October Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

October 2019

  • New Members

Please welcome new members Todd Fulbright and Darryl Wall.  Thanks for joining our group and welcome, welcome!


  • President’s Corner

Last month, we announced the launch of the Friends’ campaign to help the Park finish the playground area.  Thanks to many of our members who helped to get our playground fund going!  As of the end of September, we have approximately $1,600.  We are on our way to raise the funds needed to finish the play area and make it a safe and fun place for children and families.If you would like to make a donation designated specially for the playground please notate this information on your check memo line or if you are using the PayPal link on our website (www.friendshbsp.com) select Playground.

 Thanks to all of our members for their generous help and baked good donations during the September Arts & Crafts Festival at Atalaya.  The weather was beautiful and the crowds large.  The Park reported record-breaking attendance each day of the 3-day event.  If you were there, yes, you saw that parking was difficult.  The Park staff will continue to look for solutions to improve this experience for all guests at next year’s event and for years to come.  


Your President, 

Sandra Barnes


  • Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle Event

The Park staff is now in high gear preparing for the Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle event!  This year’s event will be on October 25 and October 26, 2019.  Times for the event are from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm each day.  If you have children or grandchildren this is a must attend event.  Stay tuned for information from the Park on the need for volunteers to help make this event a success.

Here is the link to the event details.  https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003985


  • Atalaya Holiday Celebration – Save the Date!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Friends’ Atalaya Holiday Celebration scheduled for December 7th!  There will be vendors, crafts, entertainment and food!   

There is still time to create! If you are a crafter and would like to donate your crafts to sell at the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park room please contact Sandra Barnes (sbarnes93@ymail.com) for details.  The Friends will also be requesting baked good donations to sell at the event so start practicing your favorite holiday goodies.

 If you live in a community and are able to display a Atalaya Holiday Celebration poster (8”x10”) somewhere or are able to put a small notice in your weekly/ monthly newsletter please contact Jeri Reuss(jeri.reuss@gmail.com or Carol Dankosky (mom.dankosky@gmail.com for details.


  • Mark Your Calendar!

 The Friends’ annual Holiday Party will be held on Tuesday, December 17 starting at 5:00 pm.  The event is held in Atalaya every year so if you are new to our group plan to dress warm and come to meet everyone.  More details and where you can RSVP your attendance to our annual holiday gathering will be in next month’s newsletter.  


  • New Atalaya T-Shirts and Polo Shirts for Members & Park Hosts Only

Need a holiday gift?  Don’t forget the Friends organization has, in conjunction with South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism a new logo T-Shirt and Polo shirt.  The shirts are embroidered with the new Atalaya logo and come in a variety of colors but the embroidered logo is black.  The member price for the T is $13, and the polo is $24.  If you are interested in ordering a T-Shirt or a Polo shirt please contact Charlie West at 843-650-1979 or via email at westdale@sccoast.net. Don’t be late in placing your order.


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

Our charity donation account in Amazon Smileis up and running.  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!  If you have any questions please contact Charlie West at westdale@sccoast.net

Remember you must log into your Amazon account using smile.amazon.com in order the donation to be made to our accounts.  


  • 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 Nature Center Building Fund or 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 Nature Center Rebuilding Fund or the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 3019
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576