Apple Orchard Expands this Spring
Town of Beech Mountain, Parks and Recreation Department
Buckeye Buzz -  April 2015
Message from the Staff

Spring has officially arrived and with it comes a multitude of events and opportunities to get out and about on the mountain. Check out how we started April by reading our Hoppy Easter Party article. Read on to find out about some of our spring volunteer opportunities in the Volunteers Needed section. Then moving right May we will roll into a birthday celebration and the Beech Mountain Metric Ride.  Fast forward two months and we are in June Family-Fun Month with activities and events all across the mountain.  Keep reading the Buzz for more info on all the exciting things coming up on the horizon. 


We look forward to seeing you down at Buckeye. For more information or to find out about volunteering for any of the events/activities in this Buzz, please call the Buckeye Recreation Center at (828) 387-3003.



Special Events and Happenings

Town Celebrates 34 Years in May


You are invited to the Town's Birthday Celebration on Friday, May 1st, from 5 - 7 pm at the Buckeye Recreation Center.  

We will provide the cake and residents are asked to bring a covered dish to share and beverage of their choice.  Please call (828) 387-3003 to let us know what you intend to bring.

Activities will included our Arbor Day Commemoration and dedicating 6 new trees to the Buckeye Apple Orchard.  We will also be giving everyone a sneak peak at the newest addition to the recreation center's amenities...hint, we will be christening it this summer.  The Summer Hiking Schedule will be revealed, along with other exciting activities and "must-know" info to enhance your summertime fun.


The event is free and one party you don't want to miss!  RVSP now and get ready to party!

Volunteers Needed for Beech Mountain Metric

The Beech Mountain Metric will be held Saturday, May 16th with a training ride on Saturday, May 2nd.  Volunteers are needed for both days.  Shifts and duties vary.  If you are interested in volunteering and have not yet contacted Sandy Carr, email or call (828) 387-3003. 

The Beech Mountain Metric is a BSG (Blood, Sweat and Gears) Events ride, planned and executed by the businesses and citizens of Beech Mountain.  BSG Events is a 501c3 , fund raising non-profit whose net proceeds are donated to local charities and public safety agencies in the High Country. 
The Metric is a timed ride. For online registration or more information about this exciting event, please go to
Special Event Recap 

"Hoppy" Easter Party


Kelsey and Callie with baby chicks

Families from all around the area filled Buckeye early Saturday morning for our Hoppy Easter Party. Over 215 guests followed Peter Rabbit to the Recreation Center to decorate cookies, play games, create some rabbit whiskers and of course, hunt for eggs! We shared breakfast including bunny salad, an oatmeal buffet, donuts, cheese and crackers and more. Thanks to Kelsey Stines, we had a baby chick petting zoo where kids were able to play with some cute and fluffy friends.  See more photos of the event in our Buzz Photo sidebar. 


Peter Rabbit was hiding under the parachute!


Great teamwork by the Hild Brothers
Register NOW for 2015 Summer Camp

A unique feature for campers attending Buckeye's Adventure Summer Camp is that they can sign up to join us daily. We know there are many wonderful things to do in the mountains as a family and we don't want to lock campers into a full week of we have designed our registration for campers to come for the day or a few days and join the fun.  Although we will warn parents...once campers visit us for the is hard to keep them away.
The first day of camp is June 22  and camp will run through July 31, Monday through Friday from 9 am - 3 pm. Extended hours are available from 3 - 5 pm. 
Each week campers will explore a new set of adventures and fun activities.  They will learn about outdoor survival skills, fishing, sports, hiking, mountain biking, environmental education and so much more! 
Campers navigate the wild waters of Watauga river.
Please visit and click on the Summer Camp button for more information.  You may also email or call 828-387-3003 to sign up today. 

2015 F.I.T Club


Get ready to join Buckeye's 2015 F.I.T. Club.  This 8-week Focused Intense Training program in health and wellness has been designed to help individuals change their lifestyle for the better. 


"It is not all about exercising," remarks Kate Prisco.  "It is also about support and having a team of people that care about one another working toward improving their life-styles.  This is what the F.I.T. Club program will offer.


The program will begin June 1st and end July 25th. Many activities will be offered over the 8 weeks including canoeing, hiking, and group fitness classes.  Participants will have the chance to participate in an Olympic-style game day, healthy campfire night and a Night on the Town celebration among other activities.  We will also offer a CPR class 


This club is for ages 16 and older and open to the public. The fee for the F.I.T. Club is $65 for Buckeye members and $75 for non-members.  This will include a weight room orientation, personal workout schedule, fitness evaluation and one-on-one coaching from the Buckeye staff.  The number of program participants will be limited so that staff will be able to devote time to individualized coaching. 


So, if you are interested in the program and looking to make a lifestyle change...sign up early at Buckeye Recreation Center.  Contact Kate Prisco, Fitness Instructor for more details about the program.   Email:



Before beginning any exercise program, you should consult a physician.

Town Talk
Town Employee Appreciation Day
Mark your calendars! On Wednesday April 22 from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Buckeye Recreation Center, the community will be showing their appreciation for Beech Mountain Town Employees. Town employees, fire volunteers and council members are invited to a "Thank You Buffet" prepared by the ladies of Beech Mountain. This is a great time to meet and thank employees in every department for all their efforts to help keep Beech Mountain a beautiful and safe place for everyone. If any resident would like to contribute food or funds to help with the cost of the luncheon you may contact Karen Brett at (828)387- 2077 or Jan Miller at (828) 387-4972.
Historical Society To Open Biking Exhibit
The Beech Mountain Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of a biking related exhibit in the museum this coming season. The members are in search of photos
A stretch of the Tour DuPont between Beech and Bristol TN
and memorabilia related to biking (particularly Tour DuPont photos, which was partially held on Beech Mountain). Please contact Anne Iles, 387-2930 or Barbara Piquet 
Opening of this special exhibit will coincide with the Beech Mountain Metric Bike Ride.   Extended museum hours for the Metric Weekend are Friday 5/15 (1 - 5 pm), Saturday 5/16 (11 am - 5 pm) and Sunday 5/17 (10 am - 2 pm).


Favorite Places
Buckeye Lake
Fishing in the rain at  Buckeye Lake.

The first weekend of April is a much anticipated time of year for many of our residents and visitors alike. It's the beginning of Trout Fishing season! The creeks and lakes are stocked and ready to go for your fishing adventures. Buckeye Lake is a great place for the fishing pro or beginner.  Click on the link below for more information about on fishing on Beech Mountain.


Fishing on Beech Mountain


Don't have fishing rods or tackle? Be sure to visit us at Buckeye Recreation Center for FREE loner rods courtesy of the NC Wildlife Commission.


March Medallion Winners
Angie Smith, Therese Barry, Karen Brett
Therese and Karen showing off the medallion.
March Madness Bracket Winner
Kate Prisco - the only person who picked Duke.


In This Issue
WINTER Operating Hours
(thru May 4th)
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 12 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, closed
Buckeye Recreation Center
Operating Hours Change MAY 5
Mon - Sat, 8:30 am - 8 pm
Sunday, Noon - 6 pm
Access to Fitness Room available
24/7 for pass members.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Wellness Tip of the Month


Watch the clock.  


Pick a time that's convenient to exercise and try to stick to it. If you get used to working out before work or walking during your lunch hour... you're more likely to stick with it. 



Click on the link above to view the

April Buckeye Recreation

Fitness Calendar.


Couple of the Month

Mark and Cathy Brown come to us from Brandon, FL. They have been joining us for our Zumba and Ab-Attack classes. Mark is a lawyer, but true passions are photography and pottery. Cathy has already jumped in with volunteering at our events. She loves crafts and chocolate!
June 19 - 20th
A Cool 5 Race Weekend is coming up.  So get out those running/walking shoes and start warming up.  Click on the logo above for full event details.     
We are proud to welcome back Stick Boy Bread Co. as our race breakfast sponsor.  They will be providing bagels and cream cheese for our participants and coupons for our goody bags.  Please head to Stick Boys and thank them for their continue support.
Online Registration 
is NOW open.
  Beech Mountain's Restaurants are getting ready to showcase their summer specials and menu selections at the Taste of Beech event, Friday, June 19th.  Make sure you save the date and come ready to TASTE!!!  
  Grand Re-Opening Weekend
June 6 - 7th


This celebration includes two days of non-stop activities for both hikers and bikers.  It will include fun for the whole family and is part of Beech Mountain's Family Fun Month festivities.


Demo bikes will be provided by Magic Cycles and Boone Bike and there will even be a Kiddie Bike Corral for children 10 and younger.  Free clinics will be offered each day covering both hiking and biking topics of interest. Contests include the "Try the Trails" Challenge, Kids' Bike Obstacle Course and "How Slow Can You Go" Race with great prizes.  Suspension Experts donated a $150 gift certificate for a full suspension rebuild.  There will also be guided hikes and bike rides for individuals of all ages and skill levels.  Find great food and drink specials at local restaurants and Saturday night enjoy a band and bonfire.    
For more information about the newly redesigned trails, please click on the link below to go to the Emerald Outback section on the Parks and Recreation website.  You can also click on the map for a larger version. We can't wait for you to experience the new signs, color blazed trails and the new LID (location identification) numbered markers.  Time to gear up and check out the trails!
Click on map for full size image.
BUZZ Photos
Hoppy Easter!
Young egg hunters searching for treats.
Kids getting ready for the hunt!

Whisker making craft was a big hit.
Kids got to pet and hold live baby chicks.
Yummy! Cookie decorating always brings out smiling faces.



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Hiked It! Liked It!

The West Family from Orlando, FL hiked our Falls Trail and shared this family selfie.



We need You!
The Parks and Recreation Department is planning a very active summer full of events, parties and celebrations.  If you are interested in joining the Team of Recreation Volunteers, just give us a call at 828 387-3003 and we will discuss the opportunities we have coming up.  Check out our new cool volunteer t-shirts.