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What’s Red and Walks Over Water?

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The Walking Red

What’s red and can walk over water?  The MSLL Walking Red Team at the annual O’Sail CrossingGo team!

The annual O’Sail event, The Crossing, is quickly approaching.  August 11 is this year’s date.  It is a great family event.  You can swim, paddle, float or walk across the lake. Pick your pleasure!

Several years ago I wanted to be more a part of the Crossing. I chose to stay high and dry and walk the bridge. Collecting a few friends we created the Walking Red Team.  So now is the time to join us to walk over the water of Lake Gaston.  Wear something red to be part of our team.  We will meet at 8:30 at The Point side of Eaton’s Ferry Bridge.

You will need to pre-register on line,  Entries are $20 pre-register, and $25 day of event. All entries include a T-shirt and refreshments at the finish line provided by the Food Lion.

Join the fun and support the community services supported by O’Sail!!!

Mary Sherwood Lake Living, Lake Gaston, The Crossing, Walking Red Team

MSLL Walking Red Team, 2012

The Crossing, Lake Gaston, Drugco,

Team DrugCo with their water vehicle, 2011

Paddle boat, Miss Daisy, Lake Gaston, The Crossing

Drivin' Miss Daisy across the lake-by her son, 2011

Hope you will join us for the fun!



Call if you need more info:  252-586-2437


Mary Sherwood Lake Living

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Fishy Things are Happening at Lake Gaston

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What is so fishy?  There are a number of strange “albino fish” in our warehouse crying to be embellished!  When will these fish be ready to start making appearances all around the Roanoke Valley?  Read on to learn more.

albino rockfish

Albino rockfish desperately needing some color!

On Saturday, August 13, at 11 AM watch these fish be transformed by two very talented artists, Traci Watson (yes, our staff member) and visiting artist, Madison Latimer, after the 7th Annual O’Sail Crossing event.   Join us for fun, food, art and more!!!!

Traci Watson is a talented artist exploring many aspects of the decorative arts.  She is skilled in decorative painting, murals, faux finishing, furniture painting and custom art work.  Her love is shabby chic and re-purposing of materials.  By day she is our showroom sales and merchandising coordinator.   By night she is an artist mom, interior design student and home restoration handy woman.  With her busy schedule it is hard to image she has time to paint but painting is her passion. Here are a few examples of her work.

Lake Gaston’s Frequent Visitor-The Great Blue Heron

Colorful rainbow fish!

Madison Latimer, Patsy and I crossed paths many years ago at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show.  We were so excited about the color and energy in her art.  We both had to have some pieces for our showroom and our homes.  Patsy designed her kitchen renovation around the guinea hen art.  I have two of Madison’s bar art in my home.  We recently reconnected because of Facebook. J  She is still painting, loving her garden and farm and driving her “chicken” truck to art shows all over the country.  We are so pleased to have her join us for the The Roanoke Valley Rocks Rockfish Painting Demonstration.  Look for her huge chicken truck and funky art.

The chicken truck and her cargo!

Cocktails, anyone?

Saturday, August 13th is going to be an exciting day of non-stop events for Lake Gaston.

8:15        Join the “Waking Red” MSLL team at our shop to walk across Eaton Ferry bridge in the O’Sail Crossing.  The Crossing registration  is required.

The Crossing 2010 “Walking Red” MSLL Team

Team members are asked to wear something red. There will be a  special gift for  joining the MSLL team

9:00        7th Annual Lake Gaston Crossing fundraiser presented by non-profit organization, O’Sail.  Swim, paddle or walk across Lake Gaston.  Beginning at Morning Star Marina and finishing at Watersview Restaurant

11:00      “Roanoke Valley Rocks” fish painting demo at Mary Sherwood Lake Living. Meet the artists, purchase their art and have lots of fun, food and drink.  LIKE US on our Facebook Page: and you will see all the latest at MSLL.

1:30        SUNNY, the O’Sail’s rockfish will be released at the O’Sail Lake Gaston kiosk in the Food Lion shopping center, 2455 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton.

So things are very fishy around Lake Gaston this weekend.

“The Rock the Roanoke Valley”  Rockfish campaign go to:

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!

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Will You Accept the Crossing Challenge???

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On Sunday I invited a few girlfriends to share our pier, the party float, food and spirits.  It was such a great afternoon, enjoying all of the above, especially the friendship.

As most of you know Paul and I are very involved in the not-for-profit organization, O’Sail.  This Saturday is O’Sail’s sixth annual event, The Crossing.  You can swim, float, or paddle across the lake OR for the first time you can walk the one mile bridge across the lake.  There is a $25 registration fee ($30 the day of event) payable to O’Sail.  You will receive a limited edition Crossing 2010 t-shirt.

While floating with the girls we decided it would be fun to walk across the bridge. No physical training for months to swim across.  No silly rafts to float on.   No canoe or kayak to manage.  All you need is good walking shoes and sunscreen.  You won’t even have to get your hair wet (except for a little sweat, maybe).  Sounds like something we could easily do…right!

So let’s all do it together!  I challenge you to join us this Sat. Aug. 14 as a member of our first ever MSLL Crossing Team.  Here is the link to O’Sail’s registration information. The event begins at 9 AM.   As a team, we will meet at Mary Sherwood Lake Living and go together to the designated parking lot.  We will leave the MSLL parking lot at 8:15 AM sharp and return as soon as we have completed the walk.

As a special incentive, the first fifteen MSLL friends to sign up to join our team will win your choice of a “Getting a Little Woozie on Lake Gaston” wine glass  koozie (no you can’t get woozie before the event ) 🙂 OR a $10 gift card to use in our store.

Koozie, wine, lake gaston, The Crossing, walking, fun, friends

Lake Gaston Woozies

The first fifteen MSLL team members to sign up can redeem their choice of prize at the store after completing the event.  To sign up as a member of our team, respond to our blog, Facebook post or our email news-zine.  The posted date and time of the response will determine the “first fifteen” winners.  Team members must also register and pay for the event at the Lake Gaston Chamber Office. All checks need to be made out to O’Sail.  If you need any help with the registration process, please let us know.

Should we wear something funny to designate our team?  This is not Project Runway! Our team uniform must be simple!  Please send your ideas ASAP!

Can’t wait to have fun walking together while we are supporting a good cause!

O'Sail, The Crossing, Lake Gaston, Eaton Ferry Bridge,

The Crossing 08-14-2010

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