Children in attendance will also receive free books as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s initiative to connect theatre to literacy.

Party in Elmwood
Dates: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Times: 5:30p-8:30p
Admission: $5; Kids under 12 are free
Location: Elmwood Park

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy “The Best Beach Party in the Valley!” Bands taking the stage in August include Part Time Party Time Band, Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot, Too Much Sylvia, Band of Oz, and The Embers ft. Craig Woolard. Food and beverages for sale on site. No coolers allowed.

Art by Night
Dates: August 2, 2019
Time: 5pm-9pm
Admission: Free
Location: Various Galleries in Downtown Roanoke

Art by Night features diverse galleries, museums, and artist’s studios highlighting Roanoke’s talented and vibrant artisan community. Guests will discover paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, and more. Free parking is available after 5pm at the Warehouse Row lot Salem Avenue and the Elmwood lot at Williamson.

Advance Tickets on Sale for SML Wine Festival

The area’s most sought after event is fast approaching, and deep discounts on tickets are now available for purchase.

The 31st Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th (11a-6p) and Sunday, September 29th (11a-5p) at Crazy Horse Campground. Both days will feature close to 30 Virginia wineries as well as live music, art and craft booths, and food vendors.

This year’s event will also feature the SML Brew Pub, a designated football viewing area complete with LED screens and beer available for purchase.

Advance Ticket Pricing

There are two types of tickets available for purchase for the SML Wine Festival: Taster and Non-Taster. Taster tickets allow you to sample and purchase wine from each vendor, whereas non-taster ticket holders are only allowed to purchase non-alcoholic beverages.

From July-September 27th, taster tickets are on sale for $26. At-the-gate pricing for these tickets jumps up to $36. There is no advance ticket discount for non-taster tickets, which are available for $16.

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Groups and VIP Areas

For those interested in upgrading their wine festival experience, the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce is offering VIP lounges and chalets.

The VIP Lounge ($126) is an enclosed location that allows you to listen to live music while enjoying complimentary catering, wine and beverages, and deluxe restroom facilities.

Private chalets are also available to rent, and are ideal for hosting large groups, corporate events, or entertaining friends and family. Chalets are available in three different sizes and include taster and non-taster tickets, banquet and cocktail tables, signage, and a private fenced in area.

Live Music

On Saturday, enjoy Weird Science, a popular 80’s throwback band. Tate Tuck & Friends! will be opening. Sunday’s will feature Mended Fences, with the winner of the 2019 Lyrics on the Lake competition opening.

The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is a rain or shine event. Please note that pets are not allowed and that you must have a ticket to enter. Children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is also free; however, carpooling is encouraged as space is limited. Your ticket does not include the cost of food.

Everything you need to know about the 2019 SML Wine Festival can be found at

Five Rules for Staging Your Home on a Budget

Did you know that, on average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home? Staging helps prospective buyers easily visualize themselves in your home, which may increase interest and motivate them to make an offer.

But you don’t have to break the bank to stage your home. In fact, many tried and true methods of home staging only require minimal investment and elbow grease. Below are the top five rules for staging your home on a budget:

Rule #1: De-Personalize

You’ve undoubtedly collected sentimental items over the years, and have them proudly displayed throughout your home. However, when the time comes to put your home on the market, it’s best to pack up those belongings and allow each room to breathe neutrality.

Rule #2: De-Clutter

Buyers will open every door they can, and that includes cabinets, refrigerators, and closets. A clean space evokes a sense of calm, whereas a disorganized mess evokes chaos. Take the time to clean out your closets. Upgrade your hangers from the basic wire variety to wooden ones. Color coordinate your bedding, curtains, and pillows. Now is also a good time to repaint your rooms to a neutral color. For bathrooms and kitchens, clean up your countertops and display the essentials: soap, hand-towels, etc. Wipe down your cabinets and handles. Box up your shot glass and state magnet collection. Your cabinets should have neatly stacked plates and glasses with plenty of space.

Rule #3: Clean

Empty your dishwasher and make sure that your sink is clean and clear. Wipe down your walls and dust around your doorways and baseboards. If your faucets and hardware are rusty or grimy, replace them or remove them and clean them well. Replace shower curtains and liners. If you have a shower door, scour them with a solution of one-part muriatic acid and 10 parts water. Clean your floors, shine up the hardwood, and vacuum your rugs.

Rule #4: Update

If there are elements of your home that are clearly out of date, replace them. Unless they’re in the market for a fixer-upper, buyers are probably not interested in investing in upgrades. This doesn’t mean that you have to purchase brand new cabinets, but you can replace the hardware and apply a fresh coat of paint.

Rule #5: Polish

Set the dining room table and add fresh flowers as a centerpiece. Allow natural light to enter the home by opening the shades and curtains. This creates an illusion of a bigger space. Also consider using plants as focal points in larger, emptier rooms.


Source: The Five Golden Rules of Home Staging on a Budget,