by David Leestma

With the holiday season upon us you will find in this Breeze edition reminders of things to do, places to go and memories to make.  When our children were young, we as a family would attend a community Thanksgiving event where President Lincoln’s “Thanksgiving Proclamation” was read each year.  Remembering that, we have published those stirring words of thanksgiving on page 13. Jean Gordon has written a thoughtful reminder of veterans’ sacrifice made for our American freedom.  R ead her salute celebrating Veterans Day, page 7.

 To flavor your season, see some ‘razzle, dazzle’ recipes from Deborah Eisenhut, page 19. Meet your neighbors at one of Lake Lure Classical Academy’s home basketball games.  See the home game schedule page 6. Catch up on town news from Lake Lure’s new mayor, Carol Pritchett, page 5, and some local WiFi progress in Bob Keith’s column, page 14.  Get some techie gift buying ideas, page 12. 

 What is your favorite room in the house? Find out architect, David Wulff’s and why, page 16. Looking for a good book or movie to enjoy? Check it out at Mountains Branch Library, page36. Just because it’s cold outside, don’t forget about fishing, page 37. 

For some exercise, try some mountain climbing!  The rock climbing opportunities in and around Hickory Nut Gorge keep expanding, page 31.  See also community announcements, page 11, and annual Christmas home tour, page 17 and a calendar of events, page 39.

Enough already? Maybe so for your first read.  Page through for more later. Please note an introduction to Sha’Linda Pruitt’s new comic strip ‘’Lure Rock’ below. The comic strip, which will be a continuing Breeze feature in the new year, appears on page 5.

May your holiday season not be crowded with the season’s busyness but be filled with light hearted, whimsical moments, too.  Buddy Morison’s cover photo of Hickory Nut Gorge with Lake Lure beyond, paints a serene valley community glowing like candles in the night sky.  It gives me pause to reflect, remember and renew the hope this season brings.  May you experience the wonder of it all.