Lake Lure Flowering Bridge festivities set Saturday

Oct. 17, 2013 @ 05:58 AM

The official grand opening and dedication of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, October 19.

Scheduled activities for the day include guided tours of the gardens with docents, as well as exhibits and items for sale from the Lake Lure Artists in an adjacent shaded grove. Beginning at 4:30 p.m.ceremonies will include remarks from Peter Loewer, Vice President of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville and from Nick Tennyson, Deputy Secretary of Support and Acting DMV Commissioner, representing NCDOT.

 There will be music and light refreshments and children can participate in a scavenger hunt. The traditional ribbon-cutting will feature a garland of flowers.

 As dusk approaches, the lights, including bridge lamps reminiscent of those originally on the bridge in 1925 will illuminate the gardens.

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge in Lake Lure. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along a pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for the enjoyment of the public.

From the bridge, visitors can look upstream to view the famous Chimney Rock, now part of Chimney Rock State Park. Downstream the river flows into Lake Lure, surrounded by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is a volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Donations to help preserve and maintain the bridge and gardens are appreciated.

Friends of the Bridge, P. O. Box 125, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Lake Lure Arts Festival

LAKE LURE — Artists from across the region will be showcasing handcrafted art and fine crafts Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20 in Lake Lure. 

This semi-annual community event draws visitors from across the southeast as more than 70 artists display custom works in pottery, sculpture, painting, stained glass, photography, wood carving, and furniture.

 Fine crafts are a mountain legacy, initially learned by early settlers to supplement their often meager farm incomes. The region has grown into an arts and crafts mecca and is home to more than 100 distinguished arts and craftspeople. 

“This was our third year doing the festival and feel it is very professionally run. [We] received a lot of 

positive feedback from shoppers,” said artisan Jim Boxerman. 

The festival will feature onsite displays, children’s area, live music and fine local food. Most importantly, the event, along with its sister festival in the spring, serves as the major fundraiser for Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach. HNG Outreach is a nonprofit organization that provides pantry and outreach services to low-income families. 

The spring version of the festival attracted 74 vendors showcasing an eclectic display of fiber art, leather goods, homemade and antique jewelry, candles, kitchen and garden crafts, fused glass, handmade musical instruments, toys and more, and raised more than $12,000. Being a part of the festival means making the holidays better for many families in need.

The Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival is sponsored locally by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge, The Town of Lake Lure, and the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority. 

Festival hours are 10-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10-4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Festival admission is free and the event is dog (on a leash) and family friendly. 

For more information visit or call Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach at (828) 625-4683.

Christmas in October

SPINDALE — The Small Business Expo presents Christmas in October on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the National Guard Armory on Withrow Road in Spindale.

Join several vendors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a day of food, fun and shopping while highlighting small businesses in Rutherford County.

Shop from various vendors including Mary Kay, Scentsy, Pampered Chef and Origami Owl.

Enjoy food samples from vendors and enter drawings and giveaways from businesses at the expo.

The Blood Connection will also be on-site for anyone looking to help save a life by donating blood.

For more information contact Marsha Daves at 704-840-4314 or