Archive for ◊ 2014 ◊

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
(Click Here to View, Print and/or Download the Parking & Shuttle Map)

Parking? We get that question a lot here in our office, and to make life a little less stressful for Clarksville during Lakefest, the Chamber has hired a shuttle bus from Carolina Livery-Mobility Solutions. This service will  help with the age old question on where to park? This way you don’t have to worry about being stuck on the side street with all those others trying & hoping to find a spot nearby.

Parking & Shuttle Service—Festivalgoers are encouraged to Park & Ride.  Parking $5 per vehicle; there is no charge to ride the shuttles to and from the festival.  Parking will be at the Lake County Business Park, on Noblin Farm Road.  The Shuttle will run from 8 am until 6 pm.


Category: Lakefest  | One Comment
Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

SANDY FEAT - ENO 2010One of the events major attractions to Lakefest each year is the Sand Sculpture. We wait for almost three whole days to figure out what great work of art will be carved out of that huge pile of sand. The attraction located in the Pocket Park, located at the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the LOVE sign.  Back this year is Ed Moore who was here in 2012 and has been the main sand artist for Lakefest for many years. Ed is  the Founder of Sandy Feat sand sculpture group, grew up to be an architect. But he never gave up on his childhood pastime, which resulted in ever more complex creations, from elaborate castles built on beach vacations to the scores of sculptures he has cut into blocks of wet sand since founding the professional sand-sculpting team Sandy Feat 24 years ago

He has a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, is a N.C. State University Residence, lives in  Raleigh with his wife, Sally Moore. The Moore  family has a long history at N.C. State, where he, his father and one of his sons all earned degrees. Moore says his father would often recall a tradition there from the 1920s called “Rush the Grand,” in which groups of students would take the trolley downtown to the Grand Theater. (Later called the Ambassador Theater, it has since been razed.) A large enough group would overwhelm the attendants, allowing the students to get in free.


Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Top20EventsLogo_mediumThe Virginia Lake Festival, held the third full weekend of each July in Clarksville, Virginia, was again chosen as “One of the Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society.  This year’s event marks the Town’s 37th Annual Event and July 17-19, promises to be the event not to be missed.

Since 1985, the Southeast Tourism Society has published the Top 20 Events.  Each month, hundreds of the best events across the Southeast compete to be named a Top 20 Event.  Southeast Tourism Society publishes the list of winners quarterly and sends the list to over 800 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution prints the Top 20 Events as a regular quarterly feature of its travel section, and the Top 20 Events has recently been featured on the New Orleans-based radio show “Travel Talk Radio,” just to name a few.  The combined circulation runs into the millions.  The Top 20 Events are also listed on the Southeast Tourism Society website and on their consumer website  The Top 20 Events pages are consistently among the most visited pages on the STS sites.

The Top 20 Events represents the best festivals the Southeast has to offer.  Events that win this honor benefit from the widespread exposure and prestige that being named a Top 20 Events affords.

Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to the promotion & development of tourism to its member states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, hotels, motels, resorts, convention & visitors bureaus, airlines, car rental agencies, newspapers, magazines and other travel related organizations.



Category: Festival, Lakefest  | One Comment
Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Clarksville-Lakefest-2014-SignageIf you’re driving downtown and drive by the Clarksville Fine Arts Center and look to the right you might have already noticed the newly updated, brightly colored welcome sign featuring two of the Virginia Lake Festivals highlights on the sign. The old sign was dated & showing some wear (it had been up since 1997) it had been moved to its current location in 2005, the sign used to be located near the town docks and in 1995 was at the corner of 2nd and Virginia Avenue where McDonalds is now.

We wanted to add something to it, so tourists or any passer by would see it. This event brings upwards of 60,000 people to this town each year and we really wanted something that reflects the beauty of this festival into the sign. The Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks are fan favorites. This sign also displays our Admiral and Captain sponsors & logos for a full year for their sponsorship of the Virginia Lake Festival.

The sign design, photographs & construction was provided by Justin Eubank owner of Signs & Designs & Photography by Justin Eubank.

Sheila Cuykendall, Executive Director of the Chamber, Betty D’Ornellas, president of the Chamber and Administrator of MeadowView Terrace…Proudly displaying the Top 20 award & the New Lake Festival host & sponsor welcome sign.  This year’s festival is scheduled for July 17-19


Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce in southern Mecklenburg County, Virginia is set to host the LOVE artwork sign at the 37th Annual Virginia Lake Festival otherwise known as LAKEFEST!

VA Love Art Clarksville

Visitors are encouraged to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at or on Twitter, using the special hashtag ‪#‎LOVEVA ‪#‎LAKEFESTVA.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE artwork to Clarksville on July 17th as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives July 17th and will be on display at the pocket park on the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the sand sculpture, through July 20th.

“Our iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand is about love – pure and simple, and has been for more than 40 years,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We are excited to share the LOVE at locations throughout the Commonwealth where so many people can enjoy being a part of it. It reminds us that Virginia is an ideal destination for families looking to completely connect on a Virginia vacation.”

“We are thrilled to add this new highlight to the festival this year! Everyone who has been to LAKEFEST, LOVE’s it! There is so much to see and do, from the hot air balloon show, to 5k run, antique car show, amusement rides for the kids, to great entertainment, 150 arts & craft vendors, food galore & Fireworks! We want to invite everyone to our free event! Having the LOVE sign will be something new & fun and we also see it and an opportunity to promote tourism to our area.” said Sheila Cuykendall, executive director of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2010, tourism generated $19 billion in revenue, supported 204,000 jobs and generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Photo provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation (


Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Live on Stage July 18th: Josh Rogan

Josh-RoganThe music is Americana. Blues. Rock and Roll. And a dream. Not just an American dream—a universal dream, to be free, exchange stories, share music, to ride the open road. A dream of getting there, wherever there may be. But perhaps Rogan says it best himself, “Having a dream keeps you going, that’s for sure. If you have something you want and you don’t have it yet, it gets you up every day.”

Josh Rogan is true grit, living the love he sings. His music is rock roll soul with a near constant message: you’ve got to dream to make it happen, and it ain’t nothing if you don’t believe. It is about the emotions we share, it’s about down-and-out and up-and-up, it’s about freedom, fear, hope, passion, thrills and the beauty of the open country. Ben Sellers at Cville Weekly says Rogan’s “dark bluesy rock might just as easily have hopped from the same rail that carried Elvis into Memphis, or drifted ashore in the same Baha tide that produced Chris Isaak.” Rogan’s first two albums contained a gritty, hard-driven rock and roll sound. With his latest, At the End of the Day, he has tapped back into his acoustic blues roots and plays heart-felt, wrenching soulful original tunes. The album tells the story of his life with songs resurrected from a childhood of adventure and story-searching. The last track Scottsville Rain is a combination of old and new with an updated song written on a train in Spain as he sailed around the world on a tall ship at seventeen. It begins with a personal recording of a thunderstorm falling on beer cans at his house in Scottsville, Virginia. Rogan’s songwriting has a simple style where the silence is as important as the notes. The songs are about loss, longing, love, and the pain and joy of being human. He sings with a compassion that says I understand the feeling and I’ve been there too.

Performing live on Stage July 19th, 11 am to 2 pm: Celeste Kellogg & JRyan!

VIRGINIA LAKE FESTIVAL POSTERSinger/songwriter and top 40 finalist on X-Factor. J.Ryan received 4 yes’s from the judges including SIMON! J. Ryan is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from the south & is a guitarist, and musician.

Opening for J.Ryan is Celeste Kellogg, an Actress, Songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist. Like many kids she started singing in her church and school choirs. It didn’t take long for her to realize this is what she wanted to do. A few years later, Radio Disney was holding auditions for a NEW Tween Pop Group called RD7 and she made it. They opened for Raven, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and the Cheetah Girls. It didn’t stop there, she also performed an hour long show at the Kelly Clarkson, Addicted To Love Tour.

 Performing live on Stage July 19th: The Green Boys!


The Green Boys are a four-piece band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Equally mislabeled as bluegrass, folk, or honky-tonk, the boys sometimes mention the idea of being a part of a “country-revival”. It’s a half-serious notion that nonetheless approaches the crux of the band’s complex sound. The Green Boys are led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, each a songwriter coming from and delivering very different lyrical and melodic styles. Yet like the Louvin, Delmore, or even today’s Avett Brothers, the distinction between the two voices is grounded by a blood harmony, their edges blending towards a commonality.

Rounded out by the talented Mike Emmons and Zack Miller, the band’s live show is a trek through low-tempo lap steel melancholies, banjo and mandolin barnstorming, and jug band sing-alongs. All the while, their well-honed hooks tend to catch the ear. The Green Boys flirt with many genres, yet the focus never strays far from their goal. The melody, the lyric, and the feeling assembled into the band’s small contribution to what they feel is a national revival of a simple ideal: the songwriter is the singer, the sound is the way it feels, the words, simple too, are the way it was and is.

The Green Boys released a self-entitled EP in 2010 and will release their first full-length album in early 2013. They have shared the stage with artists such as Southern Culture on the Skids, NO BS Brass, Jackass Flats, The Hot Seats, Frontier Ruckus, Spirit Family Reunion and Folk Soul Revival. They have played many prominent regional venues and frequent the Virginia festival circuit including a 2012 first-place finish in the Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival band contest.


Category: Festival, Lakefest  | One Comment
Posted: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Bottle-Vase-ArtThe arts & crafts show is juried and the jury has been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. Artists this year are coming from not only Virginia, but also other states– Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Georgia. The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. Water ink, acrylic and oil paintings…even face painters, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, personalized jewelry, items to be personalized on the spot, blown glass jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even pet attire–just to name a few.

What are some of the food vendors on tap for this year? As of this moment, we have more than 20 food vendors…only two of similar offerings are approved by the jury…thus, there will be an extraordinary amount of variety. In addition to the typical festival foods such as polish sausages, gyros, alligator fries,  blooming onions, kettle corn, coated nuts, deep-fried candy bars, cheesecake/cookies and funnel cakes with your choice of toppings…the ethnic choices will include Caribbean–jerk chicken, shawarma, hummus; vegetarian offerings, Seafood–shrimp, crab cakes, fish tacos; Thai choices–Satay, vegetable cakes and spring rolls; Items to cool one down on a hot summer day…fresh squeezed lemonade, smoothies and icees, drinks such as homemade sodas & milkshakes, snow cones, homemade ice creams and old fashioned floats & yogurt!

2 Gallon Jar White webWindow-Artwork


Posted: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

4th-Parade-PeopleShow your patriotism to the great United States of America and salute our Veterans—by being a participant or a spectator at the 2014 Independence Day Parade in Clarksville On the Lake! This year’s event, sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, is slated for Historic Downtown Clarksville on July 4, at 11 am

Entry categories include floats, antique cars, trucks and tractors, golf carts, fire trucks and bands, plus, all area youth are encouraged to decorate their vehicle of choice—tricycle, bicycle or battery operated mini-vehicles. Each entry into this year’s parade must be decorated in the patriotic theme and the first 1,000 participants and attendees will receive an American flag upon arrival. Parade applications may be printed by clicking HERE —there is no fee to register or participate; requested date for application return is June 30.


Immediately following the parade, everyone will be treated to free hot dogs and soft drinks, compliments of the Clarksville Ruritans. For more details about the parade and the cook-out, contact Ruritan Committee Chair Charles Lee at or call 434-374-0794.


Category: Antique Cars, Parade  | 2 Comments
Posted: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Top Finalists for the 3rd Annual LAKEFEST IDOL!

Lakefest-Idol Musical Competition

  • Natalie Gwaltney, South Hill, VA
  • Abigail Humphreys, Bullock, NC
  • Ashley Hodge, South Boston, VA
  • Jarret Messick, Alton, VA
  • Zachary Glasscock, Clarksville, VA
  • Kayson Flynn, Chase City, VA
  • Lakeisha Ferrell, Buffalo Junction, VA
  • Perfect Dysfunction-Maddie Scott & Jenna Scott, Roxboro, NC
  • Caroline Scott, Roxboro, NC
  • Amy Carnevale, Virgilina, VA
  • Paige Wooton, Bullock, VA
  • Ben & Dale Craft, Alberta, VA

Hosting the night show will be Lucas Glasscock and the three outstanding judges are Georgene Glasscock, Zorona Maples & new this year to the judging table is Scotty Scott. You don’t want to miss this amazing night from solo performances to group numbers, plus your chance to vote for your favorite acts! Mark your calendars for June 28th at 7 pm for the Lakefest Idol Performance Night.

The Performance will be held at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center. The admission fee is $8 and you get a great seat, voting privileges, and an unforgettable night of fun and entertainment. The proceeds benefit Clarksville Community Players & Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets can be purchased now at the Clarksville Chamber Office, so hurry in for you choice of seats. For more information contact us at 374-2436.


Benchmark Logo

Benchmark Community Bank is proud to sponsor the 2014 Lakefest IDOL Competition


Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Lakefest-Idol Musical CompetitionWelcome back to the 3rd Annual Lakefest Idol Competition. The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber & Clarksville Community Players have created this exciting Fundraiser for Lakefest! We are happy to once again host a fun singing competition for those who love to sing and compete for a chance to showcase their talent at Lakefest Opening Ceremonies July 18th at 7 pm at the main stage area behind Wells Fargo.

Mirroring some of the exciting features of American Idol, The CCP & Clarksville Chamber will have a panel of judges, auditions and finals. The winner of the final competition will be named the Second Official “Lakefest Idol’ title winner and sing the night of the opening ceremonies.

Everyone will be able to come see the talent on the audition dates and the audience will even have a chance to vote at the top 10-finalist competition for their favorite singer on June 28th. So get your vocal cords ready and come be a part of the fun!! Download an individual application or a group application.


Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Big-Lake-Flea-LogoCome to Clarksville, Virginia Saturday, May 10, to the Big Lake Flea Market, for more unique finds and great bargains. Virginia Avenue will be a buzz with a special selection of vendors and downtown merchants offering arts and crafts, fresh produce, antiques, yard sale items and one-of-a-kind treasures. Treat your tummy to delicious tastes including freshly picked strawberries straight from the patch. Come hungry, too, because the best of the food vendors will be onsite preparing your favorites and the local restaurants will offer specials on their menu throughout the day.

Vendors will be located on the pavement (in the parallel parking spaces) along Virginia Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street. Thus, vehicle parking will be available in the lots of Wells Fargo Bank and behind the Virginia Avenue Mall, plus on the side streets of Downtown Clarksville.

So, hit the streets early (vendors will be ready at 8:00 a.m.) and make your plans to spend a fun day in Virginia’s only lakeside town.


Category: Shopping  | Leave a Comment
Posted: Thursday, March 06th, 2014

April 12th, Noon ~ 5pm


Come out and enjoy the CHEERS of Clarksville’s Eight

h annual “Lake Country Wine Festival” in beautiful Clarksville on the Lake.  This year’s event will host 14 Virginia wineries, great food, live music by Jeff Bailey and Brian Parks, and the opportunity to see friends and meet many new ones.  Relax on historic lawns in downtown and taste nearly 100 varieties of fine Virginia wines and speak with those who have made these vintages possible.  NEW this year we will host a beer tent consisting of three craft brews, one from each of the following micro-breweries: Starr Hill, Sunken City & Natty Greene’s.

Tickets are now on sale online*, the Chamber of Commerce, Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern, Century 21 on the Lake and Galleria on the Lake, A & K Dock Service, and Virginia Avenue Mall. Tickets in advance are $20, $25 at the gate, ticket includes a souvenir wine glass.  For non-taster/DD tickets in advance are, $10, $15 at the gate; the event is for those 21 years of age and over only and it is a ran/shine event.  Ticket includes a souvenir wine glass.

*PLEASE NOTE: Additional $1 processing charge applies to online purchases. Online ticket purchases will not be sent to you by mail, the tickets will be held at the WILL CALL table at the front gate. Upon purchase you will receive a confirmation email. Tickets are non-refundable.

All festival proceeds will benefit the Town’s Chamber of Commerce and will go towards future projects.  For more information, contact the Chamber at or 800-557-5582.

Wineries attending this year’s Wine Festival are:

Live Acoustical for Lake Country Wine Festival

Jeff & BrianMusicians Brian Parks and Jeff Bailey will be performing live acoustical music at the Eighth Annual “Lake Country Wine Festival” on April 12, from noon-5 pm in Downtown Clarksville.  Parks and Bailey have roots to Lake Country, as they both grew up in Chase City; they have been playing music together for more than 11 years.  Their music genre goes from Van Morrison to Bob Segar to the Allman Brothers—the best of rock, blues, and pop.  Both are accomplished musicians with their vocals and both play guitar; Brian also plays harmonica and saxophone.  Not only will they entertain those at the Wine Festival with their music, they will also entertain with their jokes and fun-loving conversations—these fellows really like to have a good time.  They perform monthly in Raleigh and Cary, as well as performing locally in Clarksville and South Boston, and South Hill.


Posted: Thursday, March 06th, 2014

054ALL FOR WINE, WINE FOR ALLone lucky person will be thrilled to win this magnificent raffle of prizes that will give any entertainment enthusiast the opportunity to host a fun filled night on their patio, deck or in their favorite room in the house, at least it will be once this raffle of prizes is in it.
The main attraction & the talk in your home will be this re-loved bar with stools that was donated to the Chamber by Rocky Branch Construction and refinished by the Cottage Barn in Clarksville.
Not only that but there will be some oohs and awes over the Wine time clock, beautiful stain glassed sun catcher, Godinger mirrored stand, & Wine bottle light which were all purchased from local merchants in Clarksville.
With this beautiful bar you will be saying “belly up to the bar, my friends, drinks are on the house”…. And they will be toasting your great luck with wine glasses donated by Annefield Winery & Clarksville Chamber and personalized beer glasses, purchased from Lakeside Creations. Your family & friends will have a great selection of wine to choose from because we have received a bottle from many of the wineries that are attending this years wine festival, and they are:

  • Annefields’s 2012 Viognier
  • Bright Meadow’s
  • Coltsfoot’s Blueberry Wine
  • DeVault’s Darions Reserve & Watermelon
  • Fincastle’s Cabernet
  • Hilltop Berry Farm’s Traditional Mead Voyage
  • Rosemont’s Lake Country Red
  • Sans Soucy’s Ginger Wine
  • Stan Burn’s Bull’s Blush
  • The Homeplace Vineyard’s Old Green Tractor
  • Three Sisters of Shiney Rock’s 2012 Sweet Nannie
  • Villa Appalachia’s Toscanello

Even with all that you will have all the accessories to host a great party, starting off with a pair of earrings donated by an attending vendor, Cork Creations.
s are also covered for your group; they will have an assortment of lemon crab or caramel peanuts donated by Plantation Peanuts. Cheese & chocolates purchased from the Galleria on the Lake. Elderberry Wine Jelly donated by Coltsfoot Winery, Dip mixes from the Cottage Barn & a Vino Bread mix purchased at the Virginia Avenue Mall. Also included is a handcrafted wooden wine glass holder that fits right over a wine bottle, and to keep your chilled wine cold, this beautiful Crystalline Porcelain Wine Chiller. Your friends will surely want to come back and even might place a tip in your bar’s tip Jar, which was purchase locally. And last but not least you can count on an outing with this $20 gift certificate, donated by Sans Soucy to visit their Sans Soucy Vineyard in Brookneal, VA.

Purchase your tickets today!!! Don’t miss out on the chance to win all this in this year’s “All for wine, wine for all” grand raffle!

Raffle tickets are available at the Clarksville Chamber Office, 105 Second Street, Clarksville. Tickets are $5 each or three for $12, or six for $20 and you need not be present to win. The drawing will be held at the 8th annual Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival on April 12, 4:45 pm. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit projects of the Clarksville Lake County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Chamber at 434-374-2436.


Posted: Wednesday, January 08th, 2014

Clarksville VA Lakefest Logo ContestCould your wallet use an extra $250? Consider putting your talents to work for the 2014 Virginia Lake Festival (Lakefest) and become the winner of the reward. The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce encourages area artists to enter the winning logo design for the 37th Lakefest that is scheduled for July 17-29, 2014.

In addition to the cash reward, the winning artist will have their design featured on the official 2014 Lakefest t-shirts and on brochures, flyers and other media promotions of the three-day event, plus be promoted in area newspapers for their accomplishment.

Those wanting to enter the contest may download an entry form here, pick up an entry form at the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, 105 Second Street, or pick one up at the Virginia Avenue Mall or call the Chamber and one will be mailed to you. For artwork designs to be considered in the judging, original and signed entries must be delivered to the Clarksville Chamber Office or submitted by mail to the Lake Festival Committee, P.O. Box 1017, Clarksville, VA, 23927, no later than March 14th, 2014. For more information call the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at (434) 374-2436 or contact us.