By Cathy Leestma

Splashes and laughter, singing and dancing, farm to table fabulous fresh food, those are just a few of our summertime specialties here in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Welcome to the lake and what we hope will be your best summer ever!

What was your best summer ever? When I stopped and gave it some thought, there were many. It is a question with multiple answers for those of us who have many summers behind us and the sun damaged skin to prove it. Great summers can be as simple as a staycation or touring the far corners of the earth. The summer of my junior year in college was spent in Dubrovnik, Croatia, studying theater and very exposing European bathing suits. Summer education can take on many forms! Early on as a child, the endless summer days of non-organized sports ruled where the sandlot was always available for the next game.

I was 10 when we first came to Lake Lure. It was a magical, mystical three weeks that changed my life and destiny. A new world of beauty unlike anything I had ever seen. To quote Dorothy…”I had a feeling we weren’t in Kansas anymore.” I haven’t been here every summer since, but most of them.

If this is your first visit, welcome! If you’ve come before, welcome back! We truly hope the memories created here in July, 2017 will be recorded as your best summer ever!

Festival by Norman Weiner.