Calendar of Events
No UHNGCC Activities until further Notice
Few of us could have imagined at the start of this new decade that 2020 would have brought a Pandemic that would have so impacted our Community, Nation and the World. Most of us would like to have 20/20 vision from a medical perspective and I have thought about what clarity the year 2020 has brought to me personally and hopefully to others here in Gerton. I have been reminded about the importance of Kindness, Neighbors and Respect. We may not all have the same political, religious or ethnic backgrounds but we all are neighbors and strive for a safe and thriving community. My hope is that each of us can take the best of what has been brought into a clearer focus this past 12 months into 2021 to make Gerton a more special place to live.
On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We closed out the year with over 5,000 pounds of food and supplies being donated to Hickory Nut Gorge outreach – this is a huge accomplishment and shows our concern for those in need. We also kept up with our Highway Clean up program and did some basic maintenance to several areas of our Community Center Building. A special Thanks goes out to those that helped collect and assemble the greenery for our Holiday decorations place on our local street signs.
Finally, I want to Thank everyone who contributes their time and donations to our Community Center. A membership letter will be sent shortly to all members, our dues are $10 per person and since we are a 501(c) (3) any gift including your dues are tax deductible. If you are not currently a member you can request to be added to our organization by sending your contribution directly to UHNGCC PO Box 222, Gerton, NC 28735. We look forward to meeting again in 2021 once the virus is under control.
Happy New Year!
UHNGCC Provides a Year of Help to Hickory Gorge Outreach: Over 2.5 Tons of Food Given in 2020
Family Fun Holidays In The Hickory Nut Gorge
Outside activities lighten spirits in Lake Lure
Lake Lure, NC: The
Chamber of Commerce of Hickory Nut Gorge invites families to
participate in two outside events designed to lighten spirits for the
holidays. Activities include a beachside
bonfire for New Year’s Eve and the infamous Polar Plunge on New Year’s
need something light and happy right now after such a challenging year,
and we have the perfect backdrop for outdoor, socially distant
activities the whole family can enjoy,” said Laura Doster, Chamber
- A New Year’s Eve beachside bonfire with fireworks will be held at the beach in Lake Lure.
The event will take place from 7-9:30, with fireworks going off at 9pm.
A cash bar with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available.
General admission is $10 per person and includes access to the beach,
party favors, fun activities and music. (In
- The Polar Plunge returns to Lake Lure on New Year’s Day! Gates at the beach will open at 10am, The Plunge is at 12 noon. There is a Registration Fee of $20 per person. On-line registration will be offered soon. Proceeds to support Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure Fire & Rescue and Hickory Nut Gorge EMS.
If you want to lighten your holidays, bring your family to Lake Lure. Check the website: https://hickorynutchamber.org/ for
additional details and to register for these events online.
Participation is limited in response to COVID, so pre-registration is
required for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks and the Polar Plunge.
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About The Chamber of Commerce of Hickory Nut Gorge: Our mission is to promote
economic progress and quality of life in the Hickory Nut
Gorge community while helping to protect the natural integrity and unity
of the communities of the Gorge. The Chamber is a catalyst for the
creation of activities and opportunities for both visitors and residents
and promotes an atmosphere that encourages visitation, business growth,
and a strong sense of community.
WNCCommunities Offers Its First Virtual Presentation of the George H.V. Cecil Honors Program
The Calico Cat, Junior, went to Golden Valley Community Club in Rutherford County and the Calico Cat was awarded to Glenville Community Development Club, for building a new 700 sq. ft. building in which to receive their intake items for their re-sale store. The Calico Cats are awarded to the clubs that have done the most to enhance their building that for many are the heart of their communities. Over the years, the UHNGCC has won the Calico Cat or Calico Cat Junior FIVE times. Our cats are displayed in the rear of the Center.
2020 has been a year like no other (as we are fully aware) in our collective lives. Thanks to all who participated in the ways you have to help those whose needs may be greater than our own. We look forward to gathering in summer to celebrate July 4 as only small town America knows how to do it!
Greenery Workshop Produces Hangings for all the Street Signs
Spectacular Sight in the Night Sky on Winter Solstice
The Department of Transportation--on their social media sites--features UHNGCC for being the first member of the Adopt-a-Highway program--and notes that we are still at it! Don't miss the next opportunity to keep Gerton (literally) clean!
Neighbor Passes Away
Anne graduated from TC Roberson High school. From there she attended Sweet Briar College, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Richmond, and DeVry University. Anne had a passion for learning and for teaching.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Tripp Bourne, Hubert Bourne, and by her sister, Elizabeth Bourne Morgan. She is survived by a brother, Clarke Bourne and his wife, Judy of Hayesville, N.C. Anne had several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Anne was appreciated for her love of family, friends, and her animals. She was devoted to those she loved and was delighted in the love returned. Anne was always adopting animals that needed a home.
Her graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 9 at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard, 2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, with the Rev. J. Clarkson officiating. Per Covid19 restrictions, masks were required at the graveside service.
Memorials are requested to honor Anne at Asheville Humane Society at www. https://www.ashevillehumane.org/ or the charity of your choice. Morris Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the family and condolences may be sent to them through our website at www.morrisfamilycare.com.