Yes, summer is sprinting by.  Students will be back to school soon (see news about Lake Lure Classical Academy, page 5).  Even during these warm August days with the exciting annual Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival, August 12-14, and the annual Dirty Dancing Festival August 19-20, our fall schedules remind us that the season is about to change.

But let us enjoy the summer we have left! The sweetness of summer for me was a family reunion at our lake house with more time spent by the lake thanks to some additional dock space completed just in time. The pop-up rain showers that cool things down, the sweet fragrance of summer flowers in the air and a refreshing swim in the lake makes me wish summer would stick around a bit longer.

The sweetness of peaches from the fruit stand and freshly picked blueberries balance perfectly with savory vegetables from the garden (see recipes from Deborah Eisenhut, p 27, and how to make food last longer, see p 37).  Enjoying a fine glass of wine can be a sweet and savory experience (see what wine maker Justin Taylor suggests, p 16). So savor those positive moments of summer and enter the fall smiling (see Mary Reitano’s column p 10).

We thank Jim Hester, for a decade of writing “Real estate market watch”.  Though you may see Jim often around town, he now lives and works in Asheville.  With his departure, we welcome local broker/realtor Charlene Efird as Breeze real estate columnist (see p 22).

You will find that our Breeze family of writers capture the essence of our larger Hickory Nut Gorge and surrounding communities through 30 plus articles in this edition covering most of what this beautiful region is about and what it has to offer.  Thank you for responding to their good work as well as supporting our advertisers.

And that is why summer tastes so good around here!