When Valle Landing, a shopping venue in Valle Crucis, burned in August, the losses were great – businesses, homes, and, sadly, a life. Even as the embers were still glowing, helping hands were being extended to the families and businesses that were based there. That warm embrace continues this Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Valle Crucis Apple Barn.
“When our neighbors need help, we come together,” said Caroline Gandy, the executive director of the Valle Crucis Community Park and a victim of a house fire herself. “We are hoping to show continued support for those who lost so much and to honor those individuals in our community who put their lives on the line for all of us every day.”
The Valle Love event will feature barbecue and all the fixin’s ($8 for adults/$5 kids). Event organizers hope you’ll be able to enjoy your meal while listening to live music performed by local musicians including Jeb Wooley and Friends and Jimmy Pineda, but if you need to carry out, please bring your own containers.
The Red Cross will be providing Fire Safety information to ensure your family is prepared should disaster strike at home. Attendees can also sign up for smoke detectors and installation, if needed.
With the holidays upon us, you can start your shopping early at the Holiday Market, featuring crafts and gift items made by local residents along with wreaths and certificates for Christmas Trees. There’s also a bake sale – get what you need for your Thanksgiving feast and save yourself some time on Thursday.
Photography by Macie Pietrowicz, a young woman who perished in the fire, will be on display. Some prints will be available for purchase at the event.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the victims of the fire –the businesses: Bald Guy Brew Coffee Roasting Company, Valle Crucis Log Cabin Rentals, Valle Cafe and Bakery, Motorcycle Medics, and a future restaurant – and the medical/home needs of Mark Pietrowicz and the Nagy family.
A community event like this would not be possible if it not for the donations and contributions of businesses and individuals. Please thank Over Yonder (barbecue), Gadabouts, Valle Crucis Conference Center, and Reid’s Catering (side dishes), Stickboy (desserts), Coca-Cola (drinks), and Hatchett Coffee (coffee in honor of Bald Guy Brew) and remember them as you head out to eat or schedule your own catered event.
For more information, contact the Mast General Store at 828-963-6511.