by Laura Doster, Executive Director
With everything we have been through this year, “Home for the Holidays” takes on a new meaning. The one thing we can all agree on is, we have spent an inordinate amount of time in our homes – probably more than ever before. The virus has held us like a tethered ball to our homes and our communities. Shopping locally, working remotely, remodeling our homes, organizing our closets, cancelling medical appointments, ordering groceries and takeout food for pick up, just to name a few.
We are still surrounding ourselves, cautiously, with only immediate family and select friends. Wearing our masks, washing our hands and social distancing are second nature. Understandably, we have been reluctant to come out of our cocoons, spread our wings and breathe the fresh air.
SO, let me share what the Chamber is working on to hopefully “brighten” your days ahead. For the Holiday Season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, we want to take advantage of our Lake being full and “Light up Lake Lure.” In addition to the existing lighting ceremonies of the Town, Flowering Bridge and Chimney Rock Village, a large tree lighting ceremony will take place in front of The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa at Town Center. We are aiming for the day after Thanksgiving at dusk. Our goal is for this to become an annual tradition we can pass on generation after generation.
Additionally, we are asking every home and business owner, not only in Lake Lure, but in the entire Gorge, to “Light up the Gorge.” Please decorate your homes, boat houses, businesses and store fronts. What a postcard worthy, magical image we will create together!
Last, but not least, we are working to welcome 2021 with a large outdoor celebration on New Year’s Eve to include bonfires, music, food, drinks and more. We will have to bundle up, but it will be outside where we can spread out, properly social distance, and have some fun. Big surprises are planned for this event, more to come!
If you are interested in volunteering to help, let us know. You can send an email to info@hickorynutchamber.org or leave a message at (828) 625-2725. We welcome all the help we can get.
Please stay tuned, as we get things finalized we will share more details. If you are a Chamber member, we will communicate via an email blast, but you can also visit The Hickory Nut Gorge Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheChamberOfHickoryNutGorge/ and/or our website www.hickorynutchamber.og.
With Peace Profound, Laura Doster