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    How is it possible we are heading out of Summer and into Fall? Time is certainly flying by!  


    We want to say a special thanks to Starfire Pyrotechnics for a most fabulous firework show on the 4th of July. The Town of Lake Lure Fire and Police did a fantastic job keeping everyone safe and the traffic moving in and out. Also, we could not have done it without our volunteers, parks and recreation team, public works, and our amazing sponsors – Lake Lure Tours, Rutherford County Tourism Authority, Chimney Rock Village, Weichert Mountain Executives, Lifestyle Properties, and Bubba O’Leary’s General Store. Cannot wait to see what is next!  


    Economic Development - Please help us welcome our new members and area businesses - Linne Gilbert, Sr. Account Executive with The Laurel of Asheville. The oldest magazine in the region and voted Best Free Publication in the Mountain Xpress awards eight years in a row. Also, Emily Wright, Owner of Tempus Renatus School of Classical Horsemanship. They teach and share the art of classical horsemanship through performances, training programs, tours, with special opportunities for at-risk populations such as veterans, under-resourced teens, and victims of human trafficking. They are in Raeford, NC, and currently expanding off Highway 9 toward Black Mountain, 10 minutes from Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.


    Chamber Signature Events – Hopefully you were able to be a spectator, volunteer, or participant in The Olympiad which was held August 13 – 15. At the writing of this article, our sprint triathlon was getting tons of attention. 22.4% of the participants were from outside North Carolina (72 out of 321 registered). A stat that is rare among other sprint distance triathlons. We had people from AL, CT, FL, GA, IN, MD, MI, MO, NC, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA & WI. Athletes love coming to our beautiful mountain paradise to compete.   


    Our new Chamber Cheers (previously called the “recharge”) are back. 

     Hope you made our first on August 24th at Lured Market & Grill. 

    September 28th will be at Spruill’s Mountain View Hideaway from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. October, at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure (date & time TBD) and November at Old Rock Café in Chimney Rock Village from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Stay tuned by liking us on Facebook or go to our website for event details and updates.


    Make sure to get your tickets to Paws for the Cause – Lil’s Thrift Shop Fundraising to Support the Animals on Wednesday 9/22 at the Riverside Event Center (www.facebook.com/lilsthrift). Tickets went on sale in July.


    Join us for our Chamber’s fundraising event - The Time of Your Life at Mountain Brook Vineyards Friday 9/24 and Saturday 9/25. Friday will be from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, a limited seating, fine dining, live music, dancing, and a silent auction experience in their live Barrel Building. End the night with a special movie under the stars. Saturday will be all day, 12 – 8 pm, outdoors at the vineyard’s main outdoor area; watermelon races, music, dancing, entertainment by Asheville Ballet, live band, food trucks, and more. Again, top the night off with a movie under the stars. Go to our website for tickets and more details on all events – https://hickorynutchamber.org/



    Last, but not least, please welcome Jeff Neal to the Chamber. 

    Jeff brings an impressive resume and military career that is critical to our future. He was instrumental in the opening of his wife’s new business, Sacred Living Wellness and we know he will be a huge asset to our community and the Chamber. Congratulations Jeff, very excited to have you with us!


    Hope to see everyone at the upcoming events or drop by if you are in the neighborhood!  



    With Peace Profound,

    Laura Doster

    Executive Director