The Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club is hosting its annual “Lions on the Lake” event on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Claytor Lake State Park. This is a chance for blind and visually impaired people of all ages, plus family and friends, to spend some time on the water — an activity that individuals with blindness oftentimes do not have an opportunity to do.

The club will be offering pontoon boat rides, a picnic lunch and live music, as well as a chance for individuals to network. Feel free to bring games, musical instruments, etc. to help enjoy the day!

Lions on the Lake was started in 2012 by club member Suzanne Ament, a professor of Russian History at Radford University, who participates in horseback riding competitions despite being blind. The project has grown each year and welcomes participants from Montgomery County, Roanoke and other areas.

Park entrance fees are waived for Lions on the Lake guests. Activities take place at Shelter #2.

Please RSVP by Monday, June 17! (Limit two seats per party: one for the visually impaired participant, one for a family member or friend.)

For more information and to sign up, contact Suzanne Ament at or 381-0963.

For information and directions to Claytor Lake State Park, go to

The Roanoke Times

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