Can you believe it has been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic knocked on our door and gave us new buzz words like pivot, re-imagine, social distancing, the 3-Ms and more? Back in April, we had thoughts of getting back to normal, planning our summer vacations, cookouts and just doing what we enjoy, being with family and friends. Now, plans are called “one day at a time”, and after all those days, where did the summer go? Well, I for one am not letting go of what is left in our recreational season to enjoy outdoor activities, especially on High Rock Lake. There is still more to do.
High Rock Lake is Still Open for Early Season
Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but don’t fret. Since we are south of the Mason-Dixon line, we have a couple more months of great weather to enjoy High Rock Lake and all that is has to offer. Boating, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking and the list goes on and on for residents and friends with boats. We still have the time and desire to show off our lake, the various coves and small islands and oh, the homes. Can diversity be a thing with real estate? I think so! I love that we have bungalows, weekend RVs, year-round homes and mega mansions dotting the shoreline of High Rock Lake.
Let’s talk about what is coming up on the calendar…
There is Still Time to Clean & Contribute
Join the effort and fun on Saturday, September 19th for the 3rd Annual High Rock Lake CleanSweep.
How did this start? A few years ago, Shane Graham and Barry Childers, who have grown up on the lake, wanted to revive the lake clean sweep from their youth, a community effort that was held last in 1991. The two men, now business owners, have personal experience with items floating along the shoreline and ending up in desolate coves or homeowners’ properties. High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina, with more than 300 miles of shoreline; the lake feeds into Badin and Tillery, respectively. The High Rock dam catches most of the debris which could remain in High Rock Lake, but we needed more of a community effort to grab random stuff floating on the lake, from footballs and beverage cans to flip flops and pieces of docks.
Although, social distancing will be the underlying understanding among our volunteers, the HRLCleanSweep committee is still asking for volunteers to either work on coves near their homes or take their boats out to retrieve floating debris coming from up river.
There will be two collection sites: Dutch Second Creek and Bringle Ferry Road just behind Lakeview Family Restaurant and off Hwy. 8 Southmont N.C. Wildlife access ramp. With social distancing parameters in place, volunteers are encouraged to pull in whatever items they can easily get onto their boats and place them into the dumpsters at the collection sites. Committee members will be at each site to distribute plastic for pontoon boats, large trash liners and gloves at 7 a.m. Saturday. September 19.
This year platinum sponsor Cube Hydro is joined by RAI, as well as Domino’s Pizza Lexington, High Rock Lake Association, Childress Marine Construction, Uwharrie Real Estate, Yadkin River Keeper, SafeCo Insurance and Best Disposal.
“We are thrilled that our lake community continues to support this grand effort, and now with additional sponsorships, we can add thank you banners at both collection sites,” said HRLCleanSweep Committee President Shane Graham.
For more information, please check out the HRLCleanSweep Facebook page. “We would love more volunteers; more hands mean less trash in our lake,” continued Graham.
Enjoying Late Summer Weather for New Home Buyers
I am so thrilled that old friends from Concord have purchased a weekend home on High Rock Lake. We introduced HRL to them a few years ago and now they have found their own piece of Shangri-La in N.C. Their home is definitely a work in progress, but to quote my husband 10 years ago when we discovered our own slice of paradise – “it is all about the access and view, we can fix the house to suit our needs.”
Sunsets, cookouts, fishing any time of day, even watching sea planes land and take off are in store for them. Welcome to the neighborhood!
I am happy to say we have new neighbors who are also enjoying the views and serenity of High Rock Lake. They still own a home in Asheboro and are doing the weekender thing, but only after three weeks have confessed that one home on High Rock Lake will be a dream come true.
So, what is there to do lakeside in the coming weeks? With the cooler temps at night, it’s time for friends to gather around the fire pit, create new memories, tell old stories, and make s’mores. Oh, and that wood we are burning, its now not in the lake.
On Sunday, September 20th Its Neighbors Unite! I am asking to pull the lake community and everyone in Rowan County together for North Carolina’s Neighbors Unite! to benefit American Cancer Society and its research mission. Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so this is our opportunity to honor those that we have lost and show survivors that they are our heroes. For $10 per luminaria we can display bags on our docks, decks, and driveways in support of this great cause. For more information on how to arrange for bags, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you all out on the lake! From a distance…
I would love to hear from you on what your favorite lake activity is, or someone that you would like me to feature in 2020. Please email me at highrock@YourRowan.com
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