Community Calendar


Rutherford Farmers Market

      Woodrow Jones Build-ing, 146 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 for the winter market on the first and third Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through March 18, 2023. Dates are Jan. 7th, Jan. 21, Feb. 4th, Feb.18th, Mar. 4, and Mar. 18th

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Prime Rib Brunch Buffet

Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Every Sunday, All Year, From 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Duo carving station, assorted desserts, omelets prepared to order, full bar service, salads, biscuits & gravy, and many more items.

January 1 – February 28

Winter Photo Contest: “Winter Trails”

Chimney Rock State Park. Cost: Included with Park admission.

      2023 is NC State Parks’ Year of the Trail, and we’ll be celebrating with our photo contests all year long. This winter, take some pictures as you hit the trails and send us your best and most creative shots of the Park in the colder months.

January 1

First Day Hike

Chimney Rock State Park, 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Cost: Free

      Kick off the new year in Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park during this First Day Hike! Start your morning bright and early with a stroll, hike or bike ride up to the 3.2-mile Park road. Bicyclists are allowed to use the road also on this special morning to climb and descend the steep park road under controlled speed. Helmets are required.

      Meet at the Old Rock Café at 8am. Registration is not required. Additional information available at

January 12

Bring Your Own Board Games

Mountains Branch Library, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Bring a Board game or use ours and it’s free play for adults!

January 20

Hot Cocoa Bombs

Mountains Branch Library, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. All supplies provided! Limited Space! Please register. Fun for the whole family! 828-287-6417.

January 21

Mindfulness Hike

Chimney Rock State Park, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Cost: Includes Park admission: $35 Adult, $25 Adult Annual Passholder. Advance registration required.

      This peaceful hike is focused on reconnecting with yourself and the natural world even during one of the darkest times of the year.

January 28

Naturalist Niche: Winter Birding

Chimney Rock State Park, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

      Leafless trees are the perfect perches against which to spot many unique species from our spot on the N.C. Birding Trail. Join a local birding expert on this easy hike and learn why the early bird gets the worm.

January 27

Mexican Corn Soup

Mountains Branch Library, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. Mexican Corn Soup, a recipe demonstration and tasting series with Maria!

February 2

18th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration

Chimney Rock State Park, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Cost: Included with Park admission.

      Join Chimney Rock’s naturalists and our favorite NC rodent to find out if spring is coming early or if we have six more weeks of winter. Cheer on our resident groundhog, Pumpkin, as he seeks his shadow and meet some of his animal ambassador friends, too.

February 15

Winter Homeschool Day

Chimney Rock State Park, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cost: $10 Adults (Park admission), no charge for Adult Annual Passholder; $14 Youth (ages 5-15), $8 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance Registration Required.

      Experience the Park during our quieter months on Chimney Rock’s Winter Homeschool Day. Plus, plan to stay after lunch for a guided hike or to explore the Park at your own pace.

February 25

Naturalist Niche: Winter Trees

Chimney Rock State Park, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cost: Includes Park admission: $25 Adult, $8 Adult Annual Passholder, $15 Youth, $6 Youth Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance Registration Required.

                Investigate shape, height, bark type, and more with a naturalist as you learn about the winter woods.

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