Community News and Information

DAM ALERT – 11/22/2021 

Recent monitoring of the dam has revealed that there are burrows in the dam most likely due to muskrats.

The Dam Committee is taking action to resolve the problem. Please note the safety cones on the dam and avoid disturbing them.

COOKIE SWAP AND TREE DECORATING

WHEN:  December 11 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  The Orchid Lake Pavilion

Just bring two dozen of your favorite cookies – homemade or store bought – wrapped in bundles of four and your completed Christmas ornament (kit provided) for a fun time with your Orchid Lake Community. Please RSVP to hope.goza@gmail.com or 804.332.4664.

We look forward to seeing you there!

COMING IN 2022 – ORCHID LAKE DIRECTORY AND HANDBOOK

Plan are underway to create an Orchid Lake Directory of residents, which will also include an easy-to-use guide to our Bylaws, as well as community information. Contact hope.goza@gmail.com now to ensure you are included.

ANNUAL DUES

Annual Dues for Orchid Lake are billed each year in January/February and must be paid by March 1 of that year. Upon payment of dues, each resident/lot owner receives two membership cards for the year (April 1-March 31). Residents and guests must carry their membership card at all times when using lake premises.

Due are used for the maintenance (mowing, roadwork, snow plowing, beaches, dam, etc.) and upkeep/improvement of the public facilities owned by Orchid Lake Estates, Inc. All residents and lot owners have use of the OLE roads and facilities, so it is important that your dues are paid in a timely manner. This enables the Board to carry out needed maintenance, repairs and improvements. 

Our current due structure is:

      • Rental House w/one Lot – $105.00 (includes lease/purchase-rent/own)
      • All other Houses w/one Lot – $90.00
      • Lot – $47.00 (vacant)

Example:  Owner has one house and 3 lots:  $90.00 + ($47.00 x 2) = $184.00

If you experience difficulty in meeting your obligation and interested in setting up a payment plan to pay your dues, or for more information, please mail: Treasurer OLE, 1 Bass Avenue, Gum Spring, VA  23065

LOOKING FOR EMAILS

We are looking to collect email addresses and phone numbers from all residents/lot owners in case of an emergency. If you are willing to share yours, please the Contact Form on our website.

USE OF PAVILION FOR GROUP EVENTS/OUTINGS

Did you know that as a resident/lot owner at Orchid Lake, you are permitted private use of the Pavilion for small gatherings and parties? To reserve the Pavilion, a deposit of $100 by check must be placed with the Treasurer or Secretary of OLE.

The following are requirements for using the Pavilion for a private event:

      1. The sponsoring OLE member must be an active participant of the group sponsored, a member in good standing and must be present at all times during the activity.
      2. The sponsoring OLE member is responsible for all actions of the group. Guests must comply with OLE Rules and Regulations.
      3. Gatherings larger than 20 people will require special approval from the Board.
      4. Renters must get approval from the member (property owner) to reserve the Pavilion.

Once the event has occurred, the check will be returned/destroyed to the resident/lot owner if the following is done:

      1. The Pavilion is left with all facilities clean and functioning.
      2. All trash from the event has been removed and disposed of by the resident/lot owner.
      3. Should any repairs, cleaning or replacements be required, the $100 deposit will be used to cover the costs of those services.
      4. Any expenses over the $100 deposit will be the sole responsibility of the member who reserved the Pavilion and will be billed accordingly.

If you are interested in reserving the Pavilion for an event, please contact a Board Member to see if your date is available. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20 (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Wine Club Day at Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyards. Special tastings and offers for our Wine Club members, music and food for everyone! Music by Luke Bobbitt and food from Blue Ridge Pizza Company!

November 25 – Thanksgiving Day

November 27 – Hometown Holidays – Support your local businesses and organizations. 

November 29 – Cyber Monday 

December 3 – 10th Annual Louisa Christmas Tree Lighting (6:00-8:00 p.m.) Louisa Courthouse Lawn. 

December 4, 2021 (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) 2021 Louisa Christmas Festival and Parade. The festival, which is held in the Courthouse Square, is a great place to do holiday shopping. The parade starts at Meadow Avenue at Noon and travels down Main Street. 

Looking for things to do this weekend, click here for more activities.