'Dirty Dancing' town holds Swayze memorial

Posted September 19, 2009 5:34 p.m. EDT

— Residents of the small North Carolina town where dance instructor Johnny Castle practiced lifts with Baby Houseman in the iconic movie "Dirty Dancing" remembered star Patrick Swayze with a memorial service Saturday.

Age and fire have claimed many landmarks from the movie, but its imprint on Lake Lure, where much of it was filmed, remains.

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.

The town memorial service was held 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.

Although the service was free, visitors were asked to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.