By Dave Leestma

Saturday, June 4, the ICC Foundation performance hall was filled with hundreds of happy faces witnessing the first graduating class of Lake Lure Classical Academy. With the closing of Lake Lure School in 1957, those seniors were members of the first class to graduate from any school in Lake Lure in 59 years. “For the citizens of the Hickory Nut Gorge, this graduation is the realization of a dream that ,”we started working on a long time ago,” stated Bill Frykberg with his wife, Rae, both early proponents for a new school in Lake Lure. Rae reflected that, “Slow and steady wins the race…some great ideas do indeed take a great deal of time.” She went on to say that, “the eloquence with which the two salutatorians and the valedictorian spoke, revealed the type of people they have become and reflected the educational environment in which they were a part for so many years.”

With the seed of an idea planted in the early 1990’s, the support of the State of North Carolina, our Economic Development Commission, the Rutherford County Commission, the Rutherford County School Board, The towns of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and most important, the support of every parent whose child is enrolled, the Academy with its impressive new building is a realty.

Congratulations to each graduate! See each graduate’s photo and name on page 10.

Our Breeze family of writers have written nearly 30 informative stories, columns and articles in this July edition of The Mountain Breeze. So relax a bit and take some time to page through these 48 pages either in print or online at If you enjoy reading The Breeze or have any comments, ideas or photos, please let me know at And if you’re near the water, make a ‘summer’s splash’!