Buckeye Buzz - Happy New Year!
Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department

Message from the Staff
Happy New Year to you.  The Buckeye Recreation Center staff and volunteers started 2014 with a bang!  Over 250 guests welcomed in the New Year at Buckeye's Family FunFest event. Hundreds of sledders, young and old, have been swishing down the Sledding Hill and Buckeye was opened up as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter the third day of the New Year. We caught some of the action on camera so far this year and we hope you will enjoy our Buzz Photos throughout this issue.

Special Events and Happenings

Community Bonfire

Join us for a Community Bonfire on January 18th at the Famous Brick Oven bonfire pit. Come cozy up around the fire as we roast s'mores, drink hot cider and cocoa, and enjoy some music as we share this fun winter tradition with your friends and family.  Fun starts at 5 pm and the event is free of charge.  For more information and to RSVP, please call 828-387-3003.


Just in Time


The Town of Beech Mountain and the American Red Cross, Blue Ridge Chapter, realizing the need for an emergency facility on the mountain, designated the Buckeye Recreation Center as a shelter to be open as the need arises. Several weeks ago recreation staff and local residents were trained in shelter staffing and management by Steve Marks Disaster Services Specialist.



Bruce and Eva Jones, Tracy Simms, Kevin and Sandy Carr, Karen Miller, Jerri Layne, Susie O'Connell, Barbara Piquet, and Nevada & John Jones successfully completed training and none too soon. On January third at midnight, Fire Chief Bob Pudney determined the need for the shelter opening due to the severe weather that stranded a number of out of town motorist.


The Beech Mountain Police Department shuttled the stranded motorist to the recreation center, preventing a very uncomfortable, if not dangerous, overnight stay in the immobile vehicles. After a warm and safe sleep at Buckeye Recreation Center, the guests were served breakfast provided by Fred's General Mercantile and as the roads were cleared, police shuttled the stranded motorist back to their vehicles.


Chief Pudney expresses his appreciation while Steve Marks expressed his pride at the efficient and professionalism of his recently trained Red Cross volunteers.


For more information about the need and opportunities for local American Red Cross volunteers go to www.redcross.org/nc/boone or contact Lee T. Wittmann at leetwittmann@skybest.com or (828) 260- 0060.

Buzz Photos and Event Recaps


Blueberry won pancake flavor of the year, just edging out chocolate chip by two votes at Buckeye's annual Breakfast with Mrs. Claus event.  Families took a tour of the facility and then enjoyed "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "Oh No Santa" as they let Santa's wife know what they had on their wish list. 





Left:  Two happy sisters enjoyed breakfast at the Rudolph Table.







Right:  A special thanks to Mrs. Claus and her two helpers Susie O'Connell and Gloria Alge for sharing all their holiday spirit with us.




Yule Log Bonfire and Hayride

During the recent Yule Log Celebration, over 300 people enjoyed roasting marshmallows at the Famous Brick Oven bonfire pits. Then, despite the drizzling rain, our toasty guests set out on a hay wagon tour of Beech Mountain by starlight! The chilly night was warmed up by some hot chocolate and simmering cider served by the Beech Mountain Visitor's Center. 


Buckeye's New Year's Eve


3 - 2 - 1...Happy New Year!  It was hard to tell who had more fun at the Family FunFest New Year's Eve Celebration, the parents or the children.  Every spare inch of Buckeye was filled with activity.   The balloon drop, bounce house and sparkling cider toast made it a night to remember for the little ones.  The parents even jumped into the action by organizing basketball, volleyball, SNAG golf, and ping-pong games.


Please see photo of volunteers and staff above the masthead.  L to R:  Gloria Alge, Jared Ward, Tracy Simms, Jane Carpenter, Barbara Piquet, Kevin Carr, Carolyn West, Connie Bowen, Samee Carr, and Donny.  Not pictured:  Marge Baily, Ricky Holcombe, Reba Greene and Sandy Carr.

Fitness and Nutrition
 Welcome Cara Pittman
Cara is a native of Banner Elk with a deep rooted love for the High Country. A graduate of Appalachian State University and Asheville Yoga Center, she currently teaches Yoga year round.
Cara enjoys studying the effects of stress on the body and is passionate about Positive Psychology and Stress Management. Her class combines positive music with flowing yoga postures targeted to open and bring joy to both the mind and the body. 
You can enjoy Cara's classes on Tuesday from 10 - 11 am and Wednesday from 5 - 6 pm.
Fitness and Nutrition
The Skinny on Snowshoeing  
January is National Snow Sport Month and we would like to introduce you to the fastest growing winter sport in the world...Snowshoeing.
What started as a mode of transportation thousands of years ago has evolved into a popular fitness and recreational activity for many reasons including:
  • It's fun! - Snowshoeing extends your hiking or running season into winter.  You can do it by yourself or in groups with little risk of injury. 
  • It's easy! - As the saying goes, "if you can walk, you can snowshoe."  All ages and ability levels can enjoy the sport together.
  • It's inexpensive! - Required gear includes snowshoes, appropriate footwear and clothing, and (maybe) a pair of poles. That's it! No lift ticket is required.
  • It's a great workout!  - Snowshoeing offers low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps you stay in shape during the winter.
  • It's a great calorie burner! - Snowshoers can burn more than 600 calories per hour. According to Snowsport Industries of America, snowshoers can burn more than 45 percent more calories than walking or running at the same speed.
  • It's at Buckeye! -   You can rent snowshoes at Buckeye for $5/hr, $15/half day and $30/day.
In This Issue
 Winter Operating Hours
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, Closed
Click on the link above to view
 the Buckeye Recreation
Fitness Calendar.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Sign up for BRC's Spring Red Cross Blood Drive.
For more information call
828-387-3003 or email njones@townofbeechmountain.com

Wellness Tip of the Month
The New Year is a perfect time to mix things up and try new activities.  Think about taking another class or switch up your current routine.  Please call or come by the front desk for some suggestions.
(828) 387-3003
Fitness Couple
of the Month
Tim and Jan Holland are this month's Fitness Couple.  They each workout together and separately enjoying many of Buckeye's classes.  Tim has participated in Bootcamps and Tour de France Spinning, just to mention a few classes and Jan has tried almost every class offered at the center.  They encourage other members to participate and are always a joy to have in class.  Congratulations Tim and Jan.  We love seeing you at Buckeye Recreation Center.
More Buzz Photos
Sledding Hill Schedule
Regular Hours

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm
Please call (828) 387-9283
for current conditions.
Buzz FunFest Photos
More FunFest Photos
We need You!
Do you enjoy volunteering?  Give us a call at (828) 387-3003.
Happy New Year from the Town of Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department

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