Munchkinland Characters Delight Families at Buckeye

Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department
Buckeye Buzz - November 2014
Message from the Staff

As we enter the fall festival season, we are getting ready down at Buckeye for some spooktacular fun.  We've decorated the grounds with pumpkins and straw bales, while inside some friendly ghosts have joined the staff.  Look for the special visitor who's been hanging out in our lobby greeting our guests.  In this Buzz, read about some of our preparations for Old Man Winter, who is waiting just around the corner.  Please note the change in our operating hours starting in November.


For more information or to find out about volunteering for any of the events/activities in the Buzz, please call the Buckeye Recreation Center at (828) 387-3003.
Special Events and Happenings
Are You Ready to Trick or Treat?
Calling all little ghosts, goblins and trick or treaters...the residents and businesses of Beech Mountain are once again hosting a spooktacular town-wide trick-or-treat event. 


On Saturday, October 25th, sharply at 5 pm trick-or-treaters will board a bus and cruise to several destinations on the way to the Buckeye Halloween Party from 6 - 8 pm.


If you would like more information about the event or wish to volunteer or donate, please call 828 387-3003. 


We would like to send a very spirited thank you to all the wonderful individuals and businesses who help make this such a memorable event for our little goblins!


Deck the Halls - Time for the Holiday Market


With the holidays right around the corner, it is time to start making your gift list and checking it twice.  Then mark your calendar to join us for the Holiday Market on Saturday, November 29th from 9 am - 3 pm to find one of a kind presents for your family members and friends.  Little ones can even hand their wish lists to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 


This annual event brings vendors from far and wide down to the Buckeye Recreation Center and includes families activities like cookie decorating, storytelling and more.  The beauty of this event is it combines all the fun of an outdoor festival...indoors!  This is a great way to start the holidays on Beech Mountain. 

We are still looking for vendors to sell their holiday items.  Just click on the image below for a vendor application or call (828) 387-3003 for more information.


Click for Vendor Application 


Special Event Recap 

Munchkinland Delights Families From All Over the Country


More than 250 guest and volunteers enjoyed Buckeye's first Munchkinland Adventure on Saturday, October 4th.  Families came from as far away as Pasadena, CA and Chicago, Il to join local residents for a full day of fun.  Volunteers dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz lead children and adults through a nonstop array of games and activities.  Children had a hard time picking their favorite game and character and parents had an equally hard time trying to get the kids out the door to go home. Special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and staff that helped create this memorable event for the families that visited Beech Mountain.


Toto had his pick of Dorothy's.
Who are these handsome fellows?


Cider Press Highlight of Hayride


Steve Burton and Sean with cider press.

Over 50 individuals braved less than ideal weather conditions to join the Chamber and Buckeye staff at the first Hayride of the season.  Not only were they treated to a foggy-fun ride, they also had a chance to toss some apples and turn the gears on a 150 year old cider press.  The taste of the freshly pressed juice amazed young and old and Johnny Appleseed would have enjoyed the enthusiasm exhibited by all the attendees.  Other activities included pumpkin painting and bowling on the sledding hill.  Thanks to Steve Burton for sharing his "cider-making" skills and answering a lot of questions.  The cider press was so popular, it will make encore appearance at the Halloween Party. Thanks also to the Famous Brick Oven for providing FREE putt putt golf the day of the Hayride. 


Expert apple tossers.
Out and About
One of Beech Mountain's favorite spots during the Winter is the Sledding Hill.  Now is the time to get the hill ready for another action packed season.  Public Works and the Recreation Department have added some new fencing and guard rails to help keep our visitors safe and to help with traffic flow.  Last season over 10,000 guests visited the hill.

Public Works installs new

guard rail at sledding hill.

It takes a lot of straw bales to keep the sledding hill safe for all of our guests.
Hiked It - Liked It
With all the rain we have been experiencing on Beech Mountain, the creeks and rivers are roaring.  Here is a photo taken by Sean Royall of the Falls Waterfall in all its glory.
In This Issue
Operating Hours
Starts, Nov. 1st
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, noon - 5 pm
Sunday, closed
Click on the link above to view the Buckeye Recreation Fitness Calendar.
Wellness Tip of the Month

Keep It Up!


Just because there is a chill in the air, there is no excuse not to continue exercising.  There are plenty of indoor classes and equipment to help you keep up your fitness routine.

Bundle up and come on down to Buckeye to enjoy some social interaction while you continue your journey to a healthy and happy new year. 


Member of the Month

Helga Bosley has been a member since 2011.  She enjoys working out and attending Back It Up and Ab Attack and More Classes.  Helga is such a frequent visitor to Buckeye, Jared asks her to test out new exercises and classes.  We all enjoy seeing Helga first thing in the morning and wish her and Robert safe travels back home to Venice, Florida.  

BUZZ Photos
Bad Witch "Gloria Alge" gets ready to take off with a witch in training.
Cowardly Lion and Dorothy play Pin the Tail.

Best hat winner is...

Another one of Barbara Piquet's many talents.

Scarecrow "Bob Carpenter" and his obstacle course

were a big hit.

Auntie Em "Karen Brett" shares Dorothy's story.
All Munchkins received certificates.
 Auntie Em "Cathy Burton" reads the tale of Dorothy to all of our Munchkins.

Good Witch "Jane Carpenter" with her little friends.




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Thank you!

Mini-Arcade Now at Buckeye

Check out the addition of Air Hockey, Pac Man and a race car simulation game now at Buckeye.  Enjoy some old arcade family fun.  More games to come.  Stop by the front desk and let us know some of your favorites.


Town Talk

The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present "Social Media 101" as part of its Lunch and Learn Series. This event will take place from 11:30 - 1:30 PM on Wednesday, November 5th at the Pinnacle Inn Conference Room. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Communications Specialist Aaron Wesley Means will give an overview of all popular forms of social media, including Facebook, Pintrest, Constant Contact, Twitter and more, and will help participants understand how these free or low-cost mediums can vastly improve marketing and outreach for small businesses. Call the Chamber at 828-387-9283 for more information.  Everyone is welcome.


Favorite Places:
Sunset Park
Located on Pinnacle Ridge Road, near the summit of Beech Mountain is Sunset Park.  The park has several picnic tables, grills and an amazing overlook.  Follow the short trail to the overlook of the Elk River Valley.  Sunset Park  is a great picnic spot and a good stop before hitting the Emerald Outback Adventure Trails. Should you need any information about the trails or parks on Beech Mountain, please just call Buckeye at
(828) 387-3003.

View from Sunset Park Overlook
More BUZZ Photos

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