Swayze Tribute Planned In 'Dancing' Town
By PopEater / Wire Services Posted Sep 18th 2009 06:20AM
Dirty Dancing' will remember Patrick Swayze with a memorial this weekend. The Lake Lure locals remember him as a kind family man, said the Rev. Everette Chapman, who will speak at the memorial service about the actor's determination to live life to the fullest.
The town memorial service will be Saturday at Firefly Cove, a housing development that was a summer camp when 'Dirty Dancing' was filmed in 1987. Castle's cabin was there, and it was the setting for many of the film's outdoor scenes. See Where It's At.
Although the service is free, visitors will be asked to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Organizers have no idea how many people to expect, although they've arranged for law enforcement to help with parking just in case.
Swayze died Monday evening in Los Angeles after fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. Among his best-known roles was Castle, the dance instructor at a Catskills resort who charms Baby, an idealistic young woman vacationing there with her family.
Although age and fire have claimed many landmarks from the movie, the film's imprint on Lake Lure, where much of it was filmed, remains. "We've gotten a lot of calls from the community, from people wanting some place to go," said Michelle Whitaker of the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority in the western part of the state. "The idea was born of people calling and requesting, 'What can I do? Where can I go to pay my respects?'"
"We do more 'Dirty Dancing' tours than property tours," said Terry Tincher, the broker for Firefly Cove. "It's amazing the following that movie has."
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