Claytor Lake State Park

Ideal for swimming, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments.

Located on the 4,500 acre, 21 mile long Claytor Lake (from which the park was named) in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, Claytor Lake State Park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park features the only full service marina in the state park system. In addition, there are miles of hiking trails, swimming, camping facilities, cabins and a visitor center. The visitor center is located in the historic Howe House. The lake and the park are named after Graham Claytor (1886-1971), who was vice president of Appalachian Power and supervised construction of the dam.

Claytor Lake State Park covers 472 acres. Lake size, 4,500 acres; 21 miles long. The park has approximately three miles of lake frontage.

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Five Ways to Summer Fun in Farmville

The transition from school to summer has a familiar refrain, “Mom, I’m bored; there’s nothing to do!” Don’t worry, Mom — Farmville has you covered. There’s an activity to suit every age and inclination. Read on to make your own summer plan for fun in Farmville.

1.Golf, swim and party
Farmville’s Golf Course, located at 36 Wedgewood Drive near the Farmville Regional Airport, is a one-stop place for all kinds of summer fun.
Golf:
If golf’s your game, there’s a professional nine-hole par-72 course ready and waiting for every skill level.
Swim:
Keep your cool after school lets out. Centered in the golf course, a junior Olympic-sized pool and fenced-in kiddie pool set the scene for summer fun. Memberships are available, or you can pay a one-visit fee of $5.
Party: For all those special summer celebrations  — weddings, reunions or birthday events — the Golf Course Banquet Room offers elegance close to home at an affordable price.

2. Jam with the Jaycees
First Fridays in Farmville: There’s nothing like a concert by the river to set the tone for a summer weekend. Bring your blankets and chairs to Riverside Park every first Friday at 5:30 p.m. from June through September and enjoy live music, games and family-style entertainment.

3. Veg out at the Farmers Market
Farmville’s Community Marketplace:
Located at 213 North St., this local farmers market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. From mid-April through November, it’s a one-stop market for the best in locally grown fruits and veggies, quality meats, eggs, baked goods and homemade crafts. Local bands often visit the market to offer homegrown entertainment.

4. Celebrate a Farmville 4th
Farmville’s Independence Day Celebration:
Get ready to show your patriotic side at the Farmville Airport on July 3rd. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; admission is $5 a car. Bounce houses and other activities will keep the kids jumping. Pick your favorite foods from a variety of vendors and get ready to enjoy the show with Moose Trap on the stage a 6 p.m., TFC Band from 8:15-9:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. TFC Band will take to the stage again from 10-10:30 p.m. to wrap up the evening.

5. Get competitive
If you feel the need for speed, now’s the time to put on your running shoes and tune up that bike.
High Bridge Trail Roubaix Time Trial is a cycling event on the High Bridge Trail held on July 23. The race is open to cyclists of all skill levels, ages 7 and up.
High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K:
Take your pick in this Sept. 9 run/run walk event on the High Bridge Trail. The Half Marathon kicks off at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. You’ll feel like a pro when you run past the cheer groups stationed along the route!

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Claytor Lake State Park

Located on the 4,500 acre, 21 mile long Claytor Lake (from which the park was named) in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, Claytor Lake State Park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park features the only full service marina in the state park system. In addition, there are miles of hiking trails, swimming, camping facilities, cabins and a visitor center. The visitor center is located in the historic Howe House. The lake and the park are named after Graham Claytor (1886-1971), who was vice president of Appalachian Power and supervised construction of the dam.

Claytor Lake State Park covers 472 acres. Lake size, 4,500 acres; 21 miles long. The park has approximately three miles of lake frontage.

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Healthy Summer Days

In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, the living may not be easy, but your life probably feels less chaotic. Even adults tend to adopt a “school’s out!” attitude in summer. That’s why this is a perfect time to improve your health in a fashion so seasonally laid back you’ll barely notice the effort.

To get you started, WebMD went to eight health experts in fields such as diet, fitness, stressstress, vision, and oral health. We asked them this: If you could only suggest one simple change this season to boost personal health, what would it be? Here are their top eight tips:

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Summer Art Studio 2017

The Longwood Center for Visual Arts invites you to join us this summer to explore and create beautiful works of art inspired by some of your favorite children’s literature old and new!

Drop in any time between 11:00am–2:00pm, from June 5-August 4,  at the LCVA, on the corner of 3rd Street and Main Street in historic downtown Farmville.

We will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday July 4th.

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