It's Official - Al Roker even said so !

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For those of you that missed my earlier blog this morning, you might want to check it out.   Today was a special day at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   Did you see the morning weather today ?   Did you watch Al Roker ?   Even he acknowledged our celebration, so it's official; today was a special day !

Just in case you missed it, here was this morning's post:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4843278/today-is-the-day-we-set-the-historical-marker-at-smith-mountain-lake-- 

We were so excited that Al joined in on our big day.   Though the actual, exact minute of the lake reaching full pond was 5:07am, 50 years ago; we waited until 11:00am to kick off the festivities.   The Discovery Center Auditorium at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park was packed to overflowing with so many people and so much media coverage.

There were the usual dignitary speeches and the proclamations from the government bodies and even the presentation of a U. S. flag flown over the White House from one of our Virginia U. S. Senators.   This was a big deal !

But it got even better from there with the debut of a new song to honor the occasion of the 50th anniversary.   A whole bunch of local musicians, some famous; some not so much so; got together and wrote this song to capture the spirit of the lake.   It is a beautiful word description of the lake, the area, the people and the spirit of Smith Mountain Lake so I want to share it here.

 

(Fifty Years of Making Memories at)

"The Jewel of the Blue Ridge"

Music and Lyrics by: Jerry Hale

 

Families come together to enjoy terrific weather,

Boating, swimming, fishing on her waters warm and clean,

Listen to their laughter; they're happy ever after,

Once they've made Smith Mountain Lake their prime vacation scene.

 

It's the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge,

Cradled in the foothills, beneath a cobalt sky;

It's the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge -

It's the perfect place for making mem'ries by and by.

 

At the lake there is a spirit, you can touch and see and hear it,

Neighbors feel a passion for the waters that they share;

It's a calm and peaceful setting, one you won't be soon forgetting -

Once you are a Laker you have found your heaven there !

 

At the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge,

Cradled in the foothills, beneath a cobalt sky,

It's the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge -

It's the perfect place for making mem'ries by and by.

 

Watch that ball of sunshine rise above Smith Mountain's "V",

Ush'ring in a day of making mem'ries with the family;

Catch the ev'ning sunset as it dips behind the Blue Ridge;

Marvel at the awesome stars that city folks don't see . . . . 

 

At the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge,

Cradled in the foothills, beneath a cobalt sky,

It's the Jewel, the Jewel, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge -

It's the perfect place for making mem'ries by and by;

It's the perfect place for making mem'ries,

Making mem'ries by and by !

 

This was reprinted with Jerry's permission

 

The words are beautiful and so perfectly descriptive of our lake.   You've read the words so I hope you can feel it too.   But imagine, hundreds of locals all swollen up with local pride; singing it out at the top of their lungs like it was a fight song of the local sports franchise.   It was LOUD and PROUD !

And when it was done, it brought the house down !   A standing ovation for the song, the artists and the band that seemed never ending.   Whew, is this great or what ?   Then everyone was invited outside for the unveiling.

As we counted down, . . . . 3, . . . . 2, . . . .1, . . . . flash bulbs popped, cameras rolled and there it was, our historical marker commemorating the 50th anniversary, on "FULL POND DAY" at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   Oh my, I was practically breathless by this time.   If you saw the video coverage, that was me, just below the marker on the right at the unveiling ceremony.

For those of you that want to know more about Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, the PBS Network did a 30 minute documentary about the lake; it's construction, lifestyle and impact which you will definitely want to check out if it is shown on your local affiliate.   You can always call and ask about it.

I'll be sharing so much more over the year through my blog but for now; I'm having a slice of our 50th anniversary cake and celebrating because, . . . . . 

 

It's Official - Al Roker even said so !

 

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Deanna Early is the # 1 ranked Mortgage Loan Originator in Franklin County, Virginia as scored by the ActiveRain real estate site.   She is a Nationally Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator for American National Bank and Trust located near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.   She does both purchase and refinance loans throughout the state of Virginia.   She is a residential loan originator and provides home loans, construction loans and lot loans as well as second or vacation home loans and investor financing.

Please visit her website at   www.DeannaEarly.com   and learn more in the Virginia Mortgage Blog

You can contact her for your financing needs at (540) 721-2349 or by email at  "earlyd@amnb.com"

The views expressed in this post are mine only and do not necessarily reflect the views of American National Bank and Trust Company.   Any scenarios presented are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to refer to or represent any actual or specific clients, negotiations or financial transactions.

Comments (3)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Deanna. Well, if Al Roker said so, it must be true. Nice post.

Mar 07, 2016 10:33 PM
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY

It's true, it's true !   After four looooong years of planning, it finally got here and it went off BETTER  than expected.

Mar 08, 2016 01:12 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN AND WAITING FOR YOU

It must be so, great story telling. 

Mar 09, 2016 06:35 PM
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY

It is, it is !   It is so true.   When Al Roker says it, folks take it as credible and act accordingly.  We appreciate the added notoriety that his announcements gave us. 

Mar 09, 2016 09:44 PM
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

So sorry I missed it.  Congratulations on a great celebration.

Mar 11, 2016 12:19 AM
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY

You missed that event but being our 50th anniversary year, we have stuff  going on all year so come see us and join in the FUN  !

Mar 11, 2016 01:16 AM

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