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May 26, 2022

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The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach (HNGO) is hosting the annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend on the property located across from the Lake Lure beach. The crafts and arts festival will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and until 4 p.m. on Monday. The festival is a way for Artisans and Crafters to come to Lake Lure and sell their handmade products to visitors who come to the area during the holiday weekend. Fine arts/graphics, photography, jewelry, glass/pottery, wood, textiles and leather will be among arts and crafts on display and for sale. There will be plenty of food vendors on location including Leisa's Kettle Corn, Kola Kole Ice, Scoop Ice Cream, The Nut House, Upstate Concessions, Watts Sauce, Nectar of the Vine, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many more. The HNGO is a non-profi t organization providing food pantry and outreach services to families in the Hickory Nut Gorge Community. The organization is solely funded through donations, fundraisers, food drives and grants. "The outreach center directly benefi ts from the festival," said Karen King, HNGO operations manager. More than 90 vendors are presenting homemade wares, arts, crafts and festival food during the fi rst spring arts festival in two years due to COVID-19. Vendor spaces fi lled up quickly as artisans were eager to get back to Lake Lure for Memorial Day weekend. The Outreach Programs include: food pantry, food for children, school supplies drive; Holiday Programs, families in need and scholarship programs. An average of 76 families are served each month through the outreach programs; an average of 289 individuals are served each month. Eight percent of those served are seniors ages 65 and above. The organization, located on Memorial Highway, can always use fi nancial support, low sugar cereal, single serve oatmeal, canned fruit, Chunky soup, cooking oil, sugar, fl our, pasta, rice, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, toiletries, cleaning supplies. During the 2021-22 school year, 115 children received backpacks with school supplies for the school year and 30 children received weekend backpacks of food during the 2021-22 school year. Clients with extraordinary needs receive fi nancial assistance for expenses like medication, gas, utilities and rent/mortgage payment. All Outreach programs and activities are fully supported by more than 40 volunteers. In 2021, volunteers worked more than 5,000 hours to help meet the needs of the community. For assistance, to volunteer or to makes donations, call 828-625-4683, email: or visit www. ISSUE NO. 21 • May 26, 2022 ISSUE NO. 21 • May 26, 2022 • • • 828-248-1408 • 828-248-1408 Our 30 th Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers 345 South Broadway, Forest City 828-245-8067 IN HOUSE FINANCING IN HOUSE FINANCING M O O RE ' S AUTO S ALES ©Community First Media Community First Media BRING YOUR VEHICLE BY FOR US TO LOOK AT! NO APPRAISAL FEE CHARGED! Top Top Dollar Paid! Dollar Paid! YOUR VEHICLE YOUR VEHICLE We Want to Buy We Want to Buy Sm it h T rad i ng Pos t STP 828-289-6699 WE BUY GOLD 131 W Main St., Spindale Beside Barley's $$$CASH ON THE SPOT WE HAVE MONEY FOR YOU BUYING & SELLING ANYTHING OF VALUE, ANTIQUES, JEWELRY, MORE! OVER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE! PAWN SHOP Article by: Jean Gordon. Arts & Crafts festival beneÐits Arts & Crafts festival beneÐits outreach organization outreach organization HAVE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY! HAVE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY! Karen King (left) and volunteer Hope Whittmer inside the food pantry kitchen at the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center off Memorial Highway in Lake Lure. - Jean Gordon photo LOCAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES THREE DAY FESTIVAL ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: * Saturday, May 28 —10am - 6pm * Sunday, May 29 — 10am - 6pm * Monday, May 30 — 10am - 4pm WHERE: Lake Lure Town Center, across from Lake Lure Beach entrance. CO COST ST: Fr Free ee. More than 90 vendors are opening their booths and setting up tents this weekend fi r the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach's Spring Arts Lure for the annual Spring Arts and Crafts. - contributed photo Article by: Jean Gordon. The Town of Lake Lure will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial (across from Lake Lure Beach) at 9 am Monday, May 30. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served following the program. Chairs will be available for those who may need them. Special thanks to sponsors The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa and the Town of Lake Lure. Downtown Forest City The Town of Forest City will also hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 11 a.m. at the town square area. The Christopher Ebert Marine Corps League will present the annual ceremony and will feature speakers from the different branches of the military. Both ceremonies are held to honor and commemorate the sacrifi ces to those military men and women who laid down their lives in service to our Nation. The Marine Corps League will also display American fl ags at the gravesites of fallen soldiers at the Rutherford County Cemetery. American fl ags will also be presented along Memorial Highway in Lake Lure, in downtown Forest City and across the county. Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, the public is invited to join the annual Memorial Day Service to be held at the Veterans Memorial, followed by a followed by a complimentary continental breakfast.

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