October Newsletter

Friends of Huntington Beach Newsletter

October 2021

  • President’s Corner

Amazing, amazing is all we can say about the recent Arts & Crafts Festival at Atalaya!  The weather was beautiful, the artists and crafts people were fabulous this year as well.  I hope you were able to attend on one of the days and experience being back at the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  Thank you to the Park’s staff for a job well done and thanks to all our volunteers who were able to help out.  As a part of the Arts & Crafts Festival the Friends always sell a logoed tee shirt that is specially designed by the South Carolina Parks & Recreations Department for us.  This year’s tee shirt was especially nice and we are glad to say that the shirts sold out very quickly.  The profits from the sale of the tee shirts goes directly into our account for future Park projects.

On another note we are sad to report that the 2021 Atalaya Fall Festival & Haunted Castle event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of the Park.  While everyone is disappointed the staff at Huntington Beach State Park tells us they are looking forward to the event returning in 2022. 

Stay tuned in this Newsletter for information about the Friends’ annual Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021.  We are very excited to once again be planning this event.

Your President

Carol Dankosky

  • New Members

In September we welcomed Terry and Louise Zielinski as new members to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  If you see Terry and Louise in the Park please give them a big Hi!

With Covid it has been hard to open our board meetings up to all our members but if you would like to attend our Wednesday, November 3, 2021 board meeting you are most welcome. The meeting starts at 9:00 am and usually lasts about an hour.  Please let us know no later than the first Tuesday of the month so that we can include you.  To attend contact Carol Dankosky@mom.dankosky@gmail.com.

  • Holiday Celebration at Atalaya

Our President Carol Dankosky is hard at work setting up crafters, musicians and a food truck for our annual Holiday at Atalaya Celebration set for Saturday, December 4.  Again, due to COVID we got a little bit of late start in organizing this event so Carol is looking for as much help as possible to help plan the event, as well as work on the day of the event.  If you can help in either (or both) capacity please contact Carol at mom.dankosky@gmail.com.  Carol is going to set up a planning meeting very soon so please get in touch with her if you would like to be included.  If you are new to the Friends organization this is our once a year money maker event.  The event is from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on the first Saturday come rain or shine.  There are wonderful crafters displaying and selling their goods, the Pawleys Island Band is coming to entertain and there will be a food truck.  Each of the rooms of Atalaya are decorated for the holiday (gee we could use your help and ideas for decorating).  

If you can’t help Carol out please consider coming to support the event.  Admission is $5 (plus Park admission).  Mark your calendars!

  • Save the Date

The Friends will hold its annual all members holiday party on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.  The event will start at 5:00 pm.  Details on how you can sign up to come will be in next month’s newsletter.

  • Volunteer Hours

Our board member Pete Murray tracks our volunteer hours each month.  It is no easy task to get all of us to send him an email when we volunteer so thank you to Pete for your efforts in this area!  Between the volunteer hours that you sent to Pete and what Ranger Mike Walker sent to him we had a total of 890 volunteer hours in September.  

Remember to please email Pete with your volunteer hours at murraypc206@gmail.com.  Pete also collects your volunteer hours from Ranger Mike Walker so if you are volunteering in one of his activities or other scheduled Park activities like assisting with Passport checking at the gate don’t worry about sending those hours via email

  • The Friends Sweatshirt for Sale

Each month we include information on how you as members can purchase one of our Friends logo tee shirts, sweatshirts or polo shirts.  Please contact Board member (& Vice President) Jeri Reuss if you would like to purchase one or all of the items. 

These clothing items are available for purchase exclusively for the use by our members only.  The tees, polos and now the sweatshirts help you as a volunteer promote membership in our organization as well as, identify our members when they are volunteering in the Park as a part of our team.  If you would like to order the new essential fleece crewneck sweatshirt or the tee or polo please contact Jeri Reuss at jeri.resuss@gmail.com.  The sweatshirt is priced $20 for S – XL and $22 for XXL and up.  Check with Jeri via email for information about colors and sizes.  Information about the tees, polos and sweatshirts is also available on the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park webpage.

  • Use Amazon Smile for Donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

Thanks everyone for continuing to use Amazon Smile app for your Amazon purchases. If you have forgotten about Amazon Smile here is the information again.  Amazon allows purchasers to support causes they care about.  With qualifying purchases via smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organization you designate.  Our organization is listed as Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon however; you must sign into smile.amazon.com in order for charitable donations to be made on qualifying purchases.  If you have already designated a charitable organization on Amazon Smile you can change it.  Please choose us!  We need your monetary support now more ever.

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website www.friendshbsp.com

If you would like to make a monetary online donation to the Friends organization or a donation specifically to the Playground fund click on the Donation Tab on the far right at the top of any of our website pages or you can click on the underlined Heading (that will take you to the page for the Friends PayPal account).

If you wish to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 137
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Our Facebook Page

Please join our Facebook page: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.

  • Our Instagram Account

Thanks to board member Jenny Hanna we now have an Instagram account.  Look for us at: friendsofhuntingtonbeachstpk